How to Host Thanksgiving on a Budget


Let’s face it: holidays are not only stressful, they’re also expensive. A 20-pound turkey here, a few bottles of nice wine there; it adds up quickly. Instead of splurging on a fancy spread this Thanksgiving, get back to basics with these budget-friendly hosting tips.

Take Inventory

Before Turkey Day arrives, take a complete inventory of what you have in your cabinets. If you feel like you are lacking in pots, pans or wine glasses, ask your friends or family members if they would mind if you borrowed items for the day. If you’re in the market for new cookware and tableware, shop the shelves at your local Goodwill of Orange County – you’ll not only save a ton of cash, but you’ll help provide assistance to people in your community facing barriers to employment.

Buy in Bulk

If you know you’re going to be cooking for a large group, head to a wholesale store like Costco or Sam’s Club to purchase bulk items for your Thanksgiving feast at a lower cost. Even if you’re not a member, you can usually shop at the stores for a one-time fee.

Get Crafty with Home Décor

You don’t have to spend a pretty penny to create an enchanting autumnal dinner table. There are plenty of DIY décor projects that you can create with items you already have in your home. If you aren’t into crafts, you’re guaranteed to find an awesome assortment of fun fall treasures and trinkets like these at your local OC Goodwill:


Don’t Go Overboard

Let’s be honest: Thanksgiving is the most excessive holiday of them all. How many times have you heard someone say that they’ve eaten far too much food? Instead of making three different potato dishes and serving five different types of pies, keep things simple.

Go Potluck

So you’re the host, but you don’t know what to serve? Simplify your workload by assigning the potatoes, veggies, and dessert to friends and family. In doing so, you’ll save yourself the stress of extra cooking and cleaning. Not to mention, it gives you the option to put a little extra money toward your wine budget.

Waste Not, Want Not

When hunger comes a knocking in the days after Thanksgiving, whip up a delicious plate of leftovers instead of driving to Starbucks to buy a sandwich and a coffee – save that money for the Christmas shopping that lies ahead! Besides, everyone knows there is nothing better than day-old cornbread stuffing and fluffy corn casserole.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Tell us how you are celebrating in the comments below or tweet us at @OCGoodwill.

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