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Hello Frugal Holiday Planners,

The weather is cooling off while the holiday preparations are heating up, with Thanksgiving already coming up next week! I’m so excited to be seeing family and friends – it’s one of the best parts of the holiday season. Although, hosting get-togethers can be pricey if we try to live up to all the social media posts and commercials. It does not need to be expensive, and it won’t be if you prepare with frugality in mind!

First, let’s talk about decorations. I’m sure you have seen some beautiful pictures of fantastic homes and tables of artfully crafted food. You don’t need to live up to those pictures, and it’s best if you don’t try. When money is tight, keep the entertaining simple. Use the decorations you have on hand and use them in a new way or place them differently than you have in the past.

…And then there is the food. Again, if you don’t have a plan, the cost can get out of control fast! So, remember to keep it simple. Here are some ideas:

  • If the weather outside is frightful… a game night in is so delightful! Game nights are fun for all ages and are free if you play cards or games you already have. Local libraries also have lots of free board games and DVDs you can check out too. No need to provide a full meal while hosting – hot chocolate and popcorn are the perfect game night snack!
  • If you have friends and family who love the snow – you can host for a “Snowman Building Contest” in your backyard. Have everyone bring hats, scarves and other items to “decorate” their snowman. Pick someone to be the judge and see who wins!
  • You don’t have to just invite people over for dinner – inviting them for coffee and dessert, or a Saturday morning brunch of coffee and coffee cake can be just as fun and save you money.
  • Don’t make all the food yourself – people are happy to bring a dish! A carry-in or a “theme” night (baked potato bar, taco bar, etc.) is great when everyone can chip in. If you provide a casserole, ask guests to provide the sides, appetizers, dessert or drinks. Save money by using the foods you have on hand.
  • Food boards are quite popular this year, but they can be expensive, which is another opportunity for you to let guests help by supplying items for the food theme that you have planned.

I have also attached a recipe for a casserole that you can make with whatever you have on hand! Make sure to check it out to save yourself time and money. 😊


Happy hump day!


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