Posted by Tim Stobbs on September 27, 2007
I’ve managed to avoid this for almost thirty years, but it finally caught up with me. We are hosting Thanksgiving for my family, which will be 14 people. The good news is I think we can pull off dinner for around $40 to 50 total. How can I do that? With just a few simple steps.
1) Stop being so proud and ask for some help. Get your family to bring over some food. My wife put out the deal that every family has to bring one dish. That way we only have to provide the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and the drink.
2) Plan ahead. We decided to host this about a month ago, the reason being we could space out the costs so it didn’t hit me all at once three days before the big event. My wife also did some research and got a recipe from her mom to do stuffing in a slow cooker making our lives much easier on the big day.
3) Watch for sales. The advantage of deciding to host Thanksgiving in advance is we can watch for a good sale on turkey. The other mistake most people make is they assume people will each much more turkey than reasonable. With a full spread of salads, potatoes and dessert you only need about 1/2 pound of turkey per person unless you want to be swimming in left over turkey.
So that’s my tips for a cheap thanksgiving. If you got some ideas to help, please leave a comment.