The holidays are the perfect time for family and friends to gather. If you are planning on hosting this year and are concerned about your party costing a fortune, below are some guidelines to help you save money on your next celebration.
Before hitting the supermarkets, check your own pantry to see if you already have some basic items for your meals. For instance, you can make savory dishes using chicken stock, spices, and olive oil and most desserts will require flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar. It is important that you take note of what you have so you do not end up with duplicates.
Shopping before the holiday’s approach means you will get special deals and a better selection.
Anticipate your Spending
Factor in your holiday meal shopping into your budget so that you do not find yourself in a financial dilemma later on down the road.
Stick to Your List
Before you shop, make a list of exactly what you need. Then, make sure that you do not deviate from this list because this can lead to unnecessary purchases and overspending.
Buy In-Season Foods
In-season produce is generally less expensive because it is readily available. During the winter months, focus your meals around dishes that feature produce like pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, cranberries, pears, oranges, cauliflower, broccoli, and mushrooms.
Make it a Potluck
Share the responsibility of cooking with your guests. You can prepare the main dish, such as the turkey, and you can request that each of your guests bring a side dish. You can also have each of your guests bring their favorite alcohol to cut back on costs and so that there is a wide variety of drinks to choose from.
Utilize your Leftovers
You can continue saving even when the celebration is over by munching on your leftovers for a few days after your party. Not only will this save you money, but it will also save you time preparing more food.