Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Tips and Recipes

Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

The holiday season can get expensive fast. Thanksgiving dinner is just one of those extra expenses that you have to think about this season.

We know it can be a challenging time for many financially. Let us help you save a little extra money this year with some budget friendly tips and recipes. 

Budget Friendly Tips

One tip that we have when grocery shopping is buying the generic brand. Rather than spending extra money to have the name brand product, swap it for something cheaper. Studies have shown that people who purchase generic products have the potential to save an average of $11 a week on groceries. 

Another money saving tip to use when shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner is to look at the frozen section for produce. Many times, this can be cheaper than buying fresh produce. Along with being cheaper, it can often last longer than fresh produce. You might even be able to buy in bulk and store the rest for another time. 

The last tip is to watch where you are shopping for your groceries. It might be a good idea to compare prices at your local grocery stores to see what the best options are for you. Places like Aldi, Save A Lot, and other budget friendly stores can be just as good for almost half the price. 

Budget Friendly Recipes

Everyone knows the best part of Thanksgiving is the food, but creating recipes that don’t break the bank can be a challenge. Often we are cooking for a lot of people, which can add up. Here are some Thanksgiving recipes that you will love- and best of all won’t hurt your wallet!

Roasted Turkey

The star of the table every Thanksgiving is the turkey. It can be easy to complicate this dish, but sometimes simple is better. This recipe uses simple and inexpensive ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen! Check the recipe out here.

Sweet Potatoes

Whether you call them yams or sweet potatoes, there’s no doubt they are one of everyone’s favorite on Thanksgiving Day. Keep it simple with this cinnamon sweet potato recipe. There are only a few ingredients, but this dish does not lack flavor. 

Cranberry Orange Sauce

This budget friendly side dish has only four ingredients! Cranberries, sugar, oranges, and a cinnamon stick make up this dish. Try it out at your next Thanksgiving gathering! 

Mashed Potatoes

Rather than spending money on a heavy cream, opt for your basic milk. This is something that you most likely already have in your fridge. Sometimes when we buy specific ingredients that are only needed for one dish, we end up wasting a lot of the product. This recipe for Mashed Potatoes uses milk, saving us a trip to the grocery store and allows you to utilize what you might already have.

It is important to remember that you don’t have to break the bank to have an excellent Thanksgiving dinner! In the end, it’s more important that we focus on the people we are with rather than what’s on the table. This year, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving celebrated with all of the people, things and foods you’re thankful for.