• Create a Budget: it is easy to overspend when it comes to the holidays. It is a good idea to have a budget in place so you know exactly what this holiday will cost you. Save money by buying what you can early before the popular items go up in price. You can also save money by asking for help. It is Thanksgiving after all and you can be thankful for family that will bring a dish to pass.
  • Organize your Pantry: check your cupboards for things you may already have including spices, canned vegetables, soups, etc. This is another easy way to save money that you didn’t need to spend.
  • Make Shopping Lists: this will help tremendously with your budget. Make a list of everything you need so you can calculate how much it will cost you and determine what you could cut from the list.
  • Clean Out your Refrigerator: this will help you determine what you need to add to your shopping list as well as give you plenty of room for storing the food and leftovers. You may want to prepare dishes ahead of time to alleviate some of the work on the big day.
  • Clean House and Make Minor Repairs: of course it is obvious that you will clean your home before company comes over but now is also a good time to make a few quick fixes. Certain things you may want to fix include, unclogging sinks, silence squeaky floors, tighten any loose chair legs, revive a silent doorbell, stop a creaky door, and replace outdoor light bulbs.
  • Decorate: keep it simple with the seasonal things like pumpkins and gourds. Other natural elements you can use are pinecones, branches, and autumn leaves.