The Supermarket: A Secret Weapon for Last-Minute Shoppers and Entertainers

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Stop & Shop Supermarket Offers Creative Tips for Transforming Your Local Grocery Store into the Ultimate Holiday Resource

Today more than ever people are looking for easy ways to save time and money for the holidays

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Most customers are juggling multiple gift and party planning to-do lists in addition to their weekly grocery lists this time of year. With a little ingenuity, consumers can learn to check-off all these items with a quick trip to Stop & Shop.

"Today more than ever people are looking for easy ways to save time and money for the holidays," said Andrea Astrachan, consumer advisor for Stop & Shop. "In an ideal world, planning is the key to making your time - and money - stretch far, but, with so much to manage during the holidays, people can use some help and a few tips."

To simplify the shopping experience and lighten your holiday to-do list Astrachan offers the following tips for saving time, money and stress this holiday season:

1. Create an affordable holiday party menu in less than five minutes: Log onto stopandshop.com to order a full holiday dinner, including sides, dessert and the option of ham, turkey or roast beef starting at only $10 per person. For a more casual get-together, choose from sandwich trays, appetizer arrangements, crudités and even seafood platters. These options are available online for pick-up at your local store.
2. Make decorating easy: Stop by Stop & Shop's floral department for a beautiful centerpiece to add some panache to the holiday table. Or, if you're attending a party, buy a festive bouquet as a gift for the host.
3. Find last-minute gifts for everyone on your list: Take advantage of the variety of gift cards available for purchase at Stop & Shop, which include Best Buy, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Marriott, Home Depot, Southwestern Airlines, Toys R Us, Starbucks, AMC/Lowes Theaters and Cheesecake Factory. If you can't find the perfect fit, Stop & Shop also offers gift cards through American Express, Visa and MasterCard. For a full list of vendors, visit stopandshop.com.
4. Shop the aisles for unexpected stocking stuffers: Fill stockings with quirky, practical items found at your local supermarket such as colorful band-aids, candy, playing cards, bubbles, lip gloss, nail polish, portable tissue packs, travel-size lotions and soaps, 100-calorie pack cookies and snacks, and crayons and markers.
5. Give the gift of food: Buy fresh-baked pies, cupcakes or cookies from the bakery section, and tie a ribbon around them for a personal touch. Stop & Shop gift cards are also available for loved ones who rack-up big grocery bills.
6. Remember to entertain the children too: Make fun activities available such as coloring books, stickers, toys and games. You can pick up these items in the toy and book aisles while you grocery shop.
7. Plan ahead now to save after the holidays: Stock up on sale items to save money later. At this time of year, there are great sales on many staples and canned goods. Buy an extra frozen turkey because it will be priced better at the end of the year and lasts 6-9 months in a deep freezer.
8. Create your own gift wrap station at home: Skip the trip to an expensive stationary boutique or the department store gift wrap center, and save money by using easy, affordable gift wrap and trimmings found at your local Stop & Shop.
9. Personalize a gift basket: For coworkers or teachers, compile your own, personalized gift baskets instead of buying pricey pre-made ones. For the sweet tooth on your list, put all the ingredients for an apple pie into a baking pan and wrap with cellophane and a bow along with a nicely printed recipe card. Or create a movie night in a bag by filling a re-usable grocery bag with DVDs, popcorn, soda and candy.
10. Make clean-up easier on yourself: Stock up on re-usable plastic containers and offer them to guests at the end of the party, so they can bring home left-overs as parting gifts. There will be less for you to clean-up, and holiday travelers will be thankful for the extra treats!

About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, based in Quincy, Massachusetts, employs more than
59,000 associates and operates stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island,
Maine, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey.

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