Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Crescent Roll Chicken
1 package of crescent rolls
4 oz. of cream cheese
1/4 cup of chopped olives
1 clove of fresh garlic
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
3 tbsp. melted butter, separated
2 tbsp. milk
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350. Boil chicken until cooked. In a medium mixing bowl, blend 2 tbsp. of butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add in olives, garlic, milk, salt, and pepper. Chop chicken and add to mixture. Spoon into crescent rolls triangles. Roll up and brush tops with remaining butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Crescent rolls = $0.97
Cream cheese = $0.50
Olives = $0.18
Fresh garlic = $0.03
Chicken = $1.85
Butter = $0.06
Milk = $0.03
Salt and pepper = Less than $0.01
Total = $3.62, 8 crescent rolls = $0.45 each
Chicken Spaghetti Bake
8 oz. angel hair pasta
2 cups of boneless, skinless chicken (chopped and diced)
4 oz. pimentos
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1-1/4 cup shredded cheddar
1 clove fresh garlic
Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain. Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Pasta = $0.25
Pimentos = $0.38
Cream of mushroom = $0.49
Fresh garlic = $0.03
Chicken = $1.85
Cheese = $0.93
Total = $3.93, 6 servings = $0.66 per serving
Taco Salad Bowls
1 lb. ground beef
4 corn tortillas
1 large can of pinto beans
1 pack taco seasoning
desired toppings (shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, sour cream)
Preheat oven to 375. Place tortillas on a plate. Cover them with a damp paper towel and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds to make them pliable. Crumple foil into 4 ball shapes and place on a cookie sheet. Remove tortillas from microwave. Lightly spray each one, front and back, with cooking spray. Place each tortilla atop the aluminum foil balls. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Empty the can of pinto beans into a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, mash these until they are similar in texture to mashed potatoes. Microwave these for 1-2 minutes. Drain off any extra liquid. Meanwhile, cook and drain ground beef. Add in taco seasoning and combine with pinto beans. Fill each taco bowl, add toppings, and enjoy!
Ground beef = $1.89
Taco seasoning = $0.33
Tortillas = $0.15
Beans = $0.99
Total = $3.36, 4 servings = $0.84 each + toppings
Monday, November 17, 2008
Menu Plan Monday is hosted each week by Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Check out her site for more menu ideas.
Sunday: Clam Chowder
Monday: Crescent chicken squares, corn on the cob
Tuesday: Taco salad bowls (I'll post more on this later this week)
Wednesday: Chicken spaghetti bake with garlic butter toast
Thursday: BUNKO night!!! Eric and Jax are having pizza and fries
Friday: French Onion Pork Chop Skillet (from Kraft magazine)
Saturday: homemade chicken noodle soup with corn muffins
Here's what I got:
First stop, Target:
- Luvs Box of Diapers: $15.99 (Target is cheaper than Walmart on Luvs diapers)
- Baby Wipes: $4.64
- Shower Curtain Liner: $2.34
- Snack Cakes: $1.43
Next stop, Walgreens:
- Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (x2) = Reg. $14.99, on sale for $6.99 and BOGO + used 2 coupons for $1 each = $4.99
- Disposable Foil Pans (3 pack) = Reg. $1.19, on sale for $0.79
After sales and coupons: $5.78 (saved 65%)
Next stop, Aldi: (For comparison's sake, I'm going to list Walmart's great value price in parentheses beside each item)
- Bread: $0.79 ($1.52)
- Hannah Montana Guitar: $16.99 ($24.97)
- Boneless pork chops: $4.87 ($5.23)
- Frozen pizza x 2: $1.98 ($1.96)
- Canned green beans: $0.49 ($0.63)
- Chicken broth x 2: $0.78 ($1.10)
- My First Leap Pad Book: $8.99 ($13.97)
- My First Leap Pad: $14.99 ($22.97)
- Paper towels: $2.89 ($3.44)
- Shredded cheddar cheese: $2.99 ($4.29)
- Cream of mushroom soup: $0.49 ($0.98)
- Tomato soup x 2: $0.98 ($1.96)
- Canned sweet peas: $0.49 ($0.63)
- Canned pinto beans: $0.99 ($1.24)
- Seasoned mashed potatoes x 2: $1.88 ($2.56)
- Stuffing mix: $0.79 ($1.29)
- Dozen eggs: $1.19 ($1.24)
- Milk x 2: $4.98 ($6.78)
- Corn tortillas: $1.19 ($1.38)
- Dill pickles: $1.49 ($1.63)
- Cream cheese x 2: $1.98 ($2.24)
- Canned chicken: $1.79 ($2.34)
- Cheese crackers: $1.29 ($1.68)
- Animal crackers: $1.29 ($1.44)
- Bacon pieces: $1.29 ($1.76)
Walmart Total: 109.23 + tax (29% savings)
Last stop, Publix:
- Publix Frozen Yogurt: Reg. $3.49, on sale for $3.00
- Coffee Mate Caramel Apple Creamer: Reg. $2.00, on sale for $1.50 + used $0.55 blinkie coupon (coupon machine in front of creamer) = $0.95
- Keebler Pie Crust: Reg. $1.57, on sale for $0.99 + used coupon from 11/9 RP for $0.25 doubled = $0.49
- McCormick Gravy Mix x 2: Reg. $1.98, on sale BOGO + used coupon from 11/2 RP for $0.25 doubled = $0.49
- Blue Bonnet Margarine x 3: Reg. $2.97, used Walgreens coupon from ad = 3 for $2
- Juicy Juice x 2: Reg. $6.98, on sale BOGO + used 2 coupons for $1 each = $1.49
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal: Reg. $3.49, on sale for $1.99
- Cocoa Puffs: Reg. $3.49, on sale for $1.99
- Golden Grahams: Reg. $3.49, on sale for $1.99 + used $1 coupon from 11/2 SS off 3 boxes = $0.99
- Ritz Crackers x 2: Reg. $7.38, on sale BOGO + used coupon for $1 off 2 boxes = $2.69
- 5 lbs potatoes: Reg. $3.99, on sale for $1.99
- Colgate Toothpaste (large): Reg. $3.29, on sale for $1.99 + used $0.75 coupon = $1.24
- Pillsbury Crescent Rolls x 3: Reg. $8.67, on sale $5 for 3 + used 3 coupons for $0.35 doubled = $2.90
- Betty Crocker Brownie Mix x 2: Reg. $5.10, used Walgreens coupon from ad = $1.98 + used $0.50 coupon doubled = $0.98
- Betty Crocker Cookie Mix: Reg. $2.67, used Walgreens coupon = $0.99 + used $0.75 coupon = $0.24
- Betty Crocker Frosting x 2: Reg: $3.78, on sale BOGO + used 0.55 coupon = $1.34
- Used Walgreens $5 off $20 purchase coupon
After sales and coupons: $18.43 (saved 71%)
Total cost for groceries, cleaning supplies, diapers, etc. is $85.41 + tax.
Total spent on Christmas gifts: $40.97 + tax.
YAY! I officially love Publix now!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
There are tons of ways to cut back your spending, besides on your grocery bill.
Here are a few that I have found helpful:
- I'm going to nursing school, and medical books are downright expensive! The book list from the school showed book costs to be around $800 + 10% sales tax = $880. I purchased my books at half.com yesterday for less than $250, and that was including shipping! Taxes are not charged since it is an out of state purchase.
- Thrift stores are a great place to find bargains. I don't want Jax to ruin his good clothes at daycare. My most recent transaction included: Blue button up shirt ($1.48), gray Old Navy Pullover ($0.79), Gymboree L/S t-shirt ($0.99), Nike jacket ($2.48), Levi Jeans ($2.98), Children's Place pajama sleeper ($1.48), Children's Place L/S striped button up (1.48), Old Navy Plaid button up ($1.98), baby Gap sweater vest ($0.79), Carter's sweater vest ($0.79), and a pair of White House Black Market Jeans for me that I plan on converting to something else ($2.48) = $17.72 + tax. Click here for a location near you!
- Raise your insurance deductibles if you can. This can lower your principle. I like to make sure that we have the deductible amount in our emergency fund. That means when I raised our car insurance deductible from $250 to $500, I had to put make sure we had $500 in our emergency fund.
Pizza Casserole (my version)
1 lb. ground beef
2 cloves garlic
2 cups egg noodles
16-24 oz. pizza sauce (depending on how much sauce you like)
4 tbsp. milk
1 cup sliced pepperoni
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Boil noodles in water until al dente. Drain and add to casserole dish. Cook ground beef with onion and garlic until brown. Drain and combine with noodles. Add pizza sauce, milk, and slices of pepperoni. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Cover with mozzarella, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. You can add pizza toppings of your choice (i.e. black olives, pineapple chunks).
Here is the picture from my sister, Christina.
Well, no worries! Hot Coupon World has already done all the work! All you have to do is type in the item or brand that you looking for and viola! It's as easy as that!!!
I posted this especially for Trenity, Kristi, and Sonya!!! They are my newest blog readers who are looking for great deals!!
- 3 Listerine Agent Cool Blue Mouth Washes: Reg. $5.89 x 3 = $17.67, on sale for $3.99 x 3 = $11.97 - 3 coupons @ $3 = $8.97 earns $9 ECB = FREE
- Wisk Laundry Detergent: Reg. $8.49, on sale for $3.99
- 2 Colgate Toothpastes: Reg. $2.79 x 2 = $5.58, on sale BOGO for $2.29 (I also had a coupon, but I forgot it!)
Less sales and coupons: $15.25
Paid with ECBs: $8.59
OOP $7.63 + earned $9 ECB
I went to Hueytown this week since it's only a few minutes away. I might try that again, since Publix, CVS, and Walgreens are all on the same corner! I would be pretty convenient to get a lot of my shopping done on my lunch break! Plus I love showing the girls I work with how to get great deals.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I still got some good deals, so I can't complain, and I didn't go out of my way, because both stores were on my way home from school.
Here's what I got at CVS:
- Palmolive Dish Detergent x 2: Reg. $3.18 - sale for $2.98 - earns $2 ECB = $0.98
- Garnier Fructis Shampoo: Reg. $4.29 - sale for $2.99 - earns $2 ECB = $0.99
- Smart Water: Reg. $1.69 - sale for $1.59 - earns $1.59 ECB = FREE
Subtotal after sales / coupons: $7.56
Paid Using ECBs: $5.00
Earned ECBs: $5.59
Total: I paid $2.71 OOP and earned $5.59 ECB.
My sales also generated a $2 Colgate coupon and a $3 Excedrin coupon which printed out on my receipt.
At Walgreen's I got:
- Domino's Sugar (5 lb.) = Reg. $3.49 - Walgreen's coupon = $1.99 - $0.30 manufacturer's coupon = $1.69
- Progresso soups x 4 = Reg. $12.76 - Walgreen's coupon = $5 - $2 off 4 manufacturer's coupon = $3.00
- Libby's Pumpkin x 2 = Reg. 3.58 - Walgreen's coupon = $1.98
- Apple Pie Filling = Reg. $2.49 - Walgreen's coupon = $1.50
- Coffee Mate Peppermint Mocha Creamer x 2 = $4.98 - Walgreen's BOGO coupon = $2.49 - 2 manufacturer's coupons for $1 each = $0.49 for both!
- Face Wash (not on sale) = $9.99
- Ultra Alkaline batteries = Reg. $3.99 - Walgreen's coupon = $0.99
Subtotal after sales and coupons: $19.64 + tax = $21.79
Used Walgreen's gift card from last month's EasySaver Catalog: $20.34
Total OOP: $1.45
Sunday: I didn't make the sauerkraut chowder. We ate Chinese with friends. :)
Monday: Cheese Lover's Tuna Casserole
Tuesday: Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole (recipe below)
Wednesday: Homemade meatballs, mashed potatoes, peas
Thursday: Eric will be out of town, so we're having leftovers from the freezer!
Friday: Pizza night with fries
Saturday: Chicken Fried Rice
Sunday: Beef stew and corn bread
Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole:
2-3 cups chicken (you can used canned, but I prefer to boil chicken breasts)
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. sour cream
1 sleeve of Ritz style butter crackers
1 stick of butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350. Spread chopped chicken over the bottom of a 9" x 13" baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine cream of chicken soup and sour cream. Spread this over the chicken. Crush crackers ( I leave them in the bag to do this). Combine with 1 stick of melted butter. Spread this over the top. Sprinkle with poppy seeds (you can omit these and still have a delicious recipe, but it's not really poppy seed chicken). Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is lightly toasted and bubbly. Enjoy!
Monday, November 10, 2008
- Apply in store or online for a CVS ExtraCare card. If you apply online, you have to wait for CVS to mail the card, which can take up to two weeks. If you apply in the store, make sure you go online and register your card to your email address so you can get "special" savings.
- Next, scan through the weekly sales ad and find what you need (or want). I do a quick run through first, paying special attention to anything with the "free after extra bucks" notation and the items that earn extra bucks. They will stand out in the ad, as they have a yellow rectangle indicating the price.
- Then, I flip through my coupon list to see if I have any manufacturer's coupons that I can match to the items I have selected.
- Next, I plan out my trip. This requires me to simply jot down what items I'm planning to purchase, what coupons I have, how many ECBs I will use, and what I should earn back.
Having this sort of plan is very important. This way, if your cashier makes a mistake or something doesn't ring up correctly, you don't have to make a trip back to the store. It also allows you to get in and out in a minimal amount of time.
- Work your magic.
- ExtraCare Bucks, or ECBs, will print out at the end of your sale. These are just like cash, so store them in a safe place! And don't forget to use them. They expire 4 weeks from the date they're issued. You also earn 2% back on all purchases. This is issued quarterly.
- Allow cashier to ring up all products.
- Submit all CVS coupons (ex: $5 off $25 purchase).
- Submit all manufacturer's coupons.
- Submit any ECBs that I have.
- Pay for remainder and collect earned ECBs.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Here's what I'm getting:
- Crest Pro Health Toothpaste ($3.49)
- 4-12pks of Coke products ($12)
- 2-Olay Quench lotions ($12)
You certainly can't beat that!
This week was my first time to shop as a smart shopper at Publix. I got some decent deals, so I'll definitely be trying again.
Anyway, here goes.
My first stop was Publix:
- 3 cans of Chef Boyardee Pasta = Reg. $4.50, on sale for $3.00 less $0.35 coupon (doubled) = $2.30 ($0.76 each)
- 2 boxes of Nestle Cocoa = Reg. $3.98 - BOGO sale = $1.99 ($1.00 each) I had a coupon for this but, I lost it :(
- Quilted Northern Toilet Paper = Reg. $7.99, on sale for $6.49 - $1.00 Target coupon = $5.49. When I called the store, the lady who answered told me they doubled coupons up to $1, but what she meant was they doubled coupons up to $0.50 which = $1.00.
Total OOP: $9.78 (41% savings)
After that, I headed to Aldi:
- 3 rolls of paper towels: $1.77
- 2 pizzas: $1.98
- celery: $0.99
- 2 loaves of bread: $1.58
- chicken tenderloins: $6.49
- onions: $1.49
- sloppy joe mix: $0.79
- 2 cans chicken: $3.58
- 2 cans of tuna: $1.14
- boneless pork chops: $4.15
- 2 gallons of milk: $4.98
- 2 packs of lunch meat: $2.98
- 2 boxes of macaroni: $0.70
- 2 packs of seasoning: $0.66
- apple juice: $1.65
- refrigerated crescent rolls: $1.49
- sugar: $1.99
- eggs: $1.19
- cinnamon crunch cereal: $1.89
- chex mix: $1.99
- nacho chips: $0.99
- cheese: $1.99
- margarine: $0.67
Next stop, Walmart:
- 2 boxes of Red Diamond tea bags: Reg. $2.68 - matched Food Giant price = $1.96 - 2 coupons $0.50 each = $0.96 ($0.48 each)
- 2 bags of Kraft shredded cheese: Reg. $4.96 - sale price = $4.00 ($2.00 each)
- 2 Pillsbury cake mixes = Reg. $2.16 - sale price = $1.76
Total OOP: $6.72 (31% savings)
Final stop, Target:
- Box of Luvs diapers: $15.99
- MP mustard: $0.77
- Campbell's potato soup: $1.47
- carton of Swanson chicken broth: Reg. $2.12 - sale $1.99 - $0.40 coupon doubled = $1.19
- Little Debbie cakes: $1.43
- Libby's pumpkin pie mix: $1.09
- Coffee Mate liquid creamer: Reg. $1.64 - sale $1.50 - $1.00 coupon = $0.50
- cotton balls: $0.97
- Ziploc bags: Reg: $1.10 - sale $0.85 - $0.75 coupon = $0.10
Total OOP: $22.54 (16% savings)
I know it doesn't seem like I save a lot at Target, percentage wise, but that's mainly because I spend more there on diapers and things. And I like Target because they never give me any hassle about my internet coupons. Sometimes Walmart employees try to argue that they don't accept internet coupons, even though according to their posted coupon policy, they do accept them.
Anyway, I only spent $86.17 + tax on groceries this trip! That is well below our $120 biweekly budget!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1. God will still be seated on His throne.
2. Man will still be unable to save himself.
3. Jesus Christ will still be the only way to heaven.
4. The Holy Spirit will still be calling men and women to repent.
5. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will still be saved.
6. The Bible will still be the sole authority for life.
7. God will still inhabit the praise of His people.
8. The church of Jesus Christ will still be in business.
9. There will still be room for JUST ONE MORE in the family of God.
10. The heavens will still continue to declare God’s glory.
11. The joy of the Lord will still be my strength.
12. The fear of the Lord will still be the beginning of knowledge.
13. The peace of God will still transcend all understanding.
14. The world will still be passing away along with its desires.
15. The fool will still say in his heart, “There is not God.”
16. The righteous will still live by faith.
17. The cross will still be foolishness to those who are perishing.
18. The cross will still be the power of God to those who are being saved.
19. The Kingdom of God will still be advancing forward.
20. The return of Jesus Christ will still be forthcoming.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Menu Plan Monday is hosted each week by Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
Sunday: I didn't cook because we were sick.
Monday: Pizza night
Tuesday: Homemade chicken noodle soup (my first time to make and it was delicious!)
Wednesday: Teriyaki chicken stir fry
Thursday: Sloppy Joe Bake
Friday: Scrapbooking and Eric and Jaxson's Boys' Night Out which = Milo's
Saturday: Poppyseed chicken casserole
Sunday: Sauerkraut Chowder