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Looking for a new way to save dough on your groceries?
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Check out this story I wrote and produced for Fox 4 News in Kansas City.

And check out other money-saving ideas. Just click on Cost Cutters at the bottom of the page.

Have an idea to share or have your heard of a new cost cutting idea that you’d like us to check out? Shoot me an email!!


Pantry Raid!!

2014-02-21 15.46.07 My pantry is OUT. OF. CONTROL! After trying to organize it I realized how much stuff I really needed to use. Then I looked in the freezer. Ugh! We have enough food to feed us for months. Seriously. I guess that’s the point of couponing and stockpiling.

The problem is that we get caught up with life and I don’t feel like coking when I get home from work. I hope the answer is freezer cooking a lot of our meals. You know, make them ahead and toss them in the freezer. I’m hoping to be able to have two big cooking days every month. Sure, I’ll have to buy some meat, produce, milk and bread along the way. But, hopefully I will have an answer to the “What’s for Dinner?” question. Here’s a list of what I’ll be making over the next few months. (Most of the things on this list can be frozen … but not everything.)

Looks like it’s time to get cookin’! (And no, we don’t usually eat like this … just ask anyone who works with us. We’re usually skipping meals because I can’t remember to pack a lunch!! I guess we’ll see if this plan works.)

Breakfast and Brunch
Eggs and Hashbrowns
Egg White Sandwiches
Breakfast Burritos
Bacon Hashbrown Wraps
Egg and Green Chili Casserole
Stuffed Breakfast Peppers
Muffin Tin Pancakes
Cinnamon Crescents
Orange Rolls
Banana Bread
Pumpkin Ribbon Bread
Lemon Pull Apart Bread
Monkey Bread
Jam Filled Biscuits
Apple Breakfast Sandwiches
Biscuits and Gravy
Corn Muffins
Quinoa and Eggs

Soups and Salads
Chef Salad
Tossed Salad
Taco Salad
Santa Fe Quinoa Salad
Broccoli Potato Soup
Potato Soup
Chicken Jalapeno Popper Chili
Chicken Enchilada Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Main Dishes
Chicken Bake
Chicken Pot Pie
BBQ Chicken Legs
Jalapeno Chicken
BBQ Chicken
Cheesy Chicken and Rice
Buffalo Chicken
General Tso’s Chicken
Salsa Chicken
Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Crusted Chicken

Stuffed Shells
Beef Stew
Beef Enchiladas
Bubble-up Enchiladas
Meatballs and Rice
Chicken Fried Steak

Italian Flavored Pork Roast
Flavored Pork Loin
Cheesy Pork Loin
Apple BBQ Pork Loin (There are some other great freezer meals at this link too)
BBQ Pork Chops
Pulled Pork
BBQ Ribs

Turkey Tacos
Turkey Tacos
Spaghetti using ground turkey in the sauce
I will also be using ground turkey in some of my recipes that call for hamburger. It’s cheaper right now.

Fish Tacos

Bean Enchiladas
Homemade Pizza

Tossed Salad
Mexican Street Corn Salad
Spicy Slaw
Ramen Cole Slaw
Roasted Cabbage
Garlic Rubbed Cabbage
Pasta Salad
Frozen Veggies
Roasted Veggies
Grilled Veggies
Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
Stuffed Mushrooms
Cornbread Casserole
Southern Squash Casserole
Hash Brown Casserole
Mashed Potato Balls
Mac & Cheese
Spanish Rice
Southwest Rice and Beans
Baked Beans
Cool Beans Salad
Jalapeno Cheddar Bread
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers
Bacon-Wrapped Anaheim Peppers

Yogurt Covered Berries
Frosted Grapes
No Bake Bites
Nutella Energy Bites
Pumpkin Energy Bites
Cranberry Pistachio Bites

Homemade PB Cups
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
PB Snickers Brownies
Lemon Bars

My $100ish Grocery Haul

Can you even believe the price of groceries?! There’s a study out that found chicken, beef and bacon prices have jumped around 20-percent since 2011. Yikes!! Don’t even get met started about fresh fruits and veggies!

After this week’s haul I can’t believe we have any grocery money left for next week’s shopping trip. Before you take a look at the list, it’s going to take some work. Again, I look at this like it’s my second job and all the stores are close to my house. That mean’s I’m not running all over town. So here’s a look at what I picked up/will pick up this week …

Oscar Mayer Lunchmeat — 3/$7
Use $1/2 from 1/12 SS
Plus use 20% off Targetwheel
Final Price: $1.65 each (I bought 6)

Lloyd’s BBQ Ribs — $7.99 each (Price cut, Usually $9.99)
Use $1/1 Target printable coupon
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $5.99 (I bought 2)

Pillsbury Grand’s Biscuits, $1.25 (Price Cut)
Use $2/3 Target printable coupon
Use $1/3 printable coupon
Final Price: $0.25 each

Florida Naturals Fruit Smoothies — $2.78
Use (2) $1/1 printable coupon
Use (1) $1.50/1 Target coupon
Final Price: $1.03 each

Trop50 OJ — $2.98
Use BOGO Printable (NLA)
Final Price: 1.49 each

Clementines, 3 lb. bag — $3.99
Use $1/1 fresh fruit purchase text coupon (Text BLEND to 827438)
Final Price: $2.99

Baby Carrots — 2/$3
Use $1/1 fresh veggie purchase text coupon (Text BLEND to 827438)
Use $1/1 fresh veggie purchase text coupon (Text Cheesy to 827438)
Final Price: $0.50 each

evol Frozen Meals, $6.99
Use $2/1 printable coupon
Submit for $1/1 Ibotta offer
Final Price: $3.99

Market Pantry Pasta, $1 (I bought whole wheat)
Use $1/3 Target printable
Use 5% Target Cartwheel
Final Price: $0.63 each WYB 3

Market Pantry Pasta Sauce, $1
Use $1/3 Target printable
Use 5% Cartwheel
Final Price: $0.48 each WYB 3

Zatarains Red Beans and Rice, $1.72
Use $0.50/2 printable coupon
Final Price: $1.52 each (Bought 2)

Funfetti Frosting, $0.56 each (Bought 3)
This was Valentine’s Day frosting that is now 90% off

Target Total: $47.68

Dole Pineapple, $1.98
Use Facebook coupon (Good 2/19 ONLY)
Final Price: $0.99

Lays Chips, $1.77 (bought 2)

Hy-Vee Fresh Brats, 5/$5 (bought 5)

Hy-Vee Cream Cheese, $1.19
Use In-ad coupon
Final Price: $0.99 (Limit 2)

Eggs, $1.38

Saltines, $0.99
Use In-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Midwest Frozen Veggies, $0.69
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Instant Oatmeal, $0.99
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Ramen Noodles, 6 pkg, $0.99
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Blue Bonnet Margarine Sticks, $0.59
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hunts Ketchup, $0.49
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Cream of Mushroom Soup, $0.49
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Hy-Vee Mac & Cheese, 3/$1
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 3)

Hy-Vee Taco Shells, $0.79
Use in-ad coupon to get sale price (limit 1)

Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.88/lb
Spent $2.43 on the pkg I bought

Bananas, $0.59/lb.
Use 20% off Saving Star offer

Hy-Vee Final Total: $27.88)

Boneless Chicken Thighs, $1.49/lb. (Price good 2/19 ONLY)
Spent $7.53 on 2 pkgs

Green Peppers, 3/$0.99
Bought 2

Celery, $1.19

Jalapeno Peppers, $1.29

Iceberg Lettuce, $0.99
Bought 2
Tip: Buy based on weight, not size. You’ll get more.

Cauliflower, $1.69

Mushrooms, $0.99

Crackers, $1.79

Cheese Melt, $3.99

Aldi Final Total: $23.49

Pillsbury Orange Danish, $1.98
Use $0.40/2 from 12/08/13 SS
Final Price: $1.79 each WYB 2

Lloyd’s Pulled Pork, $3.98
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $2.98

Bridgford Frozen Monkey Bread, $2.98
Use $0.55/1 Printable Coupon
Final Price: $2.43

Walmart Final Total: $9.39

Grand Total: 108.44

I plan on hitting Price Chopper later this week to grab this:

Hormel Pork Tenderloin, $3.98
Use $1/1 printable coupon
Final Price: $2.98

Farmland Bacon, $2.99

This will add $11.94 to my weekly total for a Grand Total of $120.38

Cost Cutters: Free Milk WYB Cereal!!

One of the questions I am asked the most is how to get healthy stuff and still save money.  This week is a GREAT example!!  Keep in mind that It’s not convenient and takes time.  But I look at it like it’s my second job.  (I save way more than I’d make actually working a second job.  I know because I’ve done it.  Plus my husband and I SOMEHOW bought a house where every single store I need is on my way home from work … so I don’t spend any extra cash on gas.  (Unless you count pulling in and out of a parking lot.)

2/16 Trip to CVS:

Transaction #1:

     Bought 2 Select Right Guard, Dry Idea antiperspirant/deodorant or Total Defense body wash 13.5 oz., 2/$8 — Earn $4 in ECB

     Used $1.50 off two Body Wash or Bar Soap CVS Coupon Printer (exp. 2/16/14)      STACK WITH $2/2 Right Guard Products

     Bought 1 Birthday Cake M&M’s Singles, $0.75 (I thought this was supposed to print a $0.75 ECB, but it didn’t.)

     Used $5 in ECB left over from last week

     Total:  $0.74 (Plus get $4 in ECB)

Transaction #2:

     Bought 2 Grape Nuts Fit, 2/$5

     Bought 1 Gallon of Milk, $4.49 (Use FREE Milk wyb (2) Post Cereals, exp. 3/2/14 (SS 01/19/14 R)

          Submit for $0.50 Ibotta

          Submit for $0.50 Checkout 51

     Bought 2 Scott TP Singles (Used $1/2 coupon from CVS Coupon Printer)

     Used $4 ECB from Transaction #1

     Total: $2.63

CVS Shopping Total:  $3.37 (Plus you’ll get $0.50 deposited into your Ibotta and Checkout 51 accounts … So $2.37 OOP)


2/16 Price Chopper Trip:

     Boneless, skinless chicken breast, $1.88/lb

     Gillette Mach3 Razor – $7.99 
     (Use $2/1 Gillette Mach3 Razor, exp. 2/28/14 (P&G 01/26/14)
     Tortillas — $1.99
     Taco Salad Shells — $2.69

Price Chopper Shopping Total — $18.69


2/16 Hyvee Shopping Trip:

     Dole Head Lettuce — $0.68 (bought 2)

     Diet Dr. Pepper 12 Pack — $1.50 with this Facebook coupon (good 2/16 only!!) P.S. — Not so healthy … but GREAT price!!

Hyvee Shopping Total — $3.00


2/16 Aldi Shopping Trip:

     Broccoli Crowns, $0.99

          Submit for $0.25 Checkout 51 deposit

     100% Wheat Bread

          Submit for $0.50 Checkout 51 deposit

Aldi Shopping Total:  $2.39 (Plus you’ll get $0.75 deposited into your Checkout 51 Account.  So, $1.64 OPP)

Grand Total:  $27.45 (Plus you’ll get $1.75 into savings apps … so $25.70 OPP)

Happy Shopping!!