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UDPATE: A kind reader pointed out that there is a need for 9 diced tomato cans and that Costco sells an 8-pack. My sincerest apologies in that discrepancy! I videoed &  assembled all of the bags with the intention of ensuring that this wouldn’t happen and somehow between my paper list and the computer list, 1 can was lost in translation! We have updated the printables. If you don’t have another on one hand, you could use half a can into each bag for one of the other recipes that calls for the tomatoes. Thanks for being gracious about this extra can of tomatoes!

Well, it’s BACK TO SCHOOL season and I thought what better way to help you survive and thrive the busyness than with a 20 Meals from Costco for $150 plan that is made up of all “Gluten Free Slow Cooker Freezer Packs” where you can assemble EVERYTHING in less than 2 hours!!!

I actually videoed the entire assembly process for you…

  • To prove that it takes less than 2 hours to prepare 20 meals. The videos are 1 hour and 50 minutes long…and there is several minutes of me mumbling. And maybe doing a happy dance at the end :)
  • So that you can follow along as you assemble your bags! I didn’t want you to feel alone in your slow cooker freezer pack assembly efforts…I’ll be right there with you in the kitchen!
  • Exclusive access to the assembly video instructions is available in package #1, details below.

Before we move on, here is a link to the 20 Meals from Costco for $150 Plan’s FAQ & ‘Disclaimers’ page. If you’re new to these plans, you definitely want to check it out!

I’m often asked about my slow cooker…I use the 6-quart E-lume from Crockpot!

Special note for those of you who are participating in the $5 Meal Plan Free Trial, you’ll be getting an email with a FREE copy of the Recipes & Shopping List Printables. If you would like to purchase the assembly instructions and video access, you’ll get that at a discounted price! More details in your inbox! {Join the Free Trial now!}

OH…and BTW…this plan is also GLUTEN FREE! :)

Let’s get to it, shall we?!?

Slow Cooker Freezer Pack Costco Plan - 20 Meals for $150 in Less Than 2 Hours | 5DollarDinners.com

 

Recipe List

Each pack in this plan is DOUBLED. So these 10 meals make 20 packs total! Each pack serves a family of 4. Larger families or families with bottomless pits (also known as teenage boys!) can double or use 2 packs for 1 meal!

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Costco Ingredients & Price List

Meats

1 6 pack boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 6 lbs. – $20.99
1 6 pack boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 6 lbs. – $21.31
1 15 ct chicken apple sausage – $13.99
1 package stew beef, about 4 lbs. – $15.04
1 package pork chops, 8 count – $15.44

Produce

1 8 lb. bag white onions – $6.59
1 6 pack peppers, multi color – $6.49
1 5 lb. bag baby carrots – $5.49
1 8 lb. bags sweet potatoes – $5.99
1 15 lb. bag gold potatoes $7.99
1 5.5 lb. tray of apples – $7.59
1 24 oz. box of sliced mushrooms (optional) – $3.69

Freezer/Pantry Staples

1 5 lb. bag frozen corn – $5.99
1 12 pack of chicken broth, 16 oz. each – $9.99
8 pack diced tomatoes, 15 oz cans – $6.29
8 pack black beans, 15 oz cans – $6.79
2 pack BBQ sauce – $5.99

Total – $161.96

Leftovers

BBQ sauce, 1 + ½ bottle – $4 worth
4 cans black beans – $3.39 worth
Frozen corn – $3 worth
6 boxes of broth – $5 worth
about 4-5 lbs. potatoes – $2.67 worth
2 onions – $1.50 worth
= $19.56

Estimated Cost After Leftovers $142.40

(with a few dollars left to get the coconut milk & rosemary from the grocery store!)

You will also need 20 Gallon Size Freezer baggies, or other plastic containers or baggies.

Make it simple…with 1 of these 2 packages!

Let us make the experience of preparing these meals simpler and easier. There are 2 packages to choose from…

Package #1

One of the most challenging parts to pulling together a large number of meals like this at once is knowing what to do first, next, then and last. When you do things ‘out of order,’ it really can mess up the assembly process and cause you to waste a.lot of time in the kitchen.

I’ve created several new printables and instructional videos that will actually make the assembly as smooth and quick as possible for you. Seriously, I might have done a celebratory dance when I finished the assembly…and you will want to as well!

Costco Meal Plan Freezer Packs Printable Pack #1 | 5DollarDinners.com

This package includes…

  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Exclusive Access to the 3 Instructional Assembly Videos
  • Recipe List & Grocery List included as well!

All of these goodies are available to you for just 5 bucks!

(You don’t need to buy package #2 if you buy package #1, as it already includes the recipes and shopping list!)

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Package #2

Just want the recipe list & grocery shopping list?! We have that available as well!

This printable that contains all the recipes with ingredient breakdown, as well as a complete grocery shopping list (with south TX Costco prices). This printable is available for $1.49!

Printable Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco Pack 2

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Original Costco Gluten Free Plan (this is NOT the 20 slow cooker freezer pack plan!)

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You can find the Sam’s Club plans and my e-cookbooks on my new store page. Once you’ve chosen all the ones you need, you can checkout! 

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31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 30

by Jenn K on August 30, 2014

31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas - Day 30 | 5DollarDinners.com

I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month.

What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?!

Disclaimer: These ideas are just a small part of the total food eaten throughout the day. Some have smaller amounts of protein and/or green veggies than others, but you can balance that out with serving more protein or green veggies at other meals/snacks. Feel free to adjust these ideas to fit your family’s needs.

bentgo lunch box system

Erin’s Favorite Lunchbox Packing Tools

When it comes to packing lunch boxes for the 3 older dudes, I need sturdy that will last ALL year and into the next! Which is why I recommend the following…

Free Lunchbox Printables

Free Printable: School Lunchbox Ideas List | 5DollarDinners.com Free Printable: Weekly Lunchbox Planner | 5DollarDinners.com

Pin all of the Lunchbox ideas to share and save for later!

Happy lunch packing y’all!!!

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Every week I’ll be posting the best deals and coupon match-ups for all products at the different national drug stores. Here are a few highlights, and links to the complete list of deals.

CVS ExtraBucks

Get $3 ECBs wyb 1 Participating CVS brand Diapers, Limit 1

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Out-of-Pocket Price: $6.99
Final Price: $3.99
Includes ECB savings

Get $3 ECBs wyb 1 Participating PeroxiClear, Limit 1

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Bausch + Lomb PeroxiClear Solution, 3 oz – $4.99

Out-of-Pocket Price: $4.99
Final Price: $1.99
Includes ECB savings

Multi-Item Deals

Get a $1 CVS Coupon at the In-Store CVS Coupon Machine on Select P&G brand Items, Limit 1

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Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner, 12.6 oz or Styler, 5.7 – 11.5 oz – $3.33

Final Price: $0.33
Buy 1 Styler; Use $2/1 manufacturers coupon and $1/1 CVS coupon

Canned Goods & Soups

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Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup, 10.75 oz – $0.99

Limit 1 CVS coupon$50/1 coupon at the in-store CVS coupon machine

Final Price: $0.49
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Hormel Chili, Chef Boyardee or Spaghettios, 7.38 – 15 oz – $1.00

Final Price: $0.50

Home Supplies

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Dawn Hand Renewal, 9 oz – $0.99

Limit 10

Final Price: $0.49

Personal Care

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Clairol Nice ‘n Easy or Root Touch Up – $6.00

Final Price: $3.00
Buy 2; Use B1G1 coupon
Click here to see the complete list for CVS!

Walgreens Balance Rewards

* Get 50 Points for Every $1 Spent on Health & Wellness products and 100 Points for Every $1 spent on Walgreens brands through 11/01/14

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Walgreens Health & Wellness Points Booster Coupon

Valid thru 11/01/14; Must use In-ad Coupon

Spend $20 or More on participating Pantene, CoverGirl, Tide, Gain, Bounty or Charmin products, Get 5000 Points (=$5.00)

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Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner, 12.6 or 16.9 oz, Stylers and Treatments – $3.33

3/$10 ($4.49 Each)Includes: Select varieties

Out-of-Pocket Price: $1.33
Final Price: $0.50
Buy 6; Use (3) $4/2 Coupons OR (2) $4/2 Coupons and (2) $2/1 Coupons; Includes 5000 Points (=$5.00)
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Tide Laundry Detergent, 22 – 32 loads – $5.99

  • $0.50/1 Tide Detergent, Tide Boost, Tide To Go, Tide Washing Machine Cleaner, Downy, or Bounce; Excludes Trial and Travel Size, Downy Single Rinse, Tide Simply Clean & Fresh, Tide Pods, and Tide Detergent, 10 oz, Downy Unstopables, and Bounce Bursts; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 8-31-14 PG – (exp. 09/30/14)
  • $1.00/2 Tide Detergent, Tide Boost, Tide To Go, Tide Washing Machine Cleaner, Downy, or Bounce; Excludes Trial and Travel Size, Downy Single Rinse, Tide Simply Clean & Fresh, Tide Pods, and Tide Detergent, 10 oz, Downy Unstopables, and Bounce Bursts; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 8-31-14 PG – (exp. 09/30/14)
  • $2.00/1 Tide Detergent; Excludes Trial and Travel Size, Simply Fresh & Clean, Pods, and Detergent, 10 oz; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-27-14 PG – (exp. 08/31/14)
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  • $10.00/1 P&G Laundry Products; Includes Gain, Tide, Downy, Bounce; Excludes Tide Simply Clean and Fresh, Gain Flings, Gain Fireworks, and Travel or Trial Size; Must Purchase $30 After Coupons and Discounts – Mail In Rebate – (exp. 09/30/14)
Out-of-Pocket Price: $3.99
Final Price: $2.74
Buy 4; Use (4) $2/1 Coupons; Includes 5000 Points (=$5.00); Combine With Additional P&G products to Save More With Mail In Rebate

Walgreens Register Rewards

Buy 1 participating Colgate product, Get $2 Register Rewards

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Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, 3.5 oz – $3.49

  • $1.00/1 Colgate Enamel Health, Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, or Sensitive Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or Larger – 8-24-14 SS – (exp. 09/06/14)
Out-of-Pocket Price: $2.49
Final Price: $0.49
Buy 1; Use $1/1 Coupon; Includes $2 Register Rewards

Buy 1 participating Morton Epsom Salt, Get $4 Register Rewards

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Morton Epsom Salt, 4 lbs – $4.00

Out-of-Pocket Price: $4.00
Final Price: Free
Buy 1; Includes $4 Register Rewards

Cookies, Snacks & Candy

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Nestle Candy, 0.77 – 2.1 oz – $0.49

Limit 6Pictured: Butterfinger and Crunch

  • $0.50/2 Nestle Single Girl Scout Crunch or Regular Nestle Crunch Candy Bars, 1.3 – 1.55 oz – 7-13-14 SS – (exp. 09/15/14)
Final Price: $0.24
Buy 2; Use $0.50/2 Coupon

Dairy

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Chobani Greek Yogurt, 5.3 oz – $1.00

5/$5 ($1.19 Each)

Out-of-Pocket Price: $0.60
Final Price: $0.45
Buy 5; Use (2) B1G1 Coupons; Includes $0.75 Ibotta Rebate

Home Supplies

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All Liquid Laundry Detergent, 28 – 33 loads – $2.99

Final Price: $1.99
Buy 1; Use $1/1 Coupon; Combine with Other Participating Georgia Pacific or Dixie Product to Save More With Rebate
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Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue, 12 large rolls – $3.99

Final Price: $2.99
Use $1/1 Coupon
Click here to see the complete list for Walgreens!

Prices and sales may vary by store.

Rite Aid +UP Rewards

Buy $30 in participating P&G products, Get $10 +UP, Limit 1

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Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner, 12.6 oz or Select Stylers – $3.34

3/$10.00 (or $3.99 Each); Pantene Mix & MatchExcludes: Pantene Expert

Out-of-Pocket Price: $1.33
Final Price: $0.22
SUNDAY ONLY: Buy 9; Use (4) $4/2 Coupons and (1) $2/1 Coupon; Includes $10 +UP Rewards {After Sunday – Buy 9; Use (3) $5/3 Coupons; Includes $10 +UP Rewards = $0.56}

Buy 1 participating Crest Oral Care product, Get $3 +UP, Limit 2

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Crest 3D White Rinse, 946 mL – $5.99

Out-of-Pocket Price: $4.49
Final Price: $1.49
Buy 1; Use $1.50/1 Coupon; Includes $3 +UP Rewards

Buy 1 participating Crest or Oral-B product, Get $2 +UP, Limit 2

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Crest 3D White, 5.8 oz, Pro-Health, 6 oz, Pro-Health Clinical or Luxe, 4 – 4.1 oz Toothpaste – $3.49

Out-of-Pocket Price: $0.99
Final Price: Free
Buy 1 3D White Luxe; Use $1/1 Coupon and $1.50/1 Video Value; Includes $2 +UP Rewards
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Oral-B 3D or Pro-Health Manual Toothbrush, 1 ct – $3.49

Excludes: Clinical & Pro-Health Flex

Out-of-Pocket Price: $2.49
Final Price: $0.49
Buy 1; Use $1/1 Coupon; Includes $2 +UP Rewards
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Oral-B Dental Floss, 1 ct or Floss Picks – $3.49

Pictured: Glide

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Buy 1; Use $1/1 Coupon; Includes $2 +UP Rewards

Buy 2 participating Gear Mix & Match products, Get $2 +UP, Limit 2

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Speed Stick Gear Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant or Body Spray – $3.50

2/$7.00 (or $4.49 Each); Gear Mix & Match

  • $0.50/1 Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Lady Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.3 oz or Larger – 8-24-14 SS – (exp. 09/13/14)
  • $1.00/2 Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Lady Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.3 oz or Larger – 8-24-14 SS – (exp. 09/13/14)
  • $1.50/1 Speed Stick Gear Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Body Spray; Excludes Trial and Travel Size, 1.8 oz, and 0.5 oz Trial Size – 8-24-14 SS – (exp. 09/13/14)
Out-of-Pocket Price: $2.00
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Buy 2; Use (2) $1.50/1 Coupons; Includes $2 +UP Rewards

Buy 2 participating Infusium or Pert Mix & Match products, Get $4 +UP, Limit 2

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Infusium23 Shampoo or Conditioner, 12 – 16 oz – $5.00

2/$10.00 (or $5.49 Each); Infusium or Pert Mix & Match

  • $2.00/1 Infusium 23 Shampoo, Conditioner, or Leave-In Treatment; Excludes 1.7 oz – 8-10-14 SS – (exp. 09/10/14)
Out-of-Pocket Price: $3.00
Final Price: $1.00
Buy 2; Use (2) $2/1 Coupons; Includes $4 +UP Rewards

Buy 2 participating OxiClean Mix & Match products, Get $2 +UP, Limit 2

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OxiClean Dishwasher Detergent, 12.7 oz – $3.50

2/$7.00 (or $3.99 Each); OxiClean Mix & Match

Out-of-Pocket Price: $2.00
Final Price: $1.00
Buy 2; Use (2) $1.50/1 Coupons; Includes $2 +UP Rewards

Cookies, Snacks & Candy

Fun/Snack Size Mix & Match; 2/$2.00 (or $1.19 Each)

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Hershey’s or Reese’s Fun or Snack Size Candy, 6 pk – $1.00

Final Price: $0.17
Buy 6; Use (3) $1/2 Coupons and $2/$5 Rite Aid Coupon

Home Supplies

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Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, 9 oz – $0.99

Final Price: $0.49
Use $0.50/1 Coupon
Click here to see the complete list for Rite Aid!

I hope this helps you decide whether or not to bop into the drugstore this next week to pick up any staples!

Sale prices valid, starting this Sunday. Visit the $5 Dinners Coupon Match-Ups page for a complete list of the all coupon matchups. .

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Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 29, 2014

Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins | 5DollarDinners.com

Ok, friend. You have to make these. They are one of my kids’ most popular requests for lunch boxes…and I saved them for the end of our 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas. I sent them on their first day of school this week. I had stashed a few in the very back of the freezer, so they would actually make it to the first day of school. I dropped 2 into each lunch box and sent them on their way with some mango, strawberries, potato chips and a granola bar for a snack. I love how you can drop them into a lunchbox frozen

I gave the members of The $5 Meal Plan a sneak peek of this recipe, including it in a recent weekly meal plan…and it’s getting RAVE reviews in our secret Facebook group!

Please note the wide range on the yield for these muffins. I am a ’7/8 full’ kind of muffin baker, so if you’re more of a 1/2-2/3 full, you’ll get more muffins. I made 2 dozen (part square, part circle) muffins, but many folks are getting 3 dozen out of this batter!

This is the square baking pan that I use. It’s fun to be different.

And one more thing, don’t use paper liners with these. Whole wheat muffins stick badly to paper muffins cups, no matter how much spray you add to the paper cups. Just go without for these. But still spray the pan generously.

These muffins are hearty, filling, yet moist and soft…with just a touch of sweetness from the tiny chocolate chips!

So here they are.

Make them.

Enjoy them.

Make them again.

And again.

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Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield - 2-3 dozen (depending on how large you make them!)

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 cups mini or regular chocolate chips

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • In a stand mixer, combine the eggs, banana, vanilla & brown sugar.
  • Mix in the milk & flour together so it doesn’t splatter all over. Add the baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix together until batter forms.
  • Mix in the shredded zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Pour into greased muffin tin, filling 2/3 full. Makes 24 muffins.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 22-24 minutes. Let cool slightly before servings.
  • To Freeze: Let cool completely to room temperature before adding to plastic freezer baggie or container.

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31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 29

August 29, 2014

I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month. What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?! Cheesy Hot Dog Wraps with Horizon Organic Cheese Sticks (see […]

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Sunday Coupon Preview – August 31

August 29, 2014
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Find out what coupons will be in this Sunday’s coupon insert…if there are some hot coupons, you might want to pick up a few extra newspapers!

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New $1 off any Silk Half Gallon Printable Coupon

August 28, 2014
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Print a brand new coupon for $1 off any Silk Half Gallon product! These generally go pretty quickly, so print it now before it runs out of prints.  I can generally find these for $2.99 each, so $1 off coupon is fantastic… A couple of other new drink coupons: Be sure to check out all […]

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31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 28

August 28, 2014

I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month. What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?! Apple Chips Nectarine Almonds Breakfast Bar (like Nutri-grain) Horizon Cheddar […]

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Checkout 51: Save on Bananas, Chips, Salsa, Cream of Wheat, Baker’s Joy + More

August 28, 2014

New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on fresh TOMATOES! Baker’s Joy, any = Cash back 25¢ Bananas, any = Cash back 25¢ Cream of Wheat, any = Cash back 25¢ DOLE Pineapple Juice, any canned = Cash back $1 DREAM Non-Dairy Beverages, any = Cash back $1 […]

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31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas: Day 27

August 27, 2014

I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month. What’s In Today′s Lunchbox?! Corndog Muffins – send them heated up in a food […]

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Corndog Muffins

August 26, 2014

Want something for your kiddos lunchbox that they’ll (probably) gobble up?!  While we don’t eat that many hot dogs, when we do I prefer to buy the Applegate uncured variety because its a healthier version, but somewhat more expensive! Thankfully my store has a BTS coupon right now, so I’ve been able to get a […]

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