11 Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving in 2019

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving

(Find out how #8 can make you money today!)

Do you want to save money on Thanksgiving?

Of course!

Helpful ways to help you save money on Thanksgiving Day so you can focus on what is MOST important.

Don’t forget to check out these 15 simple ways to save money this month for ideas that you can implement year-round.

If you are like me and sometimes think what’s the point of all this hustle and bustle?!

We mommas set the pace and atmosphere for the holidays. So remember, as you are trying to take care of everyone and make this a special holiday, taking care of your self will be the factor that will get you to save money this Thanksgiving.

When you are feeling healthy and balanced, you will make better spending decisions. Here is one way to kick start the Thanksgiving season.

Practice Gratitude

If you start practicing gratitude now and continue throughout the holidays, you can curve your wantitis (where you feel like you want and need everything). Being grateful comes with a long list of benefits so try writing down 5, 3 or even 1 thing you are grateful for that day.

After all, it is called THANKSgiving!


Now that you are in the right mindset, here are some ways to save money this Thanksgiving.


Don’t do it all by yourself! I know you can but don’t! If you are alone, go over to a friend or family or neighbors house.

If you are hosting, then have everyone BYOD (Bring Your Own Dish) or do it Potluck style. Save your legs, time and MONEY by letting others contribute to the meal.

Pro tip: Give out food assignments or make a list of options people can choose to bring.

2- Keep it Simple

The more extravagant the meal the more money it will cost.

Ingredients can add up to be the most expensive part of your dinner.

It’s always fun to impress your company with a new recipe. However, it is more impressive to say how much you saved by keeping it simple.

Look for what you have in your pantry and stick to the basics

Here are 60 5 ingredients (or less) options for you for Thanksgiving dinner.

Your wallet will thank you later.

3-Volunteer and Give time

Stop spending money and start spending time helping others on this special holiday.

When you put other’s needs before your wants, something magical happens. Check your local food bank, homeless shelter, retirement home, safe house, or hospital to see what needs are around you.

A few non-profit organizations to help your search:

4-Go Green

Using washable dishes and utensils may not save time but it does save money.

When hosting Thanksgiving, using actual dishes will save money, help the ecosystem and look great for the setup.

Pro tip: Get a headcount of all that are attending. Decide whether your wanting to rinse plates for pie and dessert or if smaller plates will be provided.

5-Plan to freeze food and use for later meals

A Thanksgiving dinner can add up in price compared to a typical meal family meal. Instead of stuffing yourself till you literally can not take one more bite or you might throw up, freeze what you can and save the rest for a 2nd dinner tomorrow.

What Thanksgiving food is ok to freeze after being cooked?

Click here to find 10 of your basic Thanksgiving items that should (or should not) be frozen.

6- Homemade vs. Store-bought?

You may be expecting to save money by putting in the labor of love and making everything from scratch. That is what I thought, “wrongo”. Here is the 4-1-1 on making things from scratch vs. buying them at a store.

There are some food dishes that simply cost less buying them canned and/or from a store. It may reduce the quality and that may or may not be fancied at Thanksgiving dinner. Nonetheless, when the goal is to save money this Thanksgiving some of those preferences can be sacrificed.

Green Bean Casserole is one of those meals that buying canned green beans saves more money than fresh green beans.

Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Banana Cream Pie and more are some of those menu items that may or may not save you money. It costs approximately $2-5 to make a pie from scratch.

It costs $3.99 and up for store-bought pies. If you are looking for a basic pie, you will save money and time by buying it from the store. On the other hand, if you are looking for quality and savings, then home-made pie wins every time.

So take some time to compare how much it costs to buy or make the dishes your preparing for Thanksgiving.

7-Start Buying Now

Preparation is going to be your best friend when it comes to saving. Whether you are shopping for the next big holiday or Sunday dinner, preparing will save you money every time.

Something happens in our brain when we are desperate, it’s the last minute, and we have no choice but to buy that item all full price.

If you know what you are cooking for Thanksgiving, then buy one or two things on the list each week you go shopping for your regular groceries. This will help with stay within your grocery budget and not have a big spike for the holidays or special occasions.

Action Tip: Taking away one item you would normally get when grocery shopping and replacing it with an item for Thanksgiving dinner.

Skip the chips this week and grab a few boxes of stuffing. It will save you from the desperate, last-minute rush mindset and help you stay in control of your budget.

8- Coupons, Coupons, and More Coupons

Eh, just hearing the word coupons may make you want to space off till the next section. I get it!

Being a mom with little ones, just getting to the store each week is a miracle. Every second you are inside could be the difference between a pleasant experience and a total meltdown! Once the meltdown hits I think I would pay $5 to get out of the situation alive.

So why mention the coupons?!

Because there is a better way!

Remember when I said preparing will become your best friend when saving?

The same goes for grocery prepping. When you shop online you have easy access to all the coupons your local store has that week. Also, since you are online, you can easily sign up and shop through these money-saving sites that give you an extra discount.

Want to make $10 to Walmart right now?! Sign up for Rakuten and start saving money today. They have over 2,500 stores that pay them for sending traffic their way, so they pay you a percentage back. These stores include Amazon, Walmart, and Macy’s. I could get all my holiday shopping done at those stores!

Don’t have time to shop online? Ibotta has got you covered! Just scan your receipt and they will track all the items and pay you for the coupons or deals you might have missed. You can also shop online and get paid just to shop through there site. Make $20 by signing up today!

That’s $30 you made to help with your Thanksgiving day savings!

9-Buy Generic

Just do it. It is like there is a free coupon for almost every item in the store! If you buy generic brands you will save money.

Why do people not buy them then? I used to think that the generic brands were just not as good. However, that is usually not the case. Most of the time what you are shopping for is an ingredient and the majority of people won’t taste the difference.

If there are some favorite name-brand items that simply don’t taste the same, then stick with those and look for other items you can save by going generic.

10-Save on seasonal subscriptions on amazon

Did you know you can buy groceries on Amazon?!

There are two major holidays coming up and I am sure a handful of family parties and get-togethers. You will be needing food. So save yourself the hassle of going to the store and buy online on Amazon. If you subscribe you get 15% off your order!

Yes, please!!

The best part is you can cancel ANYTIME. So make your order and save money for Thanksgiving.

In other words, if you happen to get in a fight with your in-laws or Great Aunt Shela and want to cancel the rest of your holiday get-togethers, Boom!, you can cancel at no cost or penalty.

11-Buy Seasonal Produce

If fruits, veggies, or herbs are in season, they will typically cost less. Pay attention to what fresh food is on sale and plan of your Thanksgiving side dishes around that.

If you are not sure what seasonal food you are in, this website will help you pinpoint your location and time of year to know exactly what is most available to save money this Thanksgiving.

This will help you save money year-round as you budget for future meals. Having the goal to plan your meals around what produce items are in season, so you can get the most bang for your buck!

Final Thoughts

Thanksgiving is a whole holiday focused on gratitude for what you have right now at this very moment. When we take control of our finances and don’t let our finances control us, we actively remember that the people and making memories are much more important than a Pinterest perfect Thanksgiving Day table.

Don’t forget to practice gratitude as often as possible to get in the right mindset.

Hopefully, this list will help take some of the stress of holiday spending off your shoulders. As you implement these money-saving tips, you will find yourself more excited to take on these next few months AND more focused on memories with the ones you love!

Happy Holidays!! XOXO

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