10 Tips for Making Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and money is tight for most families. Thanksgiving dinner on a budget doesn’t have to be difficult, you just need a plan!

If you are worried about how to make your budget stretch to cover Thanksgiving dinner this year, don’t worry!

Planning a Thanksgiving dinner is stressful, especially if you are on a budget.

Luckily, there are many ways to save money while still having an amazing turkey!

I’ve compiled 10 money-saving tips that will help you enjoy a budget thanksgiving meal in your home this year and make Thanksgiving dinner on a budget an easy task.

Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Thanksgiving dinner: Affordable and delicious

The holidays are a time for celebration. The season of giving, joy and togetherness can make the all-inclusive notion of “celebrating” seem expensive.

But let’s be honest – it doesn’t have to cost you your life savings!

How much should I budget for Thanksgiving?

According to CNBC the price of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people costs on average $48. That is about $5 per person. The Thanksgiving meal in this survey includes the following items:

Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget
Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

10 Tips for making Thanksgiving dinner on a budget

1) Make sure to buy in bulk

When it comes to staples like flour or sugar, buying in bulk can save up to 50% on each item. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also reduce the number of shopping trips.

2) Get frozen turkey

Make sure to buy a frozen turkey if you want to save money. Frozen turkeys are cheaper than fresh ones. Buying an already frozen turkey can be up to 75% cheaper than buying fresh! Don’t forget about side dishes for a complete Thanksgiving feast!

3) Use store brands instead of name brands

These store-brand products have the same ingredients as more expensive brand names, but for a fraction of the price. Not only will you save money, but there’s a good chance that the quality of these items is just as high.

4) Shop your pantry

Don’t forget to shop your pantry and your freezer before you head out to the store. You’d be surprised at how many Thanksgiving staples that might already be hiding in and around your home!

5) Make a list

Write them all down. Then as soon as possible go shopping for those ingredients; it’s always best to shop when things are in season because they’re more likely available at lower prices than out of season produce or meat products. Remember if there’s something else on sale then stock up!

6) Use coupons or discounts when possible.

Make sure to check out coupons or specials before you go shopping. Some stores offer discounts on certain goods, so don’t forget to ask! Sometimes you can save more money at the store by using coupons or discounts. When you go to the grocery store, don’t forget to bring your coupons with you!

7) Price matching is a good idea

It’s always best to price match Look for store that offer price matching. This will allow your holiday shopping list not break the bank. Price matching is a great way to save money when it comes time to do holiday shopping, so be sure not to forget about this trick.

8) Purchase foods that are in season

One way to save money on Thanksgiving dinner is to buy foods that are in season. This will save you money by getting the most out of the food. For example, in September and October you will find that pumpkins are cheaper. In November they increase in price because it is closer to Thanksgiving. Buy them and freeze it.

9) Have a BYOB

This way, you don’t have to worry about running out of drinks. You can start your own tradition where guests bring their favorite bottle of wine or beer to share with the other dinner guests.

10) Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner

Assign each person in your party an item that will be brought to dinner. Everyone is assigned one thing and they are welcome to bring side dishes or desserts too if they’d like. If possible, let guests know ahead of time what dish(es) are needed so it doesn’t cause any stress when planning for the big day and everyone can enjoy a delicious holiday meal.


Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, everyone!

Shout out to all my readers who celebrate Thanksgiving – happy eating this year…and don’t forget those leftovers!!

Thanks so much for reading my blog today. I hope I was able to help make planning for Thanksgiving a little easier on some of you with these tips!

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