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Holiday Tip: Ask Yourself If You're Buying Too Much

Holiday Tip: Ask Yourself If You're Buying Too Much

Well-fed guests are a Thanksgiving hostess's goal, and that frame of mind often leads to a meal that would feed 20 more mouths than are seated at the table. Sure you can send some people home with leftovers, but you're spending much more than necessary if your feast is big enough to feed a small army. You can still have your roasted turkey sandwich with stuffing and next-day mashed potato pancakes without spending twice the money needed to create a bountiful holiday table.

When you're going through each recipe, consider how much people will really eat. Do you really need five different kinds of cheese for an appetizer platter or is three a more realistic number? With all of the options at the table, do you really need to triple the stuffing recipe or will doubling it more than do? Desserts are one area that can get way out of hand — at the end of a big meal, will your guests reach for four different types of pie, or is two the magic number? Before you head to the supermarket checkout, ask yourself if you are buying too much — if you estimate the leftovers will last more than a few days, the answer may be a conclusive "yes."

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