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November 20, 2018

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Text PushThanksgiving is in a couple days, and while you have probably already bought your turkey with a coupon and made your own decorations with pine cones, acorns, and pine tree clippings, there are still ways you can save money on and after the big day.

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Go potluck

If you're hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, go potluck with it. Encourage all guests to bring a side dish, then just focus your efforts (and expenses) on the turkey and other staples. This not only saves money, but greatly reduces stress as well, as you have far fewer dishes to prepare.

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Freeze leftovers in small containers

Freezing leftover turkey is common, but many people jam multiple pounds of turkey into one big gallon bag, then when they go to thaw some out for later use, they either talk themselves out of it (thinking that they don't need so much food) or they thaw a multi-pound bag and let much of it go to waste.

Instead of freezing such a large amount of food in a big container, pare it down into a lot of smaller freezer bags. It's a little more work up front, but when you do choose to thaw some you can easily thaw just the amount you need - and no food goes to waste.

Don't waste the carcass

Many people are happy to toss the leftover bones and small amount of meat left over after carving up the turkey. Don't. That carcass can be used to create a lot of delicious broth that can also be frozen and used to make simple, flavorful dishes.

Just take the entire carcass and toss it into the biggest pan you have. You can also toss in the neck of the turkey and the giblets (but not the liver). Add a chopped yellow onion, a cup of dry white wine, a bit of pepper, and a chopped stalk of celery, and let the whole thing simmer for three or four hours. When it's done, remove all of the large solid pieces, leaving nothing but broth, and store that broth in Ziploc bags in the freezer.