Coupon Crazy

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I did this thing… I swore I’d never do… I got caught up in the hype, and then I went a little coupon crazy.  Sure, I used the tips from the Coupon Queen.  That’s how I started down this road.  It was “Super Double” coupons week.  Double the face value up to TWO Dollars.  So that’s four dollars off, on a coupon I had for Pork Tenderloin.  Which just so happened to be on sale that week as well.  I confess, I left with more pork tenderloins than you really want to see in a week.

  Cooking After Coupon

Who doesn’t love a good Pork Tenderloin?


Welcome to North Carolina, people.  Pork is our Bacon.  Oh, wait.  Our Lob-STAH, our corn, tobacco, soybeans, our Longhorn Steer, if you catch my drift.  ”Some People” think pork is gross.  I think Chicken is gross.  Are we even? can we move along now?  It’s Pork Tenderloin!  The  filet  of the pig.

And it was teriyaki marinade style.  ’Cause everyone wants four teriyaki pork tenderloins, huh? Okay, not four, but four dinners  worth of teriyaki pork tenderloin.  Which may not bother some people to eat the same dinner, night after night, but I can see me trying to serve this day after day, and that look from everyone else at the table.  ”Go a little coupon crazy  this week, mom?”


I’m going to disguise the Pork Tenderloin.  They’ll never know what hit ‘em.  A few ways to incorporate the Teriyaki, and a few ways to ignore it completely.  Some pork fried rice?  That’s an obvious one.  Take half of one tenderloin and cut into bite size pieces.  No seasoning required.

That was easy.

I think I can grill and slice one, and serve with the Country Crock Mashed Potatoes.  I had a coupon and they were TOTALLY free.  ”We” can eat them once.  (I don’t eat anything but the real deal when it comes to mashed potatoes, but I can double up on green beans, while relishing in the fact that green beans were the only thing I paid real money for at dinner that night.)

I’m thinking some form of Cuban sandwich with the sliced pork as well, and maybe enough spicy mustard to cover that pre-seasoning.  A thai-noodle dish using my new favorite sauce would be pretty easy as well, as long as I serve that one as far from the Fried Rice night as I can.

Which leaves me with just one more night of Coupon Crazy dinners.  I contemplate my pantry staples, and I think I will step it up a little, since the other three meals have actually been effortless. I have no idea where this comes to me, but I remember a black bean chili I had once.  I’m pretty sure the original recipe called for steak,  so I completely marked it off my dinner bank.  Steak?  Yeah, I’ll serve it, but certainly not with beans.  I researched a few possible recipes to determine if the seasonings involved would mask the teriyaki.  I’m not sure?  But we’ll give it a try.  The groceries were 80 bucks that week people; we’re willing to  get risky ;o)

What’d I come up with?  Pork and Black Bean Chili. I made it in the crockpot and The Man spent the day asking “Can we eat that yet?”  It totally lived up to it’s own hype.


I’ll share the recipe below, and while YOU eat the best new dinner in your menu book, I will eat my words. Coupon crazy? Maybe.  I found some more coupons for the pork tenderloin at Grocery Coupon Network.  I also found some videos with more coupon clipping tips and techniques. So, yeah, sorry, Honey. We’ll be having this again.  Darn.


Chili Bolognese Recipe

Pork and Black Bean Chili

1/2  Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, cut into bite size pieces, seared

tablespoon Olive Oil

4 cloves garlic, diced

2 tablespoons (ancho) chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 bottle dark beer

1 can low sodium chicken broth

1 can water

1 can diced tomatoes, pureed

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup Lentils (I added this at the end just for kicks.  I think it would be almost as good without them)

Heat Olive Oil in Skillet, and add garlic.  Saute 2 minutes and add chili powder and cumin.  Toast seasoning lightly, about 2 more minutes.  Add beer and cook over med high until reduced, around 4 mins.  Add all ingredients, except Lentils, to slow cooker on Low for 6-8 hours.  Add Lentils with 1-2 hours remaining.

Serve topped with Greek Yogurt, fresh avocado and grated Cheddar.  The avocado, for real people,  for real.

And get your coupons to make it all on the Cheap at

Then take a minute Hey, Dinner is in the crockpot! And Please Vote for Me today.  Maybe as your way of saying, “Ooh, Sounds delicious, D!  I’ll bring some Negro Modelos over if you’ll make this for me??”

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Denise Davis

Denise is a Frugal Mama who loves food, fitness, and family fun. She used to love shopping, now she loves consignment shopping. She’s on a mission to get the most of of life while spending as little as she can, doing all of this while teaching group exercise classes, feeding her family real foods, and loving her little ones to bits. Have a question, comment, or idea? Email Denise here: Denise gocheapgohome com


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  1. Tia says:

    I use the same kind of coupon, and pop one (or two) of the tenderloins in the freezer to use the next week. However, had you done that, I would’ve missed out on your great recipe!

    • Denise says:

      Great idea!! When things are really cheap with a coupon, always a goo idea to “stockpile” a few. I have to get through my weekly dinners before I can start stockpiling, and I enjoyed having a little experiment with it. I hope you enjoy the chili. You MUST make it. It’s absolutely delicious. I wouldn’t lie to you about food. Plenty of things I make that I DON’T share with you all!!

  2. Sorry to be the party porker. We eat chicken. Your recipe looks beautiful though. I guess over here we are the minority half chicken half vegetable eatin’ North Carolinians. Salmon would really be my go to pork but its too freakin expensive to eat everyday and there’s NEVER a coupon. #TALU

    • Denise says:

      Haha, well I should say I dont prefer chicken… But we had it last night. And many nights we have no meat at all- just vegetables!
      This original recipe called for beef, and I make my ” regular” chilinow with chicken bc I actually do like that better!!
      Just mix it up, especially when you have a coupon!
      Thanks for reading and especially for commenting!!

  3. Rosey says:

    Ohh, a recipe my hubby will like! LOL at the ‘did you go a little coupon crazy’ comment. I should coupon a lot more than I do, it’s fun and really does save a good deal of money. #TALU

  4. michellepond says:

    Great comeback and great chili recipe! TALU

  5. Denise says:

    I’m just waiting for anyone to offer to bring the beers… I’ll totally whip up a batch right now ;o)

  6. Penny Roach says:

    OK, you had me at dark beer!! I will definitely give this a try. And I love that your hubby said “can we eat that yet?” Boy, does that sound familiar!!

    BTW, I think chicken is gross too, but can deal with skinless, boneless breasts. It’s when I see people devouring chicken wings (or any chicken on the bone) that I want to turn and run. Blech!!

    I also need to check out the coupon site and videos. This alone may convince my husband that all this “blogging stuff” is actually worth my time. LOL

    Thanks Denise!!

    Penny at Green Moms and Kids

    • Denise says:

      Make the chili!! That alone will make your husband say it is all worth it! I’m sorry, is that vain? It was so yummy!!!


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