Quick Money Tips: Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner, Travel and More

In today’s edition, we look at ways to save money during the Thanksgiving holiday. November and December can be a difficult time financially for Americans. And this year, it seems that you’ll barely have time to get the table cleared before Black Thursday/Friday sales begin.

So whether you’re financially-strapped, frugally-minded or just looking for a few ideas to cut corners, this Quick Money Tips edition can give you some ideas for saving money on the day we give thanks.

Best Quick Money Tips

The Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner 2012 — Want to know how much more a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is going to cost you in 2012 than it did in 2011? Who said it had to cost more?

Save on Last-Minute Holiday Travel — Thanksgiving can be an expensive time to travel, but especially if you’re just now deciding that you really need to see your grandparents, aunts, and uncles instead of staying home. There are a few things you might could do to ease the burden on your wallet.

10 Things Not to Buy on Black Friday — You might be surprised at some of the items that made the list.

Thanksgiving Dinner: How to Eat Well on Three Different Budgets — Maybe you aren’t concerned about frugality on a holiday such as Thanksgiving. This posts offers reminders for anyone, regardless of whether or not you’re trying to be cheap, decent, or lavish with your meal.

12 Ways to Save Money While Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner — If you’re like most Americans, you will be keeping an eye on how much you spend next week. From turkey to sides to desserts, this list can help you out.

More Quick Money Tips

Why a Part-Time Job Will Improve Your Retirement — Even if you aren’t looking for extra income, there are a number of reasons why you might want to look into a part-time job when you retire.

Opting Out of Parenthood, With Finances in Mind — It’s certainly an option for saving money, but if the author had an emotional desire to have children, I bet her decision would be quite different.

How to Use Credit Cards and Never Pay Interest — “Carrying a balance,” “revolving a balance,” “grace period.” Beverly Harzog offers an explanation in case you might’ve missed what those credit card terms mean.

Should You Buy the Extended Auto Warranty? Four Questions to Ask — Before you hit the end of the year car sales, you might want to read this to prepare yourself for the decisions you’ll have to make.

You Google Wrong — Are you in the top 10% of Google searchers? Did you even know that you could be using the search engine in ways other than the little box across the screen? See what you might’ve been missing out on all these years.


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  1. Best tip to save money on Thanksgiving meals? Go eat at someone else’s house :)

  2. Mike Holman says:

    That article about not having kids was interesting.  Nothing wrong with deciding not to have kids, but if the author is going to do it for financial reasons I would hope that she has the right numbers.
    She somehow came up with the number of $1.7 million to raise a kid which I think is the highest estimate I’ve ever heard by far.  I don’t think she appreciates the variability of the costs and the number of choices parents make regarding spending.
    As you know – you can raise a kid pretty cheaply or you can spend as much as you want – it’s your choice (assuming you have the $$ of course).