7 Freezer Slow Cooker Meals So I’m Prepared

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This is my first summer with three actively moving little children and wow, it is craziness sometimes. I feel like the summer has gotten away from me and one thing I could be doing better in is meals. So I committed this week to freeze several slow cooker meals, so we don’t have any excuse for not knowing what’s for dinner and then spending more than we should—maybe even eating out, especially on weekends. Please tell me you have that problem sometimes too! (Plus, as a sidenote, I’m excited because this should give me a little more afternoon time to work on some personal projects instead of just prepping dinner!)

It only took me about 2 hours last night (and I’d say I even worked slowly, trying to figure out how I’d organize a system like this the best, since this was the first time I did it this way). I don’t know exactly how much it cost me because I used a lot of random stuff that I have purchased on sale and just had on hand, but I know I am definitely at less than $1 per serving. Each of these slow cooker meals will serve five of us, plus should have leftovers for my husband’s lunch the following day. I’m figuring each bag cost me about $5. I could have spent less I am sure, and been more frugal in my purchases, but in desperation I just had to get these meals made for some family sanity!

The worst part for me was finding recipes that I liked, that were FREE, and that had the ingredients I had or felt I could afford. I will admit that I spent several hours researching recipes.

Since chicken and pork chops were on a decent sale this week at Redner’s, I went ahead and focused on recipes with those ingredients.

I was really impressed with the recipes I was able to find at NewLeafWellness, through Money Saving Mom (which I am occasionally addicted to following), but it did take me quite a bit of time to find ones that were FREE and not part of their recipe eBook. I loved how these recipes used fresh ingredients and sweeteners like honey.

I also used pinterest and ended up finding a post I really liked at A To Z Family Tree, with several pork chop recipes. I want to try some of the chicken recipes sometime too! Probably the next time I see chicken on sale (I watch for about $2/lb or less when possible). The ingredients were really simple!

Here are the recipes I made:

I did stretch the meat a little bit and not always put the full amount of meat in each bag.

TIP > I knew I should have a way of knowing what recipes I put in the freezer, because I likely won’t remember what’s available. So I had the brilliant idea to clip the recipes I printed out on the front of my deep freezer. Then when I take the meal out, I can take the recipe with it, and either toss or save if its a winning meal favorite!

Hope this inspired you to try some freezer meals or try setting a goal where you think you could use some improvement this summer. Enjoy the weather and the plethora of fun frugal activities we have in Lancaster, and forget about dinner until dinner time! Let me know how it goes.

FREE Snickers Bar from SavingStar

Friday Freebie: Save 100% when you buy any ONE (1) SNICKERS® Bar or SNICKERS® Brand Peanut Butter Squared Bars (1.76 – 1.86 oz.)

If you have a SavingStar account be sure to select your coupon for your Friday FREEbie and then stop by a Giant, Family Owned Markets, Weis, CVS, or Redner’s this week (any store that you have linked up to SavingStar) and purchase your snickers candy bar. By the middle of next week you’ll get the amount that you paid for the candy bar credited to your SavingStar account!

Ibotta $1.00 off LUVS Cash Back Offer

 

Woohoo!! Ibotta just released a cash back offer of $1.00 off any LUVS diaper purchase (29ct or higher). Combine that with the $1.00 off coupon from last week’s Sunday newspaper, and the spend $30 on P&G products at Redner’s this week, get a $10 Visa Debit Card and you get a pretty sweet deal!

Redner’s Deal
Buy (2) LUVS diaper box for $15.99 ea
Use (2) $1.00 off LUVS diaper from P&G insert
Earn $1.00 on Ibotta
Earn $0.50 extra if you buy milk and 1 Ibotta other item with the LUVS
Earn $10.00 Visa Debit Card
Total cost is only $18.48. (About the cost of one normal priced box!)

Or, I like to buy some Cascade dishwasher detergent and smaller items to get me up to almost exactly $30.00. There are tons of P&G coupons available.

NOTE > I would make your purchase as soon as possible. The Ibotta offers go quickly and once a certain number are redeemed, its no longer available to you, even if it shows up in your checklist just before you leave to go shopping.

Redner’s: Kraft Cheese only $1.00, FREE Muller FrutUp, $.50 off milk

I love it when Redner’s offers their $5 off 5 Kraft items!

Kraft shredded cheese and block cheese is only $2.00 this week – combined with this coupon (that is found in their circular – available at the front of the store) makes it only $1.00 each.

Did you know these freeze great? Time to stock up!

There is also a coupon in the Redner’s circular for $3 off 5 Quaker items including the Muller FrutUp which is on sale for $.79. Use the $3 off coupon, and the $1/2 manufacturer coupon in the 1/5/14 Red Plum Sunday Newspaper insert, and you get these for FREE!

And while you’re there – be sure to grab your gallon of milk and get $.50 off with Ibotta.

Thanks for the tip on the Muller FrutUP, Coupon Cutting Mom!

Earn $5.00 on Ibotta!

I recently posted about Ibotta and the cash you can earn through their program on your mobile device. Now, not only do you get $2.00 when you sign up for an account, but you also receive $5.00 for every friend you refer who starts an account and makes a purchase within 10 days. (Considering the plethora of milk offers recently on Ibotta, this shouldn’t be hard for people to redeem quickly!)

Earn $5 for Each Referral – yes, $5!

Starting Thursday, January 23rd, you will be able to earn $5 for each friend you refer, as soon as they redeem their first offer.

You will immediately earn $5 once your friend completes these 3 easy steps:

  1. Sign up for Ibotta through your referral link (same as before)
  2. Be the first to log into their own mobile device (same as before)
  3. Redeems at least one offer (new step)

Hurry as this $5 referral is for a limited time only.

Exciting News for New Users

Each friend you refer who redeems their first offer within 10 days of registration will immediately earn a $2 Welcome Aboard Bonus.

Redner’s Family Expo FREE Ticket Giveaway


Don’t miss the 7th annual Redner’s Markets Family Expo this weekend, November 2-3, 2013 from 10am to 5pm. We love going to this every year to enjoy the bounce houses, kids shows and get the freebies and food samples. Plus you have a chance to win groceries for a year ($2600 value)!

If your child is crawling age, you’ll want to enter them in the Diaper Derby. Not only is this a lot of fun to watch, but all participants receive a prize.

There are puppet shows, a play park, and a Kid ID program hosted by the Sheriff’s Office where kids can get their picture taken and receive a FREE ID. Globe the Clown will also host a magic show.

You can also visit dozens of vendors featuring kids products, unique pets, toys, homeschooling, charter schools and more!

Giveaway

A special thanks to the Redner’s Family Expo for giving away 10 FREE tickets to the event this Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3, 2013. Five winners will be chosen to win 2 tickets each. Tickets may be used for adults or children. The event has FREE parking. You may enter multiple times so come back again tomorrow! Giveaway ends at 12am on October 30th, 2013. Tickets will be mailed to the winners.

Enter via Rafflecopter giveaways.

Huggies Diaper Deal at Redner’s until 9/5/13


Until September 5, you can get a $5 coupon off your next purchase at Redner’s if you buy 2 Huggies diapers (42 count or larger). This is a good deal if you need Size 1 or 2 diapers, and even a pretty decent deal if you need Pull-Ups.

Buy (2) Huggies Size 2 Diapers – 42 ct for $9.99 each
Use (2) $3.00 off coupons from the Sunday Newspaper
or (2) $2.00 off coupons from coupons.com
Get $5.00 off your next purchase coupon (printed at register)
Your cost is only $4.49 each or $.1069 per diaper.

Buy (2) Huggies Pull-Ups Diapers for $19.99 each
Use (2) $3.00 off coupons from the Sunday Newspaper
or (2) $2.00 off coupons from coupons.com
Get $5.00 off your next purchase coupon (printed at register)
Your cost is $ 14.49 each or $.2898 per diaper.

Redner’s: Breakstone’s Sour Cream only $.50

This week at Redner’s SAVE $5 when you buy any FIVE (5) of the following participating KRAFT Cheese Items:
• KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese (7 – 8 oz.).
• KRAFT Natural Block Cheese (7 – 8oz.).
• KRAFT Singles (10.7 oz. or larger).
• PHILADELPHIA Brick Cream Cheese (8 oz.).
• PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread (8 oz.)..
• PHILADELPHIA Cooking Creme (10 oz.).
• BREAKSTONE’S Sour Cream (16 oz.).
• CRACKER BARREL Block Cheese (6 – 8 oz.).

Here’s the deal:
Buy (5) Breakstone’s Sour Cream at $1.50 each
Use $5 off coupon
Pay $2.50 (only $.50 each)!