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Grocery Outlet

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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Start Couponing!!!! Basic Steps to Getting Started!!

Here is my YouTube Video on getting started couponing! If you watch this and have question please email me Diana@Pantryoverflow.com

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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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Coupons

This Week’s Grocery Outlet Shopping Trip and Menu Plan!

How is your shopping going? So much has changed- but there are still some great deals out there!! This week I was able to find everything I needed to shop for my menu at Grocery Outlet! I was able t o go through what I had at home- stick to my $50 Budget and having a great trip!!!! Here is my 2 minute video with my shopping tips and what I bought this week!!

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Coupons

Got Coupons? Now Organize Them Like They are Money

Okay- Who grabbed all the coupons from the newspaper on Sunday!! It was a great day with 3 inserts!!!

There are 2 ways to organize them-and NO it is not piling them up on the counter!! Here is a quick video to get you started organizing your coupons!!!!!

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Coupons

Get Started Couponing! Where To Find Coupons!

Want to start couponing, but don’t know where to get the coupons from?? There are many different resources for finding coupons.

#1 Sunday Newspaper. Each Sunday (excluding holidays) there are inserts filled with coupons. They are the Smart Source, RetailMe Not, monthly Procter and Gamble. Buying multiple copies of the paper, will get you multiple coupons to be able to buy more of what is a really good deal. 

#2 Printable Coupon Websites
There are websites that are specifically for printing out coupons from home. You can usually print 2 of each coupon-per computer. Here are some of the most popular coupon printable sites;

Coupons.com
SmartSource.com

These are good ones to start with.

#3 Manufacturer Websites
If there is a specific brand or item that you use, or are planning on buying, then visit their website and they will usually have a tab that says ‘offers’ , ‘promotions’, or ‘coupons’. Sometimes you have to enter your email address or sign up, but this can be helpful because they will email you when they have more coupons for you to print!

#4 Coupon Books
While shopping in your local grocery store, look for coupon books. Sometimes manufacturers put out coupon books by their products. Also, some stores, like Safeway, put out their own coupon books of manufacturer coupons every month, bi-monthly, or for holidays. So keep your eye out because they go pretty fast.

#5 Peelie Coupons, Blinkie Coupons, and Tearpad Coupons
These are all coupons found in the grocery store during your shopping trip
Peelies are coupons attached to the actual item you are buying. These coupons need to be ‘peeled off before you pay to get the savings. So if you are buying something, see if any of the items have a coupon attached and buy those.
Blinkies are the coupons that come out of a small mounted machine with the blinking lights. usually the ones kids can reach and pull out a whole bunch of..
Tearpad Coupons are usually attached to the shelf or display next to the product that the coupons are for. It is good coupon manners to NOT take the whole thing!! (Even though it could be tempting!)

#6 Online Clipping Services
If you don’t have the time, or want to make it a bit easier, you can order coupons already clipped! There are coupon services that offer the same coupon in the paper, plus other regional coupons that you can buy for a small fraction of the coupon amount. This is convenient if you are buying large amounts of an item, or if you work a lot and still want to coupon.

Once you start looking for coupons, you will find them everywhere! The key is knowing what to do with them after you find them! If you are just getting started, you can read more about that HERE!

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How to Organize Your Coupons!

If you have been to one of my coupon classes, read my article Where Do I Find Coupons?, or have piles of coupons laying around-you might want to know ” Now What??””
First you need to get organized.  If that is not your norm, tell yourself “The more organized I am, the more money I will save!” It is true. If you spend an hour a week organizing your coupons and it helps you save $100 or more shopping that week, then you just made $100 an hour! $100 an hour to organize coupons? Awesome right? I have watched a movie, listened to music, and helped my kids with homework while I have worked on my coupons, so it is not like I had to make any ‘extra’ time to do it, I used what I had.

To get organized, you need to pick a ‘system’ of keeping your coupons ready to use. There are different ways you can do it.

The Binder Method– I recommend this for those who want to start a stockpile of food, that are not used to all the products, or that are unfamiliar with products that you have coupons for.
With this method, you will cut out your coupons, put them in baseball card holders,  and keep them in a 3 ring binder (a large one!). Then use dividers to sort your coupons into categories. This way you can see the pictures on the coupon and will be able to find them quicker.
You will need
A 3 ring binder (3″ or larger)
Baseball card holder inserts-found in a 30 pack at Target in the baseball card section-around $5
Page Dividers-usually 1 or $2 each, I used 3 packs

Filing Method
With this method you do not cut your coupons until you are going to use them. If cutting coupons seems like a lot of work, you aren’t a really frequent shopper, or you don’t really want to start stockpiling, I would suggest this method for you.
How this works is when you get your coupon inserts you keep them whole. Write the date on the front of the insert and file them in a sheet protector in a binder, a hanging file crate, or a way you can keep them together for quick reference. Then, when you are going shopping you can check the internet (pantryoverflow.com!) for the best deals for where you are shopping. There you will see the date of the coupon and which insert to find it in. Then, you just go and cut the ones you need for that trip. The only downfall of this is that if you are at the store and see a really great deal you won’t have your coupons with you and you would have to go home and figure out where it is and have to come back another time.

If you have some other way of keeping organized use that! Too many times I have heard people just letting their coupons pile up, getting frustrated and throwing them away. THEY ARE LIKE MONEY!! You wouldn’t just leave your money laying around in piles would you, or throw it away because you didn’t want to organize it? The important thing is to just find what works best for you. You may try one way and find out the other works better, or come up with something different,  and this is great. Once you get started you will find out what is the best for YOU! Once you get started and get organized is when the fun really begins!!

Email me Diana@PantryOverflow.com if you have ANY questions or need any more help!!

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