5 Simple Ways To Save Money on Thanksgiving — And Keep Your Wallet Stuffed
You love family and friends gathering together. The turkey and cranberry. The cakes and pies. But the cost of enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday? Your wallet can end up thinner than your Aunt Mary’s pie crust.
Read on for a few simple ways you can save money on Thanksgiving 2019.
1. Just like a turkey, choose when you’ll fly carefully
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving Day is one of the cheapest days to fly — but let’s face it, it’s not convenient. Leaving on Wednesday and returning on Sunday around Thanksgiving tend to be the most expensive travel days; airlines charge a premium for those tickets. For Thanksgiving, the cheapest departure day to travel is the Monday before the holiday; the cheapest return date is the Friday after Thanksgiving or Tuesday of the following week.
2. Sorry to squash your dreams of culinary splendor, but buying some pre-made items for your Thanksgiving dinner makes sense
Generally speaking, making dishes from scratch is cheaper than buying them pre-made at a grocery store or bakery — but there are exceptions. For example, canned pumpkin and a readymade pie crust might cost less than making a pumpkin pie from scratch. And cranberry sauce? A can of whole cranberry or jellied sauce will probably be cheaper than making this tasty side from scratch.
3. Chill! A frozen turkey is just as good as a fresh one
A frozen turkey is as tasty as a fresh one and it will cost you significantly less at the grocery store. Use the money you save to buy fresh autumn florals that will add a touch of sophistication to your Thanksgiving table that will catch everyone’s eye.
4. Drink in all the holiday spirit: Buy a case of wine instead of single bottles
If you’re thinking of buying a few bottles of wine for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the day, consider buying a case instead. Some retailers offer a discount, such as 25% off, when you buy a case. And you don’t even need to purchase 12 bottles of the same wine: Most retailers offer a bulk discount on mixed cases, too.
5. No hand-wringing over cleanup costs: Save $40 by using your dishwasher instead of handwashing
According to EngergyStar.gov, “Washing dishes in a new ENERGY STAR certified machine rather than hand washing items can cut your utility bills by more than $40 per year.” And think of all the extra time you’ll have to listen to Uncle Joe recount the time he shot a bear in his pajamas (what the bear was doing in Joe’s pajamas, no one knows…)