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5 Tips For Saving Money on Black Friday!!

I have 5 tips to share with you for Black Friday Shopping that will save you MONEY!

You may not like all of them-especially #1, but they work!!

Read them before you decide on your Black Friday strategy this year!

 

#1 DO NOT GO!
What- don’t shop on the day with the lowest prices of the year?? YES. Why? Because everything is on sale you will be tempted to buy MORE than you planned. 2 years ago I bought a TV, new pajamas, slippers, and more- and NONE of those items were on anyone’s Christmas list. So whatever I spent- did not even count as Christmas gifts and I still had to shop. 


#2 Plan Your Shopping BEFORE You Look at the Ads. Make a List!

If you will make a list of what gifts you want to give, or find out what your kids want- then when you look at the ads you will be able to see which store has what you are looking for at the best price. If you look at the ads without a list or a plan then you will see all kinds of these you will want to buy that you were not planning on, and that maybe won’t be on anyone’s list and can actually cause you to have to spend more. 

#3 Shop Online if Possible
If the deals you are looking for are available online-which many of them are- you will spend less on impulse buys and hopefully it will be easier to just get the item(s) you were planning on. See tip #5.

#4 Split Up With Friends or Family
Instead of running to all different stores, see if you can split up with some friends or family members and each pick a store. Your friend’s or family  members aren’t going to buy extra items with your money and  you will help each other stay accountable to your plan!

#5 Cyber Monday
The Monday after Thanksgiving is called Cyber Monday- that is like the Black Friday of the internet. Almost every store will be offering FREE Shipping and a % off your purchase. I bought a PS4 and some games on a Cyber Monday and checked off a kid without leaving home!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and Day After without running around. You will spend money on coffee, going out to eat, and more because you are out. The deals will keep coming all the way until Christmas- and AFTER!

Bonus Tip-  Budget some extra money for AFTER Christmas to buy all the same things on Clearance that you would have bought before!

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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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Michael’s Lowest Price of the Season Sale!!!

Michael’s is have the Lowest Price of the Season Sale!!!!

70% off-
Storage Boxes, String Beads, Shadow Boxes, and more!

 

 

 

 

60% off Craft Pumpkins
60% off Fall Floral
60 % off Fall Decor Collections

Their Fall decor selection this year is gorgeous!!!

Fall Candles aare 5 for $9.99!

 

 

 

 

$1.99 Photo Boxes

$.99 360 Ribbon

$.99 Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn

$1.99 T-Shirts
…and lots more!!!

 

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Are You Ready For Fall!!! Get Ready to Make Fall Drinks, Fall Recipes, and Decorate For Fall! Here is My Segment on Studio 40 Live!

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!

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix (or 3 1/2 cups from Large First Street Cake Mix)
2 Rolls of Rolo Candy -quartered
1 Diced Apple-peeled
1/2 Cup Soft Butter
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

Mix together and drop in Tablespoon scoops onto greased cookie sheet. 
Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes!

 

 

Is it time to update your coffee bar??

@Smart & Final-
Torani Syrups $5.99-Buy 6 or more and pay $4.99!!

This is an amazing deal since Smart & Final has SO many flavors to choose from!

Not only do they have lots of flavors, but they have LOTS of SUGAR FREE flavors-Sugar Free Chocolate Macadamia Nut is my FAVORITE!

Then there is Pumpkin Spice- Make your Pumpkin Coffee drinks and home and save $5!!!! 

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp (1 oz) Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 cup (8oz) milk
2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup brewed coffee

INSTRUCTIONS

Steam milk and Torani together. Pour heated, flavored milk into a tall glass and add brewed espresso or coffee. Spoon a thin layer of foamed milk over beverage or use a frother if you have one! 

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Back To School Finds at Michael’s!

 Did you catch my Back to School Segment on Studio 40 Live! Here are the items from Michael’s I featured! Who wore that cute Back to School cut out better-my son or Gary Gelfand?? 

 

I brought 5 of my kids to Michael’s with me when I prepared for this segment- to make sure I was getting what they needed and they LOVED it! 

The back to School Bus sign was the biggest hit-and it was only $4!!
There was another sign I grabbed for the First Day of School, but because it shows their school and teacher name-I opted out of sharing online-but it is SO CUTE-$5!!!

Michael’s has one of the best selections of art supplies. My older kids have art classes and can’t use just any supplies- the selection of notepads and sketchbooks for different media is outstanding. 

 

My daughter got her Watercolor paints, watercolor notebook and brushes and she was thrilled. The 36 color pallet was only $5.99! She is very excited to use it.

My son grabbed another sketch book. This is a regular thing for him. He is very creative and it keeps him going to sketch his ideas. The pencils he chose were great too. He hates using just any kind of pencil . Spending $10 for a sketch book and some pencil to keep him creative is an awesome deal!

Now- the talk of the news anchors before the show- the 48 piece pencil and eraser set! Isn’t this just the CUTEST!! It was $5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to keep a few for myself just to have them at my desk! These make for great giveaways for class parties, birthday gifts, or even just to use!
The variety of Crayola products is HUGE at Michael’s. Yes, there are the basics-but you can also get so much more! PLUS-they were on sale Buy One Get One 50% OFF!

Here is the full TV Segment with all the Back to School Ideas-

 

 

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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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Top Grocery Printable Coupons Available!!

Save $1.50 on THREE(3) 8oz or larger Häagen-Dazs®, Outshine®, Drumstick®, or Edy’s® products

Here are the best grocery coupons available to print right now!

You can print 2 per computer!

 


Save $0.50 when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt (Includes Original, Light, Whips!®, Lactose Free, and FruitSide)
Save $0.55 on any ONE (1) Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles® product
Save $0.50 when you buy TWO JARS any variety Oui™ by Yoplait® French-style yogurt
Save $1.00 on any TWO MorningStar Farms® Veggie Foods Products
Save $1.00 on the purchase of any TWO (2) HORMEL® and/or VALLEY FRESH® 10+ oz Chicken Breast or Turkey Products
Save $1.00 any ONE (1) EXTRA® Refreshers bottle
Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Kettle Brand® products (4 oz. or larger)
Save $1.25 on any ONE (1) Magnum® Ice Cream Tub, 14.8 fl oz.
Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) HEINZ® Simply Tomato, Organic, No Sugar Added, or No Salt Added Ketchup
Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) PIONEER WOMAN® BBQ SAUCE (Any Flavor)
Save $1.50 on any FOUR (4) DOLE® Canned Fruit
Save $1.00 on any TWO Cheez-It® Baked Snack Crackers Multi-Packs
Save $1.50 on THREE(3) 8oz or larger Häagen-Dazs®, Outshine®, Drumstick®, or Edy’s® products
Save $1.00 when you buy ONE PACK any variety Yoplait® Yogurt Multipack (8-Pack Fridge Pack, Go-GURT®…
Save $0.50 When you buy any ONE (1) Creamy SNICKERS® Single or Share Size Bar (1.40–3.29 oz.)
Save $1.00 when you buy TWO PACKAGES any flavor/variety Cascadian Farm™ Cereal or Granola
Save $0.50 on ONE (1) 6oz bag of Airheads Gummies
Save $0.75 on any TWO (2) DOLE® Canned Fruit
Save $0.40 when you buy ONE 2-PACK of Oui™ by Yoplait® Petites French-style yogurt
Save $1.50 when you buy TWO PACKAGES any flavor 50 COUNT Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls™ OR 125 COUNT Mini Snack Bites
Save $0.50 when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor/variety Betty Crocker™ Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot™, Fruit Gushers™…
Save $1.50 when you buy THREE CUPS any flavor Liberté® organic yogurt
Save $1.00 When you buy any ONE (1) Creamy SNICKERS® Sharing Size Bag (7.70–9.10 oz.)

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Studio 40 Live Mother’s Day Segment 5/8/19!

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