Save on Thanksgiving Dinner: Beat The Holiday Grocery Game

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Stock Up on Holiday Staples

Tactic Two: buy your holiday goodies now--for Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years' and any parties you may be giving.

I've lived in four different communities, large and small, in three different areas of the country over the past 20 years, and I have never seen it fail: Thanksgiving's always cheaper than Christmas.

It's those grocery guys, again. They want you in their store. This week, next week, and right up to Thanksgiving, you'll see specials like you won't see again until next November.

While there will still be advertised specials from now through December 25th, there won't be the shock-your-socks-off prices you'll find prior to Thanksgiving.

Even if you never scout ads and wouldn't consider being a "cherry-picker" (industry term for people who come into the store and purchase only advertised specials) on a regular basis, do it anyway, if only for the next two weeks.

The potential savings are so substantial that any worries about what-will-that-nice-meat-man-think? should evaporate right out of your head.

Here are some items to consider buying now, in quantities sufficient for every holiday meal from now to season's end:

  • Butter (freeze extra cubes in a freezer bag)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Brown and/or powdered sugar
  • Baking basics: flour, sugar, baking soda, Chocolate chips
  • Pans of pre-baked rolls (the disposable pan can be washed and reused?an extra bonus)
  • Corn syrup
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Marshmallows and marshmallow creme
  • Dates and/or raisins
  • Canned yams
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Tiny canned peas
  • Canned onions
  • Olives and tiny pickles
  • Whipped cream
  • Refrigerated crescent rolls
  • Refrigerated cookie dough
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Baking spices
  • Frozen pie shells/frozen pies
  • Sodas (if your household entertaining includes adult beverages, hide several bottles/six-packs of common "mixers" and you'll lower sticker shock at the liquor store, later in the month)

These are holiday staples for my household--your needs may be different, depending on diet preferences, entertaining and family tradition.

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