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Enjoy The Holidays Even More

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - More, more, more! While the holiday season should beckon a  spirit of joy, it can become stressful with increased demands on our time and  money.

But holiday traditions don’t have to exhaust our energy and  financial resources. Sometimes, less is more. The experts at Grocery Outlet  Bargain Market can help you trim time and money spending, so you can focus on  what’s more important.

Tips For Saving Time

• 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 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.  The experts at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market suggest asking 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-minute  hostess stress, set your table two days before with a non-perishable  centerpiece. Include empty serving dishes and utensils, labeled according to  intended foods, so your helpers can assemble the feast.

Tips For Saving Money

• Give gifts from the heart.  Reduce your gift budget 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 petsitting.

• Start early. The  earlier you start shopping, the more you can take advantage of sales and the  less inclined you’ll be to overspend out of desperation.

• 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 percent less. Find the location nearest you  at groceryoutlet.com.

• Utilize social media.  Take advantage of offers on social media sites. For example, followers of  Grocery Outlet’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GroceryOutletInc)  get shopping tips and notice of sales not found elsewhere.

• Utilize leftovers. Save  money and time by planning meals that make the most of leftovers, such as the  following recipe.

Turkey Pot Pies

Serves 6

¼ cup butter

1 large onion, diced

3 carrots, chopped, about 1 cup

½ cup flour

2 cups turkey or chicken broth

1 cup milk

2 cups leftover turkey, diced

1 cup frozen peas

6 biscuits, 1 package 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.

For a complete holiday menu, additional recipes, shopping lists and more  money-saving tips, visit www.groceryoutlet.com/holidays.