Krispy Kreme: Buy 1 Dozen Doughnuts, Get 1 Dozen for $0.77 (July 11, 2014)

There’s a Facebook offer that you can claim to get 1 Dozen of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for just 77¢ when you purchase 1 Dozen at Regular Price!  This offer will be valid only on July 11, 2014 in the US and Canada.  To get the offer, click the “Get Offer” button.

Sounds like a fun way to enjoy a treat and then have the fun of sharing with someone else too.  Of course, you could just freeze any extras too!

You can also get free Chick-fil-A on July 11 too!

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Weekly Spending Summary (6/29-7/5)

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

It was a good week filled with the usual daily things and ending with a trip to Maryland to visit my parents and spend time with my family over the weekend!  It was so good to be “home” again.  I was especially grateful to get to visit my grandparents again.  They are 90 & 91 (and have been married 70 yrs!) and I treasure every time I get to see them since I know we most likely won’t have them around for much longer.  It’s always so fun to see them light up when they see our children.  What is it about kids that just bring old people to life again?

As far as shopping goes, I didn’t do a whole lot.  I was just in the mood for a slower week.  In fact, there were some really good deals at Rite Aid but I just didn’t feel like going so I skipped them!  It’s kind of nice to do that sometimes.

My favorite buys:

* $0.99 Utz potato chips
* Cherries for $1.99/lb.
* 8 pk. batteries for $1.99

Total Spent: $38.11
Total Saved with Coupons: $7.24
Total Saved with Sales: $14.80
Total Saved: $22.04

CVS: $13.10
Saved with Coupons: $5.24
Saved with Sales: $10.20

I actually went to CVS because they had a good diaper deal but unfortunately they were totally out of the size 3 diapers that were included in the sale and since that is the only size I really need right now I just ended up getting a rain check for them.  While I was there I noticed that Blue Diamond almonds were on sale for a good price and so I grabbed a couple of bags.  We enjoy them on salads and for the occasional snack.  I was also thinking ahead a bit when I bought them.  We’re hoping to go on a week long trip in August and one of the ways that we cut vacation costs is to take along most of our food.  I figured these almonds would be a great, healthy snack for then too!

I also spied CVS brand batteries for $1.99 after coupons and sales.  I usually buy our batteries on Amazon and pay for them with gift cards earned through Swagbucks but since we were almost out of AA batteries, I figured I might as well get them now.

And the Pepsi?  It was just $0.50 after coupons/sales and since we were heading to my parent’s for the weekend I figured I’d grab it for my mom since I know she loves her Pepsi.  :)

Bought:

  • Pepsi $0.99
  • 2 Blue Diamond Almonds $5.49 each
  • CVS batteries $5.99

Coupons Used:

  • $0.24 Pepsi CVS printable coupon (received at Red Coupon Machine in the store)
  • $5.00 in Extra Bucks (CVS coupon that print at register for purchasing specific items)

Got Back:

  • $0.25 via Checkout 51 for purchasing the Pepsi
  • $4.00 in Extra Bucks coupon for purchasing the CVS batteries (can be used on next purchase of any item)

Giant: $4.97
Saved with Coupons: $2.00
Saved with Sales: $4.60

I was tempted to skip Giant this week since the deals were pretty much non-existent.  But unfortunately I was almost out of flour again and so I kind of needed to get some.  I also grabbed two bags of chips while I was there as well since they only $0.99.

Bought:

  • 2 Utz Chips $1.99
  • Gold Medal Flour $2.99

Coupons Used:

  • Two $0.75 Utz printable coupons (doubled to $1.00 each)

Aldi: $19.38

I did usual stock up trip to Aldi and got my typical Aldi items.  I also grabbed two packs of cherries while I was there because they had them on sale.  We went to my parents for the weekend and I took them along there since I knew my Dad would really enjoy them!

Great produce deals are just one of the 6 reasons that I love to shop at Aldi!

Bought:

  • 4 Tortillas $1.19 each
  • Cashew Halves $2.59
  • 2 Black Beans $0.59
  • Canola Oil $2.49
  • 2 Cherries $1.99 each
  • 5 lb. Red Potatoes $3.49
  • Corn Chips $0.89

Walmart: $0.66


We had a Walmart gift card given to us a couple of months ago and I finally got around to using some of it.  I needed nursing pads and decided to grab some while I was there.  Unfortunately they don’t carry my favorite brand so I decided to try the Nuk ones.  Just in case you are wondering, I wouldn’t recommend them.  They are super thin and I’m finding them rather frustrating!  (And yes, I know it says Ultra Thin right on the box.  I guess I just figured they still might be decent.  I was wrong!)

We’ve also been needing packing tape and small light bulbs so I grabbed them too.

Bought:

  • Nursing Pads $5.97
  • Light Bulbs $1.78
  • Packing Tape $3.24

Misc.: $0

* I used grocery cash to pay $9 for a ½ gallon of Fuller Brush Fulsol Degreaser.  My mom sells it and allowed me to just buy half a gallon from her.  This degreaser is absolutely amazing!  It takes care of grease like nothing else and the awesome thing is, you only need a tiny little bit to get the job done so it last for pretty much forever.  (That’s why I only felt like buying a ½ gallon right now.)  I use it to clean anything that gets greasy, including clothes.

* I also used grocery cash to buy 3 heads of lettuce at our local farmer’s market for $6.25.  I took one of the head to my parents place to make a salad there, the rest we will enjoy.

* I bought a ½ bushel of green beans from a local produce farm for $7.00.  They were some of the nicest beans I’ve seen!  We ate probably about 2 qts. just fresh, used some in this Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean Casserole and I froze 9 qts.

* My mom -in-law generously shared some of the last of the strawberries from their patch with us!  I was so happy because I had wanted to get some more but just wasn’t getting to the local stands to buy some.  We enjoyed them with shortcake, ate a bunch plain and I also made a Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake with them too.

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Recipe: Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean Casserole

I recently bought some fresh green beans from a local produce farm and it made me hungry for this Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean Casserole.  So I made it for dinner the other night and we all enjoyed it- even the children!  My 5 yr. old kept telling me how good it was and asked for multiple servings, which is always a nice compliment!

This dish can be a bit more time consuming to put together than some, but you if you work smart it’s not that bad.  I like to cook the green beans and potatoes together in the same kettle to save me dishes.  Or sometimes I’ll have baked potatoes earlier in the week and intentionally make extra to use in this dish.  You can also save yourself a dish if you melt the butter for the topping in the same pan that you mixed the cheese sauce in.  If you are like me, the less you have to clean up and wash the better!

While I think this casserole is delicious just as it is, don’t be scared to tweak it to fit your taste!  Add in some basil or onion or up the black pepper for a bit more kick.  It’s a great dish to play around with!

Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean Casserole
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 

Ingredients
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • ¼ c. + 2 Tbsp. flour
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • salt to taste (about 1 tsp.)
  • 3 c. milk
  • 1½ c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 c. potatoes, cooked and diced
  • 6 c. green beans, cooked
  • 2 c. cooked ham, diced
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • ½ c. seasoned bread crumbs

Instructions
  1. Melt butter and stir in ¼ c. flour. Add salt and pepper
  2. Add milk, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat, add cheese and stir until melted.
  3. Put potatoes in greased 9×13 baking dish, top with green beans and then ham.
  4. Pour cheese sauce over all.
  5. Combine bread crumbs and butter; Sprinkle over top of casserole.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Christine’s Kitchen Chronicles.

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P&G Laundry Rebate: Get $10 Back when you buy $30 of Tide, Gain, Downy or Bounty

Proctor & Gamble has a rebate available where you can get $10 back when you buy $30 worth of select laundry items.  This is a great way to save on products that you would be buying anyway!

*  The $10 rebate will be in the form of a prepaid Visa giftcard.  Products included in the rebate are Tide, Gain, Downy or Bounce products (excludes any size Tide Simply Clean and Fresh, Gain Flings and Gain Fireworks and trial & travel sizes).

*  The $30 must be met after coupons and discounts

*  The products must be purchased between 7/1/14- 9/30/14 and your request must be postmarked by 10/31/14.

Print your Proctor & Gamble Laundry rebate form.

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Chick-fil-A: Free Meal when You Dress Like a Cow (July 11, 2014)

Mark your calendars!  Next Friday, July 11, is Chick-Fil-A’s Annual Cow Appreciation Day.  When you dress head to toe like a cow you can get a free meal or if you just wear a partial costume you’ll get a free entree.

Use this Cow Starter Kit to help create your costume or just use some creativity and cut out white or black spots from paper and tape or safety pin them to the opposite color clothing to get the cow look.

It didn’t work out for us to enjoy the Dress Like a Cow day last year but two years ago I decided last minute to go get in on the fun.  I created our “costumes” by using safety pins to attach white spots (cut out of regular paper) to our black clothing.  Then I quickly fashioned headbands and attached some black construction paper ears to it.  The poor ears wanted to flop a bit but it got us our meal- and my son thought it was a blast!  :)

If you go, definitely be prepared to wait a while.  This is a popular event!

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