Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: 4/14/14-4/20/14


Is it Spring where you're at?  I'm just East of Raleigh, NC, and everywhere is colors galore -- pink & white dogwoods, hot pink, white & purple azaleas, lavender wisteria -- and absolutely gorgeous.  Spring is definitely here!

Which has given me some motivation to come out of hibernation and take myself and the kids to the park for fresh air and exercise, something I could definitely use more of!

Here is the menu plan that we had last week (I post the menu plan on a 1 week lag so I can have plenty of time to post some recipes during the week & link them to the menu).

Monday -- Coconut Shrimp & Mussels, White Rice, Steamed Summer Squash, Broccoli
Tuesday -- Grilled Chicken Salad, Dilled Zucchini, Pears
Wednesday -- Macaroni & Cheese, Hot Dogs, Broccoli (It was my son's birthday, so I made some of his favorite foods as a special treat for him!)
Thursday -- Loaded Baked Potatoes (using leftover grilled chicken, a little bacon and shredded Parmesan cheese), French-style Green Beans, Parmesan Summer Squash, Rolls
Friday -- Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A to support a local charitable organization
Saturday -- Dinner at Pizza Inn (I I had taken out of the freezer what I thought was cooked chicken in preparation for supper, but once I began making supper, I realized that it was actually leftover potatoes!  :(  I was completely thrown off & had no idea what to do at that point, so we ended up going out to eat.)
Sunday -- Potluck supper at church (I brought Pigs in a Blanket.)

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.com!

Friday, April 11, 2014

What's on Sale #2: 4/9/14-4/12/14


 sale ends 4/15
UPDATE TO THE PREVIOUS POST:
YOGURT - For the Taste of Inspirations greek yogurt or Dannon greek yogurt 4pk sales, send in your receipt to Checkout 51 for an ecoupon for $0.50 off the price of 1 purchase!

sale ends 4/13

$5 GIFT CARD DEAL - Buy 3 Up & Up items, get $5 gift card to use on next purchase
     Up & Up Advanced Cleaning Laundry Detergent, 100 oz or 48 ct, $9.99, use $1 store printable plus %5 Target Cartwheel ecoupon
     Up & Up Paper Towels, 6 big rolls, $6.99, use 5% Target Cartwheel ecoupon
     Up & Up Bath Tissue, 12 pk double rolls, $6.29, use 5% Target Cartwheel ecoupon
     Up & Up Facial Tissue, 4pk, $4.99, use 5% Target Cartwheel ecoupon
     Up & Up Sandwich Bags, 300 ct, $5.49, use $1/2 store printable plus 5% sandwich bags Target ecoupon
     Up & Up Trash Bags, 30 gal or 39 gal, 18-110 ct, $8.49, use 5% Target Cartwheel ecoupon

$5 GIFT CARD DEAL - Buy 2 Up & Up Diapers, get $10 gift card to use on next purchase
    Up & Up Diapers, Bulk Pack, $24.99, use $1.50/2 store printable plus 5% Target Cartwheel ecoupon

MASCARA - Maybelline The Rocket Mascara, Maybelline Volum' Express The Mega Plus Mascara, $4.99 ea, use $1/1 Maybelline New York Mascara, 3/02 Red Plum newspaper insert, makes it $3.99 ea
CRACKERS - Market Pantry Cheese Square Crackers, 13.7 oz, $1.80, use 5% Market Pantry Crackers Target Cartwheel ecoupon
JUICE - Market Pantry Orange Juice, 59 oz, 2/$5, use 5% Market Pantry Juice Target Cartwheel ecoupon
YOGURT - Simply Balanced Greek Yogurt, 5.3 oz, 10/$8, use $0.50 Checkout 51 ecoupon, like paying $0.30 for 1
YOGURT - Yoplait 100 calorie Greek Yogurt, 5.3 oz, 10/$10, use 20% Target Cartwheel ecoupon

 sale ends Tuesday 4/15

JUICE - Simply Lemonade, 59 oz, $1.97, limit 2 (e-VIC offer)
BUTTER - Harris Teeter Butter Quarters, 16 oz, $2.27, (e-VIC offer)
YOGURT - Yoplait Yogurt Cups, 6 oz, 10/$5, limit 15 (e-VIC offer), use $0.40/6 printable which doubles, plus $0.40/6 Harris Teeter e-VIC ecoupon, plus $0.40/6 Savings Star ecoupon, plus $0.50/1 Checkout 51 ecoupon, like paying $0.15 each
YOGURT - Liberte' Mediterranean Yogurt, 6 oz, 10/$10, use $0.40/1 printable, plus $0.40/1 Harris Teeter e-VIC ecoupon, plus $0.40/1 Savings Star ecoupon, plus $0.50/1 Checkout 51 ecoupon, like getting it for FREE!
WHIPPED TOPPING - Kraft Cool Whip, 8 oz, BOGO Free or $1 ea
TOMATOES - Grape Tomatoes, 1 pint, BOGO Free or $1.99 ea
MANGOES - Mangoes, extra large size, 10/$10
CANNED TOMATOES - Harris Teeter Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles, 10 oz, BOGO Free or $0.49 ea
CANNED TOMATOES - Tuttorosso Tomatoes, 28-35 oz, B2G3 Free, use 2 $1/2 printable, makes it $0.39 ea WYB 5
CANNED CHICKEN - Harris Teeter Canned White Chicken, 4.5 oz, $0.97
FROZEN VEGETABLES - Bird's Eye Vegetables, 8-10 oz, 10/$10
OLIVES - Mario Canned Olives, 6 oz, BOGO Free or $1.07 ea, use $0.30/1 printable which doubles, makes it $0.47 ea
RAISINS - Mariana Yogurt Raisins, 5 oz, BOGO Free or $1.64 ea
PASTA - Harris Teeter Couscous Mix, 5.7 oz, 2/$3
TOASTER PASTRY - Kellogg's Pop Tarts, 6-8 ct, 5/$8 WYB 5, use $0.75/1 printable (500 points under Rewards tab) which doubles, and/or $1.50/1 printable (1000 points), and/or $1/3 printable, and/or $0.40/1 Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Creme 50th birthday edition printable (note: Harris Teeter will only accept a total of 3 "like" Internet coupons per day)
COOKIES - Oreos, select varieties, 10-15.9 oz, 2/$5


SODA - 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Sunkist Sodas, 2 liter, $0.99, use $0.30/1 ECB coupon printed at the CVS store coupon center
DEODORANT / BODY WASH - Right Guard or Dry Idea Deodorant and Body Wash, $3, $2 ECB WYB 2, limit 1 ECB offer, use $1/2 Right Guard Extreme or Total Defense 5 printable (Facebook offer), like paying $1.50 ea after coupon & ECB

As always, remember that sales vary by region and local store policy.  Always check your store's circular and coupon policy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What's on Sale #1: 4/9/14-4/12/14

*SIGH*

Yes, I am a day late getting this posted.  It's been a busy week.  My son's birthday was yesterday, so obviously I wanted to spend time with him when he came home from school.  I plan to homeschool all the kids next school year, so I've also been working on homeschool preparation projects all week, which has had me tying up the computer but in a different way than usual.

But it's all good, right?  All part of balancing priorities, part of the reason this blog was founded!

Here's a summary of some of the best sales available now through Saturday.  Stores in my area vary their weekly sales from Sunday thru Saturday, Monday thru Sunday, and Wednesday thru Tuesday, so to simplify things, I look at what's on sale between Wednesday thru Saturday.  Hope that makes sense!

SALAD MIX - Dole or Fresh Express Salad Mix, 9-12 oz, 2/$4, use $1 off coupon at savings center kiosk near door of store, makes it 2/$3
TOMATOES - Roma Tomatoes, $0.99/lb
CABBAGE - Green Cabbage, $0.49/lb
CARROTS - Carrots, 2 lb bag, $1.29
POTATOES - Red Potatoes, 5 lb bag, $2.99
LETTUCE - Fresh Express Romaine Hearts, 3 ct pkg, $2.49, use 20% Savings Star ecoupon, like paying $1.99
GREEN BEANS - Tender Green Beans, $0.99/lb
        Use $1 off $5 produce purchase 4/8/14 Shoppers Companion email store coupon to save even more!!
HAM - My Essentials Shank Portion Ham, $0.97/lb, limit 2
COOKING OIL - Wesson Oil, select varieties, 48 oz, 2/$5
PASTA - Mueller's Pasta, select varieties, 12-16 oz, $0.99, use $0.75/1 pot-sized pasta printable, makes it $0.24 each
YOGURT - Taste of Inspirations Greek Yogurt, select varieties, 5.3-6 oz, $0.89
YOGURT - Dannon Greek Yogurt, select varieties, 4 pk, $3.49
SODA - My Essentials Soda, 2 liter, $0.67
PEANUTS - Planters Peanuts, select varieties, 16 oz, $3.49, use $1/2 MVP card ecoupon, makes it $2.99 each
BABY FOOD - Happy Baby Stage 2 Baby Food, select varieties, 3.5 oz, 5/$5
DISPOSABLE CUPS - My Essentials Foam Cups, 20 ct, 16 oz cups, $0.94
REFRIGERATOR CRESCENTS / CINNAMON ROLLS - Pillsbury Cinnamon or Crescent Rolls, select varieties, 8 ct, 2/$5, use $0.50/2 crescent rolls and/or $0.40/2 cinnamon rolls MVP card ecoupon plus $0.40/2 cinnamon rolls and/or $0.50/2 crescent rolls Savings Star ecoupon, like paying 2/$4 - 2/$4.10

FROZEN VEGETABLES - Pictsweet Frozen Vegetables, select varieties, 14-16 oz, $0.99
APPLES - Got to be NC Red Rome Apples, 3 lb bag, $0.99
PEARS - D'Anjou Pears, $0.99/lb
CABBAGE - Green Cabbage, $0.49/lb
BELL PEPPER - Stuffing Bell Peppers, $0.99
LEMON JUICE - Libby Lou Lemon Juice, 16 oz, $1

MARGARINE - Blue Bonnet Margarine (sticks), 16 oz, 2/$1
CHIPS - IGA Potato Chips, 5.5 oz, $0.78
MAYONNAISE - IGA Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing, 32 oz, $1.68
CANNED PASTA - Chef Boyardee Pasta, 14.5-15 oz, $0.88
SPAGHETTI SAUCE - Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce, 24-26.5 oz, 5/$5
CANNED TOMATOES - IGA Whole Peeled Tomatoes, 14.5 oz, 2/$1
GELATIN MIX - IGA Gelatin Mix, assorted flavors, 3 oz, 2/$1
PIE CRUST - IGA Graham Cracker Pie Crust, 6 oz, 5/$5
SYRUP - IGA Pancake & Waffle Syrup, 24 oz, 2/$3
STORAGE BAGS - IGA Sandwich Bags, 80 ct, $1
MUFFIN MIX - Martha White Muffin Mix, 7-7.6 oz, $0.95
SHAVE CREAM - Pure Silk Shave Gel, 8-9.5 oz, $1, Barbasol Shave Foam, 10-11 oz, $1
COTTON BALLS - Top Care Cotton Balls, 100 ct, 5/$5
TOOTHPASTE - Aim Toothpaste, 6 oz, $0.89

BEEF - Beef T-Bone Steaks, family pack, $4.99/lb
CHICKEN - Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, $1.99/lb
HAM - Sugardale Shank Portion Ham, $1.19/lb
FISH - Schooner Tilapia, Swai, Whiting or Pollock, 2 lb pkg, $5.99
HOT DOGS - Fairgrounds Jumbo Hot Dogs, 16 oz, $0.99
POTATTOES - Idaho Potatoes, 10 lb bag, $2.99
SALAD MIX - Dole Classic Salad Mix, 12 oz, $0.69
STRAWBERRIES - Dole Fresh Strawberries, 1 lb pkg, $2.49
APPLES - Fresh Red or Gold Delicious Apples, 3 lb bag, 1.99
CANNED MILK -- Coburn Farms Evaporated Milk, 12 oz, $0.79
SALAD DRESSING - Portmann's Salad Dressing, 16 oz, assorted varieties, $1.29
APPLESAUCE - Tipton Grove Apple Sauce, 24 oz, $1.49
COOKIES - Granny Ella's Vanilla Wafers, 11 oz, $1.29
TUNA - Port Side Chunk Light Tuna in Water, 5 oz, $0.69
SUGAR - Domino Sugar, 4 lb, $1.99, use $0.75/2 printable, makes it $1.62 each
BOTTLED WATER - Crystal 2 O Purified Drinking Water, 16.9 oz, 24 pk, $2.29
CREAM CHEESE - Coburn Farms Cream Cheese, 8 oz, regular or Neufchatel, $0.99
CANNED BISCUITS - Ginger Evans Crescent Rolls, 8 oz, $0.99
SOUR CREAM - Coburn Farms Sour Cream, 16 oz, regular or light, $1.59

VINEGAR - Clover Valley White Vinegar, 64 oz, $1.50
MAYONNAISE - Hellmann's or Best Foods Mayonnaise, 30 oz, $3, use $1/1 printable, makes it $2
SPICES - Clover Valley Spices, 0.25-5.25 oz, assorted varieties, $1
EGGS - Eggs, 1 doz, FREE WYB any 2 Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, 2 lb, $2.50 each, and/or Country Rich Syrup, 24 oz, $2.35 each

CEREAL - General Mills Cereal, 8.9-16 oz, $2.50 plus 2000 Balance Rewards Points WYB 2, use $0.50/1 Cheerios printable or $1/2 Cheerios printable, like paying $1 each after coupons and BR points
POPCORN - Act II Popcorn, single pack, 2/$1 with in-ad coupon, limit 4
OLIVES - Nice! Olives, 5-6 oz, $0.89 with in-ad coupon, limit 6
EASTER SUPPLIES - Easter Grass, 1.5 oz, 2/$1, Easter Baskets, $0.99, Easter Baking Accessories (cookie cutter 4pk, ceramic dish, paper cupcake combo set) $0.99, Plastic Egg Container (animal, character or standing) $0.99
BATTERIES - Walgreens Alkaline Batteries, AA or AAA 16 pk, C or D 8 pk, 9 volt 4 pk, $8.99 plus 1000 Balance Rewards Points WYB 2, like paying $8.49 each after BR points

More to come later -- Happy Shopping!

Celebrate Wimpy Kid Month


We introduced our son to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book and movie series just the other day on his 10th birthday, giving him both the first book & movie of the series and he absolutely loves them.  Just in time, too, because April is Wimpy Kid Month!

Celebrate all month long here at wimpykid.com with free resources including posters, party kits & activities, teachers guides, and more.  On April 28, Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid book series, will reveal the book cover for book #9 in a live global webcast!  Registration for the webcast is open for individuals age 13 and up.  To register, click here.