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How to celebrate and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving this year

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:03AM Wednesday November 6, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Photo: Saving Cents with Sense

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Why? It's multiple reasons, really... It's the time when family joins together to spend quality time together. It's also the time for delicious foods: pumpkin pie, turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casserole, and the list goes on.

I also love the thankfulness that people start expressing. It's nice to just stop and take some time to realize what all we have to be thankful for. 

And who doesn't love the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade? It's always tradition for us to watch this. Some day I will make it up to NYC and get to see it in person (bucket list item!). 

So before we get into the mad rush of planning out Thanksgiving, what are some things we should be doing or thinking about before the big day comes? 

Here are some great tips from the Dealpros: 


Thanksgiving is a great time to remember all the of the things we are thankful for. Mary is doing a 30 days of Thankfulness series, won't you join her? 


Is it possible to save money and host the festivities during Thanksgiving? Karen shares ways to save on the Thanksgiving dinner

Crafts for Kids

This DIY Thankful Tree is perfect to go along with the Thankfulness series, and it's fun for the kids! 

Dinner Menu Plan

One of the best ways to save on the meal is to actually have a plan in place. Here's a Thanksgiving dinner menu plan to get you started.


It's important to get organized before the big day. Here are some organization and planning tips for Thanksgiving dinner


If you're game for some decorating, check out how to make a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape that will wow your guests. 

Or if you're just not feelin' it this year, you could always thumb your nose at Thanksgiving like Lea Ann. 

Are you planning some big festivities for Thanksgiving this year? What are some of your favorite things to make or traditions that you enjoy?

Crystal Collins, a DealPro, is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at Crystal also works as a consultant for on the Favado grocery program.