Friday, January 5, 2018

Let's Stew About Saving!


I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o'clock in the morning.
~John Barrymore



John Barrymore has never tasted my stew.  Absolutely delicious and absolutely NO heartburn at any time.

Yesterday, I braved the cold and went to the market.  I decided that this year, I would try a new recipe each week. This week, the recipe was for stew.

Because I have much to do, I wanted a quick recipe that would be tasty and warm us up on the inside.  I found this recipe for Skillet Beef Stew at Taste of Home.  I changed the recipe some.  I used butter to brown the meat instead of canola oil and changed up the herbs a little.  This was so simple and quick to make and tasted really good.  I was not much of a stew person until now.

While I was at the market, I picked up a few great sale items.  I want to start the new year right and do my best to be a good steward of what God has provided for us.  As many of you know, I love to coupon.  You can really save so much money by doing so.  I know people sometimes say that it isn't worth their time or that they used to coupon but got out of the habit.  I hope that by posting some of my deals, I can encourage others to start or to pick it up again.

By using online coupons that I printed, I bought:

3 bottles of Tide Detergent, 38-40 oz each
3 4-packs of Dannon Light and Fit yogurt

The Tide was on sale for $4.88 each. It usually is $6.99 each.  I used three $2 coupons that doubled to $4 making each Tide cost only 88 cents each.

The Dannon Yogurt was on sale for Buy 1 Get 1 Free.  It usually is $2.50 each but with the sale it was $1.25 each.  I used three 75 cent coupons that doubled up to the $1.25 each making them all completely free!

My total for the 3 Tides and 3 4-packs of yogurt (I love the peach ones!) was only $2.64 plus tax.

My store always doubles 99 cent coupons and occasionally will double up to $2 ones.  When this happens, I pounce! You can also only use three like coupons per visit. I have three more of both the Tide and the Dannon Yogurt that I will use this weekend.

Couponing is so much fun and not difficult to do.  I hope that you try it and you will be surprised at how much you can save!

She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household (Proverbs 31:14-15a)

16 comments:

  1. I always enjoy your savings posts. You rock couponing. None of our stores here double coupons which is a bummer. CVS does have the bargain bucks which are helpful in savings. I have started clipping coupons again as my sister gave me a pretty coupon holder for Christmas.

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    1. Oooh, Arlene! I hope you post a picture of your pretty coupon wallet. I just stuff mine in a regular white envelop. I did a deal at CVS this week too!

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  2. I saved that recipe for future reference. Sounds delicious! I don't clip coupons. I tend to use store brands rather than brand-names and get my savings that way. I love when Publix has BOGO deals and always take advantage. Great post!

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    1. Terri, there is a brand new Publix store in the next county. I've been once and it is beautiful!

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  3. Hi Gina!

    Yum! I love stew, it's just such a cozy dish especially with homemade bread... ;0) The recipe sounds really good, and easy as well, I like easy.

    I wish they would do double coupons where I live, but they almost growl at you if you even use a coupon at all! Great buys though!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, too cute! I can picture some cashiers growling (not in the South though!) :-)

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  4. It just amazes me the deals that you get, I have been trying to make new meals for us too, although it doesn't bother me to have the same meals I know my hubby likes to try new things :)

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    1. Connie, I am not usually adventurous in the kitchen but I am trying to break out of my comfort zone. :)

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  5. We don't have a store that doubles coupons, so I mostly shop for deals at Costco and buy things in bulk. I pretty much only buy laundry detergent and softener once a year, as well as other bulk household items. That saves me a lot of money to buy in bulk since we live so far from bulk stores. I am amazed at how you brought home items for free though, that is just so exciting!

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    1. Marilyn, the Costco that we go to is about 45 minutes away. We usually try to go twice a month. They do have some great prices. I have to stop myself from buying paper towels etc each time I go. I've plenty in my pantry.

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  6. Your stew sounds delicious! I am wanting to try a new recipe each week, too.. Love how you are being frugal.. I don't coupon but follow the buys in the flyers and stock up..
    Have a great new year.. xo

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    1. Faye, it was delicious. I am not sure what I'll try this week. I think I'll look for a taco casserole online. That sounds good! I too study the flyers and center my buying around what is on sale.

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  7. The stew would be so hearty and filling! I feel better when I eat enough protein and this would be perfect! Enjoy your day sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Diane, I think I need to eat more protein each day. I too feel better when I do. xo

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  8. Oh, I love stew! It is just the right thing for a cold winter day! You did find some great deals, too. I shop at a local store that sends me coupons in the mail and also cash rebates for all the things I regularly shop for. Love that store! Sometimes I forget to bring them, though :( xx Karen

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    1. Coupons AND Rebates! Wow Karen! I end up at the market usually twice a week so if I forget my coupon, I'll use it next time. xx

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