"Ga Ga Ga Ga, Gobble, Gobble . . .Ga Ga Ga Ga, Gobble, Gobble . . .Ga Ga Ga Ga, Gobble, Gobble
." Now that I've got that catchy tune stuck in your head, let's talk Turkey Day. No matter what the turkey says, you don't have to let the Thanksgiving holiday gobble up all of your holiday funds. After all, Christmas is right around the corner and you need to hold on to as many dollars as you can. I’m not saying you should be cheap…just frugal and smart. Contrary to popular belief, the holidays don’t have to be the most expensive time of the year. With prices dropping around the clock, there are plenty of ways to scout out outrageous deals and get more items for less. You just have to know where and how to shop and get a few tips under your belt! Here are some cost-saving tips to get you geared up and ready for Thanksgiving weekend.
First things first. Hit the stores, grab a shopping cart and stock up on food. Most stores and businesses will be closed on Thanksgiving and you don’t want to be left behind playing scavenger hunt in the fridge. Luckily for us, this year has been deemed as one of the most cost effective years for shopping for your Thanksgiving feast. It seems the cost of turkey has dropped to an average of $49.00! With the main course out of the way, it is estimated that you should be able to pull off a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal for about $75 or so. To lower costs even more, host a potluck. When everyone brings at least one dish of their own, you save and ensure there’s plenty of food for your guests.
Thanksgiving has been noted to be one of the most traveled holidays around the country. To avoid high gas prices or expensive flights, use these quick tips:
Shop around for the lowest gas prices. According to NPR, fuel prices are at the lowest levels for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2010. Whoo hoo! Prices have dropped right in time for the holidays.
See if there is a possibility of carpooling with other family members or friends to get to your destination.
Check online prices for last minute deals on flights. You may find low prices for unsold seats.
If your car is a gas guzzler, perhaps, rent a car for the occasion. Economy style cars may save you quite a bit on those fillups, especially on the lengthier trips. Speaking of cars, Enterprise is currently running a $9.99 special for economy cars. Click here for participating locations and details.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving, of course you'll want your home to look extra special for your family and friends. Here are some cost-effective ideas to make your guests feel like you went all out.
Consider making the centerpiece for the dining room table or living room. Save by shopping around at the Dollar Tree, Family Dollar or thrift stores for beautiful flowers, holiday dishes, centerpieces, table cloths and the like. I have made some beautiful seasonal arrangements using Dollar Tree flowers, candles and vases. Here are a few seasonal ideas you can make from Dollar Tree items.
If you have children, consider having the kiddos make their own Thanksgiving drawings. Then frame and place them around the house to show off their artistic ability. It will not only be a unique touch but it will be memorable time for years to come.
Try decorating in seasonal colors and select candles, use incense to give your home the scent of pumpkin, spice and home baked cakes. These can all be found at the Dollar Tree or local grocery stores.
You know when family gets together, we need fun things to do. I’m sure Uncle "I Remember When"
has tons of entertaining stories of days when gas was 25 cents per gallon and the 60s were the good ol’ days; however, I’m sure you’re looking for some different kind of entertainment this holiday season. If so, you might want to plan ahead and scour the house for fun and free things you already have tucked away. All you need is excitement, joy, and the individuality that comes with each family member to make this time photo-op ready. Here are a few ideas to pack in the fun:
Why not host a family talent show? You may be pleasantly surprised that Aunt May and Uncle John can still do cartwheels and splits at the tender age of 72! (Or possibly grossed out.)
Try looking in your closet and dust off some of those old board games that bring back memories. Everybody has, or should at least have, one of these timeless classics - Monopoly, Scrabble, Checkers, Sorry, Taboo, Yahtzee, Operation, Jenga, Battleship, Candyland or Twister.
Remember you can always pop in a great family movie or break out the Wii, Playstation or Xbox. And, TV football games also seem to be a favorite, especially when you have opposing fans under one roof.
Black Friday. Now that you've have saved for the Thanksgiving feast, don't forget to save some more for Christmas. This Black Friday, stores across the country are advertising that this is a great year to save on electronics. Check out my holiday shopping blog for more tips on what to possibly expect on Black Friday and how to find other cost effective alternatives.
Last but not least, don't forget to give THANKS. We all surely have something to be thankful for this season.
Be Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!