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Shopping Slump... No Procter & Gamble AGAIN?

I must be in a slump. For the last three weeks there havn't been any inserts that really excite me. Or maybe it's because the economy is in a slump?

I've been shopping less and using more from my personal Mini Store in my freezers and pantry. I love the prices of these items. I don't get a lot for FREE, but .30 Ragu, .25 bags/boxes of pasta, .25 boxes of tea, .50 bags of sugar, .50 packages of cheese, .50 bags of chips, etc. really helps me save money so I CAN afford to buy MORE meat and vegetables/fruits for a healthier menu for my family.

I'm hoping things will start picking up again soon. Here is the coupon inserts that should be in your paper today. I dont think I'll be buying many, how about you?

Smart Source

$1/2 Hagan Ice Cream, 1.5qt - 1.75qt - (x8/16)
.50/1 Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages product - (x9/30)
$1 off Benadryl Allergy product - (x9/30)
$1 off Benadryl Cream, Spray, or Gel product - (x9/30)
$2 off Bengay product -(x8/31)
.75/2 Betty Crocker Box Supreme Brownie Mixes - (x8/22)
.50/2 Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Mixes - (x8/22)
.50/1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights Bowl or Mini Bowl - (x8/22)
$3 off Bic Soleil Refillable Razor Handle or Cartridge Refills 4pk or 8k - (x8/2)
.75/1 Butterball Deep Fried Turkey Lunchmeat -(x8/1)
$1/2 Carefree Products 34ct+ - (x8/31)
.75/1 Chex Mix Bars - (x8/22)
$1 off Chinet Classic White or Casuals Plates - (x9/14)
$1 off Chinet Comfort Cups - (x9/14)
$1 off Chinet Cut Crystal Plates and Cups - (x9/14)
$1 off Chinet Salad and Side Dish Plates - (x9/14)
.75/1 Colgate Total, Sensitive, Max Fresh, Max White, or Colgate Kid’s Toothpaste (x7/18)
.50/1 Cortaid product - (x9/30)
$1/3 Dole Canned Pineapple, 20 oz cans - (x9/30)
$1/2 Eckrich Franks or Smoked Sausage - (x8/1)
.50/1 Egg-lands Best Cage Free or Organic Dozen Eggs - (x9/30)
.35/1 Egg-lands Best Eggs - (x9/30)
.35/1 Egg-lands Best Hard-Cooked & Peeled Eggs - (x9/30)
$5 off Ester-C product - (x8/12)
$1/3 General Mills Cereals - (x8/8)
.50/1 Glass Plus prouct - (x9/22)
$1/2 Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips or Cheese -(x8/31)
$1/2 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate w/ Almonds, or Special Dark Chocolate 6-packs - (x9/30)
$1.50 K-Y, Tucks, or Soothing Care product - (x9/30)
.55/1 Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce, 10oz+ - (x9/30)
B3G1 Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, 7.25oz or smaller boxes (excludes organic) -
.75/1 Lloyd’s Ribs or Tub - (x8/31)
$5 off Makers of Monistat Soothe & Relieve Pack - (x9/30)
$3 off Monistat Yeast Infection Treatment or E.P.T. product (x6/30/10)
.50/1 Neosporin product - (x9/30)
$1.50 O.B. product - (x8/31)
$1 off Off! Clip-On Repellent Refill - (x8/22)
$2 off Off! Clip-On Repellent Starter - (x8/22)
.55/1 Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats Thin Rolls - (x9/27)
$1 off Pert Plus 12oz+ - (x8/31)
$1 off Pert Plus for Men - (x8/31)
$1/2 Planters products, 9oz - 21.25oz -(x9/13)
$1 off Playtex Disposable Gloves - (x11/30)
$1 off Playtex Living or HandSaver Gloves - (x11/30)
$1 off Purina Friskies brand Canned Cat Food, (15) 5.5oz cans or (2) 12ct or (1) 24ct+ Multipack- (x9/30)
$1 off Purina Friskies brand Dry Cat Food 3.15lb+ bag, any variety - (x9/30)
$1 off Resolve High Traffic Foam product - (x8/9)
$1 off Resolve Product -(x8/9)
$1 off Reynolds Wrap Foil (excludes 20, 25, and 30 sq. ft.) - (x7/26)
$1 off Sabra Hummus, any variety - (x8/1)
$1 off Save on Frito Lay Snacks, any variety 9oz+ bag wyb Frito Lay Dip, any variety 9.5oz+ jar - (x8/8)
$1 off Smithfield Boneless Ham - (x8/31)
$1 off Smithfield Smoked Pork Chops - (x8/31)
B1G1 Stayfree Product (excludes Jumbo pack) - (x8/31)
.75/1 Sure Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant 2oz+ -(x8/31)
$1.25 Sure for Men Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant - (x8/31)
.50/2 Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast can -(x8/23)
$1 off Swiss Premium Tea, (1) Gallon or (2) Half Gallons - (x8/31)
$3 off wyb Pampers 180ct+ Baby Wipes AND Pampers Diapers or Training Pants (x10/31) (target coupon)
$1/2 Tums 24ct+ - (x7/31)
$2 off Tums Dual Action 25ct+ - (x7/31)
$1.25 Tums Value Size (excludes 150ct Peppermint or Assorted Fruit) - (x7/31)
$1/3 Twizzlers or Yough & Smylie packages, 8oz+ - (x9/30)
.85/1 Viva Towels Big Roll Package - (x8/23)
$1 off Wholly Guac or Salsa - (x8/31)
$1 off Wholly Guac or Salsa - (x9/30)

Red Plum

$1/2 Ball Park Franks, any variety - (x7/25)
.75/1 Ben & Jerry’s Flipped Out! - (x8/9)
$1/2 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt or Sorbet Pints - (x8/9)
$1 off Degree Body Mist - $1.00 off any 1 (x9/20)
$1.25 Degree Men Absolute Protection Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant - (x8/23)
.75/1 Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant - (x8/23)
$1 off Dove Body Mist - (x9/20)
.75/1 Duracell CopperTop 4pk+ AA or AAA, any size C, D, or 9v (x7/31)
$2 off Duracell Hearing Aid Batteries with EasyTab 8pk, 16pk or 20pk -(x7/31)
.60/1 Hellmann’s product, 18oz+ - (x9/20)
$1 off Ideal 100ct Packets - (x11/30)
Free Ideal 50ct Packets, up to $2.59 (x11/30)
$2 off Ideal Bag -(x11/30)
.50/1 Knorr Recipe Mix product - (x9/13)
.75/1 L’oreal Kids Ice Age Shampoo or any other L’oreal Kids Product -(x9/20)
.60/2 Lipton Recipe Secrets product - (x9/13)
.50/1 Lipton Tea Bags, Lipton To Go, or any Iced Tea Mix - (x9/20)
.50/1 Luigi’s Real Italian Ice - (x8/31)
$1 off Meow Mix dry cat food 3.5lbs+ or Wholesome Goodness dry cat food 3.15lb+ - (x8/23)
$1/4 Meow Mix Market Select single cups or Wholesome Goodness single cups 2.75oz - (x8/23)
.50/1 Minute Maid Frozen Novelty - (x8/31)
.50/1 Nestle Coffee-Mate Liquid Creamer - (x9/28)
.50/1 Nestle Coffee-Mate Powder Creamer - (x9/28)
$1 off Pantene Expressions or Restoratives product - (x7/31)
$1 off Pedigree Good Bites Treats for Dogs - (x8/23)
$1 off Pedigree Jumbone Treats for Dogs - (x8/23)
$1/2 Pringles 180g+ cans - $1.00 off any 2 (x7/31)
$1/2 Pringles Fat Free 165g cans - $1.00 off any 2 (x7/31)
.50/1 Pringles Snack Stacks, Stix, Minis, or Select product - (x7/31)
$7.50 Pur or Pur Flavor Options System, pitcher or faucet - (x7/31)
$2 off Purina Fit & Trim brand Adult Dog Food, 3.5lb+ bag - (x7/12)
$1 off Quaker True Delights Granola Bars - (x8/22)
$1 off Real Simple Magazine - (x7/26)
$1 off Rubbermaid Beverage Pitcher or Bottle - (x9/27)
$1.25 Slim-Fast Bars multi-pack - (x9/20)
$1.40 Slim-Fast Ready-to-Drink Multi-Pack or Powder Canister -(x9/20)
$1 off Smooth Away or Smooth Away Vibe Hair Removal System - (x9/30)
.50/1 Treasure Cave Cheese, 4oz+ - (x9/30)
$1/3 Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice pouches - (x8/23)
.50/1 Whole Fruit Fruit Bar - (x8/31)
.50/1 Whole Fruit Sorbet - (x8/31)
$1 off Wish-Bone Bountifuls Dressing, 9.5oz+ - (x9/19)
$1.25/2 Wish-Bone Dressings (x9/19)

There still was no Procter & Gamble insert this week. Does anyone know what's going on with them?


Honey-Citrus Dressing

This is a fun way to add some variety to your fruits and melons!

1/3 cup frozen lemonade or limeade concentrate (thawed)
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
dash of ground mace
dash of salt

Combine and beat all until smooth. Cover and chill well. Serve over melon balls or mixed fresh fruits and berries.

Cantaloupe was on sale for .89 a piece this week. Makes a quick & frugal dessert without heating up your kitchen too.


All You July Coupons Sneak Peek

If you don't subscribe to All You magazine, here's a sneak peek of the coupons that will be in the July issue. It's a total savings of $70.62! You can pick up a copy of the July issue at your local Walmart on Friday, June 26.

Be sure to click the image so it will enlarge so you can read it!


Homemade Dill Dressing

How is your dill growing?

Here is a quick & easy dressing for salads or try drizzling over those home grown tomatoes! Yum!

1 cup real mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
1 teaspoon dried crushed dill weed
1/2 teaspoon minced onion
Ground pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons milk to thin to desired consistency.

Stir together mayonnaise, lemon juice or vinegar, dill weed, onion, and pepper to well blended. Thin with milk to desired consistency. Cover and chill.

Serve over lettuce wedges or tomatoes.

For a healthier version use plain yogurt (drained) instead of the mayonnaise.


FREE Digiorno Flatbread Melt

We all love FREE and Digiorno is offering a coupon for a FREE Flatbread Melt.

Of course the coupons will be limited so hurry to sign up for yours. It only takes a minute to give your name and address for them to mail your coupon.

FREE Digiorno Flatbread Melt Coupon

Can Your Own Pickles: 48 Hour Sour Pickles

There is no greater satisfaction than growing your own food and learning how to preserve it. You know exactly what your family is eating and how it was grown and prepared. Last year our cucumbers did pretty well. This year there will be none if I dont get my butt out to the garden and get them seeds poked into the ground!

Here's a recipe I found in my aunts recipe collection that I want to try. My uncle says my aunt used it several times when their cucumbers were abundant.

32 3-5 inch long cucumbers
1 cup salt
4 quarts water
4 cups vinegar
1 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon whole cloves
1/2 tablespoon celery seed
1/2 tablespoon peppercorns

Wash cucumbers and place in a large clean crock or enamelware kettle. Dissolve salt in the water and pour over cucumbers. Place cover over the crock/kettle. Let stand 24 hours, then drain off.

Cover with fresh cold water and let sit 20 minutes. Drain. If rinse water is too salty, repeat. Meanwhile combine vinegar, sugar and spices tied in a bag, bring to boil and boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Once cucumbers are drained, wash kettle/crock thoroughly. Cut cucumbers lengthwise in halves or quarters and place back into kettle/crock. Bring vinegar/sugar solution back to a boil. Remove spice bag and pour boiling hot syrup over cucumbers. Cover kettle/crock and let stand 24 hours.

After 24 hours, remove cucumbers. Bring syrup back to a boil while heating 8 pint jars. Fill hot jars with upright cucumbers. Pour syrup over leaving 1/2 inch of headroom. Top jars and process 10 minutes in a water bath. Remove jars.

To make a sweet pickle increase the sugar in the syrup to 3 cups.

If you would like further reading on canning, canning equipment, and the overall process of canning pickles; here is an excellent site for you to check out. Pick Your Own


Meal Plan Menu 6/15-6/21

Organizing Junkie is home to Menu Plan Monday.

My sister came in to town from Louisiana and so my plans last week was rearranged. I will be doing meals from last week, since we didnt actually have them.

Monday Burritos

Tuesday Baked Pork Steak

Wednesday Popcorn Chicken Salads

Thursday Sausage Potato Casserole, Salad

Friday Grilled Chicken Breast, Potatoes, Salad

Saturday Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Sunday Grilled Hamburgers & Hotdogs


Monday Meal Plan Menu 6/8-6/14

Organizing Junkie is home to Menu Plan Monday.

Monday Smoked Pork Roast Dinner (left over from yesterday!)

Tuesday Mock Filet Mignon

Wednesday Popcorn Chicken Salads

Thursday Sausage Potato Casserole, Salad

Friday Drive In Movie Night: Grilled Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

Saturday Tacos

Sunday Grilled Chicken Breast, Potatoes, Salad


Homemade Avocado Dressing

Being frugal means a lot of different things to each individual. One way I like to be frugal is making my own mixed seasonings, cleaners, and of course dressings & dips. Here's another one of my favorite recipes for those summer veggies that are so abundant at farmers markets and from my own garden. Enjoy!

1 cup real mayonnaise
1 ripe medium avocado, cut in chunks
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped green chilies
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash of hot pepper sauce
1 clove garlic
4 to 6 tablespoons milk

Process all ingredients except milk until smooth. Thin with milk to desired consistency. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Makes 2 cups.

Serve over sliced/diced tomatoes or raw vegetables.

In case you missed them, here's a list of all my other dressing recipes:
Ranch Dressing
Bacon & Onion Dressing
Catalina Dressing
Vinaigrette Dressing

For other great frugal tips and ideas, be sure to visit Life As Mom's Frugal Friday. Share some frugal ideas with all of us there.


Today is National Doughnut Day

Why not make your own doughnuts today instead of buying into the consumer gimmick?

Doughnuts come in all sizes, shapes and flavors. They can be fried or baked. You can make them very fancy using your expensive doughnut pan, or make them like your grandma did... simple, quick and with a rustic touch.

Here's a few recipes for quick & easy doughnuts to make with your children today. They will have a ball making them.

Tube Biscuit Doughnuts
Remove from tube.
Pat each biscuit out just a bit.
Using a cap from 2ltr bottle of pop; cut a hole in the center.
Heat oil in a deep fryer, a Fry Daddy, or a skillet until a drop of water sizzles in the pan.
Using a fork, carefully lower each doughnut into hot grease. Be sure to do the donut "holes" also. When they are golden brown, turn and brown on the other side.
Drain on a paper towel for a couple minutes.
You can shake them gently in a brown paper bag with about 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. OR you can mix up powdered sugar, milk and vanilla to glaze them. Try even spreading your childs favorite jelly/jam on them.

Dipped Bread Doughnuts
Mix up 1 cup of pancake mix per directions.
Take 3 slices of bread and remove crust. Cut from corner to corner, making 4 triangles.
Dip each triangle in pancake batter and then fry in oil until golden brown. Drain.
Sift powder sugar over top.
Spread with jam/jelly is also yummy.
Best eaten warm.

You can also make doughnuts from cake mix, pancake mix, and of course from scratch.
Happy Doughnut Day!


Hot Printable Coupons from Coupons.com

It's the first of the month and a new selection of printable coupons from Coupons.com! Be sure to print yours from my sidebar before they are gone.

If you have problems getting Wal-Mart, Kmart or Target accepting your printables, be sure to read my tips in this previous post. CLICK HERE

Here's a peek at a few of the great coupons--

.50/1 Lucky Charms Cereal
.55/1 Reese’s Cereal
$1.00/3 General Mills Cereals
.75/1 Big G (General Mills) Cereals

$1/1 one pound or larger Velveeta Pasteurized Cheese
$1/1 Velveeta Shells & Cheese or Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese Dinner
$1/2 Kraft Natural Cheese (shredded, chunks or slices)
$1/2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese bricks
.75/1 Kraft Deli Deluxe Cheese (8oz or larger)
$1/2 Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups
$1/1 Kraft Bagel-fuls
$1/2 Kraft Easy Mac cups

Other great coupons:
.50/1 Minute Rice Ready to Serve Product
$1/1 Grey Poupon

$1/1 California Pizza Kitchen, 12” variety
$1/1 DiGiorno Crispy Flatbread 12” Pizzas
$1/2 Tombstone 12” Pizzas

$1/2 Kool-Aid Canisters
.50/10 Packs of Kool-Aid packets (or .50/2 5packs)
$1/1 Crystal Light Drink Mix
$2/2 Crystal Light Drink Mix

$1/1 Wisk
$1/1 Keebler Sandies
.50/1 Chex Mix
$1/1 Yoplait 4 Pack (plus several others)
$2/1 Garnier Nutrioniste

Thank you to everyone who does print their printables from my sidebar. It really helps me out since I've been recently unemployed. Every little bit helps and adds up!

Redbox FREE Monday Rental

Today is FREE movie rental day at Redbox. The code is FM63H7. Can be used until midnight tonight.