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3 Steps to Get Started Prepping For Thanksgiving Dinner!

It is finally November!! That means we can take at least ONE day to celebrate before you get overwhelmed by Christmas right!! 

My next few posts are going to be about Prepping For the Holidays. I am going to share some posts on what I have learned and done through the years that has saved me money and eliminated stress from the holidays.

THANKSGIVING

  1. LOCATION
    Are you hosting? Gathering somewhere else? If you are hosting determine what you are providing and then as you invite people, let them know what you would like them to bring. This year we are gathering somewhere else and used SignUpGenious.  Then you send out ONE invite to everyone and they pick what they are bringing as they RSVP.
  2. MENU 
    Determine the Menu. Determine what you are providing and what you would like others to bring. Think out every main dish, side dish, dessert, plates, napkins, drinks, etc.  If you try to think of it when you are under time pressure or at the store, you are more likely to forget items causing multiple trips, and you also will not be able to plan ahead and watch for sales. The earlier you know what you need to buy, the longer you have to watch for the deals!
  3. STOCK UP 
    During the holidays many items go on sale for the lowest price of the year. When you are shopping for Thanksgiving, think about the other times you can use the same items. Christmas Dinner may have some of the same items. Canned soups, vegetables, flour, sugar, chocolate chips, canned pumpkin, marshmallows, broths, cream soups, etc will be at the lowest price-and there will be coupons available in the paper and to print.

 

  

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Meal Plans On a Budget~From the 99 Cent Only Store!

Meal Planning can be pretty easy and affordable! 

I had some chicken in my freezer, and then I picked up a few things at the 99 Cent Only store that made a great dinner for only $3 more!

Guacamole $1
Queso $1
Fajita Veggies $1

 

I just sliced the chicken, threw it in a skillet with some olive oil, taco seasoning and veggies! 
The kids used tortillas and my husband and I just ate it as it was! VERY GOOD!

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FREE Heinz Kranch From 99 Cent Only Store With Checkout 51 App!

FREE Heinz Kranch at 99 Cent Only Stores!!

Heinz Kranch $1

Submit for $1 Cash Back from Checkout 51 -up to 5 bottles!!

=FREE!

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99 Cent Only Store Finds and Checkout 51 App Deal!

 

I just love popping into the 99 Cent Only Store and finding great deals!!!!

Today my favorite find was the Jimmy Dean fully cooked bacon-FAMILY SIZE!! There are 20 slices inside! These will be great to have on hand for breakfast sandwiches for the kids!

 

 

I also love checking here to stock up on school lunch items! Finding Deli Fresh Lunchmeat for $1 saves me so much money!! That is $2 lb. for lunchmeat!! I have 4 kids that bring a sandwich everyday so we go through LOTS of it!

 

Another reason why I like to shop at the 99 Cent Only Store- Getting CASH Back from Checkout 51 App!

Today I found Triscuit Wheatberry for $1
I bought 5 and snapped a photo of my receipt and got $3.75 Cash Back
=$.25 each!!!

They did have $1 back for 2 BelVita, but the offer was already at the limit- needed to find that sooner I guess!

 

I also submitted my receipt on the Fetch and earned LOTS of points to redeem for gift cards!!!
Download the FETCH APP and enter the Referral Code AF4FP and get 2,000 points after your first receipt photo!

 

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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins-Budget Friendly Fall Breakfast Ideas!

Here is a SUPER EASY Fall Breakfast idea-Pumpkin Muffins!

1 Box of Spice Cake Mix
1 Can of Pumpkin

Mix, put in cupcake pans and cook for 10-12 minutes!!!You can make ahead in large quantities and freeze them too!

 

These large #10 cans of Pumpkin at Smart & Final are only $7.99 and are a great deal when you are making large batches!

 

Serve these up with a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte!

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5 Things to Do When You Run Out of Grocery Money at the End of the Month!

Do you start your month with good intentions of sticking to $X amount for groceries and then all of the sudden it is the end of the month and that money is GONE?

 

Here are 5 ways I have survived the end of the month shortage of funds in the grocery area.

#1 Make a list of what you DO HAVE.

Did you stock up on chicken last month and have some in the freezer still? Do you have some chicken broth, cream of mushroom, or cans of anything in the pantry.

Even if it is 1 jar of sauce, a single frozen meal, write it down.

List your meats, vegetables, sauces, frozen meals and more. Many times I buy things that are a good deal and they are sitting in the pantry or freezer but I have never used them.

#2 Check the Website AllRecipes.com

This is my #1 Go To Website when I am trying to stretch things out. Go to the “Ingredient Search” section. Add the ingredients that you have on hand. It will show you meals you can make with what you have-or maybe you only need to buy 1 or 2 things to make something instead of buying for a whole extra meal.

If you have some chicken, cream of mushroom and some frozen broccoli- there is a long list of items you can make. When I pulled this up- I realized I had rice too and I had 2 meals I could make that did not cost me any extra.  This could make your list shorter.

#3 Make a Menu.

Make a menu from where you are-until the end of the month. Add the meals that you can make with what you have to the menu. If you have to have cereal everyday-write it down. If you or your kids won’t like what is on the menu-writing it down and informing them will prepare them and let them get mad all at once so they can get over it before meal time.

If you would like the meal planner and shopping list in one form I created-email me Diana@pantryoverflow.com and I will send it to you!

#4 Be Creative.
If your kids are a little bit older you can tell them ” I am not going to go grocery shopping for ____ days. What can we make out of what we have?

  • *Breakfast for dinner-pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, cereal.
  • *Everyone has a different item– Many times I clean out the fridge or freezer with random items and I tell everyone I am trying to use up what we have so that I can buy more groceries. One of them will have a pot pie, another Cup of Noodles, a chicken quesadilla, whatever I pull out that needs to be used up.
  •  Create meals that have the same ingredients. Ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese can give make you cheeseburgers, tacos, nachos, and salad. This will shorten your list and stretch it out without feeling like you are eating the same meals.

#5 Plan for next month.
Sometimes there is just nothing you can do because you already blew it. Happens to everyone. BUT- are you going to do it again next month? You can decide that right now. Figure out where you went wrong this month. Did you spend too much at the beginning? Did you buy too much at Costco or Sam’s Club and not have enough for actual food? Did you buy too many “really good deals” but not have enough for “really good food”? Did you make a menu, a list, a budget? By figuring out where it went wrong and deciding how you can correct the problem, you can avoid it happening again. If it is the end of the month-you only have a few days to start over! Look ahead to next month and start planning now. Do you have events, parties, school lunches etc? Make sure your shopping list has these items on there so you will make less trips to the store and not buy any unnecessary items.

Bonus Tips:

  • Stay out of the store. If you don’t go in, you wont spend any money.
  • Do not use your credit card. Even though it is tempting-it is a temporary solution and you will end up here again.
  • If you do go into the store-stick to your menu, list, and budget. NO EXTRAS. 
  • Do not go crazy at the beginning of the month just because you finally have money again. Think the whole month through if you have to. 
  •  Do not go out to eat. Yes, it is easier-but that money could go towards meals at home.
  • Stick to the sale items in the ad and use your coupons. 
  • There will be MORE deals again when you have money-don’t let that fear of missing out actually cause you to miss out! Deals cycle through again. 

If you are in this or a similar situation and need more specific help-please feel free to email me your situation and I would love to further help you. I have been in many different financial situations over the years and yet I have survived.  Just email Diana@pantryoverflow.com! 

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99 Cents Only Store Finds This Week!

How many of you are 99 Cent Only Store shoppers???
Today I found Oscar Mayer Bacon for $1.99!

They were even 16 oz pacakages!! 
I grabbed the Maple Bacon, but they also had regular, Natural Thick Cut and Maple Thick Cut Oscar Mayer!

When I find deals like this I can make 2 packs instead of 1 and not monitor the kids! 

It is also a great place to find name brand groceries and snacks for the family!

Goldfish Epic Crunch, Oscar Mayer Carving Board Lunch Meat, and Smithfield Diced Ham were other great deals I found this week too!

99 Cent Only Shopping Tip- When you pass by one, run in and check it out! Not every store has the same deals, so it is sometimes hard to go by other pictures you see. But-you may find the same items OR BETTER!! It is like a treasure hunt!

 

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General Mills Cereals $.49 at Safeway! No Coupons Needed!

$.49 per box General Mills Cereal deal at Safeway!
**NO COUPONS NEEDED**
1. Buy 5 Boxes of General Mills Cereal included in the $1.49 sale.
2. Enter your phone number AFTER THE CEREAL IS SCANNED. If you enter your phone number first then your total will not be high enough to trigger the $5 back coupon.
3. Pay $7.45 and get $5 back.
4. Follow steps 1-3 and pay with the $5 Catalina and pay $2.45 and get $5 back-as many times as you would like
5. If you do have coupons you can use them-there are also $1 off 2 coupons you can add to your Safeway card as well.
6-this can work with Nature Valley Granola Bars and the General Mills Fruit Snacks too- nobody really likes those in my house so I just did cereal.
** I recommend self-checkout. Just let the cashier know what you are doing and then you won’t be holding up a line of people.
There are $1 off 2 coupons you can add to your Safeway Card or that came in the paper to make it an even better deal!
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99 Cent Only Stores Finds of the Week!

Found a few good finds at the 99 Cent Only Stores this week-

Oreo Cookies are a great find for $1
PLUS-
Submit for $1 Cash Back for each 2 you buy with Checkout 51 App up to $5!)
=$.50 each!

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FREE Veggie Spiralizer From Ragu When You Buy 3 Jars!

 

When you buy (or if you already bought) 3 jars of Ragu Sauce

you can go to Ragu.com/gift and get a FREE Veggie Spiralizer!

 

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