Monday, May 10, 2010

A Giveaway and way to save!

 

The Unlikely Success Story turns 1 year old on Thursday. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year! In honor of this milestone, CSNStores.com contacted me and asked if I would like to give away a $60 gift certificate to one of my readers! I was very excited, especially when I learned that CSN sells everything from Cookware and Fitness Equipment to Track Lighting! I took a look around there websites, they really do have it all people!

 

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All you have to do to win the $60 Gift Certificate from CSNStores.com is do one or more of the following leaving a comment for EACH ONE:

1 - Become a follower of my blog or if you already are…LEAVE A COMMENT

2 - Visit CSNStores.com and tell me what  you're interested in. LEAVE A COMMENT

3 - Post about this giveaway on your blog or Twitter account. LEAVE A COMMENT

4 – Share your best money saving tip when it comes to shopping, doesn’t have to be grocery related, but shopping in general. LEAVE A COMMENT

Enter now through Wednesday May 12th! Winners will be selected by a random number generator and announced on Thursday.

4 ways for each of you go enter! I am going to be totally jealous of whoever wins! $60 can buy you some sweet stuff! :)

Ok, onto normal Monday hub-bub, here’s my meal plan for the week:

This menu was planned using my local grocer’s sales circular. You can get these online from your local grocer usually on Tuesdays. When I meal plan, I took at what proteins and produce are on sale for the week and then base my menu around it.

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I find this a super easy way to save money since healthy eating can get expensive. The only format of grocery store circulars are usually very similar. I happen to shop at Food Lion and this week I’m getting sweet potatoes, shrimp, strawberries, roma tomatoes and asparagus on sale.

I use several websites to find recipes, some of which have an ingredient search, so if you know that chicken breast and asparagus are on sale, you can search for recipes calling for those ingredients! Some that I use:

AllRecipes.com

EatBetterAmerica.com

WeightWatchers.com

Sometimes I just Yahoo! or Google search for recipes too, it takes a little looking around, but it’s well worth the time investment to preplan. I just thought I would let you guys into my process a little bit. Hope you found some of the information helpful!

Let’s make this week count!

35 comments:

suburban prep on May 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM said...

I have been looking for a new set of bedding for my bedroom. The set that I have now is getting thin and I think that the Rose Tree St Croix Comforter Set is a great set.

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'Drea on May 10, 2010 at 10:51 AM said...

:o, I could use a swanky gym bag and a workout DVD.

fitlivingdaily on May 10, 2010 at 10:54 AM said...

Cool! I never heard of this company until just now.

edmontonjb on May 10, 2010 at 12:03 PM said...

I'm a new follower

dftrew(At)gmail(dot)Com

edmontonjb on May 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM said...

I'm interested in the Bissell Little Green ProHeat Compact Deep Cleaner. My full size stem cleaner is broken and this little one would work great for spot cleaning until my husband gets around to fixing the other one.

dftrew(At)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb on May 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

My best money saving tip is to combine sales with coupons to get the most bang for your buck.

dftrew(At)gmail(dot)com

Luv to Save on May 10, 2010 at 1:37 PM said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!
luvtosave at gmail.com

Luv to Save on May 10, 2010 at 1:38 PM said...

If I win I will buy the Little Tikes Wagon for my kids so they can use it this summer.
luvtosave at gmail.com

Luv to Save on May 10, 2010 at 1:40 PM said...

I never shop without coupons, either online or stores. I don't mind buying generic brands.
luvtosave at gmail.com

Luv to Save on May 10, 2010 at 1:42 PM said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/Luv_to_Save/status/13738984796
luvtosave at gmail.com

Thank you again for the giveaway!

Tracy on May 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM said...

So, you already know I follow you on facebook, twitter, and now here .... shoot, I even went out and bought the SHAPE magazine that you were in! But I am also going to put a link to this entry on all my spots!

As for what I would get, everyone is saying all this sensible stuff, not me, in the case of something like this, I would do for me, and get these totally cute shoes!

http://www.csnstores.com/Original-Dr.-Scholls-36568100-DRS1178.html

and my money saving tip - buy on the internet from sites like this or shop the brand name outlets.

Domestic Diva on May 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM said...

I follow.

Nicole @ Let Them Eat Lettuce on May 10, 2010 at 4:09 PM said...

I am a follower!

Mami2jcn on May 10, 2010 at 4:16 PM said...

I'd love to get my daughter the Fisher-Price Loving Family Grand Dollhouse for her upcoming birthday.


mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Tracy on May 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM said...

I plan to feature this blog on my twitter and facebook for the next few days! Guess I am creating more competition for myself, lol

'Drea on May 10, 2010 at 9:02 PM said...

Following...

Seth on May 10, 2010 at 10:44 PM said...

Follower!

Seth on May 10, 2010 at 10:45 PM said...

Check the right side of my blog - This giveaway is posted!

Seth on May 10, 2010 at 10:50 PM said...

i'd like the

J Fit 8-10 lbs Premium Vinyl Kettlebell Set

That's not quite the 60...but I'm sure I could fill that fast. :)

Seth on May 10, 2010 at 10:51 PM said...

I will try to negotiate any price, any where. It is a customer's world when it comes to shopping. It hurts nothing to ask if there is a deal going on or if a deal could be made. The most that you could do is receive a 'no'.

Tracy on May 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM said...

time to mention this blog again on my facebook.

Tracy on May 11, 2010 at 9:45 AM said...

oh and on my twitter too, you should be getting some traffic by now!

katia on May 11, 2010 at 6:47 PM said...

i am a blog follower!!

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

katia on May 11, 2010 at 6:48 PM said...

i would love to have the Gretta Shoes Gaia in Grey Calf. they are so beautiful!! i have had my eye on them for a little bit now :)

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

katia on May 11, 2010 at 6:49 PM said...

my best tip for saving money when shopping is that if you don't love it when you first see it, don't buy it! If you have to think about buying it you probably don't really need it or love it!

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

Heather on May 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM said...

I wanna be a big winner!

Amanda Acquard on May 12, 2010 at 3:40 PM said...

I would buy Chef's Choice International WafflePro Taste / Texture Select Classic Belgian if I win!

Amanda Acquard on May 12, 2010 at 3:41 PM said...

I am a follower of your blog:-)

Amanda Acquard on May 12, 2010 at 3:42 PM said...

My best money saving tip is to not buy an expensive item when you first see it. Wait a few days and if you still want it go and purchase it. You would be amazed at how many things you think you have to have that you don't.

Carolsue on May 13, 2010 at 10:34 PM said...

I follow you publicly on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
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Carolsue on May 13, 2010 at 10:34 PM said...

I really need the Redmon Elegante Wicker Vanity Hamper
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Carolsue on May 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM said...

My biggest money saving tip is pretty common. Use coupons faithfully and pair them with store sales.
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Jennai on May 13, 2010 at 10:36 PM said...

I follow you on GFC now
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Jennai on May 13, 2010 at 10:36 PM said...

I would love the Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug Cow Ride-On Toy for my little boy
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Jennai on May 13, 2010 at 10:38 PM said...

Use coupons. Stock up when an item you use a lot goes on sale. Look for stores that double coupons. Don't be rigid with one particular brand. DO any or all of these and you'll save some money.
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