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FREE $10 Movie Pass From Target For Buying Kellogg’s Cereal!

Earn a FREE $10 Movie ticket when you buy 3 Participating Kellogg’s Cereals at TARGET!

Participating Cereals

  • Toy Story 4 Cereal 17.9 ounces
  • Frosted Mini Wheats 24 ounces
  • Rice Krispies 24 ounces
  • Apple Jacks 19, 4 oz
  • Froot Loops 19.4 ounces
  • Honey Nut Frosted Flakes 24 ounces
  • Cocoa Krispies 24 ounces
  • Frosted Flakes 24 ounces

 

Go to KelloggsFamilyRewards.com make sure you are a member-

and you can also print coupons for the cereal and pay even less!

Check your Ibotta app as well because you can get cash back for buying Apple Jacks!

 

 

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Smart & Final Memorial Day Deals 5/22-5/28!

 

There are some AWESOME deals at Smart & Final this week to help you with your Memorial Day celebration!!

These deals start 5/22 and continue through Tuesday 5/28!

 

 

 

 

Foster Farms Chicken Half Breasts $.89 lb.

Farmer John Pork Spareribs $1.69 (this is an AWESOME PRICE!)

 

 

This is the BEST deal on cans of soda this week!

4 for $10 for 12 packs of Pepsi or 8 12 oz. bottles!
You do have to buy 4, and spend $25, which is easy because of the great deals this week!

Minute Maid Lemonades 4 for $5

Shasta Soda 2 Liters $.79 each

Crystal Geyser Water Bottles 35 ct. $3.99

First Street Milk 1% and 2% $2.65

 

This is also the best produce deal!
Sweet WHOLE Watermelon $2.99 each!

Sweet Blueberries 18 oz. $2.99

 

 

Nabisco Cookies and Crackers $1.99 each
You can use the $.75 off 2 Nabisco Products coupon from 5/19 SS
=$1.61

Johnsonville Brats or Sausage $3.49
(cheapest of any store this week!)

Bush’s Baked Beans $1.79

Nabisco Snack Packs 12 ct. $3.99
Use $1 off Coupon from 5/12 SS

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Summer Vacation Time! Top Tips to Save on Family Vacations!

Here is a CBS 13 Sacramento news segment I was featured in with a couple other bloggers with Vacation Savings Tips! There are SO MANY ways to save money!

Planning a vacation this Summer? Traveling with kids? As a mom of 7 I am going to share with you some tips that have helped me through the years -and some things I  wish I knew before! 

 

Hotels
1. If you use a credit card, do you have one where you earn rewards or points? We have a Hilton American Express where we accumulate points for hotel rooms. We also have a Southwest VISA where we accumulate points for flights.  We don’t always have enough for our whole trip-but many times it has helped cut the expense! 
WARNING: If you are not disciplined in paying your credit cards off, these can be very high interest and you may end up paying more in interest than what a hotel would actually cost. I have fallen into bad habits and realized that the hard way-so this tip is for the disciplined! FYI- HIlton Embassy Suites is our family favorite for their full breakfast buffet (included)!

2. Depending on the attraction you are visiting-neighboring hotels may have tickets and events included as part of a package which may save you even more. I have seen this at Great America, Magic Mountain-and even the Disney Hotels have packages that include the hotels and passes. This may also give you additional benefits!

3. I have a larger family and as they are getting older-hotels can seem a little cramped-or expensive getting multiple rooms. You can check out vacation rental homes or Air BNB for local houses to rent. This can help your food expenses as well because you can go to the grocery store and stock up and eat before and after for less!

4. Find out if your hotel has a shuttle to and from where you are going if it is not within walking distance. If they have a shuttle you may be able to avoid paying for parking! Sometimes even an Uber or Lyft to your location may be cheaper than the parking fee. 

Food
1.  Check if the attraction or park you are attending will allow outside food and drinks. Bringing bottled water and snacks with you can save a great deal of money (and time standing in line). If not-plan your meals and snacks BEFORE you enter! 

2. If you are staying in a hotel-make sure it includes breakfast! With a big family we save lots of money just for breakfast alone! I tell the kids to eat up because we are only eating once in the park. Then we will eat dinner after we are done (if it closes early) If the park is open until Midnight then you may have to plan for a 2nd meal in the park. 

3. Kids meals- many times the kids meals are close to the same size as the adult meals-but cheaper! Often they come with a drink too! My teen girls never eat all of their food anyways. Also, you can split meals too.  You aren’t going to be able to bring leftovers home so you can maybe have the smaller kids split something and then they can have a snack if they are still hungry.  Also a huge pretzel could be quite filling to hold you until dinner-and cheaper than a meal!

4. Buy the refillable cups, popcorn, anything. If you have the refillable items buy them right away. Then you will avoid buying extra snacks-and avoid the constant asking if they can have something else. Plus-they can share!

Tickets
1. Look for packages when you book a hotel and see if the tickets are included!

2. Look for discount coupons and promotions at fast food restaurants, grocery stores, etc. I saw $8  off Raging Waters coupons at the check stand at Smart & Final. May seem small, but if you start looking you will start noticing the offers around you.

3. Check the Season Pass prices! You may have to spend a little bit extra at the beginning-but it could provide you with multiple trips and family time without spending extra money later! You also won’t have to keep buying souvenirs, or staying as long for visits when you know you can come back at anytime! And-if they have parking passes- buy one!  Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Season Passes are on sale this Memorial Day Weekend and it includes a free parking pass! GO HERE for details!

Souvenirs
1. Ok- this one only works for little kids. This is an example from what I did. Before we went to Legoland I went to Target and bought T-shirts with Lego guys on them for $8 and a small lego set. When we got to the hotel I gave them to my boys! They got to wear their Lego shirts IN Legoland, and they knew that when we got back to the room they got to build a Lego set! They didn’t ask for souvenirs because they already had them! I spent less than $20 per kid that trip on souvenirs! I miss them being little…

2. Older kids- If they are going to want souvenirs and it is in your budget-give them a set amount of money. Say “Here is $30 for souvenirs”. Then they get to decide without asking you for random stuff throughout the day or being mad that you said no because it was too expensive. 

Extra Tips!

Whatever your budget, if you plan ahead you will spend less. If you do have a budget-try to communicate that to everyone so the arguments may not come up. I have had to tell my kids ” We can go- but this is what we actually have the  money for” and then if they agree to it and know ahead of time-they are totally fine. 

Many times we just go to a beach. I can bring all my own food and the sand and waves are FREE! But-for those times you want to go BIG- spend time planning and saving. My kids know that we are going to go to Disneyland in September and we have a plan of what we want to do there. So, we needed a few extra months to prepare and save. Since they know that-they will easily support me when I say-let’s just go to the beach a few times in the summer so we can save our money for Disneyland! Then it is a family project too!

Feel free to add to the list in the comments-or email me Diana@pantryoverflow.com if you have any feedback or questions!!!

 

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There are 4 Ways to Get FREE Movie Tickets Right Now!

Buy 3 Blue Diamond Almond Milks
Go to activaterewards.com/almondbreeze
Submit your receipt and get a $12 Movie Ticket!

Here is a great deal too
@Walmart
Blue Diamond Almond Milk 96.oz (Large refrigerated) $4
Print $1 off Blue Diamond Almond Milk 96 oz.
Pay $3
Submit for $1 Cash Back from Ibotta!
If you have 3 coupons, you will pay $6 (after cash back) for 3 large almond milks and a Movie Pass!!

Either way, the smaller cartons are on sale for $2-$3 most places! You will still spend less than $12!

 

 

Buy 3 Dr Pepper 12 packs and get a Movie Ticket for Spider Man!!

Many times the tickets are for any movie, but if you want them for Spiderman-I would wait for a sale!

 

 

 

When you buy 2 Ziploc Avengers or Disney bags- you can submit your receipt for a $9 movie ticket~~

Go HERE to enter your receipt or get more details on this offer-ends 6/30

This deal ends May 22- so hopefully I remember to update this post-(check your date as you read this!)

 

 

 

 

When you buy 3 General Mills participating products- get a $13 Movie Ticket!

The items are the LARGER cereal boxes, the larger Go-Gurt packages, and the larger pack of Yoplait yogurts, Go HERE for the details and to enter your receipt!!

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Marijuana is Not For Me~Bring It Up..Let’s Talk About IT-Future Forward Campaign 2019!!


Not savings related, but wanted to to share with you all!
Here I am with my daughter Megan-we got to be part of the Future Forward campaign this year!

  The commercial is playing on TV!!

 And— if you are out and about and see this billboard- this is my daughter (proud mom right??) 
They have been spotted off of 80, South Sacramento, and Elk Grove so far!!

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$10 Back When You Buy Gift Cards at Smart and Final-PLUS Shop the Deals!

Smart and Final deal!

Buy a $50 Gift Card to any of the following

Nike, Best Buy, Regal Cinemas, Gap/OldNavy/Banana Republic, or Red Robin

RECEIVE $10 Off your next purchase at Smart and Final!

Nike.com has 20% off clearance with HOT20 promo code + use your gift card to pay!

Old Navy has $5 Backpacks and 50% off deals-and use your gift card

PLUS you will have money to buy your school lunches at Smart and Final!

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LOTS of 50% Off Items at Old Navy and $5 Backpacks!

Great deals at Old Navy this weekend! 

$5 BACKPACKS! Limit 2 per transaction!

They also have 50% off Jeans (Saturday 8/4)

50% off Kids and Baby!

50 % off Tees for the Family!

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Buy One Get One Free Peet’s Cold Brew at Raley’s and Bel Air Through August 7!

 

Wednesday August 1 through Tuesday August 7 at Raley’s and Bel Air –
Buy One Get One Free Peet’s Cold Brew!

Only at Raley’s and Bel Air that have a Peet’s coffee inside!

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How to Enjoy Sacramento on a Budget..Part 1?

 

Spend the day in Sacramento for $40 Family Challenge!
That was my “Great Idea” for our family to spend the afternoon in Sacramento and enjoy spending quality family time together-without going over our budget. There were 7 of us, so I said “Let’s eat lunch at home, and then with $40 (approx $5 each) let’s see what fun we can have without driving too far, and let’s see how we can try some new things in our own city. Plus-let’s take some fun pictures around our city and then we can go home when it is dinner time! Sound’s fun right?????” 
Everyone was like  “OK Mom! -then they said they wanted to get gelato, coffee, buy a souvenir, candy, comic books.-see the rainbow crosswalk..” so we ate lunch and left home…. This was going to be such a FUN day and I was so excited!!! 

Driving there (literally a 12 minute drive) My daughter remembers that she forgot her camera-she was taking the pictures..no big deal we have iphones keep going. Then my 13 year old son says-can I spend my $5 at KFC, I am hungry. I was like “Is KFC Downtown?? Is it new and exciting-and I told you to eat lunch-his response “Oh, I didn’t hear that” It’s OK, deep breath, let it go-this is going to be a FUN family day.

That did not last long AT ALL- when you see blog posts about families having fun and are all happy and loving each other..#1 It isn’t my family, #2 It takes like a million tries to get each picture right..and in most cases #3 Everyone hates you by the time the picture is taken-and you may have had to promise, candy, money, or a prize to get them to smile ONE more time. If that hasn’t happened to you-I am jealous. 

 

My husband wanted to try a new place to get coffee. He said ” I want to go to Insight Coffee”. First of all, this was not the area I wanted to go to, but whatever. Let’s go there first and then get to where we can walk around. He swore he knew where it was.. Then I had to use Waze to get there, then he was mad at the Waze app because he wasn’t following it, which made him mad at me…but we eventually got there..

  

My 9 year old son LOVED the sign that said “Hella Open” He thought it was so funny and wanted his picture taken with it. OK! FREE fun, funny picture, this is going to be a great day!!! Oh- and if you send your kids to the men’s bathroom-the sign that says you must wash your hands has been changed to the word “anus” and that made for another funny picture… 

My husband got his cold brew and we were on our way to our next adventure!

Insight Coffee 1901 8th Street. Sacramento. 

 

Next we went to HR Sports Cards and Collectibles
2231 10th Street

My boys like to look through the trading cards and find their favorite players or a special card. 
They also have a great selection of comic books. 

They went through the boxes of $.50 Comic Books and found some-CHEAP FUN- spent about 30 minutes in there and spend like $2!! So far so good…

 

After that I decided I wanted coffee too. We parked by Pachamama Coffee, and since I have never been there before, I got a cold brew coffee there-AND LOVED IT!!! Then we headed out walking!

As we were walking we passed by-

Pizzeria Urbano
1050 20th St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Thank God, they had HUGE pizza slices for $5! My son got a pizza slice, and 2 other kids split one and they were going to split a dessert later when they found a good place. So far so good..staying in the budget getting good pictures…

 

After the pizza these boys found a cornhole set to play with while the others ate-free entertainment, in the shade-I finished my coffee here. So nice…

My daughter went into “nektar” the juice place next to this, and it was $8.40 for a juice or a bowl-not in the budget… I may have gotten some attitude about this one, but I knew gelato was coming up and everyone would like that better…

 

This is where my dreams were dashed… all the fun I imagined started to disappear..

We walked on and saw FREETYLE Clothing Store- I have driven by here many times, and have always wanted to check it out. So we went in, the girls were looking through the clothes ad accessories and were really enjoying themselves. 
The boys..well-this is where it just started to go bad.. 
My 2 youngest boys 9 and 10, decided to get into a fight in the store and were running through and one of them decided to punch the other one and ended up punching me ( I still have no idea how this happened) He punched me in the hand, and all the bones made a loud popping noise and it hurt so BAD-so I went outside.
So- the picture that should be inserted next would be me outside sitting on the sidewalk, holding my hand and crying!!! Nobody took that picture though, they were all scared I was going to yell. I was trying really hard not to be mad and ruin the day. So I was like “I am just going to suck it up and keep going” 

Next stop-GELATO!! 

Gran Cafe Milan
1801 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Their gelato is wonderful and my son was VERY happy to get gelato!

After this I wanted to go around the Capitol, Downtown Commons and then end the day in Old Sac getting candy and just taking the most wonderful family/kid pictures EVER…..

It didn’t happen. My hand was swollen, my kids were complaining, and it seemed like I was torturing them by buying them gelato, pizza, and candy-so THEY WON. We got in the car after this and my husband started driving to the next spot as a few of the kids starting hitting and yelling at each other in the car..he said “Where to next??” I said “HOME” 

So, I really tried, had good intentions and this fantasy of how I thought the day was going to go….

Now YOU can maybe continue to enjoy Sacramento. There really are many ways to enjoy the city on a budget-bring your own food! Have a picnic, bring snacks to eat while you walk around.  Downtown is really shaded, so it isn’t as hot when you are walking around.

I know it is fun to have unlimited money to just do whatever, but you really can find different ways to enjoy the city you live in, or around you. There are MANY murals around the town that you can take great pictures in front of too! Pretend you are a tourist! My kids are all different ages, and although I have been to all these places SO many times, there are some that some kids have missed out on or do not remember and they actually enjoyed some of the places. 

Although this is not a complete post of “How to Enjoy Sacramento on a Budget” which was my original intention-I am sharing it anyways. Why? Because people need to know that real things happen to bloggers too! I am not perfect, my kids are not perfect, and not every idea is a great one. However, maybe this will inspire you to spend time with your family doing something on a budget, or enjoying your city-or realize you aren’t the only one that can never get your kids to stop fighting long enough to have a nice time.. 

I can say this- SACRAMENTO, although it isn’t San Francisco or a big tourist area, still has plenty to do-you may just have to be a little more creative if you have seen it all so many times!

So this could be my Part 1-and if I can get inspired again or decide that I am crazy enough to try again-I will continue this series!

Leave a comment if you have any favorite Sacramento spots, or if you have ever had a horrible time with your family!

 

 

 

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