Shane and I are going to spend the day at home (I’m actually referring to Pittsburgh as “home” — weird!). It’ll be just the two of us this year. You’d think that with two people on the guest list, we’d have a moderately small meal. Nope. We’re going to stuff ourselves silly, because that’s the American way :).
I do enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but at the same time I don’t want to overwhelm myself by trying to do too much. If we were traveling to see family or going to a Turkeytastic potluck (hi, friends!), I’d probably make a few dishes from scratch, and they would be awesome.
But since I’m making a full Thanksgiving dinner myself, there’s just no way I can pull off a gourmet array of foods without going insane. And goodness, I don’t want to be on my feet all day!
Convenience foods to the rescue! I want our holiday to be mellow, after all.
My grocery bill was higher than if I went the homemade route, but I don’t really care. My priorities are to have a yummy meal with my husband with as little stress as possible.
- Cinnamon rolls (Pillsbury — made with Cinnabon brown sugar. There isn’t a Cinnabon anywhere near here, and I want it!) $3
- Deviled eggs (I think this is the only ‘homemade’ thing I’m making, and they’re super-easy anyway) $2?
- Spinach & artichoke dip with crackers (dip is frozen — just heat and eat) Dip $3, crackers $2.50
- Black forest ham with a brown sugar/pineapple glaze (I’ll just take it out of the package and bake it. WAY easier than trying to mess with a bird) $8
- Stuffing (yay, Stovetop!) $1.25 + maybe $0.50 worth of butter = $1.75
- Mashed potatoes (yay, instant!) $0.50
- Gravy (yay, just-add-water!) $0.80
- Green bean casserole (It’s an easy recipe anyway, and I don’t think it would quite be Thanksgiving without it) $2.30 for green beans, $1.59 for the healthy version of cream of mushroom soup, $2.19 for french onions =$6.08
- Biscuits (Bisquick just-add-water) $1.20
- Brownies (From a mix) $1.25 plus an egg and some oil = maybe $1.50
All said, our food for the day will be $30.33. We’ll have tons of leftovers (I hope) and we’ll be munching on them for the next few days and maybe even sending some stuff to the freezer. Thirty bucks is kind of a lot, but if we were to go out to eat, we wouldn’t be able to get as much food for that price anyway unless we went to an all-you-can-eat buffet. And since we’re not spending gas money to travel anywhere, I feel even more comfortable with the cost.
If you haven’t finalized your Thanksgiving plans, you won’t want to miss this incredible compilation of links from Cheap Healthy Good.
Karen at Living Well on Less points out that Thanksgiving is one of the most frugal days of the year. I’m gunna have to agree with her on that. Visit the Simple Dollar for more ideas on how to keep it a thrifty Thanksgiving.
I expect we’ll have the parade on the TV, maybe listen to some Christmas music and start setting out some Christmas decorations. It’ll be a really nice day!
I really don’t like standing in long lines or messing with crowds, so we probably will skip out on Black Friday sales (though we haven’t totally decided). If you’re going to brave the madness, head to Northern Cheapskate and Freebies4Mom for important things to keep in mind when out shopping.
Have a wonderful holiday!