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woman_saving_food_moneyFood is an important part of holidays for many famalies. There's a lot of pressure to serve a big, traditional holiday meals, but for many people this holiday season it is just not financially feasible. With rising food costs, and rising unemployment, preparing holiday meals whe house where everyone goes over the holidays.

The following  are a few tips to make the effort less painful and help you stretch your holiday food budget.

Compose your shopping list in advance. Start gathering supplies early. There are some things you can't get always buy early but for others that you know that you'll need start stocking up now. by buying early you can get things on sale before you need them and before the supplies are in demand.Thinking ahead also  gives you time to not only search for sales, but to all use coupons, etc.Not only will you save money but you'll have everything you need at the time you need it!

Don't try to serve everything. You don't need to serve everybody's favorite dish. Instead consider choosing one protein (e.g., turkey or a ham), one starch (sweet potato dish, or raisen stuffing), one vegetable and one dessert.

Know serving sizes. Make sure the recipes you create are modified for the correct number of people invited so you do not over  buy and have food go bad. 

Use frozen vegetables where you can. If you are preparing a recipe like broccoli and cheese casserole, choose frozen vegetables instead of fresh.I know it may not sound appealling but frozen vegetables are usually cheaper and offer the same nutrient quality.

Buy the whole bird. Usually it is cheaper to purchase the whole turkey rather than buy the pieces separately. Plus, leftover turkey tastes great in a turkey casserole, turkey burritos, turkey and cranberry sandwich, and you can use the bones for soups. It is really the way to go to save money.

Skip the paper products. While paper plates and plastic utensils are easier than washing dishes, they are expensive and bad for the environment.

Ask for help. Offer to make one or two things and delegate the rest. To add a little fun into your potluck, ask your guests to bring copies of their recipe to share. It is also a great way to ensure guests haved a dish they like, it makes them feel part of the process and often you learn somethinbg new about a guests. A potluck is also a great way to start conversations, because people often love to talk about their favorite dishes and why they choose to bring them! It is also a great way to try new foods too!

About the Author

Jeff BeharJeff Behar, MS, MBA is a former natural bodybuuilding champion, well sought after personal; trainer and author with over 30 years of experience in the health, fitness, and bodybuilding fields.  He regularly writes for several magazines about top health, fitnessdisease prevention, diet, nutrition, natural healing, and  anti aging issues that are being discussed today. He has authored over 1000 articles regarding health, fitness, nutrition, weight loss, and is the author of the best selling Ebook, Top 100 Superfoods - 100 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Jeff Behar is also the founder of, , and, three very popular health and wellness information websites and social networking communities.

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