Meal Plan Monday - February 28














Breakfast
Cream of Wheat
Cold Cereal
Waffles
Cinnamon & Spice Oatmeal Muffins
Bananas

Lunch
Tuna Salad Sandwiches w/Grapes
Leftover Mac & Cheese w/Veggies
Leftover Refried Beans Without The Refry over Rice
Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Soup
Chicken Nuggets w/Carrots & Grapes

Dinner
Monday:
  
Burritos made with Refried Beans Without The Refry {crockpot recipe}

Tuesday:
  Meatloaf Patties w/Mac & Cheese and Maple-Glazed Carrots
  Instead of cooking the meatloaf patties in a skillet {they are a little bit too greasy for us}, I put them
  on a broiler pan and cook them under the broiler for about 5-7 minutes on each side. 

Wednesday:
   Honey Glazed Chicken Stir-Fry

Thursday:
  Marinated Chicken w/Homemade Biscuits & Veggies

Friday:
  Heartland Chili w/Rice & Leftover Biscuits

Saturday:
  Baked Chicken - This is one of my favorite chicken recipes.  The tangy sauce is so easy to make and
  is made with ingredients I always have on hand!

Sunday: 
  Leftover Night

$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 {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday

Lesson From the Deli Counter: Be An Alert Shopper

I was shopping at Hannaford when I noticed some pamphlets at the deli counter.  Being the nosy shopper {a.k.a alert shopper} that I am, I took one and found some coupons inside.  When I saw the $1.50 off Sara Lee Lower Sodium Deli Meat manufacturer's coupon, I thought I might be able to get a good deal on deli meat, but they didn't sell it at my store. 

I put the coupon in my bag and the next time I went to Walmart I not only found the right type of deli meat, it was priced at just $2.98 a pound.  After using the Sara Lee coupon, I got a pound of lunch meat for just $1.48!

I learned a very important lesson at the deli counter that day...I can save money by being an alert shopper.  Take a quick glance at the displays that are in the aisles.  Quickly scan products for coupons.  I have noticed that "peelie" coupons {coupons attached to products} have become very popular and more and more manufacturers are using them.  I recently purchased boxes of pasta that had a $1.00 off pasta sauce coupon right on the box.  After using a coupon for the pasta, I got them for $.58 a box and was able to get pasta sauce {a brand that I would normally never consider buying because of the price} for a little over $1.00!  What a great deal! 

Be on the look-out for coupons inside specially marked {and sometimes not specially marked} packages.  I recently had a coupon for $1.00 off Kellogg's FiberPlus cereal and when I went to check the price, I also noticed that there were $5.00 worth of coupons inside some of the packages.

Another example is from a Rite Aid shopping trip last December when I picked up the last Gillette Clinical Deodorant that had a little sticker that said there were coupons inside.  After I used the coupons that I had and an +UP Reward, I got that Gillette Clinical for free.  One of the coupons in that free box of Gillette deodorant was a buy one, get one free Gillette body wash coupon that I used at Rite Aid to get 2 bottles of Gillette body wash for free! 

During your next shopping trip, actively search for coupons in the store.  You might be surprised at what you find and how much money you can save! 

Meal Plan Monday - February 21














Breakfast
Oatmeal
Cereal
Pancakes
Bananas & Toast

Lunch
Tuna Salad Sandwiches w/Carrots
Ham Sandwiches w/Grapes
Chicken Nuggets w/Peas
Grilled Cheese
Dinner Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:  

  Soy and Garlic Marinated Chicken

Tuesday:
  Apple 'n Onion Chicken

Wednesday:
   Corn Chowder w/Homemade Biscuits

Thursday:
  Stir-fry w/Kielbasa

Friday:
  Apple 'n Onion Chicken

Saturday:
  Leftover Night

Sunday: 
  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 {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday

New P&G Coupons Available By Mail!


Sign in or register with P&G Everyday Solutions and request to receive over $39 in coupons by mail.  These coupons usually match up well with deals at Rite Aid! 

The coupons that are available are:
  • $1.00 off 1 any Always Infinity Product
  • $1.00 off 1 Charmin MegaRoll
  • $1.00 off 1 Charmin Freshmates Tub
  • $1.50 off 1 CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara
  • $1.00 off 1 Crest Toothpaste 4.0 oz.+
  • $1.00 off 1 Oral-B Satin, Glide Floss or Floss Picks
  • $1.00 off 1 Crest Rinse
  • $1.00 off 1 Downy Product
  • $1.00 off 1 Febreeze Set & Refresh
  • $5.00 off 1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor
  • $2.00 off 1 Head and Shoulders Shampoo
  • $7.00 off 1 Olay Pro-X Face Moisturizer
  • $2.00 off 1 Olay Facial Cleanser
  • $2.00 off 1 Pampers Diapers or Pants
  • $2.00 off 1 Pantene Product
  • $.50 off 1 Puffs Product
  • $3.00 off 1 Secret Clinical Strength Product
  • $5.00 off 1 Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit
  • $1.00 off 1 Tide Detergent
After you submit your request, you will receive your coupons by mail within 4 - 6 weeks.
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Meal Plan Monday - February 14













It's Valentine's Day!  Instead of eating out at a fancy restaurant, I usually splurge a bit in order to make one of my husband's favorite meals for dinner.  This year's main dish uses beef sirloin or tenderloin--something we only splurge on about once a year!  Get my complete Valentine's Day menu as well as other recipes for this week below:

Breakfast
Oatmeal
Cereal
Smoothies
Bananas & Toast

Lunch
Rice w/Veggies
Ham Sandwiches w/Grapes
Chicken Nuggets w/Peas
Grilled Cheese
Spaghetti Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:  Happy Valentine's Day!
  Beef Tips w/Mushrooms
  Brown Rice w/Carmelized Onions & Peas
  Maple-Glazed Carrots
  Homemade Biscuits
  Cherry Parfaits 
 
Tuesday:
  Spaghetti

Wednesday:
  Pineapple Chicken Stir-fry

Thursday:
  Super Sloppy Joes
  {We love these sandwiches!  I like to substitute the crushed tomatoes with petite diced tomatoes.}

Friday: 
  Apple 'n Onion Chicken

Saturday:
  Breakfast for Dinner--Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon

Sunday:
  Leftover Night


$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 {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday

Price Matching at Walmart: "A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned"


After reading about price matching at Walmart, I did a little research and decided to try it myself.  I was optimistic that this would be a great way to save a little extra money since I usually don't have the time to take advantage of the weekly deals at some of the other stores in our area.  In this post I've included the  guidelines for price matching, how I was able to save and my personal thoughts on my experience:


The Rules

Read and/or print Walmart's Price Matching Policy
  1. Walmart will price match a competitor's advertised sale price that requires a "preferred customer card."  {Rite Aid, CVS, Shaw's, etc.}
  2. Walmart will price match a competitor's in-ad coupon if the sale price is advertised on the coupon.  {This should not be confused with accepting competitor's coupons}
  3. Walmart does not price match "Buy One Get One Free" or "Buy One Get One 50%" off sales.
  4. Walmart does not price match percent off advertised sales.
  5. Walmart does not price match internet pricing
  6. Walmart does not price match outside of the store's local trade territory.

Helpful Hints
  • Take the competitor's sales ad with you--the cashier will want to check the dates of the sale to make sure the advertised sales are running on the day of your purchase. **Update--Walmart no longer requires that customers bring the ad, but I still recommend it in case there is a question.
  • Make sure the item that is being price matched is the same size and variety as the competitor's advertised sale. 
  • It is helpful to put all the items that are going to be price matched together at the front or back of your order and to have the ad ready to show the cashier.
  • As soon as the cashier comes to the item, tell them you want to price match and show them the ad at that time--the cashier has to change the price as he/she scans each item.
  • Paul from iheartthemart.com has a price matching video available with great tips and step-by-step instructions.

The Deals











I used the above ad from Save-a-Lot and got a good deal on Quaker Oatmeal:

Quaker Instant Oatmeal   Price: $2.88    Price Match: $1.99
  -$1.00 off 1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal from Feb. issue of All You magazine
Final Price: $.99












I used this Rite Aid ad to price match the Dawn dish soap:

Dawn Dish Soap 10.3 oz.    Price: $1.39      Price Match: $.97
  -$.50 off 1 any Dawn Dish Soap from P&G Everyday Savings Rebate Book
Final Price: $.47 


My Thoughts

During this experience I very quickly realized two things:
  1. My local Walmart does have some of the lowest prices in our area, and
  2. Walmart does not carry many of the sizes that the competitor's do.
Price matching at Walmart was a little disappointing.  I had quite a few items that I wanted to price match and couldn't wait to get some great deals, only to discover that they didn't carry the same size as the competitor's advertised sale.  I also noticed that many of the Walmart prices were the same if not better than the competitor's sale price!

On the other hand, I was happy with the deals that I got and even though it does take a little extra time and organization, it was a fairly simple and painless process.  Even though I was only able to save a small amount, I will continue to look for opportunities to price match since "A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned."  :)


Have you ever tried price matching at Walmart or do you think you will try it?  Do you have any tips?

Meal Plan Monday - February 7














Breakfast
Oatmeal
Cold Cereal
Waffles w/Bananas
English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

Lunch
Rice w/Veggies
Nutella & Jelly Sandwiches w/Grapes
Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Soup
Chicken Nuggets w/Veggies
Leftovers

Dinner
Mon:  Chicken & Rice Casserole
Tues:  Chicken Stir Fry
Wed:  Marinated Chicken in the crockpot w/Twice Baked Potatoes {1/2 recipe}
Thurs:  Tuna Casserole
Fri:  Corn Chowder w/Biscuits
Sat:  Pizza
Sun:   Leftover Night

Dessert
Apple Crisp


$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 {not to mention some great money-saving recipes!}.

Get more meal inspiration at Menu Plan Monday