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Harris Teeter Super-Doubles Results 16 October 2016

I haven’t done much couponing in a while. So much of what I used to buy nobody eats any more. But, with Super Doubles this weekend and a box full of coupons I decided to give it a go again. I’m pretty happy with what I got. I spent $26.80 (coupons tendered equalled $78.79). I had several items in this trip that I didn’t  use coupons on, a couple weren’t even on sale. Probably the best deal here was saving $4.00 (a $2 coupon doubled) on each box of SeaPak Lighthouse Shrimp — which were a BOGO deal, at $4.49, which means I only paid 49¢ a box. The Community Coffee was also a ‘steal’ at a final price of 99¢ per bag.

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I got my matchups from a site I found via a Facebook group: http://moolasavingmom.com/harris-teeter-super-doubles-1016-1018

Great Summer Celebrations Without Breaking the Bank

With Independence Day just a few weeks away, many people are making plans to celebrate. The trick is being able to have a great time, and not stress out over the costs.

My favorite way to celebrate is with a party. Even if it’s just with one other family.

4th of july celebration on a budgetRegardless of the number of guests, the easiest way to cut the cost is to make it a potluck.

Generally, even with a potluck, the hosts are expected to provide the entree, condiments, decorations, tableware, and at least some of the beverages. So, let’s tackle these in order:

Entrée
In the land of the free and the home of the brave, 4th of July just *demands* a BBQ. That doesn’t mean you have to go broke buying steaks.

BBQ pork is a fabulous big party dish because you can cook for a lot of people all at once. Pork prices have dropped again this year, so if you plan ahead you might be able to find a pork shoulder roast (also called a Boston Butt) for as little as 88¢ a pound. (Last year the price never dropped below $1.29.) Pork roasts should be slow cooked at a low temperature. If you don’t have the time or skill to watch the grill, you could take a shortcut and do it either in the oven or even a crockpot. The secret is to cook it just until a fork stabbed in it turns easily. Overcook it and it’ll be dry.

Another great, inexpensive food for BBQ is chicken. On the grill, the best things to cook are cut pieces and NOT boneless, skinless breasts. Chicken legs and MADE for picnic style eating. If you’ve got 10 minutes you can cut up a whole chicken yourself and save even more money. (if you don’t know how, a quick trip to YouTube is in order!) For added moisture, brine the chicken for up to a day before cooking.

Hot dogs. If there will be kids at this shindig, hotdogs are a must have. My family and I did a taste test with all the brands in the store one year and Gwaltny dogs won hands-down in our household (even against Oscar Meyer and Ballpark). At about a buck for a pound during BBQ season, they make for cheap eats. Get the grocery store brand buns and you’re all set.

Condiments
Before heading off to the store, check your pantry and make sure you don’t already have plenty of condiments. Obviously what you choose for an entree is going to determine what you need. For BBQ pork you should probably serve it with a choice of sweet, Texas-style (tomato based) sauce as well as a southern style, vinegar-based sauce.

Decorations
Head to your closest dollar store and grab a few red, white and blue table clothes. Hang out your American flag. If you are trying to be really festive, make some fake jumbo firecrackers out of toilet tissue and paper towel tubes and construction paper.

It’s easier to round out a menu with many guests, but if it’s just one other family you can probably skip most of the decorations, can certainly use your regular tableware, etc.

Tableware
If you’re really trying to save money, skip the paper plates and plastic forks and just use what you’ve got in your kitchen. If not, the dollar store is your friend here again, with an assortment of paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery in various colors.

Beverages
If you have separate freezer, start making ice a week before your party. That way you can avoid having to buy it. Instead of serving up expensive cans of soda, consider serving fruit punch (Kool-Aid for 20¢ with some orange juice and lemon-lime soda added) and iced tea, along with plenty of cold water. Let the guests bring the beer and wine.

Party Entertainment
If you’re having multiple families, especially with kids, some traditional picnic activities are in order. Bring back the sack races, water balloon toss, and games like croquet and horseshoes. Sew up the sacks with some old sheets, or other inexpensive fabric (ask around somebody is bound to have something you can recycle). Ask your guests if they have any of these old fashioned games tucked away in their garage or attic.

Music adds a subtle ambiance to a party. If you or one of your guests have an iPod or other MP3 player, set up a playlist and hook the device up to your stereo.

If you live in an area where fireworks are allowed, ask your guests to bring some so you don’t bear the expense alone. And please shoot your fireworks off responsibly and safely.

Baked Ziti Recipe

Baked Ziti

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8

Fabulous, easy & delicioius

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Pasta, Ziti
  • 1 lb Beef, Ground, 75% lean
  • 1/2 cup Onions -- chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic -- minced
  • 6 cup Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce -- divided
  • 8 oz Water -- from pasta
  • 8 oz Mozzarella Cheese -- shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese -- grated

Instructions

  • Drain, reserving 1 cup of the water. Cover and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Brown hamburger with onion and garlic. Drain excess fat.
  • Stir in 5 cups of the spaghetti sauce and pasta water. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Mix meat/sauce mixture with the ziti.
  • Spoon half of the ziti mixture into a 13"x9"x2" baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with Mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Top with remaining Ziti mixture and remaining 1 cup of spaghetti sauce.
  • Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
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    Keeping chickens for eggs: is it frugal?

    Eggs-tra Special for You, Happy Easter!I started keeping chickens (hens) about a year ago. I wanted the fresh eggs and I love being self-sufficient. I’ve been keeping detailed records about what I’ve spent and how many eggs my 4 chickens have provided me with.

    Things to consider: cost of a coop (hen house and run), cost of food (feed and ‘scratch’), cost of feeders, waterers, etc.

    By and large, the coop is your most expensive purchase. If you build your own (especially if you use reclaimed & recycled materials) you can save hundreds of dollars.

    A final consideration is the value of your time tending to the chickens.

    From purely a financial point of view, if you just buy the store brand, and aren’t buying free-range or organic — grocery store eggs are, by far, the cheaper option.

    If you compare the cost of local fresh eggs, which sell for about $4 a dozen, then keeping chickens is cheaper in the long run.

    Egg quality is quite different. Farm fresh eggs are richer and have less cholesterol. They also won’t be full of antibiotics and hormones. “You are what you eat” goes for chickens and their eggs. There are organic options for feed, it costs nearly 3x as much. Of course if you live in an area where you can raise free range you don’t have to worry as much about it.

    Chickens are also fun pets! I honestly wouldn’t have believed it had I not experienced it. They are friendly and will follow you around for food and attention. They don’t snuggle like a dog or cat, but you can hold and pet them.

    With just a small flock of chickens they aren’t smelly. Especially when you compare them to dogs or cats.

    Chickens also provide you with fertilizer for your garden and are voracious bug eaters. One of my friends put her chicken tractor right over a vegetable bed that had a lot of grubs and the chickens cleaned it out for her.

    Arc_and_Sloggers_Waterproof_Women_s_Clogs___GrouponChickens do require daily care, but its not very involved. You should also be prepared to clean the coop out weekly, as well as keeping the water dishes and food dishes clean (and full!).

    So, when not measuring just the financials, I think keeping chickens is worth it (and fun!). Heck, I just got 2 more yesterday, bringing my flock up to the maximum size of 6 for my area. (be sure to find out if your city allows chickens before getting them! lots of cities don’t…)

    Strictly by math, it will take a few years before I even break even in terms of investment vs the price of eggs. And I’m okay with that.

    Super deal on gift cards at Farm Fresh Supermarkets

    gift card discountsWhile shopping at Farm fresh the other day, I got a Catalina when I checked out with a great deal on it. When you buy $100 or more participating gift cards in a single transaction you get another Catalina for $20 off  for your next trip. The offer is valid from November 20, 2011 until December 3, 2011. The limit is one grocery coupon issuance per customer per day and you can only redeem one per day as well. The grocery coupon is going to be valid for seven days from issuance. The gift cards are:

    • Applebee’s
    • iTunes
    • JCPenney
    • Lowe’s
    • Macy’s
    • Regal AMC Theaters
    • Sears
    • Kmart
    • Cabelas
    • Bass Pro Shops
    • Nike
    • TGI Friday’s
    • Amazon
    • Brinker (Chili’s)
    • California Pizza Kitchen
    • DSW
    • OfficeMax
    • Outback Steakhouse

    For me, personally, I know I will be getting some Amazon cards and this might just be for myself. I shop at Amazon all the time in this is giving me 20% off the top. Okay okay I’ll probably also gets an iTunes cards for myself

    Sunday inserts for The Virginian-Pilot to be delivered Saturday

    The Virginian-Pilot is staying up on things and has sent out an email saying that because they don’t know what the situation with Hurricane Irene will be on Sunday, they’ll be delivering the inserts and ads on Saturday morning. The news portion will be delivered on Sunday, but not until they can assess the roads, etc.

    So, even if  you don’t normally get a paper on Saturday, keep in eye out for your ads and coupons.

    Good Starbucks Ice Cream Coupon

    Like ice cream? Pop on over to Starbucks and download a coupon to save $1.25 off one pint of any of their delicious coffee flavored ice creams, available at your local grocery store. (Hampton Roads readers, this one will double at Bloom on Tuesdays.)

    Double Dollars & Super Doubles

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    I just saw the post on The Coupon Consultant website that Farm Fresh is doubling dollar coupons through Tuesday. Awesome! I hadn’t even planned on looking at the newspaper today, and I missed Wednesday, so I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the sales.

    Plus, the rumor mill is a-buzz with talk of super doubles at Harris Teeter next week. It’s been confirmed for *some* stores, but not for our area yet.

    Harris Teeter shopping, day 1

    Great results this morning, got everything I hoped for. I went early, for me… 7:30.

    My total before coupons was almost $60, after coupons… $19.26!

    I’m looking forward to shopping at Harris Teeter again tomorrow.

    Harris Teeter triple coupon matchups for Hampton Roads

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    I had a great chat with Heather over at Coastal Coupon Consulting today. She spent a good amount of time building a Harris Teeter triples list for our local Hampton Roads coupons.

    Lots of freebies: mustard, Worcestershire, and more, plus super deals on things like Red Baron singles and greek yogurt.

    Heather’s list includes local circulars only, so if you get your coupons here, you’re likely going to have everything on her list.

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