Many merchants have special offers at selected times throughout the year, such as Thanksgiving Turkeys, or Christmas Hams. These items, along with many other food items and meals, are traditionally pre-ordered, prepared for, and processed in advance. Many grocers now offer these pre-made packages and ready-made food in direct response to lack of time for consumers to prepare the meals traditionally. The ability to order and pay for a pre-order meal in advance of arriving to the grocer, or without even having to initially go to the store, in the case of an advance order, allows the grocer to prepare food according to their orders, and not blindly with the hope that they will sell everything they have prepared. The extra convenience for the consumer to be able to reserve their holiday dinner without having to actually make a special visit to the grocer for a deposit or pre-pay would enable more consumers to take advantage of and place more pre-orders.