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Looking for more than just a weekly menu plan?  Try this MONTHLY menu plan!  I’ve put together a plan for this month based upon common meals that we have at my house.

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What if I don’t cook every night?
Awesome!  I don’t either – we often have leftovers 2-3 night/week.  Just take this basic plan, cut out some meals and make leftovers part of your plan!

What if I don’t want a particular meal on a specific night?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan and swap meals around.

What if I want to see the Excel version?
Awesome!  You can download it here.

What if I don’t eat beef?  Or chicken?  Or pork?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan, remove the foods you won’t eat and put in foods you will eat.

What if I don’t know how to make that meal?
Awesome!  Here are the links for the recipe that I usually use.

What if we always have pizza on Friday nights?
Awesome!  (Can I come over?)  Just remove my Friday meals and put in pizza.

What if I want to plan for more than just dinner?
Awesome!  Feel free to print this out, write out breakfast & lunch meals.  Or you can edit it in Excel and make it your own!

What if I don’t like your recipe?
Awesome!  Use which ever recipe you normally use and just use this basic plan as a suggestion.

What if I have my own monthly menu plan?
Awesome!  Care to share it?  Share it down below in the comments so that we all can see it and be inspired!

What’s cool about this menu plan?
I tried to have a variety of meals each week – some beef, some chicken, some pasta, some soups.  That way you won’t get too bored.  But there are also plenty of ways to save time when using this menu plan.  Examples:  When prepping chicken at the beginning of the month, make enough for the other recipes and freeze it for future use.  When making ground beef, brown 2-3 times the normal amount and freeze that.  It makes it super quick to pull meals together!

Recipes in this menu plan:
Cheeseburgers (I make these on the griddle in the winter time)
Chicken, Green Chile, & Cheese Enchiladas
Tex Mex Chicken Casserole
BLTs
Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Barbeque Beef Sandwiches
Chicken Alfredo Bake
Tacos
Parmesan Baked Pork Chops
Chicken Noodle Soup
Brautwurst
Pepperoni Roll
Pork Tenderloin
Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast
Stuffed French Bread
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Little Meats & Gravy (Beef Stroganoff)
Brunch Casserole
Pizza
Slow Cooker Lasagna
Pizzadillas
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Beef Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Chili
Slow Cooker Ham
Slow Cooker Ham & Bean Soup
Meatloaf
Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole
Ham & Broccoli Strata
Fajitas
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Chicken Pot Pie

Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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Holiday Gift 2014

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Note: All deals considered stock up prices after coupon and store savings will be highlighted in red. Here is a full list of stockpile prices.

Abbreviations:
P&G = Proctor & Gamble insert
SS = Smartsource insert
RP = RedPlum insert

omaha grocery deals

ALDI
Appleton Farms half ham $1.59/lb
Appleton Farms spiral sliced half ham $1.99/lb
Butterball turkey, 10-22 lb $1.19/lb
Kirkwood boneless turkey breast, 48 oz $8.99
Specially selected spiral cut double glazed brown sugar ham $2.19/lb
Celery large stalk $0.69 each
Del Monte bananas $0.33/lb
Honeycrisp apples 2 lb pack $1.98 or $0.99/lb
Navel oranges 4 lb pack $1.68 or $0.42/lb
Pineapple $1.29 each
Russet potatoes 10 lb bag $1.49 or $0.15/lb
Burman’s yellow mustard, 20 oz $0.79
Chef’s cupboard homestyle turkey gravy, 12 oz $0.89
Countryside creamery butter quarters, unsalted or salted 16 oz $2.29
Millville protein chewy bars, 7.1 oz $1.99
Nature’s Nectar orange juice from concentrate, 64 oz $1.69
Season’s Choice crinkle cut potatoes, 32 oz $1.69
Season’s Choice potato puffs, 32 oz $1.69

BAG’N SAVE & NO FRILLS SUPERMARKETS
85% lean ground beef $3.99/lb
Bacon, frozen sold in 5 lb box $2.49/lb
Farmland bone-in pork chops $1.49/lb
Farmland Rib, loin, thick cut pork chops, bone-in pork loin or roast $1.99/lb
Jonagold apples $0.99/lb
7Up or Dr pepper 6 pack 1/2 liter bottles $1.88
7Up Ten products 2 liter bottles $0.79 ($0.25-$1 printable coupon = as low as FREE. Note: No Frills/Bag’N Save will not accept coupons that exceed value of item, however this can be price matched at Walmart)
Betty Crocker supermoist cake mix, 15.25 oz $0.99 ($0.75/2 printable coupon or here = $0.61 each)
Blue Bonnet spread 1 lb $0.79
Blue Bunny ice cream, 128 oz $3.99
Carl Buddig wafer lunch meats 2 oz $0.60 ($1/5 printable coupon or from 11/2/14 SS = $0.40 each)
DiGiorno rising crust pizza, 18.3-34.2 oz $4.77 ($1 printable coupon = $3.77)
Hawaiian Punch 128 oz $1.97
Hiland sour cream or dip 16 oz $1.67 ($0.30 coupon from 11/2/14 SS or printable here = $1.37)
Jiffy corn muffin mix 8.5 oz $0.50
Lay’s potato chips 9.5-10 oz $1.99
Little Debbie Christmas snacks 5.2-12.5 oz $1.25
Malt O Meal cereal 10-12 oz Tootie Fruities, Frosted mini spponers, frosted flakes or cinnamon toasters $0.88
Michelina’s frozen meals 5.5-9 oz $0.79 ($1/5 printable coupon = $0.59 each)
Red Baron classic crust pizz 14.75-22.63 oz $3.00 ($1/2 printable coupon = $2.50 each)
Rotella’s Vienna bread, 17 oz $0.99
SpinBlend salad dressing 32 oz $1.68
Our Family chicken noodle or tomato soup 10.5-10.75 oz $0.50
Our Family coffee singles, 12 ct $4.99 ($0.50 printable coupon = $4.49)
Our Family gallon milk, skim, 1% or 2%, limit 2 $2.49
Our Family flour 5 lb $1.49
Our Family liquid drink enhancer 1.62 oz $2.29 ($0.50 printable coupon = $1.79)
Our Family sugar 4 lb $1.49

***Bag’N Save & No Frills one-day sale – Friday Only***
Donuts, dozen $3.99
Farmland bacon, 12-16 oz $2.88 ($1 printable coupon = $1.88)
Farmland pork sausage links or rolls 8-12 oz $0.98 ($1 printable coupon = FREE, Note: No Frills/Bag’N Save will not accept coupons that exceed value of item, but you can price match this deal at Walmart)
Halos clementine tangerines, 5 lb $5.99 ($0.50 coupon from 11/16/14 SS = $5.49)
Tyson deli hand breaded fresh chicken or baked 8 piece chicken $4.99

BAKER’S
Tyson boneless chicken breasts, frozen, sold in 3 lb bag $1.66/lb
Mandarins, 3 lb bag $3.99
Red tomatoes on the vine $1.49/lb
California Pizza kitchen, 11.9-34.2 oz $4.99
Cheetos or Fritos 8-9.75 oz $2.00
Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7Up or Dr Pepper 2 liter bottle $1 each when you buy 6
General Mills cereal, 9-13.1 oz $1.49 (Save $3 when you buy 2, $0.75 Trix printable, $1/2 Chex printable, $1/3 coupon from 11/16/14 SS, more coupons here, here, here or here = as low as $0.74 if Trix is included in sale)
Progresso soup, 18.5-19 oz $1.00 ($1/4 printable coupon, here, here or here, $0.50/2 coupon from 10/19/14 SS or 11/2/14 SS= $0.75 each)
Dillon’s milk, Vit D, 2%, 1% or skim gallon $2.50
Kroger cheese, 6-8 oz or natural slices 6 oz $2.00
Kroger orange juice gallon $2.50
Kroger saltine crackers, 15-16 oz $1.00

FAREWAY
Armour meatballs 14 oz $2.49
Fareway breakfast or Italian pork sausage, limit 20 lbs $1.99/lb (with in-ad coupon)
Farmland rope sausage 11-14 oz $2.50
Seasoned boneless pork roast $2.49/lb
Bartlett pears $0.99/lb
Dole classic romaine 9 oz, greener selection 12 oz or spinach 8 oz $0.99
Grapefruit $0.50 each
Green cabbage $0.49/lb
Cameron K-Cups 12 ct box $4.99
Fireside marshmallow, 10 oz bag $0.89
Kraft handi snacks pudding, 4 ct $0.99
Land O Lakes cottage cheese, 22 oz $1.99
Mrs Clarks apple juice, 64 oz bottle $1.67
Mrs grimes chili beans, 30 oz can $0.99
Pillsbury cake mix, 15.25 oz box, excludes angel food $0.99 ($0.35 coupon from 11/2/14 RP = $0.64)
Pillsbury muffin mix, 7.6-8.1 oz pouch $1.00
Sunbelt granola bars, 10 ct box $2.00 ($0.55 printable coupon, $0.35 coupon from 10/19/14 SS = as low as $1.45)
Swiss Miss hot cocoa mix, 10 ct box $1.00 ($1/3 coupon from 10/19/14 SS or 11/9/14 SS = $0.67 each)
Fareway corn syrup, 32 oz jar $2.29
Fareway soy or worcester sauce, 10 oz $0.99

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Favorite Holiday Recipe – Ranch Snack Crackers!

These little crackers are great for bringing to a potluck or a football party.  Maybe for the Day-After-Thanksgiving when you’re watching the Huskers play?  Or New Year’s Eve when you’re ringing in the new year?

I like them because they make a lot, so you always have plenty.  And because they keep so well in plastic storage containers.  You can even make them 2,3 or 4 days ahead of your event because while they’re great warm, they’re just as good room temperature!

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Ranch Snack Crackers

Ingredients:
24-32 ounces of oyster crackers (2 bags usually is enough)
1 tsp dill weed
1 cup vegetable oil
¼ tsp lemon pepper
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 pkg. ranch dip

Directions:

  1. Mix all well in a large bowl until crackers are covered.
  2. Spread on a cookie sheet.  (I usually use two so that they aren’t too crowded.)
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 250 until crackers are slightly brown.  Enjoy!

Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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Favorite Holiday Recipe – Watergate Salad!

Watergate Salad.  Do you know why it’s called Watergate Salad?  It’s because the King of Watergate, back in 1762 discovered that Cool Whip and pineapple were a delightful combination.  He had it served to all his visiting dignitaries and after that, he always got exactly what he wanted.

Okay, so I made that story up.  I have no idea why it’s called Watergate Salad.  But I still love it.  And I still think of it as a Thanksgiving or Christmas dish.  Not sure why, but I do.  And I also love the fact that it’s served cold and best made the day before serving it.  Saving you time the day of a busy holiday!

Here’s the recipe my family has always used.

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Watergate Salad

Ingredients:
16-19 oz whipped topping (2 8 ounce containers of Cool Whip are perfect)
1 (3.5 oz) pkg pistachio instant pudding (the smaller size)
1 lb pan crushed pineapple (this is slightly less than the cans I find in the store these days; you can use all of it or most of the can)
½ cup nuts (optional)
1 cup mini marshmallows

Directions:

  1. In bowl, combine pudding mix and whipped topping.  Add pineapple, marshmallows, and nuts.  Refrigerate overnight.

Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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Many of you followed my 5K journey and have been asking when I will run my next race. I’m excited to announce I’ll be participating in my 2nd ever 5K run but with a holiday twist.

The “Ugly Sweater” 5K run/walk will return for it’s 3rd year to Omaha on Sunday December 14 at 11 am! This is a family friendly run taking place in Downtown Omaha with holiday themed stations every mile and great prizes. Each Ugly Sweater runner will receive a custom vintage knit hat, unlimited hot chocolate and one Winter Lager (21 and up).

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The cost to participate is $30-40 per runner with an optional donation to Save the Children. Kids under 5 run free. Here’s the best part – you get to wear your ugliest Holiday sweater for the run! I’m already looking forward to seeing all the great outfits. What are you waiting for? Register now!

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive 4 FREE entries for the “Ugly Sweater” Run in Omaha on Sunday 12/14/14 @ 11 am. You can run with your entire family or ask a few friends to join you!

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This sale includes a full year of All You Magazine for only $5, that’s only $0.42 an issue. All You Magazine always has great tips and includes manufacturer coupons in every issue! This sale runs 11/24-11/26 and includes other great magazine titles all for the low cost of $5 each.

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Stock up on lots of baking supplies this week!  Time to get some butter in that deep freeze of mine!  Make sure you look at Nicole’s list of what’s on sale this week for all the good deals, but here are some menu suggestions for this week.

Main Dishes

  • Chicken Broccoli Crescent Roll Ring – 4 ingredients??!  And uses a lot of things that are on sale this week?  Sign me up!
  • Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup – This is still one of my favorite recipes – I’m working on perfecting a crockpot version of it.  But it is awesome!
  • Italian Sausage Lasagna Rolls – This is another great use for the Italian sausage that’s on sale at Fareway.  I’d make a big, big pan (or two) out of it and have it for leftovers.  With the holidays coming, simplify your pre-holiday menu!
  • Parmesan Baked Pork Chops – I just picked up some pork chops that were on Manager’s Special, so this recipe just went on our menu.
  • Marinated Chicken Breast – 2 ingredients.  2!  Great family friendly chicken recipe that goes with pretty much any side dishes.

Wanna spice up your biscuits?  Here’s a recipe for you – okay, yes, it’s practically the same recipe as the famous “Red Lobster” biscuits, but there’s a fun addition – jalapeno!  It makes them the perfect side for taco soup or another mexican dish.  Wanna keep it traditional?  Just omit the jalapeno!

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Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits

Ingredients:
2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk
1 cup cheddar  (try pepper jack instead for an additional kick!)
3-4 jalapeno slices, finely chopped (I use the ones that are already sliced in the condiment section)
½ cup butter (optional)
¼ tsp garlic powder (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450.
  2. Mix bisquick, milk, and cheese until soft dough forms.  Beat vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
  5. (optional, but take them from good to great!) Mix butter and garlic powder, brush over warm biscuits before removing from baking sheet.  Serve warm.

Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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Holiday Gift 2014
I love family game night and am always looking for unique games that will engage my kids! The Haywire Group has two games I’m excited to play with the kids, including DICEcapades! 2nd Edition and Bodydoodles The Tatoo Guessing Game.

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DICEcapades is a card game, a dice game, a trivia game, an action game and well, it’s just a game with about anything and everything in it, which is why it’s perfect for everyone. You may find yourself in a staring contest, answering obscure trivia or balancing dice on your hand while standing on one foot – you never know what your turn will bring (hint: you might want to start working on your hand charades skills!). DICEcapades! isn’t just the luck of the dice – it’s also the smarts of the roller.

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Do your kids draw on themselves, like mine do? Are they just plain creative or want to be? If so, you need Bodydoodles The Tattoo Guessing Game, this popular game for kids will channel that creative energy in a fun safe drawing game where your body is the canvas. It’s as easy as drawing a body card and a doodle card, picking the player you want to tattoo and drawing. Using the skin safe markers, a player draws the doodle on the chosen player while all the other players try to guess what is being drawn. Points are earned by the drawer and the guesser. Perfect for get-togethers with friend, sleepovers, birthday parties and anytime a child says, “Mom, I don’t have anything to do.”

For more exciting games from The Haywire Group – FREE Shipping through 12/31/2014, visit www.haywiregroup.com. Use promo code: FREESHIPPING50

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