Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Money Saving Tip: Ideas to Freshen up Leftovers

This may not look like much to you, but it is one of my favorite ways to use left over rice. And I ate it for lunch today. I love when I can find a way to freshen up a leftover and enjoy it again-which BTW saves me a lot of money!
This week so far, we did BBQ Chicken on Monday. We had family over, and I intentionally BBQed more meat than I needed by a couple of breasts. I served it with lots of garlic bread and breadsticks, a tomato basil salad, and (my all time fave side dish) "funeral potatoes." I am not actually sure what people call "funeral potatoes" outside my church-we call them that because they are a popular side dish to bring and serve to the family after a funeral. It is essentially a hashbrown casserole with sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, shredded cheese, corn flakes and butter-easy and delectable! (If anyone wants my NOT low fat recipe for these-send me a note and I will email it to you).

So, after dinner Monday, the salad and potatoes were gone, but I had chicken and garlic bread left. On Tuesday, Wes and I cut the 3 chicken breasts we had left into strips, added some frozen (EASY) stir fry veggies and sauce, cooked up some rice and called it dinner!

We had rice left, so for lunch I made the EASIEST yummy left over rice treat/meal (I usually eat it as a dessert or treat, but today I ate it for lunch). It is my mom's recipe and I guess you could call it a poor mans rice pudding. It is just leftover rice, cinnamon and sugar to your taste and milk. Microwave for like 2 minutes and enjoy!! (My other favorite thing for left over rice is fried rice)

Tonight we are having Spaghetti and sauce with corn on the cob. I will be serving the left over garlic bread and garlic breadsticks with it!

I love "repurposing" food! It is the best when the kids have no clue they are eating leftovers!! What are your best leftover reuses?!


Send your kids a FREE card from SANTA (reminder to be good?!)

This is a fun little freebie for parents to make/order for their kids. You can make a personalized letter from Santa to send your kids now for FREE from Tiny Prints. It seems like a good way to remind the kids Santa is watching all year and to keep up the good work to stay on the NIce list! I just made mine and I think it will be well loved once it arrives! Here is how to get yours:

1. Like Tiny Prints on Facebook.

2. Click on the "Santa Cards" tab on the left and follow the instructions from there!

Have fun with this one!


FREE Outback Steak?! TONIGHT you can get this offer...

I realized I am losing no weight sitting here blogging so I am about to go to the Y and work out, but I first wanted to share this because WOWSA!! This is the kind of freebie I like to get (I hope I get one tonight)!!
TONIGHT, August 24 at 9 p.m. (in your local time zone), Outback Steakhouse will be giving 1,000,000 FREE Steak & Potato Dinner coupons!! Yes you read that right! Go check out the countdown here or text "OUTBACK" to 27438 to get a message on your phone when the time arrives!!


2 LOW entry Rafflecopter giveaways going on now!!

In case you missed them, I have 2 new giveaways up. They are both powered by Rafflecopter so they should be easy to enter! Check them out:

A fantastic Carmex Picnic Pack giveaway ending on 8/31.

A wonderful NUK Trendline bottle giveaway ending on 9/5.

I know I have not updated the giveaways page or sidebar yet, which is why I wanted to post this and make sure you were aware of these great giveaways!!! (I will update those 2 things soon!!)


#Giveaway: NUK Bottle!! ends 9/5

Last week I told you about the new Nuk Trendline collection and I reviewed their breast pump (which is part of the collection). (You should go check out the info on that line in this post.)

I am so happy to announce that the nice people over at NUK have offered to let me giveaway a bottle from their new line!! SWEET! I love when I can share great products with you guys!

BUT before the giveaway form, let me just show you a bit about the "Evolution of the Bottle":

Now that you have seen how far we have come to get to NUK’s great line of orthodontic bottles, you can enter to win one! Just use the Rafflecopter form below.
But first, a few tips to enter on Rafflecopter:
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**As it says in the Rafflecopter form: Please note that the giveaway will end on 9/6 at 12:01 AM EASTERN time. That means you have until 11:01 PM on 9/5 Central time to get in entries. Please note that winner will be picked at random by Rafflecopter after the giveaway ends!**

***Disclaimer: This giveaway was made possible by NUK and by Coyne PR. I was given information and images from them and they are providing the winner's prize. No other compensation was given, and as always all opinions expressed are my own!***


Beckee's Best of Omaha Grocery 8/24-8/30

Here are my favorite deals in Omaha grocery this week:

  • Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper $.88
  • Hy Vee Sliced Bacon $2.49 (12 or 15 oz)
  • Wonder Bread 20 oz Classic or 16 oz 100% whole wheat $1.48
  • Hy Vee Pasta $.79 16 oz
  • John Morrell Meat Franks 12 oz $.68
  • Country Pride Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 2.5 lb $4.99
  • Oscar Mayer Deli Shaved Meat or Chicken Strips 5.5-9 oz 2/$6
  • Coke Product 12 packs 4/$11 with in ad coupon (limit 4 per customer per coupon and limit one coupon per customer)
In addition to their regular week long special, HyVee also has a 4 Sale Wednesday 8/24-Saturday 8/27 that includes the following:
  • Rotella's Vienna Bread 17 oz loaf $.77 (limit 2)
  • Totino's Pizza $.77 (limit 4)
In addition to their regular week long special, HyVee also has a 3 Day Sale Thursday 8/25-Saturday 8/27 that includes the following:
  • 7 Up Product2 Liters $.69 (limit 4)
  • Fresh Chicken Leg Quarters $.39/lb (sold in 10 lb pkg for $3.90)
  • Michelina's Gourmet entrees 7.5-8 oz $.49
  • Pepsi Product 6 pack 24 oz bottles 4/$11
  • Hy Vee Split Top Bread 24 oz white or wheat $.99
  • Hy Vee Kitchen Chicken 1/2 Price (8 piece or 12 piece)
No Frills Fresh
  • Boneless Beef Rump Roast $1.99/lb
  • 12 oz Dole Classic Iceberg lettuce salad mix $.77
  • Keebler Club or Graham crackers 14-16 oz $1.98
  • Welch's 22-32 oz jelly or jam $1.68
  • Dole Bananas $.48/lb
In addition to their regular week long special, No Frills also has a 3 Day Price Buster Sale Friday 8/26-Sunday 8/28 that includes the following:
  • Whole Chicken Fryers $.69/lb
  • Our Family 24 pack Water $1.98 (limit 2)
  • Angel Soft Bath Tissue 12 big rolls $3.98
Bag N Save
  • Peaches $.99/lb
  • Planter's Peanut Butter 16.3 oz $.99
  • Cucumbers 2/$.99
  • Green Onion 2/$.99
  • Bartlett Pears $.99/lb
  • Green Cabbage 2 lb/$.99
  • Pickling Cucumbers 5/$.99 
In addition to their regular week long special, No Frills also has a 3 Day Price Buster Sale Friday 8/26-Sunday 8/28 that includes the following:
  • Xtra 2X Liquid detergent 75 oz $1.79
  • Lays or Sun Chips 10 oz $1.88
  • Our Familt American Singles 12 oz $.99
Baker's (Remember their sales are almost always WITH card)
  • Kroger Value Skinless Boneless CHicken Breasts or Thighs $1.79/lb
  • Haas Avocados $1.28 each
  • Maruchan Ramen 8/$1
  • Silk Pure Almond or PureCoconut $2.79
  • Baker's Bread 20-24 oz $1.39
  • Cantaloupe (large) $1.29
  • Tomatoes on the VIne $.86/lb (sold in 24 oz bag for $1.29)
Super Saver
  • Dozen Large Egggs $.98
  • Ragu Pasta sauce 23.9-24 oz $1.38 (plus if you buy 2 Ragu sauces, you get 1 Barilla pasta 12-16 oz free!!)
  • General Mills Cheerios, Golden Grahams, or Honey Nut Cheerios 12-14 oz $1.98
  • Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $1.14
  • Village Hearth 24 oz cottage or split top bread $1.66
  • Fresh Express cole slaw mix $.87
  • 13 oz Tostitos chips $1.86
  • Pepsi Product 24 packs $4.78 (limit 2)
  • Green Giant Vegetables with sauce 7-10 oz $.98
  • Crystal Farms Shredded Cheese 7-8 oz $1.44
In addition to their regular week long special, Super Saver also has a 3 Day Weekend Sale Friday 8/26-Sunday 8/28 that includes the following:
  • Pepsi Product 6 pack .5 liter bottles 4/$10
  • Roberts gallon Chocolate Milk $3.38
  • Frito Lays Munchies or Rold Gold Pretzels 7-16 oz $1.98
  • Rotisserie Chicken $4.98
  • Plums $.86/lb
  • Asparagus $1.98/lb
  • Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes 4/$4 (with in ad coupon, limit 4)
  • Fareway American Cheese slices 12 oz pkg $.99 (with in ad coupon, limit 1)
  • Coke product 12 packs 4/$11 (with in ad coupon)
  • Pepsi Product 6 pack .5 liter bottles 4/$10
  • Green Peppers 2/$1
  • Grape Tomatoes 2/$3
***Remember that I generally just price match at Walmart as much as I can rather than go to all the stores separately! I LOVE being able to do that. You can also pricematch at Target, but I find it easier to pricematch at Walmart.


Baby in his Bumbo

On Monday, I told you about funny named baby products that I love. I included a picture of my baby in his "Mamaroo". Well, I realized that many of you don't know what a "Bumbo" is so I thought I would show you some pictures of my baby in his:

My little (or not so little) guy, as big as he is is actually still not quite 5 months old, and he is NOT sitting on his own yet. The "Bumbo" is a seat that helps non sitters sit up so you can do things like feed them! SWEET!


FREE Downy Unstoppables sample

Hey there-

Did you know Downy is giving away 2 million samples of new Downy UNSTOPABLES?! Well, they are, so head over to their Facebook page, like them then click on the Unstopables link on the left side them fill out their firm to request yiour sample. I can tell you that I have tried Unstopables and LOVED them! You should get your free sample and see if you too love them!

Thanks to Merrilyn for sending me the friend request for this-I had forgotten to post it until I got that notification! Thanks Merri!