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Recipe: Deep Dish Taco Squares

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Several years ago, I had some fresh tomatoes that needed to be used up before they spoiled.  Since we don’t particularly like raw tomatoes, I was searching for a way to use them that we’d enjoy when I happened across this recipe in a church cookbook that I have.   I tried it and we loved it!  In fact, it was so tasty that several weeks later when I got hungry for it again and didn’t have any fresh tomatoes, I improvised and made it using canned, diced tomatoes.  That was good too and works well for those days when you simply don’t have fresh ones on hand.

This Deep Dish Taco Squares is one of those comfort food sort of dishes….hearty, creamy and just plain delicious.  An added bonus is that it’s always a hit with our children too and they don’t even like tomatoes.  Score!

Deep Dish Taco Squares

1/2 lb. ground beef
2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. mayo
1/2. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 c. Bisquick (or use my homemade version)
1/4 c. cold water
2 tomatoes, diced* (or more if preferred)
paprika (optional)

Brown ground beef and onion.  Mix sour cream, mayo, cheese and garlic powder..  Set aside.  Combine Bisquick and water to form soft dough.  Press into the bottom of a greased 8×8 baking dish.  (It helps to make your hands slightly damp to do this!)  Top with cooked ground beef then the tomatoes, then the sour cream mixture.  Sprinkle with paprika if desired.  Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes.* I’ve sometimes subbed 1 can of diced tomatoes.  Just be sure to drain it really well!
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Domino’s: 50% Off Any Pizza Purchase (with newsletter sign-up)

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Get a coupon code good for 50% off ANY pizzas from Domino’s Pizza when you sign up for their email newsletter.  You may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

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Free Cascade Platinum Pacs (after rebate)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Cascade just released a new $5 mail-in rebate for Cascade Platinum Pacs.  The rebate will come in the form of a $5 pre-paid Visa gift card.  You should be able to get the small packs of Cascade for free or nearly so at many stores after rebate.  This is a great and relatively easy way to save!

Here’s how the deal looks at Walmart:

* Cascade Platinum Action Pacs $3.97
- submit $5 Cascade Platinum Pacs mail-in rebate
Final Cost: Free pluse a $1.03 moneymaker!!

Please note that the rebate cannot be combined with coupons and is limited to one offer per household/address.

Thanks Coupon Cutting Mom!

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Amazon: Luvs Diaper Deal- diapers as low as $0.12 each

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Please note: Amazon prices may change at any time.  Please verify that the prices before you buy!

Amazon currently has Luvs with Ultra Leakguard Diapers for a great price.  The price is different for each size diaper but you can get them for as low as $0.12 per diaper:

  • Size 1 (252-count), $32.88
  • Size 2 (216-count), $35.99
  • Size 3 (186-count), $32.99
  • Size 4 (160-count), $32.99
  • Size 5 (140-count), $32.99
  • Size 6 (112-count), $32.99

Here’s how to maximize your deal:

1.  Add to any of the Luvs diapers to your cart.

2.  Choose the Subscribe & Save option to save an additional 5%.

3.  Clip the $0.50 coupon found below the price.  You will need to choose the Subscribe & Save option to use the coupon.  If you do not wish to continue receiving automatic shipments, be sure to cancel your subscription once your order arrives!

4.  If you want free shipping, add enough other products to your cart to make your cart total $35.00.  Of course if you have Amazon Prime your shipping will be free already.  (There are two other deals listed below that you might be interested in.)

5.  Pay for your purchase and wait for it to arrive at your door!

Stocking up when there are great deals like this is one of the 7 ways that I use to save on diapers and wipes.  It really does help stretch our budget!

You might also like these Amazon deals:

* Huggies Wipes 648 ct. for $8.97

* Oversized Sunglasses for $2.99 shipped!

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Weekly Spending Summary (8/24-8/30)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Some of you have wondered where I get my printable coupons. Here are the main coupon sites that I use:, Coupon Network, Smart Source, Red Plum, Ibotta, Hopster, Checkout 51 and Saving Star.  Manufacturer websites and Facebook pages are another great source.

Well, I kind of jumped back into deal shopping again, although it wasn’t quite in full force.  But till I got done my Giant and Sharp Shopper trip I was pretty tired and ready to be done.  Couponing and shopping for deals is hard work you know!  I’m actually kind of serious about that.  It takes time and requires a lot of mental energy and often when I’m done a big shopping trip where I did a bunch of deals my brain feels really tired.

I did get some really great buys though as a result.  Here are some of my favorites:
* Oscar Mayer bacon for $2.33/lb.
* Free frozen yogurt
* Better than free ice cream bars
* $0.50 Turkey Hill all natural ice cream
* Lunch meat for $2/lb or less
* Sour cream for $0.66/lb.

Total Spent: $112.24
Total Saved with Coupons: $27.19
Total Saved with Sales: $25.01
Total Saved: $52.20

Giant: $41.42
Saved with Coupons: $21.75
Saved with Sales: $25.01

I did a number of gas reward deals this week.  Here’s how they broke down: the Magnum bars were a moneymaker of $2.00, the Turkey Hill ice cream was $0.50 each and the Lugi Italian ice and Dannon frozen yogurt were free.  If you are a long time reader you know that I love pretty much all things ice cream.  So I was pretty happy about these deals!  And while I’d never pay $3.00 for the Dannon frozen yogurt, I have to say that it is really, really delicious!  I love how creamy it is plus it has less calories than regular ice cream too which is an added bonus.

(If you aren’t familiar with how the gas deals work, basically you earn so much off a gallon of gas when you purchase a certain number of specific items.  This time I earned $1.20 off a gallon, up to 30 gallons of gas, for purchasing the various items.)

I needed to take chips to a meal we were providing over the weekend so I got these Utz ones for $1.28 each.  I thought they were going to be $0.25 less but for some reason the one coupon didn’t double.  I don’t feel like quibbling over $0.25 so were just going to leave it go.

The Nature Valley bars were free after coupons and sales.  I don’t typically purchase those kinds of things but I figured I’d get them since they were free.  If we end up not eating them, I know that I can always donate them to the local food bank!

The bananas were just $0.13 after app savings!  I love using my smartphone to save money.  Actually, you don’t even need a smartphone to use the Checkout 51 app and it’s an easy way to save a little extra.  The potatoes were on sale but I bought them mainly just because I needed them.


  • 5 Magnum Bars $3.00 each
  • 5 Turkey Hill ice cream $3.50 each
  • 2 Utz Chips $2.15 each
  • 3 Nature Valley bars $2.50 each
  • Nature Valley bars $2.99
  • Bananas $0.48
  • Red Potatoes 5 lb. $3.99
  • 2 Lugi Italian Ice $2.00 each
  • 3 Dannon Frozen Yogurt $3.00 each

Coupons Used:

  • Four $1.50 Magnum printable coupons
  • $1.00 Magnum printable coupon
  • Two $0.50 Turkey Hill coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
    - requested from Turkey Hill (you can call and ask for the monthly)
  • Three $1.00 Turkey Hill coupons
  • $0.75 Utz printable coupons (one doubled to $1.00)
  • Two $0.50 Nature Valley printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.60 Nature Valley printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)
  • Two $0.50 Nature Valley ecoupon offers (loaded to card)
  • $2.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the 4 Nature Valley products
    (printed on the first transaction and I used in my second transaction)
  • $1/2 Lugi coupons from Sunday newspaper coupon inserts
  • $1/3 Dannon frozen yogurt printable coupon

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the bananas
  • $0.10 via Saving Star for purchasing the bananas (offer was for 20% cash back)
  • $0.50 via Saving Star for purchasing the Nature Valley
  • $1.00 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the Lugi Italian Ice
  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Turkey Hill ice cream
  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Magnum bars
  • $10.00 in gas rewards savings for purchasing the Lugi and Dannon
  • $2.00 Catalina coupon for purchasing the 4 Nature Valley products
    (printed at register and I used on my second transaction)

Sharp Shopper: $31.97

I needed some meat and cheese for a meal that we were to provide for a family get together and so I headed to this local discount grocery store to see what I could find.  I found several packs of lunch meat for $2.00/lb. or less and cheese for $2.50/lb.  I was also very excited to find sour cream for $0.66/lb. and as you can see I stocked up.  Some of you might be surprised that I bought so much but I’ve learned that sour cream is one of those things that stays good for a long time past it’s expiration date.  (In case you didn’t already know, pretty much all expiration dates are more like “best if used by” dates.)  Plus, we use quite a bit of sour cream if I have it on hand in things like Sour Cream Chicken Quiche, Country Potato Soup and Bean and Sour Cream Enchiladas.

They had bacon for $2.33/lb. and since I was needing it to make homemade baked beans that were also for the family get together, I got it.  And really, even though it was a tad above my $2/lb. meat buy price, it was still a really good deal!  The sausages were just under $2/lb, the cream cheese $0.99/8 oz. and the eggs and pure vanilla were both just things I needed and since the price was decent I got them.

Walmart: $4.77
Saved with Coupons: $5.44

I had to go to Walmart to return something and grabbed some flour while I was there.  I used to use any brand of flour that I could get for cheap but I noticed that in baked things, especially cookies and homemade pie crusts, it seemed like Gold Medal just worked better.  My baked things always turned out nicer.  Pillsbury also did well although Gold Medal did seem to be the best.  Anyway, I finally decided that it’s just one of the things that I’m willing to pay a bit more for since the quality really did seem to be better.  I was almost out of flour and I know that the Walmart price is about $0.50 less than Giant so I figured I might as well get a couple of bags.

The Purex dryer sheets and Dial body wash were both free after coupons that I received via Purex Insiders.  Well, actually, I guess they weren’t quite free because I had to pay 6% sales tax.  But it was close enough to free for me!  I’m actually going to give the dryer sheets to my mom-in-law.


  • 2 Gold Medal Flour $1.98 each
  • Purex dryer sheets $1.47
  • Dial body wash $3.97

Coupons Used:

  • Purex dryer sheet FREE product coupon ($1.47)
  • Dial body wash FREE product coupon ($3.97)

Centerville Bulk Food: $64.37

Plus 2 bushels of peaches

I got 2 bushels of peaches to can and paid somewhere around $23.00/bushel.  (I forgot to get a picture of them!)  I also got basmati rice while there and some fresh peaches, bananas and a watermelon to enjoy too.  The peaches you see here were not for canning- I got them specifically to eat fresh.

I actually bought the watermelon to have over the weekend at a family get together.  But we ended up not needing it so we are eating some of it and I shared some with a neighbor friend of ours too.

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm: $8.55

I got a couple more freezer boxes to use for freezing peaches and such.  I love this brand.  They are BPA free, microwavable and dishwasher safe.

Credits: $38.84

The last couple of weeks I’ve been buying various items that are part of the Giant gas deals.  Basically, you get points for purchasing the products and then you can redeem those points for gas.  I was able to get $38.84 worth of gas for free as a result.  And since I only buy the grocery items that are part of these deals because they either get me free gas or make me money I put the savings back into my grocery budget.  (To see the details of these purchases look at my previous Giant purchases under my Weekly Spending Summaries.)

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