Monday, October 31, 2011

Tom Thumb Trip 10/31 -- 71% Savings

My Aunt and Uncle are visiting right now, and were very excited to go coupon shopping with me.  We had planned on hitting all of the coupon stores, but after scouring the sale ads and our coupons, we decided that the only place we truly wanted to go was Tom Thumb (it also happened to be the only store she couldn't shop at at home.)

I didn't get a picture of her shopping trip because the majority of it was loaded right up into their truck, but she saved 45% including a bunch of meat and Halloween candy.

Below is what I bought:

Total Shelf Price:  $71.28
Total Sale Price:   $41.19    Already 43% Savings
Price Paid After Coupons:   $20.75    71% Savings

I had FREE coupons for the Pam and the Pizza, and the salads were all FREE after coupons.  The milk was the only urgent thing on my list, and it would have been $0.50 elsewhere, but it was getting to be naptime, so I decided to forgo another stop and grabbed it there.


Dishing It Up Recipe Hop: Main Dishes--Provencal Pork *Great For The Freezer*

For today's Dishing It Up Recipe Hop, my blogger friends and I will be bringing you a collection of main dish recipes.  We all know that the main dish is the most important part of the meal, but most of us have a handful of family favorites that we seem to repeat over and over, and sometimes we just want to try something new.  \

It is our hope that this will help give you a few new ideas for main dishes, and perhaps some new family favorites!

The recipe that I'm going to be sharing with you today is actually the first recipe I ever shared on my blog.  The original post was written in April 2010.  I've not had this meal in quite some time, but since I just stocked up on red potatoes at Aldi, I may be making one (or 4) in the near future.

The recipe is for Provencal Pork, and I originally posted it as a freezer meal because I found it in one of my freezer cookbooks.  I've had it both fresh and after freezing, and it is delicious either way.

1/4 cup butter, divided
2 lbs boneless pork chops, cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
2 medium onions, sliced
1 15oz can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 lbs potatoes (I used red, but I've made it with russet before)
season to taste
parsley to garnish

Cooking Directions:
Cook the meat down in half of the butter. (I add some seasoning at this step also, and some of it cooks into the meat and some stays behind in the juice.)
Remove the meat from the pot, leaving the juice behind. Cook down the onions in the juice until they begin getting tender.  Add the stewed tomatoes, and any more seasonings you like. I added salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. 
Heat to boiling, and then let it cook for 5 minutes.

To Assemble:Place the pork on bottom of dish. 
Add the onion and sauce mixture on top of that. 
Place a layer of potatoes on top of that. 
Sprinkle the parsley on top. 
Wrap in in foil. 

If you want to eat it right away, bake for one hour at 350*.  This can also be frozen to be eaten later.  Simply thaw, and follow the baking instructions when you are ready to eat it.

Assembled and ready for the oven.

In the linky below, you can find other main dish recipes from my blogger friends.  If you have a post with a main dish recipe, feel free to link it up below!


New Coupons: Ziploc, No Yolks, and More! Will They Still Be Around Tomorrow?

This morning there were several new coupons listed on  Since it is the last day of the month, we can't be sure that they will still be around tomorrow (though they very well may be).

I would grab these now if you want them, just in case they disappear, and check to see if there are any others that you missed!

    $1.50 off on any 2 Ziploc Containers

    $0.40 off one package of No Yolks

    $0.35 off Diamond Crystal Salt Sense

    $0.40 off Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt

    $0.40 off Diamond Crystal Sea Salt

    $1.00 off any TWO Ziploc Brand Bags


Sunday, October 30, 2011

End Of The Month Coupon Print Reminder

It's the end of the month, so make sure you print any coupons you need before they are gone!  Click the images below to be taken to the various sites where you can browse the currently available coupons.

Coupon Network


Thursday, October 27, 2011

New SavingStar E-Coupons

There are some great new coupons available from SavingStar today.  A couple of my favorites are the Rice A Roni and the International  Delight!

If you want to read more about how SavingStar is different than other e-coupons, go here!

Here are the coupons that are currently available:

Buy 1 Karo® Syrup, Save 40¢.
Expires 11/30/2011.

Buy 1 Argo® or Kingsford's® product, Save 40¢.
Expires 11/30/2011.

Buy 1 Fleischmann's® Yeast (Jar or Strip), Save 40¢.
Expires 11/30/2011.

Buy 2 AIR WICK® Scented Candles, Save $2.00.
Expires 11/23/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 1 Johnsonville Breakfast Sausage (9 oz or 12 oz), Save 55¢.
Expires 11/23/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 1 GUM® Eez-Thru Flosser®, Save 75¢.
Expires 11/23/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 AIR WICK® Aerosol Air Fresheners, Save $1.00.
Expires 11/23/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 1 AIR WICK® FRESHMATIC Compact Spray Starter Kit, Save $2.00.
Expires 11/23/2011.
One time use only.

Buy (1) International Delight® quart or pint, Save 55¢.
Expires 11/23/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 3 Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni, Save $1.00 (does not include Family Size, Value Size, or Easy Salad).
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 Quaker Chewy® Granola Bars, Save $1.00.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 Smart Balance® Buttery Spreads, Save $1.00.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 1 Smart Balance Omega® Cooking Oil or Spray, Save 75¢.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 1 Smart Balance® Rich Roast Peanut Butters, Save 75¢.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 Quaker® Instant Oatmeal, Quaker® Quick or Old Fashioned Oats, Save $1.00.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy (1) Dean's® Dip 12 oz or larger, Save 55¢.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 1 bag of El Monterey Snacks (Taquitos, Mini Chimis, Tamales, or Quesadillas), Save $1.00.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 El Monterey Family Pack Burritos or Chimichangas, Save $1.00.
Expires 11/16/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 Ken's Salad Dressings (16 oz only), Save $1.00.
Expires 11/9/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce, Save $1.00.
Expires 11/9/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 2 packages of M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies (any flavor, 9.9 oz or larger), Save $1.00.
Expires 11/9/2011.
One time use only.

Buy 1 Barilla Pasta AND Buy 1 Barilla Sauce, Save $1.00.
Expires 11/2/2011.
One time use only.


Sunday Coupon Preview For 10/30

This Sunday we should be getting 3 coupon inserts, and Redplum, and Smartsoruce, and a PG.

There are some great brands coming.  You can check out all the details here.


Free Baby Magazines

There are two FREE magazines for parents available right now.  Click the images below to subscribe.


Need More Freebies?

If you haven't yet signed up for the daily freebie emails from yet, I wanted to remind you about it.  Most of us don't have time to scour the web for freebies every day, and even those of us that do can't catch everything!  Womanfreebies puts together a list of free things that become available each and every day, and sends it out as a daily email. 

I enjoy receiving these emails, because they always have at least one thing that I've missed.  If you want these reminders delivered straight to your inbox, click the image above and enter your email address.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

El Rancho Deals 10/26-11/2

Here are the best deals I see advertised this week at El Rancho:

Sirloin Ham end Pork Chops   $1.19/lb
Boneless Beef Shoulder Steak  $2.09/lb
Chicken Leg Quarters Sold in 10. lb bag  $4.99 each  ($0.50/lb)
Tilapia Fillets  $2.67/lb
Extra Large Headless Shrimp  $3.97/lb
Beef Stew Meat   $2.89/lb
Pork Steak $1.89/lb
Bone-In Pork Stew Meat  $1.49/lb

Oranges 10 lb. bag   $3.77 each
Roma Tomatos  3 lbs. for $1
Russett Potatoes  10lb. bag  $1.50 each
Avocados  3 for $0.99
Yams   $0.59/lb
Black Plums  $0.77/lb
Cilantro   4 for $0.99
Pears  5 for $0.99

Armour Lunchmakers   $0.88 each


El Rio Grande Deals 10/26-11/2

Here are the best prices I see advertised at El Rio Grande this week:

Pork End Chops   $1,00/lb
Chicken Leg Quarters   $0.59/lb   (likely in a 10lb bag for $5.90)
Inside Round Steak   $2.29/lb
Pork Steak  $1.89/lb

Round Tomatoes   3 lbs. for $1
White Onions  5 lbs for $1
Small Hass Avocados  5 for $1
Gala Apples  4 for $1
Limes  15 for $1
Cucumbers 3 for $0.99
Green Pears  5 for $1
Fresh Cilantro  4 for $1
10lbs Russett Potatoes  $1.79 each *Thursday Only*

Parade Sugar 4lb.  $1.79 each *limit 1 w/ $10 purchase*
Scott Extra Soft 12 Double Rolls $3.99


Fiesta Deals 10/26-11/2

Here are the best prices I see advertised this week at Fiesta:

Pork Sirloin Chops  $1.19/lb  *family packs, limit 2 w/$10 purchase*
Fryer Leg Quarters   $0.49/lb  *jumbo bags, limit 2 w/$10 purchase*
Pork Steak   $1.99/lb

Gala Apples  5 for $1
10 lb bag Oranges   $3.99 each
Lettuce  $0.99 each
Bosc Pears  5 for $1
Tangerines 4 for $1

Louisiana Fish Fry  $0.99 each  Use $1/2 from 6/12 SS  I'll have to see if I still have that somewhere.
Old Orchard Apple Juice  64oz  $1.59
Trix/Honey Nut Cheerios  $1.99  Use $1/2 or $1/3 from 9/25, 10/2 or 10/23


Aldi Deals 10/26-11/2

Here are the best prices I see advertised at Aldi this week:

Meat Special Buy:
Tyson Bone-In Pork Picnic Shoulder Roast   $1.59/lb while supplies last  *extremely limited supply*

Pears  $0.49/lb Assorted Varieties   Sold in 2lb bags for $0.98 each
Honeycrisp Apples  $0.75/lb  sold in 2 lb bag for $1.50  My husband was like "What the heck???!!!???"  I've honestly never seen these cheaper than $1.99/lb *anywhere* and they are his absolute favorite.  He raves over them.  I may be making 5 trips to Aldi this week...he may be too..who knows LOL.
Other Apples  $0.55/lb sold in 3 lb. bags for  $1.65 each
Red Grapes  $0.99/lb sold in 2lb tub for $1.98
Pineapple   $0.99 each  I got one last week.  They were mid sized (not the biggest or smallest I had seen) but very tasty.

Pumpkins..???  These are not advertised this week.  I recall last year them being $1.99 the week before Halloween.  They've been $2.99 up until now, but the ad this week is pumpkin free.  I'll let you know when I go for my apples. ;)

Milk $1.99/gallon
Eggs $0.99/gallon

They are beginning to feature lots of their holiday baking items, so be on the lookout for different varieties of "seasonal" things to be popping up in stores.  Seasonal to them just means items that people only usually buy at certain times of the year, so that's the only time they carry it.  Just another way they cut costs. ;)


Kroger Deals: 10/26-11/2

For the first time since our Kroger stopped doubling, I actually see prices that make me want to go!

Here are the best prices I see advertised at Kroger this week:

Bonesless Top Sirloin Steak    $2.99/lb
Chicken Breast   $1.99/lb
Chicken Leg Quarters   $0.59/lb  (sold in 10lb. bag for $5.90)

Tangerines  3lb. bag    $1.99
Small Hass Avocados   2 for $1
Red Tomatoes on the Vine  $1.00/lb
Broccoli Crowns  4 lbs. for $5.00    (that's $1.25/lb)
Naval Oranges or Grapefruit   5lb bag for $2.50  (that's $0.50/lb)
Yellow/Zucchini Squash  4lbs for $5.00 ($1.25/lb)
Pumpkins   $3.88
Honeycrisp/Ambrosia Apples   $1.99/lb
Raspberries 6oz.  $2.00
Red Seedless Grapes  $1.49/lb

10 for $10 Sale:
Kroger Tortilla Chips   $1
Mi Casa Flour Tortillas 10ct.  $1
Pace Picante Sauce    $1  Use $0.50/2 from 8/28 SS = $0.75 each
Campbells Soups   $1  Use Various coupons from 9/18, 10/2, and 10/9 SS (regional) or $1/5 Printables
Barilla Pasta   $1  Use $1/2 Whole Grain from 9/18SS or $1/2 Plus from 10//23 SS if included
Hamburger Helper  $1  Use $0.75/3 from 9/11 or 10/2 GM or $0.80/4 on Cellfire
Manwich   $1
Snack Pack   $1
Hormel Compleats Kids   $1
Dole Pineapples Chunks   $1  Use $0.50/2 Printable (it is still there)
Birds Eye Steam Fresh   $1  Use $0.50/1 chef favorites printable  (still available)--if included
Armour Lunchmakers   $1
Hormel Salami/Pepperoni   $1
Bar S Franks    $1
Flipz Pretzels   $1
5 Gum     $1
Promised Land Milk 14 oz.   $1
Chef Boyardee  $1

Ball Park Franks   $1.88
Kettle Chips   $2.50  Use $1/1 from 9/5 or 9/25 RP
Crest Toothpaste   $1.29
Oral B Cavity Defense toothbrush   $1.29

For a few more Kroger deals, head over to Mama's Money Tree.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FREE 8x10 Photo Canvas (Just Pay Shipping!)--Another Great Christmas Idea

Here is another great idea for a photo Christmas gift.  Right now, Canvas People is having a big Fall sale.  You can get a FREE 8x10 photo canvas (just paying shipping of $14.95), or you can get 40% off of a larger size plus FREE shipping.

I have heard great reviews about this product from many of my blogger friends who have ordered these for themselves.  My friend over at Mommy Wants Freebies has allowed me to share this adorable one of her kids with you (it is the 18x24 size by the way.)

So if you have some hard to shop for people on your list (my grandparents come to mind!  They already have *everything*), this might be the perfect option for them.


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