By: Stella Katsipoutis
You don’t have to gobble up all your cash to host a knockout Thanksgiving dinner! There are plenty of shortcuts you can take that will fatten up your wallet—without sacrificing any of the trimmings. Give these tricks a try and watch your savings stack up:
Don’t go overboard.
Rather than buying enough food to feed a small army, pare down your shopping list. Stick to the basics: an appetizer, turkey (or protein of your choice), a veggie dish, a side and a dessert. Don’t feel like you have to serve five different options for each course. Keep it simple!
Make it a potluck.
An even better way to slash your costs is to ask your guests to bring something to share with everyone, such as drinks or their favorite side dish. That way, you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family. Plus, everyone will get to show off their most prized recipes.
Forget cooking dishes that your family typically doesn’t like but that you cook anyway for the sake of tradition. Save yourself the expense of throwing out unwanted food and opt for recipes you know will be eaten in no time.
Skip store-bought decorations.
Fall time is when nature’s beauty is at its best. Rather than shelling out cash for pricey trinkets from a local store, deck your house with natural elements that you can find in your own backyard … for free! A nicely arranged collection of tree branches, pine cones, brightly colored leaves, acorns, and seasonal fruits and vegetables makes a standout centerpiece.
The closer it gets to Thanksgiving, the more likely you are to buy necessary items at regular price because you’ve simply run out of time. Stocking up at the beginning of the month not only helps you avoid the long lines at the cash register, but also lets you shop the sales and save money. If the items are perishable, simply freeze them until you need them!
If you’re still having trouble saving up for the holiday, consider speaking with a VyStar representative about a Holiday Loan today at (904) 777-6000 or 1 (800) 445-6289.
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