9.25.2012

What to do, What to do, with all that soup?



Fall is upon us and the change in weather leads to the change in coupons. If you haven't noticed coupon inserts now have soups, pastas, more meats, and soon hot chocolate coupons! Also, most stores are starting to run promo's on the same items, see this week's sales here. IF you are like me you love it! I stock up in a big way on these deals because:
1. My husband LOVES soup!
2. My son eats soup!(Big win!)
3. Can's of soup make a great donation item
4. Soups can be a great inexpensive base for some yummy and quick meals!

Last year I stocked up on so much of the classic Progresso soup I still have 6 cans left. I wanted to come up with some different ways of using them other then just heating them up and having soup :)

Beef Roast with Progresso Classic Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 or 2 lbs Beef Roast
2 Cans of Progresso Classic Vegetable Soup (this has carrots, green beans, potatoes, corn, and red beans)

To Cook:
Lightly Salt and Pepper both sides of roast
Place roast in crockpot
Pour two can's of Progresso Classic Vegetable soup over roast
Cook on low  6-8 hours

This impromptu receipe was a hit! My husband ate just about all of it before I even got home from work ;)

So Total Cost for this meal which could serve 4-6 easily:
2 can's of Progresso Soup -2.00
1 1/2 lb beef roast (from Hoffman's meats) 4.67
Total: 6.67!

Chili with Campbell's Tomato Soup and Hunt's Tomato Paste

Ingredients:
1-2 lbs of ground hamburger
1 Can of Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 Can of Hunt's Tomato Paste
1 Can of desired beans (I use kidney)
1 Can of Rotel Chili's
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper or chili powder
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
* I also added hot sauce, we like spicey :)

To Cook:
*You can Brown ground beef in skillet before putting it in the crock pot if you desire
Place thawed ground beef in crockpot breaking it up
open and dump Campbell's tomato soup, Hunt's tomato paste, Rotel Chili's
Drain and Rinse Can of beans, then dump
Add Cayenne, garlic, and onion powders
Give a good stir to mix ingredients
Cook on Low 6-8 hours

 This chili receipe was YUMMY! It took me 5 minutes to fix in the morning I set all my ingredients out with crockpot the night before and thawed the hamburger in the refrigerator!

Total Cost of this Chili?
1 lb Hamburger - 2.97
Can of Tomato Soup-.47
Can of Tomato Paste-.33
Can of Kidney Beans-.69
Can of Rotel Chili's-.89
Spices were on hand so no cost!

Total cost: 5.35! Serves 4-6

I love Fall Cooking~ There is no better time then now for some comfort food! Check out some other Family-Friendly Recipes here!



Happy Cooking!

The Nifty Thrifty Lady




9.20.2012

How to Roll Over CVS Extra Care Bucks and a little about the program



Hi Everyone, I wanted to post today about CVS. I forgot just how much I love shopping their and seeing the savings I can get! I thought a video would explain it better...forgive my messy hair and lack of makeup!

For both transactions I paid:
11.15
I walked out with 3.00 ECB
Leaving me with a total of:
8.15
for 4 Bags of Halloween candy and 2 Toothbrushes!

Maybe I should had those out to the kids too :)

If you have any questions or comments just post below!

I hope everyone that has a CVS takes advantage of the great deals they offer!

Happy Savings!

The Nifty Thrifty Lady

9.18.2012

Time FLYS

I love blogging on Tuesdays!  Well, sometimes I don't even write the post, a contributor does. However, finding them and learning something new is always great! This week I don't have a contributor :( I get to create an anything goes post!

I decided that I would update friends, family, and any soon-to-be frugal mommies, of the progress on Baby Colton's nursery. Yes, we are expecting baby # 2 in less then three weeks! Time has flew by- and oddly enough that is the theme for Colton's Nursery- Airplanes (with a little nautical touch)!

I tried really hard to keep everything thrifty, low cost, or an upcycled. Even purchasing our crib was a planned strategy to save the most money! Here are some photo's and there are a couple how-to's coming in the near future on some of the wall hangings!

COLTON JAMES NURSERY

The feeding area
 The blue bookshelf was from my parents, it has glass sliding doors and was a brown laminate finish. After removing the doors and some primer and paint it is perfect to store his books. Total cost was 8.00. I also picked up the red, white, and blue storage bins at Micheal's craft store on sale and with a coupon they were around 5.00 for all three. The lamp was an awesome yard sale find for 10.00 that was a splurge :) The curtains were in the room and happen to go nicely with the decor, so I did not feel the need to change them. Finally, the glider was a given to use from my sister-in-law. They were not in need of it at this time and were kind enough to let us use it! 
Airplane shelf


 This find has been my FAVORITE! I was browsing a local Facebook yard sale for kid's items and found this shelf for 5.00!! I loved it and know that one day Colton or Chris will think it's as awesome as I do!
Changing area


 This area is still missing a shelf with hooks and changing pad cover, still trying to find a thrifty way to get that done. The changing table was Christopher's, it is not in the best condition, but, it works and will be be useful for the how long we will need it. The diaper pail was purchased for 8.00 at a local consingment sale. The pinwheels were from Khol's , when they send out the 10.00 gift cards towards any purchase!
The Crib
 The Crib is new. The bedding is new. The bobby is new. This in the little area that cost the most! The crib is from target. I have a Target Red Card (debit). Which saves you 5% everytime you make a purchase with it, this in combo with saving up the gift cards I get for the weekly deals and one my sister sent me, on top of the baby sale made it a little over 100.00! The bedding is sailboats, because I could not make my own or pay the high price for an airplane set! I was shopping at Ross one day and this set was there for 59.99. I bought it as soon as I seen because I knew it was what I was waiting on! The Boppy was a present from my in-laws who was savvy and got it off of Kids Woot!
Dresser area
This area was a fun DIY. My wonderful sister made the Airplanes for my shower, hopefully I will get her to share the pattern. The Pictures are from a table top book from Ollies that was 6.99, but of course I had a coupon for 15% a purchase. The Dresser is dear to my heart, it was mine as a child and my grandfather made it for me. The 31 bag was an awesome present from a co-worker! 


Well folks, there you have it. Let me know what you think!


Happy decorating on the cheap!

The Nifty Thrifty Lady