was about to say most of month is gone for worrying about thanksgiving, now for month of december i have no clue. I would see if there is any aid for the children to at least have a good holiday season. The adults can just be happy they are alive.
A family of 5 can easily be fed one dinner for that amount of money. Everything would be cheaper homemade. I was presuming you meant food for rest of month as well as dinner plus gifts.
Quoting GreenEyes8707:A month from the 17th to the 17th. My DH family has stuck us for buying the dinner.
Could your DH mention to his mother that money is tight and ask her if she could help out with the cost? That's not a lot to get you through the month with 5 to feed. I would ask everyone to bring something to make it easier. I don't think there is anything wrong with doing that. You might even luck out and someone will offer to bring the turkey--which is usually the most expensive part of the dinner. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember: the important part is family being together so even if you get no help and can't afford to do it up like your MIL might, it doesn't matter. ♥Hugs♥
Only buy what you can afford. If your in-laws stuck you with buying Thanksgiving dinner and aren't willing to contribute, even though you can't afford it, then serve an ultra-simple meal and just explain that this was all you could afford with such short notice and no help from the rest of the family. There's no law that says Thanksgiving dinner has to be a certain type of menu. If what you can afford is mac and cheese, or spaghetti with marinara and garlic bread, then so be it. Maybe they'll think twice before doing that again.
If they really want to have a full Thanksgiving menu, then they can help pay for it or bring some of the dinner. What about doing a potluck-style Thanksgiving? You make the turkey, everything else is provided by guests?
Do you have an Aldi's store nearby? They have the cheapest food around. If not, buy the biggest turkey you can afford. Make homemade baked mac and cheese as a side dish or potatoes from a box. Call all the family and ask them to bring a dish to pass- a side like rolls, salad; a dessert or a drink like soda, juice or milk. Good luck. Money is tight here too.
I think that is totally do able. The turkey can be several meals. You could probably do Thanksgiving dinner for less than $50, that leaves PLENTY left over for the next 2 weeks.
Don't buy food from a box.
In the first place, it's not food, it's chemically laden garbage. Secondly, it's far more expensive than buy a pound of potatos. Third, it will last one meal, whereas the pound of potatos will last at least three or four, or more.
Quoting HyperMom38:Do you have an Aldi's store nearby? They have the cheapest food around. If not, buy the biggest turkey you can afford. Make homemade baked mac and cheese as a side dish or potatoes from a box. Call all the family and ask them to bring a dish to pass- a side like rolls, salad; a dessert or a drink like soda, juice or milk. Good luck. Money is tight here too.
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