Tips for Having a Wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

It’s that time of year again when we break bread and eat far too much and watch football with our family. Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday among many, but it can also prove to be a stressful time for moms—especially single moms on a tight budget hosting Thanksgiving. If you’re hoping to saving money this Thanksgiving without sacrificing flavor, we have some expert tips for you, mama. Just keep reading!

Tip #1-Consider going potluck style this Thanksgiving

Even if you pride yourself as an inner Monica Gellar who is the hostess with the mostest, there’s no reason why you should have to sacrifice your budget to appease others. If you’re planning on hosting Thanksgiving at your home, consider asking guests to each bring one dish. That way you’ll be less stressed, save money, and everyone will be contributing to the beautiful meal that you’ll be sharing together.

A good way to do this is to rely on others to bring their specialty. For example, if your aunt makes killer green bean casserole, kindly ask her to show up with that! It’ll help others attending your Thanksgiving dinner to feel important and special. (You’re welcome, wink wink!)

Tip #2-Plan ahead – and reach for store brands

Store brands have come such a long way, and there’s no reason to turn up your nose at them. Plus, it’s not like your guests will be rummaging through your recycling to see what produce and canned goods you used to prepare your delicious holiday feast. Check your weekly grocery flyers too for sales, and don’t be afraid to reach for those coupons, buy ahead, or even buy in bulk to adhere to your single mama budget.

Tip #3-Consider going out to eat

This one might be a no-go if you’ve got really young kids and have no desire to chase them around a restaurant. But, if your kids have good manners and they’re a little older, going out to eat for Thanksgiving dinner might be a fun treat. Plus, you will only be expected to pay for your portion and not have to worry about footing the bill for a large party to eat. Many of us have had a very stressful year, and eating out might help to alleviate your financial woes and also help you to relax. Good Housekeeping has rounded up this nice list of restaurants which are open for Thanksgiving.

Have any suggestions of your own for ways to have Thanksgiving dinner on a budget? We’d love to hear your advice, leave us a comment and share in the comments below!

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