Money Saving Tips for Your Christmas Dinner Party
Christmas time can be very expensive if you don’t watch what you spend. With that in mind, I hope you found my Black Friday and Cyber Monday tips helpful. I know I did! I got a great deal on 2 lamps from J.C. Penny for Cyber Monday, it saved me $72! But now that I’m pretty much done Christmas shopping it’s time to plan out Christmas dinner and I don’t know about you, but I’ve realized that it gets pretty expensive for a big family gathering. Food costs for 10-15 people can get pretty high so with that in mind I thought I’d share a few tips as I begin planning my Christmas dinner party.
Start by figuring out how many people will be attending your Christmas dinner party. From there, figure out what you will be serving and how much you will need. Write everything down. A list is very helpful when shopping; you stick to what’s on it better. Plus, you won’t forget something on your list if you follow it. We’ve all been there before, you’re at the store and you know there was one more item you had to buy but couldn’t remember it. Then you remember it on the way home and stop at the nearest store and find out that it costs more! So, rules of thumb, make a list, check it twice, and follow it.
After you make your list, check the weekly grocery store ads so that you plan where you will purchase your items. This will help you figure out who has the best deals or sales. Remember, if you don’t receive the weekly ads go to the stores website, they are sure to have their weekly ad on their site.
While you’re on the website make sure you sign up to receive coupons in your email from the grocery store. This might provide you with coupons you could use for your Christmas dinner party or for future food purchases.
Don’t stop at the grocery store coupons, make sure you pull manufacture coupons from the Sunday newspaper or from other sites like smartsource if you don’t receive the newspaper. I’m sure you will find something that will help lessen the expense of throwing a dinner party.
Last but not least, don’t be scared to ask people to chip in with the party. Ask your guest to bring a dish to pass. They should understand since you are providing everything else plus some of the main food. In my experience friends and family are more than happy to bring one of their favorite dishes.
So now that you have all my tips and tricks on saving money on your Christmas get together: shop, cook, and enjoy! I’ll be back December 13th with more saving tips.