Posted: April 12, 2011

Who Says I’m Cheap?  By: L.A. O’Neil

OK. I admit it. I’m a little . . . frugal. I don’t like wasting my hard-earned bucks, and I particularly don’t like wasting money when it comes to food (‘frugal’ sounds so much better than ‘cheap,’ doesn’t it?) We go out to eat every once in awhile, but, to be honest, I don’t enjoy it very much, because I know I can make it better and cheaper. This is a mantra that I’m pretty sure my family gets tired of hearing!

Which of these scenarios sounds like you –when you get the grocery flyers in the mail, do you go over them with a fine-toothed comb to see how many pennies you can save? Or, do you merely recognize the sales and then move on to something else – like vacuuming? If you’re in the ‘fine-toothed comb’ category, then you have truly embraced your frugality – if you wound up in the vacuuming category, you have a little work to do!

This week, Kroger (mid-Atlantic ad) has some great sales and I plan on stocking up – boneless pork loin is $1.99/lb, green beans are $.99/lb and jazz apples are $1.29/lb. Other deals are available, as well, but these will hit my table this evening . . . sounds like a frugal dinner to me!

So – what should I make? How about Crusted Pork Loin with Southern Green Beans, topped off with a Baked Apple Crunch that will serve your hungry family of four?

Ingredients for Crusted Pork Loin

4 slices boneless pork loin, cut in pieces that are 1/2 inch thick (use the rest for a recipe tomorrow)
Flour for dredging
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 egg
2 TBSP water
Canola oil for pan frying

Ingredients for Southern Green Beans

1 lb fresh green beans, tips trimmed
2 slices bacon, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar

Ingredients for Baked Apple Crunch

2 jazz apples, cut in half (drizzle with a little lemon juice, if you have it)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP butter

1/4 cup oatmeal
Dash of salt


Preheat the oven to 350°. Combine the brown sugar, butter, oatmeal and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Cut each apple in half and top with crunch mixture. Place on a baking sheet and bake until apples are tender, about 30 minutes.

Set up a dredging station with the flour, egg wash and Panko (use 3 separate dishes, such as pie plates.) Place pork loin slices on plastic wrap and cover with another piece of plastic wrap. Pound pork to 1/4 inch thickness. Beat eggs with a fork in a small bowl with the water. Season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge pork in the flour, dip in the egg wash, and then dredge in Panko crumbs (press the crumbs into the meat to make sure they adhere.) Place on a rack and refrigerate for about 20 minutes – this will
help the coating adhere to the pork during cooking.

While the pork is hanging out in the icebox, heat the canola oil in a large cast iron skillet (or, any skillet) to about 350°. You’ll know the oil is ready when you drop a little bit of flour into the pan and it sizzles and bubbles. Add the pork slices gently to the pan and pan fry for about 4 minutes or until a golden crust forms. Turn and fry for another 4 minutes. Transfer the pork to a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5 or 6 minutes. (You’ll be finishing off the pork at the same time the apples are baking – they should
come out of the oven together.)

Start the beans when the pork is frying. Trim the green beans, and cook in about an inch of water in a skillet on medium high. Drain and set aside. In the same skillet, fry up the bacon and add the onions just when the bacon begins to brown. Add the green beans to the skillet, turning to coat in the bacon drippings. When the beans are hot, add the vinegar to the pan and sprinkle with the sugar. Allow the vinegar to evaporate and the sugar to combine with the pan drippings – about 2 minutes.

There you have it! Plate so the meal looks cool and call everyone to the table!

So, what did this fantastic meal cost? Just about $1.82 per serving! And, that’s factoring in the little extra ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen!

A restaurant-quality meal for $1.82 per serving?

Dang! You’re really good!

Author Byline:

This article was contributed by Kitchen Blender Reviews, a site focused on helping you decide on the best blender to buy for your needs. You will also find many healthy and delicious recipes for meals, smoothies and desserts. Bon appetit!

Posted: April 11, 2011

Meals Using Deals takes Cuckoo deals each week and makes a dinner for under $10 for a family of 4. We use whichever store has the best deals out of: Walmart, Target, Kroger/Smiths, or Maceys. I will try to post several during the week.

Photo Credit: Eatsy Bitsy

This meal will look similar to the one above, but you can choose the pasta type since many are on sale!

Guest post: Elaina writes a blog at LunaSavings where she discusses topics which range from parenting and family life to savings and living on a budget in today’s economy. Before becoming a stay at home mom, she was a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher where she taught cooking, sewing, and consumerism.

Old Fashioned Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Ingredients (bought at Kroger using the Kroger Deals List (Columbus Region) this week – deals at other Kroger’s/Smith’s should be similar, but I also have another Meals Using Deals post coming later from the Kroger Mid-Atlantic region too)

  • Rotel Crushed Tomatoes ($1)
  • -or- Hunt’s Crushed tomatoes ($1)
  • Kroger Pasta (free wyb 3 Hunt’s tomatoes)
  • 1 pound Ground Beef ($1 off wyb 3 Rotel Tomatoes) (about $2-4)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley (about .89 a bunch – freeze the rest for another recipe)
  • Salt, Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Saute onions in medium saucepan until they are translucent. Add ground beef. In the meantime, boil water for pasta and cook according to box directions. After beef is brown and all juices have evaporated, add parsley and the rest of the spices. Add 1 8oz can of crushed tomatoes. (If can is bigger than 8 oz, freeze the rest for another day!) Stir all ingredients and cover on low heat for 20 minutes. Once pasta is done, drain and add to the sauce.

FINAL PRICE: 4-5 servings = about $6-7 (around $1.40 per person)

Deidre’s Note: I love Spaghetti with crushed tomatoes! I also add celery to mine and think it gives it a good crunch.

Posted: April 11, 2011

Dog owners rejoice! Sign up for $5 off a  4 lb bag or larger of Pedigree Dry Dog Food!  Click “fetch coupon”.  You’ll get a$5/1 Pedigree coupon mailed to you (it’s a manufacturer coupon even though it states “use at Kroger”).  Plus many stores accept competitor’s coupons.

Pedigree is priced around $5.25 at Walmart, you’ll get it for just a quarter.  Even if you don’t have a pet you could donate Pedigree to your local animal shelter!

Thanks,  Carol’s Critter Corner & Passionate Penny Pincher

I only post high-value coupons and ones that are paired with deals, so to view the rest see my massive coupon database!

Want to learn more about extreme couponing? Free how to extreme coupon guide!

Posted: April 11, 2011

Diapers can be expensive! Each week I search online and in stores for the best deals on diapers. These are the best deals I see for this week 4/10/11-4/16/11 . This week Amazon has the best prices!


Buy 2 Huggies Diapers & Pampers Diapers, Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card

Pampers Baby Dry, Cruisers or Swaddlers Diapers $29.99
$3.00/1 Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers or Extra Protection from PG 4/3
$1.50/1 Pampers Diapers or Pants from PG 4/3

Huggies Snug & Dry, Little Movers, Little Snugglers $29.99
$3.50/1 – Huggies Diapers 60 ct or Larger
$3.00/1 Huggies diapers 60ct+,
$1.50/2 Diapers 3/20 SS
$2.00/2 Little Movers/Snugglers 3/20 SS

Deal Idea:
Buy 2 Huggies Snug & Dry, Little Movers, Little Snugglers $29.99 each
Use $3.50/1 – Huggies Diapers 60 ct or Larger
Pay 53.48 & Receive $10.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $42.98 or 21.49 each

Buy 2 Pampers Value Pack diapers $29.99 each

Use (2) $3.00/1 Cruisers, Swaddlers Size 3, Swaddlers Sensitive Size 3 or 4 or Extra Sensitive box 4/3 P&G
Pay $53.98 & Receive $10.00 gift card
Final Price: $43.98 for 2 value packs or $21.99 each


Deal Idea: Buy 1 Huggies Little Movers Big Pack Diapers $21.99
Use $3.50/1 – Huggies Diapers Coupon, 60ct or Larger –
And Use $2.00/1 Huggies Diapers Big Pack or Wipes 184 or 216 ct. from Walgreens Infant Care Booklet
Final Price: $16.49

Buy 2 Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers 2/$18 = $3 RR
Use 2 $1.50/1 coupons found in the 4/3 PG
Plus, use the $2/1 Walgreens coupon found in the Infant Care coupon booklet (will deduct $4)
Pay $11
Receive a $3 RR
Final Price: $4 each

Note from reader Alisha: also on the walgreen’s pampers option- when i went, i got two packs of the pampers, plus a tub of pampers wipes, and after coupons got it all for $11 i think, then the $3 rr printed AND the $5 rr for buying $20+ pampers printed, so I actually got $8 rrs! so I got two packs of diapers and one pack of wipes for $3! insane!


Comforts jumbo pack diapers are $4.99


Huggies GoodNites and Pull Ups mega packs are $13.99
Use $2.00/1 printable coupon for Pull Ups


Amazon has become my GO TO PLACE for diapers! Each week it seems like I find the best deals there. I will share with you the best deal for each size. Be sure you have signed up for a FREE Amazon Moms membership to get these discounts. Learn about signing up here.

Deals on Diapers:

Deal on Wipes:

Did you find one that I missed? Please leave a comment and share! Or email Living on Love and Cents.

Note from a reader:  FOOD LION HAS huggies 2.99 for a package of diapers and a pack of 64 ct wipes:  from my Food Lion deals this week:

Posted: March 13, 2011

New grocery store deals that go from Sunday – Saturday are up!

I don’t want my home-page to be too cluttered with non-nationwide deals. The following non-nationwide grocery store weekly deals that start on Sundays will still be posted each Sunday, but won’t appear on my home page or in main rss feed; I’ll post this reminder post each week for you to go view the deals:

EVERYDAY: On my sidebar, click on a store logo to see the current list of deals:

Posted: March 9, 2011

All winners are selected using and UNLESS it is a  Contest Burner Giveaway, then Contest Burner selects the winner.

All winners must email me at within 48 hours or forfeit their prize and a new winner will be selected. My emails were all getting sent to peoples spam folders, so from now on you need to check the site or the giveaways feed or giveaways emails list to see if you’re a winner!

All eight people who entered my couponing video contest are winners!!!

As voted on by YOU the person with the most votes & $100 Gift Card is…

BUMMER! One person who entered removed their video, so they missed out on their prize.  I hope you guys don’t remove your awesome videos!

Did you guys enjoy the video giveaway? Let me know if I should do another one!

AND we had another AWESOME giveaway going on!  6 tickets to Blue Man Group, the winner is:  Cindy Salanoa – ccbs2007@…com

Wanna win some more?

Posted: March 4, 2011

Today only from 6AM (EST) to 6PM (EST) log in to your Cellfire account anytime to receive an e-coupon worth either $0.50 or $3.00 to use on your next shopping trip at Kroger and Kroger-owned stores!

At the beginning of the month, I upload all coupons to my Cellfire & Upromise accounts- learn more eCoupons.

uPromise eCoupons are available at: Rite Aid, Albertson’s, Kroger & Affiliates, + more.

Cellfire eCoupons are available at: Safeway, Kroger, ShopRite, SHOP ‘n SAVE, King Soopers, Smith’s JayC, QFC, Hilander, Owen’s, Fry’s, PayLess, Cala/Bell, Dillons, Gerbes, Ralphs, Scott’s, Fred Meyer, Vons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Pavillions, Genuardi’s, and Carrs.

Sam’s Club has eCoupons!

Thanks, Coupon Katrina

Posted: March 1, 2011

The person with the most votes by March 8th gets a $100 gift card! I also have lot’s of other rewards for creativity, etc… that I’ll announce when I announce the winners!!!

Come back and vote once per day! It won’t allow you to vote more than once per day!

These three videos didn’t put a link to my site in their description, which doesn’t seem fair because everyone else did, but they are great videos I wanted you to see them:

Become Shoppertunistic – rtcjdirks and Become Shoppertunistic’s other video and Glamorous Albertsons

If a link is added, they will be added to the voting lists – Remember I am sponsoring this giveaway myself with my own money and most of the prizes are from me. I would like the giveaway to be beneficial to my site by having a link to my site in the video description -and I believe it benefits everyone by getting more tips on how to shop at different stores!

Posted: February 17, 2011

Until 6PM EST you can login to your Cellfire account, and all people who do will get either a $.55 or a $2 off anything purchase!

At the beginning of the month, I upload all coupons to my Cellfire & Upromise accounts- learn more eCoupons.

Cellfire eCoupons are available at: Safeway, Kroger, ShopRite, SHOP ‘n SAVE, King Soopers, Smith’s JayC, QFC, Hilander, Owen’s, Fry’s, PayLess, Cala/Bell, Dillons, Gerbes, Ralphs, Scott’s, Fred Meyer, Vons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Pavillions, Genuardi’s, and Carrs.

Sam’s Club has eCoupons!

Thanks, Coupon Katrina!

Posted: February 16, 2011

It’s a video contest- read below on how to submit your videos! The best video (as voted on by my readers) will win a $100 Gift Card! There will be other fun prizes too 🙂

There’s Only 2 Rules to Enter:

1.  Create a video on how to coupon at a specific store.

  • Examples: How to coupon at Kroger.  How to coupon at Dollar General.
  • Have fun! Make it informative, silly, goofy, long, short, whatever you want!  Choose any store you want – even if I have already done a video on it! Ideas: Take a shopping trip  – show us your favorite ways to score coupons at that store.  Show us your haul and describe how you rolled your deals! Do a powerpoint.  Make up a song about the store  -here’s a hilarious example!  Do whatever you want.

2. Upload the video to YouTube by Feb. 28th: you MUST select to have the video as a reply to this video.  That is how I will know it is entered into the contest.   In order to make your video a response: on the video page, you have to go to the comment box and click until you see your cursor ready to type. Then, a link appears off to the right asking to “attach a video”. You click “attach a video” and continue on to upload your video.

  • Title:  put in “How to Coupon at NAME OF STORE”
  • Description: put in “ how to extreme coupon at NAME OF STORE video.”
  • Example below:

Then it will be listed as a response to my video, and I’ll know it’s entered in the contest!  If you submit a video as a response and it’s declined, then you didn’t follow the 2 simple rules – re-submit following the rules.

Bloggers: You are welcome to enter as well!

I will post March 1-8 a form to vote on your favorite video! The votes will be done so as soon as you submit a vote you will see how many votes each video has!  I am trying to make it so you can only vote on a video once per IP address per day, so you can come back and vote each day, but only once per day to make it fair.

Posted: December 27, 2010
11 just released this cuckoo $1/1 Coast Body Wash or Bar coupon – these are often $1 for the 2 packs of soap so FREE with this stellar coupon!

The 2 packs of coast soap are $1 this week at Kroger (Smith’s), so free with this coupon! Thanks pinkcouponcafe

Check out more printable coupons!

Posted: December 16, 2010

Cellfire is offering “Santa Savings” where you will be able to load a special coupon worth $.50, $1, $2 or $5! to your Kroger (Smith’s) card!

Here’s how to get yours:

Log in to Cellfire on Thursday, December 16th between 1 PM and 5PM (EST) to see which coupon you received and  save it to your  Kroger (or Kroger subsidiary store) savings card!  

Come back here and let us know what you got!

For complete details see the Cellfire Facebook Page.
Thanks,  lady savings
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