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Ready For Halloween?? Smart & Final Can Help + My Studio 40 Live Segment!!!

If you tuned in to my Studio 40 Live segment (will post the video as it comes available) everything I displayed today was from Smart & Final. I love shopping there because I can buy larger bulk sizes-plus smaller sizes of regular grocery items I need for home. It is a great one-stop shopping trip when I go there. I was amazed at all the Halloween candy, decor, activities, and supplies they had. The 2 different sizes of black cauldrons were so awesome I just HAD to come up with a way to use them on TV! I am grateful for Smart & Final’s First Street Brand because I was able to fill those cauldrons up with fun things way less than the name brand.

When my kids saw the haunted Cookie House they all wanted their own! I have decorated Gingerbread Houses for Christmas, but have never thought of a Halloween option! Of course I bought them, and I will use them as a party activity either the weekend before, or as a group activity for the party. I was going to have them replace actually decorating/carving pumpkins, but the pumpkins at Smart & Final were SO much cheaper at the store than the pumpkin patch that we will definitely do BOTH. They also had a few pumpkin carving sets (with stencils) and a light up option!  
Also, if you follow me on Instagram you saw how much fun I had with the talking/light-up doorbells- you know I grabbed those!

These large cauldrons were only $7.99!!! I bought mine a couple weeks ago and have been thinking about how to use it for my TV segment. Then last week I was at a different Smart & Final I found these smaller ones.. wait until you see what I did with them! I will be posting my photos and videos after today’s TV segment and I will update this post- I am so excited!!! For very little money I am able to use these as bowls and decor and it looks SOOOO good! last year I did the dry ice in the cauldron and that looks amazing too. The large tubs of ice cream fit in these too (tried it in the store) so it is a great way to serve ice cream out of them too. 

CANDY!!! No matter how anyone celebrates (or doesn’t celebrate) Halloween EVERYONE LOVES CANDY!! That is my favorite part. I tend to go overboard buying candy- but there are so many choices!! Smart & Final had large bags of all the usual Hersheys, Mars, Skittles bags- but I love the regular candy aisle because you can find the FUN stuff!! These large Pixy Stix-85 are only $14.99, Pop Rocks, Full Sie Candy Bars, Nerd Ropes, Mike & Ikes, Sour Patch- all the fun things that maybe other houses won’t be handing out- you can find them there. I like the variety boxes of FULL SIZE candy bars – $18.99 for 30 Bars made each bar $.63!!I also bought some of these Welch’s Fruit Snacks for smaller kids and a large tub of Ring Pops-just because they looked FUN!

There were Halloween themed paper plates and napkins (I brought them to the show) and on their regular aisle they have them displayed by color black and orange are available.  There were also Trick-or-Treat reusable bags and Halloween colored baked goods available. I did not feature them, but they also have a variety of Day of the Dead candy and decor items as well!
As Halloween gets closer I will continue to post my deals and finds for you and I hope this gets you thinking and planning on your celebrations!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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You Are Invited!! Come Join Me and Learn the Current Saving Strategies WITHOUT Cutting Coupons!

Have you tried “Extreme Couponing” and not been successful- or maybe just do not have the time for it anymore? 
There are so many new ways to save without the clutter of newspapers and stacks of coupons! 
Thursday Night September 19 6:30-8pm

If you still want the savings without spending all the time-this event is for you!

I will break it down, make it simple and walk you through all the different apps, strategies, and plans that I use everyday that still save me LOTS of money every month- without cutting coupons!

September 19, 2019
6:30-8:00 pm
@The Center
6331 Watt Ave 
North Highlands Ca 95660
Cost: $10

To sign up or RSVP email me Diana@pantryoverflow.com
Or purchase your tickets at Eventbrite (no fees!)
View the Event Details on Facebook

Also, if you are familiar with everything I share and teach, I am looking for people to volunteer to help me out walking people through different apps and answering questions, Let me know if you are interested in that as well!!

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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 Ideas- Studio 40 Live Segment August 7 2019!

Here is my Back to School Segment on Studio 40 Live!!!

In case you haven’t noticed I am a HUGE fan of Smart & Final -and their store brands. 

Here are my family’s favorite First Street items for Back to School. 

First Street Roast Beef– 1lb package was $6.29! That is an amazing price for roast beef-and it is the one brand that everyone likes which makes it nice.
First Street Cheese Cubes.  We alternate between the Pepper Jack Cubes and the Colby Jack Cubes. Sure, you can buy a block and cut it and save a little money..tried that..It was a disaster! These are perfect little squares. I can portion them out and it fits with everyone’s eating plan.
First Street Sunflower Butter– My kids have Peanut Free classrooms at school. They could still bring peanut butter, but last year we tried this butter and they all loved it-so this is what I have them bring to school and it really does taste great with celery and apples. 
First Street Olives– Almost $1 Cheaper per can than the name brand!! We go through LOTS of olives in our house so this is an awesome deal.
First Street Snack Size Storage Bags– Snack bags are a MUST for our lunch prep. Everything can be portioned out and prepared very easily with this size bag. You will definitely save money bagging your own items than buying them pre-packaged for you. 

 

First Street Souffle Cups (and lids)- These cups make lunch prep so easy- and adds variety. We pre-made them with First Street Ranch, First Street Salsa, First Street Sunflower Seed Butter and my kids (and parents too!) have really enjoyed the different options each day. It is a VERY inexpensive way to keep the lunches exciting.

 

 

 

The Bento Boxes that I featured on today’s show were also from Smart & Final. If you follow me on social media you may have seen me mention these before. Many readers have shared with me that they went and bought them already! They are very sturdy and the lids clamp down-which is great! No leaks or falling off. They are collapsible and fit great in a bag or backpack.  We bought a few different colors and after a couple weeks-they still even look brand new.  My husband actually loved the silverware inserts that came with them. I really believe they will last a long time. I have tried cheaper versions- and they have leaked, broke-and were thrown away within a month. Definitely worth the investment. 


I have 5 School aged kids +my husband and I prepare our lunches ahead. One good trip to Smart & Final gets us our list of favorites at a great price. Thenwe take about 30-45 minutes at the beginning of the week and prepare our lunches ahead of time. Once that is don is it grab and go the rest of the week!

We all contribute to the shopping list and we all make our own lunches. I found that this definitely cuts down on waste, and they will actually eat what I buy. 

 


That is why some of my kids make their sandwiches on Hawaiian Rolls now. They were taking a few bites and throwing away the sandwich. Now they use less to make them-and actually eat the whole sandwich!  Do what works for you and your family- you will learn more as you do it what works best and… HAVE FUN!!!!

 

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Great Deal on Axe Deodorant and Bodywash at Safeway This Week!

@Safeway

Axe Body Wash, Body Spray, Deodorant, and Shampoo $3.49
w/ad coupon!
Print $1.50 off Axe Deodorant or Body Spray
Print $1.50 off Axe Body Wash Printable
PLUS There is a $1.25 CASH BACK on Axe Body Wash offer on Ibotta!

=$1.99 each!
or $.74 for Body Wash with coupons and Ibotta!

 

 

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Famous Footwear Deal- Name Brand Shoes at a Great Deal!

 

I just ordered 2 pairs of $59.99 Vans for my high school kids and paid $82 for BOTH with FREE SHIPPING! 

 

 

Buy 2 Pairs of Shoes
Promo-Buy One Get One 50% off
Promo Code HOTDEALS =another 15% off (gave me another $13.50!)
=$82.60! 

 

Thats over $4 savings PLUS I get rewards because I am a member! 

 

 

 

 

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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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Kellogg’s Cereals As Low As $.38 Each at Walgreens Through 7/13!


STOCK UP on Kellogg’s Cereal at Walgreens this week!

This week Kellogg’s Cereals are $1.88!

There are coupons you can print on KelloggsFamilyRewards.com

PLUS- If you use the Ibotta CASH BACK app-you will save even more!

Example-
Pop Tarts Cereal $1.88
Print $.50 off Pop Tarts Cereal
Pay $1.38 and Submit for $1 Cash Back from Ibotta-up to 5 boxes
=$.38 each!

 

Honey Nut Frosted Flakes $1.88
Print $1 off 2 Frosted Flakes or $1 off 3 Kellogg’s Cereals
Submit for $1 Cash Back from Ibotta -up to 5 boxes
=$.38 each

There is also a $.50 coupon you can add from your Walgreens Card.

Also- other Kellogg’s Cereals have various cash back amounts depending on your account. 
I had $.70 for Apple Jacks, and My husband’s had $.20. 
I had $.55 Cash Back for Fruit Loops, $.50 for Rice Krispies, and $.60 for Frosted Flakes. 

 

 

 

 

I bought multiple cereals because I got a BONUS CASH for multiple offers, a Kellogg’s Bonus and a Teamwork Bonus! 
I bought 11 boxes of cereal and paid $17 and I received $13.15 back!
The amount you get back will depend on your offers, coupons, and how much you buy! 

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Budget Friendly Dinner Idea From Smart & Final This Week-Through July 2

Here is a budget friendly grocery deal!

@Smart & Final
Bar S Hot Dogs $.49 each
Hormel Chili NO BEANS $1.50
Buy 2 Hormel Chili and get FREE Hot Dog Buns!
Chili Dogs $3.50 for dinner!
Grab a $2.49 Seedless Watermelon and feed the family for $6!

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School Supply Deals at Staples~All Season!

I am not ready for school supply shopping AT ALL.

However- If you are by a Staples you can grab these deals all season
Spiral Notebooks $.25 each
Composition Notebooks $.50 each
Crayola Crayons $.50 each
Elmer’s Glue $.50 each
Folders $.50 each
Crayola Markers, Pencils $.97 each
Binders $1.92

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