When planning out your Thanksgiving menu it is key to create a Thanksgiving shopping list that is thorough and complete. Thanksgiving is stressful enough without having to deal with missing ingredients. In this post, I’m going to share how to plan out a Thanksgiving shopping list and menu that’s easy to follow.
To make this process easier, you can download the free Thanksgiving planner to help you create a Thanksgiving menu and Thanksgiving shopping list that you’ll enjoy.
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Planning your Thanksgiving menu
Create your Thanksgiving menu and remember – less is more.
The most important thing is menu planning. Even though it is a feast in preparation, we cannot probably eat all we cook.
Make sure that the appetizer only reaches the table if there is no heavy main course. Take a look at all of the side. Maybe mashed potatoes, rolls, and a green vegetable will be sufficient.
Organize the entire menu – appetizers, sides, main dish, desserts.
Once your menu is planned out take time to organize this menu to help you create a shopping list. You further simplify the shopping list in the following manner.
- Main dish
Go through place settings, tables, chair, etc.
There is nothing worse than not having enough chairs, silverware, or serving pieces. After you know how many people are coming, just take a look at your place settings, table, chair, and so on to make sure you have enough for everyone.
Create a master Thanksgiving shopping list
Organize the shopping list into perishable and non-perishable.
Now is time to create the master Thanksgiving shopping list. You can create a list of everything that you will need for the big day. Then separate that list into perishable and non-perishable.
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Thanksgiving is expensive. It is a huge meal for a big group and everything that needs to be purchased adds up. When creating your Thanksgiving shopping list you’ll want to shop at more than one store. It’s great to shop all of the ads and land some great deals.
Create a detailed Thanksgiving shopping list and plan out the stores.
Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of the Thanksgiving shopping list. Make sure you have a different list for different stores. This will make the shopping more organized and easy.
Create a Thanksgiving shopping list game plan-when what needs to be purchased.
When you complete your Thanksgiving shopping list it’s time to make a plan. Taking multiple trips on the route makes no sense. It is best to have a game plan for your shopping. It is always better to schedule your trips and create your shopping route.
Since shopping is typically done at more than one store for Thanksgiving dinner it’s a good idea to create an efficient route that will help save you time. One of the easiest ways of doing that is creating a loop with your route.
Find room to store items
These are sometimes forgotten. You’ll be storing a big old’ turkey in the fridge and you’ll be adding a lot of ingredients into the house that you’re not used to regularly stocking.
You may need to clean out the fridge and designate an area of the house as “Thanksgiving Dinner Storage Area” so it’s not cluttering up your kitchen.
To make the process of planning out your Thanksgiving shopping list, I’ve created a free Thanksgiving planner that will help you create a stress-free Thanksgiving. Download the free planner below.
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