If you are going to spend thanksgiving with other people, instead of making dinner or buying food for everyone, why not make it a potluck? You can assign yourself the main dish and ask your guests to bring side dishes of their own. This will not only help you save money but you will have a variety of recipes available for your guests. Moreover, if you cannot afford to buy a whole turkey, only buy a portion of which you think is enough for your guests. In this way, you will not have to throw stuff out. Always check your credit score and monitor how your credit score changes to know how much more you can allot for your thanksgiving budget.