Ok folks. I’ve got a secret for you. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year. For FREE.
No, I didn’t steal anything.
No, I didn’t hide a turkey under my shirt, then start running while yelling START THE CAR.
What I did do was shop at No Frills with the PC Plus app. A lot. I have people to feed (and I’ll tell you another secret. I have a PC Mastercard too, so I double up on my rewards.)
The points add up fast, folks. So fast that before you know it, this $161 grocery bill costs you $11.00. ELEVEN DOLLARS. I’ll tell you another secret. There’s other food on that bill too, not just the Thanksgiving dinner. Kid got lunch all week and I paid just about nothing.
So, what did I get for my FREE money? Well, a whole thanksgiving dinner, that’s what.
A 15 lb turkey.
And ingredients for coleslaw, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade apple and pumpkin pies (I even make my own crust…)
PLUS sandwich meat, chicken breasts on sale, chicken wings (middle child is coming home for the weekend and his favourite are my wings) and other assorted items like eggs, bread, ice cream, and a nice round of brie.
All that for $11.00. No jokes.
I might faint. But before I do, let me advise you on how to make Thanksgiving stress free. Remember these tips are coming from the Madame of disorganization. So if I use them, they must be easy.
Bonus: I’ll also tell you how to make your own cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes in no time at all.
- If you’re buying a frozen turkey, make sure you start defrosting it at least four days ahead. That means buy it today if you’re reading on Wednesday. Or else, fresh turkey it is.
- Don’t go crazy. Your family just wants to get together. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart. If you burn everything you can always go out. And it won’t matter, because you got it all for FREE.
- Before grocery shopping, write out your menu. Check your pantry for what you already have and then use the PC Plus app to make a shopping list. This way you can avoid repeated trips to the store and/or time-wasting aisle circling
- Plan your attack. Take it from me – you don’t want to leave everything to the last minute. Spend a couple hours the day before your dinner prepping. Make (or buy) your pies a day or two ahead. Get everything chopped and ready before you start. Recruit sous chefs. If they don’t want to cook, they can set the table.
- Lay your serving platters & serving out on the kitchen table and using post-it notes, label what they will be used for.
- Make easy centrepieces. I like to buy a bag of mini gourds and pumpkins and fill a glass vase with them. Stunning and 5 seconds of effort.
- Make your own healthy cranberry sauce. While the canned stuff is traditional and looks pretty when you slide it out of the can, the homemade version just tastes SO good!
- Leave time to take a shower.
- Breathe. It’s just dinner.
I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends. I know that I am thankful for you. I’m SO glad you stopped by.
Note: This post was sponsored by Loblaw Companies, President’s Choice, and the PC Plus app. I was compensated for sharing the PC Plus app with you, but since I got Thanksgiving dinner for free, it really was a win win for all of us.