Great Ways to Host a Frugal Thanksgiving Dinner

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many are looking forward to spending time with their friends and family, all while enjoying their favourite foods, drinks and desserts. The truth of the matter is, amidst all that wonderful gratitude, bonding and eating, hosting thanksgiving can put a real dent in your finances. Between the cost of decorations, dessert, the main and the sides and even the beverages, hosting Thanksgiving can leave your wallet feeling less than grateful.

Luckily, there are ways to host a frugal Thanksgiving dinner, all while keeping it memorable and delicious.

Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Make Your Own Decorations

Rather than going out and spending an inordinate amount of money on thanksgiving decorations, make your own. Thanksgiving decorations can consist of inexpensive items or things you can find around your house already. Things like fallen leaves, small gourds and even pie pumpkins work well as table décor. In fact, you can even hollow out the pie pumpkin to make dessert and place the empty pumpkin on the table with a lit candle inside.

Table setting made with everything found around the house
Its easy to set a Thanksgiving centerpiece on a budget

Shop Creatively

Rather than going out and spending an inordinate amount of money on thanksgiving decorations, make your own. Thanksgiving decorations can consist of inexpensive items, or things you can find around your house already. Things like fallen leaves, small gourds and even pie pumpkins work well as table décor. In fact, you can even hollow out the pie pumpkin to make dessert and place the empty pumpkin on the table with a lit candle inside.  

Make It a Potluck

A potluck dinner gives lots of options and makes for less work.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a potluck like holiday to begin with, so it’s not uncommon to have your guests bring at least one dish to contribute. Rather than taking on all the work and expense yourself, a potluck thanksgiving saves you money, makes sure that every guest has a dish they love and lessens your work load. Just make sure to keep a running tally of what everyone is bringing and ensure there is a variety in the dishes. Otherwise, you could end up with an abundance of different variations of pumpkin pie and absolutely no side dishes. 

Get Creative with Leftovers

A big Thanksgiving dinner can create enough leftovers for many meals to come, but you may find yourself getting sick of turkey sandwiches. Using the turkey carcass to create a delicious turkey stew or soup is a great way to repurpose some of your leftovers and they freeze well too for future meals. Stretching the meal out to serve future meals helps to save a lot of money.

Hosting a frugal Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, as long as you make your own decorations, shop creatively, make it a potluck and get creative with your leftovers, Thanksgiving will not only be delicious, but it will also be inexpensive. Get ready to gobble up your delicious and frugal Thanksgiving dinner and make even your wallet feel grateful

Flipp for Coupons and Rebates this Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is upon us and there are so many things that I am thankful for including my Flipp app. Week after week this wonderful app saves me money. I love that we all can use the app to price compare, price match utilize the coupons and get rebates.

This week I am not going to focus on any amazing deals. There are a few deals you may not want to miss out on so head on over to check them out. I want to tell you about the Coupons and Rebates section using Flipp. This week’s rebate coupons include Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, which are perfect for making treats this Thanksgiving weekend. (links to recipes below)Most of the stores have Pillsbury products on sale starting at $0.99 and most Betty Crocker items are around $1.97.

Coupons and Rebates

Have you taken advantage of the coupons and rebates feature within the Flipp app? If not you should be. Who doesn’t like receiving money back and getting an item for next to nothing or even free?


How it Works

Open up the app and head to the Coupons tab and then select Rebates. Search listed rebate coupons and clip the ones you want by using the little camera icon on the coupon. Be sure to read the details for each coupon. Some Restrictions may apply.

Coupons and Rebates

Before you purchase the product you can verify by scanning the barcode into the app

Select the store you will be purchasing the product at.

Redeem the Rebate

Once you have purchased your product, have the product and receipt ready to upload into the app.

Select the Redeem Rebates button and choose the items you have clipped and want a rebate on. If you didn’t verify the products for the rebate while in the store, you can do so now.

Select upload your receipt using the camera of your phone.  Make sure to capture the entire receipt and make sure to show the store information. Once the upload is done Flipp will process the rebate to your account where you can Cash out into your PayPal account.

For more detailed information, visit Flipp’s Rebate section.

If you need some ideas for Thanksgiving treats and meal ideas check out this recipe for Turkey Gobbler cake from Betty Crocker or an easy side for your meal like this Green Bean Casserole Crescent cups from Pillsbury.

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cash back. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving.

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals. Trust me the app is something you will be thankful to have on your phone.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp so you always have them with you. Saving you even more and helping you earn the things you want.

How to do Thanksgiving Dinner for Under $40


For the last few years, I have been hosting Thanksgiving dinner here at home, and I love when there are lots of leftovers. It means I don’t have to cook for a few days. One of the things that have always concerned me is how much we spend on a holiday meal. Did you know you can do a nice Thanksgiving dinner for under $40.00 The meal can serve 4-6 people.

Here is how to do Thanksgiving dinner for under $40.00:

Check out your local flyers, your favorite recipe sites, and look at what coupons you may have on hand. I always check for coupons and deals on my Flipp app. If you are a regular reader of mine, I am sure this app is on your phone.

Decide on your menu and make your shopping list. I love that I can make my list right on my Flipp app. It allows me to carry my shopping list with me wherever I go so there are no mistakes made.


Here is what I will be serving this Thanksgiving:

  • Roast turkey ( yes I do a whole Turkey). Did you know you can get a great price on turkey at Walmart Canada right now? Because of the price of the turkey there I decided I would do all my shopping there.
  • Honey Glazed Carrots. ( we love these)
  • Sweet potatoes and marshmallows
  • garden salad
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing ( I add a bit of cranberries to my Stove Top)
  • Pickles
  • Rolls
  • Apple Pie with Cool Whip
  • Apple Cider
  • Gravy

This allowed me to use coupons and price match as well check out any deals that Walmart had. One of the things I do, before I shop, is make my shopping list and checked it twice. I always check my cupboards before I leave the house, so I am not purchasing duplicates. This year there was no need to purchase things like flour, eggs, butter, spices, or pickles because I have them in the house. I also have salad fixings in the house always.

 Went to my local Walmart store with my list on my app and my clippings ready. There were several price matches I thought I might need but the majority of the time the price at Walmart was just right. I did manage to do a few price matches, though.


When you make a menu with your favourite recipes, make a list and check it twice, then use my favourite shopping tool Flipp you can do even a holiday meal on a budget. No need for a huge expense on the pocket book. Check out everything I got for $36.00. The only thing missing is my apple cider.


Now if you are a huge fan of Flipp like I am you will want to check out their Facebook page and Twitter account this week during the day. They are giving away some great prizes as they celebrate #FlippGivesThanks

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5 Simple Ways to Do Thanksgiving on a Budget

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Here in Canada, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For many homes this is the week to get ready for this wonderful holiday with family and friends. Who doesn’t love the smell of a turkey roasting or cranberries simmering on the stove. I know it is one of our favourite holidays. From decor to dessert we put time and attention into the little details and it is important for use to do thanksgiving on a budget. So how do we do thanksgiving on a budget?


First, we think of ways we can give back, after all we have much to be thankful for. Did you know many families are worried about what they will have on their tables, so one of our thanksgiving rituals is to find a way to give back. I have been blessed over the years to be apart of some very special Thanksgiving projects from feeding families to the feeding of 5000 on a beach in California. Can you think of a way you can give or give thanks for someone who is in your life?


Every year since my teen was real little we have decorated while spending very little. We love decorating with leaves, pinecones and candles. We sometimes and a pumpkin and squash which will both be cooked with later. There are so many ways you can decorate on a budget for thanksgiving, can you think of a few?


I have been to some thanksgiving meals over the years that look more like a grand feast with at least 10-15 dishes and at least 4 to 5 desserts. I love the look of some of these fancy recipes, but how about making 1 or 2 extra special sides that everyone loves so you can have time to enjoy the day and not break the bank.


With our huge family, when we did the holidays at Grandma’s house, everyone had a role to play. If you have family or friends coming for Thanksgiving dinner it is more than okay to ask people to bring a dish, you can even assign them one. No one needs 3 green bean casseroles right? Have someone who is vegetarian or gluten free you want to make sure you remember them as well.


One of my biggest tips for sticking to a holiday budget is to make technology your friend. Have you downloaded the Flipp app yet? I have written about it several times over the last 2 years and it has just gotten better with Flipp 3.0. For the busy mom who is in charge of the menu and the meal planning this app saves you time and money. Did you know the average family is cutting at least 25% off their grocery bill by simply using the app.

Flipp collects more than 800 retail flyers from national chains as well as hundreds of local stores to help shoppers find the latest sales in their community through coupon matchups to local flyer deals. It’s a feature that is rolling out everywhere.


Flipp has some great features that can help your family:


•    Coupons – Maximize savings using coupon match-ups

•    Shopping List – Plan ahead and stay organized while shopping by adding items to the in-app list; discover deals for each item on the list and check them off at the store

•    Search – Easily find a specific store, item or brand

•    Clippings – Tap an item in a flyer to clip it for price-matching

•    Item Details –  Find additional product information and reviews

•    Discount Slider – Find the best savings at a glance

•    Notifications – Receive reminders about expiring clippings as well as updates on offers at nearby retailers to ensure a deal is never missed

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You can download it. Start your grocery list on the app, enter an item, as you do it will bring up the deals in your local flyers. From there, I suggest you clip your deal. You can also check out the coupons that are on the app,if a deal and  and do not forget the discount slider. Did you know you can match up an item on sale with a coupon to save even more, just another way to stretch that thanksgiving budget.

Have you checked out the coupons that are local for your area on the app yet? or added your thanksgiving shopping list yet? It really is a great way to save yourself some time and money as you get ready for your holiday feast.


Can you think of other ways you can save on your holiday feast? I am always looking to learn more ways that can keep me on a budget. We would love to have you join us Tuesday night at 7pm EST to keep the conversation going during the #cdnmoney chat on Twitter.