Free Beverage at Target
Get a Free beverage from the Target Cafe Dec 10 – 24th, if you are a Target Redcard holder. Choose a 16 ounce JambaGo Smoothie, small fountain drink or Icee.
Hot Tip: As a reminder, put a notice in your phone calendar so you don’t miss out!
Log into Target Redcard account for more details.
I ordered a case of apples from Bountiful Baskets
. My plan was to make and can homemade applesauce. I canned 7 quarts, and then I remembered I had a theater box of Red Hot cinnamon candies in the cabinet I found on sale for $.79 a few weeks back. You see, Mr. Cameraman has a love for Red Hots. I decided to try making applesauce and adding the box of cinnamon candy to it — The verdict delicious! What little kid doesn’t want pink applesauce? (or Big Kid a.k.a. Mr. Cameraman)
The applesauce is a snap. Peel, core and cut apples into large chunks. I filled an 8 quart pot 1/2 full of apples, added 1 cup apple juice and 1 box Cinnamon Candy (5.5 ounce) and cooked for about 30 minutes or until the apples were easily mashed using a potato masher. That’s it!!
Normally, when I buy apples by the case I wait until they are at a super discounted price, these particular apples were still $1 a pound. That makes each quart of applesauce about $2 each. Way higher than I like, but we were out of homemade applesauce so I took the apples that were offered. Next time I make applesauce, I will wait until the apples are priced better. I like to keep my applesauce quarts priced at $.50-$.75 each. My kids don’t like store-bought applesauce because I have always made it at home.
Hot Tip: After Valentine’s Day buy up boxes of cheap cinnamon Red Hots candies or the packages of heart shaped cinnamon candies. This will keep your Cinnamon Applesauce price way down.
What do you think? Will you try it?
What Not to Buy on Black Friday
Is every deal great on Black Friday? Is there anything to avoid buying on Black Friday? Sales have already begun but Black Friday hasn’t officially begun quite yet. Don’t be caught up in the frenzy and find yourself buying things that are NOT good deals. Just because it’s advertised does not mean it’s a hot deal.
Items commonly on sale during Black Friday but are rarely a great deal!!
1) Toys –YES, really!! If at all possible, purchase toys in November (before Black Friday) or in July when the retailers clean the shelves getting ready for new inventory. Retailers practically give away toys in early November. But I know you will be buying some in December anyway, so check for Toy Coupons to save some money!
2) Home Improvement items – Buy in the Spring when prices are the best or hold out until Father’s Day deals come knocking.
3) Gas Grills – need I say more than ~summertime? Or better yet ~July=sales?
4) Fitness Equipment – wait until January and there will be the dieters after the Holiday deals.
5) Small Tools – Hold off until Father’s Day. It will brings it rock bottom prices annually.
6) Automotive Supplies – like the small tools, Father’s Day is the best time to find these deals.
7) Christmas Decorations – buy after Christmas at 75-90% off sales for next year. The 3rd week of January is the secret week of the year for the 90% off sales.
8) Winter Coats – Wait until January, unless you have a retail coupon getting you 50% off or more.
As hard as it can be hold off when you see a “sale” sign in the store, armed with this list if you can wait and buy when the items are really at a great price you will win at saving. Check out the monthly Seasonal Sales — What’s Best To Buy When series. It will give you a look into each month’s best pricing of the year.
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Every month I get over $25 on cashback apps and that is above and beyond my coupon savings.
Cabinet Cooking Recipes
Welcome to my Cabinet Cooking recipes. These recipes are the “open your cabinet” and I bet-you-have-the-ingredient recipes. Most of my Cabinet Cooking recipes derive from using staple items I find during case-lot sales. These meals become simple and inexpensive yet flavorful and filling.
As I create more Cabinet Cooking meals, I will share my recipes.
Crock-Pot Hamburger Cheesy Stew
The Stars of the Recipe are… (a.k.a. ingredients)
1# Browned Ground Beef*
1 Large Onion
6 Potatoes, medium
2 cans Kidney Beans, rinsed
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Diced Tomatoes (with juice)
1/2 Cup Water
3 Cloves Garlic (or 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1 tsp Better Than Bouillon (or 1 Beef Bouillon Cube)
1/2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Seasoning Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 cup Shredded Cheese (for topping)
Potatoes can be sliced or diced, peeled or unpeeled. Chop onions and mince garlic. Brown hamburger meat (see my quick prep idea below)!
Using a 6 quart crock-pot, mix all of the ingredients (except cheese) and stir well. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Uncover, sprinkle with shredded cheese continue cooking uncovered for 1/2 hour.
As with most crock-pot recipes, adjust recipes to the ingredients you have on hand when you open your cabinet! Choose different beans or cream soup combinations.
*I buy high quality ground beef from Zaycan Foods at a discount and pre-brown the hamburger. I freeze already browned meat in pre-measured packages making my meal prep a snap! My packages are measured at 13 ounces to adjust for cooking.