Thanksgiving On A Budget

Thanksgiving can be one daunting holiday, but November nights don't have to lead to December debt. Maximize your savings without minimizing your fun with this simple guide!

November 7, 2018

How To Stay Within Budget

If you’re trying to stick to a budget for Thanksgiving this year, I’ve got some good news--it’s much easier than you think! Just follow a few simple tips ‘n’ tricks and you’ll have the holiday of your dreams, with money to spare.

Tip 1: Portion Control

This one can be a little tricky and we always tend to buy more food than we actually need. The thought of anyone not being so stuffed that they have to undo their belt buckle might sound like a Thanksgiving nightmare! But realistically, how often do you end up throwing out those tasty leftovers and feeling guilty for being wasteful? So go ahead and adjust the serving sizes when you prep for recipes, and work out how much your guests will actually eat. The general rule of thumb is 1-1 ½ pounds of turkey per person.

Using any leftovers you do end up with, make these awesome dishes. They’re super versatile and keep all the extra food or ingredients lying around post-holiday rush from going to waste!

Waffle You Waiting For?

Turkey, Avocado, Cranberry, and Brie Waffle Melts

Half Baked Harvest

Also known as the ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Melt, this recipe puts mashed potatoes in the waffles! Plus, you can't forget the leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, brie, and some bacon and egg if you are into it.

Nacho Nibbles

Cranberry, Butternut Squash & Brie Skillet Nachos

Half Baked Harvest

These nachos are the perfect appetizer to serve at Thanksgiving or Christmas! Just look at those gorgeous red and green colors!

Quesa-Deal with It

Leftover Garlic Mashed Potato Quesadillas

Pick Up Limes

These Mashed Potato Quesadillas taste like fried perogies; served with sour cream, they're hard to beat! Plus, they're an awesome way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

Gobble, Gobble

Turkey Croquettes


This is a fantastic way to use up leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, and herbs from Thanksgiving.

Tip 2: Eat Before You Shop

Honestly, this is just good practice. If you’re at the store or even ordering online and you’re hungry, you’re gonna end up buying more than you need and spending extra on things like chocolate covered pretzels or pumpkin-shaped cookies that were not on your shopping list.

Tip 3: Plan Ahead

Have a think about what you can buy frozen. You can get great turkeys that come frozen AND are cheaper--just remember they’ll take about 24 hours to defrost. Things like vegetables can be bought frozen too and will save you a pretty penny or two.

Tip 4: Make Things From Scratch

What can be store-bought and what can be made from scratch? I get that buying ready-made dishes is tempting, but usually, you don’t need any fancy ingredients to make basic dishes. You’ll have a lot of the ingredients at home already so these recipes require a smaller investment.

All About Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Maggi Seasoning

Pickled Plum

Brussels sprouts topped with ginger, garlic, chilies, and Maggi seasoning. You'll never look at this vegetable the same way again.

Two for One

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

Why choose which pie to serve for Thanksgiving? Combine two into one with this gorgeous pumpkin sweet potato pie with lots of warm spices and a quick crust.

Tip 5: Make It A Potluck

Don’t be afraid to ask people to bring dishes or alcohol! It goes a long way to have everyone bring a little something. Especially alcohol--you can never have enough of that!

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