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.
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!