Whether your family gets together only during the holidays or every single Sunday for dinner, feeding a large group can get costly if you are not careful. There are ways to still enjoy great food with the ones you love and not blow your budget.
Click through for 7 ways to keep hosting family dinners without breaking the bank…
How to Host a Family Feast for Pennies 1 of 8
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Plan from the Pantry 2 of 8
Take stock of what you already have before you start making a menu. Unless it's a holiday celebration with the traditional dishes, try to create recipes from the items you have that will feed a lot of people like soups, casseroles, pastas, and other things you can make in bulk on the cheap.
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Buy on Sale 3 of 8
Set aside some extra grocery money each week and follow the store circulars. When ingredients for your bulk recipes go on sale be sure to stock up on a reasonable amount. Use store rewards and coupons to add to your savings.
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Prepare Early 4 of 8
To prevent last minute shopping chaos take time in the days before the meal to prepare what you can such as chopping vegetables and gathering ingredients. This will allow you time to ensure you have everything you need and not send you to the corner convenience store in a panic.
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Consider a Potluck Tradition 5 of 8
If you are always hosting the meals, consider having a potluck-style meal now and again. Everyone can bring a dish while you cook only the main meat or dish. You'll have plenty for everyone to eat without the expense.
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Make It BYOB 6 of 8
If your family and friends like to imbibe on a Sunday afternoon, start a tradition of BYOB rather than spending a lot of money on drinks for everyone. Keep water cold for dinner and buy soft drinks that are on sale rather than brand-named kinds.
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Repurpose Dinners 7 of 8
If there is left over meats and vegetables but no room in the fridge, find recipes where you can reuse leftovers for new meals. Freeze them properly to be used throughout the rest of the week for immediate family meals. If an entire pie remains, freeze that too to serve at the next family dinner.
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Keep a Log Book 8 of 8
If your family is just start out on the tradition of regular group meals, keep a log book of your ideas for future dinners. As you get the hang of cooking for a larger gathering, you can jot down your own words of wisdom to remember for next time. Not planning ahead is often the reason people spend too much money when things are left to the last minute.
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