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Thanksgiving on a Budget
Created on 11/12/2013

The Thanksgiving holiday is one day most everyone looks forward to, and for good reason - family and friends gathering together in a mood of comfort, gratitude and fun...

And smells from the kitchen offering up the promise of a delicious meal about to be shared. Soon stomach's will be filled and smiles will be on everyone's faces.

Including your own - that is, of course, if you haven't put yourself in a bind by spending too much.

Keeping to a budget over the holidays can be tough - we all want to make the occasion special, memorable, even meaningful - and food and beverages can go a long way towards supporting those goals.

Thankfully, you don't have to go broke to hold a successful and meaningful Thanksgiving celebration. Here are some ideas to keep in mind:

- since family and friends are coming over, why not let them contribute to the celebration by asking them to bring a favorite dish? You can organize the options into sides, desserts, beverages, even the main meal - this way everyone can feel they had a part in making the day special - while also making it a little easier on and less expensive for you.

- make only as much food as you think you will need unless you really like leftovers (in which case make sure you USE your leftovers, but don't hold them even in the refrigerator or freezer for too long to make sure you stay safe).

- "produce the produce" - aside from the turkey or other main dish, you can fill the plates of your party guests with fresh, delicious, and inexpensive vegetables and fruit.

To make the day even easier for you, consider ordering your festive meal from Harris Teeter.

My role is not to advertise the services of Harris Teeter, but my family and I regularly order our holiday meals from Harris Teeter. We find that doing so makes everything so much easier - the food provided requires minimal attention, it is always delicious, and the entire process is easy on our budget.

As is often said, "Remember the reason for the season." Overspending adds unnecessary stress to an otherwise wonderful holiday. You can set a beautiful table, provide festive food AND stay within your budget while creating a memorable occasion.

Just one more thing to be thankful for this year.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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