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March Monthly Meal Plan with Calendar & Recipes!

March is sneaking up on me! How is this Sunday already the first of March? WOW! However it happened, now is the time to start thinking about what to eat in March. Maybe this monthly menu plan will inspire you – if nothing else, it’ll give you a good place to start!

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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! Included 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. In particular, this month I planned soup meals for Souper Saturdays. And comfort food for Sundays. And foods that can easily have meat removed if you’re celebrating Lent. 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:
Crock Pot Smothered Pork Chops
Ham & Broccoli Strata
Oven Baked Italian Sausages
Spicy Chicken Rigatoni
Fajitas
Vegetable Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Meatloaf
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Meatball Subs
Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
Cheeseburgers (I make these on the griddle in the winter time)
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Taco Soup
Chicken Pot Pie
Nachos
Corned Beef & Cabbage
Parmesan Baked Pork Chops
Beef Stew
Pizza
Baked Potato Soup and Paninis
Pork Tenderloin
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Stuffed French Bread
Oven Drumsticks
Tacos
Chicken Quesadillas (you can leave out the chicken to make a great meal for Lent)
Chicken Noodle Soup
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Marinaded Chicken Breasts
Slow Cooker Lasagna

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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Lots of good sales this week – you know, in case you like food.  Hello cheese at Super Saver!  And butter at Bakers!  And lots of produce at different places too!  Make sure you use Nicole’s list of weekly sales to know what to stock up on.

Main Dishes  
BLTs – I don’t have a recipe for this per se, but with bacon on sale, this would be a great week to make some.  Put some bacon, some lettuce, some tomato slices on pieces of buttered toast and you got a sandwich!
Shredded Beef Enchiladas – Pick up a roast, stick it in your slow cooker and have yourself a little Mexican fiesta!  I’ve made a similar recipe using stew meat, but my recipe also uses canned enchilada sauce.
Ham & Cheese Crescent Bake
– I’m intrigued by this recipe.  3 ingredients?  Is it really that easy?  Looks like it!  I love ham & cheese and crescent rolls are on sale, so this is worth a try!
Egg Salad Sandwich
– Are you doing the “No meat on Fridays” thing for a while?  Try Egg Salad!  It’s a nice change from fish and meatless pasta.
Italian Sausage Soup
– Fareway has ground Italian sausage on sale – I love this recipe for a soup using that sausage (cheese tortellini optional, but wonderful!)

Want another good use for lots of ingredients on sale this week?  Breakfast sausage?  Cheese?  Eggs?  Crescent Rolls?  This recipe uses it all!  Technically, it’s a breakfast casserole, but I’d serve it at night too.  Or it’d be great for a brunch like a baby or wedding shower.  It would make a great holiday morning breakfast – since it’s yummy, but still really easy!

I only made a ½ batch (hence the smaller pan in the picture), but it keeps so well that next time I’ll make a full batch and we’ll have it a few times.  It’s yummy re-heated the next day!

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Slightly adapted from Kevin & Amanda

Ingredients:
1 pkg crescent rolls
1 lb mild sausage, browned and drained
6 eggs, beaten
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup salsa (optional; this is where I adapted the recipe as adding salsa just seemed like the right thing to do).

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and roll out crescent rolls on the bottom of the pan.

3. Brown & drain your sausage.  If using salsa (and I would!), mix the salsa in with the sausage. Pour on top of the rolls.

4. Top with the beaten eggs.

5. Top with the cheese.

6. Bake for 30 minutes until cheese is brown.

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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Omaha Grocery Deals 2/25/15 – 3/3/15

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.

NEW to Couponing: Check out my book ‘The Extraordinary Art of Couponing’ or attend a class.

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

omaha grocery deals

ALDI
Crunchy or battered fish fillets 19-19.2 oz $2.99
Flounder fillets skinless and boneless 16 oz $3.99
Frozen swai fillets 32 oz $5.89
Hormel Always tender boneless half pork butt roast $1.99/lb
Large cooked shrimp, peeled and devined with tail on 31-40 ct 12 oz $6.99
Northern catch pink salmon 14.75 oz can $2.29
Tilapia fillets, skinless and boneless 16 oz $3.49
Wild caught salmon skin on and boneless 32 oz $7.49
Baby carrots 16 oz $0.69
Baking potatoes 5 lb pack $0.99 or $0.20/lb
Grapes 2-lb pack $1.98 or $0.99/lb
Grape tomatoes 10 oz package $0.99
Lemons $0.25 each
Navel oranges 4 lb pack $1.68 or $0.42/lb
Belmont premium ice cream 48 oz $2.49
Baker’s corner maraschino cherries 10 oz $1.59
Berryhill chocolate syrup 24 oz $1.49
Cheese club macaroni & cheese 7.25 oz $0.39
Little salad bar hummus 10 oz $1.99
Mama Cozzi’s pizza kitchen sliced pepperoni 6 oz $1.99
Mama Cozzi’s pizza kitchen, cheese pizza 20 oz $1.99
Reggano skillet dinners 5.6-6.4 oz $0.89
Stonehill Essentials Italian seasoning 1.35 oz $0.99

BAKER’S
Boneless pork sirloin roast, sold whole in bag $1.99/lb
Heritage Farm bacon 12 oz $1.99
USDA Choice sterling silver top or bottom round beef roast $3.99/lb
Asparagus $1.99/lb
Eggplant $0.99 each
Limes $0.33 each
Mini sweet peppers 1 lb $1.99
Organic kale $0.99/bunch
Seedless mandarins 3 lb bag $3.99
All detergent 32-50 oz $2.99 (store special free Snuggle fabric softener 32-40 use when you buy 2 all detergents, 32-50 oz, limit 1, $1 All printable coupon, $2/2 coupon from 2/8/15 RP = $3.98 total for 3 products)
Coca-Cola 12 pack cans or 8 pk 12 oz bottles $3.00 each when you buy 3
Comforts diapers, sizes 1-6, 21-44 ct jumbo pack $5.99 ($2 Baker’s digital coupons = $3.99)
Del Monte vegetables 11-15.25 oz can $0.60
Mom’s Best naturals cereal 11.5-16.5 oz $1.50
Quaker popped chips 3-3.52 oz $1.00
Home Sense ultra bathroom tissue 12 double rolls or 6 big or 8 regular paper towels $4.00 each when you buy 2
Kroger beans 15-15.5 oz can $0.60
Kroger cottage cheese, sour cream or dip 16 oz $1.25
Kroger crescent rolls, biscuits or cinnamon rolls 8 ct $1.00
Kroger potatoes frozen 22.5-32 oz $1.99
Kroger salad dressing 16 oz or marinade 12 oz $1.25
Kroger tortilla chips 10 oz $1.25

***Baker’s Only Deal***
Buy 4 select cereals and get a FREE gallon of milk. Participating cereal includes:
Quaker Cap’n crunch or life cereal 10.3-14 oz $2.50
Post cereal 11-14.75 oz $2.50
Kellogg’s frosted mini wheats 15-18 oz $2.50 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s Family rewards points = $1.50)
Kashi GoLean cereal 13.1-14 oz $2.50

***Baker’s 4-Day sale, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only***
Kroger butter 16 oz $1.88
Lay’s potato chips 9.5-10.5 oz $1.99
Progresso soup 17-19 oz, limit 12 $0.99 ($0.50/2 coupon from 1/4/15 SS or $0.50/3 coupon from 2/1/15 SS, $1/4 Saving Star credit = as low as $0.49 each after Saving Star)

BAG’N SAVE & NO FRILLS SUPERMARKETS
Cold water lobster tail 4 oz $5.99
Farmland pork butt roast or steak $1.99/lb
Farmland whole boneless pork loins $1.88/lb
Anjou pears $0.99/lb
Blueberries 6 oz $1.88
Dole classic iceberg or cole slaw mix 12-14 oz $0.88
Grimmway Farms baby peeled carrots 1 lb bag $1.00
Strawberries 16 oz $1.88
Angel Soft facial tissues 75-165 ct $1.00
Angel Soft regular roll bath tissue 4 pack $1.00 ($0.25 printable coupon = $0.75)
Light N fluffy wide noodles 12 oz $1.00
Oscar Mayer P3′s 2 oz $1.33 ($1/3 coupon from 1/4/15 SS – expires 3/1 = $1.00 each)
Pillsbury Grands! biscuits 4-12 oz $1.25 ($0.40 printable coupon, $0.30/2 coupon from 1/25/15 SS, 1/4/15 SS or 12/14/14 SS = as low as $0.85)
Pillsbury cinnamon rolls 4-12 oz $1.25
Pillsbury crescent rolls 4-12 oz $1.25 ($0.40/2 coupon from 1/25/15 SS, 1/4/15 SS or 12/14/14 SS = $1.05 each)
Xtra laundry detergent 68.75-75 oz $1.99 ($1/2 coupon from 2/22/15 SS = $1.49 each)
Our Family baked cheese puffs 10 oz $1.67
Our Family eggs 12 ct, limit 2 $1.29
Our Family frosting 16 oz $1.37
Our Family fruit snacks 6 ct $1.25
Our Family pudding 4 pack $0.88
Our Family whipped toppings 8 oz $1.00
Our Family yogurt 6 oz $0.39

***Bag’N Save & No Frills Deal***
Buy six mix and match participating items, save $3.00 instantly at checkout. Participating deals include (price listed is after discount):
A1 steak sauce 10 oz $2.49
Capri Sun drinks 10 pack $1.49
Cheez-it snack crackers 9-13.7 oz $1.99 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s family rewards points = $0.99)
Cheez Whiz 15 oz $3.49
Claussen pickles 20-32 oz $2.49
Crystal Light drink mix makes 10-12 quarts $1.49
Crystal Light, Kool Aid or Mio liquid drink enhancers 1.62 oz $2.49
Gevalia coffee 6-12 ct pods or kcups or 12 oz $5.87
Jell-o gelatin or pudding 4 pack $1.49
Kellogg’s pop tarts 12 ct $2.49 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s family rewards points, $1/3 coupon from 2/1/15 RP = $1.49)
Kool Aid jammers 10 ct $1.49
Kraft chunks or shredded cheese 7-8 oz or singles 10-12 oz $1.99
Kraft grated or shredded parmesan cheese 7-8 oz $2.99 ($0.75 printable coupon, $0.55 Snap cash back - up to 2 times = $1.69 after cash back)
Kraft salad dressing 14-16 oz $1.19 ($1/2 printable coupon for 15.8 oz+ =  $0.69 each)
Kraft string cheese 9-12 oz $3.49
Maxwell House coffee 6-12 ct pods or kcups or 12 oz $5.87
Maxwell House coffee 10.5-11.5 oz $2.87
Oscar Mayer beef franks or bologna 14-16 oz $2.99
Oscar Mayer deli fresh shaved lunchmeats 7-9 oz $2.99 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/11/15 SS = $2.61 each)
Planters dry roasted peanuts 16 oz $2.99 ($1/2 printable coupon or from 1/25/15 SS = $2.49 each)
Planters peanut butter 15-16.3 oz $1.99 ($1/2 coupon from 1/25/15 SS = $1.49 each)

***Bag’N Save & No Frills 4-Day Sale, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only***
Boneless skinless chicken breast $1.77/lb
Cheetos or Fritos 6-9.75 oz $1.68
Pepsi products 2 liter bottles $0.88

FAREWAY
Bone-in pork steak, limit 10 lbs $0.99
Boneless chuck roast $3.99/lb
Chicken hindquarters $0.88/lb
Ground pork, Italian or breakfast sausage $1.99/lb
John Morrell hot dogs 12 oz $0.99
Salmon sides $5.99/lb
Whole bone-in pork butts $1.49/lb
Whole boneless New York strip loins 12-14 lb average weight $6.99/lb
Jazz apples $0.88/lb
Broccoli crowns $1.49/lb
Chopped kale 16 oz $1.99
Idaho Russet potatoes 5 lb bag $0.99
Blue Bunny ice cream 4 quart pail $4.88
Coke products 6 pack 1/2 liter bottles $2.50
General Mills Cheerios 8.9 oz, Raisan Nut bran 17.1 oz, Honey Nut Cheerios 12.5oz, Kix 12 oz, Reeses peanut butter puffs 13 oz, cinnamon toast crunch 12.2 oz, french toast crunch 11.6 oz $2.50 ($4/4 in-ad coupon, $1/3 printable coupon, $1/2 Cheerios printable coupon, here, here, here or here, $0.75 Cheerios printable coupon, $1/3 coupon from 2/22/15 SS = as low as $0.75 each)
Kraft mac & cheese 5 pack, limit 1 $2.99 (with in-ad coupon)
Pillsbury cake mix, limit 5 $1.00 (5/$5 with in-ad coupon)
Village hearth premium white or whole grain white bread 20 oz loaf $1.39 ($0.55 printable coupon = $0.84)
Yoplait Greek yogurt 5.3 oz $0.80 ($1/5 printable coupon, here, here, here or here or from 1/4/15 SS – expires 2/28 = $0.55 each)
Fareway chunk light tuna 5 oz can in oil or water $0.50
Fareway cream cheese 8 oz brick $1.19
Fareway egg noodles 12 oz $1.00
Fareway potato chips 8 oz bag $0.99

HY-VEE
80% lean ground beef, 16 oz, limit 2 $2.99
Hormel little sizzlers 12 oz $1.33 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee Angus Reserve T-bone steak $7.99/lb
Dole celery $0.99
Fresh kale $0.99/bunch ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Monterey whole white mushrooms 8 oz $1.50
Red peppers $1.00 each ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
7Up products 12 pack cans or 8 pack 12 oz bottles, limit 3 $3.33 (3/$10 with in-ad coupon)
Angel Soft bath tissue 8 triple, 12 double or 24 rolls $5.77 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver, $0.25 printable coupon = $5.52)
Betty Crocker, Fiber One, Ocean spray or mott’s fruit snacks $1.67 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $0.50/2 printable coupon, here, here, here or here or from 1/4/15 SS – expires 2/28 = $1.42 each)
Blue Diamond almond breeze 64 oz $2.48
California Pizza kitchen pizza 5.5-10.1 oz $3.33 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
DiGiorno pizza 5.5-10.1 oz $3.33 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $2/2 coupon from 1/25/15 RP – expires 2/28 = $2.33 each)
Handi Foil pans, 1-3 ct $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Jack’s pizza, original or half & half 14.5-17.7 oz $2.50
Keebler Town House, club sunshine or cheez-t crackers $1.98 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver, $1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s family rewards points = $0.98)
Keurig K-cups, green mountain, swiss miss, tully’s, cafe escapes, donut shop, krispy kreme, cinnabon or gloria jean’s 12 ct $4.99 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver)
Michelina’s Zap’ems 4-9.5 oz $0.79 ($1/5 printable coupon = $0.59 each)
Sinister energy drink 16 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Sparkle paper towels 6 white or 8 print rolls $5.77 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/2 printable coupon = $5.27 each)
Sunbelt bakery granola bars 8.79-11 oz $2.00 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver, $0.55 printable coupon, $1/2 printable coupon, $0.25 coupon from 1/18/15 SS – expires 2/28 = as low as $1.45 each)
Tippy Toes baby wipes 360 ct $3.99
Tostitos Cantina, Cheetos or Fritos 7-12 oz, limit 3 $1.67 (3/$5 with in-ad coupon)
Hy-Vee chunky or traditional soup 18.5-19 oz $1.25 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee corn dogs classic 16 oz or mini 10.72 oz $2.50 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee cottage cheese 24 oz $1.48
Hy-Vee cranberry juice cocktail 64 oz $2.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee Easter treats jelly beans 8 oz $1.00
Hy-Vee frozen vegetables, Steam Quick or regular 10-16 oz $0.68
Hy-Vee natural spring water 24 ct 16.9 oz $2.99
Hy-Vee tomato 10.75 oz or chicken noodle soup 10.5 oz $0.39
Hy-Vee white dinner rolls 12 ct $1.25
Midwest Country Fare paper towels, 8 rolls $4.48 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver)

***Hy-Vee Only Deal***
Buy 10 Knorr rice or pasta sides 3.8-6.4 oz @ $9.00, get a Free rotisserie chicken 29 oz with in-ad coupon

***Hy-Vee 4-Day sale, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday Only***
Note: All deals require use of in-ad flyer coupons

Dr Pepper or 7Up products 2 liter bottles, limit 2 $0.77
Hunt’s tomato sauce 8 oz, limit 5 $0.20
Hy-Vee sandwich bread white or wheat 24 oz, limit 2 $0.88
Jiffy corn muffin mix or pizza crust mix 6.5-8.6 oz, limit 2 $0.44
Jif creamy peanut butter 40 oz, limit 1 $3.99
Kraft Miracle whip or mayo 30 oz, limit 1 $2.59
Midwest Country Fare granulated sugar 4 lb, limit 1 $1.68
Propel unflavored water, 1 liter, limit 10 $1.00

SUPER SAVER
Bone-in Angus beef Kansas City strip steak $4.98/lb
Gorton’s fish sticks, fillets or tenders 13.3-24.5 oz $3.98
Braeburn apples $0.66/lb
Halos clementines 3 lb bag $3.28
Roma tomatoes $0.57/lb
Banquet dinners 4.9-10.25 oz $0.68
Bounty basic paper towels 6 big rolls $3.88 ($0.25/1, $1.50/3 or $0.75 off Charmin & Bounty product from 1/25/15 P&G = as low as $3.38 each)
Charmin basic bath tissue 12 double rolls $3.88 ($0.40 printable coupon, $0.25/1, $1.50/3 or $0.75 off Charmin & Bounty product from 1/25/15 P&G = as low as $3.38 each)
Chef Boyardee pasta with meat 15 oz can $0.78
Chips Ahoy! cookies 7.5-13.7 oz $1.78 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/18/15 SS – expires 2/28 = $1.40 each)
Eggo waffles or pancakes 8.4-14.8 oz $1.68 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s family rewards points = $0.68)
Freschetta pizza 14.54-30.88 $3.78 ($0.75 printable coupon = $3.03)
Nabisco ritz crackers 7.5-13.7 oz $1.78 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/18/15 SS – expires 2/28 = $1.40 each)
Pepsi products 24 pack cans, limit 2 $5.98
TruMoo chocolate milk gallon $3.48
Best Choice pancake & waffle syrup 24 oz $1.58
Best Choice shredded or chunk cheese 6-8 oz $1.28
Best Choice Texas toast, garlic bread or bread sticks 10.5-16 oz $1.25

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I’m in a cooking funk.  It’s not that I don’t have a whole arsenal of recipes at my disposal.  (Because, clearly, I do.)  It’s not that I don’t have the ingredients on hand.  (Because, well, I have a healthy stockpile of essentials.)  It’s just that I don’t feel like cooking.  So…we’ve been eating out a lot.  Too much, really.  Life has been semi-busy lately and I’ve been using that as an excuse to go get fast food.  Great for the grocery budget, but far worse for our Dining Out budget!  I’m committing to getting back on track this week – you can too!  Use Nicole’s list of weekly sales and maybe some of these ideas will inspire you.

Main Dishes  

Vegetable Beef Soup – I have a recipe with similar ingredients, but this looks awesome!  Maybe it’s her pictures.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m in a food rut.  Maybe it’s because the wind was like 100 miles per hour yesterday, but I want to make this!!!  I will make this! Will you?
French Bread Pizza
– Lots of pizza ingredients on sale this week.  Buy some day old French Bread and have yourself a quick meal.
Bow Tie Fiesta Pasta
– A great use of ground beef, green peppers and pasta – all on sale this week!
Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks – I like to think of these as “really big chicken wings”.  So easy.  So tasty.  So on sale this week!
Creamy Tuna & Shells With Spinach
– I admitted last week that we weren’t big seafood fans in our house.  But it’s Lent, so that’s the perfect time to try a new tuna recipe.  This one from Martha Stewart looks promising!

This is similar to French Bread Pizza, but makes for a fun dinner experience.  Let everyone in your family (or maybe kids for a birthday party?) make their own pizzas!  A couple of months ago, I had my nephew and nieces over for dinner and we each made our own little pizza.  To keep it simple, I just used hamburger buns.  You can also use English muffins or tortillas.  If you’re really adventurous, make your own dough.

I just set out the ingredients and let each kid make their own.  One tip: a healthy 8-year-old can easily eat 2-3 “halves” of a bun made into a pizza!  Same with husbands!

This also makes for a super quick lunch if you have some of the toppings on hand. I usually have ground beef, pepperoni and buns in the freezer and cheese in the fridge, making it really easy to pull off!

makeyourownpizzas

Make Your Own Pizzas

Ingredients
Hamburger meat, browned and crumbled (optional)
Pepperoni (optional)
Mushrooms (optional)
Green peppers (optional)
Cheese (whatever kind you like)
Pizza Sauce
Hamburger buns, tortillas or English muffins

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.

2. Let each kid/person top their “pizza dough” with pizza sauce and whatever toppings they desire.

3. Put onto greased pizza pans or cookie sheets.  I made sure I remembered the order that they put them on and which one was first, just to eliminate the “she got my pizza!” chaos that could’ve ensued.

4. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through and cheese is brown.

5. Serve to hungry people!

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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I absolutely love my cheese grater! Cheese goes in top, turn the handle and out comes beautiful shredded cheese. No more scraped knuckles trying to use an open faced traditional grater. I like buying block cheese because typically it is cheaper than shredded and does not include the additives they put in most shredded cheese. This works great on a variety of cheeses and can be used for right or left handed people! Plus, you can use it to grate other soft foods, like olives or boiled eggs.

4. Electric Food Chopper
Prepping food is very time consuming and this tool drastically decreases my time in the kitchen! I use my food chopper several times a week to chop onions, nuts, garlic, tomatoes, green peppers and more! Plus, I really dislike chopping onions so I just put them in the chopper, push a button and have diced onions in seconds. This chopper also allows you to make a delicious salsa in minutes!

5. Olive Oil sprayer
This is a great tool if you are trying to eat healthier and cut calories. Simply fill with olive oil, pump the bottle and a fine mist of oil sprays where you need. It’s perfect for lining a pan or crock pot with a fine layer of oil.

These are my top five favorite kitchen gadgets. I hope they make your life easier, like they do for me.

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?

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Disclosure: Complimentary tickets provided. However, all opinions expressed are mine.

Amazing acrobatic acts, hula hoops, swords, fire, music, a love story, dance and trapeze acts are all part of the Tony award winning, Broadway show PIPPIN! This visually stunning circus type show with lots of action and breathtaking stunts will be in Omaha at the Orpheum March 3 through March 8.

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I was not familiar with PIPPIN and have been watching the thrilling circus scenes and listening to the beautiful music from the soundtrack this past hour. The more I watch and learn about PIPPIN, the more excited I am to see it live! This will be a highly entertaining show about Pippin’s journey of self-discovery. Check out this video to see the amazing stunts you will see at this performance!

50% Off Tickets for Kid’s Night On Broadway
Taking kids to the theater can get expensive, but Omaha Performing Arts wants to make sure kids get the opportunity to see amazing shows like PIPPIN. Tuesday, March 3 has been designated Kid’s Night on Broadway. A limited number of tickets are available for 50% off for March 3 only to introduce young kids ages 9 to 18 to live theater. Use code KIDS NIGHT at Ticket Omaha and pay only $15 per ticket. Limit one adult and one child (age 9-18) ticket per family or per household. PIPPIN would be a fun and exciting show for your older children!

More Details about the show:
When: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, March 3, 4 and 5, at 7:30 pm; Friday, March 6, at 8:00 pm.; Saturday, March 7, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sunday, March 8, at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm
Where: Omaha Orpheum Theater, 409 S 16th ST
Tickets: Starting at $30 available at Ticket Omaha.

Are you excited to see PIPPIN next month in Omaha?

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Omaha Area Grocery Deals 2/18/15 – 2/24/15

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.

NEW to Couponing: Check out my book ‘The Extraordinary Art of Couponing’ or attend a class.

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

omaha grocery deals

ALDI
73% lean ground beef, 5 lb roll $13.99
Lunch Mate black forest turkey breast or ham 16 oz $3.29
Tyson family pack chicken thighs 4.75 lb average weight $0.89/lb
Avocados $0.29 each
Cucumbers $0.33 each
Green peppers, 3 ct 20 oz $0.99
Mushrooms 8 oz $0.99
Roma tomatoes 20 oz $0.79
Chef’s cupboard plain or Italian bread crumbs 15 oz $0.85
Millville frosted flakes 17 oz $1.59
Reganno pasta & sauce, alfredo, chicken or butter 4.3-4.5 oz $0.69
Specially selected goat cheese logs, plain, honey or garlic & herb 11 oz $1.99

BAKER’S
AquaStar salmon filets, 1.25 lb $5.99
Bar-S franks 16 oz $0.88 ($0.50/2 coupon from 1/25/15 RP = $0.63 each)
Henry’s crab cake 2.25 oz $1.00
Heritage Farms whole chicken, drumsticks or thighs $0.99/lb
Kroger smoked sausage 13-14 oz $2.50
Nathan’s smoked sausage 13-14 oz $2.50
Sterling Silver boneless chuck roasts USDA choice $3.99/lb
Wild caught albacore tuna $5.99/lb
Eggplant $0.99 each
Large lemons $0.50 each
Mangoes $0.99 each
Mini sweet peppers 1 lb $1.99
Organic kale $0.99/each
Organic navel oranges 4 lb bag $3.99
Organic red, green or romaine leaf lettuce $1.99/bunch
Pineapples $0.99 each
Roma tomatoes $0.88/lb
All detergent 32-50 oz $2.99 (store special free Snuggle fabric softener 32-40 use when you buy 2 all detergents, 32-50 oz, limit 1, $1 All printable coupon, $2/2 coupon from 2/8/15 RP = $3.98 total for 3 products)
Armour lunchmakers 2.2-3 oz $1.00
Bird’s Eye frozen vegetables 10.8-16 oz $1.00
Chex Mix, bugles or gardetto’s 4.3-8.75 oz $1.00 ($0.50/2 coupon from 1/25/15 SS = $0.75 each)
Chicken of the Sea light tuna, 5 oz can limit 6 $0.33
Freschetta pizza 14.54-30.88 oz $4.99 ($0.75 printable coupon = $4.24)
McCormick’s cocktail sauce 8 oz $1.50
Rotella bread 16-17 oz or Dillon’s buns 8 ct $1.00
Smart Ones entrees 4.72-11.64 oz $1.88 ($2/7 printable coupon & $10 SavingStar rebate when you spend $40 = $1.59 each)
Totino’s party pizza 9.8-10.9 oz $1.00
Dillons milk, gallon Vit D, 2%, 1% or skim $2.50
Kroger butter 16 oz $2.99
Kroger chocolate milk gallon $2.50
Kroger saltines 16 oz $1.25
Kroger sour cream or dip or cottage cheese 16 oz $1.00
Kroger vegetables frozen 10-12 oz $1.00

***Baker’s Mix & Match Sale***
Buy 6 mix and match participating items, save $3 instantly at checkout. Deals include (prices listed is after discount):
Breyer’s ice cream 48 oz $2.99
Cheez-it crackers 9-13.7 oz $1.99 ($1 printable coupon from Kellogg’s Family Rewards with 850 points= $0.99)
Coca-Cola 6 pack 16.9 oz, 8 pack 7.5 oz cans $2.49
Coffee-mate coffee creamer 32 oz $2.39
Dentyne, Trident or Stride gum 27-54 ct $1.99
Eggo waffles 6-10 ct $1.79 ($1 printable coupon from Kellogg’s Family Rewards with 850 points= $0.79)
General Mills cereal 8.9-12.25 oz $1.79 ($1/3 printable coupon or from 1/3/15 SS, $1/2 Cheerios printable coupon, More coupons herehere or here = as low as $1.29 each)
Hefty slider bags, 13-22 ct $0.99
Hot or Lean pockets 2 ct $1.49
Klondike frozen treats 4-6 ct $2.99
Pillsbury Grands biscuits 8 ct $1.09 ($0.30/2 coupon from 1/25/15 SS, 1/4/15 SS, 12/7/14 SS = $0.94 each)
Ragu pasta sauce 16-24 oz $1.19 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/25/15 RP or 2/8/15 RP = $0.81 each)
Speed Stick deodorant or lady speed stick 2.3-3 oz $1.49 ($1 coupon from 2/1/15 SS = $0.49)
Town House crackers 9.2-13.8 oz $1.99 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/18/15 SS = $1.61 each)
Tyson chicken 25.5-32 oz $4.49

BAG’N SAVE & NO FRILLS SUPERMARKETS
Aquastar tilapia fillets sold in 4 lb bags $2.99/lb
Farmland pork chops or bone-in country style ribs $1.79/lb
Sea Angel EZ peel raw shrimp 26-30 ct sold in 2 lb bags $7.99/lb
USDA choice beef boneless chuck roast $3.99/lb
Anjou pears $0.99/lb
Fuji or red delicious apples 5 lb bag $3.99
Grimmway Farms whole carrots 2 lb bag $1.48
Halos clementines 3 lb bag $3.98 ($0.50 coupon from 1/25/15 SS = $3.48)
Minneola tangeloes or honey tangerines $1.29/lb
Red seedless grapes $1.88/lb
Taylor Farms organic salad 5 oz $2.99
California pizza kitchen small pizza 5.3-10.1 oz $3.00
Chobani yogurts or flip yogurt cups 5.3 oz $0.80
Cottonelle clean care bath tissue 12 double rolls $4.99 ($0.50 coupon from 1/11/15 SS = $4.49)
DiGiorno small pizzas 5.3-10.1 oz $3.00 ($2/2 coupon from 1/25/15 RP = $2.00 each)
Healthy choice entrees or steamers 8.5-13 oz $1.78 each with purchase of 5 ($1/4 printable coupon = as low as $1.53 each)
Marie Callendar’s dinners, pies or pot pies 5.8-16 oz $1.78 each with purchase of 5 ($0.75 pie coupon from 2/8/15 SS = as low as $1.03)
Super pretzels 9-13 oz $1.67 ($0.50 coupon from 1/25/15 RP = $1.17)
Tippy Toes baby diapers 62-84 ct $12.99 ($0.50 printable coupon = $12.49)
Tippy Toes baby wipes 192-216 ct $5.49
Our Family apple blend cocktails 64 oz $1.50
Our Family brown or powdered sugar 32 oz $1.50
Our Family cream cheese 8 oz $1.33
Our Family shredded or chunk cheese 8 oz $1.67

***Bag’N Save & No Frills 4-day Sale, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday only***
Coca-cola products 24 pack cans $5.77
Farmland thick cut pork chops or bone-in pork loin roast $1.49/lb
Keebler chips deluxe cookies 11-12.9 oz $1.37 ($1 printable coupon with 850 Kellogg’s family rewards points = $0.37)
Little Debbie snacks oatmeal creme pies, honey buns, cosmic brownies, nutty bars or swiss rolls 10.6-16.2 oz, limit 6 $0.99

FAREWAY
Bonless pork shoulder roast, limit 20 lbs $1.68/lb
Cod filets, sold in 10 lb box $3.99/lb
Farmland rope sausage 11-14 oz $2.50
Italian or breakfast style sausage $2.49/lb
Louis Kemp imitation crab meat 8 oz 1.99
Ocean Eclipse single serving fish 4 oz package, excludes scallops $0.99
Oscar Mayer turkey bologna or turkey cotto salami 16 oz $0.99 ($0.75/2 coupon from 1/11/15 SS = $0.61 each)
T-bone steak $7.88/lb
Thick sliced bacon $2.97/lb
USDA choice boneless sirloin tip roast $3.99/lb
Blueberries 18 oz $3.99
Broccoli $1.49 each
Cantaloupe large $1.99 each
Celery $0.89 each
Delightfully sweet strawberries 1 lb $1.99
Fuji apples $0.89/lb
Lettuce $0.99/head
Sno-White cauliflower $1.99/head
Yellow onions 3 lb bag $1.49
7Up & Dr Pepper 6 pack 1/2 liter bottles $2.00
Applesnax applesauce 46-48 oz jar $1.99
Betty Crocker brownie mix, traditional or milk $1.33
Better Oats oatmeal 9.8-15.1 oz box $1.99
Crystal sugar 4 lb bag $1.77
Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce 23.5-24 oz jar $0.99
Hiland orange juice gallon $3.99 ($0.30 printable coupon = $3.69)
RC, diet rite or sundrop 2 liter $0.79
Skippy peanut butter 15-16.3 oz $1.99 ($0.55 printable coupon = $1.44)
Sunbelt granola bars $2.00 ($0.55 printable coupon or $0.25 coupon from 1/18/15 SS = as low as $1.50 each)
Fareway all purpose flour 5 lb bag $1.69
Fareway baking chips 10-12 oz bag $1.88
Fareway cottage cheese 24 oz $2.50
Fareway evaporated milk 12 oz can $0.98
Fareway garlic toast or breadsticks 6-8 ct box $1.69
Fareway microwave popcorn 3 pack $1.00

HY-VEE
Country Pride boneless skinless chicken breast, 2.5 lb frozen bag $4.99
State Fair corn dogs 8-16 oz $3.00 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver, $1 printable coupon = $2.00)
Van de Kamp’s fish 9-25.4 oz $3.99 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver)
Bunny-Luv organic whole carrots 16 oz $0.88
Driscoll’s raspberries 6 oz $2.00 ($0.50 printable coupon = $1.50)
Earthbound Farms organic easy leaves 5-7 oz $2.99 ($0.55 SavingStar rebate)
Banquet meals 4.66-10.25 oz $0.80
Banquet meat, fruit or breakfast pie 7 oz $0.59
Bounty paper towels 6 big or 8 regular rolls $4.88 ($0.25 printable coupon, $0.25 or $1.50/3 or $0.75 off Charmin & Bounty product from 1/25/15 P&G = as low as $4.38)
Charmin basic bath tissue 12 double rolls $4.88 ($0.40 printable coupon, $0.25 or $1.50/3 or $0.75 off Charmin & Bounty product from 1/25/15 P&G = as low as $4.38 each)
Classics by Palermo’s pizza 11.24-13.45 oz $2.00 ($1/2 printable coupon = $1.50 each)
Crystal Farms simply potatoes 20 oz $2.50 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Dannon Activia, light & fit or danimals yogurt 4-6 ct $2.50 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hunt’s tomato ketchup 24 oz $0.79
Kellogg’s cereal, Rice Krispies 9 oz, frosted flakes 10.5 oz, froot loops 8.7 oz, corn flakes 12 oz, jif peanut butter 9.1 oz or fun pack 8.56 oz $1.67 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/3 coupon from 1/11/15 SS, $1 printable coupon with 850 kellogg’s family rewards points, $1/3 Kellogg’s cereal or $1/2 Frosted Flakes printable = as low as $0.67)
Lay’s potato chips or SunChips 7-10 oz $1.99
Pepsi products 12 pack cans or 8 pack 12 oz bottles $3.33
P.F. chang’s appetizers or side dishes 8.8-16 oz $3.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $1 coupon from 1/18/15 SS, $1 Snap Rebate= as low as $1 after rebate)
Planters flavored peanuts 6 oz $1.77 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/2 coupon from 1/25/15 SS = $1.27 each)
Silk almondmilk, coconutmilk, soymilk or cashewmilk, 64 oz $2.68 ($1 printable coupon or here = $1.68)
Tombstone pizza 14.8-28.4 oz $3.33 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Totino’s pizza rolls 12-15 ct $1.25 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Quaker chewy bars 6.1-7.4 oz $1.98
Hy-Vee bagels 5 or 12 ct $1.48 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee chili or kidney beans 15 oz $0.67
Hy-Vee chocolate covered cookies 9.2-13 oz $1.50 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee flour tortillas 10 ct $1.18 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee fudge or galaxy bars 12 ct $2.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee greek yogurt 5.3 oz $0.90 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee ice cream 1.75 square quart $2.50
Hy-Vee instant oatmeal 7.9-15.1 oz $1.67 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee pasta 12-16 oz $0.88
Hy-Vee pillow soft bath tissue 4 double rolls $2.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee pop 12 pack 12 oz cans $2.00
Hy-Vee purified drinking water 24 ct 16.9 oz $2.50
Hy-Vee shredded, chunk or cubed cheese 6-8 oz $1.67
Hy-Vee Texas style or hearty layers biscuits 12 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee toaster pastries 8 ct, 14.7 oz $1.67
Hy-Vee yogurt 32 oz or yogurt to go 8 ct $2.49 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Midwest Country Fare corn or green beans 14.5-15 oz $0.48
Midwest Country Fare frozen vegetables peas, corn, green beans or mixed vegetables 16 oz $1.00
Midwest Country Fare paper towels 3 rolls $1.88 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)

***Hy-Vee 4-day sale, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday only***
Note: All deals listed require use of in-ad flyer coupons to redeem

7UP or Dr Pepper products 6 pack 16.9 oz bottles, limit 6 6/$10.00
Blue Bonnet spread sticks original or low fat 16 oz, limit 1 $0.48
Farmland roll or link sausage 8-12 oz, limit 1 $0.88 ($0.75 coupon from 1/25/15 SS = $0.13)
Fisher boy fish sticks 16 oz 32 count, limit 2 $0.99 ($1 printable coupon = FREE)
John Morrell hardwood smoked bacon 12 oz, limit 4 $1.99
Midwest Country Fare corn or green beans, 14.5-15 oz can, limit 3 3/$1.00
Nabisco Oreo sandwich cookies 14.3-15.35 oz, limit 1 $0.99
OroWeat bread, 100% whole wheat, oatnut, 12 grain or healthnut 24 oz loaf, limit 1 $1.99
Snickers, Twix or milky way bites 2.83 oz, limit 4 4/$3.00
StarKist tuna creations or chunk light tuna 2.6-3 oz, limit 2 $0.99

SUPER SAVER
93% lean ground beef $4.48
Catfish filets $5.98/lb
Farmland pork picnic roast $1.68/lb
Fast Fixin meatballs or breaded chicken 28-34 oz $2.98 ($1 printable coupon = $1.98)
Snow crab clusters $6.98/lb
Wholey imitation crab meat 8 oz flakes $0.88
Wild caught pollock fillets, sold in 10 lb box $1.68/lb
Fresh Express salad, baby spinach, sweet & crunchy, shredded broccoli & cauliflower or baby spring 5-7 oz $2.00
Green Giant baby carrots 2 lb bag $1.46
Idaho Russet potatoes, 10 lb bag $1.77
Sunkist navel oranges 3 lb bag $1.44
Angel Soft bath tissue 12 double rolls $4.68 ($0.55 printable coupon = $5.13)
Dorothy Lynch dressing 16 oz $1.98
Frito lay doritos or lays kettle cooked chips 7.5-11 oz $2.00
Huggies diapers, 66-80 ct $13.98 ($2 little movers or snugglers printable coupon = as low as $11.98 if included in sale)
Hunt’s snack pack pudding 4 ct $0.84
Kellogg’s fruit snacks 16 oz $1.50
Kraft cheese, shredded, chunks or cubes 5-8 oz $1.66 when you buy 4 ($1/2 printable coupon = $1.16 each)
Kraft cheese deli slices 7-8 oz $2.18($1/2 printable coupon = $1.68 each)
Land O Lakes milk gallon, skim, 1%, 2% or Vit D $2.78
Michelina’s entrees, 6-9 oz $0.77 ($1/5 printable coupon = $0.57 each)
Pantene Pro-V shampoo or conditioner, 12.6 oz $2.98 (Buy shampoo, get conditioner free coupon from 1/25/15 P&G = $1.49 each)
Pillsbury brownie mix, milk chocolate or fudge 18.4 oz $0.94
Best Choice mushrooms 4 oz can $0.63
Best Choice yogurt 6 oz $0.30
Super Saver split top bread, white or wheat 24 oz $1.15

Price Matchers Cash Back Bonuses
Ibotta - $1 cash back on 3 Chobani Simply 100 (Walmart, Target, Fareway or Hy-Vee)
$1.50 cash back on 4 Smart Ones entrees, 9 oz or larger (Walmart only)

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