This holiday season as Americans carefully consider how to make the most of every dollar, many are putting their Thanksgiving menu on a budget.
The average Thanksgiving meal in 2009 cost $4.29 per person according to the American Farm Bureau. Multiply $4.29 by the number of guests who will join you to find out how much you can expect to spend.
Here are a few simple tips to help you save money and still have a delicious Thanksgiving celebration.
Only include the dishes your guests truly enjoy on the menu.
Ask guests to bring a batch of their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipe.
Choose quick and easy recipes for your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
- The fewer ingredients a recipe has, the less expensive it is to prepare and the healthier it tends to be.
- Have a dessert party instead of a meal. Each guest could contribute a batch of their favorite pie recipe, cookie recipe, or cake recipe.
- Find recipes to use your Thanksgiving leftovers. Plan to serve them later in the week.
- Prepare foods from scratch (rolls, breadcrumbs, pie crust, etc.) instead of buying convenience items.
- Know what is already in your pantry and make use of it. For example, if you already have wild rice and walnuts, consider serving Wild Rice Stuffing.
- Scour grocery store ads to take advantage of the sales and incentives offered that match your menu.
- A frozen, store-brand turkey is usually the least expensive choice.
- By planning ahead and inviting your guests to contribute to the menu, you can enjoy a budget-friendly Thanksgiving celebration.