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How to kill off five pounds of ground beef!

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First you have to make some hamburger patties for the freezer - nothing says lovin' like a grilled burger in the middle of February... Then you want to season them, before stacking and poppin' into the freezer. I froze four and we had two right away for lunch! Then toss the rest into the mixer with your mealoaf seasonings (see under OMAC link for ground beef recipes) and fill 12 muffin cups You should have enough left to make mini meatballs (I use a cookie scoop) to fill and 8x8 pan. Pop them both in the over at 350 and whip up the meatlof glaze.Use 1/3 cup chili sauce, 1/3 Miracle Whip and 1/3 cup brown sugar, seriously - it comes out SOOOO yummy! After 10 minutes, pull out the muffin pan and glaze them...return to the over for another 10-15 minutes. Remove all from the oven and let cool before you package them for the freezer! . See how easy that was? =)

1-30 Smartsource Coupon Preview

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A Stockpile Swap!

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One of my fellow frugal buddies came to my Coupon 101 class took the stockpile swap idea and ran with it! Her "evite" said: Have you ever stocked up on things you won't use like tooth paste, shampoo, lotions, cereal, can goods, cake mixes etc.... Well bring 10 items to my house and an appetizer dish to pass. Everything must have at least one month before expiring. We will put everything on a table and each person will get to pick an item until they are all gone (all leftovers to be donated to Sun Prairie food pantry). If you would like to come or have questions, please let me know :o) How cute - even a smiley face! I went, had fun chatting with the girlies and came home with 9 new items (new to me!) I took pizza sauce, crackers, tuna and soup and came home with: We had great frugal chats and I picked their brains for a few new classes I have in the works...I highly suggest YOU try one with your friends! =) Here are my new items: I see Sausage Balls from the dressing

Banking on Disney

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The Tupperware National Convention (Jubilee) is in Orlando this year and at a Disney Hotel. We are going and taking Ms Sarah for her first ever, Disney experience! =) We are doing a lot of it on the cheap: **Driving down instead of the three of us flying and renting a car for a week. **Taking the Tupperware room block at 75% off retail! **Buying food at a local store and using our room fridge and microwave **Getting park passes through Tupperware and more! I want her involved in this - from the planning on up so we are starting at the beginning. Saving money! We turned an empty milk jug into a bank! First we washed it and then she decorated it with dinosaur stickers and sharpie markers. Isn't it beautiful? Spare change will go in here, until it hopefully fills and we have to create a second bank. We started feeding it with all the change we found in the house. I hope this helps teach her the importance of setting a goal and breaking it down into bite sized pieces to make it

TONS of printable coupons!

Click here to see tomatoes, Jose mini tacos, and more -- you can print two of each! Just keep an eye on the dates, half of them expire on Monday! Happy shopping!

The New Copp's Sale Flier - update!

I pulled this list off of Pocket Your Dollars but updated it with OUR prices for the local stores out of the ad that starts tomorrow. Keep in mind that their Roundy's store is called Rainbow while we have Copp's & Pick 'n Save. Things I didn't see on her list: -Green Asparagus $1.69/# **GREAT deal this time of year, up to $2.30/# off! -Oscar Mayer Wieners $1.50 - good for beenie weenies, pigs in a blanket + -A note about the Kellogg's Cereal Deal: A lot of thrifty ladies aren't liking it, when compared to the General Mills deal we just had. STACK your offers and it is GREAT! The offer is Buy 3 and get $3 back for FREE milk. Use a: $1/2 Kellogg's Special K (printed) AND a B1G1 Special K (printed) AND a Save $3 on fresh fruit (coupon clippers) WYB3 Kellogg's Cereals AND a $1 off when you buy 1 Kellogg's Cereal and a Special K branded Tote-A-Bowl (peelie on the bowl, (bowls were $1.69)). The cereal was $2.99 a box and you just went from $8.9

Um....yeah. I went back...........

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Two more cereal deals means a total of 30 boxes for my churches food pantry! Thanks to this week's special, I got SIX free milk vouchers and SIX free egg vouchers -- a total of $30!! I did shop around quickly and know I can get the milk for $.79 with the $1 off Swiss Valley (when doubled) so that is an OVERAGE of $2.50 PER GALLON OF MILK that will net me $15 in FREE produce over the next few weeks...AND, the eggs are $.87 a dozen at the local Sentry store, making it about a $.90 overage for a total of $5ish there for more freebies! =) WHO says you can't get free meat or produce by using coupons!?? OK, that being said...here is my summary of these transactions - I am out of town this weekend so I see NO more shopping this month! =) (Thank goodness next Wednesday is really in February!) Cereal Deal, 4 cans of Pringles @$1.49, 3 more cans of pineapple @$.60 and two cans of Tomatoes at $.75.........coupons used were two $2/3 cereal, two $.75 tomatoes (doubled), two $1/2 Pringles

Today's Run -- I got paid $1 to take home $60.67!

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Easy transaction, a cereal deal, 1 gallon skim Dean Milk, 2 packs string cheese, and three cans dole crushed pineapple that was $.60!! I used coupons: $1/2 cereals - three of them (doubled), $1 off Deans milk (doubled), 41/3 Dole canned fruit (doubled),a Milk voucher...bottom line, $27.28 for $2.20 and they gave me $5 back in milk and egg vouchers. This became a money maker deal with a $2.80 profit! I had another transaction with a cereal deal, 12 canes of Dole fruit, 2L Cherry Dr Pepper and 2 packs lasagna noodles... Coupons used: $2/3 cereals (two of them), FOUR $1/3 Dole coupons (doubled), $.55 off DR PEPPER (doubled) ... bottom line, $33.39 for $6.80 and they gave me $5 back in milk and egg vouchers again! YES - I love cereal deals!!! I *MIGHT* sneak out and do this again today....I now have 4 egg vouchers and 2 milk vouchers in my hands...and I have 20 boxes of cereal to my church's food pantry...who doesn't love that? OK - accounting time: 100.00 -39.96 HyVee - b

Free Snapple 6 Packs!

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Soooo.... I did my round at Copp's this morning and did a little walk around. In the soda aisle I saw two bargains! Sierra Mist 2L bottles has a peelie for $1 off 2 -- and we should see $1 deals with the Super Bowl right around the corner. These would then be FREE! =) Here is the big score, FREE 6 packs of Snapple! The 6 packs have a peelie Rebate on them, 1 per person - not one per address! You get the FULL amount back, up to $6.99!!!!!!!!! (Yes, I will be getting some Snapple next month!) Keep your eyes open, you never know what you will find!

1-30 RedPlum Coupon Preview

1-30 RedPlum Coupon Preview (1 of 2) Sunday coupon preview Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected! (x) before coupon = multiple of same coupon ETS = excludes trial sizes RedPlum Coupon Insert Advil PM 16 ct or larger Save $1.00/1 (4/3) Advil 40 ct or larger Save $1.00/1 (3/31) Children’s or Infants Advil 0.5oz or larger Save $1.00/1 (3/31) Advil Congestion Relief product Save $2.00/1 (3/31) Bar-S 16oz franks or bologna Save $1.00/2 packages (4/25) Bertolli frozen meal Save $1.50/2 (2/27) Caress Daily Silk, Evenly Gorgeous, Velvet Bliss, Glowing touch, Whipped Souffle, Blackberry Cream or White Peach Cream (12oz body wash or larger or 6-bar pack or larger ) .75/1 (2/27) Caress Tahitian Renewal 12oz body wash or larger Save $.75/1 (2/27) Cesar treats any Save $1.00/1 (3/5) Cesar canine cuisine entrees buy 3 get ONE FREE value 1.19 (4/9) Degree Men or Women deodorant or body mist Save $.75/1 (2/27) Degree Men or Women Clinical Protection anti-perspirant &

Got Some Scrapbooking Done!

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The January Crop has come and gone...the rest of the crops are full or almost full! March = waitlist May = 4 spots October = 4 spots November = waitlist Here are a few of my favorite pages this month... Have you gotten any scrappin' in lately?

This week's deals!

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Just perusing the sales fliers today and this is what jumped out at me: Remember my price guidelines (Produce under $1 a pound and meat under $2 a pound) They had a lot of their private label stuff featured in the flier this week...which I don't really care for vs. name brand. Produce: Kiwi 5/$1 (should be at least a pound) Stemilt Anjou Pears or Red Anjou Pears $.99/# Dole Iceberg Lettuce $.99 each (weigh them to get a heavier one) Golden Cantaloupe $1.88 each - see if you can find one that is 1.75# or heavier **Frozen veggies are 3# for $2 - Midwest Country Fare Meat: Chicken Split Breasts $.99/# Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey $1.99/# (we have seen this for $1 at Copp's) Bar S Jumbo Franks $1 for 1# package...not high on our quality list, but a good price for filler weenies - think beanie weenies, pigs in a blanket, etc Produce: Spanish Clementines $.98 for a 5$ box Farm Stand Russet Potatoes $.40/# in a 5# bag Meat: Fresh chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Leg Quarter

And the winner is..........

I used Random.Org to pick the lovely winner of the coupons and the winner is Crystal! =) I will get these to you tomorrow!!! But, I had more than enough to do TWO envies! The other winner...Katrina! I will get your envie in the mail tomorrow. Congrats ladies and thanks for playing everyone!

Meal Plan Monday

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I am out of town for a few days this week - so I have what seems like a smaller list planned. Ms Sarah has a few sleepovers and Mr Andy will have to fend for himself, LOL! Here is the list: Breakfast will include: -breakfast cookies -oatmeal (It's frigging cold out!) -cinnamon rolls -fruit crepes Lunches as normal (sandwiches, soup, left overs, tappas plates) and for dinner... Monday (Italian Night)- spaghetti & meatballs Tuesday - meatloaf with mashed potatoes, green beans Wednesday (Soup day) - Navy Bean Soup Thursday - Fridge Clean Out! Friday - I'm out of town Saturday (Meatless Night!)- I'm out of town Sunday - Dinner out with a gift card! What are you going to feed YOUR family this week?

Crock Pot Oatmeal

This comes out super creamy - and is nice to wake up to! You can keep the leftovers in the fridge to just heat and eat for a few days. 2 cups old fashioned oats 6 cups water Optional items --cinnamon --dried fruits --spices Put the oats and the water, along with anything else you want to add to the mix in the crock pot, turn on to low, and go to bed. To reheat leftovers, just add a little water, and stir it a couple of times while microwaving until it's hot.