Thursday, November 26, 2009

Stocking up your pantry for Christmas

Only 29 more shopping days 'til Christmas. Christmas at my home this year is going to be a tight one financially, but that does not mean it is going to be a bad one. My lights are up outside my home to get me into the festivities. Inside, I am checking my pantry, my fridge and my freezer to see what I have, what I need and what I want. I am making a list (and yes, checking it twice) to make sure nothing is left off. With each pay, I try to buy at least 5 to 10 items I know I will need to either make Christmas dinner, appetizers to offer guests or snacks around the house for my family. I try to stock my pantry now and save meats for closer to the day, as this is usually the time meats (turkey, ham and chicken) go on sale. Since I don't have a deep freezer, space in my fridge freezer is limited. Before I go grocery shopping, I add to my original list, items I need for Christmas. These items I know I will not be using immediately. As I buy these products, I cross them off my list. This way, I know what I have and what I still need.

Meal planning is important during the holidays, that way you know what you need to buy and what you can avoid. Plan out breakfasts, snacktime, dinners and what to serve guests when they drop buy. Don't forget drinks and desserts. Christmastime is also a time to treat yourself, so if there is something at the grocery store you have had your eye on all year to try, this is the time to do so. You deserve it.

Happy Shopping!!

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