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Are you a last-minute shopper? Did you have any nightmare-ish experiences today?
November 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

5 Reasons Why Shopping for Thanksgiving at the Last Minute Is the Worst Mistake You Will Ever Make

Posted by Jacqueline Burt on November 21, 2012 at 9:46 PM

tgiving shoppingI suck at planning ahead. No two ways about it, I'm forgetful and always distracted and never prepared for anything, particularly not the holidays -- PARTICULARLY not Thanksgiving. So where was I today, the day before THANKSforGIVINGme-a-migraine? Why, I was at the grocery store, of course, battling all the other last-minute shoppers for whatever was left on the shelves (the dented can thing is a myth, right?).

And you know what? It wasn't so bad. HA! I'm lying! It WAS so bad. It was sooooo bad. As bad, if not worse, than every other last-minute Thanksgiving grocery shopping trip of my life. (You'd think I would've learned my lesson by now, but no.) Perhaps you too are a last-minute shopper? Or maybe you're one of those super-organized types who orders your turkey in August. If you're the former, read the following list and chuckle knowingly. If you're the latter, read the following list and snicker smugly.

5 Reasons Why Shopping for Thanksgiving at the Last Minute is a Nightmare

1. The guy re-stocking the dairy section for the millionth time today might snap and beat you over the head with a carton of heavy cream if you ask him about the organic non-dairy whipped topping that doesn't exist.

2. Shopping cart traffic jams can cause serious injury and possible permanent disfigurement to ankles, hips, knees and toes.

3. Confused by the colorful and attractive displays, unprepared shoppers run the risk of forgetting everything on their non-existent lists, leaving with bags full of nothing but artisanal olive oil, fig chutney, peppermint tea-infused scones and fair trade dark chocolate mini turkeys.

4. Standing in line for more than 45 minutes at a time has been known to trigger flashbacks to The Walking Dead so realistic you could end up trying to behead the "zombie" behind you with a plastic butter knife from the take-out counter.

5. When you call your mother from the baking supplies aisle because suddenly you can't remember whether her apple pie recipe calls for baking powder or baking soda, you will invariably get into a huge argument about last Thanksgiving when you had the nerve to go to your in-laws' for dinner instead, you ungrateful little so-and-so.

Are you a last-minute shopper? Did you have any nightmare-ish experiences today?


  • goddess99
    November 22, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    No last minute shopping here. We are heading out tomorrow though but it's just to go grocery shopping so hopefully it won't be too bad.

  • auntangelofsix
    November 23, 2012 at 1:33 AM
    no not here.
  • Pammi86
    by Pammi86
    November 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Nope we had all we needed and then some! : )

  • DixieFlower
    November 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    I had to pick up a few things we'd forgotten. I did okay :)

  • kaitybird
    November 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    No last minute shopping here since we do not cook we go out for Chinese.  Family tradition!  :)  It is amazing to watch people in the stores just throw whatever in their carts and NOT use coupons.  I could save people a ton of money.  Maybe I should shop for people and take a cut of their grocery money!  :)

  • delanna6two
    November 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    I've done last minute....I've gone one year last minute and all the hams were gone and the chicken....there was no elbow macaroni and no eggs.

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