Sunday, May 31, 2009
Don't forget - if you're not a Price Chopper Shopper, you can click the link above to go to $5 Dinners and find a Bargain Meal of the Week for your grocery store!
Pork Spare Ribs with Green Beans & Noodles
1 lb boneless pork spareribs $2.99/lb
1 lb fresh green beans $0.99/lb
2 packages of Top Ramen Pork Flavor $0.20 = $0.40
1 cup of Italian Salad Dressing $0.50 - hopefully you have some on hand from the sales from the previous weeks. You can also buy a bottle PC Italian dressing for about $1.50.
1 cup BBQ Sauce %0.50 - ditto the top - if you used your Kraft coupons, this would be free! Otherwise, your cost for a bottle of PC bbq sauce will be about $1.00.
Total Cost: ~$5.50
Marinate spareribs in Italian dressing for about 30 minutes. Let them sit on the counter and come to room temperature while they're marinating.
In the meantime, steam green beans and cook Top Ramen as instructed on package.
After marinating, pre-heat the grill with medium flame. Cover grill with foil and put ribs on to cook. Cook time is about 30 minutes. Brush with bbq sauce a few minutes before they're finished.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Kids Bowl Free Summer Program - Click here to sign up. You choose from a bowling center in your area and your kids (15 & under) can bowl up to 2 free games per day all summer long! They are also offering a special Family Pass - after you sign up, you will have the option of adding a family pass for $23.95 which will allow up to 4 adults in your family (including kids over 15) also bowl 2 free games each, every day, all summer long. This is a fabulous deal! My family of 4 went bowling over Winter Break and it cost us nearly $40 to bowl and rent shoes and that was for only 6 games (I bowled with Ella). You do have to sign up at one bowling center and use that one all summer long. Locals: We have a pick of Spare Time Bowling in Clifton Park, Latham, South Glens Falls, and Lake George. I signed up for the bowling last night and I'm really excited for this one! I purchased the family pass so we can bowl with our kids and even take Grandma or Grandpa with us sometimes!
Free Movies from Regal Cinemas - Click here for participating theaters in your state. When school’s out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It’s a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it’s FREE!
Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer.
Some of the movies being shown this summers include Charlotte's Web, The Tale of Despereaux, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Kung Fu Panda.
Free Movies from Rave Motion Pictures - Don't have Regal Cinemas in your area? Click here. Rave Motion Pictures is a different chain of theaters offering pretty much the same deal.
$1 Movies from AMC Theaters - Pretty much the same deal as the other theaters but they are charging $1 per person and giving the proceeds to charity. Click here for locations. Still a pretty good deal!
B1G1 Free Minor League Baseball Ticket (courtesy of Kraft) - Click here to see if your local teams are participating. Bring a Kraft Singles Wrapper to the Ballpark box office for a Steal of a Deal! Buy 1 Ticket and Get 1 FREE from Kraft Singles! Ticket offer valid only on Tuesdays. May 12 through Sept 1, 2009at participating minor league home games.
Get a free 12-month subscription to Organic Gardening when you become a My Stonyfield Community Member. Click here to sign up. Hurry! Offer expires 5/29!
Instead of purchasing compost and fertilizer from Garden stores, ask a local farm if they have any for sale. They usually have large piles and will allow you to take some for just a few dollars or for FREE! (http://www.tiphero.com/). I took this advice and told my mom about it. She has a friend who owns a farm and he said to bring some buckets and help ourselves!
The Happy Housewife has instructions for a DIY compost bin here. This is the simplest one I've come across and I can't wait to try it! Others are just starting a compost pile in the backyard with their eggshells, coffee grounds, shredded papers and newspapers, fruit rinds, etc. You can use anything that's not meaty or bony (they will attract animals).
Milk Jug Irrigation: Save your old milk jugs and juice containers (plastic, clear ones). Poke small holes in the bottom, fill them with water and set them next to your plants. They will slowly water your plants all day long.
Milk Jugs also act as mini greenhouses. Cut off the tops and use them to start your seeds.Put the tops back on (duct tape into place) and you have a great place to get your plants going. You can start several seeds in one milk jug.
Share plants. My neighbor has given me tons of flowers that she's dug up from her own garden. My dad has an over-abundance of daylilies in his yard and we just go dig up what we need and use them to border the sides of our house. Check Craigslist (http://www.craigslist.com/) for people giving away plants, flowers, wood chips, anything you might be able to use in your own garden.
Use newspaper and pine needles for mulch. Need pine needles? Stop by my house anytime! I never knew about this use for pine needles....I've got a never-ending supply of these!
Before you drain the kiddie pool, have the children use their buckets to water your garden with the water. Fun for them - since they usually hear, "No water out of the pool!"
Use vinegar to kill weeds. White vinegar is usually pretty inexpensive at Wal-mart and Aldi's. Spray it directly on the weeds, not the surrounding plants as it will kill all plants it comes into contact with. This might be a great solution for the area in between the stones for our front walkway!
Scarecrows really work in the garden! We tried everything last year to keep pests out of our garden (like a woodchuck, deer and rabbits that just loved eating our plants before the veggies even grew). We placed the small scarecrows that we decorate in the Fall with (and bought at the $1 store) into the garden and the animals stopped eating our plants!
On another note, deer do not like the smell of humans...they are trained to go the other way if they sense one. Use human hair clippings as a border around your gardens to keep deer from eating away at your plants. Ask a local barber shop or hair salon for their hair clippings.
Freebies from Landscape firms. Check out a great article here. You may be able to bargain with local Landscapers to get their clippings for free! They avoid dump fees and you gain free plants!
Have any other frugal gardening tips? Please leave a comment!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Well, Price Chopper never ceases to befuddle me (not that it's so hard to do lately). It appears that they have several great deals this week with B1G1 meat sales - but they haven't listed the actual prices in the flier. Nothing frustrates me more than trying to guesstimate the prices to figure out a bargain meal. So here goes -
Steak and Pasta Salad
1 lb London Broil - $1.99/lb
1 package of grape tomatoes B1G1 - guesstimate - $1.50, use about 1/2 package $0.75
1 package of PC elbow macaroni - $0.88
1 green squash - $1.29 lb/ $0.60
1/2 bottle of PC Italian Salad Dressing - $0.75 (hopefully you picked up some Kraft dressing with a coupon at Wal-Mart and paid $0.08, thereby getting an even better deal)
Instructions: Marinate London Broil in 1/4 cup Italian salad dressing. Then grill as directed.
Cook pasta as directed. Add tomatoes and cubed green squash. Toss with salad dressing. Serve cold. (Grill green squash first if desired).
Cost: About $5
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Kraft Bagel-fuls $1.99
Use $1 off printable here and at Kraft's website
99 cents after coupons
Kool-Aid or Crystal Light Drink Mix (including On- the-Go) $1.99
$1 off printable coupons here and here
99 cents after coupons
Lipton Iced Tea Mixes (includes on-the-go) B1G1F
Use 2 60 cents off coupons from 5/17 Red Plum
Knorr Pasta Sides 99 cents ea
Use 60 cents off 2 from 5/17 Red Plum
69 cents ea
Wish Bone Salad Dressing B1G1F -reported at $1.99 ea
Use 2 $1/1 Spritzer from 5/17 Red Plum
should make them free or under 50 cents ea
Use 1 $1/2 from 5/17 Red Plum
Also $1 off 1 Bountifuls from 5/10 SS
Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Pasta Salad $1.19
$1/2 5/17 Smart Source
69 cents ea
Hefty One Zip Storage Bags $2.99 B1G1F
Use 2 $1/1 5/17 Red Plum
99 cents for 2
Philadelphia Cream Cheese 99 cents
Use $1/2 printable here and here
49 cents each
Jell-O Gelatin 79 cents
Use $1/3 here or here
46 cents ea
Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs B1G1F
Use $1/2 from 5/10 SS
Wheat Thins or Triscuits 2/$4
Use $1/ from Price Chopper I-Save Machine
Use 2 $1/1 printable here and here
Price Chopper Eggs 99 cents
No coupons needed
10/$1.98 sweet corn
Super Pretzels B1G1F prices areound $2.99 ea
Use 2 75 centss off 1 coupons from 5/17 SS
Aunt Jemima's Frozen Breakfast Items $1.29
Use (1) $1/2 from 05/03 SS
2/ $.79 each
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Then, I ran out of toilet paper! Price Chopper had 12 packs of Cottonelle on sale for $9.99. I went in and bought that, and Crystal Light was on Sale 2/$5! I used my Kraft coupons and bought 2, and 2 coupons for free Skin Essentials! I paid $9.65 oop on a gift card from my Olay rebate!!!
I am sooo excited! I started using coupons, playing the drugstore game, and getting rebates exactly one year ago. After months of ho-hum deals they are starting to become incredible again and surpass the savings I was able to get last year! I feel a sense of hope....
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Another Do-It-Herself Workshop from Home Depot. I'm making an effort to try this ones. The kid ones have been really neat but it's hard for me to get out for the grown-up ones. I could really use this one, though, as it's going to be my 2nd summer with a vegetable garden...Girls' Night Out anyone? Maybe we can stop at TGIFriday's after and use one of those free appetizer coupons? Anyone, Bueller, Anyone?
Apologies, Apologies! If you've been tuning in and I wasn't here, I'm deeply sorry! After 8 crazy days in Disney World, we returned home to a family illness, then I contracted a sinus infection this weekend! I've put together a new Bargain Meal of the Week for you and will start working on the Price Chopper Price Book soon!
London Broil and Grilled Veggies
1 lb of London Broil $1.99/lb
Kraft BBQ sauce $0.99 (Use $1 off coupon from the Kraft website to get it free!)
Kraft Salad Dressing $1.69 (Use $1 off coupon from the Kraft website, get it for $0.69)
Green Squash $1.29/lb, get 1 = $0.75
Green Peppers $1.69/lb, get 2 = $1.00
1/2 Vidalia Onion $0.99/lb = $0.50
Loaf of Italian Bread $0.99
Marinate London Broil for about 30 minutes in Kraft Salad Dressing. Try Catalina, Italian, Tuscan House Italian or Sun-dried Tomato. Cut up onion, squash and green peppers and marinate those in dressing as well.
Put London Broil on the grill about 20 minutes before the veggies. Wrap veggies in foil and place foil pack on the grill. Cook until it's done the way you like it (if you like vegetables crisper, cook less time). About 10 minutes before removing London Broil, add bbq sauce and let warm through. Serve with Italian Bread and Butter.
Total cost with coupons should be about $6.00.
Here's a quickie meal for a Week-Night Rush Dinner:
French Bread Pizzas (with Italian Bread)
2 Loaves of Italian Bread $0.99 = $1.98
1 can of Furmano's Pizza Sauce $1.29
8 oz pack of Price Chopper Shredded Mozzarella $1.99
1 lb bag of baby carrots $1.50
Slice bread through the middle and across for 4 pieces in each loaf. Top with sauce and cheese and italian seasons/grated parmesan if you have some on hand. You can pop them in your toaster oven for about 7/8 minutes until cheese is melted. Or put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for about the same amount of time. Serve with baby carrots.
Total cost = about $6.50
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