If you have a Kroger in your area, this week is a great time to stock up on a few staples! Check out our Kroger Mega Event tips! page and get your savings on! I saved 55% on this shopping trip! We would love to hear about your savings too!
10 Nov 2013 Leave a Comment
18 Oct 2013 Leave a Comment
Two frugal Gals thought it would be nice to put together a little rock bottom price list that you can print out and keep on hand as a reference when you’re shopping. Keep in mind that this list is based on our experience, so your personal rock bottom prices may very. If you’re just starting, every item you purchase has a retail price, a sale price and a rock bottom price. A price log is a simple way to keep note of what you’re paying for an item. Just take a sheet of paper and write out 10 or 20 items that you buy every week, then, every single time you walk into the grocery store, write the price of that item down on the paper. You’ll need to do this for 6 to 8 weeks. Yes, it’s tedious but you’ll suddenly notice the price changes of your items and this will determine how low your prices can go and how ling you need to stock up. Once you find that rock bottom price, that is when you use your coupon then you stock up!
Two Frugal Gals Grocery Price List
|Canned Tomatoes||Free – .50||per 16 oz. can||Baking Powder||Free-.50||per can|
|Cereal||1.00-1.75||per 8 oz. box||Baking Soda||Free .50||per box|
|Dressing (Salad)||.30-.80||per 12 oz. bottle||Brownie Mixes||.50-1.00||per box|
|Ketchup||.50-1.00||per 12 oz. bottle||Cake Mixes||.50-1.00||per box|
|Mayonnaise||1.00-1.75||per 24 oz. container||Corn Starch||Free .50||per container|
|Mustard||Free – .50||per 8 oz. box||Flour||1.99||per 5 lb. bag|
|Pasta||Free – .50||per 14 oz. box||Frosting||.50-1.00||per container|
|Sauce (spaghetti)||1.00-1.25||per 45 oz. jar||Salt||.20-.50||per container|
|Sauce (Steak)||Free – .50||per 15 oz. jar||Sugar||1.49-1.99||per 4 lb.bag|
|Syrup||1.00-2.00||per 24 oz. bottle||Yeast||.50-1.00||per 3 pack strip|
|Tomato Paste||Free – .50||per 6 oz. can|
|Vegetables (Frozen)||.50-1.00||per 11 oz. bag||Meat||$|
|Waffles (frozen)||1.00-1.50||per 12 oz. box||Beef (ground)||1.99-2.99||per lb.|
|Beef Roast||2.49-3.49||per lb.|
|Dairy||$||Beef Stew||1.99-2.49||per lb.|
|Chicken (boneless skinless breast)|
|Butter||1.50-2.00||per lb.||tenderloins||1.99||per lb.|
|Cheese (cream)||.50-.99||per 8 oz.||Chicken (split breast)||1.19||per lb.|
|Cheese (shredded)||1.19-1.69||per 8 oz.||Chicken (whole)||.69-.99||per lb.|
|Eggs||.69-.89||per dozen||Fish (fresh)||3.99||per lb.|
|Margarine||free-.50||per 15 oz.||Fish (frozen)||2.99||per lb.|
|Milk||2.59-2.99||per gallon||Pork Chops (bone-in)||1.49-1.99||per lb.|
|Sour Cream||.50-.99||per 8 oz.||Pork Chops (boneless)||1.79-1.99||per lb.|
|Pork Roast||1.99-2.99||per lb.|
|Buns (hamburger)||0.99||per 8 ct. pkg||Chips (Doritos)||1.99||per oz. bag|
|Buns (hot dog)||0.99||per 8 ct. pkg||Chex Mix||.25-.50||per 12 oz. bag|
|In Season||Popcorn||1.00-1.25||per box of 3|
|Apples||.99-1.99||per lb.||Chips (Fritos)||1.50-1.99||per 10.25 oz.|
|Grapes||.89-1.19||per lb.||Toilet Paper||.19-.25||per sq ft.|
|Green Peppers||.25-.50||per lb.||Paper Plates||1.00-2.00||per 45 ct.|
|Lettuce||.99-1.29||per lb.||Paper Towels||Free-1.00||per roll|
|Watermelon||2.99-3.99||per lb.||Baby food||.30-.35||per jar|
|Baby wash or Shampoo||0.99||per 16 oz. bottle|
|Dental floss||Free-.50||per container|
|Deodorant||free – .50||per stick||Dish Detergent||2.00-3.00||per 30 loads|
|Shampoo, Conditioner||Dishwashing Soap||.50-1.00||per 12 oz. bottle|
|Hair Spray||.50-1.50||per bottle||Laundry Detergent||2.00-3.00||per 30 loads|
|Bar soap||free-.50||per 3 pack||Liquid Fabric Softener||1.00-2.00||per 40 loads|
|Hand soap||.30-1.00||per 12oz. Bottle||Bottled Cleaners||.50-1.00||per 24 oz. bottle|
|Toothpaste||free-.50||per 4 oz. tube||Toilet Bowl Cleaner||1.00-1.50||per 24 oz. container|
Click below to download price list!
08 Aug 2013 Leave a Comment
There is definitely a sense of satisfaction from going to the store with nothing but a few dollars and a handful of coupons and coming home with a sack full of stuff:) Sometimes I even have more coupons than groceries! Playing the “coupon game” is a fun challenge with some great benefits. For Russell and I it’s allowed us a little more freedom in our budget to do fun activities with the kiddos. It’s also allowed us to share our savings and blessing with others. We’ve been able to take some of our savings and donate to our local food bank. The great thing about using the couponing technique is we can give so much more. It’s a great feeling. If your interested in learning how to save on your shopping experience, check out our links below and give it a try! Who knows…you might look this excited the next time you grocery shop:)
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08 Jul 2013 Leave a Comment
Aldi is a relatively newer store in our area, it’s small and cheap. The things I appreciate most about this store are that it’s small which makes grocery shopping easier especially if you have kids. It’s super close to Kroger (across the street) so it makes it super easy to make a quick run for our favorite produce. However, don’t let appearance fool you, sometimes the ‘cheapest’ looking stores aren’t the cheapest in town. With that said, here are a few tips if you’re looking at shopping at Aldi to keep in mind.
Bring a quarter: you have to insert a quarter to get a basket. But you will get the quarter back when you return the basket. Also, bring bags in order to keep the prices low, Aldi requires you bring your own bags and bag your own grocries or you can purchase bags from Aldi when you check out.
Shop produce… I’ve seen very few stores ever beat the prices at Aldi when it comes to produce and Milk. Make sure you check for quality of produce. The picture above reflects one of my Aldi shopping trips. You cannot use coupons at Aldi, the prices are what they are. But the key to knowing if you’ve found your best deal is by knowing your best prices on the particular item. Don’t assume all their prices must be low, many times consumers assume all the prices must be low on their items because of the ‘cheap’ marketing strategies. Lastly check for quality, most items at Aldi are their own brand. You’ll find there are some items that compare just fine with the name brand but you’ll also find a few others that don’t. What has been your experience at Aldi? We’d love to know!
25 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
A few weeks ago our babysitter Madison graduated from High School. The girls and I adore her and Kinley wanted to plan a special dinner to celebrate her accomplishment. We had a wonderful time preparing this special evening and the dinner was super fabulous. I chose this recipe because of the many reviews I read on how great this meal freezes and so I made a double batch. Also taking into consideration… how could a meal that takes all the good things we love on pizza combined with noodles go wrong?!? NOT IN MY HOUSE!!
Next time I make this, I will add a layer of mozzarella cheese and more slices of pepperoni in the middle and on top since we LOVE cheese. Maybe even use Italian sausage instead of ground beef. The great thing about this is it can be customized any way you want it. Add your favorites to make it your own special recipe! This was a total HIT and we finally ate the frozen one this evening and the kiddos scraped the dish clean. Excellent, Frugal and easy! Try two frugal gals Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe for a great side!
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta, cooked and drained
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
8 ounces sliced pepperoni
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pasta.
Transfer to two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange pepperoni over the top. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months.
Bake the second casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (8-10 servings each).
Congrats to our favorite, fun, loving and generous Madison. We love you!
19 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
The Two Frugal Gals and our families spent this last weekend together. And…you wanna know what that means? We did lot’s of cooking and experimenting of course!!
This special treat wasn’t on the menu until Isaac requested he must have his s’more fix! I’d have to agree, he couldn’t have requested anything that fit summertime more perfectly. Who says they need to be made outdoors? These are easy to make in the oven and taste just as good as those made over an open fire. I quickly concluded after Isaac’s help in preparing the s’mores he could have at least one every day if his mommy would let him:)
Hershey’s Chocolate bars
Place graham crackers on baking sheet. Put 1 marshmallow on each cracker. Put 1 square of chocolate on each marshmallow. Put in a 350° oven for 4 to 6 minutes, just long enough to melt marshmallow and soften the chocolate. Remove from oven and put another graham cracker on top to make a sandwich.
It was a wonderful and frugal way to end our evening party!
18 Jun 2013 1 Comment
There are SO many ways you can make these delicious pop-in your mouth poppers. My hubby requested these for father’s day and of course I couldn’t refuse the man who is caring, generous, and charming and the most patient guy I know. He truly is an amazing father to our three wonderful kiddos! His favorite poppers is a pretty basic version, stuffing jalapeno halves with plain cream cheese, wrapping them with bacon, and baking them slowly for half an hour or so. Sometimes we will cook them on the grill. Either way, they are a perfect match for your summer party.
10 Fresh jalapeno
One 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 pkg of bacon
First, Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Begin by cutting jalapeno in half lengthwise. Keep the stems intact. Hubby says you want them to form a boat so you keep the filling from oozing out. I think it looks prettier that way too! With a spoon, scrape out the seeds and light-colored membranes. Remember: the heat comes from seeds and membranes, so if you can handle the hot, leave some of them in.
Next, stuff each hollowed jalapeno half with the cream cheese.
Wrap bacon slices around each half, covering as much of the surface as you can. Depending on the size of your pepper you may consider slicing your bacon in half (Large peppers may require a whole uncut slice of bacon) Be careful not to stretch the bacon too tightly around the jalapeno, as the bacon will contract as it cooks.
Secure the jalapeno with toothpicks and pop them in the oven for 1 hour, or until the bacon is sizzling. Serve hot or at room temperature. Seriously… you might consider making more than you think you’ll need, they are that good!! These poppers can be assembled up to a day ahead of time and kept in the fridge before cooking. OR they can be fully cooked and frozen in plastic bags and warm them up in the oven.
10 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
Last week one of our local stores had their blueberries and raspberries on sale. I mentioned in a previous post Blueberry Bread how much we LOVE blueberries, so of coursce, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to stock up. Shortly after I came home from the store I realized we were going to be gone the whole following weekend. I didn’t want to come home from our trip and throw away this wonderful deal. So I came across some wonderful ways extend the life of berries. Best of all, freezing fresh fruits during their peak season is a pretty savvy way to be frugal!
Here are a few tips I found on how to extend the life of berries.
- Vinegar kills any bacteria or spores on contact (That’s why its used in all natural and frugal cleaners). Applying the same principle to berries will help kill any mold or bacteria that might be on the surface of the fruit.
- As soon as you come home with your fruit, before placing in the fridge do simple vinegar wash first. Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) with five parts water. It is not necessary to rinse the berries after soaking. Before placing in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a paper towel to absorb any moisture.
- Dump the berries into the mixture and swirl around. Drain, rinse them with water, dry and put in fridge (I promise they won’t taste like vinegar). Let stand undisturbed for 1 minute; do not allow berries to soak for longer. Make sure they are completely dry before storing them in the fridge, which is the magic secret. Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries can go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft.
Here are some simple tips to freezing your fruit!
- Wash blueberries or raspberries and pat dry.
- Sort out any under-ripe, over-ripe, bruised or otherwise damaged berries. Also remove any leaves, stems or debris.
- Pour the blueberries onto a cookie sheet in a single layer. This will keep them from freezing together in clumps.
- Place the tray in the coldest part of your freezer, and leave it there until the berries are completely frozen.
- Transfer the frozen blueberries to a freezer bag or another freezer-safe container of your choice.
- Blueberries will keep in the freezer indefinitely, but are best used within six months of freezing.
- Stay on top of what’s in your freezer by labeling all bags and containers with their contents and the date that you froze them
Here are some frugal Summertime Fruits for June – July – August
Apricots, Asian Pear, Barbados Cherries, Black Currants, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, breadfruit, Cantaloupe, Casaba Melon, Champagne Grapes, Cherries, Crenshaw Melon, Durian, Elderberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Honeydew Melons, Jackfruit, Key Limes, Limes, Loganberries, Loquat, Lychee, Mulberries, Nectarines, Olallieberries, Passion Fruit, Peaches, Persian Melon, Plums, Raspberries, Sapodillas, Sapote, Strawberries, Sugar Apple, Watermelon.
29 May 2013 Leave a Comment
Yes!! It’s finally blueberry season! As a frugal gal, I typically try to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season to use in making our meals. If you’re not quite sure what’s in season, check out our grocery sale cycle to learn more!
In my house, I can sit a container of blueberries out on the counter and before it even seems possible, they’re gone! While these are great to eat by themselves, I decided to try a new recipe for our breakfast this morning. It was really good right out of the oven and extremely moist (the yogurt must have done that?). I’ve tried many recipes in the past and this will defiantly be one I will do again. The most important part, it went over great with the kiddos! Thanks to Baking Bites for this wonderful recipe!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 cups blueberries (12 oz)
2 tsp lemon zest
½ cup plain yogurt, regular or low fat
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the blueberries and lemon zest and toss to combine.
In a seperate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the yogurt then the dry ingredients, mixing only until incorporated and being careful not to crush the blueberries.
Scoop batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting gently onto a plate.
I’m thinking this would be great with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on the side for a perfect after dinner snack.
If you want to make it super simple and bite sized for the kiddos, after refrigerated (it’s a bit difficult when hot) a few hours, use sharp, serrated knife and make long strokes to cut each slice. And slice again down the middle.
16 May 2013 Leave a Comment
I love cooking but I tend to get very frustrated when I try to cook and my fresh foods turn bad quicker than I can use them. I found these great tips that will hopefully make life more frugal. Thanks BuzzFeed Food for this great info!
1. Onions stored in pantyhose will last as long as 8 months. Put onions in pantyhose, and tie knots between onion. Source: seriouseats.com
2. Freeze green onions in a plastic bottle. Make sure the green onions are completely dry before storing or they’ll get freezer burn. Source: unchinabox.net
3. Get ethleneethlylene gas absorbers for the fridge. A set of 3 costs $16. These little pods absorb the ethylene emitted by fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh up to 3x longer. Here’s a handy list of ethylene-producing and ethylene-sensitive foods. Source: savvysugar.com
4. Store delicate herbs like flowers, then cover with plastic, secure with a rubberband, and refrigerate. This is the best way to keep delicate herbs like parsley, basil, cilantro, and chives fresh the longest.
5. Treat oily herbs differently. Oily herbs like thyme can be tied loosely together with string and hung in the open air.
7. Use a vinegar solution to make your berries last longer. Prepare a mixture of one part vinegar (white or apple cider) and ten parts water. Swirl the berries around in the mixture, drain, rinse, and put them in the fridge. The solution is diluted enough that you won’t taste the vinegar. Raspberries will last a week or more, and strawberries go almost two weeks without getting moldy and soft. Source: passionforsavings.com
8. Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting it back in the fridge. There are a number of ways to keep avocado green, and oil is one of them. You should also keep the pit in the guacamole. Source: onegoodthingbyjillee.com
9. Don’t store onions with potatoes. They’ll spoil faster. In a cool dry place with good air circulation, onions will last 2-3 months. Source: thevspotblog.com
10. Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting. Source: homesteadsurvival.blogspot.com
11. One rotten apple can spoil the bunch. It’s not just an old wives’ tale. Source: thedailymeal.com
12. Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to keep it from drying out. Source: thedailymeal.com
13. More cheese rules: Wrap in cheese paper or wax paper (NOT plastic wrap) and then place in a plastic baggie. Keep in the warmest part of the fridge (vegetable or cheese drawer). Source: thekitchn.com
14. Freeze and preserve fresh herbs in olive oil.
The herbs will infuse the oil while freezing, and the ice cubes are very handy for cooking: just pop one out and use as the base of a dish. Works best with rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Dill, basil, and mint should always be used fresh. Source: thekitchn.com
15. Follow these rules on where to place items within your fridge: Source: squawkfox.com
16. Store asparagus like cut flowers.
Sort of. Cut the stems, place in water, throw a plastic bag over ‘em and refrigerate. They’ll stay crisp for a week or longer, and you can use this trick on cilantro and parsley as well. See here for more details. Source: alwaysorderdessert.com
17. Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap.
They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual, which is especially helpful if you eat organic bananas. Bananas also produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit, so keep them isolated on the counter. Source: snapguide.com
18. This trick using a paper towel will keep your salad lettuce fresh all week long. The paper towel will absorb the moisture. Get more info here.
Also, you might want to invest in a salad spinner. It’ll get rid of moisture, which is the culprit of wilting leaves. Source: img.gawkerassets.com
19. Wrap celery, broccoli, and lettuce in tin foil before storing in the fridge. It’ll stay crisp for 4 weeks or more. Source: reparetodaywardnewsletter.blogspot.com
20. Mason jars are your friend.
They provide a healthier and longer-lasting alternative to plastic tupperware, which deteriorates and stains easily. Produce will keep a few days longer if stored in a jar. Source: easyst2.blogspot.com
21. Clean your fridge. Once something goes bad in your fridge or cupboards, it leaves behind a nice gang of mold ready to eat up your new food. Disinfect the fridge — it’ll make everything last a little longer. Source: google.com
22. How to store tomatoes: Don’t store tomatoes in plastic bags! The trapped ethylene will make them ripen faster. Unripe tomatoes should be kept stem side down, in a paper bag or single layer in a cardboard box in a cool area until they turn red in color. To ripen faster, store with fruit. The gases emitted will help ripen the tomatoes. Perfectly ripe tomatoes should be kept at room temperature, on the counter away from sunlight, in a single layer, not touching one another, stem side up. Overly ripe tomatoes should be put in the fridge, but let them come to room temperature before eating them. via Yumsugar.
23. Reuse plastic bottles to close up your plastic bags. Make sure your produce is absolutely dry before putting the cap on. Source: media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com
24. Keep ginger in the freezer. It grates much more easily, and the peel grates up so fine that you don’t actually need to peel it. Plus it lasts way longer. Source: lowcarbdiets.about.com
25. Roast nuts as soon as you get home from the store, then store them in the freezer.
Nuts that are roasted have more flavor, keep longer, and can always be used in recipes that call for nuts, roasted or otherwise. Spread them in a single layer on a sheet pan, bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant. Source: 2.bp.blogspot.com
26. Keep mushrooms in a paper bag, not a plastic bag. A plastic bag will trap moisture and cause them to mildew. Put them in a paper bag in the fridge or in a cool, dry place. Source: 123rf.com
27. Follow this handy guide on what to store on the counter, and what to put away in the fridge: