Wesley United Methodist Church will be hosting the fifth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. It's a free dinner but it's not the only way you can pinch some pennies during the holidays. WVU Extension Services has a few tips.
"People are going to be looking for Christmas and wanting to have money to spend at that time of year," said Elaine Bowen, a WVU Extension Specialist. "So we want to encourage families not to go overboard in buying too much food or fancy ingredients. So there are some ways they can economize."
Some simple ways to save money include checking ads, using frozen vegetables or canned goods, and asking for help.
For people in need of a good meal on Thanksgiving but can't quite afford it, there's somewhere for you to go.
Karen King started the community dinner at Wesley United Methodist Church. The idea started when she and her friends had nowhere to go for Thanksgiving.
"I talked to some friends and we decided that we were tired of that. We were tired of people feeling sorry for us," said King, the Event Coordinator for the dinner. "We are single women and we are in our 60s and we decided that we are going to do something. It has now become a ministry of our church and we try our best to raise money."
You can help King raise money for the meal by eating at Chili's in Morgantown Sunday, November 17.
For those of you still planning to cook at home, keep in mind, there will probably be plenty of leftovers.
"Everybody loves those thanksgiving leftovers," said Bowen. "It's easy to stretch one turkey into several meals throughout the week or to put some things in the freezer."
The Thanksgiving dinner will be on Thanksgiving day beginning at about noon but if you want some more budgeting tips or you want to find out more about the dinner visit WVU Extension Services, or the USDA 'My Plate' website.
To volunteer for the dinner, make donations, or attend call Karen King at 304-282-8478