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    Shopping Smart

    I’ve been using coupons and shopping from store flyers for many years. While I’m proud to say I save anywhere from ten to fifteen dollars each week, I’ve finally kicked my savings into high gear. The supermarket I do the bulk of my shopping at tallies up your savings on your receipt. The other day mine came to $69.35, so much in fact, that the store has a policy that if it’s over $50 a supervisor has to check and okay it for the cashier.  Here’s what I’ve learned from months of fine tuning my savings- A Sale Isn’t a Catch   Last week I was in the store and…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-A Very Veggie BLT

    Ask vegetarians what’s the one thing they miss about their new way of eating and most of them say bacon. There are lots of good veggie alternatives on the market and one of my favorites is Morningstar Farms Bacon Strips. Best thing is they’re available in most supermarkets these days. Whenever I have a coupon it’s one item I stock up on. This week I thought I’d try a different version of a BLT. Instead of laying lettuce and tomato with this fake bacon, I added sun-dried tomatoes to cream cheese and opted for field greens. This is a simple recipe and you can make as many or as few sandwiches…

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    May’s Month of Savings

    Lots of good tips from Georgine this month- May is a big month. First there is Mother’s Day, then communions, confirmations, weddings, and graduations to name a few of the exciting gift-giving occasions. Flowers are a perfect fit for all of them. Jewelry is another timeless expression of affection.  Keep in mind, most often, if an online site asks if you have a coupon code, there probably is one. If you have trouble locating one, try Swag Bucks. It is a search engine just like Google however the BIG difference is that you earn points randomly for your searches (you get 100 points just for joining). These points add up…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cheese and Broccoli Pasta Pinwheels

    Sometimes you can fall into a cooking rut. Making the same old recipes over and over again. For me, vegetable lasagna often falls into that category. The other week I had half a box of lasagna pasta, a jar of pasta sauce, and half a container of cottage cheese. All of which got me thinking about what I could possibly make with them. Here’s what I came up with, a new twist on lasagna by using the pasta in a slightly different way. This dish is filling so it easily serves 4-6 people especially if you pair it with a salad. Leftovers also freeze well too. 7 strips of lasagna pasta…cook…

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    How Not To Be A Naughty Couponer

    This month, Marcia has some tips on the dos and don’ts of couponing-     Why Extreme Couponers Have Such a Bad Reputation Extreme couponing has evolved, and not in a good way. The fascination we all felt a couple of years ago as we heard of coupon clippers able to buy hundreds of dollars of food for $1 is now facing a backlash. Whether you’re just getting started or have been couponing for years, you may want to take note of the new do’s and don’ts of extreme couponing.  Don’t be a shelf clearer. In response to extreme couponers who purchase all the available products on a grocery store…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Grilled Portabella Mushroom and Couscous

    This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is courtesy of NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar who sent this to me to share with you http://www.mizkan.com/Brands/Nakano/ProductsAndFlavors/ Grilled Portabella Mushrooms with Fontina Melt INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. soy sauce 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary, or 1/4 tsp. dried rosemary 1/2 tsp. salt 4 portabella mushrooms, 5 to 6-inch diameter (or 8 portabellas 3-inches across)* 4 slices Fontina cheese (cut to fit mushrooms)  DIRECTIONS In a small bowl or 1-cup measuring cup, stir together rice vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, rosemary, and salt. Wipe mushrooms with a damp cloth or paper towel; remove stems. Place…

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    Bulk Bin Shopping…the key to saving money

    Those of you who’ve followed my posts since the very beginning know I’m a huge fan of buying items from the bulk bin section. Check out any article on ways to save money and I can guarantee using bulk bin finds makes its way to every single one.  Here are some of my favorite reasons to check out that section of your supermarket or co-op- Not Just Good for Your Wallet My top reason for buying in bulk is to save money but at the same time I’m also doing something good for the environment too. Less waste on packaging…and yes, those savings get passed along to you.  Some places even…