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Sunday, November 03, 2013 0 comments

Savings Brag Post

My last grocery shopping trip went rather well. I went to Dillons and Wal-Mart.

At Dillons i saved a total of $34

Then at Wal-Mart the ad matches i used was:

  • Best Choice Brown or Powdered Sugar 2lb $1.39
  • Hiland Cottage Cheese 24oz $1.98
  • Best Choice Flour 5lb Bag $.99
  • Best Choice Cream Cheese 8oz $.79
  • General Mills Cereal 12-14.25oz $2
  • Farmland Bacon 12-16oz $2.98
  • Philsbury Grands Biscuits 16.3-17.3oz $.98
  • Bananas $.29lb
  • Grapes $.89lb
With ad matches i saved $29.16
With coupons i saved $11.75

In total at both stores i saved $74.94

I call that pretty awesome!
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 2 comments

Ad Matches Updated


Ad matches are updated! Click on the button on the top of the blog or the link to the right to see them. We got some great deals this week.

Also don't forget if you like to shop at Dillon's check out Deal Detecting Diva's Dillon's coupon deals HERE. There is some great deals this week!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1 comments

Staying Busy

My son is 7 weeks old today.  I'm afraid since his birth I haven't kept things up to date like i have wanted. Sorry about that everyone!
I'm hoping to be better about getting the ad matches updated every week.
If you have 'liked' The Dairy Of A Coupon Addict on Facebook then you will have seen me talk about my latest shopping trips,  had some good ones here lately.
Hope you all are saving as well!
Below is a picture of my little Matthew:
Saturday, March 09, 2013 8 comments

Weekly Shopping & Meal Plan


Just got done with my shopping spree for this week, although my shopping sprees have been lasting a lot longer then a week. Last weeks, weeks worth of shopping lasted 17 days and this week i planned on more meals so it might last that long again. It lasted that long because some of the items i bought for certain meals where able to actually be stretched for more then one meal. Love it when that happens! Like the chicken i bought last shopping trip has still lasted and will be used for the Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas and the Cheddar & Cracker Chicken.

Ad matches used:
  • (Dillons) Kroger Bread 24oz $1
    • Regular $1.28
  • (Dillons) Kroger Chunk Cheese 12-16oz $2.99
  • (Checkers) Best Choice Hamburger Buns or Hot Dog Buns 8ct $.50
    • Regular $1.08
  • (Checkers) Best Choice Shredded Cheese 6-8oz $1.50
  • (Checkers) Best Choice Frozen Potatoes 28-32oz $1.39
  • (Shurfine) Large Eggs $1.28
    • Regular $1.78
  • (Save-a-lot) Hillshire Farm Beef, Smoked, or Polska Sausage 12oz $1.99
    • Regular $2.98
    • Plus i had coupons which made is $1.49ea
  • (Save-a-lot) General Mills Cereal 11.5-12.3oz $1.99
    • Regular $2.98
    • Plus i had coupons to bring them down to $1.49-$1.24ea
  • (G&W) Tomatoes On The Vine $.69lb
  • (G&W) Farmland Sliced Bacon 12-16oz $3.50
    • Regular $4.28
  • (Aldis) Strawberries 1lb $1.29
  • (Aldis) Kiwi 16oz $.99
  • (Aldis) Starburst Jelly Beans 14oz $1.79
    • Regular $1.98
Total i spent about $66 for this weeks shopping which i know will feed us more then a week, like i said. I was excited to get it down to $66. I budget $100 a week but my goal is $50 a week. So with the stockpile money i spent i guess it was over $100 lol but oh well… i could have done fine with just $66 for the week so that is good.

My Shopping List:
AD = Ad match
Q = Coupon

Fresh Foods

Dry Foods

Cold Foods

  • Bananas
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Tomatoes On The Vine $.69lb (AD)
  • Green Onion
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Strawberries (AD)
  • Kiwi (AD)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Bread 24oz $1 (AD)
  • Hamburger Buns 8ct $.50 (AD)
  • Bacon Bits
  • Chips
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Olives
  • Shells
  • Mushroom Soup
  • Cereal (AD-Q)
  • Starburst (AD)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Frozen Corn
  • Meatballs
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Ham Slice
  • Shredded Mozza. Cheese (AD)
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (AD)
  • Large Eggs $1.28 (AD)
  • Frozen Potatoes 28-32oz $1.39 (AD)
  • Hillshire Farm Sausage $1.99 (AD-Q)
  • Bacon
  • Pie Crust
I also spent about $48 in stockpile goods between two stores. That was 10 boxes of cereal, 4 packages of sausage rolls, 2 packages of bacon, 10 packages of cinnamon rolls and 4 packages of crescent rolls. That is an average of $1.60 an item. Pretty good!

So far for prepared meals i have stockpiled are:
  • 2 Meals of Creamy Chicken Pasta
  • Oven Fried Chicken Tacos
  • Corn Dog Muffins
  • Banana Bread Muffins
  • Pancake & Sausage Muffins
  • Scrambled Egg Muffins
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Bagels
In addition to those meals i have frozen i also believe that i will have extra Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas, Southwestern Eggrolls & Quiche that i will be adding to my meal stock after this week.

That should be able to help me once my baby is born, which is suppose to be sometimes within 27 days :)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 0 comments

Meal Plan #1

Meal plan this week:

Breakfast:
  • Homemade Bagels
  • Banana Bread
  • Pancake Muffins
  • Scrambled Egg Muffins
  • Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal
Lunch:
  • Ham Sandwiches
  • Rice-a-roni and Buttered Bread
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Mini Corn Dog Muffins
Dinner
  • Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas
  • Crispy Black Bean Fritters with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce
  • Cheddar & Cracker Chicken, Mashed Potatoes & Veggie
  • Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells
  • Meatloaf & Rosemary Potatoes
  • Loaded Baked Potato Soup
  • Beef Stew

I listed the recipes that i have here on my computer, the others come from cook books and i'm not typing all of that up. Lol

Homemade Bagels


Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Prep Time:
2 hrs
Cook Time:
20 mins
Yields:
7 Bagels

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups hot water
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Put half of the water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and let stand for five minutes. Meanwhile, mix flour and salt in another bowl, and make a well in the middle in which you pour the yeast mixture and the rest of the water once the five minutes have passed. Mix, and knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes. The dough should feel firm, smooth and elastic.
2
Oil a large baking bowl, and turn the dough to coat. Let it rise under a damp towel for one whole hour, until doubled in size. Punch the dough down, and let it rest for an additional 10-15 minutes.
3
Carefully divide the dough into 7-8 equally big pieces, shape into balls and punch a whole in the middle. Let them rest under a damp towel on a lightly oiled baking-sheet for 20 minutes.
4
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and heat your oven to 190°C Once the bagels are ready, drop one or two of them into the boiling water, careful not to overcrowd the pot. The bagel should float within a couple of seconds. Boil for 1-2 minutes on one side, turn, and boil for another minute or so. Continue with all of the bagels.
5
Put the bagels into the preheated oven, and bake for 10 minutes. Take the bagels out, turn them, and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, spread on some cream cheese and smoked salmon and take a big bite. You deserve it.

Pancake Muffins


Ingredients:
  • Pancake Recipe
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • Could add sausage, blueberries or chocolate chips

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Whisk together pancake mix, water and egg until no lumps remain. Stir in maple syrup.
  • Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  • Fill each muffin cup about halfway up with mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees about 20-25 minutes or until done.
  • Makes 12 muffins.

 

Scrambled Egg Muffins

PREP 10 mins
COOK 20 mins
READY IN 30 mins
Original recipe makes 12 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Can add peppers, tomatoes or bacon ect.

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in sausage; cook and stir until sausage is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes; drain.
  3. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in onion, green pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix in sausage and Cheddar cheese. Spoon by 1/3 cupfuls into muffin cups.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

 

Apple Oatmeal

Crock Pot Meal


Ingredients:
2 sliced apples
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
Throw ingredients in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour 2 cups of oatmeal and 4 cups of water on top. Do NOT stir. Cook overnight for 8 - 9 hours on low.
 

Mini Corn Dog Muffins


 

Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas



Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

45 mins

Total Time

1 hour


Baked flautas stuffed with seasoned, shredded chicken, spinach, and cheese are crispy, but don’t have the greasiness of fried versions. To shred poached chicken easily, put it into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium for 45 seconds. Store-bought rotisserie chicken can be substituted for the poached chicken to save time. You might also like Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos.
Author: Lauren Keating

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs (about 4)
  • 16 ounces Beer (or chicken broth)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, minced
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach, chopped
  • 5 burrito-size Flour Tortillas (9 inches)
  • 6 ounces Queso Quesadilla or other melting cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil, or cooking spray
  • Salsa, for serving

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 450*F.
  2. Put the chicken thighs in a deep sided saute pan and cover with the beer and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the chicken from the liquid and shred it. Mix together the chicken and seasonings.
  3. Pour out all but ¼ cup of the cooking liquid. Add the jalapeno and spinach and cook over low heat until for 2-3 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted.
  4. Cut the tortillas in half. Spoon 1/10th of the chicken (about 1 tablespoon) along the long edge of a tortilla. Repeat with the spinach and cheese. Roll the tortilla up, starting with the straight edge. Place seam-side down on an oiled baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Brush the flautas with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn them over and bake for until 10 minutes, or until crispy. Serve with salsa.

 

Crispy Black Bean Fritters with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce


Crispy Black Bean Fritters:
  • 3 cups black bean, cooked
  • 1 large yellow pepper, remove seed, chop into small pieces
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large tomato, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil (for frying)

Directions:
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, stir well to combine (add more flour if it's not binding). Season with sea salt and black pepper. In a large skillet, add three tablespoons of oil to the pan on medium heat. When hot, add tablespoonfuls of the bean mixture.  Fry on one side until golden brown and crispy (about 3 minutes). Flip over for a further three minutes. Remove and drain on a paper towel. Season with fresh black pepper and sea salt.
Serve with dipping sauce on the side

Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 small green chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Directions:
Blend all the ingredients for a smooth consistency. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
 

Cheddar & Cracker Chicken


Freezer Meal

Ingredients:
  • 16 buttery crackers (such as Ritz), crushed (about 3⁄4 cup)
  • 6 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 stalks scallions, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:
Heat oven to 350° F.

In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, garlic, scallions and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Pound the chicken to about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thickness with a meat mallet. Dip the pounded chicken in the butter, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help it adhere, and place on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle any remaining cracker mixture on the chicken and drizzle with any remaining butter. Bake until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 20-25 minutes.

* To make ahead/freezer meal - Prepare the chicken as directed above. After coating it in the cracker mixture, place chicken in a gallon sized freezer bag, seal and freeze flat in your freezer. When ready to prepare, place on a baking sheet and drizzle with melted butter. Bake as directed above from frozen until cooked through, possibly 30-35 minutes depending on thickness.
 

Pesto Chicken Stuffed Shells

Freezer Meal

Ingredients:
  • 12-16 jumbo pasta shells
  • water for boiling pasta
  • 4oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large pot over high heat, boil water and prepare pasta shells as directed on package. Cook pasta shells only until al dente. The pasta will finish cooking when the dish is baked. Drain the pasta shells and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients, except the 1/4 cup of cheese for the topping. Fill the pasta shells with the filling and place in a baking dish.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over filled shells.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake shells uncovered for 30 minutes or until shells are bubbling hot and cheese melts.



* To make ahead/freezer meals - Prepare as directed but place filled shells in an oven- and freezer-proof baking dish. Top with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese over filled shells, cover and freeze. When ready to prepare, defrost. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake shells uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until shells are bubbling hot and cheese melts.
 

Meatloaf & Rosemary Potatoes

Freezer - Crock Pot Meals

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs or crushed butter crackers
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 T. worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T. steak sauce (A-1 sauce)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions

Potatoes:
  • 1 lb quartered red potatoes
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. rosemary

Directions:
Combine all ingredients for meatloaf and form into a loaf pan.  Pack it really well to ensure the meatloaf is firm and not mushy.  Place pan into a freezer bag and freeze.  Place potatoes, olive oil and rosemary in separate freezer bag, toss well to coat and freeze.  When ready, remove meatloaf from pan and place in bottom of crockpot.  Put potatoes around edge of meatloaf and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Serve meatloaf with warm potatoes & green beans!
 

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Freezer - Crock Pot Meals

Ingredients:
  • 1 bag of diced potatoes (found in the deli section)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 lb. chopped cooked ham steak

Toppings:
  • 1 bag shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked chopped bacon (you can use real bacon bits)
  • 4 chopped green onions
  • 2 T chives
  • 1 can french's fried onions

Directions:
Place potatoes, chopped ham and onions in bag and freeze until ready to cook.  Thaw slightly and place pototoes, ham and onions in slow cooker.  Add chicken broth, and heavy cream and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese, bacon bits, green onions, chives and fried onions.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 1 comments

Household Planner

My main goal was the make a meal planner but i decided to add schedules and chores into it as well. I'm working on getting my food budget down even more then it is and also making meal planning easier. So this is my attempt at getting organized!

This is my old binder, it use to be my coupon binder and now it's become the household planner :)


I downloaded a bunch of planner template pages but in the end i decided to make my own in OneNote.

Pages i made were:

  • Weekly Meal Plan
  • Freezer Inventory
  • Pantry Inventory
  • Leftovers 
    • (To keep track of what i have so i can incorporate it into meals plans)
  • Prepared Meals 
    • (I'm going to work on preparing meals ahead of time whether fresh or frozen)
  • Shopping List
  • Meal Ideas 
    • (This is a master list of meals that we like to eat)
  • Meal Ingredients Master List 
    • (A break down of most of all the meals we like to cook and what goes in them for easier shopping list making)
  • Daily Schedule
  • Whole House Cleaning Chart
    • (A break down of each room of the house and a list of what generally needs to get cleaned)
Then i made a 'Recipes' section for me to save recipes in. The sections i made for that area was:
  • Breakfasts
  • Snacks
  • Main Dishes
  • Side Dishes
  • Desserts
  • Breads
  • Freezer / Crock Pot Meals
I'm so hoping this will help my life get a little easier! I'm still fairly new to meal planning. I use to do it for awhile a year or so ago when i was shopping for a whole month. I got out of the routine for a long time and now that i decided to switch it to weekly shopping i feel like i'm starting all over again. Since i'm about to have baby #3 in a little over a month i really am going to try to do some frozen meal and see how it works for me.
I recently read a blog where this lady was writing about how little money she lives off of and she said her family of 4 average about $400 a month in food budget. I have been budgeting $400 for food and any toiletries for years and it has worked pretty good. For a minute i felt good about myself since this lady and her followers thought $400 for 4 for a month was great, but then it inspired me to push and try harder to get that amount down even more. This last month shopping weekly and meal planning according to what i have on hand, what is on ad match and what goes along with coupon deals i was able to get that $400 down to about $370. Plus i am pretty confident i can get it down even more.
I'm going to work on making more stuff homemade. I go in swings, doing great making more homemade things like bagels and bread and things and then i fall out of it. I need to just get in the habit of doing it! I plan on making some things like scrambled egg muffins and pancake muffins and freezing them so i can just pull a few out here and there and have breakfast already made. I'm just trying to brain storm and come up with things that will make my life easier with this upcoming newborn.
It's a challenge and i'm looking forward to it!

If any of you have ways you cut your food budget down please comment and let me know :)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 0 comments

Meal Planning And Shopping Weekly

So i just started a new way of shopping for me. It's what the coupon world recommends, it's like DUH why didn't i do this before? I have budgeted $400 a month (4 person family) for grocery, toiletries... any diapers or wipes or things that like i might need. I had been shopping monthly since my husband gets paid monthly. BUT since ad matches vary from week to week i was buying a big bunch of my food and then going back each week to get stuff for my stock pile when items went on sale.
Instead i'm going to try to shop weekly. By doing this i'm planning on looking at the ad matches for the week and the coupon deals for the week and plan my meal plan accordingly and shop just for the stuff on my meal plan. Some things are the major good deals i will buy more then i need that week so it can go into my stock pile.
Like this weeks meal plan was as follows:

Meals
Dinners:
  1. Burritos
  2. Nachos
  3. Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Corn
  4. Hamburger Pie
  5. Veggie Pizza
  6. Mac & Cheese w/ Hamburger
  7. BLT's & Baked Beans
  8. Sloppy Joes
Lunches:
  1. Fancy Dogs w/ Cheeto's
  2. Ham Sandwiches
  3. Salad
  4. Baked Potatoes
  5. Tuna & Tomatoes
Snacks:
Pretzels
Peaches
Ice Cream


So the nachos and burritos needed salsa, well since the Red Gold 16oz salsa was on ad match for $.50 a piece instead of buying one (which is all i would have needed this week) i bought 7 because really... $.50 for 16oz of salsa doesn't come around to often.
I also grabbed a few extra Mission Tortilla shells because i wanted to freeze some and it was a really good deal.

Here was my shopping list:
AD = Ad match
Q = Coupon


Fresh Foods
Dry Foods
Cold Foods
-Vine Ripe or Roma Tomatoes $.99lb (AD)
-Baby Carrots 16oz $.59 (AD)
-Broccoli $.99lb (AD)
-Head Lettuce $1ea (AD)
-Russet Potatoes 5lb Bag $.98 (AD)


-Mission Flour Tortillas 10ct $1 (AD) (4)
-Red Gold Salsa 16oz $.50 (AD) (7)
-Hamburger buns
-Bread
-Cheetos
-Best Choice Mac & Cheese 7.25oz $.39 (AD) (6)
-Always Save Peach Pieces 29oz $1 (AD) (4)
-Snyder's Of Hanover Pretzels 13.5-16oz $2 (AD)



-Kroger Sour Cream or Dips 16oz $1 (AD) (4)
-Best Choice Shredded Cheese 16oz $3.39 (AD) (4)
-Cheese hot dogs
-Crescent rolls (3)
-Bacon
-Ham lunch meat (Q)
-Blue Bell Ice Cream or Cups Half Gallon $4.99 (AD)
-Best Choice Large Eggs $.99 (AD) (2)
-Kraft Naturals Sliced Cheese 7-8oz $1.99 (AD) (2)
-Milk 1 Gallon $1.99 (AD) (3)

So on all of this i spend about $80 and with what i could remember of the regular prices i saved about $30+ and that was with buying some extra things.

This food should also actually feed us longer then a week because the burrito stuff alone has fed us 3 meals already.

This is my first time actually doing this week meal plan thing so i'm hoping i will get better and better at this!
 
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