How to Grocery Shop Without Busting Your Budget

February 9, 2016 12:05 pm

No matter how prepared you are when you enter the grocery store, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and blow your budget with a few common mistakes. From overdoing it in the snack section to forgetting your meal plan, just about everyone gets overwhelmed at the supermarket. Here are a few smart ways to stay on budget.

  1. Don’t think about the cart size. If you glance into your cart and think that it looks a bit empty, don’t worry about it. Oversized carts make your grocery purchases look like nothing, so try not to think in terms of load size.
  2. Make a steadfast list. It may seem obvious, but making a list (and sticking to it) is one of the best ways to save money at the grocery store. It also helps to plan your meals to avoid purchasing food that you don’t have time to eat.
  3. Scrimp on the snacks. Sure, everyone likes to have a few snacks on hand, but don’t go crazy with these non-essentials.
  4. Avoid the sales. Two-for-one sales that require you to buy more than what you normally would don’t actually save you any money unless it’s on a product that you use every day. Avoid these types of sales to prevent yourself from buying things you don’t need.
  5. Purchase less packaging. By buying individual, fresh items instead of pre-packaged items, you’ll often save money that comes with name brand products.

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Red Oven Pizza: Follow the Truck

February 2, 2016 1:15 pm

Ah, pizza, that delectable import that Americans have adopted into their fold of food favorites. Red Oven Pizza in Carlsbad lays claim to their own passion for pies by crafting some yummy taste sensations in their mobile pizza truck. Artisanal is the codeword for their approach to pizza, using only the freshest ingredients and high quality cheese for a sumptuous taste that fans say is divine. Crust is also a priority — theirs is hand-kneaded and allowed to rise naturally for three days before it’s ready to be cut, rolled, spread with toppings and baked in their mobile Italian wood-fired oven. Fan faves are the Alsatian with caramelized onions, bacon, and gruyere, and the Margherita with basil and mozzarella. Check Red Oven Pizza's website for a schedule of locations not far from Villages of Monterey.

Red Oven Pizza
2647 Gateway Road
Carlsbad, CA 92010

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Sip a Bellini, Get a New Style at Bella D’ora Spa

January 26, 2016 1:52 pm

Bella D’ora is Italian for “beautiful hour.” That’s what this spa offers you: time to escape, relax, and rejuvenate. Whether you come for hair design/coloring, massages, facials, body treatments, sunless tanning, waxing, sugaring, or makeup, you’ll emerge looking and feeling great. And that means more than just top-notch work by skilled technicians, of course. There’s a delicious menu of hors d’oeuvres, healthy gourmet lunches, and cocktails. After all, a few Champagne Bellinis are almost as good as a new lease on life!

Locals call the staff sensitive, friendly, and a pleasure to spend time with. Check Bella D’ora’s website for a full menu of services, including combination packages, bridal services, and special events. Parking is a breeze.

Bella D’ora Spa
2386 Faraday Avenue, Suite 125
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 438-7404

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