Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tips to Save you Time & Money this Thanksgiving Video + so much more!


Hello friends! I hope your evening is going well. I am back sharing a video that I hope many of you find helpful. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought I would share some tips on saving money and time over this big holiday. Hope you enjoy! 


I have a bunch of thanksgiving videos and recipes you might also find helpful...just in case you are interested; here they are:

This Thanksgiving Binder made a world of difference when I started using it. 



I also shared our detailed Thanksgiving schedules which kept everything flowing in a very helpful timely kind of way. 


This pumpkin icebox cake is a twist to the traditional pumpkin pie that we always make. If you want something a bit different check out this recipe:


Here are two other Thanksgiving Desserts that are easy and fun to make. The mini pumpkin pies were a hit in our home as well as the little rolo pretzel bites. 


Here is another holiday favorite that can either be made for Thanksgiving or Christmas but being it's a orange cranberry holiday cheesecake; its perfect for Thanksgiving. 


Having just one holiday drink instead of trying to stock a bar is a great way to cut down cost. This easy delicious holiday sangria is aaaaaamazing! 


Being we have family coming in for Thanksgiving breakfast the next morning is a must. This year I think we are going to have a waffle bar of sorts but these Mason Jar Breakfast Casseroles are easy to prepare ahead of time and a warm breakfast for family and friends after the big holiday. 


I also fixed these mason jar yogurt, granola and blueberry parfaits for anyone wanting something lighter. Again they are super easy to make and can be made ahead of time. 


Heres our holiday vlog from last year.....just in case you are interested in checking it out. 


So as I mentioned in the 1st video there are a lot of ways to save money on Thanksgiving. If you are cooking for your family and friends, do your best to start NOW! I mean seriously....start as soon as you can. Start planning, hunting for coupons and checking online for sales in the stores you will be shopping in. Make sure you take advantage of every deal you can. 

I like doing as much ahead of time as possible. I don't want to be in the kitchen all the time. Instead I want to visit with my family and friends. But our family and friends can also help by bringing their own wine or beer. They can bring a dish or some bread. It's nice to have the extra help when cooking for a crowd. Speaking of cooking always always make enough for two extra people. You never know who will wonder in or who will want extras. I don't think a huge menu is necessary. I think most of us can stick to the basics and not make those dishes that no one likes. I like to talk to the people coming to see if there is anything special they want me to make but I really try hard to pre plan the menu and I stick to it. And before I go shopping, I look through the online ads for coupons that I can print off or copy to my phone to save even more. Right now there are tons of sales happening. I recommend if you can, buy extra because of those sale items. 

You also don't have to spend money on decorations and such. There are woodlands everywhere and you can gather up a lot that would make any table beautiful. ( I might just show you what I mean soon! ) And you if you use or your imagination or pinterest...you'll find that you probably already have everything you need for a beautiful table. 

Also I know a lot of people like a simple prayer for Thanksgiving and not always sure what to say. I think this pretty simple prayer is easy to learn and perfect for any dinner. 
If you have any tips of your own for Thanksgiving or any holiday for that matter, please share them. I know all of us are just trying to have a beautiful dinner with our family and friends without breaking the bank. I hope the video gave you a few suggestions! Thanks so much for stopping by.I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

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