Banana Bread & Another Amazing Shopping Trip!!…

Hi there!  Happy Tuesday to you!  I hope your week is going well so far.  Today is absolutely beautiful outside!  It’s crisp and cool this morning with bright sunshine.  It’s such a beautiful way to start the day especially since it’s been so hot and humid here.  I believe today is only supposed to be in the 70’s which will be a really nice change.  I’m loving it!  I like the cool breeze with the sun.  It makes for a pleasant morning and hopefully the rest of the day will be just as pleasant.

So yesterday, I mentioned that I had another successful trip at the supermarket with couponing and combining those coupons with sales.  Mike and I went to ShopRite, which is my trusted store of choice.

We have been going to a ShopRite which is about 25 minutes away from our house because they do triple coupons!  I think I’ve mentioned this before.  That means if you have a .75 cents off coupon and it triples, you are getting $2.25 off your item!  That makes for incredible deals and overage to apply to other items that you are purchasing that you might not have coupons for or you have coupons that aren’t as high of value as the .75 cents off ones are.  The store also takes Giant coupons.  That makes for even better deals because Giant has been sending me coupons in the mail as well as putting them in their circular.  So you are able to use those coupons in addition to all of your other coupons at this particular ShopRite.  All stores are different so check with yours about their coupon policy before you go in.

I made sure to add store coupons to my Price Plus Card and print out the coupons that I needed as well as organize all of the coupons that Melissa gives me from the newspaper since Mike and I don’t get the paper.  I was armed and ready with my coupons and the knowledge that I learned from the couponing site that I frequent and we were ready to go!  Do you cut out coupons?  Would you use coupons or do you think it’s a hassle?

The pictures that I am going to show you are everything that we brought home with us.  Our total before coupons was $60.00 and after coupons it came down to $19!  So for everything you see in the pictures below, we paid $19 for.  Not a bad deal if you ask me!

Our entire haul of items

Our entire haul of items

A closer look

A closer look


Those chicken meatballs were supposed to be over $5 alone!

Those chicken meatballs were supposed to be over $5 alone!

We also got deli turkey and a package of boneless skinless chicken breasts which is a little hard to see in the picture

We also got deli turkey and a package of boneless skinless chicken breasts which is a little hard to see in the picture


Another view of the boxes of cereal, pasta, chips, and ice cream bars

Another view of the boxes of cereal, pasta, chips, and ice cream bars

As you can see, there are several items which are not cheap that we were able to get by couponing and sales.  For example, the Kashi cereal’s alone should have been at least $4 a box.  The Food Should Taste Good chips are over $2.  All of those Dole Smoothie Shakers were completely free and gave us overage as well as the ice cream bars.  That box was completely free with overage.  The muffins were free because I had a free coupon.  The bag of chips were 25 cents.  The Chobani’s were 10 cents each.  So you can see, we got really good deals.  Yes, we got a few items that may be “unhealthy,” but I don’t necessarily eat those items and it’s good to treat yourself every once in a while.

Oh and I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, ALWAYS bring your own bags!  You get 5 cents a bag that you use at ShopRite and that gets applied to your total!  So every little bit helps.  I was very proud of our trip!  I think Mike was even happier because I saw him getting nervous when our total was $60.  I told him not to worry and just wait to see the total go down.  Hard work really does pay off!

I’m going to change gears before I sign off for the day.  Last night we had some bananas that were definitely on their way out.  So I decided to whip up some banana bread.  I partially used a Martha Stewart recipe and I altered a few things to make it my own.  One thing after making this bread that I would change is to definitely use less salt.  I think she said to use way too much salt and next time I would definitely limit it to close to nothing.  I’m not a huge salt fan to begin with but to each their own.  I will list my changes and for the original recipe, you can check out the link I posted.

Banana Bread adapted from this recipe



1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt ** I would use less next time!

1 cup mashed very ripe bananas

1 container of vanilla Chobani

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray with cooking spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, and beat to incorporate.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Add to the butter mixture, and mix until just combined.  Add bananas, greek yogurt, and vanilla; mix to combine.  Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes.  Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

** I baked my bread for a little under an hour and it was was completely cooked.  Your oven time may vary so be sure to check on it around the 45 minute mark time**

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

I really enjoyed the bread!  The next time I will limit the salt though.  It was entirely too much for my tasting!

Alright, well have a lovely Tuesday!

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9 thoughts on “Banana Bread & Another Amazing Shopping Trip!!…

  1. I keep forgetting to bring my own bags to the grocery store. I do get plastic to help with keeping the kittybox clean, but now I have a whole pile I need to recycle!

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