Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $83.72 worth of groceries and a birthday gift for $40.00, or 52% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 8/26 Publix Trip – $83.72 for $40.00 or 52% Off


My 8/26 Publix Trip – $83.72 for $40.00 or 52% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

My friend’s birthday is in two weeks and she loves Prosecco wine so I got her this nice bottle of Lamarca to go along with a pillowcase that has Adam Levine’s face and body on it – I know, I’m the best friend ever right?  There wasn’t a lot on my list this week so I was happy that the $10/$50 Apple Market competitor coupon that I used didn’t exclude alcohol and I figure it helped me pay for the birthday gift. Today I bought $83.72 worth of groceries for $40.00, or 52% off after coupons. Here are the deals:

Margaritaville Shrimp or Calamari, Assorted Varieties, 8 or 10 oz, BOGO $9.99
-$1/1 Margaritaville Seafood Item printable (I used two of these)
-$1/1 Margaritaville Seafood Item printable
-$1/1 Margaritaville Seafood Item printable
Final Price: $4 each

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spread, Assorted Varieties, 2 pk, 7.5 oz tub or 12 to 16 oz pkg, or Spray, 8 oz bottle, BOGO $3.29
-$0.55/1 I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Tub printable [15-oz.+] (I used two of these)
-$1/3 Bananas, Any (1) WYB (2) I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Products, Any (Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip) Tearpad (exp 10/5/2015)
-$1/2 Fresh Produce, Any (1) WYB (1) I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Spray, Any (Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip; DND) Hangtag (exp 12/31/2015)
Final Price: As low as $1.10 each

Del Monte Fruit or Fruit & Gel, Fruit Burst Squeezers or Fruit & Veggie Fusions, Assorted Varieties, 4 pk, 3.2 to 4.5 oz pkg, 3/$6
-$1/2 Del Monte Fruit Cups or Fruit Burst Squeezers, exp. 8/28/15 (Publix Coupon Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer “Back to School”) [4-pk.] (I used one of these)
Final Price: $1.50 each

Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast, Garlic or Five Cheese, 9.5 to 11.25 oz, BOGO $2.99 or $1.50 each

Cool Whip Whipped Topping, 8 oz, BOGO $1.89 or 95¢ each

The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Cheese, Assorted Varieties, 4.5 oz, 2/$5
-$1/2 Laughing Cow Cheese Tearpad exp. 8/31/15 (I used one of these)
Final Price: $2.00 each

Coca-Cola Products, Assorted Varieties, 12 pk, 12 oz cans or 8 pk, 12 oz bottles (Excluding Dasani Sparkling Waters, 12 pk), 4/$12
-$1/2 Coca-Cola, Any 12-Pack Fridgepacks Tearpad (exp 9/30/2015)
-$1/2 Coca-Cola Product, Any 8-Pack Of 7.5 Oz. Mini Cans, 6-Pack Of 5 Liter Bottles Or 8-Pack of 12 Oz. Bottles (Not Redeemable In Liquor Or Tobacco Retail Outlets) – Found On Product Peelie (exp 9/25/2015)
-$0.30/1 Coca-Cola product, (1) 2-liter, (2) 1-liters or any (1) multipack bottles or cans – found on Coca-Cola 2-liters Peelie
-$1.25/1 Dr. Pepper, exp. 8/28/15 (Publix Coupon Grocery Advantage Buy Flyer “Back to School”) [12-pk., 12-oz. cans]
Final Price: $3.00 each

Lamarca Prosecco Wine, 750 ml bottle, $13.99

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Tasty Tuesday: Fabulous Fresh Fig Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Fabulous Fig Recipes

When I was growing up I was never a big fan of figs but later in life I bought a house that had a couple beautiful fig trees in the yard and I finally realized just how delicious they can be. I learned that fresh figs are lusciously sweet and there is nothing like their unique texture and taste. Figs are very easy to prepare and they’re also a great source of potassium and dietary fiber, plus they average only about 37 calories each so they’re healthy as well as tasty.

1) Homemade Fig Bars

My favorite way to eat figs as a kid was in a Newton cookie so of course I had to share Weelicious’ recipe for these decadently rich Homemade Fig Bars.

2) Fig Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of my all time favorite desserts and the cookie crust in this Fig Cheesecake recipe from Good To Know makes this fabulous dessert easy and simple to prepare.

3) Fig Pies with Blue Cheese

These Fig Pies with Blue Cheese from Eat Well 101 are fast to prepare using a packaged crust and are great to use as an appetizer or to serve with a salad for a light lunch or dinner.

4) Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

With such a beautiful presentation these scrumptious Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle from Babble are great for entertaining and your guests will never know how easy they were to make!

5) Fig and Bourbon Fizz

Who knew that figs went so well with Bourbon? I found lots of recipes that include Bourbon while researching my favorite fig dishes so felt like I had to include this Fig and Bourbon Fizz cocktail recipe from MyRecipes.

6) Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Figs

This recipe for Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Figs from Taste of Home is a delightful alternative to the traditional fall caramel apples, the almonds and dark chocolate add a nice sweet touch to this dipped fruit dessert.

7) Figs with Prosciutto

I’m a huge cheese freak and in my opinion no meal is complete without some sort of cheese involved so these Figs with Prosciutto and shaved Parmesan from BBC Good Food really excite me and they’re super simple to make in addition to being as pretty as they are delicious.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chicks with Nature’s Harvest® Bread

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a gift card and Nature’s Harvest® coupons, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chicks

My kids are so excited to be back in school and I’m thrilled that they’re all happy with their teachers and glad to be back. Nature’s Harvest® bread is also celebrating the new school year with their Nature’s Harvest® Sandwich Art Photo Contest, so I’m participating with these fun Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicks.  The biggest challenge with my five kids is keeping their lunches exciting even when they’re having the same old thing so I enjoy livening up their lunchboxes and surprising them with a different take on their favorites like these PB&J Chicks.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chicks

To make these adorable Peanut Butter and Jelly Chicks I used Nature’s Harvest® Whole Grain White bread, my favorite strawberry jelly, peanut butter, chocolate covered sunflower seeds for the beaks and a candy marker for the eyes.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chicks

I like to roll out the bread after cutting off the crusts because it helps the rolls hold together better. Next add a layer of peanut butter and jelly then roll up the bread. Cut the rolls in half to make four chicks then add the sunflower seed beaks and draw on dots with the candy marker for their eyes. I also cut triangles from a piece of bread and “glued” them on with peanut butter to make wings.

You can add a little whole grain fun to your kids’ lunch boxes and enter the Nature’s Harvest® Sandwich Art Photo Contest for a chance to win a “Kitchen Crash” from Celebrity Chef and contest judge Kelsey Nixon. The top ten semi-finalists will also be posted on the Nature’s Harvest® Bread Facebook page for online voting from September 14th through September 20th. Click here for more contest information and official rules.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $78.05 worth of groceries and for $31.45, or 60% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 8/19 Publix Trip – $78.05 for $31.45 or 60% Off


 

My 8/19 Publix Trip – $78.05 for $31.45 or 60% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

My friend at work told me about these new Campbell’s soup K-cups and she even gave me two $2 off coupons that she’d picked up at another grocery store so I was very happy to grab the BOGO deal on them and I’m looking forward to trying them out. I think this was a great trip – I got several entrees, including the rotisserie chicken that we had for dinner tonight, 12 servings of chicken soup, paper products, dishwasher detergent and a case of beer for just over thirty bucks!   Today at Publix I bought $78.05 worth of groceries for $31.45, or 60% off after coupons and $10/50 Apple Market q. Here are the deals:

Flatout Bread, Assorted Varieties, 10 or 11.2 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$0.50/1 Hungry Girl or Flatout Flatbread Item printable
-$0.50/1 Flatout Flatbread Item printable (I used one of these)
-$1.50/1 Flatout Product printable (I used one of these)
-$0.75/1 Flatout Flatbread, Any (Limit 2 Identical Coupons In Same Shopping Trip; DND) Tearpad (exp 8/31/2015)
-$0.50/1 Flatout Flatbread, Any (DND 5) Tearpad (exp 12/31/2015)
Final Price: 60¢ each

Smithfield Boneless Ham Steak, Maple Flavored, Honey Cured, or Hickory, Smoked, Fully Cooked, 8 oz, BOGO $3.59
-$0.75/1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites Blinkie
Final Price: $1.80 each

State Fair Corn Dogs, 13.3 to 16 oz, BOGO $3.49
-$0.55/1 State Fair® corn dog product Publix Digital Coupon
-$0.55/1 State Fair Corn Dog Product, 08/02 RP (exp 9/13) (I used two of these)
Final Price: $1.20 each

Campbell’s Broth K-Cup Pods & Noodle Packets, Homestyle Chicken Broth & Noodle Soup Mix, 6 ct, 4 oz, BOGO $7.99
-$2/1 Campbell’s Soup K-Cup Pods, Tearpad (exp 7/31/16) (I used two of these)
Final Price: $2.00 each or 33¢ per pod

Budweiser, Miller, or Coors Beer, Assorted Varieties, 15 pk, 16 oz bottles, $13.99

Charmin Bathroom Tissue, Ultra Strong or Ultra Soft: Mega, 6 roll, or Double, 12 roll, or Double Rolls Plus the Scent of Chamomile, 12 roll, $6.99 *Eligible for FREE Publix Deli Rotisserie Chicken wyb 3 Participating P&G Items*
-$0.35/1 Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong Printable [4-ct.+; ETS] (I used one of these)
-$1/1 Charmin 12 Double Roll/ 6 Mega Roll or larger (excludes trial/travel size) Publix Digital Coupon
-$0.25/1 Bounty, Charmin or Puffs Product, 07/26/15 P&G (exp 8/22/15) [Excludes to go packs; Limit 4]
-$1/2 Bounty or Charmin Products, 07/26/15 P&G (exp 8/22/15) [Excludes single rolls; Limit 4]
-$0.35/1 Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong printable
-$0.75/1 Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong printable
Final Price: $$6.64 plus free rotisserie chicken!

Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Gel or Powder, 75 oz, or ActionPacs, 12 to 20 ct, Assorted Varieties (Excluding Cascade Complete 45 and 75 oz and Platinum 20 ct), $3.99 *Eligible for FREE Publix Deli Rotisserie Chicken wyb 3 Participating P&G Items*
-$1 off Cascade Dish Detergent AND Rinse Aid Product Printable [ETS]
-$0.25/1 Cascade Product (excludes trial/travel size) Publix Digital Coupon
-$1/1 Cascade Dish Detergent AND Rinse Aid Product printable
-$0.50/1 Cascade printable (I used two of these)
-$1/1 Cascade Platinum Product, Any (Excludes Trial/Travel Size; Limit 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day) Hangtag (exp 8/31/2015)
Final Price: $3.49 plus free rotisserie chicken!

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Tasty Tuesday: Italian Favorites!

Tasty Tuesday: Italian Favorites!

Many of my favorite foods are Italian dishes and I’m super excited to share these Italian classics with you. All of these mouthwatering Italian recipes are easy to make and cover everything from appetizers to dessert. Perfect for date night or for the whole family, everyone is sure to love these easy Italian recipes!

1) Pancetta Wrapped Stuffed Chicken

These Pancetta Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Rolls from Italian Food Forever are stuffed with spinach and Romano cheese and look absolutely scrumptious. You can wrap them in Pancetta or thin bacon and I can’t wait to try this recipe!

2) Sweet Pepper Roll Ups

Make these Sweet Pepper Roll Ups from Cook Italy for your main course or as an appetizer, the presentation is beautiful and they are bursting with flavor.

3) Pollo del Borgo

This simple chicken recipe, Pollo del Borgo from Venice Italy Veneto, is an Italian family favorite that you finish up in the oven, leaving you free to work on some of these other dishes or visit with your loved ones.

4) Chicken Piccata

Veal Piccata is my all-time favorite Italian entree but it can hard to find veal at the store and this Chicken Piccata recipe from Chew Nibble Nosh is an excellent and delicious alternative.

5) Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo, as made here by Average Betty, is an Italian meal staple that is so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Wonderful as a side dish, you can also top it off with grilled chicken, shrimp or sausage and serve it as the main course.

6) Fresh Tomato Bruschetta

Commonly used as an appetizer, this Fresh Tomato Bruschetta from Taste of Home can be made with any of your favorite ingredients.

7) Hazelnut Rainwater Madeira Tiramisu

Of course no Italian meal would be complete without some yummy Tiramisu for dessert and this Hazelnut Rainwater Madeira Tiramisu recipe from Food 52 is a perfect end to any meal.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.

Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $91.34 worth of groceries for $36.37, or 60% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 8/12 Publix Trip – $91.34 for $36.37 or 60% Off


My 8/12 Publix Trip – $91.34 for $36.37 or 60% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

The kids love to do taco night a couple times a month so I was happy to stock up on the Old El Paso dinner kits and the Land O’Frost Bistro Favorites cold cuts look delicious so I can’t wait to try those. I bought the cakes for my dad and plan to use the bacon for breakfast for dinner a few times. Today I bought $91.34 worth of groceries for $36.37, or 60% off after coupons and $10/$50 Apple Market q. Here are the deals:

Old El Paso Dinner Kit, Assorted Varieties, 8.4 to 19.2 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$1/3 Old El Paso Products Printable [Excludes Old El Paso refrigerated, frozen, and soup products]
-$1/3 Old El PasoTM products (excludes Old El PasoTM refrigerated, frozen, and soup products) Publix Digital Coupon
-$1/3 Old El Paso Items printable (I used this one)
-$1/3 Old El Paso via Upromise Deposit [Excludes Old El Paso refrigerated, frozen, and soup products] (I used this one)
-$1/3 Old El Paso Product printable
-$1/3 Old El Paso (SavingStar Deposit) [Excludes Old El Paso refrigerated, frozen, and soup products]
-$1/3 Old El Paso Products printable [Excludes refrigerated, frozen, and soup products]
-$1/3 Old El Paso Products printable [Excludes refrigerated, frozen, and soup products]
-$1/3 Old El Paso Product, 08/02 SS (exp 9/26) [Excludes refrigerated, frozen and soup products]
-$1/3 Old El Paso Dinner Kit (Tortillas Or Taco Shells), Any (1) And (2) Avocados From Mexico, Any – Found On Old El Paso Products Peelie (exp 12/15/2015)
Final Price: $1.10 each

Palermo’s Primo Thin Pizza or Flatbread, Assorted Varieties, 8.7 to 16.55 oz, BOGO $6.99
-$1/1 Palermo’s Frozen Pizzas printable (I used two of these)
Final Price: 2.50 each

Pepperidge Farm Layer Cake, Assorted Varieties, 19 or 19.6 oz, BOGO $4.49 or $2.25 each

Smithfield Bacon, Assorted Varieties, 16 oz, 3/$10
-$1/2 Smithfield Bacon, 06/28 SS (exp 8/31) [12-oz. to 16-oz.; DND] (I used this one)
-$1/2 Smithfield Bacon Products, Any (DND) Blinkie (exp 9/12/2015)
Final Price: $3.00 each

Land O’Frost Bistro Favorites Cold Cuts, Assorted Varieties, 5 or 6 oz, 4/$10
-$0.75/1 Land O’Frost Premium, Bistro Favorites or Canadian Bacon, 07/26/15 SS (exp 9/30/15)
-$0.75/1 Land O’Frost Premium, Bistro Favorites or Canadian Bacon, 06/28 RP (exp 8/29)
-$0.55/1 Land O’Frost Premium, Bistro or Canadian Bacon printable (I used two of these)
-$0.55/1 Land O’Frost, “This” Product (DND 5) – Found On Land o’Frost Packaged Deli Meat Peelie
Final Price: $1.95 each

Canada Dry, 7UP, A&W or Diet Rite, Assorted Varieties, 12 pk, 12 oz cans (Excluding Seltzer Water), 4/$12 or $3 each

Eat Smart Vegetables, Assorted Varieties, Ready-to-Heat and Eat, 10 or 12 oz, 3/$5 or $1.67 each

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

Tasty Tuesday: Fun and Healthy School Lunches

Tasty Tuesday: Fun and Healthy School Lunches

One of my kids’ favorite things to shop for during back to school season is a new lunch box. Well making their lunches fun too is a great way to keep them from trading it for somebody else’s goodies. These fabulous lunch box ideas are fun, delicious and healthy at the same time, plus they’re easy to put together and your kiddos are sure to love them!

1) PB&J Chick Rollups

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic lunch box staple but these cute PB&J Chick Rollups from Bentology are a beautiful way to present an old favorite.

2) Lady Bug Pasta

Use a theme for your kids’ lunch boxes or give old favorites new names like this Lady Bug Pasta Salad from Momables that features black olives and cherry tomatoes.

3) Banana Dog Bites

A new twist on a peanut butter and banana sandwich, these Banana Dog Bites from Weelicious are fast and easy to make and will please even the pickiest eaters.

4) Waffle Sandwiches

Something as simple as using novel ingredients instead of bread, like these Waffle Sandwiches from Huffington Post, will keep your kids lunches from becoming boring and monotonous.

5) Pizza Muffins

Using refrigerated pizza dough makes these Pizza Muffins from Really From Pinterest super fast and easy to make. They’re also very portable and a batch is enough for a couple of kids.

6) Lunch Box Figures

This photo gallery of adorable lunch box figures from Boing Boing includes a Goofy Sandwich, a Swiss cheese Sponge Bob, Snoopy, Angry Birds and bunch more characters to entertain your kiddos.

7) Healthy Lunch Ideas

The Organic Kitchen shares several healthy lunch box ideas as well as creative ways to use leftovers. The variety presented will keep your kids happy and you’ll be pleased to know they’re eating a lunch that’s both healthy and delicious.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.