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Score Big on Super Bowl Snacks

by Stephanie Nelson, GMA Savings Mom
January 2006
Smart shoppers should be on the lookout for great bargains on snack foods as we approach the Super Bowl.  Supermarkets hope to score big on Super Bowl party sales.  In fact, Progressive Grocer magazine reports that the Super Bowl has become one of the biggest food events of the year.  That’s good news for shoppers, since we can expect to see low sale prices and coupons available for popular snack foods and beverages.
Retailers report that the most common sales increases are seen on prepared deli party trays, bakery items like cakes and cookies, and salty snacks.  In fact, the Super Bowl week is the third highest sales period of the year for salty snacks, with 4th of July and Labor Day coming in at first and second place.
The most common snacks sold are chips and dip, peanuts, cookies and popcorn.  This week many retailers (supermarkets and national drugstore chains) across the country are promoting a Pepsi and Frito Lay product combination that offers a mail in rebate on their items, which also happen to be on sale.  Shoppers who take the time to save their receipt and mail in the rebate form will get the items free in many cities.  The catch?  Shoppers have to buy multiple quantities of each item to qualify for the rebate, and may have to wait eight weeks or more to get their money back.  But if you are patient, your wallet will score big!  Find out if your local supermarket or drugstore chain is offering this deal by checking their weekly sales circular or their website to view their online ad.
You can also print free coupons for popular Super Bowl snacks like microwave popcorn, refrigerated cookie dough and Chex snack mix. Also print coupons for frozen pizza, frozen appetizers, hummus dip, caramel corn and canned chili.  Although most grocery stores in the country accept coupons printed from a home computer, keep in mind that a few stores do not accept them due to a coupon counterfeiting episode that happened in 2003.  Also check the grocery coupon circulars in your Sunday newspaper for more snack coupons.
One of GMA viewers’ favorite recipes is Charlie Gibson’s Enchilada Casserole, a great Super Bowl snack choice.  Not only will your Super Bowl crowd love the taste of it, but you’ll love the price you pay to make it once we give it a Savings Mom Makeover.  Expect these ingredients to be on sale before the Super Bowl, and save more by taking advantage of the Frito Lay rebate and the printable coupon available for the chili. 
Charlie Gibson’s Enchilada Casserole
Casserole Ingredients:
 1 large 13-ounce package Doritos (save 2 cups for casserole topping) 
 2 tbsp. onion, grated
 1 10-ounce can chili with beans   (print coupon from Smartsource.com)
 10- to 15-ounce enchilada sauce
 8-ounce can tomato sauce
 1 and 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Topping Ingredients:
 2 cups Doritos
 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
 1¼ cups sour cream
1.  Preheat oven to 375° F.
2.  Crumble 6 cups Doritos with your hands into a large mixing bowl.
3.  Add the onion, the chili, the enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and 1½ cups of cheddar cheese to the crumbled Doritos. Stir with a rubber spatula to combine. Place mixture into an 8½ x 11-inch oven proof casserole dish.
4.  Bake for 20 minutes.
5.  Remove from the oven. Spread the sour cream over the top of the casserole with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Top with remaining 2 cups Doritos. Then sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese.
6.  Bake for another five minutes and serve.

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