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The Pick Up The Values program is winding down for this year, and I've really enjoyed working with Kimberly-Clark to share real life solutions that help you stretch your budget and make it easier to fill your shopping cart with the products you need at a price that won't empty your wallet.

A few of my favorite tips can be found in these posts:

There are still a number of high value printable coupons available on the Pick Up The Values website right now. Make sure to share the savings with a friend to get the highest values! We've seen number of great deals with these coupons over the past couple of months.

I've got an awesome giveaway to share with you all today to close out my stint as a Pick Up The Values spokesperson. Today, 30 lucky Deal Seeking Mom readers will each win one of the fantastic Kimberly-Clark prizes from this list!!!

  • 10 Kotex U winners -- 5 boxes of Kotex U Tampons each
  • 4 Kleenex Hand Towels winners -- 5 boxes Kleenex Hand Towels each
  • 12 Scott Paper Towels winners -- 10 rolls Scott Paper Towels each
  • 4 Cottonelle Toilet Paper winners -- 8 Cottonelle Toilet Paper 4-packs each

Follow the instructions in the widget below to be entered to win...



This post is brought to you by Kimberly-Clark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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6 of My Favorite Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Weeknights

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 21, 2013 · 0 comments

There are a number of tools in my kitchen that I consider essential to getting dinner on the table quickly on busy weeknights -- my immersion blender, kitchen scissors, and Le Creuset French oven to name a few.


But topping that list, hands down, is my slow cooker. I'm of the opinion that there's no need to drop big money on a slow cooker with all of the bells and whistles. I have a number of crock-pots that retail at a wide range of price points, but my favorite is still this simple model with only three settings from Crock-Pot! I was lucky enough to pick it up for only $5 at a Black Friday sale a few years ago, but it's still well worth the money at the current price.

It's magically easy to just toss some ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning to have a hot meal waiting at dinner time, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite slow cooker recipes with you all, starting with this yummy Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa pictured above. The slow cooker makes this barbacoa recipe so easy to make, and the house smells simply wonderful while it's cooking! I like to serve it with this Coconut Milk Rice with Cilantro & Lime for a homemade version of Chipotle's burrito bowls.


And just a few more of my faves:


You simply won't believe how You simply won't believe how tender and flavorful this Slow Cooker Cola Pulled Pork turns out!


This Chicken Tortilla Soup is creamy and flavorful. We love it served with an additional sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream!


My kids love it when I make this Walking Taco Recipe. It's super easy, with little cleanup afterward, and fun to eat!



These easy slow cooker ribs are every bit as good as ribs cooked on the grill all day long. But you don't have to slave over them all day!


This simple Firehouse Chili recipe is the perfect way to warm up at the end of the day. Serve it with some Homemade Cornbread for a delicious and filling fall meal!


What's your favorite slow cooker recipe? I'm always looking for new ones to try!

This post was brought to you by Kimberly-Clark's Pick Up The Values, a program dedicated to providing families with helpful tips and convenient value to stretch their budgets. Don't forget to download your valuable coupons on the Pick Up The Values website, including $1 off a 6-pk. of Viva Paper Towels, perfect for helping clean as you go in the kitchen!

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Viva Paper Towels $0.50/Roll at Walgreens

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 18, 2013 · 0 comments

Here's a great deal available this week at Walgreens.  You can combine coupons with a Register Reward offer to pick up two six-packs of Viva Paper Towels for as low as $5.98 - or $0.50 a roll!  Here's the deal:

Viva Paper Towels (6 ct.), $5.49 ea.
Get $3 RR wyb 2 participating Viva Paper Towel products
Get $4 RR wyb 3 participating Viva Paper Towel products
$1/1 Viva Paper Towels printable or
$1/1 Viva Paper Towels, exp. 11/24/13 (SS 10/13/13 R) or
$1/1 Viva Paper Towels, exp. 11/4/13 (SS 10/13/13)
$5.98 wyb 2 after coupons and rewards!

Check out more great Walgreens deals before you go shopping.

Thanks, Common Sense with Money!

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Save Money By Purchasing Groceries Online

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 13, 2013 · 0 comments

Believe it or not, purchasing some of your groceries online can be a great way to save money on everyday items, as well as a great timesaver.

Take toilet paper, for example -- my large family goes through a ridiculous amount of it each month, and we used to constantly run out in between grocery trips and then have to make an extra run to pick up more.

Several months ago I started an Amazon subscription for Scott toilet paper when a good deal was available. It was such a relief to have that delivery show up on my doorstep each month, that I've continued it since, even though the price has gone up slightly since the coupon is no longer available.

If you're not familiar with the Amazon.com Subscribe & Save program, it's a subscription program that allows you to place an ongoing order at the frequency of your choosing that will automatically be shipped. If you have five or more items shipped in a given month, you save an additional 15% off the price of each item.

But it gets better -- if you're also an Amazon Mom member, your savings is upgraded to 20% off each item when you have five or more shipped!

Since I typically have five items delivered, that means I get my Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissue delivered to my doorstep for about $0.36 per double roll after the 20% savings -- no hassle, no shipping charge, and no fussing with coupons!

Have you ever considered purchasing groceries online?

This post was brought to you by Kimberly-Clark's Pick Up The Values, a program dedicated to providing families with helpful tips and convenient value to stretch their budgets. Don't forget to download your valuable coupons on the Pick Up The Values website!

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Join Me for a Saving Time & Money Q&A on Tuesday!

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 7, 2013 · 0 comments

As a parent these days, life can be challenging... Many days it's a scramble to meet the demands of my family, and I'm sure many of you feel the same way. And I know that when it feels like there just aren't enough hours in the day, it can be easy to fall into the trap of overspending at the grocery store in the name of convenience.

But with a little planning and a few shortcuts, you can get dinner on the table every night without emptying your wallet or resorting to takeout!

I'm super excited to be hosting a Pick Up The Values Facebook Party this Tuesday evening for Kimberly-Clark to talk about how saving time and money at the grocery store and in the kitchen. While I've hosted many Twitter parties, this will be my first Facebook party, and I can't wait to chat with you all!

Party details:

When: Tuesday 10/8, at 8:30pm EST
Where: The format of the party includes a series of posts on the Pick Up The Values fan page that will act as questions to the party participants.



RSVP by clicking on the button above or on the Saving Time & Money event page. I really hope to see all of you there!

Oh, and did I mention there will be prizes? You could win 1 of 4 Kimberly-Clark Prize Packs for participating! Plus one lucky participant will win a Kimberly-Clark Prize Pack + a $50 Visa Gift Card!!!

This post was brought to you by Kimberly-Clark's Pick Up The Values, a program dedicated to providing families with helpful tips and convenient value to stretch their budgets. Don't forget to download your valuable coupons on the Pick Up The Values website!

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