Plan to meet family and/or friends and each bring one dish! This certainly will save you time, money, and bring you fresh to the celebration.
If you do have your own one family meal, then you can still have a fine cheap day by shopping each store for its holiday "loss leaders." These are items they sell below cost to lure you into the store. By carefully buying just the loss leaders at each store, and bravely walking past all other temptations you can get some really good deals.
Some discount stores have many fancy type holiday items like special olives, or other treats as loss leaders to get you in the door. Some Iíve found to be consistent good deals are:
www.aldis.com an international grocery bargain chain. You have to bring your own bags, but is it consistently the cheapest place in the NE USA.
www.savealot.com is a good cheap store in the southern USA.
www.biglots.com has lots of specialty food items at bulk prices over the holidays.
Another way to save is to join some of the click through sites where you register you credit, debit, or store savings cards to rack up dollars in a savings plan. Several Iíve found that are reputable and work are:
Join the MyPoints Program. Earn free rewards!
Baby Mint.com a college savings program which can be cashed in if an emergency arises. They also have weekly grocery coupons.
The program is free and when you sign up BabyMint will open your account with a $5 gift from me! Click below to join! http://www.babymint.com/
Upromise.com another college savings plan which can be cashed in if an emergency occurs. They will register most local grocery and drug store cards, for savings too.
So happy Holidays!
For more ideas Check out these Frugal Living Books!
Complete Tightwad Gazzette
The Complete Tightwad Gazzette
Declare Your Finanacial Independence
Declare Your Financial Independence
Mary Hunt's Complete Cheapskate
You Can Afford to Stay Home With your Kids
You can Afford to stay Home WIth your Kids