Friday, April 3, 2009
This weeks tip comes from my friend Denise. Denise is a hard working single mother who makes being a good mama look easy. She gave me this tip and it was such a good idea I thought that I had to share!!
When I get done shopping at the grocery store I always look at the box that shows how much I saved. Whatever the amount that I saved, I immediately transfer that amount into my savings account.
So for example, yesterday I went to Meijer, and my receipt said I had a total savings of $18.61. I'm now transferring $18.61 directly from my checking to savings. (Having everything online makes it easier to do.) Its a small enough amount that it doesn't make a big impact and those small amounts really add up!!
I am taking Denise's suggestion. I often save more than I spend however. I always add the money that I stayed under budget to the savings account. That way we are still under grocery budget, putting money in the savings account and motivating me to save alot at the store!
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Thursday, April 2, 2009
This week I am trying a meatless dish. It sounds so good to me (and was so simple) that I thought I would try it. I have to say, however that I think some chicken added in would be stellar! Happy Eating!
Check out Stretching a Buck deals here to see more deals at Giant Eagle. I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.
Lemon Broccoli Pasta
2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth (On sale Swanson 4 for $3) $1.50
1 teaspoon lemon juice (Lemons on sale 2 for $1) .50
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta (On sale San Giorgio 10 for $10) $1
3 cups broccoli florets (On sale .99) .99
3/4 cup sour cream (On sale Break stone sour cream 1.25 w/c .15) .5
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
In a saucepan, combine the broth, lemon juice and peel, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and broccoli. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-4 minutes or until pasta is tender. Drain; stir in sour cream. Sprinkle with cheese.
Total cost of meal: $4.04
Add 1/2 lb of chicken to this meal (On sale $1.99 a lb ) Total cost of this meal: $5.04
Add some Garlic bread ( New York brand on sale 2 for $6) Total cost of meal: $6.04
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I then organize my tabs by grocery isles. Most stores are set up the same. Produce is first then personal items, etc. I almost always grocery shop the same store so I set it up by that. No more flipping through tabs.... they are all in order!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
One Hour Dinner Rolls
3 1/2 - 4 cups flour 2 packages yeast 2 Tbl sugar 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 cup milk 1/2 cup water 2 Tbl butter or margarine 1 egg 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 2 Tbl butter melted 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Combine 1 1/2 cup flour, yeast sugar, salt- mix well.
Heat- milk, water, butter (warm 120 degrees-130 degrees)
Add to first mixture. Then add egg
Blend at low speed then beat 3 minutes on medium speed.
By hand-fold in 1/2 cup cheese and enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead till smooth. (3-5 minutes)
Place in greased bowl, turn to grease the top, cover and let rise in warm location for 15 minutes. Punch down.
Divide into 16 pieces and form into balls. Dip tops into melted butter then cheese. Put in a well greased 13x9 inch pan. Cover and let rise 10 additional minutes.
Bake at 375 20 - 25 minutes till browned.
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Pork Loin is on sale this week for $1.79 a lb which is an outstanding value!! Many people have raved about this simple recipe so I am anxious to try it. They swear it just falls off the bone! Enjoy!
Tender Pork Roast
1 (3 pound) boneless pork roast (On sale $1.79 a lb) $5.37 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (On sale Hunts 4 for $5) .32
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground mustard
Cut roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F-170 degrees F. Remove roast to a serving platter and keep warm. If desired, skim fat from pan juices and thicken for gravy.
Total cost of Meal: $5.69
Add Asparagus (On sale $ 1.69 a lb) Total cost of Meal: $6.53
Add Asparagus and Vienna bread ( On sale $1.49) Total cost of Meal: $ 7.03
Monday, March 30, 2009
My little guy is very into helping me in the garden or with flowers. So this Easter I am including his own Diego gloves, digger, rake, and seed packets. You can also include starter grow kids, sun hats, watering cans and water boots.
Fun in the sun-
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This soup is perfect for getting in protein, veggies and some dairy into little tummy's. This is such a simple and quick recipe. Feel free to add your own substitutions such as cream instead of milk or cheddar cheese. With some warm bread from the oven you are all set for a cozy meal! Happy Eating!
Chicken and Potato Soup
2 tablespoons butter
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - diced (On sale $1.79 a lb) $3.58
1 large onion, diced ( On sale 3 lb bag $1.69) .25
6 medium potatoes, diced (On sale 5 lb bag $1.97) $1
1 bag mixed veggies (On sale Kroger veggies 10 for $10) $1
1 cup milk (On sale 10 for $10) .50
2 cups water, or as needed
hot pepper sauce to taste
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste
Total cost of the meal: $6.33 ( Freeze the leftovers and reduce the cost!)
Add bread (Pillsbury bread on sale 4 for $4) Total cost of meal: $7.33
This week I am using all meat in my freezer.. woohoo!! I am using recipes I have shared in the past but haven't made for quite a while. Hope you enjoy!!
Monday: Beefaroni, salad, green beans, rolls
Tuesday: Black Bean soup, grilled cheese
Thursday: Angel hair pasta with shrimp, salad, garlic bread
Friday: Pizza Night!
Saturday: Herbed grilled chicken, bacon and cheese potatoes, asparagus
Sunday: Italian pot roast with noodles, broccoli, bread
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