Shopping on the day after a holiday has become one of my favorite pastimes. Why? Usually everything is discounted by 50%. There are usually things that are still good, despite the holiday themed color or decor. And, it’s a great way to get prepared for next year.
Candy. Halloween is a little different for us because, although I’m tempted to get out and buy a bag of M&Ms, we try to keep candy out of the house. And, since the kids are used to not having it around, it’s not difficult. BUT, if that’s not the case for you (and it didn’t use to be the case for me), this is a day to stock up on some candy.
Costumes. Costumes can be so pricey. Sometimes even making costumes doesn’t really save you much money (depending on what costume you are making). So, if you can guesstimate your child’s size and select a more classic costume (like a princess or superhero, etc), then you can save some serious money on next year’s costumes. That’s not to mention not having to worry about costumes on October 29 next year!
Decorations. Decorations will be discounted today. This is a good time to assess what decorations you need or want to replace for next year. As with the costumes, it will save you money and the headache of trying to figure it out next October.
Other Halloween-Related Items. Halloween decorated muffin cups and party favors will also be on clearance. This is my favorite. Around our house we go from muffin to cookie phases in terms of what we like to have around as a snack. We are in a muffin phase. That means when I can get muffin cups/liners on sale, I get ‘em! No one around here will care of the muffin liners are decorated with pumpkins!
What’s your favorite day-after-Halloween clearance item?
You're buying (or making) costumes, buying candy, making pies and muffins and drinking hot chocolate. It's fall and it feels like it. Fall foods (and candy!) are so fun but not always so healthy. One thing I love about shopping at Sprouts is being able to buy pretty healthy food (mostly produce) at very competitive prices. I like that Sprouts selling point at any time of the year; but, I am so grateful for it at this time of the year!
Organic Butternut Squash $.88/lb
Organic Jonagold Apples $.88/lb
Organic Romaine Lettuce $1.50
Organic Red Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb
Organic Bunched Carrots or Chard $1.50
Organic Cucumbers $1.25/each
Organic Grape Tomatoes $2.50 (1 dry pint)
Organic Hass Avocado $1.25/each
Alpine Valley Organic Bread $3.29
Shamrock Farms Baking Essentials 40% Off
Chino Valley Organic Eggs $3.99
Organic Valley Omega-3 Milk $3.99 (64 oz)
SPROUTS COUPON MATCH UPS
Alexia Organic Potatoes B1G1 Free
-$.75/1 Alexia Sprouts Coupon
So Delicious Coconut Milk $1.99
-$.55/1 So Delicious Coupon
DeLallo Pasta $2.00
-$1.50/2 DeLallo Whole Wheat Pasta (zip code 99218)
Imagine Soup $2.00
-$1/1 Imagine Printable Coupon
Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil $5.99
-$1/1 Dr. Bronner’s Sprouts Coupon
Rumiano Organic Cheese Bars $3.99
-$1/1 Rumiano Cheese Sprouts Coupon
DOUBLE AD WEDNESDAY DEALS (Wednesday only)
Organic Gala or Jonagold apples $1.28/lb
Organic Red or Green Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb
Sprouts Organic Grape Tomatoes $2.50
Organic Red or Green Lettuce $1.25/bunch
Organic Table Carrots $2.98 (5 lb bag)
Organic Bunched Arugula $.98/each
Organic Hass Avocados $1.25/each
Organic Italian Squash $1.48/lb
Organic Russet Potatoes $2.98 (5 lb bag)
Sprouts Organic Beans $.99
Sprouts Organic Eggs 20% Off
Sprouts Organic Maple Syrup $19.99
Sprouts Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil $6.99
SPROUTS COUPON MATCH UPS
Biokleen Products 35% Off
-$1/1 Biokleen Laundry Liquid Sprouts Coupon
-$1/1 Biokleen Laundry Coupon
-$.75/1 Biokleen Kitchen Product Coupon
Aura Cacia Essential Oils 25% Off
-$1/1 Aura Cacia Essential Oils
SPROUTS MONTHLY DEALS | OCTOBER 2013
Late July Organic Sea Salt Chips $4.99
-$1/1 Late July Sprouts Coupon
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks $3.99
-$.50/1 Annie’s Snacks Coupon
Annie’s Halloween Bunny Grahams $4.99
-$.50/1 Annie’s Snacks Coupon
Mamma Chia Vitality Beverage $2.69
-$1/2 Mamma Chia Coupon
Sprouts Organic Waffles $2.00
Sprouts Organic Olive Oil $8.99
Sprouts Organic Maple Syrup $19.99 (32 oz)
How about you? Are you eating healthy or have you already begun eating for the season?
It’s Fall! Even for those of us who are still waiting for the temperatures to catch up with the calendar, weather reports say that it will actually feel like Fall in a week! Yay! (Enough with the humidity, already!) I baked some sweet potato last night because I’m making some Fall comfort food plans!
So, if you are like me and are planning on fun Fall foods and activities–all while saving money– you might be interested in finding out what will be on sale this month. Here are highlights of what you can expect.
All Things Halloween! That means you’ll see candy, costumes and accessories, fall decorations, pumpkin carving kits, autumn-scented candles in sale throughout the month in most stores. On Halloween day, restaurants will often have deals for customers in costume also.
Baking Goods. This one is my favorite…and it will go through December (because of all the holidays). Holiday baked goods include canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips, pie crust (boxed mix and ready-made frozen), cream cheese, sugar, flour and all other baking related items will be discounted. Last year, the price of chocolate chips dropped so much that I was able to stock up and not have to buy chocolate chips for quite some time into the new year!
October is National Seafood Month. Did you know that? Well, if you’re a seafood lover, keep your eyes peeled for deals on fish, shrimp, lobster and crab!
October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Look for promotions and deals featuring participating “pink” products.
Apples & Pumpkins…uh, I mean, Seasonal Produce. Apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, cranberries, parsnip, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, turnips and yams are among the seasonal produce to expect to see on sale this month.
Is there anything you will stock up on this month, in light of the sales cycle?
I know that we are all busy getting ready for the holidays. I also know that we are all brokenhearted about the families who lost their children as well as the families who lost the brave men and women who stood between the killer and the children. It’s hard to see that kind of tragedy and not be able to do anything (besides pray) to help. Well, I saw a story about people who are reaching out to people in need during this season as a way to honor the 26 victims at Newtown.
The story references a list of things we can to do show kindness to people around us in honor of the victims. The list includes putting coins in expired parking meters, saying “good morning” to someone you don’t know, paying off someone’s layaway account, sharing your umbrella with a stranger, compliment the good behavior of a child and give a coat to a homeless person. I saw another story on our local news last night that highlighted a business that did something similar.
Here’s a list of organizations that are working to assist in the aftermath of the tragedy in Newtown.
Also, remember that the nation is observing a moment of silence at 9:30 EST this morning. If you do nothing else, do pray for the families dealing with such horrific loss. May the hope of Christmas be their strength and comfort in this difficult time.
In the midst of all the shopping for presents it’s easy to put off the grocery shopping for the holiday meals until the last minute. Here’s your last minute Whole Foods deals for that special meal. I’ll be in that grocery store right along with the other last minute shoppers this weekend because it just dawned on me that it’s only the weekend that stands between us and the big day!
365 Everyday Value Organic Soup, 17.3 oz $2.99
Use $1.00/1- 365 Everyday Value Organic Soups, Whole Foods Coupon – (wholefoods.com)
Final Price: $1.99
What do you cook for your big Christmas Eve or Christmas Day meal?
Our family loves popcorn. It’s a fun, easy and, can be, relatively healthy snack for almost any time of the day. Well, because of the holidays, one of the books I’ve been reading with my children is called Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia. We love it. What I did not expect is how much my daughter would talk about making popcorn balls, just like Amelia Bedelia! So after dinner last night, I thought I’d attempt a surprise pre-Christmas trial run of popcorn balls.
A Healthy Treat
I didn’t like the recipes I found online because they all included refined sugar. I did not want to add any refined sugar to the popcorn. So, I threw a couple of ingredients I feel fine about giving my children after dinner and, ta-da, we had popcorn balls.
Here’s what I did:
1. Pop your corn. Since this was a trial run, I only used a little bit. I probably popped about 1/4 cup of kernels and gave some of that popped corn to the children to eat so that I could work on the rest.
2. Set the popped corn aside in a bowl.
3. Then, I melted about one tablespoon of butter, a couple of tablespoons of honey and the equivalent of about 3 tablespoons of water in a saucepan over low heat.
4. I had it simmer for a few minutes (but, I’m not sure how necessary that is. I may just have everything melt next time.) It worked fine. I’m just thinking about keeping that honey as close to a raw state as possible (for health benefits).
5. Pour the honey mixture over the popcorn and mix. A few minutes later, once it has cooled off, rub a little bit of butter on your hands and form the popcorn into balls.
There you have it! Easy, quick, healthy and even Christmas-y treats for the whole family! Who knows, we may make some to hang on our tree next week, just like Amelia Bedelia!
What’s your favorite holiday treat?
I have always thought that Christmas stockings were of my favorite decorations of the season. Maybe I thought that way because we didn’t have them growing up. Or, maybe felt that way because they really are so cute! I was determined that this year would be the year for stockings in our family.
Although I felt like I was on a mission, I had a few limitations:
1. I have very little sewing experience.
2. I have no sewing machine.
3. I was on a very tight budget. I didn’t want to do it if it was just cheaper to go out and buy some inexpensive stockings.
In my online searching, I came across a couple of sites that claimed I could make stockings out of old blankets and sweaters and without a sewing machine. I was SOLD! I got the pattern I used from here. I used this link to figure out how to whip stitch. And, I was so inspired that I ended up making four Christmas stockings in just a little over 24 hours!
What you’ll need:
Old sweaters or blankets
Draw out (or print here and here) a pattern for a stocking
Cut your sweater (both layers) in the shape of a stocking.
Then, sew around the edges using a whip stitch.
When you finish, you can use 2-3 inches of the neck or bottom of the sweater (or edge of the blanket) to sew the cuff on to the top of the stocking.
Ta da! Stockings! They may not be perfect. But, we love them and all but one are made from a sweater or blanket that has held some meaning for our family.
Have you made stockings for the holidays? What else have you made to keep things both thrifty and meaningful?
If you are anything like I am, you have been counting down until the acceptable date to decorate for Christmas. I know that some wait until December 1. However, I am in the day-after-Thanksgiving camp! I guess I should call it the day formerly known as the day after Thanksgiving and now known as “Black Friday.” While I love all the Christmas decorations, I have already been thinking about what to buy the day after Christmas, which (thankfully) does not have another name.
I am doing something a little more strategic to prepare for the day after Christmas this year. I’m making a list of things I need to replace or get for next year. Our wreath is one of those that I bought green and added the pieces to decorate. It’s taken a little hit over the last couple of years. So, some of those pieces are gone. So, that’s made it on my list for post Christmas shopping.
Also, we always add special ornaments, ones that represent highlights of the year, on our tree each year. And, I have no shame in buying and putting them on the tree the day after Christmas. Our tree is up until the 1st of January. So, I don’t mind. Besides, then we have it for the following year. However, as I was decorating the tree this year, I realized that we actually need more of the simple red ornaments we use as a base for all the decor. So, that’s on my list.
We also lost a couple of strings of lights. How long are those supposed to be good? Anyway, we’ll get lights this year too.
So, make your list now while it’s all fresh in your mind…before the next Turkey goes in the oven! And, check it twice before it all gets discounted 50-75% off. It’ll be worth it.
Are you planning on shopping the day after Christmas?