Bird on a Budget

October 12, 2010|By David Lester

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!  My Thanksgiving was ah-mazing.  It was the first time that I hosted dinner with all the fixin’s and everyone said I did an amazing job.  When I try something new I like to do it perfect the very fist time so that everyone has a great time and on a budget.   Let me share some pics of my golden bird and my tips to keep everyone maximizing their holiday with friends and family and their dollar.

Here are my tips below:

1. Make sure that you shop for all of your groceries at the no frills supermarket.  When spending on a huge amount of groceries this really helps bring down the budget.  Get veggies, stuffing, condements, etc. here and save a bundle!

2. Get all of your decorations, table clothes and napkins at the local dollar store.  This will make the place festive but save you some fivers.

3. Buy your turkey at a butcher fresh.  Yes, I said it!  I always spend a bit more for a fresh turkey but my friends and family are worth it.  Remember my philosophy on money – save on everyday things to pump back into items that make you truly happy.  Plus my extra savings will MORE than pay for the extra $10 bucks for a mean bird.

4. After the night take inventory of extra booze that you didn’t drink and you won’t drink and take it back.  I manage my booze and food inventory with an iron fist and booze in my cupboard that I won’t drink is inefficient inventory management.  The store will take it back with a receipt or you can change it for something you drink.

5. Feast on yummy turkey pies, soup, sammies, and anything else you can make with the left overs.  I won’t have to buy groceries for a week after Monday dinner.  I won’t want to see another turkey in a while but that is why we only have them three times a year, right?

Gobble up those savings and have an awesome week, Dave

David Lester
About David Lester

David Lester is a best selling author and professional Financial Coach, helping people be better with their money. David has written a personal finance book that breaks with traditional attitudes towards finance and describes his own philosophy to money that he has gained through his personal and professional experiences. His philosophy on money applies to many areas of everyday life, including banking, investing, goal setting, shopping and entertainment.