It is time for those holiday dinners again. Big family meals. Lots of cooking and spending! It really doesn't need to cost a fortune to feed your family or friends for holidays.
Right now I could do it with what I have here and not spend an extra cent. I can almost guarantee there are many others on here that could do the same.
For weeks all I heard was NO turkeys!!! It wasn't time. They started showing up here a couple weeks ago and yes the price was higher. We started at about 1.39/lb. - now they are in abundance in my area with one store selling for .33/lb. I feel confident many other stores will have lower prices this week and next to follow suit.
All the other stuff for dinners is pretty darn cheap.
Bone in turkey or ham to feed 6-8 with sides is $75. Boneless turkey or ham to feed 4-6 with sides is $60. I guess you are paying for the convenience.
In my opinion there is NOTHING that says one has to have turkey or ham for Thanksgiving or any other holiday.
Shouldn't we be grateful for what we have and what we can find and not be angry because something isn't available? I can almost bet the pilgrims did not have turkey or ham at their first celebration. LOL - If they had meat at all it was probably, fish or venison or rabbit.
The day (should be every day) is all about being thankful - not complaining.
Think outside the box if you can't afford to go out shopping, or you can't find something. Fish, beef or pork or venison roasts, chicken - fried or baked, chops, Cornish hens........ There are so many choices and they can all be fancied up.
Sides - well they are cheap. Green beans or green bean casserole - doesn't cost much. Mashed potatoes - potatoes are pretty cheap or you can jazz up packaged potatoes if desired (no shame). Gravy is basically free - drippings and a little thickening and water or milk. Sweet potatoes will be on sale. Corn fixed in any way - super inexpensive. Dressing/stuffing - dried bread, drippings and a few seasonings - pretty simple and cheap. Noodles - flour and eggs - pretty darn cheap.
Dessert - well, use what you have. It doesn't have to be all fancy. Most people are full of the main event - so dessert is just "icing on the cake" so to speak.
Easy CORN PUDDING/CASSEROLE
Love pecan pie - but the cost of pecans is prohibitive? Give this a try. It is really, really good and tastes so much like pecan pie.
If you can't afford to shop - no need for fancy rolls. Make your own or make biscuits or serve bread. Look through those cabinets and pantries and see WHAT you DO have. Use that and be thankful you can have a hot meal.
If you like turkey - well they are getting cheaper each day. You can also get turkey breast or little turkey roasts.
I saw a neat idea for making something easy and not too expensive the other day.
Use deli turkey slices - spoon dressing over each slice, roll it up (like a jelly roll) and place in a pan and smother with gravy! Heat/bake till heated through. YUM.
How about something like homemade chicken Cordon Bleu? Doesn't have to be difficult. Think sliced chicken - deli ham or even Buddig ham - cheese - coat with melted butter or egg wash and seasoned crumbs - bake!
Use your imagination and get creative. They holidays don't have to break the bank. On the contrary - it is wrong for it to do that. It is supposed to be about being thankful for what we DO HAVE.
We are so truly blessed folks. Please spread the positive vibe to all you know.
If you have no family to spend the day with - maybe have some neighbors or friends get together. Others are alone as well. It doesn't have to be a full fledged dinner - maybe coffee and dessert or a nice luncheon. Just a nice visit is worth a lot.
OR go and help serve dinner and commune with those less fortunate. That is a wonderful way to spend any day. Not only are you making others feel special/loved/nourished - but you are reaching into your self and helping. That is wonderful.
Hope this gives you a few ideas on saving a few dollars this holiday season. No need to go nuts at the grocery stores. YOU GOT THIS!