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Holiday Entertaining on a Dime

By Value Guru, December 5, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

With The Whole Deal value guide you can unwrap $60+ in coupons, 31 money-saving tips, 12 Sure Deals, 10 new budget appetizers and a meal planner. So when you’re hosting the festivities, there’s no reason to invite overspending.

Penny-Saving Pointers

Here are our favorite tips for entertaining on a dime and looking like a million bucks.

  • Pineapple Rosemary Crush CocktailsBite-size spending. Swap a sit-down dinner for heavy appetizers. Feast on these recipe ideas.
  • Cheese please. Oregon Blue, Manchego, Stilton, oh my! We cut hundreds of cheeses to order so buy just what you need for cheese plates and recipes. (Learn how to build a better cheese plate.)
  • Personalize pre-made. Save time and still take credit by making some dishes and buying some dishes. Popcorn Shrimp with Clementine-Chipotle Cocktail Sauce is the best of both worlds.
  • More for less. We offer volume discounts on many items, including party favorites like tonic water and our Top 10 Wines* for the Holidays. Get the details at your store’s Customer Service desk.
  • Good enough to eat. Vibrant mandarins, nuts in the shell, pomegranates, cinnamon sticks, winter squash and rosemary "trees" serve double-duty as beautiful décor and cooking ingredients.
  • Smaller plates. Swap large plates for smaller ones so there’s less wasted food. That’s better on the bottom line too.
  • Cheers to savings. Serve a signature drink in place of an open bar. Pineapple Rosemary Crush Cocktails fit the bill!

*Sorry celebrants, some of our stores sell wine, some don’t. It’s the law. Please see our list of stores that do sell alcohol or our list of stores that do not sell alcohol.

Feeding A Crowd

The more, the merrier! With these top tips you can fill seats at your table without emptying your wallet.

  • Bulk bin bounty. Buy spices, nuts and grains from our bulk bins and get just the amount you need without paying for excess packaging.
  • Buy some time. Our bakery uses the same wholesome ingredients you'd use at home. Pumpkin pie (download coupon) and artisan bread (download coupon) to the rescue!
  • Portion control. Our Servings Calculator helps you serve a feast without being left with too much.
  • Veggie delight. Veggies are filling and packed with nutrients so don't skip them if your schedule is tight; our frozen options blend quality and convenience.
  • Secret ingredient. Stock up on versatile items like fig spread, cranberry sauce and pumpkin puree, which can be used in multiple ways for multiple meals. (Find inspiration in our money-saving tips for leftovers post.)
  • 24/7 sous chef. Turn to our Holiday Guide and recipe database for the scoop on crispy skin, flavorful veggies and perfect piecrusts.

What’s your favorite tip for a host looking not to spend the most?

From carving with confidence to pouring with pride, our online Holiday Cheat Sheet means more of your best for less stress. Order holiday meals online too; we'll do the work, you'll take the credit.