The holidays can make a dent in your wallet. From gifts and decorations to meals and parties, this is an expensive time of year.
Even with all of the holiday sales, it can be difficult to stay within your family’s budget. Erin Chase, founder of 5dollardinners.com and author of the “$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook,” has released a new holiday guide perfect for those looking for tips on how to save money this season.
In her “Holiday Entertaining Guide,” Chase budgets the cost of dinner to $5 per guest. While it might sound impossible, it’s not difficult with her money saving strategies and crafty ideas. She offers inexpensive recipes for every part of the holiday meal with appetizers, holiday drinks, main dishes, side dishes, breads and desserts. In order to keep costs down, she gives tips on cutting coupons and using store circulars.
Beyond her money saving tips and recipes, the “Holiday Entertaining Guide” covers everything from how to deal with holiday stress to conversation starters during dinner. Chase emphasizes that the holidays aren’t about money. They’re about sharing time with family and friends: “Don’t spend four hours running around town and then working on an elaborate centerpiece for your table … because you just want to impress your guests. Why not impress them more with a fabulous meal and conversation instead … and save yourself that 4 hours … and perhaps a few shreds of sanity? They’ll remember that much more so than they would your centerpiece.”
Check out three recipes from Chase’s entertaining guide that will be a great part of your Thanksgiving meal:
Because Chase believes in inexpensive entertaining, her holiday gift guide is available for $1.99 when you use the coupon code THANKS on http://www.holidayentertainingguide.com.