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  • 20% off Vitamin Sale!


    Vitamin Sale

     

    For the FIRST TIME EVER—Grocery Outlet offering 20% off All Rexall Naturalist Vitamins & Supplements!

    This doesn’t require a coupon—just waltz on into your local Grocery Outlet during the 5 Day Promotion (October 2nd-October 6th) and receive 20% off of each Rexall Naturalist vitamin or supplement!

    Grocery Outlet carries Rexall Naturalist at very affordable prices everyday.  These vitamins are made fresh for us from one of the world’s top supplement suppliers, with only the highest quality ingredients!

    Hurry in! This sale only lasts for 5 days – stock up and save!


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  • Evolve Muscle Milk

    The next generation of MUSCLE MILK products has hit the shelves everywhere—including your local Grocery Outlet! Evolve is Muscle Milk’s new take on the Muscle Milk Light line, with the catchphrase: It’s Evolved.

     

     Muscle Milk Evolve


    This new formula has been modified not only to have natural flavors, but also to now include Tonalin, which has been proven in many studies to dramatically aid in weight loss and muscle building.

    Hurry into your local Grocery Outlet and SCORE a 4 pack of Evolve ready to drink protein shakes for just $2.99!  You’ll pay up to $7.49 elsewhere, but buy it in our stores today and save up to 60%!

    These shakes come in a variety of flavors—varying by store. Most stores will have Muscle Milk Evolve in the natural Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.

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  • Beauty Blog: Myoplex Lite Ready to Drink

    Summer is just around the fog belt here in the lovelySarah Bay Area—however, for our Grocery Outlet stores in other areas, summer is in full swing.  And what better way to prepare for summer than to get into shape?

    Let Grocery Outlet be your one-stop-shop for all sorts of name brand protein and nutrition supplements! Powders, Bars, Vitamin & Mineral Supplements, Ready to Drink—we’ve got it all and at crazy awesome closeout prices!

    One special deal we have going on right now is a Myoplex Lite RTD (Ready to Drink) item in a delicious Chocolate Fudge Flavor. The Myoplex Lite RTD is not only packed with 20 grams of protein, per 11 ounce shake—it also contains: 5 grams of Fiber, Antioxidants, & 22 Vitamins and Minerals. Did I mention each shake is only 170 calories?! That’s less than most sodas!

    Try the 18pk we’re now selling for $14.99—which is just about a 50% off what you’ll pay elsewhere! Or if you’d rather just have one, those are $0.99 per shake! You’ll pay up to $29.99 elsewhere—for the 18 pack!

     

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  • Breaking Out of the Dinner Rut: Asian Mung Bean Salad


     Guest Post from The Coupon Project

     

    I recently happened upon a different item at my local Grocery Outlet store and I knew instantly that I had to bring it home for a fun dinner creation.....

     

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    Organic Sprouted Mung Beans for $2.99. Now I'm definitely familiar with bean sprouts, but not sprouted mung beans. I flipped over the package and it read:

    These tiny fresh-tasting beans have a rich creamy texture and nutty-sweet taste.

    Suggested uses included salads, pilafs, soups, purees, and sandwiches. Turns out, these are quite nutritious too! One serving (1/4 cup dry) contains 7 grams of dietary fiber and a whopping 10 grams of protein. It's also high in iron and vitamin C and low in fat. I'm thinking this would be a wonderful superfood for vegetarians to explore!

     

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    I decided to try these sprouted mung beans for the first time in an Asian-inspired salad. Today's recipe is quick, easy, and delicious! It's enough for 2 large servings, or 4 sides.

    Ingredients:

    Salad
    1 cup dry mung beans
    2 cups mixed salad greens
    couple sprigs cilantro, chopped
    1/4 cup chopped sweet peppers

    Dressing (from Once Upon a Chef's Asian Slaw recipe)
    2 tbsp honey
    2 tbsp vegetable oil
    2 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
    1 tsp soy sauce
    1 tsp sesame oil
    small piece of ginger, minced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    dash sea salt

    Start by prepping your mung beans. Add 1 cup of dry beans to 3 cups of boiling water. Let boil for 5 minutes before removing from heat, covering, and allow to set 4-8 minutes.

     

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    While my mung beans were rehydrating, I got to work on the rest of the salad. I found some lovely salad ingredients at my Grocery Outlet store yesterday - organic baby kale, organic mixed Romaine, a big bag of sweet mini baby peppers for just $3.99, and a bunch of fresh cilantro.

     

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    Have you ever tried these peppers? If not, I recommend them! They are perfect for dipping in hummus, slicing on sandwiches, or great when your recipe just calls for a little bit of pepper.

     

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    Prepare your dressing by mixing all the ingredients listed above and stirring. This is one of my very favorite Asian dressings I've come across on the web, and I make it often. Incidentally, I found a 1 lb bag of ginger at my Grocery Outlet for $1.99 and the garlic for $0.33 each. If you can't use up all the ginger before it goes bad? Consider chopping and freezing leftover portions or making ginger tea!

     

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    By now, your mung beans should be cooked and your salad ready to assemble! Toss the greens in the dressing, top with the peppers, scoop on some mung beans and sprinkle on the cilantro. I did have a decent amount of the prepped mung beans leftover, so I will refrigerate them to use in another recipe in the next day or so.

     

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    The warm mung beans added a nice touch to this salad - and they had such a mild, pleasing flavor! I could see how well they'd work on any number of recipes. While researching their use for this post, I also learned that some people even enjoy turning them into a cake! Now how would that be for a nutritious alternative for your kids?

    If you're looking for new, fun ingredients to make cooking fun again without breaking the bank? You need to visit Grocery Outlet!

    For more ideas, check out my other posts for this series:

    Make sure to come back next month for another fun installment!

    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 her spare time, she likes to read, garden, and has recently taken up canning.

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  • Beauty Blog: Vicks Nature Fusion

    It’s about that time of year that more people are sniffling, coughing, and feeling ill. This is the time of flu shots and cough drops, warm Sarahbeverages and cold remedies. For all of your seasonal ailments and more, Grocery Outlet has you covered.

    Many of us are familiar with the soothing effects of NyQuil, which gives you much needed rest but suppressing symptoms while you don't feel well.  Vicks has come out with a new, effective remedy for those pesky sniffles, coughs, and blah feeling of being sick: Nature Fusion.

    If you haven’t heard of this stuff, you should come on in to your local Grocery Outlet and check it out! Nature Fusion is Vicks's solution for natural, healthier, and more eco-friendly cold and flu symptom relief.  It's made with real honey, and is absolutely gluten, dye, and alcohol-free, which is uncommon in the medicine market.

    Please keep in mind that this is in fact a medicine—although it’s made with real honey and smells like honey, it’s going to taste like medicine.

    Vicks Nature Fusion comes in several varieties.  At Grocery Outlet, we’re happy to carry Nature Fusion Cough Remedy and Multi-Symptom liquid or if you’d prefer caplets—we’ve got those too. Each is selling at a Grocery Outlet near you for the low price of $5.99! We’ve even got a double cough and cold whammy value pack for $9.99!

     

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    There’s no time like the present to start preparing for the dreaded season of cold and flu—especially at the great prices and values that Grocery Outlet offers. While you’re in, be sure to check out our selection on cough drops! We’ve got bags and bags of Halls Cough Drops which are being sold for the phenomenally low price of $0.99 per bag! There couldn’t be a better time to stock up on these cold remedies.

     

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    It’s better to stock up now when you’re healthy, so if and when cold and flu strike you’ll be prepared to stay in and remedy those pesky symptoms with some old-fashioned rest and new-fashioned cold medicine.

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  • Shaping and Toning All Over Town

    Check out the latest from Chris as he strides all over town in his new Aspire Shaper sneakers (only $14.99 at Grocery Outlet!). These shoes use the same technology as Skechers Shape Ups to tone and firm your muscles as you walk. 

    Are you ready for the big game on Sunday? We have a bunch of super savings for your game time party!




    What resolutions have you been able to keep? Or have you broken them? It's okay! Just leave a comment below to tell us how you're doing.

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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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  • Bargain TV - Health and Fitness

    Here's our latest Bargain TV vlog: The Healthy-Fit Show.  We're focusing on how to stay healthy without spending a lot of money.


    Do you have any ideas? How do you stay healthy on a budget?

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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.

     

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    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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  • New Year, New Budget

    A new year is just days away, so what's your New Year's Resolution for 2011?  On January 1st, many people will resolve to save money, making budget-trimming a priority.  And since the typical American family spends 15-20% of their household budget on food (the number two slot after housing), grocery shopping is an area where families can significantly slash spending and the best place to start saving money.

     

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    Consider some tips like these to help you save money at the market and stick to that resolution.

    - It’s an oldie but a goodie – don’t shop hungry.  Your wallet will thank you.

    - Plan trips and shop from a list so you’re less inclined to impulse spend.  Shop your cupboards first to avoid duplicate purchases.  And be ready to change menu plans according to sales items.

    - Be opportunistic. Look for manager’s specials and mark downs within the store.  Stock up on non-perishables when they're on sale.

    - Try “extreme value” food outlets – such as Grocery Outlet.  These outlets purchase overstocks and closeouts directly from manufacturers resulting in prices up to 70% less than conventional retailers.

    - Start cooking.  The United States Department of Agriculture has estimated that the percentage of middle class household budgets spent on dining out can be as high as 44%.  

    - Buy in bulk.  Single servings are expensive and waste packaging.  Buy items such as yogurt and soup in large containers.

    Just as sure as the new year will bring new resolutions, Grocery Outlet has resolved to help you save money.  But that's nothing new—it's what we do year after year.  Happy New Year from all of us at Grocery Outlet!

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  • Frugal Furry Friends

    Grocery Outlet bargainistas love their pets—they’re part of our families.  We’re sure you love your pets too, which is why we’ve recently put our focus on expanding our pet product selection.  I interviewed Paul, our pet buyer, to get the scoop.

    Paul, have you noticed any big changes in the pet category this year?

    We’re getting better deals on pet food due to a higher volume of close-outs than we’d normally see in one year.  A good example is a new vendor, Castor & Pollux—a very high-end gourmet pet food company.  They make specialty organic and natural dog and cat food that we are able to offer at up to 66% off the retail price.  This is a very special deal that you’ll only see once, so stock up now while you can.  We can always hope for more.

    Another change is that two of our key suppliers changed their packaging on three of our key categories: dry dog food, dry cat food, and canned cat food.  Subsequently, we’re seeing a lot more product coming through our doors.

    Are there any products that are really difficult to get?  

    Purina Dog Chow and Cat Chow, and Gravy Train Dry Dog Food are hard for me to stock.  These are cornerstone brands and their manufacturers try hard not to have much excess inventory.  When you do see these items, buy more than one because they won’t last long.

    What are the most exciting products we have in the stores right now?


    I’m most excited about the Castor & Pollux, and Purina Beneful—both have excellent value for the caliber of product.  Also, we have Milk Bone Plus 24 oz dog bones coming in, and Milk Bone dog treats.  I know those will be popular with Grocery Outlet dogs.

    For our cat lovers, I'm thrilled that we have 9 Lives cat food in stock. It's a great brand and a good value for our customers.

    How did you manage to get these great deals?

    Both were packaging changes by the manufacturer.

    Are you a pet lover yourself Paul?

    Yes!  I have a dog, Focus, that I rescued from the Berkeley Animal Shelter and a cat, Bear, that we rescued from the Castro Valley Animal Shelter.

    Thanks Paul!  And to kick things off, we want to share with you some of Grocery Outlet's frugal furry friends...


    Jasmine the cat

     Jasmine, Mark's cat.

     

     

    Scout and Georgia Porter

     Scout and Georgia, Melissa's cats.

     

     

    The Nimh.

     Nimh, Kelly's cat.

     

    Herman!

    Herman, the resident mascot of our downtown Seattle store

     

    Jeff's dog.

    Jeff's dog, Kaylie.

     

    Winston and Levi

    Dave's dogs, Winston (left) and Levi (right).

     

    Maggie

    Maggie, Bryan's cat.

     

    Smokey

    Smokey, Maria's horse.

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  • Expiration Dates

    We get a lot of questions about expiration dates.  Since we are a extreme bargain retailer, we've had customers assume that we sell expired or bad food.  While it is true that we sell products closer to their sell by dates than a conventional supermarket, we are extraordinarily careful not to sell anything that is spoiled or bad. Above all, we care about our customers' safety and satisfaction.

    It's a tricky thing to understand fully, but in our business, some dates are used as guides and some are strict dates.  It's very important to know the difference between expiration dates, sell by dates, and best by dates. Here's some information to help you untangle the difference between each type of date.


    Best if used by and use-by date: With emphasis on the "best" qualifier in this term, it means the product should retain maximum freshness, flavor and texture if used by this date. It is not a purchase-by or safety date. Beyond this date, the product is still good, though you should keep an eye on it to make sure it's still fresh.

    Sell-by or pull-by date: This date is used by manufacturers to tell grocers when to remove their product from the shelves, but there is generally still some leeway for home usage. For example, milk often has a sell-by date, but the milk will usually still be good for at least a week beyond that date if properly refrigerated. 

    Guaranteed fresh: This date is often used for perishable baked goods. Beyond this date, freshness is no longer guaranteed although it's probably still edible.

    Pack date: This is the date the item was packed, most-used on canned and boxed goods. It is usually in the form of an encrypted code not easy to decipher. It may be coded by month (M), day (D), and year (Y), such as YYMMDD or MMDDYY. Or it may be coded using Julian (JJJ) numbers, where January 1 would be 001 and December 31 would be 365. In even more convoluted coding, letters A through M (omitting the letter I) are often assigned to the months, with A being January and M being December, plus a numeric day, either preceded or followed by the numeric year. 

    Expiration date: If you haven't used the product by this date, toss it out. Other dating terms are used as a basic guideline, but this one means what it says. 

    Information gathered from this article on About.com.


    Each product is different!  To get more information on expiration dates, including a comprehensive list of products and their freshness time frame, check out this wiki article on expiration dates.  We were really impressed by it. 

    Stay fresh!

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  • Frugal Fitness

    Getting in shape shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg.  Here are some equipment and exercise tips and tricks to help you put your best frugal foot forward.

    Yoga Mat
    Yoga Mats are thin, roll up easy for storage, and let you perform many exercises, including yoga, stretching, and Pilates.  You have a buffer between a cold floor or scratchy surface.  We’re getting in yoga mats for $9.99, so you’ll save while getting more flexible and strong.

    Fitness Ball
    Improve your posture and work towards a healthy back with a fitness ball.  Fitness balls can be used for stretching, abdominal exercises, and some strength training.  Even just sitting on one instead of a chair maintains your core muscles (the ones in your stomach and lower back).  This website has a bunch of good exercises you can do on a fitness ball that aren’t difficult and make for some frugal fitness fun.  Pick up a fitness ball for $9.99 at Grocery Outlet.

    Athletic Shoes
    Good quality athletic shoes will not be the most inexpensive item on your list; however, picking up good shoes will save your feet, legs, and back from injury and help you stay balanced and fit.  Our tip: try on shoes in the store and get the advice of a professional.  Then, note the manufacturer, the style, and size, and see if you can’t find a good deal on them online.

    Also, there are many activities that you can do with good shoes: running, power walking, hiking, aerobics, and kickboxing can all be done inexpensively or for free with good shoes.  Check out a local park for running and hiking trails and see if you can rent exercise DVDs from your local library.

     

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    Supplement Your Workout
    Grocery Outlet also has these fantastically frugal items in stock right now to supplement your exercise routine:
    - As Seen on TV Push Up Pro ($9.99, you save $10!)
    - As Seen on TV Perfect Pullup ($19.99, you save $20!)
    - Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $2.99, you save $5.  
    - Jerzees Athletic Socks, 3-pack for only $1.99!

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