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  • Happy Holidays!

    This time of year, we often reflect on what matters most to us.  Here at GO HQ, we talk a lot about how Grocery Outlet is a family.  It started with a family, the Reads, who created Grocery Outlet and helped it grow to 200+ stores.  It's continued on in our owner operator families, some of them second and third generation owner operators.  It's alive in our corporate headquarters in the atmosphere, approach, and our mission statement: Touching Lives for the Better.

    What's important to us year-round is family.  And you're a part of that family if you've ever come inside a Grocery Outlet store, visited our website, talked with us on social media, or even if you're reading this for the first time.  We hope we've touched your life, because you touch ours every day.  And we want that connection, that family, to stay strong for many years to come.

    Thank you for being a part of our lives and our family.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and much happiness, health, and cheer for this year and all the ones that follow.

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  • Start Baking!

    As if commissioned by Santa Claus himself, today is National Bake Cookies Day! It's the perfect excuse to get out your favorite holiday cookie recipes and make a mess of your kitchen. And be sure to double the recipes so you'll have plenty to share with friends and family. Before you get started, nibble on these quick tips.

     

    Holiday Baking

    Stock up on staples. You don't want to be caught mid-mixing without those simple ingredients. Look for great deals at your local Grocery Outlet store, and stock up on the baking basics - like flour, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, chocolate chips. Keep chocolate chips in the freezer to maintain freshness.

    Mix in a holiday flavor. For a fun holiday twist, substitute traditional ingredients for holiday-inspired ingredients. Try adding crushed candy canes for a peppermint topping, or try this Egg Nog Cookie recipe.

    Pretty packages. If you feel inspired to share your sweet treats, wrap them up in a unique way. A large mason jar is a perfect way to show-off what's inside – and they can reuse the jar.

    Now it's time to throw on that apron, cue the holiday music and start baking!

    Happy Holideals from Grocery Outlet!

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  • Stocking Stuffer Solutions

    Holiday shoppers were in full swing this weekend, some proudly announcing that their holiday shopping was complete. But with kids waving their holiday wish lists, it's easy for parents to forget about good ol' stocking stuffers. Stocking stuffers are a fun way to surprise and delight children on Christmas morning. So don't let the hustle and bustle of the holidays leave you paying premium prices on stocking stuffers. Here are some budget-friendly stocking stuffing tips that will make you feel like the most clever (and frugal) elf in the North Pole!

    Be practical. Think about items that you need to buy anyway. A toothbrush, character Band-Aids, socks and even deodorant becomes fun when you pull it out of a big red sock!

    Make it edible. Look for your child's favorite snack foods for sock filler, like pretzels, gum, nuts and for the healthy families, even small fruits.

    Smart socks. Grab some school tools for your whiz kids! School supplies like pencils, erasers, highlighters, a calculator and a paperback book will keep them sharp during winter break. Who doesn't love new school supplies?

    Age up. Don't disappoint your teenage kids with a stocking full of kiddie knick knacks. Beauty supplies, including name brand beauty care items available at Grocery Outlet, will please teen girls. And you can't go wrong with a gas gift card.

    Happy Holideals from Grocery Outlet!

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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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  • Budget Holiday Party Ideas

    It's the most festive time of year to host a party. You've trimmed the tree and hung the lights, now all you need is to gather your favorite people and enjoy some holiday cheer. So don't be a Scrooge when it comes to holiday entertaining, consider these party ideas to entertain on a budget.

     

    Miracle on 34th Street

    Holiday Movie Night.
    Everyone loves a classic holiday movie. Invite your guests to bring their favorite holiday movie and the group can vote on the one to watch. Pull out your cozy blankets and pillows and serve popcorn and hot cocoa.

     

    A Christmas Story

    Holiday Cheers. Host a holiday wine tasting party. Ask your guests to bring a bottle of wine to share. Place each bottle in a brown paper bag and number each bag. Then pass out judging papers for guests to rate each bottle. Tally the scores and reveal the winning bottle. Just add a cheese plate and some classic holiday tunes to complete the party.

    Giving Party. 'Tis the season of giving, so why not make a party out of giving back? Invite guests to join a local volunteer opportunity (check www.volunteermatch.org) then top off the evening with a festive dessert and egg nog. It's a win-win.

    However you choose to celebrate, we hope you will enjoy the holiday spirit with your family and friends.

    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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  • A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Goodness and our $3 Thanksgiving Menu

    Thanksgiving week is here! It's our favorite holiday at Grocery Outlet and we want to help folks embrace the cornucopia of Thanksgiving goodness - food, family, football and gratitude!

    Let's start with gratitude. We are thankful for you, our customers, for your loyalty. We are thankful for each Grocery Outlet Owner/Operator for working hard every day to help families put food on their tables. And we are thankful for our team of smart people that help score amazing deals on name brands we all love, so we can pass the savings along to our customers. Yes, we are feeling the Thanksgiving love!

     

    Thanksgiving

    And now onto the food. We asked one of our favorite food bloggers, Amy Sherman of Cooking with Amy, to develop a traditional Thanksgiving menu with all the trimmings. We're not talking about those elaborate menus with complicated recipes and expensive ingredients that you'll find in the glossy magazines. Amy's mission was to keep the recipes simple and to use ingredients from Grocery Outlet so it will cost less than $3 per person. That's Thanksgiving dinner - and dessert - for less than a latte!

    You can find the menu, recipes and print the complete shopping list here: Download a PDF

    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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  • Plan and Prep for the Holidays

    It's the calm before the holiday storm and a great time to prep for the holidays. With a little planning, you can reduce the stress of last-minute holiday demands, and you might even have time to sip some peppermint hot cocoa by a crackling fire. Here are some quick tips to help get you started.

    Be a wrapping ninja. Stock up now on wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, ribbons, gift tags and tape. Look for it at discount stores to save money.

    Stock your pantry. Stock up on holiday cooking and baking pantry essentials at Grocery Outlet where you'll find prices 40-70% less than traditional grocery stores. It will be a breeze to whip up some holiday goodies!

     

    Holiday Baking

    Get recipe ready. Peruse your holiday recipes and start planning your menus for festive gatherings. Mix it up and try one new recipe this year.

    Start purging. Take some time to de-clutter and create space for holiday décor and gifts. Donate gently used clothes and toys to a local charity. It's a win-win.

    The peppermint hot cocoa is calling your name!

    Happy Holideals from Grocery Outlet!

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  • Countdown to the Holidays: Tips to Survive the Season

    Once again, the holiday season is upon us! It's a special time to enjoy festive gatherings, family traditions and reconnect with loved ones. Who doesn't love the twinkle lights, holiday music and warm fuzzies that come with the season of giving? But it's also a time that can become stressful with increased demands on our time and money. At Grocery Outlet, we want to help folks survive the season with  these tips to save time and money.

     

    Happy Holidays from Grocery Outlet!

    Prioritize your commitments. The festivities are endless, but an overcommitted holiday calendar can bring out the Scrooge in anyone. Make a list of the holiday traditions that are most  important to you and your family, then cut the list in half and focus on the traditions that really make you happy.

    Limit shopping time. Forget those aimless shopping excursions and schedule only one day to complete all your holiday gift shopping. Make a list and stick to one theme for all gifts to make it easier to choose. For example, everyone on your list gets a book, or a game, or a specialty food item.

    Make hostess duties easier. Ask your guests to contribute an appetizer, side dish or dessert to the big meal. You can focus on the turkey or ham and spend less time in the kitchen. To avoid last-minuet hostess stress, set your table two days before with a non-perishable centerpiece. Include empty serviing dishes and utensils, labeled according to intended foods, so your helpers can assemble the feast.

    Give gifts from the heart. Keep your gift budget under control with homemade treats and gifts of your time. Consider framed photos from your digital archives, children's artwork for grandparents, homemade cookies, or a coupon for pet-sitting.

    Shop smart. Take inventory and shop your cupboards before you buy anything. Then, shop discount retailers first, such as Grocery Outlet, where you can find brand-name items for 40-70% less. Also, take advantage of offers online and social media sites.


    Now, take time to ponder your own ways to cut stress, save money and tame over-the-top traditions. Setting simple strategies in place early will keep you from being swept up in the holiday madness. And let you enjoy the magic of the season.

    Happy Holideals from everyone at Grocery Outlet!

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  • 20% off Wine Sale!

    For 5 days only, all wine at Grocery Outlet is 20% off!  Our prices are already 40-70% off regular store retails, so you can save an additional 20% during the sale, Wednesday November 6th - Sunday, November 10th!

    Also, save with us when you buy your Thanksgiving turkey at Grocery Outlet. Spend a minimum of $30, and get a 14-16 lb frozen turkey for just $9.99!

     

    20% off All Wine

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  • Beauty Blog: Chocolates, Flowers, Fragrances, Oh My!

    With Groundhog’s Day come and gone and President’s Day just around the corner, Sarahdon’t forget about St. Valentine’s Day—this Thursday! Grocery Outlet has everything you need and more to surprise your sweetie—whether it’s Valentine’s Day cards for an elementary class (just $0.99 for a whole pack!) or some Chocolate Calcium Chews as a healthier alternative to boxed chocolate (just $2.99 for 60 chews!)—Grocery Outlet has you covered.

    We’ve got: cards, trinkets, sparkling wines (and nonalcoholic cider), flowers, chocolates, wines, perfumes, cosmetics, and candles—everything you’ll need and want to create a very special day with your very special someone.

     

     

     Valentine's Candy

     

    Visit your local store and find an assortment of sure to please sweets from Ghirardelli, Lindt, and Mrs. Fields OR great smelling bath sets from Dove, Axe, and Baylis & Harding (Bath Sets & Fragrances ranging between $2.99-$8.99). There’s something for everyone, I promise!

     

     Fragrances

    Whether it’s pretty soaps for Mom or Grandma, fragrances for a special young man or lady in your life, or even taking advantage of some of our great closeouts on bath sets for yourself—Grocery Outlet will get you more for less.

     

    Roses

     

    If you happen to have some special plans this Valentine’s Day—or perhaps packing for a weekend getaway, let Grocery Outlet help you glam up with our awesome selection of brand named cosmetics! Check out our selections from Revlon, Sally Hansen, L’Oreal, E.L.F, and Rimmel! Your favorite brands in cosmetics ranging from $0.99 to $3.99! Stock up for yourself for gift some as very affordable and very thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts.

     

    Valentine's Day Beauty

    Valentine's Day Bear

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  • Beauty Blog: Holiday Gifts!

    ‘Tis the Season!  Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have come and gone, Sarah this time of the year goes from being "The Season of Giving" to "The Season of Over-Spending."  Even though you’ve checked your Holiday Gift List multiple times, it’s easy to lose track of things in your holiday bows and wrapping paper.

    Let Grocery Outlet be your one stop shop for holiday gifts!  There are all kinds of wonderful finds for the holidays—at amazing prices!  The Health & Beauty Department has all kinds of gift sets and stocking stuffers that will be sure to WOW on Christmas morning.

     

     

     

     

    Popular Stocking Stuffers:
    Holiday gifts from Grocery Outlet
    • Nail Polish
    • Hair brushes & Accessories
    • Tooth Brushes
    • Tooth Paste
    • Whitening Kits
    • Small bottles of perfume
    • Makeup Sets
    • Nail Clippers
    • Nail Files
    • Body Lotions
    • Lip Gloss
    • Travel Kits
    Some great brand names to snatch up and stuff into stockings: Revlon, Sally Hansen, Bert’s Bees, Tim McGraw, Katy Perry, Trim, Marvel, Star Wars, Crest, E.L.F., Adidas, Barbie, Dora the Explorer, Disney, Justice League, Baby Phat, and much more!

    Gift Sets From:  Gifts from Grocery Outlet
    • E.L.F
    • Adidas
    • Disney
    • Trim
    • Baylis & Harding
    • Assorted Fragrance Sets
    • Burt’s Bees
    • Crest

    Don’t forget, you can also create your own unique gift sets! Grocery Outlet has everything you need—from bags, baskets & boxes—to ribbon, bows, & cards!

    No matter how big or small your holiday budget is, Grocery Outlet can help you bring tremendous value to your holiday. Save time shopping—spend time with those you hold near and dear.

    Remember gift sets and quantities vary from store to store—but each Grocery Outlet is stocked with extraordinary finds! Enjoy the treasure hunt—we’ve loaded the stores up with all kinds of goodies this year!

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  • Guest Blog: Turkey Leftovers

    by Amy Sherman, of Cooking with Amy

    The holidays mean friends, family and, of course, food. Lots of food.

    While it may seem like a lot of cooking, many holiday dishes can become the base for great meals the day after the holiday and all weekend long. Best of all, you’ll be saving money and trips to the grocery store too.

    Instead of a cold turkey or ham sandwich, I like grilled cheese sandwiches with ham or turkey. These versions don’t feel like leftovers, but something special that everyone will enjoy. With people stopping by to drop off gifts and visit, it’s nice to have something warm on the stove to serve. Split pea soup or turkey rice soup are warm and soothing and can be served for lunch or a light supper. For bigger appetites, serve soup and a sandwich.

     

    Grilled Turkey and Cheese

     

    Shopping at Grocery Outlet, you will find lots of special ingredients that can help add pizzazz to your holiday meals without adding a lot of expense, whether you are serving a holiday meal or dressing up leftovers. To make a festive holiday salad, I used a pomegranate that was only 69 cents and some roasted salted pepitas, which were also a great buy. While there is a lot of rich food at the holidays, look for dried fruit, nuts and pies on sale.  They are all wonderful choices for dessert and will give your holiday table a traditional feel—all while saving you money.

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  • The Holidays: Simplified

    It's that time of year. The magical and joyful holiday season, with twinkling lights, festive music and parties galore. It's a time to reconnect with loved ones, and embrace the spirit of giving. And while kids are making their holiday wish lists and hoping to make the “nice list,” grown-ups often become too over-committed and overstressed to enjoy the season. At Grocery Outlet, we hope to inspire our customers, employees and friends to be nice to themselves by keeping the holidays simple.

     

    Winter Tree with Snow

     

    We put together this Grown-Up Holiday Wish List to remind folks to keep it simple and enjoy the greatest gift of the season – making holiday memories with family and friends.

    A Grown-Up Holiday Wish List
    • I wish to embrace the joy of the holiday season
    • I wish to not exhaust my energy and financial resources
    • I wish to resist the urge to do it all
    • I wish to plan ahead to avoid last-minute stress
    • I wish to ask for help when I need it. Even Santa has lots of helpers.
    • I wish to stick to my holiday budget
    • I wish to give gifts from the heart more than the wallet
    • I wish to leave room in my schedule to slow down and enjoy the small things
    • I wish to slow down and keep it simple

    Throughout the season, we will be sharing tips and ideas for a simple holiday. We hope you'll join us and wrap-up 2012 on the “nice list.”

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  • Lesson 10: Frugal and DIY Halloween Costumes


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    A 12-Month Series by Guest Blogger Julia Wessels, from The Frugal Find

    When I grew up, Halloween costumes were made from "scratch" around the house.  Today, however, costumes can cost upwards of $50 each just for the kids!  This is just silly.  They're worn for a couple of hours then tossed in a bin to donate next year when they've been outgrown.  Now, I realize there are those kiddos that wear their costumes night and day for months—we have had a couple of those around here, however, I still cannot justify the $50 price tag.  So with this in mind, I thought I'd share a few DIY costume ideas from around the web.  I hope you find something here that will save you a few bucks.

    Tip Junkie has a slew of great Halloween DIY ideas, everything from food, to decor, to costumes.

    Real Simple has a photo slide show with 16 DIY Costumes for Kids.  They're really cute too!  I especially love these because most of the costumes are from your kiddos' gear that they already have at home!

     

     Safari Costume
    Photo Credit: Real Simple

     

    Of course we can't forget Pinterest, especially when DIY is in mind.  Check out this Halloween Costume board over on Pinterest for some great costume ideas for all ages.

    I'd love to hear from you.  What are some of your frugal, tried-and-true costumes?  Has your child ever won a "Best Costume" award and you were grinning from ear-to-ear because you knew it cost you practically nothing?  Leave a comment on our Facebook post and let us know what your best costume was!


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  • Bargain TV: What to Get your Valentine

    This Valentine's Day, we've got you covered at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. Let Christopher show you all of the great deals that you can pick up for your sweetheart without causing heartache for your wallet!




    What are you planning for your valentine? What's the best valentine you've ever received?

    Assignment time: what's your favorite chick flick? Leave a comment and let us know.

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  • Stocking Stuffer Savings

    With all the festivities and shopping lists, we're all strapped for time and money during the holidays, and stockings are often overlooked until the last minute.  Often, this means paying premium for those sock-sized items, and the stuffed stocking can end up costing more than the big gift.  The Bargainistas at Grocery Outlet have some simple suggestions to help you save time and money and deliver stocking bliss.

    • Be Convenient. You don't need to make a special trip to a special store.  Look for stocking stuffers at the places you normally frequent, like Grocery Outlet.
    • Be Sneaky.  Sneak in some practical items like a toothbrush, socks, band-aids and school supplies.  These are things you'll need to buy anyways, so you'll be stuffing two socks with one dollar.  And, one less trip to the store when your kid needs new socks.
    • Be Consumable.  If you're one of those parents that feels like all the little toys are overtaking your home, stuff those socks with consumable items, like their favorite candy, gum, fruit snacks and granola bars.
    • Be Thematic.  Follow a theme for all the items.  Have an art enthusiast?  Fill the stocking with art supplies – markers, crayons, glue, and butcher paper rolled up.  It will give you back a fridge door full of artwork to display.
    • Be Silly.  Throw in a couple things that will make them laugh.  Maybe a whoopie cushion or a pet rock.
    Happy sock stuffing and Happy Holidays from everyone at Grocery Outlet!

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  • Holiday Memories Worth a Fortune

    The holiday season is a wonderful time to bring together families and friends, and celebrate the season with festive traditions, old and new. But it's also easy to get caught up in the holiday spending trap for the sake of making holiday memories. So this year, our Season of Sanity pledge inspired us to consider holiday merriment that won't break your budget. In fact, many of these fun and festive ideas are free!

    Light Drive. Surprise your family or friends with a tour of the local holiday light displays. Put on some cozy pajamas, pack some cookies, then start driving. Don't forget the holiday tunes!

     

    Christmas Lights

    Seasonal Song. Bring back an old-time tradition with an evening of caroling. Dress in warm and festive attire and surprise your favorite neighbors with carols at their door. It will surely put a smile on their faces. And, you might be invited in for some hot cocoa and conversation!

    Give Service. It will only cost you time, but you'll receive much more and lasting memories. Schedule time to visit a local shelter or food bank and lend a helping hand. Include the children to inspire the next generation of do-gooders.

    Winter Wonderland.  December 22nd marks the Winter Solstice this year, welcoming longer days of sunlight, and a day many cultures celebrate with winter festivals. Host your own winter wonderland celebration, even without snow outside.  Build a paper snowman, make homemade ice cream and go ice gummy fishing in a bowl of ice!

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  • The Bargainista's Guide to Holiday Entertaining

    This month is sure to hold holiday gatherings galore! It's the most wonderful time of the year to gather family and friends for a night of holiday merriment. So whether you are hosting or attending the festivities, use these ideas to help you enjoy the holiday party season without sacrificing your savings or your sanity.

    Simplify. Your friends and family don't expect a Martha Stewart-style soiree, so don't stress-out about making it elaborate. In fact, a casual and understated event will be a welcome respite from all the craziness of the holidays. But make sure the holiday tunes are plentiful!

    Skip the meal. Keep the focus on your friends, not the food. It's a great reason why you don't have to slave away in the kitchen all day to serve a full-on meal. Just two or three appetizers will do. Consider a weekend afternoon gathering with mulled wine, cheese and crackers.

    Salud! Add some holiday cheer to your party, but keep it limited to one or two choices, not a full bar. Serve just eggnog or just wine, but not both. Try our Novella Synergy Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon, just $4.99 per bottle (you save $7). And the kid revelers will enjoy toasting with our Martinelli's Northwest Blend Sparkling Apple Cider for just $1.79 per bottle (you save $1.90).

    Say Thanks. Certain holiday traditions never go out of style, like arriving at a holiday party with a gift for the gracious host/hostess. We suggest some gourmet chocolates like our Brown & Haley Candy Cane Roca for $2.99 (you save $2), or a festive 4” poinsettia for $4.99 (you save $4).

    Surely, you have your own budget-friendly party tips, and we'd love to hear them. How do you entertain during the holidays without blowing the budget?


    Happy Holidays from everyone at Grocery Outlet!

     

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