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Mel Says, “Save Me The Money!” Christmas Week

dec 22 119

I was bored with the same old shopping trips this week.  I decided to give myself a challenge.  If I was just starting my coupon adventures, had no stockpile, how little could I spend on Christmas dinner and brunch for my family of four?  I decided to set a goal of $20.  (Pretty generous for avid couponers, pretty low for newbies) I am usually a “make it from scratch” kind of girl, so I felt kind of bad buying pre-made pie, whipped cream, potatoes, and rolls.  But, you know what?  I feel kind of happy that I won’t be in the kitchen all day for two days!  The only stockpile items I used were butter, mustard and salt (which I figure most people have)  Here is how I did:

Fred Meyer

Buy King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls – $2.50
Use $1/1 Kings Hawaiian Round Bread or Kings Hawaiian Dinner Rolls, exp. 2/9/13 (RP 12/09/12 R)
Final Price: $1.50

Fred Meyer Frozen Green Beans – $0.79
Use in-ad coupon, limit 4
Final Price: $.79

Buy Pillsbury Grands Sweet Rolls, $1.29 (clearance)
Pillsbury Grands Sweet Rolls, any – 12-09-12 SS
Final Price: $.79

Buy 3 Idahoan Potato Packets $1.00
Use $1/3 Idahoan Mashed Potatoes printable
Final Price: 3/$2

Buy Kroger Shredded Cheese, $1.50
w/in-ad coupon
Final Price: $1.50

Nestle Hot Cocoa, $1

Sparkling Cider, $2.50

Albertsons

Buy (2) Marie Callender’s Dessert Pie – $5.00 ea*
Use (2) $0.75/1 Marie Callenders Dessert Pie (SS 11/11/12 )
Buy Reddi-Wip, $2.50
Use $.25/1 Reddi_Wip
Stack with: 1 FREE Reddi-Wip wyb 2 Marie Callender’s Pies w/in-ad coupon
Final Price: $8.25 for all 3

6.23 lb Albertsons Shank Portion Smoked Ham *$.99/lb
Final Price: $6.17
Used $4 off next purchase catalina

Walgreens

Buy (2) Nice! Dozen Eggs, 2/$3
Use $0.55 off Incredible Egg Cartons printable

Total Spent For Christmas Even dinner and Christmas brunch including 6% sales tax: $18.51*

*only used 1 pie, subtracted $4.25
*had to make a $25 purchase to get $.99/lb and use $4 catalina, so we picked up some items for work to make up the difference. One might consider this cheating…
* Only used 1 doz eggs, subtracted $1.22

Dinner:
Ham
Green Beans
Rolls, butter
Mashed Potatoes
Apple Pie
Whipped Cream
Sparkling Cider
(want the real thing? Albertsons has a great deal on Cooks champagne.
20% off wyb6 @ $4.99!)

Breakfast:
Ham and Cheese Omelet Roll (recipe below)
Cinnamon Rolls
Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream

Recipe for Ham and Cheese Omelet Roll

1/4 tsp salt
12 eggs
8 oz ham, finely chopped (1 1/2 cups)
8 oz cheddar or Swiss cheese, shredded
2.5 Tbls Dijon mustard

1. In Large bowl, whisk your eggs and add the salt. Add ½ c of cheese; mix well.

3. Cut an 18 inch long piece of parchment paper. Press into bottom and up sides of jelly roll pan (with edges) To prevent egg mixture from running under parchment paper, pinch corners. Pour egg mixture into pan. Bake 28-33 minutes or until omelet is puffy and golden.

4. Meanwhile, finely chop your ham.

5. Remove omelet from oven. Spread with Dijon mustard. Sprinkle with about 3/4 of the remaining cheese. Add the ham. Starting at one short side, roll up jelly-roll fashion, removing parchment paper as you roll. Garnish top with remaining cheese. Let stand 5 minutes to allow cheese to melt. Slice roll into 8 slices using a serrated knife.

Makes 8 servings.