Stick to the tried and true - When making your Thanksgiving menu be sure to go with items that you know how to make and your guests enjoy. This is not a time to try out a new recipe for cranberry sauce that costs $15 to make. Then find out no one likes it or will eat it. Most people want a traditional turkey dinner. Try to stick with recipes with the least amount of ingredients which will save you time and money.
Decorations - Use items in nature like leaves, branches, acorns, pine needles. Anything in your backyard is free so use it. You can even use some decorative pumpkins leftover from Halloween. You can fill vases or small glass bowls with acorns with branches coming out and spread leaves on the table. Also small tea lights or candles too adds a little ambiance. Look on Pinterest for ideas too.
Enlist help - Don't be afraid to ask for help or ask guests to bring a side. Most guests offer so take them up on it. That can also help keep costs down. Plus everyone has a favorite Thanksgiving item.
Melissa Cox aka-Frugalissa is a wife and mom to 2 elementary aged children. Her motto is "Frugal does not mean I have to be cheap". She is into natural living, being green and tries to feed her family healthy, wholesome food while still couponing and saving a buck or two. She teaches workshops where she teaches people how to coupon, save money and make their dollars stretch. She is also an advocate for teaching people to give to those in need through couponing. She writes the blog Frugalissa Finds.
Thanksgiving links from AJC Holiday Guide