I am gearing up for our Superbowl Party and finally decided I was going to make the PVC Pipe Goal Post- I was shocked at how cheap and easy this was to make!!!
I went to Home Depot and bought these items below and Yellow and Black Spray Paint. The yellow spray paint was $3.98 and I grabbed the cheap $1.10 Black spray paint because I thought I might have some already (and the black connector really doesn’t show anyways)
4-Tee Connectors 3/4 inch $.73 each
4-Elbow Connectors 3/4 ince $.50 each
Yellow Spray Paint $3.98
Black Spray Paint $1.10 (not pictured) Check if you may have some already!
=$12.84 Total for items to make TWO Goal Posts!
Spray Paint your pieces and let dry before connecting. There is writing on the side of the PVC pipe and it was hard to completely cover it up with the yellow paint. When I put it together I don’t think it will matter too much.
Place one Goal Post on each end of your Party Table and fill it with lots of FUN Superbowl Food!
I will be on Studio 40 Live on Wednesday 1/22 With what I am doing for the Superbowl-Tune in at 11 am on Fox!!!
I can find some really good deals, but $10 to provide 14 meals to kids??? WOW!
Just go into any Smart & Final store (as many times as you would like!) and donate $10 and you will feed 14 kids in need!!!
You can donate as often as you like through December 4th!
For more information you can go to SmartandFinal.com/pastathon AND you can even donate ONLINE!!!
Our family went into Smart & Final to donate and grabbed some great deals to make a Pasta Dinner of our own too!!
We love the great deals we find on their Sun Harvest and First Street brands!!
View Smart &Finals ad of the week HERE
To say things are different from last September is an understatement for sure-but we have had MORE opportunities for Family Meals this month than ever before!!!
My kids are distance learning for school and we have been able to have breakfast, lunch AND dinner together on most days- which is just amazing. My husband has changed to having an office at home as well, so he is able to join us for lunch and breakfast many times also. No matter what negatives there have been- the fact that we get to enjoy meals together is definitely made a difference in our family.
Just today I went to Smart & Final and not only bought produce, meat, milk and other groceries, but I bought paper plates, laundry soap, coffee syrup, pet supplies and paper products!!
You all know how much I love finding deals at so many stores, but the convenience of getting everything at one store is a LIFESAVER for me these days. We are saving money from buying school lunches, sandwich bags, etc-but we have changed the way we have eaten also. We no longer have to eat and pack the same things everyday!
Here is my son and granddaughter sharing a cheeseburger- the 10 for $10 Burgers at Smart & Final- along with their large packs of buns is a major staple in my house. Family meals around the table are great, but a school break in the living room is always fun too! Whether it is all 7 of us- or 5, or 9 if we have visitors- we have made it a point to not eat alone if other people are home. Another reason why I love that I can buy bulk items AND individual items at Smart & Final.
We can make 10 burgers with cheese and fixings for less than $20 and EVERYONE is happy about it! Add a bag of chips, and/or some fruit and you won’t hear any complaints because they will all be busy eating! This is a once a week meal used to be for dinner- but now it has become a school lunch!
1.Do not feel like you have to make every meal a big deal.
It is nice to have a home cooked meal, and have this great family time of cooking together- but there is something about just sitting down, enjoying the meal and not cleaning up for an hour after. PAPER PLATES are a amazing!
Here are a few of our family favorites for easy and quick meals (very filling and budget friendly too)!
2. Do not limit family meals to just dinner!
We start out having breakfast together, but even with the intention of eating together the other meals often one or more of us have something come up. It is MUCH easier for us to have BREAKFAST as a family. Especially right now since we aren’t hurrying to different work and school locations in the mornings.
This big bag of First Street Pancake and Waffle Mix last us all month! We have made pancakes, different shapes and colors of waffles, even waffles and ice cream for dessert! It makes for a fun morning- and I highly recommend the First Street Bacon as well!
3. Get everyone involved!
When your kids can get excited and have a say in the meals, they are more excited to eat together. When I make meals that maybe they aren’t excited about they may fight me a little bit or be unpleasant at the table and 10 minutes later we are done. I often tell my kids to pick what their favorite healthier dinners are and they will shop and make it with me. If they make it then they don’t usually complain about it- or let anyone else!
There are so many benefits to having meals together. If it works to have family meals together take advantage of it! Smart & Final makes it SOOO easy to grab all you need too! For more benefits go to https://www.fmi.org/family-meals-movement/about
Beat the Heat with Smart & Final and WIN $$$$$!!
If you have been outside lately you know how HOT it is!! Not only is it hot here in CA the area that I live in is smoky outside.
If you are looking for ways to Beat the Heat- Smart & Final has many options for you.
Here are some great ways we have been Beating this CA heat and also how YOU can win $500 from Smart & Final!
Smart & Final First Street brand has a wonderful variety of syrups to make snow cones with. This is a VERY budget friendly snack/dessert. We bought a snow cone maker for less than $25 and we have been making snow cones almost daily and these syrups really go far- and the only other ingredient you need is ICE!!
Indoor Movie Night
It is too smoky outside for a movie night here, but we have had some fun coming up with snacks.
We grabbed some First Street Microwave Popcorn
We mixed them all together and it was enough for a bowl for everyone and way more fun than just popcorn! We used paper bowls and it was easily made (no cooking except the microwave) and these ingredients lasted us 4 Friday nights so it was enough for the whole month to feed all the kids a fun snack experience!
Smart & Final has large bags of First Street frozen fruit for smoothies!
Large bags of Strawberries, Blueberries, Pineapple, Mango, Mixed Berries too!
We use either Vanilla Almond Milk, Orange Juice, or Sun Harvest Coconut Water for the liquid!
I always add a handful of spinach because it doesn’t change the flavor and it gets all of us to get some veggies in while we are refreshed by a delicious smoothie!
How are YOU Beating the Heat???
This month if you share your Beat the Heat ideas with Smart & Final you can win $500!!
3 WAYS TO ENTER:
1. Share your photo to the pinned comment on our What’s Your Smart & Final Sweepstakes Facebook post & tag it with #MySmartandFinal.
3. Enter via our What’s Your Smart & Final Sweepstakes form.
I went into Smart & Final today with my menu for the week and I was able to get EVERYTHING in ONE trip! I got Bulk size of what I needed lots of and individual items too!! No extra trips to any stores this week and I only spent $100!!
Here is what I bought so that you could see most of my menu items and how you can eat well for LESS. Planning helps- plus with the time I saved not having to go to a box store and a separate grocery store means I have more time to cook this week!
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts were $1.77lb!!!
I grabbed a pack of these, a large bag of Romaine lettuce and a small bag of First Street croutons. Chicken Caesar Salads one night for dinner to keep it light!
I just LOVE (and so does my family) the 10 for $10 Beef Patties! Burgers are a family fave and this takes the work out of a BBQ. I don’t eat the buns and neither does my husband, so I am glad we can buy a small pack of buns so there isn’t any waste.
The First Street Brand is a real gem- the patties, the buns ,the sliced cheese-all the best prices but tastes great
The sale on Steak $5.77 lb (LIMIT 2) but this will feed a few and I will grill the chicken I didn’t use for the salads. If you haven’t tried the First Street Garlic Bread- TRY IT!!!! It is SOOOOOOO good!!
I bought the 30 pack of eggs and the First Street Bacon for breakfasts this week. They also have the Carb Balance Mission tortillas- which are hard to find, but my Smart & Final is the one for sure place I can always find them!! I make up breakfast burritos with these for the week and we can grab them to go!!
SO these are my main meals for the week. I was also able to grab a few different things for snacks for the kids. I also grabbed a few extra flavors of Snow Cone Syrup for Snow Cones to Beat the Heat this weekend!!!
It is $5 Monday at Raley’s and Bel Air!!!
These deals are available JUNE 8th ONLY!!
The Eggo Waffles are a great deal because they usually just have the plain ones at Costco or Sam’s Club and now I can get a variety of flavors.
Seedless Watermelon $5
Jumbo Artichokes 3 for $5
Loaf Cake in Bakery 2 for $5
Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls 3 for $5
Eggo Waffles 3 for $5
Hot Pockets 3 for $5
Martinelli’s Apple Juice $5
Mott’s Apple Sauce 12-pack $5
Barefoot Wine $5
Nob Hill Turkey or Provolone Cheese $5lb in Deli- Sliced to Order
Gallon Salame 12-15 oz. $5
Jennie-O 93% Ground Turkey 1 lb, 2 for $5
Before Shopping- Make sure you print any coupons you can use in the store HERE
Also- check for Cash Back Offers on items you may be buying on your IBOTTA App! With Raley’s and Bel Air you can link your Something extra card and then you will get your Cash Back automatically without submitting a receipt!
AFTER you shop- Snap a picture on your FETCH app and get points towards earning gift cards on brand name items!! Super Easy – All you need to do is Download the FETCH app! Then if you enter this promo code- AF4FP you will get $2 instantly!!
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!
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!!!