Getting Ahead of the Holiday Meal Costs – More in My Basket Series

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The holiday season is approaching! You may be planning an in-person or virtual celebration for friends and family in one big group or in smaller gathers. Regardless of the venue, it’s never too early to start holiday meal preparation. If left to the last minute, meal planning can be a challenge no matter if you’re having a dinner for one or ten. Planning your menu in advance allows you the opportunity to be sure all the favorite dishes are included and spend smarter. You will shop more efficiently, use less of your SNAP dollars, and decrease costs by avoiding unnecessary purchases. Sticking to your menu items and buying in advance over the course of several grocery trips will spread out the expense and lower the impact on your monthly food budget.

Getting Ahead of the Holidays Meal Cost, is a six-part series that will run from September to mid-November. About every two-weeks we will release a new topic in the six-part series. Each blog will include strategies and suggestions to save you money at the grocery store and make your holiday meal planning headache free. The series will Over the six-week series we will cover:

  1. Finding Your Recipes and Preparing Your Kitchen
  2. Canned Goods
  3. Dry Goods
  4. Spices
  5. Frozen Items
  6. Perishables

You will want to refer to your recipes often over the next few weeks. Begin by pulling out your favorite recipes and organizing them by breakfast, entrees, sides, and dessert.

Find links to each article below. A new topic will be posted every two weeks.

  1. Finding Your Recipes and Preparing Your Kitchen (Posted on 9/7/21)
  2. Canned Goods (9/21)
  3. Dry Goods (10/5)
  4. Spices (10/20)
  5. Frozen Items (11/2)

The Getting Ahead of Holiday Meal Cost series is sponsored by the More In My Basket (MIMB) Program. Visit the More In My Basket website for the complete series or to contact the More In My Basket staff.