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

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March is Frozen Food Month- Great Deal at Smart & Final-$10 Back When You Spend $40!!

 

 

March is FROZEN FOOD MONTH!!! 

For my family it is one of the busiest months of the year so it is perfect timing!!

I made sure my freezer was thinned out-and boy am I glad I did!

Smart & Final has a deal running ALL MONTH LONG-spend $40 on participating frozen food items and get $10 off your next grocery purchase (which I used on NON frozen items!!!!)

I brought my kids with me because I have learned that if they aren’t going to eat it, it doesn’t matter what kind of deal I got! Also, I want to make sure they will make it when I am busy this month so I am not worried if they are eating or not!

Some items are our staples from Smart & Final- their First Street fried rice (they have Vegetable and Chicken) are our FAVORITE! We also get their Orange Chicken and Teriyaki often because it is so good!So of course I made sure I grabbed $40 worth of JUST this so that we wouldn’t be tempted to run to Panda Express on busy sports nights!!!Make sure you look for the “Participating Items” labels- not ALL frozen food counts- but most of it does.

 

 

Now my freezer is nice and full and my kids are so happy!

Here they are choosing their items -and I picked a couple things too!

Don’t forget to go to SmartandFinal.com and sign up for their email coupons! I got a 12 Pack of Maruchuan Noodles for $.01 with a $25 Purchase!!! One of my kids was more excited about that than the frozen food!

 

 

 

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Simple Valentine Budget Ideas For the Family!!! Studio 40 Live Segment Details!


Hello Studio 40 Live Viewers!!!! Here is all the info on everything I shared on today’s segment!! I am so excited for Valentine’s Day and I have come up with some very simple budget-friendly ideas for you!

Here is what I bought at Smart & Final
Doritos 50 ct. $13.99  ($.28 each)

First Street Microwave Popcorn 24ct. $6.99 ($.29 each)

 

 

 

I used the Doritos bags- but any bags of chips will work for this. 

I printed these simple printables 
that say  You are all that and a bag of chips! 
I just taped them on – can easily be done by kids too!

Then I printed these printables for the microwave popcorn that say
You Make My Heart Pop!

 

 

 

This is a very simple snack for watching a family movie or a Valentine Party snack for the kids!
1 Box/Bag Teddy Grahams
1 Bag of Mini Marshmallows
1 Bag of Valentine Colored M&Ms

 

 

 

This is just so cute and a big hit in my house.

I always use the First Street Double Strength Red Food Coloring.
Just make one big bowl of mix and cook a few plain waffles (or pancakes) then add a little food coloring to make the batter pink and make some more-then add enough to make the batter red and then make the rest. It looks so pretty on a tray or individual plate. 

I got the Dash Mini Heart Waffle Maker at Target for $9.99

This is just a MUST for ANY holiday or a weekend or weekday quick dessert

Cake Mix Cookies

1 Cake Mix ( I used Strawberry)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Oil

Mix and drop as cookies on a baking sheet. 
Add chocolate or white chips if desired
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. They will not seem like they are done, but they are. Let cool and they will be the most moist cookies ever!!

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Awesome Gift Card Deal at Smart and Final This Week =Awesome Valentines Gifts


If you are going out for dinner or giving a Valentine’s gift- head to Smart & Final!!

Buy $50 of gift cards from
Happy
Kohls
Olive Garden
Spafinder
Sephora
Nordstrom

Receive $10 back!!! Use that $10 to buy some flowers!!!

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Smart & Final Grocery Deals February 5-11!!! Smoothie Time + Meat Stock Up!

Another great week of deals at Smart & Final!!!!

I just love their email coupons too!

Produce

Bananas $.29lb.
Blueberries 18 oz. $2.77
Gala Apples $.98 lb.
Fresh large Artichokes $1.99 each
Yellow or White Peaches $1.99 lb.

 

 

 

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.57 lb.
(I grabbed extra for the freezer)

New York Steak $4.99 lb. 

Ground Beef 73% $2.49 lb.

Fresh Assorted Pork Chops $2.99lb

 

 

 

Here are my 2 favorite email coupons!!! If you do not get these, you can sign up at SmartandFinal.com to get them sent weekly!

Spend $25 and get $.01 Pasta!
10lbs of First Street Patties for $.9.99! That is $1 per lb!!!

Other coupons include-
$.50 off Barilla Pasta Sauce
$.50 off First Street Garlic bread
$3 off First Street Coffee 5lbs.
$5 off First Street Mixed Nuts 56 oz.

 

 

Love the Buy 4 Save $6 Sale!!

Large Boxes of GM Cereals $5.49
Yoplait Yogurts $7.79
Nature Valley Bars $9.99

Gardettos, Chex Mix, and Fruit Snacks Multi packs are $11.49
If you buy these, make sure you snap a picture on your FETCH App because there are bonus offers for these items!!
All you need to do is Download the FETCH app! Then if you enter this promo code- AF4FP you will get $2 instantly!!

Powerade $.49 each!!

Doritos $1.99

Oreos $1.99 -You can also get $1 back when you buy 2 from Checkout 51 App!
Go To https://checkout51app.link/6aFDoCCTVQ

And my favorite deal to stock up on this week- Betty Crocker Cake Mixes for $.79!!

Not deal related, but if you take a cake mix and add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of oil then put spoonfuls on a plan for cookies- they taste amazing and even your kids can make them!! They are very moist and soft too! My kids love doing this with the strawberry cake mix-which is perfect for Valentines Day!!

 

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Valentine’s Day Saving Segment on Your California Life TV Show ABC 10

This week I was invited on Your California Life (YCL) to talk bout Valentine’s Day Savings!!!

Here is a breakdown of what I shared!

Valentine’s Day Waffle Bar for the Family!
Groceries – Purchased at Smart & Final
First Street Pancake and Waffle Mix $4.19
First Street Double Strength Red Food Coloring (my fav.) $3.99
Strawberries
Whipped Cream
Valentime M&Ms
Marshmallows
-YOu can use any topping you would like!

Dash Heart Shaped Waffle Maker $9.99 from Target
They had pink or red available. 

Mini Valentine Pizzas
Premade Crusts
Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese, and Pepperoni
I used a mini heart shaped cookie cutter to make heart shaped pepperonis to create a Valentin’es Day Pizza Party theme for the family.

Valentine’s Day Decor-Michael’s
Michael’s has 50% off all Valentine’s Day items!
I bought some craft kits and home decor items and they have a BIG selection! 

Kids’ Valentines Cards, Treats, and Prizes

Target had aisles and aisles of different Valentine’s Day exchange items. Candy, pretzels, plain cards all for around $5 a box. 
They had kinds without candy as well. 
They also had a great selection of prizes like bubbles, pencils, and slime if you would like to (or have to) opt for a non-food gift to exchange in your childs’ class. 

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Smart & Final Superbowl party Deals-PLUS Crystal Geyser Water for $.01!!

This week Smart & Final has some GREAT deals- and GREAT Email Coupons! These deals run through 2/4!

Here are my favorites!!!

 

Foster Farms Chicken Half Breasts $.89 lb.

Pork Spareribs $1.59 lb.

Avocados 2 for $1!!!

Party Size Lays Chips $2.99- If you need chips- look for the bags with coupons on them! I keep seeing the Buy 3 Chips get a FREE Pepsi, or Buy 2 Get a FREE Dip coupons on all the Lays Chips Bags!!

Pepsi 12 Packs $2.49- this is the BEST price anywhere this week!!

 

Dreyers and Drumsticks $2.99
2lbs First Street Shredded Cheese $5.99
Squirt, Canada Dry, A&W, and 7-Up 2 Liters $,99 *when you buy 4
Crystal Geyser Water 2 for $8
If you spend $25 you can use their email coupon to get it for $.01!!!

 

Smart & Final also has a  4lb. bag of Flamin Hot Wings for $14.99
There is a $2 off Email Coupon too!!!
=$12.99 for 4lbs- ALREADY MADE!! I love easy ways to bring items to a party!!!

 

 

Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.99
Knudsen Sour Cream $1.99
Nabisco Ritz, Wheat Thins, Chips Ahoy Cookies $1.49!

Also the 2lbs of Shredded Cheese is $5.99 and these are great prices if you are going to make any dips, nacho or taco bar, etc. 

I love Smart & Final because I can get a big club size of an item like the wings or produce- but then I can buy a small blue cheese dressing and a single stalk of celery at the same time. It is the perfect store to go to when you only have time for ONE trip to the store!

 

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