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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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Guest Post from Christy Jordan of Southern Plate.com:


I almost didn’t bring this to you at all because it is so embarrassingly easy. I’m giving away my secrets here! But after a busy day at school and chauffeuring around kids to appointments, you just might need to call upon this dish. It is also extremely economical. Using a sale I found out about on Southern Savers, I picked up these two boxes of scalloped potatoes when they were buy one get one free. I had two coupons for .40 cents off a single box, which Publix doubled to make it .80 off each box. Considering the price was 1.59 with buy one get one free, I actually made a penny by purchasing these. I used up the leftover ham from a dinner and that puts my out of pocket costs at whatever the little bit of milk and two tablespoons of margarine ran me.

I apologize for springing math on ya like that. Believe me, its something I try to avoid!

Embarrassingly Easy Ham and Potato Casserole

  • 1-2 Boxes Scalloped or Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Leftover ham
  • Ingredients called for on box (typically milk, water, and a bit of margarine or butter)

Prepare potatoes according to package directions, place in casserole dish. Stir in ham. Bake according to package directions.

1 Box potatoes yields 8×8 casserole

2 Boxes yield 9×13 casserole

Can add green beans or peas to make this a more complete meal!

For a delicious and economical dessert, try my mother’s Chocolate Cobbler recipe!

Visit SouthernPlate.com for a complete tutorial, including photos of every step!


My mother was known for her cooking. Regardless of what meal you sat down at, anyone at Mama’s table was assured of getting a delicious and filling meal on any given day. While that may not be surprising, the fact that she fed five of us plus additional guests at nearly every meal on a very tight grocery budget leaves my head spinning at how she managed to put all of that wonderful food on the table!

Like most of us, though, she used a lot of ground beef. There is no telling how much I ate growing up! But we never grew tired of it, thanks to her ingenuity. Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my personal favorite ground beef recipes that I hope will please your family every bit as much as they please mine.

I’m excited to be able to give you this free e-cookbook of ground beef recipes from SouthernPlate.com. Simply click on the link below to download the printer friendly cookbook!

I’m so grateful to Jenny for all of the hard work that goes into Southern Savers. I’ve saved countless dollars thanks to her efforts. Thank you, Jenny, for enabling me to feed my family better meals while spending a lot less money.


Christy Jordan of SouthernPlate.com

Click here to download your free e-cookbook of ground beef recipes!

    • misti

      southernplate.com is THE best cooking site I’ve ever seen! thanks to Christy I can now successfully make GRAVY! yep, gravy. milk gravy to be exact. I did it the very first try using her directions and my husband was amazed. Two of his new favorite dishes are from her site-Southern Steak with milk gravy and fried chicken planks..YUMM!

    • Christy, Thank you so much for these great hamburger receipies.. (cant spell tonight).. I am downloading as I type!

      TIP FOR DOWNLOADING: if you want to save the book to your computer rather than opening it on the site, simply ‘right click’ (not left as we are use to)on the link and press ‘save target as’. Then save it to where you can find it! HTH! :0)
      Thanks Jennie for sharing your blog and all the deals each week!

    • Cindy

      Thank you for the free recipes. I haven’t had sloppy joes in a long time. I just bought all the ingredients, so I think I’ll give your recipe a try this weekend.

    • Dianne

      I stumbled onto your site a few weeks ago while searching for a corn casserole recipe. I love your family stories and your wonderful sense of humor. The dish was a hit, and I will be trying more of your recipes (starting with the crock pot lasagna you shared here) and getting grins in the process. From one southern gal to another, thank yewwwwwww!

    • Thanks for all the great recipes. I ate mostly ground beef growing up too! It is so versatile and cheaper than many other meats. Thanks for the free recipes!

    • Can I just say that I am personally very fond of cooking things that have “Embarassingly Easy” in the title? BIG FAN. Thanks Christy!!

    • Alicia

      I make this same casserole with smoked sausage instead of ham. It always gets rave reviews. Also, I try to use the julienne boxed potatoes.

    • Oh my goodness!! Thank you!!! ~blushes and can’t stop smiling~

      Thank you all so much!!!!!!

      BIG FAN of all of you and your kindness!!! I so appreciate you commenting. Another great big thanks to Jenny! You’ve helped us so much, Jenny and I really appreciate you letting me share your wonderful audience!

      Christy Jordan of SouthernPlate