Use $1/2 from 1/23 SS
Monday, January 31, 2011
Use $1/2 from 1/23 SS
Sunday, January 30, 2011
I forgot to take pictures of it as we got started, though, because I was so excited about the meal.
Go here to get the recipe I used for beef and bean burrito mix. I followed the recipe to a large extent, but I did change some things.
1. Instead of using chopped onion, I used onion powder. I just don't like eating chunks of onion.
2. I used 2 cans of Bush's Grillin' Beans instead of 2 cans of refried beans.
I served the beef and bean mixture with a boxed taco dinner meal kit, which contained flour tortillas, crunchy corn taco shells, taco seasoning (plus an extra packet of taco seasoning mix, as called for in the recipe), and salsa. I added cheese and boil-in-bag rice.
Here goes the cost breakdown:
4+ lb. chuck roast -- $8.70
2 small cans Muir Glen tomato sauce -- FREE! (actually $.72 overage! See the post about the purchase here.)
Onion powder -- $.03 -- seriously, this might be an over-estimate. I bought the giant container at Sam's Club for $4 or so and used less than half a teaspoon.
1 packet Taco Bell taco seasoning -- $.66
1 box Taco Bell taco diner -- $.66
2 packets boil-in-bag Uncle Ben's rice -- $.15
shredded cheddar cheese -- $.40
2 cans Bush's grillin' beans -- $1.35 (I don't really remember what I paid for these, and I can't find the blog post where I might have revealed it.)
AAANNNDDD . . . there is enough meat for 2 more meals! If we do the other two meals like this one, we'll need to use 2 more of the taco dinner boxes, more rice, and more cheese. After adding all that to the total and dividing by 3, I get a total per meal of $4.79. Today's meal served 2 adults and 3 kids.
Don't forget to check out afewshortcuts and her other freezer meals. (We've had the mini meatloaves, too, and loved them!)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I put together some cheesy chicken packets tonight. I made 4 and put them in the freezer to bake sometime in the near future.
I am using an idea from Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals. She used steak, bleu cheese, and arugula in the puff pastry pockets. I used chicken and brie, no greens.
After cooking the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes, I let them cool for a while. I cut the chicken pieces in half. Rolling out the puff pastry dough a little makes the size a little easier to work with but also causes it to be misshapen -- at least for me. I used a tablespoon of creamy brie cheese in each pocket. The four little packets are in the freezer right now. In the morning, I'll bag them up and stick them back in the freezer.
When I'm ready to use them, I'll just thaw them, brush them with a little egg wash, and bake them at 350 for about 30 minutes. The chicken is cooked through so, along with heating everything through, only the puff pastry needs to be cooked.
I put together a barbecue pizza tonight. I think it needed something. More flavor in the crust. Maybe some green onions. It wasn't horrible; we all ate it. But I do think it was lacking. Nobody's going to be asking me to make barbecue pizza anytime soon.
The cheese-less part is for my baby girl who doesn't like cheese. I used to think it was a phase she was going through. Maybe it really is, but she's been in the phase for at least 2 years now!
Kraft shredded cheddar -- $.40
Total for dinner: $4.69
The pizza fed 2 adults and 3 kids.
Saturday, 1/29 -- homemade chicken pockets and butter-basted potatoes
-- barbeque pork pizza
Sunday, 1/30 -- Crockpot bean and beef burritos, rice
-- frozen pizza
Monday, 1/31 -- (PTM) -- mini meatloaves and rice
Tuesday, 2/1 -- Mrs. Paul's frozen fish and mac and cheese
Wednesday, 2/2 -- out to celebrate a family event
Thursday, 2/3 -- beef and bean burritos, rice
Friday, 2/4 -- jumbalaya
We will need to buy a few things: flour tortillas for burritos, lettuce, tomatoes, maybe smoked sausage. Or we could just get by without those things. There are a lot of convenience meals here, but it's going to be a busy week, so I don't mind.
I'm pleased over-all with the deals we got today. Here's how we did:
2 Quaker Life bars -- 2 for $3.29 (raincheck)
Used 2 $1 printables
Paid: $1.29 for both, or just $.65 each!
2 New York frozen bread products -- 50% off -- $1.07 and $1.64
Used 2 $.50 coupons from February All You
Paid: $1.71 for both!
1 Publix pizza dough -- $1.99
2 Tombstone frozen pizzas -- $2.99 each
Paid: $5.98 for both!
4+ lb. 7-bone chuck roast -- $2.99/lb.
4 Publix butter -- 2 for $5
Paid: $10 for 4!
4 Kraft barbeque sauce -- BOGO -- 2 for $1.65
Used 2 $1/2 Walgreens coupons
Paid: $1.30 for all 4, or just $.43 each!
4 Zatarain's dinner mixes -- $1 each
Paid: $4 for all 4
2 Near East couscous -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.19
Paid: $2.19 for both, or just $1.10 each!
2 Glad trashbags --$3.99 each
Used $1 target printable, and $1 Walgreens coupon
Paid: $5.98 for both, or $2.99 each!
2 French's mustard -- BOGO -- 2 for $1.89
Used $.50/1 printable coupon
Paid: $1.39 for both, or just $.70 each!
2 Special K shake, 4 pk -- $4.79 each
Used $2/2 printable coupon
Paid: $7.58 for both, or just $3.79 each!
8 Juicy Juice 8-pk -- BOGO -- 2 for $2.99
Used 2 $2/4 printable coupons
Paid: $7.96 for all 8, or just $1 each!
Total spent: $60.52
Total saved: $59.82
Percent savings: 49.7%
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
We're having hamburger helper lasagna and garlic bread. Yep, that's it.
I used 2 boxes of hamburger helper to feed the 6 of us. The cost of both boxes is $1.50.
I used just one pound of ground beef instead of two. This cost us $2.
I heated some frozen garlic bread to go with it. I don't remember the exact cost, but it was probably $1 or $1.50. Not more than $1.50, I'm sure.
I know this meal didn't run us more than $5. It's plentiful; it's filling, and it's quick. Fits the bill for tonight. Gotta go! Time to eat!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Monday -- Talani's brown sugar mustard ham, garlic butter noodles, corn
(I love the way Lan makes the leftover ham. I can't duplicate it! So yummy!)
Tuesday -- frozen pizza or chicken nuggets (I'm going out to dinner with a friend, so Talani and the kids are fending for themselves.)
Wednesday -- hamburger helper, garlic bread, corn
Thursday -- salsa chicken or some of our pre-marinated chicken in the crockpot, rice, mixed veggies
Friday -- grilled pork chops, stove top stuffing, veggies
Saturday -- chili, maybe? something in the crockpot, so I can relax. :)
Sunday -- pot roast, rice.
There you have it. The very non-inventive plan for the week.
(The prices are based on what iheartpublix reported; since she is in the Atlanta area, prices may differ where we are. I usually find things to be a little more here, although I do rarely find something to be cheaper than she posts.)
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Not a good percentage of savings at all, I know. Two mistakes I made: 1 -- I bought a package of meat that I thought I needed to make a coupon work (will explain later) - $4.81. 2 -- I didn't buy a local newspaper on Wednesday, so I missed out on having the $5/$50 coupon - $4 (value of the coupon after cost of newspaper). That more-than-eight-bucks is really going to bother me. Anyway, here's how I did:
Percent saved: 55.3%
3 Metamucil products, $9.99 each
Paid: $29.97 (because I couldn't seem to get any coupons!)
Received: $10 RR
Not bad! I could have used the $5 RR I already had, but didn't take it with me. Oh, well, now I have $15 RR to use this week on www.addictedtosaving.com 's GREAT scenarios.
I know this puts me WAY over my $10 limit for the week at Walgreens, but this is for a box we're sending far far away. I'm allowed to go over the limit for someone else's benefit!
We have ribs cooking away in the crockpot for dinner . . . we have company coming! Will serve mashed potatoes, I think, and veggies of some kind.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Saturday, 1/15 -- Crockpot chili and rice (cheese and sour cream)
(already in the crockpot getting yummy)
Sunday, 1/16 -- lunch: frozen pizza; dinner: pot roast, mashed potatoes, veggies
Monday, 1/17 -- lunch: soup/canned ravioli; dinner: country fried steak, rice or potatoes, veggies
Tuesday, 1/eighteen -- hamburger helper
Wednesday, 1/19 -- stirfry steak and rice
Thursday, 1/20 -- taco rice
Friday, 1/21 -- salsa chicken, rice
These meals average at around $5 for the family.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Here's what we had:
Monday, 1/10 -- Pork fried rice
I used leftover pork from Sunday's pork roast. In addition to the pork and rice, our fried rice has tamari, eggs, sesame seeds, and (in this batch, anyway) thick-cut pepper bacon. We did buy a package of bacon just for this dish. We spent $5 on that bacon, but used just less than half. Our delicious pork fried cost us about $3.25!
Tuesday, 1/11 -- Creamy white cheddar shells with grilled garlic-herb pork
I used 2 boxes of Pasta-roni that I've had in my pantry for ever. I don't know how much it cost. I'd have to guess it cost less than $1 a box. Surely it did, or I wouldn't have bought it, right? (I really hope I wouldn't have spent more than that on a boxed pasta mix.) I grilled a package of pork chops from our most recent Publix trip, costing about $3.34. I served it with homemade biscuits, which probably cost $1 for the whole batch of 30. We also had tangerines, for a total cost of $.30. This meal cost just about $6.
Okay, here's a disclosure that I'm ashamed to make as a Wannabe Cheapskate -- we usually eat out more than we eat in. By the time we get out of work, I usually just want to go sit somewhere, have someone bring me a diet coke then keep the refills coming, and to not have to clean up after our meal. So, after all my hard work getting all these groceries for so little, they tend to sit in the pantry night after night while we go to Sonny's or Whataburger or Logan's or Chick-fil-a or whatever. I'm very proud of our family -- yet still ashamed that I am saying this -- we have eaten in for 3 straight days. No breakfast out, no dinner out. And it's been hard! Each day feels a little like a victory, though. Three straight days. (I see a breakfast out sometime in the next two days.) Having a plan for dinners make it so much easier to come home instead of going out. And having a clean sink (www.flylady.net) makes it quick to get dinner together and easy to clean up afterward. Our plan is to have either Kuresa's Wicked-Awesome pork in the crockpot or grilled chicken and rice or potatoes. Here's hoping for a great second half of this week!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Here's the dinner menu:
Sunday -- Pork roast, stuffing ($6)
Monday -- fried rice with leftover pork roast ($2)
Tuesday -- Grilled garlic-herb chicken and garlic-butter pasta ($4)
Wednesday -- Slowcooker chili and pasta or rice ($4 ish)
Thursday -- Kuresa's Wicked-Awesome Pork and rice ($9)
Friday -- Steak with horseradish sauce and baked potatoes ($9)
Saturday -- Grilled garlic-herb pork chops and potato salad ($4)
We had pork roast and stuffing for dinner today. It was really good, and the gravy was super easy to make. Wish I'd taken a picture before we ate. It didn't match the delicious pork roast my mom made the other day.
I got a jump start on several of the recipes yesterday after we got home from shopping. I grilled the chicken and pork for Tuesday's and Saturday's dinners. Of course, today's pork roast prepared tomorrow's pork for fried rice. The pork for Thursday's dinner is cubed, thanks to my wonderful husband. Basically, the only dinners NOT begun are Wednesday's and Friday's. Looking forward to a great week!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
1 Oscillococcinum 6 pk -- $eight.99
Use $2 printable coupon
Receive $eight.99 RR
1 Celsius Green Tea 4 pk -- $3.99
1 Jet Dry -- $3.49
1 Crest toothpaste -- $2
1 Nivea Men Arctic Freeze -- $3.99
Use $.75/1 printable coupon for Jet Dry
Use $.75/1 from 12/26 P&G for Crest toothpaste
Use $1 printable for Nivea Men
Use $eight.99 RR
Receive $eight RR ($3 for Celsius; $3 for Nivea; $1 for Crest; $1 for Jet Dry)
Total Spent: $eight.97
Total RR Remainin: $eight
Saturday, January 1, 2011
This week's sale at Publix totally helped me come up with some simple, frugal meals. On a related note, I plan to serve veggies with each meal, but I don't plan that part ahead since I have so much in the freezer.
Saturday, 1/1 -- crockpot roast, rice, cranberry sauce
Sunday, 1/2 -- Moroccan beef and rice
Monday, 1/3 -- tacos
Tuesday, 1/4 -- sausage, peppers, and potatoes -- recipe in the January All You
Wednesday, 1/5 -- Jarod's birthday! We may go out to eat.
Thursday, 1/6 -- steak and rice (either stir-fry style or fajita style)
Friday, 1/7 -- soup night!
These meals average at around $7 per meal, I estimate. I'll try to post each day or so with a frugal meal update.
Here's how my trip to Publix turned out: