Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mueller's Pasta, Only $0.15 at Publix

Mueller's Pasta Elbows Bowties Boxes Kitchen Food Cabinet Cupboard Deals Coupons Publix Save
I have been praying to the "Coupon Gods" and my prayers have finally been answered. As an aspiring "Coupon Mom," I have tirelessly been looking for deals and coupons online. This week my hard work paid off. I got the best deal on Mueller’s pasta from Publix at $0.15 a box. Yes, ZERO dollars and fifteen cents! Here is how I did it, Publix had a buy one get one free deal this week* on Mueller’s pasta. At checkout I paired the sale with a $0.55 off coupon that I got by signing up at MuellersPasta.com. That was it! This is the kind of deal you shout from the rooftops. 

Looking at the weekly ad of your local store before you shop can help you save big just like I did. I would also recommend making a list of the brands that you purchase from often and sign up for their newsletters or make accounts on their official sites (for free) to gain access to exclusive coupons. 

One day I hope to be an extreme "Coupon Mom," load my cart with groceries and spend only $3.00 (A girl can dream!). At this point I'm in the minor leagues of couponing. Until that day I will celebrate the small victories. Mueller’s pasta at $0.15 a box is a great start. Spaghetti anyone? 

*Publix Weekly Ad April 21, 2014 through April 29, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter

MaraNatha All Natural No Stir Almond Butter Crunchy Food Glass Jar Nut Healthy Snack
Creamy, smooth, delicious…and don’t forget healthy. I recently discovered almond butter. I had seen it in the grocery store, but due to the price tag never gave it a second look. I tried freshly ground almond butter from Whole Foods and my taste buds were blown away. It was absolutely delicious and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was good for me too.

I like to eat almond butter by the spoonful; It is really filling and holds me over in between meals. My ultimate favorite way to eat is to spread on apples. The sweetness and freshness of the apple paired with the creaminess and richness of the almond butter is a great combo. It has become one of my favorite snacks.

Ways to enjoy almond butter:
  • With fresh fruits (i.e. apples, bananas)
  • With fresh vegetables (i.e. celery)
  • Spread on crackers
  • In smoothies or shakes
  • Put a dollop on oatmeal 
  • Spread on Toast
  • Almond Butter & Jelly (AB& J) sandwiches
  • By the spoonful

How does almond butter fair against peanut butter? Well, I’ll tell you! While peanut butter is smoother in consistency, almond butter is thicker and richer in taste. Granted, the former is a more cost effective option the latter wins in nutritional value.

Almond butter vs. peanut butter:
  • Almond butter is a better source of good fats (monounsaturated fat)*
  • Both contain zero cholesterol*
  • Peanut butter has higher sodium and sugar*
  • Almond butter is a better source of iron and magnesium*
  • Almond butter is a good source of calcium*
  • Both are a good source of protein*
  • Almond butter is an excellent source of vitamin e*
*Comparing MaraNatha All Natural No Stir Crunchy Almond Butter and Peter Pan Honey Roast Creamy Peanut Butter

Almond butter may be less economical, but for me the nutritional benefits are worth the extra bucks.