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$15 off Meijer Home Department Deal + Giveaway

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 12, 2014 · 98 comments

Meijer and Papyrus have teamed up for a great offer that will save you a nice chunk of money on your fall wedding gifting! Right now, when you spend $10 on Papyrus cards and $50 in the home department, you'll receive $15 off of your next purchase.

I like to look at that as FREE groceries! But you do have have to hurry a little -- this offer is only good through Saturday, September 20.

If you're not familiar with Papyrus greeting cards, you're in for a treat. Highly detailed, using fabric, glitter, feathers, rhinestones, and more, they're are absolutely gorgeous cards. Prices start around $5.95 and run upwards of $9.95, but these cards are truly a work of art that the recipient will cherish.

If you decide to mail your Papyrus card, be sure to request that it be hand cancelled at the Post Office to preserve the beautiful embellishments!

Whether you're the beaming bride and groom or an invited guest, I've got a special treat for you. One lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win a Papyrus Gift Basket, like the one pictured above, filled with Papyrus cards and select items from the Meijer Home Department! To enter, just quickly tell me about the most memorable wedding you've ever attended in the comments. What made it so special?

Papyrus/Meijer Home Gift Basket

  • Yankee Candle Large Jar Candle in Pumpkin Spice
  • Bloom or Eco Dry Bath Towel and Hand Towel
  • Cooking with Calphalon Nonstick Panini Pan and Press
  • Serrated Edge Turner Spatula
  • Assortment of Papyrus Cards
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Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Share about the most memorable wedding you've ever attended. What made it so special?

2. Follow me on Pinterest . Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Join the Deal Seeking Mom community on Facebook for more conversation, additional deals and a peek at the freebies I receive in the mail each week. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've done so!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

Prize:
One (1) Papyrus/Meijer Home Gift Basket, as described above.

This giveaway ends at 6:00 PM on Monday, September 15, 2014 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!

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Join me every week for Win-It Wednesday, with 24-hour giveaways just for you!

Have your kids started back to school yet? We're 4 weeks deep into our school year at this point, but I know many of you are just heading back. Either way, I thought I'd share these fabulous tips for surviving the Back To School season from parenting expert and mom blogger Jenny Ingram of Jenny on the Spot:

  • Keep Smart Snacks within Reach.Back to school isn’t only exhausting for kids. Moms and dads get worn down too so smart snacking is important. Pack a supply of nutritious snacks to have in your purse for when you’re running errands or going from school to practice. ItzyRitzy’s reusable snack bags are perfect for keeping your on-the-go snacks organized and always handy. Fill them with grapes, almonds, carrot sticks and Balance bare bars for a healthy snack sure to satisfy both busy moms and kids until dinner!
  • The (digital) calendar is key.To make sure no one misses an activity, homework deadline or playdate, color code each kid in your calendar so you know exactly who is doing what and where and when. I love the Cozi app – it’s free and great for organizing your upcoming activities and goes everywhere you do since it’s on your phone.
  • Pack bags within your bag. If you’re like me, you have a huge bag. It’s great for storing lots of things, but it can be a wasteland and hard to find anything if you’re not organized. I keep a mini bag that holds my chapstick, hand sanitizer and other items I regularly reach for in a brightly colored small bag that stands out. An Itzy Ritzy snack bag can even double as an organizational bag that’s stylish too!
  • Miniature First Aid Kits. It’s helpful to have some first-aid basics in your bag for everyday incidents that are bound to happen. My homemade first aid kit includes Band-aids, Neosporin, Kleenex and wipes. Trust me on the wipes – they’re much more effective than napkins at cleaning up whatever messes my kids have.
  • Be prepared for homework. With after-school activities, keep homework supplies in your car and bag so your children can do their work while you’re waiting for soccer practice. Keep rulers, pencils, pencil sharpeners, scissors, calculators and a clip board in the car to make sure you’re prepped for any homework assignments.
  • Label everything. With 3 kids, and all the supplies and gear that come with them, I’ve learned to love labels. Before schools starts, I put Mabels Labels on their lunchboxes, backpacks, jackets, shoes, sporting equipment and anything else I can get my hands on. You’ll never have to hear “she’s wearing my sneakers” again and also helps avoid lost items in the school coat closet.
  • Pack healthy school lunches efficiently. Trying to accommodate everyone’s lunch needs is hard. Make their sandwiches and then let them choose 3 snacks for themselves.In your pantry, have mom-approved snacks (like Mixed Berry Balance bar bars) in three drawers and every kid is allowed to choose 1 item from each drawer to add to their lunch.
  • Transitioning summer bedtimes. Yes, I’m probably guilty of letting the kids stay up a little too late during the summer. But that’s what summers are for! However, those late nights are not going to work once school starts, so I like to gradually transition their sleep schedules. 4-5 days before school starts, I’ll move their bedtimes up 10-30 minutes. It’s a slow process but really helps to ensure they’re rested and ready for the first day.

Balance Bar would like to send one luck Deal Seeking Mom reader back to school in style with this survival kit that includes a number of essential items, including a supply of Balance Bare Bars for healthy snacking! To enter, just share your favorite back to school survival tip in the comments below.

Balance Bar Back To School Survival Kit

  • Balance Bare Bars variety pack
  • Casabella Clean i-Pouch
  • Reusable Snack & Everything Bag set
  • Balance Bar pen/stylus
  • Balance Bar notepad
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    Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

    If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

    Methods of entry:

    1. Leave a comment. Share your favorite back-to-school survival tip.

    2. Join the Deal Seeking Mom community on Facebook for more conversation, additional deals and a peek at the freebies I receive in the mail each week. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've done so!

    3. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

    4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

    Prize:
    One (1) Balance Bar Back-to-School Survival Kit, as described above.

    This giveaway ends at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 11, 2014 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

    While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!

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Win-It Wednesday: Pong Prize Pack (1 Winner!)

by Tara Kuczykowski on September 10, 2014 · 109 comments

Join me every week for Win-It Wednesday, with 24-hour giveaways just for you!

Are you familiar with Pong? They makes cases for iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and iPads... but they're not your average cases. Not only do Pong cases protect your beloved gadgets from bumps, drops and scrapes, but they also limit your exposure to potentially harmful radiation. Pong significantly decreases the amount of radiation that can be absorbed your head and body while you're using your phone or carrying it in your pocket.

There's no doubt that today's students -- whether they're tweens using iPad apps, teens checking Facebook in-between classes on their smartphones or continuing ed students using their phones and tablets to connect with family, do research and check in with work -- are connected all of the time. So, they'll need great cases to keep these all-important devices protected. And what's better than a case that can also protect their minds and bodies? Additionally, these cases come in a variety of colors and in Classic and Rugged styles. All cases are sleek and light weight.

I've been using a Pong case on my iPhone 5s for about a month now, and it's one of the nicest cases I've owned for my phone. It's held up well to a lot of abuse, and I'm in love with the orchid shade that I selected! Obviously it's difficult to tell if it's really redirecting any harmful radiation, but I've read the company materials, and I'm confident in their research.

Those of you that have your hearts set on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6+ (as I do!) will be thrilled to hear that Pong cases will be released for these new phones very shortly!


Today, one (1) lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader will win a Pong Prize Pack, which includes:

  • a Pong Case for the device of your choice (iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or iPad, etc.)
  • a $25 Amazon Gift Card

To enter, share the device you'd like to have a Pong case for, and if it's for yourself or your favorite student!

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Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. Share the device you'd like to have a Pong case for, and if it's for yourself or your favorite student!

2. Join the Deal Seeking Mom community on Facebook for more conversation, additional deals and a peek at the freebies I receive in the mail each week. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've done so!

3. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

Prize:
One (1) Pong Prize Pack, as described above.

This giveaway ends at 2:00 PM on Thursday, 9/11/14 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!

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ALDI truth #72: You can stretch your appetite and your dollar.

Isn't that so true? ALDI has always been one of my favorite sources for rock bottom prices on produce, but they're so much more than that. Did you know that ALDI offers more than 1,300 of the most frequently purchased grocery items for up to 50 percent less than traditional supermarkets?

And that's not even scratching the surface -- you'll also find amazing prices on Fresh USDA Choice meats, award-winning wines and incredible outdoor entertaining items.

What, you didn't know that ALDI carries wine?!? I know what you're thinking, but I'll let you in on a little secret -- it's really very good. I had the opportunity to do a blind taste test of several varieties at an event a few years ago, and I chose the ALDI brand for every pairing but one. Impressive taste, and your wallet will be thanking you when you hit the register!

ALDI recently released its 2014 Summer Catalog to help you entertain in style, while staying within your budget. The catalog showcases everything from sizzling BBQ items, outdoor entertaining pieces, colorful recipes and more!

I am absolutely in love with this little wooden bistro set that folds up for easy storage. Can you believe it's priced at just $49.99? A little swipe of oil at the end of each summer, and this set should last for many years, making it a fabulous value.

I know I already mentioned the produce, but I wanted to point out that ALDI is a great source for organic produce, as well! And be sure to check out their SimplyNature line for a steal on frozen organic berries. They're at least $1 cheaper than what I've price in other store in my area, fueling my morning smoothie addiction without emptying my wallet.

And if you need a little inspiration on what to do with that wonderful produce and more, check out the Summer Recipes on the ALDI website. I'm drooling over these Mango, Strawberry, Coconut or Walnut Paletas. Don't they look amazing?!?

I'm so thrilled to share that ALDI has provided me with two (2) $50 ALDI gift certificates to give away to two lucky Deal Seeking Mom Readers!

To enter, share how close your local Aldi store is to you!

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Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment.  How close is your local Aldi store? Check it out using the ALDI store locator.

2. "Like" Deal Seeking Mom and Aldi on Facebook. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've done so!

3. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

Prize:
Two (2) $50 Aldi Gift Cards as described above.

This giveaway ends at 2pm on Friday, August 15, 2014 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!

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Enter To Win A $25 Walgreens Gift Card! #IceCreamRun

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 10, 2014 · 185 comments

It’s finally summer again... time to treat yourself! Stop into your local Walgreens to grab what you are craving. Ice cream from Walgreens is ideal for hot summer nights with the entire family, and it’s super convenient so you don’t have to make that grocery store stop or wait around for the ice cream truck!!!

How about a little extra cash to fund your splurge? I've got a $25 Walgreens gift card to give away to one lucky Deal Seeking Mom reader today! Use it to pick up your favorite brand of ice cream -- and maybe a couple of other necessities, as well.

Will you take home a box of Magnum bars? Or maybe a carton of Breyers ice cream? Ooh, what about some Klondike bars? Share your favorite ice cream treat in the comments to win!

GIVEAWAY:

Share your favorite ice cream treat for a chance to win a $25 Walgreens gift card!

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

This giveaway ends at 2pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use And the Winner Is to select the winning comment. Winner will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

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