Sunday, April 26, 2009

Meal Plan & SHopping

Total: $3.58

Total: $42.35

Meals this week

Sloppy Joes, broccoli salad, sweet potato

veggie lasagna, fruit salad

beef soft tacos, black beans

BLTS, au gratin potatoes, green beans

ham sandwiches, cream of broccoli soup, cabbage

pizza, salad

chili, cornbread

Food Waste this Week

2 egg yolks
KFC breast
veggie beef soup

One day I will have a no waste week...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Free Resume Printing & Faxing at Office Depot

Office Depot is offering free resume printing and faxing- up to 25 pages.
Details can be found here.
I am so loving this deal because I am about to start job hunting!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


No picture!!!

5 Finish Dishwasher Detergents
8 2 litres (some for Jackson's Birthday, some diet for me!)

Total: $15.23

Overbudget for the week by almost $7!!!


Spent $41.34
4 bags frozen veg
1 whole wheat bread
4 apples
3 onions
1 bunch organic bananas
2 bunches of Kale
5 lbs of sweet potatoes
4 hand soaps
8 blistex
whole wheat tortillas
Gortons shrimp
lima beans
cottage cheese
sour cream

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Home Depot Plant Sale = Today Only!!

If you have been thinking of starting a garden this season today is the day to get started.
Home Depot has their veggie and herb plants buy 1 get 1 free. Limit of 6 per customer.
Today Only.

This morning I picked up tomato (cherry and regular), zucchini, basil and cucumbers.
I hope to get a post up tonight on the sub-irrigated tote box planters I am going to build to grow my veggies and herbs!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

This weeks Food Waste

Wow, has it really been a month since i have participated in food waste Friday??? I quit doing it for a couple weeks bc umm.. well I was embarrassed bc the couple of people who participated in the challenge all had like NO WASTE. But then Kristin did this post about how she was not as good at the beginning at doing no food waste AND how she was starting a blog roll of people who participated in food waste Fridays. And people came out of the wood works and they had WASTE and I did not have to feel as bad. So I am back. FOR GOOD!

I am pretty please with the reduction in food waste in our house.

This week we had:

Moldy strawberries, part of a can of cream of mushroom, and half a bowl of oatmeal.

WHY bother???

"Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption. That comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. At the same time, food prices and the number of Americans without enough to eat continues to rise"

From Wasted Food

I think the little things REALLY can make a difference in this world.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Some Kroger Coupon Matchups for the 10 for $10

Everything listed here is 10/$10:

$1.00/4 Scott Long Lasting Roll or Mega Roll Paper Towels, Any (4) Or More Rolls - 03-29-09 SS (Insert x05/10/09)

$2.00/10 Banquet Dinners or Select Recipes, Any - 03-22-09 SS (Kroger booklet, manufacturer coupon) (Insert x04/30/09)
1.00/5 Michelina's Traditional Recipe or Authentico Entress, Any (Printable Rolling) - http://bricks.coupons.com/Bstart.asp?o=55854&c=BL&p=iMuYwakc
$1.00/5 Michelina's Lean Gourmet Entrees (Printable Rolling) - http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=qakgags60961024&bt=wi&O=52175&C=BF& P=wCVNcJMG


$0.50/2 Green Giant Vegetables, Any - 03-15-09 RP (Insert x05/01/09
$1.00/2 Green Giant Frozen Boxed vegetables (Printable Rolling) - Coupons and Promotions from Pillsbury.com
$1.00/3 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables, Any Variety - Eat Better America booklet (Booklet x05/31/09)
$0.65/3 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables, Any (Printable Rolling) - Coupons
$1.00/3 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables - Pillsbury Booklet (Booklet x05/31/09)
$0.60/2 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables (Printable Rolling) - Shop Smart

$1.00/5 Chef Boyardee Cans 15 oz. or Microwaveable Bowls 7.5 oz. - 03-22-09 SS (Kroger booklet, manufacturer coupon) (Insert x04/30/09)
Kroger Chain Stores coupon: $1.00/5 Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta, Any 15 Oz. Or Microwaveable Cups, Any 7.5 Oz. (Home Mailer x04/19/09)

Kroger Chain Stores coupon: $1.00/4 Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni side dishes, any (Home Mailer x04/19/09)
$1.00/4 Rice-A-Roni Or Pasta Roni, Any Boxes - 03-08-09 RP (Insert x05/31/09) FAST

$0.30/1 Fast Fixin' Chicken (Printable Rolling) - Advance Brands – Fast Fixin’

$0.40/1 Powerade Zero, Any 32 Oz. - 03-22-09 SS (Insert x04/30/09)

$1.00/2 Kraft Barbecue Sauce, Bull's-Eye Barbecue Sauce, Miracle Whip Dressing Or Kraft Salad Dressing, Any (DND 5) "one coupon, per customer, per day" - Food & Family "Traditional Family Recipes with a Twist" (Booklet x12/31/09)


$0.35/1 Pillsbury Brownie Mix, Any - 03-29-09 RP (Insert x06/30/09)

$1.00/1 McCormick Seasoning Blend, Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Color, Any - 03-15-09 RP (Insert x05/31/09)
$1.00/2 McCormick Seasoning Blend, Grinder, Spice or Herb, Any - 01-18-09 SS (Insert x04/30/09)
$0.25/1 McCormick Seasoning Blend, Grinder, Spice or Herb, Any - 01-18-09 RP (Insert x04/30/09)

4/19-4/25 Meal Plan and Grocery List

Vegetable lasagna, garden salad
Spicy beans, sweet potatoes, grilled chicken breasts marinated in Italian dressing
Black bean burritos, Mexican rice, lettuce/tomato, apples
Chicken enchiladas, lettuce/tomatoes, jello fruit salad
Shrimp, roasted cauliflower, green beans
Pizza (I get one thick crust and one thin crust from this recipe), veggies with homemade dill dip or hummus
Meatball Subs, garlic broccoli

Whole Wheat Waffles
Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars
Fiber one Bars

We eat our leftovers or simple stuff for lunch like scrambled eggs or pb&J

Groceries that are needed:
6-Roma Tomatoes $1 lb
1-Iceburg lettuce
5-Apples Gala -$1 lb
1 head-Cauliflower
1- mini carrots $1
4-Sweet potatoes
2-Strawberries $1.50 each
1- Raisins
2-Cottage cheese
1- Kroger light sour cream $1
1- Natures Own Whole Wheat Bread $1
2-Tortilla shells
1-Gortons butterfly shrimp $4.90 after coupon
1-Package split chicken breasts $.99lb
1- Hunts Ketchup $1

Things that I am stocking up on because they are at a good sale price:
4 Soft Soaps-$.35 each after coupon
2 lbs of onions- $.49lb

I am also checking out the Birds Eye and Green Giant Veggies that are $1 each to see which varieties are on sale.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bored with coupons.

Not much going on in the world of savings this week. or maybe the whole coupon clipping mania is ebbing for me. I like to get the good deals but darn it takes so much time.

I started a new blog, for my new obession. I am going to lose weight once and for all.

Check it out here.

I have been toying with it for a while but wanted to not share it with anyone that I knew bc dude who wants the world to know what you weigh??? But then I thought it could make for some prime entertainment and dude who I am kidding?? its not like I can hide the fact that I am over weight, its kinda out there anyway.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kitchen Tip Tuesday- Freezing onions

I heart onions. My husband is ok with them as long as he can not see them. I am not very attention detailed so our conversations kind of go like this around dinner time.

I don't mind that you put onions in the "dinner" but next time can you make them smaller. I like the taste but not the texture.


and then I don't. Probably slightly passive aggressive on my part because what "texture" does chopped onion have but more likely I just forget because I am A.D.D.
THEN finally after almost 3 years of marriage and 6 years of living together, I got a clue!

I have started grating the onion.

Ok, I know this post was about freezing onion. Well I got a bag on sale and they were going to go bad so I grated a mess of them and froze them in ice cube trays. Afterwards I popped them out and put them in a freezer bag. Tip: leave the hairy part on and the onion stays together as your grate- see picture to see the hairy part of the onion.

Now BOTH the wife and the hubs can be happy. and no more repetive conversations... well about onions that is.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Free Bag from Kroger

Go here and design a cover for a reusable shopping bag and you will receive a credit on your Kroger card for a free Kroger reusable shopping bag.
Just a plain black one though, not the one you designed :( but who knows maybe yours will be so super fabulous that the god of Kroger will deem your design worthy enough to be on EVERY Kroger bag and then we (you know the masses) will all have "your" bag.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Check out Walgreens Weekly deals at Money Saving Mom.

I personally am going to get the free hair scrunchies and free Mentos gum (if I can find any in stock).

Based on the number of Register Reward deals it looks like Walgreens is really going to do away with their Easy Saver program and change over to all Register Reward deals. BOO, I like my free after rebate items and always seem to have problems with the register rewards.