Sunday, August 14, 2011

Weekly Menu Plan ~ August 14-20

Honestly, sometimes it can feel like a big chore to plan meals for the week and this was one of those nights where neither of us felt like doing it.  We have a busy week ahead of us, so here is our best effort at what we'll be having for the week:
  • Grilled Steak and Pasta Salad
  • Cheese Tortellinis and Garlic Bread
  • Taco Salads
  • Camper Pies
We have plans for dinner with friends on Friday night and several parties on Saturday where I'm sure there will be lots great food. 
What's for dinner at your house this week?  Do you ever struggle to plan your meals for the week?

If you need some more ideas check out the many blogs that participate in Menu Plan Monday over at I'm an Organizing Junkie

My Weekly Walgreens Trip ~ Spent $5.02

I had quite a few Register Rewards that were expiring today, so my goal this trip was to use those up!  I spent $5.02 out of pocket after using $13 in register rewards.  I also ended up back with $13 in register rewards to use on a future trip.  Here's what I picked up:

Bought:  Omega Smart Super Krill on sale for $10
Got:  $10 Register Rewards
Used:  Save $2/1 Omega Smart Super Krill Oil
Final Price:  FREE after Register Rewards plus $2 moneymaker!

Bought:  Pert Plus 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner on sale for $3.99
Got:  $3 Register Rewards
Used: $1/1 Pert Plus 3-in 1 or 2-in-1 product (8/14/11 SS Insert)
Final Price:  Free!

Bought:  2 - Skitimate Shave Creams $1.99 each with in-ad coupon
Used:  2 - Save $1.00/1 Skintimate Shave Cream
Final Price:  $0.99 each

Bought:  Lindsay Olives $0.99 with in-ad coupon

Bought:  3 - Kraft Macaroni & Cheese $0.69 each with in-ad coupon

Bought:  Aussie Mousse on sale for $3.00
Used:  Free Aussie Product coupon from Facebook offer (no longer available)
Final Price:   Free

Bought:  Mead Envelopes $0.69 with in-ad coupon

Menards Deals Now Through August 28th

Menards deals are brought to you courtesy of my husband. There are several items you can get for FREE right now after mail-in rebate.  Keep in mind your rebate will be in the form of Menards credit, so if you shop there it's a good deal. 

4 Pack Fan Light Bulbs FREE after $3.00 mail-in rebate

2" Handi-Clamp FREE after $4.50 mail-in rebate

Shopper's Bag FREE after $0.98 mail-in rebate

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion FREE after $5.00 mail-in rebate

Hand Sanitizer FREE after $1.00 mail-in rebate

Rain Poncho FREE after $3.00 mail-in rebate

Craftsman 25' Tape Measure $3.49 each

Sweepstakes of the Day - Summer Grilling Prizes

You can enter the Summer Grilling Sweepstakes at for a chance to win a summer grilling bundle including a Weber grill or a charcoal grill and $100 gift certificate to  Giveaway entry period ends September 1, 2011 and is limited to one entry per person. Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Back to School Shoes up to 65% off at

Check out the Back to School sale taking place right now at  They have kids' shoes up to 65% off.  I think these Crocs are so cute! 
Shipping at is a flat rate of $6.95 regardless of the order size. 

Walgreens Photo Offers ~ 10 Cent Prints

Roll in the moment and capture the memory. Pick Your Price on 4x6 Prints: 10 cents when you order 75+, 11 cents when you order 60+, 12 cents when you order 50+ thru Saturday, August 20. Get coupon codes

You can get 4x6 prints for 10 cents each from Walgreens this week on orders of 75 prints or more.  Enter promo code PRINTAT75 at checkout and be sure to ship to store to avoid shipping charges.  Offer ends 8/20.

You can also take 20% off Photo Gifts with the promo code CREATEGIFT.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Frito-Lay Tastes From Home Recipe & Giveaway! (CLOSED)

I spent the morning at one of my favorite annual events, the Adel Sweet Corn Festival.  My daughter and I enjoyed the parade, checked out the vendors and entertainment and of course ate lots of sweet corn!  Now I know there is way more to Iowa than cornfields, but we are the leaders in corn production and we're proud of it!  My "Taste of Home" recipe uses sweet corn and is great in the wintertime using corn that we've frozen. Red bell peppers are on sale at Hy-Vee right now though, so you may want to enjoy it sooner!

Corn & Pepper Chowder

1 tsp. olive oil
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. diced sweet red pepper
2 1/2 T. flour
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
1 can chicken broth
1 1/4 c. peeled, diced potato
2 c. frozen corn
1 can diced green chilies
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1/4 tsp. freshly-ground pepper

Saute onion and pepper 5 minutes or until tender.  Stir in flour, cumin and ground red pepper.  Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Gradually stir in chicken broth.  Add potatoes.  Bring to boil.  Stir frequently.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender and mixture is thickened.  Add corn and remaining ingredients.  Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Frito-Lay has a new line of chips that are regionally inspired.  The varieties include:
  •  Northeastern U.S. – Lay’s Honey Mustard
  •  Midwestern U.S. – Lay’s Creamy Garden Ranch
  •  Northwestern U.S. – Lay’s Balsamic Sweet Onion
  •  Southwestern U.S. – Lay’s Chipotle Ranch
  • Southeastern U.S. – Lay’s Cajun Herb & Spice
"All of the Lay's Regional Flavored potato chips are made with all natural ingredients and cooked in healthier oils, like corn and sunflower oils, which contain 80% or more of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat - the "good fats." They also contain 0 grams of trans fats per serving!
 There’s also less sodium in them than you might think – a 1-oz serving of our Lay’s Regional Flavored potato chips contains less salt than a plain bagel!" 

The Giveaway: Thanks to Frito-Lay one lucky Confessions of a Frugal Mind reader will receive a variety pack of Lay’s Regional Flavors potato chips!  Yum!

You can enter one time or multiple times (up to 9 entries) - just be sure to enter a separate comment for each of the entry methods. Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner!

Mandatory Entry:  Check out Lay’s Regional Flavored chips then leave a comment letting me know which flavor you want to try first.  I'd love to the try Chipotle Ranch and Cajun Herb & Spice flavors!

Bonus Entries:
(1)  Subscribe to Confessions of a Frugal Mind by email.  You must confirm your subscription.  Leave me a comment and let me know that you subscribe.  If you already subscribe leave a comment letting me know.

(2)  "Like" Confessions of a Frugal Mind on Facebook then leave a comment letting me know you have liked the page.

(3)  Follow me on Twitter @JulsB20.  Then leave me a comment with your Twitter handle. 

(4)  Send tweet about this giveaway mentioning @JulsB20 and #FritoFlavors 

#Win Lays Regional Flavors Variety Pack from @JulsB20 and @Fritolay  #FritoFlavors

(5) Follow Frito-Lay on Twitter @Fritolay then leave a comment.

(6) "Like" Frito-Lay on Facebook then leave a comment.

(7)  Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect then leave a comment letting me know.

(8)  Follow this blog on Networked Blogs then leave a comment letting me know you do.

This giveaway will end Wednesday, August 31st at 11:59 pm CST.  Giveaway is open to US residents.  Winner will be chosen using 

Disclosure:  Frito-Lay is providing the chips for this giveaway. For writing this post I'm entered into a contest. No further compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Swag Bucks Code on the Blog until 6pm CST

Head over to the Swag Bucks blog and read the 2pm blog post to grab a code worth 6 swagbucks until 6pm CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up now.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card! Plus through Monday, the 15th you can enter code AUGUSTBONUS at sign up for an additional 50. This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion!  All these swagbucks add up!

Save $0.35/1 Goldfish Grahams

There is a new coupon on the Campbell's Kitchen site you should be able to print to Save $0.35 off one bag of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams.

(Thanks Frugal Coupon Living!)

Download Bad Company MP3 for Free

You can download a live updated version MP3 of an old classic Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" today for free on Amazon.

Save $1.00/1 Fast Classics Product

Print a coupon to Save $1.00 on any one Fast Classics Product (20 oz. or larger).

Saveology Deals ~ Subway, Papa John's & Rainforest Cafe

If you are a first time buyer at Saveology daily deals site there are several options you can still take advantage of.  Offers will be available until they sell out!

Sweepstakes of the Day - Black & Decker Prizes

You can enter the Martha Stewart Living Daily Giveaway this month for a chance to win prizes from Black & Decker in August.  Enter once a day through August 31st.  Be sure to enter through the link that states enter the sweeps without a free trial subscription.  Good luck and let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Giveaway Reminder ~ Enter to Win Fiber One Prize Pack!

Please be sure to enter my current giveaway for the Fiber One Cereal Prize Pack including new Fiber One 80 Calories cereal, sensor pedometer with USB connector and a neoprene iPod/smartphone holder. Entries are low so you have good odds of winning!  This giveaway ends Monday night!

Save $1.00 on Dannon Yogurt

Hurry and head over to Dannon on Facebook to be able to print a coupon to Save $1.00 off 1 Strawberry Banana Light & Fit 4 pack or 6 single-serve cups!  Coupon is limited to first 30,000 prints.

(Thanks Maven of Savin!)

What I Earned in 2011 - Week 32

One of my goals for the year is to keep track of all the extra money I make from reading emails, taking surveys and collecting Swag Bucks.  Now I know this will not seem like much, but keep in mind the little things really do add up over the course of a year and $5 or $10 here and there can pay for some of the fun stuff.  And the fun stuff this week for us is at the Iowa State Fair.

Here's what I earned this past week: 

$10.00 Amazon e-gift cards from Swag Bucks ($190 for the year so far!)
$5.00 Amazon e-gift card from Hallmark Mom's Panel

Total for 2011: $ 771.28

Did you earn any extra "fun money" this week?  How did you do it?

What I Earned in 2011 - Week 27
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 28
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 29
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 30
What I Earned in 2011 - Week 31

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Download Spin's Mix for Outside Lands

You can download the free album of Spin's Mix for Outside Lands.  This includes a live version of Phish's "Wolfman's Brother" and 10 other tracks from festival artists.

Coupons for Resolve Products

Register with Resolve to be able to print coupons to save up to $4.75 on Resolve products.

Birthday Freebie ~ Burger King Kid's Meal

I shared this a while back, but wanted to send a reminder.  I just received an email with the coupon for my son's birthday.

You can sign up to create a Club BK account.  After my account was created I added my kids and signed up to get a free BK kid's meal on their birthday. Be sure to check the box that says you would like the free birthday kid's meal.

Sweepstakes of the Day - Ice Cream Maker & Toppings

At you can enter to win Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream-Sorbet Maker plus three jars of Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings.  You can enter once daily through September 28, 2011.  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

Coupons in Sunday's Paper

You can head over to Sunday Coupon Preview to find out what coupons will be in this Sunday's paper.  There will be 2 inserts this weekend - a Smart Source and Red Plum.  I like to pick up an extra paper at Kum & Go on Sundays.

Kodak Gallery ~ 10 Cent Prints

Kodak Gallery is having a 10 Cent Print Sale for all of your 4x6 prints.  Offer is available through August 17th.

Walgreens Photo Offer ~ 60% Off Brag Book

Today only you can get 60% Off a 4.5x6 Photo Brag Book from Walgreens Photo.  Be sure to enter promo code BRAGABOUT at checkout.

Suave Printable Coupons

There are several new printable coupons for Suave products on the Unilever site including a Save $0.75 off any one Suave deoderant product.

(Thanks Free Coupon Alerts!)

Time for Mega Swagbucks & 80 Swagbucks for New Members!

Swagbucks is a search engine that rewards you with swagbucks for using it to do your normal day to day searches on the internet.  You'll randomly be awarded between 7 to 12 swagbucks once or twice a day.  You can then redeem these swagbucks for rewards like Amazon and Starbucks gift cards.

Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day which means better odds of winning our BIG Swag Bucks! Search normally through your toolbar or the Swag Bucks site and with a little luck, you'll be winning large bills starting at 20 Swag Bucks and up.  There is no guarantee that you'll win high value Swag Bucks, but I have noticed I tend go get 11 and 12 SB for searches on Fridays more than other days.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can join HERE.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up!  Plus right now you can enter code AUGUSTBONUS at sign up for an additional 50. It only takes 450 swagbucks to get a $5 Amazon gift card!  This is the easiest way to earn Amazon gift cards in my opinion. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Free Subscription to SPIN Magazine

You can request a free one-year subscription to SPIN Magazine right now from Lollapalooza.  I get this magazine and enjoy reading it.  It's a great one for music lovers plus it includes some TV and movie info too.

Awesome Degree Moneymaker at Walgreens

There is an awesome moneymaker deal at Walgreens right now on Degree deoderant.  I just did this transaction for myself this morning.  (Thanks to Wild for Wags for sharing!)

Bought:  4 - Travel Sized Degree for Women @ $0.99 each (my store didn't have travel sized Degree for Men)
Used:  4 Save $0.75 on any Degree Deoderant (7/31/11 RP Insert)
Got:  $4 Register Rewards!
Final Price:  Free plus $3.04 moneymaker after Register Rewards!

Snapfish ~ 8x8 Photobook for $15 Shipped

You can get a great deal on photobooks right now on Snapfish.  Create a custom 8x8 photobook for only $15 including shipping when you use coupon code EIGHTBY8 at checkout.   You can also create a 12x12 photobook and use code TWELVEBY12 to get it for $25 shipped.  Offer is available through August 16th.

Free Sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 Dog Food

You can  request a free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish® just 6® dog food.  Available while supplies last.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

Sweepstakes of the Day - See Alison Krauss in Fort Lauderdale

Head over and "like" Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District on Facebook to enter the B Spirit-ed Away with Alison Krauss & Union Station Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Fort Lauderdale and concert tickets.  I love Alison Krauss!  I saw her quite a few years ago in Des Moines.  She has such a beautiful voice!  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

80% off Certificates Starts Today Weekly Promo Offer 125 X 125

Right now you can get gift certificates at for 80% off.  That means you can pick up a $25 gift certificate for only $2!  Be sure to enter code HOT at checkout to get the discount.  The code is valid through 8/16.

Some Des Moines area resturants you'll find on there include Gino's, Felix & Oscars, Baby Boomers, Tally's and more.  Be sure to read the stipulations for each deal as they might be a little different.

Free Disney Vacation Planning DVD

Disney Parks

You can still request a free Disney Vacation Planning DVD that is great if you are planning a trip to either Walt Disney World or DisneyLand, but also a lot of fun if you just love all things Disney!  We just received our new DVD!  We're getting excited for our 2012 trip!  Do you have any Disney vacation plans in your future?

Save $0.70 on Keebler Jumbo Fudge Sticks

Here's a new coupon to Save $0.70 off one package of Keebler Jumbo Fudge Sticks.  I haven't tried these yet, but they look really good!

Save $2.00 on Aleve Printable Coupon

You can print a coupon to Save $2.00 on any Aleve 80ct or larger.

Save $0.50/1 Old Orchard Juice

There is a new Save $0.50 off any one Old Orchard Juice product coupon available to print! 

Swag Bucks Code on Twitter until 10am CST

Head over to SwagBucks on Twitter to find out how to get a code worth 5 until 10am CST.

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up now.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card! Plus right now you can enter code AUGUSTBONUS at sign up for an additional 50. This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion!  All these swagbucks add up!

(Note: My referral link is used in this post. View my disclosure policy.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

25 Days to Better Thinking & Better Living Free for Kindle

You can download the Kindle edition of 25 Days to Better Thinking & Better Living (A Guide for Improving Every Aspect of Your Life) for free right now on

(Thanks Savings Lifestyle!)


Swag Bucks Code on Facebook

Head over to Swag Bucks facebook page to find out how to get a code worth 5 swagbucks

If you are new to Swag Bucks you can sign up now.  You will get 30 swagbucks just for signing up and it only takes 450 for a $5 Amazon gift card! Plus today is the last day you can enter code AUGUSTBONUS at sign up for an additional 50. This is the easiest way to earn in my opinion!  All these swagbucks add up!

(Note: My referral link is used in this post. View my disclosure policy.)

Welch's High Value Coupon on Facebook

**Coupon available ~ Save $1.50 on any size or flavor!**

Welch's will be releasing a high value coupon on their Facebook page some time this afternoon for  Welch's Jams, Jellies & Spreads.  They will only be releasing 1000 of this coupon so you will have to move quickly.  If you don't get one this week check back next Wednesday.

Des Moines Deal ~ $1 Sandwiches at Jimmy John's Thursday

Jimmy John's Des Moines area stores are having a customer appreciation day tomorrow, August 11th.  You can  grab $1 sandwich between 11am-3pm at all of the Des Moines area locations including Ames, Ankeny and Indianola.  Only one sandwich per customer and you can only choose between No.1-6 on the menu.

Free Sample of Fiber Choice

You can still request a free sample of Fiber Choice fiber supplement.

Check out all the these ways to score more freebies!

$10 Subway Gift Card for $6.50

**This offer is back for first time Saveology buyers and will be available until it sells out!**

If you are a first time buyer at Saveology daily deal site you can grab a $10 Subway gift card for only $6.50 today.  I grabbed this offer the last time it was available and have already received my Subway gift card.

Limit of 1 per person, household and credit card.  After you receive your voucher in your Saveology account you will have 60 days to redeem your voucher for a gift card that will be mailed.

Sweepstakes of the Day - Trip to NYC Fashion Week

Head over and "like" LOFT on Facebook to enter the NYC Fashion Week Sweeps for a chance to win a trip for two to New York City during Fashion Week in September.  Good luck and be sure to let me know if you win!

Love to enter sweepstakes - find more sweeps here!

$20 Worth of Shutterfly Prints for $10

There is an online deal for Shutterfly available on Groupon today.  You can get $20 worth of 4x6 prints from Shutterfly for $10.  Tax and shipping is not included and deal must be used in one order.

Free Sample of Splenda Essentials Sweetner (Facebook Offer)

Head over and "like" Splenda Essentials on Facebook then request your free sample of Splenda Essentials.  For every 10,000 samples they give away, one lucky person will be rewarded with a $1000 Visa gift card.  3 people every day will receive a $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card.