By: Shelby Baker
This time of year is one of the hardest times to save money. Between shopping and running up your energy bill cooking for guests, money just seems to fly out the door. You might think that some things are a must or you have to spend extra money for better, but the reality is, there is most likely a cheaper alternative to help you save on cash! Here is a list of things to reconsider this holiday season to save more cash:
For those of us who don’t care to fight off crowds for the last Xbox One during Black Friday, there’s Cyber Monday. So right now you’re probably wondering how Cyber Monday can save you money right? Well….instead of thinking in money terms let’s talk gas! Purchasing items on Cyber Monday prevents you from running from store to store to get the right gifts and gives you a little more time to spend with the family. Black Friday might save you money in deals, but it tends to rob you of time with your family and gas from your car. As an alternative to running around Black Friday this year, give Cyber Monday a chance to save you family time and gas!
Did you buy pumpkins this year for Halloween? Pumpkins that have not been carved or damaged in any way can be beneficial to you. Instead of spending money on store bought pumpkin pie for your holiday festivities, use leftover Halloween pumpkins! If you find yourself short of baking supplies, eat your pumpkin instead! Cooking and eating pumpkins has advantages from reducing your risk of cancer to helping you lose weight! You even might want to save your pumpkins until after Thanksgiving to help you fight back into your pants!
Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? You get to spend time with your families, watch football, and eat way too much food! The problem with making so much food though, is that sometimes it can go to waste. The best way to avoid wasting Thanksgiving food is to compare your guests to portion sizes. Using tools like the Thanksgiving Dinner Portions Planner can help you to better judge how much food to cook for your crowd. Other ways to avoid food waste is to eat the left-overs within two days after Thanksgiving, freeze or compost them. There are multiple ways to avoid food waste this Thanksgiving! How do you avoid waste?
Hosting Thanksgiving at your house can use up a lot of electricity. However, if you ARE hosting Thanksgiving this year don’t panic! There are a few ways to avoid using so much energy with a few tips. First, cook your side dishes alongside your turkey. This gets more than one dish done in the same amount of time, saving energy from your stove. Other tips for saving energy include, changing your cooking-ware, switching your light bulbs to a dimmer bulb, lower your thermostat, and utilize your Tupperware lids! For a full list on ways to save on energy this Thanksgiving check out 9 Ways to Avoid Gobbling Up Energy on Thanksgiving!
This Thanksgiving don’t panic on how much you are spending! Doing research and changing a few simple habits around the house can have you feeling better and save you money. Strive to make this Thanksgiving holiday greener than your last by using some of these methods and see how far it takes you! Then, leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page on how you saved money this holiday. Good luck and enjoy your feasts!