3 ways to save on entertaining this season


(NC) Along with holiday joy come holiday bills, as cooking, baking and hosting can add up by the end of the festivities. To avoid a sleigh-size tab, plan ahead to save money and maximize the payoff.

Think ahead: Start thinking about your ingredients early and keep an eye out for sales on non-perishable goods. By beating the holiday rush, you can afford more goodies for less.

Be resourceful: Hosting a large gathering? Ask each of your guests to bring a dish. This cost-effective tip will act as conversation starter too.

Earn rewards: Pick up all your entertaining needs with a one-stop-shop at Walmart, where you can earn up to 1.25 per cent back in Walmart Rewards Dollars on every purchase made  using the Walmart Rewards MasterCard.

Choose wisely: Your time matters, so spend more of it with your guests and less of it in the kitchen. Pick a short and easy recipe that won’t cost a lot to make. Prepare as much as you can the morning or day before for a smoother hosting experience.