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Last week, I announced the Winter Fitness Challenge with P90X and I’m working hard with great results! I just completed two full weeks of P90X and have lost 5 pounds already!


Oh, The Pain
I’m not going to lie, my body hurts in places I didn’t even realize I had muscles! I have been physically fit most of my life, including seven years of military experience, but P90X is more challenging and rigorous than any workout program I’ve ever done. The first week of P90X was painful (in a good way). I remind myself the sore feeling is my body changing. Right?

In the second week, I did feel a slight pull in my abdominal muscles and chose to skip two of the 15 minute Ab Ripper X routines. While I want to challenge myself during this journey, I don’t want to injure myself. I do listen to my body and know when I need a rest.

The Determination
I can’t do a pull-up, not even 1/2 a pull-up on my own. In fact, I look ridiculous even attempting to do a pull-up. I huff and puff and use all my might, veins popping out of my head, and only pull myself up an inch or two. It would probably make a pretty funny You Tube video.

Currently, I use a chair to assist me with the pull-ups, but I am determined to be able to do at least one full unassisted pull-up at the end of these 13 weeks! The people on the videos make it look easy pumping out 15-20 pull-ups without breaking a sweat, but pull-ups are tough. I will get there!

p90x pull ups

The Dedication
The P90X program is intense and most of the workouts are around an hour or more in length. I have three young kids, work from home during the day and teach classes several nights a week, so I have to carefully plan my workouts every day. Every night, I calculate how long the workout will be, look at my schedule and decide when I will fit in a workout the next day. I try to get it done in the morning while my youngest child is at preschool, but occasionally the workout doesn’t happen until after the kids go to bed.

Fitness isn’t something that just happens, it something you fit into your life. If something’s important, you find time to make it a reality. There’s so much I could be doing instead of working out (like writing or cleaning), but I’m choosing to use my time to get fit and healthy and make ‘me’ the priority. After nine wonderful years of being at home raising kids, it’s time for me to bring it and that’s just what I’m going to do!

Are you joining the Winter Fitness Challenge? How do you fit exercise into your busy day?

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Beachbody or P90X. I am not a trainer or doctor and recommend you always follow your doctor’s advice. This is just me sharing my fitness journey and I hope you join me.




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There are some great deals at all kinds of stores this week!  What?  You didn’t know that?  Well, check out Nicole’s list of what’s on sale this week and then you’ll know!  And pick up some of that great produce on sale to make veggie trays, banana bars, blueberry cream cheese bread or just to munch on!

Using some of those sale items, here are some menu suggestions.

Main Dishes 

  • Oven Baked Barbeque Chicken Thighs – Chicken!  In the oven!  With BBQ sauce!  Get in my belly!  This easy recipe is quick to pull together.
  • Brautwurst – Don’t have a grill?  No problem!  Bake them in the oven!  Growing up, I loved to dip my brautwurst in ranch dressing.  Try it – you’ll like it!
  • Crockpot Chicken Tacos – This recipe is meant to make chicken for chicken tacos, but I like using any leftover chicken in Skillet Nachos.
  • Spaghetti Pie – My sister calls this Pizza Pie, but whatever you call it, it’s a baked pasta dish that you can add all kinds of toppings to – whatever suits you and your family.
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Just put it in the slow cooker and let it turn your house into an awesome smelling haven!

I’m always looking for good ways to serve vegetables – are you?  If so, here’s a good one for you.  They’re called Spanish Style Green beans and I don’t know where I got the recipe, but it’s a keeper!  They go well with lots of dishes, not just Mexican ones.  And this recipe doubles or triples really easily too – just keep multiplying the amount of beans and tomatoes that you use.


Spanish Style Green Beans

2 cans of green beans, drained (French style or cut – use cooked-but-used-to-be-frozen green beans instead, if desired)
1 can of diced tomatoes, not drained (I like the petite cut diced tomatoes myself)
¼ – ½ onion, diced
Garlic or garlic powder (optional, but yummy!)
Olive oil


  1. In sauce pan, put a little bit of olive oil on medium and start cooking the diced onion.  Add in a little bit of garlic or garlic powder.  Just for a couple of minutes to get them started softening.
  2. Add in the green beans and tomatoes.
  3. Stir.
  4. Put the lid on and let cook for about 20-30 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
  5. Eat!

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to two little boys and a third boy due in April 2015. 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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Starting February 6, 2015 you can download two free tickets for family movies at participating Marcus theaters. Cost without the pass is only $2 per ticket. The family movies will run Friday, Saturday or Sunday mornings at 10 am.

free marcus tickets

Here’s the lineup of movies they will play:

Feb 6-8 How to Train Your Dragon 2
Feb 13-15 The Lego Movie
Feb 20-22 BoxTrolls
Feb 27-28 & March 1 Dolphin Tale 2
March 6-8 The Book of Life
March 13-15 Annie
March 20-22 Penguins of Madagascar

Concession Specials – $2.75 Popcorn & $2.75 Soda

Just check out this website to print your two free tickets and find a list of participating Marcus Theatres. In Omaha, the Village Point Cinema and in Bellevue, Twin Creek Cinema are participating in this winter film series.


Eat From Your Freezer Challenge! Week 3!

I’m making progress on getting my freezer levels to a manageable state!  Here’s my first week’s post and my second week’s post.

Just like last week, I haven’t seen any huge miracles in my freezer.  So I’m kind of disappointed by that, but as I look back at the meals I made, there was something that was from the freezer.  I’m definitely working on my goal and haven’t fallen off the wagon.  It’s simply a reflection of how far 1 package of chicken will go, considering my family size.  And it’s a reflection of the fact that using a couple of bags of chocolate chips doesn’t reduce much volume.  But I’ll keep trucking along!

This week:

  • Leftovers really went a long way this week.  I made a roast, chicken stir fry, a chicken pasta dish and chicken fajitas for dinners this week. The roast alone got us 3 meals.
  • We normally have a friend over for dinner on Monday nights (read: a 40-year old bachelor who gets 1 home cooked meal a week) and I’ve realized how much more food I prepare on those nights than on others.  Mostly because adding 1 adult to 1 meal almost doubles the amount of food that I need.  This past week (and this upcoming week), he won’t be coming to dinner.  That’s an impact.
  • I do think it’ll take another week before the freezer will be in a “good enough” state to start organizing better.
  • Here’s my rough list of what we were able to eat:

o   4 pounds chicken
o   3 pound roast
o   1 roll of pork sausage
o   1 package of pre-cooked ground beef (roughly 1 pound)
o   1 4-lb boneless ham (but I haven’t cooked it yet)
o   ½ huge bag of stir fry veggies
o   2 bags of shredded cheese
o   3 bags of frozen veggies
o   1 pound of butter
o   1 carton of ice cream
o   2 frozen dinners
o   2 bags of chocolate chunks (I made monster cookies!)
o   1 bag of left-over-from-Halloween fun-size Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (made into fudge!)
o   2 bags of left-over-from-Halloween fun-size Snickers bars (just brought them into work)

  • BUT….Here’s what I added to the freezer this week:

o   3 bags of frozen veggies

That’s it!  I feel pretty good about not adding much to the freezer.  I just saw some veggies on sale at the store that I knew we didn’t have, so I bought them. When it comes to veggies, I strive (but usually fail at) for variety!

So what’s it look like?

Here’s an updated picture!  It’s getting there!  I have a couple of meals this week that I’m planning on making that will use up some of the “bulkier” items, so that will help with volume.


How are you doing on your goals this month?

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to two little boys and a third boy due in April 2015. 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.


Omaha Area Grocery Deals 1/21/15 – 1/27/15

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.

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

omaha grocery deals

Chicken drumsticks family pack $0.89/lb
Parkview cocktail sausages 14 oz $1.99
Pork sirloin roast $1.99/lb
Blackberries 6 oz pack $0.99
Blueberries pint $0.99
Brocolli 16 oz $0.99
Cauliflower $0.99 each
Del Monte bananas $0.33/lb
Green Peppers, 3 ct 20 oz $1.29
Burman’s hot sauce 12 oz $0.89
Casa Mamita mild or medium salsa 24 oz $1.49
Casa Mamita salsa con queso 15 oz $1.99
Clancy’s big dippers tortilla chips 10 oz $1.79
Clancy’s cheese dip 15 oz $1.99
Clancy’s cheddar and sour cream ridged potato chips 9 oz $1.49
Clancy’s corn chips 9.25 oz $0.89
Clancy’s kettle chips 8.5 oz $1.79
Clancy’s potato chips 9.5-10 oz $1.49
Clancy’s tortilla chips nacho cheese or ranch 11 oz $1.19
Fit & active or tuscan garden dressing 16 oz $1.29
Friendly Farms french onion or veggie ranch dip 16 oz $1.29
Friendly Farms plain nonfat Greek yogurt 32 oz $3.89
Savoritz round crackers wheat or buttery 14.2-15.1 oz $1.49
SimplyNature organic salsa 16 oz $1.69

85% lean ground turkey $2.99/lb
93% lean ground turkey 16 oz $3.99
99% lean ground turkey breast 16 oz $4.99
Boneless pork halff loin sold whole in bag $1.99/lb
Heritage Farm whole chicken drumsticks or thighs, bone-in $0.99/lb
Hormel Black label or natural choice bacon 12-16 oz $3.50 ($1/2 Black label printable coupon = $3.00 each)
Kroger tilapia filets 12 oz frozen $3.00
Wild caught swordfish steaks or Mahi Mahi fillets frozen $5.99/lb
D’Anjour, red or bosc pears $0.99/lb
Organic kale $0.99 bunch
Simple truth organic fresh herbs .66 oz $2.29
Strawberries 16 oz $2.00
Campbell’s chunky soup 18.6-19 oz $1.25 ($0.50/3 printable coupon, $0.50/2 printable coupon = as low as $1.00 each)
Campbell’s homestyle soup 18.6-19 oz $1.25 ($0.50/2 printable coupon, $0.75/2 printable coupon = as low as $0.87 each)
Ocean Spray juice cocktail 64 oz $1.50 each when you buy 4
Softsoap liquid hand soap 7.5 oz $0.89 ($0.35 coupon from 1/18/15 SS = $0.54)
Speed Stick or lady speed stick deodorant 1.4-1.8 oz $0.89 ($0.50 Lady Speed coupon for 1.8 oz only = as low as $0.39 if included in sale)
Vitamin water 20 or smartwater sport cap 700 ml $0.88
Dillons milk Vit D, 2% or skim or kroger chocolate milk gallon $2.50
Kroger cottage cheese, sour cream or dip 16 oz $1.50
Kroger greek yogurt 5.3 oz $0.79
Kroger saltines 15-16 oz $1.25

***Baker’s Mega Sale***
Purchase 6 mix-and-match items, save $3 instantly at checkout. Participating deals featured in the weekly ad include (Note: Price listed is after discount):

7up, 2 liter bottles $0.75 ($1.50 off 2 pops and 1 cheez-it or pringles = Only $0.99 for 2 pops and 1 pringles)
Barilla pasta 12-16 oz $0.89
California Pizza kitchen 12.7-34.2 oz $3.99
Del monte tomatoes 14.5 oz can $0.89
DiGiorno pizza 12.7-34.2 oz $3.99 ($2/2 printable coupon = $2.99 each)
Garden burger 10 oz $2.69
General Mills cereal 9-13.1 oz $1.99 ($0.50 cheerios coupon, $0.75 wheaties coupon, $1/2 chex coupon, $0.50 cinnamon toast crunch, up to $1 off coupons printable here, here, here or here = as low as $0.99)
Hot or Lean pockets 2 ct $1.49
Kashi entree 9-10 oz $2.69
Kashi GoLean cereal 13.1-14 oz $2.49 ($1.50 Baker’s digital coupons = $1.74 each)
Kashi snack bars 6-12 ct $2.49
Kleenex facial tissue 50-160 ct $0.99 ($0.50/3 coupon from 1/11/15 SS or $1/3 printable coupon = as low as $0.66 each)
Kraft Easy Mac or Velveeta Shells & cheese 1.9-2.39 oz cup $0.49
Listerine mouth wash 500 ml $2.99 ($1 printable coupon = $1.99)
MorningStar Farms meatless entree 5.25-12 oz $2.99 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s Reward points = $1.99)
Nabisco or Ritz snack crackers 3.5-13.7 oz $1.79 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/18/15 SS = $1.41 each)
Odwalla bar 2 oz $0.49
Pepperidge Farms goldfish crackers 6.6-8 oz $0.99
Pringles 5.33-6.63 oz $0.99 ($1.50 off two 7up 2 liter or 12 pack and 1 pringles = only $0.99 for 2 pops and 1 pringles)
Ragu pasta sauce 16-24 oz $1.19 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/4/15 RP = $0.81 each)
Resource naturals spring water liter $0.49
Viva paper towels 1 big rolls $0.99 ($0.50/2 printable coupon = $0.74 each)

80% lean ground beef $2.99/lb
Bone-in assorted pork chops $1.79/lb
USDA Choice arm roast or arm steak $3.99/lb
Dole classic salad or coleslaw mix 12-14 oz $0.88
Grimmway Farms baby carrots 16 oz $0.99
Jumbo california navel oranges $0.77/lb
Taylor Farms organic romaine hearts 3 ct $2.99
Angel Soft bath tissue 4 rolls $1.00 ($0.45 coupon from 1/4/15 RP = $0.55)
Angel soft facial tissue 75-165 ct $1.00 ($0.50/2 printable coupon = $0.75 each)
Baileys coffee creamer 16 oz $1.50
Birds Eyes steamfresh or original vegetables 10.8-16 oz $1.00
Coca-Cola products 12 pack can or 8 pack 12 oz bottles $2.96 each when you buy 3
Del Monte fruit to go 4 pack or fruit bursts 12.8 oz $1.97 ($1/2 printable coupon = $1.47 each)
Hiland milk gallon, 2%, 1%, skim or vit D $2.48
Hunt’s snack pack pudding 4 ct $1.00
Pillsbury Grands biscuits 16.3-17.3 oz $1.00 ($0.30/2 coupon from 1/4/15 SS, 12/7/14 SS, 11/23/14 SS or 11/7/14 SS, $0.40 printable here, here, or here = as low as $0.60)
Powerade 12 packs 12 oz bottles $4.99
Progresso vegetable classics 18-19 oz $1.00 ($0.50/2 coupon from 12/7/14 SS or 1/4/15 SS, $0.50/2 printable coupon = $0.75 each)
Roma original style pizzas 12.1-14.1 oz $2.00
Smart Ones classic favorites 4.4-11.6 oz $1.67 ($1/5 coupon from 1/11/15 RP = $1.47 each)
Tippy Toes diapers 62-84 ct $13.99 ($2 printable coupon = $11.99)
Tippy Toes wipes 216 ct $5.49 ($0.50 printable coupon = $4.99)
Village Hearth 100% wheat bread 20 oz $1.88 ($0.55 printable coupon = $1.33)
Our Family aluminum foil, 25 sq ft $1.00
Our Family baking chips 12 oz $1.77
Our Family canned chicken breast 5 oz $1.00
Our Family English muffins 12 oz $1.00
Our Family frosting 16 oz $1.37
Our Family marshmallows 10-10.5 oz $1.00
Our Family quick skillet dinners 5.2-6.4 oz $1.00
Our Family quick oats 18 oz $1.50
Our Family relish 9-10 oz $1.00
Our Family ricotta cheese 15 oz $1.99
our Family soda, 12 pack cans $2.50
Our Family soft shell tortillas 6 inch 10 oz $1.00
Our Family sugar 4 lb $1.99
Our Family whipped topping 8 oz $0.99
OUr Family squeeze mustard 20 oz $1.00
Our Family worcestershire sauce 10 oz $1.25

***Bag’N Save & No Frills Deal***
Buy 3 participating mix-and-match Kellogg’s item, save $3.00 instantly at checkout. Participating products include (Note: Price listed is after discount):

Keebler Fudge Shoppe cookies 6.6-15 oz $1.49 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s Reward points = $0.99)
Keebler Zesta saltines 16 oz $1.49 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s Reward points = $0.49)
Kellogg’s cereal, Froot loops, apple jacks or honey smacks 15.3-17 oz $1.99 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s Reward points , up to $0.50 printable coupon, $1/3 coupon from 1/11/15 RP= as low as $0.99
Kellogg’s Special K bars, crisps or moments 4.4-4.9 oz $1.99 ($1/2 bars printable coupon = as low as $0.99)

***Bag’N Save & No Frills 4-day sale, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Only ***
7Up or Dr Pepper products 6 pack 1/2 liter bottles $1.67
Our Family butter 1 lb quarters $1.88
Our Family boneless skinless chicken breast 3 lb frozen bag $4.89

85% lean ground beef, sold in 10 lb rolls, limit 2 rolls $3.79/lb with in-ad coupon
Armour Eckrich fully cooked meatballs regular or italian 14 oz $2.00
Aqua Star raw shrimp 21 oz 31-40 ct $4.99
Bar S brand hot dogs 12 oz $0.88
Boneless skinless chicken breast, limit 10 lbs $1.88/lb
Farmland smoked sausage 11-14 oz $2.50
Gold N Plump frozen chicken wings 3 lb bag $6.99 ($1 printable coupon = $5.99)
Hormel Little sizzlers, regular or maple 12 oz $1.25
Del Monte pineapple $2.48 each
Dole classic coleslaw mix 14 oz $0.88
Fresh green beans $0.99/lb
Jonagold apples $0.68/lb
Texas Rio Star red grapefruit 3 lb bag $0.99
Yellow onions 3 lb bag $0.99
Anderson Erickson sour cream 8 oz $0.89
Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix 10.25 oz pouch $0.90
Betty Crocker muffin mixes blueberry, chocolate chip or triple berry 6.5 oz pouch $0.90
Betty Crocker pizza crust mix 6.5 oz $0.77
Blue Diamond almond breeze almond milk, 32 oz $1.98
Crystal Light drink mix, 10-12 quart $2.00 ($1/2 coupon from 1/4/15 SS = $1.50 each)
Dean’s dips, french onion, guacamole, ranch or light french onion 12-16 oz $1.50 ($1 printable coupon = $0.50)
Healthy Choice soup 15 oz can $1.00 ($1/4 printable coupon = $0.75 each)
Kellogg’s pop tarts 6-8 ct $1.88 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s Reward points , $1/3 printable coupon = as low as $0.88)
Ken’s salad dressing 16 oz $1.67 ($1/2 coupon from 1/11/15 SS = $1.17 each)
Nabisco oreo cookies 11-15 oz $2.50 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/18/15 SS = $2.12 each)
Old Orchard apple blends 64 oz $1.50
Pillsbury cake mix 15.25 oz box $1.28
Pillsbury ready to spread frosting 12-16 oz $1.58
Puff’s facial tissue, basic, ultra or plush 56-64 ct cube $1.00 ($0.25 printable coupon or $0.25/3 from 12/28/14 P&G = as low as $0.75)
Malt-O Meal cereal, frosted spooners, golden puffs or blueberry colossal crunch 12-14 oz bag $0.77
Ruby Red grapefruit cocktails 64 oz $1.50
Tide simply clean & fresh, daybreak fresh or refreshing breeze 40 oz $2.99
Tombstone brick oven or original crust pizza 12 inch $3.33
Tony’s single serve or pizzeria style pizza 8-15.6 oz $2.00 ($0.75/2 pizzeria style printable coupon = as low as $1.62 each)
Yoplait yogurt, excludes Greek 4-6 oz $0.40 ($0.40/6 or $0.50/8 coupon from 1/4/15 SS = as low as $0.34 each)
Fareway ice cream 1.75 quart $2.49 ($0.75 Ibotta rebate = $1.74)
Fareway sandwich bread white or wheat 24 oz loaf $1.18
Fareway vegetable blends or stir frys 14-16 oz $1.33

***Fareway Deal***
Buy 5 participating mix and match Kraft items, save $4.00 with in-ad coupon. Participating deals include (Note: price listed is after discount):

Capri Sun drinks 10 pk, excludes 100% or Super V $1.69
Kraft American singles 24 slices $2.99
Kraft BBQ sauce 17.5-18 oz $0.99
Kraft Easy mac or Velveeta shells and cheese 4 pack cups $2.79
Kraft string cheese 9-12 oz $2.99
Maxwell House or Yuban coffee 28-31 oz $5.88 ($1 Maxwell House Snap rebate = $4.88)
Oscar Mayer bacon regular or thick 1 lb pack $3.99
Oscar Mayer deli tubs or chicken strips 6-9 oz tub $2.19
Velveeta regular, queso, 2% or sharp cheddar 2 lb loaf $5.99 ($0.55 coupon from 1/18/15 SS = $5.44)

Bar-S corn dogs 3 lb $5.88 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Farmland boneless ham 2.5 lb $6.99
Farmland jumbo franks 16 oz $1.33 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Farmland sausage 12 oz roll or 3 oz links $1.00
Hy-Vee split chicken breast value pack $0.99/lb
Bunny-Luv organic juicing carrots 10 lb bag $6.99
Dole salad blends 5-12 oz $2.00 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Earthbound Farms organic salad 5 oz $2.99 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver)
Grimmway farms whole california carrots 2 lb $1.28 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee russet potatoes 5 lb bag $0.99
Personal seedless watermelon $3.88 each
7UP Ten 12 pack cans or 7Up 12 pack cans or bottles $3.67 (Buy 3 at 3/$11, get one FREE with in-ad coupon on page 15 = $2.75 each, $1.50 off 12 pack and 1 cheez it or pringles printable coupon)
Betty Crocker cake mix 15.25-16.25 oz $1.18
Bounty Basic paper towels 6 big rolls or 8 regular rolls $4.98 ($0.25 printable coupon or from 12/28/14 P&G = $4.73)
Charmin basic bathroom tissue 12 double rolls $4.98 ($0.55 printable coupon or $0.25 coupon from 12/28/14 P&G = $4.43)
Chobani Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz $0.88 ($1/3 Simply 100 Ibotta rebate = as low as $0.55 each)
Coke products 2 liter bottles $0.88
Era laundry detergent 50 oz $2.50 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver)
Finish detergent 12-20 ct 8.45 or 75 oz or Jet Dry rinse aid 6.76 or 8.45 oz $2.99 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $2.15 detergent coupon from 1/4/15 SS = $0.84 each)
Fritos, cheetos or rold gold pretzels 7-16 oz $1.97
Handi-foil basics pans 1-3 ct $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hunt’s pasta sauce 24 oz $0.88
Knorr sides 3.8-6.4 oz $0.90
Kraft BBQ sauce 17.5-18 oz $0.99
Kraft shredded or chunk cheese 7-8 oz, limit 2 $2.00 (2/$4 with in-ad coupon, $1/2 printable coupon = $1.50 each)
Michelina’s or Zap’ems entrees 4-9.5 oz $0.69 ($1/5 printable coupon = $0.49 each)
Red Baron pizza or snacks 7.2-23.45 oz limit 4 $2.50 ($1/2 printable coupon or from 1/18/15 SS = $2.00 each)
Tippy Toes baby food 4 oz $0.50
Totino’s pizza rolls 15 ct, 7.5 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee apple juice or grape cocktail 12 oz frozen concentrate $1.33
Hy-Vee cereal 12-18 oz $2.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee fabric softener sheets 70-80 sheets $2.00 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee green beans or corn 14.5-15.25 oz cans, limit 6 $0.38
Hy-Vee instant oatmeal 7.9-15.1 oz $1.18
Hy-Vee jumbo biscuits 16 oz $1.67 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-vee macaroni & cheese original 7.25 oz $0.50
Hy-Vee pasta 12-16 oz $0.77
Hy-Vee pop 12 pack 12 oz cans $2.50 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee sandwich bread white or wheat 24 oz $0.88
Hy-Vee skillet meal 5.6-8.25 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee sour cream 24 oz $1.99 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee toaster pastries 8 ct 14.7 oz $1.67 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee tomato ketchup 24 oz $1.18 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee tortilla chips, cheese snacks or party mix 9.5-13.6 oz $1.67 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee whole strawberries or mango chunks 16 oz $2.50 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)

***Hy-Vee 4-Day Sale, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday***
These are all in-ad coupons found in the outer insert of the food express bundles!
DOUBLE COUPONS up to $0.55, limit 10 coupons – more details & deals coming soon
80% lean ground beef, 1 lb tube limit 1 $2.99
Pepsi products 24 pack 12 oz cans limit 1 $4.99

***Hy-Vee 4-Day Sale, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday***
Baking Stone Italian bread 16 oz $1.00
Bakery donut puffs 9 count, glazed only $1.99
Hy-Vee cheese singles 16 ct 12 oz, limit 2 $1.50 (2/$3.00 with in-ad flyer coupon)
Hy-Vee cottage cheese 12 oz $0.88, limit 1 (with in-ad flyer coupon)
Hy-Vee macaroni & cheese dinner, original 7.25 oz, limit 4 $0.25 (4/$1 with in-ad coupon)
Hy-Vee rotisserie chicken $6.99 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver)
Italian express tuscano pizza single topping 12″ $5.00 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver)
Roma tomatoes $0.77/lb
Starkist chunk light tuna or tuna creations 2.6-3 oz pouch, limit 3 $1.00 (3/$3 with in-ad coupon, $1/2 printable coupon, $1/2 coupon from 1/4/15 SS, $1/2 Tuna Creations Ibotta rebate = as low as $0.33 each)

93% lean ground beef $4.48/lb
Boneless Angus beef round tip roast or sizzle steaks $3.67
Best Choice thin sliced lunch meat 2 oz $0.48
Pilgrims leg quarters value packs $1.18/lb
Wholey imitation crab meat, 4 oz $0.97
Anjou pears $0.76/lb
Butter Gold potatoes 5 lb bag $1.48
Fuji apples $0.77/lb
Hot house bell peppers, red, yellow and orange $0.86 each
Clearly organic frozen vegetables, peas, cut corn or green beasn 16 oz $1.50
Clearly organic soy milk 64 oz $2.48
Superior Selections coffee 12 oz bag $2.88
Best Choice American singles 16 oz $2.18
Best Choice apple sauce 48 oz $1.65
Best Choice bath tissue 12 double rolls $4.15
Best Choice canned vegetables, peans, cut or french green beasn, whole or cream corn, 14.5-15.25 oz cans, limit 12 $0.25
Best Choice chunky soup 18.8-19 oz $1.28
Best Choice cranberry cocktails, 64 oz $1.45
Best Choice grape jam or jelly 18 oz $1.25
Best Choice ice cream 1.75 qt $1.68
Best Choice instant oatmeal 8-10 ct $0.98
Best Choice macaroni & cheese dinner 5.8-7.25 oz $0.50
Best Choice pancakes and waffle syrup 24 oz $1.48
Best Choice pasta sauce 24 oz jar $1.28
Best Choice peanut butter, creamy or crunchy 28 oz $2.15
Best Choice popcorn 6 ct $1.77
Best Choice shredded or chunk cheese 6-8 oz $1.67
Best Choice soda 12 pack 12 oz cans $2.00
Best Choice waffles 24 ct $2.83
Super Saver potato chips 10 oz $1.28
Super Saver split top bread white or wheat 24 oz $1.18


Another week!  Know what that means?  Another week to save money on groceries!  Check on Nicole’s list of what’s on sale and make some great meals!  Here are some suggestions based upon her list:

Main Dishes

  • French Onion Burgers – It’s getting a little warmer out there!  But you don’t have to get out the grill to make cheese burgers.  Try this version at home on the stove top or even a griddle.  Aldi has the beef on sale and Bakers has the French fries that would go great with these burgers.  Or try the Potato Wedge Recipe below.  Yummy!
  • Beefy Mac & Cheese – It’s cheesy.  It’s beefy.  It’s macaroni-y.  Just a good, classic dish that even most kids would love.  Make it Italian or Mexican-inspired based upon the spices and seasonings you pick.
  • Brautwurst – Another meal that you don’t have to wait for grilling weather for.  Make brautwurst in the oven!  I like mine with sauerkraut and ranch dip, but whatever works for you!
  • Meatball Subs – Cheesy.  Beefy. Saucy.  Just an all around good way to feel like an Italian!  You can either make your own meatballs or use the frozen ones that are on sale at Fareway this week.
  • Parmesan Pork Chops – Stop by Hy-Vee and pick up some pork chops – this oven recipe is a good way to use them.

I recently made these potato wedges and they were great!  It was a good way to use up the couple of potatoes that I had left from a big bag and it was a nice alternative to baked potatoes.  If your family likes spicy things, use chili powder or cumin.  If you want an Italian flare, try a little basil and oregano.  I mostly used garlic powder and seasoned salt.


Potato Wedges
4 med-large russet potatoes, scrubbed
2 tablespoons olive oil
spices – seasoned salt, paprika, garlic powder, etc  (Whatever you like)


1. Preheat oven to 425.  Line a cookie sheet with foil.  This makes for easy clean up, but isn’t required.

2. Wash & scrub potatoes

3. Cut each potato into 8 wedges by cutting in 1/2 length wise, then in 1/2 again.  Then in 1/2 again.  They’ll be “strips” like fajita veggies.  Dry them off as much as possible.

4. Put your wedges on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with the olive oil.  Mix with hands.

5. Add spices on top.  Mix with hands.

6. Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, then shake or stir or flip them.  Roast for another 15-20 minutes.  You want them tender, but not falling apart.

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to two little boys and a third boy due in April 2015. 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.