This free printable Thanksgiving planner and post about hosting Thanksgiving has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SaveWithHopster #CollectiveBias
As September is coming to a close, you are probably looking forward to the falling leaves and dressing up for Halloween. However, if you plan to host Thanksgiving at your house this year, you should really start getting organized now. Hosting family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner can be a very stressful undertaking! Money and organization are the two main things that can cause your stress. That is why I’d like to share my free printable Thanksgiving planner and give you some tips to get you through the day with minimal stress, less cost, and maximum enjoyment.
Reducing the cost of hosting Thanksgiving
Having a large Thanksgiving feast can really drain your bank account. You need to purchase decorations, food, and cleaning supplies for before and after the day – this all adds up! You are not going to have time to look at all of the sales, cut coupons, and go from store to store in search of the best deal. You’ll definitely need an easy way to save money. Let me introduce you to my new favorite app Hopster Mobile Rebates.
Hopster Mobile Rebates
It is so simple to start saving with Hopster Rebates! Let me share my experience with you.
- I downloaded the free app to my phone. You can download it here.
- Signing up was easy. All I needed to do was sign in with my Facebook account!
- I looked through the long list of grocery, drug and mass merchandise stores and made Walmart a favorite since I shop there all of the time. Then I noticed that “Available Everywhere” was an option. I clicked on that and realized that Hopster can be used at any store!
- On the Walmart page in the app, there was a list of all of the available rebates. I just clicked on the plus sign to add them to my list. Did you notice in the photo that there are “any brand” products? That means that, for example, you can buy any brand of meat and redeem the rebate!
- After shopping, I opened Hopster and clicked to redeem my rebates. Up came a list of the rebates I had added to my list. I checked off the ones I bought and then clicked on the “submit receipt” button. I submitted a photo of my receipt and got a confirmation that they received my info.
- A few days later I got this email telling me that I had money in my PayPal account from Hopster.
My favorite part? You don’t have to wait until you have a certain amount of rebates or redeemed offers. Every time a rebate is validated, you get the money in your PayPal right away!
I received 25 cents this time, but the rebates start adding up! Hopster even has large rebates. Right now there is one for $10 and another one for $30! I’m telling you, you need to sign up!
Reducing the stress of hosting Thanksgiving
Now that you know how to cut down on the cost, I’ll move on to some ways to minimize stress. Believe it or not, the Hopster app can help you with this too! Think of Hopster as your savvy-shopper friend—you know the one— she always seems to get the best deals, shops efficiently and makes entertaining look easy? Hopster not only has rebates, but it also provides tips for saving time when shopping, cooking, entertaining, cleaning, and spending. It will even give you guidance on how to elevate your everyday life and special occasions while saving money.
Plan and prepare ahead
One of the best ways to reduce your stress at Thanksgiving is to plan ahead! Right now, you can determine your guest list, write out your menu, create a shopping list, and add your shopping trip to your calendar. Here are some things you can do during the week before Thanksgiving:
- Clean the house. The day before Thanksgiving you or your spouse can do a light touch-up cleaning.
- Write out your place cards. You can write these out as guests RSVP.
- Decorate. Remember you only need to decorate rooms your guests will see.
- Set the table. You can do this a couple days before Thanksgiving. It will help you get in the Turkey Day mood every time you walk past it!
- Most side dishes can be made ahead of time and reheated. They will taste better anyway!
Add all of the above items to your calendar now.
Divvy up jobs
Remember that you are not alone in this endeavor. Your spouse should be helping with the process throughout. Sit down and decide who will do each of the following:
- Grocery shop
- Set the table
- Make each dish (remember you can ask relatives to make some too)
Again, add these items to your calendar once they are decided.
You will also need to determine your jobs for Thanksgiving day. Unfortunately, this is not going to be a day where one of you is in the kitchen and the other sits and talks with guests. You will both be hustling that day. Decide who will do each of the following:
- Greet guests
- Keep the kitchen running smoothly
- Keep people out of the kitchen. How will they do it?
I hope I haven’t scared you too much. Knowing all of these things ahead of time will help you both stay sane! I swear you will be able to enjoy the day if you make sure to plan ahead.
Download and print my free printable Thanksgiving Planner
Have I stressed that you need to plan ahead enough? I have created some free Thanksgiving planner printables to help you get started. Download and print your own copy. It includes each of the following:
- Guest list
- Shopping list
- Place cards
Note: As with all of my free printables, this planner is for personal use only and may not be resold.
Now that you are armed with Hopster, my free planner and these planning tips, hosting Thanksgiving will be much easier… and cost much less!
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