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I am happy to announce that Mayor Jean Stothert has announced October 19-25 as the second annual Omaha Family Dining Week. This is a week dedicated to cooking and eating together as a family at home! Keep the electronics turned off at the dinner table and enjoy some old fashioned food and enlightening conversations.


Top 5 Reasons to Take the Family Dining Pledge & Eat at Home:

1. Save Money – In my experience a solid meal plan that works around your schedule takes much less time and money versus eating out. Live Well Omaha says that on average, eating three meals a week in, versus eating out, saves a family of four $2,000 a year.

2. Great Conversations - Here’s a fun conversation starter: ask your kids to describe the best and worst parts of their day. When I ask this question at dinner, the answers always surprise me. Sometimes, I forget that the little things, like getting a homemade treat in their lunch, are really important to a kid and can become the best part of their day.

3. Teach Kid’s Responsibility – Someday the kids will grow up and move out on their own, which means they are now in charge of their own grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. Involve them in the kitchen now to teach these valuable life skills young that will benefit them their entire life.

4. Eat Healthier Foods - Cooking your own meals is much healthier than fast food fried alternatives. When you cook at home, you control the ingredients (excellent way to avoid allergens), know how your food was handled and can exercise portion control.

5. Quality Time with Your Family – The most important thing about Taking the Family Dining Pledge is spending quality time with your family. When you work as a team to create a meal plan, prep dinners and clean up you create a cohesive family unit. Sitting down together for meals is a time when you can unwind, unplug and really connect through conversation and good food.

So, let’s get cooking! Here is an easy meal plan based on the Omaha sale items this week and check out more meal planning tips and events from Live Well Omaha.

Ready to take the Live Well Omaha Family Dining Pledge? Simply fill out this quick Family Dining Pledge form and be entered to win a $15 Hy-Vee gift card!

Note: Taking the Pledge does not mean you have to commit to make every meal at home, it justs means you make an effort to make more of those meals at home with your family.

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Check out these other local bloggers also giving away a $15 Hy-Vee gift card during Family Dining Week.
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Liv, Laugh, Love
Making Mine
Midwest Mammas
Oh My Omaha
Sensory Mama Saving Cents


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My office is having a tailgate-themed potluck party next week and I’m torn on what to bring.  Salty?  Sweet?  Main dish?  Appetizer?  The “problem” with potlucks is that if everyone makes a big batch of something, you end up with gigantic amounts of food!  I guess that’s a good problem to have.  Once I figure out what to bring though, it’s off to the store, using Nicole’s full list of what’s on sale this week!

Main Dishes

  • Pizza – Aldi’s is just daring you to make a pizza with the yummy stuff they have on sale – mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato sauce.  Don’t mind if I do!
  • Chili & Baked Potatoes – Fareway has both potatoes and chili on sale – a super easy meal is to bake the potatoes, add chili and cheese!  Got a vegetarian?  Skip the chili and do broccoli!
  • Roasted Chicken – I don’t often (okay, like once a year, maybe) roast a whole chicken, but when I do, I love the results.  Depending on your family size, you can have the chicken for 1 meal, pull off any leftover chicken meat and use it again in a soup or maybe chicken salad.  I’ve had great luck with Pioneer Woman’s recipe.
  • Baked Penne – Hy-Vee has their pasta on sale.  You can make this casserole with either Italian sausage or regular ground beef.
  • Chicken, Cheddar & Broccoli Braid – I haven’t made this yet, but it’s on my “MUST MAKE SOON” list because it looks easy to make, but impressive to serve.

One of my favorite things to order at restaurants is potato skins.  Which is strange because they aren’t hard to make, but they do take some time – mostly time waiting for the potatoes to bake.  Want to make some yourself?  Do this!


Quick & Easy Baked (Not Fried!) Potato Skins

Potatoes (like russet)
Cheese (like cheddar)
Bacon (either fried yourself or cheat and use bacon bits)
Green onions (optional)
Sour cream (optional for some people; required for me)

1. Using a fork, poke holes in clean, but dry potatoes.  Do as many as you want.  If you want to get fancy, lightly cover the potatoes with olive oil and sea salt before baking.  But that’s a fancy step.
2. Bake potatoes.  Bake for about an hour at 400 degrees.
3. Take the potatoes out of the oven and cut in half horizontally (so they look like a boat).  They’ll be HOT, so I usually hold them with a towel as I slice them.
4. Scoop out the potato pulp.  Leave some in, but take most of it out.  You can use the “leftover” potato for other purposes – mashed potatoes, potato soup, skinless baked potatoes, whatever you want.
5. Put some cheese in the potato boat.
6. Put some bacon and green onions (if using) in potato boat.
7. Place on a cookie sheet.
8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
9. Take out of the oven.  Put on a plate.  Smother with sour cream and moan over how good it tastes.

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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I was so excited to enjoy a Ruby Tuesday lunch date with my husband. With three small kids we don’t eat out much and a good restaurant meal is always a nice treat. When we sat down, we were pleasantly greeted with a friendly server and some delicious warm rolls. I ordered their new salad bar and Chicken Bella entree. My husband enjoyed a black & blue bacon pretzel burger and we shared the White Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake. The cheesecake was a slice of heaven and tasted just like a cherry cordial candy!

I was very pleased with Ruby Tuesday’s new Garden Bar with over 30 ingredients, including spring mix, crisp vegetables, premium cheese and amazing croutons. My personal favorite from the Garden Bar was their homemade broccoli salad and apple salad. The prices are very competitive and you can enjoy an endless Garden Bar lunch Monday through Friday for only $7.99. The new Garden Bar allows you to eat healthy on a budget! I even used a coupon from a recent SmartSource insert and saved $5.00 off our bill.

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Speaking of great deals, you can sign up for the Ruby Tuesday So Connected birthday club and you will recieve a FREE burger on your birthday ($9 value.)

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Are you looking for a way to burn off those calories from all the extra Halloween candy or need to wear out the kids after they eat their entire bucket of candy after trick-or-treating? Check out Sky Zone Omaha where you can literally bounce off the walls and burn tons of calories.

Sky Zone Omaha, located at 4215 S 133rd St, offers Open Jump, Birthday Parties, Skyrobics, Ultimate Dodgeball, Sky Slam and more. Since my family and I visited Sky Zone and reviewed their awesome facility, they have added Toddler Time for the young jumpers! Toddler Time is for walking kids up to age 5 every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to noon. Cost for Toddler Time is only $8/child and parents are free!

Ready to slip on some special Sky Zone socks and try out Omaha’s new indoor trampoline park? Find pricing and details at Sky Zone Omaha’s website and enter this contest for a chance to win FREE jump passes for the entire family!

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Two lucky readers will each win 4 – FREE 30 minute Open Jump passes for the Sky Zone Omaha location ($40 value.)

Note: You will have to purchase special Sky Zone socks and the passes can only be redeemed at the Omaha location.

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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.

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

omaha grocery deals


73% lean ground beef $2.79
Green peppers, 3 ct 20 oz pack $0.99
Little salad bar Italian or Caesar salad kit, 10 oz $0.99
Mushroom, 8 oz $0.99
Roma tomatoes, 20 oz $0.99
Yellow onions, 3 lb bag $0.99 or $0.33/lb
Zucchini, 3 ct pack $0.99
Carlini canola oil, 48 oz $2.39
Carlini extra virgin olive oil, 16.9 oz $2.99
Carlini vegetable oil, 48 oz $2.29
Chef’s cupboard bread crumbs, Italian or plain 15 oz $0.89
Chef’s cupboard onion soup mix, 2 oz $0.79
Happy Farms shredded mozzarella cheese, 16 oz $3.69
Happy Harvest tomato sauce, 8 oz $0.25
Happy Harvest crushed tomatoes, 28 oz $0.99
Priano ricotta cheese, 15 oz $1.89
Reggano lasagna noodles, 16 oz $1.49
Reggano pasta sauce, 24 oz $0.99
Reggano Farflle or tri-colored rotino, 12 oz or penne rigate, 16 oz $0.89
Specially Selected french baguette, 12 oz $1.49
Stonemill essentials crushed red pepper, 2.5 oz $0.99
Stonemill essentials garlic powder, 5.5 oz $0.99
Stonemill essentials Italian Seasoning, 1.35 oz $0.99
Tuscan Garden croutons, 5 oz $0.89
Tuscan Garden distilled white vinegar, 32 oz $0.89

Barlett pears $0.99/lb
Honeycrisp apples $1.48/lb
Green Giant boil in bag vegetables, 8-10 oz $1.25
Kelllogg’s pop tarts, 8 ct $1.99 ($1/3 coupon from 9/7/14 RP – expires 10/19, $0.75 with 500 points for $1.50 coupon with 1,000 Kellogg’s Family Rewards points = as low as $0.49)
Little Debbie snacks, Oatmeal creme pies, honey buns, cosmic brownies, nutty bars or swiss rolls, 10.6-16.2 oz, limit 6 $0.99
Mead box envelopes, 36-100 ct $0.99
Mott’s applesauce, 6 pack $2.00
Mr. Dells’ shredded hashbrowns, 24-32 oz $1.48
Nestle toll house morsels, 10-12 oz $2.19 ($1/2 coupon from 9/28/14 SS = $1.69 each)
Xtra laundry detergent, 144 oz $3.88
Our Family bath tissue, double rolls $4.99
Our Family canned vegetables, cut or french green beans, whole or cream corn, pesa, 14.5-15.25 oz $0.50
Our Family large eggs, dozen, limit 2 $0.98
Our Family laundry detergent, 100 oz $3.88
Our Family paper towels, 8 pack $3.99

***Bag’N Save & No Frills 4-Day Sale – Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only***
Cheez It crackers, 9-13.7 oz $1.99
Crystal Farms shredded or chunk cheese, 7-8 oz $1.50
Cottonelle bath tissue, 12 double rolls $5.49 ($0.50 coupon from 9/14/14 RP = $4.99)
Our Family bacon, 16 oz $2.77
Viva paper towels, 6 pack select a size $5.49 ($0.60 coupon from 9/14/14 RP = $4.89)

Banquet frozen chicken 24-26.5 oz $2.99 ($2/2 chicken nuggets printable coupon = $1.99 each)
Boneless beef arm or chuck roast, Buy One, Get One Free
Heritage Farms chicken drumsticks or thighs $1.29/lb
Pork shoulder butt roast, bone-in, sold whole in bag $1.99/lb
Barlett pears $0.99/lb
Gala apples, 5 lb bag $3.99
Organic kale $0.99 bunch
Organic whole carrots, 2 lb bag $1.48
Red seedless grapes $1.49/lb
Butterfinger or skinny cow, .77-2.1 oz $0.50
Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers, 6.6-8 oz bag $1.25
Pillsbury toaster strudel or scrambles, 6 ct $1.67 ($1/2 Baker’s digital coupon, $0.50/2 coupon from 9/14/14 SS, $0.50/2 SavingStar credit = as low as $0.92 each after SavingStar credit)
Post cereal, 11-14.75 oz $1.99
Pumpkin pie, 8 inch $3.99
Purex laundry detergent, liquid, 75 oz $2.99
P$$t granulated sugar, 4 lb, limit 2 $0.99
Suave shampoo or conditioner, 12 oz $1.49 ($1 Professionals printable coupon or $1.50 Professionals coupon from 9/28/14 RP = as low as free IF Professionals line is included in sale)
Suave body wash 22.5 oz $1.49 ($0.50 coupon from All You Magazine Sept ’14 = $0.99)
Dillons milk, Vit D, 2%, 1% or skim, 1/2 gallon $1.33
Kroger apple juice, 64 oz $1.89
Kroger cottage cheese, sour cream or dip, 16 oz $1.50
Kroger evaporated milk, 12 oz can $1.00
Kroger orange juice, 1/2 gallon $1.33

***Baker’s Only Deal***
Buy 3 mix and match participating items, get Free Simple Truth cage eggs, brown or white, 12 ct FREE. Participating products include:
Kashi entrees & waffles, 9-10.1 oz $2.99
Kashi pizza, 5.2-5.6 oz $2.99
Kashi GoLean cereal, 13.1-14 oz $2.99 ($0.75 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $2.24)
Kashi snack bars, 6-12 ct $2.99 ($0.75 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $2.24)
Silk almond, soy or coconut milk, 1/2 gallon $2.99 ($1 printable coupon or here = $1.99)

Hormel sliced salami or pepperoni, 3 oz $1.67
Turkey breast, bone-in $1.99/lb
Bartlett pears $0.99/lb
Cucumbers $0.50 each
Dole Classic Romaine 9 oz, greener selection 12 oz sprinach 8 oz $1.50
Green Bell Peppers $0.50 each
Red radishes, 1 lb $0.99
Hershey, Nestle or M&M Mars fun size candy bars, 10.3-11.5 oz bag, limit 2 $1.88 ($1.10/2 printable coupon = $1.33 each)
Jif peanut butter, 16 oz $1.50
Land o Lakes spreadable butter, 8 oz $1.99 ($0.40 coupon from 8/10/14 SS = $1.59)
Pillsbury cake mix, 15.25 oz $1.25
Pillsbury frosting, 15.6-16 oz $1.58
Progresso soups, 18-19 oz can, limit 6 $0.88 ($1/4 printable coupon, here, here, here or here, $0.50/2 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $0.63 each)
Totino’s pizza rolls, 90 ct $6.99 ($0.75/2 coupon from 8/3/14 SS = $6.61 each)
Fareway fruit, 4 pack carton $0.89
Fareway shredded cheese, 8 oz $1.50

***Fareway 2-Day sale Friday and Saturday Only***
Fareway deli slices, 8 oz $1.99
Idaho Russet potatoes, 5 lb bag $0.99
Mrs Grimes Tex Mex spicy or original chili beasn, 15 oz can, limit 3 $0.33
Nabisco family size oreos or snack crackers $2.50
Toast’ems pop-ups, 6 ct $1.00
Whole T-bone loins, 20-22 lb average, limit 2 loins $5.99/lb

80% lean ground beef, 16 oz roll $2.98/lb
93% lean ground beef, 16 oz roll $4.99 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee whole chicken $0.99/lb
Apples, washington stemilk, red delicious, braeburn, granny smith, fuji, jonagold, royal gala $0.68/lb
Dole bananas $0.38/lb
Dole celery $0.99 each
Dole Caesar, 10 oz or Power up salad kit, 4.5 oz $2.50 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Driscoll’s raspberries, 6 oz $1.99 ($0.50 printable coupon = $1.49)
Earthbound farms organic salad, 4-10 oz $3.00 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver)
Grape tomatoes, 1 pint $2.50 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Green cabbage $0.59/lb ($0.02/lb/gallon Fuel Saver)
Grimmway Farms baby carrots, 16 oz $1.28 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver)
Armour lunch or breakfast makers, 2.3-3.3 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Blue Bonnet spread sticks, original or low fat, 16 oz $0.88
Blue Bunny ice cream, 1.75 quart square $2.50 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Blue Diamond almond breeze, 64 oz $2.78 ($1 coupon from 8/17/14 SS – expires 10/17 = $1.78)
Chicken of the Sea tuna in water or oil, 5 oz $0.79
Chobani Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz $0.88 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Coke products, 6 pack 16.9 oz bottles $1.88
Dannon light & fit yogurt, 4 ct $1.67
Frito-Lay variety packs, 20 ct 18-20 oz $4.99
General Mills cereal, Cheerios 8.9 oz, Golden Grahams 12 oz, Cocoa Puffs 11.8 oz or Trix 10.7 oz $1.48 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/3 printable coupon, $0.50 Cheerios, $0.75 Cocoa Puffs, here, here, here or here, $0.50 Cheerios SavingStar credit = as low as $0.48 for Cheerios after SavingStar credit)
Hot or Lean pockets, 2 or 4 ct $1.68 ($1/2 coupon from 8/17/14 RP = $1.18 each)
Kraft Cool Whip, 8 oz $0.99 (with in-ad coupon, $1 off Cool Whip & 2 Jell-O printable coupon)
Milford Valley entress, 5 oz $1.25 ($1/2 coupon from 8/24/14 SS = $0.75 each)
Tostito’s Cantina tortilla chips, 10 oz $1.88
Village Hearth whole grain white bread, 20 oz loaf $0.98 ($0.55 printable coupon = $0.43)
Hy-Vee apple sauce, 46-48 oz $2.00 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee cake mix, 18.25-18.9 oz $0.99
Hy-Vee chili beans, 15 oz $0.38
Hy-Vee cooking spray, 5-6 oz $1.99 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee crescent, cinnamon or orange Danish rolls, 8-13.9 zo $1.67
Hy-Vee granola bars, 8.4 oz $2.00 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee Italian bread, 20 oz loaf $1.58 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee Italian express single-topping medium pizza, thin or traditional crust, 12 inch $5.00 ($0.10/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee Italian gourmet flatbread pizza $5.99 ($0.10/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee macaroni & cheese dinner, original 7.25 oz, limit 4 $0.25
Hy-Vee mushrooms, original or no salt, 4 oz $0.77
Hy-Vee pasta, 12-16 oz $0.77
Hy-Vee pop, 2 liter bottle $0.59
Hy-Vee seasoning, gravy or dip mix, .75-1.4 oz $0.50 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee snack mix, cheese snacks or party mix, 8-12 oz $1.50
Hy-Vee soft margarine, 16 oz $1.18 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
Hy-Vee tortilla chips, 10-13.6 oz $0.99
Midwest Country Fare ice cream, 4 quart pail, limit 2 $2.99
Midwest Country Fare vegetables, frozen, 16 oz $1.00

*25% off all Bulk Foods*
Boneless Angus beef chuck roast $3.97/lb
Pilgrim chicken drumstick or thighs $1.18/lb
Baby carrots, 1 lb package $0.77
Best Choice Russet potatoes, 10 lb bag $1.96
Fresh Express salad mix, baby spinach, veggie spring, shredded broccoli & cauliflower or sweet and cruncy, 5-7 oz $2.00
American Beauty pasta, 16 oz $0.85
Coca-Cola products, 24 pack cans $5.98
Jolly Time popcorn, 3 ct $0.98 ($0.75/2 coupon from 9/28/14 SS = $0.60 each)
Knorr pasta or rice sides, 4-5.7 oz $0.88
Lay’s or Kettle Cooked potato chips, 9.5-10 oz $1.78
Prego pasta sauce, 14.5-24 oz, limit 4 $0.98 ($0.40/2 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $0.78 each)
Tony’s pizzeria style or single serve pizza, 8-15.76 oz $1.67 ($0.75/2 printable coupon = $1.29 each)
Best Choice bath tissue, 6 rolls $2.35
Best Choice paper towels, 1 roll $0.64
Best Choice pumpkin, 15 oz can $0.75
Super Saver split top bread, white or wheat, 24 oz $1.18

***Super Saver Only Deal***
Buy One, Get One Free select Kraft, Velveeta, Oscar Mayer & Planters products (Note: no price listed in ad)


Disclosure: Compensation provided. However, all opinions expressed are mine.

I had an opportunity to visit an Omaha Steaks job fair for their call centers. Applying for a new job can be very intimidating, but Omaha Steaks makes it a fun and easy process! The best part is you get hired on the spot. No waiting for that phone call to find out if you got hired.

omaha steaks job fairs

When you walk in you will be greeted and offered an application to complete. You will then take a basic 15 minute computer proficiency test. Following the test, you will see what jobs you qualify for, including Inbound and Direct Sales, customer service and order processing and be able to listen to a job description for each position. Pick the job that interests you most and then wait for a personal interview.

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If you qualify for employment, you will be offered a position during the job fair and select your training dates and holiday schedule that day. Since it’s a 24-hour operation, there are lots of scheduling options that can work around your busy life.

The great thing about an Omaha Steaks job fair is that the whole process takes less than an hour and a half and you leave that day knowing whether or not you have a job. Plus, at every job fair they are giving away $100 cash, so you could walk away with a holiday job and some extra cash!

Omaha Steaks Call Center Job Fairs are Mondays & Tuesdays the entire month of October, starting at 8am at 10909 John Galt Boulevard in Omaha. (Warehouse Job Fairs are Wednesday in October at 4808 G Street.) Find out more information and details about Omaha Steaks Holiday Job Fairs.


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Omaha Steaks sure knows how to treat it’s customers! Last week, Omaha Steaks held their first ever private store event in Omaha. They invited several local bloggers to extend the invitation to their friends, family and fans. The turnout was amazing! I loved seeing all my Mom Saves Money friends.

Throughout the 2 1/2 hour event, we were treated to a buffet of delicious Omaha Steaks food cooked by their very own Chef Karl. We sampled beef wellington, jumbo shrimp with a savory cocktail sauce, juicy teriyaki pork tenderloin, several varieties of gourmet cheese and sausage and their exclusive chocolates and toffee. I tried a bit of everything and it was all delicious!

Omaha Steaks Event

Omaha Steaks gave away tons of free products that night with a drawing every 15 minutes and a huge grand prize at the end. Many of my guests won yummy food and everyone who attended received huge discounts on Omaha Steaks products. We are all very excited for the next Omaha Steaks event. It was a great evening of food, fun, discounts and prizes.

As we gear up for the holidays, make sure to check out your local Omaha Steaks store. They always have great specials in-store and a Steak Lovers Rewards program that rewards your shopping with Omaha Steaks gift cards. And, if you are looking for a seasonal job, make sure to check out one of the Omaha Steaks Job Fairs happening the entire month of October.

Pictured with other bloggers hosting this event left to right: Lisa from Midwest Mammas, Lisa from The Walking Tourists, me, Chef Karl from Omaha Steaks, Jen from Liv, Laugh, Love and Janelle from Bakes in Slippers.