The time is fast approaching for door-buster deals, holiday shopping sprees, fancy dinners, and family gatherings. Why not throw in some savings as well? This holiday season, look for ways to cut costs, from using coupons for food purchases to using crock pots to cut energy costs.
- Many local grocery stores offer reward points to their loyal customers, and sometimes the coupons can be redeemed for an entire turkey.
- Check low-cost stores for many ingredients for your holiday meals. You can find just about everything youâ€™ll need, including vegetables, broth, and other accouterments for your meal.
- Using crockpots for some meals can really cut back on energy costs. They cost about two cents per hour to run and can make some really fantastic slow-cooked meals.
- If you prefer to grill or smoke your meals, the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving tend to have the best deals on these cooking instruments. Check out stores like Home Depot to find these deals.
- This time of year is the best time to replace the tires on your car, as long as you get standard tires. Winter tires will be getting to their highest prices.
- If you travel for the holidays, it is generally best to book your flights early. If plans got switched around last minute, be sure to check out discount sites like Travelocity, Kayak, Orbitz, and Expedia. You can still find some decent deals, especially if you combine services like cars, hotels, and flights. Also, it is generally cheaper to come back on Sunday morning rather than Saturday or Sunday evening.
- When having guests over for a feast, turn your thermostat down just before they arrive. The warmth from cooking and all the guests will keep the rooms insulated and warm.
- Be sure to check the per ounce cost of food and drinks. Often times, it is a lot cheaper to buy a two or three liter bottle of soda than it is to get cans. Sometimes larger servings for other dishes like cranberry sauce or stuffing will have a cheaper per ounce price. To find the per ounce price, simply divide the total cost of the product by the number of ounces the product weighs.
- Before you do your food shopping, make a list and check it twice. Having an organized list means less hassle when purchasing your foods. Having the list made beforehand will also allow you to keep an eye out for coupons and other deals.
- If you plan to have turkey for Christmas as well as Thanksgiving, buy them both around Thanksgiving and freeze one. Turkeys are cheaper at that time of year than they are later on.
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