Easy Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Easy Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

I don’t know if it’s the sweetness, the juiciness or the crispness, but I seriously love apples, and I always love it when apple season finally rolls around and they are cheap and plentiful.

Whether I am eating apples plain or making them into Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, I just can’t get enough of this awesome fall fruit! That is why I was so excited to find this Easy Dutch Apple Pie recipe. It is SO good, and it completely satisfies my need for yummy apples.

If you love comfort foods (like this Easy Sausage Gravy and Biscuits recipe), you will love this Dutch Apple Pie recipe. From the buttery, flaky crust to the sweet, warm apples, it’s got “comfort food” written all over it! Plus, pair it with this Homemade Whipped Cream recipe, and it makes for an amazing combination. The mixture of the warm pie and the cool whipped cream just takes this amazingly delicious comfort food to a whole new level.

The biggest problem with comfort food, of course, is that it generally isn’t that healthy for you. Thankfully, with this easy Dutch Apple Pie recipe, you don’t have to worry too much. While it wouldn’t exactly be classified as “health food,” it really isn’t all that bad for you either. It’s made with tons of real food ingredients such as flour, eggs, apples, oatmeal and cinnamon–not a strange chemical concoction like what you would find in packaged treats from the grocery store or even canned apple fillings. Plus, the main ingredient is apples, and you know what they say–”An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

If you are ready for an amazing fall treat, this Dutch Apple Pie recipe can’t be beat! Seriously, make it today!

Easy Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Easy Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients

    For the Crust:
  • 1 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 cup Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 tbsp cold Water
  • 2 tsp White Vinegar
  • For the Filling:
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 3 lbs Granny Smith Apples (about 6 medium apples)
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • For the Struesel:
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Uncooked Rolled Oats (not instant)
  • 3/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 6 tbsp cold Butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions

  1. Work the shortening in to the flour with a pastry cutter until texture resembles meal (you can also do this in your food processor)
  2. Beat the egg and add to mixture.
  3. Add cold water and vinegar and stir until just incorporated.
  4. Form in to a ball and place in a zippered bag.
  5. Flatten to about 1/2" with a rolling pin.
  6. Place bag in freezer for about 20 minutes
  7. Combine dry struesel ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.
  8. Add cold butter and work with a pastry cutter until dry mixture is fully incorporated.
  9. Crumble the mixture so that pieces are no larger than pea sized.
  10. Refrigerate until needed.
  11. Roll out pie crust on a floured surface and place in pie pan.
  12. Preheat the oven to 425.
  13. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil to catch any spillover during baking and place in bottom third of oven.
  14. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, flour and spices and mix well.
  15. Core, peel and slice apples into 1/4" or less slices.
  16. Add apples and vinegar to bowl and toss to coat.
  17. Put apples in crust and dot top with pieces of butter.
  18. Bake for 20 minutes.
  19. Remove from oven and top pie with struesel mixture.
  20. Reduce temperature to 375F and return pie to oven to cook for about 50 minutes more (when crust is golden and filling is bubbling). Note: watch the pie and if the struesel begins to get too brown, you can cover the top of the pie loosely with aluminum foil.
  21. Allow to cool before serving.
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The Prettiest Tulips To Plant This Fall

The Prettiest Tulips to Plant this Fall

Fall bulb catalogs are popping up in mailboxes everywhere as gardeners decide what they want to plant this fall. There are so many choices to choose from when it comes to tulips – picking just a few is hard work!

Planning how you want your garden to look next spring goes into picking out the prettiest tulips to plant this fall season. If you are in a warmer area, make sure to give yourself time to cold storage them so they experience a winter before you plant them. In all other areas, you want to get them into the ground before the first frost hits your area.

Tulip Happy Generation – This tulip honestly looks like it has the red Canadian flag in the center of it. It is a white tulip with splotches of red and a yellow base. It is very unique and beautiful in how different it looks compared to other tulips.

Black Parrot Tulips – For one of the deepest, darkest tulips around, you gotta check out the Black Parrot Tulips. When you see Parrot in the name you know that the petals have a feathered look or irregular shaped petals that are breathtakingly beautiful. You can find parrot shaped petals in many different colors too.

Esperanto Tulip – This is a very rare tulip that only a couple bulb companies carry. It is hard to propagate so if you get your hands on these bulbs, consider yourself lucky and treat them well. The middle has a green flame shooting up from the base surrounding by various shades of pink and red. It is like nothing you have ever seen!

Tulip Lily – Tulip Lilies are tall, slender tulips that look quite elegant and are a perfect tulip to grow to use in a vase in the house. These tulips originated in the high mountain areas of Turkestan and did not start out as hybrids, which a lot of gardeners assumed. They are an excellent addition to plant this fall.

William of Orange Tulip – This beautiful orange tulip grows well in rock gardens. It has a light sweet scent, whereas most tulips do not have a scent. It also has a double bloom making it a quite stunning flower.

What are your favorite tulips to plant?

25 Points From Recyclebank When You Learn About Energy!

Recyclebank has another easy 25 points for you to earn when you learn more about the ways that we power our world!

The energy that powers our world has big impact on the planet. Learn how we can minimize it and earn 25 points.

Just head to Recyclebank (and make sure that you are logged in to your account) to get your points!

Recyclebank points can be redeemed for high-value coupons for organic and healthy items, magazine subscriptions and even gift cards to some of your favorite stores!

Grocery Deals Updated | Giant Eagle Week of September 18, 2014

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The grocery store store deals and matchups pages have been updated with all the best bargains at Giant Eagle for the new sales!!

Make sure that you check out Coupons.com, SmartSource and RedPlum for any printable coupons that you may need!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

Giant Eagle Deals – Week of September 18, 2014

Shopping somewhere else this week? Check out the rest of the Coupon Matchups that I have posted!

Crockpot Recipes | Beef Roast With Tomato Sauce + More!

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I am always on the hunt for new crockpot recipes, especially for beef. I love these freezer to crockpot meals that I have for beef, but wanted to create something a little nicer for Sunday Dinner. I don’t have the greatest record of success with roasts in the oven but I really love a good beef roast over egg noodles or potatoes.

I made this recipe the other day and it just turned out fabulous. Even my neighbor and his boys (who popped in the house to watch the last half of the Eagles game with us and ended up staying for dinner) went nuts for it. The only downside to them loving it? I was hoping to have leftovers for lunch the next day and between my family and his, an entire 4-pound roast was GONE. On the bright side, I guess that means that this is a good recipe!

To make it you will need:

  • Boneless Chuck Roast (about 3 lbs)
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 28-oz can Italian Style diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup prepared marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked egg noodles or mashed potatoes for serving

Ok – let’s get started:

1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan on medium-high until very hot.  Season roast with salt & pepper.  Add roast to pan, turning to brown on all sides (about 3 minutes per side)  IMG_4123

2. Remove roast and place in a 6-qt crockpot.  Pour out or use a paper towel to remove all but about 2 Tbsp of the meat drippings

3.  Add the carrots, peppers, onions and garlic to the pan and saute for about 4 minutes, until the carrots start to soften.

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4.  Add the wine to the pan and use a spatula to scrape the meat bits from the bottom of the pan.

5.  Allow vegetables and wine to simmer a few minutes, until the wine is reduced by about 1/4.  Add the beef stock and heat mixture until simmering

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6.  Pour mixture over roast in the crockpot.  Add rosemary, bay leaves, tomatoes and tomato sauce

7.  Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low

8. Transfer roast to serving platter and pour some of the sauce created in the crockpot over the roast.

9.  Serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

I hope that you like this recipe – it is a new family favorite for us!

Looking for more crockpot recipes?  Here are a few more of my favorites:

Crockpot Pulled Pork Recipes

Easy Recipe for Chili

Homemade Applesauce

Crockpot Recipes | Beef Roast With Tomato Sauce + More!

Ingredients

  • Boneless Chuck Roast (about 3 lbs)
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 28-oz can Italian Style diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup prepared marinara sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked egg noodles or mashed potatoes for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large pan on medium-high until very hot. Season roast with salt & pepper. Add roast to pan, turning to brown on all sides (about 3 minutes per side)
  2. Remove roast and place in a 6-qt crockpot. Pour out or use a paper towel to remove all but about 2 Tbsp of the meat drippings
  3. Add the carrots, peppers, onions and garlic to the pan and saute for about 4 minutes, until the carrots start to soften.
  4. Add the wine to the pan and use a spatula to scrape the meat bits from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Allow vegetables and wine to simmer a few minutes, until the wine is reduced by about 1/4. Add the beef stock and heat mixture until simmering
  6. Pour mixture over roast in the crockpot. Add rosemary, bay leaves, tomatoes and tomato sauce
  7. Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low
  8. Transfer roast to serving platter and pour some of the sauce created in the crockpot over the roast.
  9. Serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.
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Sunday Coupon Insert Sneak Peek | September 21, 2014

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There is 1 confirmed Sunday Coupon Insert in the paper this weekend (September 21, 2014)… a SmartSource Insert.

You can check it out on my Coupon Insert Preview page!

Don’t forget to stop back Saturday morning for my weekly Coupon Insert Preview post, where I highlight what I think are the best coupons and let you know how many newspapers I will be buying this week!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the 2014 Coupon Insert Schedule

Easy Potato Soup Recipe

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Oh – potato soup! Creamy, filling and full of stick-to-your-ribs goodness! There is no reason that you should ever buy it…not when you have such an easy potato soup recipe! This takes just a few minutes to put together and then it will cook in your slow cooker for about 8 hours. When it is done, just serve it with some nice crusty bread and you have a hearty dinner!

You will need:

easy potato soup recipe ingredients

  • 8 medium Potatoes cubed
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 quart Chicken Broth
  • 1 lb Bacon, but in to 1″ pieces
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt

Making it couldn’t be simpler!

Just chop up your potatoes and onions

potatoes onions

And fry your bacon (make sure that you drain it well on paper towels after cooking)

bacon frying

Reserve a little bit of the bacon for garnish when you serve it, and dump everything in to your crockpot!

add bacon

After about 8 hours on low, your potato soup will be done!

potato soup in crockpot

See the complete directions for my easy potato soup recipe below!

You might also want to try these recipes for soups:

Easy Potato Soup Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Easy Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 medium Potatoes cubed
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 quart Chicken Broth
  • 1 lb Bacon, cut in to 1" pieces
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheese
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Peppe

Instructions

  1. Chop potatoes and onions
  2. Fry bacon until crisp. Drain well on paper towels. Reserve some bacon for garnish
  3. Add all items into the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Ladle soup in to bowls. Top with reserved bacon
  6. Serve & Enjoy!

Notes

Top with some shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, green onions and sour cream (optional)

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How To Budget When You Are Broke

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Budgeting for anyone takes time and a lot of energy. However, in a society where everything is going up and wages are staying the same, you need to know how to budget even when there isn’t much there. Are you ready to take a look at your budget and start inserting some new tips?

:: Look Again

There is always some wiggle room in a budget. How is this? Well, each time you take a closer look at your budget, you might find some available money. Can you call and get another discount on your cell phone? Are you willing to get rid of some channels on your television? In all honesty, if you’re that broke, it may be time to cut the cable bill completely. Are you stopping to get coffee on your way to work because it is “only” $1 (when you can make it cheaper at home).  Hitting the vending machine at work for a $0.75 soda?

Every time you take a second look at your budget, you become a little less broke.

:: Pay Necessities First

A lot of people who are on a tight budget are faced with what they should pay first. If your family is going to be suffering financially for a while, you need to pay your main bills first. What constitutes as a main bill? Paying your mortgage or rent first would be an example of paying your necessities first. Of course your heat, water, and electricity can also be considered your main bills.

If you can’t make major credit card payments, loans, and other debts, then it’s time to start calling your creditors.  This is a time to look at every bill you have and to take an even closer look at where all of your money is going!

:: Get Creative

Okay, no one likes eating macaroni or ramen noodles for an extended period of time, but if you’re broke, it’s time to swallow your pride. There is no shame in putting yourself on a tight food budget. After all, cutting a food budget is one of the easiest ways to stretch a budget. It’s a little scary to reduce this part of your budget, but you may not have a choice.

Buying just the necessities like milk, chicken, beans, and bread is something you may have to partake in for a while. Don’t get discouraged though because there are a lot of different recipes you can try out thanks to Pinterest and the Internet. (Have to cut the Internet out? No problem, take exclusive advantage of free WIFI in various places in your town.)

Are there other places you can get creative in your budget? Sure! Maybe now is the time to learn how to sew and patch your own clothing. When you are broke, there is never a wrong idea for getting creative with your budget, as long as it’s legal.

:: Increase Your Income

It’s understandable that for some families, increasing the revenue coming in is simply not doable. However, if you can get a part time job, then now is the time to do so. Even if you only have the job for a short period of time, any extra money coming in will help pay down debt and balance out your budget.

Most people have experienced being broke in their lifetime and there is no shame in it. Sometimes being broke is our fault and sometimes it’s not. That’s why you have to reevaluate where your money is going and double evaluate what you can cut. Use these tips to create a lasting budget while you’re broke. Things will get better, but until they do, it’s time to cut back and create a new budgeting plan.

What are your best budgeting tips?

CVS Coupon Matchups | Week of September 21, 2014 Preview

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Here is a sneak peek at the CVS Coupon Matchups and Deals for September 21, 2014.

New to shopping at CVS? Make sure that you read my How To Save Money at CVS post!. Don’t forget check out the CVS Coupon policy!

Starbucks Refreshers (12 oz), $1.50
Get $1.50 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 1)
FREE after ECBs

Brookside Pouches, $3
$2/2 coupon at the in-store CVS coupon machine
STACK WITH
$1.00/1 Brookside Chocolate, 7 oz or Larger – 9-14-14 SS (exp 11/09/14)
$1.00/1 Brookside Chocolate, 7 oz or Larger – 9-14-14 SS (exp 11/23/14)
$1.00/1 Brookside Chocolate, 7 oz or larger bag
$1 each after coupons

Werther’s Sugar Free, $2
$1.00/1 Werther’s Original Sugar Free, 2.75 oz or Larger; Play Game To Access – Facebook Coupon
$1 after coupon

Herbal Essences or Aussie Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler, $3
B1G1 Herbal Essences Conditioner or Styler FREE wyb (1) Herbal Esesnces Shampoo; Maximum Value $4.99; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-14-14 SS (exp 09/28/14)
$1.00/1 Herbal Essences Shampoo or Conditioner; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
as low as $1.50 each after coupon

Colgate Battery Powered Toothbrush, $6.99
Get $3 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 2)
$2/1 coupon in the 9/21/2014 inserts
$1.99 after coupon and ECBs

Triaminic Night Time or Day Time, $5.99
$4/1 coupon in the 9/21/2014 inserts
$1.99 after coupon

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, Buy 1 Get 2 FREE
$2.00/2 Arm & Hammer Liquid, Powder, or Single Dose Laundry Detergent – 9-14-14 SS (exp 10/25/14)
$2.00/2 Arm & Hammer Liquid, Powder, or Unit Dose Laundry Detergents

See the CVS Coupon Matchups and Deals for the current week

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Walgreens Coupon Matchups | Week of September 21, 2014 Preview

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Here is a preview of the best Walgreens Coupon Deals and Matchups that I see for the week of September 21, 2014! The full list of all deals will be posted by Friday!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

New to shopping at Walgreens? Make sure that you check out my How To Save at Walgreens post. Don’t forget to register for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program so that you can start earning points on your purchases!

Colgate Slim Soft, Max Fresh or White Toothbrush or Total Toothpaste, 2 for $6
Get a $3 Register Reward wyb 2

$1.00/1 Colgate Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or Larger; Includes Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, or Enamel Health Toothpaste
$0.50 each after coupons and RRs

Bausch + Lomb Renu Multipurpose Solution (12 oz), $7.99
Get a $5 Register Reward wyb 1

$2.00/1 Renu Fresh or Renu Sensitive Contact Solution, 12 oz – 8-24-14 SS (exp 10/24/14)
$2.00/1 Renu, 12 oz or Larger
$0.99 after coupon and RRs

Crest Sensi Toothpaste or Rinse, 3 for $10
Get a $4 Register Reward wyb 3

$1.00/1 Crest Sensi-Relief, Sensi-Namel, or Sensi-Repair & Prevent Toothpaste, 3.5 oz or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$1.00/1 Crest Be, Sensi-Relief, 3D White Brilliance Toothpaste, or 3D White Booster, 3 oz or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 8-31-14 PG (exp 09/30/14)
$1.50/1 Crest Sensi-Relief, Sensi-Namel, or Sensi-Repair & Prevent Paste; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-14-14 RP (exp 10/31/14)
as low as $0.50 each after coupons and RRs

Speed Stick Gear Deodorant, $3.99
Get a $1 Register Reward wyb 1

$1.50/1 coupon in the 9/21/2014 inserts
$1.49 after coupon and RR

Triaminic (4 oz), $5.99
$4/1 coupon in the 9/21/2014 inserts
$1.99 after coupon

Schick Quattro or Intuition Razor System or Cartridges, $9.99
Get a $3 Register Reward wyb 1

$3.00/1 Schick Intuition or Quattro For Women Razor or Refill – 8-10-14 SS (exp 09/20/14)
$3.00/1 Schick Quattro For Men Razor or Refill – 8-10-14 SS (exp 09/20/14)
$3.99 after coupon and RRs

See the current list of Walgreens Coupon Deals

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Rite Aid Coupon Matchups | Week of September 21, 2014 Preview

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Rite Aid Coupon Matchups and Deals for the current week

Here is a preview of the Rite Aid Coupon Matchups and Deals for the week of September 21, 2014

New to shopping at Rite Aid? Make sure that you check out my Rite Aid 101 post!

It’s always a good idea to have the Rite Aid Coupon policy with you, just in case you encounter any problems! Don’t forget to check out the list of current Video Values Coupons for any deals that I may have missed!

Mars, Reese’s or Peeps Single Serve Candy, 3 for $2
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 3
(limit 2)
$0.33 each after +UPR

Palmolive Dish Soap, $0.99
$0.50/1 Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap – 9-14-14 SS (exp 10/04/14)
$1.00/2 Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap – 9-14-14 SS (exp 10/04/14)
$0.49 after coupon

Colgate Total or Total Advanced Toothpaste or Toothbrush or Slim Soft Toothbrush, $2.99
Get a $2 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$0.99 after +UPR

Carefree Pantiliners or Stayfree Pads, 2 for $4
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 2
(limit 2)
$1.00/1 Stayfree Product
$1.00/1 Stayfree Product – 8-24-14 SS (exp 10/05/14)
$0.50/1 Carefree Liners
$0.50/1 Carefree Product – 8-24-14 SS (exp 10/05/14)
as low as $0.50 each after coupons and +UPR

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo or Conditioner, $5
Get a $2 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 4)
$1.50/1 Clear Scalp & Hair Product; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 8-24-14 RP (exp 09/21/14)
$1.50 after coupon and +UPR

Theratears, $9.99
Get a $3 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$3.00/1 TheraTears Eye Care Solution; Redeemable at Walmart – SS Insert 6-9-14 (exp 09/30/14)
$3.00/1 TheraTears Eye Care Product – 8-24-14 RP (exp 12/13/14)
$1.00/1 TheraTears Dry-Eye Treatment Products (exp 12/31/14)
as low as $3.99 after coupon and +UPR

See the deals for the current week on my Rite Aid Coupon Deals page!

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Grocery Deals Updated | Walmart, Food Lion

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The grocery store store deals and matchups pages have been updated with all the best bargains at Walmart and Food Lion for the new sales!!

Make sure that you check out Coupons.com, SmartSource and RedPlum for any printable coupons that you may need!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

Walmart Deals – Week of September 15, 2014

Food Lion Deals – Week of September 17, 2014

Shopping somewhere else this week? Check out the rest of the Coupon Matchups that I have posted!