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Tips for a Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Meal

Tips for a Budget-Friendly Thanksgiving Meal

The holiday season is in full swing! It’s a much-loved time of year to connect with family and friends, but with so many parties and events, this season can be a strain on your bank account. For fall feasts, whether you’re cooking for one or for the family, get the most out of your Thanksgiving dinner budget with these tips:

1) There’s no need to go whole hog (or turkey).
While the idea of presenting a whole turkey as the centerpiece for your meal may seem appealing, the cost and time associated with cooking an entire turkey can be a challenge if you’re on a budget. For a more affordable alternative, pick up turkey legs and thighs and braise them on the stovetop. Check out a delicious recipe using this method.

2) Keep it seasonal.
The freshest in-season veggies are often the most affordable. Farmers trying to move their crops will often offer deals on large orders, so think about splitting some bulk orders with another family or friends. And to make your sides go even further, slice vegetables instead of serving them whole. Wondering what’s in season this month? Get a full list here.

3) Break out the slowcooker.
Save space on your stovetop by making a side dish in your slowcooker for a hassle-free and budget-friendly accompaniment to your meal. Grab some fresh in-season cranberries and make a sauce that is so much better than the canned stuff with this recipe.

4) Make some soup-er leftovers. 
Have some leftover turkey? Save the bones and any small bits of meat for a savory soup that will make your investment worthwhile. Brown the bones on your stovetop, add some vegetables, water, noodles, and voila, you have a hearty soup sure to warm you up on chilly fall days. Give this delicious, simple turkey soup recipe a try.

5) Get decorations from the great outdoors.
Use the best of what nature has to offer to decorate your table, mantelpiece, and more. Create a fun family outing by hunting for a few fall items. Dried grasses, leaves, herbs, and small decorative gourds are some great items to add a touch of autumn to your home. You can also involve kids in decorating by having them make place cards for your guests. Who doesn’t love the classic turkey made from a handprint?

Bonus: Get your craft on.
Are you away from home or in the middle of a move? You can still get in the festive spirit with these simple Thanksgiving crafts to decorate your InTown Suite.

If you’ll be on the road this holiday season, find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties along your route for affordable accommodations.