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A Cost-Effective Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner can be expensive, especially if you are cooking for the whole family! Big families and big appetites can mean a stranglehold on your wallet. Here are a few ways to save money on dinner this Thanksgiving.

  • Bring Your Own Dish– Having one-person handle all the kitchen duties on Thanksgiving is just plain difficult. Why not split up the duties and have everyone bring their own dish?! With everyone coordinating to bring separate side dishes and desserts, you’ll save money on food expenses.
  • Switch The Menu– Thanksgiving does not always have to include turkey and stuffing, although those things are delicious! Why not change up your menu by adding in a little variety?! Try a different ethnic dish like Mexican, Indian, or Korean. Ingredients tend to be less expensive, plus, they’re healthier!
  • Plan-Ahead– Getting some of your ingredients early can help reduce costs. During the week leading up to Thanksgiving, turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce prices can spike. Be on the lookout for coupons ahead of time!
  • Alcohol– Holiday seasons can be especially expensive if you plan to purchase alcohol. If strapped for cash, encourage guests to bring their own. For wine drinkers, a simple solution is to buy boxed wine.


Thanksgiving dinner is a time to celebrate friends and family coming together to enjoy one another. Don’t stress over the perfect meal or how much money it will cost you! By sticking to your budget, you can ensure a great holiday celebration for all.

Contact your local neighborhood Two Rivers Bank & Trust branch to discuss a budget plan that works best for you! If there isn’t a branch in your new neighborhood, take advantage of our convenience services including online banking, online bill pay, mobile banking, mobile deposit, and more! Talk to one of our team members to learn how you can keep more of your hard-earned money with Two Rivers!