How to host the ultimate Affordable Thanksgiving dinner!

Thanksgiving has a reputation for being a stressful holiday, but it doesn't need to be that way. It's possible to have an awesome day with friends and family without totally blowing your budget. Here's a guide to having the ultimate affordable Thanksgiving.

Keep it Simple

Pinterest can be a great source for recipes, but don't hold yourself to an impossible standard or you'll likely end up miserable. Instead, stick to what you either know how to make or can reasonably attempt. Most basic recipes are also very affordable: think mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans. If you have a friend that knows how to make fancy dishes, consider enlisting them to supply the showstoppers. To make it even cheaper, you can make it "potluck style" where all the guest bring something to share.

Shop Carefully

Start now to compare prices on your Turkey Day essentials. Most stores publish flyers that are available online or in your local newspaper. You probably won't be able to find everything you need at one store, so keep that in mind while you do your research.

Make Side Dishes the CenterSide dishes can be a penny saver and a key ingredient in hosting the ultimate affordable Thanksgiving. Think cinnamon baked apples, maple sweet potatoes with apples and bacon, or even sliced spiced carrots.

Skip Roasting a Whole Bird
Contrary to common belief, you don’t actually need to roast a whole bird for Turkey Day. Consider roasting some pre-cut pieces of turkey or skip the turkey altogether and purchase a rotisserie chicken from the store.

Have Your Turkey Day Game Plan on Point
One of the biggest steps towards having a cheap Turkey Day? Plan ahead. Make sure you have all the right tools on hand. If you don’t have a roasting pan, relax: there are other ways to cook your turkey. Roasting pans can be expensive to buy since they only get used once or twice a year.

Consider making and freezing most of the essentials ahead of time. It could save some sanity on the big day to know that all you have to do is pop the mashed potatoes and dinner rolls in the oven after you’ve cooked the turkey.

With these tips you’ll be ready to conquer Turkey Day like a champ. It’s easy to impress your guests and stick to a budget at the same time.

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