P&G $20 Mail-In Rebate

Spend $50 on Olay, Venus, CoverGirl, Secret, Pantene, Herbal Essences, and/or Clairol products and get a $20 rebate by mail.  Offer is limited to U.S. residents and is valid from 11/23/2010 to 12/31/2010 and must be postmarked by 1/14/2011.  Go here for more details and to print the rebate form.

If you were able to use the $5.00 Olay coupons at Walmart, you've already got a great start on this rebate!

Meal Plan Monday

My family and I had a busy week last week, so I've planned some simple meals for this week.  Here's what's cooking in my kitchen:

Cold Cereal w/Milk
French Toast

Sunbelt Snacks
S'mores Goldfish {On Rollback for $1.00 at Walmart!}

Terriyaki Rice w/Veggies
Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Soup
Turkey Sandwiches

Mon:     Turkey Pot Pie
Tues:     Chicken Fajitas {I cheated this week and bought the Old El Paso boxed meal!}
Wed:     Spaghetti w/Ground Sausage & Homemade Garlic Bread
Thurs:    Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf w/Baked Potatoes & Veggies
Fri:        Chicken Quesadillas
Sat:       Baked Chicken Marinated with World Harbors Island Mango Marinade {$.50 off 1 printable coupon!}
Sun:      BLTs

$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning.

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Being Thankful = Big Savings

In July of this year, my husband and I made a commitment to find ways to spend less.  Since then I have learned a lot of things that have helped us lower our grocery and household expenses. 

In the past few months, I have learned that you can save by using samples, making things last longer, ignoring directions, shopping at the local bread outlet, bringing our own lunch, and even buying coupons on ebay.  But the biggest way that I have saved is by learning to be thankful.

Before we started trying to save money, I would rush out to the store whenever I thought we needed something.  I often felt stress just thinking about all the things that I thought we needed, but couldn't afford to buy.  Just a few weeks after we decided to cut back on expenses, I noticed that I was constantly asking myself, "do we really need that?", "can we get by without that?", or "do we have something else that we can use instead?" 

And then I started to think about all the people in this world that don't have even the simplest things that we consider necessary in order to survive.  How often do I take things for granted and am not thankful for what I have?  Why can't I sacrifice just a little in order to save money and stay debt free? 

Here is how we are saving by being thankful:
  • Now, instead of going into debt in order to replace my 11 year old vehicle that is losing it's paint and starting to rust, I am thankful that I have a vehicle that I can use while my husband is at work.

  • Instead of buying a new computer to replace our ancient, slower-than-cold-molasses computer that still has the old humungous screen that takes up almost the whole desk, I am thankful that I have a way to keep in touch with friends and family.

  • Instead of complaining about washing dishes by hand because our kitchen is too small for a dishwasher, I am thankful that I have a home that keeps me safe and warm.

  • Instead of worrying because my son doesn't have a pair of "church shoes", I am thankful that he has a perfectly nice pair of sneakers that fit him and doesn't have holes.

  • Instead of wishing that we could go out to Olive Garden tonight, I will make a simple meal at home and be thankful that we have food to eat.

  • Instead of complaining because it has been over 6 weeks since my last hair cut, I am thankful that I have hair {and that I don't have any grays--yet!}

I still struggle at times to be thankful, so I try to constantly remind myself of what I gain by being thankful.  Not only have I saved money, but perhaps the biggest blessing of having a thankful heart is being content with what you have.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of joy, love, and laughter!

Meal Plan Monday: Thanksgiving Edition {with recipes}

This year we are hosting the family Thanksgiving meal.  Here's what I'm planning on serving:

Appetizers/Finger Foods

Since this is my first time cooking a Thanksgiving meal, I decided I should have a few snacks on hand in case it doesn't go according to plan.  If the turkey takes longer than expected or something is overcooked and I have to start over again, I will have something for people to snack on while they're waiting. :)

Cheese & Crackers
Hershey's Kisses {This is a last minute addition since they are $1.00 per bag at Rite Aid this week!}

Main Course

Herb Roasted Turkey {from Martha Stewart's Thanksgiving Recipes Free Download}

Side Dishes

Fresh Herb and Sausage Stuffing {from Women Living Well}

What you need:
10 cups cubed stuffing bread (near deli)
½ cup butter ( ¼ for sautéing and ¼ to melt over top)
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 roll of Italian Sausage
2 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbsp chopped fresh sage
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
3 eggs
cooking spray
pepper to season

  1. Fry sausage in a skillet; drain.  Remove from pan and keep warm.
  2. In the same skillet, add 1/4 cup butter, chopped onions and celery and cook until tender.
  3. While the onions and celery are cooking, prepare the herbs by removing the thyme leaves from the stems and chopping the sage and parsley.
  4. Combine broth, 3 eggs, and water in a medium-sized bowl.  In a large bowl, combine stuffing bread, herbs, sausage, and sautéed onions and celery. Add the egg mixture and stir well.
  5. Place all ingredients into a prepared 9x 13 pan . Melt 1/4 cup of butter and pour over top of stuffing and sprinkle with pepper. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 oven for 25 mins, uncover and bake another 25 mins until lightly browned and cooked through.
Oven Roasted Potato Medley {from Great American Recipes}

What you need:
2 sweet potatoes
4 Yukon Gold potatoes
8 new potatoes
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. dried tarragon
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Peel and cube the sweet potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes.  Scrub the new potatoes and cut into cubes. {Instead of new potatoes, I usually use 3 to 4 red potatoes and peel and cube them.}
  2. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan.  Add enough lightly salted water to cover the potatoes.  Bring to a boil and cook the potatoes for 3 minutes.  Drain thoroughly.
  3. Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a large nonstick baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with tarragon, salt and pepper.  Roast the potatoes until browned and crisp, about 25 minutes.  Serve immediately.
Broccoli Casserole

What you need:
1 pkg. frozen or fresh broccoli
1 8 oz. pkg. of grated velveeta cheese
1 tube crushed ritz crackers
1 stick butter, melted

  1. Cook broccoli; drain. 
  2. Put broccoli in a casserole dish and stir in 1 tsp. melted butter and grated cheese.
  3. Mix the remaining melted butter with the ritz crackers and sprinkle on broccoli and cheese.
  4. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Orange Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

What you need:
One bag of cranberries
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tsp. orange zest

  1. Rinse cranberries, discard any that look shrivelled or brown. 
  2. Put all ingredients together into a medium-sized pot and heat over medium heat.  The skins will begin to open and they may begin to spit.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer about 10 minutes.  Most of the berries will pop open and the sauce will be quite "jammy".  Let cool at room temperature, then put in the refrigerator.  Can be stored for a week or so.  Makes just over 2 cups.

Homemade Rolls - my sister-in-law is bringing these!  Thanks, Megan!



Blueberry Pie {One of my aunts, who happens to be a great cook, told me that blueberry pie made with tapioca is much better than with cornstarch or flour.  I am using the recipe that is right on the back of the box of tapioca.  Since this is my first-ever blueberry pie, I am hoping that it comes out ok!} 

What you need:
4 cups blueberries
1/4 cup minute tapioca
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon

  1. Mix fruit, tapioca, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a bowl.  Let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust.  Fill with fruit mixture.  Dot with 1 tbs. butter.  Cover with top crust; seal and flute edge.  Cut several slits in crust.
  3. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven 45 to 50 minutes or until juices form bubbles that burst slowly.  Cool.
Turtle Pumpkin Pie {I don't remember where I found this recipe, but I love that it is no-bake!  I would recommend making this about an hour or two before you serve it.  I have noticed that the crust gets a little soggy if it is made too far in advance.}

What you need:
1 graham cracker crust
1/4 cups + 2 tbs. caramel topping
1/2 cup + 2 tbs. pecan pieces
1 cup cold milk
2 pkgs. instant vanilla pudding
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tub whipped topping

  1. Pour 1/4 cup caramel topping into crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup pecans.
  2. Beat milk, dry pudding mixes, pumpkin, and spices with whisk until blended.  Stir in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping.  Top with remaining whipped topping.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour.  Top with pecans and drizzle remaining caramel with a fork.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Are you new to Swag Bucks?  Register for an account and start earning Swag Bucks to redeem for great prizes!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom

Recipe: Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

When my husband and I were first married, baking for me was mixing up a box of brownies and putting it in the oven.  So when my new husband asked for chocolate chip cookies {his favorite} I knew I needed to learn to bake...and quickly!

I started out using the recipe on the bag of chocolate chips, but they always came out "flatter than pancakes."  So I decided to start experimenting and this is what I ended up with:

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes:  Approx. 3 dozen

What you need:
3/4 cup butter, softened                   1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar                  1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar     2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. maple extract
2 eggs
2 1/4 + 2 tbs. flour

  1. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and maple extract in a large bowl with mixer until creamy.  Add eggs; beat well.
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.
  4. Enjoy!

$1.00 off 1 Pine-Sol Coupon


     I LOVE Pine-Sol, but usually don't buy it because
     of the price.  I was so excited to see this new coupon
     for $1.00 off 1 Pine-Sol!

Meal Plan Monday: Slow Cooker Edition {With Recipes}

Since there have been some good deals on chicken this past summer and fall, I have been buying extra for the freezer. 

Now it's time to clean out the freezer in order to make room for the turkey, so I'm getting out my trusty slow cooker this week to help me make some great meals!

Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week:

Monday:  Melt In Your Mouth Meatloaf {Thanks to Melissa's Bargain Blog for sharing this recipe}
Served with Veggies

What you need:
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tsp. dried, minced onion {I like to grate an onion with a hand grater}
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. rubbed sage
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or turkey
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbs. ground mustard {I don't usually buy this...whenever a recipe calls for this, I just squeeze some mustard in}
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.  Crumble meat over mixture and mix well {mixture will be moist}.  Shape into a round loaf; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.  Spoon over the meat loaf.  Cook 15 minutes longer or until heated through.  Let stand for 10-15 minutes before cutting.
UPDATE:  This was amazing.  Even my picky eater ate this {the only "meat" he will eat are hot dogs and chicken nuggets}!  I am definitely keeping this recipe in my recipe book.

FREE Wholly Products at Walmart, Target, Hannaford

Print this $4.00 off 1 any Wholly Guacamole, Wholly Salsa or Wholly Queso coupon to get FREE Wholly products.  Please be aware that this coupon expires 11/14/10.

People have found these products for under $4.00 at Walmart and Target.  A Hannaford.com search at my store showed that they sell the 7 oz. Wholly Guacamole for $2.99.  I'm a little unsure if Hannaford will accept this coupon as I have never tried using a high value internet printable coupon at Hannaford before. 

Thanks, Hip2Save

Veterans Eat FREE at Applebee's On November 11

Applebee's is honoring our veterans with a FREE meal on Thursday, November 11.  All veterans and active duty military will dine from a special menu, that includes bacon cheeseburgers, Fiesta Lime Chicken and Double Crunch Shrimp.

For complete details, including methods of verification, go here.

Meal Plan Monday

Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week:

Cold Cereal w/Milk
Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes {from the freezer}

Sunbelt Blueberry Granola Bars {Get these for $.76 each at Walmart!}
Ritz Munchables {Get these for $.98 at Walmart!}

Terriyaki Rice w/Veggies
Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Soup
Turkey Sandwiches

Mon:     Chili w/Cornbread
Tues:    Corn Chowder w/Salad
Wed:    Chicken Quesadillas {great way to use up leftover chicken}
Thurs:   Cranberry Chicken w/Baked Potato
Fri:       Slow Cooked Mac & Cheese {get Kraft cheese for $1 each at Walmart!} w/Veggies
Sat:      Baked Chicken w/Veggies & Potatoes

Sun:     Leftovers

$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning.

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$.50 off 1 Hood EggNog Printable Coupon

   If you are planning on buying EggNog this holiday
   season, make sure you print this coupon for $.50
   off ANY 1 Hood EggNog!

Thanks, Money Saving Maine-iac

Meal Plan Monday

Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week:

Cold Cereal w/Milk
Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes {from the freezer}

Sunbelt Fruit & Grain Bars {Get these for $1.00 each at Walmart!}
Ritz Munchables {Get these for $.98 at Walmart!}

Teriyaki Rice w/Veggies
Mac & Cheese
Ham Sandwiches w/Tomato Soup {you may have noticed that we have tomato soup every week...I have a very picky eater and this is one of his favorite things to eat!}


We are having a few meals that include bacon this week because I was able to get turkey bacon for $1.98 at Walmart.  I don't buy bacon very often because of the price, so this was a nice treat for us!

Mon:    Tuna Casserole
Tues:    Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta w/Veggies
Wed:    Bacon Terriyaki Chicken & Brown Rice w/Carmelized Onions & Peas
Thurs:   Chicken Tacos & Rice
Fri:       Marinated Chicken w/Veggies
Sat:      Baked Chicken w/Veggies
Sun:     Leftovers or Quick Sandwiches

Molasses Cookies {from last week}
Pumpkin Turnovers

$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning.

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