With the busy lives that we all lead, one of the big potential “money wasters” can end up being dinner. Even though I’m home with my children, we are so busy with homeschooling and other activities we find that lack of planning can end up costing us money. When I don’t have a “dinner plan” for the week, we inevitably can end up spending more by running to the store for last minute dinner items, or eating out more often.

A couple of simple tips can really help with this. 

1) Menu Planning – plan your menus in advance so that you can make one trip to the store for the week and get all that you need. I suggest planning your meals around sale items for the week.  I realize that menu planning is time consuming as well, so you may be interested in trying E-Meals.  This is an amazing website that offers several options. You can pick menu plans by store sales, by Weight Watcher Points, or low-fat options and more. You can choose plans for 2 people or a family of 4-6 people. And the cost of the website ($5 per month) is very reasonable and well worth it. Even Dave Ramsey, a well-known financial expert, recommends this site. You can print a sample menu from the site as well.

2) Another helpful device for us has been a Nu-Wave oven. You can view one here. We love the Nu-Wave for several reasons.

A) It is more efficient than a full-size oven

B) You can cook food from frozen to fully cooked in a shorter time frame

C) The food is healthier because it allows the grease to drip down and not saturate your food in grease while it’s cooking.

You can also use an extra-large toaster oven for many things, but the Nu-Wave made the most sense to us because when we forget to pull something out of the freezer, it’s not an issue. Chicken breasts can go from frozen to fully cooked in about 30 minutes in the Nu-Wave. And the Nu-Wave is large enough to easy cook for my family of four.

With or without a Nu-Wave or large toaster oven, you will find that menu planning, especially based upon the sale items for the week, will save you money.

Now for some other good stuff!

All You Magazine March 2012 Coupon List – True Couponing has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that are in Walmart’s All You Magazine for March.  You can check it out here  to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has fewer coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals – If you’re a Walmart shopper, I highly recommend checking out  Iheartthemart.com for the best deals.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

**For a special coupon booklet from Publix, please sign up for it at Stocking Spree.**

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix! 

For Publix “super deals” list for 3/1-3/7/2012, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 3/1-3/7/2012, please click here 

Renita's Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

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