Thursday, March 5, 2015

THE PRICE MATCHED PLATE

I don't know about you, but the grocery ads that come in the mail and clutter my counters make me crazy. I hold on to them thinking,"I need to look at that". It gets shuffled around from table to counter and back again until the week is up and I can throw them away without guilt. By this time there is a whole new stack to deal with.

One of the resources available to help save money on food is Walmart's Price Match.  When it comes to price matching it can get really overwhelming. Rachel at pricematchwithrachel.com has done all the foot work. Each week she scours the ads and puts together a beautiful, convenient list of all the ads. You can simply use her list to identify what you need and then price match from her list.

We have decided that this is such a great asset to readers, that we want to highlight some of the best deals and help you with your meal planning.

Click here to see her Utah County List

The price matched plate will give you dinner ideas based upon the grocery ads. I will also point out things to stock up on and keep either in a pantry or freezer. It is important to keep a well stocked kitchen.

PORK CHOPS AND SPICED APPLES

This week's price matched plate includes pork chops (bone-in $1.47 or boneless $1.87) on sale at Ridley's. You can sear these in a hot pan, bake them in the oven or if it warms up like it is supposed to in the next week, cook them on the grill.

Spiced apples go nicely with pork chops, I have shared a simple recipe I love here. (I also use this as a dessert by adding light whipping cream and a sprinkle of granola to make a 5 minute Apple Crisp.)

Cauliflower and Broccoli are both on sale for $.69 at Reams. I recommend doing a roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

Potatoes are on sale for $.99 for 5 pounds at Macey's. This is not as good as it was last week, but still an inexpensive side to go with your pork chops. You can do a couple meals with 5 lbs. Scalloped, skillet, baked, etc.

Last but not least, a nice tossed green salad. Lettuce is on sale at Rancho Market for $.89. Iceberg lettuce does not offer a lot nutritionally, but there is also tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, celery, all $.50 a pound and avacodo on sale Sat-Sun. These vegetables are packed with  vitamin goodness, antioxidants and dietary fiber.  All the little goodies at the bottom of the salad are my favorite part.

Good buys for this week.
Some other items to stock up on: Fresh Baby Back Ribs for $2.98 a pound. I usually I keep my meats around $2.00 a pound, but IT'S MY BIRTHDAY so I am going to do it. This item is more like $4 or more per pound regularly. It is not on Rachels list, but is in the ad for March 6-9th


Adding to a Well Stocked Kitchen
$1.67- Boneless country Style Ribs, Country Style Sausage, Ground Pork or Ground Italian Sausage at Ridley's 
Chicken breast in a 40lb box at $1.67 a pound is a great pick up but be ready to put in some time separating and freezing it in smaller portion sizes. This will need to be done as soon as you get home. So be sure to have freezer bags. 
Macey's has Shur Savings Milk, Skim, 1%, 2% for $1.99
Cottage Cheese is $.94 for 16 ounces
DiVinci 1 lb pasta is $.68 at Ridley's 
Frozen Vegetables are $.89-$.99 depending on brand. 
Thanks to Rancho Market there are tons of veggies to choose
Reams has Nectarines for $.99, bring a fresh summer break from winter cold.


If you have a question about what to do with something I highlighted this week. Post your question in the comments and I will get back to you with some ideas.

Happy Menu Planning- Kristi




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