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,
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