Are you frugal? Do you know someone who is? Do you save packaging to re-use when you mail correspondence? Do you re-use aluminum foil? Wear your jeans twice before washing? Even go so far as one man I saw on TV and re-use paper towels? (He would rinse and dry them first.) This is the type of frugalness and being cheap that will not seem as extreme to you: General Kraft Food & Family Magazine is FREE. Yep! No need to cut corners to be able to afford this magazine! It is a smaller magazine that comes seasonally so you will receive one for spring, summer, fall, and winter.
What do I love about this magazine?
General Kraft Food & Family Magazine is totally free. No gimmicks. Unlike other magazines that give you a free gift or free issue, this magazine is free for all issues.
Coupons for foods that we eat and items we use. One issue we received a coupon for 55 cents off of Kraft mayonnaise and one FREE coupon for Kraft salad dressing up to $3.09. Kraft Ranch dressing here I come! Usually there are no coupons for free items so this was a little unusual.
Easy recipes using the products that you have coupons for; the coupons are IN the magazine issue!
Recipes are easy to read even for non-readers and elderly persons. Pictures outline each ingredient that you will need.
Even though recipes call for Kraft products, you can easily swap out your favorite mayonnaise for the Kraft Mayo listed in the recipe. Fabulous pictures of the finished recipe/food so you see how it is supposed to look.
Games to play while you eat the snack you just prepared from a recipe contained within the magazine. Word puzzles and word scrambles are examples.
Healthy snack recipes are included. No recipes in the General Kraft Food & Family Magazine have hard-to-find ingredients which is nice. Simple recipes using simple ingredients more than likely in your pantry already! Nutrition information on the recipes is closer to the back of the magazine but is available on each.
One issue has different ways to do a dog: Fix up your hot dogs in different ways to get out of the same old rut of plain old hot dog on a bun. Fun to do and easy enough that children can help with dinner. Readers’ ideas on quick meals are put in a section called “idea swap”.
Some issues are larger and longer, around 62 pages in each, than the one I have in my hands which only has 32 pages in it. All recipes are available on the website if you misplace your issue.
“What’s new” section about the new Kraft products on the market such as Kraft Bagel-fuls that have the cream cheese inside of the bagel (ooh sounds yummy!) and new things that Kraft is doing to help the environment.
Some of the recipes in this issue are “2-step strawberry shortcake, backyard burger, coleslaw toss, and frozen yogurt pie.” Recipes from another issue include “cheesy manicotti, shipwreck dinner, tangy pork chop bake, warm winter lemon cake, and blissful brownies.”
What I do not like about this magazine:
Smaller size of General Kraft Food & Family Magazine at times makes it easier to misplace until the coupons are expired. It is hard to recognize that it is a magazine with the other mail as the slick cover is so thin.
No multiple coupons, only one of each coupon and not enough coupons in each issue of General Kraft Food & Family Magazine. Smaller type in some places in the magazine make it difficult to read.
Advertisements for higher priced brand name meal kits is also not great for people easily influenced. Fatty cookies and cakes pictured will make you crave the bad stuff.
The last problem I have with General Kraft Food & Family Magazine is that it does not come more often.
My Final Thought: Really there is no downside here. Unless you are against magazine subscriptions that are totally free. You too can receive this great magazine with quick seasonal meal recipes for your family and coupons in each issue by going to www.kraftfoods.com and signing up. You won’t regret it! Just don’t throw it out thinking it is junk mail!