Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters "Snack Pack" Prize Pack: Winner Announced!

And the winner is....

Patti from Pandora's Box!

who said, "I love the aroma of "apple picking" in Central NY, apple pie and gingerbread baking in the kitchen, and the sound of walking thru crispy, dried leaves."

Congratulations, Patti! And thanks to everyone who entered!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Giveaway: Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters "Snack Pack" Prize Pack

It's giveaway time again and this one is a really nice one. As a member of Blogspark, I was sent all of the wonderful items seen below:

These Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters are delicious, nutritious and a definite 'hit' in our household. The prize pack will also include a backpack, flashlight, binoculars and my personal favorite, the stainless steel water's soo cute and purple, too!

To enter to win, just leave me a comment telling me what your favorite part of Autumn is...that's it!

Prize: Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters "Snack Pack" prize pack that includes all four (4) varieties of the Granola Nut Clusters along with a sling backpack, stainless steel water bottle, flashlight and binoculars!

Open to US Residents, age 18 and up.

I will choose a winner on October 2nd! Good Luck!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Winner Announced!

And the winner is:

cookiert , who posted, "...I love plum chicken!"

Congratulations, Cookiert, I will be emailing you soon.

And thanks to all of you who entered!

Have a great week!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrees - Giveaway

Wanchai Ferry frozen entrees are so delicious and tastes so fresh, too. They were nice enough to send me an actual sample (packed in dry ice), to my house to try. And all I can say is I am definitely a new fan! The only complaint I have is that I wish there were MORE servings in the package, because we really need 2 packages for our family.

If you would like to give them a try, enter to win, by submitting a comment. Tell me what your favorite Asian food is, that's it.

(1) Prize: Wanchai Ferry "Stay-At-Home" prize pack that includes 2 FREE ITEM coupons as well as some great Asian inspired rice bowls, chopsticks and bamboo place mats.

*This giveaway is provided by MyBlogSparkTM.

If you can't wait to see if you are the winner, you can download a $1.50 coupon here:!

I will pick the lucky winner on Tuesday, September 1st.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Better World Books - 20% Off All Used Books on Earth Day - Free Shipping, too

Shop online at Better World Books today, Earth Day 2009 and receive 20% off all Used Books with coupon code: EARTHDAY09

And as always, shipping is FREE when you select the Eco-Shipping option.

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Free Coffee at Starbucks on Earth Day 2009 (Canada & possibly USA, too)

This offer is for Starbucks in Canada, however, I have read on the Net that some people are getting free coffee (all week!) at their US, you might want to call ahead and see if your local Starbucks if participating. Hopefully it is!

Remember, too, that today is Tuesday so that means free coffee at McDonald's!

Bring a travel mug into your neighborhood Starbucks this Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 and we’ll fill it with complimentary freshly brewed Pike Place Roast. We’ll also take 10 cents off your drink every time you use your travel mug.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How to Advertise for Pennies a Day with Project Wonderful

Project Wonderful is a really innovative way to advertise on blogs and websites for literally pennies a day.

The concept of Project Wonderful is pretty simple. You bid for ad space on available blogs and websites. If your bid is the highest, than your ad will be placed on that site, until it is outbid or expires.

It is a great way to advertise and get exposure for your website, blog, Etsy Shop or any kind of business that you operate at a very low cost.

Here's how to get started with Project Wonderful:

  • $5 Gets You Started at Project Wonderful First - You will need to register your business with Project Wonderful. Once you sign up, you will be directed to PayPal, where you will have to deposit $5 to get started.

  • Next, you will need to have an Ad box for your business. The most popular size is 125 x 125. (You can see my 125 x 125 ad box in my sidebar, as well as the ad box for my other blog, Bella Casa - Decorating on a Budget. If you already have an ad, you can just adjust the size with photo editing software or you can download the Pix Resizer program. If you need to make an ad box or have one made professionally for about $10, visit Blogging With Success.

  • Place your bid - Now that your account is set up and you have an ad box, it is time to place bids on blogs and websites. Try to find sites that would have demographics that are similar to your business. After you bid, you will know if you are the high bidder or not either right away or after the site's owner has approved your bid. Don't be discouraged if your bid did not win, it may still end up in the top spot if the other bid expires before your bid does. Or, you can rebid at a higher amount to see what happens.

  • Monitor your stats at Project Wonderful - Monitor your stats at the Project Wonderful website. They have a very user friendly system and best of all, no false clicks will be registered, either, so you know that every click on your business site is unique. If you find an ad is not working for you, you can cancel the bid at any time and try a new site to bid on. Or if you find a site that you think is a very good fit for your advertising business, you can add them as a "Friend."

Advertising for pennies a day with Project Wonderful may be just the right fit for your blog or business. Give them a try.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How to Make a Really Good Cup of Coffee on a Budget

I don't know about you, but I have to have my coffee in the morning. And it has to taste really good, too. And even though our family is on a tighter budget than ever before, I am still, thankfully, able to have a great cup of joe every morning!

Here's how:

I'm very picky about my coffee. No weak beans or burnt tasting java for me. I like it smooth and hot with just a touch of flavor to it. The perfect coffee at a great price are both, the Folgers Flavored Coffee...

...and the Maxwell House Flavored Coffees. I like French Vanilla the best, for both brands.

Stock Up When The Coffee is Half Off!

The original price of both of these coffees is approximately $4.99 at all of my area grocery stores. But every 4-6 weeks, one brand is on sale for HALF PRICE at Meijer Grocery Store. So, whenever I see that it is on sale, I buy about 5-6 containers of it to stock up. This way, I usually have enough on hand to last until the next sale. Meijer is located in the Midwest, but I am sure that if they have this sale, that other stores in other parts of the country must run this sale, too. So, keep a look out for it.

I take cream in my coffee, but to save on that, I buy the NJoy Cream in bulk from Costco. It's actually a pretty good creamer. I recommend it.

Coffee-mate Flavored Cream At Christmas time, I do like to indulge in the flavored creamers from Coffee-mate. I really liked their Tiramisu flavor of all things! They usually are on sale around all big holidays and you can usually find a coupon in your local paper for more savings. The hard part? Weaning myself off of the flavored creamers after the holidays are over!

So, this is how I have a great cup of coffee on a budget. I hope some of these tips help you, too! Life is too short for weak or burnt coffee, I say!


Monday, March 30, 2009

Problogger: 31 Days to a Better Blog

On April 1st, Darren Rowse of will start his, "31 Days to a Better Blog" series. It will run from April 1st - May 1st.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for bloggers to learn new blogging and marketing skills.

Darren is asking that all participants register this year and participate in the forums at Problogger, too.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Work At Home Opportunity: Independent Ad Sales Consultant

Independent Ad Sales Consultant-Nationwide

Location: Carmel, All States
Salary Range:
Compensation is Pay-for-performance based
Benefits: Not eligible for benefits.
Type: Part Time
Territory: Other


ChaCha Search, Inc. a fast-paced, high growth company located in Carmel, Indiana, is looking for professional, highly motivated independent advertising consultants to register businesses for click-to-call, click-to-web, or response code advertising.


  • Position is as an independent contractor, make your own hours, and compensation is pay for performance based.

  • Register businesses for monthly advertising subscription.

  • Effectively communicate service and mobile advertising advantages to clients.

  • Reps earn a flat fee for registration and recurring monthly commission up to 12 months per registration.


  • Some negotiation and sales experience preferred.

  • Self driven, motivated and challenged by opportunity.

Fill Out Application

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Free Subscription to Lucky Magazine or Details Magazine with $25 Apparel or Shoe Purchase at

Now through April 3, purchase $25 or more on apparel or shoes at and receive your choice of a free magazine subscription to Lucky Magazine or Details Magazine. As always, if you spend $25 or more with select merchants at you receive FREE Shipping as well.

Here is a Lucky Magazine "Fringe Pick" from, very sassy...and at $16.99, these fringe sandals are very affordable!

Have fun shopping!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Free McCafe' Latte, Mocha or Cappuccino at McDonald's on Tuesdays

Free McDonald's small McCafe' Latte, Mocha or Cappuccino Coffee.

Visit your neighborhood McDonald's Tuesdays from open - 2pm for free small McCafe' Latte, Mocha or Cappuccino.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

26% Off at + Free Shipping + $5

This looks like a pretty good deal.

You get 15% off at with coupon code: ENTSHOE15 (expires 12/31/09)

You also get Free Shipping , even on returns, which is awesome!

They also accept PayPal and for payment, which is great for those who don't have (or no longer want to use) a credit card.

Then, if you have an Ebates account and link through them to, you will get 11% cash back with them.

If you do not have an Ebates account, just sign up and you will automatically earn $5 just for registering with, that's 26% off of your shoe purchase, plus an additional $5!

I have been using Ebates for a few years now and have already earned over $100, just for linking through their website for my online purchases. I love Ebates!

OK, I'm going shopping now, I hope they have UGG boots...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Freebies

Lots of nice freebies today!

Free Kelly Clarkson Song Download from Walmart
Code: DOVE
Choose second option so that you don't have to download anything but the song

Free subscription to Metropolitan Home Magazine

Free tomato plant seeds from Campbell's Soup

Code 1: P8039

Code 2: U6

Free Sample of Betty Crocker's Warm Delights (expired)

Have a wonderful weekend!

PS: Not free, but what a deal! One year of Glamour Magazine for $1.50!

It automatically renews, but you can cancel at any time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Blog Widget: LinkWithin

I was reading blogs this morning and came across a new (to me) Widget that you can add to your blog. It is called LinkWithin. If you look at the bottom of this post (or any of my posts), you will see a widget with 3 blog posts from the past. You can click on any of them to read them. Pretty cool!

It is very easy to set up LinkWithin. Just visit their page. Fill in your email address, blog website and then click which type of blog you have. (If you have Blogspot, pick Blogger). Then it will take you right to your blog and add it in for you. Very easy!!!

Hope this helps!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Free Stuff Monday

There are lots of great freebies today, something for everyone! Enjoy!

Receive a free complimentary one-year subscription to Diabetes Self-Management Magazine

Free Guide to Controlling Diabetes

Diabetics on Medicare: We Connect You to Care and Savings - ClickOnHealth
Click Here

Diabetes Guide

Get a free sample of Sun Crystal All Natural Sweetener with natural cane sugar and Stevia

Free subscription to Forbes Magazine

Free Tote Bag from DeLallo Foods - Sign up to be a De Lallo web member and receive a FREE reusable "go green" grocery-size tote bag.

For free baby magazines, formula samples, diaper coupons, health information and more. Click Here

Free samples from Walmart

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Free Subscription to Tennis Magazine

TENNIS is your complete guide to the game of tennis - one that Instructs, Informs, and Inspires. It is for active players of any level and age. Every issue of TENNIS includes lessons in print featuring world-famous pros, courtwise tips on play and strategy and tactics from USPTA pros. Plus, you'll get interviews with top players, reports on new equipment, tennis schools, resorts and much, much more.