7 Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving

The pandemic will not stop Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, a short budget would. Make sure you plan well for this year’s Thanksgiving by following the tips below on how to save money and get better items for your big feast this year.
1. Plan early.
How many people are coming? What do you want to serve? Do you need any special tools? Is there enough chairs and tables? Answer these questions in advance so you can prepare your budget, write your lists, and find opportunities to borrow instead of buy.
2. Create a menu.
Writing a menu will help you make an accurate grocery list. You want to provide enough food and not saddled with too many leftovers. A basic menu done well is sure to make everyone happy. Do not stress yourself too much!
3. Scoop up deals early.
There are pre-Thanksgiving sales as early as three weeks out before the big holiday. Start getting the ingredients you need on sale days to ensure you are not left with an astronomical grocery bill.
4. Store your herbs correctly.
Add soft herbs to a glass with water and keep them on your countertop in bright, indirect light to prolong their life. For hard herbs, wrap them in a damp paper towel before storing in an airtight container in the fridge.
5. Shop smart for your turkey.
Frozen turkeys are cheaper than fresh ones. Just give it plenty of time to thaw before cooking it. Also, look for special supermarket deals on Turkey around Thanksgiving. Some stores offer free turkey after you spend a certain amount or give big discounts on turkey if you have enough loyalty points.
6. Try generic items.
Buying generics can save you 25% off every item. Good buys include frozen vegetables, baking supplies, and other canned vegetables and beans. These are often just as good as the branded ones.
7. Buy seasonal produce.
Seasonal produce will always be less expensive and fresher than their out-of-season counterparts. November is a good time to buy apples, kiwi, pears, fennel, turnips, winter squash, and oranges. If you can grab these from a local farmer’s market, even better!

Ian Schindler