It’s time to make your Thanksgiving Day Dinner shopping list. I know that Thanksgiving is almost two weeks away, but this will hopefully give you time to take advantage of some sales and spread the cost over two grocery runs. In many households this makes the expense a little easier to absorb. Unless you’re paid monthly and then well, it won’t help at all, sorry.
Grab your Thanksgiving Day Menu and all of the recipes, even if you think you know them by heart. This year I have been working with Butterball to help families get ready for Thanksgiving, check out the Must-Have Shopping List for Thanksgiving I created with them.
Do you need help making your shopping list?
SayMmm.com is a great tool for creating shopping lists. To make it even easier, many Home-Ec 101 recipes are already in their database.
Alternately, spreadsheets aren’t just for accounting, you know.
Open up a spreadsheet in Excel or Open Office -have you ever tried Open Office? It’s free and compatible with Microsoft products, so you don’t have to shell out mega bucks for their proprietary software. There’s nothing for me to disclose, I simply love the tool. If you don’t want to install Open Office, Google docs are another free option and you can share the documents with others. Google Docs has improved significantly over the past year, so give it a look if you haven’t tried it yet.
Once you have your spreadsheet open, list your recipes across the top, one per column. Under each recipe list the ingredients. If a recipe calls for apples, list the number after the ingredient apple x 3 or chicken stock x 2 qt. This won’t take up the whole spread sheet. This creates mini-shopping lists for each recipe.
On the lower half of the spreadsheet start new columns. I like to divide my list up by grocery store departments: butcher, dairy, dry goods, produce, etc. Cut and paste each item into the appropriate column combining when appropriate ie 2 apples for the dressing + 14 for the pies = 16 apples.
Save and print your grocery list and don’t forget to shop your pantry before heading to the store. (This just means crossing off the items you have on hand). Don’t forget, if you rarely bake to test your baking powder to be sure it is still effective.
Remember, it’s still too early to buy your produce.