Skip to main content

Max’s Frugal Holiday Meal Planning Checklist

Holiday Meal Ideas with Max

Max’s 6 Tips for Frugal Holiday Meal Planning will help you throw a great dinner party and still leave you with a little extra jingle in your pocket

Hosting a holiday party with family and friends is something to look forward to all year but you shouldn’t have to break the bank to do it. The staple of our holiday parties, the food, is the most expensive aspect and can cost more than the usual month’s worth of groceries. Crazy! So how can you still throw an awesome holiday party with great food without going broke?

  1. Host a Potluck.

Having a potluck is a great way to gather all of your friends and family together for dinner without putting the pressure solely on yourself to buy all of the food and then prepare it too. Tell everyone to bring their favorite holiday dish or set a theme for the party and give your guests some ideas of what to bring.

  1. Be on the lookout for sales

You might not usually spend a lot of time researching sales but there is no better time to start than the holiday season. You can search sales from your local grocery stores online and by picking up a sales flyer. A lot of grocery chains also have free apps that can be downloaded to smartphones to keep you in the loop about current deals. If you plan far enough ahead, you can grab the items you need as they go on sale. If you waited until the last minute, you can plan your meal based on the sales you see. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and take a non-traditional meal planning route.

  1. Make a note of what you already have in your pantry

You might already have some of the basic holiday essentials in your pantry. Items such as flour, sugar, spices, and olive oil are common for daily use so once you make your holiday menu, check off those items that you already have so you aren’t wasting money on buying duplicates.

  1. Plan Ahead

Try to plan your meal ahead of time so you have an idea of how much money you anticipate on spending. Knowing what your meal will cost allows you to plan it into your budget and minimize unexpected financial burdens.

  1. Make a list and stick to it

The fancy desserts, candy and holiday decorations are tempting but adding items to your cart that are not on your list can add up quickly. Pop-up holiday fixtures at the registers are called impulse towers for a reason – resist the urge and don’t add any last minute extras to your cart while you stand in line at the check-out.

  1. Make your party BYOB

It isn’t a rule that you have to provide the entire meal yourself. Let your friends and family know that your gathering is BYOB (Bring your own beverage) or collectively decide on a “drink of the night” and have each guest bring one of the ingredients.

About TitleMax

TitleMax® is one of the largest alternative lending companies in the nation, spanning 16 states coast to coast. In addition to knowledgeable and understanding customer service reps, TitleMax® offers title loans and title pawns with a quick and simple application process despite your credit history. And, you keep driving your car throughout the duration of the loan or pawn. Next time you need cash, visit the friendly faces at your neighborhood TitleMax®. We’re here to help.

Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry
  • - In California, loans are made by TitleMax® of California, Inc., d/b/a TitleMax®, California Finance Lenders Law License No. 603K014.
  • - In Georgia, TitleMax® offers Title Pawns.
  • - New Mexico Consumers: please see important New Mexico Consumer Information and Disclosures.
  • - In Nevada, title loans should be used for short-term financial needs only and not as a long-term financial solution. Customers with credit difficulties should seek credit counseling before entering into any title loan transaction.
  • - In Texas, TitleMax® acts as a Credit Services Organization to assist customers in obtaining a loan through an unaffiliated third-party lender. Please see store associate for details. Please see Texas Schedule of All Fees.
  • - TitleMax of Virginia, Inc. d/b/a TitleMax® is licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, license number VTL-11.
  • - TMX Finance of Virginia, Inc. d/b/a TitleMax® Loans is licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.
  • Title-Secured Loans, Title Loans, and Title Pawns: * Maximum loan amount in Illinois is $4,000.00. Maximum loan amount in Mississippi is $2,500.00. Maximum loan amount in Tennessee is $6,500.00, assuming customer qualifies and accepts both the Pledge and Line of Credit. Minimum loan amount in California and one Virginia location is $2,600.00. Minimum loan amount for title-secured loans in South Carolina is $601.00.
  • ** Must be at least 18 years of age (19 in Alabama). Account approval requires satisfaction of all eligibility requirements, including a credit inquiry, and motor vehicle appraisal. Certain other terms and conditions apply.
  • *** Proof of income documentation is required in California, Illinois, Nevada, and some Texas locations . In California, you are also required to provide proof of residency, and a valid vehicle registration to obtain a loan.
  • § Refinancing is not available in Mississippi or most Virginia store locations. In Illinois, you are required to have reduced your original principal balance by 20% before refinancing. TitleMax®, TitleBucks®, and InstaLoan®, are not considered competitors. Please see a store associate for details.
  • Personal Installment Loans: †Must be at least 18 years of age (19 in Alabama). Account approval requires satisfaction of all eligibility requirements, including a credit inquiry. Bring in proof of income, active bank account, proof of residency, a check, and a valid government-issued ID to apply. Unsecured loan products not available in all stores or states.
  • ± Minimum/maximum loan amounts vary by state; not all loan amounts available in all states. Maximum loan amount for first time borrowers is $1,000.00 ($500.00 in AZ). Returning customers with a good payment history may qualify for higher loan amounts, currently up to $2,500.00 in most states. Certain other terms and conditions may apply.
  • ‡ Signature and personal loans are offered in Florida by TMX Finance of Florida, Inc. d/b/a InstaLoan®, and affiliate of TitleMax®. Account approval requires satisfaction of all loan eligibility requirements, including a credit inquiry, and, if applicable, motor vehicle appraisal. Certain other terms and conditions apply.
Close Menu
elit. ipsum leo justo facilisis odio adipiscing id sed risus. lectus felis