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Awesome deal on G-Force!

Here is a way to get an awesome deal on the blue ray version of G-Force.

The $10 coupon for Disney’s G-Force is operational at: www.gforcecoupon.com – expiration date is 12/22.
The combo pack does include the Blu-Ray, a DVD, *and* digital copy.

Here is a link for an additional $5 off at Target (store coupon) http://slickdeals.net/forums/show…?t=1704569

Target, $22.99 – $5 Target Coupon – $10 Manuf. Coupon = $7.99

This is the price for the deluxe blue ray combo pack w/Blu-Ray, DVD and digital copy!

Thanks to my sweet hubby for bringing this one to my attention.  I already went to Target today, but I’m going to go back out and pick this up!  It’s too good of a deal to pass up!

Newest Grocery Savings!

Here is my savings/grocery list for this week. Did pretty well! Total before savings and coupons $151.35 – less savings and coupons of $89.49 = brings my final total to $61.86. Here is what I purchased for that price:

  • AJC Sunday paper
  • Arnold multi-grain bread
  • gallon 2% milk
  • 4 boxes Kraft Mac and Cheese
  • Infusium 23 Shampoo ($.49 after coupons!)
  • Infusium 23 Conditioner ($.49 after coupons!)
  • 5 2-liters assorted pepsi products
  • 3 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers (2 brocolli florets and one asian medley)
  • 2 26 oz bags Fast Fixin chicken nuggets
  • 2 11 oz boxes Chung’s mini chicken egg rolls
  • Pop Secret 100 calorie bags butter flavored ($.01 after Publix penny item coupon!)
  • 4 boxes Shelby chicken Chili Mix
  • Scotties tissues (free after coupon!)
  • 2 boxes I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter margarine
  • State Fair Mini Corn Dogs
  • Revlon Metal Emery File (free +overage after coupons!)
  • 2 bags Fresh express Salad blends
  • Muir Glen tomato paste ($.10 after coupon!)
  • 2 boxes (12.25 oz) Honey Nut Cheerios
  • 2 boxes (11.8 oz) Cocoa Puffs
  • 2 boxes (10.7 oz) Trix
  • 2 cans Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting ($.25 each after coupons!)
  • 3 boxes Celestial Seasonings Tea (2 of chai and 1 of gingerbread)
  • 9.5 lb Publix brand young turkey

A couple of things stand out as I look over this list.

The mini corn dogs were not on sale, but looked yummy, and I thought Liberty would enjoy them. So I bought them. I try to buy an item or two that I just like the look of when I shop. It adds some fun to the trip, and since I save SO much, I don’t feel guilty about it.

The I can’t Believe it’s not butter margarine was not on my list. I was planning on buying Land o’ Lakes butter since it was on sale and I had a coupon, but the margarine had a coupon dispenser next to it. With that coupon the margarine was less was less than the butter, so I compromised, and got it instead. I’ve used it in the past for baking recipes, and they turned out fine.

I’ve never used Infusium 23 products before, but for $.49 each, I decided it was worth trying.

And that brings me to some questions for my readers. How do you feel about branching out beyond your normal brands? Have you done it before, and how did that work out for you? Do you have items/brands that you never compromise on? I’m interested in others take on this…

Great price on Food Network Magazine!

For all my foodie friends, Here is a great deal on Food Network Magazine! The cover price is normally just under $40, and the price at Amazon is $15 for one year. But if you order before December 31st, you’ll get an extra $5 off. That is a whole year of Food Network Magazine for $10! Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Food-Network-Magazine-1-year/dp/B001LJGVM0/ref=pd_sim_mag_7

Cheesecake-stuffed Dark Chocolate Cake

Here is the recipe I used for the absolutely yummy chocolate cake I made for Thanksgiving.  It came from the Christmas with Southern Living 2007 cookbook.  Some tips that might help you if you make this cake: The recipe calls for three cans of frosting, but I needed almost four.  Luckily, I had that extra one in my pantry!  Also, when you frost the outside of the cake I recommend a “crumb coat”.  Put a very thin layer of frosting all over the cake (you should be able to see the cake pretty clearly through the layer.)  Then refrigerate for about 30 minutes.  Then use the rest of the frosting to completely cover that layer.  This step will keep all the chocolate crumbs from mixing into your frosting.  Enjoy!

Cheesecake-Stuffed Dark Chocolate Cake

Unsweetened cocoa

1 (18.25 oz) package devil’s food cake mix

1 (3.4 oz) package chocolate instant pudding mix

3 large eggs

1 ¼ cups milk

1 cup canola oil

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1 ½ tsp. chocolate extract (optional)

1 tsp. almond extract

3 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate bars, chopped

3 (16 oz) cans homestyle cream cheese frosting

3 (7.75 oz) boxes frozen cheesecake bites, coarsely chopped (I used Sara Lee)

1 (12 oz) jar dulce de leche caramel sauce (I used Smuckers)

Double Chocolate rolled wafer cookies, coarsely broken

Chocolate Fudge rolled wafer cookies, coarsely broken

Grease 2 (9”) round cake pans, and dust with cocoa.  Beat cake mix and next 7 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute; then beat at medium speed 2 minutes.  Fold in chopped milk chocolate bars.  Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 32 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  Cool cake in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.  Wrap and chill cake layers at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. (This step enables you to split cake layers with ease.)

Using a serrated knife, slice cake layers in half horizontally to make 4 layers.  Place 1 layer, cut side up, on a cake plate.  Spread with ½ cup cream cheese frosting; sprinkle with one-fourth of chopped cheesecake bites.  Repeat procedure with remaining 3 layers, frosting and cheesecake bites, omitting cheesecake bites on top of last layer.  Frost sides and top of cake with remaining frosting.

Drizzle desired amount of caramel sauce over cake, letting it drip down sides.  Decorate cake with rolled wafer cookies and remaining chopped cheesecake bites.  Store in refrigerator.  Yield: 12 servings.