A lot of emotions go through our brains when we hear that. Some probably good. Maybe some not so good.
I think stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed can easily come with the biggest meal of the year. Particularity if your the host that wants to be the most.
What can be the best way to relieve stress? I think good planning is one way. I am all about planning ahead for my holiday meal. That way you can have a Thanksgiving without Tears or #thanksgivingwithouttears
One way to plan ahead is to shop ahead. You can get some of your Thanksgiving stable items before Thanksgiving. Those things that don't need to be refrigerated and go into your pantry until you need them.
Cutting your grocery list down will help get in and out of the crowded grocery store right before Thanksgiving.
And if you want to save more time I found a great service you can use that will save you on time, by just opening your front door and grabbing your box of Thanksgiving essentials from Boxed.
What is Boxed?
Boxed is a site that sells foods in bulk. Sizes similar to what you might find at Costco or Sam's Club but without the unbearably long lines at Thanksgiving time. The lines that you only make it through if your lucky enough to be waiting in front of someone giving out food samples and you don't have any screaming kids with you. If you can avoid that trip this time of year, that's a huge plus.
The beauty of Boxed is that it doesn't have membership fees. You can make bulk purchases without having to make a commitment or pay a fee. As for shipping, Free Shipping on your First Order with Boxed and you'll get Free Shipping on Every Order over $49! Plus their Boxed Up program will get you free Priority shipping on all orders over $19.99. You also get 2% Cash Rewards, tons of discounts and perks. Boxed Up only costs $49 a year after a one-month free trial. It's less than half the price of Amazon Prime.
Most orders will arrive within 2 business days. That was the case with my order.
The Box Itself
Boxed does a great job of making sure the items in your box don't get broken. Or in the case of something like a bag of flour, they had in it another bag, so that if some how it tears you wouldn't end up with flour over everything. I can appreciate that.
What I Got from Boxed
Here is a list of what I got from Boxed and why I selected it:
Highland Sugarworks Maple Syrup - At some point over the Thanksgiving weekend, your going to have some pancakes or waffles, so your going need maple syrup - none of that fake stuff.
Colavita Olive Oil - You don't want to run out of cooking oil when you are preparing food for Thanksgiving. Oil can often be one of those items that you don't really think about, but when it comes time to sautee your veggies for your dressing, you'll be sad if you don't have some oil. Regular olive oil, the non-EVOO stuff is good to have on hand for any needs that arise.
Bakers 51% Cocoa Premium Baking Chips - Whether it's for cookies or you need a quick chocolate fix to get you through cooking your meal, it's never bad to have chocolate chips on hand. You know at some point before the calendar hits 2019, your going to use them.
Bob's Red Mill Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour - Whether it's for a pie or thickening your gravy, flour is a must have item There are a lot of cheap flour in the store. I prefer flour that hasn't been bleached or been enriched with other ingredients (some that I may want to avoid). Bob's Red Mill is just wheat. Nothing added.
Swanson Organic Chicken Stock - Chicken stock is Thanksgiving insurance. If your turkey is too dry, chicken stock. If you don't have enough gravy, just use extra chicken stock to make more. Or if your stuffing/dressing is too dry, add more chicken stock. I have heard famous chefs recommend having an electric kettle with hot stock in it all times on Thanksgiving day.
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard - Your going to want this the day after Thanksgiving. Why? Turkey sandwiches - that is why!
Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar - Satisfying the sweet tooth after all that turkey is must. Your going to need some sugar to make your dessert. I prefer to use cane sugar and when I can organic cane sugar. Boxed offers a very affordable option.
How does Boxed stack up with the online juggernaut with the name of a famous river.
Product, Boxed Price, Amazon Price, Winner
Highland Sugarworks Maple Syrup, $15.49, $15.49, Same
Colavita Olive Oil, $16.99, $16.99, Same
Bakers 51% Cocoa Premium Baking Chips 2-12oz bags, $5.99, Not available, Boxed
Bob's Red Mill Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5 lbs, $5.99, $6.99, Boxed
Swanson Organic Chicken Stock 3-32oz, $8.99, $4.14 each, Boxed
Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard 2-16oz jars, $7.99, $17.99, Boxed
Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar 64oz, $9.99, $16.49, Boxed
On all the times from my shipment, Boxed either matched Amazon's price or was cheaper.
Is Boxed Worth It?
Absolutely! Since you aren't paying a membership in the first place, that's a huge help. You don't have to worry about buying enough for it to be worth. You buy when you need, what you need, and that's it. And as long as you make it over that $49 threshold, your not going to pay extra shipping charges. Even if you only need a few items that you regularly stock up on it and you can save time and gas, then why not go for it.
I encourage you to search around their site - Shop all products!. Find what items that you normally buy, even some new ones that you haven't bought.
I received product in exchange for this review. All the opinions contained within are solely my own.