The big feast is right around the corner and it’s time to kick it into high gear. This week, we finalize our plans, check our list twice and get all of the shopping out of the way. Make it your mission to avoid grocery stores the day before Thanksgiving. It takes a lot of time and patience to survive those crowds!
Send a reminder to your guests
Remind your guests of the important details: what time to arrive, what time you’ll eat, and the assigned menu. Ask if anyone will need the oven or stovetop to heat food so you can schedule cooking times accordingly. And of course, don’t forget to mention how excited you are to see everyone!
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Make a cooking timeline
It’s takes major skill to get an entire Thanksgiving meal hot and ready all at once. Make a list of all the prep you can do the night before then schedule your Thanksgiving Day hour-by-hour. The most importance piece of the puzzle is the turkey. Don’t forget, stuffed birds will require you make the stuffing first thing in the morning.
Use a turkey calculator
Use a turkey calculator to determine the size of your bird and how long it will take to thaw. For example, 8 adults and 6 kids will need a 15-lb. turkey, which can take nearly 4 days to thaw in the refrigerator. Look for a store that’s offering a discount with minimum purchase. You can typically find stores offering store brand turkeys for $0.69/lb and name brand for $0.99 when you buy $25 in other groceries.
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Make a grocery list
If you’ve been keeping up with your Holiday Helper assignments, then you’ve got a lot of the cooking already done. Inevitably though, there are still some perishables and last minute items you need. Now start shopping and whatever you do, avoid the grocery store on the Sunday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Sign up for mailing lists
If you plan to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, then you want to sign up for retailer emails now. Make a list of all the stores you plan to shop at and get on their mailing lists so you will be in the know on the best sales they are offering. Start printing and collecting in-store coupons as you receive them.
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