By Grace Elkus / RealSimple.com
December 19, 2017
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Stock up now — the grocery store is closing early multiple days this month.

Though we rely on Trader Joe's for everyday groceries, it's also our go-to store for holiday prep. Not only is the produce fresh and the cheese cheap, but their specialty seasonal items are not to be missed (hello, almond milk eggnog).

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But if you're someone who waits until the last minute to prep your holiday meal, you may want to consider re-strategizing. Trader Joe's stores nationwide will close at 6 p.m. on December 24, with the exception of Foxborough, MA, which will close at 3 p.m. The grocery store will be completely closed on Christmas Day.

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Stores will also close at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, so head over soon to buy bottles of bubbly and heat-and-serve appetizers for New Year's Eve. The store will be closed on January 1.

Wondering what to stock up on? Our editors love their Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip, which comes frozen and takes just minutes to heat up. Their Sesame Honey Almonds are also a staff favorite, which are great for setting out for guests to munch on as they mingle.

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And if you're considering making a cheese plate for either Christmas or New Year's, Trader Joe's is here to help. One blogger made an epic platter for just $55, and you can easily re-create it.

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