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Thursday, June 25, 2009

June 25th Bargain Meals For a Family of 4 For $5

I am happy to participate in the $5dollar dinners Bargain Meal of the Week.

Ingredients were all purchased at WinCo Foods (Thursday June 25th)

Meal #1

Pork Chop Casserole

1 lb to 1 1/2 lbs of Boneless Pork Loin Fillet pieces $2.22 ($1.48 lb)
6 medium potatoes $.32 ($1.28 for a 5 lb bag)
Onion - sliced $.40
1 can of Tomato Soup $.74 (generic brand)
Salt and pepper

Put pork chops in covered casserole or small roasting pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Quarter potatoes and place in between chops. Place slice onion on each chop. Spoon tomato soup over chops and potatoes (do not dilute). Put cover on pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until chops are tender.

Total $3.68
Add the Dole Salad mix on sale for $.98 to serve on the side

Meal #2


1 (2 lb.) round roast or London broil ($2.48 lb)

2 tsp. dry mustard

Garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste

Rub beef all over with mustard and spices. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 2 hours. Start the roast when you get up Sunday morning. Let it cook 2 hours and turn the oven off when you leave for church. Come home to delicious smell in the kitchen and a ready dinner!

You can also cook carrots and potatoes with the roast. Put the cut up vegetables in the foil and cook as above.

Total $4.96

Add 1/2 baby carrots $.50 (2lbs on sale $1.98) and potatoes $.32 (1.28 for 5lb bag) Total of $5.78

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New to couponing?

Are you new to couponing? Don't know where to start?

Here are a few simple things to get you started.
  1. Start a price book. Write down the prices of the items you buy on a regular basis. Pay close attention to the highest price you see it at then the lowest. You will start to know when your items hit rock bottom and that's when you stock up on those items. Normally they hit their lowest about every three months.
  2. Read your flyers. Really read your flyers and pay close attention to the size of the item and the specials they are running.
  3. Try to combine coupons with items that are on sale. Albertson's is great for sales; such as if you buy 5 items you get $3 off, then combine those with coupons.
  4. Take your flyer with you into the store. Make sure you pick up the correct size and amount you need to get the discount.
  5. Don't buy things just because you have a coupon or because they are on sale. Buy only items you will use.

The Coupon Mom has put together a helpful book that you can download for free. You can also purchase additional coupons from The Coupon Clippers. I normally purchase the coupons about once a month and just the coupons I use on a regular basis.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

WinCo Foods Bargain Meals

I am happy to participate in the $5dollar dinners Bargain Meal of the Week.

WinCo's Bargain Meals for this week (6/17):

Meal #1

Ranch Glazed Chicken Breasts
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese $.82
1/4 cup mayonnaise $.20
3 tablespoons ranch dressing $.15
4 (1 1/2 lbs) frozen chicken breasts $2.98

1 1/2 lbs broccoli $1.17

Brush frozen chicken breasts with vegetable oil. Heat gas grill, place chicken on medium heat. Cover grill; cook for 10 to 12 minutes turning once, until juice of chicken is clear in the thickest part. Mix cheese, mayo, dressing, spread 2 tablespoons on each chicken breast; cook covered for 3 minutes until topping is light golden brown. Sprinkle with Chives if desired.

Serve with broccoli cooked however you desire.

Total $5.32

Meal #2

Baked Spaghetti (serves 8-10)

1 package (16 oz) spaghetti $.98
1 pound hamburger $1.98
1 medium onion $.45
1 jar (26 oz) meatless spaghetti sauce $.84
1/2 tsp seasoned salt ~$.10
2 eggs $.18
1/3 cup grated Parmesan Cheese $.55
5 tbs butter $.55
4 cups Montrey Jack cheese $1.82

Cook spaghetti according to directions. Meanwhile, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat.

Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 13X9X2 baking dish. Top with meat mixture, and Jack cheese. Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes, uncover and bake 20 more minutes until heated throughout.

Total $7.45 ($3.73 for a family of 4, with leftovers for later in the week or freeze the rest in smaller containers for lunch)

For Winco Grocery Sales see my Winco Sales, and for your other favorite stores see BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering and Frugal Coupon Living's Grocery Deals.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

WinCo Bargain Meals for 6/10

I am happy to participate in the $5dollar dinners Bargain Meal of the Week.

WinCo's Bargain Meals for this week:

Meal #1

Bean N' Rice Burritos
1 Can S&W 15oz Black Beans drained $.72
1 Can S&W diced tomatoes 14 1/2 oz $.93
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cups cooked rice $.44 (minute rice)
12 Reesers tortillas $1.68
4 oz Velveeta cheese cut into 12 slices $.56
1 cup sour cream $.64

In a large skillet, combine the beans, tomatoes, garlic powder, cumin, heat. Stir in rice. Spoon about 1/3 cupful off center of each tortilla. Top with cheese. Fold sides and ends over filling and roll up. Serve with sour cream.

Total $4.97

Meal #2

Tuna Casserole

1 Kraft Deluxe Mac and Cheese $1.92
1 Can of cream of celery or chicken $1.38
1 Can of tuna $.70
1/2 cup of milk ~$.25
2 tablespoons of chopped green onion ~$.10
2 cups bread crumbs ~$.30
1/4 butter, melted $.56
1/2 cup sour cream $.32

Prepare Mac and Cheese as directed. Add soup, tuna, milk, onion, and sour cream. Mix. Spoon into a 2 quart casserole dish. Toss bread crumbs and butter, sprinkle over casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Total $5.53

Meal #3

Black Bean Nacho Bake

7 oz small pasts shells, cooked and drained $.54

1 can 15oz black beans, rinsed and drained $.72

1 can 11oz condensed nacho cheese soup $1.38

1/3 cup milk ~$.25

1/2 crushed tortilla chips ~$.25

1/2 cup Shredded cheddar cheese ~.50

In a large bowl, combine macaroni and beans. In a small bowl, combine soup and milk, stir into macaroni mixture. Transfer to a greased 8-inch square baking dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with tortilla chips and cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Total $3.64

and Spanish Rice a Roni on the side for $.98 and the Total is $4.62

For Winco Grocery Sales see my Winco Sales, and for your other favorite stores see BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering and Frugal Coupon Living's Grocery Deals.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

WinCo Meal Deals 6/4

Here are some WinCo low budget meals with items throughout the store

Meal #1
Meatball Sandwiches

Meatballs $2.28
Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce $.84
Hoagie Buns $1.58

Put meatballs and spaghetti in a slow cooker. Let it cook while you go to work. Put meatballs in a warm hoagie bun and top with Parmesan cheese (if you choose)

Total Cost $4.70

Meal #2
Grilled Pork Chops

1 1/2 lb of Thin Cut Pork Chops $2.97
McCormick's Grill Mate packet $.38
Kraft Mac & Cheese $.50
1 can of corn $.54

Cover pork chops with grill mate. Grill pork chops. Serve with mac & cheese and corn.

Total $4.39

Meal #3
Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

1 lb Chicken Breast (boneless skinless) $2.28
Barbecue Sauce $.98
Hamburger Buns $.88
Frozen Veg. $.88

Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker, pour barbecue sauce over them. Cook about 4 hours until it's falling apart. Shred with two forks and put on buns. Serve with veg.

Total $ 5.08

Meal #4
Chicken Barbecue Cheddar Pitas Pizzas

6 pitas $1.68
1 lb of boneless chicken breast (you can double meal #3 and use the other half of the chicken for this meal) $2.28
Barbecue sauce $.98
1/4 green onion ~$.25
Cheddar Cheese ~$.99

Cut pitas clear around the edge to make one into two. Top with chicken, barbecue sauce, cheese, and green onion. Cook 8 to 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven. This will make 12 little pizzas.

Total $6.18 (this is over $5 but you can feed more than 4 or cut down the recipe)

For more Bargain Meals for $5 go to 5dollardinners.com