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21 Oct 2011   ·   10
Money Saving Mom

48-Hour Giveaway: The Ultimate Guide to Freezer Friendly Meals Eook (10 winners) + $50 Amazon.com gift card (2 winners)

I was really excited to see The Ultimate Guide to Freezer Friendly Meals: Chicken ebook that two bloggers put together. It was well-laid out out, organized, and full of yummy-looking recipes.

Many of the recipes were ones that are already our family favorites or looked like something we’d love. I especially appreciated that the recipes were simple and used basic, normal ingredients (no leeks or mussels listed!).

I did want to mention that I was expecting all of the recipes in this ebook to be freezer recipes, but from what I counted, only 12 of the recipes actually included detailed freezer/thawing instructions. Many of the recipes just used frozen or fresh chicken and were intended to be prepared and served immediately. Most of them could have easily been adapted for freezing and I would have loved to see that element added to this ebook to make it live up to its name more.

But otherwise, I thought it was a great ebook and would be beneficial to someone who buys chicken in bulk or is looking for some tried and true chicken recipes.

Would you like to win a free copy of The Ultimate Guide to Freezer Friendly Meals: Chicken ebook? To enter to win a free copy or one of two $50 Amazon.com gift cards, just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. 10 winners will be chosen and posted on Monday. This giveaway ends Sunday, October 23, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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21 Oct 2011   ·   23
Money Saving Mom

Books Read This Week: The Rose Conspiracy, Forgotten God, Don’t Make Me Come Up There

The Rose Conspiracy — This is the second fiction book I’ve read this month. If you know me well, you know that is very out-of-character for me, but I’ve been trying to break out of my non-fiction rut a little bit. And Craig Parshall’s book was good enough to capture my attention and keep it. In fact, I knew I was going to enjoy this book after I didn’t want to put it down after the second page.

If you enjoy legal fiction, you should definitely check this book out. It’s intriguing, thought-provoking, and overall well-written. Some of the plot was a bit weak, but it was still very engaging.

Forgotten God — In typical Francis Chan style, this book will make you think, examine your heart, and plumb the depths of your beliefs about the Holy Spirit. You may not agree with all of the author’s conclusions, but I can guarantee you that it will make you think and re-examine Scripture in a new light. Highly recommended.

By the way, if you’ve not read Crazy Love, I’d heartily recommend that book as well. One of the best books I’ve read this year.

Don’t Make Me Come Up There — If you are a mom or care for children on a regular basis, you will find this book hilarious. Kristen is an incredibly gifted writer who knows how to communicate spot-on truth in a laugh-out-loud-funny manner. I hope this is the first of many books she writes. I will definitely be buying them all!

Read-Alouds:

Paul Revere — I read this book when I was a youngster, so it was fun to get to enjoy it with my children. The Imagination Station: Showdown With the Shepherd — Another book in our well-loved Imagination Station series. And once again, the children were so captivated by it that I could have read the whole thing in one setting!

Currently reading: EntreLeadership, He Heard Hannah, Kisses from Katie, In Search of Balance,and listening to Purple Cow audiobook. You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2011 so far here. Read all of my book reviews here.

Have you read any good books recently?

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21 Oct 2011   ·   63

Easy Italian Breadsticks in the Bread Machine

Reader Amy R. sent me this recipe and said “I wanted to share this recipe with you… It is definitely our family’s favorite bread. My husband calls them ‘Better than Olive Garden Breadsticks.'”

Better than Olive Garden Breadsticks? This I have to try!

So yesterday, I threw all of the ingredients in the bread machine before we started our homeschooling lessons.

A few hours later, the dough was ready to be rolled into breadsticks.

I was running short on time, so I rolled some into breadsticks and the rest I just rolled out and sliced.

Kaitlynn enjoyed helping me roll her own “breadsticks”.

The verdict? These were very delicious. I’m not sure that the sliced dough option worked as well as the breadsticks I actually rolled into “ropes”, but I will definitely be making this recipe again in the future.

The whole family agreed that this recipe was a keeper. Best of all, it is so simple!

21 Oct 2011   ·   114
Money Saving Mom

{Expired} Target.com: A pair of jeans and a pair of leggings for $6 to $9 shipped + 3% cashback!

Update: It appears that the promo codes are working for some people and not for others and that they are taking off different amounts for some reason. So I can’t tell you for sure what your total will be, but it should be somewhere between $6 and $9 total.

Okay, the Target deals are crazy today. I just found how to get an even better deal–a pair of jeans and a pair of leggings for $6 to $9 shipped! Here’s how:

::Go to ShopAtHome and click on the “Shop Now” button on the Target Deal Page to get 3% cashback.

::On the Target.com site, search for “Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Bootcut Jeans Medium Tint”. They should pull up priced at $15 to $16. Add one pair to your cart.

::Then, search for “Mossimo Supply Co. Leggings” and it should pull up a few different kinds priced at $8. Add one to your cart and go to checkout.

::Go to checkout, make sure you’re logged in, and try using promo code TGT75HFN or TGTTUY28 to see if it lowers your price (it may or may not work). You’ll get an additional $10 off for buying the jeans, plus 20% off your order, plus free shipping.

::So all told, you should get a pair of jeans and a pair of leggings for around $6 to $9 shipped, depending upon whether or not the promo code(s) work for you.

21 Oct 2011   ·   9
Money Saving Mom

Natural and Organic Coupons and Deals

Natural and Organic Deals

Natural and Organic Coupon Roundup: $1/1 Back to Nature, $1/1 Good Earth Tea, $1/1 Non-Dairy Dream Beverage (Almond, Coconut, Rice), $1/1 Glutino Genius Gluten Free Bread (Facebook offer), $2/1 Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Care Product (Facebook offer), $1/1 Barbara’s Bakery, $1/2 Muir Glen, $1/1 Hain Celestial product.

Zevia Natural Soda 6-Pack As Low As $0.50 or Possibly Free: Using this $3/1 Zevia coupon, you should be able to get a 6-pack for as low as $0.50-$1, or possibly even free, depending on the price you find it for. I’ve seen prices reported between $3.50-$4 at Whole Foods, and as low as $3 at Target.

Gluten Free Planning and Cooking Ebook for Free: Amazon is currently offering the Gluten-Free, Hassle-Free: Planning and Cooking Simple Gluten-Free Meals ebook for $0.00. Note that this could change at any time, so check to make sure the price hasn’t gone up before you purchase it. (Thanks, The Frugal Greenish Mama!)

Nursing Bras for $9 Each Shipped: Right now at Zulily, A Mother’s Love nursing bras are 50-55% off. Get two bras for $11.99, plus $5.95 standard shipping, making it $17.94 shipped or just under $9 each. Shipping costs remain the same if you order more than two, bringing the cost down further.

Natural Cold Remedies Free at Rite Aid: From now until tomorrow night (Saturday, October 22, 2011), Rite Aid has 4 natural and/or homeopathic cold remedies free after UPR and rebates — Zarbees Natraflu, Similasan Kid’s Cough and Cold Relief, Arnicare Pain Relief, and Organix Cough Drops. See details here. (Thanks, Organic Deals!)

Sample Natural and Organic Products for Free: If you are a US resident, love sampling new products and don’t mind giving feedback, you may want to sign up to be a Savvy Sampler with Naturally Savvy. Products are all supposedly natural/organic. Not everyone who applies will be chosen. (Thanks, Frugal Greenish Mama!)

Stephanie Langford loves to share ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they’ve been given. She writes at Keeper of the Home, and has written two books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed and without going broke.

Find more Natural & Organic tips and deals. (Note: Some of the links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

21 Oct 2011   ·   93
Money Saving Mom

{Expired} Target.com: A pair of jeans and a sweater for $14.80 shipped + 3% cashback!

Update: Try using coupon code TGT75HFN — it gave me an additional $1 off!

Okay, so I did a little more digging around the Target site because I knew there had to be some more deals with the 20% off plus free shipping on Ladies’ clothing today. And guess what I found? If you buy a pair of my very favorite jeans — the Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Bootcut Jeans Medium Tint — you’ll get $10 off any Ladies’ item.

So, if you add one pair of Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Bootcut Jeans Medium Tint to your cart and then choose one sweater that’s on sale for $15, you’ll get $10 off, plus 20% off, plus free shipping, making your total for both items just $14.80!

Here’s how to do it:

::Go to ShopAtHome and click on the “Shop Now” button on the Target Deal Page to get 3% cashback.

::On the Target.com site, search for “Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Bootcut Jeans Medium Tint”. They should pull up priced at $15 to $16. Add one pair to your cart.

::Then, add another Ladies’ item of your choice. (The sweaters are a good deal since they are on sale for $15.)

::Go to checkout, make sure you’re logged in, and use promo code, TGT75HFN–it gave me $1 off. Plus, you should get $10 off for buying the jeans, plus 20% off your order, and free shipping!

A couple of important notes:

1. Only the Medium Tint jeans appear to be working for this deal.

2. These jeans are juniors, therefore they run small. I’d buy a size or two up.

3. If the jeans don’t fit, you can exchange them for a different pair or cash/gift card at your local Target store. I’ve done this before with Target.com orders and had no issues at all.

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

21 Oct 2011   ·   3
Money Saving Mom

{Expired} Target.com: Ladies’ Sweaters for $12 shipped

Update: Make sure to check out this post on how you can get a sweater and a pair of my favorite jeans for just $14.80 shipped!

Target is offering 20% off all women’s clothing plus free shipping today. They don’t say it excludes clearance items, but I could not get it to work on clearance items (let us know if you get it to work!).

The discounted price doesn’t show up until you add the item to your cart and go to checkout. They have a number of good deals–including sweaters on sale for $15, making them just $12 plus free shipping.

Shop through ShopAtHome to get 3% cashback.

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

20 Oct 2011   ·   75
Money Saving Mom

Five free holiday card samples

TinyPrints is offering five free holiday card samples. I’m not sure whether these will come pre-filled out or not, but it’s worth taking a minute to sign up for–especially since there are so many creative ways to recycle Christmas cards.

Here’s how to get your five free cards:

::Login or sign up for a TinyPrints account.

::Choose five different holiday cards you’d like to order and click the orange “Order Sample” button next to them.

::Go to checkout and use coupon code 5HOLIDAY and choose to have them shipped to your house. Your order should be free.

Thanks, Common Sense With Money!

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20 Oct 2011   ·   6
Money Saving Mom

Ink Garden: Personalized Photo Mug for $5.49 shipped

InkGarden is offering a free $13 credit when you use coupon code ForFree at checkout. This can be used to get a free personalized notebook, mousepad, ceramic mug, notepad, note cards, and more. Shipping is extra and runs from $3.29 to $5.49.

My favorite deal is the Personalized Ceramic Mug that will be $5.49 shipped after the coupon code.

This offer is for new customers only and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. Expires December 31, 2011.

(Note: The links in this post are my referral links. Read my disclosure policy here.)

20 Oct 2011   ·   597
Money Saving Mom

Reader Poll: What temperature do you keep your house at in winter?

Brooke emailed in:

I know that keeping the thermostat low in the winter and high in the summer can be a real money saver. My question what temperatures do people keep their homes at that balance saving money and comfort? -Brooke

We all have different families and circumstances, so what works for one family won’t necessarily work for others. However, just for fun, I’d love to hear what temperature you keep your house at in winter?

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