Flash Giveaway (7/21) $25 Amazon Gift Card

by Janell on July 21, 2012

Are you ready for a Flash Giveaway? How would you like to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Well today only you can enter to win! I love Flash Giveaways because you have a better chance to win since it’s you can only enter today!

Just enter on the easy Rafflecopter form below! (If you are reading this in your email or your reader, click here to enter.)


Got 10 Friends? Get a FREE $10 Gift Card!

by Janell on July 21, 2012

Shop It To Me is a  website that helps you shop for deals. You pick the brands you want and the sizes you need and they let you know when stuff you like goes on sale.

If you refer 10 friends to sign up for their newsletter you will get to pick a free $10 gift card. The gift cards are available for Starbucks, Gap, Macy’s, and many more! They even offer a card for Whole Foods! You friends just need to sign up to get the emails – they dont have to buy anything for you to qualify for the free gift card!

It is easy and quick to sign up for their newsletter. You can also choose how often you receive your emails. I used an alternate email. Just pick a few items you would like to buy on sale and that’s it. Get your referral code and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

Click here to sign up. You don’t have to choose a lot of stores that you are interested in – I just chose 1 store.

If you click my link it will count towards my referrals.

I have done this and I have received my gift card! I love that your friends just need to join – they don’t have to buy anything!!

*You can start your Christmas stash with this deal!


Last year I wrote several blog posts about couponing. I explained the best ways to save money, different types of coupons and more. Here’s a link to all the post.


Earn FREE Amazon Gift Cards!

by Janell on July 20, 2012

It really is possible to earn lots of free Amazon gift cards. I have easily earned over $200 in Amazon gift cards just this year! I have also bought about $50 in Amazon gift cards for $25 through Daily Deal sites. If you don’t want use Amazon gift cards for an iPad, you can use them for diapers, household products, other types of electronics, Christmas presents and more! 

If you have been following my  “Earning Free Amazon Gift Cards For an iPad” series you know I am trying to earn enough Amazon gift cards to pay as little as possible for an iPad. Surveyhead is a really easy way to earn free gift cards. I have been a member for about 3 weeks and I have $26 in my account. Some of the money is pending so I haven’t been able to “cash out” yet.

They surveys are really quick and easy and you can earn money pretty fast. Plus they will even start you off with $5! Make sure you also fill out your profile. They pay you more money to update your profile, plus they can match you with more surveys!

They also have easy entries to win an iPad 3 – so maybe I will not need to use my Amazon gift cards :)

Click here to sign up and start earning!! You can also cash out for Starbucks, CVS, PayPal, and more.

Here’s my latest post about earning$25 from Viggle to put towards my iPad.

Here’s where I will earn my free gift cards

  • Swagbucks – this is the easiest way I can earn them.  (I have redeemed $375 in Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks.)
  • Opinion Outpost – You can instantly cash out for $5 Amazon gift cards. With only 50 points you get a $5 GC and most surveys are between 30-100 points.
  • TellWut – This is a new company. You answer quick surveys and get 10 points. (Really quick – like 2-4 questions.) You then cash out your points for Amazon GC.
  • Viggle – When you are watching TV you “check in” and they give you points. They have many options to cash out your points but I am waiting for Amazon GC. If you are thinking about joining, send me your email so I can refer you.
  • GSB Berhavior Lab – This is an online survey from Sanford Business School. You take surveys and some pay between $2-$5 in Amazon GC. Some surveys enter you in drawings for larger GC. Today I took a survey for them that paid me $20 in Amazon GC!
  • MyPoints – Open emails from them and earn points to trade for Amazon GC.
  • Dalily Deal Sites – I have bought a $20 Amazon gc for $10 through Living Social andGroupon. This week I was able to buy a $10 Amazon GC for $5 from Amazon Local.
  • eLab Survery Group (Yale University)
  • Trade In Your Electronics or Video Games For Amazon Credit

These are the things that I will do to get my free iPad. What other ways can you earn free Amazon gift cards?

Other ways to earn free money (I have done these)

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Sunday Coupon Preview

by Janell on July 20, 2012

Have you ever wondered what coupons would be available in Sunday paper? Well wonder no more – click here for a preview!



Batch Cooking

by Janell on July 20, 2012

I like to spend some time “batch cooking”. That means I cook some stuff that can be frozen and re-heated when you want to eat it. Many people cook all day and they have enough food or a month. I don’t like the taste of re-heated meat, so I only batch cook a few things. Today I made granola bars, twice baked potatoes, and pizza/calzone dough.

I have always wanted to make granola bars but I was afraid of wasting a bunch of ingredients. Well, I am sorry I waited so long because they were so easy and so delicious! I adapted this recipe at Food.com


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats, quick cooking
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips



  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9X13 pan.
  2. Mix the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil, and vanilla extract until well blended.
  3. In a separate bowl combine oats, sugar, salt and mini chocolate chips; add to peanut butter mixture and mix for about a minute.
  4. Press the mixture into a 9X13 pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Let the bars cool completely before cutting. I cut them into large bars and it made 15 bars.

*You could even change the chips to milk chocolate or peanut butter chips. It may even be great with chunky peanut butter or Nutella. Store in an air tight container.


Twice Baked Potatoes

  • Get out your crock pot. I use 4 potatoes and poked them with a fork a few times. I wrapped them in foils and put them in the crock pot for about 5 hours on high. I turned them over about half way through baking. They actually will brown a little on the bottom and taste like you grilled them!
  • When I could easily poke a fork in them I took them out of the crock pot and let them cool. (I had made stuffed shells for dinner so while they were baking, I was able to assemble the potatoes.)
  • I don’t have any measurement for this, it’s mostly just to taste. I pretty much use what I put in my mashed potatoes but did not add as much milk, you don’t want them to be too creamy.
  • Clean out the potato and put the white part in a bowl. Place the skins on a cookies sheet.
  • I add a little butter, milk, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese (or a Mexican mix) salt, and pepper. I used my potato masher and not a mixer to smash them.
  • Then I fill up the skins with the mixture and plac them in the freezer to firm up a little. I put 2 potatoes in a small ziploc bag and freeze for future dinners.
  • When I wanted to reheat them, I took 4 potatoes and put them on a plate with a paper towel. I microwaved them for 4-5 minutes. I had to put the paper towel on the plate to absorb the water because I think I froze them while they were still warm.

I also used this dough recipe for calzones and pizzas. I split the dough in half and it should make a pizza and about 4-5 small calzones.

All I have left to make are buttery bread machine rolls and I will be set for a while. Last week I made pancakes and we are still using them for breakfast.

Do you have a favorite recipe for batch cooking? Please share! I love to have things already prepared in my freezer – my kids eat a lot!





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If you live in or plan on visiting the Tampa Bay Area and want to visit the Glazer Children’s Museum – you can get a FREE Child’s Admission to Glazer Children’s Museum with the purchase of an adult ticket. (Expires 12/31/2012).


If you have plans to go to Lowry Park Zoo before the year is over you will want to print this coupon! You will get a free kids ticket when you buy 1 adult ticket. This is one of the best coupons I have found for Lowry Park Zoo!

Click here to take a simple quiz from The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. At the end of the quiz you can print your coupon for Lowry Park Zoo! Expires 9/30/2012.

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Top 10 Dessert Recipes

by Janell on July 19, 2012


This is really hard to narrow down my favorite recipes. Here’s my top 10 favorite recipes – in no particular order.

There are so many more great recipes. Make sure you check out my recipe category.

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My Tips When Shopping Online

by Janell on July 19, 2012

Do you shop online often? I do about 80% of my non – food shopping online! I shop online because it’s usually cheaper or about the same price, I can find coupon code, I can get cash back, and it’s delivered to my house! I love mail and I don’t have to waste my gas tracking down the good deals.

There are so many benefits when you shop online.  Here’s how I save the most money when I shop online.

Know your best price – Try to figure out how much you want to pay for a roll of paper towel (.50 cents/roll), toilet paper (.20 cents/roll), laundry soap (.06 cents per load), etc.

Look for coupon codes – I really like Retail Me Not. It’s really easy to navigate and you usually can find a code that will save you some money. If you are shopping at Amazon, make sure you check out the coupons.

Get Cash Back! – If you are doing any shopping online and you do not use a cash back site like EbatesFat Wallet, and Shop at Home, you are missing some FREE money!

Join the email newsletter of your favorite store – When they send out their newsletters, they sometimes have coupon code.

Comparison Shop – Check out Froogle and you can find how much it is being sold at other retailers.

Ask me :) Seriously, I love to find a deal. If there is something you need to find, please ask and I will do my best to find you a great deal!

My favorite stores are Amazon , Drugstore.comSoap.comKohls.com, and Target.

What are your tips for saving money online?


Free $10 American Express Gift Card!

by Janell on July 18, 2012

Order an American Express Prepaid Card, then load $50 or more when you place your order, and you will receive a complimentary $10 Gift Card. (Offer Expires 7/31/12.) You American Express Prepaid Card has your name on it and works just like a regular American Express card – it even includes many of the benefits!

About American Express Prepaid Cards 

  • No Monthly, Annual or Purchase Fees
  • Direct Deposit
  • No Overdraft, Inactivity or Foreign Exchange Fees
  • Purchase Protection*
  • Fraud Protection
  • Roadside Assistance*
  • No Credit Check 

This is a great way to get a quick $10!

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