Thanksgiving is a time for thanks and giving, but are you “giving” too much money to the grocery store each year? We compiled a list of 5 ways that you can reduce your grocery bill this Thanksgiving and save some of the money you would’ve spent for Christmas.
- Make it a potluck
Many guests will ask what they can bring to the party…and this year, let them! As the host, you can prepare the main dish as well as drinks and such, but let your guests bring a side dish, dessert, or their favorite cocktail. Keep track of what each of your guests are bringing to the dinner and you can finish up by making anything that is missing from the menu.
- Keep an eye on local deals
Pay attention to local sales add a few weeks in advance of your Thanksgiving dinner and shop the sales. Make sure to get non-perishable items or foods that can be frozen if the shelf life isn’t very long. By paying attention to bargains early on, you won’t be stuck buying whatever is left on the shelf on the eve of Thanksgiving.
- Order Groceries Online
It can be hard not to stray from your well-planned list when shopping in a grocery store. The very layout and product placement is meant to entice you to make spur of the moment decisions to add items to your cart that weren’t planned. By ordering online, you can get only what you need and avoid waiting in long checkout lines.
- Buy Wine in Bulk
If you’re supplying the wine for your event, check out the bulk or “case” offers at your local stores. Many stores offer a discount on wine when buying in bulk (6 or more at a time.) Even if you’re hosting a small affair, you can save what you have left for Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
- Become An Extreme “Holiday” Couponer
If you still need to save some dough this holiday season, start collecting coupons! We’ve listed some awesome tips below on how to get started and what you should know to save the most money.
- Only use coupons on items that are already on sale.
- Forget brand loyalty and choose the brand that gets you the most for your money.
- Plan what you’re going to buy before you enter the store and do not stray from your list. The displays at the end of each aisle are meant to entice you to add additional items to your cart because they’re easily accessible. If it’s not on your list, don’t buy it.
- If there is a coupon for an item that you use frequently, get multiple coupons and stock up when that item is on sale.
- Stores will usually allow you to use a store coupon and a merchant coupon on the same item which really helps lower the price! You may want to check your local stores coupon policy.
Do you have a tip on how you save money during the holidays? Tell us in the comments!