Frugal Thanksgiving: Make Due or Don’t Make It At All

Posted by idawrites on November 25, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal Tips, Spending |

It’s going to happen. You know it is. You’re going to be up to your elbows in cooking dinner tomorrow and realize you forgot that key ingredient to a dish on your menu. Ut oh! Time to send someone on  a mad dash to the corner store, Wal-Mart, or whatever is open on Thanksgiving day. The conversation usually starts like “Crap, honey I forgot to pick up the cream of mushroom soup. Can you please head down to the store and pick up 2 cans? While you’re there, can you get some more sweet potatoes and one more onion?” Suddenly, the one item you forgot is another $50 shopping trip you weren’t planning for.

**The cream of mushroom soup is totally an example and not what I think you are going to forget to pick up!   Just Sayin.

Why don’t you just skip it? Do a quick substitution search for the missing ingredient online. If that doesn’t work, just don’t make the dish. That’s Right! I said it! Don’t make the green bean casserole. Sure, someone may miss it. But it’s not worth tacking on an errand, waiting an hour and a half for the ingredient, probably delaying dinner, and costing you 10X the original cost of the can of soup in order to get that one dish on the table.

Not willing to skip the casserole? If you’re having guests over, and they haven’t arrived yet… call and ask them to pick up the can of soup on the way. Chances are that they’re going to call and ask you if they can bring anything else. SAY YES! The best part about this tactic is that you’d never ask a guest to pick up the 20 other things you’d ask your husband to get, thereby saving the budget.

If you don’t have guests on the way that can help with this, do a web search for “homemade cream of mushroom soup” and see what you come up with. Chances are, you can make due with what you have on hand already.

Whatcha got? What are your tactics to keep from being nickel and dimed to death on forgotten items?

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