Smoothies for Breakfast: The Best $16 I Ever Spent

I have become obsessed with frozen fruit and greek yogurt. I know, it’s a strange obsession, but it really is true. In early January I purchased a single-serve blender in hopes that I would be the answer to making sure that I get a fairly healthy breakfast in the morning. Let me tell you, after the coffee pot and my slow cooker, this single-serve blender is the most used appliance in my kitchen.

Mornings in my house are hectic, no matter how organized I am. I never know what kind of temperament my daughter will wake up with, and on the days when she is grumpy it’s just crazy in my house. So I knew that I wanted a single-serve blender that I could take with me and that would be super-easy to blend and run. Rushing out of the house in the mornings to drop my daughter at daycare and then off on my 75-minute commute, it’s just easier if I have something convenient to take with me.

While I haven’t been working in my office lately (a horrible car accident has me working from home) I have still been making my smoothies each morning. I even give my daughter a little bit of it in her sippy cup – she loves feeling like an even bigger girl with a smoothie like Mommy’s.

I picked the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender With Travel Lid from Walmart for $15.88. At first I was a little weary about this because of the inexpensive price (I thought it would be cheaply made), but this little blender has yet to fail me. It crushes up frozen fruit like nobody’s business! I haven’t used ice in it yet, but I don’t foresee it being a problem. In all seriousness, if you are in the market for a single-serve blender, this is the one you should buy. I’m considering purchasing a second one to keep in my office for when I go back to work so that I can make smoothies while I’m at work!

Here are a few of my favorite smoothie combinations:

  • 1/2 bag Frozen Pitted Cherries
  • 8 oz. Mott’s 40% less sugar apple juice
  • 1 container Athenos Greek Yogurt with Honey
  • scoop of protein powder (if after workout – optional)
  • Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild smoothie mix
  • 8 oz. Mott’s 40% less sugar apple juice
  • scoop of protein powder (if after workout – optional)
  • Yoplait smoothie mix
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • scoop of protein powder (if after workout – optional)

Do you have any smoothie combinations you love?

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Meal Planning 1/31 – 2/6/11

I didn’t want you to think that I forgot about my meal planning for this week. Here are the dinners that are on my meal planning worksheet this week.

Monday: Ground Chicken Tacos with Black Beans and Rice
Tuesday: Spiral Cut Glazed Ham with Scalloped Potatoes and Green Beans
Wednesday: Brown Sugar Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Peas
Thursday: Green Chile & Black Bean Quesadillas
Friday:
Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
Saturday: Slow Cooker Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Sunday: Tangy Pineapple Meatballs

I know it seems like I’m making two big meals in the middle of the week (the ham and the meatloaf), but my daughter turns the big #2 this on Wednesday and we are expecting company. My father-in-law’s favorite meal is my Brown Sugar Meatloaf, so it is a must have when he comes over.

The ham is because it’s on sale at Price Chopper this week and I have been wanting to make a big ham dinner. What better time than a ginormous snow storm?!

What are you making for dinner this week?

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Tangy Pineapple Meatballs

When I was a little girl my Daddy (yes, even at almost 30 my Dad is still Daddy to me) would make these amazing meatballs for all of our family parties. I still cannot make them like him, but I’ve managed to make my own 3-ingredient meatballs that my family loves.

Ingredients:

  • 38 oz. bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 can crushed pineapple – with juice
  • 1 bottle teriyaki marinade/sauce

Instructions:

  1. Pour meatballs in slowcooker, top with crushed pineapple and teriyaki sauce.
  2. Let cook for 6-8 hours.
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Recipe: Green Chile & Black Bean Quesadillas

Super simple and very yummy recipe. It’s meatless, so if your other half doesn’t believe dinner is really dinner unless there is meat involved, you can always add some chicken.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced green chiles (small can)
  • 1 can chopped black olives (small can)
  • 1 small white onion (minced)
  • 1 2/3 cups salsa, divided
  • 10 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mash the beans; add 1 cup salsa, green chiles, black olives, and onion. Place five tortillas on ungreased baking sheets; spread with bean mixture. Sprinkle with cheese; top with the remaining tortillas.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until crisp and heated through. Cut into wedges. Serve with sour cream and remaining salsa.
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Recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

I love making things in my slow cooker. Even more fun when the recipe is super easy, flavorful and my family eats it up!

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (17.5 fluid ounce) bottle buffalo wing sauce, divided
  • 1 package dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing to serve

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken breasts into a slow cooker, and pour in 3/4 of the wing sauce and the ranch dressing mix. Cover, and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours.
  2. Once the chicken has cooked, add the butter, and shred the meat finely with two forks. Pile the meat onto the hoagie rolls, and splash with the remaining buffalo wing sauce and ranch/blue cheese dressing to serve.
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Target Weekly Deals and Coupon Match Ups for 1/30 – 2/5/11

Here are the best grocery deals at Target for this week.

Don’t forget to review Target’s Coupon Policy before you shop. You may even want to print a copy to take with you as they tend to be finicky sometimes about what they will and won’t accept.Remember to use my FREE Resources and print out a shopping list and meal planning worksheet so you save time and money when you shop this week!

DiGiorno Frozen Pizza (12″), $3.99
Kraft cheese, shredded or block, $2
– use $1/2 Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/28/2011)
– use $0.75/1 Kraft Shredded or Block Cheese TARGET coupon 12/28/2010 Target.com (exp 2/15/2011)
Nabisco Wheat Thins, $2

– use $1/2 Nabisco Crackers 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $1/2 Nabisco Crackers TARGET coupon 1/24/2011 Target.com (exp 2/28/2011)
T.G.I. Friday’s Frozen Snacks, $2.75

Totino’s Pizza Rolls
– use $1/1 Anytizer, Tyson, Totinos Pizza Rolls or Farm Rich Appetizer
Special K Bars, $2.50

– use
Smart Ones frozen meals, $2.25
– use $2/8 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
– use $3/10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
– use $4/10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
– use $5/12 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
Yoplait Yogurt, 10/$10.50
– use $0.50/10 Yoplait Yogurt Cups TARGET coupon 1/4/2011 Target.com (exp 2/19/2011)
– use $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups
Tyson Chicken Strips
– use $1/1 Tyson Bagged Breaded Chicken Strips 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
– use $1/1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Srips 1/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)

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Walmart Weekly Deals and Coupon Match Ups for 1/30 – 2/5/11

Here are the best grocery deals I see this week at Walmart.

You can view your local Walmart ad by entering your zip code here.

Don’t forget to review the Walmart Coupon Policy before shopping. You might even want to print the policy to take with you in case you run into any problems.

Remember to use my FREE Resources and print out a shopping list and meal planning worksheet so you save time and money when you shop this week!

Farm Rich Appetizers, $4.98
– use $1/1 Anytizer, Tyson, Totinos Pizza Rolls or Farm Rich Appetizer
Totino’s Pizza Rolls, $5.98
– use $1/1 Anytizer, Tyson, Totinos Pizza Rolls or Farm Rich Appetizer
DiGiorno Pizza, $3.98

Rotel Diced Tomatoes, $0.88
– use $0.30/1 Rotel Diced Tomatoes 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/13/2011)
– use B3G1 Rotel 12/22/2010 All You Jan 2011 (exp 3/1/2011)
Cheez-it Crackers, $2.50
– use $1/2 Keebler Crackers or Sunshine Cheez-its 1/30/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/27/2011)
Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
– use $0.55/1 Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
Tyson 100% All-Natural Crispy Strips, $6.98
– use $1/1 Tyson Bagged Breaded Chicken Strips 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
– use $1/1 Tyson Frozen Chicken Srips 1/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
Hormel Party Tray, $10
– use $2/1 Hormel Party Tray
Kraft Shredded Cheese, $2

– use $1/2 Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/28/2011)
Egg Beaters Egg Substitute, $2.28

– use $0.35/1 Egg Beaters 1/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/28/2011)
– use $1/2 Egg Beaters 12/22/2010 All You Jan 2011 (exp 3/27/2011)
Jimmy Dean Sausage, $2.98
– use $1/2 Jimmy Dean Sausage Rolls 1/30/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/17/2011)
Weight Watchers Smart Ones, $1.98
– use $2/8 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
– use $3/10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
– use $4/10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
– use $5/12 Weight Watchers Smart Ones Products
Redi-Wip, $1.98
– use $0.50/1 Reddi-Wip
– use $1/2 Reddi-wip 12/22/2010 All You Jan 2011 (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $0.50/1 Reddi-Wip
Advil, $7.76
– use $1/1 Advil 1/30/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $2/1 Advil 12/12/2010 RP Insert (exp 2/5/2011)
– use $1/1 Advil printable
Aleve, $10
– use $2/1 Aleve 1/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $2/1 Aleve Product
– use $2/1 Aleve Product
DayQuil or NyQuil, $4.97

– use $1.50/1 Dayquil Product 1/16/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/28/2011)
– use $1/1 Dayquil Product 1/16/2011 P&G Insert (exp 2/28/2011)
– use $1.50/1 Vicks NyQuil Product 1/30/2011 PG Insert (exp 2/28/2011)
– use $1.50/1 Nyquil Product 1/16/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/28/2011)
– use $1/1 Nyquil Product 1/16/2011 P&G Insert (exp 2/28/2011)

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Weekly Deals for Aldi 1/30 – 2/5/11

Here are the fabulous grocery deals at Aldi this week.

Please remember that the start date for your Aldi deals may differ from the start of the New York deals. See the map below:

Remember to use my FREE Resources and print out a shopping list and meal planning worksheet so you save time and money when you shop this week!

  • All Natural 80/20 Ground Beef, $2.39/lb
  • Clancy’s Pita Chips, $1.69
  • Clancy’s Cheese Dip, $1.99
  • Casa Mamita Taquitos, $4.29
  • Mama Cozzi Pizza Snacks, $2.49
  • Kirkwood Chicken Wings (4 lbs), $6.99
  • Kirkwood Chicken Breast Bites (24 oz), $4.99
  • Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen 16″ Pepperoni Deli Pizza, $6.49
  • Clancy’s Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips, $1.19
  • Casa Mamita Salsa, $1.69
  • Happy Farms Cheese Blocks, $1.79
  • Savoritz Snack Crackers, $1.39
  • Celery, $0.89
  • Broccoli (per 16-oz pk), $1.39
  • Cauliflower, $1.89
  • Grape Tomatoes (per 10-oz pk), $0.99
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NEW Price Chopper Facebook Coupons 1/30 – 2/5/11

Here are the latest Facebook coupons from Price Chopper:

  • Clorox Bleach, $1 with coupon (stack this with the $1/1 coupon from the P&G brandsaver and get it for FREE) (exp 2/1/11)
  • Price Chopper Cream Cheese, $0.88 with coupon (exp 2/5/11)
  • Central Markets Chunk Chicken, $0.88 with coupon (exp 2/5/11)
  • Price Chopper Hot Sauce, $0.88 with coupon (exp 2/5/11)
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Hannaford Weekly Deals and Coupon Match Ups for 1/30/11 – 2/5/11

Here are the best deals I see at Hannaford this week.

You can view this week’s online flyer here. You’ll also want to review the Hannaford Coupon Acceptance Policy before heading to your local store.

Please keep in mind that these advertisements vary by region, therefore product prices and deals may not be the same in your circular as they are in mine.

Have you ordered your myHannaford stickers yet? Read my post here for my view on the myHannaford number and stickers.

There is another opportunity to save money from Hannaford. Save $2 (on your next shopping trip) when you buy Any 3 Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, or LARABAR (5 ct boxes) products in a single shopping visit between 1/1/11 and 2/28/11. Plus you can enter for a chance to win a $100 Hannaford Gift Card. This is an awesome deal, especially when you factor in the printable coupon good for $1/2 Muir Glen Products.

There are also some fabulous printable coupons on the Hannaford Website, so be sure to pick those up as well! Here are a few of my favorites:

  • $1/1 Taste of Inspiration item
  • $1/1 Philadelphia Cooking Cremes
  • $0.50/1 bag of Indiana Popcorn
  • $1.50/1 bag of New England Coffee
  • $1/1 purchase of PJ’s Organics burritos or meals
  • $2 OFF any purchase of $2 or more from the Seafood Department
  • $0.50/1 32 oz bottle of Lifeway Kefir
  • $2/1Mama Lucia Meatballs
  • $2 OFF any purchase of $2 or more from the Seafood Department
  • $3 OFF when you purchase both Digiorno and Snapple products
  • B1G1 Mario’s Pasta sauce, any flavor
  • $1/1 Anytizer, Tyson, Totinos Pizza Rolls or Farm Rich Appetizer
  • $1/1 Bigelow Herb Plus

There are also some great U-Promise coupons out there that you can link to your myHannaford stickers and save when you shop. Here are a few of my favorite U-Promise coupons:

  • $0.75/1 Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Sandwiches 10oz
  • $1/1 Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Lunch Packs

There are even more printable coupons that can be found on the following sites:

Remember to use my FREE Resources and print out a shopping list and meal planning worksheet so you save time and money when you shop this week!

Page 1
Hannaford 80% Lean Ground Beef, $1.99/lb
Homestyle Roasting Chicken, $0.99/lb
Navel Oranges (10-ct. bag), $3.99
Land O Lakes American Cheese, $3.99/lb
Nabisco Snack Crackers, $1.99
DiGiorno Pizza (excludes stuffed crust and deep dish), $4.49
– use $3 OFF when you purchase both Digiorno and Snapple products printable
Hannaford Stick Cheese, 2/$4

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Hannaford Extra Virgin Olive Oil (17 oz.), $4.99
Colgate Toothpaste, $1.99
– use $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
Halls Cough Drops (30 – 40 ct.), $1.59
– use $0.50/1 Halls Cough Drops 1/21/2011 All You Feb 2011 (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $1/2 Halls Cough Drops 1/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/5/2011)
Irish Spring Body Wash, $3.49
– use $1/2 Irish Spring Body Wash or (2) Bar Multipack 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
Q-tips Swabs, $3.99
– use $0.30/1 Q-tips Cotton Swab Product 1/30/2011 RP Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
Popchips Potato Chips, 2/$5

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Mangos, $0.99
Lemons, $0.49
Kiwi, $0.33
Asparagus, $2.49/lb
Fresh Express Assorted Salad Blends, $2.49
– use $0.55/1 Fresh Express Blend Salads
Hannaford Baby Peeled Carrots (2 lb. bag), $1.99
Rainbow Pepper Pack, $2.99
Marzetti Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dips, $2.99
– use $1/1 Marzetti Otria Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip

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Starkist Chunk White Tuna, $1
Betty Crocker Flavored Mashed Potatoes, $1.59
– use $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes 12/5/2010 GM Insert (exp 1/29/2011)
– use $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes
Pepperidge Farm Soft-Baked Cookies, 2/$5
– use $0.55/1 Pepperidge Farm Cookies
– use $1/1 Pepperidge Farm Cookies
Snyder’s Pretzels, 2/$5
– use $1/2 Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels 1/16/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $1.50/3 Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels 1/16/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $0.50/1 Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels, 16 oz or 20 oz (exp 1/31/2011)
Hannaford Mustard, $1.19
Angel Soft 24 roll Bath Tissue, $5.49
– use $0.50/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue 11/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 2/14/2011)
– use $1/2 Angel Soft Bath Tissue 11/14/2010 RP Insert (exp 2/14/2011)
Hannaford Canned Vegetables (select varieties), 2/$1
Hannaford Cake Mix, $0.89

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T.G.I. Friday’s Appetizers, $4.79
Taste of Inspirations Mini Cocktail Franks in a Puff Pastry, $3.99
– use $1/1 Taste of Inspiration item
Hannaford Waffles, $1.55
Hannaford Elbow Macaroni, $0.89
Lucky Charms Cereal, $2.99
– use $1/2 General Mills Cereals 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/12/2011)
– use $1/3 General Mills Cereals 1/2/2011 GM Insert (exp 2/12/2011)
– use $1/2 General Mills Cereals
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, $2.59
Hannaford Frosted Flakes Cereal, $1.99

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Hannaford Yogurt, $0.45
Hannaford Buttermilk Biscuits, $0.45
Heluva Good! Dips, $1.99
– use $0.75/1 Heluva Good Sour Cream Dip 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $1/1 Heluva Good Sour Cream Dip
Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies, $2.89
– use $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough 12/12/2010 SS Insert (exp 3/5/2011)
– use $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough 1/2/2011 GM Insert (exp 3/26/2011)
– use $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough 12/5/2010 GM Insert (exp 2/26/2011)
– use $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
– use $1/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
Reddi-wip Real Whipped Cream, $2.79
– use $0.50/1 Reddi-Wip
– use $1/2 Reddi-wip 12/22/2010 All You Jan 2011 (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $0.50/1 Reddi-Wip
Taste of Inspirations Crab Cake, $0.99
– use $2 OFF any purchase of $2 or more from the Seafood Department

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Old Neighborhood Roast Beef, $6.99/lb
BelGioioso Slicing Provolone, $5.99
Tribe Hummus, $3.79
– use $2/1 Tribe Origins Hummus
Galbani Fresh Mozzarella Medallions or Fresh Mozzarella Cillegini Cups, $3.49

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Hannaford Whole Young chicken, $0.99
Hannaford Boneless Sirloin Tips, $4.99
Al Fresco chicken sausage, $3.99
– use $2/1 Al Fresco Chicken Sausage
Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies, $3.99
– use $0.55/1 Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies
Jumbo Chicken Wings, $1.79/lb

Football Frenzy Insert Page 1
Kraft Salad Dressing, $2
Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, $1.99
– use $0.50/1 Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
– use $0.50/1 Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, $4.29
– use $0.40/2 Hellmann’s Product 1/30/2011 RP Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
Football Frenzy Insert Page 2
Nabisco Ritz Crackers, $2.99
Sunshine Cheez-it Crackers, $2.79
– use $1/2 boxes of Cheez-Its 13.7oz or larger
Hormel Pillow Pack Pepperoni, $3.29
– use $1/2 Hormel Pepperoni 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/20/2011)
Farm Rich Snacks, $5.99
– use $1/1 Anytizer, Tyson, Totinos Pizza Rolls or Farm Rich Appetizer
Popcorn Indiana Popcorn, $3.49
– use $0.50/1 Popcorn Indiana Popcorn
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, $2.19
– use $1/2 Hershey’s Syrup

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Tyson Any’tizers Chicken, $6.49
– use $1/1 Anytizer, Tyson, Totinos Pizza Rolls or Farm Rich Appetizer
Totino’s Pizza Rolls, $3.89
– use $1/1 Anytizer, Tyson, Totinos Pizza Rolls or Farm Rich Appetizer
Hormel chili With Beans
– use $0.75/2 Hormel Chili with Beans printable
– use $1.50/3 Hormel Products 1/21/2011 All You Feb 2011 (exp 4/18/2011)
Macaroni Grill Dinners, $7.09
– use $1.50/1 Romano’s Macaroni Grill Frozen Entree 1/2/2011 GM Insert (exp 2/26/2011)
Wanchai Frozen Meals, $6.99
– use $1.50/1 Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrée
– use $1.50/1 Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrée
Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Creme, $2.99
– use $1/1 Philadelphia Cooking Cremes
Campbell’s Chunky Soup, 2/$3
– use $1/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soup Chili Cans or Bowls 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/6/2011)
A1 Steak Sauce, $3.99
– use $1/1 A-1 Steak Sauce printable
Pillsbury Pizza Crust, $2.65
– use $0.40/2 Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/16/2011)
Mama Lucia Meatballs, $5.99
– use $2/1 Mama Lucia Meatballs printable

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Honest Tea, $1.29
– use $0.50/1 Honest Tea or Honest Ade
Bounty Huge Roll Paper Towels, $5.99
– use $0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins 1/30/2011 PG Insert (exp 2/28/2011)

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