Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mama knows best: Triple coupons at Kroger this weekend!

We as mamas have to be innovative and thrifty all in the same beat. Somehow we find new ways of doing things that save us money, time and maybe if we are really blessed.... sanity!

So this week I stole the MKB from my best friend Marcy. She just let everyone know that this weekend only at Kroger stores in OH and WV they are offering triple coupons. ( Up to $.50) As you can imagine the savings can really add up!!!

Here is a complete list of the deals, coupons and savings for you. To sweeten the deal, Kroger is also offering the mega sale where they will give you $5 off your bill if you buy 10 items. You could really save a ton this weekend!!

Thanks Stretching a Buck!!

Do you have a money/time/sanity tip to share? E-mail me at !

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Meijer Recipe of the week - Italian burgers

Bargain Meal of the Week

This is not much of a recipe but summer is coming to an end. I am going to try to stuff as much burgers, salads, fresh fruits and grilled dishes in before I get my crock pot out and start to do my happy fall dance. :) I am always looking for ways to shake up our standard burger and this one sounds delicious... enjoy!

I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand. W/C means with coupon.

Italian Burgers

1 medium onion, chopped $.25
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing (Ken's On sale W/C $.67) $.09
1 pound ground beef (On sale $1.99/lb) $1.99
4 hamburger buns, split (On sale Meijer brand $.99) .50

In a bowl, combine onion and salad dressing. crumble beef over mixture and mix well.Shape into four patties.Broil, grill or pan-fry until no longer pink. Serve on buns.

Total Cost of Meal: $2.83

Add mixed veggies (Meijer brand frozen on sale $1) Total Cost of Meal: $3.83

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Kroger bargain recipe of the week- Orange Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Bargain Meal of the Week

I know what your thinking. Orange pork chops... ewww. I thought the same thing but everyone that has tried this has loved it !!! One recipe lover said that instead of traditional cooking she put it in the slow crock pot for 4 hours on low. If you don't grow Rosemary, you can always find it in the produce section. (Rosemary is always on manager special at my Kroger and lasts forever!) Happy Eating Y'all!!

I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.

Orange Marinated Pork Tenderloin

1 cup orange juice (on sale $.99/ 1/2 gallon) $.12
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary $.50
3 teaspoons minced garlic
1 whole pork tenderloin (On sale $1.78/lb) $2.67
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Make the orange marinade by whisking together the orange juice, soy sauce, rosemary, and garlic. Pour over pork tenderloin and marinate for at least one hour, preferably overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees . Drain pork, reserving the marinade, and place on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for about 20 minutes until internal temperature has reached 160 degrees.

Meanwhile, strain the reserved marinade and bring it to a simmer in a small saucepan. Serve this as a sauce for the meat.

Total Cost of Meal: $3.29

Add corn on the cob ( On sale $.19/ear) Total cost of Meal: $4.24

Add corn on the cob and fresh green beans (On sale $.88/lb) . Total Cost of Meal: $5.12

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Monday, August 17, 2009

A Teachers View- Books to help your little ones back to school!

I am blessed to live next to a elementary school teacher who loves my kids and we love her!! She has multiple education degrees and is the first person I run to when I am worried about speech, development or anything learning related!! She has agreed to write a weekly post for me on some common concerns involving little ones and just great tips! If you have a topic that you would like to see addressed, please e-mail me at

It’s almost here! The first day of school! There are a ton of great books about going back to school. Here are a few to share with your favorite star student!


v D.W.’s Guide to Preschool by Marc Brown
v Preschool to the Rescue by Judy Sierra
v Little Bunny’s Preschool Countdown by Maribeth Boelts


v Kindergarten Rocks! By Katie Davis
v Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
v Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

1st/2nd/3rd grade:

v First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
v Brand New Pencils, Brand New Books by Diane De Groat
v Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall

4th/5th/6th grade:

v Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
v Allie Finkle’s Rules for School: Moving Day by Meg Cabot
v Frindle by Andrew Clements

Menu Plan Monday

We are back from vacation and I am excited to to some new recipes! The chicken summer pasta sounds really good this week when its so hot! Hope Y'all are having a yummy week!!

Monday: Gravy Baked Pork Chops, Fresh green beans with bacon, roasted potatoes

Tuesday: Chicken Summer Pasta, grilled peppers and asparagus

Wednesday: BBQ burgers, broccoli, roasted carrots

Thursday: Leftover night- If its not movin you can eat it but Mamas not cookin!!

Friday: Pizza Night!

Saturday: Grilled chicken quesadillas, re fried beans, Spanish rice

Sunday: Italian style Sloppy Joes, Tator tots, salad