Monday, March 29, 2010

Guide to Walgreen's shopping

Now lets put some of your new couponing skills to work. I love Walgreen’s they have at times wonderful bargains. At least once a month they will have Dawn dish soap on sale for 99 cents, right after the P&G coupon insert is released. Combine the 99 cent sale with the Dawn coupon, usually 25 cents off and stock up.

Now this is my plan for this week:

As you walk in the door grab the Walgreen’s coupon booklet (right there with the ads).

I’m going to walk you through how I would do it based on my store layout.

Right down the aisle to razors. Bic Hybrid disposable are $4.99 - $2 mc - $1 walgreen’s coupon = $1.99.

Dove products 2/$7.00 and when you buy $12 you get $4 RR back. So check your coupons – I have 3 for $1.25 off Dove Mens Care body wash and jut yesterday we got $1 off for the same thing. Combine 4 body wash = $14.00 - $4.75 in coupon - $4 rr = 4 body wash for $5.25.

Check the Garnier hair products $5.99 each but if you buy $20 you get a $10 rr back. I couldn’t find any coupons but for me 4 Garnier products for $10? My favorite hair color (I’m a 69 Spicy Salsa) and shampoo or conditioner for $2.50 each, I’ll take that deal. Grab either 2 shampoo and 2 conditioner or in my case 1 shampoo, 1 conditioner and 2 hair colors if they have #69.

Dove hair care is $4 with a $4 rr = FREE. Now my coupon from 3/28 is $2.50/2 so I’ll grab 2 (1 of each shampoo and conditioner) = $8 - $4 RR - $2.50 mc = 2 for $1.50 and I’ll sell it at my yard sale. Now you ask why won’t I get $8 in RR? – the RR system is set up so that you will not get multiple rr for multiple products. You have to do each one as a separate order to get separate RR. To use my coupon I am willing to give up the extra $4 RR..

Now the feminine aisle: Stayfree pads are $3.99 this week minus the $2 mc from this weeks paper = $1.99. Never goes bad and if you’re a younger lady you’ll be needing them for a few years.

Now lets head to cleaning:

Lysol’s new no touch system $14.99 - $5 walgreen’s coupon (from the book you grabbed at the door) - $5 mc from yesterday’s paper = $4.99. Fair price I think but save your receipt and the UPC code it’s a new product. Quite often when a new product comes out there is usually a Try Me free refund.

Turn around to mouth cleaning ie the toothpaste aisle.

Den Tek floss is $2 - $1 mc (it expires 3/31 so get in early) - $2 RR = free without the coupon or $1 profit if you do. STOCK UP this is one of those products that you need (you like your teeth right?) and it never goes bad. Remember do each one separate and don’t clean the shelves only do 2 or 3 at a time.

Turn the corner to health needs: Walgreen’s One a Day vitamins are on sale for $3 for the 100 count. Great deal that they make better you get a $3 RR. Free vitamins!!! Stock up BUT watch your expire dates remember reach to the back for the new dates.

Final item head to food:
I see spices 2/$1.00. Granted they are usually the off name brand but for your spices that you use quickly (Parsley & Garlic or Cajun seasoning in my case) these are good enough. And for my Down to Earth ladies - its Winter here in Ohio no parsley or Garlic ready yet.

Now there are a couple more things about these Register Rewards that you need to know. You cannot use the RR to pay for your next order of the same product. I cannot use the Garnier RR to pay for my next Garnier transaction. BUT I can use it for the Den Tek, vitamins, Stayfree and Bic razors and some other items you need to get your dollar total up to the value of the RR. When you use a RR to buy something for another RR its called rolling and it’s a good thing.

There is also a Walgreen coupon to product ratio – your number of products must be equal or more than your coupon count. If you have 8 products but 9 coupons grab something cheap – like the 39 cent Hershey’s or a 59 cent purse pack of tissues. Now if your paying with a RR that does count as a coupon so include it in your count

Hint while your walking around check for when they are restocking. My store restocks on Thursday so if I’m doing repeat trips I make sure that I go either late Thursday or Friday after the sold out supplies have been replaced (hopefully). Get a rain check if your there before restocking and they are out, check after stocking and if they are still out get another one (you don’t have to tell them its your second one!!!). Again more time to gather extra coupons and stretch out that sale price.

Any questions? Was I clear enough? Please let me know.

Blessings and good luck

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Natural Foods coupons

Natural food coupons
Mamboo sprouts


Organic Valley e-Coupons
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Brown Cow Farm
Print a coupon from the website.
Cascadian Farm
Get $5 in Cascadian Farm coupons when you sign up for their newsletter.
Dreamfields Pasta
Sign up for the newsletter to get $1 off any box of Dreamfields pasta, plus get even more coupons in the newsletter.
Earthbound Farm
Take a quiz about organic farming, and get a coupon for $1 off when you answer all of the questions correctly.
Earth's Best
Choose from two printable coupons: $1 off of two Earth's Best Sesame Street products or $1 off of 10 jars of Earth's Best baby food.
Eden Foods
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Check the "Special Offers" page regularly for the latest offers from Hain.

Horizon Organic
Click on the "coupons" link at the top of the screen, and enter your name and e-mail address to access several printable coupons.
Imagine Foods
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Knudsen Juice
Print coupons from the website. Current offer: $1 off an 8-pack of Sensible Sippers juice boxes.
Organic Valley
Choose one coupon to print from several listed on the site.
Mambo Sprouts
Print organic coupons directly from the site, or sign up to receive a coupon book by mail. Includes Seventh Generation, Ecover, Santa Cruz juice and more. The coupon booklet is only available in certain areas.
Mrs. Meyer's
Sign up for the e-newsletter, and receive a coupon for $5 off $25.
Muir Glen
Get a coupon for $1 off a Muir Glen tomato product.
Pearl Soy
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Seventh Generation
Print coupons directly from the website.
Simply Organic
Click on the "Save" link in the left-hand column, and choose the coupons that you'd like to print.
Stonyfield Farms
Print coupons directly from the website.

General list of brick coupons (use your back button, then refresh and you can print a second coupon

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Internet coupons

These are a majority of the sites that have printable coupons available. Please before you waste any ink or paper call or check at your local stores to make sure they will accept internet coupons. Some of these sites print from the same place so you may not have certin coupons available in all places. I will give you a heads up if you are sent or find a coupon for a totally free item - don't waste your time. Most places/stores will not accept a internet printed coupon for a totally free item.

In addition to these listed check with your local grocery store chain’s website. Also check your favorite items for a website. Sometimes if you check on the site they may have coupons to print. You can also try emailing the companies and ask for them to send you coupons. Again check for the contact information on the website and there should be a contact us link. Sometimes you don’t get anything but sometimes you will get something. Always give them your mailing address.

Tomorrow natural food coupon links.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Day of shopping

Sorry it took us so long getting the shopping done I didn't have time to organize the printable coupon information. I'll work on that tonight and post it tomorrow, please instead enjoy the fruits of my/our shopping labors.

New couponers you need to think outside the box when your trying to provide for your family. Coupons are good at almost all stores not just grocery stores. Sometimes the unlikely ones give you better deals – specifically I’m talking about Walgreen’s and Rite Aid. You, if your lucky enough, can include CVS in with these 2 chains.

My Walgreen’s list for this week was:

3 Kotex products $2.99 x 3 = $8.97 - $3.00 mc = $5.97
4 Snickers bars 49 cents each – 2/50 cents off 2 mc = 4 for 96 cents
4 Skittles 49 cents each – BOGO (Buy one Get one free) mc = 4 for 98 cents
2 Glade Fabric & Air spray 2/$6 – 2 $1.00 mc = 2/$4
2 Planters Trail Mix 2/$3 - $1.00/2 wc - $1.50 mc = 2 for 50 cents
2 Photo copies – 58 cents
1 – 20 oz Diet Coke $1.59
1 container of Planters Cashews $3.59 - $2.00 off when you buy any Planters and Diet Coke = $1.59
2 – 30 sheet protectors (in clearance) $1.94 each (cheaper than buying the 50 count package)
1 School folder (in clearance) 50 cents
Total was $20.50 and I got a $5 RR (Kotex) and a $1 RR (Glade)

Rite Aid list and by far my favorite this week:
2 Coke 20 oz $1.39 = $2.78 – Rite aid Video coupon BOGO = 2/$1.39
1 King size Reece’s cups $1.49 PLUS used a mc for $1.00 when you Buy Coke and Reece’s king size = 49 cents
2 Maybelline Eyestudio eyeshadow $6.69 – 40% off - $2.68 = $4.01 - $2 mc = $2.01 each (and works with my very sensitive eyes)
2 Cottonelle 20 packs ($10.88 each) $21.76 – 35 cents Rite Aid video coupon
1 Rice Krispes $1.88 (husband doesn’t ask for much and he smoked a really bad brand of cigarettes this week to use a coupon I owed him big time)
Soft soap 99 cents – 35 cent mc = 64 cents (since I use the big refill bottle at home I can put this in my yard sale stash)
2 Van De Camps pork & beans $1.29 each – BOGO $1.29 – 2 \ 35 cent mc = 2 for 70 cents
Also used a $5 off $25 order Rite Aid coupon and a $19.99 rebate check from last month

Total out of pocket $7.64 BUT
I will get back a $2 SCR for the Cottonelle AND
$5 back for $20 Georgia Pacific rebate (the Cottonelle and the reason Greg lugged home 2 large packages of TP)
After all rebates out of pocket will be 64 cents .

And we had free bus passes to use so I saved $2 and Greg saved $1 with them.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Couponing 101

This is my coupon binder with a couple of this weeks ads, my shopping lists and the prepared coupons.

Couponing tutorial

List all products that you use. Try not to be brand specific but if you need to be for allergies ok. This list will also be your beginning sharing/trading list. If you use a lot of a product mark it with a special symbol.

Organize your coupons. Now you need to make a choice (and nothing is right or wrong) how are you going to hold your coupons? You can cut them out and put each division in an envelope, use a plastic box (with secure lid and lock), a binder and baseball card sheets, or one of the coupon organizer you see in the stores. You can also not cut the coupon UNTIL you go shopping for the item.

Now learn what stores are in your area and what their coupon policy is. Do they double coupons? What value will double? Do they have a limit on the number of like coupons that will double? Does the store take internet coupons? Don’t dismiss drug stores or other stores like Family Dollar etc you can buy food from anywhere and save money!!!

What if you are a big family and need more coupons? Buy 2 papers (I get mine from the dollar store not home delivery or the news stand), ask you non-couponing friends and family for their coupons, find fellow couponers and trade their not needed for your not needed. You can also print coupons from the internet.

Printing coupons – I suggest that you set up a special email account for coupon sites. Sometimes you get a lot of junk mail with them. Yahoo is free and very easy to use.

Keep up with your organizing. My average is one hour a week to cut, read, list and organize my coupons. I do it Sunday evening while I am watching tv. Once a month usually at the beginning of the month I remove the expired coupons.

Now that your organized its time to prepare your shopping list.

#1 Do a complete pantry/freezer inventory. List your meat by size of packages.

#2 Check the store ads: List deals on a piece of paper (use your scrap pieces or notebook if a big week at store). Check ALL stores for deals. To get the best use of your coupons and deals you may need to go to multiple stores (if possible). And remember to check for what I call multiple stops – one car stop but multiple stores.

#3 Make your meal plan and note anything you must buy for meals. Don’t forget to plan for breakfast, Lunch, snacks and special meals.

#4 Pull your coupons and put the amount next to the deal on your shopping list
It could look like Franks hot sauce $1.59 - $1.00 coupon = $59 (final price)
Also list any store deals such as Buy 10 items get $5 off deals. Watch your deals and when your doing that particular one make sure you have the required items.
Now put with your store list in an envelope or special place.

#5 Check the clearance/markdown carts. You can combine clearance with coupons.
And the food will not necessarily be outdated but could be damaged or even just changing packaging.

#6 If you get a great deal stock up as much as you can. Some things never go bad or you will use them quick enough it won’t matter. (Toilet paper, feminine items, shampoo conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes). Remember to rotate to use the oldest first.

#8 If they are out of stock on a sale item get rain checks. You can check back and get the sale price and use your coupons. It will also give you time to gather more coupons if you like. Remember to check how long the rain checks is good for – sometimes its 30 days sometimes they never expire.

Learn the sales cycles:
Jan – snacks, Watch for deals around Super bowl parties
Feb –
March – March madness snack deals/Easter
April –
May – picnic items
June –
July –
Aug – back to school things
Sept – Fall cooking/Back to school
Oct – Frozen foods/baking
Nov – turkeys/baking
Dec –

Watch my Facebook page – if you see that I became a fan of a foodie type site there is probably a coupon or freebie involved.

Now take your list, your coupons and go shopping. BUT remember to save your receipts that is another lesson.

Next lesson will be printing coupons and how to find them.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Menu plan for week of March 21st

Sunday - corned beef, cabbage for Greg, something else for me.

Monday - Ham and Peach sauce

Tuesday - orange chicken with fruited rice (new recipe)

Wednesday - church potluck tuna and noodles. I'll use a 12 oz can and split it half for this and half for lunches

Thursday - Pancakes (Thursday is my easy cook night)

Friday - BBQ cups

Saturday - whole chicken (a cook once eat twice idea)

Better yet I had everything but the corned beef ($9.75 we buy and eat once a year), cabbage (cause Greg insists on smelling up my house with this yucky stuff) and the dried fruit (bought at dollar store :) ) for the Tuesday dinner.

Friday, March 19, 2010

I am borrowing this from a fellow blogger Simple Woman’s Daybook . I just loved her blog on Wednesday March 17 and it struck a chord with my heart.

For Today Friday, March 19, 2010

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW- Sunshine and clear windows to see out. I AM THINKING – Thank God winter is over and I can see the sun without wearing 20 pounds of warm clothing

I AM THANKFUL FOR – my family and my husband

I AM WEARING – shorts and a t-shirt (inside) when I went out sweats and a light jacket.

I AM REMEMBERING – to be thankful for what God has provided

I AM GOING – no where staying home cleaning today

I AM READING – cookbooks as I am trying to plan next weeks menu and making hopefully a short shopping list

I AM HOPING – that I get a letter from the school that I have been accepted into the Octoberer LPN class.

ON MY MIND – Got to remember to do my unemployment report in today

NOTICING THAT – things are turning green and we have flowers (either Pink Tulips or Pink Hyacinth planted both in the same bed)., garlic and chive plants sprouting

FROM MY KITCHEN – working on cleaning out my freezer to do a defrost. Also looking for ways to use up oatmeal, instant oatmeal and 2 jars of peanut butter. Does AJ Bear want some peanut butter cookies?

AROUND THE HOUSE – So much sunshine and no plastic on the windows
ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS – Simba (sleeping no doubt plotting his next act of terrorism), Tweet singing a pretty song and my husband expanding the garden.

Miss Maple is blooming :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What you get when . . .

You mix mini glue dots (I use them for scrapbooking) and a cute oh so lovable orange cat

dirty glue dots on my kitchen floor!!!
The buggers are sticking all to well!! Greg tried to get them up with Goo-Gone but they are still there. I'm going to sit down on the floor and use my kitchen scraper with Goo-Gone to get them up.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sissy's/Girls day out

The girls - myself, Shala and Kelly Bear
You now every once in a while you need a girls day out. I really really needed one but didn’t realize it until Shala said something.

I woke up this morning earlier than I usually am up and before the alarm went off. I got ready including full war paint!! I knew Shala would have hers on so I had to match. That and if you don’t use it you forget how to apply it. Well last night she had asked if we wanted to include Kelly Bear and of course YES!!!!

So Kelly bear came in to give me the latest gift – 2 more ducks!!!! (the basket and the yellow one in front) A singing duck that can stay in the bathroom and a plush duck basket that will go in the bookcase. Then we’re off!!!
This was a cute game that we found in Target - it stayed there but was cute enough for a picture.

First was Target and I was ready with my coupons. We did a cruise of the store and the first spot we stopped at were the ducks – I wanted to add to my collection. Well I found 2 cute ones but was unsure of the price of the spout cover. I decided that I would find a price scanner and only choose 1 based on the price. Well both were on sale for 50% off – so I took both. (They are in the above picture the pig and the big duck in the back) Then we got the other things we wanted; Sobe Life water (25 cents each), Revlon emery boards 10 pack (27 cents each), Crest kids toothpaste (free with overage of azbout 30 cents), Star Kist tuna (overage of 6 cents), Orbit multi packs (79 cents each), & cat treats ( 2 for 30 cents). Between Kelly and myself we are converting Shala to the coupon side of life. Plus Shala has a co-worker that gives her lots of coupon inserts each week. Her lessons start next week!!! My bill was $40.77 and after coupons $22.42 (not including tax). And in that total was the $5.04 spout cover, $2.54 rubber duck, $9.99 Nerf gun refills (nephews birthday gift).

Then over to Hobby Lobby and a cute but a normally expensive accessory store. Shala gave us a good laugh modeling a new purse she bought. Being the purse diva that she is she immediately put it to good use. Then over to Michael’s for more craft supplies where I bought Taylor’s (my 13 year old niece) birthday gifts and some other things.

Lunch was at Tim Horton’s

We were loud, we had fun and I’m ready to take a nap before I go to church tonight. Blessings

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I ran out real quick to get the mail and discovered it was a wonderful day. The sun was shining – help I can’t see!!! The birds were chirping – duck!!! The squirrels were running around chattering – leave my apple tree alone!! Obviously the ground moles did not hibernate for the winter. Don't ya' just love what they do to a yard?

So I decided to sit outside under the apple tree for a bit. It’s been a long, cold, yucky, gloomy winter here in Toledo. So in between the areas of snow I sat in the sun reading a magazine and soaked up some sun. One part of the yard that is not getting much sun - my garden.
Once I was done reading I looked around and saw quite a few branches that had broken off Miss Maple this winter. I like to collect thin branches and break them up for fire kindling. Surprisingly the ground was not muddy but rather firm except for the areas of fallen leaves that our neighbor did not pick up from his yard. I filled a small bucket full of fire kindling.
Then I looked over the yard again and decided that I was going into the field to get the larger branch that was sitting out there. I need gloves to break off the branches on this and I'm pretty sure that Greg will have to cut down the branch itself. I'm not thinking I'll be breaking that with my hands.

I'll have to check on my supplies of fire starters - it maybe time to make more for this fire season. Gee if the weather stays nice maybe Greg will dig out the pit so we can have a fire this weekend?

Oh honey (as I bat my eyes) would you get out the fire pit please? Can I bribe you with a coconut cake??? Maybe I should make the cake first THEN ask?!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Welcome Refund Cents readers

Today was post your blog link day on Refund Cents. So I am hoping that more faithful readers will join the ranks today. I saw one reply that Sharon from IL (Howdy to the neighbor state) that she will be signing up and checking as topics interest her. I'm hoping that I post many topics that appeal to all my readers.

I received an email from my sister-in-law today and it was decided that the sissy's need some time together. So we are going to spend Wednesday together shopping and gossiping. One of the stores planned for is Target!!! Yippee it has been so long since I got to visit Target. I've got coupons ready and I'm about to start the shopping list. And since Shala was looking in my boxes when I moved she won't be a bit surprised if I buy 24 bottles of body wash and only pay pennies for it. Lets just say that I don't reduce my stockpiles when I move and she has helped me move twice.
Welcome to new readers, thank you for the return readers and I hope to see everyone return often.


Sunday, March 7, 2010


Today is a lazy day.

After Sunday School and church today I've done very little. In fact as I look around the house everyone but me is asleep.

I did clean out Tweet's cage and that did wake up Simba for a bit. Honestly I don't know if he wanted to see Tweet or attack my slippers.

Tonight will be a continuation of the lazy day. I'm reheating a chicken that I bought the other day, heating up frozen vegetables and vegging out in front of the tv tonight. I've got coupons to cut out and put in the binder. Then I really need to start planning the menu for next week. I didn't do one this week and I'm paying each morning Greg has to ask what's for dinner?

Then the batteries in the camera go dead. I give up I'm taking a hint from the others in house and taking a nap. Well maybe I'll just watch Big Bang Theory Season 2.

Blessings and have a good day/night.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sewing circle day - Saturday March 6

Today was the monthly sewing circle meeting at church. Its a wonderful idea - sew quilts for sick members and other that need comfort. But we really are suffering from a lack of participation. We had 3 help out today; myself, my stepmom Patti and Little Laura. I really should stop calling her Little but she is so very tiny and petite and so much younger it fits her.

We applied the batting and backing to one of the completed tops. We have it pinned and Patti started sewing on the binding.

We didn't get done today so we will finish it next month when we meet again.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Kroger freebies and a picture of me

Today Greg & I went to the grocery store, Kroger. The past 3 days I have been playing the new Kroger Hoops game. Real easy you click on a basketball and it shoots into the basket then you win a really cool prize.
Day one I won a free California Kitchen pizza - it was automatically added to my Kroger card.
Day 2 I won $5 of a shopping order - it was automatically added to my card.
Day 3 I won a free Maxwell House coffee (39 oz or smaller) - it was automatically added to my card.

Sorry but freebies just burn a hole in my pockets so I had to go use them today. We got our free pizza (dinner tonight), we got our $5 off (sweet), I also used a Vocalpoint coupon for free Kashi cereal or crackers. Since we have 10 boxes of cereal I got crackers - similar to Triscuits. And I got a 35 oz can of Maxwell House coffee!!! (They didn't have 39 oz I looked trust me I looked!). I am so tickled with that coffee!!!

Total spent approximately the reciept is in the other room $70.54
total saved $55.98
percentage saved 45% just missed my 50% goal

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Another Awesome trip to Walgreen's

Can you see why Walgreen's is one of my favorite stores?

3 pack paper towels (they were supposed to be toilet paper I didn’t read the package) $3
20 oz Diet Coke $1.59
2 6 oz Lindsay olives (I chose the black ones) regular price 2/$4, on sale for 99 cents each and I had a $1 off 2 coupon = 50 cents each. Also these are big cans so I will split them up and probably get 2 possibly 3 meals from each can
4 Nivea Lip balm ah my favorite deal regular price $2.99 each used a BOGO coupon so they took off $5.98 and then the Walgreen’s coupon took off $8 because they had them on sale for 99 cents.
Neosporin ointment $5.99 used a Walgreen’s coupon that took off $2 then used a $3 off 2 for buying Neosporin AND Band Aids
Band Aids Dora the Explorer on clearance for $2.69 used a Walgreen’s coupon for $2 off
So total for those 2 is $8.68 - $3 manu coupon - $4 Walgreen’s coupon = $1.68
Flashlight (we only have 2 – well 3 now - so I am stocking them as I find them cheap) $1.50
2 Right Guard deorderant BOGO $3.39 - $2/2 manu coupon = 2 for $1.39. Depending on the stash I have for the garage sale these will either end up there or in the donation box.
Colgate toothpaste $2.99 used a 75 cents manu coupon received $2 in register rewards = 24 cents. Another addition to the donation box.
Reach toothbrush on sale 99 cents each but they were out so the Manager sold me a 2 pack for $1.98 each and I used a $1 manu coupon = 2 for 98 cents. Donation box
Excederin migrane 100 count bottle with a free 24 count bottle attached $6.99 finally used my free Excederin coupon for $5.99 final cost $1.

Used my remaining $10 in register rewards from last week
Total out of pocket $4.51 - $2 rr for next week = $2.51

For donations I have the following event coming up: the youth of our church are going Downtown to hand out lunch and health & Beauty supplies to the homeless. They will appreciate the H&B supplies plus they have a food pantry so I can take any food items I have there also.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Recipe review - Picadillo

Sorry apparently I deleted the picture from my camera. this is another recipe from the Readers Digest Like Grandma Used to Make cookbook.

1 pound ground beef
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 can (141/2 oz) low sodium stewed tomatoes
1 medium apple - unpeeled and chopped
4 large green onions with tops - finely chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives
1 Tbsp chopped pickled jalapeno pepper
1 Tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1/4 EACH salt and black pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
3 Tbsp slivered almonds, if desired

Brown ground beef and drain off fat.
In same pan add all other ingrediants but the almonds.
Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer
Simmer covered for 20 minutes
Add almonds (if using) and cook 1 minute more
Serve over hot rice

Serves 4 people

Results - not good. Greg & I did not care for the combination of ingrediants. I took it to potluck at church and they did not seem to enjoy it either. Won't make again.