If you are anything like me, you’re hoping that you won’t have to walk into a grocery store until after Thanksgiving! But if you have put off or have not been able to do your Thanksgiving shopping until now, it’s still possible to save money on what’s probably the most expensive meal you’ll make all year.
Here are just a few tips to carry you into the final preparations for your big holiday meal.
1. Ditch store bought gravy. Make your own gravy. It tastes better and is significantly less expensive to make. This year, I am making my gravy early. I happened to already have some homemade chicken broth on hand. So, I made the gravy last night and will simply add the turkey drippings from the roasting pan once that bird is roasted! Gravy will keep in the refrigerator for one week. So, it’s a nice thing to cross off your list a little early.
2. Don’t use paper plates. Those fancy paper plates and plastic cups can be pricey. Use your nice plates and just plan to also use your dishwashing machine. It’ll end up cheaper to run the dishwasher than to buy all those plates and cups that you’ll just throw away. There is one exception, though. Yesterday, I met a lady who said that her mother-in-law called her and told her that she had a bunch of those nice paper plates sitting around in her pantry. She asked if she could bring them over on Thanksgiving. “Yes!” was the answer! So, if someone else offers to bring those fancy paper plates, you’ll get the best of both worlds: no dishes and no cost!
3. Use nature for your decorations. Walk outside your door and pick up some beautiful leaves to decorate around the house and the dining table. It’s beautiful and free!
What else do you do to keep your Thanksgiving thrifty?
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Does anyone remember the time when Black Friday was a one day (or maybe weekend) event that actually began on the Friday after Thanksgiving? It now begins, for some people, before they have even had their slice of pumpkin pie. Black Friday has shoved its way into our holiday feast and called itself grey Thursday. What a sad way to blur our beloved Thanksgiving holiday. Can you tell how I feel about the whole thing?
I don’t go out Thursday night and I hardly ever go out on Fridays anymore (except to go get my clearance turkey). However, I do understand that it’s possible to get some amazing deals. And, I love a good deal. So if you’re a grey Thursday/Black Friday shopper, more power to you. Here are a few tips to make sure your time and money are well spent.
1. Do Your Homework. Scour the ads and websites of the stores you think you may visit for the specific items you’re looking for. There will be plenty of items marked “sale,” “price cut,” or something more dramatic to get your attention. Just check the prices and you decide on the best deal.
2. Prioritize. It’s going to be crazy out there. I know. Just call me “Captain Obvious.” I say that to say that if you have a list, start with the item you want most just in case you can’t get to everything.
3. Divide and Conquer. Go with friends or family and divide up your list to get a better chance of snatching all the good deals you’re after. Plus, if you make sure you each grab a hot cup of something, then it might feel a little more festive while you’re out there in the frigid temperatures!
What do you do to plan for your big Black Friday adventure?
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It’s the sale leading to Thanksgiving at Sprouts. I encourage you to get whatever can be purchased early today and tomorrow because it’s already beginning to get too crowded for my taste out there! I also encourage you to see what’s on sale and maybe even experiment with a new menu item for your Thanksgiving feast
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◾Organic Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith Apples $1.48/lb
◾Organic Yellow Onions or Red Yams $.98/lb
◾Organic Table Carrots $2.98/each (5lb bag)
◾Organic Green Grapes $2.98/lb
◾Organic Green Beans $2.98/each (1 lb bag)
Earthbound Farm Organic Salads $1.98
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◾Wholly Wholesome Organic Pie Shells $3.99
◾Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes $2.49
Arrowhead Mills Organic Coconut Flour 25% Off
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Sprouts Organic Free-Range Turkey $3.99/lb
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