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  • Guest Blog: Mama Harris's Moscato Berry Sangria!

    We're having a hot week, and the perfect thing to chill out (if you're a grown-up) is sangria out on your patio, deck, or porch.  One of our favorite bloggers, Mama Harris, made Moscato Berry Sangria with a bottle of Moscato she got at Grocery Outlet:

     

    Moscato Berry Sangria

     

    "But what I did get in the photos was this sangria that my friends and I enjoyed. It was deeee-lish, and strong too! Perfect for the occasion, if I do say so myself. I used the bottle of Moscato that I purchased from Grocery Outlet along with another bottle I had already of Sauvignon Blanc. Paired with a bunch of berries, a lemon from our tree and a bit of Triple Sec, it was the perfect pairing for our party."

    To get the recipe for this delicious sangria, view here post here: Mama Harris's Moscato Berry Sangria

    And to view all the items she got for her party, check out her Grocery Outlet haul post, here.


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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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  • 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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  • Gifts Galore! Delicious Gifts for the Hostess, Teacher and More

    'Tis the season of giving! At Grocery Outlet, we like to think you can give more, when you spend less. And we're here to help! This week we are talking about budget-friendly gift ideas for those special people on your list. Here are some fun gift ideas, perfect for teachers, neighbors and co-workers. And don't forget those gracious party hosts and hostesses that deserve some holiday love too.

    Edible gifts
    We love giving edible gifts because they don't become clutter or require a gift receipt for returns. Last year, we posted some simple recipes for edible gifts created by food blogger Amy Sherman at Cooking with Amy. And here are some delicious ideas to add to the mix:

    Go Nuts. Fill a decorative vase with nuts for a classic salty snack. Consider layering nut varieties with dried cranberries and yogurt-covered raisins for a dash of red and white. Adorn with decorative ribbon and a tag that reads, “Go Nuts this Holiday!”

    Santa's Trail Mix. Fill a large mason jar with layers of mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, peanuts, granola and cereal. If you're feeling ambitious, you can add these darling Santa Hats made with Bugles and red Candy Melts.  Recipe and photo via Cookies & Cups.

     

    Cheers. If you're strapped for time, a bottle of wine is the perfect gift to show your appreciation to the gracious hostess. Just add a pretty ribbon and gift tag, or write a festive note directly on the bottle's label. Pop in to your local Grocery Outlet's Wine Department and you're guaranteed to find a great selection of quality wines at bargain prices. In fact, they're such a bargain you can get yourself a bottle too!

    So go ahead and give yummy gifts galore! 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Guest Blog: Save Money with Edible Gifts!

    Truly, giving is better than receiving. Giving gifts to our friends, family, neighbors, teachers and co-workers is one of our favorite parts of the holiday season. So we're embracing it! And this year, we're all about edible gifts like cookies or hot cocoa to help your loved ones welcome the holiday spirit in a delicious way. They will enjoy the treat, without the clutter of one more thing to store in the closet, kitchen or garage. And with ingredients you can find at your local Grocery Outlet, your budget will rejoice too!

    Here are simple recipes for edible holiday gifts, developed by food blogger Amy Sherman at Cooking with Amy.

    Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar
    1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 12 ounce package, semi sweet chocolate chips, about 2 cups
    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    1/3 cup granulated sugar

    Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in a 1-quart jar. Layer on the chocolate chips, brown sugar and finally the white sugar on top, pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric, ribbon and a recipe tag.

    Recipe tag to attach to jar:
    Preheat oven to 350° F. Beat 1 stick softened butter or margarine and 1 large egg in large mixer bowl until blended. Fold in the contents of the jar with a wooden spoon. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 2 dozen cookies. Enjoy with a glass of milk - and don't forget to save one for Santa!


    Cookies in a Jar


    Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar
    4 packets hot cocoa mix
    4 teaspoons chocolate chips
    1/4 cup mini marshmallows

    Open the packets of cocoa mix and pour them into a tall narrow jar. Top with marshmallows and add a layer of chocolate chips on top.  Seal with lid and decorate with fabric, ribbon and a recipe tag.

    Recipe tag to attach to jar:
    Combine jar contents with 4 cups of hot water and stir until dissolved. Pour into 4 mugs and sip by the glow of the holiday lights. Enjoy!

     



    Hot Cocoa in a Jar

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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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  • 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 6: Staycation!


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

    Defined by Wikipedia
    A staycation (or stay-cation, or stacation) is a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions. Staycations have achieved high popularity in current hard economic times in which unemployment levels and gas prices are high.

    Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums,  and attendance at local festivals. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation.

    Vacationing with any size family can be a budget breaker and for many of us it's simply not possible at all.  With airfare out of the question for a family of 6 and gas prices soaring, you may have to stick close to home. That's why for the past few years our family has taken to the Staycation approach.  We take a few days off of work completely so that we're "on vacation", but instead of going anywhere, we explore our very own town.  We make time to do things that we wouldn't normally do and see.  We eat out, we go to the movies, and we just have fun!  Now those things can add up too, so you want to find frugal ways to save during your Staycation.  

     

    Bowling

    Here are a few ideas you'll want to keep in mind this summer:
    • You can head to the movies for $2 per ticket (or less!) this summer, head on over here for a full list of participating theaters.
    • How about bowling?  Take the kids bowling for FREE, there are 2 different programs running this summer.  The first is called "Kids Bowl Free" and the other is run by AMF Bowling with over 250 participating bowling alleys!
    • For dining out and more entertainment ideas, I suggest you stalk daily deals sites such as Living Social, Groupon, and Plum District.

    You can go here to see some of the events/outings we've done in the past, but we’re looking for new and fresh ideas this year as we're living in a new state!  Have you done a Staycation before?  Please share your tips, ideas, ways to make it fun, etc., on this Facebook post We'd love to hear from you!

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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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  • 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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  • Party On!

    Chris gets his party on with festive ideas on how to save money on holiday entertaining.  He also previews our latest ad on Bargain TV.




    What's your favorite holiday song of all time? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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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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  • Be Gifty and Thrifty!

    The holiday season is in full swing! Gift giving is an age-old tradition in the holiday season.  But this year, don't let your holiday budget and your sanity fly to the North Pole.  Consider giving homemade, personalized gift baskets with items you can find at Grocery Outlet for 50% less than traditional stores.  Follow these simple tips for a gifty and thrify holiday:


    Gift Basket

    Gather an assortment of small, inexpensive items with a common theme that the recipient will appreciate.  No need to go overboard, just three or four items will do.  Here are some ideas:

    • Chocolate Lovers—chocolate of every kind, don't forget the hot cocoa
    • Foodie Friends—gourmet cheeses, crackers, olive oil, nuts and a unique cooking tool
    • Wine Enthusiast—red, white and rosé varieties, with fresh grapes, wine glasses and a corkscrew
    • Home Spa—beauty care products, bath salts, loofah sponge, cozy socks
    • Tea Time—a combination of black and herbal teas, a pretty mug or tea cup and specialty cookies
    • Pet Perfect—pet toys, pet treats and a pet dish
    • Movie Night—DVDs, microwave popcorn, candy and a blanket

    Find a decorative basket or container.  Check your cupboards and storage space, you probably already have something laying around that you can use. Place items in the basket, using tissue paper or old gift wrap to help stabilize the items inside the basket. Finish with festive trimmings, like ribbon, raffia or even old-fashioned tinsel, then add a homemade gift tag.

    Your family and friends will be thrilled to receive something you know they'll love.  And your wallet will say thanks, too.  Wishing you a simple holiday season!

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  • Pledge to Simplify the Season

    Joy?  Peace?  Yeah, right.  It's easy for the holidays to become more stressful than joyful.  It’s time to stop the holiday insanity and get back to the basics.  At Grocery Outlet, we believe it's time to simplify the season.  Cut back on the extra stuff.  Be frugal with your time and money.  Avoid overstressing and overspending and you might actually enjoy the holidays.  Remember these tips to help you stay focused on what’s really important this season.

    Holiday Spread

    Tips to Simplify the Season
    - Get ready. Inventory your supplies early on. Get wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, stamps, boxes and pantry staples (such as sugar and flour) well in advance of the holidays. You may find discounted items when you’re not rushed.
    - Revisit family traditions. Think about holidays past. Which activities were most worth the effort? Focus on what makes you and your family happy and eliminate what doesn’t.
    - Don’t over-commit. You don’t need to say “yes” to every invitation. Save room in your schedule for things that might pop up.
    - Keep it simple. Don’t overdo the table settings and decorations. Your guests will enjoy themselves just as much even without a complicated, expensive centerpiece.
    - Focus on gifts from the heart. Give gifts that show your love—not the size of your wallet. Grandparents will likely value a photo album or a framed piece of children’s art far more than expensive presents.
    - Shop strategically. Sometimes the places that save you the most money might surprise you. We have a selection of toys, personal fragrance sets, home products, and other gift items that may fit someone on your list.

    Now, take this Simplify the Season Pledge by signing your name in the comments below.  Then embrace the joy!

    Simplify the Season Pledge
    I pledge to STOP the Holiday insanity.
    I will make every effort to simplify the Season.
    I will not stress out over decorating, wrapping, buying and baking.
    I will not buy thoughtless gifts.
    I will not over-commit my time.
    I will plan my schedule with free time to sip hot cocoa.
    I will enjoy the true spirit of the season – joy, peace, giving.

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