Friday, June 29, 2012

Why Do You Pay Full Price?!?

This morning I took a trip to Shop-N-Save to pick up some things that were on sale and I had coupons for. Using coupons makes me realize how much money is wastefully spent on groceries. My total before sales was over $91, after sales over $70 and after coupons $29.47. Nearly 65% of my bill was saved from matching my coupons with the stores deals! Here's what I got.

2-12 packs of Lipton Iced Tea, these are great for Garrett to take in his lunch.
4-Jars of Chi-Chi's salsa, a great item to keep in my pantry for Mexican or meatless meals.
2-Jars of Smuckers caramel topping, I'll be glad I picked these up this coming fall for all of those yummy caramel apple desserts.
3-Bottles of French's mustard, we both use this almost daily on our sandwiches.
4-Bottles of Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce, Garrett goes through this stuff like water and we love BBQ chicken on the grill.
4-Packages of Dole frozen fruit bites, again great for Garrett's lunch and my own since I can no longer eat yogurt. :(
10-Packages of Chi-Chi's tortillas, these are a staple in our diets and I can freeze them!

Also, earlier this week I picked up these three boxes of Bayer from Rite Aid for.....FREE. That's right not a penny paid out of pocket!

So what are you waiting for?? Get out there this Sunday, pick up your papers, clip your coupons and start matching your deals! There's lots of great sites if you Google, "coupon match-ups" that will lay out exactly what you need to do if you're a beginner.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Catch Me At Live Sigma Kappa

You can catch me blogging today, here, at Live Sigma Kappa!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Double Cheese and Broccoli Calzones

My husband is fortunate enough to work 4-10 hour days and get one day off each week, along with Saturday and Sunday. I'm also fortunate because he takes care of sweeping, dusting, laundry, yard work and picking up the dogs droppings. One thing I don't trust him with is any type of dinner that doesn't include the grill, so I made these up Wednesday night so all he had to do was put them in the oven. Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures, so you'll have to use your imagination.

1 Pillsbury Pizza Crust (I recommend NOT using thin crust because these bad boys are filled to the brim)
1 15 oz. container ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 head broccoli
1 egg
2 TBS garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Steam your broccoli until tender, and cut into quarter sized pieces. Mix together cheeses, egg, garlic powder, salt and pepper (to taste) and broccoli in a bowl. Lay out pizza crust and cut in half. Fill half of the side of the dough with the mixture and fold over. Pinch sides closed. Bake at 450* for 15 minutes.

I stretched my dough out and used the whole mixture in two calzones, one batch would be enough for 4 not so bursting calzones though.

Like I said, I made these up the night before and put them in the fridge, I had my husband take them out an hour before they went into the oven to get them back to room temperature.

**I recommend filling the calzones when they're already on the baking sheet so you don't lose anything through the bottom trying to transport them**

I'm going to try making these again and freezing them, it'd be very convenient on the weekends or a night I leave my husband on his own for dinner. It'd also be much cheaper and better for you than ones you can buy in your freezer section!


Monday, June 4, 2012

Meatless Monday -- Black Bean Tostadas

We've decided to start doing Meatless Mondays! I was kind of skeptical at first, but tonight's dinner was delicious! Hopefully each Monday follows suit.

1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can of corn (drained)
1 can of diced tomatoes (drained)
1 bunch of scallions (chopped)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
shredded cheese
10 tortillas

In a bowl mix black beans, corn, tomatoes, scallions, garlic powder, cumin and chili powder.

Scoop three generous spoonfuls onto each tortilla, top it with some shredded cheese and fold it in half.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350*.