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How Thanksgiving can be fabulously frugal!

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Hey gang – it’s almost Thanksgiving!   

 

How did that happen?  Honest to God, it feels like I was just writing about fabulous springtime getaways and summertime projects, and now suddenly I’m seeing ads for “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on television.  I love that show, by the way.  Every Thanksgiving, I’m tempted to pull a Snoopy and launch plates of popcorn & toast at people as they sit dumbfounded around a ping-pong table. So home-video worthy…but I digress.  Charlie Brown photo: abetterbagofgroceries.com

 

This year, it’s my turn to have family over, so it’s high time for me to kick the planning into gear to get a fabulous Martha-Stewart-worthy Thanksgiving on the table.  If you’re on the hook for Thanksgiving dinner as well, and a dinner of popcorn and burnt toast on a ping pong table won’t quite cut it, read on for some fabulous strategies that will put together a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner for a fraction of the time, effort & stress of years past.

 

Step One – the Main Course:  Chances are excellent a roasted turkey will be a part of your Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever you do, don’t overspend for it! Hit your grocery the week before Thanksgiving, when sales are hitting their peak – with any luck you’ll see prices around .79/pound, perhaps even less! When it comes to deciding what size to get, go with one pound per person, then tack on 4-5 pounds for leftovers. Don’t worry about roasting it, you won’t screw it up. Just pretend it’s a big chicken, show no fear, and shove it in the oven.  Honestly, I douse mine in some olive oil, put some salt & pepper on it, baste it once an hour until it’s done, and people rave about it.  If I can do it folks, so can you.

 

Step Two - the side dishes & fun extras:  I have one word for you when it comes to the side dishes. Delegate. Seriously, give each and every one of your guests a side dish to do (or a flower arrangement to bring, or decoration to create) and watch your Thanksgiving dinner come together beautifully with nearly zero effort and stress. Think about it – every one of your guests is going to want to bring something as a hostess gift. What better gift than a side dish to be included on the table?  Have one relative in charge of potatoes, another on rolls, another on a fabulous salad, one more on yams- you get the point. Your table is stuffed with fabulous food, and your stove burners aren’t doing quadruple overtime. Win-win in my book.Thanksgiving dinner photo: sweetadditions.net

 

Step Three – the desserts!  I have very simple rules regarding desserts at Thanksgiving.  More is better, and carbs don’t count. I’m a fan of the “four or more” desserts for this fabulous holiday.  I have wonderful family that loves to linger around the table, and I find that four separate desserts, combined with some strong coffee (to make the calories melt away) is just the ticket to keep conversation going for easily an hour after the turkey is put away.  It’s fabulous.

 

Above all else gang, remember what this wonderful holiday is for – to give thanks for all of our blessings and show those closest to us how much we care.  If you’re anything like me, you’re marveling at how quickly the year has gone by – make Thanksgiving the day to kick back and enjoy every minute with family and friends.  


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

 

 

Kristen Hagopian is a Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host & Author of “Brilliant Frugal Living”.  “The Kristen Hagopian Show – Living a Luxurious Life, for Less!” airs Thursday and Saturdays on Philadelphia’s WWDB-AM 860-Talk.  You can find Kristen online at www.BrilliantFrugalLiving.com

 

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Charlie Brown photo: abetterbagofgroceries.com

Thanksgiving dinner photo: sweetadditions.net