America's official day of turkey, pumpkin pie, and football is just around the corner. While this year's Thanksgiving holiday might be different in many ways thanks to the ongoing pandemic, we've put together some tips to help you save time, stress, and money, whether you're hosting dinner or traveling across the country.
- Be Prepared for Anything at the Airport
Booking flights as early as possible can help you save some money. Additionally, understanding airline and airport COVID-19 restrictions and rules can save you a lot of time and stress. Bring along your COVID-19 vaccination card (if you're vaccinated) and extra masks, and avoid traveling if you or any of your companions are sick. Officials could send you all home if anyone has a high fever. If you're not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends you follow domestic and international travel advice.
- Travel Light
Unless you'll be gone for over a week, pack only what you need. If you can avoid checking a bag at the airport, you'll save money and time.
- Consider Everyone's Safety
Vaccination and mask usage vary by family. If you're hosting the dinner, set clear expectations about masks and vaccinations. Let those attending know if masks are required, voluntary, or not be allowed at all. Additionally, let your guests know if you'll serve dinner indoors or out so they can plan accordingly.
- Get an Accurate Guest Count
Find out exactly how many guests will attend Thanksgiving at your home. This will help save money on the food budget.
- Plan the Menu and Shop Early
Last year, some grocery stores were low on many baking, cooking, and household items. This year, shop early to get what you need. Items expected to be in short supply include canned goods, turkeys, chicken, pet food, bottled water, and alcohol.
- Buy a Frozen Turkey Now
Frozen is often cheaper than fresh and can stay in your freezer for weeks. Just be sure to follow the thawing directions.
- Create Conversation Cards
Include one at each setting and encourage your guests to read their card out loud as necessary. Try to avoid topics such as politics, family drama, and polarizing issues. Ideal topics include new movies, favorite music, sports, and proud family moments such as recent weddings, graduations, and births.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving
From everyone at One Nevada, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving. While you're planning your festivities, don't forget that you have access to industry-leading BALANCE financial articles, advice, webinars, and more. This month, check out their podcast Rebuilding After a Financial Crisis to help maintain a healthy financial future.