A Tightwad's Thanksgiving
November 10, 2012
My issue is not that I don’t want to spend money on the holidays; it’s that I don’t have any money to spend in the first place. I’m a college student, and I follow the financial stereotype of my office to the letter. When the holidays roll around, it feels like I should eat something a little nicer than usual, but it seems silly to cook a huge meal for just myself. So, after some thinking and inspiration, I’ve come up with ways to make a holiday meal for one on a tight budget.
There are plenty of books in the Library that are about how to eat on a budget. Personally, I like the A Man, a Can series. For this quest in particular, I consulted the book A Man, a Can, a Microwave. This is where I got started. There is a recipe for a Pilgrim’s feast, which requires a little container of Stove Top, a can of chicken broth, some turkey chops, and some turkey gravy. It gives you instructions on how to cook this entire meal for one in the microwave. An alternative I have been considering involves getting some turkey luncheon meat and heating it with some gravy before placing it over two thick pieces of toast. A single-serve container of instant potatoes for a dollar would make the perfect side to this holiday meal.
Either way, I’ve decided to make the holiday meal something special, even if it is just for me.
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