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Thursday, June 30, 2011

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FOOD GIVEAWAYS

(Just a reminder that I post this to my blog, but it is actually a post that I do at the radio station I work at. So some of the info a regular blog reader may read may seem very simple and obvious, but it is not obvious to many of our station's listeners).

One of the ways I like to save money on my food budget is by winning what we eat. This may sound silly, but there are many, many, many blogs out there that are hosting giveaways for different food companies. Here are just a few great examples.

Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch Cereal at Musings From a Stay At Home Mom (ends 7/5)


$25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway at "Deal"ectable Mommies (ends 7/10)
- Mind you this is not a food giveaway but you can parlay that $25 gift card into groceries

Frito-Lay Summer Fun Family Pack at Confessions of a Frugal Mind (ends 7/1)
What is better than winning those expensive snack treats?

Bakery On Main box of TrueBars at One Busy Mama (ends 7/1)
These are a great good-for-you snack alternative.

Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch prize pack giveaway at Miracle Moms (ends 7/7)
Yes, I already posted a blog that is giving this away, but anyone who enters blog giveaways knows that you should take chances wherever possible, but do be fair. If you win at one, let the other know so someone else has a chance.

$20 Pizza Hut gift card giveaway at Tim and Angi's Blog (ends 7/15)
Yes sometimes you will see giveaways for restaurants. Enter them! We have gotten some great dinners out this way.

Bertoli Taste Of Italy prize pack giveaway at Eighty MPH Mom (ends 7/5)


Community Coffee Around The World Coffee Sampler at Sammy Makes Six (ends 7/9)
I haven't paid for coffee in at least six months thanks to winning coffee in a blog giveaway.

Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownie giveaway at The Mama Report (ends 7/2)


Two Coupons for Free Gorton's Fish products at The Mama Report (ends 7/7) Three winners!

Now how to go about entering these giveaways. Click the link which will take you to the blog hosting that giveaway. Read their review and follow their directions. Some people give you entries if you leave a comment answering a question that may be related to the review. Some may ask you to like them on Facebook. Do what you want to do. You can get extra entries at many of the blogs by following them on facebook, tweeting their giveaway, sharing on facebook and emailing friends about the giveaway. Again do what you want to do.

Some blogs will ask you to leave an email in the body of your comment (not the area where you put your name and email which is unseeen). EVERYONE always suggests you disguise your email which means to do something like this. Here is my radio shine email disguised : kelly(AT)radioshine(DOT)org. By spelling out those symbols, spider programs (they hunt for emails to spam) do not recognize your email as an email. Look at the other entries, and you will know what I mean. I also suggest that you open a special email just for giveaways. This way you know that only giveaway correspondence will go there. Gmail is a great email service that you can sign up for without charge.

Really it is very self explanatory, and it can be quite worth while. It is really kind of exciting getting special deliveries of goodies that you win. Your odds are pretty good too. Another good thing is that you do not give your address for delivery UNTIL you win. So this is not a way to just get addresses for obnoxious mailing lists.



FREEBIES


Kids eat free at Ikea on July 1st through July 4th. Choose one combo meal which are priced at $2.49. It is entirely free for children under the age of 12, and there is no other purchase required. One meal per child. There is an Ikea in Tempe. If you are headed that way, check it out. Details at the link below.

LINK: Kids eat free at Ikea

Blockbuster Express has two more codes floating around for free movie rentals at their store kiosks. These codes expire on July 4th. Give them a try: 26KBDJ5 and 25NCRP6

Follow this link to find a kiosk near you: Blockbuster Express Kiosk

While supplies last, get your hands on a sample of Splenda Essentials which is Splenda sweetener with the addition of vitamins or with antioxidents.

I have no idea how long this will last, but while supplies last you can get a sample of a Salonpas pain relief patch.

LINK: Salonpas Sample

I love getting free samples of laundry detergent. If you haven't signed up for it yet, get your hands on this Purex with Zout sample. It took a while to come in, but I just loved it.

LINK: Purex with Zout

Get a free sample of Hugo Boss cologne by following the link below.


LINK: Hugo Boss Sample

Free CCM has many free Christian music downloads this week. Check out songs by Stephen Cole, VOTA, Addison Road, 33Miles, Stellar Kart and Cloverton.


LINK:
FreeCCM Free Christian Music

iTickets.com has a free sample of Beckah Shae's "For Such A Time As This."

LINK:
iTickets Free Christian Music

RECIPES


Boneless skinless chicken breasts are on sale at both Albertsons and Fry's for $1.67 a pound. I thought I would share some good money saving chicken recipes.

I found a great slow cooker recipe for Chicken and Dumplings. This recipe calls for boneless chicken thighs, but I am substituting the boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Another treat I like to make when I have boneless chicken breasts is BBQ shredded chicken sandwiches. You can do this with any chicken. Just simply put your chicken in the slow cooker and cover with BBQ sauce and cook on low. BBQ sauce is so inexpensive right now this is a really a quick and thrifty meal. Let the chicken cook all day on low and at dinner time simply shred with a fork. You can put the chicken on hamburger buns or even open sandwich style on sliced bread.

Another great recipe is Slow Cooker Italian Chicken. This calls for very few ingredients and tastes really good over rice or pasta. When I bake chicken, I almost always have some left over. One of the things I like to do is make chicken salad.

Since peaches are on sale this week at Fry's, I thought I would look up a peach and chicken salad. I found a great recipe at AllRecipes.com for
Chicken Salad with Peaches and Walnuts. Doesn't that sound amazing?


ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Take the kids to Michaels today (6/30) from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for their passport to fun Canada. The kids will make a little moose and maple leaf.

LINK: Passport to Fun Canada

Saturday July 9th your kids can enjoy a new fun activity at Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics. Sign the kids up now, and they can make a cool wooden tow truck. Sign them up for July 23rd as well, because they will learn to make wooden binoculars. These could be great for some fun summer bird watching.

LINK: Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics

GROCERY DEALS

This is just a small sampling of some of the great sales out there. Definitely take advantage of the great fresh fruit sales at Fry's. And don't forget, last week I posted a link for freezer jam, you could put some of those great deals to some yummy jammy use. :)

SAFEWAY

Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce 99 cents each (18 oz)
80% Lean Ground Beef $1.99 pound (today June 30 only)
Flyer Coupons
Hidden Valley Ranch 16 oz salad dressing or Heinz Ketchup 32-36 oz $1.69 (limit 3)
Bush's Grillin' or Baked Beans 21 to 22-oz. Grillin' or 28-oz. Baked 2 for $3.00

FRY'S

Strawberries 16 oz containers 77 cents each
Red Tommy Atkins or Yellow Ataulfa Mangoes 3/$1.00
Roma Tomatoes 77 cents a pound
Peaches, Plums or Nectarines 77 cents a pound
Iceberg, Romaine, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce 96 cents each
Keta Salmon Filets $3.88 pound
Kroger Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.67 pound
Hebrew National Beef Franks (my fave) $1.99 each
Special Buy 10 save $3.00 deals (There are quite a few, but these are the ones I liked. Remember you have to buy 10 participating items to get the deal)
Kool Aid, Country Time Lemonade or Tang 6-8 qt or 10-12 ct packets 99 cents
Banquet Entree 69 cents
Ragu Pasta Sauce 16-26 ounces $1.28
Kraft BBQ Sauce 18 ounce 69 cents

ALBERTSONS

Pork Loin Back Ribs 1/2 free seasoned $6.99 unseasoned $5.99 pound
Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.69 pound
Sweet Corn 8/$1.00
Gallon Milk select varieties $1.79 (limit 2)
Ball Park Meat or Turkey Franks 2/$3.oo


2 comments:

Baba said...

Yes, Kelly you are one of the winners! Please email me your information!

djsloan 1953 at Yahoo.com

Mrs. Adventure said...

Winner, winner! You've won my Manna Breads giveaway. Head over to my site and send me an email so I can get them shipped out to you.

I also have another three giveaways going on so comment away ;O)