Meals & Deals

Deals to Meals takes the guesswork out of grocery shopping and meal planning. Our experts share which grocery stores, in your area, have the best deals. This information is updated weekly! Each week we give you a new, deliciously easy, meal plan. Our meal plan incorporates the current deals from your local grocery store. We keep you updated on the latest tips and tricks to make mealtime with your family more enjoyable. Don’t believe us? Try our service for FREE.

 

Meal Planner Monday: Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta
June 19, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

I was trying to decide which of our meal planner recipes this week to share with you and when I noticed this Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta was on there, I knew this was the one. I posted this reci…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pork Pastor Street Tacos
June 12, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a recipe this week that has ALL of the ingredients on sale? These Pork Pastor Street Tacos have been a favorite of our families for several years now. Pork is on sale this week for some SUPER low prices, so it’s a great time to make these tacos. Top the spi…

 

My Go-To Quick Meal: Potato Bar
June 10, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Can you believe it’s the end of the school year for most kiddos? Our two youngest boys had their last day of school this week and it has been AWESOME being able to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning. However, once the day begins, it seems like life gets a little hec…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pesto Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches
June 5, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Our was super great, but busy. Lots of family gatherings, graduation parties, bbq’s, soccer games, and fun enjoying the warm weather and suns…

 

Doug’s Famous Mojito Lime Fajitas
June 1, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It’s just about summer and around here that means the next few months will be filled with family vacations, church camps, a youth pioneer trek, young men adventure camps, girls camps and much more. That is something I love about our church. My teens don’t have a …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Chicken
May 30, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Since yesterday was a holiday, I wanted to still highlight one of our delicious recipes from this week’s meal planner. There are recipes that I create in my kitchen that as soon as I make them I…

 

Meal Planner Monday: Creamy Ground Beef Stroganoff
May 22, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It’s Monday and that means I get to highlight another new recipe for you to enjoy from our meal planner on Deals to Meals. Isn’t it crazy that in my 18 years of being married I have never made beef stroganoff. How is that possible?! Not sure why I have never made…

 

Meal for a Family of 7 Under $10 {Cowboy Spaghetti}
May 18, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Looking for a quick, weeknight meal for your family? This Cowboy Spaghetti is the perfect solution. Have you heard of this before? This was my first time making it, and it was a huge hit! Not sure how…

 

Cheesy Chicken Lasagna
May 17, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

The other day I was making dinner for a friend who doesn’t eat red meat. I had all of the ingredients for a homemade lasagna but was a little perplexed how to make it without using Italian sausage or ground beef. I put on my thinking cap and remembered I bought some gr…

 

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and Deals to Meals Giveaway!
May 16, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Check out Jordan Page from Fun Cheap or Free on Rachel Ray yesterday! See how she uses Deals to Meals to cut her grocery budget in half–even clear across the country in New Jersey 😉  To …

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce
May 15, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It’s Monday and that means I get to share with you a new recipe from our weekly meal planner. I am super excited to share this recipe for Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce. Not sure…

 

Meet Jordan Page and Learn How She Uses DTM to Save BIG Money!
May 10, 2017 | No Category | Jordan Page

Yep, it’s Tuesday and that means I get to introduce you to another one of our fabulously talented blog contributors. This is my beautiful (yes, inside and out) friend Jordan Page. She is the aut…

 

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Thai Coconut-Lime Chicken
May 8, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Ready for our Meal Planner Monday recipe? If you love Asian or Thai flavors, you’re going to love this one! A couple months ago Todd and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for our anniversary. Alt…

 

Best Cinco De Mayo Grocery Sales
May 5, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

    Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Not only is it a great day because it’s my daughters, sisters and nieces birthday today, but it’s a great day for grocery shopping. Cinco de Mayo is a great time of year to stock up on all of your favorite hispanic food…

 

Walmart Price Matching Update & Savings Catcher Program
May 5, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Walmart’s new price matching policy (from our last post). Here’s the skinny… *Walmart will not tell their customers which stores …

 

How to save money on groceries WITHOUT price matching at Walmart!
May 3, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

It’s true friends, the day has come that most Walmarts are no longer price matching (there are a few stores left, so you need to just call your local Walmart and find out their policy). I p…

 

Cubby’s Copycat Tetonka Chicken Sandwich
May 1, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

There is a new place in town that is our go-to ladies lunch (or breakfast) destination. It’s a place called Cubby’s. Their philosophy is to make fresh, healthy food that both your husband, and yourself would like. Instead of only serving ‘chick’ food,…

 

Turn Your Deals into Meals: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas under $10
April 28, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

Ready for a really inexpensive, delicious meal you can make in less than 30 minutes for under $10? This is the recipe for you! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the great grocery deals in your are…

 

Garlic Sundried Tomato Chicken Marinade
April 19, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It’s Wednesday and that means I get to share with you one of our recipes from our Deals to Meals meal planner. Most of our recipes we try and make so you can feed your family for well under $10 (for a family of 6-7). This chicken marinade is no exception. We made this …

 

Grocery Savings, Easter Highlights & Pintrest ‘Nailed-Its’
April 17, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

How was your Easter weekend? I hope you had a wonderfully relaxing time with your family and friends. Our children’s school break was last week so we decided to go hang out in St. George with ou…

 

How to save 30-70% on groceries and the BEST deals this week!
March 29, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

People ask me all the time how I keep a well stocked food storage on a budget. For our family, having a reserve of food is an important aspect to our preparedness goals. This can be tricky however, if…

 

HUGE Case Lot Sales
March 1, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

If you live in the Western United States, this is the week for you to take advantage of some AMAZING great deals. Many stores are having case lot sales and others are just having some great deals on pantry items you probably use on a regular basis. Items like tuna fish, ketc…

 

$260 for 2 Week Plan for 7 People!
February 15, 2017 | No Category | Deals to Meals

After coming back from a 13 day trip it was imperative I do some grocery shopping to get some food in our house again. My sister and I headed out shopping and made it to three stores with her two little boys and it was a fun adventure! There were a few basics I needed [&hell…

 

Flashback Friday: Spicy Queso Dip
January 28, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

It has been so fun to spend the past couple months going through all of my recipes from the past 8 years. It’s fun to see how my recipes, pictures and style has changed. It’s also been fun to remember some of my favorite recipes that I haven’t made for awhi…

 

Amazing Grocery Deals THIS week!
January 27, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

There are so many great grocery deals this week I had to share a few. If you live in the western United States, you have a great chance to take advantage of some rock-bottom grocery prices. Smith’s Grocery Stores and Harmon’s have their case lot deals happening t…

 

Salami Chicken and Pasta Salad
January 27, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

Check out our website this week for this healthy, delicious Italian Salami Pasta Salad. This is a delicious whole foods recipe that will be great for any of your diets or healthy eating goals. Get this recipe at www.dealstomeals.com. Not to mention, pasta is on sale for a FA…

 

10 Day Meal Plan for 7 People for $153!
January 5, 2017 | No Category | Shandra

How cute is my husband to go grocery shopping with me at the end of our anniversary getaway? After a fun several days together in Midway, I decided it was time to go home and face reality of post-holiday healthy eating. You know you’re in need of a grocery shopping tri…

 

Best Deals to Meals Pricing
December 1, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

The BEST Christmas deals are here! Give your loved ones the gift of saving time and money with a gift certificate to Deals to Meals. These low prices are our gift to YOU this Christmas. We are so grateful for your support of Deals to Meals for the past 9 years that we are of…

 

Thanksgiving Favorite Recipes
November 19, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Since I have been working on our new blog layout (entering 1500 recipes takes forever–yikes!), I thought I would share a link from a post last year with some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Now, if you want ALL of our favorite recipes, you need to login to Deals …

 

Thanksgiving Baking Deals and Recipes
November 17, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Can you believe there are only a few more days left until Thanksgiving? If you haven’t logged into Deals to Meals to get our Thanksgiving and weekly meal plan, it’s not too late. Sign up today and take advantage of EVERYTHING you need for your Thanksgiving meal p…

 

Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza
August 26, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  Last weekend we had the best time making homemade pizzas with my extended family. We experimented with lots of different flavors and combinations and were in LOVE with these two gourmet pizzas. The first pizza we used our favorite quick pizza crust recipe and topped i…

 

Cheesy Tomato Avocado Pesto Paninis
August 23, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Ready for one of the most simple, healthy, delicious sandwiches you’ve ever had? You are going to love this meatless meal you can make in less than 15 minutes. Not to mention, it uses fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden so it’s fresh and summer-licious. We …

 

BLT Barbecue Chicken Salad
August 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  On our meal planner this week on Deals to Meals you will see one of my favorite summer salad recipes. We had this last week and we couldn’t get enough! We were literally licking the bowl clean. I love everything about the combination of this salad–salty, c…

 

Beach Street Chicken Lemon Linguine
August 5, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  I mentioned on Instagram earlier this week one of my all-time favorite meals. In case there is someone out there who hasn’t tried this recipe, you are missing out. Don’t wait another week to give this recipe a try. It is such an unusual pasta dish with dif…

 

13 Favorite Peanut Butter Recipes & JIF Peanut Butter on sale for only $.99!!!
July 29, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

For those of you who live near a Kroger, Smiths or other Associated Kroger Stores, this is the week to stock up on Peanut Butter!! Who doesn’t l…

 

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
July 27, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

 Want a simple, weeknight meal you can make for under $10? Don’t settle for a boring pot roast with little flavor. With a few simple ingredients, you can take a beef roast from boring to incredible! I love using this shredded beef for simple tacos, burritos or I u…

 

NEW Mobile Friendly Website is up and running to take Deals to Meals on the go! Your life just got easier 😉
July 13, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Happy day! Our NEW mobile-friendly website is up and running. This has been a year in the making and lots of time and thought have been put into this …

 

Asian Chicken Burgers with Coleslaw
July 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I am a new fan of ground chicken. Have you tried cooking with it yet? It is so fun! You can infuse the ground chicken with so much flavor it is versatile and fun to cook with. I buy my ground chicken at Sprouts. [……

 

Summer Grocery Deals–Save $100s on your food budget!
July 11, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

These past couple weeks I have saved literally $100’s of dollars on groceries. Summer is my second favorite time to grocery shop next to the fall holiday baking deals. There are just so many thi…

 

Summer Stock Up Items! Save $100’s on this week’s meal plan and your favorite bbq items
July 1, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

This is the week to stock up on EVERYTHING having to do with summer and holiday barbecues. These are just a few of the sales happening this week, so l…

 

Rumbi Island Grill Voo Doo Chicken Salad {Copycat Recipe}
June 28, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  Now that summer is well on it’s way, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite summer-salad recipes. I am a HUGE fan of salad’s for dinner in the summer. When I use the g…

 

Southwestern Chicken Paninis
June 15, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  The other night we had one of those nights when it is either eat a Little Ceasar’s pizza for the second time during the week (yes, we frequent there nearly every Friday night for our children’s date-night dinner :)–or, come up with a dinner that coul…

 

Costco Comparisons: 6 simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores!
June 6, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

This past weekend I did my two week meal plan and wanted to share with you some tips I use to help keep my grocery budget low. If you are like me, you…

 

Thai Peanut Coconut Rice Bowl or Wrap
June 3, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

  Anyone who knows me, knows that Thai food is probably my favorite type of food of all time. There is something about a creamy, peanut coconut sauce that speaks to my heart. Pair that with some seasoned chicken, brown rice, cabbage, carrots and bell peppers and you hav…

 

Spent $92 and saved $95 on my grocery shopping trip today–that’s over 50% off!
June 3, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Went out today for a midnight munchie run with my teenagers and found some great prices at Smiths I wanted to share with you. Yes, I’m not sure …

 

Memorial Day Grocery Deals–Save $100’s!
May 27, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Let the grilling and barbecue season begin! Memorial Day kicks off all of the best summer sales. Watch for everything you need for your upcoming barbecues, ALL on sale this week! Everything from hambu…

 

2 weeks of groceries for a family of 7 for $132! Great grocery deals this week!
May 25, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Awesome grocery deals this week! Spent $132 and stocked my freezer with chicken and ground beef, and then got all of the produce items I need for the …

 

Grocery Deals: Week’s groceries for 7 people for only $142!
May 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Amazing deals this week on fresh produce and meat. It’s a great week to stock your fridge and freezer with all of the healthy ingredients you need for your family’s meal plan. I logged int…

 

Week’s Groceries (for 7 People) for only $138 using Deals to Meals
April 16, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Had a great time shopping today and saved some serious money!! Not only did I get all of the groceries I needed for the week for my family of 7, but I also was able to stock up on cheese (yes, that is…

 

Week’s worth of groceries for a family of 7 for $89 using Deals to Meals
April 2, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

You know, sometimes I love doing a large grocery shopping trip with price matching and a huge grocery list. But then, there are times I just want to d…

 

Amazing Easter Grocery Deals–an Easter Feast for under $50 for a family of 7
March 23, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

There are several weeks out of the year, that I get ecstatic to grocery shop. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  If you follow the trends of gr…

 

Case Lot Extravaganza: How I case lot shop and the best $400 Investment you will ever make!
March 11, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

You’re probably getting tired of me talking about the case lot sales going on right now, but I can’t help myself! I want EACH and EVERY on…

 

10 Days of Groceries for $150 by using Deals to Meals {for family of 7}
March 8, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

How was your weekend? I hope you had a great one. After being home for a week, I guess it was time I went grocery shopping, right? Our fridge was totally empty when we got home and I’m not sure …

 

Real Mom Kitchen goes shopping with Deals to Meals and saves 50% on groceries!
February 12, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

I love my job! It is so fun to meet so many people and help families save money. To think I get to help people, and get paid while doing it. Seriously…

 

Best Grocery Deals this Week! Spent $59 and saved $56 on my groceries this week
January 21, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

I went shopping today. Surprisingly, my last big grocery shopping trip has lasted 18 days and I still have tons of produce left. How fun is that?!? I …

 

Deals to Meals Q&A–Learn the answers to some commonly asked questions about how our service works
January 15, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

We have received some great questions this past week about how Deals to Meals works and how to make our service work for your family. We wanted to sha…

 

2 Week ‘Healthy’ Meal Plan for $250
January 5, 2016 | No Category | Shandra

Shopping yesterday was so fun. It felt like I hadn’t been ‘real’ grocery shopping for several weeks. It was nice to buy healthy food again instead of all of the holiday treats and party food I bought last month. With a new year I am ready to jump into my me…

 

Great New Year’s Grocery Deals and Case Lot Prices start today!
December 31, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! It’s time to start the New Year right and login to Deals to Meals and save $100’s on your week’s groceries. Yes, you see that right, Smiths (and Kroger) are having their …

 

Deals to Meals Gift Certificates
December 7, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRICING! Give the perfect gift this holiday season- a Deals to Meals gift certificate. This gift will save money, simplify mealtime, and enhance the dinner experience through hundreds of the most delicious recipes for whomever you gift it to.  …

 

2015 Complete Thanksgiving Meal Planner & Grocery List up on Deals to Meals
November 20, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week. Just wanted to let you know that our 2015 Thanksgiving Meal Planner and Grocery List are all uploa…

 

5 Simple Tips to Save You Time and Money this Thanksgiving!
November 18, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

1. HAVE A PLAN  The holidays are in full swing and all of us are looking for ways to save a little money and keep from pulling our hair out from unwanted stress. I am excited to share a few of my…

 

Save 50-65% on ALL of your holiday baking items! See how I saved $166 and spent only $109
November 6, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! Of all the weeks of the year, these next couple weeks are some of my all-time-favorite grocery shopping weeks. There are SO many great dea…

 

Meal Planning Done the Easy Way
October 14, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Head on over to my friend Janica’s website Utah Deal Diva to see how she uses Deals to Meals and how it makes meal planning easy for her busy family! Who doesn’t need some help getting dinner on the table? With a little help and some simple tips, you can make mea…

 

Target will now price match Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club & Amazon!
October 1, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Have you guys heard the big news? As of today, Target will now be price matching stores like Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Amazon, along with …

 

#1 Meal Planning Tip of ALL time! Also, chicken on sale for ONLY $1.59/lb.-stock up!
October 1, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi Friends! I know I promised some favorite bake sale recipes, but I wanted to first share with you some great deals this week! When I entered the gro…

 

Deals to Meals Cookbook is NOW Available {81 Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes}
September 18, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! This day is a long time coming and I am SO excited to share this super exciting news with you. Ahh! It’s official–I have a cookbook. How fun is that?!? As many of you know, I h…

 

2 Week Meal Plan for $180 and a Brief Tutorial of How I Meal Plan and Shop
September 4, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

It’s that time again. Out grocery shopping I went yesterday. I had a cute lady leave me a message asking a question that I thought I would answer briefly today. Barbi said, “Hello! I was w…

 

Deals to Meals Giveaway and Shopping Success! Save Time and Money–it’s EASY!
August 29, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! I had the pleasure of taking my good friend Jamie, from Jamiecooksitup grocery shopping. We had such a great time and were able to save LO…

 

$80 of Groceries and some of the BEST deals this week
August 20, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

How did those last 14 days go by so quickly? I couldn’t believe it was time to head out shopping again. Good thing I LOVE it! This week was a simple stock up week. All I needed was some more pro…

 

Q&A for our new Website–How to make Deals to Meals work for you!
July 29, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Hi friends! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being patient with our new website as we have been working to get it up and running. We know with change comes some frustration and we totall…

 

4th of July BEST Grocery Deals–Summer Stock Up Items!!
July 3, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

Before you head out to do your last minute 4th of July grocery shopping, you need to STOP and login to our website. There are hundreds of great deals and several that you will want to stock up on and …

 

10 Day Meal Plan for ONLY $138! Saved almost 50% off Walmart’s Low Prices
June 14, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

 We just got back yesterday from one of the most fun weeks of my life! My husband, sister and many of my best friends were able to spend the week…

 

10 Days of Groceries for $131! That’s 30 meals for only .71 per person–or $5 a meal
June 3, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

There are some great deals this week! I went shopping and picked up all of these groceries for only $131. This will feed our family of 7 for 10 days a…

 

This week’s groceries $98–Great deals on Skippy Peanut Butter and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ
May 19, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

After a long weekend and lots of family parties, we woke up to an empty fridge. Off to the store I went to stock up on some of the great deals this we…

 

Great grocery deals this week! 10 days of groceries for only $198
January 8, 2015 | No Category | Shandra

There are AWESOME deals this week! If you haven’t had a chance to login to Deals to Meals to see what’s on sale, you need to do it. Everything you need for your week’s meal plan is o…

 

Best Thanksgiving Grocery Deals–get your feast for $50!
November 18, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

I am so excited! This is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year. Not only because I love the Thanksgiving holiday, time with family, traditions, lots of delicious food, chance to slow down and co…

 

Week’s Groceries ONLY $102! Great deals this week!
October 21, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Fabulous deals this week on groceries and non-grocery items! I was sure grateful toilet paper was on sale this week. I sure hate to run out of that stuff! Walmart had their Charmin 24 roll pack for $6…

 

Cranberry Apple Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing
September 23, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

  Home sweet home! It’s so great to be back home after a great trip to California. So glad to come home to more sunshine too, that’s a fun bonus! Hope you had a great weekend and I am excited to share some of the great deals this week you need to take advant…

 

10 Day Meal Plan $110–Case lot sales & great deals this week!
September 3, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Are you ready to shop?!? Yes, you guessed it, it is case lot time again here in Utah (and in many other states…NV, MT, ID, WY, etc.). There are hundreds of deals you should be stocking up on and…

 

Want to save on groceries? Find out how to save $1,000’s every year!
August 5, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

I have great friends. I have patient friends. I have friends who love me even though as long as I’ve known them I bug them about everything having to do with grocery shopping and saving money. D…

 

4th of July Grocery Savings & Summer Stock Up Items
July 2, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Before you head out to do your last minute 4th of July grocery shopping, you need to STOP and login to our website. There are hundreds of great deals and several that you will want to stock up on and …

 

Memorial Day Grocery Savings–save up to 60%!
May 21, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

Before you head to the store to get items for your Memorial Day weekend plans, you need to login to our website to find out all of the best deals! Everything you need for your upcoming bbq’s are on sale this week….ketchup, mustard, relish, soda pop, hot dogs, gro…

 

What to buy at Costco (And What NOT to buy)
April 3, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

After our last post about Costco I thought it was ironic that I had to do my monthly shopping trip to Costco the next day. As I was there, and was observing all of their prices, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite items at Costco. I really try to not [&helli…

 

Don’t EVER pay full price for groceries!
January 22, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

What a fun weekend I had! My sister and friend joined me at Jordan’s Frugality Boot camp and we had a great time. Jordan did a fabulous job hosting another successful boot camp and I was honored to be one of their presenters again. Any time I can talk about grocery sho…

 

Creating your Grocery List using your own Meal Planner or Recipes
January 1, 2014 | No Category | Shandra

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website: Click on any of the links for a tutorial… Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner Using your own Meal Plan…

 

Use the quick-print PDF or Excel
December 31, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website: Click on any of the links for a tutorial… Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner Using your own Meal Planner (or modifying the Deals to Meals Meal Planner) Using the weekly grocery…

 

Creating your Grocery List using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner
December 31, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website: Click on any of the links for a tutorial… Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner Using your own Meal Plan…

 

Gift Certificates
December 26, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

Remember that our Special Holiday Pricing on gift certificates is good through January 1st.  Still time to make sure that next year is full of time and money savings as we make our new-year resolutions.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Grocery Budget Extenders and Mexican Black Bean Corn Tacos
October 8, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘make your dollar stretch’?  Of course you have, you’re reading Jordan’s amazing blog! Well, there are a few simple tips I’ve learned over the yea…

 

4 Simple Steps to Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half
June 10, 2013 | No Category | Shandra

 This past week an awesome blog (One Good Thing by Jillee) asked me to do a guest post on ways to save money on groceries. I was able to take Jillee’s daugher in law shopping and we had a g…

 

Welcome aboard Ellen!
May 31, 2013 | No Category | Diana Suker

There are times in life when you meet people and you know that somewhere, before this life you were friends. This is how I felt the first time I met my new, dear friend Ellen. I feel so blessed already, to have so many great friends, but I couldn’t have been happier wh…

 

Lemon Chicken Costoletta
February 21, 2012 | No Category | Shandra

$115 Shopping Trip–GREAT deals this week! After a fun and relaxing vacation it was back in the saddle again this weekend in the kitchen. I love coming home to an empty fridge and being able to fill it up with all of the great deals of the week. This week there are SEVE…

 

Thanksgiving Feast for UNDER $85!
November 17, 2011 | No Category | Shandra

This time of year is so wonderful to think about all of our many blessings. My children and I love the tradition of writing down one thing each day that we are thankful for during the month of November. It is so fun to watch through the years how the children’s grattit…

 

Canned Goods & a Can-Do-It Attitude
February 2, 2011 | No Category | Shandra

Tax return time can be either a stressful or an exciting time for families. My husband just finished our taxes late last night and we were ecstatic that we were getting a small refund. You never know what the outcome will be with being a small business owner. I was thrilled …

 

Meal Planning Tip–Healthy & Homemade Dinners in a hurry!
November 9, 2010 | No Category | Shandra

Would you agree as women (and men I am sure) one of the hardest jobs of the day is getting a warm, healthy, home cooked meal on the table at a reasonable hour. Life with kids, jobs, hobbies, homework,…

 

Making Mealtime Manageable
May 12, 2010 | No Category | Krista

I’m sure most of you have experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed during the mealtime hour as a million things seem to demand our attention. Whether it is homework, your children, phone calls or work needs; mealtime preparation can get a little hectic. I don&#8217…

 

$100 Hall of Fame
February 18, 2010 | No Category | Shandra

Last week I saved over $150 on all of the GREAT deals from the major grocery stores! I got ALL of the above items for under $90–it was fabulous!! There were several items last week that when combined with FREE coupons from www.coupons.com it made them even BETTER deals…

 

Good Things Utah Link
March 15, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

What a blast that was! Thank you to all of my friends & family who came to support me. It was a lot of fun and they have asked me back May 28th to cook in the kitchen (my FAVORITE thing!). Personally, I think they invited me back to have our enthusiastic audience back&#…

 

Good Things Utah Link
March 14, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

What a blast that was! Thank you to all of my friends & family who came to support me. It was a lot of fun and they have asked me back May 28th to cook in the kitchen (my FAVORITE thing!). Personally, I think they invited me back to have our enthusiastic audience back&#…

 

I LOVE grocery shopping!
March 10, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Check out my ‘loot’ this week! We were on a vacation last week and I came home to an empty fridge. I have to say, I LOVE My Food Storage Deals (soon to be Deals to Meals :)…I know it is my company, but I love it 🙂 I came home from our trip (I […]

 

We are changing our name!
March 4, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Watch for BIG changes to My Food Storage Deals coming in March! We are excited to introduce our new name and logo! We are excited to share the new details by the end of this month. Thank you to everyone for your support this last year. We are excited to offer new & impr…

 

Deals to Meals–saving you TIME & MONEY!
February 28, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Visit our website for more information on how we can help you save $100s at the grocery store AND take the headache out of the dreaded question “What’s for dinner”! We do ALL of the work for you, scour the ads to find the best deals (WITHOUT coupons–u…

 

KSL 5 News Tonight at 10:00pm
January 23, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

My Food Storage Deals is going to be on KSL 5 with Nadine Wimmer tonight at 10pm! Yes, you heard me right! We are being heard. Thank you for all your emails you have sent. This is how it all happened. I sent an email to KSL last night informing them about our website and [&h…

 

Grocery Budget
January 21, 2009 | No Category | Shandra

Frequent question: “I just have two quick questions for you, how much do you spend on a monthly basis on grocery/household expenses(on average, I know it probably fluctuates) and how big is your family? I just stumbled onto your site and I’m trying to take it all…

 

Ways to save money at Costco
October 28, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

If you are a ‘warehouse’ store shopper, you know like many of us do, that it is hard to leave those stores without spending your MONTHS grocery budget. Yes, bulk can save you money on certain items, but you have to be careful when shopping at this type of a store…

 

One of my favorite time saving tips!
August 22, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

This is one of my favorite tricks to help save you time and frustration during dinner! If you are like my family, we eat chicken based meals about 2-4 times a week. Sometimes you don’t have the time to cook chicken, cut it and add it to a recipe. Well…here is a q…

 

Costco Shopping Tips
July 8, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

Have you ever been to Costco or Sams Club and walked out spending $150 and wondering what in the world you have bought? There is a distinct difference in the amount of money I spend each month on groceries on the months I don’t go to Costco, verses the months I do. Nee…

 

COUPONS–TO BE OR NOT TO BE???
June 18, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

This is a question I get quite often…so, here is my philosophy on coupon clipping (PLEASE no one be offended 😉 If coupons work for you, then that is great! This is what I have found though… I used to be a ‘coupon clipper’ and still do on occasion, …

 

Meal planning tips to help you SAVE money
June 18, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Here are a few ways I have found that help me save money on my monthly groceries and help make menu planning a cinch! Of course you can become a member of My Food Storage Deals and I will do ALL the work for you–but if not, here are some easy t…

 

One Stop Shopping
June 1, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

I’m sure all of you already know this, but in case anyone doesn’t, I want to fill you in on the BEST tip around! Walmart matches prices to ALL major grocery stores. A Walmart less than 5 minutes down the road just opened and it has been AWESOME!! With gas prices …

 

Deals to Meals on Television
May 19, 2008 | No Category | Shandra

Meal Planner Monday: Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta

I was trying to decide which of our meal planner recipes this week to share with you and when I noticed this Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta was on there, I knew this was the one. I posted this recipe a couple years ago and still is one I make several times during the summer. I love how light it is, how healthy and how flavorful everything becomes with the few simple ingredients. If you are looking for a recipe that is simple to make and full of fresh, summer flavor, this is the one for you! Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, as well as find out all of the best grocery deals in your area. 

Bruschetta Balsamic Chicken Pasta

 

 

Meal Planner Monday: Pork Pastor Street Tacos

Looking for a recipe this week that has ALL of the ingredients on sale? These Pork Pastor Street Tacos have been a favorite of our families for several years now. Pork is on sale this week for some SUPER low prices, so it’s a great time to make these tacos. Top the spicy pork meat with a fresh, healthy, pineapple salsa and you have a meal for well under $10 your family will love! 

Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe and find out where you can get pork, pineapple, cilantro, onions, red bell peppers and tortillas on sale at the lowest prices. Can’t wait for you to try these!!

My Go-To Quick Meal: Potato Bar

Can you believe it’s the end of the school year for most kiddos? Our two youngest boys had their last day of school this week and it has been AWESOME being able to sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning. However, once the day begins, it seems like life gets a little hectic and before I know it, it’s dinnertime and kids are hungry. I wanted to share with you one of my go-to recipes when I don’t have a lot of time but need to get a homemade dinner on the table. 

The sky is the limit when smothering a baked potato in yummy goodness, but this is the way I grew up with and still love today. I love just about every vegetable you can think of on my potatoes. Add some shredded cheese and a drop of ranch dressing and you have a healthy, fresh, easy dinner your family is sure to love. Best part about it is everyone can create their own masterpiece with their favorite toppings, so everyone leaves happy. If kids are happy, mama is happy! 

Login to Deals to Meals to find out where you can get all of the ingredients for this meal on sale at your local grocery store. Cheese, potatoes, frozen vegetables, tomatoes, eggs, sour cream, ranch dressing, and MUCH more are all on sale this week. This makes this meal well under $10, so give it a try today!

Baked Potato Bar
Ingredients
  1. 1 large russet potato per person
Toppings of your choice
  1. Kidney beans, drained
  2. Broccoli, diced
  3. Shredded cheese
  4. Frozen peas, thawed
  5. Tomatoes, diced
  6. Hard boiled egg, peeled and chopped
  7. Meat of your choice (optional): crumbled bacon, cubed ham, etc.
  8. Ranch dressing or sour cream
  9. Salt and pepper
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Instructions
  1. Scrub the potatoes until clean. Poke with a fork and microwave (or bake) for 14-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Remove from the microwave or oven and cut a slice in the top of the potato. Open up the potato and top with your favorite toppings. Serve with sour cream or ranch dressing.
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Meal Planner Monday: Pesto Balsamic Chicken Sandwiches

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Our was super great, but busy. Lots of family gatherings, graduation parties, bbq’s, soccer games, and fun enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. So grateful for family and the chance to enjoy each other on such a regular basis. 

One of my favorite recipes I made last week is one I added to our menu planner. The recipe is a simple marinade for the chicken, a creamy pesto mayo and a sweet balsamic glaze, all put together in a sandwich of yumminess! It was fresh, easy to make on a busy night and a recipe you’re going to love. This balsamic glaze I also added to the Pesto Ham Pasta Salad I blogged about last week. Loving the variations you can make with this recipe. Hope you have a chance to make this sandwich soon. You’re going to love it!

Balsamic Glaze
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  2. 1/2-3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. Salt, to taste
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Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan, add all of the ingredients and whisk together. Bring to a rolling boil and boil until the sauce begins to thicken. Once the sauce is thick enough to drizzle, remove from the heat and set aside. The sauce will thicken as it sits and cools. Keep the glaze in your fridge for up to 30 days. Serve on salads, over pastas or on sandwiches.
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These sandwiches were amazing.

Balsamic Chicken Pesto Sandwiches
Marinade
  1. 5-6 boneless chicken breasts
  2. 1/4 cup pesto
  3. 1/4 cup canola oil
  4. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
Sandwiches
  1. 1 pkg. hamburger buns or large rolls
  2. 2 tomatoes, sliced
  3. 1/4 red onion, sliced
  4. 8 slices provolone cheese
  5. 6-8 pieces lettuce
  6. Mayonnaise
  7. Pesto
  8. Balsamic Glaze (optional)
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Instructions
  1. For the chicken marinade, combine all of the ingredients together in a ziploc bag or Tupperware and add the chicken into it. Toss to coat the chicken and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to cook the chicken, heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Place the chicken on the grill and cook on both sides until the center is no longer pink (time will depend how thick your pieces of chicken are). Once the chicken is cooked, remove from the grill and set aside.
  3. Slice the tomatoes, red onion and lettuce for the sandwiches. Cut the buns in half and spread a generous portion of the mayo and pesto onto both sides of the bun. Place a piece of chicken on the bun, along with the garnishing of your choice. Serve the sandwiches with a drizzle of balsamic glaze if you wish.
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Doug’s Famous Mojito Lime Fajitas

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It’s just about summer and around here that means the next few months will be filled with family vacations, church camps, a youth pioneer trek, young men adventure camps, girls camps and much more. That is something I love about our church. My teens don’t have a choice to sit home and be bored during the summer. Yes, they’ll have their fair share of sleep-in, do nothing days, but they’ll also ahve some fun adventures with some amazing youth. img_8029

If you are in charge of food for one of these youth events, or just need an amazing recipe to take camping, I wanted to share our friend’s famous recipe with you. Meet Doug. He is a crack-up! You can not be with him without laughing hysterically within minutes. Not only does he have a great sense of humor, he makes the BEST fajitas on the planet. Doug has been known to drive hours to a youth activity for our church to make these amazing fajitas. Here he is a couple summers ago cooking up enough fajitas to feed over 300 people! Now that is an act of love. 

Whether you are feeding 300 or just 3, you are going to love this recipe. They really are quite simple, but with a few special tips, they go from being average to amazing!

 

There is a secret ingredient though. You need to have a bottle of McCormick’s Mojito Lime Seasoning. You can buy this stuff in little dorky packets from Walmart, or you can get this size online from Amazon. I promise you…you will want the BIG container. This seasoning is good on SO many things: Fajitas, taco meat, shredded beef, chicken, fish and so much more. It has this awesome spice with a sweet and sour lime undertone. It’s delish!

 

 

img_8028Okay, enough about how great these fajitas are. Here is Doug’s simple, yet amazing recipe! Enjoy 🙂

Doug's Famous Mojito Lime Fajitas
Marinade
  1. 2 Tbs. McCormick Mojito Lime Seasoning
  2. 1/4 cup canola oil
  3. 2 Tbs. lime juice
  4. 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 2 lbs. chicken, sliced into thin strips
Fajitas
  1. 1 onion, sliced thin
  2. 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  3. 1 green bell pepper, sliced thin
  4. 1 pkg. flour tortillas
  5. Shredded cheddar cheese
  6. Sour cream
  7. Cilantro and limes for garnish (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients together and place in a large bowl or ziploc bag.
  2. Slice the chicken into thin strips, removing any of the excess fat.
  3. Place the chicken into the marinade and let it sit for 1-24 hours in the fridge.
  4. When ready to cook, prep the onions and peppers and set aside.
  5. In a large saute pan or wok (Doug only uses a wok), heat the pan to high heat. You want the pan super hot to get a nice sear on the chicken.
  6. Once the pan is super hot, add a little oil and place enough pieces of chicken onto the pan as you can in one single layer. Don't place the chicken on top of each other or they won't get a nice, golden brown side.
  7. Let the chicken cook in the oil and heat for a minute or two, or until the bottom side of the chicken is nice and golden brown. A nice sear will give the chicken some good flavor. Once the one side of the chicken is seared, you can saute the chicken and turn down the heat a little. Continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink in the center. If the chicken is cut super thin, the chicken won't take long to cook.
  8. Once the first batch of chicken is cooked, remove from the pan and place in a bowl with a lid to keep warm.
  9. Bring the pan back up to a high heat, add a little more oil to the pan and continue to cook all of the chicken in this same method until night and golden brown and cooked.
  10. Remove all of the chicken and heat the pan again to high heat. Add a little more oil and add the vegetables. Saute the vegetables until they are tender, have some charcoal spots and are cooked to your liking. Season the vegetables with more Mojito Lime Seasoning.
  11. Once the vegetables and chicken are all cooked, you can add the chicken back to the pan to keep warm until ready to serve.
  12. Serve the fajitas mixture in a tortilla with shredded cheese, sour cream and garnish with lime wedges and chopped cilantro.
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Meal Planner Monday: Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Chicken

Since yesterday was a holiday, I wanted to still highlight one of our delicious recipes from this week’s meal planner. There are recipes that I create in my kitchen that as soon as I make them I know they will forever and always be a family favorite. This copycat recipe for Cheesecake Factory’s Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp is one of those all time favorite recipes. My mouth is watering just talking about it. The best part about it is nearly all of the ingredients for this dish are on sale this week: chicken, zucchini, carrots, frozen peas, coconut milk, etc. 

Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, along with all of the best grocery deals in your area. 

Don’t forget to become a member if you haven’t already.

Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of our LOWEST PRICING EVER!

Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com and we will let you know how to get our service for only $3.50 a month! That’s a $1.50 savings from our regular priced membership. You will learn to make delicious recipes, save money on groceries, stock up your food storage and save time and money! Email us today with any questions or to get this discounted price. 

Meal Planner Monday: Creamy Ground Beef Stroganoff

It’s Monday and that means I get to highlight another new recipe for you to enjoy from our meal planner on Deals to Meals. Isn’t it crazy that in my 18 years of being married I have never made beef stroganoff. How is that possible?! Not sure why I have never made this recipe until last week because it was super simple and comfort food at it’s best.

What’s not to love about a creamy, hearty, beef gravy over a tender bowl full of rice or pasta? Even though this recipe has mushrooms which most of my kids despise, they actually gobbled it up and came back for seconds. I hope your family loves this recipe like we did!

Login to Deals to Meals to see how you can make this recipe for under $10 for a family of 7 too. Also, only another week to take advantage of our lowest pricing for a Deals to Meals membership EVER! Get our service for only $3.50 a month and start saving on groceries today. Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com to get more information on this special deal. 

Meal for a Family of 7 Under $10 {Cowboy Spaghetti}

Looking for a quick, weeknight meal for your family? This Cowboy Spaghetti is the perfect solution. Have you heard of this before? This was my first time making it, and it was a huge hit! Not sure how it’s different than normal spaghetti other than the fact it is chuck-full of yummy meats like pepperoni, ground beef and bacon. I’m assuming cowboys love meat? I guess I’m a cowgirl at heart 😉 If your family likes a meaty, hearty spaghetti, this is the recipe for you!

The best part about this recipe is everything I needed for it I already had in my food storage or was on sale this week. This really is a great food storage recipe too. You probably already have pasta, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and olives in your pantry, so this is a super easy, inexpensive meal to make. 

Cowboy Spaghetti
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbs. olive oil
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 lb. ground beef
  4. 1/2 lb. bacon
  5. 1 cup pepperoni, diced
  6. 8 oz. white mushrooms, diced small
  7. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  8. 2 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  9. 1 can tomato paste
  10. 1 cup chicken broth
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  13. 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  14. 1 lb. spaghetti noodles
  15. 1/2 cup olives, sliced
  16. Shredded cheddar cheese
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Instructions
  1. Dice the onions, slice the mushrooms and set aside. Heat a large saute pan to medium-high heat. Drizzle in the olive oil. Add the onions and saute them until they are tender. Add the mushrooms and continue to saute. Add the ground beef and bacon to the pan and break up into small pieces and the bacon is crispy and the ground beef golden brown. Once the meat is cooked, add the diced pepperoni.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, broth, seasonings, etc. Let this sauce simmer until it begins to thicken. While the sauce is simmering, boil the noodles and cook until the pasta is tender. Drain the pasta and serve with the sauce.
  3. Garnish with the sliced green onions, cheddar cheese and sliced olives.
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Adapted from Favorite Family Recipes
Adapted from Favorite Family Recipes
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Cheesy Chicken Lasagna

The other day I was making dinner for a friend who doesn’t eat red meat. I had all of the ingredients for a homemade lasagna but was a little perplexed how to make it without using Italian sausage or ground beef. I put on my thinking cap and remembered I bought some ground chicken sausage from Sprouts awhile back. I thought I would give it a try and you know what? I didn’t miss the sausage at all! The chicken made for a delicious, light, healthier flavor and I loved it every bit as much as my traditional marinara sauce. So, if you want a lasagna without the red meat, this recipe is a keeper! This is a cheesy, family-friendly recipe your family is going to love.

Don’t forget to login to Deals to Meals to see where all of these items are on sale at your local grocery store. Pasta sauce, noodles, cottage cheese and cheese are all on sale. It’s the perfect week to make this recipe for under $10!

Cheesy Chicken Lasagna
Sauce
  1. 1 Tbs. olive oil
  2. 2 lb. ground chicken sausage
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. 3 cans diced tomatoes
  5. 1 can tomato paste
  6. 2 tsp. brown sugar
  7. 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  9. 2 tsp. basil
  10. 1 tsp. garlic powder
Filling
  1. 2 (16 oz.) cottage cheese
  2. 1 tsp. basil
  3. 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  4. 1 package oven ready lasagna noodles
  5. 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
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Instructions
  1. Dice the onions into small pieces. Heat a large saute pan and drizzle with the olive oil. Bring the pan to medium-high heat until the oil begins to heat through. Add the diced onions and saute until tender. Add the ground chicken sausage to the onions and continue to cook until the chicken is browned. Break up the pieces of chicken so it is completely ground and broken up. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, basil and garlic powder. Let this mixture simmer on a low boil for 5-7 minutes until it starts to thicken. While the sauce is cooking, make the filling.
  2. For the filling, combine the cottage cheese, basil and mozzarella cheese together until smooth. If you don't like the texture of cottage cheese, you can use ricotta cheese or puree this filling in a blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. To assemble the lasagna, spread a generous portion of sauce onto the bottom of a 9x13 or 11x14 pan. Lay out a layer of the oven ready lasagna noodles. Spread a layer of the filling on top of the noodles and top with more sauce. Sprinkle a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Do this 2-3 more times until the lasagna is layered and to the top of the pan. Have the top layer be the filling, sauce and then top with the mozzarella cheese. Garnish the top with some fresh basil or parsley if desired.
  4. Spray a rectangle piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Place over the lasagna and bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes, or until the noodles are tender and the lasagna is bubbly and hot. If you want the top of your lasagna browned, remove the tinfoil the last 10 minutes of baking.
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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and Deals to Meals Giveaway!

Check out Jordan Page from Fun Cheap or Free on Rachel Ray yesterday! See how she uses Deals to Meals to cut her grocery budget in half–even clear across the country in New Jersey 😉 

To celebrate Jordan’s debut on Rachel Ray, we’re going to offer a giveaway and let two lucky winners learn how to cut their grocery bill in half too! Not only will two winners get a year membership to Deals to Meals, but also a copy of each of our four Ebooks. This is a total of 

Watch Jordan Page on Rachel Ray!  Want to cut your grocery bill in half too?

Give a membership to Deals to Meals a try!

Through May 31st we are offering our memberships for only $3.50 a month. After this month, our prices will go back to the $4.95 a month, so it’s the perfect time to see how much money and time you can save! Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com to get this one-time discounted price. 

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Meal Planner Monday: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce

It’s Monday and that means I get to share with you a new recipe from our weekly meal planner. I am super excited to share this recipe for Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with White BBQ Sauce. Not sure if you’ve ever had white bbq sauce, but it is super delicious! It is a little spicy, a little sweet and nice and tangy.

This is the bbq served in Alabama and it’s a really fun way to spice up your traditional chicken sandwiches. Not to mention, this recipe is SO super simple. Serve this sandwich with a side salad or coleslaw on the sandwich and you have a delicious meal for much under $10 for a family of 7. Login to Deals to Meals to find out the best deals in your area and to get this family-friendly recipe. 

It’s not too late to take advantage of our May special pricing of only $3.50 a month. That’s THREE months free to Deals to Meals and a great chance to save some BIG money on your grocery bill!

Meet Jordan Page and Learn How She Uses DTM to Save BIG Money!

Yep, it’s Tuesday and that means I get to introduce you to another one of our fabulously talented blog contributors. This is my beautiful (yes, inside and out) friend Jordan Page. She is the author and mastermind behind Fun Cheap or Free. I have known Jordan for many years now and am continually amazed at all that she accomplishes and can do. This lady is unreal-amazing!!

Not only does she run her own business, but she teaches classes all over the U.S., makes awesome self-help videos, is a Mom of 5 little kiddos, flies all over the U.S. to be on television spots (um..yeah, that’s her with Rachel Ray–airs May 15 so set your DVR), cooks, cleans, blogs and is always gorgeous and put together.

 

Now, despite this seemingly perfect Jordan, she is also real about life. She’s real about the hardships of being a mother, balancing life, financial difficulties, and running her own business. I think that is what is so mesmerizing about Jordan. She is one of those people who have an ability to make you love her through her perfect-ness and yet real enough to make you feel like you’re normal and doing okay.

Jordan is one of a kind and I’m so excited to share with you more of what she has to offer. You name it–she has a video or post about it. Anything from finances, to family, fashion, etc.–she blogs about it all. If you have yet to follow Jordan, you need to! She will brighten your day with her smile, and help you reach all of the goals and dreams you have for your family. 

 

Jordan is also a huge fan of Deals to Meals. Really, Deals to Meals wouldn’t still be around without Jordan. She has been an answer to our prayers and has really helped our service be what it is today. Jordan…you are heaven sent! Here are some of my favorite videos from Jordan that might help you with your grocery shopping and price matching questions we’ve all had lately. Beware..once you start watching her videos, you’ll be hooked for hours! She is so entertaining, they are a blast to watch. Take it away Jordan…

Price Matching Scoop Video


How Jordan Grocery Shops without Using Coupons

How Jordan Grocery Shops Plus Meal Planning Tips

Grocery Shopping Q&A

 

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Thai Coconut-Lime Chicken

Ready for our Meal Planner Monday recipe? If you love Asian or Thai flavors, you’re going to love this one! A couple months ago Todd and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for our anniversary. Although I have my favorites on their menu, there arsse times I want to branch out a little and try a new meal. They had just added a couple new recipes to the menu. This Thai Coconut-Lime Chicken did not disappoint.  It was full of flavor, texture, sweetness, a little spicy, creamy and sweet. The mango salsa on top was one of my favorite parts. Add the spicy curry chicken sauce and it’s delicious new recipe to help get your kids to eat their veggies; )  

Visit www.dealstomeals.com for  this recipe, along with the other meal planner recipes for this week. If you are new to Deals to Meals or want to try a membership to our service, you can take advantage of this one-time low pricing rate! All you need to do is visit this post to find out how to sign up for $3.50 a month. That’s the price of a gallon of milk. Start saving $100’s on your groceries and learning to cook healthy, homemade, delicious meals like this recipe. Hope you enjoy 😉 


 

 

Best Cinco De Mayo Grocery Sales

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! Not only is it a great day because it’s my daughters, sisters and nieces birthday today, but it’s a great day for grocery shopping. Cinco de Mayo is a great time of year to stock up on all of your favorite hispanic food. Items like limes, avocados, tomatoes, taco shells, canned tomatoes, canned beans, tortillas, refried beans, tortilla chips, enchilada sauce, cheese, sour cream and MUCH more are on sale this week. These items are great prices and a chance for you to bulk up your year supply of your favorite Mexican ingredients. 

Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area and enjoy some favorite Mexican recipes on our meal planner this week. Hope you enjoy your fiestas today!

Walmart Price Matching Update & Savings Catcher Program

Thank you for all of your emails and questions about Walmart’s new price matching policy (from our last post). Here’s the skinny…

*Walmart will not tell their customers which stores will continue price matching and which ones won’t (so frustrating!). However, they are letting us know that there ARE a few stores throughout the country that will continue to price match for ‘a short time’. They will not specify ‘short time’ but are hoping to have their Savings Catcher program replace the price matching eventually.

*Most of the Western United States are no longer price matching, specifically Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. Most will be finished by May 7, 2017.

*Over 800 stores have stopped price matching and many more will follow.

*Walmart is trying to combat their no price matching policy by lowering 15,000 of their top 11% SKU’s. They are hoping this will help keep customers shopping there.  Most of these prices however can still be beat by either Costco, Sam’s Club or the ‘red/great’ deals at your local grocery stores. However, lower prices may be helpful when doing those quick shopping trips.

*Walmart will continue to offer their savings catcher. In my opinion, this savings catcher program is not a beneficial program. They don’t price ‘catch/match’ any produce, meat, store brand items, specialty items and most grains and dairy. The only items this price catcher will be beneficial for is for name brand items that stores have on sale. One of the problems with Savings Catcher is they don’t compare prices to ‘regular’ grocery stores. Most of the stores they compare prices too are stores like Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, etc. These stores rarely have many ‘red/great’ deals, so these savings are pretty minimal. 

As we get more information on their new policy we will keep you updated. Basically, call your local Walmart to find out their official policy. The inconsistency with Walmart’s policies are one of my frustrations with shopping there. Grateful they have some low prices, but overall their customer service and policy changes are pretty annoying to their customers. (Yep…after waiting on the line with Walmart’s corporate office for over 40 minutes, they hung up on me. Ugh! Glad we have some friends who are managers and work for corporate). 

All the more reason a membership to Deals to Meals can help you save money. With Walmart shopping not as beneficial, you’ll need to know where to shop, what items to buy, and what meals to make. Remember, our lowest membership pricing is continuing for a short time more, so take advantage before these prices are gone! Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com if you have any questions about this post or our lowest prices. 

How to save money on groceries WITHOUT price matching at Walmart!

It’s true friends, the day has come that most Walmarts are no longer price matching (there are a few stores left, so you need to just call your local Walmart and find out their policy). I promise, it’s going to be okay though. I knew this day was coming about 6 months ago, so I stopped price matching so I could have plenty of time to know how to help you. You may be surprised, but I actually have enjoyed grocery shopping MUCH more without Walmart. Yes, I liked the one-stop shopping, but I don’t miss the crowds, the grumpy cashiers, the changing policies, and the lesser quality produce and meat. All in all, I am actually perfectly happy that they no longer price match. In fact, I have found I enjoy supporting the local stores instead of the big-chain Walmart. Check out my stash I got Monday below. I shopped at only 3 stores, was gone for 70 minutes and I have everything I need for my families meal plan for TWO weeks! Stick with me,  I promise..there is life after price matching 😉 

Let me walk you through how I’ve been shopping the past 6 months and give you a few tips to help you continue to save some BIG money on groceries without shopping at Walmart. 


Yes, Deals to Meals is my number one tip. With price matching over, it is even more crucial you use Deals to Meals to know where to shop and what to buy. Shopping blindly will make you spend much more than you need to on groceries. For those of you new to Deals to Meals, we are bringing back our lowest membership pricing just to help you get through the news of Walmart not price matching any longer. It’s the perfect time to try out a membership to our service to see how much time and money you can continue to save. Email us at discount@dealstomeals.com to get this special pricing. We’re also giving away our Healthy Meal Planner Ebook (valued at $9.95) just to say thank you for giving our service a try!

Let’s get started…here are 5 tips to help you save $$ without price matching.

1-Shop individual stores with the best deals

 

Shopping at different stores will help you take advantage of the different stores’ best deals and still save you money. Yes, it might take a little more time, but it will save you $100’s! Before you choose a store to shop at, login to our website to know which store(s) have the best deals in your area (red deals are the ones that are LESS than Costco and Walmart). Focus on these red deals to save you 30-75% off regular priced items.

For example, today I logged into Deals to Meals and noticed that my local Smiths and Sprouts had the best grocery prices for the items I needed. I ran into both of these stores and it didn’t take any longer than price matching would have. Focus on those stores that are close together and not far from your home. Each week there will probably only be 2-3 stores that have the majority of the items you need for your meal planner. 

Select the store(s) you want to shop at in your local community. We are the most thorough online grocery shopping website on the web. For most areas, we have 10-24 local grocery stores listed (most online websites only offer a few). 

Don’t forget it’s okay to shop at big-box stores like Costco or Sam’s Club. They do have the lowest prices on several staple items like flour, spices, sugar, yeast, lettuce, mushrooms, spinach, certain frozen foods, etc.  Here’s a list of items I generally buy at Costco ONCE a month (or every other month) to help keep my grocery costs low: What To Buy at Costco.  

2-Watch for great deals on produce and meat 

 

Produce and meat are the most expensive part of your grocery budget. Focus your shopping trips on these items. For example, Smiths had strawberries, green onions, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and pineapple on sale for a great price. I bought these items along with tortillas, pork and a few other items they had that I needed. Sprouts had chicken and other produce items on sale so I stocked up on those. 

 

3-Have a well stocked pantry and food storage 

Stock up on sale items to save you from having to buy items when they are not on sale. As you stock up a little each week, you will find your own ‘store’ will begin to grow in your pantry/food storage. Case lot time is a great time to stock up on all of the best deals that can be stored long term.  This stocking up method also goes for meat and dairy items. On the Deals to Meals list, watch for those items with a gold star which means they are an extra good deal. These items are worth driving a few extra miles for, and buying as many of them as you can afford. A well stocked food storage and pantry will make meal planning SO much easier as well. 

 4-Use the Deals to Meals Meal Planner to save you time and money

Shopping with a plan will save you the most money each week. Before I shop, I like to know which stores I am going to, which items I need to buy, and what meals I will be making that week. Using our weekly meal planner  you will have delicious recipe options you can serve your family based around the week’s deals. Click on the recipes you wish to make  (or create your own meal planner) and then link the ingredients to the weekly deals.

For ease, we also prepare a grocery list you can quickly print and take to any store to help make shopping easier. 

You will also have access to thousands of our tried and true recipes. Create your own meal planner, or use ours. It’s up to you!

 

5-Grocery shop for a 10-14 day period 

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Since Walmart’s price matching policy has changed, and shopping is no longer as convenient, you will want to shop fewer times a month. The good news is, the fewer times you shop at the grocery store, the less money you’ll spend –yay! Try and do all of your shopping in one day so you get to relax the next couple weeks and not have to worry about shopping again for last minute items you need. If you shop using our meal planner, those recipes should last you 1 ½-2 weeks and should help you shop less and save more money!

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Remember, if you’re new to Deals to Meals, this is the time to give our service a try. There are NO contracts, NO extra fees and nothing to lose. If you don’t save, you don’t pay! We guarantee you’ll save more than the $4.95/mo. membership price or we’ll refund you your money. Login to Deals to Meals and get started today!

How to get this special pricing:

First: Go to Deals to Meals (www.dealstomeals.com) and click on the free trial button on the left. Fill in all of the information and click “Continue” (do not continue to PayPal from the free trial process). Your account has now been created.

 You can then pay for the promotion two different ways:

 1-Send money via PayPal: With this option you can log-in to your PayPal account and click on the blue “Send Money” tab at the top of the page. On the next page enter payment@dealstomeals.com as the email, enter $42 for a one year membership and mark the “Goods” option and click “Continue”

Or, you can pay by check:

2- Send a check: Make the check payable to “Deals to Meals” for $42 and mail to:

Deals to Meals

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Herriman, UT 84096

Once you have paid we’ll get a confirmation email from PayPal and we’ll then apply the credit to your account. If you pay by check then send us a quick email and we’ll activate your account while we wait for the check to arrive. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

Cubby’s Copycat Tetonka Chicken Sandwich

There is a new place in town that is our go-to ladies lunch (or breakfast) destination. It’s a place called Cubby’s. Their philosophy is to make fresh, healthy food that both your husband, and yourself would like. Instead of only serving ‘chick’ food, they serve all sorts of juice hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. They serve buffalo cheese fries too, so both my hubby and I are happy 😉 If you live in Utah, you should check out Cubby’s. They are expanding out of state too, so watch for them soon.

They have a favorite sandwich, the Tetonka, I love to order there. I was craving it the other night and decided to recreate them for dinner.  The chicken was marinated in a super simple marinade and then grilled and diced. Toss the chicken in a yummy sauce and serve on a warm hoagie bun. This sandwich will make any dinner or lunchtime something special. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe from our meal planner this week. You’re going to love it! 🙂 

Turn Your Deals into Meals: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas under $10

Ready for a really inexpensive, delicious meal you can make in less than 30 minutes for under $10? This is the recipe for you! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the great grocery deals in your area. One of the ways Deals to Meals can save you so much money is by turning the grocery deals into your weekly meal plan. Here is an example. Smiths (and Kroger) have chicken, pineapple, bbq sauce and cheese all on sale. What meal does that spell? For me, this means BBQ Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas are on our menu. These are so easy to make and such a delicious way to make a homemade meal without spending a lot of money.  Login to Deals to Meals to have access to all of the best deals in your area, as well as our meal planner to help simplify your life. 


BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

 

 

Garlic Sundried Tomato Chicken Marinade

It’s Wednesday and that means I get to share with you one of our recipes from our Deals to Meals meal planner. Most of our recipes we try and make so you can feed your family for well under $10 (for a family of 6-7). This chicken marinade is no exception. We made this chicken when we were out of town last week and it was super simple to put together. The chicken was so flavorful, tender and made a delicious and healthy meal for our family.  Great for any barbecues or quick meals.

Chicken and Kraft dressing are both on sale this week. Serve this chicken with a Smothered Sweet Potato and a side salad and you’ll have a meal that’s inexpensive and will be a favorite marinade this upcoming summer. Login to Deals to Meals to get all of the best grocery deals in your area and enjoy more great recipes from this week’s meal planner.

Garlic Sundried Tomato Chicken Marinade
Marinade
  1. 5-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup Kraft Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette
  3. 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  6. 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  8. 2 Tbs. parsley, chopped
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  1. Trim the chicken of the excess chicken fat. If you want the chicken to cook faster, and to be more flavorful, cut the chicken in half horizontally into two thinner pieces. Place the chicken in a Ziploc bag or large tupperware and add the marinade ingredients. Mix the chicken around into the marinade and keep in the fridge until ready to grill.
  2. When ready to grill, heat the outdoor grill to medium high heat. Once it's heated, remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the grill. Let the chicken cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the bottoms are nice and golden brown. Brush the top with the leftover marinade and then turn them over to continue to cook on the second side. Brush the tops of this underside with the rest of the mariade and continue to cook until the center of the chicken is no longer pink. This time frame will vary depending on how thick your chicken breasts are.
  3. When chicken is done, place on a plate and drizzle with the remaining salad dressing leftovers. Garnish with the fresh, chopped parsley
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Grocery Savings, Easter Highlights & Pintrest ‘Nailed-Its’

How was your Easter weekend? I hope you had a wonderfully relaxing time with your family and friends. Our children’s school break was last week so we decided to go hang out in St. George with our family. It was such beautiful weather which made for  great hikes, lots of swimming, eating and playing with cousins and family. We made it home just in time for me to do a little grocery shopping for Easter and to have dinner with my fam. Look at the pile of groceries I got for $123 and saved $62.41! I got all of the groceries we need for our week’s meal plan and took advantage of some of the awesome Easter deals as well. Most deals end today, so hurry and do a little last minute shopping if you need.

Remember to always login to Deals to Meals before you shop to help save you the most money! Plus..we are extending our LOWEST PRICING SALE through April 30th. Take advantage of a membership to Deals to Meals for only $3.50 a month! You will save that a hundred times over in just a few months!

Besides having a great time in St. George, I wanted to share a funny moment of yesterday. I thought I would humor all of you with my ‘Pintrest Nailed-It!’ posts.

I had dreams of making these darling chickey deviled eggs and a bunny bum cake. Although they are darling, they are a little more tricky than I had first thought. I gave my kids the job of making the chicks and they turned out hilarious! We didn’t have straws to make the olives into round circles, so they looked a little demented. Our bunny bum cake was a little cuter but we forgot the paw prints, didn’t make big enough ears, didn’t have food coloring or large marshmallows. We worked with what we had and it came out pretty cute. Definitely made for some good laughs 😉 Hey..you win some, you lose some, right? Hope your Easter celebrations were wonderful–even with demented egg chicks!

How to save 30-70% on groceries and the BEST deals this week!

People ask me all the time how I keep a well stocked food storage on a budget. For our family, having a reserve of food is an important aspect to our preparedness goals. This can be tricky however, if you are on a tight budget like we are. The trick is to only stock up on those items that are great/lost-leader prices that will save you the most money. This can be hard to keep track of, and that’s why Deals to Meals is here to help!

Don’t try and stock up on several items every week, just focus on the really great deals to save you the most money. All ‘red’ deals (or great deals) from our website are worth buying a few extra of. However, really pay attention when an item goes on sale for a starred/stock up deal. These items range from 30-70% off and will save you hundreds of dollars throughout the year. 

This week there are several of these stock-up deals. In fact, some of these prices I have NEVER seen in the past two decades. For example, here in Utah there are Associated Stores that have powdered and brown sugar on sale for only $0.35 per pound. That is a CRAZY-AMAZING-SUPER FUN deal! Don’t buy just a few bags, buy cases of this sugar because it will last 10-15 years and you know you will use it. For less than $25 I could have my family’s year supply of powdered sugar and brown sugar. You’ll save over $30 by stocking up on just this one item. Remember…we do ALL the work for you for under a $1 a week. Now that’s an investment with BIG paybacks 🙂

There are case lot deals happening this week as well. Here are a few of the great/lost leader deals we thought you should be aware of. For ALL of the best deals, login to Deals to Meals and see for yourself. If you’re not a member, hurry and take advantage of our lowest prices we’ve ever offered. Check out how to sign up here for only $3.50 a month (that’s a 25% savings).

Albertsons 

Best Deals: Chicken of the Sea Tunafish 5oz. $0.59, American Beauty Pasta $0.69, Top Ramen Noodles 3oz. $0.12

Blairs, Ridleys, Fresh Market, Dan’s Market, Petersen’s Market, Lin’s Market, etc.

Best Deals: Western Family 1 lb. Brown Sugar or Powdered Sugar $0.35-$0.50, Western Family Tuna Fish 5oz. .59, Western Family Sugar or Flour 4-5 lbs. $1.50, Pilsbury Cake Mix 15.5 oz. $0.78. Hundreds of great deals, so login and get shopping before they’re gone!

Smiths

Best Deals: Kroger Peanut Butter 16 oz. $1, Libby’s Canned Vegetables $0.50

 

Gerbes, Bakers, Dillons, Kroger

Best Deals: Kroger Peanut Butter 16oz. $1, Quaker Cereal up to 14 oz. $1.50

 

For ALL of the best grocery deals in your area, login to Deals to Meals and start saving some serious money!

HUGE Case Lot Sales

If you live in the Western United States, this is the week for you to take advantage of some AMAZING great deals. Many stores are having case lot sales and others are just having some great deals on pantry items you probably use on a regular basis. Items like tuna fish, ketchup, canned beans, canned tomatoes, powdered/brown sugar, flour, granulated sugar, honey, oats, canned vegetables, salsa, canned fruit and MUCH more are all on sale for rock bottom prices. Before you do your grocery shopping this week, make sure and login to Deals to Meals to find all of the best grocery deals in your area.

$260 for 2 Week Plan for 7 People!

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After coming back from a 13 day trip it was imperative I do some grocery shopping to get some food in our house again. My sister and I headed out shopping and made it to three stores with her two little boys and it was a fun adventure! There were a few basics I needed at Costco so thankfully their pizza kept us all going for a couple hours. Now that our local Walmart are stinkers about price matching, I’m finding it easier to shop at a few of the stores with the best deals instead of shop there. Don’t get me wrong, when there are TONS of deals I need, I will still shop at Walmart and price match, but for my less busy shopping days, this method seems to work.

I logged into Deals to Meals, picked the recipes I wanted to cook during the next 12-14 days and created my grocery list. I also kept track of items I needed for my food storage and some meat that was on sale I wanted to stock up on (we’re talking 25 lbs. of chicken, turkey, bacon, rump roasts, etc.). After a few minutes we were off and ready to shop.

Here’s the loot I got for just under $260. I got SO much food and it’s been so fun to make some homemade meals again. I’m focusing on healthy recipes for an upcoming Healthy E-book I’m creating so I can’t wait to share some of these with you. I am 2 recipes down out of 12, and so far it’s a success! Stay posted for some of these new (and healthy) recipes coming soon. Have a great day friends!

Flashback Friday: Spicy Queso Dip

It has been so fun to spend the past couple months going through all of my recipes from the past 8 years. It’s fun to see how my recipes, pictures and style has changed. It’s also been fun to remember some of my favorite recipes that I haven’t made for awhile. One of these is for this spicy queso dip I posted about several years ago. It’s simple to make and is a crowd pleaser. We have some family parties this week and I’m excited to make this dip again. Not to mention, salsa, tortilla chips and cheese is also on sale. Bonus!

Amazing Grocery Deals THIS week!

There are so many great grocery deals this week I had to share a few. If you live in the western United States, you have a great chance to take advantage of some rock-bottom grocery prices. Smith’s Grocery Stores and Harmon’s have their case lot deals happening this week (ends Monday). Besides Smiths, there are also great deals at Maceys, Fresh Market and other grocery stores. There are some items like peanut butter, tuna fish, canned beans, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit and other pantry stock up items that need to be stocked up on asap. These are prices we haven’t seen for a couple years, so don’t miss this opportunity to STOCK UP!! Check it out and save $100’s by logging into Deals to Meals.

Salami Chicken and Pasta Salad

Check out our website this week for this healthy, delicious Italian Salami Pasta Salad. This is a delicious whole foods recipe that will be great for any of your diets or healthy eating goals. Get this recipe at www.dealstomeals.com. Not to mention, pasta is on sale for a FABULOUS deal this week! It’s the perfect time to stock your food storage shelves with pasta of all varieties. At fifty percent off, this is a deal you don’t want to miss. Login to Deals to Meals to see where you can get this great deal all around the U.S.

10 Day Meal Plan for 7 People for $153!

1aHow cute is my husband to go grocery shopping with me at the end of our anniversary getaway? After a fun several days together in Midway, I decided it was time to go home and face reality of post-holiday healthy eating. You know you’re in need of a grocery shopping trip when your kids have eaten cereal for several days in a row–morning, noon AND night ;/ With the holidays I haven’t done a big shopping trip until yesterday. And let me tell you, it is awesome to have healthy food in my fridge again!

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Guess what, you can do this too! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area. Besides that, you’ll get access to thousands of our recipes, as well as our meal planner for the week. This will make your grocery shopping a breeze! Print off our grocery list, check the deals and away you go. It took me less than one hour to plan my meals, do my shopping and be back home ready to do some cooking 😉

Let’s start the year off right and get planning some healthy, homemade, delicious meals your family will love!

Best Deals to Meals Pricing

The BEST Christmas deals are here! Give your loved ones the gift of saving time and money with a gift certificate to Deals to Meals. These low prices are our gift to YOU this Christmas. We are so grateful for your support of Deals to Meals for the past 9 years that we are offering our lowest prices EVER. We wouldn’t be here without you and we are grateful every day for your support. To say thank you, we are going to be giving away several FREE memberships this month to four different winners.

We know there are people in your life who could benefit from using Deals to Meals. If you have a friend or family member that’s in need of a Christmas gift, you can give them a membership for less than $15! That’s a gift that’s affordable, useful, and will bring savings and blessings for months to come.

These prices will end December 24th, so don’t delay! Everyone who orders a gift certificate for a friend will be entered into a drawing for a FREE year’s membership for YOU.  Winners will be announced each Saturday (thru Christmas Eve), so hurry and order your gift certificate today!

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Let’s get your gift certificates ordered, shall we? There are two easy ways to order:


1-Send money via PayPal: With this option you can login to your PayPal account and click on the blue ‘Send Money’ tab at the top of the page. On the next page, enter ‘payment@dealstomeals.com’ as the email. Enter the dollar amount based on how long the certificate will be good for, mark the ‘Goods’ option and click ‘Continue’.

2-Send a check: Make a check payable to ‘Deals to Meals’ for the correct amount based on the length of the certificate you wish to purchase. Then, mail the check to:

Deals to Meals

5526 West 13400 South #502

Herriman, UT 84096

**Email us at gift@dealstomeals.com with ANY questions you may have about this special pricing.

Once a payment has been sent, please send us the first and last name, state, zip code and email address for the individual(s) who the gift certificates are for. Send this information to gift@dealstomeals.com. We will use that information to create an account for them and will email you the gift certificate that will have their log-in information on it. Unless specified, the account will activate within 24 hours from the date the payment was received.

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Once you order a gift certificate, we will automatically enter you into the drawing for the Deals to Meals memberships.  Thanks again for your support and we hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

Thanksgiving Favorite Recipes

Since I have been working on our new blog layout (entering 1500 recipes takes forever–yikes!), I thought I would share a link from a post last year with some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Now, if you want ALL of our favorite recipes, you need to login to Deals to Meals, but this is just a sneak peak 😉 Hope your Thanksgiving prep is going great and I just want you to all know how thankful I am for YOU!!


Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Baking Deals and Recipes

Can you believe there are only a few more days left until Thanksgiving? If you haven’t logged into Deals to Meals to get our Thanksgiving and weekly meal plan, it’s not too late. Sign up today and take advantage of EVERYTHING you need for your Thanksgiving meal plan on sale at your local grocery store. Not to mention you get all of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, as well as a week’s worth of additional recipes with your membership to Deals to Meals. For only $1.13 a week we will tell you all of the best grocery deals in your area, plan your week’s meals for you and give you a easy to use grocery list all put together for you. It’s a simple and easy way to save BIG money this time of year! Happy shopping 😉

Delicious recipes your entire family love! These are all our tried-and-true Thanksgiving favorite recipes. Make your Thanksgiving extra special with the most delicious recipes around 😉

Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza

 
Last weekend we had the best time making homemade pizzas with my extended family. We experimented with lots of different flavors and combinations and were in LOVE with these two gourmet pizzas. The first pizza we used our favorite quick pizza crust recipe and topped it with grilled chicken, ranch dressing, fresh tomatoes, green onions, crumbled blue cheese, lots of mozzarella cheese and Buffalo sauce. It was amazing!!
 

On the second pizza we topped the crust with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, added grilled chicken, green onions, diced bell peppers, chopped cilantro and lots of mozzarella cheese. This Thai pizza was a hit and the sweet and spicy flavor was unforgettable. My mouth is still watering thinking about these pizzas. If you want to have a fun, family activity, whip up a batch of homemade pizza dough and have fun playing with new toppings and flavors. Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy 😉

*Btw, there are TONS of great deals on produce and meat this week, so login to Deals to Meals to find where to get your pizza toppings at the best price.

Favorite Pizza Dough Recipes:

America’s Test Kitchen Overnight Pizza Dough
Quick and Easy Pizza Dough

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe Simple Pizza Dough

White Bean Pizza Dough

Grilled Blue Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Ingredients
  1. 1 recipe pizza dough (or you can use those flat pita breads from Costco for a super simple method)
  2. Follow this link to find out how to grill the pizza dough. If you don't want grilled pizza, just cook on a baking stone and they will still be fabulous!
Toppings
  1. Grilled and chopped chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper), about 3-4 chicken breasts
  2. 3 tomatoes, sliced
  3. 4 stalks green onions, sliced
  4. 2-3 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  5. 1/2 c. crumbled blue cheese
  6. Franks' hot sauce
  7. Ranch or blue cheese dressing (I like ranch best)
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Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine a cup or two of ranch dressing. Add the crumbled blue cheese to the dressing and mix. Once the pizza dough has been grilled slightly on one side, flip and then add the blue cheese/ranch sauce on the pizza. Add the chopped chicken all over the pizza and then cover with some mozzarella cheese. On the top of the cheese add the sliced tomatoes and the green onions. Crumble an extra amount of blue cheese on top (optional) and drizzle the top of the pizza with Frank's hot sauce (to your liking--I like a lot :). Continue cooking the pizza until the cheese melts and gets golden brown. If you are in a hurry, I have been known at times to pop my pizza in the broiler for a minute to get the top a little more crispy. Serve pizza hot off the grill for best results.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on a whole wheat pita or pizza crust.
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*Everything for this recipe is on sale this week: chicken, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and ranch dressing. Login to our website to see where the best deals are in your area.

Cheesy Tomato Avocado Pesto Paninis

Ready for one of the most simple, healthy, delicious sandwiches you’ve ever had? You are going to love this meatless meal you can make in less than 15 minutes. Not to mention, it uses fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden so it’s fresh and summer-licious. We made these for a quick dinner the other night and they were a hit with the whole family. For my hubby and teenage son I added a few slices of deli turkey to give their’s a little more protein. For the rest of us, we loved the fresh vegetables melted in between layers of cheese and pesto. Oh, it was lovely! Can’t wait for you to try them 😉 Enjoy!

*Login to Deals to Meals to see where all of these ingredients are on sale in your area: tomatoes, avocados, cheese and bread are all on sale for great prices this week.

Cheesy Avocado Pesto Paninis
Vegetarian Recipe
Ingredients
  1. 10-12 slices of bread
  2. 2-3 large avocados, seeds removed and sliced
  3. 3-4 large, vine tomatoes
  4. 10 slices of cheese (provolone, Swiss, Monterey, etc.)
  5. 2-3 large basil leaves per sandwich (optional)
  6. 1/4-1/2 cup pesto
  7. Mayonnaise
  8. Salt and pepper to taste
  9. Optional sliced deli turkey
  10. Butter
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Instructions
  1. Peel the avocados and remove the seeds from the center.
  2. Slice the avocados into long, thin strips.
  3. Slice the tomatoes into thin slices as well.
  4. Slice the cheese if it is not already.
  5. Heat a panini griddle or a flat griddle and turn to medium heat.
  6. Assemble the sandwiches with some mayo and pesto on both sides of the bread (mayo is optional).
  7. Spread the pesto mixture.
  8. Place a slice of cheese on both sides of the inside of the bread/sandwich.
  9. Slice the tomatoes and avocados on top of one slice of bread.
  10. If you like fresh basil, place some basil leaves on the top of the avocados.
  11. If you are using turkey, you can add several slices to the sandwich at this point.
  12. Place the sandwich lid onto the sandwich after seasoning with salt and pepper.
  13. Spread a thin layer of butter onto each side of the sandwich and place on the griddle.
  14. Heat the sandwich until nicely golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted.
  15. Serve sandwiches warm or cold.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on whole wheat bread instead of white bread.
  2. VEGETARIAN MEAL
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BLT Barbecue Chicken Salad

 

On our meal planner this week on Deals to Meals you will see one of my favorite summer salad recipes. We had this last week and we couldn’t get enough! We were literally licking the bowl clean. I love everything about the combination of this salad–salty, crispy bacon, bed of crisp lettuce greens, grilled chicken smothered in barbecue sauce, crunchy croutons, shredded cheese and drizzled with a cool, ranch dressing. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! This salad is like a BLT in a salad–only kicked up a notch. I can’t wait for you to try this salad recipe this summer. You are going to love it!

Not to mention, every ingredient for this salad is on sale this week. There are great deals this week on chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, salad dressing, eggs, cheese, etc. Make this meal for well under $10 by logging into Deals to Meals and checking out the best grocery deals in your area.

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BLT Barbecue Chicken Salad
Ingredients
  1. ½ c. ranch dressing (good quality)
  2. 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce
  3. 8 cups torn salad greens
  4. 2 large tomatoes, chopped (or use grape tomatoes)
  5. 2 stalks green onions, sliced
  6. 1 cup croutons
  7. 3 boneless, chicken breasts, grilled, seasoned and diced
  8. 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  9. 2 eggs, boiled and sliced
  10. 1/2 cup shredded cheese
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Instructions
  1. Grill the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the grill and cut into cubes. Place the chicken in a bowl and cover with barbecue sauce. Set aside. Prepare the salad by cutting the lettuce and placing in a bowl. Dice the tomatoes, green onions and also place on the bowl. Boil some water and add the eggs. Boil for 7-10 minutes and then let cool. Once the eggs are cool, peel them and then slice them to add to the salad. Cook the bacon until crisp and then place on a paper towel to let the grease drain. Once the bacon is cool, crumble and add to the salad. Add the shredded cheese and croutons to the salad, along with the chicken. Drizzle the entire salad with the ranch dressing and then serve.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Omit bacon and use light ranch dressing.
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Beach Street Chicken Lemon Linguine

 

I mentioned on Instagram earlier this week one of my all-time favorite meals. In case there is someone out there who hasn’t tried this recipe, you are missing out. Don’t wait another week to give this recipe a try. It is such an unusual pasta dish with different flavors like Cajun, soy sauce, lemon and a sweetness from some brown sugar. At first you might look at this recipe and think it is kind of strange. However, it is AMAZING! The flavors all come together so perfectly unlike any pasta dish you’ve ever had.  Hope you love it!

*Don’t forget to login to Deals to Meals to find out where you can get chicken and pasta on sale this week. Both are on sale for great deals. In fact, some stores have chicken as low as $1.29/lb. How great is that?!

 

Beach Street Lemon Linguine
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. linguini (or Fettucini) pasta
  2. 2 T. olive oil
  3. Zest from one lemon
  4. Juice from one lemon
  5. ½ c. chopped green onion
  6. ¼ c. chopped fresh parsley
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. Parmesan cheese
Marinade
  1. ½ c. olive oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, whole
  3. 2 T. Cajun seasoning
  4. 1/4 c. lemon juice
  5. 2 T. minced parsley
  6. 1/4 c. brown sugar (or more if you like it a little sweeter)
  7. 3 T. soy sauce
  8. 2 chicken breasts, sliced
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Instructions
  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag. Slice thawed chicken (or shrimp). Pat dry and toss in marinade to coat. Refrigerate 1-12 hours. Cook marinated chicken with the marinade sauce in a large saute pan on medium heat until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  2. Cook linguini in boiling salted water until done; drain well and rinse noodles. Combine juice of one lemon, zest, olive oil, green onions, and fresh parsley together. Add hot pasta into bowl and toss well. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add chicken with the marinade into the large pasta bowl. Toss in parmesan cheese to taste and serve warm.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on whole wheat noodles.
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13 Favorite Peanut Butter Recipes & JIF Peanut Butter on sale for only $.99!!!

For those of you who live near a Kroger, Smiths or other Associated Kroger Stores, this is the week to stock up on Peanut Butter!! Who doesn’t love JIF peanut butter and Smucker’s Jam? This week these stores are offering these two items for only $0.99 each (check your local ads, some stores have them for $1.49 which is still a good deal). This is over 60% off the regular price, so it’s the best time to stock up. Login to our website to see what specials your local grocery stores are offering.
 
To get you excited to stock up on peanut butter I wanted to share with you some of my favorite peanut butter dessert recipes. Who doesn’t want a little sweet treat this time of year? I know I do! And if it has peanut butter and chocolate in it, I’m in heaven! Enjoy 13 of my favorite pb and chocolate recipes. Enjoy and let’s all get out and stock up on some peanut butter and save some $$!

Homemade Nutter Butter Cookies

Take 5 Caramel Bars

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies


Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

Peanut Butter Brownies

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Pie

Salted Nut Rolls

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Scotch-o-Roos

 

Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

 Want a simple, weeknight meal you can make for under $10? Don’t settle for a boring pot roast with little flavor. With a few simple ingredients, you can take a beef roast from boring to incredible! I love using this shredded beef for simple tacos, burritos or I use it in my enchiladas. This meat is so tender and amazing that I could really just eat it by the plateful. This meat does call for one of my favorite Mexican seasonings that you might not have–but you’ll want it. It’s the McCormick Mojito Lime Seasoning. You can buy it at a grocery store in a small packet for $2-$3, but I buy it online in a 26 oz. size because it is so delicious on all of my favorite Mexican dishes.

The best part about this recipe is nearly all of the ingredients are on sale at your local grocery stores. Beef roasts are on sale for great prices, which make this meal super inexpensive and a great solution to your weeknight menu plan. Plus, if you cook up a large roast you can use the extras for later meals or freeze for another night. Enjoy!


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Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 lb. boneless beef roast
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 Tbs. Montreal Steak Seasoning
  4. 2 (4 oz.) cans diced green chilies
  5. 2 cans diced tomatoes
  6. 2 tsp. salt, or to taste
  7. 1 Tbs. cumin powder
  8. 1 tsp. McCormick Mojito Lime Seasoning
  9. 1 Tbs. chili powder
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Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker, place the boneless beef roast. Dice the onion and place over the beef roast. Season the top of the roast and onions with the steak seasoning. Put the crock pot lid on the roast and turn on med-high heat. Cook the roast for 5-6 hours, or until the roast shreds easily. Once the roast is ready to shred, remove some of the excess fat and discard. If there is too much juice, drain some of the juice from the roast (don't discard, but keep in case you need to add it back to the meat). To the meat, add the diced green chilies, diced tomatoes, salt, cumin, Mojito lime seasoning and chili powder. Shred the meat and season as desired or needed.
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NEW Mobile Friendly Website is up and running to take Deals to Meals on the go! Your life just got easier ;)

Happy day! Our NEW mobile-friendly website is up and running. This has been a year in the making and lots of time and thought have been put into this new function of Deals to Meals. We can’t wait for you to give it a try! Deals to Meals can now be accessed on any of your mobile, handheld devices and can be used for all of your shopping and meal planning needs.  Using Deals to Meals just got easier, so login to our site on your phone, computer or any other device and see how easy it is to take our service on-the-go, helping you save even more time and money!

If you have any feedback or comments, we’d love to hear them!

Create a DTM quick linked icon on your homepage of your phone for easy access. All you need to do is open your Safari browser. Go to www.dealstomeals.com. Login to your account and then hit the share button at the bottom of the screen with the arrow. Choose the ‘Add to Homescreen’ button/image and it will create a quick-link on your homescreen. This makes logging into Deals to Meals super quick and convenient. Also, use the ‘auto-fill’ option on your phone to remember your password so you can easily login anytime you are out shopping and want to use our site. Fab, huh?! 🙂

Asian Chicken Burgers with Coleslaw

 

I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I am a new fan of ground chicken. Have you tried cooking with it yet? It is so fun! You can infuse the ground chicken with so much flavor it is versatile and fun to cook with. I buy my ground chicken at Sprouts. It’s nearly always $1.99/lb., so it’s not that much more than buying regular chicken breasts per pound. Not to mention, it’s healthier than ground beef which is a bonus 😉  The other day I wanted to try an Asian flair with these burgers and was so happy with the delicious results. The coleslaw is sweet and tangy, and paired with the savory, chicken burgers it was a perfect 10 in my book! The best part is if you are looking for a low-carb option, I ate these burgers piled on a large portion of coleslaw and it was SO good! It tasted so fresh and full of flavor, I can’t wait for you to give them a try. Enjoy 😉



Asian Chicken Burgers with Asian Slaw
Ingredients
  1. Asian Chicken Burgers with Slaw
Chicken Burgers
  1. 3 lbs. ground chicken
  2. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  3. 2 stalks green onions, sliced
  4. 2 Tbs. red onion, diced small
  5. 2 tsp. soy sauce
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 1 tsp. black pepper
  8. 1 tsp. sesame oil
  9. 2 Tbs. coleslaw dressing
  10. 1 package hamburger buns
Slaw
  1. 1/2 purple cabbage, sliced thin
  2. 2 stalks green onions, sliced
  3. 1/4 cup cilantro
Slaw Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  2. 1/3 cup white vinegar or rice vinegar
  3. 1 tsp. sesame oil
  4. 1 tsp. soy sauce
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 1/3 cup sugar, or to taste
  7. Dash Sriracha sauce
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Instructions
  1. Prepare the coleslaw dressing and set aside. For the burgers, combine all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix together until the chicken is combined with all of the ingredients (including two tablespoons of the coleslaw dressing you made previously). Patty the chicken burgers into large patties. Heat a flat griddle (or outdoor grill) to medium-high heat. Once the griddle is hot, spray with non-cook spray or drizzle some olive oil on the pan. Place the chicken patties on to the griddle and let them brown on the bottom side of the burger. Once the burger is nicely browned on the bottom, flip to the other side to continue to cook. Turn down the heat to medium-low to make sure the patties are cooked all the way through to the center.
  2. While the patties are cooking, prep the rest of the coleslaw. Slice the cabbage very thin. Add to a salad bowl. Slice the green onions and cilantro and add to the cabbage. Pour the rest of the coleslaw dressing on to the cabbage and toss. When the patties are cooked, place a hot patty onto the bottom of the hamburger bun. Top the patty with some of the coleslaw and then serve.
Notes
  1. HEALTHIER OPTION: Serve on a whole wheat bun or serve bunless.
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Summer Grocery Deals–Save $100s on your food budget!

These past couple weeks I have saved literally $100’s of dollars on groceries. Summer is my second favorite time to grocery shop next to the fall holiday baking deals. There are just so many things on sale that your family uses throughout the year that are only on sale this time of year for great prices. It is the best time to stock up on SO many items (like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, bbq sauce, salsa, ground beef, hot dogs, chicken, chips, crackers, cookies, Go-gurts, otter pops and MUCH more). Nearly every thing you need for your grilling, cooking, summer recipes are on sale.

Remember, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to save big on your groceries. All you need to do is login to Deals to Meals, click on the stores you want to shop at, and see all of the best deals in your area (without having to use a single coupon!). Try and purchase only the red deals or gold star deals to save you the most money. You can price match all of the best deals at your local Walmart, or pick and choose which stores you want to shop at. No matter what method you choose, you are sure to save BIG with the help of Deals to Meals. If you ever have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at shandra@dealstomeals.com. We’re here to help you save time and money!

Summer Stock Up Items! Save $100’s on this week’s meal plan and your favorite bbq items

This is the week to stock up on EVERYTHING having to do with summer and holiday barbecues. These are just a few of the sales happening this week, so login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area. Many items like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickles, hot dogs, ground beef, watermelon, baked beans, olives, pickles, chips, ice cream and MUCH more are all on sale for rock bottom prices! Don’t delay, this is the best week to stock up on items you will use all year long. Happy shopping 🙂

Rumbi Island Grill Voo Doo Chicken Salad {Copycat Recipe}

 

Now that summer is well on it’s way, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite summer-salad recipes. I am a HUGE fan of salad’s for dinner in the summer. When I use the grilled and cooked chicken from my freezer, these salads can come together in just a few minutes. Also, the salad dressings will last up to two weeks in the fridge, so they are nice to make up and have ready for salads throughout the month.

As I was looking through my blog recipes, I was shocked I hadn’t blogged about this Rumbi’s Island Voo-Doo Salad recipe. This copycat recipe I have been making for over 8 or 9 years now and it is a favorite! I went to Rumbi’s Island Grill long ago and got this salad. I knew we could make this salad better and had fun playing with the recipe until we got it just right. The combination of mango fruit, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese and chicken is just plain delightful. Top the salad off with a creamy, sweet, chili dressing and you have a salad everyone will crave and love for years to come! Hope you’re having a great summer and staying out of the heat 😉

 

Rumbi Island Grill Chicken Voo Doo Salad
Salad
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup feta cheese
  3. 3 tomatoes, diced
  4. 1 mango, peeled and diced
  5. 1/2 red onion, diced small
  6. 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and seasoned then chopped
  7. 1 bag tortilla chips or strips
  8. 2 cups cooked white rice (optional)
Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
  2. 2 Tbs. lime juice
  3. 1 tsp. chili powder
  4. 3/4 cup Mayo (I always use Best Foods LIGHT)
  5. 1/2 cup white sugar
  6. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  7. 1/2 cup white vinegar
  8. 2 Tbs. minced garlic
  9. 2 tsp. ginger powder
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Instructions
  1. Grill or bake chicken that has been heavily seasoned with lemon pepper or steak seasoning (or just salt & pepper). Cut chicken into cubes and set aside. Cut lettuce, tomatoes, and mango and place in a large salad bowl. Cook the rice until tender and set aside to cool slightly. For the dressing, blend the ingredients together until smooth. Add extra sugar if needed. Layer the salad on your plate with rice on the bottom of your plate, then lettuce, tomatoes, chicken, mango, feta cheese, and tortilla chips. Serve the salad with the dressing.
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Southwestern Chicken Paninis

 

The other night we had one of those nights when it is either eat a Little Ceasar’s pizza for the second time during the week (yes, we frequent there nearly every Friday night for our children’s date-night dinner :)–or, come up with a dinner that could be made in just a couple minutes. I decided to throw together some easy chicken panini’s and give them a southwestern flair. Not only were these panini’s delicious, but they were so easy to make, I just had to share. If you are one who struggles with dinner prep, please use our tip of having grilled and cooked chicken in your freezer at all times. I promise, this one and only tip will save your dinner-time stress and make cooking fun again. I hate thawing out meat when I am in a hurry to make dinner. Having pre-grilled chicken breasts in the freezer I can quickly pull out and throw in the microwave to use for meals, makes life so much more simple. Chicken is on sale in nearly every state this week, so while the weather is nice, head out to your grill and grill up some chicken for those busy nights. You’ll be so glad you did because then you can put together these sandwiches in just a couple minutes.

Southwestern Chicken Paninis
Ingredients
  1. 1 loaf wheat or white bread (heartier the better)
  2. 1 jar red bell peppers, drained
  3. 2 avocados
  4. 3-4 grilled chicken breasts, seasoned and sliced thin
  5. 1/4 red onion, sliced thin
  6. 6-8 sliced Provolone cheese
  7. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  8. 2-3 Tbs. jarred jalapeno peppers, diced
  9. 1 tsp. cumin powder
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Instructions
  1. Grill or bake the chicken breasts before preparing the sandwiches. In a bowl, mix together the chopped jalapeno peppers and cumin powder. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Drain the oil or water out of the red pepper jar. Slice the red peppers if you wish. Slice the red onion. Peel the avocado and slice into thin strips (or mash). Slice the chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. On one slice of the bread, spread with a generous portion of the mayonnaise. Add the avocado slices, the sliced chicken, sliced red onion and a slice of provolone cheese. Put the lid of the sandwich on top and place the sandwich in a panini press or on a griddle. Cook until both sides are golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve warm.
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Costco Comparisons: 6 simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores!

This past weekend I did my two week meal plan and wanted to share with you some tips I use to help keep my grocery budget low. If you are like me, you LOVE shopping at Costco. What is there not to love about it–samples, hot dogs for only $1.50, great quality products, and the fact they seem to have everything you need in one place. However, many people end up shopping at warehouse stores and spending MUCH more than they planned–leaving their food budgets over extended and their families finances in a pinch. I’m excited to share six simple tips to help you stay in your food budget and still have the flexibility of shopping at wholesale stores–saving you some BIG money!

*All of the items above from Costco as well as a regular grocery store only cost me $128! That was everything I needed for my two week meal plan. Fab, huh?! 🙂

Here are SIX simple tips to help you save money at warehouse stores:

1-Only shop at warehouse stores once a month
Although these stores are fun to shop at, you can get sucked in by all of the other ‘fun’ items to buy and leave spending WAY more than you expected too. The items I buy at Costco will last about a month and it seems to work out great for our family.

2-Shop the coupons
Costco comes out with a coupon book once a month. You can find all of the best coupon deals on our website. Login and see if any of the coupon items are items your family NORMALLY uses and then stock up. Many of the great deals on coupons have a limit, so buy as much as you can afford if it’s an item you use anyway. For example, this month mayonnaise is on sale, so stock up and buy several to add to your food storage. With the coupon you won’t be able to find it much cheaper any other time of the year. However, be careful and not buy items ‘just because’ they are on a coupon deal. ONLY buy items you normally use and know your family will eat. Here’s a link to some great tips on how the pricing works at Costco to save you money.

3-Go with a shopping list
Don’t go to these warehouse stores without an exact list of what you need–and stick to it! I know this can be hard. Don’t get caught up in all the different foods that seem fun to try and buy. If you are on a tight budget, stick to the items you know and try and keep your blinders on for all of the others–no matter how great the samples taste 😉

4-Make items from scratch
One thing people love about warehouse stores are all of the pre-made products. I know these items are delicious and fun to eat, but they are WAY over priced. For example, a small container of Avocado Hummus costs almost $6. However,  you can make this from home (here’s our awesome Copycat recipe) for under $2 for a HUGE batch. Another example, Costco sells frozen taquitos, burritos, etc. You get about 15-20 burritos for about $1 each small burritos. Why not make up a batch of frozen burritos from scratch and keep in your freezer. They are healthier and SO much less expensive.

5-Use Deals to Meals to help know which items are less than Costco and Walmart
Focus on stocking up on these items to save you the most money. Use Deals to Meals to help you know where to shop and what to buy. Whether you want to shop at regular grocery stores for the best deals, or price match all of the best deals at Walmart, this will save you BIG money!! For example, this weekend I went shopping at Costco and bought my ‘regular’ Costco items. I then stopped by our local Sprouts to get some of the items that were on sale at their store. Between the two I had everything I needed at the very lowest prices possible. It took only an extra 20 minutes to stop by a second store but allowed me to get many of the items much less.

6-Be an informed shopper–know what to buy and what not to buy
Just because a product is sold at Costco or Sam’s Club doesn’t mean it’s the best deal. In fact, many items are over inflated because they know you will ‘grab’ extra items once you are there doing your other shopping. One place Costco really inflates their prices is on produce. Yes, they have good quality produce, but unless you want to spend twice the amount on many items, you might as well be an informed shopper and shop where prices are less. Here are some examples of items I bought at a ‘regular’ grocery store instead of a warehouse.

Here is a link to a post where I listed the items I buy on a monthly basis. 

Thai Peanut Coconut Rice Bowl or Wrap

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that Thai food is probably my favorite type of food of all time. There is something about a creamy, peanut coconut sauce that speaks to my heart. Pair that with some seasoned chicken, brown rice, cabbage, carrots and bell peppers and you have a healthy meal your whole family will love. Even my 9 year old tonight at dinner said, “I think this is my new favorite dinner.” I have to admit I was a little shocked because of all the vegetables. The great thing about this recipe is it can be eaten as a wrap, as a salad or as a rice bowl. No matter how you put the ingredients together, you are going to love them! The best part about it is you can use your pre-grilled chicken from your freezer and the rest comes together in only a few minutes. Great for a quick weekend meal. Hope you love it as much as we do 🙂 Have a great weekend!

Thai Peanut Coconut Rice Bowl or Wraps

Spent $92 and saved $95 on my grocery shopping trip today–that’s over 50% off!

Went out today for a midnight munchie run with my teenagers and found some great prices at Smiths I wanted to share with you. Yes, I’m not sure who kidnapped their mother?!–this was SO not like me! Despite my unusual behavior, I was thrilled to get all sorts of great deals at Smiths–for things we didn’t need, as well as those we did. Not sure ice cream and doughnuts are a ‘need’, but the kids sure loved them 😉

Either way, this is a great week to stock up on some items your family might use on a regular basis. Things like pasta, chips, snack foods, chicken, produce, peanut butter, fishy crackers, marshmallows, Juicy Juice drink boxes, yogurt, eggs, milk, etc. I spent $92 and saved $95! That’s over a 50% savings WITHOUT using coupons or price matching. Knowing what to buy, as well as what not to buy, is what will save you the most at the grocery store. Login to Deals to Meals to help make your grocery shopping experience SIMPLE and FUN–no matter the time of day.  I think I am finally ready for bed now that the house full of teenagers are gone 😉 Ahh, peace and quite. That’s a good part of the day, isn’t it? Have a great night!

Memorial Day Grocery Deals–Save $100’s!

Let the grilling and barbecue season begin! Memorial Day kicks off all of the best summer sales. Watch for everything you need for your upcoming barbecues, ALL on sale this week! Everything from hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips, baked beans, pork and beans, bbq sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, cookies, snacks, soda pop, corn on the cob, watermelon and MUCH more!! Many of these items are on sale for ‘stock up’ prices too, so it’s the best time to stock your freezers and food storage with these sale items. Stock up now so you can save money in the future from buying these items at regular prices. Happy shopping!

2 weeks of groceries for a family of 7 for $132! Great grocery deals this week!

Awesome grocery deals this week! Spent $132 and stocked my freezer with chicken and ground beef, and then got all of the produce items I need for the next two weeks. Great deals at all grocery stores this week so login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area 😉

Grocery Deals: Week’s groceries for 7 people for only $142!

Amazing deals this week on fresh produce and meat. It’s a great week to stock your fridge and freezer with all of the healthy ingredients you need for your family’s meal plan. I logged into Deals to Meals earlier today before I headed out shopping, printed off my grocery list and away I went. I was able to take advantage of some of the best deals this week and saved some serious $$! I bought 24 lbs. of chicken, 5 lbs. of pork sausage and 12 lbs. of beef roast–along with ALL of these produce items for only $142! It was an awesome shopping trip and now I have all of the ingredients I need to make this week’s delicious meal plan.

If you haven’t given our service a try–we offer a 2 week FREE trial, so there is nothing to lose. Login to our website and see how easily our service can save you $100’s on your grocery budget. Like always, if you have ANY questions about how our service works, feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks friends! Have fun shopping 😉

Week’s Groceries (for 7 People) for only $138 using Deals to Meals

Had a great time shopping today and saved some serious money!! Not only did I get all of the groceries I needed for the week for my family of 7, but I also was able to stock up on cheese (yes, that is 14 two pound bags of cheese–scary how much we love cheese :), salsa and mayonnaise. I had to chuckle inside today when I was checking out. The lady in front of me had several items that were all on sale. I helped her price match the items and she said, “Oh man, if I had time like you to price match I would save some big money”. I couldn’t help but think it took me literally less than 5 minutes to make my shopping list. No matter how busy we all are, we all have an extra 5-10 minutes to make a grocery list–especially if it saves us almost HALF on our groceries, right?  If you are like this lady and feel that price matching takes too much time, give our website a try (2 week FREE trial for everyone!). I promise, with a little practice, it doesn’t take long to save your family a lot of money.

How can you save money too? Simply log into our website, create your shopping list from the red/best deals of the week, and head out to the store (or stores) of your choosing. Today I was running low on time, so I decided to price match at my local Walmart. It was great to be able to get all of the best deals in one place.  It feels so great to have all of the ingredients I need for this months meal planner. If you need help knowing what to make this week, we can help with that too! We have tons of delicious recipes on our website that can all be made from the deals this week.  It’s a win-win!

Week’s worth of groceries for a family of 7 for $89 using Deals to Meals

You know, sometimes I love doing a large grocery shopping trip with price matching and a huge grocery list. But then, there are times I just want to do a quick, simple shopping trip. Tonight I was reminded that we were out of milk and most of the basics of family life 😉 I quickly logged into Deals to Meals and looked through the deals. Smiths had some of the best deals, so I decided to go there quickly. I spent $89 on all of the groceries we needed for a week (for the 7 of us) and was thrilled with the price tag. I saved $56 and was in and out of Smiths in less than 25 minutes.

That’s the great thing about Deals to Meals. It can help you save BIG money, even if you don’t have a lot of time. Just focus on those red/great deals and you will save 30-70% on your groceries. For example, this week at Smiths they have their personal size watermelons on sale for $1.50, usually $3.99. That’s more than 50% off. Also, they have their raspberries and blackberries on sale for only $1.25, usually $2.99. Again, over 50% off. Buy several and stock your freezer for smoothies and shakes 😉 We also got turkey, ground beef, ground sausage, bread, produce, dairy–you name it, it’s on sale! Not to mention Smiths (and Kroger) are also having their case lot sales, so it’s a great time to stock up on pantry items as well. Enjoy!!

Amazing Easter Grocery Deals–an Easter Feast for under $50 for a family of 7

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There are several weeks out of the year, that I get ecstatic to grocery shop. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  If you follow the trends of grocery shopping, you know that these three weeks of the year will give you some of the best savings on grocerie. Easter is one of those weeks that you NEED to shop. Whether you like to grocery shop or not, this is the week to take advantage of all these great deals. . Let me help you plan your Easter Meal around items on sale this week. I was able to buy my families entire Easter meal WITH lots of food storage items for under $50. Hope you are having a wonderful Easter week!

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Let’s start with the meat. Whether you like ham or turkey for your Easter feast, both are on sale. In fact, if you like pork, chicken or a beef roast for Easter, those are also on sale. Spiral hams are on sale this week anywhere from $1.59/lb.-$2.00/lb. This is over 45% off Walmart’s already low prices and up to 65% off your local grocery store prices. Turkey breasts are also on sale as low as $0.99/lb.  ato Target. It’s a great time to stock your freezer with meat. Fabulous, huh?!
  Login to Deals to Meals to see specific sales in your area on meat.
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Everything you need for baking is on sale this week. Butter, cake mixes, cooking oil, powdered sugar, brown sugar, marshmallows, canned pineapple, canned mandarin oranges, granulated sugar, coconut and MUCH more! Sales as high as 60% off regular grocery store prices. This is a great week to stock up on all of your sugars in your food storage. Powdered sugar, brown sugar and granulated sugar don’t ever go on sale as low as they do this week. Definitely stock up time 😉 

Login to Deals to Meals to see specific sales in your area on baking items.

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Many other great deals on Easter ‘party foods’ like crackers, cream cheese, chocolate chips, ice cream, cookies, etc.
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Your Easter meal won’t be complete without produce! Carrots, asparagus, apples, grapes, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, red potatoes and MUCH more are all on sale this week. 

Case Lot Extravaganza: How I case lot shop and the best $400 Investment you will ever make!

You’re probably getting tired of me talking about the case lot sales going on right now, but I can’t help myself! I want EACH and EVERY one of you (who live in the Midwest and Western U.S) to take advantage of these deals. Before these deals end on Monday, I just wanted to send out one more reminder to hopefully get you to take the time to do some grocery shopping this weekend. I know it can be hard to find time to do this kind of shopping, but I promise, it will bring you peace of mind–as well as save you $100’s for months to come.

Here are 5 tips to help you take advantage of the case lot 
(or best) grocery deals:

Tip 1: Take Inventory

It is imperative that before you go and do a large grocery shopping trip that you know what you have. Many times we think we know what we have on hand, but until we take the time to take inventory, our memory might not be as accurate as once thought. For example, I took inventory yesterday before going out shopping and realized I have WAY more of certain items that our family needs. If I had gone shopping, I might have bought even more of those items and perhaps wasted money by letting things expire before we used them.

We have an awesome Inventory Sheet if you would like to use. It works like a checkbook (totals on the gray lines and current amounts on the white lines). This sheet is great to also give you an idea of which items you need to add to your storage and how much of each item.

Tip 2: Go with a Plan

Before you go shopping, it is important you have a plan for your shopping trip. Use Deals to Meals to know which store (or stores) has the best deals you are in need of. You can always shop at the one or two stores, or you can price match all of the best deals at your local Walmart. When I do my large case lot shopping, I always like to shop at the actual stores having the sales. They seem to have a greater supply and I like buying the cases all wrapped up together. The two stores this week with the best case lot deals are Maceys (www.maceys.com) and Ridleys (www.shopridleys.com). Both have awesome deals this week!!

To find the best deals, just login to Deals to Meals and search for the ‘best’ deals in your area. Look through the list of best deals and click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Once you have your list, you are ready to go shop!

Tip 3: Buy as much as you can afford

The key to save the most money on your groceries is to buy as much of those great/best deals as you can afford. When items are on sale for their lowest prices, it’s the best time to stock up to save you money in the long run. For example, if your family uses canned beans on a regular basis, then stock up and buy several cases. Don’t buy just one–buy cases if you can afford it. These items won’t go on sale again for 6-12 months–so stock up! If you can buy several now, you won’t have to buy those items again at regular prices for the rest of the year–saving you $100’s throughout the months to come.

Tip 4: Best investment you’ll ever make

There are few investments that bring as much peace of mind, than knowing you have enough money and food for a ‘rainy day’. We never know what our future holds. We may experience job loss, natural disasters, health problems, etc. No matter what the situation is, we will always be grateful to have enough food, water and money on hand to help our family weather the storms of life.

How often do we pay monthly for life insurance, car insurance, cell phones, gym memberships, etc.– all for our comfort and peace of mind? However, how often do we think about what would happen if we were unable to go to the store, or have money to buy our family the necessities of life? Having a well stocked food storage and pantry help bring us a peace of mind we can’t get in any other way. There are few things in life we can purchase that will bring us as much sense of peace. Did I spend over $400 this week on food storage? Yes. Was that a stretch for my family? Yes. However, knowing we have nearly all of the basics our family needs (and will use) for the next 3-6 months, brings me a lot of comfort. Not to mention, it saves me time and money by not having to go to the store as often, and buy items when they aren’t on sale.

*TIP: If you are thinking you don’t have money to buy groceries, think of doing a few things that might free up some extra cash. What about your tax return? Could you put that extra money towards your food storage? What about not eating out for a month and saving that $100-$200 on food storage instead? What if you canceled your gym membership, your cable, or your cell phone payments for a couple months to buy extra food? How about not buying any ‘extras’ for a few months (cookies, chips, fruit snacks, soda, etc.) and put that money towards food storage? Have a trip planned this summer? Maybe think about simplifying your plans and use your vacation money on preparedness efforts for your family? There are several ways we can cut back if we are really dedicated to this cause 😉

Tip 5: Don’t make excuses and start NOW

So many times we make excuses as to why we don’t have time to be prepared and get our lives in order. The time to make excuses is over. With our economy the way it is, I urge ALL families to take a few minutes and figure out a plan for your family. What is your plan during an emergency? How will you cook your food if you no longer have power? Do you have enough food and water to keep your family eating comfortable for 1, 2, 6 weeks to come? Think about these different scenarios and DON’T DELAY! Take one step now and then work on another portion of your preparedness plans in the future. If you haven’t started stocking up on anything, then start with water.

Water is one of the most important aspects of your food storage and emergency preparedness efforts. If you don’t have anything on hand, start with buying several cases of water. You need a 2 week supply of water per person in case of an emergency. That is about 2-3 (24 bottles) per person. These are on sale this week, so it’s a great time to build up your supply of water. For my family of 7, our 2 week supply of water would cost under $50. That’s not a bad investment when you consider the peace of mind that purchase would give.

Start NOW! This is why we are here at Deals to Meals. We do what we do so that you and your family can save money and learn to be a little more self sufficient and smart with your money. Use our website to help you know where to shop, what to buy and how much to buy! We are here to help. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are your cheerleaders and want to help you the best way we can! Good luck to you and don’t delay. These case lot sales end soon, so do some shopping this weekend before it’s too late 😉

10 Days of Groceries for $150 by using Deals to Meals {for family of 7}

How was your weekend? I hope you had a great one. After being home for a week, I guess it was time I went grocery shopping, right? Our fridge was totally empty when we got home and I’m not sure what we have eaten, but somehow we survived a week with only buying milk and eggs. Having a well stocked food storage is the best, isn’t it? I knew I had to go shopping today when last night we ate another freezer meal and my son said, “Are you ever going to make a real dinner again?” I guess that’s a sign it was time to go shopping, wasn’t it?

So, off I went. I logged into Deals to Meals and decided to shop at Smiths and Sprouts this week. There were some amazing deals this week. Especially if you need any case lot-food storage items, this is the week to go! Having been gone for so long I needed a bunch of produce, dairy and meat. It was the perfect time to go and stock up on a bunch of great deals. I got everything I needed for my families 10 day meal plan, along with 20 lbs. of butter for my freezer (yes, it’s only $1.99 a pound at Smiths!! I saved $60 just on my butter purchase) and 20 lbs. of chicken.  Chicken is on sale here in Utah (and other Western US states) for $1.29-$1.77/lb. These deals make it a great time to stock your freezer with chicken!  Login to our website to find out all of the best deals in your area 😉

Real Mom Kitchen goes shopping with Deals to Meals and saves 50% on groceries!

I love my job! It is so fun to meet so many people and help families save money. To think I get to help people, and get paid while doing it. Seriously, what a blessing! Thank you to each of you who continually support us here at Deals to Meals. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do, so thank you!! This week I was able to help another friend learn how to save some BIG money on their groceries. And guess what, it is SO easy! What if I told you if you spent an extra 10-15 minutes a week, you could save $100’s on your grocery shopping trip? Sounds hard to believe, right? Well, it’s true. And it is more simple than you could ever imagine!

I have gotten to know some extremely talented and lovely people in this business. I love learning from fellow bloggers and entrepreneurs who have taught me so much over the years. One of those beautiful people is Laura Powell. She is the author of the famous food blog, Real Mom Kitchen -check her out, she’s amazing!

 Over 8 years ago when I started this blog, she was one of the only other food blogs on the web (wow, how things have changed!). She was the first food blog I followed all those years ago. Her recipes are incredible and her simple-no fuss recipes are perfect for busy moms. When I was introduced to Laura a few weeks ago, it was so great to get to know her and learn from her years of experience. And…at the same time, teach her a little something about what I love to do—grocery shop and SAVING money! We met at her house and within 15 minutes of using Deals to Meals we had her grocery list and meal plan all ready to go. Off we went to her local Neighborhood Walmart and let the shopping fun begin! After 45-60 minutes of shopping (and a lot of talking) we left Walmart with a full cart of groceries, 2 weeks of meal ingredients, plus some food storage items we stocked up on for under $100! As we were checking out I had her guess how much she’d think her total would be. She said, “Well over $200”. When it rung up for $98.92 she was shocked! How fun is that? Remember, saving money doesn’t have to be hard. With a little help from Deals to Meals, you can save some serious money too. Check out all of the great deals (some shown above) and see how fun saving and shopping can be for you too!

Visit this blog post to help you with price matching:
10 Tips to help make Walmart Price Matching Easier!

Best Grocery Deals this Week! Spent $59 and saved $56 on my groceries this week

I went shopping today. Surprisingly, my last big grocery shopping trip has lasted 18 days and I still have tons of produce left. How fun is that?!? I guess being on a diet is good for something–groceries don’t go as quickly 🙂 Ha! So, I decided to do some stock-up food storage shopping today and I got some great deals. We were out of cereal (again–ugh!) and so I needed some cereal, bread, eggs and then a few awesome deals that were on sale. Do you need pasta in your food storage? This is the week to STOCK UP! At only $0.49 a pound, it’s a great time to buy your year supply of pasta. Also, other great deals on salsa, taco shells, peppers, snack items, about every meat you’d ever want in your freezer and MUCH more. Login to our website to find out all of the best deals this week 😉 Have fun shopping!!

Deals to Meals Q&A–Learn the answers to some commonly asked questions about how our service works

We have received some great questions this past week about how Deals to Meals works and how to make our service work for your family. We wanted to share portions of these emails to help answer some questions you might be having as well. Learning a new system takes a little time and effort, but we promise once you get the hang of Deals to Meals it will bless your family for years to come! It really is easy and fun once you can get a few things figured out 😉

So, here we go…

Member: When do you upload a new meal planner?

DTM: Most grocery store ads start Wednesday and run through the next Tuesday. Our new meal planners are posted Tuesday nights before midnight and will run through the next Tuesday night.

Member: Why is Walmart not listed as a store?

DTM: At this time, we do not include Walmart as a store option because of a couple reasons. First, they only release an ad once or twice a month. Secondly, most of their ads are non-grocery items. Thirdly, we compare ALL of the other stores’ deals TO Walmart, so if something is not on sale for a ‘great/red’ deal, then you should buy it at Walmart or Costco instead. As I look through the Walmart ads each month there is VERY rarely a ‘great/red’ deal on their ad items. Most items you can find for less at Costco, or just wait patiently for those items to go on sale at a regular grocery store. However, during the holidays they sometimes have some good deals on baking items (around Thanksgiving) and during those times, I will include them.

Member: So far I have been impressed with your meal plans!! My husband is very picky, and even he thinks he’ll eat about 60% of the meals, which for us is a pretty big deal!!

DTM: Yay! So glad he thinks he’ll like our recipes. Our recipes are pretty family friendly and even if someone doesn’t like the whole idea of one of the meals, sometimes they find they like aspects of it (ex: If they don’t like Carnita Steak Tacos, they might like the steak grilled alone and eaten with a potato on the side instead. Or, if you don’t like Green Curry Chicken and Rice, just do a different chicken and rice dish (like Sweet and Sour) and most of the same ingredients will be on sale). It makes it easier to keep the meal planner as close to what we offer as possible to help you get the best deals, and make the process streamlined.

Member: Is there a way to easily remove meals from your plan and auto-update the shopping list? The only way I have been able to find to do this is look through the long list of ingredients and manually add them all to the shopping list. I’d really love to learn how to streamline that process!! 
DTM: No, sadly. Not at this point. They are easy to remove, but not to update the grocery list. So…this is what I would suggest. If he is liking 60% of the meal plan, I would stick with those recipes you know you will make. And, then cross off the few recipes on the grocery list you won’t be making that week. Then…before you go out shopping, I would glance quickly through the weekly deals and see if there is any great grocery deals you know will work for a different meal you know your family will eat. For example, if your family loves tacos but they weren’t on the meal plan, glance through (or search) for ground beef, taco shells, cheese, etc. and add those to your list. Most of us have a pretty good idea of our family favorite recipes that we know our family will eat and what ingredients we always need to have on hand to make them. As you get doing this for awhile you will know some of the basic ingredients you need for your ‘staple’ recipes—for me these include: lettuce, bell peppers, carrots, celery, onions, green onions, apples, bananas, bread, milk, eggs, chicken, ground beef, etc. When I don’t have time to do the ‘perfect’ meal plan, I always grab these specific items and I know I can turn them into just about any recipe I know my family will eat. It’s a good idea to write down some of your favorite meals and the ingredients and start recognizing what you buy all the time and watch for those to go on sale—along with the meal planner ingredients you know you are going to need.  Does that make sense? This part is kind of a learned habit that will become super easy as time goes on 🙂

Member: I am wondering what kinds of deals your deal finder looks for, just to help me understand a little bit more! I would love to be able to compare Walmart/Winco/Costco.
DTM: We compare to Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club because they are national stores that have pretty comparable prices around the country. Winco sadly doesn’t offer a weekly grocery ad so we can’t add them—how I wish they did!! However, their prices are right around Walmarts and Costco, so you can generally assume if an item is less than Walmart and Costco, it will be less than Winco as well.
Member: I don’t see an item on your site that I see in the ad. Are all deals listed?
DTM: Almost all. If an item is in the ad and is a good or great deal, it should always be listed. If it’s an item that is NOT a good deal by any stretch of the imagination, it will not be listed. However, we do have many employees doing hundreds of ads around the country, so I can’t guarantee that 100%. However, if there is a great/red deal we will not miss those because they are the ones our reps are looking for. Many items in the ads can be bought for MUCH less at Costco or Walmart and are not worth entering and posting on our site. Focus on the red and starred deals to save you the most money. All other deals can be bought for less at Costco, Winco or Walmart.
Member: What coupons will show up under the “coupons” column? 
DTM: The only coupons we will mention are in ad coupons or store digital coupons. We don’t mention coupons you have to clip or get in the newspaper, although some people do a coupon match up on their own and find that works. Coupons just aren’t who our service is geared for 😉
Member: I’m wondering more about your food storage portion of things. I think it looks like a really really cool idea, but I guess I am trying to understand how to take the most advantage of this part of your service! 
DTM: This part of our service is awesome because it makes getting your food storage/stock pile SUPER simple. All you need to do, is if you see an item on sale with a star (or a stock up price) you want to decide if that item is a item that can be stored long term, AND if it’s an item your family uses on a regular basis. If it is, these are the items you want to stock up on. For example, this week cereal is on sale for a great price. If your family eats a lot of cereal, then stock up on those items and buy as many as you can afford within your monthly budget. There will be times that stores have case lot sales and that’s a great time to watch for food storage items, focus on the great deals and stock up! If you live in Utah right now Harmon’s is having a great case lot sale. If you use any of those great deals in your daily cooking, then it’s a good time to stock up.
Member: Are the food storage recipes meant to use up year supply items I would have already purchased if I’d been using your service for a few months, or to recommend year supply items that are on sale that week to start stocking up on? 
DTM: Both. Some weeks there are very few food storage items on sale, so these are the times we might ad a recipe for Whole Wheat Bread because hopefully through the year you have been able to stock up on those recipe ingredients when they were on sale. This week for example, peanut butter is on sale for a red/great deal, so we have the Peanut Butter Protein Balls in the meal planner because they use peanut butter. Hopefully you have oats in your food storage and chocolate chips you would have stocked up on at Thanksgiving. The Food Storage recipes are just to help you get in the habit of cooking out of your long term storage items—on sale or not 😉
Member: What is the “Year supply” column meant to be under the deals page? 
DTM: If you are interested in building up a long term storage, it’s a great way to build up your supply. The ‘Year Supply’ column will tell you an estimated amount of those sale items that your family might use in a one year period. These are just estimates and if you know your family uses that item more than what is listed, then stock up and buy more. If less, then buy less. 
Member: How many total items you recommend to have for a year supply, or how many you recommend buying at that particular price? 
DTM: If you have money in your budget to buy the year supply amount listed, then that’s fantastic! If you don’t, then this will help trigger you to buy MORE than you normally would and add it to your food storage. Over time, you will be amazed at how quickly your food storage will be built up and how much it will save you throughout the year by buying these items on sale for lower prices.
Member: I wondered if you have diet-friendly meal plan options?
DTM: As for diet friendly meals, our recipes work great! The best part about our recipes is 90% of the recipes are made from scratch, from fresh, homemade ingredients. We try to keep processed foods to a minimum and boxed items only as needed. We have people all over the U.S. who use our meal planner as a guide and then create their own meal planner for their specific needs. Most of our recipes will offer a ‘Healthier Option’ under each recipe that helps you know how you can tweak the recipe to make it healthier (ex: Eat a sandwich lettuce wrapped instead of on a bun, use brown rice instead of white rice, etc.). Any healthy tips we can give you, we will share. Many of our recipes work great as vegetarian dishes as well, if you are interested in those. When that is the case we will mention how that particular recipe can be turned vegetarian to cut calories. Healthy eating, with a little practice, is easy with our recipes because the base of the recipes are so great—they are easy to adapt and make work for your diet. Another tip is to cut back on any of the recipes that are dessert (obviously), side dishes can also sometimes be more fattening and calorie filled and you can replace them with fresh fruit of vegetables, and/or omit any snacks we might list in the meal planner. Focus mostly on the main dish items which are generally homemade, made from fresh ingredients as much as possible.

2 Week ‘Healthy’ Meal Plan for $250

Shopping yesterday was so fun. It felt like I hadn’t been ‘real’ grocery shopping for several weeks. It was nice to buy healthy food again instead of all of the holiday treats and party food I bought last month. With a new year I am ready to jump into my meal planning and focus on making some healthy, delicious meals for my family–and sharing them with you.

Need help with your meal plan? That is exactly why we do what we do here at Deals to Meals. Each week we put together a meal plan for your family that is based around the best grocery deals of the week. We give you 7 main dish recipes, side dish recipes, food storage recipes (recipes that can be made from items you already have in your pantry), and dessert recipes. Our weeks meal plan generally lasts 10-14 days for most families as you will have leftovers and probably go out on the weekend.

We also give you a grocery list that can be easily printed and taken to your local store to make your shopping experience simple and fun! Combine the weekly meal planner with the weekly grocery deals and you will save your family $100’s each month.

I went shopping yesterday to Costco, Sprouts and Walmart and saved well over $200 on all of my groceries. I spent $250 and got all of the recipe ingredients I needed for two weeks of healthy, homemade, recipes. It took me less than 10 minutes to login to our website, choose the meals I wanted to cook, made a grocery list from the weekly deals and was on my way shopping. Everything you need for a healthy, well balanced meal is on sale this week. From meat, to produce, to cheese and even food storage ingredients are all on sale. It is a great week to stock up and save money throughout the rest of the month and year. Make sure and check out the deals from Smiths & Kroger because they are having their semi-annual case lot sale right now with lots of great deals. Have fun shopping and please let me know if you have any questions about how our service works. Thanks friends!

Great New Year’s Grocery Deals and Case Lot Prices start today!

Hi friends! It’s time to start the New Year right and login to Deals to Meals and save $100’s on your week’s groceries. Yes, you see that right, Smiths (and Kroger) are having their Case Lot Sales again. How great is that? It’s a great time to stock up and save throughout the next year. There are also tons of great deals that will help you get ready for your New Year’s Parties–and save you lots of money while you’re at it! Login to our website and see the best deals in your area.

Also, login to see this week’s meal planner with easy recipes and our favorite appetizer recipes you can make this weekend. A new, complete Grocery List and Meal Planner will be posted January 4th, so get ready for a healthy, delicious start to the New Year!

Deals to Meals Gift Certificates

SPECIAHOLIDAY PRICING!

Give the perfect gift this holiday season- a Deals to Meals gift certificate.
This gift will save money, simplify mealtime, and enhance the dinner experience
through hundreds of the most delicious recipes for whomever you gift it to.  

This year we launched our new website with TONS of new features and benefits for our customers.
There’s never been a better time to use our service (as always, a membership gives you access to the information in ALL 50
states)! Deals to Meals memberships start under $15:

  • $14 for 3 months
  • $28 for 6-months
  • $50 for 12-mo. (two months free!)
  • $95 for 24-mo.
    (FIVE months free!)

To buy a certificate, go to the sign up page on our website and fill in the information for the person that you are getting the gift certificate for using “christmas” as the temporary password (if the person for whom the certificate is for already has an account then you can skip to the payment options). Once you have filled in the required fields then click the “Continue” button and  then close the page (do not click on or follow the PayPal links). Once you have created an account for them, you can pay for certificates two different ways:


1-Send money via PayPal:
Simply click on this link and enter the dollar amount
based on how long the membership will be good for.


2- Send a check:
Make a check payable to “Deals to Meals” for the
correct amount based on the length of the certificate you wish to purchase.
Then mail the check to:
Deals to Meals
5526 West 13400 South #502
Herriman, UT 84096

Please send us an email to gift@dealstomeals.com to let us know your name and the name of the individual the gift is for (this can also be done in the note field if paying through PayPal).  Unless specified, the
account will activate within 24 hours from the date payment is received. If
specified as a Christmas gift then the account will have a January 1, 2016 start date although it will be active starting December 25th for the customer
to use (another free week).

2015 Complete Thanksgiving Meal Planner & Grocery List up on Deals to Meals

Hi Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week. Just wanted to let you know that our 2015 Thanksgiving Meal Planner and Grocery List are all uploaded on our website. Everything you need to know to plan the most amazing, beautiful, stress-free Thanksgiving meal is on our website. We have all of the grocery deals, recipes, stock up items, customizable grocery list, etc. You name it, we are here to help you make this year a low stress, money saving experience! Remember to login and focus on those starred/red deals to save you the most money on your groceries. Happy shopping and feel free to email or comment if you have any questions. Enjoy!

5 Simple Tips to Save You Time and Money this Thanksgiving!

1. HAVE A PLAN 

The holidays are in full swing and all of us are looking for ways to save a little money and keep from pulling our hair out from unwanted stress. I am excited to share a few of my favorite time and money saving tips to help you during this Thanksgiving holiday.

First and foremost, have a plan! If you are able, start planning your Thanksgiving meal at least a week (or more) before the holiday begins. Have a quick list of what items you would like to make, who will be making each recipe, and have a game plan for the busy day. There are lots of different components to planning a Thanksgiving meal, so think through the different aspects to the meal (and day) and put it on paper. Everything from decorations, shopping, food prep, cleaning can all be organized and put to a schedule to help the day go more smoothly.

Our free Thanksgiving Menu Sheet is a great way to stay organized. We upload this as a Google document so family members can all add to the document and decide what they would like to help with.

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Want help with your menu plan as well? Deals to Meals is here to help simplify your life! On November 18th we will give all Deals to Meals members a detailed Menu Plan and Grocery List to help make your meal planning easy and fun! Members of Deals to Meals also have access to all of our tried and true recipes we know your family will love.

2. START EARLY AND MAKE EXTRA

Once you have a plan, it’s time to start thinking about ways you can relieve stress the day of your party, by doing things ahead of time. Many Thanksgiving recipes can be made a week, or several days before, and frozen for later.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that work well with this method.

*Sweet Potato Casserole freezes beautifully and can be baked an hour before serving (thaw in the fridge the night before).
*Homemade Cranberry Sauce can also be made several days in advance and either frozen or kept in the fridge.
*Homemade Pie Crusts are another great recipe that can made, rolled out into pie shells, and frozen until ready to bake (or of course, you can use store bought if you wish).
*Mashed Potatoes can also be frozen ahead of time. Make them as usual, let them cool, and then freeze in a large tupperware or Ziploc bag. Before serving, thaw the potatoes in the fridge the night before. When you are ready to reheat the potatoes, place them in a crock pot to heat slowly. Add some more heavy whipping cream and butter to help soften the potatoes and whip them with an electric mixer once they are warmed through.
*Turkey: if you are using a turkey breast, you can crock pot the turkey, shred the breast meat and freeze until the day of the dinner. When ready to reheat the turkey, you can place into a crock pot and warm on low heat for 3-4 hours, or until ready to serve. Add some chicken broth to keep the turkey nice and moist before serving.
*Homemade rolls are so fun to make ahead and have in your freezer (I use this method all year–no more Rhodes in our freezer!) Make the dough recipe as normal, put the rolls on a greased cookie sheet and then wrap with saran wrap. Put the rolls in the freezer as soon as you have them rolled out (you don’t want them to begin to rise). The morning of Thanksgiving, pull the frozen rolls out of the freezer and place in a warm spot of your home. Let the rolls rise on the counter on a pan (about 2-3 hours) and when they have doubled in size, bake them as usual until they are golden brown. If you want to have these rolls on hand for other recipes, just put the frozen balls of dough into a Ziploc bag and keep in the freezer until ready to use. These work great for monkey bread, calzone dough, etc.

Another tip is to double your holiday recipes so you have plenty of leftovers you can enjoy the following week, or freeze the extras for later. For example, my family loves sweet potatoes all year but yams are rarely on sale besides in November. I always make 3-4 pans of the sweet potato casserole and then freeze several of them for later. Keep freezer tins/pans on hand to make freezing the recipes easier. We also love having cooked meat in our freezer for quick meals on busy nights. So, while I am cooking one turkey breast, I always throw in a second so I know I have lots of leftovers and turkey for another meal. You can do this same thing if you are cooking a ham, pork roast, beef roast, etc.

3. BE AN INFORMED SHOPPER

Being an informed shopper will save you BIG money this week. Most families will spend an average of $50-$100 on this one meal, so it’s important you know what you are buying and where to get the best deals. Some of the year’s BEST grocery deals are on this week. Nearly everything you need for your holiday meals will be on sale. Whether you are looking for turkey, canned pumpkin, frozen pies, stuffing mix, soda pop, potatoes, yams, etc., it is ALL on sale this week.

Deals to Meals will tell you where all of the best grocery deals are in your area. We compare all of the grocery store prices to Costco and Walmart and tell you when items go on sale for great deals (without having to use coupons). Just login to our website, click on the stores you want to shop at, and you’re set to save!

4. STOCK UP AND SAVE 



There are over 25 grocery items everyone should be stocking up on this week. If you miss the chance to stock up on these items, many of them won’t be go on sale again for another 365 days! That’s a long time to wait for a another sale–especially if it’s items your family uses on a regular basis.  So, save yourself from having to buy these items at full price throughout the year and stock up this week!

I went shopping last week and spent $109 on many of the Thanksgiving deals I wanted to stock up on and saved $166! That’s nearly 60% off Walmart’s regular low prices. How cool is that? Tip: don’t just buy the items you need for the one holiday meal, stock up and buy several to put in your pantry or food storage for a later time. Check the list below to see which items you might want to stock up on.

Visit Deals to Meals for a detailed list of where all of these grocery items are on sale. Focusing each week on the gold starred items (meaning they are LESS than Walmart and Costco), will save you the most money (up to 70% off)!

5. SIMPLIFY

There are many things you can do to simplify for the holidays. Here are some of my favorite tips:
*Use paper products instead of fine China. If you are less formal, this is an easy way to save you hours of doing dishes.
*Let people help you. Don’t try to put the entire meal together on your own.
*Keep your menu simple. Stick to only those recipes your family loves and cut out any extra recipes that don’t seem to be people’s favorites.
*Cook a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. Turkey breasts can be cooked in a crock pot and are much easier to carve and bake. Here’s our favorite turkey recipe.
*Remember the real meaning and purpose behind the holiday season. It’s not a time to be stressed and run around unable to enjoy the holiday. Keep your focus on family and relishing the moments we have together.
*Keep your meal plan simple, do a lot ahead of time, watch for the best deals, stock up when items are on sale, and you will be set for the greatest holiday season ever!

Here at Deals to Meals, and  One Good Thing By Jillee, we wish you a most delightful (and delicious) Thanksgiving season.

Save 50-65% on ALL of your holiday baking items! See how I saved $166 and spent only $109

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Hi friends! Of all the weeks of the year, these next couple weeks are some of my all-time-favorite grocery shopping weeks. There are SO many great deals!! It is the time to stock up on many of your favorite baking items you use nearly every day. Almost all of the deals in the picture above are 45% to 65% off! Talk about the best time to buy groceries. And guess what, you don’t need any coupons! How great is that?!?

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 I spent about 10 minutes, logged into Deals to Meals, picked the stores I wanted to shop at today (Macey’s and Smiths), made a grocery list of the red/great deals and went shopping. I was back home in an hour and took advantage of all of these amazing deals. I even picked up the produce and meat items I needed for the next 8-10 recipes for my family. Did you notice that Land O Lakes butter (above) is only $1.99 a pound?!?! How amazing is that! I was just at Costco a couple days ago and the butter was $2.67 a pound. That’s almost 30% off of Costco’s low prices. It is THE time to stock up and buy lots of butter for your freezer. I may or may not have gone back for 36 more pounds (shhh! Don’t tell anyone. Ha!) Bring on the holiday baking!!

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Besides lots of baking deals, there are some great deals on Thanksgiving items you may want to purchase now so you don’t have to later in the month.

There are SO many great deals, don’t forget to check out Deals to Meals and see where all of the best deals are. Our service is easy to use, takes only a few minutes to scan through the grocery deals you are interested in and then you are on your way! For only $1.13 a week, we can help you save $166 like I did today!! Talk about a return on your money 😉

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Just for fun, here’s some of what I got: 32 oz. corn syrup, 4 lbs. powdered sugar, 4 lbs. brown sugar, 18 pounds butter, 5 (29 oz.) can pumpkin, 2 lbs. saltine crackers, dozen eggs, graham cracker crust, 10 cans vegetables, 3-4 lbs. fuji apples, 2 lbs. shredded cheese, 2 broths, 2 Stove Top Stuffing mixes, 20 lbs. granulated sugar, 1 package tortillas, 2 (8 oz.) cream cheese, 3 lbs. pork sausage, 4 lbs. graham crackers, 1 lb. bacon, 2 lb. kielbasa sausage, 4 lbs. yams, 2 gallons milk, 3 bags of Craisins, 2lbs. broccoli, half gallon ice cream, and 2 cans sweetened condensed milk.

Happy shopping friends! Email me or leave a comment if you have any questions. Remember to login to our website to find all of the best deals 😉

Meal Planning Done the Easy Way

Head on over to my friend Janica’s website Utah Deal Diva to see how she uses Deals to Meals and how it makes meal planning easy for her busy family! Who doesn’t need some help getting dinner on the table? With a little help and some simple tips, you can make meal planning fun again–I promise. Way to go Janica, thanks for sharing 🙂

Target will now price match Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club & Amazon!

Have you guys heard the big news? As of today, Target will now be price matching stores like Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Amazon, along with 26 other retailers as well.  What? That is awesome! This could be HUGE for Christmas shopping and/or grocery shopping. Here is a link if you want to look more into the details. If any of you try price matching with them, I would love to hear how it works!! I can’t wait to give this a try 😉

#1 Meal Planning Tip of ALL time! Also, chicken on sale for ONLY $1.59/lb.-stock up!

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Hi Friends!

I know I promised some favorite bake sale recipes, but I wanted to first share with you some great deals this week! When I entered the grocery deals onto our website this week I was thrilled that many stores were having case lot deals again. And this time, it wasn’t just stores in Utah that had case lots. Stores like Van’s, Trading Co, Broulims, Blairs, Ridleys, etc. are all having case lot deals this week. It’s a great time to stock up! For those of you in Utah, Fresh Market, Dans, Lins, LoLo’s and Ridleys are all having their case lot sales.  Don’t miss these awesome deals!

Now, besides awesome case lot deals, there is a deal I wanted to share with you. This is the week to stock your freezer with chicken! Smith’s grocery store is having their chicken for only $1.59/lb. Hello, that is awesome!?!?! Buy several extra pounds (I’m talking like 20-30-40 lbs. of chicken) and you will be so grateful for the next several months. Chicken won’t get lower than this price, so this is the week to stock up.
Keep reading for my favorite meal planning tip and more places to buy chicken at the best prices…

Don’t live near a Smiths–how about Albertsons for $1.69/lb.? A great deal as well!

Okay..not Albertsons? What about Sprouts? I LOVE their chicken and it’s only $1.88/lb. That’s another great choice, right? For all of the best deals on chicken, login to Deals to Meals and see where you should stock up at.

Now that you know where to get the chicken, I want to share my NUMBER ONE favorite meal planning tip of all time. I have used this method for nearly 7 years now and it is my dinner-time LIFE saver!! Getting dinner on the table on those busy nights would not happen if it weren’t for this trick.

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Here it is. It’s not tough. It’s simple really. When you get home from the grocery store, put several pounds of chicken into your largest crock pot. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and turn the crock pot to high (or low) heat. Cook the chicken until it is tender, but not overly cooked. When it is cooked, place the chicken into freezer ziploc bags and place in the freezer. In each bag, put the amount of chicken breasts your family would normally use for a meal. These cooked, chicken breasts can be frozen for up to a year.

Or..take the extra chicken and grill it on an outdoor grill until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and then remove from the grill once the chicken is cooked. When it is cooked, place several chicken breasts into a freezer bag as well. This grilled chicken is fabulous when it is thawed and can be thrown into salads, casseroles, in pasta dishes, on sandwiches, and really any way you normally use chicken. It is my favorite method of all time! The chicken is not mushy or overly cooked. It’s texture remains perfect and great for future meals.

Seem simple enough? Want to save money and time? This is the week to stock your freezer with cooked chicken to make your life easier. I promise, you will LOVE this tip and dinner time will never be so easy again 😉 Hope you enjoy!

Deals to Meals Cookbook is NOW Available {81 Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes}

Hi friends!

This day is a long time coming and I am SO excited to share this super exciting news with you. Ahh! It’s official–I have a cookbook. How fun is that?!? As many of you know, I have been blogging and creating recipes on this blog for nearly 7 years now. It’s been a full time job managing and running our website Deals to Meals as well as trying to keep up with this blog. It’s a fun job and something I’m grateful for every day.

I am continually asked to put together a cook book and I am so excited that this day has FINALLY come! This cook book has been a labor of love and although it has been hundreds of hours in the making, the thought of each of you enjoying these recipes has kept me going! You, my friends, are the ones that make this blog worth every, single second I put into it. 
The good news is, I have partnered with one of my favorite people, Jordan Page from Fun Cheap or Free. She is a dear friend and a frugal genius–and it’s because of her that we took this leap and created this e-book. After many late nights, LOTS of chocolate, piles of dishes, experimenting in the kitchen, scratched recipes and hours of pouring over recipe details, we are THRILLED to introduce to you our first (of many!) e-books.

Why e-books you ask? Not only are e-books more cost effective but you can have access to our recipes anywhere you go (on your phone, on your ipad, on your kindel, on vacation…anywhere you have the internet or your files), e-books are just plain awesome!

So, on behalf of Deals to Meals and Fun Cheap or Free…here is our first OFFICIAL, TOTALLY AWESOME COOKBOOK!

Ebook #1: 81 {Quick and Easy} Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes
Here’s a link to the Table of Contents to preview all 81 recipes!


Here’s a sneak peek of the recipes you’ll find inside the book:

SANDWICHES AND WRAPS:

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  • Lemon Chicken Wraps with Tzatziki Sauce
  • Chipotle BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
  • Mediterranean Chicken Pita Pockets
  • Tangy Italian Chicken Sandwiches
  • BBQ Chicken and Avocado Sliders with Chipotle Mayo
  • Easy Philly Sandwiches
  • Roast Beef Pesto Paninis
  • Easy French Dip Sandwiches
  • Memphis Pork Sandwiches
  • Kalua Pork Sliders with Pineapple Slaw

POULTRY RECIPES:

81 amazing slow cooker recipes!! YES PLEASE!!!

  • Cranberry Orange Chicken
  • Pineapple and Jalapeno Chicken Street Tacos
  • Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
  • Easiest Chicken Teriyaki
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
  • Chicken and Rice
  • Creamy Chicken Chipotle Enchiladas
  • Coconut Curry Chicken
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
  • Creamy Mushroom Chicken
  • Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
  • Creamy Lemon Italian Chicken
  • Herbed Turkey Breasts

BEEF RECIPES:

81 amazing slow cooker recipes!! YES PLEASE!!!

  • Cherry Coke (or Dr. Pepper) Beef Tacos
  • Carne Asada Shredded Beef Tacos
  • Slow Cooker Lasagna
  • Shredded Beef Chimichangas
  • Perfect Sunday Pot Roast
  • Shredded Beef Gyros with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

PORK RECIPES:

81 amazing slow cooker recipes!! YES PLEASE!!!

  • Teriyaki Shredded Pork
  • Mock Café Rio Shredded Pork Salad with Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
  • Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops
  • Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Shredded Pork with Rice
  • Garden Vegetable Marinara with Noodles
  • Cajun Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

SOUP RECIPES

81 amazing slow cooker recipes!! YES PLEASE!!!

  • Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup
  • Mexican Chicken and Corn Chowder
  • Easy Homemade Chili
  • Quick and Easy Taco Soup
  • White Bean Chicken Chili
  • Slow Cooker Minestrone

SIDE DISH RECIPES

81 amazing slow cooker recipes!! YES PLEASE!!!

  • Simple Baked Beans
  • Slow Cooker Applesauce
  • Slow Cooker Butter Parsley Potatoes
  • Cuban Black Beans and Rice
  • Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

EXTRAS AND DESSERTS

81 amazing slow cooker recipes!! YES PLEASE!!!

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal with Brown Sugar Crumble
  • Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Oatmeal
  • Spiced Apple Wassail
  • Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler
  • Cherry Chocolate Bread Pudding
  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding
  • Triple Chocolate Pudding Cake
  • Slow Cooker Gooey Brownie Cake

AND MORE! (…believe it or not.)

Ebooks are fabulous because you can save them online, on your phone, print them out, email it to yourself; it allows you to have your favorite recipes digitally, anywhere. 
If you love this ebook, check out our Freezer Friendly Meals ebook as well! 

One more e-book to make your life easier! Download this freezer meal e-book that thousands have found to help spark their love and passion for freezer meal cooking.
One more way to help get dinner on the table in a snap!


*All purchases are through a secure network called Scratch. As soon as the payment goes through, you will be emailed the ebook to your email address 😉 Enjoy! 

Here’s a little back story on how these ebooks came about 😉

Jordan is my partner in crime for these ebooks and I’m grateful she helped push me to finally put these together. When starting to decide the genre of our first cookbook, we knew we wanted recipes that would help make your life easier. What is easier than crock pot recipes, right? For us, this was a no-brainer. We wanted to share our favorite, quick and easy, crock pot recipes with you and your family. Now, for those of you who know my cooking style, I am not much of a dump and go kind of cook. I am not a huge fan of cream soups and recipes that taste all the same. I wanted to only add recipes that use the method of crock pot cooking without the boring, or bland flavors of traditional crock pot recipes. I am ecstatic with the results!! This e-book has some of the most delicious and varied crock pot recipes you will EVER find on the web–believe me, I’ve searched 😉 
Our recipes are AMAZING and I can hardly wait to share them with you!
The great thing about the purchase of this e-book is it helps two causes. First, part of the proceeds will go to Humanitarian aid throughout the world. Since I was a girl I have always felt a connection and sympathy for those who don’t have the basic needs of clothing and food. How can we not reach out when we have a healthy and well-fed family? “Where much is given, much is expected”, right? 
For that reason, I am excited to announce that for every e-book that is sold, we will send 20% towards Humanitarian Aid to help fight hunger. Each membership to Deals to Meals also donates to Humanitarian aid also–so, it’s a great time to sign up over there too!
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Secondly, the proceeds to this e-book will also help us improve Deals to Meals. Our blog is currently being re-vamped and we are hoping with all of our changes we will be able to expand the number of grocery stores we offer throughout the United States.  Not to mention, it’s about time Deals to Meals got an app, right?!  So…feel good knowing your money for this e-book will hopefully come back to benefit you in the future too 😉 A win-win for all of us!

Phew! How’s that for throwing a little cookbook love your way?!? I am ready to take the weekend off and get back to my own kitchen and kiddos 😉 Have a wonderful weekend! Love you all and thank you for all your amazing support.

2 Week Meal Plan for $180 and a Brief Tutorial of How I Meal Plan and Shop

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It’s that time again. Out grocery shopping I went yesterday. I had a cute lady leave me a message asking a question that I thought I would answer briefly today.

Barbi said, “Hello! I was wondering if you could do a blog post about how to make deals to meals work best for you/me. I log in and I look at the “best deals” for my preferred stores and there are a few, but then I see everything you have purchased for your family and I think “hmm I didn’t notice all that stuff on sale”. haha. Pretty much I would love it if you did a “a day in the life of Shandra and meal planning”. It sounds silly, but it seems that i do need my hand held while learning how to do this… Thank you!”
Barbi, great question! First off, you really don’t want a ‘day in the life of Shandra’. It’s really not the most glamorous thing ever. It’s a beautiful life for me, but the day to day isn’t always that pretty 😉 Laundry, dirty floors, you know how that goes. However, I am more than happy to share with you how I do my grocery shopping and meal planning. It really is very simple. I don’t do anything fancy other than what’s on our website. Here’s brief explanation of what I do. Hope this helps 😉

1-I login to Deals to Meals, I check out the weekly menu planner. Decide which of the recipes I want to make for that week. Some weeks I make all 7 main dish recipes and other times I use 3-4 of them and a few other recipes I want to ad. This is the great part, you can choose to use our recipes or use your own. It’s up to you!

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2-Once you’ve removed the recipes you know you won’t be making for the week, click on the ‘list’ looking button on the meal planner page to bring up the ingredient list that you will need for the week, so you can find the grocery deals that go along with those recipes.

3-Remove any ingredients you already have to home. We will be simplifying this step in the next week to remove all of the ‘staple’ items you should generally have on hand already. In the mean time, just deselect them to make your shopping list more condensed.

4-Click on the ingredient/item and add each grocery deal to your shopping list. If there isn’t a deal found for that item, just add it to the list and you can pick it up at Walmart or Costco.

5-If I have time, I like to always glance quickly through the deals from my selected stores to see if there are any great deals that might not have shown up on the menu planner ingredient list that I still might want. Things that I might need for lunches, cereal, etc. that I don’t want to miss a deal on. I add those few items to my shopping list and I’m just about done.

6-Print off my shopping list and head out to the store!

Shop at the store who has the deals you are wanting to take advantage of, or price match at Walmart as many deals as you can (taking into account their new price match policy). I generally buy most of my produce at Sprouts on Wednesdays (when its double ad Wednesday) and then finish up my shopping at Walmart so I can price match the rest. It seems to work great to get good produce at inexpensive prices and all of the boxed/frozen items I need at Walmart. Costco is also right next door so if I need a few things from there too, I’ll run in really quickly and try not to spend all of my money there!

My shopping and planning from start to finish takes about 2 hours. Seems like a long time, but when I’m only doing it every 2 weeks, it’s worth the investment of time to help save us the most money and make sure that my meals are all planned and ready to go. I’ve been doing this for years and years and it seems to work awesome.  Just a tip: I always take a friend with me because it helps the time pass quickly. Shopping is much more fun when you can chat and hang out with friends 😉

*TIP FOR BUSY WEEKS: Yes, we all have weeks where we don’t have time to look through all of the recipes and have the perfect meal plan. These are the times I ONLY go to the deal portion of the website, click on the items I know my family uses on a regular basis and head out shopping. I generally know by now what items I need to make our ‘usual’ type of recipes, so it’s easy to just glance through the deals and recognize what ingredients/items I will need for the week. This is a great option if you are running low on time and need to shop without a lot of planning. Deals to Meals can work for you, no matter what your schedule allows 😉 The most important thing is you are saving TIME and MONEY so you have time to do the things you really enjoy. Let me know if anyone is still confused. I am here to help! 🙂 Have a fabulous day.

Deals to Meals Giveaway and Shopping Success! Save Time and Money–it’s EASY!

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Hi friends! I had the pleasure of taking my good friend Jamie, from Jamiecooksitup grocery shopping. We had such a great time and were able to save LOTS of money and get all of the food she needed for her family of 7 weekly meal plan. Jamie has such a big heart and is such a talented and lovely blogger. She has used Deals to Meals for a long time now, and was so sweet to do a big post about our shopping trip and how she saves money with Deals to Meals.

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Hop on over to her blog and check out her post to enter to win one of two year memberships to Deals to Meals. You only have to do three easy things to enter (follow Jamie on Instagram, follow Deals to Meals on Instagram and check out our new Deals to Meals website). Nothing too tricky, eh? So, visit her post, leave a comment that you would like to enter the giveaway and hopefully you will be one of the two lucky winners!

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Happy shopping and saving money! Leave me a comment if you have any questions about Deals to Meals and how our new site works. I would love to hear from you.

crispy cheddar chicken, Jamie Cooks It Up

If you haven’t tried any of Jamie’s fabulous recipes, you NEED to try her Crispy Cheddar Chicken. It is on our meal planner this week and is a family favorite around our house and one of her most popular recipes. Super simple and completely amazing!! All of the ingredients you need for this recipe are on sale this week too (chicken, Ritz crackers, butter, cheese, etc.). Delicious and inexpensive–can’t beat that! Thanks Jamie for another great recipe!

$80 of Groceries and some of the BEST deals this week

How did those last 14 days go by so quickly? I couldn’t believe it was time to head out shopping again. Good thing I LOVE it! This week was a simple stock up week. All I needed was some more produce, milk, bread and lots of chicken to fill my freezer. Sprouts is having their AWESOME deal on chicken this week. It’s on sale for only $1.77/lb. I love their chicken! Not to mention their butchers are the nicest. Did you know you can call in an order for chicken and they will have it all ready to go for you? They also will cut your chicken into fajita strips which is fabulous to have in the freezer to save time from having to cut up the chicken. All you have to do is give them a call, tell them how much you want and they will call you when it’s ready for pick up. How slick is that?

Sprouts is seriously the bomb! I just love their friendly, happy store. So, if you need chicken, head on over and take advantage of their sales, or call in an order for later. It’s a great time to stock up and not have to buy chicken at regular price again anytime soon!
Also, other great deals at several other stores on boneless pork, steak, produce, peanut butter, pasta, cheese, mayonnaise, cereal, snack items and much more! Login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area.

Q&A for our new Website–How to make Deals to Meals work for you!

Hi friends! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being patient with our new website as we have been working to get it up and running. We know with change comes some frustration and we totally understand that! I am one who hates change and has a hard time adjusting to new ways of doing things. For those of you who have been with us since the beginning 7 years ago, you have been through many changes and we appreciate you sticking with us.

We truly want to make you happy. Our service wouldn’t exist without you, and we want to have our service meet all of your needs. We are loving the feedback we are receiving and it has helped us know which aspects of our new site to tweak and adjust. Please continue sending us your feedback so we can continue to help Deals to Meals be the best it can be.

We have received a lot of emails and questions since our launch and so we put together this Q&A to see if we could answer some of your questions. If you other questions you would like answered, feel free to leave them in the comment section of this post and we will get those answered asap. Thanks so much!

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QUESTION #1:

I just signed up for the Deals to Meals 2 week trial this morning! I took the tour, but I’m having a hard time figuring out the way the program works. Specifically, how do I take the week’s menu that you provide and add all of it to a shopping list for the stores in my area? Do I have to build my list item by item from your weekly menu recipes? Or is there a way to just copy the whole thing over to a list? And if I can get that to work, will the shopping list then auto calculate what my spending total will be? 
I am really excited to try this system out this week! I don’t have time to coupon and have never been able to figure out all the ins and outs of doing it and making it worthwhile. So, I love the idea of what you’ve done with Deals to Meals. I just hope it works for us! 

Kelly 
ANSWER:
Let’s begin by figuring out how exactly YOU want to use our service. There are basically three types of customers that use Deals to Meals. Once you decide which aspect of our service will most benefit you, follow the link to that ‘customer type’ and it will bring you to a step-by-step tutorial of how to use our service.
Customer 1: You want to use our service for the best deals AND our weekly meal planner and don’t want to adjust any of the recipes and cook exactly what we suggest for the week. Although this is the most time consuming method to learn, it will save you the most time in the long run. This method will cost a little more each month because you will be eating several homemade, real, meals. Sadly, the truth is you can feed your family on less if you are eating processed foods (we all know a frozen pizza will be cheaper than making a homemade meal). However, if you want delicious, homemade recipes for your family for a 10-14 day period, this is the method of using our service that will be best for you.
Customer 2: You want to use the weekly deals along with your own, personal meal planner. This means you take some of the suggested meals from our service and modify them to fit your families needs and likes for the week. This is probably the best option for most families. Not all families will want to eat every recipe that we suggest each week. All families have different likes, dislikes and budgets. Customizing your meal plan for the week and eliminating meals or recipes your family won’t eat will help save you the most money each month.
Customer 3: You are more interested in knowing what the best weekly deals are and are not wanting any help with your meal plan. Some people don’t have time to worry about a meal plan. They just want to know what is on sale and what items to buy at the grocery store. They like to cook their own, tried and true recipes and want to only worry about getting the most groceries for their money. This method is the simplest and will still save you $100’s each month. If you are just starting, you can always start by just using the grocery deals and then eventually branch into using the meal planner as well 😉
For each of these scenarios we have put together a step by step method of how our service will help you achieve your goals (follow the links). No matter which method you use, we know you will save $100’s of dollars and time. However, we know learning a new site takes a little vested time and interest. I promise, as you give our service  the time it takes to learn how it navigates, you will LOVE using our service. The benefits will be well worth the effort you put into learning how to use our site.
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QUESTION #2:
I miss the old Utah grocery list with itemized deals with each ingredients. Is that going to go away forever?
Rachel
ANSWER #2:
Yes, the grocery list is our largest complaint we are getting. We are trying to figure out a solution to help simplify the grocery list process. One of the issues is all of the staple items (that most of us normally already have in our pantry) are making our grocery list ultra long and cumbersome. We are working with our programmer to streamline the process. Until we come up with a better solution, our regular grocery list will be uploaded on our old site until we get it figured out 😉 old.dealstomeals.com
One of our other issues is Utah has been the only state we have ever done the itemized grocery list with correlating deals for. Now that we have members all over the U.S., it is hard to rationalize spending that much time on a portion of our site that only benefits a 50th of our members 😉 However, I am with you! I used to always just print that one sheet out and do my shopping and I loved how convenient it was. So, I feel your pain 😉 I promise I will be adamant about coming up with a more simple solution to help us make the process more simple. Thanks for your patience.
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QUESTION #3:
Any suggestions on making my grocery shopping list a little easier?

ANSWER #3:
Yes! I have found over the years that most of my recipes involve many of the same ingredients (bell peppers, onions, cilantro, green onions, carrots, celery, chicken, ground beef, cheese, sour cream, milk, butter, grains, basic spices, fruit, frozen veggies, bread, etc.). I find if I go through the deals quickly (since they are all listed as the red/best deals first) I will just check the best deals of those items I know I normally need for my weekly meal plan. Then, I glance through the recipe ingredient list to see if there are any unusual ingredients I might not normally buy (sesame oil, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, fresh parsley, etc) and then I add those items to my grocery list. Once I have the deals I normally buy and have added some of the additional ingredient items, I find I have a thorough enough list to make all of the week’s meals that I normally would have. It does take a few minutes longer, but I have noticed I enjoy the feature of being able to delete some of the recipes I wasn’t planning on making (I don’t always make the side dish recipes, dessert recipes, etc.) and then add a couple extra recipes that sound good for the week. Being able to customize my meal plan has really been enjoyable for me. We are also working on being able to print the entire week’s meals on one page in case you are missing that as well.
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QUESTION  #4:
Is price matching obnoxious for anyone else like me lately? They treat me like I’m a criminal and want me to show them the ad for every item I am trying to price match. What has happened? Do they have a new policy?
ANSWER #4:
Yes, yes and yes! It’s annoying and YES, their policy has changed. This answer will take an entire post TOMORROW. Watch for that. I will be sharing 10 tips to help you continue to save money while price matching. Great question!
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QUESTION #5:


Are you going to make your new and “improved” website mobile friendly? You cannot navigate on a phone. It has you scrolling dozens of time to get to anything and is really awful.

ANSWER #5: 

Yes, we are working on that. Sorry! One thing at a time 😉 For now, you can go to our old website on your phone to help it be more user friendly old.dealstomeals.com.
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QUESTION #6:


Will you ever get an app?

ANSWER #6:

I hope so. Sadly, apps range from $10k-$30k for a basic app. Because our information on our site changes every week and we are in 50 states, it’s a very in depth app which costs LOTS of money. Bottom line, we need more members to have that kind of expendable income. So…tell your friends and family about Deals to Meals and hopefully in the near future we will be able to get one put together 🙂 We, unlike all other online grocery companies don’t get kick-back money from advertisers, coupon companies, newspaper companies, etc. Ever penny we earn comes because of the work WE are doing and it’s a much slower, and lower income rate. However, it keeps things looking nice and clean and helps you save money without having to cut coupons 😉 Hopefully a win-win for all of us!
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QUESTION #7:

How do you sleep at night? You are running a scam! You say you can buy 30 meals for only $100 and then I look at your pile of groceries and I realize you DON’T have all of the ingredients you would need. You are probably just using all of the food you HOARD in your basement and not counting the cost of that. Maybe you should stop and think, What Would Jesus think of your scam before you try and have others join.
Unsubscribed and frustrated member 
ANSWER #7:
Yes, this email was for real. And..I edited much of it to spare you from some more unkind words 😉 First off, let’s get one thing straight. I am not sure where they got the idea that I can make 30 meals for $100. If I claimed that (which I don’t remember), it would have included cereal and milk for breakfast and mac and cheese for lunch. I have never been one to claim my way of shopping is the most inexpensive method out there. If people want to eat really simple, processed meals, they will be able to eat for much less than we do. 
Generally my 10-14 day meal plan costs about $200-$225 for my family of 7. Yes, this is just the cost of the groceries I do not already have ‘hoarded’ in my basement. I suggest everyone keep a well stocked pantry and food storage so you don’t have to purchase items like flour, spices, baking items, grains, sugar, honey, lemon juice, vinegar, etc. on a weekly basis. If you were to have to purchase all of these items because your pantry is bare, then YES it would cost you more than the $200. I am not trying to trick anyone into how much groceries cost. I am the first one to admit that sticking to my budget of $700 for our family of 7 is HARD WORK! I have to be very mindful of every penny I spend and try and manage my budget to include stocking up my pantry as well as getting the items I need to feed my family. Deals to Meals is not for everyone. It is a method that takes a little time, because saving money and being financially responsible takes time. Of course it’s easier to shop for whatever items you want to put in your cart with no care of price. However, most of us live on a budget (or should) and are conscious of how much money we spend. For this reason, tools like Deals to Meals is created to help families save money. That is why we do NOT have contracts with our service. If you are not saving enough money, if you are not happy with our service, we guarantee your money back and let you cancel at ANY time. There are no strings attached. Either you love it, or you don’t and you cancel. Pretty simple, right? 🙂
And I am thankful EVERY day for Jesus and a loving Heavenly Father who has blessed me with the opportunity to own this company. Deals to Meals started at a time my husband lost his job and we know it is BECAUSE of Him that we exist and are successful. It has been a blessing to my family and hopefully many others. So..thankfully I sleep great at night and am thankful every day for each of you who help make my job worth every minute I put into it. Thanks for all of your support!! I can’t wait to hear from more of you in the future. 
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4th of July BEST Grocery Deals–Summer Stock Up Items!!

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Before you head out to do your last minute 4th of July grocery shopping, you need to STOP and login to our website. There are hundreds of great deals and several that you will want to stock up on and add to your food storage. The week of the fourth is always the time of year you want to stock your pantry and food storage with all of the barbecue items your family uses throughout the year. Here are just a few of the items you will want to stock up on in your area. ALL of these items are on sale in nearly every city throughout the U.S. Login to find the best deals in your area.

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Food storage items on sale this week:
*Ketchup: Year supply 24 jars per family
*Mustard: Year supply 24 jars per family
*Pickles: Year supply 8-10 jars per family
*Relish: Year supply 5-8 jars per family
*Mayonnaise: Year supply 2-3 jars per person
*Baked Beans: Year supply 5+ cans per person
*Olives: Year supply 10-15 cans per family
*Barbecue sauce: Year supply 24 jars per family
*Canned Pork and Beans: Year supply 5 cans per person
*Marshmallows: Year supply 15+ bags per family

Other items that always go on sale this week:
*Soda Pop (optional)–if you are a soda pop drinker…this is THE week to stock up and save!!!
*Jello pudding or gelatin: Year supply 2-3 lbs. per person
*Capri Sun or Juice Drinks (optional)
*Potato Chips (optional)
*Cookies and crackers (optional)

Items that are on sale that can be added to your freezer:
*Cool Whip (freeze up to one year)
*Ground beef or turkey (freeze up to one year)
*Chicken breasts (freeze up to one year)
*Boneless beef steaks (freeze up to one year)
*Hot dogs (freeze up to one year)
*Ground pork sausage (freeze up to one year)

Login to Deals to Meals to find the best grocery deals in your area!

10 Day Meal Plan for ONLY $138! Saved almost 50% off Walmart’s Low Prices

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 We just got back yesterday from one of the most fun weeks of my life! My husband, sister and many of my best friends were able to spend the week with nearly 300 youth from our church. We went up to a lake near Idaho called Bear Lake and we had an absolute riot. We did everything from swimming in the lake, an amazing race game, a ropes course, hiked a cave, ate more food than we ever should have, went to a dance, played games and stayed up way too late chatting and having fun. I love the youth and being with them for a week gives me hope in the future of today. They are destined to do great things and I was so happy to be with all of them!

After a fun week, that meant my fridge was completely empty. I quickly logged into our website, printed off the grocery list for this week, glanced over some of the best deals and went on my way to Walmart to price match all of the best deals this week. I was thrilled when I came home (in less than an hour) and spent only $138 on all of the meat, produce, dairy, grains I needed for the next 10 days of meals. Lickety-split and I saved well over $70 while doing it! That’s nearly 50% off Walmart’s already low prices. If your fridge needs to be filled like mine did, LOGIN to our website to find out all of the best deals in your area!

10 Days of Groceries for $131! That’s 30 meals for only .71 per person–or $5 a meal

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There are some great deals this week! I went shopping and picked up all of these groceries for only $131. This will feed our family of 7 for 10 days all of the delicious recipes on this weeks meal planner. I didn’t have to buy pork and chicken because I have plenty of that in my freezer, although both of those are on sale this week. So, for about $150 you can feed your family homemade, healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner without breaking your budget. Fabulous! That’s only $5 a meal or $.71 per person, per meal. You can’t even buy a gross hamburger at McDonalds for that price! Eating meals at home saves your family $100’s and is much healthier for you too.

Enjoy recipes on our meal planner this week that include some of the following:
Carnitas (Pulled Pork) Tacos, Tzyaki Turkey Burgers, Grilled Hawaiian Chicken, Grilled Tomato and Cheese Sandwiches, Garden Vegetable Marinara, Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing, Honey Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken and MANY more! Doesn’t those meals sound delicious?!? For all of these recipes, login to our website and have a great time shopping, cooking and enjoying this beautiful spring weather 😉

This week’s groceries $98–Great deals on Skippy Peanut Butter and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ

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After a long weekend and lots of family parties, we woke up to an empty fridge. Off to the store I went to stock up on some of the great deals this week. The groceries I needed this week, along with the items I added to my food storage, came in just under $100. It was a great shopping trip and my kids were thrilled to have cereal again for breakfast tomorrow 😉 Login to our website to see all of this week’s best deals and our delicious menu planner www.dealstomeals.com.

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Here are a few of my favorite deals this week. Boneless Pork Ribs only $1.39/lb. at Reams (sadly ends tonight–$1.49/lb. deal continues through tomorrow at other stores), Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce only $1 at Smiths, Skippy Peanut Butter 16.8 oz. $1.50 at Maceys (and other Associated Food Stores) and Kellogg’s cereals $1.67 at Smiths (select varieties, or just price match Kellogg’s cereals up to 17 oz. at Walmart). MANY more great deals this week at all of your local grocery stores. I saved over $55 at Walmart today and spent only $98. Not too shabby. That’s almost 50%. Have fun shopping!

Great grocery deals this week! 10 days of groceries for only $198

There are AWESOME deals this week! If you haven’t had a chance to login to Deals to Meals to see what’s on sale, you need to do it. Everything you need for your week’s meal plan is on sale…produce, meat, breads, dairy, etc. are all on sale for great prices. Also, great prices on nonfood items like toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste and much more. I bought all of the above groceries which will feed my family for 10-14 days for only $198. I bought lots of bacon, steak, chicken, pork and turkey to store in my freezer and TONS of fresh produce. It felt great to have a well stocked fridge again after the holidays 🙂

Also, it’s a great time to stock up your food storage. If you live near a Smith’s grocery store, they are having their annual case lot sales. It’s a great time to stock up your pantry and food storage at low prices so you don’t have to pay full price throughout the rest of the year. Login to our website to find all of the best deals in your area. Happy shopping!

Best Thanksgiving Grocery Deals–get your feast for $50!

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I am so excited! This is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year. Not only because I love the Thanksgiving holiday, time with family, traditions, lots of delicious food, chance to slow down and count my blessings, but also because this is the week of some of the BEST grocery deals of the entire year. And you know me, that makes me pretty giddy!! There are so many great deals I can’t even begin to tell you them all. However, I went shopping today and wanted to share with you a few of the best deals for your Thanksgiving feast. Of course, to get all of the updated deals, login to our website and find out where the best sales are in your area (many of the deals will be uploaded Tuesday night and will be good through the end of November).

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Here are some of the deals I took advantage of this afternoon. I got all of these items for just over $50. Not too shabby, huh?

Here are some tips of what grocery deals to look for when shopping for your Thanksgiving feast:

Whole turkey–anything under $0.88/lb. (Costco is $1.09-$2.59/lb. and Walmart is .88/lb.)
Turkey breast–anything under $1.50/lb. (Target has their turkey breasts on sale for under $1.20/lb.–fabulous!)
Yams–under .88/lb.
Stove Top Stuffing–under $1
Brown or Powdered Sugar–under $1.25 for a 2 lb. package
Evaporated Milk–under .99
Canned Pumpkin–Libby’s under $2.50 or no-name pumpkin (small) under $1
Chicken or Beef Broth–under .50 a can
Canned Pineapple–under $1 a can
Canned Cranberries–under a $1 a can
Canned Cream Soups–under .69 for Campbell’s or .50 for the store brand
MANY more deals listed on our website…

Hope this helps! Of course, you can take all the thinking out of your shopping and just login to our website to find out where all of the best/red deals are in your area. Happy shopping and happy Thanksgiving.

Week’s Groceries ONLY $102! Great deals this week!

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Fabulous deals this week on groceries and non-grocery items! I was sure grateful toilet paper was on sale this week. I sure hate to run out of that stuff! Walmart had their Charmin 24 roll pack for $6.98. I price matched this toilet paper for $4.88 which saved me $2.10 on each package. That’s savings of $10.60 just on those five items–fabulous. There are other great deals this week on produce. Fuji apples here in Utah are on sale for .49-.69/lb. I bought several bags to make homemade apple pie filling–can’t wait! Some other great produce deals are on tomatoes, bell peppers, limes, cilantro, grapes, bananas, onions, potatoes, carrots, broccoli and MUCH more! Great deals on pantry and dairy items this week too: salad dressing, eggs, bread, milk, sour cream, sugar, powdered sugar, mayonnaise, refried beans, marshmallows, hot cocoa, etc. Remember to login to our website before you plan your shopping trip. I saved over $60 today at Walmart on items my family needed anyway–took only a few minutes to print off my list and I saved BIG. A membership to Deals to Meals is only $1.17 and we guarantee you save more than $1.17 a week or we will refund your money. Hope you have a chance to get out and take advantage of these great deals this week 🙂 Email me with any questions or just leave a comment–I’d love to hear from you. Happy shopping!

Cranberry Apple Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing

 
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Home sweet home! It’s so great to be back home after a great trip to California. So glad to come home to more sunshine too, that’s a fun bonus! Hope you had a great weekend and I am excited to share some of the great deals this week you need to take advantage of. After being gone for ten days my fridge was completely empty and I was in desperate need of restocking our fridge for this week’s menu.  I got SO many great deals, it made my day! Chicken, ground turkey, pork, butter, eggs, tortillas, yogurt, sour cream, milk, bread, rolls, and all of the produce we need for this next week. Isn’t price matching the best? I had to laugh when a lady behind me in line was talking to me and said, “Oh, my friend keeps trying to talk me into signing up for that Meals to Deals website (ha!) and I keep telling her I don’t have time, and I don’t want to pay to save money”. I just laughed when I told her I use that website too (what a coincidence) and she was shocked when my huge cart of groceries was less than $100. I had to have a manager come over because I saved more than $50. She said, “Maybe that is worth the $5 a month” I left laughing at how funny it is to think so many of us think we ‘don’t have time’ to save money. It doesn’t take more than a few extra minutes and pays you back in BIG savings. If you ever need help or have questions on how I shop, please email me at shandra@dealstomeals.com. I would love to help you save too!

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This week there are produce deals all over the country for winter squash (my favorite!) like banana squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, yellow squash and butternut. This is a great way to bring in the fall with some of these delicious squashes and recipes. I will be sharing a few of my favorite squash recipes later this week, so stay tuned. There are also great deals on apples, peaches, pears, tomatoes and avocados. Pretty much if you need produce, it’s on sale! So, take a few minutes, login to our website and go shopping for all of the best deals in your area.

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This brings me to this awesome salad we had last night for dinner! It was a side salad for our dinner but could easily be a dinner salad if you add a little chicken or bacon..or eat it just the way it is. Everything in this salad was on sale this week which was why I couldn’t help but throw this together as I was putting away all of my groceries. The thing I love about this salad is the lemon dressing. It is so simple, nice and light, fairly low calorie (adjust the sugar to your liking) and tastes great on any salad toppings. It’s a fun new dressing if you want a change from ranch, poppyseed, etc. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Cranberry Apple Salad with Sweet Lemon Dressing
Salad
  1. 1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped (could also add some spinach if you would like)
  2. 3 carrots, shredded
  3. 1/2 cup craisins or raisins
  4. 1 cup apples, diced
  5. 1 cup pears, diced
  6. 1/4 cup red onion, sliced or diced
  7. Shredded parmesan cheese (or gorgonzola)
  8. Croutons
  9. Candied nuts, chopped
  10. 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  11. Bacon or chicken, optional
Sweet Lemon Dressing
  1. 3/4 cup lemon juice, fresh or bottled
  2. 1/2-3/4 cup olive oil (I like less oil so use however much you like)
  3. 1/3-1/2 cup white sugar (again, if you like it more sweet, add more sugar)
  4. 1 Tbls. dried onions or fresh chopped onions
  5. 3/4 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  7. 1/2 tsp. poppyseeds
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Instructions
  1. Chop and prepare all of the salad ingredients. Place in a large salad bowl and prepare the dressing. For the dressing, put all of the ingredients (minus the poppyseeds) in a blender or in a bowl. Whisk or pulse until the oil begins to emulsify and become incorporated into the dressing. Add the poppyseeds and serve dressing over the salad when ready to serve.
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10 Day Meal Plan $110–Case lot sales & great deals this week!

Are you ready to shop?!? Yes, you guessed it, it is case lot time again here in Utah (and in many other states…NV, MT, ID, WY, etc.). There are hundreds of deals you should be stocking up on and adding to your pantry and food storage. Yesterday I entered a shopping marathon…and I think I won 😉 Between getting all of the case lot items I needed I also went to Walmart and price matched all of my ‘regular’ meal planning groceries. Although I came home exhausted, it felt so great to stock up on items I needed and to have food in our house again. With all of my painting projects I had neglected filling my fridge for awhile and it is great to have a full fridge and some fresh produce again.

No matter where you are living there are three items you MUST stock up on this week which seems to be on sale everywhere. It is almost fall which means, bring on the baking season! What do you need when you bake a lot?? Sugar, sugar and more sugar. Well, it’s your lucky day! Here in Utah powdered sugar, brown sugar and granulated sugar are on sale for GREAT-LOW prices. For those who live in Utah, run, don’t walk, to your local Macey’s grocery store and stock up on these sugars for only .88 for a 2 lb. bag. That is FABULOUS! If you use powdered sugar or brown sugar, now is the time to stock up and save throughout the rest of the year.

Login to our website where you can find out where all of the best deals are in your area: flour, sugar, canned tomatoes, canned beans, canned chilies, canned fruit, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, evaporated milk, tuna fish, cake mixes, chicken broth, crackers, cooking oil, toilet paper, paper towels, and MUCH more! Have so much fun shopping 😉

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I have great friends. I have patient friends. I have friends who love me even though as long as I’ve known them I bug them about everything having to do with grocery shopping and saving money. Did I mention they are patient? I tend to be a little fanatical about these things and the other day I couldn’t stand it one more second that some of my dearest friends do not use my website…and do not price match (heaven forbid!). Ha! It’s not about them using their friends silly website, it’s about them saving money. Not just a little money…a LOT of money! Some of my friends have been spending nearly double what their family could be spending on their food budget. You add that several hundred dollars they could be saving each month over the next year and you are looking at a few thousand dollars. Now doesn’t a fun trip somewhere exotic (like Hawaii?) sound way more fun than spending money on groceries? That’s a no brainer for me 😉

The best part about saving money on groceries is it is NOT hard! I know price matching can be scary. I know using a new website can also be intimidating. However, with a little patience and some effort you can save money too. My friends were literally petrified at the thought of price matching. I drug them along and showed them just how easy it was. Despite the fact they were sweating and nearly had an anxiety attack, we all survived and they were shocked at how much money they saved. They thought for sure their carts of groceries would be around $300. To their surprise their 10 day meal plan and extra food storage items only came to $116! You would have thought they won the lottery. They were taking pictures, calling their husbands and instagramming all of their savings. The best part about this savings spree is it can happen EVERY time you shop!

Simply login to our website, choose the stores you want to shop at (or the ones with the best deals in your area), click on the items you want to purchase and away you go. You can shop at the individual stores or do some one stop shopping at Walmart and voila..you are a penny pincher shopper at it’s best. The best part is if you need help knowing what to make for dinner, our website helps you with that to. Follow our meal plan suggestions and you will save even more money by having your meals planned based on what’s on sale.

Remember, everyone is welcome to try our service for FREE for two weeks to see just how easy saving money can be. Also, for those who missed our post a year ago about ways to save money on groceries, here is a refresher course for you–just follow the link 🙂

4th of July Grocery Savings & Summer Stock Up Items

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Before you head out to do your last minute 4th of July grocery shopping, you need to STOP and login to our website. There are hundreds of great deals and several that you will want to stock up on and add to your food storage. The week of the fourth is always the time of year you want to stock your pantry and food storage with all of the barbecue items your family uses throughout the year. Here are just a few of the items you will want to stock up on in your area. ALL of these items are on sale in nearly every city throughout the U.S. Login to find the best deals in your area.

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Food storage items on sale this week:
*Ketchup: Year supply 24 jars per family
*Mustard: Year supply 24 jars per family
*Pickles: Year supply 8-10 jars per family
*Relish: Year supply 5-8 jars per family
*Mayonnaise: Year supply 2-3 jars per person
*Baked Beans: Year supply 5+ cans per person
*Olives: Year supply 10-15 cans per family
*Barbecue sauce: Year supply 24 jars per family
*Canned Pineapple: Year supply 48 cans per family
*Canned Pork and Beans: Year supply 5 cans per person
*Marshmallows: Year supply 15+ bags per family

Other items that always go on sale this week:
*Soda Pop (optional)–if you are a soda pop drinker…this is THE week to stock up & save!!!
*Jello pudding or gelatin: Year supply 2-3 lbs. per person
*Capri Sun or Juice Drinks (optional)
*Potato Chips (optional)
*Cookies & crackers (optional)
*Salad dressing: Year supply 2-3 jars per person

Items that are on sale that can be added to your freezer:
*Cool Whip (freeze up to one year)
*Ground beef or turkey (freeze up to one year)
*Chicken breasts (freeze up to one year)
*Boneless beef steaks (freeze up to one year)
*Hot dogs (freeze up to one year)
*Ground pork sausage (freeze up to one year)

Login to Deals to Meals to find the best grocery deals in your area!

Memorial Day Grocery Savings–save up to 60%!

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Before you head to the store to get items for your Memorial Day weekend plans, you need to login to our website to find out all of the best deals! Everything you need for your upcoming bbq’s are on sale this week….ketchup, mustard, relish, soda pop, hot dogs, ground beef, bbq sauce, pork & beans, baked beans, olives, pickles, buns, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, marshmallows…you name it, it’s on sale!! When you login to our website focus on stocking up on those items that are a ‘red/great’ deal. These items will help you save up to 60% off the regular price. If an item can be stored long term, then buy several to keep in your pantry or food storage. Having them on hand for the entire summer will help you save money by not having to buy them later at full price! Happy shopping 😉

*If you are new to our site, everyone is welcome to try our service for FREE for 2 weeks. Also, if you ever feel like you are not saving more than the $4.95 a month membership fee we will be more than happy to refund your month’s membership. It’s a win-win!!

What to buy at Costco (And What NOT to buy)

After our last post about Costco I thought it was ironic that I had to do my monthly shopping trip to Costco the next day. As I was there, and was observing all of their prices, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite items at Costco. I really try to not go to Costco more than every couple of months. Reason being, I spend WAY too much money! This store drains my food budget quicker than any other. Yesterday I went to Costco and spent $150 for the above pile. When you compare that to a pile I get at Walmart for the same price, that is not too impressive. However, there are a few items that I like to always keep on hand (from Costco) that make my life easier and help me save money in the long run. Here is a brief overview of some of the items I buy each month at Costco. All other items I need for my meal planner I purchase from our weekly deals and plan my shopping trip around those items that are on sale for LESS than Walmart & Costco (the red deals on our website 😉

 There are a couple items I am pretty fanatical about and that is lunchmeat. I can’t stand a cheap, pressed, slimy piece of lunchmeat. I know lunchmeat in itself is not high on the healthy list, however with 4 kid’s school lunches to make a day, we do go through a good supply of lunchmeat (and bread). Since I want to eat lunch too, I treat us all to the ‘good’ stuff from Costco. I love their Kirkland Ham as well as their triple pack. These items are not necessarily the least expensive brand of lunchmeat but if you want quality, this is something I’m actually okay to pay a little more for.  We also enjoy the Kirkland All Beef Franks. My husband loves hot dogs and if I have to eat one I am going to eat one that is made with ‘real’ meat and has good flavor. Again, not the least expensive hot dog, but worth the price for the quality (for me ;).

Costco generally has the lowest prices on bulk spices. However, if you have a Winco grocery store near you their bulk section will beat Costco in price on certain spices they carry. What would my life be without Montreal Steak Seasoning? Thank you Costco for introducing this all-around-best-seasoning to my kitchen. I love it! Other items like soy sauce, vinegar, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce, yeast, lemon juice and a few other condiments are also great prices at Costco.  However items like ketchup, mustard, mayo and bbq sauce are generally NOT the best deals at Costco. Watch the sales and you can get these items much cheaper per ounce plus have the convenience of a smaller container.

Let’s talk about produce. Produce at Costco is hands down one of the areas people spend a lot of money. Although the quality at Costco is generally a little better than my neighborhood Walmart, the price you pay is NOT worth the difference in quality. If I watch the weekly sales on produce I can save up to 50-70% off certain produce items compared to Costco’s price. There are however a handful of produce items that are ‘generally’ the best deal anywhere you can find:
*Romaine lettuce--these packages last several weeks and taste great for the super low price
*Spinach–I love the big bag of spinach from Costco. You can freeze some for smoothies or just make lots of yummy salads.
*Colored Bell Peppers–Costco generally has the best price on peppers. However, if you watch the ads you will see red and color bell peppers go as low as .50 each if you are patient. I use lots of peppers so when they go on sale I stock up.
*White Mushrooms–generally mushrooms don’t get lower than Costco’s price. The only down size is you have a large amount of mushrooms for this low price. Just make some stuffed mushrooms with your extras and you’ll be just fine 😉
*Strawberries–Costco has the best over-all price on strawberries. However, if you watch the Mexican Markets in the summer you will see strawberries go as low as .99 a pound. That’s the time to stock up and make jam 😉
*Snap peas–much less at Costco per ounce.

Other than these above produce items everything else you can find for less if you watch the ads closely and are patient (potatoes, onions, bananas, oranges, apples, berries, etc.).
Other items I buy monthly or bimonthly at Costco because they are a good deal:

*Corn tortillas–flour tortillas go on sale ALL the time for less than Costco but corn tortillas are harder to find on sale so I buy them at Costco and freeze them for later.
*Heavy whipping cream–I love whipping cream and it gets so expensive buying it in the small containers at the grocery store. Costco has the lowest overall price and so I usually keep a container in my fridge for all of my favorite cream based recipes and desserts 😉
*Milk–is generally cheapest at Costco unless there is a great sale that week.
*Buns and bread--hamburger, hot dog or hoagie buns are much less at Costco than a regular store. Sandwich bread is also a great ‘everyday’ low price at Costco (unless you can get loaves on sale in the ads for under $1.50).
*Butter–unless it is holiday season and butter goes on sale for super cheap, Costco is the best overall price.
*Crackers, chips and snacks--items like graham crackers, cookies, fruit leather and pretzels are all great deals at Costco. However, snacks like fruit snacks and microwave popcorn you can find on sale for much less than Costco if you are patient and then stock up when items are on sale.
*Specialty cheeses–cheese like feta, gorgonzola, laughing cow, parmesan, etc. are all the lowest price at Costco. Separate these cheeses into smaller containers or bags and freeze for later use to save money.
*Cleaning supplies, Tinfoil, Saran Wrap and Ziploc bags are all a great deal at Costco.

Items I NEVER buy at Costco: toilet paper, paper towels, pork, bacon, chicken, sour cream cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, frozen potatoes, cream cheese, yogurt, concentrate juice, cereal and MUCH more. All of these items will go on sale throughout the year for MUCH less if you are patient and watch the ads. When items go on sale for less, then stock up and buy a 3-6 month supply to save you money in the long run.

Happy shopping! I would love to hear some of the items you can’t live without from Costco or Sam’s Club.

Don’t EVER pay full price for groceries!

What a fun weekend I had! My sister and friend joined me at Jordan’s Frugality Boot camp and we had a great time. Jordan did a fabulous job hosting another successful boot camp and I was honored to be one of their presenters again. Any time I can talk about grocery shopping, meal planning and food storage I am one happy gal! Stay tuned on her blog to how you can purchase her entire boot camp (including my classes) on video.


In my class I stressed the importance of NEVER paying full price on groceries. Seem hard to believe that can be done? I promise it can! With a little planning and help from our website we can help you know which deals each week are the best priced. The picture above shows groceries I bought last week that I showed at my class. Everything in that pile averaged over 50% off Walmart’s already low prices. Many items were on sale up to 63%. Who doesn’t want to get 60% off their groceries? By knowing which items are on sale each week, and learning to NOT purchase those that are not, you can literally save $100’s each month. 

Many people think they don’t have time to be a smart shopper. That is why Deals to Meals exists! I wanted to make shopping (and meal planning) easy for busy family’s. All you have to do is login, click on the stores you want to shop at, choose the items you want to purchase and then go shopping. You can price match everything at Walmart or choose the stores that have the best deals.

For example, this week I didn’t need a big Walmart shopping trip but I did want to run and take advantage of some of the great deals at Smiths (or Kroger). Do you need toilet paper? They have a great deal on Cottonelle toilet paper and Brawny Paper Towels. Do you need cereal?  They have General Mills cereal on sale for $1.99. With a printed coupon from coupons.com (THE ONLY coupons I ever clip), you get .50 off each box. That makes each box $1.49–you can’t beat that!

Need pasta in your food storage? They also have a fabulously, wonderful deal on pasta. If your family eats pasta then STOCK UP this week while it is only .49 per pound. That is a crazy-good deal. That is 67% off the regular price. For a year supply of pasta each person should have about 40 lbs.–that’s only $20 for a YEAR SUPPLY of pasta. Love it!! Login to our website to find ALL of the best deals in your area. I spent just over $70 at Smiths and saved $52.

You can save on groceries too! Let Deals to Meals help make this simple and fun! 🙂

Creating your Grocery List using your own Meal Planner or Recipes

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website:

Click on any of the links for a tutorial…

  1. Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner
  2. Using your own Meal Planner (or modifying the Deals to Meals Meal Planner)
  3. Using the weekly grocery deals
  4. Use the quick-print PDF or Excel

To use the Deals to Meals website to create your Grocery List from your own Meal Planner or by changing some of the recipes in the Deals to Meals Meal Planner, follow these instructions:

 

  • Click on the Meal Planner icon in the top navigation bar
 
  • Click on the Copy Meal Planner icon of the Meal Planner you wish to modify (or click on the “Create My Own Meal Planner” button to start from scratch with your own Meal Planner)

 

 
  • Click on the View Meal Planner icon of the copied Meal Planner

 

 
  • Click on any of the Meals or Recipes you wish to change.  You can add additional recipes or you can Remove existing recipes
  • Once the Meal Planner has the recipes you wish to use click on the Meal Planner icon again in the navigation bar
  • On the Meal Planner page click the Deals icon next to your new Meal Planner
  •  

 

  • Select the deals from the meal planner that you need to buy or use the “Select All” button. Then click on the “Find Deals” button
  • The ingredients that you selected from your recipe(s) will show up as buttons on the Deals Page.  Every time you click on a specific ingredient button our system will search for everywhere that item is on sale based on the store(s) you have saved in your account for us to search (hint: you can always click on the “Select Your Stores” icon to add, remove, or change your selected stores). When you find the ingredient that you are looking for click on the “+” icon to add that to your shopping list or use the “Write in” button. Once you have added the ingredient to your shopping list then the button will remain highlighted on the page so you know that you have already added that item to your list.
  • When you’re done with the deals page then click on your Shopping List where you can Add/Remove any additional items, adjust the quantity, Sort by “Store” or by “Type”(Type would sort produce, meat, dairy, etc. together instead of by store) and print it out
  •  
 
 
 
 
 
 

Use the quick-print PDF or Excel

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website:

Click on any of the links for a tutorial…

  1. Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner
  2. Using your own Meal Planner (or modifying the Deals to Meals Meal Planner)
  3. Using the weekly grocery deals
  4. Use the quick-print PDF or Excel

To use this method login to your Deals to Meals account and do the following:

  • On the bottom of the page click on the PDF or Excel Grocery List file
 
 
  • Use the printout to see all the ingredients associated with each recipe
 
  • Take the printout to the store as your shopping list (in some markets where store sales are provided) or go to our Deals page and use the search/sort options to find your deals
 
 

Creating your Grocery List using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner

There are several ways you can create your grocery list using the Deals to Meals website:

Click on any of the links for a tutorial…

  1. Using the Deals to Meals Meal Planner
  2. Using your own Meal Planner (or modifying the Deals to Meals Meal Planner)
  3. Using the weekly grocery deals
  4. Use the quick-print PDF or Excel

To use the Deals to Meals Meal Planner to create your Grocery List follow any of these three options:

  • Option A (I’m more worried about speed and want a quick list of everything I need and I will take it to my closest or favorite store and just purchase these items)
  • Option B (Whether I shop just once for the entire week or shop almost everyday, I still want to create my Grocery List One Recipe at a time so I know exactly what I need for each recipe)
  • Option C (I want to add all of the ingredients from every recipe from my Meal Planner on my grocery list all at once so I can get everything done in one shopping trip)

To use this method login to your Deals to Meals account and do the following:Option A:

  • Click on the Meal Planner icon in the top navigation bar
  • On the Meal Planner page click the Deals icon
  • Once on the deals page click on the Shopping List icon in the top navigation bar
  • Toward the bottom of the Shopping List page, click on the individual ingredients you want on the left or use the “Select All” button at the top. Once you have the ingredients you want click on the “Add Checked Items” button then Print
 
Option B:
  • Once logged in, click on the “View the DTM Meal Planner” button (you can also click on the Meal Planner icon in the top navigation bar and then the View Meal Planner icon on that page)
  • On the Meal Planner click on the “View Recipe” link
  • On the recipe click on the “Find Deals” Button
 
  • After clicking on the “Find Deals” button on the recipe page, select the ingredients that you need to buy or use the “Select All” button to add all ingredients to your list and then click the “Find Deals” button on the ingredient page.

 

    • The ingredients that you selected from your recipe(s) will show up as buttons on the Deals Page.  Every time you click on a specific ingredient button our system will search for everywhere that item is on sale based on the store(s) you have saved in your account for us to search (hint: you can always click on the “Select Your Stores” icon to add, remove, or change your selected stores). When you find the ingredient that you are looking for click on the “+” icon to add that to your shopping list or use the “Write in” button. Once you have added the ingredient to your shopping list then the button will remain highlighted on the page so you know that you have already added that item to your list.
 

 

 
  • When you’re done with the deals page then click on your Shopping List where you can Add/Remove any additional items, adjust the quantity, Sort by “Store” or by “Type”(Type would sort produce, meat, dairy, etc. together instead of by store) and print it out or repeat to add additional recipes.

 

 
 
Option C:
  • Once logged in click on the Meal Planner icon in the top navigation bar
  • On the Meal Planner page click the Deals icon
  • Select the deals from the meal planner that you need to buy or use the “Select All” button. Then click on the “Find Deals” button
  • The ingredients that you selected from your recipe(s) will show up as buttons on the Deals Page.  Every time you click on a specific ingredient button our system will search for everywhere that item is on sale based on the store(s) you have saved in your account for us to search (hint: you can always click on the “Select Your Stores” icon to add, remove, or change your selected stores). When you find the ingredient that you are looking for click on the “+” icon to add that to your shopping list or use the “Write in” button. Once you have added the ingredient to your shopping list then the button will remain highlighted on the page so you know that you have already added that item to your list.
  • When you’re done with the deals page then click on your Shopping List where you can Add/Remove any additional items, adjust the quantity, Sort by “Store” or by “Type”(Type would sort produce, meat, dairy, etc. together instead of by store) and print it out
 

Gift Certificates

Remember that our Special Holiday Pricing on gift certificates is good through January 1st.  Still time to make sure that next year is full of time and money savings as we make our new-year resolutions.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Grocery Budget Extenders and Mexican Black Bean Corn Tacos

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘make your dollar
stretch’?  Of course you have, you’re reading Jordan’s amazing blog! Well, there are a few simple
tips I’ve learned over the years that have really helped my family’s dollars
stretch…especially when it comes to meal planning and shopping. I am excited to share with you a few
of these simple ways you can help your money go further at the grocery store.
 
If you are like my family, we go through WAY too much of
certain items. A few of those items that I can’t seem to keep on hand long
enough are butter, bread, meat, milk and eggs. I feel like I am always pulling
out a pound of butter here and a pound of butter there. Too often I find myself
digging through the depths of our freezer hoping to find one more pound of
butter for a recipe I am making. Well, here in the U.S. a pound of butter costs
anywhere from $2.85-$5.00 a pound—crazy! If you are using a lot of butter, like
me, that can add up very quickly. I am SO excited to share with you my favorite
tip to save money on butter, and many of these other ‘staple’ items!
 

 

Use white bean puree instead of butter and oil.
What? Beans instead of butter?! I promise, it works and it’s awesome! If you do
a lot of baking like I do, pureed white beans makes for a healthy AND
inexpensive replacement for butter. If you are new to using pureed white beans,
here is a
post
where I explain exactly how to do it. Basically you cook hard white
beans in a crock pot until completely tender. Drain the water and then put the
cooked beans in a food processor and puree until smooth (you may have to add a
little bit of water to help them puree easier—don’t add too much though or they
will be too runny).
Once the beans are pureed, put ½ cup measurements of beans
into Ziploc bags. Keep these bags in your freezer and pull out when you are
ready to bake. In a recipe you can replace HALF of the fat in a recipe with
beans. Keep the other half the butter or oil that is called for in the recipe.
Using half white beans will not change the texture of your recipe but will add
nutrients and help keep the cost of your recipes down. Your kids will never know! Here are some of my
favorite recipes where I replace fat with beans:
 
 
Use powdered milk. Besides butter, milk is
another expensive part of a family’s meal plan. 
If you have children like I do, I am sure you go through several gallons
of milk a week. A simple way to cut down on your grocery bill is by replacing
half of your regular milk with powdered
milk
.  When a gallon gets to less
than half of the jug I prepare some powdered milk and pour it into the milk jug
back up to the top. So far my kids haven’t caught on that the milk seems to
keep replenishing itself 😉 Besides using powdered milk for drinking, you can
also use it in your baking.  I use this
trick ALL of the time and love it!! If a recipe calls for a cup of milk in a
recipe, you can add instead 3 Tbls. dry powdered milk and 1 cup water. You
don’t need to mix this before hand, just add the dry ingredients with the dry
ingredients in your recipe and the water with the wet ingredients. It works
great in many recipes. Here are a few of my favorites:
 

 

 
 
 
Make your own bread from scratch. Homemade
wheat bread not only tastes better, but is much less expensive than store
bought. Learn to make homemade breads of all kinds to save you money throughout
the month.

 

 
Use Meat Extenders. Meat is one of the most
expensive parts to a family’s meal. 
Besides going meatless, there are simple ways to help stretch the meat
in your meals so you can use less to feed more people. One of my favorite ways
to do this is with Mexican food. My family of 7 would normally have to use 2-3
lbs. of meat when making a recipe. However, I always add black beans and corn
to my taco meat to make it so I only have to use one pound of meat instead
(that’s a savings of $6-8 each meal!). Not only does it save money but it is
actually healthier too!
 
Another tip, if you enjoy ground beef use half beef
and half turkey. Turkey is $1-$2 less per pound and when added with regular
ground beef you can not tell a difference, and it’s healthier. It’s a win-win!
 
 
Here is a recipe for one of my family’s favorite Mexican
dishes that helps stretch your grocery budget.
 
Mexican Tacos with Black Beans and Corn
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
  2. Taco seasoning, to taste
  3. 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  4. 1 can black beans, drained
  5. Hard shell tacos or flour tortillas
  6. Shredded lettuce
  7. Shredded cheese
  8. Sour cream
  9. Salsa
Add ingredients to shopping list
If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it
Instructions
  1. In a sauté pan, turn to medium heat and ground the beef or
  2. turkey until mostly cooked. Season with the taco seasoning, add the tomato
  3. sauce and sour cream and then add the corn and black beans. Simmer until warmed
  4. through and serve on your tacos with your favorite garnishing’s.
Print
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We also love to use this replacement in these Turkey
Enchiladas
—they are wonderful and healthy!!

 

Besides using corn and beans, you can also use cabbage. Here
is my recipe for Mom’s Sweet
& Tangy Sloppy Joes
where you add shredded cabbage to extend the meat.
It works great and your children won’t even know you have added cabbage and
some extra nutrients.
 
You can also add shredded potatoes to your taco meat as
well. Just microwave your potatoes until tender, peel and then shred the
potatoes into your cooked ground beef. All of these meat extenders help fill
your family up quicker too so they eat less, and you can feed more people on
less 😉
 
Use Powdered Eggs. I know most people have
never used Powdered
Eggs
but I encourage you to give them a try! With egg prices continuing to
rise, having powdered eggs on hand can help save you money on those months your
food budget is tight. You can use powdered eggs in nearly every recipe you use
regular eggs in and they work great! Just like with the white beans, if you use
half regular eggs and half powdered eggs you will never know the difference!
Here are a few recipes where powdered eggs have worked great for me:
 
 
Learn to cook from scratch. Boxed items and
prepared packages will cost you much more than learning to make items yourself.
A muffin mix can cost you up to $4-$5 but if made from scratch would cost less
than $1-$2. Boxed rice sides like Rice Roni will cost you over $1 and if made
from scratch would be pennies. It’s nothing more than rice with seasonings and
a little butter and chicken broth. Pancakes
from a box? Learn to make your favorite breakfast items too to save you lots of
money over time! Our blog has hundreds of homemade family favorite recipes to
help you learn to cook from scratch.
 
Buy items when they are on sale and stock up.
I know I say this all the time, but this is the best trick to cutting down your
food budget.  When items go on sale for
great/red deals on our website, this is the time to head to that store and stock
up
! If it’s an item that can be stored long term, then buy as much as you
can afford of that item and keep it on hand for when you’ll need it in the
future. This way, you will try and reduce the times you have to pay full price
for groceries. Watching for items to go on sale will save you anywhere from
30-75%. This will bring BIG returns throughout the year! If you have questions,
check out Jordan’s blog
post
where she explains how she saves 50% on groceries (without using
coupons!). Or, visit our website or blog to find out the best deals in your area
and get started saving money!
 
See why Jordan chooses to use Deals to Meals to save her BIG money on her groceries!
 

4 Simple Steps to Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half

 This past week an awesome blog (One Good Thing by Jillee) asked me to do a guest post on ways to save money on groceries. I was able to take Jillee’s daugher in law shopping and we had a great time. I thought I might as well re-post these same simple steps on our blog 😉 The great news is we are giving away THREE 12 month memberships to Deals to Meals. You can visit One Good Thing to enter to win (one of two memberships) and at the end of this post you can also enter to win a membership here on our site). That’s three options to win a FREE membership.  Good luck!
For those who are new to our site and are wondering how our service works, visit this post that explains how you can save $100’s without using coupons! This link will help you understand how our website works and how shopping can be easy & fun!
4 Simple Steps to Cutting Your Food Budget in Half!
For
most families their food budget can either make or break the bank. Most
families spend more on groceries than they do any other household expense,
except for their mortgage. Most of us plan for our future, for retirement, for
vacations and for nearly everything in life. However, most people don’t have a
plan when it comes to sticking to a food budget. Many families walk blindly
into a grocery store, pick out food that looks good, make a meal or two from
those items, and then  return to the
grocery store to start the whole process over again (national average is 1.7
times per week—that’s almost 8 times a month). The average family when they run
to the store for a gallon of milk ends up spending over $50. Do that too many
times and your entire month’s budget could be eaten up by impulse shopping
trips. Sound familiar?

I
am excited today to share with you how you can cut your grocery bill in half!
That sounds pretty bold I know, but if you follow these four simple steps, it
can be done! I will share with you ways you can eat healthy, fresh, homemade
meals without spending a lot of money.  Living on a tight food budget doesn’t mean you
have to eat Top Ramen every night. There is a smart and simple approach to
grocery shopping and meal planning that will save you $100’s throughout the
year. Let me show you how easy and fun this can be!
 

Using
Deals to Meals Kaitlyn
and I went shopping at Walmart and  had a
great time shopping for our week’s groceries and saved over $100 between the two of us. Here is our ‘loot’ we got by price-matching
all of the best deals here in our local area (remember, prices will vary
depending where you live and where you choose to shop).

 

Let’s
jump into the steps and show you how easy it is to save TIME and MONEY!
STEP
1: PLAN YOUR MEALS AROUND SALE ITEMS
Most
people shop first and plan later. Before you go shopping decide how many times
you will cook a homemade meal. Some weeks this could be 3 times and others it
could be 7 depending on your schedule. Planning your meals first and then
shopping will save you $100’s on your groceries. Take the time to look through
the ads (or let Deals to Meals do it for you) to find out what the best deals
are. Then, plan your meals around what is on sale. For example, if chicken,
tortillas, cheese, sour cream and cilantro are on sale, make Chicken Enchiladas
for dinner. If beef roast is on sale, make French Dip Sandwiches one night. This
is berry season, so use those berries on sale for a side dish or dessert. Simple
enough, right?
The
great part about Deals to Meals (our online grocery shopping and meal planning
service)  is we give
you a weekly meal plan that goes with the sale items in your area. For example,
this week pork chops, potatoes and squash are on sale. On our meal plan we have
a recipe for Lemon Grilled Pork  and
sides that will feed a family of 6 for under 
$10.  Without these items on sale, this meal would be more
than double that.

 

One
tip to keep dinner time exciting is to try new recipes. Everyone gets bored of
spaghetti and tacos. Use your creative powers and try new recipes that will
excite your tastebuds. Keeping new and fun recipes rotated into your weekly
meal plan will keep you (and your family) from getting in a dinnertime rut! We
have over 1,000 recipes on our site that your family is sure to love 
STEP
2: SHOP THE DEALS
Taking
the time to look at the grocery sales in your area is another crucial part to
saving money. Be an educated shopper. There are basically only 3 places to buy
your groceries (besides having your own garden): Costco/Sam’s Club, Walmart, or
regular chain grocery stores. Most food items at wholesale stores (like Costco)
are NOT good deals. Walmart
has over-all good prices, but these prices can be cut dramatically if you price-match
items that are on sale from other stores.
If
you are opposed to shopping at Walmart and price matching, that is okay! Just
go to the individual stores and stock up on their sales.  It will work out to be the same, but it might
just take a little more time.
The
sale items you want to focus on are the ‘loss leaders’ from every store. These
are the deals that will be LESS than Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart. When an
item goes on sale for these great deals, this is the time to purchase them and
use them in your weekly meal plan. Each week every grocery store will have
anywhere from 5-15 of these great deals (which will be advertised in their
store’s weekly ad). Purchasing these best deals will save you up to 75% on your
groceries. The more you can be disciplined and ONLY purchase these deals, the
more money you will save.
I
have to admit, this will take a little self control. I know it is hard to leave
a store without your favorite snack or cans of soda. However, if it’s not on
sale, PUT IT BACK! Be patient. Over time nearly every item in a grocery store
will go on sale for these ‘great’ sale prices, and that’s the time to stock up.

Deals
to Meals  makes this part of grocery shopping
SUPER simple. For those living in the United States we tell you where the best
deals are in your area. Our service is available in all 50 states in the U.S.,
for those living outside of the U.S. these concepts can still help you save
money. All you have to do is login to our website choose the stores you want to
shop at, create your grocery list and off to the store you go! It literally
only takes a few minutes to put your shopping list together and have your meals
planned for the week around those best deals.
  

Choose
from the grocery stores in your area to shop at, or price match ALL of the
deals at your local Walmart. Visit our blog for tips on making price matching
easier.
Kaitlyn
uses a great post-it note trick that saves a lot of time and frustration when
price matching. As you place the items in your cart, just jot down the sale
price on the sticky note and place it on the food item. This way the cashier
knows what the price is and will change the price for you without a lot of
hassle. Genius!!
 

 

Price
matching, or buying those great deals each week can save you SO much money!
Here are just a few of the items and their sale prices that Kaitlyn and I took
advantage of.

Produce
and meat are the two most expensive portions of a family’s food budget. If you
can save on these items you can save $100’s a month! Most of our recipes are
made with fresh produce, meat, fish and whole grains. Using these items normally
would be very expensive, but when bought at sale prices, you can eat healthy
meals by shopping the deals.
 

The meat we price matched was almost half the
price of Walmart’s already low prices. 
Produce
prices continue to rise, so take advantage when prices are low. For example,
red bell peppers are on sale at Sprout’s Market this week for only $0.33 each
(regularly $1.64 each at Walmart). That saved us $1.31 on just one pepper.
Kaitlyn and I bought 12 peppers, which saved us $15.72 on just peppers.

STEP
3: STOCK UP WHEN PRICES ARE AT THEIR LOWEST
This
is one of the most fun parts of grocery shopping for me! There is nothing worse
than running out of items right when you need them. Building up your own
grocery store’ in your pantry and freezer will save you all year long on your
grocery budget.

When
items go on sale for those rock bottom prices, that’s the time to stock up!
Each week (or at least monthly) choose an item or two that you will stock up
on. Our website will give you an idea of how much you would need of each item
to have a 3 month supply of food on hand for your family. Here is a link to the
best food storage inventory sheet on the web.
Not only will this food come in handy
during an emergency or job loss, but it will also save you from having to buy
items at full price in the future. Here are a couple of the items on sale this
week for great prices that can be added to your ‘stock pile’ (peanut butter,
pasta, and cereal—the eggs, of course, won’t store but stock up and keep them
in your fridge for several weeks).

STEP
4: LEARN TO COOK FROM SCRATCH

We
live in a day of conveniences.  Many
processed and boxed foods, although easy to prepare, are overpriced and filled
with preservatives. You can save a lot of money by taking the time to learn to
make more of your favorite recipes from scratch. Not only will it save you
money, but it will be a healthier option for your family.
Our
blog has hundreds of recipes that will help you know how to use the whole
grains, beans, powdered milk, and other items you are storing. We have tried
and true recipes for homemade Wholegrain Pancakes, delicious Whole Wheat Bread,
Chilis, Soups, Homemade Salad Dressings, and MUCH more!
Now
that you all know the four simple ways to cut your grocery budget in half, we
are going to make life even easier!

We are offering ALL of you a FREE two week trial to Deals to Meals to see how much time and money
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Welcome aboard Ellen!


There are times in life when you meet people and you know that somewhere, before this life you were friends. This is how I felt the first time I met my new, dear friend Ellen. I feel so blessed already, to have so many great friends, but I couldn’t have been happier when Ellen moved across the circle from us. She is one of the most talented, spunky, energetic, amazing people I know. I heard she was a great cook before she moved in, but until she brought me her bread pudding the week she moved in (um…something wrong here. Shouldn’t I have been the one bringing her food?!? That’s how on the ball she is!). She brought over warm, caramely, bread pudding with this vanilla glaze that about sent me through the roof! As you know, I am a huge fan of bread pudding, so that was the first sign that we would be friends. My family and I sat down and pretty much inhaled the pudding and when we were done my son Conner said, “Mom…how do you feel that our new neighbor cooks better than you do?” What?!? How dare he say that! j/k I burst up laughing and had to eat a huge piece of humble pie because her bread pudding WAS much better than mine.
With that said, there has not been an item of food that has come from her kitchen that I have not rolled my eyes at with deligh. From her Strawberry Cream Puffs to her Goat Cheese and Citrus Shrimp appetizers, she is, hands down, one of the best cooks I have ever met.
This is the other thing about Ellen. Not only does she have the talent of being an amazing chef, she is crafty and cutesy-clever, which is my downfall (to say the least!). It takes all I have in my creative brain to take a picture of my food, let alone do anything to make it look cute or worth presenting (I went to school to be an accountant remember…creative genes run low in my family) Ellen however, has this talent of making her food not only taste great, but look beautiful as well. She is a modern day Martha Stewart.
You are probably wondering why I am telling you all these great things about Ellen? It’s because she is an answer to my prayers. Literally. With the growth of our company (Deals to Meals) I have had less and less time to put towards my blog. I always have dreams of making it something amazing and fabulous and then at the end of the day, I am just a tired mom and burned out business owner. I find my blog is always getting pushed to the back burner when there is so much that could be done with it. I had been thinking about (and praying about) ways I could spruce up my blog. It was then that Ellen mentioned she has always wanted to have a food blog. A lightbulb went off in my head and I realized we were a food bloggers match made in heaven! Our philosophy of food, cooking, our style, our recipes and everything are so similar that I am thrilled to have her join our blogging team. 
Now, the truth is, Ellen will someday become huge, famous, write a cookbook and leave me in the dust. But that’s okay. We will keep her while she is willing to deal with my sub-par, somewhat adequate blog and be so grateful for what she will bring and do for our site. For now, she will be blogging at least once a week and I will be delighted every time she does. She has an incredible Citrus Chicken dish that I will post about tomorrow as her first debut recipe 😉 As for now, I wanted to just introduce her to you and let you know that you will want to follow her recipes and get pumped whenever you see a blog post by Ellen. Get ready for some new flavors, new techniques and dishes that will wow your taste buds.
Ellen, welcome aboard friend!!
(We knew we were bosom buddies when we realized we both have a cartoon caricature! How cute is that!!)

Lemon Chicken Costoletta

$115 Shopping Trip–GREAT deals this week!

After a fun and relaxing vacation it was back in the saddle again this weekend in the kitchen. I love coming home to an empty fridge and being able to fill it up with all of the great deals of the week. This week there are SEVERAL amazing deals on fresh produce and meat. I was able to fill up my entire fridge with every type of produce you could want (tomatoes, celery, cilantro, peppers, onions, bananas, berries, lemons, limes, lettuce, green onions, avocados, carrots, cucumbers, potatoes, cauliflower, apples, oranges, and MUCH more). I also stocked up on meat that is on sale this week for an awesome price! I purchased 4 lbs. of ground beef, 8 family packages of chicken, and 3 lbs. of boneless pork. Great deals also on eggs, sour cream, bread, milk and everything else you need for your 2 week meal plan. Such a great week to go shopping!

Login to our website to see how you can get these same amazing deals on your week’s groceries!

So…once I returned home, packed the fridge, I had to decide what to make for dinner. We had gone to my favorite restaurant The Cheesecake Factory while on vacation and ever since I have been craving their Chicken Costoletta. I decided to put together my own version with a little flare and it was AMAZING! I would have to say this was one of the most delicious dinners I have ever made (that’s saying somethin’!). I loved the combination of the mushrooms & onions, the crunch from the golden brown chicken, and the creamy, cheesy lemon sauce. This sauce was heavenly poured over the chicken and mashed potatoes. If you need a dinner that will WOW your family or friends, this is the one. It is not only beautiful but scrumptious as well!

Lemon Chicken Costoletta
Ingredients
  1. 5 chicken breasts, cut in 1/2 horizontally (so they are thinner and easier to brown)
  2. 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
  3. 1/2 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning or Garlic Seasoning
  4. Zest of one lemon
  5. 1/3 cup cornstarch
  6. 1 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  7. 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Lemon Sauce
  1. 1/2 red onion, diced very small
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 Tbs. butter
  4. 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  5. Juice of one lemon
  6. Zest of one lemon
  7. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  8. 1/2-1 tsp. salt
  9. 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  10. 8 oz. sliced white mushrooms
  11. 1 cup chicken broth
  12. 1 1/2 cup whole milk (or half & half)
  13. 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
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Instructions
  1. Chicken: Cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally. Place the chicken breasts and the above seasonings into a large bag or bowl and cover chicken breasts evenly with mixture. In another bowl combine 2 eggs and beat until smooth. In a second bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture until covered. Dip the wet chicken breasts into the breadcrumb mixture.
  2. Once the chicken breasts are breaded, place a few of them in a saute pan that has been heated to a medium high temperature. Let 2 T. butter melt and place the chicken breasts into the melted butter. Let the chickens stay in the pan until they are a golden brown color. Turn the chicken breasts over to the other side and continue to brown on the second side. Don't cook the chicken all the way through, just brown it. Place the browned chicken breasts onto a cookie sheet or in a 9x13 pan and continue browning all of the chicken breasts. Keep the chicken in the oven at 350 for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the center of the chicken is no longer pink.
  3. Lemon Sauce: Don't clean out the pan that you browned the chicken in. Add the red onion that's been diced, minced garlic and two more tablespoons of butter. Saute the onion and garlic for 3-5 minutes on low heat, or until the onions are soft. To the onions, add the dijon mustard, juice of one lemon, zest of one lemon, black pepper, salt and cornstarch. Whisk the sauce continually while the sauce begins to thicken. Then add the sliced mushrooms and chicken broth.
  4. Continue to stir the sauce until the mushrooms are soft and tender. Once you are about ready to serve the sauce and the chicken is done, add the whole milk or half and half, and extra parmesan cheese.
  5. Keep the sauce on low heat and let it simmer until the sauce is to your desired thickness (it will continue to thicken as it sits).
  6. Serve the breaded and cooked chicken on a plate with a generous amount of the lemon sauce on top of the chicken. Serve the chicken with mashed potatoes and a steamed vegetable for a delicious meal!
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Thanksgiving Feast for UNDER $85!


This time of year is so wonderful to think about all of our many blessings. My children and I love the tradition of writing down one thing each day that we are thankful for during the month of November. It is so fun to watch through the years how the children’s grattitude has evolved from their toys to things like freedom, close friends, and religion. My family and I watched the movie The Hiding Place (base on the true story of the TenBoom family who lived during World War II) the other night and it has opened our eyes to blessings I hadn’t even contemplated before. In addition to many other blessings, this show (and book) helps me realize what a blessing it is to have such delicious food on a regular basis, or really food at all. We are so spoiled to have grocery stores so close and the means to purchase food for our children. So much to be thankful for!!

I have a dear friend who is a single mother of 8 kids. She is a brave and amazing woman and we were talking about the upcoming holiday. She was worried about how she would feed her family the Thanksgiving feast she hoped, on a limited budget. I told her…”Don’t you fear…Deals to Meals is here!” We printed off our meal planner for the week along with the grocery list and headed to the store on a mission to get her Thanksgiving dinner under $100. We did that and more! Not only did we get ALL of the Thanksgiving must-haves (mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, green bean casserole, rolls, frozen vegetables, green salad, jello salad, cheese ball and crackers, and gravy–We were also able to get her a half of a ham, sausage, cheese, several pounds of brown/powdered sugar for her food storage, granulated sugar for her food storage, olives, canola oil, olives, pickles, pineapple, mandarin oranges, 4 lbs. of butter, 4 lbs. of cream cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables (bananas, apples, celery, onions, carrots, etc.), chocolate chips, and much more. We got all of this for under $85!! She was thrilled and she is excited about the extra good bargains she will be able to add to her food storage. With 8 kids I am sure the food doesn’t last long in her house!

The best part at Walmart was when several managers came over to check out how much money we saved. They said we saved over $50…now that is hard to do when your total only comes to $85. Worth the $1.13 a week? I think so 🙂

So..if you need help planning your Thanksgiving feast, you have come to the right place! This time of year is my favorite time to stock up on baking items, holiday favorites, and many items you use in your meal planning on a regular basis. The deals this week are INCREDIBLE!! Before you head to the store for your Thanksgiving shopping, make sure you check out all of the best deals on our website. Our menu planner this week is amazing! It has all of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes along with an easy to print out grocery list to make your shopping a breeze. Have fun stocking up!!

Great deals this week! Login to Deals to Meals to find out where the best sales are for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Canned Goods & a Can-Do-It Attitude


Tax return time can be either a stressful or an exciting time for families. My husband just finished our taxes late last night and we were ecstatic that we were getting a small refund. You never know what the outcome will be with being a small business owner. I was thrilled when he gave me the good news of we didn’t owe Uncle Sam any extra money. You gotta love the forced savings plan the government gives us! So, what do we do with this money? I was excited when my husband beat me to the punch..”Shan, why don’t you go spend $200-$500 on food storage” Music to my ears!! I was so excited I could hardly sleep that night dreaming of where and what I would buy. The next morning I ran to Walmart to purchase the great deals from last week. My cart was so full it was like the leaning tower of Pisa! People were staring, laughing and snickering as I walked by. Grocery shopping really is a talent, wouldn’t you agree? Children running around, babies crying, food falling out of your cart, long lists of items to buy, people staring, price matching (that’s a feat in itself!) and somehow we have to do this in a short period of time before kids get off the bus…and then..you have the unloading of the car. Phew!

I had to laugh because I ran into a friend at Walmart who looked at me, my kids and my cart and gave me the most disgusted look of…’What, are you doing?’ I told her with a big smile on my face, food storage shopping! She then said something that I had to laugh at later…’Oh (disgusted look), I am glad that is FUN for you because I don’t want to be bothered–that type of thing is just not for me’. Fun you say? I am not sure ‘fun’ would be my word to describe the two hour event to Walmart, however..FUN is the word to describe the feeling I have when I have gotten great deals and have sacrificed and prepared for my family’s future. If you are one of those who don’t get your food storage because it is not ‘fun’, give it a second chance. All things in life worth accomplishing takes effort. However, no matter how hard the work is, the feeling of accomplishment and peace when it is done will out weigh any negative experience you have in the process 🙂 To all those mom’s with full carts, crying kids, just trying to do the best you can..keep up the good work! You have a worthy goal of self reliance in mind and you will be blessed for your efforts–maybe not today, but someday your family will thank you for your sacrifice!

I tried as hard as I could to spend the $200 but didn’t come close. My entire cart was only $127. **Remember, before you do any big food storage shopping, make sure and take inventory. Use our Food Storage Inventory Sheet to find out what areas your food storage is lacking.


When taking inventory of your food storage, don’t forget those basic items worth storing like baking soda, baking powder, yeast, vanilla, etc. These will help your long term food storage items turn into homemade masterpieces!

Here is my ‘loot’ from my food storage shopping trip:
*10 lbs. lasagna noodles
*60 lbs. long grain rice
*5 lb. dried pinto beans
*4 lbs. cornstarch
*3 baking sodas
*3 baking powders
*20 (24oz.) jars of applesauce
*10 lbs. cornmeal
*36 cans of diced tomatoes
*18 cans of green chilies
*12 cans of carrots (great for babyfood)
*12 cans of peas
*12 cans of potatoes (good to have in an emergency for pot pies, soups, stews, etc.)
*24 cans of corn
*12 cans of green beans
Total=$127

We can’t live without applesauce. I use it in baking (in the place of oil), we eat it for breakfast with toast, and it makes inexpensive baby food in a pinch.
Here are some of my favorite recipes I have posted that use applesauce–most of these recipes are lower in fat because you replace the fat/oil with applesauce:

*Apple Strudel Muffins
*Zucchini Cake
*Carrot Waffles
*Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
*Apple Wheat Pancakes

Meal Planning Tip–Healthy & Homemade Dinners in a hurry!

Would you agree as women (and men I am sure) one of the hardest jobs of the day is getting a warm, healthy, home cooked meal on the table at a reasonable hour. Life with kids, jobs, hobbies, homework, church service, community service, volunteering in school, house cleaning, social life, grocery shopping, budgeting, etc. (you get the idea) is crazy busy! it is no wonder that dreaded 6:00 hour sneaks up on us so quickly. As crazy as dinner time is at our house, I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I get dinner served at a decent time of night. We are not perfect at it, but I do give it my whole hearted effort during the week. Weekends were made to give mom’s a break, and thus, the invention of the frozen pizza, Prego & Noodles, and Grandma’s house for Sunday dinner.

Now, for some, dinner on the table may not be much of an accomplishment, but for me it really brings great satisfaction. Yes, I should probably make running a marathon my new goal, but for now…dinner and cooking is more fun. Plus, the sense of ‘home’ that comes with a warm dinner, the family sitting around the table, and a quiet (haha!) few moments together is worth all the effort it takes.

So..if you are like me and you want dinner time around the table to be an option, you need to plan ahead. I wanted to share this really easy & quick tip that my sister Diana taught me and it is working lovely (four months strong). I always tried to plan my meals for a 2 week period, but for some reason after several days I lost track or forgot which meals I wanted to make. Here is an easy tip to remember what meals to cook and which meals you have the ingredients on hand for. Here is what I do:

Thursday morning I login to Deals to Meals (of course I use this!!) and glance over the weekly deals from the stores. I see which ones really excite me and make a quick grocery list of those items I need to add to my food storage that week and click on those basics for the next two weeks (bread, milk, eggs, apples, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, tortillas, etc.) I then glance through the last 2 weeks of meal planners on Deals to Meals and see which recipes scream out to me as being oh, so delicious. There are always at least 10 (of the 14) that I will be craving by the time I am done glancing over the recipes. I then add a few traditional favorites (tacos, enchiladas, lasagna, etc.) to my list of meals I want to make for the next 2 weeks (I try and plan for 14-20 meals).

As I am glancing through the recipes I jot down (on my grocery list) those few unusual items I may not already have in my food storage, freezer or fridge (ex: fresh ginger, hoisin sauce, cilantro, bell peppers, etc.) As I am going through the recipes I do a quick search on the Deals page for those particular items I may need. If nothing comes up, that tells me Walmart will have the lowest price on those items. Before I leave to do my shopping, I make a quick list of the meals I have decided to make for the next two weeks (see above picture).

Once I am back from shopping the fun begins. I then know I am prepared with ALL of the ingredients (which I bought on sale thanks to Deals to Meals) I need for my 14-20 meals. I keep the list of meals on my fridge so as the dinner hour approaches I can quickly glance and see which meals I have time to prepare and which ones sound good for that night. Knowing I have all of the ingredients for each one of those meals makes dinner preparation a breeze. Those meals that are crock pot meals I know I can throw the ingredients together in the morning and have warm and ready on those extra busy nights.

Now, for my favorite part of this chart on my fridge….crossing off the meal. I don’t know what it is about crossing things off, filling in check boxes, or erasing something off of your to-do list, but it brings such joy to my heart. It is fun to see the meals get crossed off my list and feel happy that I have accomplished something that month. Another bonus…as I cross off my meals I realize I haven’t had to go to the grocery store in over a week. This equals money in my pocket which I also love!! If you are having a hard time getting dinner on the table, give this handy-dandy meal chart idea a try and see if it works for you!

**If you have meal planning tips that work for you, share them with the rest of us!

Making Mealtime Manageable

I’m sure most of you have experienced the feeling of being overwhelmed during the mealtime hour as a million things seem to demand our attention. Whether it is homework, your children, phone calls or work needs; mealtime preparation can get a little hectic. I don’t have the answers to all of those conflicts but I’ve found what works for me in regards to homework and children.
A perfect time and place for your child to do their homework is at the kitchen counter while you are preparing dinner. That way you can fix dinner without them in your way but still be available to answer any questions they might have. It is important to make this a habit every night so they are clear about their expectations and the routine. Getting both of these tasks completed at the same time provides for a more relaxing night.
If your child is too young for homework a fun activity to keep them entertained during mealtime preparation is playing with play dough. Set up some wax paper at the table (for easy clean up) and instruct them to mold any object, shape or play dough creature. Have them keep their idea a secret and when it is completed you can guess what they’ve made, this can be done again and again. This will be fun for them to have your attention and fun for you to see their creativity. You’ll be surprised that this activity can keep their attention for quite some time.

$100 Hall of Fame

Last week I saved over $150 on all of the GREAT deals from the major grocery stores! I got ALL of the above items for under $90–it was fabulous!! There were several items last week that when combined with FREE coupons from www.coupons.com it made them even BETTER deals–cereal for .75, cheese for $1.50 a lb., yogurts for .34, etc. This site is great for printing free coupons and helping you save even more money on your groceries!

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What a blast that was! Thank you to all of my friends & family who came to support me. It was a lot of fun and they have asked me back May 28th to cook in the kitchen (my FAVORITE thing!). Personally, I think they invited me back to have our enthusiastic audience back—you guys were great!

Thank you to everyone for your support…there are so many sweet people out there! Thank you for your emails, love, prayers, and kindness. You make this job worth it 🙂

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What a blast that was! Thank you to all of my friends & family who came to support me. It was a lot of fun and they have asked me back May 28th to cook in the kitchen (my FAVORITE thing!). Personally, I think they invited me back to have our enthusiastic audience back—you guys were great!

Thank you to everyone for your support…there are so many sweet people out there! Thank you for your emails, love, prayers, and kindness. You make this job worth it 🙂

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(My adorable husband who always comes to support me!)

I LOVE grocery shopping!


Check out my ‘loot’ this week! We were on a vacation last week and I came home to an empty fridge. I have to say, I LOVE My Food Storage Deals (soon to be Deals to Meals :)…I know it is my company, but I love it 🙂 I came home from our trip (I acctually price matched at Walmart in St. George and fed our family of 6 for $50 for 4 days!), printed off my grocery list and tips of the week, went to Walmart and got ALL of these groceries for just over $130! My meals were planned for me and the grocery list made shopping easy! (I can add my own testimonial, right??) I saved nearly 50% on many of the items and now have my produce and food for the next 7 meals (about 1 1/2 weeks for me). I also stocked up on food storage items–salsa, soups, and pasta)

Use the coupon on couponsinc.com to save on your progresso soups to make them .60-$1 each (If you can’t find the coupons under that address, search in Google ‘Progresso Soup Coupon Bricks Coupon’ and it will come up (it is for $1 and $2 off). These are great to have in your storage for a quick meal in an emergency, or for your 72 hour kit.

Here is what I got for just over $130:
10 lbs. butter
17 lbs. Tyson All Natural Chicken Breasts
6 lbs. 90% lean hamburger
18 jars of Taco Bell Salsa (from a rain check last month)
12 cans of Progresso Soup
13 lbs. of pasta
2 lbs. Kielbasa/Sausages
2 bags tortilla chips
4 lbs. sour cream
2 lbs. cottage cheese
2 Freschetta Frozen Pizzas (my favorite kind!)
10 pkgs. of Flour Tortillas
Produce for this weeks meals: spinach, apples, tomatoes, 10 lbs. potatoes, bananas, celery, cilantro, fresh parsley, 2 lbs. carrots, green pepper, green onions, zucchini, fresh ginger, and 2 lbs. of strawberries.

What a deal!! Would you like to know how to get all of these deals? Become a member TODAY and see how much YOU can save! Sign up at www.dealstomeals.com for only $4.95 a month!

We are changing our name!

Watch for BIG changes to My Food Storage Deals coming in March! We are excited to introduce our new name and logo! We are excited to share the new details by the end of this month.

Thank you to everyone for your support this last year. We are excited to offer new & improved pricing and features by our ONE YEAR anniversary. What a year this has been!

We would love your help…for those who are willing. We are working on the testimonials page of our new website and I would love to hear your success stories this past year. Have any of you increased your food storage supply while using My Food Storage Deals? Do the recipes help make your life easier? HOw has having your food storage helped you in your life? Do you have pictures of your food storage? We would love to share your experiences and thoughts on our new website. You can send us your pictures or email us your thoughts/stories/testimonials to Shandra@myfoodstoragedeals.com.

Thank you and happy shopping!

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KSL 5 News Tonight at 10:00pm

My Food Storage Deals is going to be on KSL 5 with Nadine Wimmer tonight at 10pm! Yes, you heard me right! We are being heard. Thank you for all your emails you have sent.

This is how it all happened. I sent an email to KSL last night informing them about our website and what we offer. I recieved a call from them this morning and they told me they would be here in ONE HOUR! So it was crunch time to make sure my food storage room looked great! My stomach was filled with butterflies, but I was ready to tell the state of Utah all about us.

Here’s the video!
 

Grocery Budget

Frequent question:

“I just have two quick questions for you, how much do you spend on a monthly basis on grocery/household expenses(on average, I know it probably fluctuates) and how big is your family? I just stumbled onto your site and I’m trying to take it all in! I’m getting excited about getting a food storage for my family, I always used expense as an excuse to not have one.”
~Kristine
That is a common reason why people put off getting their food storage–they think it is too expensive. The complete opposite is true!! Having your food storage SAVES you money!

I have a family of six–my husband (who is a BIG eater), four children (who have their fathers appetite) and myself (who unfortuatetly LOVES to eat). So…we are not small eaters by any means! We also have close family and have AT LEAST one family ‘party’ a week where it wouldn’t be complete with out LOTS of food for 20+ people. I obviously LOVE to cook and average cooking 6 meals a week–plus, breakfasts, lunches & many snacks, desserts & homemade breads in between! Having said that, we spend an average of $300-$400 a month. The national average for a family of 6 would be $600 or more. This total also includes obtaining my families year supply of food along the way.
There are however, months where I spend MUCH less than the $400. Right now I am (for fun) seeing how long I can go without buying any meat for my family’s meals. My freezers (three–scary!) are FULL! I stock up on meat when it goes on sale and have realized that I need to be on strike from buying meat for awhile! I have 100’s of pounds of meat in my freezer–chicken, steak, roast, bacon, pork, sausage, turkey, whole chickens, etc. I only buy meat when it goes on sale for GREAT prices, stock up and over time you have a whole freezer filled with meat. It has been over two weeks and all I have bought is produce. I have averaged about $50 a week for produce, so at this rate I will only have spent $200 this month on groceries. That is what is so great about food storage and having your freezer stocked! Over time you find you really don’t need anything for your food storage. This Macey’s case lot sale all I needed to add to my food storage was 2 cases of applesauce, 2 cases of pasta sauce & 1 case of tomato paste. Once you start buying food storage you may think it will never end, but it does! You will find you are eventually just maintaining and replenishing your food storage instead of buying everything in bulk. When you buy a little food storage each time you go to the grocery store, and buy those items on sale for ‘red/great’ prices (we tell you which items to add each week) you will find it will not take any extra money, and you will begin to get your year supply, ONE WEEK AT A TIME!

One other tip that may help your family get your food storage is to put away $100-$500 of your tax return to go directly to your food storage. This is when we buy many of our long term items and make sure we are up to our ‘year supply’ totals. Many of these items we buy at the LDS Cannery (wheat, dried beans, powdered milk, potato pearls, oats, dried onions, hot chocolate, etc. IN BULK!). Other items we stock up on are rice, flour, pasta, etc. at Costco. The rest of the food storage items we buy, we buy throughout the year when they go on sale for great prices. You will be surprised how much food you can buy with $500! Even if you have only $100 available from your tax return, you can stock up on quite a few items.
My only number one rule, is I don’t EVER buy groceries that are not on sale (if an item isn’t on sale & I need it, I go to Walmart because it will be the next lowest price available)! To keep your grocery bill low, it does take will power! I rarely buy fruit snacks, treats, twinkies, chips, processed foods, etc. If my children want a snack, they get something homemade (cookies, popcorn, homemade granola, fruits, vegetables, etc.) These ‘quick’ meals and foods are MUCH more expensive than making them homemade. Learning to make many of your breads, snacks, and desserts from scratch will save you SO much money and will be much healthier for you.

With a little planning and dedication, you can get your year supply of food..and you will find it will be FUN & EASY! Begining in a small way as President Hinckley says will give BIG dividends in the future.

Ways to save money at Costco

If you are a ‘warehouse’ store shopper, you know like many of us do, that it is hard to leave those stores without spending your MONTHS grocery budget. Yes, bulk can save you money on certain items, but you have to be careful when shopping at this type of a store! These stores do so well because people assume that because it is a warehouse store and they sell items in bulk, they are ALWAYS good prices. This is FAR from the truth!

Many people ask me if I have certain items I buy at Costco. Yes, I do! MOST items will go on sale for ‘red’ prices that will be LESS than Costco, and when that happens, I stock up. However, there are a few staple pantry/food storage items that I try to always have on hand and that if I am out of, I buy ONCE a month at Costco. I have noticed the months I go to Costco more than once (or less) a month, I spend MUCH less than other months. The reason…there are SO many fun things to buy at Costco, whether it is clothes, decorations, nonfood items, premade/quick & easy meals (that are MUCH less to make myself), etc. So..it is better and will save you money if you only go to ‘warehouse’ stores ONLY when necessary.

Here is a quick list however, to help you know which items are ‘generally’ LESS at Costco and that are great to stock up on, add to your food storage and keep in your freezer:
cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, cheddar, feta, blue cheese)
butter
string cheese
lunch meat
lettuce
mushrooms
apples/strawberries
salt
honey
flour
rice
tortillas
baking soda, powder, yeast
SOME spices
(ANY spices you can buy at Walmart for .50 is BETTER than Costco’s prices. The name brand spices however are MUCH less at Costco–McCormick Lemon Pepper, Montreal Steak Seasoning, etc.)
McCormick Chicken & Beef Base (One of my favorite ingredients, found by the spices! It’s just like bouillon cubes but MUCH more convenient.)
soy sauce
white vinegar
olive oil & balsamic vinegar
nuts–pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc.
Keep in your freezer and they will last MUCH longer.
lemon juice
raisins
garbage bags/kitchen liners
Ziploc bags
laundry detergent/softener
dishwasher detergent
batteries

Something also to consider: Some items at Costco are better quality than items you can find at Walmart or other grocery stores. Once you find those items that meet your quality and price expectations, then sometimes it is worth spending the extra money. However, if you watch the sales, you can many times find the EXACT items for LESS at other stores. Whether you buy food at Costco or somewhere else, the important things is that you are stocking up and becoming prepared 😉

One of my favorite time saving tips!

This is one of my favorite tricks to help save you time and frustration during dinner! If you are like my family, we eat chicken based meals about 2-4 times a week. Sometimes you don’t have the time to cook chicken, cut it and add it to a recipe. Well…here is a quick and easy solution! When chicken goes on sale for a GREAT price, stock up! Bring the chicken home, trim off any fat that needs cutting off and then throw several pounds of it in a large crock pot or roaster oven. I usually crock pot 10-15 lbs. of chicken at a time. I cook it on medium heat and season the chicken heavily with Montreal Steak Seasoning (my absolute favorite seasoning!) and McCormick Chicken Base (it’s like chicken bouillion but in a spreadable form–you can buy it at Costco for really cheap!). Once the chicken is cooked I let it cool and then divide the chicken into several portions. I put 2-3 chicken breasts in each Ziploc bag and then freeze them until I am needing the chicken for dinner. When you are using the chicken for meals, just defrost or microwave for a minute or so, and then you can easily shred, chop or cut into large chunks for any meal that calls for chicken. Once the chicken is in the recipe you can season it however you desire. Having cooked chicken on hand can cut your meal preparation time in half!

Costco Shopping Tips

Have you ever been to Costco or Sams Club and walked out spending $150 and wondering what in the world you have bought? There is a distinct difference in the amount of money I spend each month on groceries on the months I don’t go to Costco, verses the months I do. Needless to say it is always MORE when I go there! This month I swore I would not go to Costco and so far I have only spent $50 on groceries!

So..a common question asked to me is whether or not I think people should shop and have memberships to ‘warehouse’ stores. I do have a Costco membership (Sams Club is not close to my house), and I feel it is worth the $100 year membership (I do the 2% back because so far it has paid for itself with the Amex. card). However, there are MANY items at Costco that are NOT a good deal and several items that you should never buy there. I have a post below that tells you which long term storage items you should be buying at Costco and adding to your year supply, that are LESS than grocery stores, the LDS Cannery and Walmart. Some of the items that are a good deal and that I buy there are: rice, spices, soy sauce, lemon juice, yeast, cheeses (feta, parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar, etc.), string cheese, raisins, craisins, nuts, butter, lettuce, apples, salt and sugar. Nearly every other item will eventually go on sale for LESS if you watch the ads. If you are a member, then the RED deals are LESS than Costco, Walmart and the LDS Canneries. When items go on sale for red/great prices, the idea is that you stock up and buy your year supply of that particular item. The reason is that most grocery items only go on sale for these red/great prices once or twice a year. If you buy your years supply of these items, then you will NOT have to buy that item at regular price and it will save you TONS of money in the long run.

An example of this is pork n’ beans and ketchup. At Reams this last week pork n’ beans were on sale for only .29 a can–that is as low as you will see them go! Ketchup was on sale for only .59 for a 24 oz. bottle! These two items will NOT go on sale again for this low until next summer–if at all. When items go on sale for prices like these, don’t just buy one–buy 24 and you won’t have to buy it again for 1-2 years! For less than $20 you can have your families 1-2 year supply of ketchup and NEVER have to buy it at full price. Fabulous! Remember, the idea of food storage is that you are creating your own grocery store in your basement. Little by little as you stock up on items that are on sale, you will eventually have all of the items you need for your families cooking and necessities in your own store in the basement. Doing this saves so much money and helps you feel peace of mind that you can feed your family in ecinomic hard times or in an emergency. Food storage is for everyone–it is awesome!!

So…there is a place for warehouse stores, just don’t get caught up in all of the extras you can buy there and get sucked into buying processed and expensive items. Making items from scratch will save you SOOO much money and be better for your families health in the long run. Yes…I do have frozen pizzas in my freezer, but those are for a dinner emergency–usually when my cute husband is in charge 😉

COUPONS–TO BE OR NOT TO BE???

This is a question I get quite often…so, here is my philosophy on coupon clipping (PLEASE no one be offended 😉 If coupons work for you, then that is great! This is what I have found though…

I used to be a ‘coupon clipper’ and still do on occasion, but I have found that watching the deals each week saves me more on groceries than cutting coupons. I know you may beg to differ 🙂 I do have several people who are avid coupon clippers that use my sight and wish I did more with coupons but here is my philosophy:

1- You can still use coupons along with my program. When you see something on sale for ‘red’ prices AND you have a coupon–by all means, use your coupons. The only problem is I have found this rarely happens. It seems items that are not on sale for Red/Great prices are not the ones that have coupons (red deals mean they are less expensive than Costco, Walmart and other warehouse stores). I have found that coupons (generally) are on items that are not necessarily long-term food storage items and are on mostly frozen goods, processed foods and specialty items. These items are great to buy one or two, but the idea of our program is you are stocking up on your year supply of items that go on sale, not just one or two. For example, last week ketchup was on sale for .50 a bottle. When items go on sale for these prices, you are to buy as much of that item as you can afford (a year supply is 15-24 bottles per family). With coupons you may save $1, but when you buy 24 bottles, that savings isn’t as significant as the $20 you saved by buying them at RED prices.

2- Buying your year supply saves you time and money! I found that when I clipped coupons I was only buying one or two items at a time (mostly because Utah stores don’t double coupons, so each coupon had a Limit 1 on them). So..if I bought one or two items at a great price, that only lasts me so long, so when I run out of that item, I then have to go to the store and buy another one at regular price. If you stock up on items when they go on sale for ROCK BOTTOM PRICES, and buy a year supply, then you won’t have to buy that item again for a YEAR–and can guarantee you bought that item at the best price.

3- Coupons do ‘sweetin’ the deal if they are used on the right products. A few weeks ago the newspaper had coupons for the Lawry’s marinades, Best Foods Mayo and Lipton Sides. All of these are some what basic food storage items (counting towards your oil, grains, etc.) and were worth clipping the coupons for because they were items I would add to my food storage anyway. I DO look through the newspaper every week and cut the coupons out for the items I KNOW I will buy anyway (I post coupon information in the ‘tips of the week’ for members). For example, cereal coupons and toothpaste coupons are worth clipping for me because I KNOW they will go on sale and then I will get the item basically free. Granted, I only get ONE for free, but every bit helps. This week General Mills cereal is on sale for $1 at Harmons (with in ad coupons), if you have coupons for $1 off General Mills cereals, go ahead and use it and get a box of cereal for free. I buy 25-50 boxes of cereal at a time when they go on for this price, so I’m not sure how much I care about the ONE free box of cereal–but it makes me feel good! (I get the newspaper because of my ‘business’ but I still think I haven’t saved enough to make my monthly newspaper subscription worth it).

4- Focus on foods your family eats on a regular basis and you won’t waste money on groceries you don’t eat. Go to our website and download under the FREE DOWNLOAD tab the FOOD STORAGE RECIPES and get an idea of recipes that you can make the COMPLETE meal with items found in your food storage. The idea of food storage is that in the event you have to feed your family solely out of your storage, you would be able to make complete meals. Instead of focusing on which coupons there are to cut each week, focus on basic food storage items that your family eats.

5- Learn to cook from scratch! In my experience many of the coupon deals are items that I could LESS EXPENSIVLY make on my own. This seems to be a lost ‘art’ for many. Our society is so used to eating out of boxed items, prepackaged foods and processed foods that we have forgotten how to make meals from scratch and how to use basic food storage ingredients! Why buy pancake mix when you can easily make your own with a little sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, milk, oil and eggs (all of which are BASIC food storage ingredients). Learning to cook this way will save you SO much money!

6- Use the Meal Planning Tips (post below) to help you plan your families weeks menu and save you time and money by not having to make extra trips to the grocery store.

Bottom line, you need to find a system that works for you! We all will obtain our food storage and feed our family differently. The important thing is that we are working towards a goal and saving money in the mean time! If you have the time and energy to clip coupons, then go for it! That is great and hopefully between your coupon clipping and our program you will be saving more than the rest of us 😉

Meal planning tips to help you SAVE money

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?
Here are a few ways I have found that help me save money on my monthly groceries and help make menu planning a cinch! Of course you can become a member of My Food Storage Deals and I will do ALL the work for you–but if not, here are some easy tips to save money! (You can download all of these from our website under the FREE DOWNLOAD tab and the MEAL PLANNER TIPS PDF file.)

1. Decide how many times a week (on average) you cook a home cooked meal. Take into consideration how many times you go out to eat, or make quick frozen meals (i.e. frozen pizza, burritos, etc.) This number might change week to week, but it will give you an idea of how many meals you will be making in a two week period.
2. Get out the cook books! Make a list of each of the meals you cook for your family. Add to this list any new recipes you want to start incorporating into your families dinner menu. Be creative and try new things. Don’t get stuck in a rut of cooking the same meals every night. You will reference this meal list when choosing which meals you want to cook in the next two weeks. Search the internet for food blogs or recipes that give you fun ideas on meals to make for dinner. One of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FOOD BLOGS (infact that’s where the photo came from) is http://www.workingwomanfood.blogspot.com/ . It is created by a woman after my own heart! She tries recipes and then blogs about what she did or didn’t like about it and has great pictures so you know what your food will (or should) end up looking like! Check it out–it’s great!)
3. Plan meals for a one week to two-week period. This will save you time and money from not having to make impulse shopping trips to the grocery stores. Produce will last about two weeks, so I’ve found this time frame works best.
4. Take your meal list from above and organize the meals into starches and categories. This means, organize which meals you generally have with the following: rice, pasta, potato, soup, salad and sandwiches. It is easy to eat the same meat two times in a row, but not as enjoyable to have the same starch. This will make menu planning easier because you can choose one meal from each category for each day of the week you cook. This will keep your meals interesting and give you some variety.
5. Choose which meals you decided you want to cook in the next two week period. You don’t need to decide which day you will cook each meal, just which ones. Once you have this list, you can begin creating your shopping list. Find each recipe for each meal and look over which ingredients you already have in the fridge or pantry. Try to choose meals that you already have most of the ingredients for.
6. It’s time to shop! Never go to the store without a shopping list. You will spend more money, and it will take longer, if you don’t know exactly what you need. Watch the ads carefully. Buying items when they are on sale, and buying multiples, will keep your pantry stocked and cut down on trips to the store. As your pantry becomes stocked, it will not only start your food storage, but it will save you from buying items when they are not on sale.
7. Choose meals every now and then that you can double the recipe and save half for a later date (as a freezer meal). It doesn’t take much longer to cook double the amount, but it saves you a lot of time on a busy day, when you don’t have time to cook. Label your freezer meals clearly so you know what items are in your freezer. If you plan your meals around what food is on sale in the ads, this will also save money because you will be making two meals at a great deal.

These are all pretty basic tips, but it is amazing the difference it makes when you plan your meals and have a well stocked pantry and food storage! It really makes cooking fun! I was talking to a lady the other day and she mentioned how she hates to cook because she makes the same dinners over and over. I told her I would hate to cook too! The part of cooking that is fun for me is trying new recipes and switching up my weekly menu with fun salads, cooking on the grill and trying new flavors and dishes. This weeks meal planner has a few adventurous meals that I think everyone will love! Some of those ‘new’ dishes are Thai Steak Tacos with Cilantro and Lime Slaw, Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada dipping sauce, and Walnut, Apple & Bleu Cheese Salad, and Egg Salad BLT’s (see picture above). Why pay $40 to go out to dinner when you can play around in the kitchen and come up with recipes that are even better than the ‘real’ thing!

Have fun cooking and if anyone has favorite recipes they would like to share…I would LOVE to hear about them. Just email me at Shandra@myfoodstoragedeals.com. Good luck saving money and planning your meals this week 😉

One Stop Shopping

I’m sure all of you already know this, but in case anyone doesn’t, I want to fill you in on the BEST tip around! Walmart matches prices to ALL major grocery stores. A Walmart less than 5 minutes down the road just opened and it has been AWESOME!! With gas prices so high it wasn’t worth it to me to drive the 20 min. to the nearest Walmart, but now that it is so close it has been great to be able to match all of the RED deals each week in ONE place! The ‘red’ deals from the weekly deal sheet you have access to if you are a member are the items in the ads that are LESS than ‘warehouse’ stores (Costco/Sams Club) and beat Walmart prices. These are the items each week you should be stocking up on and adding to your food storage. For those who are members (if you live in Utah and are not–visit http://www.dealstomeals.com/ ) you get a list of the weekly deals that tell you which items in the ads are GREAT (red/stock up immediatly!), GOOD (blue/okay deals, only buy if you are low) and OKAY deals (green/only buy if you are out). We make it SOO easy for you to cut your weekly food budget. If you are ONLY buying items on the ‘red’ list, you will be saving anywhere from 30-80% on your groceries!! Walmart now makes that easier by being able to match all prices in one place–FABULOUS!! If you haven’t tried it, give it a try (bring your ads just incase they want to see verification on prices, or just bring your print out of our deals and they will match them).

Shopping is now easier than ever–and so is getting your year supply 😉

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