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So, one of the things that I’ve appreciated as I’ve perused the great wide world of blogs are all the neat recipe ideas I find.  I’ve been trying to test out new things that sound good in an effort to add a little variety to our diets.

Here are my efforts this week:

Frozen Banana Bites ~ chocolate, peanut butter, banana all in little bite size treats……yeah, I HAD to try this one!! 🙂

“Homemade” Pickles ~ not exactly homemade, but this is a fun little project.  I want to try REALLY homemade pickles, but that will be another day.
-just cut up some small salad/pickling cucumbers and put them in the jar with the old juice.  Refrigerate and they say that in a few days you have another jar of pickles….we’ll see!!

Whole Milk Yogurt ~ this is not a new project, but we’re out, so time to make more!

I think that’s all I’m going to get to today.  I’ll keep you posted on the results!

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Head over to “The Thrifty Mama” and check out this deal for Organic Coconut on Amazon.com.

I’m going to use this in a granola bar recipe I’ve been wanting to try.  Plus, “The Thrifty Mama” has a recipe for homemade Girl Scout Samoa cookies and who doesn’t LOVE these cookies! 🙂

Here’s some plans of what we’ll eat this week:

Monday (Happy Memorial Day!)
Porterhouse steaks $14 (from Shelton’s Farm Market)
Asparagus $2.25 (bought from roadside stand)
Homemade bread (in my new breadmaker!)

Tuesday
Lasagna
salad
Parmesan cheese bread (with rest of loaf from yesterday)

Wednesday
Leftovers or Sandwiches

Thursday
Leftovers or Sandwiches or Frozen ‘stuff’

Friday
Appetizer meal
-chicken wings
-? ? ? still working this one out 🙂

Saturday
I’m working, so ‘the boys’ will be fending for themselves!

So, I hit up Walgreens for a few fun deals this afternoon.  I’m all set for razors and toilet paper for awhile! 🙂  It took me five transactions to do what I wanted to do.  The cashier was really patient and friendly, which I so appreciated!

Transaction #1:
Right Guard Deodorant $2.99 (Buy 1, Get $2)
-use $1/1 peelie
GUM EEZ-Thru Flossers $2 (Buy 1, Get $2)
-use $3 Register Reward from last week
-pay $1.34 (Get $4 RR)

Transaction #2:
Gillette ProGlide Razor $9.89 (Buy 1, Get $5 RR)
-use $4/1 from PG insert 5/1/11
(2) Hershey Dark Chocolate with almonds $0.49
-use B1G1 from SS 5/1/11
(1) Hershey symphony $0.49 (filler item)
-use (2) $2 RR from Transaction #1
-pay $3.67 (get $5 RR)

Transaction #3:
(2) Cottonelle 12 count $5 (Buy 2, Get $3 RR)
-use (2) $0.50/1 printable
-use $1/1 from Walgreens May Coupon book (in store)
GUM EEZ-Thru Flossers $2 (Buy 1, Get $2 RR)
-use $5 RR from Transaction #2
-pay $4.84 (Get $2 and $3 RR)

Transaction #4:
BIC Soliel Bella 3-pack razors $5.99 (Buy 1, Get $2 RR)
-use $3/1 Facebook printable
Hershey’s Cookies and Cream candy $0.49
-use $3 RR from Transaction #3
-pay $0.90 (Get $2 RR)

Transaction #5:
Gillette ProGlide Razor $9.89 (Buy 1, Get $5 RR)
-use $4/1 from PG insert 5/1/11
(2) Hershey Dark Chocolate with almonds $0.49
-use B1G1 from SS 5/1/11
(1) Hershey symphony $0.49 (filler item)
-use (2) $2 RR from Transaction #3 and #4
-pay $3.67 (get $5 RR)

Total for all transactions before coupons/register rewards: $62.38
Total spent: $14.42

I’m probably going to go back and do the Cottonelle deal again later this week.
If I can round up another copy of this weekends’ SmartSource insert, I have a Hershey’s candy deal to do to:
(6) Hershey’s Pieces 2/$5 (Buy $15, Get $7 off a movie ticket)
-use (3) $2/2 from SmartSource 5/1/11
(1) Reese’s PB Cup $0.49
-use $5 RR from Transaction #5 above
-pay $4.49 (Get $7 off movie ticket)

Meijer has some good deals again this week.  Good FREE or stock-up priced items!

(2) Gain Dryer Sheets $3.99
-use (2) $3/1 Gain fabric softner or dryer sheets
-buy 2, Get $3 on your next order

(1) Pillsbury Sweet Moments $2
-use $0.50/1 printable

Old Orchard juice, 64 oz 3/$5
-use $0.50/1 printable

(2) Dole Fruit Bowls $1.99
-use $0.50/1 printable

Strawberries 1 lb; $1
-great week for yummy strawberry bread

(4) Stouffer’s Frozen meals $2
-use (2) $1/2 from Sunday paper inserts

(2) Meijer frozen mixed berries 2/$5

(1) Frank’s RedHot Sauce $0.99
-use $0.50/1 from Sunday paper 3/13/11

Meijer Top Round Roast Beef $6.99/lb
Deli Sharp Cheddar Cheese $4.09/lb
-perfect to put on the bread I’ve been making this week!

(1) Purina One Beyond Cat Food $2.79
-use FREE up to $3 from Sunday paper 3/13/11

(4) Ball No Sugar Needed Pectin $0.78 (clearance)

(4) Oikos Greek Yogurt 4/$5
-use $1/4 catalina coupon from last week

(3) Stonyfield Whole Milk Yogurt $0.99
-use $0.50/3 printable

(4) Ziploc Sandwich Bags $1.79
-use (2) $1/2 from Sunday paper (don’t remember which week, sorry :/)
-buy 3, Get $2 on your next order

(1) Meijer Colombian coffee $4.59

Mixed pre-cut veggies $1.23
Mixed salad $3.86

Shelf Price: $96.13

Price paid after coupons and discounts: $51.59 (percentage saved 46%)

Not the greatest week ever, but you can’t save 80% EVERY week. 🙂

Sunday:
Cheesy Beef Quesadillas ($2)
Rotel Cheese Dip ($0.50)
Tortilla Chips ($0.50)

Monday:
Pork Chops with cajun mustard sauce ($2.25)
Butter Noodles ($0.50)
Salad with Blue Cheese dressing ($2)
Parmesan Cheese Bread ($1)

Tuesday:
Out to eat (Riverfront Cafe)

Wednesday:
Stouffer’s Frozen Dinners
Veggies

Thursday:
Mac and Cheese
or
Sandwiches

Friday:
Family Birthday Party (someone else is cooking, yipee! :))

Saturday:
Lasagna
Parmesan Cheese Bread
Veggies

I haven’t been doing a lot of shopping at Meijer these last few weeks, but they have some better looking deals this week!

My favorite deal of the week=
(6) Stonyfield Farm Organic Yogurt, 6 oz  $0.60
-use $0.50/3 Stonyfield printable

Here’s the rest of my list:
(2) Gain Dryer Sheets (120 ct) $3.99
-use (2) $3/1 Gain coupon from Sunday paper 2/13/11
-Buy 2, Get $3 OYNO
=$1 Moneymaker!!

(2) Starburst or Skittles Candy $0.50
-use $0.50/2 Starburst or Skittles printable

(2) Dole Fruit Bowls, Gels or Parfaits, 4 ct $2.00
use $0.50/1 Dole Bowls in 100% Juice printable, if included in sale

(1) Breakstone Sour Cream, 16 oz $1.39
-use $0.50/1 printable

(1) Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Creme $2.50
-use $0.50/1 Meijer Mealbox printable
-use $1.50/1 Cooking Creme printable

(1) Meijer Tilapia 2/$7

(2) Hamburger Helper 5/$5
-use (2) $0.50/1 printable (no longer available)
-we don’t eat this, but it’s free, so I’ll put it in the food pantry bag!

Swiss Miss Cocoa $0.79
-use $1/4 Meijer Mealbox printable
-use $0.50/2 from All You magazine

This is my list.  For a complete list of match-ups, visit Bargains to Bounty!!

Is there a way to serve a whole party of people, but not break the bank?  Of course!

Here’s a sample menu for our party:

Chili is great for a party, because you can put out toppings and people can personalize their own bowl.  Plus, most of the ingredients can be bought for cheap or even free!  Things like kidney beans, salsa, and tomato sauce go on killer sales and last for a long time.  Keep them on hand to whip up this easy chili recipe for your next party.  People can add more salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream or crackers to make their chili their own! 🙂

Dips and chips:
Last week at Meijer you could get “Heluva” dips for free.  We’re having ‘Garlic and Parmesan’ and ‘Jalapeno Cheddar’ with our chips.  Meijer also had Lays potato chips on sale B1G1, so they were only $1.99/bag.
Last week at Target you could get two bags of Tostitos tortilla chips and a jar of Tostito’s Salsa for $2.29 total.  Guess what is going to be served at the Super Bowl party.
Last week at Kroger they had a great deal on Hormel chili, velveeta, Rotel tomatoes, and cream cheese.  Add some Rotel to melted Velveeta = delicious!  I’ve also had a dip made with Hormel and cream cheese that was super yummy!
A final dip that I’m going to try for this party is Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip. They had the sauce priced really reasonably at Kroger last week.

Beverages:
If you stocked up on the 12-pack cans or the 2 liters from CVS a couple weeks ago, you should be all set to have a very caffeinated group of party-goers! 🙂

I’m changing it up a little and I’m just doing to list the meals I’m going to try and make this week.  I’m not assigning days to them. 🙂  Also, I’m adding a breakfast list for this week.

Breakfasts:

Apple Spice Waffles (can be made ahead and reheated in the toaster)
Cold Cereal
Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins
Bagels with Cream Cheese
Cold Cereal
Eggs, Sausage and Toast
French Toast

Dinners:

Black Bean and Steak Tacos $3
Tortilla Chips and Guacamole $1

TGIFriday’s Frozen Chicken and Shrimp Cajun Alfredo $3

Breaded Pork Chops
$2
Cheesy Potatoes $1
Veggies $2

Out to Eat: Pizza Night $20

Steak Stir Fry $5
Parmesan Cheese Bread $1

Recipes will be added later. 🙂

Sunday, December 5

Southwestern Panini ($2)
Tomato soup ($0.49)
Fresh cut veggies and blue cheese dressing ($1)

Monday, December 6

Spaghetti ($3)
Parmesan Cheese bread ($1)
Fresh cut veggies and blue cheese dressing ($1)

Tuesday, December 7

Leftovers
or
“Raid the pantry”

Wednesday, December 8

Pizza (have to use that great “Book-It” cert.) ($10-12)

Thursday, December 9

Leftovers
or
“Raid the freezer”

Friday, December 10

Chili ($3)
Cornbread ($1)

Saturday, December 11

Hmmmm…..haven’t decided yet. 🙂

I actually have everything for all these meals already here at home in the pantry, freezer and fridge!  That will make for a nice quick trip to the grocery store this week.

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