Friday, August 30, 2013

New SavingStar Coupon!!

There is a new save $5 wyb $20 in participating items.  Sign in to your SavingStar account and upload it to your cards!!  It doesn't expire until 10/31!!

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Freezer Cooking Tips 101!

Well, I definitely learned a lot in trying to prepare some meals for freezer cooking.
I've got a few tips to share:

  1. Start with a blank calendar for the month.  I printed on for September 2013 here.  Then, I filled in our appointments, meetings, cookouts, etc...  I have done this for a few  years anyway...planning meals on a monthly basis saves me a lot of time and waste.  This month was different only in that I added some freezer cooking to it!
  2. Spend some time finding recipes that your family will enjoy.  What's the use in buying and preparing meals that no one in your family will like??  There are plenty to find on the internet!!
  3. Watch for sales.  Fortunately, I planned to start on a month with a holiday (Labor Day) falling in the beginning.  Meijer has a HUGE meat sale going on right now:  I was able to spend $33 in meat, and I have 8 meals in the freezer and 12 packages of ground chuck ready to be made into tacos, etc...= 20 meals in all!!

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Walgreens Deals 9/1/13

Walgreens has some great deals for the week of 9/1/13:

  • Digestive Advantage $8
    - $8 RR
    = FREE
  • Crest toothpaste $3.49
    - $2.50 RR
    - $.50/1 cpn  or (9/1 P&G)
    = $.49
  • Scope Mouthwash $2.99
    - $1 RR
    - $1.50/1 cpn (9/1 P&G)
    = $.49

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Kroger: FREE Gatorade Download Today!

Today only sign in to your Kroger account and download a cpn for a FREE Gatorade Recover.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

My FIRST Attempt at Freezer Crockpot Cooking!

As I said in my post last week, I am ready to try the freezer crockpot cooking.  Basically, you do all the prep in one sitting and put the ingredients in a gallon freezer bag.  Place the sealed bags in the freezer, and you've got an easy meal to put into your crockpot!!
Well, I wanted to start small and be realistic.  I basically didn't want to try to overdo it on my first attempt and then decide that I never wanted to try it again.  So, I picked 8 recipes and did my first trial.
I got everything laid out on my counter and began chopping!!

Above, you can see I have everything I need all chopped into pieces.  Pictured are diced chicken breasts, diced onion, diced red and green peppers, cut carrots, cubed zucchini, and minced garlic.

And, here's the final product...8 meals in gallon freezer bags ready to freeze!!

So, it definitely was a learning experience....I found I wasn't as organized as I needed to be.  I found myself continually flipping through my recipes as I was filling the bags.

The worst part for me:  cutting up 7 onions!!!  Very difficult and tearful for me. (Any suggestions???)
The best part: having 8 easy meals ready for the crockpot when school starts!!

Here's the recipes I made:
  • Chicken Taco Soup
  • Teriaki Chicken
  • Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • Italian Sausage and Peppers
  • Santa Fe Chicken
  • Turkey Fajitas
  • Peanut Chicken
  • Sweet N Sour Chicken
I'll link to the recipes in case any one wants them.
One definite thing I would do differently: I made a huge pot of black beans earlier in week and froze them in small containers.  The next time I'll cook the beans on the same day and add them to the bags.  One less step to do.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New High-value $7/2 Triaminic Coupon!

Go here to get the huge $7/2 cpn for Children's Triaminic....really a high-value cpn!!!

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Double Cash Back at Ebates this Weekend!!

Not an ebates member?? It's FREE and easy to use, and you get check every 3 months just for shopping online!

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FREE Ball Park Franks at Kroger

Kroger has Ball Park franks 5/$5.
Use the $1/1 cpn and get them FREE!!
Thanks, Mercedes!

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Win Dr. Pepper FREE for a Year!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

FREE Garnier Fructis Sample!

Go here to request your FREE sample of Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition.
Thanks, Michele.

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