Shopping for and cooking holiday meals can be taxing on nerves and wallets, but not if people develop a plan early on.
After all, experts say, there's no reason not to.
"For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a very typical repeat performance dinner every year," said Nancy Granovsky of the TAMU System's Family Development and Resource Management Arm of AgriLife Extension.
After hosts know how many people are coming, Granovsky recommends sharing the responsibility in order to share the cost.
"Maybe if you've always done all of the preparation yourself, maybe this is a good time for other people who are going to be participating in your dinner, to bring items along," said Granovsky.
Economists say cooks look for bargains well ahead of the time they actually need them to cook.
"Keep a list with you and always be thinking, you're not buying just for this week, but maybe with the eye on future holidays. Especially if you notice certain things on sale," said Granovsky.
Shopping ahead also ensures the necessary items are in stock.
A frozen or canned bargain can always substitute for a more expensive fresh item.
"I think people sometimes assume they have to be elaborate and expensive events," said Granovsky.
A meal that doesn't break the budget, will leave holiday cooks more relaxed to enjoy family and friends.
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