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Cilantro Lime Chicken



Weeknight dinners are my nemesis... Just when I think I've got it all under control, I sometimes find myself getting derailed, and you know what that means -- I'm calling up our local pizzeria for delivery. So what's a mom to do? Get right back in the saddle with an easy recipe like the One Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn & Black Beans pictured above, of course!

If you often find yourself in the same situation, here are five more tips that will help simplify your weeknight meals:

Meal Planning

Meal planning involves mapping out a plan for your meals on a weekly or monthly basis. It can be as detailed or loose as you'd like, but it allows you to plan meals around sales to save money at the same time. I'll be completely honest, though -- meal planning is not my strength. It definitely works if you're disciplined enough to stick with it, though! I've shared some thoughts on meal planning on Unsophisticook, so you can get more info there.

Have A Go To Plan

I find that a "go to plan" is a better method for my family. We have some basic main dishes and sides that all pair well together, and we keep the ingredients for them stocked at all times. Our plan looks something like this: a main protein (burgers, veggie burgers, grilled chicken, grilled pork chops, etc.), a grilled or roasted veggie side (grilled veggies, roasted asparagus, roasted potatoes, grilled avocado, etc.), and a grain or pasta side like coconut milk rice, quinoa, or a fluffy couscous.

Use Your Slow Cooker

There are a number of tools in my kitchen that I consider essential to getting dinner on the table quickly on busy weeknights -- my immersion blender, kitchen scissors, and Le Creuset French oven to name a few. But my slow cooker tops them all! here are six of my favorite tried and true slow cooker recipes to get you started.

Freezer Meals

I love the concept of preparing meals ahead of time that can be easily frozen and reheated or cooked upon thawing. Not all recipes are conducive to this treatment, but with a few substitutions, most can be adapted to become a freezer meal. The easiest way I've found to stock the freezer is to simply double all of my freezer compatible meals when I make them -- one for that evening and one to be frozen for later use. Or if a freezer cooking day to stock your freezer for a month sounds appealing, check out Once A Month Meals, where my friend Tricia has put together an amazing resource for freezer cooking fanatics!

Healthy Snacks

When all else fails, it pays to have some healthy snacks on hand to tide the family over through homework and sports practices, allowing you more time to figure out the all important dinner menu. Find five of our favorite recipes here, including an amazing recipe for healthy homemade granola bars!

What is your favorite tip for getting dinner on the table in a hurry? Share in the comments and you could win a U by Kotex prize package valued at $50!

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Today, one lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will his or her choice of $50 in U by Kotex products!!! Follow the instructions in the widget below to be entered to win...



Be sure to check out the Pick Up The Values website for more valuable printable coupons, including savings on Kleenex Brand items!

This post is brought to you by Kimberly-Clark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Saving Our Pennies + $50 Kleenex Brand Giveaway!

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 8, 2014 · 83 comments

I'm always surprised at the amount of loose change my kids find laying around. They're masters at spotting dropped change in parking lots, coins left in return change slots on pop machines, nickels wedged into park benches, etc...

I suppose they come by it honestly. I remember being 16 years old, searching the couch cushions for loose change to put a few gallons of gas in my car -- you know, back when gas was like $0.89 a gallon.

These days spare change doesn't go nearly as far when filling up your gas tank, but that doesn't mean that we should just cast it aside. Those pennies and dimes still add up to dollars over time!

A couple of years ago we decided, as a family, to save all of our loose change. I set out a mason jar in the kitchen, which was quickly filled to overflowing. So I purchased a vintage glass water jug off of One Kings Lane, and now it sits in our entryway where it's easy for each family member to drop in their contributions.

Oh, we're a loooonnnngg way from filling it up, but we definitely have a goal in mind.... These days my kids like to show it off to their friends and tell them it's our "Hawaii fund." I honestly don't even know if our jug can hold enough change to pay for our family of 7 to take a trip to Hawaii, but by the time we (hopefully) fill it up, all of our kids should be old enough to fully enjoy and cherish the memories of such a trip.

In the meantime, I'm enjoying watching my kids delight in checking the rising level of our saved pennies (and nickels, dimes and quarters), knowing that they're learning how to make a conscious decision to save.

What is your family saving for? Share in the comments and you could win a Kleenex Brand prize package valued at $50!

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Today, one lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will his or her choice of $50 in Kleenex Brand products!!! Follow the instructions in the widget below to be entered to win...



Be sure to check out the Pick Up The Values website for more valuable printable coupons, including savings on Kleenex Brand items!

This post is brought to you by Kimberly-Clark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I'm super excited to be working with Kimberly-Clark once again as a spokesperson over the next several months. I'll be sharing real life solutions that will help you stretch your budget and make it easier to fill your shopping cart with the products you need at a price that won't empty your wallet. Plus I've got some fantastic giveaways lined up that you won't want to miss!

By the way, did you know that September is National Coupon Month? This means that we'll be seeing lots of great money-saving coupons released this month, including these nice high-value printable coupons from Kimberly-Clark. Share the savings with your friends to increase the value of these coupons even more!

A few noteworthy savings examples:

  • Score $2 off a package of Pull-Ups Training Pants vs. only $1 off per package.
  • Save $2 on GoodNites Underwear vs. only $1 off.
  • Get $0.50 off a 3-pk. Kleenex bundle pack vs. just $0.25 off.
  • Save $1 off Huggies Wipes vs. $0.50 off the same.

We don't see savings like this on these items often, so I'd recommend that you "Pick Up The Values" now. Note that you do need to choose to share the offers on your first visit, because your selection is saved to your browser and cannot be changed later on.

You'll also want to keep an eye out for the special Pick Up The Values coupon insert that will be in Sunday papers on 9/14. It's filled with more valuable coupons to save your hard-earned cash. Values will differ based on your market, but here's an overview of what you could see:

Kleenex

  1. $0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue (50 ct.+) OR any 1 bundle pack
    $0.50/1 Kleenex Hand Towels
  2. $1/4 Kleenex Facial Tissue (50 ct.+) OR any 1 bundle pack
    $1/2 Kleenex Hand Towels

Cottonelle Toilet Paper

  1. $0.75/1 Cottonelle Upright Dispenser
    $0.50/2 Cottonelle Toilet Paper (4-pks.) or one (9-pk.+)
  2. $1/1 Cottonelle Upright Dispenser
    $1/2 Cottonelle Toilet Paper (4-pks.) or one (9-pk.+)

Viva Paper Towels

  1. $0.40/1 Viva Vantage Paper Towels or Viva Paper Towels
  2. $0.50/1 Viva Vantage Paper Towels or Viva Paper Towels
  3. $0.60/1 Viva Vantage Paper Towels or Viva Paper Towels
  4. $1/1 Viva Vantage Paper Towels or Viva Paper Towels (6-pk.+)

Scott Towels

  1. $1.25/2 Scott Towels (6-pk.+)
  2. $0.75/6 Scott Towels Rolls

Kotex

  1. $0.50/2 U by Kotex Products
  2. $1/2 U by Kotex Products
  3. $1/2 Kotex Natural Balance Products, U by Kotex Lightdays Liners, and/or U by Kotex Security Pads and Tampons

GoodNites

  1. $2/1 GoodNites Tru-Fit Starter Pack

Huggies

  1. $1.50/1 Huggies Diapers
  2. $1.50/1 Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers
  3. $0.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes (32-ct.+)
  4. $1/2 Huggies Baby Wipes (32-ct.+)

Be sure to check back for those awesome giveaways I mentioned earlier! In the meantime, you might like to read through a few of my favorite tips from last year:

This post was brought to you by Kimberly-Clark's Pick Up The Values, a program dedicated to providing families with helpful tips and convenient value to stretch their budgets. Don't forget to download your valuable coupons on the Pick Up The Values website!

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Pick Up The Values To Stretch Your Summer Budget

by Tara Kuczykowski on June 13, 2014 · 0 comments

School's out for the summer, and for many parents, this means tighter budgets due to extra childcare expenses and/or increases in grocery budgets. Are you feeling the pinch yet?

I know that I'm not only having to purchase extra food to feed my own kids weekly, but I find myself purchasing a little extra to accommodate for all of their friends that are in and out daily. I also try to stock up on paper goods to cut down on extra dishes and for cleaning up the inevitable messes...

Thankfully Kimberly-Clark recognizes that keeping up with the increased needs of our busy families can be tough, so they're offering some valuable printable coupons to help us stretch our dollars on our favorite Kimberly-Clark essentials! Visit the Pick Up The Values site to download these coupons now.

Here's what's currently available:

PLUS share the savings with your friends to score these awesome higher value coupons:

Be sure to follow Pick Up The Values on Facebook and Twitter for updates on savings and additional tips to help you stretch your summer budget!

I am working with Kimberly-Clark to provide helpful tips and convenient value on trusted brand essentials to help parents stretch their budget even further and was compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% my own.

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The Pick Up The Values program is winding down for this year, and I've really enjoyed working with Kimberly-Clark to share real life solutions that help you stretch your budget and make it easier to fill your shopping cart with the products you need at a price that won't empty your wallet.

A few of my favorite tips can be found in these posts:

There are still a number of high value printable coupons available on the Pick Up The Values website right now. Make sure to share the savings with a friend to get the highest values! We've seen number of great deals with these coupons over the past couple of months.

I've got an awesome giveaway to share with you all today to close out my stint as a Pick Up The Values spokesperson. Today, 30 lucky Deal Seeking Mom readers will each win one of the fantastic Kimberly-Clark prizes from this list!!!

  • 10 Kotex U winners -- 5 boxes of Kotex U Tampons each
  • 4 Kleenex Hand Towels winners -- 5 boxes Kleenex Hand Towels each
  • 12 Scott Paper Towels winners -- 10 rolls Scott Paper Towels each
  • 4 Cottonelle Toilet Paper winners -- 8 Cottonelle Toilet Paper 4-packs each

Follow the instructions in the widget below to be entered to win...



This post is brought to you by Kimberly-Clark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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