Frugal Holiday Meal 

Celebrating any event or holiday is about sharing time and affection with friends and family. It is NOT about stress. So let’s note some ideas on having a frugal holiday meal.Prioritze- The celebrations are not about food, though a family’s favorites are a source of pleasure. The holidays are about relationships. It’s also not going to go into debt. Accept offers of help. ‘It’s better to give than to receive’ so receiving can sometimes be hard. Nevertheless, when YOU give, you like to do it and get grouchy when you are thwarted. So let others participate. Think about what you generally like to have as to food and beverages and be ready to modify your expectations based on circumstances.Plan- As I just mentioned, accept offers of help. Have guests bring any and all food and drink. Having prioritized the types of food and drink you are hoping to serve, as people ask to help offer them options of things to bring. You have to be okay with the way they cook their potatoes or the carrots. But you have already remembered this is about relationships and lnot controlling everything…Another way to plan ahead is to prepare parts of the meal as you can in advance. Cut bread into cubes to stuffing now, weeks ahead, and freeze till you’re ready.Make plenty of ‘inexpensive, filling side dishes,’ and another suggestion was to use your Halloween pumpkin for your thanksgiving pie. from scratch as it’s generally cheaper than mixes as one writer suggested. Shop- With the meat as the most expensive part of the meal, talk to friends and family and check out the deals in local shops and large retailers. Buy only what you will need. You don’t need to have days of leftover food. Side dish meals such as potatoes and carrots are less costly and will fill up hungry bellies.Beauty – Making the dinner and your house beautiful is part of what creates the uniqueness of the day. But think creatively to satisfy the needs. Need more dishes or chairs? Borrow what you don’t have, from friends, or your church. Decorate with freshly cut branches, pinecones, pumpkins and gourds from the garden. We live in the most beautiful state. So bring in that free beauty to delight your guests.Being together is the best part of the day. Citations:Marion Syversen, [email protected] Check out our website that includes weekly streaming The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated. CR8651