Don't let hosting Thanksgiving dinner drain your wallet with these easy tips. 


Hosting Thanksgiving dinner should be a heart-warming feast you share with your loved ones. Don't let it stress you out and drain your wallet! Here are five money-saving Thanksgiving hacks.

Get an accurate headcount for your guests. This'll help plan how many servings of each dish you need. Enjoy a few turkey day leftovers without wasting money or overcrowding your fridge.

Keep an eye out for local deals. Now is the time to make the most out of warehouse memberships. Download the Grocery Pal app, and you'll be pointed in the direction of weekly specials from stores like Target, SAFEWAY, Albertsons and more!

Skip the Thanksgiving decorations with big price tags and go natural! Find fall foliage, pine cones and acorns in your backyard for free. Arrange them around your table for a beautiful autumn touch. Another option is to pick up decorative seasonal produce like apples, pumpkins, pomegranates and squash to create a gorgeous fall centerpiece.

If this won't be your only hosting extravaganza, invest in real and durable kitchenware. Pass on the disposable stuff that's flimsy and wasteful. Think plates, silverware, pie and casserole dishes.

Make it a Thanksgiving potluck! Most dinner guests will ask what they can bring. Don't be afraid to suggest something that will make the meal cheaper and less work for you. Plus it'll make guests feel special for contributing.

Remember, the most important thing is to have a good time and enjoy some good eats! Happy Thanksgiving!