Plan for a fabulously frugal Thanksgiving
It’s almost Thanksgiving! How did that happen? Honest to goodness, it feels like I was just writing about fabulous summertime projects and warm-weather getaways, and now suddenly I’m seeing commercials for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.” I just adore that show – it gets better every year.
If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving, it’s time to kick the planning into high gear to get a fabulous Thanksgiving on the table. If your previous gatherings led to ridiculous stress (and quite possibly – massive overspending) read on for some highly-effective strategies that will put together
a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner for a fraction of the time, effort and stress of years past. Step one – the main
course: If you’re anything like me, chances are excellent a roasted turkey will be a part of your Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever you do, don’t overspend for it! Hit your grocery the week before Thanksgiving, when sales are hitting their peak – with any luck you’ll see prices at all time lows! I’m even seeing some big grocery chains offering a turkey for free when you spend $100 – what’s not to love? When it comes to deciding what size to buy, my foolproof formula is always to go with one pound per person, then tack on 4-5 pounds for leftovers. Don’t worry about roasting it, you won’t screw it up. Just pretend it’s a big chicken, show no fear, and shove it in the oven. Honestly, I douse mine in some olive oil, put some salt and pepper on it, baste it once an hour until it’s done, and people rave about it. If I can do it folks, so can you. Step two - the side dishes and fun extras: I have one word for you when it comes to the side dishes. Delegate. Seriously, give each and every one of your guests a side dish to do (or a flower arrangement to bring, or decoration to create) and watch your Thanksgiving dinner come together beautifully with greatly minimized effort and stress. Think about it – every one of your guests is going to want to bring something as a gift, what better gift than a side dish to be included on the table? Have one relative in charge of potatoes, another on appetizers, another on a fabulous salad, one more on yams, you get the point.
Your table is stuffed with fabulous food, and your stove burners aren’t doing quadruple overtime. Winwin in my book. Step three – the desserts!: I have very simple rules regarding desserts at Thanksgiving. More is better, and carbs don’t count. I’m a fan of the “four or more” desserts for this fabulous holiday. I have wonderful family that loves to linger around the table, and I find that four separate desserts, combined with some strong coffee (to make the calories melt away) is just the ticket to keep conversation going for easily an hour after the turkey is put away. It’s fabulous.
Gang, above all else, remember what this wonderful holiday is for – to give thanks for all of our blessings and show those closest to us how much we care. If you’re anything like me, you’re marveling at how quickly the year has gone by – make Thanksgiving the day to kick back and enjoy every minute with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
Kristen Hagopian is a Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host, Columnist & Author of Brilliant Frugal Living. She cohosts WCHE 1520’s Morning Show, and “Dad and Daughter Talk Real Estate” with local Keller Williams Realtor John Herreid Wednesdays at 5:00P (www.johnherreid.com). She was raised in Delaware County, and now resides in Chester County with her husband and kids. You can find her online at www. BrilliantFrugalLiving.com