Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Thanksgiving Dinner On A Budget
This year I am having 9 people in for dinner at my place and I want to share with you my tips for keeping the meal within budget.
To begin, I do a complete kitchen purge. This includes cupboards, fridge and freezer. During the purge I throw out all expired items and I set out any items that may be close in expiry so that I can incorporate them into the meal so that they do not go to waste.
Once the purge is complete - I plan the meal which includes making a list which I am very strict about following! Once your list is complete, you can use app's like FLIPP to help find items on sale. Personally, I do a lot of my shopping at Walmart because they do price match and generally by rule of thumb offer the lower prices anyways. For example: I know I will be using canned cranberry sauce, I type it into the search engine and it tells me that Lawton's Drugs has it on sale this week for $1.69 (where as generally it's around $1.99 at Walmart). I make a note of this and print screen it so that when I go to Walmart I can show the cashier easily without having to search through loose flyers.
Since I will be feeding a few mouths - but I am also a mom to a 4 month old - we have opted to use frozen vegetables vs. fresh vegetables. Although there isn't much difference in our grocery bill because of the type of veggies I bought - it definitely will cut down on the prep time which for me is just as fantastic.
Boyce Farmers and the Northside Market have a wide variety of vendors who do the baking for you. If there's something special you want most of them take orders in advance as well.
For those of you who want to cook your own deserts - an app that I recommend that I really enjoy which includes step by step videos is Tasty. If you don't have a smart phone - they do have a YouTube page that has a lot of their videos posted too.
Get the APP from the Android Store Here
Get the APP from iTunes Here
Some other sites you might find useful this Thanksgiving are:
Health Canada Poultry Safety
Recipes for Turkey Leftovers on Pinterest
So there you have it - it's not really much but hopefully it's a bit of help for those of you who are dreading the "meal" part of the holidays!
From my family to yours - Happy Thanksgiving :)