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November 2014



My Thanksgiving Plans and Spending

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15837827765_7b47231eae_zHi all! It’s the eve of Thanksgiving and I’m getting really excited about all the delicious food I’m going to consume Β and the fun I’m going to have whooping butt playing games with my family. (FYI – I’m just a little bit competitive!) πŸ™‚

Anyhow, my Thanksgiving is going to be pretty low-key overall. We’re having it at my house and I’ll be doing the majority of the cooking. Guests include my parents, my brother, my grandma, and my friend S and her hubby. It won’t be too big of a deal to do the cooking, there’s only going to be a total of 7 people, though my brother does eat for 2-3 most of the time.

Here’s an overview of my menu:

  • Turkey
  • Cheesy Potato Casserole
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Stuffing
  • Rolls
  • Fresh Vegetable Tray
  • Dessert

My friend S will bring the veggie tray, and my grandma always brings dessert. So that just leaves me with the turkey, 2 casseroles, stuffing, and the warm and serve rolls. Luckily, my mom will help me with some of the cooking.

When we went shopping for the Thanksgiving groceries, she paid for the turkey which was the biggest portion of the meal’s expense. I paid for the rest of the ingredients but they probably only cost me about $30. Mom also spent about $30 on turkey. I’m not sure how much S spent/is spending on veggies, or how much my grandma is spending on dessert, but overall the cost isn’t too bad for any one person since we split it all up.

After lunch, we usually spend the afternoon playing card or board games and just hanging out. It’s a nice day of R&R for sure!

This Thanksgiving I’m doing a bit of dog sitting. I have to go over several times each day from tonight through Saturday night to check on and let out 3 dogs for a friend of mine. In return, she’s going to give a discount on some services I was going to have to pay for anyhow. This will save me some money and I don’t think it’ll be too big of deal to go check on her dogs, they’re pretty well-behaved.

The rest of the weekend I plan on spending some time at home, with family, and catching up/getting ahead on work. I’m hoping to be a bit ahead so I can take a couple of days off around Christmas time. Luckily, the office where I work for my FT job is closed on Friday so we get a nice long weekend! I sure as heck won’t be spending time or money on Black Friday events this year though.

Admittedly, a bit of my debt on CC#10 is from Black Friday shopping in 2012… I know now that was a bad decision! Luckily I didn’t make the same mistake in 2013 and I’m not going to this year either. I already have my Christmas shopping done (other than any last-minute gifts or things I forgot), so there’s no need to even be tempted by Black Friday or Cyber Monday. It was a little hard when a friend of mine that works at my favorite clothing store told me they were having a 40% off sale, but I resisted that temptation. Whew!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving and the weekend?

Photo courtesy of: Olin Gilbert

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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