{Celebrating Without Hurting Your Pocket}

It’s Monday! I love Monday!!!!! Why? Because on Mondays we are {In Pursuit} of Financial Freedom! Doesn’t that sound lovely?

The Holiday Season is here and for some, this is a very stressful and difficult time. For others, it’s the best time of the year. So why not stop and decide what you want this holiday season to look like. Then let’s jump right in and make it happen! Celebrate without hurting your pocket.

We’re going to simply look at Thanksgiving Day for now.


Holiday decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. As a matter of fact, with a little bit of creativity and out of the box thinking, you can come up with something just as beautiful as what you see in the magazines and catalogs.

Here’s a bit of what I’ve done in our home:

On our side table in the living room, I used a decorative platter we had from our wedding reception. I simply love the autumn colors on it, they are perfect for the Fall season. For those of you new to {In Pursuit}, click {here} to see how I used these platters to gather remote controls. For now, I am using another one of these same platters on our side table to hold our {I’m thankful for…} cards. These cards were created as a way of {Cultivating An Attitude of Gratitude} in our home. Click {here} to find out more and to get your FREE printable.

I also gathered some small books I had around the house whose covers were in autumn colors, stacked them up and placed a small ceramic pumpkin on top. Simple and oh-so-cute. I love that pumpkin!!!

In the back right, is a very old photo holding stand. Instead of putting photos in it, I opted for filling it up with colorful leaves. It really finishes everything off! I love to see all the color in that corner of the room. Simple and so very easy!

In the dining room, I put together this centerpiece made out of an old punch bowl I had in the house. I was going to get fresh flowers, however, I wanted them to last through the Thanksgiving season and our living room has these colors anyway (which means I can reuse) so I went with artificial silk flowers instead: easy on the budget and recyclable.

All it takes is some creativity. Use items you have around the house. And don’t be afraid to use items unexpectedly (like the punch bowl as a vase).


In the past, my ‘desire’ was to have a home cooked Thanksgiving day meal with the turkey and all the trimmings, but I would push it off because “I didn’t have enough money in the budget,” and then on Thanksgiving week, I felt discouraged and hurried because I did not plan.

Well, not this year. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if it’s not all I want it to be, then we will raid Momma’s house {smile}. Eh… we’ll probably raid Momma’s house anyway. There’s nothing like Momma’s Turkey!!!

Goal: Meal prepared and cooked at home. Getting the kids involved. Cooking together. Thanksgiving meals to remember.

Alright, so let’s count the costs:

Turkey: Although Turkeys can get expensive, for those on a budget, you CAN get a 10 lb turkey for .29 cents/lb at Bottom Dollar. I went there last night and a Turkey that would feed our family of 5 was available for less than $6.00 on sale (the actual prices was $20.00). Giant Food Stores also has them for .47 cents/lb.

Ham: $1.78/lb at Bottom Dollar.

Heinz Gravy: 10/$10 (if you buy one you still get the sale price at Giant).

Stove Top Stuffing: 3/$4 (for those who like bread stuffing) at Giant.

Potatoes: a 5lb bag of potatoes, $1.28 bag at Bottom Dollar.

Shredded Cheese: 1 bag, $1.29 at Bottom Dollar.

Sugar: 4 lb bag for your baking, $1.97 at Bottom Dollar.

Eggs: For your potato salad or other recipes, .98 cents at Bottom Dollar.

Vegetables: Save money at your local Farmer’s Market. Although at Bottom Dollar a bag of steamed vegetables cost about $1.05.

I got most of these prices last night while I did a quick run through the store. However, I’m sure that if you sit down with your local supermarket circulars, you will be able to find some prices which are just as good elsewhere or even better. Then put your menu together and start picking up your items.

As you can see from the list above, I can get the basics for about $15-$20. Some items, you may already have in your pantry, fridge, or freezer, so don’t forget to shop there first. Then make your list. And remember, this is a Holiday meal your family will remember. It’s worth it and you will have leftovers to use for the next day’s meal.

Above is simply a starting point. One that is ‘doable’. But research the internet for homemade recipes for gravy, or more inexpensive ideas. The point is to not disregard the joy and delight that comes with planning, preparing, serving, and enjoying a a holiday meal and the holiday season!


  • Find crafts online to do with your kids.
  • Purchase a Holiday Meal as a family for a family in need. Get the kids involved.
  • Serve at a local soup kitchen.
  • Invite someone who doesn’t have a ‘family’ over for your Thanksgiving Meal.
  • Look for ways to show appreciation throughout the month (and beyond).


The {Journey to Financial Freedom} does not mean that you have to eliminate from your life all celebrations and festivities. It does mean that you work within your budget and you look for creative ways to stretch your dollar. It means that the idea of ‘decorating’ and ‘performing’ for others does not take precedence over your goals of financial freedom.

This season, change your mindset. Change your way of doing things. Change the reasons why you do the things you do. It’s about Thanksgiving to God for all His continuous provision. It’s about Thanksgiving for the family and friends you’ve been blessed with. It’s about giving and serving. Enjoy the real meaning of the season. Don’t get caught up in the hype and set the atmosphere in your home.


Please stop by and share any money-saving ideas you have…

How do you shop for your Thanksgiving meal and what money-saving decorating ideas do you have?

Don’t forget to stop by and let me know how it’s going for you? Are you excited? Are you overwhelmed? Are you on your own journey to {Financial Freedom}? I would love to hear from you!

© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest

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