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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/16/2011 8:40 PM EST
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I notice similar reactions among the kids at our church.  We have an inexpensive family meal on Wednesdays at our church and sadly it is gradually becoming very like fast food "because that's what the kids want" 
The other factor is that it is becoming harder to get people who are willing to prepare much "from scratch".  Fewer people seem to even know how!

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/16/2011 8:48 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
Those companies stick in all that stuff - injections and fake gravy - just so they can charge the "per pound" for trash. BUT .........now so many people want the trash. At a church event if someone brings pkgs of fancy iced and decorated commercial cookies (with an expiration date 6 months away) those are the cookies most kids go for.   My sister was having her grandson for dinner and the treat was twice baked potatoes full of bacon, onion and cheese.  The child was horrified to see anybody making that when he knew you were supposed to buy it ready-to-go in a grocery store freezer.  He tasted her home-made potatoe but said it was too bad to eat.
Posted by Nancy G


This is the exact reason that I find cooking with my Grandson a real joy.  He can try things that he might not otherwise.  We have made the best Mac-N-Cheese with my "secret ingredient" he now asks for home made rather than the box stuff. Home made cookies and cakes are so much better and yesterday he made chocolate covered pretzels and a bark with m&m's.  I think he is having fun learning that so many of the things that you buy can be made better, easier and less expensive than the items you get from the store.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the.

posted at 11/16/2011 10:17 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
No " BARGAINS"  found in today'sgrocery store visit.But we did leave   w/ a good supply of vitltes for only $43; thanks to  good shoping: combining coupons;  marked downs & , sale items. We got nearly a # of deli cooked roast beef( a chunk I will have to slice myself using our  food processor); a bag of oranges; a bag of apples;  abunch of bananas, a Qt of Greek yogurt( sour cream substitute & cheescake starter       (8  low carb wholegrain  burger buns; cat treats and a gallon of cranberry juice, cold whole grain cereal, a ripe fresh pineapple;  ingredients for 4 pans of fudge brownies & 4 dozen Chinese almond cookies;  &  several yogurt cups All  will become  well balanced tastey meals  in the next few weeks
 Money mouth using items already in my pantry &  freezer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We also got a 12 pk   of chocoalte covered ice cream bars(on a stick); 5 pecan stickybuns from the instore bakery
;  a pkg of tofuw/ added vitB12;  2  pkgsof vegetarian  ground
meat substitute made from soy beans( no cholesterol & very versatile(chili non carne, vegetarian "meat"sauce for pasta=  about 2# extra lean ground beef  & no fear of  e- coli or mad cow disease!
      ; 2 avocados;  a BIG bag of restaurant style tortila chips( nachos, salad topper& sandwich sides;
/>3 cans of broth( both chicken & beef for misc. lite meals( ad veggies& pasta or barley
/>ADD ALSO: 12bars of chocolaecoveredicecream on sticks(ThinkDOVE bars) not thebrand name but the  less expensive store's own( generic/house ) brand. He got thewhole pkg of 12  for about the price of only one brand name bar. we also >got 3 containers of a dessert like light yogurt: strawberry shortcake;three berry  torte; black forrest cake. all only100 calories  each; high in Calcium & VIT D;
on sale.Using coupons we paid about half the regular price for theseSmile.
Just because we are not going to any holiday parties,doesn't mean we can't enjoy sweet treats during the holiday season!Undecided

good cheap eating

posted at 11/17/2011 1:23 AM EST
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I use whole food items as much as possible.  Whole chickens, turkeys, bone-in beef roasts make good, low maintenance meals, and leave you with leftovers for pot pies, soups, pasta and rice dishes, sandwiches, fajitas, dirty rice and beans, you name it.   I always use bones and carcasses for stock.  If I don't have time to make stock in a timely fashion, or don't have enough to make it worthwhile, I simply freeze the leftover bones and use them after enough have collected.  Poultry and beef can be used seperately for clean distinct flavors, or mixed together to make an all-purpose household stock.  Stock can be frozen, with 1" headroom for expansion, for up to 6 months.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 5:54 AM EST
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thanks for all the hints

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 6:49 AM EST
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If you are paying $5.99 and up for ham in the deli case,why not buy a boneless ham from the meat case.I have done this when they are on sale and ask the meat dept to slice thin so you can freezer 1# packages and bring out as needed.On sale $$2.79 # VS.$5.99 and up per pound.You just saved $3 + per pound.All it cost you was a few minutes of time.I buy whole boneless pork loins when on sale and cut into chops,roasts and cubes for city chicken.If you ask the butcher for the sticks for city chicken they will charge only a small amount or free of charge in most cases.Beef sirloin tip is good for roasts,stews or cubed for shish kabobs and beef with brown gravy.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 7:13 AM EST
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WTG, Gale, I do the same. Last month I bought a whole beef sirloin tip & cut it into 2 roasts, cubes for kabobs, thin (pounded) pieces for pepper steak & pieces for swiss steak. Last week I bought a boneless pork loin ($1.79# on sale) & will be cutting it up soon (use date is Dec. 5th) even though I just used a raincheck for one in Oct.

Last week I bought some shelled walnuts for $4.49# ( only got 2 #s because I was a little over my budget) & I bought 4# boneless skinless chicken breasts($1.89#). I bought 3 small cans of pure pumpkin @ $ .99 each (never heard of the brand, but I read the label & it was 100% pumpkin & from the U.S., so I decided to give it a try)

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 7:58 AM EST
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I was at the store and found the sale for 10for10.00 and that was greatdeal.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 8:46 AM EST
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Hey Gale ----------
Please, what's "city chicken"?

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 10:18 AM EST
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About "Fewer people seem to even know how!"  Fewer people have the time to prepare meals from scratch.  It's easier to pick up something on the way home from work or pick up frozen and ready prepared meals from the store.  And then there's also who is there to teach how to prepare homemade meals.
Growing up my mother cooked and baked from scratch.  Mealtime it was expected that we all sit down and eat dinner and all weekend meals together.  And no TV.  We ate in the kitchen at the table and the TV was in the living room at the other end of the house.

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I notice similar reactions among the kids at our church.  We have an inexpensive family meal on Wednesdays at our church and sadly it is gradually becoming very like fast food "because that's what the kids want"  The other factor is that it is becoming harder to get people who are willing to prepare much "from scratch".  Fewer people seem to even know how!
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 2:50 PM EST
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I'm off topic but wanted to say ..... a couple evenings ago I was in Walmart and a lovely young woman was telling a child, obviously her son, that it was his birthday so he could pick any bag of cookies he wanted.  She was soft spoken, patient and her love for that boy was glowing.  The young boy was very excited and happy ....... he got to pick out his own cookies!!!
Really a nice scene shining with love but, but, but, but why weren't those two at home baking cookies together?
I wonder why  (just me - I'm not talking about anyone else) I thought I knew more about a birthday and cookies???

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 10:29 PM EST
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Hey Gale ---------- Please, what's "city chicken"?
Posted by Nancy G


Hi Nancy,City chicken is pork that is cut into small cubes and are put onto a wooden stick then it is breaded and fried.I use shake and bake for pork and do it in the oven.I had never had city chicken before I got married.It is one of my husbands favorite dishes.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/17/2011 10:59 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
WTG, Gale, I do the same. Last month I bought a whole beef sirloin tip & cut it into 2 roasts, cubes for kabobs, thin (pounded) pieces for pepper steak & pieces for swiss steak. Last week I bought a boneless pork loin ($1.79# on sale) & will be cutting it up soon (use date is Dec. 5th) even though I just used a raincheck for one in Oct. Last week I bought some shelled walnuts for $4.49# ( only got 2 #s because I was a little over my budget) & I bought 4# boneless skinless chicken breasts($1.89#). I bought 3 small cans of pure pumpkin @ $ .99 each (never heard of the brand, but I read the label & it was 100% pumpkin & from the U.S., so I decided to give it a try)
Posted by FRAN M



Hi Fran, you too! Thanks for reminding me about Swiss steak.We haven't had that in a long time.I recorded Extreme Couponers and watched it tonight I wish I could do what some of them do.I usually save 50% and sometimes more.These people get hundreds of dollars of free merchandise and some get cash back.I do get a lot of freebies.I buy extra Sunday papers if the coupons are good.Our stores sell the Sunday papers on Mondays for 1$.This week I got 6 Land o Lakes cinnamon butter for free.They were on sale 2/$3 the coupons were for .75 doubled that made them free.Rain checks are another good thing to do when they are out of a sale item.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/20/2011 7:24 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
I bought several bottles of men's (moisturizing body  wash.for1/2 price & had several  $1 OFF coupons. got  them for nly about$1 each( reg$4.79) Theydid a good job of softening hubby's dry winter skin but he doesn't  ike the aroma...I called the mfr. &   was old that they were pased use by date( not labeled on pkg); were fine to use but the scent might be :OFF" Stil a good bargain if all you want ismoisturizing on your skin. But the scent, while not awful is realy not  pleasant.The company sent me  FREE replacement coupons so I wlll be getting some fresh new botles that will not only moisturize but also pleasantly scent hubby's  dry wintery skin;FREE; now that's a  real BARGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Money mouthLaughing

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/22/2011 6:35 AM EST
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Well today is shopping,I've got my list ready and my coupons,hoping to do well today.I'm doing regular shopping and stock up.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/22/2011 8:11 AM EST
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My shopping today will be the usual, daily stuff.  Oh, I hope I don't have to make another trip after today.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/23/2011 2:22 PM EST
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No shopping today.  I went to 4 different stores yesterday,all in order on my way home.  had to get the bargains at each.  I managed to get everything on sale.  I had $7 in coupons for one store.  Dole pineapple was $1 a can and I had a coupon for 50¢ off 2.  Since the store doubles coupons I got each can for 50¢.

Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 11/26/2011 5:13 PM EST
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I was going through the ads and I have coupons for country sausage rolls 2/$5 with the coupon $1.95 great deal.I have 6 coupons so I'm buying 6 packages and freezing them.The guys love sausage gravy so this works out great for me.

Re: good cheap eating

posted at 12/2/2011 11:51 PM EST
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 GRANA  here;Combining both chicken stock &  beef stock  gives a  product closely resembling veal stock used in several gourmet dishes.I make French style onion soup using my mock veal stock.It is richer than chicken stock & milder than beef stock; allowing the caramilzed onion flavor to dominate the soup. .

hes, sandwiches, fajitas, dirty rice and beans, you name it.   I always use bones and carcasses for stock.  If I don't have time to make stock in a timely fashion, or don't have enough to make it worthwhile, I simply freeze the leftover bones and use them after enough have collected.  Poultry and beef can be used seperately for clean distinct flavors, or mixed together to make an all-purpose household stock.  Stock can be frozen, with 1" headroom for expansion, for up to 6 months.
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Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.

posted at 12/2/2011 11:54 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
Hubby got a 12" raspberry Danish ring for only $1.59, yesterday.
If only hec culd get a reduction in fat & calories tooWink
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