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Holiday Budgeting, Part One: Thanksgiving

Did you know you can create a truly memorable Thanksgiving holiday for family and friends without spending a fortune? It’s not as hard as you might think – especially after you strategize some low-cost alternatives for the essentials: the food, the decorations, and the activities.

1) Feast on a budget

You can definitely host a delicious and memorable Thanksgiving meal without it costing an arm and a leg. First, buy your turkey at the supermarket; with the right preparation frozen supermarket turkeys can be made as presentable and as tasty as if purchased from even the fanciest butcher shop. Second, buy all your food basics in bulk. This will not only save money over Thanksgiving, but could carry over into cost-effective savings for any Christmas festivities you have planned as well. Finally, you should know in advance what ingredients you need to buy fresh, and what to buy canned or frozen; some frozen fruits and vegetables actually taste better than fresh produce when out of season.

Still worried about cost? Why not cook the main dish and ask your guests to bring the sides? You’ll be surprised how many friends and family are happy to contribute to a festive holiday meal – and will make something delicious besides.

2) The decorations

In our opinion, part of the magic of Thanksgiving is dining at a beautifully decorated table.  Fortunately, you can create that experience without spending a fortune. First, let nature be your guide when it comes to table decoration; after all, most of what you need can usually be found outside your home, including twigs, branches, pine cones, acorns, and much more. Second, if you have a fireplace, make sure to utilize it, and if you have no fireplace, use candles to create a truly warm and relaxing atmosphere. Third, why not use dried Native American corncobs as a centerpiece? Inexpensive multicolored corncobs capture the holiday spirit and are truly beautiful to look at.

Finally, here’s one more holiday decorating idea that we believe will transform your Thanksgiving experience: leave a piece of decorated paper and a pen on each plate and ask guests to write what they’re most thankful for, then during the meal ask them to read aloud what they’ve written. You may be surprised at how poignant and personal your guests’ responses turn out to be – and how at little or no cost, you have used your decorations in a way to make the Thanksgiving meal truly unforgettable.

3) The festivities

Of course, Thanksgiving in America frequently means football. But what if before the game you grabbed your own pigskin and played a game of touch football in the backyard?

If watching football isn’t your cup of tea, playing some great party games will also keep your guests talking and entertained. Some of our favorites include Charades, Pictionary, and Trivial Pursuit. Finally, a simple hike outside your home to look at the leaves and experience the crisp fall air is yet another way to revel in the Thanksgiving spirit at no cost.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips on having a memorable Thanksgiving holiday on a budget. Here at J.G. Wentworth, we are thankful for many things, including the thousands of customers around the country who have reached out to us over the past twenty one years for help in getting cash their cash sooner. If you have any questions about how we may be able to help you get the money you need sooner, contact our company anytime at 877-227-4713.