‘Tis the season to be jolly, and we know that means you’re likely to be hosting a dinner or lunch at some point. While that can be a great opportunity to bond with family and friends, it can take quite a toll on your pocket too. Here’s how you can be the host/hostess with the most without overspending.

1. Stick to the plan 
Plan your menu in advance and only buy ingredients for that menu when you get to the shops. Try to avoid coming up with new ideas when you are already at the shops. Stick to the plan.

2. Cook from scratch 
Pre-made meals or dishes can be pricey. Buying just one may not be that expensive, but if you are catering for a bigger group, you might end up making a sizable dent in your pocket.

3. Ask your guests to bring a dish 
Asking your guests to bring a dish means the burden of catering for a large group does not fall on just one person. It will save you time and money.

4. Maximise your Multiply benefits
Multiply members get up to 12% back in cashbacks on your qualifying spend at Pick n Pay. You can save your cashbacks in your Multiply Money wallet and earn interest on it over time.

5. Work with what you have
Check what you already have in your pantry or cupboards before heading to the shops. You might be able to save on some ingredients by using what you already have.

You might also want to read this blog post on money mistakes to avoid.