Thanksgiving dinner should be simple, easy and not go over the family budget. Each person invited should not raise the stress radar scale because the amount of food increases. There are very simple ways to save money, save time, and enjoy the cooking experience!
Create a guest list to give a visual idea and try to break down how much Thanksgiving dinner will cost per person. Then go shop weeks before when items go on sale. Prior planning can and will save a lot of time and a lot of money.
One more thing, make sure that guests can eat as much as they want, after all it is a day to give thanks and as Americans we love to eat! That is how this country shows love and celebrates the holiday.
Simple Ways To Save Time On Thanksgiving Dinner
- Cut veggies and potatoes the night before, and place them in ziplock bags. Potatoes should be kept in water so they do not turn brown.
- Stuffing can be made the night before, and it will keep for 24 hours. Make this dish in a disposable pan for easy cleanup.
- Shop sale ads and cut coupons to save more money on dinner. Stock up and utilize the savings.
- Ask half the family to bring the drinks and half to bring desserts. After all at the first Thanksgiving dinner it was a pitch in. The Indians brought something and the pilgrims provided something.
Simple Ways To Save Money On Thanksgiving Dinner
- Put together a meal plan that doesn’t include 15 dishes. Have the basics, just add quantity.
- Think outside of the box and have lasagna or manicotti. Ham instead of Turkey. Roast Beef can even be a good choice for a main dish.
- Set a budget amount and try to stay in the budget. Go grocery shopping with a list when it is not close to dinner time. Finally, bring cash. Only cash and leave the debit card at home. This will help even if some items have to be put back.
- So, within this post I have given some simple tips to save time and money. Now for an added bonus….some crazy Thanksgiving hacks to make your dinner just a little better!
Simple Thanksgiving Dinner Hacks
- If Turkey, Ham, or Roast Beef is the main dinner then cook them while you sleep. In the crockpot! If the lid does not fit use aluminum foil for the lid. Set it on 10 hours and it should be ready when you get up.
- For the fluffiest, tastiest mashed potatoes ever….add 2 tablespoons of sour cream.
- Bake stuffing in a muffin tin. Coat the pan with cooking spray.
- For easy, quick biscuits use a wine glass to cut them. Add flour to the glass each time after cutting.
Well, that’s it. Simple ways to save money, simple ways to save time, and a few hacks to make dinner better. Do you have any hacks or suggestions to make dinner better?