Saturday, February 28, 2009
Chicken Crescent Bundles
2 tubes crescent rolls
1 pkg. stove top stuffing prepared according to package directions
1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1-2 c. cooked, cubed or shredded chicken
Mix together stuffing, cream cheese, and chicken to create the filling.
Unroll your crescent roll dough and pull out individual rolls. Lay all of them flat on a cookie sheet a few inches apart (you will probably have to use 2 cookie sheets). Add a generous scoop of filling
to the middle of the crescent triangle (I use the Pampered Chef large scoop). Wrap the points around the filling and tuck the longest, pointiest one under to hold it all together (do you like my technical terms!?).
Bake at 375 for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 16 bundles.
These are super yummy on their own, but I also like to add a sauce. You can either make a cheese sauce or sour cream sauce.
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. butter
2 c. milk
1 c. cheese
Melt the butter over medium heat, add flour to make a paste. Stir until the mixture is smooth and bubbly. Add milk and stir constantly until thickened and boiling. Add cheese. You can add more milk and/or cheese to make this to your liking.
Sour Cream Sauce
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c. sour cream
Cook over medium heat until heated through. Add the amount of milk for the thickness that you want.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I looked on Amazon.com and was amazed to find grocery products, so I decided to use my Swagbucks to stretch my grocery budget.I got this CASE of Macaroni and Cheese for $29.16 - it was an item that qualified for FREE shipping, so my $30.00 in Amazon gift cards covered the whole cost! Who would have thought that searching the web (and sharing my link - thanks for those who signed up with my link!) would get me some FREE mac&cheese!?
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Total before coupons: $16.61
I have filled it with all sorts of things I have picked up very inexpensively at stores and yard sales. Here are some of the things I have in my activity box:
++Foam beads and shoelaces to make necklaces
++Crayons and markers
When I just can't take it anymore, or if the kids are getting super board - I pull out this box and let the kids have some fun. It works for me!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
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I also have started doing my grocery shopping on Friday/Saturday instead of earlier in the week. We have been without a second car for about a month now and I can only go shopping when my husband is home, so the weekends have been working better. I will start posting early in the week (Monday or Tuesday) for what I purchased the prior week.
My first stop was Fred Meyer on Friday. I got all this:
2 lbs Asparagus - $1.99
2 whole chickens - $6.86 (these were $.79/lb)
2 1/2 gallons OJ - $2.00 (w/in ad coupon)
2 1/2 gallons chocolate milk - $2.00 (w/in ad coupon)
4 1/2 gallons milk - $4.00 (w/in ad coupon)
Net OOP: $17.86
Next stop Albertson's, I did two transactions:
10 cans of Progresso soup - $17.58 (this should have been $15.00, but I got two cans that weren't on sale or didn't ring up right - I didn't figure it out until later.) (- 2 $2.00 off 8 coupons, -1 $1.00 off 2 coupons I printed here.) = $12.58
Net OOP: $13.64 + received $10.00 catalina
2 Betty Crocker cookie mixes - $3.34 (- 2 $.40 off coupons) = $2.54
4 Betty Crocker brownie mixes - $8.00 (- 2 $.75 off 2 coupons) = $6.50
2 Grands Biscuits - $2.50 (- $.30 off 2 coupon) = $2.20
2 Pillsbury Crescent rolls - $4.00 (- 2 $.35 off coupons) = $3.30
1 packet Valentine's sprinkles - $.99
1 large heart shaped cookie cutter - $.87
1 50 pack Valentine's napkins - $.74 (I am going to use these for my daughter's birthday this summer!)
I also used my $10.00 catalina from Tran#1
Net OOP: $8.37 + received another $10.00 catalina
Finally I went to Winco. I needed to get some stuff for my eggroll recipe and Albertson's produce prices are so high! They had cabbage for $2.99/lb, it was $.48/lb at Winco!
Here is what I got:
2 loaves bread - $2.76
1.23 lbs bulk powdered milk - $4.17 (I'm trying to stretch my milk budget by cooking with powdered milk - we'll see if this pans out)
1 bunch green onions - $.48
2 Turkey Polish Sausages - $4.96 (- $1.00 off 2 Hillshire Farms coupon I got in my coupon train) = $3.96
1 bottle sesame oil - $4.47 (UGH!!!! I really need it for my broccoli beef recipe. I know I will make it again, though!)
1 bottle rice vinegar - $1.54
.2 lbs ginger root - $.40
2 2# bags carrots - $1.76
2 lbs broccoli - $1.86
egg roll wrappers - $2.28
1 head cabbage - $.94
Net OOP: $26.16
So, my grand total for the week is $71.13 (this includes the $.74 overage from last week and $4.36 I spent at Walgreen's). I will be cutting back next week because I only have $28.87 to spend, but I do still have a $10.00 catalina to spend at Albertson's.
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***UPDATE***I made one more trip and spent nothing OOP - check it out here!
***ANOTHER UPDATE***Check out my FREEbie Groceries from Amazon.com here!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Monday: Ham, cheese, and broccoli bisquick pie, fruit salad
Tuesday: Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni, green beans
Wednesday: Broccoli Beef, Pork Egg Rolls, rice
Thursday: Spaghetti, asparagus, garlic cheese biscuits (bisquick mix)
Friday: Homemade Pizza Night!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. uncooked rice
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 15oz can tomato sauce
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Mix meat, rice, water, onion, and spices. Roll into balls and place in ungreased 9x13 pan. Mix tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over meatballs. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes longer or until done.
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Friday, February 20, 2009
Here are 10 small (painless) things you can do to save yourself $10.00.
Do all of them and you will save yourself from spending $100 (or more)!
--Make your own pizza. This may even save more than $10.00. This used to be a little be scary to me. I was never a scratch baker and anything with yeast just seemed too complicated and time consuming. I found this recipe on Money Saving Mom's other blog and it was so easy, quick, and delicious. You can make it as thin as you want. We like the thin crust around here and this recipe fits nicely in a 15x10x1 cookie sheet! This is a 1/2 pepperoni 1/2 bbq chicken pizza I made recently.
--Shop yard sales. This may also save you more than $10.00. It is hard to say because a lot of the items I purchase at yard sales I would NEVER pay full price for! I love to buy kids books for $.25 each, inexpensive kids clothes, cookbooks, games, movies, etc. I would never have as much of these items as I have if I hadn't purchased them at yard sales. Just purchasing one outfit or toy for your kids would save $10.00 - so the savings here are limitless!
--Check out the library. Pun intended. We are movie buffs around our house and I love the library for movies. They don't always have the latest releases, or even movies I have heard of...but I have found some really fun movies I would not have seen otherwise. Get a library movie once a week for 10 weeks and you saved $10.00 in Redbox fees - but let's be real. It is way more than that because you always forget to return it by 9:00. You know it's true!
--Trade babysitting with friends. Paying a babysitter can be a huge expense, trading with friends who have kids is a perfect way to save a few bucks. You can save $10.00 in one night by trading with friends. Don't have kids? Trade other things babysit in exchange for ironing, cooking, haircuts, coupons etc., etc., etc.
--Make your own playdoh. Playdoh can be expensive, especially if you want multiple colors and accessories. Making your own is so much better. It smells better and you don't get stressed when it dries out, you can just make more. Check out my FAVORITE playdoh recipe here.
--Use coupons! Done correctly, coupons can save you HUNDREDS - not just $10.00. You can save $10.00 or more in one trip! If you don't use coupons now, read more about coupon shopping and why you should do it here.
--Take a walk. Again, this isn't exactly $10.00 that you would save here, but walking is good for you and it saves gas which = saving money. Over time, you can save a lot by walking. It depends on where you live, but I live within about 2 miles of anywhere I would want to go (besides family and friends homes!). For fun, the kids and I have walked the 1.5 miles to Walgreen's to pick up my deals and pushed them home in the double stroller.--Turn off the lights! Since I started working part time and we have been cutting expenses, I have been careful about making sure the lights are off in rooms we aren't using and trying to be more energy conscious. My goal is that when they re-evaluate our level pay for the year it goes down instead of up. What is amazing is that last year in January we used almost exactly the same amount of power that we did this year in January. The reason this is amazing to me is that last year my husband and I were both working full time and we were never home. I also didn't cook much. Now I cook almost every day and I am now only outside the home at work two days a week. It shows that we have been using less energy, which is great!
--Make things last. I am also big on this. Read my post about my dish soap here and my toothpaste here. I also cut my dryer sheets in 1/2 to make them last twice as long. This doesn't save $10.00, but over time, it will. If I get a box of 50 dryer sheets for $2.00 and I use 10 per week, what would have lasted me 5 weeks now lasts 10 weeks. Just over a year and I will save $10.00!
--Haircuts. I, myself, am NOT a glamour girl by any means. I can go for months without a haircut and be fine. My husband on the other hand must go every six to eight weeks. I have made a few mistakes in the past on his hair, so I am not allowed to do it :). He goes to Great Clips for about $14.00 including the tip. If he goes every six weeks, this is at a cost of about $120.00 per year. If I make him wait until eight weeks (which I do), we spend about $91.00 per year, saving us about $29.00 per year! (every little bit...) I do cut my son's hair for free. He still lets me :).
There are so many more ways to save a few bucks here and there, these are just a few that I have had rattling around in my head. As you can see, though, in a lot of cases a few small changes can save quite a bit - make a few more and you just saved yourself $100.00 - now go put it in a credit union!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
My first trip I got:
4 rolls of paper towels - $2.07
2 Lysol wipes - $3.79 (these were B1G1 and I used 2 $1.00 off 1 coupons) = $1.79
2 bags of Hershey's candy - $1.24 (- $2.00 off 2 coupon) = $.76 overage!
1 mini Valentine's treat sacks - $.24
Paid $4.09 on a gift card, so ZERO OOP. The cashier said "409 - hey, you didn't get any 409!" trying to make a joke. So I was funny back and said "No, I didn't get any 409, but if I had, I would have used a coupon :)." He didn't laugh. I don't think he got it.
So I hurried home because they had all this deodorant on clearance and I KNEW I had some coupons I grabbed my coupon binder and ran back to Walgreen's. So the second trip yielded all this:
2 Disney kid plates - $.50
2 DeMet's Turtles - $4.98 (- 2 $1.50 off 1 coupon - I got these from my coupon train) = $1.98 (these were regularly $9.99 each!)
2 Mott's Apple Juice - $4.00
1 Walgreen's Multi-purpose solution - $1.99 (this is a FREE after rebate item)
1 2 pack Sure deodorant - $1.24 (on clearance) (-$1.00 off 1 coupon - again coupon train) = $.24
1 2 pack Secret deodorant - $1.24 (on clearance) (-.25 off coupon) = $.99
2 2 packs Old Spice deodorant $2.48 (on clearance) (-$1.00 off 2 coupon) = $1.48 (This isn't the exact brand that my husband likes, but he said he will use it! yay!)
My total after coupons and tax was $12.17, I put $7.81 on my gift card and paid $4.36 OOP! Can you tell I'm excited? Want to get even more excited? Check out the !Centsible Sawyer's Drugstore Divas
I first signed up for Ebates waaaayyy back in September when I first heard about it. I posted about it here. Basically, Ebates is a website where you can choose an online retailer like OldNavy.com, JCPenney.com, E-bay, or whatever. When you click on those retailers through the Ebates site and make a purchase, you receive a percentage of your purchase back in a rebate.
Here are a few ideas:
Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole or Chicken and Stuffing Casserole
Chicken Stroganoff - Heat 1 packet of cooked cubed chicken breast, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 packet of onion soup mix, and 1/2 c. sour cream until heated through. Serve over egg noodles or rice.
Tortilla Wraps - use cooked cubed chicken (warmed in the microwave) and a tortilla to make a variety of wraps. Cesar: Use lettuce, Parmesan, and Cesar dressing. Ranch: Use lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing. Southwestern: Use cheese, lettuce, tomato, and salsa. These are fun to make and eat!
These are the ways we use our cooked cubed chicken most often - it is such a huge time saver and it works for me!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
3 loaves Country Oven Bread - $4.00 (w/in ad coupon)
2 kippered snacks - $2.58
4 lbs apples - $2.79
2 lbs Kroger cheese - $5.49
2 Turkey Pepperoni - $4.00
1 FM eggs - $2.47
4 Roma tomatoes - $.79
2 packages round steak (marked down) - $5.54
1 lb ground pork (marked down) - $1.07 (I don't know what I am going to do with this - anyone have some great recipes?)
1 salad mix (marked down) - $1.69
2 gallons milk - $4.38
1 FM ice cream - $2.50
1 pkg donuts (marked down) - $.99
2.5 lbs bananas - $1.19
2 FM English muffins (marked down) - $.98
Net OOP: $42.89
Then Walmart - I was so happy they were stocked up on Johnson's buddies! I had several coupons. Here is what I ended up with there:
4 Johnson Buddies soap - $3.88 (- 4 $1.00 coupons) = $.12 overage!
1 Kotex - $1.00 (- $1.00 off coupon) = FREE!!
1 sugar free grape drink - $1.76
1 sour cream - $1.32
2 deodorant (my husband MUST have this type of deodorant, so I was happy there was a coupon recently!) - $4.36 (- $1.00 off 2 coupon) = $3.36
Net OOP: $8.06
Okay, I was over budget, but it was only $.74! I can live with that :)!
Check out The Grocery Cart Challenge for some other shopping trips this week!
The final excuse I would like to discuss is:
I don't want to shop that many stores.no that is not me in that picture. I wish :).
To that I say...I hear ya! I don't want to shop a lot of stores either, especially when I am hauling kids. I am not a big fan of shopping with kids! I do shop several stores each week. What is my solution?
++I rarely do ALL of my shopping at one time. I like to break it up. I usually will do one or two stores at a time.
++I live about two blocks away from a Hostess Bakery Thrift Store, so during the day I will walk there with my kids.
++I usually do my other shopping in the evening when my husband is home and take one child with me.
++There is a Walgreen's across the street from where I work, so I will usually run there on my lunch hour on the days I work. We also have a few prescriptions there so when it is time to refill I plan a shopping trip at the same time.
The main thing is, you have to do what is best for you. I am (finally) past the point where I have to get every great deal out there. I can pick and choose the deals that are important to me and I shop when it works for me.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009