Let’s talk Turkey Frugalistas. Some years I have drastically failed on keep with my food budget for Thanksgiving. Some years I have done great...what’s key is planning out your menu and shopping this week for your Turkey. Shop your ads, price match and only buy what’s on sale, use a coupon. That might mean that you have to shop at multiple stores or you can price match everything Walmart. Is it worth it? YES! I have spent double what I could have spent when I didn't plan correctly and shopped the week of Thanksgiving. If you are hosting, don't be embarrassed to ask your guest to bring a side dish, wine or dessert. Most people want to do their part so let them!
Here are some tips I stick to when it comes planning Thanksgiving.
Tip 1: Don't buy too big of a Turkey. I used to buy a huge turkey in hopes that the left overs would feed everyone for a week. What would really happen is that everyone would get sick of turkey two days later and not eat my dinners no matter how great I did at making them into a new recipe. Now what I do is buy a smaller one and use the leftovers, if any, and make homemade broth that you can freeze from carcass to be used for soup later.
Tip 2: Don't serve appetizers. Focus on the meal instead. If someone offers to bring one, that is great. Appetizers can get costly and your guest fill up on them which means they eat less of the main course and you end up with more food waste. (leftovers that can't be eaten)
Tip 3: Serve a Soup with the meal. It does double duty because you can use the soup as a vegetable serving. Try Butternut Squash soup. Make the day before and put in the slow cooker the next day on low or warm until dinner is ready.
Tip 4: Shop the food bargains for your Christmas meal. Keep in mind that after Thanksgiving, you are going to be doing this all over again for Christmas in 4 weeks. I saw a great price this week for Pork Loin boneless for 1.29 per lb. I am picking that up for Christmas dinner this year put it in the freezer. Yeah!
So let’s get planning Frugalistas. I saw turkey this week on sale from 47 cents per lb. to 97 cents per lb. Gobble Gobble!
Keep it Frugal,
I want to thank all my Frugalistas for coming out for the VIP opening of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in Crystal Lake. It was amazing and so fun. I was super impressed with Emily. She greeted us at the door and told us all about the great deals on fresh food and the best insiders tip for savings. Wednesday is double Ad Day. That means that the Ad from last week overlaps with the new Ad for the week coming up. Double savings Frugalistas ...I love it! I also found out that they carry over 1700 Gluten free products. I got to meet Greg the in house butcher manager and I asked him all about saving on meat. He told me that they always have a special on meat like 99 cents per pound All Natural Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks or Salmon $3.97 per pound. They also grind all the meat there fresh daily and fish is fresh daily. All the sausages are made fresh...I got the Chicken Sausage with feta and spinach. You definitely want to sign up for the email savings because it will let you know when they run special 48 hour sales.
The store was super clean and the produce selection was outstanding. When I met with the HR dept. manager she told me that Fresh Thyme gives to the local food pantry weekly. I personally thought that was fantastic that they give back to our local community. I also really appreciated the salad bar, olive bar and rotisserie chicken.
Keep It Frugal! Heather
Americans spent $9.7 Billion on Cleaning Products in 2014 ...that's incredible! ..Frugalistas spend $4.00!
The next two on the list can work together to clean most everything. Great Value Baking Soda has so many uses that can save you money on everything from cleaning and disinfecting your entire house including your carpets to cleaning your teeth, facial scrub / mask. It’s a money saving power house product!
Heinz All Natural Cleaning Vinegar - it is different from the food vinegar. Cleaning Vinegar has 10 % acidity. This has replaced almost all the cleaners in my house. Simply put it in a spray bottle and you can clean everything from grease to toilet bowls and windows too. Combine the Baking Soda and Vinegar and you will hear the chemical reaction of this cleaning power house. I use it on my stove top, grill grates, bathroom tubs and toilets…the list goes on and on. Americans spent $9.7 Billion on Cleaning Products in 2014 ...that's incredible! Frugalistas spend $4.00!
Let’s talk plastic bags. I have a love hate relationship with them. I love them because they are convenient and hate them because they cost too much. I do use Freezer gallon bags and I do wash them and reuse them. But for everyday refrigerator use I use the Great Value Twist Tie Bags 100 bags- $2.88. They work great because I am able to squeeze air out of them better before I tie them which means my food stays fresher longer. You can use them in the freezer. I buy in bulk and portion out my meat at home and use the twist tie bag to squeeze the air out then bag it inside a Freezer Zipper Bag.
My next plastic bag savings comes from my most awesome friend Barb ...who gave me these to try. They are perfect for two reasons; Great Price and Portion control! Great Value Double Zipper Portion Pack - 80 bags for $2.48. We all need a little help with portion control especially when it comes to snacks. I find these to be super helpful when packing lunches for my son.
Here is your Friday Frugal Tip of the week and perfect for the Super Bowl this weekend. Need a quick and easy snack to take to the party that won't break the bank. Try Party Crackers; you can get all the ingredients at the Aldi for under $5 bucks. You need:
When I was growing up my Great Grandma had a version of this recipe using dill. All of us kids could count on having those crackers and her shortbread sugar cookies for our snacks. She always had a supply in a huge round tin above the refrigerator. I don't know how she kept up with the demand because we would wipe her out every day after school. Much of my frugal ways came from my Grandma and Great Grandma because they didn't waste anything. They were the most generous women in my life and I attribute how I live my life today to what they taught me. They are no longer physically here today but the wonderful memories of them are sprinkled throughout this blog and in every Frugal thing that I do.
Hi! I am an Immanuel Lutheran Stewardship Champion but before that I was a Frugalista! I want to welcome you to Heather's Frugal Living. In my classes, you will learn my easy and savvy tips in how to live large on a small budget.