Tuesday, October 6, 2020

$100 Christmas: Christmas Dinner for Free


Because of the current pandemic, many people have lost jobs and may be struggling financially.  I decided to start posts about ways to cut costs on Christmas so you can have a great Christmas for under $100.  Before you know it, Christmas will be here and it certainly isn't too early to start thinking about things.  

When I did the Christmas challenge with the other Spendwise Moms a few years ago, one of the things I did was to have a nice Christmas dinner without spending any money.  Here is what I did.  After we ate our Thanksgiving dinner, I set aside most of the leftovers for Christmas.  Instead of having turkey for days after Thanksgiving, and getting sick of it, it was just frozen and kept for Christmas.  I did that with the pies, sweet potatoes, gravy, turkey, rolls, etc.  The day or two before Christmas, I just pulled it out of the freezer and here was this wonderful meal without any stress in the kitchen.  

In our house, Christmas morning breakfast/brunch is a big deal.  We like to make cinnamon rolls or homemade muffins and have omelets.  Then we open gifts.  Frankly, I really don't like cooking a big meal after having a big meal the night before and that morning.  This method of saving half of our Thanksgiving meal worked really well for me.  And, when you don't have leftovers for the week after Thanksgiving, you are ready for more turkey by Christmas.  

I also frozen sweets that we got from friends and coworkers all month.  We ate a serving, and the rest went into the freezer.  It is hard not to overdose on sweets, when they are everywhere during the holiday season.  By freezing the sweets, it helped to manage that for us.  By Christmas time, there was a nice assortment and I didn't have to cook any of it.  

This is the start of many ideas to save money on your Christmas.  

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