Ready to host a holiday dinner, but worried about the increasing prices? Here are some affordable tips
Ready to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, but worried about the budget?
Many tri-state residents are concerned that high food prices and supply chain issues may impact their holiday dinners this year.
News 12 has some tips to help you create a holiday dinner on a budget:
BUDGET FOR YOUR DINNER
During this time of year, you need to budget for more than gifts! A dinner budget will help you get ready. Consider how many guests you will have and how much food you will need. Keep the dinner simple, that way you’ll save time preparing it as well as save money.
What better way to save on your dinner than to have everyone share their favorite plates? Does someone in your family or friend group make a delicious pie or the perfect mashed potatoes? Have them bring it to dinner. What about alcohol? Ask guests to bring their own favorite wine, and don’t forget the champagne.
Make your grocery list early – Holiday cooking can get pricey, especially this year with supply chain issues driving up prices.
Go through the circulars of your local grocery stores to find coupons and deals on things you’ll need. Try getting the non-perishable items early when they’re on sale.
MAKE YOUR OWN
You can also find inexpensive decorations at dollar stores and craft stores. Ask your friends if they have decorations from years’ past. Or check your local freecycle Facebook groups.
SETTING THE TABLE
Get paper plates and plastic utensils from big box stores like BJs or Costco at a lower price. Or, if you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly option, ask friends and family to borrow extra plates, platters, utensils and cups.
Need a tablecloth? Check out a fabric store, where you can get fabric that will match your style or occasion. Or get a paper tablecloth roll, give the kids (and kids at heart) some crayons – it will keep them entertained during dinner, and they will create the perfect dinner art.
Looking for another zero-waste option for your table? Use cloth napkins. You can wash them and reuse again! You can also use them as a table decoration – see video below for instructions to turn your napkin into a Christmas tree.
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