5 ways to keep holiday food costs down


(photo by George Cavanaugh)

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Google Doc spreadsheet showing all 250 levels of the Money Game

  • If you do one treat really well, you’ll save buying a ton of different ingredients. Don’t try to a bake a bunch of different cookies. Nail your favorite and just make more to pass around. This tip sames time too and if you’re like me, time is a premium during this busy time of year.
  • Eating out may be a bigger temptation when you’re running around  doing a lot of Christmas shopping. Make something you can come home to and promise each other drinks by the fire or something (if eating out is your thing – knock yourself out and consider using ibotta to get a cash rebate while you’re at it).
  •  I resisted spending extra on rich treats by reminding myself I want to do more than save money. I want to stay healthy. I haven’t even had a cold this season and that’s cause the only treat we’ve had since late summer was a tiny spoon of dessert that was served to us over the Thanksgiving weekend. Honestly it was so sweet, it didn’t even taste that great. Am I the only one who gets sick when I eat crap?
  • Look for sales on typical holiday meats like turkey and ham These will usually feed a family for more than one meal so your dollars go even further.
  • Limit truly special meals to one or two truly special days – Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Have you ever woke on Christmas so sick of all the rich food that you didn’t enjoy it on the holiday itself?)

I used every one of these tips to help us come in under budget and add more to our Money Game fund. I hope they can help you get more too.

Level Completed: 145 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $274.51
Total Balance: $6,035.27
Our Money Game fund has increased 4.8% so far this month.

$167.81 is needed to reach the next level


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