The holiday of being thankful shouldn’t also be the holiday of being broke — after all, turkeys and the other delicious food that goes into a Thanksgiving feast can be quite a strain on your wallet. So AARP took the initiative of putting together some tips on how to spend less:
Perhaps the simplest way to cut the cost of Thanksgiving dinner is to rein in the number of dishes you serve. “People typically overspend on Thanksgiving,” says Kit Yarrow, a consumer psychologist and professor at Golden Gate University. “The more different dishes prepared, the more money spent.”
While Thanksgiving meals are traditionally about abundance, in tough economic times focusing on a couple of side dishes to go along with the turkey is a surefire way to reduce your grocery bill. Pick recipes that require just a few common ingredients that you probably already have in the house. Avoid complicated casserole and side dishes that call for expensive, exotic spices like saffron.
Check out the rest here. (And have a Happy Thanksgiving!)