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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Can you make "new to you" recipes using only the items you have in your pantry stockpile that you bought couponing?

Do you menu plan?  Many folks view menu planning as a way to cut the grocery budget, and in many ways it can help.  Once you’ve followed the couponing plan for a bit though, you don’t really need to menu plan to help save money.  After following the 6 week sale cycles and buying enough of what’s on sale to get you through the 6 weeks until it is on sale again, you pantry soon becomes the grocery store.  You don’t need to keep your menu’s tied to the weekly ad focusing only on what’s on sale this week.  If you want to continue planning out meals go for it, but now the sky’s the limit on what you can fix.  Really at this point you are creating a plan only to save time during the week, not to save money.

I have a challenge for you.  I want you to put your stockpiling skills to the test.  Let’s see if you can make 5 new-to-you meals without having to head to the store for anything!

I’m joining you in this challenge… so here’s how my stockpile holds up.  To make this more fun I had friends recommend all the meals so that I couldn’t cheat and pick things I knew we had.

Monday Dinner
Grilled Salmon with Snow Peas and Rice

Ingredients:
Salmon 2 lbs
Soy Sauce
Brown Sugar
Vegetable Oil
Snow Peas
Rice (I have at least 50 lbs we eat it so often)

 Tip: Get stocked on frozen veggies when they are BOGO with coupons.  You never have to think about your veggie or spend much time on it!

 Tuesday Dinner
Easy Chicken Enchiladas with Corn

Ingredients:
Cream Cheese
Salsa
Chicken Breast
Pinto Beans
Corn Tortillas (this is how we make it gluten free)
Shredded Cheese
Corn

 Tip: I grab cream cheese and freeze it when it’s at it’s best price.  We also use mostly dried beans, 1 bag of dried beans equals 3.5 cans and is much cheaper.

 Wednesday Dinner
Grilled Gluten Free Pizza

Ingredients:
Gluten Free Flour, Xantham Gum, Yeast
Olive Oil
Tomato Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Toppings to your liking (any free veggies you have or meats)

If you are not gluten free, making your own pizza dough is even easier.  You just need flour and yeast.

Thursday Dinner
Chicken & Feta Cheese Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:
Ground Chicken Breasts
Feta Cheese Crumbles
Lettuce, Tomatoes
Hamburger Buns
Alexia Sweet Potato Fries

 Tip: My husband will skip the bun and it’s now gluten-free for him.  I have the Alexia fries from an awesome Publix deal a month or so ago.  (I love having an extra freezer).  I don’t buy ground chicken, so take raw chicken breast and grind it yourself using a food processor.

Friday Dinner
Black Beans and Pork Chops with Rice

Ingredients:
Pork Chops
Black Beans
Salsa
Rice

 This looks super simple, again my plan is to use dried beans instead of canned and to skip the cilantro (my husband doesn’t like it).

The Verdict:
I can actually make everything here without a trip to the store!  We don’t eat difficult meals, and these all actually have me pretty excited.  As for our meats, we buy most in bulk and freeze it.  So meal wise I have every meat we would ever care to eat.  This week doesn’t include a lot of “fresh” produce, but in our house frozen is just as good!

Now it’s your turn.

Either take my 5 meals here or spend a little bit of time searching for 5 new recipes and see how you do.

How did your stock pile hold up?

    • Donna

      Shoot – this is going to be tough doing a ‘new to you’ menu because my guys are pains in the butt but (no pun intended) I could do 5 with what I have but I will take the challenge and let you all know how I do. Thanks, Jenny – this will be fun and they can like it or eat Cheerios.

    • debby

      I can actually do ALL of those dinners from what i have right now! And, none of those are my go-to’s. I’ll put a quick list together tonight during your on-line, and get back to you on it.

    • debby

      Monday – Tacos / Taco Salad – $7/4 people (and I don’t use a whole jar of salsa)
      Birdseye Recipe Ready – Mexicali blend (fiesta blend?) ($0)
      1 lb. Taco meat (ground beef, assorted spices, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, salt & pepper) ($2.49)
      Shredded cheese ($1.20)/8 oz
      Salsa ($1.29/20 oz)
      Tortillas OR a bag of salad $0.89
      Sour cream $1/16 oz

      Tuesday – Chicken Breast w/Rice & Veggies – $3/4 people
      Bone-In Chicken Breast ($0.99/lb) – 3 lbs MAX – cook then pull the
      chicken off the bone. I keep this already pulled and shredded or chunked in my freezer
      Rice (cooked w/chicken stock & spices) – ($0)
      Birdseye Recipe Ready – Broccoli Blend ($0)

      Wednesday – Macaroni & Cheese – $8/6-8ppl
      Brown Rice Pasta ($1.99/lb) – 1 lb
      Cheddar Cheese ($1.20/8 oz, $4.80) I use 2 pounds (yes we love cheese)
      Rice Milk – ($0.99)
      Broccoli & Cauliflower Blend – ($0.99)

      Thursday – Gluten Free Pizza – $5/2 pizzas 4 adults (teens)
      1 box of gluten free mix – ($2.99), 3 eggs, milk, olive oil
      Pepperoni ($0.50) 3.5 oz package
      Mozarella Cheese ($1.20/8 oz)

      Friday – Pulled Pork $5/4 ppl
      Pulled Pork ($0.99/lb – 2-3lbs)
      Barbecue Sauce ($0.99)
      Green Beans ($0.99)

    • Sarah Wamuhiu

      I have only really been stockpiling for a couple of months. I use Emeals because I hate trying to figure out what to make (LOVE IT). This week I only had to buy fresh produce and a couple of cans items :)

    • Maria J

      I can make everything without a trip to the store too.. I love couponing but one down fall is getting on facebook and seeing some delicious fattening dessert and knowing you have all the ingredients to get up and make it, sorta backfires on you late at night lol

    • alisha

      It would be so nice, to not have to go to the store ever week. I can’t keep that much fruit, or milk, or bread around for 7 people. I even have 2 fridges!! (I need to buy a freezer soon) I do try to have “bare minimum” trips monthly!!

    • MomOf4Blessings

      I wrote about my stockpile recently on my blog, and I linked back to Southern Savers for instruction in couponing. I hope it’s helpful to some of you. I don’t menu plan, either; I just “shop” from my stockpile. :-)

    • Sharleen Jespersen

      I’d love to hear from folks in Florida. When we moved here we donated our extra freezer to our local food pantry. It didn’t seem to make sense to try to run it in a garage that was going to get very hot in the Summer. There is no place inside for it. How are you justifying the electricity use on a freezer in the garage? I’d love to have one again!

      • MeMe

        Interesting. I’m in Georgia and my garage doesn’t get hot in the summer. Maybe it’s because our attic is so well insulated and we actually have a fan up there. I can’t do without the extra freezer, especially with the deals I’ve found lately.

      • Scottish2004

        I used to live in FL. We had a chest freezer in our garage. If it was not full I would put gallon jugs of water to take up the space and it ran very little. Make sure leave room for water to expand. On days of extreme temps of 100 or more we cracked the garage door on put a fan blowing the air out. Hope this helps.

      • Allie

        I was worried about it when we got ours, but I really did not notice much of a difference on the electricity bill. (chest freezer). We were now offered an extra side-by-side fridge to keep in the garage, and I happily accepted. That might add a bit, but oh, the convenience! It really saves money in the long run between the stock-up sales and fewer trips overall to the store for milk and such.

    • Annette Wilder

      I can do this!! I bought stuff for salad and have frozen fruit I put up last year so our week will be nutritious as well. We need to eat up our fruit and sweet potatoes before we get more. Challenge accepted!

    • Diana Spina Perez

      I just caught up to this. I will begin this challenge on Sunday. I too have a decent stock of frozen veggies but I must have fresh as well. So my only trip will be for fresh produce and that will only consist of fresh spinach, variety of lettuces, cucumbers , tomatoes and fresh fruit that we eat a whole lot of every day. I make mason jar salad for both my husband and I so this is a must… :D