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A Frugal Thanksgiving

By: Joshua Unseth-- 2010-10-14 2:00 am --

Thanksgiving can be a great time for family to gather and share love, laughs, and great food. It can also be a time where great amounts of money can be spent if you’re not careful. Lots of people want to get on the road for travel; others may choose the air. Many other people want to host the gatherings and buy tons of food. That may be fine for all of those that actually want to do those things. You may be frugal if you don’t fall into that category. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s still possible to have a frugal Thanksgiving that’s exciting and joyous with a little creativity.

The first line of defense against overspending starts with the travel. You obviously need to check to see if it would be cheaper to fly than it would be to drive. Sometimes you may be pleasantly surprised. You can be certain that tickets will be quite costly on the day before Thanksgiving. You need to consider your vacation time. If you have at least vacation time you can fly in earlier. It would give you more time to spend with the family, and you may even find cheaper tickets.

If you make the choice to drive, on the other hand, you will need to look for different ways to save. Take the time to pack snacks, beverages, and sandwiches during your travel. You could stop several times and you might find yourself paying several dollars for a candy bar, lottery ticket, and a bag of chips just because it’s convenient. The inconvenience of so-called convenience stores can really take a toll on your wallet. Don’t travel without any awareness of what you’re spending. It’s easy to lose track of what you’re spending when you’re on the road, but you can maximize your savings by heading directly to your destination. Resist the urge to take the detours for the sake of shopping. You’re in town to enjoy the company of family and friends. You’re already spending money with a road trip. There’s no need to add an unnecessary items to your travel expenses.

If you’re in the same city as your family members you should consider yourself lucky. You don’t have to worry about traveling, but you may spend just as much time and money if you’re hosting. It’s hard to save if you’re hosting, but it’s still possible. The most important thing involves obtaining a count. This helps you reduce the possibility of buying and preparing more than you actually need.

Once you have determined the number of guests you should take the time to delegate. A good way to save here involves getting family members to bring dishes. Others can bring beverages. This helps you cut down your cost tremendously. Take the load off yourself by making a joint effort with family. This will help you enjoy Thanksgiving without the stress of preparing huge meals and spending large sums of money that you may not necessarily possess.