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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Summer blowout sale!

Have you heard the big news? TODAY ONLY you can get an incredible ebook package from MoneySavingMom.com--over $100 worth of money-saving ebooks, homemaking helps, and encouragement for only $5.97! That's a great price and I'd highly recommend you run over here and check it out.

What makes this deal so good is that this ebook package includes the ecourse Supermarket Savings 101--this course alone is worth much more than $5.97 and will teach you how to drastically reduce your grocery bill. If high fuel and food costs are discouraging you and leaving you strapped for cash, you definitely need to buy this ecourse. You'll learn how to cut your grocery bill by up to 50% or more and have fun saving money at the same time!

Supermarket Savings 101 is the course that I took that got me started. It taught me how to set a grocery budget, how to menu plan more effectively, how to use coupons, and shop at CVS and Walgreens. I have cut my groceery and household items budget from $750-$800/month down to under $300/month for my family of 9. Yes, that includes diapers, cleaning supplies, and toiletry items. When I ordered it I paid the same price for the Supermarket Savings 101 course alone. That's what makes this such a great deal. It is SO worth the tiny investment. I saved more than $5.97 on my first grocery trip.


Go here to read more about this huge sale! Hurry, though, the price goes up tomorrow--get this money-saving ebook package at a ridiculously low price while you can!

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 7/30 - 8/5

It's time again for my Grocery Gathering post. This week is a continuation of the Mega sale so if you missed it last week you still have time to get in on the great deals. Of course, as usual anything that could be free will be red.


Mega sale 7/23 - 8/5:

BUY 10 participating items and receive $5 off instantly, mix or match any items:

Final price of $.50 each:
Pictsweet Vegetables 12-16 oz
Glaceau Vitamin Water 20 oz
Powerade 32 oz or Glaceau Vitamin water 1 liter--->Free Powerade!
- Powerade $0.75/1 from 06-08-08 Smartsource insert
- Powerade $1.00/1 from 07-13-08 Smartsource insert
- Powerade $1.00/2 tearpads
Daisy Sour Cream 8 oz--->Free sour cream!
- $0.50/1 from 06-01-08 Redplum insert
- $0.60/1 from 06-01-08 Redplum insert
Albertson's Olives 5.75-6 oz
-French's Mustard 14 oz--->Free mustard!
- $0.50/1 IP here or here
- $0.30/1 from 06-22-08 Smartsource insert
- $0.50/1 from 06-22-08 Smartsource insert
- $1.00/2 from 06-22-08 Smartsource insert
Hormel Chili 15 oz
Libby's Vegetables 14.5-29 oz
Music Mountain Water 6 pack

Final Price of $1.00 each:
Albertson's Diced Green Chilies 7 oz
Albertson's Elbow Macaroni 16 oz
Albertson's Butter 8 ozHamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper 5-9 oz
- $1.00/3 or $.75/3 from 06-08-08 Smartsource insert
- $1.00/3 IP here or here
Country Crock Spread 16 oz
- $0.25/1 or $1.00/2 from 05-18-08 Redplum insert
Knorr Vegetable Rice or Noodle 4.9-5.4 oz--->Free if you use the IP Q's
- $1.00/1 IP here
- $0.60/2, $.75/2, or $1.00/3 from 05-18-08 Redplum insert
Albertson's Picante Sauce 16 oz
Albertson's Pasta Sauce 26 oz
Sara Lee Whole Grain White Bread 26 oz
Albertson's Extra Wide Noodles 16 oz

Final Price of $1.50 each:
Country Time Lemonade on the Go 10 ct or 10 quart
Lean Cuisine Entrees 5.25-10.38 oz
- $1.50/3 IP here
- $1.00/2 IP here
Oscar Mayer Fast Franks 10.2 oz
Capri Sun Ready to Drink 10 pk 6.75 oz
Kool Aid Singles 10-12 ct
Nabisco Snack Sak 8 oz
South Beach Tide Me Over 7 ct--->Free with IP Q!
- $2.00/1 IP here
-$1.00/1 from 7/27/08 Smartsource insert
Albertson's Ice Cream Bars 15 oz
Oscar Mayer Mini Beef Hot Dogs or Mini Cheese Hot Dogs 10 oz
Kool Aid Jammers 10 pack
General Mill Cereals Cheerios 14 oz, Honey Nut Cheerios 12.25 oz, Golden Graham 12 oz, Multigrain Cheerios 9 oz or Cocoa Puffs COMBO 11.7 oz.
- $.75/1 IP here for Cocoa Puffs Combo
- $1/50/3 or $1.00/2 from 06/22, 06/29 or 7/13 Smartsource inserts
Kool Aid 8 quart or Sugar Free 12 qt
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 6-10 ct.
-$0.80/2 IP here, here, or here
Pillsbury Toaster Strudels 10-11.5 oz
- $1.00/1 IP here, here, or here
- $1.00/2 IP here and here
- $1.00/2 from 07-13-08 Smartsource insert
Crystal Light 8 qt or On The Go 10 ct

Final Price of $2.00 each:
Nabisco Teddy Grahams 9.5-10 oz
Nabisco 100 Calorie Granola Bars 5.88 oz
Oscar Mayer Fast Franks Smoked Sausages 8 oz or Fast Franks Beef hot Dogs 10.2 oz
Mt Olive Spears 24 oz
Tombstone Pizza 17.7-29.51 oz
Nabisco Ritz Bits 7.5 oz
Kraft Salad Dressing 24 oz
Lean Cuisine Dinner Entrees 6-10.5 oz
Post Cereals Honey Bunches of Oats 14.5 oz, Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles 13 oz, Raisin Bran 20 oz, Alpha Bits 13.5 oz or Honeycomb 14.5 oz
Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts 16 oz
Bertolli Pasta Pouch 13.5 oz
Albertson's Orange Juice 64 oz
Nabisco 100 Honey Maid Sticks 8.5 to 10 oz
3 day sale:
$1.99 ground beef
$.99 Dozen eggs (limit 2)
PRE SEASONED Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, BUY ONE GET 2 FREE
Other deals I see:
PILLSBURY Biscuits, Cinnamon Rolls 5 ct. - 10/$10--->Free if your store triples!
- Pillsbury Sweet Rolls Or Grand’s Sweet Rolls $0.30 /1 from 7/13 Smartsource

Monday, July 28, 2008

Menu Planning Monday: Using my stockpile!


From doing a bit of stockpiling the last week or two I am able to do this menu almost completely for nothing. I did have to buy a bit of meat(only because my freezer went out and I lost my chicken), and of course fresh fruits, veggies, and milk. This menu was just a little over $30.00. Since my budget is $75.00 a week, that leaves me about $45.00 to stock up even more with all the great grocery sales. You can see a few of the deals i've been getting here.

Breakfast:
Monday: Waffles and fruit
Tuesday: Baked oatmeal
Wednesday: Muffins and sausage
Thursday: eggs and biscuits
Friday: Pancakes and fruit
Saturday: Eggs, hashbrowns, and a meat
Sunday: Country ham and gravy over biscuits

Lunch:
Monday: Grilled hot dogs, homemade mac & cheese, and a veggie
Tuesday: Sandwiches and a veggie
Wednesday: Grilled chicken salad
Thursday: Grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit
Friday: Baked potatoes and vegetable plate
Sat and Sun: We either eat leftovers, or a salad, or sandwiches

Snacks:
Monday: Banana bread
Tuesday: Fruit
Wednesday: Homemade cookies
Thursday: Veggie and cheese tray
Friday: Tortilla wraps---> Filled with peanut butter, banana, and/or honey

Dinner:
Monday:
Chicken and stuffing
Corn
Yeast rolls

Tuesday:
Sloppy joes
Coleslaw

Wednesday:
Chili cheese enchiladas
Mexican rice

Thursday:
Chicken and stuffing
Corn
Yeast rolls

Friday:
Pizza
Cheese bread

Saturday:
BBQ at my sisters house

Sunday:
Roast
Potatoes and carrots
Salad

For more great menu ideas, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Planning Mondays.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Great deals at Target and Albertson's this week!

So, the sales have been a little dry lately but this week more than makes up for it. I have hit up target and Albie's this week and I still have quite a bit more shopping to do at Albertson's befor the 2 week mega sale ends. I can't forget CVS and Walgreen's either. I have given away so many bottles of Pro Vive this week. Of course we did keep a few for ourselves.

My first stop was Target to use all those great Electrasol coupons that I had. I was able to get 40 boxes of Electrasol. I have already given some away to help other people save a bit of money, but I should have enough to last me till the end of the year. I only have 30 pictured, but that was after I started giving away a few.

Total before coupons $111.60 + tax. Total after coupons $20.60.

My second stop this week was Albertson's for their mega sale. I still have at least 4-5 more transactions to do. I will have 35 more Powerades, 10 bags of frozen veggies, 10 more cans of Hormel, 10 more sour creams, and 15 more mustards. Oh and a few South Beach drinks. All for less than $5.00 OOP. Here's what i've picked up so far.

Total before coupons and promotions $96.20. Total after coupons $4.00 OOP.



Total savings between the two stores was $183.20. I should be well stocked after this in a few things. Anyone need any mustard? :-)

Making the transition to home - Part 4

Look at that picture. Wonder what it's all about? Maybe it's classes to teach you how to be a homemaker. I know what you're thinking. "Why in the world would anyone need classes to teach you how to be a homemaker?" It's pretty funny, eh? Or is it?

Before I get started I wanted to just quickly mention that if you missed my previous posts you can read them here, here, and here.

Back to that picture. I was just kidding, but maybe it would be nice if we all had classes to teach us how to better at staying home. I was really great when I worked outside of the home, but I failed dismally when it came to my job at home. It took me quite awhile to learn The truth is that eventhough I am no longer working outside of the home I still don't leave all of the responsibility of providing for the family to Scott. It really does take both of us to make it work. In fact the Bible says that I am to help my husband.

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

So, what exactly is a helpmeet? According to Strong's Concordance, the Hebrew definition of the words "help" and "meet" are the same, help. Webster's 1828 Dictionary gives the definition of the word help as; "To aid; to assist; to lend strength or means towards effecting a purpose." The same dictionary gives the definition of the word meet as; "Fit; suitable; proper; qualified; convenient; adapted, as to a use or purpose."

Roughly translated, God tells me that I am to assist my husband towards accomplishing our purpose. In this case that would be staying home. Not only that, but I am to be qualified. That means I need to have the knowledge and skills necessary to help. We both work, but in different ways to fulfill our purpose that we set together.

There are many things I have done to assist Scott. I have taught myself how to take that money that he makes and stretch it. First, I learned how to budget. I learned to cook meals at home. I learned how to make a menu. How to shop for food using coupons. I think of creative ways to save us money and to conserve energy. Thinking outside of what is considered the norm for today. I do not waste anything now. I have learned how to reuse things. I am learning to sew and now can make a few really cute clothes for the younger children. I have learned to garden. By learning these skills I am helping to insure that we succeed.

Staying home is real work. When I worked as a nurse I had to train for years just to get a degree. I then had to take education hours to keep my license up every year(still do). I also had to go skills fairs at the hospital I worked at just so that they could make sure I was competent at the basic skills necessary to be a nurse. We should take our job of staying home just a seriously as our outside jobs, always learning new skills so that we can be successful managers of our homes.

You do not need to do everything I have done. Think about your own home though. In what ways can you, by learning how to do something new or becoming better at something you already know how to do, help to make sure that your home can survive on one income? I will say again that it is important for you to be skilled at caring for your home. Your part at home is just as important as your husband's part in providing monitarily. Be creative, think outside of the box, and most importantly, pray for God to help you. He is always faithful.

Next time I want to talk about working at home to bring in some extra cash. It is a hot topic right now with so many of women doing it. Y'all have a great day!


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 7/23 - 7/29

It's time again for my Grocery Gathering post. I am SO excited about this week. We have all been waiting for a good week for awhile. This is it! This post is going to be a work in progress since I just wanted to get the Mega Sale posted so you can get all your coupon matchups done in time to get busy shopping.

"What is the Mega Sale," you ask? Well, it is just that. A mega sale! The great thing is that this sale lasts two weeks. Of course, as usual anything that could be free will be red.

Mega sale 7/23 - 8/5:

BUY 10 participating items and receive $5 off instantly, mix or match any items:

Final price of $.50 each:
Pictsweet Vegetables 12-16 oz
Glaceau Vitamin Water 20 oz
Powerade 32 oz or Glaceau Vitamin water 1 liter--->Free Powerade!
- Powerade $0.75/1 from 06-08-08 Smartsource insert
- Powerade $1.00/1 from 07-13-08 Smartsource insert

Daisy Sour Cream 8 oz--->Free sour cream!
- $0.50/1 from 06-01-08 Redplum insert
- $0.60/1 from 06-01-08 Redplum insert

Albertson's Olives 5.75-6 oz
French's Mustard 14 oz--->Free mustard!
- $0.50/1 IP here or here
- $0.30/1 from 06-22-08 Smartsource insert

- $0.50/1 from 06-22-08 Smartsource insert
- $1.00/2 from 06-22-08 Smartsource insert

Hormel Chili 15 oz
Libby's Vegetables 14.5-29 oz
Music Mountain Water 6 pack

Final Price of $1.00 each:
Albertson's Diced Green Chilies 7 oz
Albertson's Elbow Macaroni 16 oz
Albertson's Butter 8 oz
Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper 5-9 oz
- $1.00/3 or $.75/3 from 06-08-08 Smartsource insert
- $1.00/3 IP
here or here
Country Crock Spread 16 oz
- $0.25/1 or $1.00/2 from 05-18-08 Redplum insert
Knorr Vegetable Rice or Noodle 4.9-5.4 oz--->Free if you use the IP Q's
- $1.00/1 IP here
- $0.60/2, $.75/2, or $1.00/3 from 05-18-08 Redplum insert
Albertson's Picante Sauce 16 oz
Albertson's Pasta Sauce 26 oz
Sara Lee Whole Grain White Bread 26 oz
Albertson's Extra Wide Noodles 16 oz

Final Price of $1.50 each:
Country Time Lemonade on the Go 10 ct or 10 quart
Lean Cuisine Entrees 5.25-10.38 oz
- $1.50/3 IP here
- $1.00/2 IP here
Oscar Mayer Fast Franks 10.2 oz
Capri Sun Ready to Drink 10 pk 6.75 oz
Kool Aid Singles 10-12 ct
Nabisco Snack Sak 8 oz
South Beach Tide Me Over 7 ct--->Free with IP Q!
- $2.00/1 IP here
Albertson's Ice Cream Bars 15 oz
Oscar Mayer Mini Beef Hot Dogs or Mini Cheese Hot Dogs 10 oz
Kool Aid Jammers 10 pack
General Mill Cereals Cheerios 14 oz, Honey Nut Cheerios 12.25 oz, Golden Graham 12 oz, Multigrain Cheerios 9 oz or Cocoa Puffs COMBO 11.7 oz.
- $.75/1 IP here for Cocoa Puffs Combo
- $1/50/3 or $1.00/2 from 06/22, 06/29 or 7/13 Smartsource inserts
Kool Aid 8 quart or Sugar Free 12 qt
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 6-10 ct.
-$0.80/2 IP here, here, or here
Pillsbury Toaster Strudels 10-11.5 oz
- $1.00/1 IP here, here, or here
- $1.00/2 IP here and here
- $1.00/2 from 07-13-08 Smartsource insert

Crystal Light 8 qt or On The Go 10 ct

Final Price of $2.00 each:
Nabisco Teddy Grahams 9.5-10 oz
Nabisco 100 Calorie Granola Bars 5.88 oz
Oscar Mayer Fast Franks Smoked Sausages 8 oz or Fast Franks Beef hot Dogs 10.2 oz
Mt Olive Spears 24 oz
Tombstone Pizza 17.7-29.51 oz
Nabisco Ritz Bits 7.5 oz
Kraft Salad Dressing 24 oz
Lean Cuisine Dinner Entrees 6-10.5 oz
Post Cereals Honey Bunches of Oats 14.5 oz, Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles 13 oz, Raisin Bran 20 oz, Alpha Bits 13.5 oz or HOneycomb 14.5 oz
Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts 16 oz
Bertolli Pasta Pouch 13.5 oz
Albertson's Orange Juice 64 oz
Nabisco 100 Honey Maid Sticks 8.5 to 10 oz

Other deals I see:
C&H 4 lb sugar 3/$5.00
- $.30/1 from ? insert

Purell hand sanitizer 10/$10.00
- $1.00/1 from 04/27/08 Redplum insert

Suave shampoo or conditioner 10/$10.00--->Free if your store doubles!
-$.50/1 from 07/13/08 Redplum insert


Of course if I see any other good deals I will add them. Please let me know if you see anything deals or coupon matchups that I may have missed. For more great grocery deals visit the Grocery Gathering, hosted by Becentsable

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Menu Planning Monday: Building my stockpile!


Life since the baby has come has been full, but I am slowly getting back in the swing of things. I have fianlly been able to take advantage of some of the sales again so I am getting my stockpile back up. Because of that I have only spent about $50.00 on this week's menu.

That still leaves me $25.00 to snatch up any other good deals that I may find to add to that growing stockpile. My goal is to be able to "shop" out of my stockpile and just shop for fresh foods that can't be stored and of course more deals. This is the way to never pay full price for anything again. It's how I am able to keep my food budget so low. Check out this stockpile to see what I'm talking about. Wow!

Breakfast:
Monday: Waffles and fruit
Tuesday: Breakfast casserole
Wednesday: Muffins and sausage
Thursday: Homemade cinnamon rolls
Friday: Pancakes and fruit
Saturday: Eggs, hashbrowns, and a meat
Sunday: Country ham and gravy over biscuits

Lunch:
Monday: Fried ham, homemade mac & cheese, and a veggie
Tuesday: Sandwiches and a veggie
Wednesday: Grilled chicken salad
Thursday: Grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit
Friday: Baked potatoes and vegetable plate
Sat and Sun: We either eat leftovers, or a salad, or sandwiches

Snacks:
Monday: Banana bread
Tuesday: Fruit
Wednesday: Homemade cookies
Thursday: Veggie and cheese tray
Friday: Tortilla wraps---> Filled with peanut butter, banana, and/or honey

Dinner:
Monday:
Chinese Stirfry
Fried Rice
Eggrolls

Tuesday:
Cheeseburger pie
Green beans

Wednesday:
Mexican bar

Thursday:
Chicken and stuffing
Corn
Yeast rolls

Friday:
Pizza
Cheese bread

Saturday:
BBQ

Sunday:
Rosemary pork tenderloin
Potatoes and baby carrots
Salads

For more great menu ideas, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Planning Mondays.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 7/16 - 7/22

It's time once again for my weekly Grocery Gathering post. I am covering Albertson's DFW region.

There are many 10/$10 sales out there. I won't be covering them all, just the ones that have good coupon matchups. Remember, you do not have to buy 10 of any one item. They will ring up for $1.00 each. Any deals that could be free will be in red.

Outside Wrapper:
Select General Mills cereals 6/$10.00
-There are $1.00/2 or $1.00/3 Q's from the 6/08 or 6/22 Smartsource inserts
*There is also a $2.00 catalina that prints if you buy 5 boxes of cereal!*

Other deals I see:
Fresh Express slaw or shreds 10/$10.00

Rice A Roni 10/$10.00--->Free if your store doubles!
-$.50/1 IP here

Allens or Veg All frozen vegetables 10/$10.00--->Free if your store triples!
-$.35/1 from 4/06 smartsource insert

Purell 2 oz hand sanitizer 10/$10.00
-$1.00/1 from 4/27 Smartsource insert

Of course if I see any other good deals I will add them. Please let me know if you see anything else that I may have missed. For more great grocery deals visit the Grocery Gathering, hosted by Becentsable.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My blogging break

I have taken a much needed break from blogging since Anna was born. I have been busy loving on my children, adjusting, and resting. Basically just taking it easy.

While I have enjoyed my break, I have also missed blogging. I have had so many ideas pop into my head that I started writing them down so I wouldn't forget. Of course, the first thing I aim to finish is my Transitioning to Home Series. After that I hope to tackle some organization topics for those of us who are impaired in this area.

This is the time of year when organization becomes top priority here. I have to organize our school year, extracurricular activities that the children will be doing, household maintenance, and of course the never-ending cycle of clearing out clutter. Having a large family in a rather small house means I am constantly going through things we have and minimalizing. Is that even a word? Anyways, I love to be organized, I HAVE to be organized. So, since I get so many questions on this I thought it would be great to share some things I have found that have worked for my family.

So, here's to coming out of hiding and getting back to blogging.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Grocery Gathering- Albertson's DFW 7/9 - 7/15

It's time once again for my Grocery Gathering post. I am covering the Dallas/Ft.Worth region for Albertson's. I wish I could say that I am excited about this weeks ad, but i'm not. I detest their BOGO sales. Many of the prices at my Albertson's are inflated for the sale. You still can find a deal if you look hard and have coupons. Just remember, on a BOGO sale you can use 2 coupons in most places! I'll start with the outer wrapper.

3 day sale 7/11 - 7/13:
Green grapes - $.99 lb.

Pepsi products 2 liters- $.99 ea.

Albertson's large eggs - $.99 dz. (limit 2)

Aquafina 24 pack water - $4.99 ea.

Pictsweet Frozen veggies - 2/$1.00 (limit 6)

Huggies box diapers $17.99 ea.

10% off all frozen foods- I like to save all my frozen food items that are on sale for the 3 day sale. That way I save even more.

Huggies sale:
Spend $20.00 on any Huggies, get a $4.00 instant rebate. This could be a pretty good deal if you have coupons to match.

Heard through the grapevine:
If you buy 3 Planter's products, you get a $4.00 catalina to use on your next purchase. To do this deal, use the Planter's $3.00 coupon when you buy 3 Kraft products. There are many inexpensive Kraft products that you can buy that makes this deal sweet!

Of course if I see any other good deals I will add them. Please let me know if you see anything else that I may have missed. For more great grocery deals visit the Grocery Gathering, hosted by Becentsable.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 7/2 - 7/8


It's time again for my weekly grocery gathering post. I am covering the Dallas/Ft.Worth region for Albertson's. This week is the 4th of July sale. It has some pretty good deals in it. As usual, all deals that could be free will be in red! There are quite a few deals that could be free this week. I'll start with the outer wrapper.

Albertson's boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders - $1.88/lb.

4 day sale from Thursday, July 3rd - Sinday, July 6th:
Ribeye steak - $4.99/lb. with an additional $20.00 purchase (limit 1)

Cherries - $2.99/lb.

Blue Bell 1/2 gallon or 12 count cups - $3.79 ea.
- $1.00/1 half gallon IP here--->You have to join the website to print this coupon

Hillshire Farm smoked sausage - $1.88 ea.
-$.35/1 or $1.00/3 from the 6/22 Redplum insert

Other deals I see:
Kraft BBQ sauce - $.79 ea.Ball Park all meat hot dogs $.99 ea. (limit 4)
-$1.00/2 from 6/29 Redplum insert

Allen's frozen vegetables - 10/$10--->free if your store triples!
-$.35/1 from 4/06 Redplum insert

French's mustard - 10/$10

-$.50/1 IP here or here


Hunt's ketchup - 10/$10--->Free after rebate!
- Free rebate up to $3.00 for any Hunt's ketchup 24 oz or larger here

Bic Soleil 2/$8.00---->Free after coupon!
-$4.00/1 from 6/22 Smartsource insert

Post cereal deal:
Post cereal - 5/$10 - Minus $3.00 instant rebate when you buy 5!
-$2.00/1 Just Bunches cereal IP here --->scroll to the bottom of the page
If you can print 5 of these, then this will be free plus overage!

Huggies deal:
Buy $20.00 worth of Huggies products in a single transaction, receive a $4.00 instant rebate.
There are $1.50 coupons for the diapers and bath products out there. There are also $.75 coupons for the wipes. I don't know how much each product is, but you should be able to get some good deals by matching up coupons.

Of course if I see any other good deals I will add them. Please let me know if you see anything else that I may have missed. For more great grocery deals visit the Grocery Gathering, hosted by Becentsable.



Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Works for me Wednesday: Some of my easiest recipes!

This week is the Five-Ingredients-Or-Less recipe edition of Works for me Wednesday. I am excited about this week since I am always on the lookout for easy and delicious recipes.

I have a very simple recipe I want to share that only takes me about 1 minute to prepare. You really can't get any easier than that. This is the recipe that I save for busy nights that I know I won't have time to cook a complex meal. My recipe is for crockpot chicken. I have been making this for many years now and have added just a few ingedients to make it taste even better.

Crockpot Chicken:
1 whole chicken---> For those of you who gross out over chicken bones you can use boneless breasts. You just have to cook it until you can pull it apart with a fork.
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup or cheddar cheese soup
Thyme
Rosemary

Directions:
Put chicken in crockpot. Open both cans of soup and pour over chicken. Add about 1/2 can of water. Mix it up a bit. Sprinkle thyme and rosemary over top of chicken. As much or as little as you want. Cook on high for about 4-6 hours. This depends on the size of your chicken.


After it is cooked I usually take it out and debone it, but we have also just served it in pieces. The chicken will literally be falling off of the bones by this point so it is easy to get the meat. This is about as simple as it gets folks. Enjoy!

Chili Cheese Enchiladas:
Flour or corn tortillas--->As many as you need
Chili--->I use leftover chili that I freeze, but you can buy ready made chili
Cheddar or mexican blend cheese
Diced onions--->optional
Jalapenos---->optional

Directions:
Put chili in large pan and heat over low-medium heat. I actually add a little water to thin it a bit because you dip the totillas in it. Preheat the oven to 350 F. After chili is heated dip the tortilla in the chili to coat thoroughly. Put tortilla in a 9 x 13 dish and then take a spoonful of chili and put it in the tortilla. Sprinkle either cheddar or a mexican blend cheese over the chili. Wrap it up and then do another. Once I have all of the tortillas made I take whatever chili is left in the pot and pour it over the top of the enchiladas and then top with more cheese. Hubby and I both love diced onions on top of ours so I will put those too or even jalapenos. I usually bake them for about 10-15 minutes. It's really just to melt the cheese. That's all there is to it.


For more easy recipes, be sure to visit Rocks in my Dryer for Works for me Wednesday.