Friday, April 15, 2011

Reminder - Little Gentleman's Closet Giveaway

The Little Gentleman's Closet tie giveaway (with 2 winners!) ends Sunday at noon. If you haven't yet, enter HERE.

Free Reusable Shopping Bag @ Target (4/17)

The first 1 million customers at Target around the country on April 17th who make a purchase will be able to request a free reusable shopping bag.

See more details HERE.

Mega Swagbuck Friday

Today is Friday which means MEGA Swagbucks for searches. Instead of earning 5 or 10 Swagbucks for a search, you could earn up to 50 or 100. So get searching!

Want to know what's next on my Amazon wishlist (that I purchase with my Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks)? It's THIS. Yep. I fear we're reaching this stage soon! Heaven help us.

What's on your wishlist?

What is Swagbucks?
It's a search engine, like google. Use it in place of your regular search engine and earn Swagbucks every day that can be used towards gift cards and prizes.

How do I earn Swagbucks?
You can get Swagbucks for taking the daily poll, surveys, searching, shopping, and more!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New e-Coupons @ Social Grocery (Facebook)

I stumbled across a new site to load e-coupons onto your store cards the other day. It's a facebook-based application called Social Grocery.

Utah readers can type their Smith's card number into the application and load e-coupons there. If you're an out of state reader, check the list of participating stores HERE, because you might have others.

Why is it beneficial to load e-coupons at more than one site?
I think it's important to load e-coupons from more than one site because it allows you to buy multiples of items and receive the discount. For example, when you go to Cellfire, you can only load one of each digital coupon onto your card. So if you buy two of that item, only one is discounted via a cellfire coupon.

However, if you load that same e-coupon onto your card at Cellfire, Shortcuts and Social Grocery, you have triple the amount of e-coupons and thus triple the buying power! Trust me, it's a good thing.

Load e-coupons onto your Smith's card at Cellfire, Shortcuts, Social Grocery, P&G eSaver, Smiths Food & Drug, and Upromise.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

Oh, and did I mention there is cottage cheese in there too? These are by far my favorite pancake these days. I'm a huge fan oatmeal, and a huge fan of cottage cheese...and well, a huge fan of anything slathered in syrup. I make these late at night when I've had a bad day as comfort food, (even though they're pretty good for you). Yum!

Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes
(Recipe from an old co-worker)

2 eggs
1/2 c cottage cheese
1/2 c milk
1/2 c oats
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c flour

Combine milk and oats and heat in microwave for 1 min. Let soak until oats have fully absorbed the milk. Beat eggs, cinnamon and oil in a separate boil. Add in oats, mix. Add flour, mix. Add cottage cheese, mix. Cook over medium to low heat. Top with syrup and enjoy.

Smith's Deals (4/13 - 4/19)

{Print the Smith's coupon policy HERE.}

The caselot sale is officially over, but there should be some good sales starting this week at Smith's. Check out the Grocery Smarts List HERE for all the details. Remember, the best stock-up deals have red stars next to them!

If you've never checked out the Pinching Your Pennies forums, you should do that as well! They have a thread for every store each week where you can discuss the best deals of that week. Sometimes the lengthy discussions can be hard to keep up with in a forum format, but it's worth a look -- especially during good sale weeks!

And don't forget to add e-coupons to your Smith's Fresh Rewards card at Cellfire, Smiths Food & Drug, Shortcuts, P&G eSaver and Upromise.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Artscow - Personalized Umbrella's $14.99 Shipped

Artscow has a fun coupon out right now:

  • SPR11UMB - $14.99 customized umbrella with free shipping (expires 4/20)

These would be a fun Easter basket filler!

Easiest Way To Eat More Veggies

I saw this in Redbook Magazine last month and I just had to share. It comes from Missy Chase Lapine, the author of the Sneaky Chef cookbook series.

I'm at the toddler eating stage with The Bambina, so I sneak healthy things into her food all the time. But what about adults? I think I should probably be sneaking more good stuff into my food as well. Here are some tips to help.

Purple Puree
6 cups raw baby spinach
1 tsp lemon juice
3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, slightly thawed

Puree all ingredients with 2 Tbsp water in a food processor until smooth. If necessary, add another 1 to 2 Tbsp water for a smoother consistency.

Use it in:
  • Brownies - Substitute for half the oil the recipe calls for
  • Taco meat - Add 1/2 cup per pound of beef
  • Burgers - Use 1/4 cup per pound of meat

Orange Puree
1 sweet potato, peeled, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled, sliced into chunks

In a medium pot, cover potatoes and carrots with water and boil for about 20 minutes, until very tender. Drain and place in a food processor with 2 Tbsp water. Puree on high until smooth.

Use it in:
  • Banana bread - Substitute for half the oil or butter the recipe calls for
  • Mac and cheese - Add up to 1/4 cup to a box of prepared mac and cheese

Green Puree
2 cups broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
2 cups raw baby spinach
1 cup frozen sweet peas

Steam broccoli and spinach in a steamer over 2 inches of water, about 10 minutes or until very tender. Add peas for the last 2 minutes. Drain; place in a food processor with 2 Tbsp water. Puree on high until smooth.

Use it in:
  • Guacamole - Use in place of 1/2 of the avocado
  • Lasagna - Substitute for 1/3 of the sauce with puree
  • Chili - Stir in 1/2 cup per batch

White puree
2 15-oz cans of white beans, such as great northern, navy or cannellini

Rinse and drain beans; place in a food processor. Puree with 2 Tbsp water until you get a smooth (not wet) puree the consistency of peanut butter. If necessary, thin with 1 tsp water.

Use it in:
  • Coffee cake, muffins, or chocolate-chip oatmeal or sugar cookies - substitute for half the butter the recipes call for.

Note - you can refrigerate each of these purees for 3 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.

Monday, April 11, 2011

My Price Book

I started a new tab at the top of the homepage called my Pricebook. I often get emails from readers asking what a good deal is on a certain item. So I've compiled a list of the pricepoints I aim for on certain items when I'm shopping. (This includes cuts of meat, toilet paper, shampoo, diapers, etc.)

Check this list out HERE.

If you think of anything else you'd like me to add to the list, email me!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Walgreens Deals (4/10 - 4/17)

{Confused? Read the Walgreens FAQ HERE.}
{Print the Walgreens coupon policy HERE.}

Check out this week's Walgreens deals HERE or HERE or HERE.

Rite Aid Deals (4/10 - 4/16)

Load e-coupons to your Rite Aid card at Upromise HERE. Watch the April videos to earn four $2/10 RAQ's. Keep your eyes out for survey offers at the bottom of your receipts that could earn you up to three $3/15 RAQ's per month.

Note: If there is no +UP limit stated in the ad, it is usually unlimited. But check your ad -- it looks like they're limiting all the good +UPs this week!

{Learn how to shop at Rite Aid HERE.}
{ Read the Rite Aid FAQ HERE.}
{Print the Rite Aid coupon policy HERE.}

2/$1 Snickers Eggs
-$1/2 MFQ HERE or (RP 3/20)
= 2 FREE

$2.99 Gillette or Old Spice Bodywash x 2
-BOGO MFQ (P&G 4/3)
-$2 +UP Reward x 2 (limit 2)
= $1 profit wyb 2!

$4.99 Visine
-$2 in-ad RAQ
-$2 MFQ HERE (on page 9 for me) or HERE (on page 2 for me)

4/$20 John Frieda Haircare
-$3/15 RAQ
-$2 MFQ (SS 3/6) or $1 MFQ (SS 3/6)
-$10 +UP wyb 4
= As low as $1 profit wyb 4!

$10.99 Tide Laundry Detergent, 100 loads
-$3 store peelies on some powder boxes
-$1 MFQ (P&G Everyday Savings Booklet)
= $6.99

2/$5 M&M's Bagged Candy, Pretzel Variety
-$1 MFQ (RP 3/13) x 2
-$1 +UP Reward wyb 2
= $1 each wyb 2

2/$5 Stayfree
-$1 MFQ (RP 3/27) x 2
-$2 +UP Reward wyb 2
= $0.50 each wyb 2

$3.99 Softsoap Bodywash
-$1 +UP Reward
-$0.75 MFQ (SS 3/27)
= $2.24

$4.99 Bic Flex Hybrid Razors, 3 or 4 ct x 2
-$3 MFQ (SS 4/10 - did we get this one in Utah?) x 2
-$2 +UP Reward wyb 2
= $0.99 each wyb 2

$3.99 Glad Trash Bags
-$1 MFQ HERE (this will go fast)
-$1 +UP Reward
= $1.99

2/$5 Softscrub Total
-$1 MFQ (RP 3/13) x 2
-$1 +UP Reward wyb 2
= $1 each wyb 2

$2.99 Hot Shot Ant and Roach Spray
-$1 +UP Reward
= $1.99

All Pampers & Huggies baby wipes are BOGO50% this week.

Scenario #1:
2/$1 Snickers Eggs
$2.99 Gillette or Old Spice Bodywash
$2.99 Gillette or Old Spice Bodywash
$4.99 Visine
2/$5 Softscrub Total
-$3/15 RAQ
-$1/2 Snickers MFQ HERE or (RP 3/20)
-$2 in-ad Visine RAQ
-$2 Visine MFQ HERE (on page 9 for me) or HERE (on page 2 for me)
-BOGO Gillette/Old Spice MFQ (P&G 4/3)
-$1 Softscrub MFQ (RP 3/13) x 2
= $3.98 + tax
(And get back $5 +UP Reward == $1.01 profit!)

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