Thanksgiving On a Budget? How To Make It Unforgettable
(ReliableNews.org) – Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family and friends! Unfortunately, the Thanksgiving gathering may have to be postponed due to supply chain issues, inflation, and inflated wages. Fortunately, you can use the following tips to help you have an unforgettable vacation, even on a budget.
Check the Dollar Store
Are you looking for Thanksgiving decorations? Your local dollar store is a great place to start your search. Last-minute purchases at the grocery store will cost twice as much, and there may be fewer choices. If you don’t live near a dollar store but near a target, they have beauty products for under $5. Five Below and Dollar Tree are other excellent sources for inexpensive holiday decorations. The Dollar Store can help you get the items you need at a fraction of the cost.
Offer More Than One Selection of Meat
Turkey may be the traditional Thanksgiving protein, but many people prefer other proteins on Thanksgiving. If this happens in your family, you can save money by checking the prices and meat prices. Depending on how people like it, you may want some beef and ham for your dinner.
Join a Buy Nothing Group
There will be groups, usually organized on Facebook, where people will give and receive gifts in the community. This means you can take things you would traditionally throw away and give them to people in need in your community, and some even save money by donating items for free!
During the holidays, you will see people giving away holiday-related items. You’ll see many people posting Thanksgiving-related content the week before Thanksgiving. By participating in these events, you can save money on everything from free turkey to gravy to tenders. People donate food they didn’t eat or won’t eat the next day, such as shop-bought food.
Host a Pot Luck Dinner
Is your family stretched a little thin? Plan with a potluck: everyone makes a dish and brings it. Discussions can be in person, or you can use Facebook or group chat to discuss what you’re bringing.
Are You Alone? Ask a Friend!
Being alone during the holidays can be really bad, but the best way to save money and improve your mood is to go to someone’s house for Thanksgiving, especially if you’re alone. Friends will probably be happy to have you and won’t mind if you ask to join their table. What other people often don’t know is that single people, widows, widowers, military spouses, and neighbors don’t want to be alone during the holidays.
If you’re going somewhere else, bringing a gift is a good idea. If you want to drink, consider soft drinks for everyone to enjoy. You can ask for their delicious menus and change something, especially if you ask the locals. If they say they have enough food, consider a small gift. With the winter holidays just around the corner, it might be a good idea to stock up on things that look like Christmas tree decorations. For example, if Hallmark sells $8 Disney ornaments, you can find nice and cute items in many stores for much less!
Use SNAP Benefits
Are you eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as food stamps? Thanksgiving meals include turkey, gravy, canned vegetables, and frozen dinners, and food stamps covers all of these items and more.
Participate in Friendsgiving
Want to spend time with a group of friends on nice weekends? If you are separated from your family, ask your friends for a Friendsgiving. Many friends hold Friendsgiving the day after Thanksgiving, bringing in leftovers and celebrating potluck style.
Finally, if you’re humble and need help, many organizations donate Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need. Pre-registration is usually required. Some people get food or other items for work, which they give to their families. Don’t hesitate to ask local organizations for help.
Enjoying Thanksgiving with your family and friends does not have to cost a fortune. Take advantage of the deals, be mindful if you have food stamps, and volunteer if all else fails.
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