November 16, 2009

Tip of the day

My biggest money savings tips for Thanksgiving are to take stock of what all you need for the meal before you go to the store and delegate foods to other family members if at all possible.  Decide the menu and then look at ALL of the ingredients that would go into each dish to make sure you have what you need.  There have been studies on how making extra trips to stores almost always ensures that you will buy more than you have planned.  Try to go to the grocery store alone during off peak hours.  This week and next week tend to be pretty busy at the stores, which means that it will be harder for you to concentrate on what you have bought, the price per unit, your coupons, and what is left to buy.  If you can go at night or very early in the morning when someone else is able to take care of the children, it will make things a little easier.  As part of taking stock try to use what you have in your pantry already.  For instance, if I have butternut squash or sweet potatoes on hand, I might make a pie out of one of those instead of canned pumpkin.  Asking others to bring foods to the meal (or asking the host or hostess if you can bring something) really can help.  I'm sure those are tips that you have already thought of these, but I hope they were helpful reminders just in case. 

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