Introducing Grocery University (plus a special sale!)

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I’m so excited about this brand new product from one of my favorite bloggers, Crystal of!

Over the past few years, I have learned so much about homemaking and budgeting from Crystal’s site. In fact, many of our favorite meals have come from her blog, and I can’t tell you how much we have saved on groceries by following her tips and advice.


Now Crystal is launching Grocery University, a program specially designed to teach moms how to get the most bang for their buck at the grocery store.

Grocery University is an audio course that you can listen to on your computer, iPod (or other MP3 player). In a little over 2 hours, you can learn what you need to know to keep your grocery budget super low, while still feeding your family well.

In addition to the audio files, when you purchase Grocery University, you will also receive a 40-page workbook (PDF) and a valuable price database (which I think is an awesome bonus!).

Usually this course runs $9.97, but because tomorrow, August 19th, is launch day, Crystal is offering special pricing for one day only:

5 a.m. CT – the sale starts with the low price of $2.97

8 a.m. CT – price goes up to $3.97

11 a.m. CT – price goes up to $4.97

2 p.m. CT – price goes up to $5.97

5 p.m. CT – price goes up to $6.97

8 p.m. CT – price goes up to $7.97

11 p.m. CT – price goes up to $8.97

So, the earlier you buy, the less you pay :)

I know that it might seem a little contradictory to pay for a class in order to save money on groceries, but I really do think that this is worth your hard-earned dollars. Here’s why:

  • There is no one else who knows more about saving money on groceries than Money Saving Mom!
  • All the information you need is packed into one place…you’ll save hours combing through blog posts looking for tips on using coupons and deals
  • Instead using trial and error to save at the store, you can follow Crystal’s tips to start saving on groceries right away.

With my experience in using Crystal’s tips at saving on groceries, I would bet that you would save more than enough on your first shopping trip to cover the cost of the course…and then some!

Head on over to Grocery University first thing tomorrow to snag the best price on this new course. You will be so happy you did :)

Menu Plan Monday

Good morning! Time to start another week…the last one of the summer. Wow, did time ever fly this year!

I took last week off from menu planning and sort of guessed at dinner each night using what I had in the pantry and freezer. I was glad to use up some of what we already had on hand, but not having a good plan in place each night did make things a bit harder.

Menu Plan Monday


That’s why I’m so happy to have a good plan this week!

My local grocery store had ground turkey and lean ground beef on sale this week, so I planned my menu around them, along with the fresh fruits and veggies we receive weekly in our CSA.

Here’s what’s for dinner at our place this week:

Monday: Spaghetti with kale and Italian Sausage, cucumber salad

Tuesday: Eat Out

Wednesday: Chicken Cutlets, cheesy orzo, veggies

Thursday: Chili Mac, veggies

Friday: Breakfast–French Toast and peaches

Saturday: BBQ Meatballs, rice, cucumber salad

Sunday: Turkey Enchiladas, corn and tomato salad

Find more inspiration for your own menu at the OrgJunkie Menu Plan Monday link-up!

Easy Casserole Recipes: Southwestern Layered Beef Casserole

I just love, love, love easy casserole recipes…you know, the ones that take a few minutes to prepare, but when they come out of the oven, they give you that warm, comfy feeling of home? Comfort food at its finest!

Unfortunately, many easy casserole recipes aren’t actually that tasty. I’ve tried many different recipes over the years and oftentimes, I am disappointed with the results. Either thrown together with overly salty canned soup, or just bland and flavorless, I’ve not had much luck in making a delicious casserole like my grandma used to make.

Luckily, I saw this recipe in a recent issue of Cook’s Country magazine and hit the jackpot! Full of flavor, with easy-to-find, whole-food ingredients, this casserole was a huge hit with my whole family!


To make it more kid-friendly, I adapted the ingredients a bit. The original recipe calls for Rotel tomatoes, but I found that even the mild version was way too spicy for my little ones (and for me too!).

Here’s how I put it together:



Easy Casserole Recipes: Southwest Layered Beef Casserole


  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 c. rice
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 T. chili powder (I use McCormick, which is mildly spicy)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 t. coriander
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
  • 1 c. frozen corn
  • 3 scallions, sliced (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in skillet, add rice and cook until golden brown. Transfer to baking dish and add tomatoes, chicken broth, salt and pepper.
  3. In skillet, add pepper, onion and beef and cook for about 5 minutes, until beef is cooked through. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander and garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce and stir to combine.
  4. Pour beef mixture on top of rice/tomato mixture in baking dish. Top with pinto beans, then cheese, then corn.
  5. Cover with foil which has been sprayed with non-stick spray and place in oven for approximately 1 hour.
  6. Let dish sit out of oven for 10-15 minutes, then sprinkle with scallions, if desired.

The leftovers are even better the next day! Serve with sour cream, a green salad, or my Easy Mexican Green Beans, which will be on the blog next week!


This Week’s Kindle Book Round-Up

Happy Friday! Are you itching for some new books? Check out this great list of free Kindle books that are available today. (Please note, this post contains affiliate links.)

Thanks to Shelly at Frugal Family Home for contributing to this list!

Free Kindle eBooks


Fiction (3)
Waiting for Summer’s Return (Heart of the Prairie Book #1)

The Wedding Wager (Colorado Billionaires Book 1)

Taking Flight

Ghostwalker (The Chronicles of Zanthora: Book One)

Crossroads: 1969 (Cassell Faction Trilogy)

Non Fiction

NonFiction (2)
Frugal Simplicity: 99 Ways to Declutter, Save Money & Simplify Your Life

Homemade Liquid Soaps for Beginners: The Home Soap Guide! Nourish Your Skin Naturally with Calming, Refreshing, and Soothing Liquid Soaps (Soap Making, … Essential Oils, Natural, Organic)

The Green Home Cleaning Guide: Clean Your House the Easy and Natural Way in Less than 30 Minutes a Day

Cheap and Delicious: Secrets to Saving Money In the Kitchen and Serving Delicious Meals

Minimalist Budget: Tips To Save Money, Spend Less, Balance Your Budget And Live Happy


Let’s Grill: Carolinas’ Best BBQ Recipes

Italian Cooking in 3 Steps: Cook Easy And Healthy Italian Food at Home With Mouth Watering Italian Recipes Cookbook

Fast Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook – 50 Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes For Busy People To Make In 30 Minutes Or Less

The Apple Cider Vinegar Guide: How to Lose Weight, Improve Your Skin, Alleviate Allergies and Better Your Health with Apple Cider Vinegar

The Quinoa Cookbook: Healthy and Delicious Quinoa Recipes (Superfood Cookbooks Book 1)

Kids Books

KIdsEbooks (2)

Home Economics for Homeschoolers

The Monsterjunkies, An American family Odyssey, “Sanctuary”, Book two (Volume 2)

The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started

Eliza’s Forever Trees (Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal Winner)

The Little Book of Capital Cities: A Quiz (Elsinore Books 1)


You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can go here to download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69)

Please note: Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at ANY time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase

Get Ready for Back to School with Chiquita

Disclosure: I received this product for free from the manufacturer in order to facilitate a review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

So, a few weeks ago, the good people over at Chiquita asked me if I would like to try out their Chiquita Apple Bites and review them on my blog.

I gladly accepted, and they were kind enough to send me 4 (four!) packages of different varieties. The day they arrived, my kids asked if they could try some, and I said, “Sure, just one for now, because I need to take some pictures of them for the blog.”

Three days later, when it was sunny enough to take some photos,  I look in the fridge to get the apples and they are gone. GONE. Four packages gone. In three days!

I guess that means they’re good :)


Chiquita Bites are washed and ready to eat fruits and veggies that are perfect for busy moms. They come in several different varieties, but we tried the apples and apple/grape combo packs.

Now, I think I’m a lucky mom in that my kids will usually eat any fruit that is put in front of them, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary for them to want to eat the Chiquita bites (although it is unusual for them to eat so many so quickly!).

But there have been times when we have been at a restaurant or theme park and received pre-packaged apples, and they have tasted so yucky that my kids refused to eat them. Obviously, this is not the case with Chiquita Bites, because my kids ate them like crazy!

After discovering that all the apples were gone, we headed to our local grocery store to pick up more to photograph. They didn’t last long either.


In addition to being tasty and nutritious, the Chiquita Bites are super handy for packing into lunch boxes when you don’t have time to wash and slice fruit for all your kids. I love the fact that each pack contains a half-cup of fruit or veggies and only 30-80 calories.


The family packs are great for after-school snacking…just pour some onto a plate, serve with some milk or cheese, and you’ve got a healthy snack to fuel the kids for homework time.

It’s also easy to make recipes like Peanut Butter Apple Toast or Dark Chocolate Apple Dippers with the pre-washed Chiquita Bites Family Pack.

Back to School Giveaways from Chiquita

Chiquita is looking for tips and tricks to make going back to school easier. Head over to their Facebook page for a chance to win a shopping spree worth $1,000 and a year’s worth of Chiquita Bites simply by commenting on one of their posts with your back to school tip!

If that wasn’t exciting enough, Chiquita is also sponsoring a giveaway here on My Mommy World! One lucky reader will win a Thirty-One thermal tote, just in time for back to school.

Chiquita Bites Lunch Bag Giveaway

To enter, simply choose your options in the Rafflecopter below. The more options you complete, the greater chances you have to win!

Please note, the actual pattern of the bag may vary.  Giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 and over. After the winner of the giveaway is chosen, he/she will have 24 hours in which to respond, or I will have to choose another winner.

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Good luck and enjoy snacking with Chiquita!