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This is going to be quick ~ the little one is cutting more molars I think… fever, sick, whiny, all that great stuff & I have a laundry list of stuff that I need to do before my sister arrives tomorrow night… including laundry and we found out the septic tank was starting to come unplugged so that explains the other issues we were having… and I feel like my hands are so full and I only have one youngin’, LOL! ~ and even though it is late, I still wanted to get the Menu Plan posted.  BTW, there is a possibility the new site could go live as early as this coming weekend!!

MONDAY: Spaghetti

TUESDAY: Grilled cheese sandwiches & soup

WEDNESDAY: Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

THURSDAY: My nephew flies in from England after being gone 2 years, so we’ll probably just grab something on the way to the airport…

FRIDAY: Undecided but probably something pretty simple, like breakfast for dinner, leftover BBQ Chicken, grilled cheese & soup, etc.

SATURDAY: Nephew’s Welcome Home Party, so will probably make the finger foods “dinner”, LOL!

SUNDAY: Another nephew is having a big family birthday party and guess what is on the menu?  More spaghetti!

For more Menu Plan Monday check it out @ Org Junkie!

~ Christy 

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CVS Deal Pic

My lil CVS deal from Saturday…  I had expiring ECBs to burn & a raincheck on the Zephyrhills water and nothing else really looked worthwhile… 

(4) 24 packs Zephyrhills water @ $6.99
(2) Trident Xtra @ $1.49

Raincheck on water = $3.49 each

ECBs used: $8.37, $3.98, $3.00

Total spent out of pocket: $1.59

AMOUNT SAVED: $ 29.35

ECBs Earned: $2.00 from quarterly & $1.00 from Trident 

There are some things I need to stock up on again… TP, laundry detergent, liquid & sheet fabric softeners, ziplock type bags, and some other stuff, so I’m crossing my fingers there will be some deals on those things coming up soon.  I wasn’t doing deals for over a month, so my stockpile on some things is pretty much depleted or close to it and I’d like to be able to do some stocking up, not just buying it here and there where there is a “decent” price.  The CVS monthly book does not look good at all to me for July, but I’m going to scout around and see if anyone has some ideas on that.  Their weekly deals haven’t looked too great either.  Hopefully, there will be some good deals coming up.  🙂

~ Christy

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I had a GREAT shopping trip @ Publix this past Saturday!  I spent $23.34 and SAVED $73.66!  Woo hoo!  Most of what I picked up was just stockpiling stuff, since I’m good on meats and most other stuff and we already picked up milk & juice, but there were a few things I had to grab with no coupons. 

Here’s a breakdown on the savings (I really “heart” how Publix breaks it all down for you, so you can really see your savings!):

Vendor Coupons: $29.77
Store Coupon: $10.00
Advertised Special Savings: $33.89
Your Savings @ Publix: $73.66

Here is a breakdown of the goods:

(8 ) boxes Quaker Chewy Granola Bars @ 2.79 bogo, (4) $1/2 Qs = $0.89 ea
(2) boxes Kellogg’s Corn Pops @ 3.89 bogo, no Q = $1.94 ea.
(2) boxes Keebler Club Puffed crackers @ 3.59 bogo, (2) $1 Qs = $0.79 ea.
(6) pkgs Oscar Mayer Beef Franks @ 3.89 bogo, (6) .50 Qs = $1.44 ea.
(2) bottles Kraft BBQ Sauce @ 1.19 bogo, no Q = $0.59 ea.
(3) cans Alpo pup food @ .99 ea, B2G1 (.99) Q = $0.66 ea.
(2) bags Stacey’s pita chips @ 2.99 bogo, (2) $1 Qs = $0.50 ea.
(2) cans Starkist Gourmet tuna fish @ 1.89 ea, (2) FREE Qs = BOTH FREE
(1) bottle Hersheys Strawberry syrup @ 1.95, no Q = $1.95

(1) bottle pancake syrup @ 1.99, no Q = $1.99
(1) bunch of bananas @ 1.20, no Q = $1.20
(30) single serving boxes of Cheerios @ .50 ea, (6) .50 & (24) $1/2 Qs = ALL FREE
(2) re-useable Publix shopping bags @ .99 ea, no Q = .99 ea

I also used a $10 off grocery purchase catalina from Winn-Dixie. 

On a prior trip, I was able to use a CVS $/$ coupon, so you could probably try the Friday Walgreen $/$ coupons @ Publix too.  I think it could vary from store to store what they allow, but it doesn’t hurt to try.  I even stacked 2 Winn Dixie $10 coupons before – they just checked to make sure the 2 coupon “off of” totals was as much or less than I actually spent, but it was otherwise no problem.  This is a GREAT way to save a little extra at the grocery store.

~ Christy

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Monday: Parmigiana Chicken with angel hair pasta

 

Tuesday: Monday’s leftovers

 

Wednesday: Will probably eat out or pick something up

 

Thursday: Sunday Roast Chicken

 

Friday: Creamy Lemon Chicken

 

Saturday: Roast Flavored Rice Casserole

 

Sunday: Breakfast for dinner

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INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons flour

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

8 tablespoons HG Italian Mozzarella Meatloaf Pantry Staple

12 sticks string cheese*, unwrapped, cut into quarters, lengthwise

2 cups vegetable/canola oil

 

Optional: 1 cup HG Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce, prepared (or other dipping sauce)

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

1.       Pour flour into a zip top bag, set aside.  In a small bowl, beat egg & water, pour into a separate zip top bag, set aside.  Pour meatloaf seasoning into a third zip top bag, set aside.  Coat cheese pieces, several at a time, in flour, then in egg mixture, then coat in meatloaf seasoning, shaking well, each time, to coat.

 

2.      Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes in the freezer or at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.

 

3.      Heat oil to medium high in large skillet.  Place cheese sticks in hot oil and cook for about 10 seconds on each side, or until lightly browned.  Remove to paper towels to stand for 3-5 minutes before serving.

 

4.      Use optional spaghetti sauce for dipping, if desired.

 

 

Serves 12.

 

* May substitute block mozzarella cheese, cut into 4” by 1/2″ sticks.

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INGREDIENTS

2 pounds potatoes

1 stick butter / margarine, melted

12 tablespoons HG Italian Mozzarella Meatloaf Pantry Staple

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

1.       Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut unpeeled potatoes into wedges.  Put potatoes and butter into 1-gallon zip top bag; shake to coat.  Add meatloaf seasoning to bag; shake to coat.

 

2.      Place potatoes in greased 13x9x2 baking dish.  Bake for 30 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

 

3.      Serve immediately.

 

 

Serves 6.

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Confession time:  I have YET to follow my menu plan!!  A few days I might, but I guess that’s better than nothing.  I am getting a little more comfortable making the menu plan, going by what is already in the house mostly and buying just the couple of things I don’t have on hand I may need for it.  Now, I just need to make a point each morning to “prepare” dinner for the evening, to make sure everything will run smoothly that evening.  So, if it looks like we are eating the exact same thing every week – it’s probably just me trying to actually HAVE that meal, not repeating it!  Sometimes we’ll do a repeat though.  Once this is really working for me, I want to do a menu plan for several weeks and rotate through them, adding a new menu week in now and then.  I’m not there yet, but I think when I do get there that will be one more thing that will help the home run smoother.  It looks like the only thing I need to buy specifically for this week’s dinners will be cheeses – everything else I have on hand.

 

Monday: Sunday Roast Chicken with Oven Fried Potatoes, green beans, and corn

 

Tuesday: We’ll probably eat while we are out and about OR Creamy Lemon Chicken if we are home.

 

Wednesday: Birds Eye Voila

 

Thursday: Chicken & Pasta w/ GG box veggies

 

Friday:  Hamburger Helper OR Parmigiana Chicken (taking the easy road if hubby is working)

 

Saturday: Lasagna & Mozzarella Sticks

 

Sunday: Roast Flav Rice Casserole (haven’t decided sides yet)

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