Wednesday, January 5, 2011

WFMW: What Doesn't Work for Me---Plastic containers in the freezer!!

I do a lot of batch cooking or once a month cooking and so that makes for needing lots of plastic containers being placed in my freezer on a regular basis. Well that was until recently when I found that they do not as good of a job as a ziploc bag!

I want to be environmentally friendly when it comes to putting the food in the freezer so I was working my way towards using all plastic containers and ridding my house of ziploc bags.  I have a variety of plastic containers from Tupperware to Rubbermaid to Ziploc brand containers.  I don't have much in the way of plastic containers but enough to use some in the fridge for those dinner leftovers to use for lunches the next few days and then the rest to use for my freezer cooking. The Rubbermaid plastic containers are a bit heavier of a plastic than the freezer containers so I thought it would help a bit with freezer burn and just overall easier to stack the same type of containers together in the freezer. However, when they get bumped and slide out of the freezer when I am getting something else out of the freezer and drop to the floor and crack it does not matter which type of plastic container I use in the freezer.

Since switching to containers from bags, I have dropped many plastic containers both the freezer type containers and the Rubbermaid/Tupperware containers!  Needless to say, I have had to pick up food that has scattered all over the floor more than once from the container dropping to the floor and cracking in the process!  Or I have found that a container was dropped and it wasn't realized that it had cracked a little bit and it put back in the freezer for me to find at a later date. I never had a problem with ziploc bags being dropped and splitting open with food going all over the place. Just so that I have covered all the bases, the contents in any of the plastic containers that I have put in the freezer have been totally cooled in the fridge before placing in the freezer.

I have come to the conclusion that plastic containers in the freezer just do not work for me! I need to switch back to all Ziploc bags for the freezer so that I do not end up breaking all of my plastic containers in the freezer and I can fit more ziploc bags into the freezer anyway!  Besides I need my plastic containers for leftovers in my fridge and for lunches. :)

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 1/2-1/8

I really have been doing menus over the last several months, but I haven’t taken the time to post them due to life getting busy on me and reducing my time spent on the computer.  Now that a new year has started, I am working very diligently to getting some resemblance of order and schedule in place so that a routine can be in place for the whole family.

Last week I did a big grocery shopping trip! I have been working at a new system of shopping over the last few months and the new system is working for our family!  My grocery shopping system is I shop the stores within the 5 mile radius of my house and make a trip to Sam's around the 15th and the last day of each month, which coincide with hubby’s paychecks.  The system allows me to cash in on the good deals and then have some time away from the stores so I am not burning myself out chasing deals every week.  I am finding this plan to be working very well!  I can get the good deals on the weeks I shop and get creative in the kitchen on the weeks where I just swing into Aldi for our weekly supply of 3 gallons of milk and 2 dozen eggs.

This week’s meals are simple and using what meat I had in the freezer and pantry items leftover from before my big grocery shopping trip.   We have had sickness in the house, so the menu might change to accommodate those who are on the mend.

This week’s lunches that are listed below are for the kids and me! Unless we are having leftovers, our lunches are served with apple slices or carrot sticks along with fruit juice or water.   Hubby and oldest son usually take a dinner leftover along with various snacks for their lunches so I don’t take the time to really plan their lunches. I just take the next container of leftovers in the stack in the fridge that I have prepared ahead of time.

A special thanks to Laura-Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Need help with your menus; go check the over 300 other delicious meal plans that have been linked at Laura-Organizing Junkie's site or look down in my right sidebar for my menu suggestion lists!

Sunday (1-2)
Breakfast: eggs, hash browns, sausage and cinnamon rolls
Lunch: mini pizzas and pizza rolls
Dinner:  creamy chicken over noodles, peas and crescent rolls

Monday (1-3)
Breakfast: cereal and leftover cinnamon rolls
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  oven fried chicken, fries and corn

Tuesday (1-4)
Breakfast:  waffles and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  spaghetti(from freezer), and garlic toast

Wednesday (1-5)
Breakfast:  bagels and cereal
Lunch: sandwich & chips
Dinner: roasted chicken, mashed taters& gravy, corn and biscuits

Thursday (1-6)
Breakfast: Pancakes and sausage
Lunch: leftovers
Snack: snack basket                                                       

Friday (1-7)
Breakfast: cereal
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner:  saucy pork chops, rice and green beans

Saturday (1-8)
Breakfast:  Your Choice
Lunch: sandwiches & chips
Dinner: ????? not sure yet.
Snack: popcorn or snack basket



Meijer Deals 1/2-1/8



Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also do not forget to check the two pages of Mealbox coupons for more coupons and use my coupon link in my sidebar. 


This week Meijer also has a 10 for $10 get 11th item FREE Sale going on!!  You can find a complete listing of the items included in that sale by scrolling down to the next post or clicking on the link. 


GROCERY DEALS:

Large Sweet Cherries, $1.99/lb

Meijer Gallon Milk, all varieties (Excludes chocolate and Meijer Organics) 2/$4

Meijer Fresh Grade A Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.79/lb

V8 Splash 64 oz. bottle or V8 Splash Smoothies 46 oz. bottle. All varieties. 3/$5
$1/2 printable cpn
$1/3 Mealbox cpn

Campbells Condensed Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup, 10.75oz 79¢
25/4 cpn 11-07 S
$1/4 printable cpn

Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain, Swirl or Natural Premium Bread, 18-24 oz. loaf. Select varieties 2/$5
11-07 S(cpn exp 1/2)
$1/1 Mealbox cpn

Nestle Coffee-mate Flavored Creamer , 32oz container, all varieties 2/$5
55/1 cpn 11-14 R1
$1.50/1 printable cpn
$1/1 printable cpn
$1/2 Mealbox cpn

Pace Chunky Salsa 16 oz. Select varieties. 2/$4
50/2 cpn 12-05 S
$1/2 Mealbox cpn

Campbells Canned Pasta without Meat, 15 oz. can. All varieties. 6/$3
40/3 cpn 12-12 S
$1/6 Mealbox cpn

General Mills Fiber One Chewy Bars, 7oz 2/$5
40/1 cpn 01-02 GM
50/1 printable cpn
50/1 printable cpn

Atkins Daybreak Bars 5 ct./6-7 oz. or Advantage Bars 5 ct./8 oz 2/$10
$1.50/2 cpn 01-02 S1

Kelloggs Special K Cracker Chips, 4 oz. Sea salt or sour cream and onion. $1.99

Aunt Millies Healthy Goodness Bread 16-20 oz. loaf, Deluxe Hot Dog Buns 8 ct./12.5 oz. pkg. or Hamburger Buns 8 ct./17 oz. pkg. ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!
55/1 cpn 01-02 R1

General Mills Cereals: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios 17-17.2 oz., Multi Grain Cheerios 12.8 oz. or Trix 14.8 oz. 2/$5
$1/3 cpn 01-02 GM
$1/2 printable cpn
$1/2 printable cpn

Kelloggs K20 Protein Multipack Water Mix, 4pk 2/$6
$2/2 cpn 01-02 R1

Atkins Ready to Drink, 4 ct./11 oz 2/$10
$1.50/2 cpn 01-02 S1

Kelloggs Cereal: Special K varieties 2/$5
$1/2 cpn 01-02 R1
70/1 printable cpn (cinnamon pecan only)


NON-GROCERY DEALS:

Meijer Glucosamine Supplements, 40 - 240 ct ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Meijer Cough Drops, 27-40 ct ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap, 20 oz. Assorted varieties. 2/$4
$2/2 cpn 01-02 S1

Nature Made Vitamins and Supplements ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!
$1/1 or $2/1 or $3/1 or $5/1 cpns 01-02 S1
various printable coupons (registering required)

Pantene Pro-V Shampoo or Conditioner, 8.5-13.5 oz. $3.49
$3/2 cpn 12-26 PG

Crest Toothpaste, 6.4oz 3/$5
75/1 cpn 12-26 PG

Colgate Cavity Protection, Baking Soda & Peroxide, Sparkling White or Triple Action Toothpaste, 4.6oz $1.00
50/1 cpn 01-02 S1


***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here.  IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Meijer 10 For $10 Get 11th Item Free Sale (1/2-1/8)




Here is a complete list of the items included in the 10 for $10 Get the 11th Item FREE! Mix or Match Sale! This list covers the West Michigan area Meijer stores. If I missed any coupons for the following items, let me know and I will add them to the list. 


Vegetables: Carrots or Yellow Onions, 3 lb. bag or Homegrown Round White Potatoes 5 lb. bag.

Greenhouse Cucumbers or Living Lettuce, 7oz

Dole Iceberg Salad, 12 oz. bag

Markets of Meijer Sliced White or Minibella Mushrooms, 8oz pkg

Nature Sweet Cherry Cocktail Tomatoes, 12oz pkg

Mangos or Extra Large Avocados, each

Bushs Best Variety Beans, 15-16 oz. can Select varieties

Soft 'N Good Family White Bread, 22oz

Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides, 4-5.7 oz. pkg. Select varieties.

7 UP, Diet 7-Up, A&W Root Beer or Sunkist 67.6 oz. bottle. All varieties.

Meijer Popcorn 3 ct. box. Select varieties.

Meijer Fruit Snacks, 5.4 oz. box. All varieties.

Barilla Pasta, 12-16 oz. box, Whole Grain 13.25 oz. or Piccolini 16 oz. Select varieties.

Old El Paso Taco Shells 10-18 ct./4.6-7.4 oz. or Refried Beans 16 oz. Select varieties

Pepsi Products: 2L btls

Quaker Rice Cakes, 3-3.5 oz. Select varieties.
$1/2 printable cpn

Theatre Box Candy, King Size Candy Bar, or Russell Stover Sugar Free Candy

American Farmhouse Mini Cheese Chunks 3 oz.

Meijer Fruit in Juice or Syrup 14.5-15.25 oz can Select varieties.

Carando or Eckrich Sliced Lunchmeat, 3-8 oz. pkg.

Dole Pineapple, Tropical Fruit Salad 15.25 oz. or Mandarin Oranges 15 oz. Select varieties.

Aunt Millie's English Muffins, 6 ct./12 oz. pkg. Select varieties

Aunt Millie's Family Style Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns , 8 ct./12.5 oz. pkg.

Kraft Easy Mac Cups, 2.05 oz., or Macaroni & Cheese Whole grain 6 oz. or shapes 5.5 oz. box or Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cup 2.19-2.44 oz. Select varieties

Coca Cola 2L btls All Varieties

Meijer Saltines, 15-16 oz

Eckrich Meat Franks, Bologna or Salami, 16 oz. pkg. All varieties

Banquet Brown 'n Serve Breakfast Links 7 oz. Frozen. Assorted varieties.

Armour LunchMakers or Pepperoni, 2.6-3.3 oz. pkg. All varieties

Bumble Bee Products, 2.5oz pouch - 5oz cans, includes 3.5oz Salad Kits, select varieties

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, 6.6 oz. Select varieties

Betty Crocker Family Brownies 18.3-20.5 oz. Select varieties

Jenos Crisp n Tasty Pizza 6.8-7 oz

Meijer Pretzels, 10-15 oz., Cheese Treats 9-10 oz. or Pork Rinds 5 oz. Select varieties.

Meijer Vegetable Steamers 12 oz.

Meijer Sour Cream, 16 oz. container. All varieties

Marzetti Croutons Assorted varieties.

Homestyle Recipes Dog Food 12.75 oz can

Renuzit Adjustables, 7.5 oz. Assorted varieties.

Meijer Essentials Paper Towels , 1 big roll

Meijer 9 inch foam plates, 50ct

Meijer 5pk Soft White Light Bulbs

Aunt Jemima Breakfast Entrées, 5.2-6.8 oz. Assorted varieties.
$1/2 printable cpn

Michelinas Budget or Lean Gourmet Entrees, 4-10.25 oz
$1/5 printable cpn

Del Monte All Natural Fruit Cups 7 oz All varieties
$1/3 cpn 11-07 RP
$1/3 printable cpn (registering required)

Old Orchard Frozen Juice Concentrate, 12 oz, select varieties
$1/4 printable cpn

Totinos Pizza Rolls, 15 ct./7.5 oz.
50/2 printable cpn
$1/2 printable cpn
40/2 printable cpn
40/2 printable cpn
$1/2 printable cpn

Red Gold Tomatoes, 14.5 oz. can. Select varieties.
75/3 printable cpn(registering required)

Hunts Spaghetti Sauce, 26-26.5 oz. can. Select varieties
$1/5 Mealbox cpn

Campbells Select Harvest Soup, 18.6-19 oz. can
$1/2 printable cpn

Campbells Kids' Soup, 10.5-11 oz. Select varieties.
$1/3 printable cpn

Betty Crocker Cake Mix, 18-18.5 oz
11-14 GM (cpn is for BOTH Cake Mix and Frosting)
$1/2 printable cpn(buy BOTH frosting and cake mix)
$1/2 printable cpn(buy BOTH frosting and cake mix)

Campbells Condensed Soup, 10.5-11 oz. Select varieties.
40/3 cpn 12-12 S
$1/4 printable cpn

Hunts Snack Pack Pudding or Gels, 14 oz. All varieties.
60/3 cpn 01-02 S1

Betty Crocker Helpers, 4.3-7.5 oz
75/3 cpn 01-02 GM

Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits, 12-16.3 oz. tube. All varieties including Golden Layers
30/2 cpn 01-02 GM
$1/2 printable cpn
30/2 printable cpn
30/2 printable cpn
$1/2 printable cpn

Green Giant Vegetables, 7-10oz
$1/5 cpn 01-02 GM
60/3 printable cpn

Chef Boyardee Pasta with Meat, 14.75-15 oz. can or 7.5 oz. microwaveable. Select varieties.
35/3 cpn 01-02 S1


***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here.  IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering


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