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Nov 22, 2021

Thanksgiving Preparation Guide

Ahhhh, Thanksgiving. You can practically smell the turkey roasting in the oven and the sweet potato casserole you’ve been dreaming of for the past year (not to mention grandma’s famous apple pie). But before you can gather around the table with your loved ones and share your thoughts of gratitude, there is a lot to be done to prepare for the holiday - regardless of whether or not you’re hosting. Check out some of our tips below to ensure you’re prepped and ready for Thanksgiving weekend, no matter your plans.

Prepping Your Home

Are you hosting the big feast this year? If so, it’s probably in your best interest to plan ahead. Preparing your home for your Thanksgiving get-together before your guests arrive is the best way to stay on track with grocery shopping and cooking, be fully in the moment during the meal and enjoy the holiday when it arrives. Take some time before the big event to think about seating arrangements, decorations and possible baby-proofing if you’ll have young children running around.


For more tips on preparing your home for your Thanksgiving get-together, click here.


Kitchen and Cooking Safety

Cooking a whole Thanksgiving dinner can be a stressful event (who hasn’t worried about everything finishing at the same time?). It can also be wrought with safety hazards. Learn more about reducing fire hazards (hint: put the deep fryer away), prepping food mindfully and child safety in the kitchen here. Additional kitchen safety and prep tips can also be found here.


Getting the Fridge Ready

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is undoubtedly the leftovers. Prep your fridge for the big event by getting it clean and organized ahead of time. In need of some organizational inspiration? Check out our tips here.


Saving Money on Groceries

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, then you know that feeding a feast to your entire family can quickly add up. Check out these 15 tips for saving money on groceries and help make your holiday meal a little more affordable. Another great option? Ask everyone attending to bring a dish to pass! This will not only put a little less strain on your budget but will also be a fun way for everyone to be involved in the creation of the meal. Plus, everyone is bound to have their own specialty dish that they’re eager to share.


Thanksgiving Weekend: Staying Safe on the Road

According to AAA, it’s not uncommon for more than 50 million people to hit the road during the Thanksgiving weekend. If you’re planning to be on the road for the holiday, it’s important to prepare ahead of time for this popular travel time. These are our top tips for making your road trip safe and enjoyable this Thanksgiving.


Planning to fly to your family’s house instead? Check out more holiday travel tips here.


Small Business Saturday

Thanks to American Express, Small Business Saturday was created as a way for small businesses to shine and thrive during the holiday season. Following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Small Business Saturday was established to empower small businesses and keep customers shopping locally. If you’re a small business owner, check out this article for tips on making the most of the shopping event.


On a similar note, if you’re looking to patronize small businesses this holiday season, use these five tips to optimize your shopping experience.


Putting Up the Christmas Tree

Wait a second - Christmas, already? Yep, Christmas already. Many families use the time together during Thanksgiving weekend to prep for the next big holiday event by putting up their tree. If you and your family are planning to travel to a tree farm to ring in the season, then be sure to check out our tips for making the most of the outing. Nothing says cherished family memory like a day full of hot cocoa, Christmas carols and a freshly-cut pine strapped to the top of your vehicle! 


While running around and prepping for the holidays, it’s easy to forget about important safety precautions that come with the fall season itself. Be sure to check out our fall safety kit and make the most of the season.