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    Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

    Thanksgiving dinner?the table piled high with turkey, ham, mashed
    potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy, deviled
    eggs, macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole, crescent rolls?and
    don't forget the pumpkin pie, spice cake, apple cider, and fruit
    salad. Regardless of the menu, the fact is that there is always too
    much food! And as a single parent, you are on a budget. So how do
    you cope with Thanksgiving dinner?

    If you have a large family, suggest having each person bring a
    particular part of the meal. Preparation, time, effort, and cost are
    then spread evenly throughout the family rather than becoming the
    responsibility of the host. If you have a smaller family, resolve to
    only fix the amount of food needed to feed everyone and then stick
    to your resolution. You can still have each person bring a dish, but
    make sure everyone knows not to go overboard. Leftovers are grand,
    but not at the expense of your bank account. Limit yourself to the
    amount of money and time you can afford to spend and stick to it.

    One family I know found that they were spending Thanksgiving making
    themselves sick at the dinner table and then lazing in front of the
    television letting all those calories go straight to the hips. They
    had completely lost the feeling of what it meant to recognize the
    things for which they were thankful. They don't have Thanksgiving
    dinner anymore. Instead, they join area churches in preparing and
    serving Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and the less fortunate
    in their city. Various churches pull together so that they are able
    to address the growing situation of poverty as it spreads throughout
    our communities. Catholics, Baptist, Episcopalians, and Pentecostals
    stand side by side and serve those that wouldn't eat that day
    without their help. After all the homeless and less fortunate are
    served, the volunteers then fix their own plates from the same food
    that was prepared for those they served. They sit together at the
    same table as those men, women, and children and share in their
    thankfulness, realizing how fortunate they truly are. My friends
    have found that having their family work together in this endeavor
    has brought them closer to each other and to their community. In
    fact, community service has become a household phrase and when they
    sit down to their dinner table it is a common topic.

    Some people begin buying their Thanksgiving dinner months in
    advance, putting turkeys in the freezer, stockpiling yams and
    cranberry sauce, and making sure that their budgets don't feel a
    crunch right before the big event. Some make special efforts to clip
    coupons or to take advantage of the holiday specials that certain
    stores run (ex. Spend $35 a week for 6 weeks and get $20 of
    groceries for free). All these ideas are certainly great ways to
    cope with holiday budget constraints.

    Another way to handle the holiday dinner on a budget is to consider
    leaving the traditional Thanksgiving fare behind and focusing on
    ancestry. Do a bit of research in to your family ancestry and
    discover the foods of which a traditional dinner would consist. In
    most cases, you will find that traditional fare is much more budget-
    friendly than the usual Thanksgiving feast. And you can learn more
    about your family and culture, which will give you another item to
    add to your list of things for which you are thankful.

    Whatever you choose, make sure that you focus on what is truly
    important - the fact that you have your family and so very much for
    which to be thankful.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Re: : Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

    To me Thanksgiving was all ways about family gathering. When my kids are all
    gone and holidays roll around and they are not able to come over to spend
    holidays with their parents, I will then and only then go and help those that
    are less fortune. In today's busy life and schedules I find it a privilege and
    a blessing that my family can get together on holidays. I do feel sad for those
    who are less fortune, and I have spent my last 18 years volunteering more hours
    than people who work part time. But I do need to have family time. And we do
    enjoy a good meal and having that on holidays is not a sin. I know there will
    be days when I will be spending holidays alone as my kids leave home, but now I
    do want to enjoy their company and memories with them.


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