With holidays fast approaching, many people are beginning to plan their big family meals. Along with these plans comes the stress of budgeting for that delicious meal. We’ve got our top tips for taking the stress out of your holiday planning!
Set Your Budget
Work within your means and don’t break the bank by overspending. Start setting aside cash from each paycheck now so that you won’t be sweating it on shopping day.
Cut Down On The Big Costs
Opt for a hot cocoa and cider bar rather than an alcohol bar. Even if you go all out with toppings like marshmallows, peppermint sticks, whipped cream and sprinkles, you’ll still save tons on the cost.
No one is going to know the difference between name brand or generic cranberry sauce or green beans. In some cases you’ll save over 50% on price.
You’d be surprised at the quality of festive décor that can be found at your local dollar store. Stop in to find place mats, chargers, silverware and decorations and DIY crafts.
Distribute The Work
Ask guests to bring a favorite side dish or dessert to give yourself a break and focus on the main dishes. This will also bring down some of the cost of the holiday meal. And who doesn’t like the chance to showcase their signature dishes!
Start Shopping Now
Pick up some of the canned goods and other shelf-stable parts of your meal with each shopping trip between now and the big holiday. You’ll feel more prepared and the costs will be distributed throughout the months leading up to the holidays rather than all at once.
Don’t waste money on entertainment, set up tables after dinner to play card or board games, plan a white elephant gift exchange, or plan to make gingerbread houses. Gingerbread isn’t just for Christmas, try making spooky haunted gingerbread houses for Halloween!