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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mega Sale at Bakers

Bakers (Kroger with a local name) is having another Mega Sale. When you buy 10 qualifying items, you get $5 taken off at the register. There doesn't appear to be a limit on how many times you can do this in one transaction. Lots and Lots of coupon matchups for this. It looks like the Mega sale goes through 11/8, so I will be posting links to coupons to help you maximize your savings. Yesterday I got $100 worth of groceries for $31! That's a 69% savings. Not too shabby!

A few highlights from the trip:
  • 4 bags of Ricola cough drops- $1, .50 after the Mega Sale discount- use 2 BOGO coupons from the 10/11 Smart Source insert. They deduct $1 for each coupon. So all 4 bags are FREE!
  • Snuggle Fabric Softener- $3.49, $2.99 after Mega Sale discount- use $3/1 coupon from the 10/4 Red Plum. Makes this FREE!
  • Keebler Cookies are $1.49- .99 after Mega Sale discount- use $1.50/2 coupon here, and pay .24 each when you buy 2.
Check back for more links and scenarios.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Don't you love that name? So catchy! I'm not sure who had the idea, but for the next 4 weeks at work on Fridays, it's Souptacular. We have a sign up sheet for 5 people to each bring in a crockpot of soup each week, and then everyone else is asked to bring crackers, breads, other sides, etc.

Soup is my favorite thing to eat. Seriously. Especially in the Fall when it first starts getting cool and I start craving those awesome comfort foods that we haven't eaten over the summer.

I'm signing up---but I haven't decided what to bring! Have a favorite soup recipe? Let me know!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Menu Plan Week of 10/19

We have a nice sunny day today, and tomorrow, they say sunny and 70! So we'll take advantage of the weather and grill.

Sunday 10/18

Baked bbq pork steaks $3.00

Au gratin potatoes $1.00

Green beans .45


Monday 10/19

Grilled brats $2.00

Onion rings $2.00

Spinach salad $1.00


Tuesday 10/20

Angel hair with sausage, white beans and spinach $3.50

Salad $1.00


Wednesday 10/21

Pot Roast and veggies in the slow cooker $5.00

Mashed Potatoes .50

Salad $1.00


Thursday 10/22

chicken quesadillas $2.50

Tomato soup $1.00

Apple slices .50


Friday 10/23

Baked macaroni and cheese $2.00

Fish sticks $1.75

Broccoli $1.00


Saturday 10/24

Pierogie chicken stroganoff $4.50

Corn $.75


Sunday 10/25

Leftover night

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Favorite Fall Salad

1 bag spring mix
1 honey crisp apple, chopped
3T dried cranberries
2T chopped walnuts
2oz. crumbled blue cheese

3T balsamic vinegar
1T honey
2T olive oil

Mix salad ingredients together in large bowl. In small bowl, whisk vinaigrette indregients and add to salad. Toss well. Serve immediately.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Menu Plan Week of 10/11

We got our first snow yesterday. In October! Which means the garden is officially toast until next year. I loooove having the fresh veggies, so that will be sad to have to go back to store bought, but the silver lining is the fun Fall food I get to cook again! Monday through Sunday's dinners come out to 7 dinners for 4 at under $30.

Sunday 10/11
Crockpot Chicken $2.75
mashed potatoes $.75
spinach salad $1.00
green beans .50
bread with bread dip .50

Monday 10/12
chili cornbread bake (using chili from the chili cheese recipe) $1.50
(check back Tuesday to see the recipe for this!)
salad $1.00
applesauce .75

Tuesday 10/13
chicken orzo soup (using chicken and stock from Sunday's chicken) $1.00
grilled cheese sandwiches $1.00
sliced tomatoes .00

Wednesday 10/14
chicken enchiladas $3.00
salad $1.00
cheesy refried beans $1.00

Thursday 10/15
Italian Beef sandwiches (freezer meal) $3.50
onion rings $1.50

Friday 10/16
sloppy joe pasta skillet $2.50
corn $1.00
apple slices .50

bbq pork steaks $3.00
au gratin potatoes $1.00
beans .40

Sunday 10/18
chicken noodle casserole $3.00
baked sweet potato .50
salad $1.00

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Chili Cheese Dinner

Chili ingrengients:

1 can chili beans, undrained
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 pound ground beef
2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained ( I used bag of frozen diced tomatoes from garden)
1 cup salsa (I used homemade salsa canned from garden)
2 beef boullion cubes
2T onion powder
2T chili powder
2t cumin
1t salt
1T minced garlic

Other Ingredients:
1 8oz. package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 8oz package of shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla or corn chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees. In glass pie dish, evenly spead cream cheese. In medium sauce pan over medium heat, brown ground beef. Add other chili ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes (*****PLEASE NOTE that you are making more chili than you will need for this meal. You can freeze for another time, or use for other dishes. I will be posting another recipe you can use this chili in later this week)

After 30 minutes, spoon 3 cups of chili into pie dish over cheese. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake at 375 for 20, or until cheese is melted and mixture is bubbly. Serve with chips.

We had this dish with corn, tomato slices and applesauce tonight. Check back later this week for the Chili Cornbread casserole I'll be making with the leftover chili!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Target Deals this week

Yesterday on the way home I stopped and got 2 Mott's apple juices and 3 Mott's applesauces at $1.75 each for a total of $8.75. I got a $5 gift card back.

Today I stopped for 2 boxes of Quaker Granola bars and a jar of Skippy Peanut Butter. The granola bars are $2 this week and I used a $1/2 mq, and 2 .50/1 Target coupons. The Skippy was $2.04- I used a .75/mq and a $1/1 Target q. Total was $2.09, which I paid for with my gift card.

Menu Plan Week of 10/5

Wow. What a week. Somehow hubby managed to follow most of the meal plan from last week, even though I ended up driving home to my parents in a flurry on Wednesday after finding out that my mother's biopsy revealed lymphoma. The mass they removed was a lot larger than expected. Please keep her in your prayers as this week we start getting more info on the stage, type and treatment she will need to follow.

This week definitely reflects the weather change here...starting to do more comfort foods. (Maybe that's also because I need the comfort? Hmmm.)

Monday 10/5
Slowcooker chicken in mushroom wine sauce (I added fresh mushroms to this also) $4.00
Brown rice .50
Acorn squash 1.00
Salad 1.00

Tuesday 10/6
Cheeseburger macaroni $3.75
Spinach salad $1.00
Green beans .45

Wednesday 10/7
Italian Beef Sandwiches $5.00
Potato salad $1.50
Apple slices .50

Thursday 10/8
Chicken Enchiladas $3.50
Corn $1.00

Friday 10/9
chicken and white bean pasta $3.00
Broccoli $1.00

Saturday 10/10
Chili $3.75
Tortilla Chips .50
Oranges .75

Sunday 10/11
Crockpot roasted chicken $3.00
Glazed carrots .75
Salad 1.00
Corn bread .75