Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able.
Good morning! Today is one of those slow-motion-sorta-days. I woke up with a sore throat and I’m keeping my sweet boy home from school because he’s not feeling well either. I knew he was fighting something last night when he came home from school complaining his legs were tired (this coming from the kid who runs everywhere) and he grabbed his lovey Curious George and camped out on the couch. We have big plans this weekend – including a fall festival tomorrow night – so I’m hoping the restful day will be just what the doctor ordered. I suppose it’s that time of year – and I’m hoping everyone is healthy and well in your home!
Yesterday I hit up my local QFC (Kroger store) and didn’t use even one coupon. Crazy, right? Even my favorite cashier was shocked. But I really didn’t buy much packaged food – and nearly everything in my cart was a manager markdown.
- Two 5-pound bags of red potatoes – $0.99 each (reg. $3.99)
- Bananas – $0.49/lb (reg. $0.69)
- Fancy tomatoes on the vine, clamshell – $1.99 (reg. $4.99)
- Fresh salsa from the deli – $1.49 (reg. $4)
- Baby bella portabella mushrooms – $2.19 (reg. $3.99)
- Italian sausage – $2.99 (reg. $5.99)
- Extra, extra lean ground turkey – $4.29 (reg. $6.99)
- Marked down pork chops
- I also found Kroger non-scented dryer sheets $1.49/box (reg. $4.99), method hand soap $1.49 and lots of frozen food markdowns.
- Grapes – $1.68/lb, no markdown, just sale price?
I came home and used the marked down mushrooms and sausage to whip up some of this Slow Cooker Tortellini soup – but because I didn’t have all day, I made it on the stove top. I cooked the sausage (whole) and sliced mushrooms in a little chicken broth, until they were golden brown. Then I added the rest of the ingredients. I didn’t have tortellini and substituted frozen ravioli, then left out the cheese from the recipe and it was perfect.
Today I’m going to try a crockpot recipe today for Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup! I’m really excited to give it a try. Yesterday I shared this Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup – it’s like having a bowl full of the creamy inside of a twice baked potato. It’s delicious, incredibly filling and very frugal to make.
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