How to do a Pre-Thanksgiving Stockpile Check
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How to do a Pre-Thanksgiving Stockpile Check

Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Time to get rid of the expired stuffing and boxes of mashed potato mix. Find out what you need to replace before you go shopping.What’s in your stockpile? Lose track of your inventory, and you could end up spending money on things that you don’t actually need right now. Thanksgiving is the biggest food related holiday of the entire year. Do a pre-Thanksgiving stockpile check to see what you have before you go shopping.

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Has anything expired?
When was the last time you bought boxes of stuffing, boxes of mashed potatoes, and cans of cranberries, mushroom soup, and pumpkin pie mix? There could be some sitting in your stockpile that is leftover from last year. Check the expiration dates to make sure everything is still good.

Throw out the expired food right now so you do not accidentally end up serving it. Thanksgiving dinner often requires a whole lot of frantic cooking in a short span of time. It would be easy to make a mistake and use the expired food if it is still sitting in your stockpile.

How many are left?
Will you be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Take a moment to estimate how much food it will take to feed everyone. Next, take a look at the food that is still in your stockpile. Will that be enough? If so, then don’t buy any more before Thanksgiving. Use what you already have first.

Don’t have enough of a necessary item? Make a grocery list and write down exactly what you need. Wait to stock up on more stuffing and mashed potato mix until after Thanksgiving is over. I would suggest skipping it entirely unless your family also has a Thanksgiving-like dinner on Christmas. You will get a better price on the same stuff shortly before Halloween next year. Buy it then!

Unexpected things you might need
You aren’t likely to forget to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. However, there are some things that are easily overlooked until you the moment you need them. Here is a quick list of things to add to your stockpile before Thanksgiving – just in case.

* Aluminum foil – for cooking, baking, and sending leftovers home with guests
* Plastic wrap – place it over the food you are bringing to someone else’s home for Thanksgiving
* Inexpensive plastic food containers – a secure way to send home leftovers
* Paper plates – always handy
* Plastic forks and knives – great to have on hand if you run out of clean silverware
* Paper napkins – you can never have enough napkins
* Foil pan – for cooking the turkey in

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.