3 Thanksgiving cheat sheets that could save your Turkey Day


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Let me save you the trouble by just telling you that you need to bookmark this blogpost right this second.

No matter where you are in the Thanksgiving-dinner-planning thought process, the freaking brilliant Turkey Day hacks on these three sites will help. And if not, there's still Publix's $44.99 turkey + 5 sides deal that, honestly, I ordered, and I'm not going to regret it for a second. Not a single second.

BuzzFeed's How to Host Thanksgiving for the First Time Ever (with pictures!) 
Beyond the "Which Disney Sidekick Are You?" and "Can We Tell Your Sign From Your Favorite Pie?" time-suckers, there's totally useful info on BuzzFeed, including this easy-as-pie roadmap for making Thanksgiving for eight people, even if you're a T-Day virgin. There are recipes and a really great shopping list, not to mention a list of literally all the equipment you'll need to pull off the dinner. The message: You can do this. Yes, even you.

Refinery29's Trader Joe's Frozen Foods Thanksgiving Hacks
Now that we have two TJ's in town, we can take advantage of all the things in the frozen foods section we never had before (tiny Key Lime pies! macarons! frozen sweet potatoes!). This slideshow from R29 has some beyond-delicious-looking side dishes made solely from TJ's frozen foods. But you better hustle, because we are already hearing Facebook rumblings of some favorites being sold out.

The Kitchn's How to Host Thanksgiving for 10 on a $100 Budget
OMG WHAT. If you do the maths, that's $10 per person, which is cheaper than a dinner at America's every-day-should-be-Thanksgiving restaurant, Golden Corral. Thanksgiving doesn't have to cost a mint – when you really think about it, the things that go into T-Day are on the lower end of the grocery-store price spectrum (potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, corn), and this menu puts all of those affordable wonders to good use, including pumpkin pie and sangria. 

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