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5 Quick Things to Check Off Your Thanksgiving Prep List Today

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When your to-do list gets overwhelming (figure out life; buy a car; move cities; change jobs), you need a few things to swiftly cross off (brush teeth, take a 10-minute walk, call a friend).

In that spirit, here are 5 easy things you can do today—yes, today today—to clear a bit of Thanksgiving prep off your plate. (None involve turning on the oven.) They come from our Thanksgiving checklist email series, which you can subscribe to right here.

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1. You have a menu. (No? Our Thanksgiving Menu Genie is waiting.) Organize your shopping list by when to get what, by where to go on each excursion, and—bonus points—by area of each market.

2. Prioritize what might run out (like canned pumpkin, fresh cranberries, or jarred chestnuts) and get those today.

3. Buy the wine now, too. And add on an extra bottle—for yourself while you plan and for insurance. It won't go bad.

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4. Assign someone to say grace or give thanks. (Or, if that someone is you, spend a few minutes thinking about what you'll say.)

5. Any ends of bread that are too short and squat to turn into toast? Start a bag in the freezer of your scraps—these will become stuffing later (no "oven-staling" necessary).


Want more tips like these (and some words of encouragement, too)? You still have time to sign up for our handy Thanksgiving checklists and pep talks—you'll get four delivered to your inbox in time for the Big Turkey Day.

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What Thanksgiving tasks are you getting out of the way this week? Tell us in the comments!


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