Tips for Planning Your Holiday Meal on a Budget
As the Holidays are fast approaching, I can’t help but think about the elaborate dinner. The holidays around this house get quite hectic and rather expensive. Especially dinner. Planning Your Holiday Meal is a great way to minimize your costs, your stress and maximize your free time closer to the big day.
Having Thanksgiving so close to Christmas is perfect for our large family of ten. I love to take this time to stock up on our holiday meal must haves while shopping for our Thanksgiving meal.
I have always found that prices are always better during other festive holidays where a dinner is being prepared from the bird and ham itself right down to the cranberry sauce and boxed stuffing (if that’s your thing).
With that being said, grabbing an extra turkey or ham along with a couple of extra cans of cranberry sauce or other key sides you like to prepare, also means more money for gifts or that one special new decoration you’ve been eyeing.
Stuffing you say? I bake a couple of loaves a few days in advance, slice it and lest a little air get at it. This helps with flavour absorption, especially from the bird. Is this sacrifice of love worth it you ask? The look of contentment on my family’s faces tells me that yes, yes it is.
When you really think about it, holiday dinners aren’t much different than your regular Sunday family dinners, the exception being, of course, the meat. Bearing that in mind, it’s also a great way to recycle your older veggies and keep proper rotation practices.
So, my tips in a nutshell:
- Buy your crucial items at different times other than the holiday run.
- Buy your bird and or ham when they are on sale or right after a different holiday as the price gets even cheaper.
- Make your own stuffing.
- Recycle those older veggies from the fridge and pantry.
What are some of your hacks to a Holiday Meal on a Budget?