Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Holidays & Special Occasions Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

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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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