Here's the Worst Day to Shop For Thanksgiving Dinner

November 12, 2019
Here's the Worst Day to Shop For Thanksgiving Dinner

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You would think it would be a recipe (get it, recipe?!)  for disaster to go to the grocery store the night before Thanksgiving: crowded parking lots, picked-over shelves, angry people shoving each other over the last can of cranberry sauce.


But apparently, that's not the worst time to shop for Thanksgiving dinner.  According to Michael Ruhlman's book “Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America," the Tuesday before Thanksgiving is actually worse.


Why?  Because everyone assumes Wednesday will be so bad that they try to beat the crowds by going on Tuesday. 


ProTip: I've gone to the grocery store on Thanksgiving afternoon after we forgot to get cream for the mashed potatoes. While we don't love the fact that people have to work on Thanksgiving, it was nice that it was open and the store was nearly empty.