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Stock Up on the Basics

Most people prepare a detailed grocery list before holiday shopping, but basic sundries are often overlooked. Be sure to have everything you need on hand, including:

• Garbage bags
• Plastic bags
• Kitchen string
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic wrap
• A disposable roasting pan
• Containers for leftovers
• Cheese cloth
• Dish soap
• Dishwashing detergent
• Toothpicks
• Batteries
• Coffee filters

If you forget something or the store runs out of a particular item, check out our 10 uses galleries for great ideas on how to repurpose household items in a pinch.
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