I wasn’t sure if the stars would align this year to have everyone together for Thanksgiving dinner.  We are juggling Caroline with a new job and Dad and new wife in Chicago, so plans were definitely up in the air.

I lucked out and the kids will all be home for the holidays.  I know that won’t happen every year tho…

Anyway, these tips come to you from Kate Forgach who is a Baby Boomer consumer specialist for Kinoli.

1. Host an Orphan’s Dinner
It really helps to remember you’re not alone in this boat. Ask everyone to bring a dish to share – cuts down the cost for you too!

2. Eat Dinner at a Restaurant
Head to a restaurant of your choice with a friend.  (Use cheap gift cards at such sites as GiftCardGranny) to reduce costs.

3. Shop!
Ever heard of Grey Thursday?  Me either until now…. According to an article on FOXBusiness.com, more stores are offering sales on Thanksgiving.  And even if you can’t shop in your town, there are definitely sales online you can take advantage of.

4. Spend a  Day of Service
Spend the day at a local homeless shelter or reach out to your local animal shelter.  What a special way to give back to those less fortunate.  Also consider nursing homes or hospitals – visit those who might be alone on the holiday.

5. Get Out of Town!!
I would have totally done this if the kids were out of town.  I love to travel and I would have really enjoyed a picnic solo at the beach, drive through the mountains, or something fun like that. I’m keeping this in mind for the future!



3 Comments on Tips for Empty Nesters this Thanksgiving

  1. Cassie
    December 4, 2011 at 1:44 am (7 years ago)

    There was a local program and you could adopt someone who was from oversea’s but are going to school in the U.S. My mother brought a girl who grew up in China to Thanksgiving. Would be a great opportunity for empty nesters as well! xoxo

    So happy the family came to you :)

    • Linda
      December 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm (7 years ago)

      I love that idea Cassie! Remind me if the kids ever don’t come home one holiday! I’m old – I may forget :)

  2. Brandy
    November 18, 2011 at 10:03 am (7 years ago)

    I am so not looking forward to being an empty nester :-( Good tips though for sure!


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