Archives for May 2010

Easy Meal Ideas with Bisquick


Click the banner above to sign up to receive the Bisquick Newsletter through email. They have some very simple recipes that can save you on those really busy nights. That’s where I found my Broccoli Pie recipe; and if I can’t get Bisquick really cheap with coupons/sales, I just use flour with a pinch of baking powder as an alternative. I’ve made that recipe with ham instead of chicken or even without any meat as a vegetarian dinner.

*Disclosure: This banner is served by MySavings, of which I am an affiliate.

Friday Finds

I spent a little time this week paring down my Google Reader, but there are still about 150 blogs in there–everything from cooking to parenting to blogging to frugality to crafting. Sometimes I post these links on my Facebook page, but you might miss the highlights. So each Friday, I’ll give you some good “finds,” be they deals or articles to read. This week:

  • Old Navy has Flip Flops on sale for just $1.00 tomorrow (Saturday) only. MrsMoneysaver also tells you how to get Old Navy coupons at their FB page.
  • Remember that every week you can see a sneak peek of this Sunday’s coupon inserts at Sunday Coupon Preview.
  • You can register for a FREE Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Chick Fil A, thanks to Moms Need to Know
  • There’s a 25% off printable coupon for Stride Rite and their Outlet Stores, good from May 27-31. This is good news for me, because I was headed to the outlet for my son’s extra-wide shoes anyway. Thanks for the heads up, Baby Cheapskate.
  • If you have a Blogger blog, learn how to code it for Numbered Comments over at Mommy Moment. This is SO helpful when you do a giveaway (I used to count them out manually!).
  • This Grilled Chicken Spinach Pesto Pasta looks like something my kids would love, from $5 Dinners.

And as a reminder,I have a bunch of great giveaways running right now–if you haven’t yet, enter to win a 1-year subscription to All You Magazine or a set of 100 Photo Postcards. The newest is for a $25 Grocery GC to the store of your choice!

    Eat Better America Sweepstakes & Giveaway

    Many of you are familiar with Eat Better America because of their printable coupons, but they offer lots of healthy eating strategies as well. Right now, they’re encouraging us to healthify our dinners by reducing fat and calories, using whole grains, and reducing sodium.

    When you pledge to healthify your dinner, you are entered to win a $1,500 Grocery Sweepstakes. I made the pledge, and I hope you will do the same. After you pledge, you’ll receive 2 free PDF downloads called Healthy Home Cooking and a Healthify my Dinner Starter Kit. The Starter Kit includes 4 weeks of recipes with shopping lists–and the recipes sound great, like Three-Cheese Manicotti and Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry. Plus, 90 instant winners will receive $100 gift cards to local supermarkets (I didn’t win, but hopefully one of you will!).

    On top of that, one MoneywiseMoms reader will win a $25 Grocery Gift Card to the store of their choice! You have several ways to enter the giveaway:
    Mandatory Entry:  Visit Eat Better America and make your pledge, then leave a comment below letting me know you did.
    For more entries, complete any (or all) of the following, then leave a separate comment for EACH entry:
    Giveaway ends Monday, May 24th at 10:00pm EST, and I will choose the winner using If you are reading this post in an email subscription, you’ll need to click over to Moneywise Moms to leave comments at the bottom of the post.

    **This giveaway is closed. The winner is #62, Amanda Y.

    Disclosure: General Mills is providing the prize for this giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own, and I received no compensation.

    Square Foot Garden Update–Critters?

    I was upset to see this out the window this morning:

    Something has been here, digging and disturbing things. It doesn’t look like anything was uprooted or taken, though I don’t’ know how those tiny green onions will handle the trauma. I’ll go back out later and check it out. I’m really hoping it wasn’t a cat, because ewww.

    If you’re thinking about starting a Square Foot Garden, it’s not too late in the season! Warmer soil means yummy things like basil, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Read my post Building the Square Foot Garden. And remember that your local Home Depot is offering a FREE Eco-Gardening Workshop on June 3rd.

    *Disclosure: This banner/link is served by Logical Media, of which I am an affiliate.

    Postcard Giveaway

    100 Postcards–sounds like a lot, right? I thought so too, but mine are almost gone! Last November I ordered 100 postcards using this photo of my kids (click over if you’re in email), and here’s how we’ve been using them:

    • Sets of 10 (along with postcard stamps) were tied with ribbon and given as gifts to Grandmas and Aunts.
    • The kids used them for thank you cards after the holidays and the twins’ birthday.
    • Just having a big stack of thank-you’s prompted me to send thanks more often. It was easy to send a quick note to a friend who helped out with babysitting or invited us over to dinner.
    • I’ve punched a hole in the corner and tied a card with ribbon to use as a gift tag, dressing up some candle freebies or baked goodies for teacher gifts at the holidays and during Teacher Appreciation week.

    What would you do with 100 Postcards? If you’re a home- or small-business owner, postcards are a great tool for advertising your business. If you’re not, find a great photo of the kids or from your travels and print postcards online.

    You can also win a set! Thanks to My Postcard Printing, the place for cheap postcard printing, I’m giving away a set of 100 Glossy Postcards, 4×6, with FREE UPS Ground Shipping. You have three chances to enter the giveaway to win the Set of 100 Postcards:

    • Simply leave a comment below, telling me what you’ll do with your postcards.
    • If you are a subscriber/Google follower, you get a second entry. Leave me another comment saying so, and THANK YOU for subscribing! If you’re new here and would like to subscribe, do so via email or RSS feeder and complete the form to get your second entry.
    • For a third entry, follow me on Twitter and tweet the following message (just cut and paste it): Enter @MoneywiseMoms to win 100 Postcards from @UPrinting Then leave another comment with your Twitter profile so I can find you.

    If you’re reading this in an email subscription, you need to click over to Moneywise Moms to leave comments on this post. I’ll draw the winner at 10:00pm EST on Tuesday, May 25th. US addresses only, please. Thank you for reading Moneywise Moms, and good luck!
    **This giveaway is closed. The winner was #49, Roberta.

    Disclosure: My Postcard Printing is providing the prize for this giveaway and one set of postcards for me.

    Peapod Grocery Delivery

    This past weekend was busy, as I’m sure it is at your house. We managed to get almost everything on the “To Do” list done–I spent alone time with each child, did the laundry, we ran some errands and had a great BBQ night with our neighbors. But the task that sets me up for the week didn’t get done: grocery shopping. It was 10:00pm on Sunday night, and I sat in my pajamas at the computer…

    The next afternoon, a green truck pulled up to our house in the pouring rain. We had just gotten home from the kids’ dentist after another packed day. When the delivery man brought bag after bag of fresh produce into the dining room, the kids went wild. “Look, strawberries!” “Mommy, I love green peppers!” It was great, and I didn’t have to drag three tired kids out in the rain to do my shopping. Now the fridge is full of everything I need for my gluten-free meal plan for this week and next, and I don’t need to go to the store for a while!

     My kids pointing to their favorite produce–click over if you’re in email.

    A few weeks ago I attended a blogger tour at our local Peapod Delivery Warehouse in Maryland. I had used grocery delivery when I lived in California and was on bedrest during my twin pregnancy and thought that the prices were fine considering the convenience (more of a necessity considering our circumstances). I actually went to this event skeptical that someone like me (coupon-clipping, multiple-store-shopping) would use online grocery delivery…but I have to tell you–I’m sold. Not only do the drivers accept coupons when they deliver your order, but the weekly sales flyer is reflecting online, and they reward frequent customers with codes and free delivery. Just talking to the other blogging moms there, I was reminded that many families are even busier than we, and many moms can’t shop as I do. I needed that reality check. Back to the tour…

    I loved the produce! My biggest complaint at the local grocery stores is the lousy produce. At Peapod, produce is kept at the correct temperature, and stays cold on its way to you, so the produce stays fresher longer. Tony, Peapod’s produce guru, gave a great tour and explained how the produce in stores is too warm, cutting hours and days off its freshness. I’ve also had trouble finding a good selection of organic fruit at my local stores without paying Whole Foods prices; online, you have a much larger selection. This is what I ordered the most of, to see if he was right, and my kids have been chomping on fruits and vegetables all week, as have I.

    One of the features I like about the Peapod website is called Nutrifilter. If you have special dietary needs, such as peanut-free, gluten-free, low sodium, etc. you can set a filter so that when you search for foods it highlights those items which fit your category. I set my Nutrifilter to gluten-free, and it helped me find a safe soy sauce. I couldn’t believe how quickly I did my shopping, compared to my normal method of running from store to store buying loss leaders. It’s a great service for busy times of life so you can spend more time on yourself and your family. The website automatically saves your shopping lists, so you can use them again or edit as needed. You can order or edit an existing order up until 8:00pm the night before you’re scheduled for delivery.

    You can check out Peapod on their Facebook page and Twitter account, where they announce special coupon codes and deals, and this summer they’re launching an App so you can just tap items into your shopping list the minute you remember them. Right now, Peapod is delivering to the Mid-Atlantic area, the Chicago area, and much of New England. Enter your zip code for more information. If you’re a Giant shopper in the Mid-Atlantic, you’ll also earn that .10 off gas by using your Bonus Card when you order.

    If you’d like to give Peapod Delivery a try, you can use coupon code BLOG2010 to get $15 off your first order. This code is good through June 30th, and it will cover the delivery charge and more. I also received a flyer with my first order (where I used that code) which gives me FREE Delivery for the next 60 days on orders over $100, so it’s a great time to try out the service!

    Disclosure: Along with the tour of the Peapod warehouse, I received lunch and a goody bag containing fruit and some logo swag such as a mug and a t-shirt.  Peapod also gave me a $50 gift card.  They did not ask me to write about my tour and the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

    WFMW: Blogging Tips

    For months I’ve been wanting to write a series of Blogging Tips, to cover topics I’m asked and emailed about all the time, but I just haven’t found the time. I think I’ll devote a bunch of Wednesdays to some quick snippets and call it Blogging Tips that Work for Me. Hopefully they’ll work for you too. Back when I did my reader survey (in January), it told me there were a LOT of bloggers who read MoneywiseMoms. Whether you’re writing a personal blog or are trying to make some money with your blog, hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful. And if you have questions, just leave them in the comments and we’ll help each other out. So here we go!

    Tip #1 is….Use blog memes as accountability for yourself, both personally and professionally.

    For example, each week I post my Meal Plan Monday, which means that I have to take time over the weekend to plan out the week’s meals and make a grocery list. I did this for over a year before I started blogging, but it wasn’t until I had the accountability of that Monday post that I did it regularly. And, without fail, if I don’t take the time to do the work, don’t put up the post, our meals are helter-skelter all week (usually ends in take out or something expensive and/or unhealthy).

    When you make a regular post on your blog, not only does it keep you accountable, but your cheerleaders step up and encourage you (readers making comments). It helps keep you motivated and feels great. That’s why I’m telling you that I want to use WFMW to post these blogging tips (they’re just sitting here in a notebook!); it will keep me accountable and I have a small goal each week. If you need ideas for a meme, check out this huge list of blog memes. You’re sure to find one that matches your blog genre or writing style. You can set tiny goals for yourself personally–with cooking, organizing, or gardening–or choose one that helps you grow professionally in your posting and writing. You can also use blog memes to Increase Your Traffic/Subscribers.

    What memes are you participating in?

    For more Works for Me Wednesday tips (not just blogging–all types!), head over to We Are That Family.

    Safeway this week 5/19

    NOTE: Safeway deals are also applicable to their partner stores: Dominicks, Genuardis, Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls, and Carrs.

    I base my write-up on the Washington DC area weekly ad.

    This may be the least sales-iest weekly ad in Safeway history, but the Cheerios price is good!

    Cheerios and Honey Bunches of Oats are $1.99/box. There’s a printable coupon for .55 off Cheerios which will double at most stores, making them only .89/box for the 14oz size. That’s a good price!

    Chobani Greek Yogurt is .99, and you can print a Buy 2, Get 1 Free coupon.

    Edy’s Ice Cream is $2.49 with in-ad SuperCoupon, limit 3. Did you know many ice creams are gluten-free? Good to know…

    Fresh Express Salads are $1.00/bag.

    Lucerne Milk is $1.99/gallon. If you weren’t aware, Safeway store brand milk is rBST-free.

    Lucerne Natural Cheese Slices are $1.99/pk with in-ad SuperCoupon, limit 3.

    Get 2 FREE Boxes of Nabisco Snack Crackers when you buy 4 12-packs of Coke products at $2.79/each.

    DiGiorno or California Pizza Kitchen Frozen Pizza is $3.99 each. There was a $1.00 off DiGiorno Deep Dish coupon in the 5/16 insert, and a $1.00 off CPK in the 5/2 insert.

    Save $3 instantly when you buy any 3 participating Pillsbury products like Cinnamon Rolls and Cookie Dough. Look for the shelf tags in that section, and be sure to load your Shortcuts and Cellfire e-coupons as well as use any paper coupons you may have.

      You can get two $5 off $50 Safeway purchase coupons in your local Entertainment Book.

      Add E-coupons to your Safeway card three different ways at Shortcuts, Cellfire, and P&G eSaver. You can also print paper coupons or load them to your Club Card at I have used manufacturer’s coupons on products and still seen the e-coupon savings appear on the receipt.

      For coupon matchups at stores nationwide, check out BeCentsAble’s Grocery Gathering. For the other Mid-Atlantic chains like Wegmans and Harris Teeter, head over to Mrs. Moneysaver.

      Super Double Coupons at Harris Teeter

      Harris Teeter is doing Super Double Coupons (doubling coupons up to $1.98 face value!) beginning today, May 10 and running through Tuesday, May 25th. The limit is 20 coupons per customer, per day. Learn more about their coupon policy and find your closest Harris Teeter store here. You’ll find a list of double coupon matchups at MrsMoneysaver. including these FREEbies:

        • Classico Pasta Sauce
        • Kashi Cereals
        • Red Baron Pizzas
        • Vitamin Water