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Smart & Final Lets Paws Campaign and Weekly Snack Hack Contest!!!


May is National Pet Month and it is time to celebrate!! This guy was missing his drive-thru trips at the coffee shop so I grabbed this Non-Dairy First Stree Whipped Cream for him!! He LOVES it and when he sees the can come out he gets SOOOOO happy!!! Hot days like this he gets a few of these throughout the day which is easier than a car ride!!!!

This month you could win a $250 Smart &Final Gift card towards your pet food just by sharing your favorite photo of your pet- tag @smartfinal and #mysmartandfinal to enter to win!!! 

 

 

And of course if the dog gets to eat it,why not the kids??? I grabbed one each of the First Street Whipped Cream and the First Street Non-Dairy. Its low- carb, fun for the kids- and an easy snack right? We usually put it on strawberries, but we skipped them today!! Always great for some laughs and fun pictures!!!

 

 


This month you can win $25 in Smart & Final’s weekly Snack Hack Giveaway! Enter your Snack Hack on Smart & Final’s Instagram Story! Then, take a photo of YOUR Snack Hack- tag @smartfinal and #MySmartandFinal and you can enter the weekly giveaway!!! This week- my Snack Hack would be either whipped cream from the can, or berries and cream! Something simple and using what I have on hand!

 

 

 

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Snack Hack of the Week- Dessert Waffles!! Use What is in Your Pantry!


What is your SNACK HACK?? Do you have a simple snack that you can make from what you have, grab easily- or just your favorite thing to have on hand to eat?

Smart & Final is having a Snack Hack contest in their Instagram stories! All you have to do is share your Snack Hack-super easy!

I always have Pancake and Waffle Mix on hand. I made these mini-waffles in my Dash maker and my kids added what I had in the pantry for dessert! We had Nutella, Reddi-Whip and Chocolate Chips on hand so they came out delicious!!! Plus, since they are a mini size it isn’t too much!

Head over to Smart & Final’s Instagram page- go to their story and share yours!

If you share yours with a picture or in a post- tag @smartfinal and #MySmartandFinal!

 

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Make Your Own Fast Food Items at Home and Save Money!

Ok! Who has seen all the Panda Express deals they keep putting out??? This week it is 4 Bowls for $20! Great deal if you were eating there already, but not if you weren’t planning on it. I have overspent on groceries  and going out already this month so -back to creativity.

My kids love Orange Chicken- so at Grocery Outlet I bought this 2 lb. Bag for $3.99. I had this Jasmine Minute Rice on hand ($1.36 at Walmart) so for $6.71 0r $1.67 per person they had Orange Chicken and Rice Bowls (or plates) They enjoyed it too!!!

We didn’t have to leave the house or spend extra money!! I have been trying to duplicate Fast Food items this week to keep them from asking for them and so far they have liked what we tried!!

We also made Beefy Frito Burritos just like Taco Bell- but better!

Ground Beef, Fritos, Shredded Cheese and Tortillas!
I spent $8 and was able to make 10 burritos that were VERY filled! The kids thought it was fun to make their own Taco Bell food and some added LOTS of Fritos so they forgot all about asking to drive-thru for Taco Bell this week now!!!
Also- I bought this Taco Seasoned meat already  and it was perfect!!!

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Smart & Final Snack Hack Instagram Story Contest- Win $25 This Week!

 

What is your SNACK HACK?? Do you have a simple snack that you can make from what you have, grab easily- or just your favorite thing to have on hand to eat?

Smart & Final is having a Snack Hack contest in their Instagram stories! All you have to do is share your Snack Hack-super easy!

One item that I always have on hand is marshmallows and cereal- so we make cereal treats! This week we made Lucky Charms treats and they were so good!!

 

 

Melt 1 Bag of First Street Marshmallows with 2 Tbsp of Butter in a pan.

Add Cereal of choice and mix together! I like less cereal so that it is more gooey!

Pour into a pan that is sprayed with non- stick cooking spray!

Easy right?

Head over to Smart & Final’s Instagram page- go to their story and share yours!

If you share yours with a picture or in a post- tag @smartfinal and #MySmartandFinal!

 

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Grocery Outlet Haul + Menu Ideas For the Week!

Well- it is a new week! I love shopping Grocery Outlet first to see what great deals I can find!!!!

I spent too much on going out to eat last week so this week we are working on NOT doing that. I bought the actual food to make the items my kids trick me into going out for (not really, we aren’t too hungry lately and nobody wants to clean)

I bought  a 2 lb. Bag of Orange Chicken for $3.99 and I have rice in the pantry- a big savings compared to buying it for the family at Panda!

I also bought Chicken Breaded Patties and some buns to elimiate the chicken sandwich  run to Carl’s Jr. 

Then I bought all the items to make Beefy Frito Burritos, Bean and Cheese Burritos, and Tacos which will eliminate all the Taco Bell Runs!

I also love finding deals on the Keto items there. The Atkins 4 packs were $2.99, Atkins 8 Pack Bars were $5.99 so I grabbed those to keep me on track too!

 

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What is Your Snack Hack ? 3 Tips For the Week + Enter to Win $25 from Smart & Final!

How are you all doing?? We are over here starting a new week of  our quarantine lifestyle!! 
So how do you stay on a budget, feed your family at home, not get tired of eating the same things, AND stay on a budget??  Well I have some ideas and tips for you this month!! PLUS Smart & Final is giving YOU the opportunity to win a $25 Gift Card EVERY WEEK through the month of April!!

All you have to do is participate in their Snack Hack Posts in their Instagram stories!! Easy Right?
I just posted mine!

Here are 3 tips this week to make things a little easier on your self, your budget, and possibly more fun!

Tip #1 
Make meals out of what you have already! You may not be able to make a full on fancy meal, but I have found that by using some items I have on hand I have made some items that the kids really like!
I had a can of First Street Chili (no beans) in the pantry and I had a bag of frozen fries in the freezer! 
Made my kids chili cheese fries and they were SO HAPPY! Definitely not a meal I would have planned-but it is something my kids would have wanted to run through a drive-thru and buy (So I REALLY saved some money too!) Easy clean up too!

Tip #2
Make a Menu With What You Have 
By making a menu of your meals, snack and desserts- and using tip #1 you can plan your meals out and stretch out the length between grocery store trips- then just shop for the items you may need to use up what you have. 

Tip #3
Get Your Family Involved!
When this whole thing started I planned these great meals and we had big dinners every night and it was great, but then…
-we got tired of cleaning for an hour after dinner
-we weren’t as hungry for dinner because activity levels are lower
-we got tired of eating our usual dinners

When my kids started saying what they would like to eat, it made them willing to help cook and clean. When they saw we had fries and chili- they were happy because they like to eat those items from fast food restaurants. This made them think about what other foods they missed and we started using what we had to create a variety of items that were FUN and different.

Here is the link to Smart & Final’s Instagram Page
Follow them- add your Snack Hack to your story or post and tag @smartandfinal and #MySmartandFinal for a chance to win!!! Have FUN with it!!!!!

 

 

 

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5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries and Shop Less During the Quarantine + Today’s Fox 40 News Segment!


Ok- who is trying their best to stay home during this quarantine but keeps running out of something and needs to go to the store?? In my efforts to find toilet paper I have forgot Half & Half, Coffee Filters and a couple other things.  Here is a list of ways to eliminate multiple shopping trips throughout the week that will keep you out of the stores AND help you save money!

 

  1.  Menu Planning
    I know it may be a hard concept for some, but if you can take the time right now to think out the next week of meals and snack, you can go to the store ONCE and be done.  START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY- and build from there – you may just need 1 or 2 items to throw a meal together and not have to buy as much. You may like going to Costco but then you may still need to go to other stores for the fill-in items. If you can get everything you need at ONE store, that is even better  Smart & Final has the large items like Costco but also regular grocery items as well. I have been able to get my whole list there before. Grocery Outlet has worked well, and also Walmart and Target- but I have had to deal with larger crowds.
    Here is a basic printable for a menu and shopping list– if you google “free menu plan shopping list”, there are so many to choose from so you can find one that works for you.
  2. Make a List 
    If you are heading into the stores, MAKE A LIST. Once you have made a menu, make a list. Don;t forget to put things like foil, oil, butter, half & half or any staples you need to make everything. If you are shopping at a store that sells your household and beauty items then add those too. Don’t panic if your totals end up being higher at the store when you do this- You are shopping long term, and this will still be less than the multiple trips you take- those add up, especially when you impulse buy or are hungry when you shop.
    Tip: Once you make a menu and list- take a picture of it, that way if you go to the store and forget it-you have it on your phone= I learned this the hard way!!
  3. Utilize Pick Up and Delivery Services
    Instacart has the options of almost all grocery stores and you can choose what you want from where. Is there a fee-YES, but you are not using your time and gas, and you won’t be in the stores with other people. Some grocery stores have their own pick-up and delivery services as well. In the past you may not have wanted the fees, but now it may be worth it because you are quarantined at home. If stores have a pick-up option you will be able to just drive up and have them load your car for you also.
  4. Utilize App Coupons and Cash Back Apps
    Before you shop, if your store has an app- load the coupons to your card. If you use Cash Back apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51 or Fetch, check through those and see if what you like you can save or get cash back on them. A quick scan through the coupons or a quick picture of your receipt can get you great savings with minimal effort. For the apps I use all the time and how to Get and use them GO HERE
  5. Stick to Your Budget 
    If you decide what you have to spend BEFORE you go shopping you will be less likely to buy unnecessary items. If you order your groceries online you will be able to see your total and know if you need to take out or are able to add anything else.

I used to hear from people that they just don’t have the time to do some of these things, but if you do take the time now while you have it- it gets EASIER. Then when this quarantine is all over you will have developed some money saving habits that will last!!!

If you have ANY questions or need someone to walk you through menu planning, budgeting, online grocery ordering just email me Diana@pantryoverflow.com I would love to help you!!

 

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3 Reasons to Do Grocery Pickup at Walmart During Covid-19 Quarantine

Have you tried Walmart Grocery Pickup yet?? In this time in the world I am recommending it to people for the following reasons-

  1. You will not have to go into the store. No Contact.You order right online, pull up to the store in the pick up area and they load your car for you-most of the time it is in less than 1 minute!
  2. Budget Control- You will know exactly what you are spending when you place your order and it will keep you from impulse buying
  3. Less Grocery Trips- If you plan out your menu and make a shopping list, you can order everything you need at once and eliminate extra trips for the 1 or 2 items you forgot at the store when you were there!O

 

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Today’s Segment on Studio 40 Live in Sacramento- March Savings!

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Grocery Outlet Sacramento $50 Weekly Shopping Trip +Tips!

If you follow me regularly you may see how much I LOVE shopping at Grocery Outlet!!

I can walk in and find so many amazing deals on NAME BRAND groceries- no coupons needed!!! It is so much fun and so easy to save shopping there. 

Many of you have asked WHICH LOCATION I shop at- I shop at the Grocery Outlet on 2308 Del Paso Blvd in Sacramento- although if I am passing any other store I usually HAVE TO go in and see because I love finding those great deals!! 

One of the highlights of Grocery Outlet is that they have a whole aisle dedicated to healthy NOSH items- and I do the Keto Diet and I find all my sweeteners, coffee, and other healthy items there WAY cheaper than any other grocery store. Sometimes diets seem expensive, but I can still eat this way and stay in my budget!

Each week I like to go in and spend around $50 and get items fro my dinner menu- and the biggest savings-KIDS LUNCHES!!!

Here is my most recent $50  Trip-I was able to grab lots of produce because we make big salads for dinner on busy nights- I also grabbed some Foster Farms Frozen Chicken Strips to throw in quickly for the protein-and a Devour frozen pizza so the kids won’t complain about the salad!

I just love the Starbucks Cold Brew and they have it for $2.49!!! That and some $.99 Almond Milk and I am set for the week- and I spend less than ONE drink buying it outside the house! Big $$$$ Savings right there!!

Kids Lunch Items- Here is where I save the MOST!

They had Uncrustables which my kids love, also Launch Sandwich pockets which are similar but with Turkey and Cheese- $1.49! A 12 Pack of Tree Top Applesauce $3.99, Fruit Roll Ups $.99, Lemon Fiber One Cakes $.99, and the lunch meat and sliced cheese were only $1.99-ALL NAME BRANDS!!

It is always a great idea to start your week shopping at Grocery Outlet! You will be able to find items you were planning to pay WAY more for. Each location may have a little different deals, and not all items are available every time you go there, but that is what I enjoy about it! My kids are always trying new things and not getting burned out with the big Costco sizes of granola bars before the box is gone! Since I have started shopping here my spending has gone WAY down- plus I don’t have to cut coupons or do much planning before I shop here which is great because I tend to get busier as my week goes on, but I know that I have groceries to start with!

 

 

 

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