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Smarter Seasonal Spending Challenge Day 4: Entertain at Home

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It seems like everyone wants to get together during the holidays, but meeting friends for a night out can get expensive. Entertain friends and family with a home cooked meal. Even better - do it pot luck style and have everyone bring a dish. You will save the costs of gas, overpriced restaurant meals, and drinks.

Do you ever host potluck dinners? How often do you get together with friends? What's your best tip for saving on holiday get-togethers?

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by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I have never done the potluck dinners but when I do host parties, I will do the potluck dinners.  I really don't go out with friends since I do not have many, I am at home with the kids all the time and I don't like to "waste" money on myself.  The best tip for saving is if you do surveys and make money for them or get gift cards, use the gift cards as presents.

by Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM
No. I don't host parties or get together w/ friends. We don't have the time or $$.
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by Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM
We have friends over a lot and will so a potluck sometimes. When you host, sometimes it costs way more than if you had just went out. I prefer to go out sometimes but use a coupon and be responsible for my own meal.


by New Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 10:00 PM

 I no longer live near my family, but when I was close we always did the potluck thing. We also drew names and did 10.00 gift exchanges for Christmas.

by Bronze Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

We do live further out in a rural area than many of our friends, so we usually don't host family or friends. We typically go to other's houses. We participate on potlucks and always have a great time. We also divide up the cooking for holidays, so one family doesn't get stuck with all the expense.

by Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM

when I get together with family its usually potluck. Dont get together with friends much anymore.

by Member on Oct. 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM

 We liv close to meat packing district, I go and buy at cheaper prices.

by Yvonne on Oct. 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM

we host all the time.. summers is bbq's and winter is homemade dinners.  we also have snack party and the guest bring things to drink :)

by Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
We do potluck dinners also. It is way and you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen and can really enjoy your guest. Also you get to try new dishes that your friends and family like.
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by New Member on Oct. 12, 2012 at 4:53 AM
We have a large family, so potlucks are always the best bet! Also around Christmas, we draw names for who brings what to the table. :-)
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