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What’s For Dinner? November 23, 2009

Filed under: Chicken,Recipes,What's For Dinner — Alison @ 9:22 PM

People often ask me how I can manage to spend so little on groceries ($60/week is my budget… but I skip weeks too) and still feed my family without eating prepackaged/processed foods all the time.  So, here’s what’s for dinner tonight… not the healthiest meal we eat… but definitely one of our favorites.  It’s a recipe I improvise on every time and is made up from reading lots of recipes for the same thing 🙂

Enchiladas Suizas


  • around 1.5 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breast ($2.53)
  • 2 cans Las Palmas enchilada sauce ($0.50 ea)
  • 1 can diced green chiles (a steal for a penny at Dollar General)
  • 1 can salsa verde ($1.25)
  • 1 brick cream cheese ($1.00)
  • 1 onion – diced
  • corn tortillas… however many you need… around 12 per pan (around $1.00)
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream

Boil your chicken breasts until they are starting to fall apart… usually around 20 minutes.  It tastes a little better if you boil them in chicken broth, but I don’t bother usually.  I also usually do this step in the morning or the day before.  When you’re ready to put everything together shred the chicken with two forks and keep it in a bowl.

Put your diced onion in a pan with a little butter and saute them until they start to look translucent, then add the diced chiles.  After a few minutes add the block of cream cheese and stir until smooth, then you can add the can of salsa verde.  When this is heated through, pour it in the bowl with the shredded chicken and mix well

Here’s the fun part.  In a 9×13 pan put enough of your enchilada sauce to just cover the bottom. Then in a separate dish (or back in the frying pan you just used) put enough enchilada sauce to cover the bottom.  Warm up your tortillas in the microwave for about 1min with some damp paper towels so that when you roll them they won’t tear as easily.  Dip them one at a time in the frying pan of sauce, set them in the 9×13 pan, fill with a scoop of the chicken mixture, and roll up making sure the seam is on the bottom.  Repeat until you’ve filled your pan.

Mix the remainder of the first can of enchilada sauce with a dollop of sour cream and pour on the top of your enchiladas.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, add sprinkle cheese on top, then bake for 5-10 more minutes.

This will make two pans for us and usually makes two meals plus lunches for Rob and I.  Not too bad for about $7.00

So, what’s for dinner at your house?


What Girl Doesn’t Love Chocolate? November 17, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 10:34 AM

And what girl wouldn’t love chocolate that wasn’t murder on her waistline?  Sign up with Kraft’s First Taste program and you can receive a coupon for Jello’s new Mousse Temptations… at only 60 calories per serving it looks like a great snack… especially since it’s free!


If you read the comments below you know that I was less than satisfied with my First Taste experience.  I sent them an email to let them know as much too.  Today I received an email back from them saying that they will be sending me a coupon in the mail which should arrive in 7-10 business days.  I’ll let you know if/when it arrives 🙂


Cereal Stock Up November 16, 2009

Filed under: Cereal,Coupons,Giant,Safeway — Alison @ 11:58 PM

Believe it or not, all that cereal I bought a few weeks ago is gone… my family LOVES cereal.  Yesterday between Giant and Safeway I bought 6 boxes of cereal for a total of $2.24… Here’s how you can get yours:


Currently Chex are on sale for $1.67 a box (which is a decent price anyway)

You can get a coupon here for $1/2

If you register your Safeway card here you’ll be able to use the same coupon electronically… making your two boxes of cereal $0.67 each


Cheerios are on sale 4 boxes for $6

If you go here you can get coupons for Banana Nut Cheerios and Multi Grain Cheerios – you should be able to print each coupon twice from your computer and the two that are $0.75 off should double… making your total $1.00 for all four (thanks for the tip Money Saving Mom!)


A Bonus to Bargain Shopping October 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 9:30 PM

The next two weeks are incredibly busy for us, with two birthday parties, two harvest parties, and meetings galore.  Because of the stocking up I’ve been doing in my shopping lately I’m going to avoid a big shopping trip this week, and possibly next week as well.

Here’s my menu plan for the week: 

  • Monday – BLT’s
  • Tuesday – Caribbean Fajitas, black beans, & rice
  • Wednesday – Burgers, fries
  • Thursday – Hamburger Stroganoff, salad
  • Friday – Sleepover!

All we’ll need to buy is milk, bacon, tortillas, sour cream, a cucumber, a mango, and a can of mushroom soup.  I went over my weekly budget last week ($60) so our budget really needs this week off!

How do you feel about skipping a week of shopping?  Do you shop even if you don’t need to just to get the deals?  Or are you okay with just getting what you need?


Quick Safeway Trip October 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 1:44 AM

Nothing was too special about the deals at Safeway this week – except for the meat.  We go through a lot of ground beef at our house and this was the week for stocking up.  It’s times like these I really wish that we had a big freezer… someday…  Anyway, they ran a 72 hour sale that included Roma tomatos at $0.72/lb and the ground beef at $1.49/lb – the cheapest I’ve ever seen it.

Also exciting for me was that it was my first experience stacking coupons there.  Safeway is one of many stores where you can load coupons onto your club card.  So this week there were things on sale that I had printed coupons AND loaded coupons for… which has the same effect as triple coupons!  I did get some good deals out of that… including two boxes of toaster strudels for $1.17 ea

Here’s what I got: shopping 003

Total before savings: $74.13

What I paid: $29.69

Best Part of the Trip:  the cashier was amazed.  I love it when people want to know how I manage to save so much money.  It’s nice to have your hard work – and yes it IS hard work – recognized.  As I said in an earlier post, this was also the first time I had taken my husband with me… it was great to see his face when the totals came up.  He had no idea how much money we were really saving and just how worth it all those coupons are.


Acme This Week

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 1:10 AM

Here it is… my deal of the week.  I wish I had been able to get it out sooner so others could take advantage of it… but you’ve got two more days to jump on it!

Here’s what I purchased

Here’s the total before sales and coupons: $92.74

And the total that I actually paid: $26.22

The Highlights:

  • Quaker Sale – Sale price $1.50/box – buy 10 and save $5 instantly – I bought 8 boxes of cereal and two boxes of granola bars… and used a $1.00/two (available here and in last Sunday’s SmartSource insert) which of course Acme doubled
  • Acme is running a instant save deal this week with more products than I could begin to count.  For every $10 worth of qualifying products you bought you saved $3 instantly.  I bought $20 worth and had coupons for all of them totaling $9.90.  So $20 – 9.90 in coupons – $6 instant savings = $4.10 for 12 items

It was a great trip!  Check out the list of qualifying items here and see what you can save!


Be On the Lookout! October 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Alison @ 2:16 PM

I did my grocery shopping for the week last night… and brought my husband with me.  What an experience!  I did get some great deals though, even with the added stuff that he threw in the cart.  A full post should be coming tonight with pictures, totals and my favorite deals from the grocery stores here.