The holidays are one of our favorite times of the year. Family and friends gathering around to share gifts and joy, it’s damn adorable. The one thing that doesn’t enjoy the holidays, however, is my bank account. Whether it’s gifts for the family or groceries to feed the army that shows up for “Friendsgiving”— the holiday cheer doesn’t extend to my wallet. 

That being said, I’m no Scrooge, and I assume neither are you— with you finding this article and all. So let’s look at some ways we can manage our spend during the holidays and still bring out some delicious dishes for our friends and family to feast on. 

K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid)

First and foremost, it’s hard to keep costs down if you want to serve your family caviar. No one is going to remember what you cooked that one Christmas except for Aunt Janice and she’s the worst anyways. Have a simple menu with a few dishes, don’t get too carried away with the appetizers! 

Look for Deals

Check out our other article on discount applications you can use on your phone to find out tools you can use to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck at the grocery store this year. Some of the discount apps even have geolocation features which will notify you with alerts when you’re near a store that has some cool deals going on. Use these apps as well as whatever coupons may show up in your mailbox to cut down some serious costs at the register.

Set a Budget

This one is a lot easier said than done. Everyone can make a budget, not everyone can stick with it. Look at how much you’re willing to spend, write it down, and figure out how you’re going to stay within that budget. Most importantly, practice discipline at the register and don’t cave when you see all the yummy treats they tempt you with. 

Hold a Potluck

Who doesn’t love a potluck?! The best part about these, you can cut down costs while making it a fun activity for your attendees to partake in. Maybe you have everyone guess who made each dish at the end to spice things up a bit (no pun intended).

I hope this helps you as you continue on to battle rabid holiday shoppers and cranky grandparents. Good luck!

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