Are you hosting family and friends this Thanksgiving and want a delicious, memorable meal without it costing you an arm and a leg? Here are five great tips on how to have a big holiday meal on a small budget, beginning with:
1) Buy the basics in bulk – because Christmas is just around the corner
One mistake people make is to food-shop for Thanksgiving, only to shop again three weeks later as Christmas approaches. But buying in bulk on canned goods products, bottled drinks, and baking ingredients – among other items – will lower your food costs both now and later.
And speaking of supermarket shopping:
2) Know what ingredients you need to buy fresh – and what you can buy canned or frozen
Not every ingredient in a recipe has to be fresh; some ingredients – like canned pumpkin – are actually even easier to bake with than their fresh alternatives. There are also frozen vegetables that can taste better than fresh ones out of season.
3) Use creativity to set your table
Think you have to spend a fortune on flowers and other decor to set a beautiful Thanksgiving table? – Think again! Homemade decorations, fresh fall leaves, and a few well-placed candles will truly make your Thanksgiving table glow.
4) Buy your turkey at the supermarket
Frozen supermarket turkeys can be “gussied up” as well as any from a gourmet butcher shop – at a fraction of the price. Just find a great seasoning recipe, cook a delicious bird – and dare any of your guests to figure out where the turkey came from!
5) Consider making it a potluck
Last but certainly not least is a Thanksgiving feast alternative that frequently ends up with far more satisfied eaters than you might expect: you cook the main dish – everyone else brings the sides. You’ll be surprised how many friends and family are happy to contribute to a festive holiday meal – and will contribute something delicious besides.
We hope these tips give you a great start on a terrific, low-cost holiday feast. We are J.G. Wentworth, the nation’s largest purchaser of structured settlement and annuity payments, and nothing gets us more excited than helping our customers stretch their dollars the furthest over the holidays – and over every other day in the calendar, for that matter. If you’d like more information on how you can get cash now for your structured settlement or annuity payments, please give us a call anytime at 877-227-4713.