It is possible to pull off a Thanksgiving feast while on a budget.
You know there will be great sales on turkeys, but what about the
side dishes? The key to saving money on your side dishes is to do
what the participants of the first Thanksgiving did: cook them from
scratch using whole ingredients. A side benefit is they may just be
healthier than what you are accustomed to finding on the buffet
- Use the Favado App to look for deals in the produce
section of your local store. Raw vegetables are going to be less
expensive per pound than processed foods.
- Buy in-season vegetables. They are going to be
at the peak of freshness and at the lowest price because they are
plentiful. Consider replacing one of the entrees you normally serve
with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, winter squash, or spinach. You may
just create a new tradition.
4 Thanksgiving Day entrees for under
- If you want to serve an out-of season vegetable, buy them from
the frozen food section. Frozen vegetables are frozen at the peak
of freshness and can regularly be found on sale.
This recipe for Pumpkin Pie Spiced Sweet Potatoes
serves 10 - 12 people and can be created for less than $3.00 by
combining raw sweet potatoes with common pantry staples.
Succotash is a traditional Thanksgiving entree. Erin creates her Succotash with Butter and Dill
for $1.20 buy
taking advantage of sales on frozen vegetables. You may need to
double this recipe if you are having a large crowd.
You will easily find sales on potatoes at this time of year. You
can often find a five pound bag of potatoes for $0.99 and you may
even be able to score a ten pound bag of potatoes for $0.99. That
means you can splurge and create Twice Baked Potatoes
for everyone at
Thanksgiving and still come in under $2.00.
I recently found green beans on sale for $0.99 a lb. However, even
if green beans are not on sale in your area, you can make enough Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans
to feed a
crowd and only spend $3.00 - $4.00 by using frozen green beans.
Thaw the green beans by running them under hot water, then pat them
dry and use them as the recipe directs.
Not everything is less expensive to make from scratch. You will be
able to pick up a can of cranberry sauce and a box of stuffing for
less than you can make them yourself, but if you are saving money
on your other entrees, you may just decide to splurge and make
homemade cranberry sauce and stuffing too.Alea
Milham shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing
waste in her home at Premeditated Leftovers. She
also shares the latest deals and coupons at Saving in Nevada. Her favorite
hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her
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