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Tips to Host the Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Tips to Host the Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

October 18, 2019

You want it all this Thanksgiving: The ultimate meal that will delight your guests without  breaking the bank. Is that even possible? We’re here to tell you that it is! Spending less without sacrificing quality this Thanksgiving is easier than you think. Follow these simple savings tips to help stretch your hard earned money even more. We’ll let you in on a little secret, the answer is in the palm of your hands. So grab your phone, put on your apron and get ready to save, cook, and eat!

Tip One: Organize & Simplify Your Menu

The first step to a Thanksgiving on a budget is of course, planning. Keep in mind how many people will be attending, and make your shopping list accordingly. You can use the shopping list feature on the Flipp app to stay organized.

Next up, browse the sales on local ads. Plan your menu around these sales, and try to stick to the classics instead of overspending on complicated dishes. It’s tempting to fill your table with as many side dishes as possible, but everyone loves mashed potatoes, corn, and gravy. These Thanksgiving staples are cheaper to make and just as delicious! Limiting your options doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor or flare. You can always put your own spin on these three classics for a well-rounded meal.

Limit your menu to one type of meat. Turkey is the centerpiece that brings the entire meal together. What isn’t essential is the ham, lamb, and prime rib. Meat is the most expensive dish on the menu, not to mention time consuming to make. By cutting down on the types of meat prepared, not only will you save a ton of money, but you’ll get some time back too! Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of sides and dessert to keep everybody full and satisfied.

Tip Two: Save on Thanksgiving Turkey

As the main dish in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey is the star of the show, and also the priciest dish. Keep your number of guests in mind to make sure you’re not overspending on turkey. We recommend allocating 1 to 1.5 pounds of turkey per person, which is more than enough for an amazing dinner and those delicious turkey leftovers! 

You’ll save even more by opting for a frozen turkey instead of a fresh one, getting the same great taste at a much lower price point. Remember to hop on the Flipp app to check your local weekly ads, since turkeys are usually on sale this time of year. If cooking a turkey feels like a daunting task, check out this recipe that gives you step-by-step instructions on preparing a simple and delicious Thanksgiving turkey.

#FlippTip: If the turkey is on sale, buy an extra one and keep it in the freezer for Christmas or the New Year!

Tip Three: Save on Your Sides

There’s a reason why the traditional Thanksgiving meal includes ingredients like potatoes, cranberries, and squash. Not only are these delectable favorites unanimous with Thanksgiving, but they’re also in season! Produce is usually cheaper in its peak season, so take advantage of their fresh flavors at lower prices. Here are some tips to help you recreate your favorite Thanksgiving sides on a budget.

Cranberry Sauce: There’s no need to settle for gloppy, sugary canned cranberry sauce. You can buy fresh cranberries and make your own. It’s simple! First, dissolve one cup of sugar with one cup of orange juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Then, stir in your cranberries and cook them for about 10 minutes.

Mashed Potatoes: Although the instant mashed potatoes are quick and convenient, you’re definitely paying more for a smaller quantity. We found a deal on Flipp for a 10 lb bag at $2.29. Knowing that 2 lbs of potatoes make around 4 servings, you’ll have more than enough potatoes to go around!

Baked Veggies: With so much to do before the big dinner, you’ll want to save as much time as possible. Save time cooking by making your side of veggies in the oven, together with your turkey. You can opt for roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts, as they’re both in season and can be found on sale. Just place them in the oven one hour before the turkey is finished roasting. What’s great about this trick is that your main dish and sides will be ready at the same time, so everyone can dig in right away! If you’re interested, follow this easy recipe for roasted squash and brussels sprouts.

Stuffing: This is the one and only boxed item we recommend buying. Boxed stuffing is a steal at around $1, and it’s so easy to prepare.

Which Thanksgiving dishes are you planning to make on a budget? Let us know what other ways you save this time of year! Tag us at @getflipp on Facebook and Twitter with your suggestions.

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