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Broccoli Pesto…Yummy…..Really!

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In addition to couponing, I am trying to feed my family more whole, healthy foods.  It’s sort of counter intuitive to couponing, as much of what you get as a coupon queen is processed and/or canned.  In all honestly, if I can get my family to eat whole, healthy foods 1/2 of the time, it will be a big  improvement.  At some point I will try to up it to 80% of the time but I don’t want to shock their contaminated systems. The current goal is to make 3-4 whole, veggie laden meals per week.

Last night I made whole wheat pasta with broccoli pesto.  I thought it was delicious.  The kids were not as excited about it as I was but they did all eat some which was probably more broccoli than any of them have had in 2012.

It was super easy to make and I was able to use a few items I purchased with coupons – the whole grain pasta, broth and mozzarella cheese were all insane deals I brought home thanks to those handy dandy coupons.

I based my recipe on one I found in The Good Housekeeping Family Vegetarian Cook Book but I made quite a few changes.

Here’s what I did:

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

1 package whole wheat rotini

1 head fresh broccoli

1 cup broth (I used beef broth because I had it on hand but I think any broth would do – use vegetable broth if you want to make this a vegetarian recipe)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

1.  Cook pasta per package directions.

2.  Steam broccoli

3. In blender, add cooked broccoli, broth, parm, olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper and blend until smooth.

4. When pasta is cooked, drain, toss with broccoli pesto, mozzarella cheese, sundried tomatoes and serve.  Sprinkle top with extra grated Parmesan.

Leftovers also made quite a tasty lunch!

Peace Out Coupon Scout!

Kate

Why Not Give, Instead of Buy, on Black Friday?

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I have received email after email about the great deals I can get for Black Friday.  Many of these fabulous deals started at 8pm Thursday, THANKSGIVING DAY!!!  Seriously?  Is nothing sacred?  Are we supposed to move our Thanksgiving meals earlier in the day so we can rush out with the hoards of people to trample each other for the one $39 Blu Ray player?

It’s bad enough that soon Christmas decorations will make their appearance on store shelves right after Labor Day.  Can’t one holiday, the one holiday where we are supposed to count our blessings by the way, remain untouched by consumerism?

My family and I went on a Thanksgiving walk yesterday at 1pm.   There were people already in line outside of a Best Buy store that wasn’t opening until midnight.  I couldn’t believe it.  Their entire Thanksgiving was going to be spent in line at a store, instead of with family or friends.   Perhaps these folks don’t have family or friends you say….I answer with, is it any wonder when their priorities are so whacked?  If they were alone on Thanksgiving, these people could have volunteered at a food pantry or soup kitchen.  They could have spent the day holding babies at a hospital or playing games with wards of the state who are relegated to group homes.

The same is true for today, Black Friday.  Why is it so important to get more and more crap?  Maybe we could change Black Friday from a day of buying to a day of giving.  We could change the name to Fabulous Friday and instead of spending 24 hours shopping like turkeys with their heads cut off, we could spend the day helping others.  Now that would be a Freaky Friday indeed.

 

What Do Food Banks Need?

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I did a very unscientific survey online of items that Food Banks need.  Here is what I came up with.  Interestingly, you can extreme coupon to get many of these items.

Baby items – such as formula, baby food, diapers
Baking Supplies – flour, sugar, oil, vanilla, seasonings, etc
Beans, canned & dried
Cake mix & frosting
Canned Fruit
Canned meals such as chili, soup, pasta, Pork & Beans
Canned meats such as chicken, tuna
Canned Tomatoes
Canned Vegetables
Cereal, Cold & Hot
Condiments – ketchup, mayo, mustard
Coffee and tea (including iced tea mix)
100% Fruit Juice
Jelly
Kid friendly convenience foods, like granola bars, individual apple sauces,fruit snacks
Macaroni & cheese
Pasta
Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter
Powdered milk
Processed cheese spread
Rice
Salad dressings
Saltine Crackers
Vegetable oil

Remember, people can’t buy non-food items with food stamps, so even if they are also getting food stamp assistance, items such as the following will come in handy:

Cleaning Products
Feminine products
Laundry soap
Razors and shaving cream
Shampoo
Soap
Toothpaste
Toilet paper

There was one other common theme on the websites.  As we near the holidays, many people will be donating to food pantries.  Many pantries then run out of items by summer. Couponing for good entails the constant picking up of those few extra items each week while at the store….allowing us to give year round and not just as we near the holidays….just one more reason to coupon for good!

What items have you found to donate this week?

Peace Out Coupon Scout.

Kate

This Week’s Haul

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2 boxes of muffin mix ($.36/each)

6 jars of baby foor ($.06/each) (I think my husband panicked when he saw the baby food jars…hee, hee)

3 toothpaste (FREE)

Not a huge haul but every little but adds up, right?

I just received an email from Care 2 Action emphasizing how many charities will be overwhelmed with requests for help as the holidays approach.  Food Banks in particular will be hard hit.

What can you do right now to help?  I know what I’m doing.  I am going to keep on couponing for good.  If I can pick up 10 items each week, that will be close to 100 items by Christmas…see every little bit helps!

If you have any ideas of other simple, easy ways to help others, let me know.  If we all do just a little we really can make the world a better place.

Peace Out Coupon Scout,

Kate

 

 

 

This Week’s Goodies

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There are a few super cheap/free things that are worth picking up and donating this week:

Publix has  Betty Crocker Premium Muffin Mix, on sale as a B1G1 which comes to $1.39/box.  If you use the -.50/1 Betty Crocker box muffin mix from the 9/09 Smart Source insert and your Publix doubles coupons like mine does, these should come out to less that $.39/box.  Certainly worth picking up a few to donate (or keep if you like muffins)

Kroger has a few things worth picking up to donate this week too:

Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue is on sale for $1 a 4 ct.  Use the 25/1 Angel Soft bath tissue PRINTABLE  and with the double coupon, you get a 4 ct for only 50¢.  Yahoo!  The only downside is that you can only print out 2 coupons.

Field or Fischer’s Lunch Meat, Bologna or Hot Dogs, $1.  There is a -.50/1 Fischer’s hot dogs, bologna, lunchmeat in the 8/19 Smart Source insert making these FREE. I LOVE FREE!!!!  Although, I am not sure about donating refrigerated items to the food pantry.  I am going to pick up a bunch of these and find out though.  I’ll post as soon as I get some info.

Once again toothpaste is free – I don’t think I’ve paid for a tube of toothpaste in over a year.  Crest toothpaste is on sale for $1.00 and there is a $0.50 off coupon in the 09-30 Proctor & Gamble insert.  Double that coupon and voila – free toothpaste.  A great item to donate.  Especially since you know there will be free toothpaste again soon.

I hope this list helps you find a few things to donate to a food pantry this week.   I firmly believe that if we all did just a little we could really make a dent in hunger.   We all agree that no one should go hungry, so just grab a few coupons and grab some items to donate.  Click here if you want more info on how you can help end Child Hunger in America

Peace Out Coupon Scout!

Kate

 

SNAP Budget- FAIL

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I haven’t posted for the past few days.  I am embarrassed.  You see, I failed on a SNAP budget.  I truly thought I could do it.  Not only did I think I could do it, I thought it would be fairly easy. HA!  I laugh at myself.

Three days into it and I tossed in the towel.  While it’s true that weekly I don’t usually spend more than $150-$175 at the grocery store, every 4-6 weeks I stock up on things at COSTCO.  Moreover, we eat out once or twice a week -never anything fancy, pizza or sub sandwiches, but not meals that I count in my grocery budget. It makes a difference.  We were not off by lots of money but we were off by enough.  It got complicated and frustrating and I quit.  I am feeling very fortunate that I could just quit.

This experiment not only made it clear to me how hard it is to be on food stamps, it also made me realize how important food banks that can supplement SNAP are and why couponing for good is in fact, a good idea.

For more information on SMAP and protecting it, go here:

http://www.strength.org/blog/snap/stories

I did not find any great couponing freebies this past week but am hoping there will be some good ones in the ads tomorrow.  I’ll keep you posted.  Remember, the food banks need us!

Peace Out Coupon Scout!

Kate

 

Oh SNAP- Day 2

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Today we spent a total of $26.94 on food. So I am still over but much closer to my goal of $24.85/day.

Here’s how Day 2 broke down…

Breakfast was pretty much the same as yesterday, except Jeff only had a yogurt which cost $.39, so our breakfast totalled – $5.74

No morning snack  today so that also saved us a bit.

Lunch: $3.49

Jack made a box of pasta which he ate with parmesan chese- $.99 for the pasta/$.50 for parm – $1.49

I finished yesterdays corn bread – $0.00

Jeff had an Aldi frozen meal $1.99

Afterschool snack – $3.31

We finished off the cookies from yesterday. $0.00

CJ  was obscenely hungry so he also broke into a box of special K crackers which he polished off – $2.99

Jack and Quinn finished off the rest of the pasta that Jack made earlier.  $0.00

Another pitcher of crystal light iced tea – $.32 for the pitcher.

Dinner –

I made BBQ turkey Joes for dinner which cost $9.99

2 pds grd turkey meat $5.98

1 green pepper $.67

1 onion $.30

1 bottle BBQ sauce which I got couponing for $.16

Hamburger buns $.89

Salad – Romaine, tomato, cucumber $2.00

In the interest of full disclosure I have to add an additional $4.00 for dinner.  Jack, Kylie and I went to a PTA meeting at Kylie’s school and the kids ate pizza and I had a diet coke.  Since we are not supposed to be eating out on this I am adding the cost of their 2 pieces of pizza and my diet coke to our total.

We did much better today but were still a few dollars over.  We now have only $97.79 left for the rest of the week.  No longer feeling so confident we are going to make it…YIKES!