Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be really expensive, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you score a free turkey or match coupons to great sales, you can use these 6 tips to save money on Thanksgiving dinner. Let's take a closer look.
Get Your Turkey for Free
Many stores have offers that allow you to earn points or vouchers that can be redeemed for a free turkey. For example, you might have to spend $20 each week for 5 out of 8 weeks to earn a free turkey. If you're already spending that much money each week, take advantage of this great deal.
You definitely want to clip coupons in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Companies have so many great coupons on the items you'll need for your meal, such as pies, whipped topping, and cranberry sauce. If you're feeding a large family, be sure to purchase multiple papers. Also don't forget to check Coupons.com, SmartSource, Red Plum, and other online coupon sites.
Match Coupons to Sales
Stores also have amazing deals in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Compare the prices and then match your coupons to the sales. This can allow you to save a lot of money. In some cases, you may even get free items for your dinner.
Look for Special Promotions
As mentioned above, you can often find stores that offer free turkeys. However, there are other promotions to look out for. Instead of a turkey, some stores offer gift cards. If you shop at different stores, you should be able to score a free turkey at one store and a gift card to purchase other ingredients from another store.
Make It From Scratch
Do the math and see which items will be less expensive to make from scratch. Some items will be cheaper to purchase, especially if you match sales and coupons. However, you need to take quality and quantity into account.
Utilize Employer Gifts
Last, but not least, if your employer gives you a gift card at Thanksgiving, use it to pay for your dinner. If your employer gives you a turkey or box of ingredients, utilize these things to save on the total cost of your Thanksgiving dinner.
There are so many great ways to save money on your Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you shop the sales and match coupons or take advantage of store promotions, you can prepare a delicious meal that won't wreck your budget.