Healthy Lunches

So I learned something. Did you guys know that it’s possible to work at a fast food place and still eat healthy? Apparently you can. Really, it’s true. And hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up. =) Oh, and I also now know that I HATE bell peppers by themselves. Gross. I mean, I love them cooked with/in other foods, but… I really had to force myself to eat them. Everything else was yummy, though.

Turkey, black bean, and bell pepper salad, strawberries, banana slices, 1 graham cracker, Colby Jack cheese stick. Approx. 300 calories, mostly from the graham and cheese, and it’s seriously probably not even that much, because I kinda guessed on the rest. lol

Strawberry and almond salad, bell pepper slices, 2 slices of ham, 1/4 green apple, grapes, 1 graham cracker.

Character Teeth

Ok. I just kinda find this funny and had to share. I was looking through the Homeland Ad and came across none other than a set of….politically correct? Bubba teeth. They were labeled “Character Teeth.” It just cracked me up. =) I mean, since when have they been called that?

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Grocery & Menu 10/17

Alrighty, so here is a more complete documentation of my grocery-spending-and-menu-planning-ness. Yes, a few items were frivolous and I therefore could have spent a little less, but I think $55.88/week for groceries isn’t so bad. =)

Aldi:
4 bags frozen chicken tenders, $6.29 each (didn’t actually need that many, but better safe than sorry, and I’ll always use them eventually =) )
Fresh chicken tenders, $5.19
1lb Sliced Lunchmeat, $3.49
2 unsalted butter, $2.29 each
3 Green bell peppers, $0.99
Multi-colored peppers, $2.49
2 cereals, $1.89 each
Cauliflower, $1.69
Broccoli, $1.49
Pomegranate, $0.79 (I just wanted to try one, I never have. =) )
Bananas, $1.51
Egg Noodles, $1.29
3 bags chips, $1.49 each
2 tortilla chips, $1.19 each
10lb potatoes, $2.69
Brown sugar, $1.39
Cumin, $0.99
Kidney beans, $0.59
Salsa, $1.69
2 Saltine crackers, $0.89 each
Apricot Preserves, $1.89
2 Rotel, $0.59 each
Total: $77.94

Walgreens:
4 Progresso soups, $1.25 each, used $1/4 coupon
Nutella. $2.99, used $1/1 coupon
Total: $5.99

Target:
4 Ragu sauce, $1.49 each, used $1/2 coupon and $0.75/2 target coupon
2 Market Pantry noodles, $1 each, free wyb 2 Ragu
2 Campbells, $0.75 each, used $0.40/2 coupon
2 Campbells condensed, $1.20, used $0.40/2 coupon
2 Seasoned Steamers, 2/$4, used (2) $1/1 coupons
Total: $9.31

Homeland:
2 Minute Rice, $1.99 each, used (2) $0.60/1 (doubles to $1.20)
3 jars Heinz Gravy, $1 each, used $1/3 coupon (doubles to $2)
Cherry Coke 2-liter, $1.11, free deal from Aisle50
2 Chips Ahoy cookies, $1.99 each sale, used $1/1 coupon  for both (both double), free
3 Red Gold Tomatoes, $0.79 each, used $0.75/3 (doubles to $1.50)
Total: $3.30

Walmart:
2 bags apples, 3lbs each, $0.99 each, price matched from Aldi (mistake by friend which was excused by employee (Should have been $1.99 each))
8 avocados $0.29 each, price matched from Aldi
Bread, $1.18
Beef Broth, $1.86 (I hated paying this much, but Aldi didn’t have any this time.)
Eggs, $2.48
Green Onions, $1.14
2 Sour Cream, $1.98 each
Total: $15.22

Grand Total: $111.76

Menu:
Breakfast:
Cereal
Pankcakes
Toast w/ left over Apricot jam
Eggs
Turkey Bacon

Lunch:
Ramen
Leftovers
Sandwich & Chips
PB&J

Dinner:
(2) Spaghetti
Soup Night
Texas chili
Fried Deer Steak
Deer Stew w/ corn bread
Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Rice
Sweet & Spicy Chicken
(2) Taco Soup
(2) Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy

PS. Just so you know, I’m kind of totally copying off of this awesome blog I found and I wanted to give her the credit she deserves. $50/week is awesome and I’d love to get down to that point. She’s an awesome source of inspiration. =)

Grocery and Menu 10/3

I’m going to start documenting this because I want to get better at spending less and less. My menu plans are for two week intervals, because that’s how often I get paid. So. Here we have it. (Keep in mind that my grocery shopping is not completely comprehensive, because my mom buys a few things here and there also. However, for the time being, I am completely responsible for the dinner section of the menu.)

Official Grocery Run
Aldi: $62.65

Sam’s: $12.20

Walmart: $30.23

Grocery Grand Total: $105.08

Menu

Breakfast Options:
Cereal
Waffles
Toast (from homemade bread)
Eggs
Turkey Bacon

Lunch Options:
Sandwiches
Ramen
Left-overs
Hotdogs

Dinners* (I mostly do freezer meals):
(2) Mexican Chicken Mix
(2) Southwest Roll-ups
Salsa Chicken
Foil-pack chicken and broccoli
Easy Chicken Quesadillas
(2) Mom’s Enchilada’s
Chicken Alfredo

*These, along with some freezer meals that were left from last menu should last us until 10/20

Homemade Sandwich Bread

I was so glad to have found this recipe on pinterest.com, because the plain Amish bread that I had tried to use for sandwiches did not go very well. Amish bread is not sandwich-y in the least (the stuff I made wasn’t anyway), it’s more tasty and dessert-ish. But anyway, you can find the recipe here. (I actually remembered to save the link/source this time!)

Feel free to take a gander at these here before and after pics. =)

ImageImageThe dough rose so quickly and beautifully and it turned out so pretty and golden and soft and tasty and perfect. *sigh. I love it. =)

Couponeer Log 8/24

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Total Retail Worth: $57.62

Total Paid (after sales/coupons/rebate/RRs): $10.24* w/ $1 RR left for next week

Savings Rate: 82%

*Tax is included.

And here’s the run down on Walgreens that I promised.

Walgreens:

Trans. #1

Buy (1) Glade Expressions spray, on sale for $2.99, Buy one get $1RR

Used $3/1 Coupon

Total: $0.26 (just the tax), Get $1RR

Trans. #2

Buy (2) Chex Mix, on sale 2/$3, Buy two get $1 RR

Buy Walgreens brand soap bar (filler item), $0.89

Used (2) $0.60/1 Chex Mix coupon

Used $1 RR from Trans. #1 and $1 RR from last week

Total: $1.72, Get$1 RR

Trans. #3

Buy (1) Nivea Body Wash, sale for $3.99, Buy one get $2 RR

Used $1 RR from Trans. #3

Total: $3.34, get $2 RR

Trans. #4

Buy (2) Joy Dish soap, sale 2/$2

Used $2 RR from Trans. #3

Total: $0.18

Note: Somehow I ended up with $1RR left over. I think maybe I forgot to use both RRs in Trans. #2….lol Idk.

The rest I bought at Target, Walmart, and CVS.

Pork & Beans

First, I need to tell all of you something very important.

*pause for dramatic effect….

I made this one all by myself!! No recipe to guide me, isn’t that crazy?! lol

Anyway, I actually had turned this one into a freezer meal because the pork I used was going to “expire” the next day, and supper was already covered that night. So a few nights later, here we are. =)

Amanda’s Pork & Beans

  • 6 cups pinto beans
  • 3 boneless pork chops
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 tsp. ham flavored soup base (L.B. Jamison’s, to be exact)
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste

1. Brown pork chops. Use 3 tsp.s of soup base to sprinkle on pork chops while browning.
 Cut into small pieces.

2. Add remaining tsp of soup base to water, boil to make broth.

3. Add all ingredients, including broth, together in crock pot. Cook on low for two hrs or until heated through. Serve with corn bread.

Note: I placed all ingredients into a vacuum sealed food-saver bag to freeze. If you plan on doing this, just remember to thaw out the meal in the fridge the night before and allow for more time in the crock pot.

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This is a pic of my mom’s plate. Apparently, sweet potatoes go great with this meal too. =)

 

Coupon Time

Alrighty, so I was talking about my couponing with someone at work, and I told her I would start posting more about how I get the deals I get, instead of just the end result. But, I also didn’t want to completely blow up FB with all of that, so I’ll be posting that here.

As I’ve told others before, I follow blogs that find all the good deals for you. But I don’t partake of every single deal they post about. A lot of them are either not worth it (not a good enough price for me), or are things I could never possibly use/need.

So I’m going to be posting all the deals that I personally am planning on using on my next shopping trip, assuming that the products are still there (sometimes a sale item is all gone by the time I get there), and that all the coupons actually work (every once in a while there will be a printable coupon that Walmart won’t take, and it’s always a bummer, but oh well).

Walmart Deals:

$1/1 Hormel Always Tender (coupons.com)

Supposedly, it would make Always Tender Pork Roast only $2.98. Not sure about my Walmart’s pricing, but I plan on looking into it.

$5/1 Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser Starter Kit (coupons. com)

These are $5.98, so it’s a great deal if you use these already, or if you’re like me and figure it would make a great addition to a gift basket. =)

$2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product (SS 08/05/12)

Almay Cleansing Make-Up Cloths, 14 ct – $1.14 which means it would be FREE and a $0.86 moneymaker. (Not sure if this is the trial size or not, so it may not work, honestly.)
 
Homeland:
There is a high value $0.50/1 Green Giant Frozen Veggies coupon to print (coupons.com). This one will double to $1.00 and these will be $1.25 starting 8/22 at Homeland. That makes them only 25¢ after coupon!
 
Target:
$2/1 ANY Neutrogena Face Product printable (coupons.com)
FREE Makeup remover wipes at Target. The 7ct are priced at $1.97, so the $2 coupon makes them FREE.

Free Loaf of San Juan Bread w/ purchase of these two items: 

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat, $2.79
Kraft Singles, $2.79
Free Loaf of San Juan Bread

Use $1.00 off any one Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh lunchmeat (couponnetwork.com)
Use $1.00 off any one package of Kraft Singles (couponnetwork.com)
Final Price=$1.79 total or $.60 each

$2/1 Hershey’s Simple Pleasures Candy (SS 08/19/12)
*these should be $2.99 at Target and there is a $1/1 Target coupon available.  We could possibly get them for FREE!
 
I know most of it doesn’t seem that great, but I usually get the best deals at Walgreens.
I plan on working some RR deals at Walgreens, but it’s too confusing to explain all of the possible deals I may or may not work, considering whatever last minute circumstances I may face. So I’ll post exactly what I bought, what coupons I used, and in what order the transactions were made some time this weekend. Until then, if you’re interested in finding more coupon deals, I strongly encourage you to start following these blogs below. I use them to find most of the deals I get.