If you gotta eat out, get a $25 GC for $3

I know I wrote about cutting back on eating out, but if you just gotta do it, go check out restaurant.com. They are currently offering $25 Gift Certificates for $3. If you’ve never used them before, you pay for the gift certificate and then print it from your computer so you can use it right away. They are awesome for date night. Lots of local restaurants. We’ve had really good luck finding new places through restaurants.com.

Save 70% Off w/every $25 Gift Cert. order. Use code PALATE. Pay $3 thru 8/24/09 at Restaurant.com.

This week’s meal plan and grocery shopping results

I had a great week at the grocery store. Big Y is having a buy 1, get 2 free sale. Plus there were three double $1 coupons in the flyer. Here are some of the deals I picked up:

3 dozen large eggs – 1.99
6 cans B&M baked beans (the larger cans) – 1.99 (B1, G2 plus a 1.00 off coupon when I bought 4, which the store doubled).
3 packages of bagels (6 in each package) – 3.79
3 bottles of BBQ sauce – 1.99
3 boxes of pasta shells – 1.99
3 bottles of cranberry juice – 5.00
3 large bottles of pancake syrup (for Jeff, I use the real stuff) – 5.19
3 bags of salad mix – 3.59

I think the deal of the week was this one: Hormel pork chops were B1, G1. I bought two small packages, each containing 2 bone in pork chops for 3.82. I had a $1 off coupon which the store doubled. So I got 4 pork chops (roughly 2.5lbs) for 1.82. That works out to about 72 cents a pound. I don’t know how things are where you live, but that is wicked cheap around here.

Total before savings and coupons: 142.76. I paid 69.23. Savings 73.58. Plus I got a $5 off coupon for next week. We had a ton of groceries so the next few weeks should be light. Just meat and veggies unless the sales are good. My pantry was pretty well depleted before this trip. I’m still low on a few things so hopefully the sales and coupons will be good for the next few weeks.

This week’s meal plan:

Monday – Spaghetti and Meat Sauce You should really try this one. It’s so easy and so good.

Tuesday – We are going out with a friend tonight. Last minute plans so things are getting moved around a bit. We were supposed to have sweet and sour chicken. I guess we’ll make that next week, which is a good thing since I used the onion and pepper I bought to make the sauce last night. Oops.

Wednesday – Pork chops, rice-a-roni and salad. I’ll probably just marinate the pork chops in BBQ sauce or sprinkle them with grill seasoning.

Thursday – Beef stroganoff, made with leftover london broil from Sunday, egg noodles and salad.

Friday – Pizza with salad (gotta get rid of all that bagged salad!)

Saturday – Cornish Game Hens, stuffing and, you guessed it, more salad!

Sunday – Chicken Tetrazzini and if we have anymore left, how about another salad? I love this chicken recipe since it’s really easy to make. I don’t use as much chicken as Susanne uses to help keep the cost down. I generally make this when I have a small chicken breast or two and cut the chicken up really small. There are a ton of creamed chicken variations on this page so check it out.

If you don’t feel like cooking restaurant.com is offering another great deal. This time, 80% off the certificates. It’s pretty early in the month so the selection is still really good. Just in time for father’s day!

80% off of $25 Gift Certificates when you use code PRESENT.Pay $2 thru 6/15/09 only at Restaurant.com.

Don’t forget to check out all the new coupons at coupons.com. I’ve gotten some great ones this month.