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Money Saving Tips for Hosting A “Friends-giving” – The One Where You Don’t Break the Bank



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Thanksgiving is approaching, and you know what that means – time for a "Friends-giving" that even Monica Geller would be proud of.
Feasting on Thanksgiving Thriftiness

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and celebration – it shouldn’t leave your wallet feeling empty afterwards. So, in the spirit of our favorite sitcom, Friends, let’s explore some hosting tips that will help you organize a memorable “Friends-giving.”

Visit Walmart, Longos, McEwan Fine Foods, or Legends Haul. Make sure to use the Moola app, available on both the App Store and Google Play to up to 5% EXTRA on grocery store purchases.

Identify the must-have main dishes that capture the essence of the holiday and prioritize them. This way, you can allocate your budget effectively, ensuring that every dollar spent enhances the dining experience.

Keep an eye out for Thanksgiving sales and discounts at your local grocery stores. Look for deals on essentials like turkey, canned goods, and baking supplies in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

To stay within budget, consider substituting ingredients with those in season near you, as well as purchasing or baking alternative dishes like sweet potato pie.

Cooking a Thanksgiving family-sized meal alone is a lot of pressure. Host a potluck-style Thanksgiving where each guest brings a dish representing their cultural background. This not only reduces your cooking load but also introduces your guests to a delightful array of international flavors. 

Assign each guest a specific course or dish to prepare, such as appetizers, sides, or desserts. Coordinate in advance to avoid duplications and ensure a balanced menu. 

Remember to bring wear your Thanksgiving pants because there will be a lot of food and plenty of leftovers for the next day.

Opt for an interactive dining experience by setting up food stations for a buffet-style meal.

Choose dishes that allow guests to customize their plates, such as a mashed potato bar with various toppings or a taco station with different fillings and condiments. Not only does this approach encourage mingling and conversation, but it can also be a cost-effective way to serve a variety of dishes without the need for elaborate plating.

Create a cozy and inviting ambiance on a budget by crafting or thrifting your decorations. Collect fallen leaves, pinecones, and branches to make rustic centerpieces. DIY decorations add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table without breaking the bank.

If decorations are too outside-the-box, do the bare minimum by cleaning and fixing any broken lights. Create a backdrop for great photos so you a capture moments for IG and to look back on fondly.

Cheers to a Memorable Thanksgiving

By incorporating these tips, you can host a memorable and budget-friendly Thanksgiving feast in Canada that revolves around delicious food spending time with friends and family.

For more details on how to save more on ingredients using Moola, check out our blog on 5 easy ways to save money on groceries.  Download the app or shop online to start saving and take advantage of all the grocery deals!

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