With consumers spending hundreds of dollars on Thanksgiving travel and celebrations each year, a new report showcases the Best Places to Go for Thanksgiving in 2023 to help people maximize their enjoyment.
Here are the Rankings:
|Top 20 Cities for Thanksgiving|
|1. San Francisco, CA||11. Mesa, AZ|
|2. San Jose, CA||12. Gilbert, AZ|
|3. San Diego, CA||13. Los Angeles, CA|
|4. Scottsdale, AZ||14. San Antonio, TX|
|5. Raleigh, NC||15. Orlando, FL|
|6. Atlanta, GA||16. Chesapeake, VA|
|7. Phoenix, AZ||17. Dallas, TX|
|8. Las Vegas, NV||18. Louisville, KY|
|9. Greensboro, NC||19. Charlotte, NC|
|10. Virginia Beach, VA||20. Tucson, AZ|
“The average person spends a few hundred dollars over the long Thanksgiving weekend, between food for family feasts and the mad dash to score Black Friday deals. Consumers need to keep an eye on their bank accounts throughout the holiday shopping season to ensure that spreading holiday cheer doesn’t spread them too thin as they head into the new year,” said Cassandra Happe, WalletHub analyst.
Best Places to Go for Thanksgiving 2023
San Francisco is the best place to go for Thanksgiving, followed by San Jose, CA, San Diego, CA, Scottsdale, AZ, and Raleigh, NC, according to a new report by the personal finance website WalletHub. The report compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across five key dimensions: Thanksgiving celebrations and traditions, affordability, safety, and accessibility, giving thanks through charitable donations and volunteering, and the Thanksgiving weather forecast.
“Surprisingly, San Francisco is the place to be if you’re looking for highly-rated yet affordable restaurants for celebrating Thanksgiving this year,” said Cassandra Happe, WalletHub Analyst. “The city also has pretty good weather this time of year and offers lots of opportunities for sightseeing and other outdoor fun that won’t require spending a ton of money.”
San Francisco was one of three cities in California to rank in the top five for this report, and its neighbors aren’t far behind. “Spending Thanksgiving in San Jose can help you feel the holiday spirit, as the city is highly ranked when it comes to things like the number of pumpkin patches and decoration stores per capita,” Happe said. “Thanksgiving in San Diego offers similar perks, with better scenery and the chance to spread thanks to the military community easily.”
No matter where you live, Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, togetherness, and delicious food. With the high cost of inflation, that delicious feast may fill your belly while leaving your wallet relatively empty. “The average person spends a few hundred dollars over the long Thanksgiving weekend, between food for family feasts and the mad dash to score Black Friday deals,” Happe said. “It is important for consumers to keep an eye on their bank accounts throughout the holiday shopping season to ensure that spreading holiday cheer doesn’t spread them too thin as they head into the new year.”
Tips for Saving on Your Thanksgiving Celebration
- Set a Budget: Determine how much you will spend on your Thanksgiving celebration, including food, decorations, and other expenses. Keep this budget in mind as you plan out your menu and track your spending to ensure you stay within your spending limits.
- Plan Your Menu Wisely: Focus on the key Thanksgiving dishes your guests love and opt for budget-friendly ingredients. Consider making a potluck-style dinner instead of handling the meal alone – ask your guests to bring a dish to share, which will expand your menu without hurting your bank account.
- Take Advantage of Coupons and Sales: Take advantage of discounts and special offers at grocery stores. Look for coupons, loyalty programs, and online deals. Buy non-perishable items when they are on sale before the holiday.
- Buy Generic and in Bulk: Consider purchasing store-brand or generic products, which are often more affordable than name brands but still of good quality. Purchase items like flour, sugar, and canned goods in bulk, saving you money in the long run. Make sure to store bulk items properly to prevent spoilage.
- Compare Prices: Check prices at different stores for the best deals on specific items. Remember to compare prices online as well, especially for non-perishable goods.
- Avoid Last-Minute Shopping: Start shopping for ingredients early to avoid rush purchases, which are often more expensive.
- Reduce Waste: Plan your menu and portion sizes carefully to avoid food waste. Use leftovers creatively to make the most of your ingredients.
For the full report, visit here.