20 Slow Cooker Dump Recipes For Less Than $150



I’m so excited about this new printable offer available, especially because I know it won’t be long before we’re putting together menu plans with school starting soon! Right now you can learn how to make some incredible menu plans from Aldi, all for $150 or less. Here’s what’s being offered right now Lauren at I Am That Lady:


If you don’t have tons of time to clip coupons and menu plan, this is for you. Just print your list, head to your local Aldi, and you’ll have as many as 20 recipes ready to go without much planning on your part. Included in the system are recipe cards, a shopping list, and a calendar to last for one full month. Love that!

Here are just a few of the recipes included in the lists. . .

  • Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
  • Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
  • Slow Cooker Meat Sauce
  • Slow Cooker Ribs
  • And more . . .



You can also just check out the recipes for FREE, even without purchasing the printable packet. But, for $1.97, you’ll get all the printables, grocery shopping list organized by store, and list of pantry items. Go HERE to take a peek, and let me know what you think!
Love shopping Aldi? Don’t miss my list of 20 items you need to buy at Aldi too. 

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14 Back to School Deals You Can’t Miss At Staples This Week


The Staples Back to School deals are hopping again this week, especially if you’re willing to really shop their sales ad! These are the deals that will begin in the new ad tomorrow (7/19/15 – 7/25/15), as well as some of their best deals continuing all season long.


Here are the deals you don’t want to miss:

This week only (limit 5 per customer)

Deal #1 – Staples 3 pack large pink erasers $.25 (GOOD PRICE)

Deal #2 – Staples 1 subject notebooks $.25 (DECENT PRICE – I think these may drop to $.10 later in the season)

Deal #3 – Staples poly cover $.50 (GOOD PRICE)

Deal #4 – Graphing composition notebook $1 (GOOD PRICE – these rarely go on sale and middle & high schoolers often need them)

Deal #5 – Paper Mate Ink Joy Pens 8 pack $1 (GOOD PRICE – regularly $4.79)

Deal #6 – Staples Plastic Pencil Box $1 (DECENT PRICE)

Deal #7 Staples Mini Stapler $1 (DECENT PRICE)

Deal #8 Elmer’s Large Glue Sticks 3 pack $3 (GOOD PRICE – same as Walmart & Target this week and a stock up price as well – these are a great deal and so convenient for small kids!)

Deal #9 Sharpie Clear View 3 Pack Highlighters $3

Deal #10 Crayola Twistables 24 pack $3 (GOOD PRICE) 

Deal #11 Crayola 64 count Crayon Box with built in sharpener $3 (GOOD PRICE)


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Back to School Seasonal Pricing (limit 30 per customer)

Deal #12 – Crayola markers 10 pack 97¢ (GOOD PRICE compare to $.97 at Walmart but may be worth paying extra for washable markers!)

Deal #13 – Crayola colored pencils 12 pack 97¢ (GOOD PRICE compare to $.97 at Walmart)

Deal #14 – Bic pens 10 pack $1 (GOOD PRICE compare to $1.46 at Walmart)

Other deals and how they compare to Walmart: 

  • 2 pocket paper folders 15¢ (same price at Walmart and Target)
  • spiral notebook 25¢ (same price at Walmart and Target)
  • 12″ ruler 35¢ (25¢ at Walmart and 50¢ at Target)
  • index cards 48¢ (same price at Walmart and Target)
  • Crayola 24 pack crayons 50¢ (same price at Walmart)
  • Staples glue 50¢ (same price as Elmer’s at Walmart)
  • composition notebooks 50¢ (same price at Walmart)
  • 12 pack #2 pencils 68¢ (97¢-$1.25 at Walmart and Target)
  • filler paper 75¢
  • Pentel 3 pack erasers 75¢
  • Westcott 5″ kid scissors $1 (2 count kids scissors 97¢ at Walmart)
  • Bic mechanical pencils 5 pack $1 (10 ct $1.46 at Walmart)
  • Bic white out $1


Don’t forget to print your free 2015 Back to School Walmart & Target Stock Up Price Cheat Sheet!

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Free Printable Seasonal Produce Guide



Printable Seasonal Produce Guide

Do you love fresh produce but never know when it’s the best time of year to buy your favorite thing? Here’s a complete list of the best time to buy (and stock up on!) just about every kind of fruit and veggie you can imagine. We save so much by determining to eat fresh produce while it’s in season (which makes it a lower price), and you can too!


Go HERE to download your free What’s In Season Produce Guide by Month. While you’re at it, you can also download this list of what to freeze and how to freeze it when you sign up for daily PPP emails, delivered to your inbox! 


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29 Deals You Can’t Miss at Costco This Month (Ends 8/2/15)


Anyone out there love shopping Costco? 


I thought so! 


I love it too, but just like any grocery store, you can really save more at Costco when you’re willing to shop their monthly sales ad (which is their coupon book that runs each month.) I make a super quick run though Costco yesterday, and here are the items I think are worth grabbing before the end 8/2/15.


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1. Angie’s Boom Chickapop Sea Salt 12 oz bag $3.09 after $1.50/1 coupon (limit 10) This is a HUGE discount – DEFINITELY worth picking up and the only item I bought at Costco yesterday – I love this stuff!

2. Bananas $1.39 or 46¢ per pound – no coupon I haven’t seen them for less than 55¢ per pound recently so this is a decent price

3. Brawny Mega Roll Pick A Size 127 Sheets 15 Rolls $15.99 or $1.06 per roll (limit 2) I’ve seen better prices on paper towels but if you need an easy deal these are worth picking up!

4. Clorox 4 pack Toilet Bowl Cleaners $6.19 after $2.80/1 coupon (limit 2) Great deal – that makes them $1.54 each and lower than I’ve seen recently with coupons

5. Cape Cod 30 oz bag Potato Chips $4.89 after $1.60 off coupon or 16¢ per ounce You may find these lower at your local grocery – if anyone notices a regular sale price per ounce I’d love to hear what you find!

6. Caribou Coffee 80 count K Cup Packs $34.99 after $5/1 coupon or 43¢ each (limit 5) After looking around at prices this a pretty good deal – I don’t normally buy them but if you buy K Cups you may want to stock up!

7. Folgers 3 pound Classic Roast Coffee $8.69 after $2.30/1 (limit 4)

8. General Mills Fiber One 90 calories Snack Bars 38 count $7.49 after $3.50/1 coupon or 19¢ per bar May be cheaper at your local grocery after a coupon and sale, but not a bad price


9. Honey Nut Cheerios or Multi Grain Cheerios 55 oz box $5.69 after $2.30/1 coupon (limit 4) I’m on the fence on this one because normally I think you can get such better deals at your local grocery store with coupons. BUT, this is a very reasonable price and it’s easy – might be worth picking up right now!

10. Huggies Pull Ups 4T/5T $23.99 after $6 off coupon or 30¢ per Pull Up (limit 2) compare to $.32 per Pull Up at Amazon when you subscribe and save and clip the $2 off coupon – definitely a decent price!

11. King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls 24 ct $3.59 (no coupon – but always the best deal I’ve seen anywhere on these, perfect for Hot Ham & Slider Sandwiches)

12. Kirkland Sports Drink (3) 16.9 ounce bottles $7.99 (no limit)

13. Kirkland Laundry Detergent 126 oz $11.09 after $2 off coupon or 8¢ per ounce (limit 2)

14. Kirkland Environmentally Responsible Dish Detergent 135 oz $6.69 after $2/1 coupon (limit 1)

15. Organic Spring Mix 1 lb. $4.49 – no coupon but a very good price

16. Lays Frito Lay 54 count box $9.99 after $3/1 coupon or 18¢ per bag not a bad price if these are something you normally purchase – much cheaper to package things yourself but worth it if you need things in single serving bags!

17. Little Critters Gummy Vites 275 count $9.99 after $2/1 coupon or 3¢ per vitamin

18. Milk $2.29 per gallon – no coupon, always a decent price at Costco

19. Pam Cooking Spray (2) 12 oz cans $4.89 after $2/1 coupon (limit 10)

20. Perdue 10 pound boneless skinless chicken breast frozen $23.99 or $2.39/lb – no coupon, always a decent price at Costco (and cheaper than their Kirkland brand priced at $2.76/lb.)

21. Perdue Whole Chicken Fryers $1.09/lb – no coupon but a very good price

22. Quilted Northern 30 rolls 267 sheets $.016 per square foot $15.99 after $4/1 coupon (limit 2 – $.01 per square foot is my stock up price for toilet paper, so this is a great deal!)

23. Salad Mix 3 lb $2.99 – no coupon but a very good price

24. Seedless Watermelon $4.99 you may find them cheaper at the grocery store or Aldi, but this is a pretty good price and they’re huge!

25. Strawberries $3.29 or $1.64 per pound 

26. Shout Stain Remover 22 oz + 172 oz Refill $7.39 after $2.50/1 coupon (limit 5) I’ve seen great deals for less at the grocery store with coupons on Stain Remover, but this is a very good price

27. Special K Red Berries 43 oz box $6.45 after $2.30/1 coupon

28. Swiffer 80 count Swiffer Sweepers (15¢ each)or 60 count wet mopping refills (20¢ each) $12.25 after $3.20/1 coupon

29. Skippy or Jif Creamy Peanut Butter (2) 48 oz $7.19 after $2.80/1 coupon (limit 2)


I didn’t want to include this one in the list because it’s completely frivolous, but I think so worth a mention. You can score 2 dozen roses this month at Costco for $12.99. Share it with your sweetie and maybe they’ll pick some up for you! :)

Not a Deal (at least in my opinion?) :)

Starbucks Refreshers (12) 12 oz cans $11.99  after $3/1 coupon or 99¢ each (no limit)

Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles (12) 9.5 oz cans $11.69 after $3/1 coupon or 97¢ per bottle (no limit)

Haagen Daz Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bars $8.95 after $3/1 coupon or 59¢ per bar (no limit)

Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper (36) 12 ounce cans $8.29 after $2/1 coupon or 23¢ per can (no limit) I think you can regularly find these on sale for 4 12 packs for $11 which makes them 22¢ per can




Curious what else to buy at Costco? Check out this list of my favorite 15 items to buy at Costco every single day. Here are a few more posts you may want to check out:






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8 Back to School Deals You Can’t Miss at Office Depot This Week + Staples Price Match Update


Curious if it’s worth heading to Office Depot or Office Max this week for back to school deals? They actually have some pretty good deals, so if you have a minute swing by and pick up their best deals!

Before you shop, be sure to print the PPP Back To School Walmart and Target Cheat SheetHere’s a peak at the best deals I see this week:

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This Week Only

Deal #1 – Sharpie single markers 25¢, regular price $1.25 (EXCELLENT PRICE – compare to $1.74 for 3 pack at Walmart – and so nice because you can choose which colors you want – great for crafting!)

Deal #2 – Scholastic 25 ct crayons 25¢, regular price $1.49 (GOOD PRICE – compare to $.25 for 24 count Crazy Art Crayons at Walmart & Target)

Deal #3 – Slider pencil boxes 25¢, regular price $1 (GOOD PRICE)

Deal #4 – Office Depot brand highlighter $1 5 pack, regular price $4.29 (EXCELLENT PRICE – compare to $1.59-1.74 at Walmart and Target for Sharpie brand, Staples has their 5 pack Bic skinny highlighters on sale for $1 this week)

Deal #5 – Office Depot 4 pack glue sticks 25¢, regular price $1.99 (EXCELLENT PRICE – compare to $1.97-$2.29 at Walmart and Target for 4 count)

Deal #6 – Office Depot brand scissors 25¢ (EXCELLENT PRICE)

Deal #7 – 4 pack Papermate retractable pens $2, regular price $5.29 (GOOD PRICE)

Deal #8 – 5 pack Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens $2, regular price $4.49 (GOOD PRICE)


And, in case you’re curious, Staples does match the identical item on sale at Office Depot when you show them the ad on your Smartphone. I asked this morning at Staples (when I went to score their great deals), and they did price match for me a few of the best deals that they had. Here’s what I bought:

Paper Profile 4 pack Pens regular price $4

  • price matched to Office Depot ad $2 + additional 10% off

Pentel RRSVP Pens on sale $2.49

  • price matched to Office Depot ad $2 + additional 10% off
  • Paid $3.60, Saved $2.89


The biggest problem I see with taking advantage of this and only shopping one store is that many of the great deals at Office Depot are on store specific items (i.e. the Office Brand Highlighters) which won’t work as they’re not a brand Staples will carry. But, if there are items on your list that match up with the Office Depot sales ad, you may be able to swing by Staples and save an extra 10% by purchasing it there!




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2015 Tax Free Shopping Schedule


2015 Tax Free Shopping Schedule

Did you know that several states offer tax free weekend for back to school supplies? This is a great time to stock up on school supplies as well as computers and school clothing, and many stores also offer huge savings during these weekends as well. Find a complete break down of expenses and non-taxable items here.

A huge thanks to Surviving a Teacher’s Salary for putting this list together! My favorite savings during tax free weekends is undoubtedly on Apple computers if you live in a state where computers are included (the tax on those can be so steep, and since they rarely go on sale this is a great way to save!)

  • ALABAMA– August 7-9 (clothing, supplies, computers, books)
  • ARKANSAS– August 1-2 (clothing, supplies)
  • CONNECTICUT – August 16-22 (clothing, footwear)
  • FLORIDA-August 7-16
  • GEORGIA – July 31 – August 1 (clothing, supplies, computers)
  • IOWA– August 7-8 (clothing)
  • MARYLAND– August 9-15 (clothing, footwear)
  • MISSISSIPPI– July 31-August 1 (clothing, footwear)
  • MISSOURI– August 7-9 (clothing, computers, supplies)
  • NEW MEXICO– August 7-9 (clothing, computers, supplies)
  • OHIO– August 7-9 (clothing, supplies, instructional materials)
  • OKLAHOMA– August 7-9 (clothing)
  • SOUTH CAROLINA– August 7-9 (clothing, computer, supplies)
  • TENNESSEE– August 7-9 (clothing, computer, supplies)
  • TEXAS– August 7-9 (clothing, backpacks, supplies)
  • VIRGINIA– August 7-9 (clothing, supplies)



Don’t forget to also print your free 2015 Back to School Walmart and Target Stock Up Price Cheat Sheet!


Find more back to school savings over HERE. 

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Free Back To School Walmart & Target Stock Up Price Cheat Sheet




I’m so excited about this free printable that my friend Cheryl has put together for you! After sharing how you could easily over spend on office supply “deals that really aren’t deals earlier this week, I know how important it is to have these basic prices in hand before you do your back-to-school shopping.  


My friend Shannon did an incredible job putting these prices together for you, and while I do think you’ll see additional savings (especially at Target), this is just a nice basic list to have on hand. Since Walmart doesn’t typically offer big sales on their items (just every day low prices), my bet is the Walmart pricing should be pretty similar to what you’ll find at your local Walmart throughout the Back-To School season. Of course, these will vary by area, so there are no guarantees but this should give you a basic reference guide!

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Go HERE to print your free printable WalMart Back to School Comparison Cheat Sheet, and share with your friends this school season so they can pinch those pennies too!




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20 Deals You Can’t Miss at Target This Week

Here are 20 deals you can’t miss at Target this week that I noticed when making a quick trip yesterday! If you find any other great deals at Target, leave a comment to share. It’s a great week for Target shopping!


1. Buy 2 Clorox Dust Wipes 20 ct, $1.34 each

2. Buy 4 Suave Moroccan Oil Shampoo or Conditioner at $2.54, Get $5 Gift

  • Use (2) $3/2 Suave Professionals from 6/21 RedPlum insert
  • Pay $4.16 out of pocket, Get $5 Target Gift Card
  • Free, $0.84 moneymaker after coupons and gift card

3. Buy 4 Old Spice Deodorant $2.69, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use (4) $.75/1 printable or $1.00/1 Secret, Old Spice or Gillette Deodorant – 7-5-15 PG
  • Pay $6.76 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $.44 each after coupon and Gift Card

4. Buy 4 Pantene Shampoo at $3.84, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use $2/2 printable, $5.00/3 Pantene Shampoo AND Conditioner or Styler – 7-5-15 PG or $2.00/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product – 6-14-15 SS
  • Pay $8.36 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $.84 each after coupon and Gift Card

5. Simply Juice $2

6. Fiber One Bars $2.50

7. Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs $1.49 (use $5/$20 In Ad Coupon)

8. Buy 4 Secret Deodorant at $3.99, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use (2) $2/2 or $.75/1 printable or $1.00/1 Secret, Old Spice or Gillette Deodorant – 7-5-15 PG
  • Pay $11.96 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $1.74 each after coupon and Gift Card

9. Hillshire Farm Natural Ham $3.49

10. Buy 4 Herbal Essence at $4.99, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use $3.00/2 Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers – 7-5-15 PG
  • Pay $13.96 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $2.24 each after coupon and Gift Card\

11. Land O Frost Lunchmeat $3

  • Use $0.75/1 Land O’Frost Premium, Bistro Favorites or Canadian Bacon – 6-28-15 RP
  • $2.25 after coupon

12. Market Pantry Lunchmeat $3 (use $5/$20 In Ad Coupon)

13. Coppertone Stick $4.89

14. Buy 2 Intuition Razors at $8.59, Get $5 Gift Card

15. Buy 4 Always Pads $5.49, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use $1.50/2 printable or $2.00/1 Always Radiant or Infinity Pads – 7-5-15 PG
  • Use 5% Cartwheel
  • Pay $17.86 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $3.22 each after coupon and Gift Card

16. Buy 2 Schick Razor $9.99, Get $5 Gift Card

  • Use (2) $4/1 printable or $3.00/1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor or Refill – 6-28-15 SS
  • Pay $11.98 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
  • $3.49 each after coupon and Gift Card

17. Buy 3 Sensodyne at $4.99, Get $5 Gift Card

18. Playtex Pads $6.99 

19. Buy 3 All Laundry Detergent $7.99, Get 1 Free

  • Use $1.50/1 printable or $1.00/1 All brand Laundry Detergent Product – 6-7-15 RP
  • $4.86 each after coupon


Buy (8) Up & Up Diapers Giant Packs, $24.99 each

Buy (1) Delta Baby Hangers, $1.02 (or other baby item to reach over $200 total)

  • Use Buy $200 worth Baby items, Get Free $40 Target Gift Card
  • Pay $200.94 out of pocket, Get (4) $10 Target Gift Cards and $40 Target Gift Card
  • $15.12 per pack + Free Hangers

New to using coupons at Target? Read this to get started.

See all the top deals at Target this week, and create your Target shopping list before you shop.

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How I Saved $60 Yesterday By Following My Own Advice (Success!)


My girls and I are traveling for the next ten days, and as we were heading out of Columbus yesterday ran into an outlet mall because I was in desperate need of a pair of shoes. It was pouring down rain (it has rained buckets for weeks in Ohio – crazy!), and I thought I might pick up a raincoat while we were there too.


(Folks, I’ve lived almost 40 years without ever owning a rain coat ~ but rainy summer weather every day finally gets to you!) :)


So, we went into the first store where I thought the shoes were just too pricey, then headed into Eddie Bauer (which I used to just love!), and sure enough there was a super cute raincoat priced at $59. 


$59? For a raincoat? That I’m going to hate wearing and really only wear to race in from point A to point B? Yikes!


I really debated it though (it was super cute, right?) and even my daughter stated that although it was cute it probably wasn’t worth the money. (She’s been instilled with the gift of penny pinching early!)


Then I remembered this sage advice I shared with you last week.


Good stuff, right? 😉


I knew that in one year I wouldn’t be thrilled that I’d spent $59 on a raincoat, so I walked away.


We ran over to the Bass Outlet (seriously, the best for saving big at the outlet malls), and sure enough they had a raincoat that was just perfect for $24. They also had a pair of shoes that would work for $19, an umbrella for $8, and I did a quick search and found a coupon for $10 off a $5o purchase at Bass Outlet. I ended up getting everything I needed for less than the cost of that one raincoat (I spent $52 to be exact), and in one year I think I’ll be thankful for the raincoat with no regrets for spending too much.




This concept has weighed pretty heavily on my heart this last week, and I really do believe it has the power to transform the way you spend every time you shop. Read the full post here if you missed it last week – it might just work for you too!




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25 Days of Temporary Transformations Day 23: Kitchen Transformation

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Check out today’s temporary transformation fix! If you’re living in a rental and not sure how to update it without spending much money (or putting holes in the wall . . . ), this series is for you.


See how the DIY Homegirl updated her apartment kitchen cabinets and entire kitchen without using any paintThis transformation looks great (I love her clever way to hang pots and pans!) Go HERE to check it out.


25 Days of Temporary Transformations Series:


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