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CVS deals week of 6/24

This week is really good for DIAPERS!!  I found all my deals at the Thrifty Couple’s website.  They do an awesome job each week of finding the best deals on diapers.

  • Some newspapers got a $5.00 off 2 coppertone suncare coupon in the 6/24 smartsource.  If you did… they are on sale for $9.98 and you get $8.00 in extra bucks when you buy 2.  This makes it $3.44 for each sunscreen!  I couldn’t’ find them in my paper this week…hopefully you have more luck!

Here’s what I bought this week:

  • 3 Huggies little Movies at $10 each and used 3 $2.00 off coupons from the 6/17 smartsource. (you also get 10 extra bucks for spending $30)
  • 2 Panteen Hair products on sale for 2/$6.98 and used a $3.00 off 2 coupon from the 6/24 smartsource, and a $2.00 off Panteen coupon that printed at the red coupon box in the store
  • 2 CVS brand shampoos that were on sale for $1.49 and used a $2.00 off coupon for any hair care item that printed at the red box

My Total Before Coupons and Sale Price: $55.78

My Total after coupons and $8.00 extra bucks from last week: $21.81 plus $10.00 off my next purchase

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Martins Deals for the week of 6/24

I some trouble getting my list together for this week because many of the coupons that were SUPPOSED to be in the paper were not in the inserts I got.  I’ll add that deal at the bottom.

  • Butterball Turkey Bacon.  On sale for 10/$10.  Use $0.55 off 1 coupon from the the 6/24 smartsource insert.  The coupon says DO NOT DOUBLE but mine did today!  Final price without doubling is $0.45
  • Pillsbury Cake or Brownie mixes 5/$5 and you must buy 5
  • Heafty One Zip Bags on sale for 2/$4 and use a $0.55 off coupon printed here that doubles to $1.  Final price $1.00
  • Arnold Bread B1G1 on sale for $2.99 and use $1.00 one coupon that came in the mail

Check your 6/10 Red Plum coupon insert and see if you got a $0.50 off 3 Zatarines Rice coupons.  They are on sale for 10/$10 and you get 20 cents off gas when you buy 7.  This works out to a pretty good deal if you have the coupon.

Also-Don’t forget to check the clearance meat section found at the end of the 1st meat case in the Harrisonburg Store.  I found some chicken on sale for $0.99 a lb.  In the clearance bread section (found by the bathrooms in Harrisonburg) there were several loafs of 100% whole wheat bread on sale for $0.84.

 

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Mushroom Meatloaf Muffins and Semi-homemade Veggie Casserole

The picture for this meal isn’t so great…I promise it is really yummy!  I got the idea for Meatloaf Muffins from someone at some bible study a while ago and I can’t remember who made them! Sorry if it was you!  My semi-homemade veggie casserole came out of a craving for broccoli casserole, but I didn’t have all the ingredients.  I combined a box of Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes with a few other things and ended up with a SUPER yummy side dish.  I really messed up on the timing of this dinner and my muffins were done about 20 minutes ahead of the veggies, so be sure to make your veggies first.  (also- I lost track of time on how long I actually cooked the casserole because Tommy starting walking and I HAD to take a video!!)

Semi- Homemade veggies Casserole – serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes (has potatoes and cheese sauce powder)
  • 2 cups  hot water
  • 1 tbs melted butter
  • 2 cups of veggies (I used a broccoli and cauliflower mix)
  • 2 tbs mayo
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • about 2 handfuls of bread crumbs

To Make:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425
  2. Spray a 2 qt baking dish nonstick spray
  3. Combine everything but the veggies and potatoes in the casserole dish.  Stir until everything is blended
  4. Add potatoes, then veggies.  Be sure all the potatoes are in liquid so they don’t stay hard.
  5. Top with bread crumbs (cheese would be yummy on top too)
  6. Bake for about 30-40 mins

Mushroom Meatloaf Muffins- serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 handfuls of bread crumbs (I used the heals of bread torn apart that I keep in the freezer)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 can of mushroom stems and pieces with liquid drained

To Make:

  1. Pre-Heat oven to 425
  2. Combine everything in a bowl making sure it is well blended. ( My bare hands seem to work best for this)
  3. Spray 8 muffin cups of a muffin pan with non-stick spray
  4. Gently press the meat mixture into the 8 muffin cups
  5. Bake about 15 minutes- until top and edges start to get crispy.  You may want to check one with a fork to be sure it is cooked all the way through.
  6. I like to dab my muffins with a paper towel  to get rid of the extra grease.
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Bacon, Tomato, and Green Bean pasta…and a way to use up baby rice cereal

If you are someone who needs to follow an exact recipe…don’t bother trying to make this meal!  Zack was away last night so I was only cooking for one (and a half) and my main goal was to make something that included bacon, and used up the leftover tomatoes and green beans I had.  Instead of a recipe, I’ll walk you through my thought process and tell you what I did since I was making this up on the fly.

Whenever I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to make, I start by putting a pot of water to boil on the stove since just about everything I make includes boiling water at some point. I then hunted through the fridge and pulled out 4 strips of bacon (hard to believe we had leftover bacon!), about 2 cups of diced tomatoes, about a cup of green beans, the half and half, and marsala wine.  I chopped the bacon up and put it in a skillet to fry up.  About half way through I poured off some of the grease so the bacon would continue to crisp up.  About this time my water was boiling and I added 3 handfuls of penne pasta.  Once the bacon was done I drained off almost all the grease, but left a little in the pan to fry up the beans a bit.  After I let the beans cook for a bit, I added the tomatoes and marsala to the pan (enough to cover the bottom).  I let that bubble until it was mostly reduced then added enough 1/2 and 1/2 so there was a layer of it in the skillet.  I realized I was going to need something to thicken the sauce and have found one of the best ways to do this is by using baby rice cereal.  (I have about 3 boxes left and I’ve been testing out all sorts of ways to use it.)  I sprinkled a little over my sauce and stirred until I had the thickness I wanted.  Once my pasta was done I dumped it on my pasta plate and poured the bacon sauce over the noodles.

This may be one of my favorite pasta dishes so far! Even Tommy loved it!

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Sunday Coupon Preview 6/24

Here is a list of the coupons that should be in this weeks paper.  I plan on getting 4 papers since CVS has a deal on diapers that should be pretty good when matched with this weeks diaper coupons.

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A few Freebies

Here are a few freebies you can get from Facebook.  If you sign up for a bunch of these, remember to go in and “unlike” them every few weeks or else your wall will be full of ads.

Free Sample of Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy for liking them on Facebook.  Enter VIP code CLEARstyle

Free sample of Lipton Tea and Honey for liking them on Facebook

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How I create a stockpile and my stock up price list.

I hate paying full price for ANYTHING, so I try very hard to only buy my groceries when they are on sale.  The only way this is possible to 1) plan your meals around sale items and 2) create a stock pile.  I have been couponing long enough that I have a pretty good stockpile of canned goods, toilet paper, paper towels, hair products, razors, toothpaste, cereal, diapers, wipes and a few other things.  One of my goals this summer is to really work on my stockpile since I have trouble finding the time during the school year to keep up with couponing.  Not only does it save you money, but its an awesome feeling when you suddenly need brownies for an event, or maybe you get some surprise visitors and you already have what you need on hand.

The first thing you need to start a stockpile is space.  We are lucky to have a pretty good size pantry and a large bathroom vanity in our guest bathroom.  I will not end up like the crazy couponers on extreme couponing, so I will only let my stockpile get as big as those 2 spaces will hold.  Its important to get your items organized too so you know what you have to prevent things expiring.

The second thing you need to do is figure out how much you really need.  I have a list of the items my family uses most often and a rough estimate of how much we will use in a year.  I will not stock up on more than we can use in a year.

Another key element of stockpiling is to not blow your budget trying to get your stockpile started.  It is best to work at it slowly.  I have $45 a week to spend on groceries.  I use that money first to buy what I need, then with the leftover I stock up on any good deals.  If there is nothing worth stocking up on, I save the extra money for another week.  If you don’t have any spare money, don’t worry, just keep watching the sales and eventually you will have a week where you come in under your budget. (You do have a budget right???? If not- go to my post on how to create a budget!)

The final and most important part of creating a stockpile is knowing when to stock up!  Everything goes on sale eventually…you just have to wait.  Below is my list of what I consider a “stock up” price for an item.  This is a work-in-progress…I update it as I find things for cheaper.  These are prices I have actually been able to get the items for several times.  Many stock up price lists seem incredibly unreasonable to me, but these are very do-able prices for the area I live in.  A few entries are blank because I haven’t been couponing and watching the sales long enough to figure out a stock up price.  I would highly recommend printing this list and keeping it in your purse or wallet so you have it while you are shopping.  This is also a great tool to figure out if you are truly getting a good deal at places like  Sharp Shopper, Finders Keepers or Aldi.

Stock Up List

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Martins Deals and Coupon Matchups for 6/17 *UPDATED*

My original plan for Martins this week didn’t quite turn out the way I planned…so here is the updated version with the prices things actually are rather than what was posted online or in the ad.  Some things are a better deal, and some not so much.  The updates are in green.

Here is what I am planning on buying at Martins this week.  There are probably some other deals, but these are what I consider the best.

  • Tabasco Hot Sauce- On sale for 10/$10 (fancy for $1.00 each) Use a $0.50 off printable coupon that will double to $1.00.  Final Price: FREE (note- only one like coupon will double.  The website will let you print 2, but to get 2 FREE you will have to do 2 transactions)
  • ·  Magnum Ice Cream Bars- On sale for 2/$7.00 plus get $2.00 off instantly.  You can also print 2 $1.50 off 1 coupons here (note- you have to play a silly game to get the coupons) This brings the total down to $2.00 for 2 and the register should print a $2.00 off your next trip which make the Final Price: FREE If you read the ad as I read the ad, this deal would have worked.  However, the store says the minis are not included in the 2/$7.00 and the coupon is for the minis.  I called the Martins Headquarters to ask/complain and they agreed that the ad is not clear but said whatever the register rings up is correct. I politely told them that they should use proper punctuation in the sales ads so that there would be less confusion. 
  • Bounty Napkins- On sale from anywhere  between $1.09 and $1.19.  Use a $0.50 off coupon from the 5/20 Smartsource ad the total will be $0.09 to $0.19
  • Bounty Paper Towels- On sale for 10/$10. Use a $0.25 off 1 coupon from either the 5/13 or 6/3 PG insert and the total will be $0.50 for the roll.

The  next 2 deals are not Super Stock up type of deals, but they are 2 items we use ALL the time so I am going to go ahead and buy them

  • GIANT brand bacon– on sale for $3.99  and Buy 1 Get 1 Free bringing the final price to $2.00 each.  This is now a pretty great deal!
  • Triscuit Crackers-3/$6.00 and you must buy in multiples of 3.  You can get a coupon here for $1.00 off 2  This is not a rock bottom price, but its pretty good. (once you click the link, search for the coupon by “food” and “nabisco”)
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Easy Chicken in Foil

This is another one of my Mom’s recipes.  It might be one of the first things I learned to cook!  The great thing about this dinner is you can make a dinner for each person in case you have a picky eater (eh hem…my sister)  Mom used to let us decide what went into our foil packets then she would bake them with our initials written on the foil in sharpie.  This dinner also makes an easy freezer meal to keep on hand, or to pass along to someone in need of a meal.

Ingredients you must use:

  • 2 large chicken breasts or 4 small ones
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup

Optional Ingredients:

  • Potato slices
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • anything else you want 🙂

To Make

  1. Place 1 chicken breasts, the veggies and 1/4 the can of soup on a piece of foil.  Top with any seasonings (I use pepepr, paprika and garlic salt)
  2. Wrap foil around food to seal and place in a baking dish (some juices usually leak out)
  3. Bake at 400 for 1 hr 15 mins
  4. Serve over rice

We usually make 2 to eat that night and freeze 2 for later.  To cook the frozen dinners: Thaw in fridge then bake as normal.

 

 

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Kids Napper for $9.99 + $5.00 shipping

I had been looking for one of these since Tommy will need one at daycare next year.  At target they sell for $18-$50.  I had decided I would just try and sew my own, but I’m not sure I could make one for as cheap and as nice as the one here.  To get this deal go HERE.

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