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Eat, drink, snack, repeat.
The Typical Christmas Gathering.
There’s something very meaningful about gathering around food, celebrating with loved ones. But it also costs money.
If the cost of Christmas is stressing you out this year, I’ve tried to help you with a few Stay affordable Tips for Christmas. If you missed my Stay affordable Tips for Christmas gifts you can read here.
Below are 4 Stay affordable Culinary tips for the holidays.
1) Make a budget
You might not like it, but the fact is that when you go into a season like Christmas with no caps on your spending, you’re probably going to spend more than you should, and maybe more than you need. have. Figure out what you can afford and stop spending.
2) Plan your meals in advance
Write down any gatherings for which you will need to bring or prepare food. Plan what you will bring/do and write a detailed shopping list.
If you’re the host, a potluck is a great way to cut costs, and most guests would be happy to bring a side dish. It’s also a lot less work than making the whole meal. Christmas is already stressful enough.
If you’re on a potluck, don’t feel bad about choosing to bring the buns and cola over the ham and wine if money is tight.
3) Stick to your shopping list
This is a year-round rule, as food is one of the biggest monthly expenses for a household, and impulse grocery shopping is one of the biggest wastes of money.
With all the new treats available around Christmas and the extra snacks that happen during the holidays, this rule becomes even more important. Create a shopping list and stick to it.
A simple way to avoid impulse purchases is to order online. It will also allow you to track your costs as you create your order online, helping you stay on budget.
4) Shop the outdoor aisles
The chips, candies and chocolate are all very tasty, but I recommend shopping in the outside aisles, even for snacks.
Now, we can say that the snacks available in the outside aisles (fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese) will cost more, but I disagree.
Buying a bag of apples and oranges and yogurt for dipping, or a bag of carrots and celery, and ranch dressing for dipping will cost the same as a few bags of treats. Plus, snacks in the outdoor aisles are healthier and more filling. So, in addition to limiting sugar spikes, you also need to minimize your costs because people are likely to eat less.
What are your “keep it affordable” food tips for the Christmas season?
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