Thanksgiving on a budget!

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Learn to have a happy and economical thanksgiving holiday on a budget. 10 tips to get you started.

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Thanksgiving on a budget!

  1. 1. Thanksgiving on aThanksgiving on a BUDGET!BUDGET!
  2. 2. While historians may quibble about the date and site of the first ThanksgivingThanksgiving, all agree that the events recognized the hardships our nation's early settlers endured and their courage, strength and faith in better times.
  3. 3. Centuries have passed, yet due to a tough economy many of us have something in common with the Pilgrims this year as we wonder how we are going to put food on the table.
  4. 4. Here are 10 Tips to help manage the cost of your Thanksgiving celebration!
  5. 5. 1. Plan like a Pilgrim… • The first step is to decide how much you can afford to spend. • Decide how many people will sit down to dinner and plan a menu. • Be sure to go through your recipes and make a shopping list so that you can find the best prices for each item with weekly grocery store specials and coupons. • The early settlers had to plan to make it from harvest to harvest.
  6. 6. 2. Gather together… • Just like the Pilgrims and Native Americans, everyone should contribute to the feast. • Consider asking everyone to bring a menu item or contribute the decorations or paper goods.
  7. 7. 3. A bird in the hand… • One of the biggest expenses is the turkey. • Be sure you buy one that is only as large as you need. • If everyone prefers white meat, purchase only a turkey breast rather than a whole bird.
  8. 8. 4. Plymouth rock and roll… •Streamline the holiday and your budget by sticking with easy recipes that don’t call for a lot of ingredients and spices you need to buy and may never use again. •Time consuming recipes made from scratch often cost more than prepared foods, mixes, canned or frozen alternatives.
  9. 9. 5. The big day… •Team up with someone and shop at a wholesale club in order to split large package sizes and save even more. •You can also divide potatoes, apples and onions which are cheaper by the bag. Lindsay does it!
  10. 10. 6. Don’t “Fall” for it… • TV commercials try to convince us that everyone's holiday homes are beautifully coordinated with themed glassware, plates and decorations. • Most people don’t live like that. • See what you already have on hand in and around your home. • Spend money on one item such as a tablecloth or candles to dress up your everyday plates and glasses. • Make your own decorations: http://www.ehow.com/how_5609666_ make-own-thanksgiving- decorations.html
  11. 11. 7. It’s called a “Mayflower Mist”… • Reduce expenses on sodas and alcoholic beverages by limiting the number of choices you’ll offer. • A specially-themed cocktail or punch can add a festive touch to the celebrations and be created with only a few ingredients.
  12. 12. 8. Sweet savings… • It’s hard to leave room for dessert so why buy or make too much only to have it go to waste? • Smaller dessert plates will also stretch the servings and offer stuffed guests just the right portion size.
  13. 13. 9. Go cold turkey… • Turn leftovers into “planned-overs” by downloading free recipe ideas in advance for food that will last more than one meal.
  14. 14. 10. Lead the parade… There’s more to Thanksgiving than a large, expensiveThere’s more to Thanksgiving than a large, expensive meal.meal. • Celebrate with a more economical morning breakfast or brunch while watching the parade. • Or host a game day meal of pizza, subs and appetizers in front of the TV.
  15. 15. Above all… Remember that the most important aspect of Thanksgiving isn't whatwhat you are serving, but rather whowho you are serving, so surround yourself with the people you care about most, and concentrate on family time and bonding!concentrate on family time and bonding!
  16. 16. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
  17. 17. For more information contact: American Debt Counseling, Inc. A 501(c )(3)non-profit Credit Counseling Organization 14051 NW 14th Street Sunrise, FL 33323 www.americandebtcounseling.org 1-888-DEBT USA Thank You!

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