A quick & easy Crock-Pot Chicken recipe (+ enter to win $5,000 from Crock-Pot!)

If you’ve been reading here for any time at all, you know how much I love my Crock-Pot! It’s a life-saver on busy days when you don’t want to have to think about cooking dinner at 5 p.m.

In the video above, I share one of my favorite quick and easy Crock-Pot dinner recipes. I have detailed written instructions for the recipe I talk about on the video above here. This is so easy I’m almost not sure that it should even be called a “recipe”. :)

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How I Saved Today: Baking homemade cookies!

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

How did YOU save today?

I saved by making homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies for my family. They love home-baked treats and they are less expensive (and usually better for you!) than buying store bought.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used our family’s favorite Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookie recipe. These are packed with fairly wholesome ingredients and so delicious.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

I especially love that they can be made ahead of time and frozen. You can either freeze the unbaked cookie dough or bake the cookies and then freeze them. Or, just eat them fresh from the oven! :)

Your turn: Tell us what you did to save today in the comments!

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Gretchen’s $45 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

1 lb Butter – $3.49 (I about fell over when I saw this price; then I checked prices at Dillons and it was $5.49! I think I may have to cut back on baking this fall.) :(

1 Cucumber – $0.69

1 pkg Grapes – $1.58

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.29

1 dozen Eggs – $0.88

Total with tax ($0.57): $8.59

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Health Food Store

2 Grapefruit – $0.69 each

4 Navel Oranges – $0.49 each

1 Silver Hills Sprouted Grain Hot Dog Buns – Marked down to $0.99

Total with tax ($0.31): $4.64

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Some friends kindly gave us all this organic meat as they had just ordered a 1/4 of a cow and wanted to share it with us. We have some of the nicest friends! :)

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Dillons

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – $2.50, used $1/1 printable - $1.50 after coupon

1 gallon Milk – $3.09

2 Kroger Shredded Cheese – $1.67 each

1 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $2.29

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $1.69

2 Mission Soft Tortillas – $1 each (I will be freezing these, thanks to a reader’s tip last week!)

1 pkg Heritage Farms Chicken Thighs – Marked down to $3.29

2 Brawny Paper Towels – $1 each, used 2 $0.55/1 printable - $0.45 each after coupons

1 pkg Kroger Unbleached Flour – $1.79

1 Kroger Peanut Butter – $1.79

2 Kroger canned Pumpkin – $1 each

1 Kroger canned Tomatoes – $0.69

1 pkg Kroger Pudding – $0.59

1.09 lbs Bananas @ $0.59/lb – $0.64

1.30 lbs Broccoli @ $0.99/lb – $1.29

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 Cantaloupe – $0.99 each

Total after coupons: $31.45

Total for all grocery items: $44.68

Menu Plan for this Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Toast, Scrambled Eggs & Juice, Oatmeal, Banana Muffins & Fruit

Lunches

Leftovers, Tossed Salad, Baked Potatoes, Cheese Quesadillas, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Dinners

Oven Fried Chicken, Freezer Biscuits, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad

Sour Cream Enchiladas, Tortilla Chips, Steamed Peas, Cantaloupe

Lasagna Casserole, Pumpkin Crescent Rolls, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Buttered Toasted Hot Dog Buns, Fruit Salad

Grilled Steak, 30 Minute Rolls, Tossed Salad, Sliced Oranges

French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Cantaloupe

Out to eat

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Brigette’s $50 Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Brigette's Shopping TripAldi

1 16-oz Package Frozen Strawberries – $2.19

1 48-oz Package Frozen Chicken Breasts – $6.49

2 Heads of Cabbage – $1.98

1 Bunch Bananas ($0.44/lb) – $1.38, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 Mobile Coupon

1 32-oz Carton Half & Half – $1.69 (splurge item/impulse buy that was NOT on my list! I LOVE this stuff in my hot drinks in the fall!)

1 3-lb bag Navel Oranges – $2.49

1 3-lb Bag Yellow Onions – $0.99

1 3-Head Bag Garlic – $0.79

1 16-oz Can Pumpkin – $0.89

Baking Powder – For some reason, this is not on my receipt. I am not sure why it didn’t ring up.

Total: $18.89, plus receive $0.25 back

Brigette's Shopping Trip

BI-LO

4 Boxes Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $6.00, used 2 $0.75/2 printable (doubled) – $3.00 after coupons, plus receive $0.12 fuel perks

6 Bags Frozen Vegetables Green Giant Steamers – $8.00, used 2 $0.60/3 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/2 from SavingStar – $5.10 after coupons and rebate, plus receive $0.10 fuel perks, plus an additional $0.10 fuel perks for buying 10 General Mills products

Gala Apples ($0.99/lb) – $2.29

5 Packages Challenge Butter (B1G1 @ $4.89) – $12.20, used 2 $0.55/1 printable (doubled), plus $1.50/2 catalina coupon from Harris Teeter – $8.50 after coupons, plus receive $0.75/1 Ibotta App Mobile Coupon, and $1.00/1 Checkout 51 Mobile Coupon ($6.75 after rebates for 5 packages of butter! Yes please!!!)

Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $19.39, plus receive $2.25 back in rebates, and earned $0.37 in fuel perks (that’s 37 cents off every gallon of gas)

Brigette's Shopping Trip

Harris Teeter

1 8-oz Baking Soda – $0.47

1 8-oz Package of Sliced Mushrooms, reduced – $1.00

6 Containers Yoplait Yogurt (3 of which are not in this picture since they were eaten immediately when we got home. I did 6 stores with 4 littles in 2.5 hours without any meltdowns. I will unashamedly admit that all the credit for that accomplishment goes to the yogurt. Which may or may not have been offered as an “incentive.” :)) – $2.22, used $0.40/6 printable (doubled), plus $0.40/6 Harris Teeter Evic, plus receive $0.40/6 SavingStar – $0.62/6 after coupons

2 Bags of Shredded Cheese ($1.37 each, limit 2) – $2.74

1 64-oz Carton Silk – $3.00, used $1/1 Silk Half Gallon, exp. 10/18/14 (RP 09/14/14), plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter Evic – $1.00 after coupons

1 Jar Barilla Pasta Sauce – $2.00, used $0.55/1 Barilla Pasta Sauce Jar, exp. 11/1/14 (SS 09/07/14 #2) (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter Evic – $0.15 after coupons

2 Boxes Celestial Seasonings Tea, reduced – $2.50 (Another impulse buy… stocking up for the cooler weather that will come eventually)

Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $8.88, plus receive $0.40 back from Saving Star

Brigette's Shopping Trip

Farmer’s Mart

1 Butternut Squash ($0.79/lb) – $2.12

3 Ears of Corn ($0.29/each) – $0.87

Tomatoes ($0.79/lb) – $1.15

Total: $4.14

Brigette's Shopping Trip

Flower Foods Bakery

6 Loaves of Bread, reduced (3/$0.99)

Total: $1.98

Weekly Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Rebates: $50.38 (plus $0.37 fuel perks)

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

French Toast (birthday breakfast choice for my son), Cereal x 2, Oatmeal x 2, Smoothies, Eggs and Toast

Lunches

Hotdogs/Fruit/Corn (birthday lunch choice), Macaroni and Cheese/Carrots/Apples, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Oranges/Sliced Tomatoes x 2, Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches/Cucumber Slices, Veggie Omelettes/Peaches (I have a bunch of frozen peach slices, and my children love eating them straight from the freezer), Leftovers

Dinners

Papa Johns Pizza (birthday dinner choice), Cake (specific kind still TBD!)

Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Breadsticks

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Baked Butternut Squash, Tossed Salad

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Buttered Carrots, Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower, Leftover Breadsticks

Chicken Fried Rice, Oranges

Hamburger Vegetable Soup (using leftover venison meat instead of hamburger), Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Leftovers

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