I found a couple of notable deals at Meijer today.
120 count Gain Fabric Softener Sheets on sale for $3.99 - $3.00 coupon in today's paper = $0.99
Gain Laundry Detergent on sale for $4.99 - $1.00 coupon in today's paper = $3.99
When you buy both, you get a $3.00 coupon off your next shopping trip at the register.
Gorton's Seafood items on sale for $3.49 (regularly $5.99) - $0.50 coupon (there was one in today's paper and I already had one)= $2.99
When you buy two, you get $1.00 off automatically at the register making them only $2.49 each if you have two coupons.
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This is one of our favorite salads and it is so easy to make. Cut up fresh tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Fresh mozzarella is a semi-soft cheese and usually comes in a ball form. You will usually find it with the gourmet cheeses near the deli. Aldi has 8 oz. balls of fresh mozzarella for $2.49. When I lived near Trader Joe's I would buy fresh mozzarella there. I don't remember the price, but it was reasonable. It is usually pretty expensive in other grocery stores.
To make this salad combine tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the salad. Then grind fresh pepper and salt to taste. Toss together and enjoy.
A reader commented that she likes fresh basil in this salad too. I don't usually spend money on fresh basil, but during the summer I love to include fresh basil leaves from the garden.
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This is a really simple and wonderful recipe for homemade vegetable and beef soup. It cooks on low in the crock pot all day so when the kids are crazy hyper as mine always are around 5:00 pm all you have to do is stir and serve. This would pair wonderfully with some homemade beer bread. It does take some prep work in the morning, but you could assemble the night before and refrigerate. If you assemble the night before, I would add the water the next morning. I used to do that when I was teaching and didn't have extra time in the morning. This makes a lot of soup and you will need a large crock pot. If you can't fit it all in there just reduce some of the vegetables to a manageable amount. You will really enjoy this soup and unless you have a posse of kids plan on leftovers the next night.
Homemade Vegetable and Beef Soup
1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut in 1 inch pieces
2 Tbsp. oil
4 potatoes, cubed
4 carrots sliced in rounds
2 ribs celery sliced
14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
14.5 oz can Italian tomatoes, crushed (If you don't have Italian tomatoes on hand, just use plain tomatoes and add a little Italian seasoning and garlic powder. I have been adding Tastefully Simple Mama Mia Marinara seasoning to plain tomatoes because I never remember to buy Italian tomatoes.)
1 onion chopped
1 to 2 wedges cabbage, sliced thinly
2 beef bouillon cubes
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1. Brown meat in oil in skillet. Drain.
2. Combine all ingredients except water in large slow cooker. Cover with water. It should be full to the brim and packed pretty full. The vegetable will cook down all day and eventually the soup will be less dense and you will be able to stir it.
3. Cover. Cook on low 8-10 hours.
I adapted this recipe from one I found in my Fix It and Forget It Cookbook. The ingredients have been changed slightly, but it was originally submitted in the cookbook by Lilli Peters. Sometimes I add a bay leaf or two during the cooking and remove it before serving.
My preschooler and toddler enjoy this soup too. I just serve them with a slotted spoon so they don't have much liquid.
Yesterday morning I needed to go to the grocery store. I usually do most of my shopping at Meijer, but I dropped my son off at pre-school and decided to go to Aldi which is not too far from his school. I knew I could not buy everything on my list there, but there is a Super Walmart across the street.
I searched the car for a quarter when I got there because you have to rent your shopping cart (this helps Aldi offer lower priced goods). I finally found one and went to get my cart and a kind woman gave me her cart and told me to keep my quarter.
I always shop sales and use coupons for items I need, but I could not believe some of the good deals I found at Aldi. I have shopped Aldi before but it has not been my regular store. I will be making more trips to Aldi on a regular basis.
Here are some of the good deals I found at Aldi:
3 1/2 pound bag of Honeycrisp Apples $3.99
10 pound bag of Russett Potatoes $1.49
Avocados $0.99 I have bought them for $0.49 at Aldi before
Celery $0.59 (I pay $1.89 at Meijer for celery)
Grape tomatoes $1.69
Canned Cut Sweet Potatoes (large can) $0.69
Canned butter beans $0.69 (these are so good - we have been eating them for years)
Mandarin oranges $0.49 a can
Canned Spinach $0.55
Vienna Sausage $0.37 a can
Cranberry Sauce $0.39 a can
Canned Mushrooms $0.50
Turkey Half Ham $1.89 a pound
15 oz. Bedtime Baby Wash $1.29 (It smells just like my Johnson's bedtime baby wash that I paid over $3 for.)
Iceburg Lettuce $0.89
Baking Soda $0.45
String Cheese $2.69
Sliced Swiss Cheese $1.99
Lip Balm 3-pack $1.49
8 oz. Fresh Mozzarella $2.49 (this is really good - we eat it with cut up tomatoes in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper - delicious!)
Vegetable juice (like V-8) large bottle $1.99
Bacon 1 pound $2.69
Dried Apricots $1.49
Not from Concentrate Orange Juice (similar to Simply Orange) $2.39
Extra lean ground beef $2.99 a pound
I did not have my own shopping bags with me so I bought a few at $0.06 each. You will need to bring your own bags to avoid paying for them (another way they keep costs down). I did have to wait in line for a long time since we have a snow storm and everyone was out shopping yesterday morning, but it was worth the savings.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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