Get a “coupon only” email address

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by Jennifer Freeman

SIMPLIFY by creating  a new email address specifically for your couponing and savings adventures.   This way  you won’t miss any offers you signed up for, or over load your personal email account.  When you have a moment to coupon, your couponing deal emails will be in one place.

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Easy 10 Minute Alfredo Sauce Recipe

Using only 4 main ingredients, this is a family favorite meal.  It’s quick, delicious and frugal!!  For years I have made this super easy Alfredo Pasta recipe.  The SECRET is the cream cheese!

This is what I call a “Convertible Meal”  which means once I make it I will convert into several other meals and no one will know we are eating leftovers.  I tend to double my Convertible Meal recipes — see my suggestions of additional Convertible Meals below.

I start my pasta water at the same time I begin the 10 Minute Alfredo Pasta Sauce and they are ready to serve at the same time.

10 Minute Alfredo Pasta Sauce

1/2 C butter
1 package cream cheese (8 ounce)
2 tsp garlic powder  (or 2 fresh garlic cloves minced)
1 3/4 C milk
6 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese (you can omit, but I wouldn’t)
1/8 tsp pepper
salt to taste

Using medium heat, melt butter in medium sauce pan then add cream cheese to melted butter.  Stir with whisk until smooth (about 3 minutes).   Add garlic powder and pepper.   Add milk a little at a time stirring with a whisk to keep sauce smooth.   Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Continue to stir Alfredo Sauce until desired thickness is achieved in just a few minutes.   If it is too thick for your liking, add just a touch of extra milk.

 

TIP:  Be sure not to boil recipe or the milk and butter will separate!

 

Convertible Meal Ideas:

Make a double batch of this recipe and convert into several meals.  I use what I have around the house and adjust my recipes accordingly.  I use whatever cheeses I have in the freeze (I buy cheese when on sale with coupons and freeze it for cooking).

White Chicken Lasagna

left over Alfredo Sauce (at least 3 cups)

Chopped cooked chicken (about 2 cups)
2 cups Ricotta cheese
2 chopped cloves garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
2 tsps fresh chopped basil (or 1 tsp dried basil)
1 tsp oregano
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
4 cups shredded cheese (choose from mozzarella, monteray jack, white cheddar, etc)

Want to add some vegetables?  Add fresh or frozen spinach to the chicken mixture below.

Mix cooked chicken, ricotta cheese, garlic, basil, oregano and Parmesan cheese.  Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions.   Place 1 cup Alfredo sauce in bottom of lasagna pan, add one layer noodles, spread noodles with chicken mixture and 1 cup Alfredo sauce.  Continue layering and end with the final cup of Alfredo sauce and 1 cup of cheese.  Bake until hot inside.  350 for about 35 minutes.

 

 

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How to use a coupon database to increase your savings

My goal in talking to you about couponing and sharing my experiences is to help you save your family money.  I have learned through trials and errors the easy way to save the most money with the littlest effort & time.   I am positive you can get the deepest savings at any store after watching the video I made showing you how to effectively use a free coupon database.

Shop at your favorite store, if you have a matching grocery list or not!!

WATCH MY VIDEO and Learn how to easily & quickly match-up savings at any store (Whole Foods, local markets, Sprout’s, Kroger, Kmart, Dollar Store, Walmart, Target, anywhere!).  A match-up list is a great help but you can find yourself limited unless you learn how to do it on your own the same way I have for 2 decades!

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Save money on milk! My favorite tip

7:00 am

by Jennifer Freeman

milk

Save money on milk!  My favorite tip

When I am running close to the expiration date on milk in the refrigerator, I freeze some in ice cube trays.  This saves me because I am not throwing it out and this frozen milk works beautifully in recipes!   I’ll also save 1/2 c in snack size zip top bags, just for cooking.

After the milk-cubes are frozen place them into a ziploc bag and label. Average cube is 1 ½ Tablespoons.

When it comes time to add milk to cooking or baking, thaw frozen milk-cubes and use like fresh milk. When the summer is hot and a milkshake is a perfect cool treat, add the frozen milk-ice-cubes to your homemade milk shakes.

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How to Save on Meat and Cheese

1:00 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

meat and cheese Time-Tested Ways to Save on Meat and Cheese

 

Buy meat and cheese in bulk and you will be set for several weeks worth of meals.  It will save you money.  With these simple time-tested tips you can save make it simple also.  Learn to store your meats and cheeses without waste! I get asked often about how to save on meats and here are a few tips that will help save you money and time.

  • Ground Beef: Divide it up. Purchase several family-size packages of ground beef at a time. But don’t just toss it in the freezer, divide up your meat into hamburgers, meatballs, etc. Also try dividing it up into 12 oz sections, not 1 lb sections.  This will save you money by cooking with 12 ounces instead of the usual pound and you won’t even miss those couple of ounces, but your pocket book will thank you!
  • Chicken: Cook it in advance.  10 lb bags of legs and thighs are very economical.  You can bring it home, cook it, and shred it, or chop and freeze. A single meal for your family might only mean six thighs or drumsticks.  Once you have cooked it, package in meal size portions in zip top bags and freeze. This will save you a great deal of time and make meal planning easier.  Plus if you have the chicken cooked and ready, you may not grab a convenience meal out!  Saving you money.
  • Cheese: Stick it in the freezer. Buy grated cheese in the 5 pound packets, put it in the freezer as is. When you need some, just thump the bag in the counter a few times and enough cheese will release in a frozen clump.  Once I freeze cheese, I use it for cooking only.
  • Pork: Slice smaller portions. Buy it in big portions, then cut it into slabs yourself. Use the pork for chops, or cut into smaller portions for stir-fries. Freeze the chops in gallon-size zip-top plastic bags. Use quart size bags for a meals worth of the smaller portions.
  • Beef: Cut it or cook it. Cut beef into cubes for stews, or strips for stir-fries. The more cutting you do before your meat hits the freezer, the quicker your meals come together.

 

  • Lunch Meat Savings:  Instead of paying a premium for sliced lunch meat, purchase a whole ham or pre-cooked seasoned turkey breast, and thinly slice the meat making your own lunch meats.  I freeze the sliced meats in 8 ounce packages and put them in the refrigerator the night before I plan to use them for sandwiches.

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What’s best to buy in March?

9:20 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in March?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items?  Wonder what’s on clearance by month?   I have compiled a list of  “when is it best to buy” certain items.  This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.  And one of my big strategies is buy when the best price presents itself.  My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

Every month has seasonal hot items: End of season clearance, prime purchase timing and peak season produce/groceries at the best pricing. When you learn what items are at optimal pricing each month, you will begin to save your hard earned money by planning purchases around seasonal deals.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

So, What is best to buy in March?  

The seasonal items for MARCH look like this:

Saint Patrick’s Day:  Buy green items you may want for Christmas when they go on clearance.  Food Coloring, decorations, candy sprinkles. Corned Beef and ham on sale this time of year.  Buy extra and freeze.

Mardi Gras: Colored party plates & supplies. Silver, black and purple are great to use for other occasions.

Frozen Food Month:  Sales on frozen meals all month long.  Now is the time to stock up on items.

Seafood and Fish sales in preparation for Lent

Party foods for March Madness: Chips, dips, soda and party trays.

As spring arrives, find great buys on winter coats, skis, sweaters, hats, gloves, winter boots, and other cold weather gear.

Annual Easter sales: Ham in the stores (buy extra to freeze) Also look for department store savings on kids clothes, women’s fashions, men’s suits, shirts and ties (stores are pushing the first of a new batch of warm weather clothing).

Get coupons for these items also!  Watch for coupons to match to clearance items:  And search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

Dresses, hats and accessories will be in the stores and on sale.

Watch for seafood and fish sales in preparation for Lent.  And eggs, egg dying kits, food coloring and baskets for Easter.

Watch for vinegar coupons. Print and hold for great sales. I buy all my vinegar used through the year during March/April. (Think canning or cleaning with vinegar).

From now until May, look for travel bargains before the summer travel season kicks in.

Seasonal Produce in March: artichoke, asparagus, avocado, Haas, broccoli, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leek, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, orange, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, & tangerines.

Clearance in March: All things winter — snow shovels, winter clothes & outerwear etc.  Find great sales items follow St. Patty’s Day & Mardi Gras.  Purchase Mardi Gras clearance decorations to use at New Years, the colors are perfect. (beads, celebration horns etc), colored plates & accessories. St. Patty’s day clearance: including themed beer glasses, t-shirts, signs, decorations, and candies. Guinness items often go on sale, too.

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