Posted: May 1, 2011

Meals Using Deals takes 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.

Elaina from A Time Out for Mommy makes her own homemade taco seasoning!

“I always make my own taco seasoning. I don’t like the packages because they contain a bunch of artificial stuff and homemade tastes EXACTLY the same! I usually mix up chicken, steak, ground beef or turkey tacos depending on what is on sale that week.”

This week, make a meal using deals using Meijer’s ad:

Taco Night! (about $6-7 to feed 4):

1 lb Certified Angus Beef Ground Beef form Chuck, $2.79/lb
1 jar Select Meijer Naturals Salsa (16 oz.), $1.19
1 container Meijer Sour Cream (16 oz.), $1.39
1-2 packages (freezer leftovers) Meijer Soft Tortillas (10 ct.), $0.99

Taco Recipe
1 pound chopped meat
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper

Brown chopped meat until all juices have evaporated. Turn off heat and add all spices, plus 1/4 cup water. Mix well and let sit before serving.

Thanks to A Time Out for Mommy for this recipe! View her site for tips on de-stressing being a mom.
Posted: April 29, 2011

 These are pretty plain, but I’ve heard if you throw in some brown sugar and some butter and they are good! Right now you can get a $1.00 off coupon for Better Oats on Facebook.

Better Oats $1.33
$1.00/1 – Better Oats 
Final Price: $0.33

Posted: April 27, 2011

Meals Using Deals takes 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.

This week, one of our Meals Using Deals posts from LunaSavings is for Meijer’s ad!

Mama’s Homemade Burgers and Fries

2 pounds of chopped meat (will make 8 burgers) Naturewell 3.49/lb ($7)
1/4 cup parsley
1 small onion diced
2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tbsp paprika
1/4 tsp cumin
hamburger buns Meijer brand (.99)
8 slices of white American cheese
4 red potatoes washed – keep skin on and slice into fries
Mix all ingredients together. Score meat so that you have 8 even patties. Round out patties and flatten them. Is it ok to make them large and flat – they will shrink when they are cooked. I cook them on an indoor grill until they are medium well. I put the cheese on the last 30 seconds of cooking so that the heat melts it on the burger.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place fries on an aluminum baking sheet that has been sprayed with olive oil. Drizzle olive oil over fries and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika. Mix with your hands and place them in the oven until they are golden brown.
To get that “Big Mac” taste, I slice red onions and lettuce to put on the burger with thousand island dressing and pickles.
Make sure to checkout LunaSavings for more savings tips!
Posted: April 20, 2011

Dog food deals, cat food deals, and coupons for pets can now be found in our weekly feature “Pet Deals & Coupons This Week”!  If you have a pet giveaway going on, leave a comment in the comments sections below to let everyone know!


Blue Buffalo Dog and Cat Food, 6 lb bags- $11.99
10% Off with Pals Card
Use $5 Blue Buffalo Dog or Cat Food Coupon (4/10 SS)
=$5.79 , after coupon and discount

Tidy Cats Clay Litter, 20 lbs + 5lbs- $3.99
Use $1.50/1 Tidy Cats Litter Coupon (1/30 RP)
= as low as $2.49, after coupon


Scotch Fur Fighter Floor Tool Sweeper- $9.99
Use $4/1 Scotch Fur Fighter Floor Tool Coupon (4/10 SS)
Or Use$2/1 Scotch Fur Fighter Floor Tool Coupon
Stack with $2/1 Scotch Fur Fighter Floor Tool Coupon (Target)
=$3.99, after $4 & $2 coupon

Purina ONE beyOnd dog or cat food, 3 or 3.5lbs- $7.49
Use $2/1 Purina ONE beyOnd pet food coupon (printable)
$2/1 Purina ONE beyOnd pet food coupon (4/17 SS #2)
Use $2/1 Purina ONE beyOnd coupon (Target)
= $3.49, after $2 manufacturer coupon and $2 store coupon

Purina Tidy Cats Litter, 20 lbs- $6.99
Use $1.50 off Purina Tidy Cats Litter Coupon (1/30 RP)
Use $1 off Purina Tidy Cats Litter Coupon (1/30 RP)
or $1/1 Purina Tidy Cats Litter Coupon (printable)
= as low as $4.49, after coupon

Pet Coupons & Freebies:

Free Sample Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog Food (click “Switch to Nutrish”)

$7/1 The Honest Kitchen Pet Food Coupon, 7 or 10 lb box (available at end of survey)

$1.50 The Goodlife Recipe Cat Food Coupon

Pet Giveaways:

$250 worth of Blue Buffalo dog and cat food coupons (ends 4/24)

Go to My Pet Savings for more deals on pet products. My Pet Savings helps pet owners save money by providing the latest pet coupons, pet deals and freebies.

Posted: April 19, 2011

Grab your Walmart ad! It has Toy Story Operation for $5, and if your Walmart is sold out, take that ad and price match it at Target!

Toy Story 3 Operation, $5
Use $3/1 Operation coupon
Final Price=$2

More Walmart deals!

Posted: April 13, 2011

Buy 3 Air Wick Scented Oil Refills, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card (Price Cut Thru 5/7)


Buy 3 AirWick Scented Oil Refills 2 pk $4.99
Buy Air Wick Warmer (Free)
Use 3 $1.00/1 Air Wick Scented Oil Refill from SS 3/6, 3/20 or 4/10 or $1.00/1 – Air Wick Scented Oil Twin Refill or Two Single Refills
And Use Free Air Wick Warmer when you buy Air Wick Scented Oil Refill Fragrance from SS 3/6,  3/20 or 4/10
Pay $11.97, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $2.32 each when you buy 3, Plus Free Warmer

Buy 3 Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash Frozen Potatoes, 25 oz $2.99
Buy 3 Heinz Gravy $1.25 (Free)
Buy 2 Get 1 Free
Use 3 Free – Heinz Gravy when you buy Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash Potatoes
And Use 2 $1.00/1 – Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash Potatoes
Final Price: $0.66 each when you buy 6 items

If your Store Allow Coupons on free items your scenario would look like this:

Buy 3 Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash Frozen Potatoes, 25 oz $2.99
Buy 3 Heinz Gravy $1.25 (Free)
Buy 2 Get 1 Free
Use 3 Free – Heinz Gravy when you buy Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash Potatoes
And Use 3 $1.00/1 – Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash Potatoes
Final Price: $0.49 each when you buy 6 items

Posted: April 13, 2011

$1.00 on 1 Box Cheez-it Baby Swiss Baked Snack Crackers coupon.  This should make these around $1.50 after coupon.

Thanks CouponPosse

The $2/1 Visine coupon (NO size restriction) is back! Use zip code 90210.  This makes travel size visine free at Target, Walmart and CVS!

$0.75 off any one Jar of Smuckers Fruit Spreads coupon

$0.50/1 Xtra Detergent coupon!

I don’t have a CVS, but if you do…

CVS Deal Scenario (valid through April 16th):
Buy 1 Xtra 2X Laundry Detergent on sale for $1.49
Use the $0.50/1 Xtra Detergent coupon!
Final Price= $0.99!

(Thanks,  Printable Coupon Spot!)

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

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: April 6, 2011

Gourmet for $2?  Really?
by L.A. O’Neil

Growing up, we didn’t have tons of money – we were an average, run-of-the- mills group and we had it instilled in us from an early age that ‘money didn’t grow on trees.’  My mom could whisk food off the table in nothing flat and have it in the freezer in individually wrapped portions faster than you may think humanly possible.  Her hands moved at lightning speed as she scooped, packaged and froze the best part of the meal, her movements a blur to the average eye. ‘Seconds’ were reserved for the more inexpensive items, such as potatoes, veggies, rice and bread – after all, one small chuck roast would have to feed us for at least two meals of four servings.

So, here I am on the downhill slide to 58 years old, and I’ve come to grips with the fact that I truly am my mother’s daughter – I shop sales, use coupons and I consistently feed my family for under $10.  (Yes, I save tinfoil, too!)  It’s a standing joke with my kids that when we sit down to dinner, I make it a point to announce that our meal cost a whopping $2.50 per person.  Even though my two boys are 22 and 24, they still roll their eyes to the heavens when I tell them how cheaply they can eat a home-cooked meal instead of going out (I’m convinced that kids will always roll their eyes, no matter how old they are!)

Instead of going out?  I’m not sure they get it.

The Target flyer arrived on schedule this week, and you can imagine my delight when I saw chicken breasts and grapes on sale – at the same time!  Two of my faves, because I can make a gourmet meal for pennies (you can, too) – and, when served on stylish plates from the Target home goods department, you’ll wonder why you even consider going out to a restaurant!

Ready?  Get ready to have your family lovin’ you and lovin’ life . . .

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grilled Grapes
1 package boneless, Gold ‘n Plump skinless chicken breasts (this week, $3.99/lb)
1 lb red grapes ($1.69/lb)
4 russet potatoes ($.79/lb fresh bulk)
1 12 oz. package baby carrots ($1.49/ package – Green Giant Fresh Baby Supremes)
Cooking oil (canola or olive oil) for brushing on the chicken

Indoor or outdoor grill – it doesn’t matter.


  • Preheat your grill to medium (if you’re using charcoal, the briquettes should be grey with a little black on them.)
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.  Place carrots in a medium bowl, drizzle with some oil, and season with salt and pepper.  (If you happen to have to fresh thyme hanging around, chop some of it and add to the bowl.)  Toss gently and spread the carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Roast for about 25 min.  Remove them from the oven when you take the chicken and grapes off of the grill.
  • While the carrots are in the oven, wash each chicken breast, pat dry, brush with oil and place on the grill for about 6 minutes.  (Don’t mess with it – let the chicken get those gorgeous grill marks!)
  • Wash the grapes and pat dry.  You can prepare the grapes two ways – in small bunches or skewer them on a wet bamboo skewer (make sure you soak the skewers in water – otherwise, they’ll catch fire!) If you’re going the skewer route, about 8 grapes per skewer should do the trick.  FYI – they look really cool if you serve them on the skewer . . .
  • Flip the chicken, place the grapes on the grill, and grill for another 5 or 6 minutes, turning the grapes after 3 minutes.
  • Wash the potatoes and pierce them with a fork (don’t forget this step, because if you don’t pierce the skins, beware of exploding potatoes!)  Pop the spuds in the microwave and cook according to your microwave’s specifications.
  • Remove the chicken and grapes from the grill and let the chicken stand for 4 or 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Yay!  You’re ready to serve!  Slice the chicken breast crosswise into 1-inch medallions (it looks classy that way) and plate with the grapes, carrots and potatoes.  This is a boatload of food, so you’ll probably have some leftovers for the following day.

So, what did this meal cost?  A whopping $8.17 for 4 people– that breaks down to $2.04 per meal! There’s even money left over for dessert – if you have room!

I mean, really.  Does it get much better than that?

Author Byline:

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

Posted: April 6, 2011

What is a price points list? It is your “stock up” price, or the price you see and say “I’m going cuckoo on this deal!”  These prices vary by region, but over the next few days I’ll be posting pointers to set you in the right direction.

Here’s more price point lists:

I included baby items on the drugstore list, since I find usually you can get the best deals on these items there.

Baby Formula (Store Brand) 25 oz $9.99 ($.40 per ounce) Target $18 for 40oz when it is not on sale

Earths Best Baby Formula 25.75 Ounce $25.00 This is normally $30

Baby Shampoo/Conditioner: Free-$1

Body Lotion: Free- $1

Body Wash: Free- $1

Baby wipes: $.99/tub of 72 wipes

Cosmetics: Free when on clearance

Contact Lens Solution (Store Brand) 12 oz $2.50

Contact Lens Solution (Premium) 12 oz $3.50

Deodorant: $.50

Diapers (brand name): $5.50 Jumbo packs  I have seen these go as low as $2.50 though and I suggest buying as many as you can get when it goes below $4 – I try to get them $.13 per diaper or less.

Diapers (Store) Jumbo $4.99/$0.10 ea

Diapers (Training) Jumbo $5.99/$0.10 ea

Diaper Cream (Desitin) 2 oz $1.50

Dish Soap: Free-.49

Dish Detergent (Cascade) $0.03 per oz

Dish Detergent (Electrasol/Finish) 75 oz $1.50

Dish Detergent (Tabs)FREE – $.08each

Fabric Softener (Liquid) 128 oz $1.99

Fabric Softener (Sheets) 80 ct $0.015 or less

Face Wash: Free- $1

Floss: Free

Laundry Soap: $1.50/ 32 loads

Laundry Detergent (Tide) 32-40 ld $4.50 or less

Moisturizer/ Sun Screen: Varies, but Coppertone had some killer deals at the beginning of the summer last year.

Mouthwash: .99

Pads: (feminine) $.75 per box

Shampoo/Conditioner: Free- $3.00 (for higher-quality brands)

Shaving Cream: .50 or less

Razors: Free (I buy the razors and hardly ever buy the cartridges, I just get a new razor for free)

Tampons: 18 ct. $1 or less

Toothpaste: Free-.25

Toilet Paper: $.19 per single roll

Toothbrushes: Free- .99

Thanks to My Frugal Adventures & Savvy Shopper Deals for help in compiling this list. I used ideas from their lists, then adjusted the prices to what I feel is a cuckoo stock up price.

Posted: March 31, 2011

Free sample of Wellness Natural Pet Food for Dogs and Cats!  Thanks, Mamas-Spot!

Also, I have a fun feature I’m thinking of starting in two weeks where I create one list of all the pet food deals at Walmart, Target, Kmart, the nationwide stores.  Is this something anyone would be interested in?

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