Archive for November 2nd, 2011

I am NOT an extreme coupon user by a long shot.  I do collect coupons however, just for those “in-case” situations…like today.

Here is the breakdown to how I got paid for my shopping trip.  Yeah I’m smiling a bit being able to say that.

Kroger’s had several items on sale I had in store on card coupon and paper coupons for.

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent – 2 / $7.00.  or $3.50 each.   I had 2 coupons for $1.50 off 1.  So $3.00 off both.   Leaving me $4.00 out of pocket.

Del Monte Vegetables were on sale for .39 each if I bought 10.  10x.39 = $3.90.  I had coupons for .50 off 2.  Doubled this is $1.00 off 2. $1.00 x 5 = $5.00.  I made a $1.10 profit.

Crest Toothpaste was $1.29.  I had a $1.00 off in store coupon plus a .50 cent printed coupon.  $1.29 – $1.50 = .39 cents profit.

Colgate Kids tooth paste was $1.49.  I had a in store coupon for .50 off, and a printed coupon for .50 cents off.  Doubled the printed becomes $1.00 off.  $1.49 – $1.50 = .01 profit.

Oscar Meyer Ham was marked down to $1.50 x 2 = $3.00.  I had printed coupons for .50 off 1.  That’s $1.00 each when doubled so…$3.00 – $2.00 = $1.00 out of pocket.

10lbs flour was marked down to $1.00 due to knife rip (taped up) from opening their stock.

Rice was marked down to $1.00 due to rip in bag (taped up) from opening stock bad.

Campbell Cream of Mushroom Soup on sale 10 for $5.00.  Printed coupon for $.50 off 2…doubled it’s $1.00 off 2….$5.00 off 10.   My cost $0.

But then they have a special where if you buy one of their “10 for” specials, you get $5.00 automatically back.  So…$5.00 x 2 (2 specials) = $10.00 in pocket.

Now…the Halloween decorations were on sale for 75% off…the lot cost me $4.68 after rebate….which means they paid me from till $3.82 to cart the stuff out the door.

I wish all my shopping trips were like that.

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There are times and situations which demand things need to be cooked in bulk.  I am so thankful for my crock pot for these occasions.  Being able to cook in bulk also makes for quick meal fixing as often it can be stored in smaller containers in freezer to be reheated later.  Here is my recipe for this time saving meal.

Crock Pot Taco Mac & Cheese

1 pkg elbow maccaroni

1 lb ground beef or turkey

1/4 stick velvetta cheese (or generic substitute) cubed.

1/2 packet taco seasoning mix

2 cups milk

salt and pepper to taste

In pot on stove, prepare your pasta and ground your meat.  Place both in crock pot and set to high.  Add cheese, milk and seasoning…stir well until cheese is melted.  Turn crock pot to low and let simmer 2 hours or longer until ready to eat.  You can add bread crumbs to top if you desire.

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