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Jan 9, 2023

10 Tips to Save on Groceries for Families

Saving money on groceries is a challenge for many families, especially those with tight budgets. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to save money on groceries and still enjoy delicious, budget-friendly meals. Here are ten tips to help you save money on groceries and create budget-friendly meals. 

1. Plan Ahead: Planning ahead is one of the best ways to save money on groceries. Take the time to plan out your meals for the week and make a grocery list based on those meals. This will help you avoid impulse purchases and stick to your budget.

2. Buy in Bulk: Buying in bulk can be a great way to save money on groceries. Look for items that you use often and buy them in bulk when they are on sale. This will help you save money in the long run.

3. Shop Around: Don’t just shop at one store. Take the time to shop around and compare prices. You may be surprised at how much you can save by shopping at different stores.

4. Buy Generic: Generic brands are often just as good as name brands, but they are usually much cheaper. Consider buying generic brands to save money on groceries.

5. Use Coupons: Coupons can be a great way to save money on groceries. Take the time to look for coupons for items you need and use them when you shop.

6. Buy in Season: Fruits and vegetables that are in season are usually much cheaper than those that are out of season. Take advantage of seasonal produce to save money on groceries.

7. Buy Frozen: Frozen fruits and vegetables are often just as nutritious as fresh produce, but they are usually much cheaper. Consider buying frozen produce to save money on groceries.

8. Buy Local: Buying local produce is a great way to save money on groceries. Local produce is often much cheaper than produce that has been shipped from far away.

9. Grow Your Own: Growing your own fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money on groceries. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you can still grow some of your own produce.

10. Cook from Scratch: Cooking from scratch is a great way to save money on groceries. It may take a bit more time, but it can be much cheaper than buying pre-made meals.

These are just a few ways to save money on groceries and create budget-friendly meals. With a bit of planning and creativity, you can create delicious meals that won’t break the bank.

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Apr 30, 2020

Weeknights Are Easier When BI-LO Cooks

This is a sponsored post in partnership with BI-LO. All opinions are my own.

Raise your hand if you are sick and tired of cooking for what feels like 239 times a week. You can be certain that I have both hands raised! I cannot believe how much more cooking and cleaning many of us have been doing on a daily basis. Some days I am the expert baker and gourmet chef, other days I am ready to quit! Do you feel me? I decided that a couple days a week I will take some shortcuts to get meals on the table without wearing myself out in the process. We all have enough to think about in the current climate we are living in, so why not take a break when you can?

The BI-LO deli is such a great help when you're taking a day off from the kitchen. There are so many main dishes and sides available including: rotisserie chicken, Lip Lickin' chicken, ribs, sandwiches, salads, coleslaw, and so much more. One thing I like is that I can make a complete meal using items from the deli, or add some premade sides to a main entree I plan to cook that day.


One of my family's favorite main dishes is fried chicken. I don't tend to cook it because of the hassle involved. BI-LO's deli makes some of the most delicious fried chicken that is flavorful and has that perfect crunch.


 Look at all of this golden brown deliciousness. They call it Lip Lickin' for a reason!


I like serving fried chicken with sides like potato salad and coleslaw. The combination of the three is perfection! BI-LO has so many to-go sides to choose from. They would go well with any of their rotisserie chickens. Some flavors available are barbecue and lemon pepper. I will be trying some other combinations on the next store trip.



I am a huge fan of sandwiches. I can eat them every day, honestly. My BI-LO deli had turkey, ham, and Italian sandwiches which are made fresh daily. You can always tell by the bread how fresh it is. Believe me, it was just as good as my favorite sub shop sandwich bread. You can't go wrong with a tasty sandwich, chips and a glass of lemonade for lunch. 


Meal inspiration ideas using BI-LO deli items: 
  • You can make chicken Caesar wraps by using fried chicken tenders from the deli paired with bagged Caesar salad from a kit, then wrap it up in a tortilla. 
  • Add grilled shrimp or chicken to the salads available at the hot food counter. 
  • Have deli ribs as the main dish paired with deli beans and rolls from the bakery.
  • Shred the meat from a rotisserie chicken to add to your favorite rice dish.
  • Make a sandwich board by taking a variety of deli sandwiches and cutting them into small size portions. Add cubes of cheese and assorted fruit. It's perfect food to graze on while watching a movie together as a family. 
There are so many meal possibilities you can come up with these deli foods. It’s easier when BI-LO cooks! It really feels good on days that I didn't have to cook and clean the kitchen multiple times. I hope that you all take good care of yourselves, and take breaks in the kitchen as often as you can. Please stay well and thanks for stopping by. 

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Jun 6, 2018

4 Ingredient Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Have you ever eaten something before that was so delicious that you couldn't stop thinking about it? That's how I felt after having some Greek pasta salad from a local restaurant. I was lucky enough to have a friend share what goes in it so I could recreate it at home. The best part is it only requires four ingredients!

Here's what you need: 

2 cups Orecchiette pasta (uncooked)
1 4-ounce container of crumbled Feta cheese
2-3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
A handful of fresh basil, chopped

How to make it: 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add a generous amount of salt. Boil pasta for about 12-15 minutes, or to the doneness you prefer. I find this type of pasta to be way undercooked from following the package instructions. Drain pasta and cool. I like to toss it in a bowl and pop it in the freezer for about 8-10 minutes to get a quick chill. Chop your tomatoes and basil. Now all you do is toss pasta, tomatoes, basil, and Feta together. That is it!


This Greek pasta salad is a great item to take to a cookout or potluck. It can be made the day before. So easy, right? It pairs very well with grilled chicken or steak. If you decide to try this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Thanks for stopping by today. 
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Feb 6, 2018

The Fresh Market Sampling Events To Spice Up Valentine’s Day


The Fresh Market is a specialty grocer focused on providing fresh, delicious food with friendly service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. From seasonal produce and exceptional meat and seafood, to signature baked goods and thousands of organic options, The Fresh Market is dedicated to offering guests the most delicious ingredients and inspiring meal ideas.

WHAT/WHEN:
For a deliciously romantic dinner without the hassle of restaurant reservations, The Fresh Market is offering its signature Valentine’s Meal for $49.99, now available for pre-order in stores and online until February 11 at 2 p.m. EST. Orders will be available for pick up February 12, 13 and 14 at most store locations (stores in New Orleans and Metairie, Louisiana will be closed on February 13, so meals may be picked up on February 12 and 14). Choose between two Chateaubriand-cut premium choice filet mignons, two North Atlantic cold water lobster tails – or one of each – and serve with Yukon gold whipped potatoes alongside asparagus tips, ready to be perfectly seared. Complete the event with one dozen chocolate dipped strawberries and set the mood with one dozen roses. To place an online order, please visit thefreshmarket.com/valentinesday.

The Fresh Market’s February happenings

The Fresh Market’s 176 store locations warmly welcome guests to experience the following sampling events and meal deals this February:


Custom Sweetheart Ribeye Cutting – February 9-14
Those looking to cook up the romance at home can get help from The Fresh Market’s premium choice Sweetheart Ribeye, available exclusively from February 9-14. The Fresh Market’s expert butchers hand-cut and butterfly each ribeye into the shape of a heart to ensure love at first bite!

Valentine’s Sampling Events – February 10 & 11 from noon-4 p.m.
The “loveliest” day of the year is right around the corner, and The Fresh Market is preparing with samples that will inspire those looking for a “sweet” deal this February 14! From breakfast in bed to a date in the dining room, these decadent tastes are sure to help create memorable moments this Valentine’s Day.


Sampling stations in each department will offer mouthwatering meal ideas: 

  • Bite into The Fresh Market’s exclusive swirl breads in seven different flavors, including cinnamon, cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip, cranberry, tomato basil focaccia, Italian olive focaccia and parmesan garlic focaccia. Top cinnamon swirl bread with caramelized nuts and The Fresh Market’s maple syrup for a flavorful French toast.
  • Sip on Harney & Sons hot cinnamon spice tea made from a blend of black teas, three types of cinnamon, orange peel and sweet cloves, with no sugar added.
  • Sample creamy take and bake hot pepper bacon brie bites on top of Firehook crackers – derived from healthy, simple ingredients. Terrapin Ridge Farms hot pepper bacon jam adds a savory kick to an appetizing snack.
  • Enjoy a light dessert of trufru dark chocolate covered strawberries – 100 percent real fruit dipped in sustainably sourced premium dark chocolate.
  • Delight in chocolate-dipped strawberry cupcakes to finish off the night! A vanilla cupcake stuffed with strawberry preserves and topped with house-made strawberry buttercream is sure to please. Garnishes include rich dark chocolate shavings and a fresh strawberry hand-dipped in store.

The Fresh Pick Citrus Sampling Events – February 24 & 25 from noon-4 p.m.
Colder weather results in sweeter, juicier citrus fruit – and when picked at its peak, citrus is ripe for blending into everyday meals! To celebrate these tangy tastes of the season, The Fresh Market will offer chef-inspired samples using varieties of oranges, lemons and limes to add zesty flavor to ordinary dishes – while boosting immune systems!


Sampling stations throughout the store inspire cooks to add a variety of flavors to meals:

  • Taste sweet, all natural Kennesaw juices comprised of freshly squeezed oranges and pureed strawberries. Pair with Sumo mandarins, heirloom navel oranges and blood oranges for a delightful treat.
  • Savor slow cooker Italian pork sausage topped with Stonewall Kitchen rosemary garlic citrus sauce – a versatile and vibrant addition great for marinades, glazes and dipping sauces, or the perfect accent to chicken, rice or vegetable salads.
  • Relish in a veggie noodle salad prepared with zucchini and yellow squash noodles – made fresh in store and a healthy substitute for low-carb diets – along with O Meyer lemon olive oil, O citrus champagne vinaigrette, lemon and parmesan cheese for a zesty snack or light bite.
  • Try The Fresh Market’s exclusive honey lemon bowtie salad – a refreshing blend of bowtie pasta, sweet mandarin oranges, honey, red and green peppers, red onion and sunflower seeds.
  • Indulge in the killer combination of sweet and tart with a key lime pie, made with fresh Nellie & Joe’s lime juice. For the perfect lemon and lime delicacies to finish off a meal, a key lime cake bar or a lemon bar are sure to satisfy any citrus cravings!

New York Strip Cutting on the Floor – February 24 from noon-4 p.m.
For guests seeking a delicious entrée to pair with a citrusy side, The Fresh Market’s New York strip steak is perfect to prepare for a homemade dinner. Located in the meat department, half or whole strips can be custom cut to any desired thickness by any of The Fresh Market’s in-house certified butchers.

Guests may visit thefreshmarket.com for more information and event updates.

WHERE:
The Fresh Market’s 176 store locations nationwide
For local store information, please visit thefreshmarket.com/locatemystore.
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