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  • Italian Wedding Soup and Spaghetti and Meatballs


     Guest Post from The Coupon Project



    Every month in 2014, I'll be working to give a plan for a couple meals you can easily put together for your family by shopping Grocery Outlet. My goal is to keep the menu to $2 or less per serving, based on a family of six. In addition to finding terrific bargains at Grocery Outlet, I'm going to work to save money by using similar ingredients across both meals. For instance, in January I shared an awesome hearty slow cooker chili recipe and then we took the leftovers and turned them into burritos for the next day!

    For February, it's all about meatballs! Meatballs are delicious and quick to make, plus they can be used in a variety of dishes. We'll start by making up a big batch of meatballs the first night we'll make an amazing Italian Wedding Soup. The next night, we'll simmer the remaining meatballs in a simple spaghetti sauce.

     

    Ingredients

    Chances are you may already have many of the ingredients needed for either or both of these recipes like I did!


    Here's what I ended up buying at Grocery Outlet:
    - 1 lb lean ground beef
    - 1 lb ground bulk sausage (OR for leaner recipes, opt for a 2nd lb of lean ground beef)
    - bag of onions
    - bag of carrots
    - 1 clamshell organic baby spinach
    - Fresh grated Parmesan cheese (I found this for just $1.99!)
    - Loaf of sourdough bread
    - 2 (28 oz) cans of whole tomatoes (I found these for just $0.99!)
    - 4 cans chicken broth

     
    From the pantry:
    - 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
    - 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
    - 1/2 cup dry pasta (for soup) - any kind you have will do!
    - dry spaghetti noodles
    - minced garlic
    - 6 oz can tomato paste
    - 2 eggs
    - 1 tsp sugar
    - 1 bay leaf
    - 1/4 cup olive oil
    - salt and fresh ground pepper

     
    All together, I paid $23.27 out of pocket at Grocery Outlet for the items from my grocery list above! That works out to $11.64 per meal, or $1.94 per serving (based on 6 servings) - just under my $2 menu plan goal!

    Not only that, both of the following recipes are absolutely delicious. Even my picky eating children adored them!

    Step One: Meatball Prep!

     

     Meatball Prep

    The first step is going to be the most time consuming, but lucky for you, it's not that time consuming! I recommend you make all the meatballs for both recipes on the same night, to reduce mess and prep time.

    In a large glass bowl, mix the lean ground beef, sausage (if using), breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, 2 tsp minced garlic, and tbsp Italian seasoning.

     

     Meatballs!

     

     I find the easiest way to mix is simply by hand! If you can't get over the "ew" factor, you could process in a mixer. Once mixed, roll into small meatballs. I worked to make mine as consistent in size as possible, for even cooking times. You're now ready to make the next two recipes!

    I should mention that the Italian sausage made these meatballs quite tasty, but definitely upped the fat content. If you're looking to reduce that, I recommend you swap out the sausage for another pound of lean ground beef. Another idea would be to pre-cook the meatballs for the recipes below, to cook off some of the fat.

    Night One: Italian Wedding Soup


    Italian Wedding Soup

    I drew inspiration from this recipe at AllRecipes.com for today's easy and delicious soup! Start by bringing your 4 cans of chicken broth (8 cups total) to a boil. Then, add 1 cup diced carrots, 1/2 cup pasta (I used corkscrew), 1 cup spinach and 1/2 of your batch of meatballs. Cook for 10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked. That's it! I served mine with the loaf of sourdough bread.

     

    Night Two: Italian Spaghetti Sauce and Meatballs

     

    Spaghetti & Meatballs

     

    Once you've tried this delicious spaghetti sauce, I dare you to go back to the jarred stuff! I took inspiration from this recipe at Allrecipes.com.

     

    Spaghetti Sauce


    This recipe is incredibly simple to prepare, but it does require some time - so make sure to plan ahead! Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Stir in the 2 cans of whole tomatoes, salt, sugar, and bay leaf. Cover, reduce to a simmer for 90 minutes. Next, add your meatballs, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and pepper to taste. Cook another 30 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked. Serve with the pasta of your choice. I also love mine topped with a little Parmesan.

    The next time you're planning your family's menu, think about how you could save money by using similar ingredients or leftovers for a second meal. Then, make sure to shop Grocery Outlet first to save even more.

    Join me next month for another menu plan and shopping list!

    Angela Russell blogs at The Coupon Project, a site that encourages families to live well for less. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her firefighter husband and two small kids. In the rare event she finds spare time, she loves gardening, hanging out with her girlfriends, and watching old cheesy monster movies.


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  • Your Holiday Home – Inside and Out

    Decking the halls can be overwhelming and expensive. So if you haven't had time to tackle your holiday decorating yet, we put together some budget-friendly ideas to help inspire your inner elf.

    DIY all the way. Making your own decorations will save money and it's sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Pinterest has more holiday DIY ideas than the North Pole has snow. And don't forget to get the kids involved. One of our favorite bargain bloggers, Charlene at My Frugal Adventures, has a great tutorial for Easy Homemade Children's Christmas Ornaments. Check it out and get your craft on!

    Poinsettia points. The poinsettia is a classic. And the bright red blooms will last for weeks. So go ahead and add them around the house – inside and out. Right now we have a great deal on 6-inch potted poinsettias for only $3.99. You'll save up to $5 on each one!

     

    Poinsettias

    Twinkle, twinkle. Twinkle lights add instant holiday glow. We like to add them to a mantle, a door frame and even above a headboard in the bedroom. And the new LED lights use less energy, up to 75% less, so you'll save money on your energy bill.

    Pinecones everywhere. Take a winter walk and gather pinecones to spruce up your holiday home with a natural twist. You can glam them up with glitter or keep them au natural. Before using, it's a good idea to bake pinecones at 200-degrees for 20-30 minutes to dry the sap and kill any bugs.  

    Now it's time to get decorating so you can enjoy it for the rest of the month before we ring in 2014! Happy Holideals from Grocery Outlet!

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  • Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

    It happens. Sometimes, despite our best intentions to plan ahead, the holiday happenings creep up on us and we find ourselves strapped for time. But don’t let it keep you from playing host to the most wonderful meal of the year. Here are three quick tips for the Last-Minute Lucy’s out there.

    Mini bird. If you don’t have time to thaw and cook the whole turkey, opt for just the breast. A five-pound turkey breast will cook in just about one hour and will serve 6-8 people.

    Less is more. You don’t need eight different side dishes. Just choose your favorite three side dishes. After all, the true Thanksgiving bounty is the abundance of loved ones. And the turkey sandwiches on Friday!

    Store bought shortcuts. Dressing up store bought products is a great way to save time and impress guests. Add fresh garlic and parsley to boxed mashed potatoes. A store bought pumpkin pie looks great topped with homemade whipped cream, sprinkled graham cracker crumbs and a sprig of fresh mint.

     


    Thanksgiving Dinner

    Easy Thanksgiving Decor

    Thanksgiving is all about the food, so don’t let a fussy centerpiece steal the show. Consider these ideas to let the great American feast take center stage.

    Thankful notes. Use a butcher paper table runner and place colorful markers at each place setting. Ask your guests to write or draw what they are thankful for. In fact, ask them to do it before each course is served.

    Outside in. While you are whisking the gravy, ask your guests to take a nature walk down the block to collect fall foliage and acorns. Then they can place their treasures in a clear glass vase (or a few) on the table.

    Go nuts. Use your existing serving dishes, like a clear glass trifle bowl, and fill with whole walnuts. You can also layer with clementines to add a dash of bright orange color.

    Pumpkin redo. Use those leftover pumpkins from Halloween for a winter white tablescape. Just paint pumpkins in creamy white hues and you can even add gold glitter for a little sparkle.

    Whatever you choose to decorate your table, we’re certain the family, friends and food gracing your table will be the most memorable.

    Happy Holideals from Grocery Outlet!



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  • What To Do With All Those Leftovers

    After the big holiday meal, you'll have a lot of turkey and trimmings left over.  Here are some great recipes from Amy Sherman, of Cooking with Amy, to use up your leftovers in new delicious meals.

     

    To download a PDF of these recipes, click here: Leftovers Recipes


     
    Turkey Pot PieTurkey Pot Pies
    Serves 6

    1/4 cup butter
    1 large onion, diced
    3 carrots, chopped, about 1 cup
    1/2 cup flour
    2 cups turkey or chicken broth
    1 cup milk
    2 cups leftover turkey, diced
    1 cup frozen peas
    6 biscuits, 1 pkg ready-to-bake biscuits

     

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large heavy skillet or saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots, and cook until soft and golden. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for an additional minute, then whisk in the stock vigorously to avoid any lumps.

     

    Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer, then turn the heat to low and cook until thick but still saucy, stirring often, for 5 - 10 minutes. Stir in the turkey and peas, then season to taste with salt and pepper.  Arrange six ramekins on a baking sheet. Spoon the filling into the ramekins. Roll out the biscuits to fit the top of the pot pies and cover each ramekin.  Bake until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

     

    Turkey Cranberry Melts
    Serves 4

    3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
    8 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
    1/2 cup cranberry sauce
    4 turkey slices, about 8 ounces
    8 thin slices cheddar, colby or jack cheese, about 4 ounces

     

    Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place four slices, buttered side down, on work surface and spread unbuttered side with cranberry sauce. Top with turkey, cheese and remaining bread (buttered side up).
    Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Add sandwiches and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

     


    Curried Turkey Rice Soup
    Serves 4

    Broth
    1 turkey carcass, broken into pieces 12 cups water (or enough to cover the carcass)
    1 onion, peeled and cut in quarters
    1 stalk celery, cut in quarters
    2 carrots, cut in quarters
    1 teaspoon salt

    Soup
    1 teaspoon oil 1 onion, diced
    1 apple, peeled and diced  1 carrot, diced  1 stalk celery, diced  1 teaspoon curry powder 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
    1/3 cup rice  1 cups cooked turkey, diced

    Broth
    Combine turkey, water, onions, celery, carrots and salt in a large pot. Bring the stock to a boil, then lower the heat and cover. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Remove lid and simmer for another 30 minutes. Strain the stock, removing the bones and vegetables and skim off the fat.

     

    Soup
    Heat a soup pot and add a teaspoon of oil. Add the onion, apple, carrot and celery and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes of until vegetables are softened. Add the curry and stir. Add 4 cups broth and rice and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, to a simmer and cover, cook until the rice is tender. Transfer 2 cups of soup the blender and blend until smooth. Return to pot, add the turkey and heat through. Serve right away or store in the refrigerator for 3 - 4 days, in the freezer for 2 months.

     


    Split Pea and Ham Soup
    Serves 6

    1 Tablespoon oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 carrots, diced carrots
    1 stalk celery, diced
    Bones from the baked ham
    1 pound dried split green peas
    8 cups water
    1 cup leftover baked ham, chopped

    Heat 4-quart stockpot on medium heat, add oil. Add the onions and salt and cook until the onions are translucent, 5 minutes.
    Add the carrots, celery, ham bones, and 1/2 pound of the split peas. Add 8 cups of water, bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Skim off the foam while cooking.
    Add the remaining split peas, cover and continue to simmer for another 20 minutes, or until all the peas are soft.  Remove the bones and add the ham. Cook for another 5 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve right away or store in the refrigerator for 4 days or the freezer for up to two months.
     

     

    Grilled Ham, Pear & Cheese SandwichesHam Grilled Cheese
    Serves 4


    3 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
    8 slices sourdough or white sandwich bread  Dijon mustard 8 thin slices cheddar, colby or jack cheese, about 4 ounces
    1 small pear, peeled, cored and sliced
    4 ham slices, about 8 ounces  

     

    Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place four slices, buttered side down, on work surface and spread with mustard, then top with cheese, ham and pear slices, and remaining bread (buttered side up).

     

    Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Add sandwiches and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
     
     
    Ham Breakfast Strata
    Serves 6 to 8

    Cooking spray
    10 eggs
    2 cups whole milk
    1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    6 cups sandwich style bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
    12 ounces leftover baked ham, diced
    8 ounces colby, cheddar or jack cheese, thinly sliced or shredded

    Spray a 2 - 2 1/2 quart baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and mustard.
    Place half of the bread in the bottom of a baking dish. Top with the ham and half the cheese. Repeat with a second layer of bread, pressing down as necessary to fit in the baking pan.
    Carefully pour the egg mixture over into the bread and top with the remaining cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    Preheat the oven to 350° F. Remove strata from the refrigerator and let come to room temperature for 15 minutes. Bake the strata, uncovered, until puffed and lightly golden brown, about 1 hour. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


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  • Back to School Savings

    Back-to-School season can cost you both time and money. Being of the frugal-minded, we want to help you alleviate some of the cost. Below, are a few easy-to-do suggestions on how to save money on school supplies.

    Think simple and plan. Make a list of the bare essentials for school and plan a budget. Knowing what you can spend in advance will help prevent surprise purchases and added stress. Stick to the bare minimum, like paper and pencils, and expand from there. Keep in mind, they’re going to class, not combat.

    Practice patience. During the first week of classes, teachers will usually send home a list of required items and materials for the school year. Holding off on a shopping spree and waiting for an “official” school list will prevent you from buying unnecessary items and help save on costs.

    Scavenge your space. Start your shopping at home. You’ll be surprised to find that a lot of the items on your list are probably right under your nose. Gather barely-used pens and pencils from your “junk” drawer, or borrow scotch tape and glue from your craft box. Better yet, help your children clean out their rooms, while keeping an eye out for lost rulers or erasers.

     

    Back to School

    Recover and recreate. Be creative with your old findings. You can spruce up used notebooks and binders with collages, using recycled paper, old magazines and stickers. If you’re sew-savvy, you can use loose fabric and a spare button to make a one-of-a-kind pencil case. Making it a family activity will help ensure your kids are happy with their refurbished supplies, while lessening your shopping load.

    Stay Organized. Encourage your family to keep all school essentials in one place. This will save time when a last-minute school project comes up and emergency report covers or construction paper is needed. But most importantly, staying organized will help you avoid unnecessary expenses during the school year, when things tend to get misplaced.

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  • Go Green Bag!

    We're excited to announce our Go Green Bag Contest on Instagram!  You see, we think the Earth is pretty fantastic and we bet you do too.  In honor of Earth Month, we're inviting you to submit your designs for the front of the bag on Instagram using the hash tag #GoGreenBag.  Every entry will be entered to win a $100 Grocery Outlet Gift Card.

    Please read below for the official rules.  We can't wait to see your designs!


    Contest Rules!

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  • Cooking with Wine

    With our wine sale earlier this month, you probably have a bunch of bottles stocked up.  Inevitably, there’s half a bottle lying around after dinner that you cork back up and then forget about, and before you realize it, it’s turned to vinegar.  Such a waste!

    The great news is that there’s a simple way to use up leftover wine—cooking! You can up the Wow Factor of any dish by adding a little bit of wine to the recipe, which saves you money and cuts down on waste.


    Cooking with Wine


    Here are some ideas on how to add wine to your cooking:
    • Add wine to your marinade.  The acid in the marinade will help the meat absorb the flavor of the wine.
    • Replace some of the water, vinegar, broth, or fruit juice in a recipe with wine for a richer, fuller flavor.
    • Use a little bit to add flavor to soups, stews, gravy, and hearty dishes.
    • Make sangria!  Add chopped fruit and a little sugar and you have the perfect summer beverage.
    • Mix with oil and spices to baste turkey, roasts, or braise vegetables.
    • Make a pan sauce using the juices from the meat, some wine, and some spices.  Perfect for sautéed or browned meats.
    • Create a classic French dish like Coq au Vin.  Julia Child’s classic recipe is worth a try: Coq au Vin Recipe

    The rule of thumb is to pair red wine with heartier fare, and white wine with lighter dishes.  But we say experiment!  Your palate is what’s most important.  Try a bunch of things and find out what works best for you.  Always consult the recipe if you’re cooking with wine—the author may have had a specific flavor profile in mind and has done the legwork ahead of time.

    What do you like to drink with different foods?  


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  • Early Holiday Deals

    Enter to win a $15 Grocery Outlet Gift Card!  Watch the below video on early holiday deals at Grocery Outlet and follow the assignment for your chance to win!




    Good luck!

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  • Back to School Savings

    Has buying all those new school supplies put a cramp in your wallet? With fuel and food costs rising and the economy slumping, it's a good idea to figure out how to cut back on back-to-school purchases this year.

    School Bus


    Check out these 10 tips for back to school saving, from this article via MSN Money:

    1) Begin by shopping at home. Avoid buying everything new. Take a look around the house and see what your family already owns. I bet you have more extra pens, pencils, folders and rulers than you think.
    2) Start searching for bargains early! Now is a great time to keep an eye out for clearance sales in your area. Keep an eye out for coupons and make a special box to store them in. When you find a good deal, stock up for the entire year. Also, be aware that most of the great sales come in late September after school has already started, so we advise you wait to shop.
    3) Hit the dollar store! You’d be surprised at the large selections of paper, markers, and other school supplies you’re likely to find. Dollar stores are great places to find everyday craft items!  (Grocery Outlet also stocks basic school supplies like paper, pens, notebooks, binders, and crayons, all at great prices.)
    4) Scour garage sales, thrift stores, & consignment shops. This might require some get out and go motivation, but the deals are better than ever. Why not give it a try? (This is great for clothes, backpacks and sports equipment.)
    5) Remember eBay & Craigslist. Great deals and steals are usually found on these websites. Savings could be substantial on back-to-school clothes, and this internet process is always less time consuming than bargain hunting at thrift stores or yard sales.
    6) Set ground rules for clothes shopping. Make sure to buy clothes that will give your children room to grow. Pick up extra pairs of shoes in larger sizes when you find a great sale. Classic styles and solid colors are always good buys because they are easy to mix & match and less likely to look dated over time.
    7) Buy the right backpack. Kids shouldn’t carry more than 20 percent of their own weight on their backs. If you know that your child is likely to stuff his or her backpack, opt for a smaller one.
    8) Don’t overspend on technology. In today’s world, homework can be almost impossible to do these days without a computer and access to the Internet. If you are looking to buy a computer this summer, be sure to look for deals. Again, check out eBay and Craigslist and remember that refurbished computers are another option.
    9) Track down the right calculator. If your child needs that fancy calculator for Trigonometry, bite the bullet and invest in a good one because it will last for years to come!
    10) Teach important money lessons. Back-to-school season allows you as a parent to have discussions with your children about money, budgeting, and needs vs. wants. You can negotiate back-to-school budgets with your kids and allow them to manage those budgets. If they want anything above and beyond the dollar amount that you’ve agreed on, let them use their allowance money to pay for it by themselves.

    Learning doesn't always have to be expensive.  You can prepare your kids for school while staying on your budget, and teach them the value of a dollar while you're at it.  Good luck!

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  • Organics Vlog

    Christopher's latest vlog is all about organics at Grocery Outlet.  Did you know you can get your favorite organic brands at Grocery Outlet for up to 50-60% off?  Check it out!



    What's the best organic deal you've found at Grocery Outlet? We'd love to know.

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  • Earth Day 2011

    Grocery Outlet's greatest passion is to save you money.  Something else we like to do, however, is help save our planet.  In a previous post, we counted the ways that Grocery Outlet HQ has become more eco-friendly.  In honor of Earth Day, which is coming up April 22nd, we'd like to focus on how we've taken on sustainability, environmental responsibility and cost-saving measures in our stores.

     

    Earth Day 2011

     

    1. In our newest stores, we meet the EPA 2012 standards for energy efficiency in all installed appliances. 

    2. We have state-of-the-art hand dryers in our newer stores' restrooms to cut down on paper waste.

    3. When we remodel older stores, we will be implementing these measures there too, and swapping out older, less efficient appliances with energy efficient appliances.

    4. Swapping out older bulbs for CFLs and LEDs where we can.

    5. Splitting distribution loads, which cuts down on gas consumption. This saves fossil fuels and maximizes efficiency.

    6. We recycle glass, metal, plastics and paper.

    7. We sell eco-friendly bags made out of recycled materials to bag your groceries.  We give them away for free at grand openings for new stores.

    8. We source as many eco-friendly and organic products we can, all at tremendous savings.

    We want to help save the earth—and your wallet.

    Tell us: what eco-friendly products have you found at Grocery Outlet?  What would you like to see more of? 

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  • Beat the Pump: Gas Saving Tips

    We've all noticed that the price of gas has gone up lately.  Unless you live close to public transportation, you probably drive a fair bit and you're feeling the pinch.  I know I am. 

     

    Save on Gas!

     

    Today I looked for some advice on how to avoid being gouged by gas prices, and I found this great article, 29 Tips on Saving Gas.  Here are some of the most useful and universal trips from the article (because not all of us can afford a hybrid!):

    1. Stop and start correctly.  A car consumes the most gas when you accelerate and brake abruptly.  Try to coast as much as you can and only use your accelerator to control the car while in slower traffic, braking slowly when you need to.  
    2. Use your air conditioner as little as possible.  Obviously, this doesn't apply to our Arizona and Southern California residents during the summer, but when you can, park your car in the shade and roll your windows down.  It takes a lot of energy to run your AC.
    3. Reduce weight.  It takes more energy to accelerate the more weight you are carrying.  Keep all necessaries (spare tire, jack, etc.) in your trunk, but don't carry around unnecessarily larger items if you don't have to.
    4. Turn your car off.   If you think you will be idling for 30 seconds or more, turn off your car.  Idling, especially with your AC on, wastes gas.
    5. Drive slower.  Not fun, but it reduces drag on the car and maximizes fuel economy.
    6. Roll up your windows.  So we just told you not to run your AC, but you have to roll up your windows too?  On hot days, do what you need to do to be comfortable, but on a normal day, having your windows down adds drag to the car, causing it to use more energy to speed up.  Opening your windows at low speeds and using the air conditioner at high speeds gives you better fuel economy.
    7. Pick a better route. I don't know why I always forget to do this.  Maximize your route so you can run multiple errands efficiently or hit stop-and-go-traffic less often.  The longer you can go without having to stop or accelerate, the better.  Not having to retrace your steps is always good.  Make a list of what you have to do and pick the most efficient way to get it done.   A little planning goes a long way.

    Stay eco-friendly, eco-frugal!

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  • Gifts Galore

    Grocery Outlet has great gifts for your family and friends, even if your budget is a little tighter than you'd hoped. Check out these fantastic gifts and more at your local Grocery Outlet:

    - Mens and Ladies slippers in assorted colors and styles are only $7.99 a pair. You save up to $7. Keep those toes toasty!
    - Mens or Ladies lounge sets are the perfect thing for Christmas morning or weekends around the house. A 2 piece set is only $9.99; you save up to $5.
    - Ceramic double-wall travel mugs are eco-frugal and super useful for nearly anyone on your list. Best of all, they're only $3.99! You save up to $4.

     

    Holideals Gifts


    Holiday Hosting
    Stumped on what to bring to your holiday party? We have a wide selection of Ferrero Rocher holiday chocolates at $2.99-$6.99 for 12-24 pieces. Wild smoked salmon is perfect for holiday party platters. You can find an 8 oz package for $4.99 at Grocery Outlet, and save up to $5! Olivos organic extra virgin olive oil is an attractive and classic gift, and it's only $7.99 for a 17 oz bottle. You save up to $17! Wow!

    For more merriment, head to our special holiday website for savings tips, holiday menus and recipes. Click here to check it out.

    We wish you the happiest of holidays and the merriest of savings!

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  • Organic and Specialty Friday Frugal Finds

    Today I toured our organic and specialty foods aisle to see what we've got in stock.  It's been on my mind as I work on edible press kits at Grocery Outlet HQ.  We send out these kits to the media to alert them to our current news and extreme bargain products.  Think of this post as your personal edible press kit—except you can't eat it, unless you hit the store and pick up some of these great products.

     


    Annie's Mac & Cheese 99 cents

     

    Annie's is the gold standard when it comes to healthy and natural groceries.  They source their ingredients from sustainable farmers, and all of their packaging has some recycled content and is recyclable itself.  You can read more about their sustainability practices here.

     

    Nutella only $2.99 at Grocery Outlet!

     

    If you like nuts and chocolate and haven't tried Nutella yet, you should.  It's fantastic, and super delicious on waffles, pancakes, and crepes.  I like it with bananas too.  It's only $2.99 when you buy it at Grocery Outlet.

     

    Agave Nectar at Grocery Outlet

     

    Agave Nectar is the hottest natural sweetener right now.  Low on the glycemic index, it won't spike your blood sugar, plus it dissolves quickly, making it ideal for tea and coffee and other liquids.  It has a clean, sweet, slightly herbal flavor.  I like it a lot and was surprised to find it at GO.

     

    Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce at Grocery Outlet

     

    Muir Glen organic pasta sauce is a great find.  These guys are masters at all things tomato.  It will give a little zing to your pasta, and at 2 for $5, you can afford to try something new.

     

    Imagine Organic Beef Broth

     

    Making any soups or stews this autumn?  I love French Onion Soup, and I used Imagine broth to make it.  Their flavors are rich and delicious, and I don't think you can find this cheaper anywhere else.  I'm stocking up because I know I'll use a lot of broth in my holiday cooking.  I know we have the chicken broth available too; I found it last week.

     

    Newman's Own pretzels at Grocery Outlet

     

    I still miss Paul Newman.  He was a great guy and a stellar philanthropist. We have his pretzel thins in stock at only 2/$3.  That's a great price for an excellent item, plus when you buy a Newman's Own item, all proceeds go to charity.  That's pretty amazing if you think about it.  The Newman's Own Foundation has donated over $300 million dollars to different charities since 1982.  We're thrilled to be able to carry Newman's Own products.

     

    Tea Pear

     

    Last but not least is a newcomer: Ito-En.  Ito-En makes wonderful tea products.  My favorite is Tea Apple, but I tried Tea Pear today and it was very good—light, crisp, and refreshing.  It's a mix of white tea and pear juice, so it's naturally sweet

    That wraps it up for me this week.  Stay fresh, stay frugal.

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  • Friday Frugal Finds

    I'd like to introduce a new series of posts—Friday Frugal Finds.  Every Friday, I'm going to check out our Berkeley store (it's downstairs from Grocery Outlet HQ) and tell you about my favorite finds.  These may not always be the best finds in the store at the moment, and they may not be in every single store, but I want you to get an informal glimpse each week of what's going on at Grocery Outlet.

    This week, I found myself totally taken in by the Health and Beauty Care aisle, largely due to this product:


    Tavist Allergy Medication

     

    This is Tavist, and it's awesome.  It's one of the only allergy medications that clears up my husband's bad sinuses.  Unfortunately, the drugstores around us don't carry it (my husband jokes that is because it actually works).  I was so beyond thrilled to find it downstairs, I can't even tell you.  And at only $2.99, this is a bargain you can't afford to miss.

     

    I really love organic beauty care.  I dig the other stuff too, but I like the idea that I'm doing something good for the environment, and saving money by buying my beauty products at Grocery Outlet.  Shikai is one of the brands I love because my skin is always super soft, and their products smell really yummy.  I especially like the Yuzu scent.  Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit that's a lot like a cross between a mandarin orange and a grapefruit.  It smells delicious: kind of citrusy and sweet at the same time.

     

    Shikai & Goat's Milk

     

    This product retails for $2.99, which is a great deal for an organic product.  I've found the Shikai elsewhere for $7.99, sometimes $8.99, so I can testify that you do save $5 when you buy it with us. The goat's milk lotion is supposed to be great.  I haven't tried it personally, but it gets rave reviews in the office.

     

    Tom's of Maine

     

    We've got a bunch of Tom's of Maine organic and natural oral care in stock right now.  Tom's of Maine is a brand of natural care products that are made without artificial ingredients and without animal testing.  Their fluoride toothpastes are the only natural alternatives to earn the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance.

     

     Olay Definity

     

    This is the best deal I saw: Olay Definity 14 Day Rehabilitation kit for $12.99.  How cool—you can reverse the signs of aging for less than $1 a day!  Plus, you save $17—you save more than you spend on this product. I love it when that happens!

    Have a fantastic weekend everyone.  See you next week!

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  • Being Eco-Conscious at Grocery Outlet

    It may surprise you to know that Grocery Outlet is on a mission to become eco-friendly.  Even though our primary goal is to bring you quality products at extremely low prices, we also include sustainability and eco-responsibility in our overall strategy.  Here are some things that Grocery Outlet has done in our corporate offices to reduce waste, save energy, and make our planet a better place:

    1. We used to provide free bottled water for employees. We've now switched to filtered drinking water coolers and drinking glasses. We recycle the paper cups we do use.
    2. We bought Duplex Printers—we encourage printing on both sides of the paper.
    3. We switched to energy saving smart power strips
    4. We bought energy saving dishwashers. We switched to motion lights in offices to save energy.
    6. We made the change to organic, fair trade coffee and biodegradable coffee filters.
    7. We provide incentives for employees to ride their bike or carpool to cut down on emissions.
    8. We recycle cardboard, plastic, cans, bottles, paper, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam, as well as cartridges, staplers, and other difficult items to recycle.
    9. We buy recycled copy paper and office products.
    10. We switched our janitorial supplies and paper towels to more sustainable, eco-friendly products.
    11. We try to make electronic copies more than paper copies.

    Also, we've made sourcing organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly products for you a priority.  You'll regularly see brands like Amy's Organic, Kashi, Annie's, Nature's Gate, and many more in our stores.  The eco-friendly product that I'm most excited about is Bear River Valley Cereals.  We're featuring these cereals in our July ad (consider this a sneak peek!).  Bear River Valley cereals use 75% less packaging than other brands, and the manufacturer supports renewable wind energy.  Also, all shipping cartons are made from 100% recycled product.  You can learn more about Bear River Valley here.


    Bear Valley

    Best of all, each cereal is only 99 cents!  You save up to $2 on this cereal.  That's something to cheer about!

    This is just one of many examples of how Grocery Outlet can help you save money and the planet.  We'll keep our eyes out for more fantastic eco-bargains.  Stay tuned!

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