Monday, November 16, 2009

Menu Planning Monday

Each week Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie hosts Menu Plan Monday. Visit her site for lots of delicious meal ideas. Here's what we're having:

Sunday: Crescent Chicken Squares and green beans
Monday: Grilled shrimp on angel hair pasta
Tuesday: Leftover night
Wednesday: Stouffer's Skillet Meal (these were on sale at Publix; with my coupon it was $1.50)
Thursday: BONKO (E and J are having Progresso soups and grilled cheese sandwiches)
Friday: Grilled hot dogs and mashed potatoes
Saturday: Baked chicken, collard greens, and corn

Publix Trip

Here's what I got:
  • (2) Stouffer's Easy Express Skillet Meals: Regular price $4.99 each x 2 = $9.98, on sale BOGO + used $1 Q x 2 = $2.99 ($1.50 each)
  • (1) Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Frozen Veggies: Regular price $2.39, on sale BOGO + used $0.40 Q, Publix doubled = $0.40
  • (1) Publix jumbo meat franks = $1.99, this week's penny item = $0.01
  • (2) Progresso canned soups: Regular price $2.29 each x 2 = $4.58, on sale BOGO + used $0.50/2 Q, Publix doubled = $1.29 ($0.65 each)
  • (2) Chex Mix: Regular price $2.50 each x 2 = $5.00, on sale for $1.67 each + used $0.50 Q x 2 + Target $0.50 Q x 2 = $0.34 ($0.17 per bag)
  • (3) Kellogg's cereals: Regular price $3.99 x 3 = 11.97, on sale BOGO + used Target $1.00 Q x 3 = 2.99 ($1.00 each)
  • (2) Betty Crocker frosting: Regular price $1.89 x 2 = $3.78, on sale BOGO + used $0.50 Q x 2, Publix doubled = -$0.10 ($-0.05 each)
  • (3) Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper: Regular price $1.99 x 3 = $5.97, on sale BOGO + used $0.75/3 Q = $2.24 (0.75 each)
  • (2) Juicy Juice 64 oz: Regular price $3.65 x 2 = $7.30, on sale BOGO + used $1 Q = $2.65 ($1.32 each)
Total Regular Price: $52.96 + tax
Total OOP: $12.81 + tax
for a savings of: $40.15

Friday, November 6, 2009

Weeknight Taco Casserole

I love anything taco related, and this taco casserole is at the top of my list of quick and easy weeknight favorites. I've even included some shortcuts to make it an even quicker meal!

Weeknight Taco Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning
1 15 oz. can of refried beans
1 can of whole kernel corn, drained (this ingredient is optional)
2 cups of shredded cheese (I use the Mexican mixed cheeses)
1 cup of salsa (whatever intensity you desire)
3/4 cup of sour cream
1 small can of sliced black olives
tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350. While the oven is warming, brown your ground beef. To save time, you may do this in the microwave for about 6 minutes. Drain and add taco seasoning. Cover the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan with tortilla chips. Heat refried beans and corn in the microwave until warm. Combine bean and corn mixture with salsa, sour cream, and 1 cup of shredded cheese. Spread over the top of the chips. Cover with ground beef, then remaining shredded cheese, and top with black olives. Heat in oven until cheese melts, which is about 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fall Decor for $4

Rebekah at Wild Ink made this awesome wreath! I am so impressed and hoping I can make one that looks at least half this good! I wanted to share this with you all, since this is a great project for decorators on a budget! If anyone attempts this, I would love to see pics. Hopefully, I'll have a few free minutes next week to work on mine!

Thanks you, Rebekah for allowing me to share this with my readers!

Best Publix Deals!

Let me start by encouraging you to sign up for Publix FamilyStyle magazine. It is a FREE quarterly publication that will be mailed to your home with extra coupons!

Now with the best deals from this week's ad:
  • Betty Crocker Brownie or Cookie Bar Mixes: BOGO $2.59, combine with $0.50/2 coupon printable from Betty Crocker's website, Publix doubles, making this $1.59 for 2
  • Land O Lakes Spread, 2 ct, 7.5 oz or 15 oz tub, or Pure and Creamy Margarine, 15 oz tub: BOGO $1.89, combine with $1/2 coupon from 10/18 SS, making this $0.89 for 2
  • Nestle Toll House Morsels Semi-Sweet Chocolate: Real, Mini-Real or Chunks, or Butterscotch, Milk Chocolate, or Premier White, 11 to 12 oz bag: BOGO $2.50, combine with $0.50 coupons from Sunday (11/1) RP, Publix doubles, making these $0.25 per bag!!!!! GREAT DEAL!!!!
  • Barilla Pasta, 13.25 to 16 oz box, (except Barilla Plus & Lasagna): BOGO $1.43 = $0.72 per box
  • General Mills Cereal Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, or Trix, 8.9 to 11.8 oz box, Chex Cereals, 12.8 to 14 oz box: BOGO $3.49, combine with $1/2 Target printable coupon, and $1/2 coupon from 11/1 SS, making these $1.49 for two boxes!
  • Betty Crocker Potatoes, 4.6 to 6.6 oz box: BOGO $1.73, combine with $0.40 coupons printable at, Publix doubles, making these $0.07 Each!!
  • Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough Ultimates or Mini Chocolate Chip or Cookie Mix, 15 or 16.5 oz pkg: BOGO $3.47, combine with $1 coupons from 11/1 RP, making these $1.47 for two or $0.74 each!!!!
  • Nestle Coffee-mate Non-Dairy Creamer Chilled: Original, Low Fat or Fat Free, 32 oz, BOGO $2.65, combine with $0.50 coupons from 11/1 RP, Publix doubles making this $0.65 for two!!!
There are lots of other great deals, but I thought these were the best!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Deals you don't wanna miss!

I got some great deals at Walgreens today and thought I would share!
Here was my transaction:
  • Gillette Body Wash: Regularly $5.99, on sale for $4.00
  • Gillette Deodorant: Regularly $8.99, on sale for $4.00
  • Almay One Coat Mascara: Regularly $6.99, on sale BOGO
  • Almay One Coat Mascara: Regularly $6.99, on sale BOGO
If you have Sunday's paper (11/1), there is a coupon for a free Gillette body wash with the purchase of a deodorant, as well as a coupon for $1 off the deodorant! That makes it $3 for both of those products + you earn a $2 RR = $0.50 each!!

For the Almay, there is a $4 coupon in the Walgreen's November book at the front of the stores. It takes the $4 off each tube, so you actually make $1 when you get two tubes!!

For all four items, I paid $1.99 + tax and got back $2 RR!!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Publix Penny Item

The Publix penny item is Publix peanut butter!!
Spend $10 and get the peanut butter for a penny! Great to stock up for holiday baking!!