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I grew up near the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and spent many weekends there with my mom watching Indy car racing. But I never had the opportunity to see a NASCAR race. The Mid-Ohio Challenge XFINITY Series race has only been in existence for about four years now, and it's been at least that long since I've made it back to catch a race.

As a racing fan, seeing a NASCAR race is on my bucket list... Have you ever been? I know it's loud, of course, but beyond that, I'm curious whether the atmosphere is similar to the Indy car races I grew up on.

Either way, I'm super excited to be able to offer my readers a special NASCAR Gear Giveaway courtesy of Harris Teeter, Hellmann's and Breyers, consisting of items autographed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.!

NASCAR Dale Earnhardt Jr. Autographed Prize Package (ARV $280):

  • One (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Autographed Diecast Model Car (ARV $160)
  • One (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Autographed T-Shirt (ARV $60)
  • One (1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Autographed Hat (ARV $60)

To enter, just head over to the Deal Seeking Mom Facebook page through Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11:59 pm CT and follow the instructions. 14 lucky readers will win!

In the meantime, be sure you're signed up for a Harris Teeter VIC card to receive members only discounts, coupons, and a special item of the week!

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In just 8 days, my kids' summer break will come to an end and they'll head back to school. Summer just flew by way too quickly... I'm embarrassed to say we haven't even begun our back to school shopping, yet, and I am NOT looking forward to the dent it's going to put in our already-stretched-thin budget.

Thankfully, I've got more than a few years of back to school shopping under my belt, so I've learned some pretty good strategies for saving money along the way. I'm guessing many of you could use a little help stretching your Back to School budgets, so I thought I'd share my tried and true tactics, starting with the all-important prep work!

Prep Before You Shop

  • Make a list -- If you create a list and stick to it, you're going to ensure that you get everything you need in one trip. This is especially helpful if you have several students, as I do. Combine all of their lists into one master list, and you'll save yourself a huge headache.
  • Take inventory -- Every year my kids come home at the end of the school year with bags of unused glue sticks, pencils, erasers, scissors, etc. Don't let these items go to waste; take them into consideration when making your list for this year. Likely you'll find many of these items listed once again.
  • Do your homework -- Gather up those current sales ads and see what the prices are like this week so you can plan your trip accordingly.

How To Shop In Store For Back To School

If you prefer to shop in stores, these tips are for you. But by all means, do the prep work above first to get the most for your money!

  • Buy discounted gift cards before you go -- Once you've decided where to shop, check a site like Raise.com to purchase gift cards for that store at significant savings. Save even more by using the referral code dseeking during registration to receive a $5 credit, and use SAVE5 when checking out for another $5 off a $25 purchase. That's a total of $10 in FREE cash toward your supplies, plus the savings from the discount gift card!
  • Save on gas -- Utilize price matching so you're not running all over town. Carry all of your ads into a store and have that store meet the advertised prices.
  • Don't forget your coupons -- More and more schools are asking parents to supply classroom items outside the traditional school supplies. Items on our list include things like hand sanitizer, Clorox Wipes, Kleenex, and Ziploc Bags. You'll find coupons available for all of these items in the Deal Seeking Mom Coupon Database.
  • Save your receipts -- Many stores will refund the difference if the price of an item you purchased drops within 14 days. Keep the receipts in an envelope in your purse, so you have them handy if you notice a markdown or sale at a later date.

How To Shop Online For Back To School

Just don't feel like fighting the crowds this year? I can't say that I blame you. Luckily, now is a better time than ever to consider shopping online for school supplies and clothing! Let me show you how to save big using a $50 online Kmart purchase as an example.

  • Buy discounted gift cards before you go -- As I mentioned before, checking a site like Raise.com to purchase gift cards can yield significant savings. Save even more by using the referral code dseeking when creating your account to receive a $5 credit, and use SAVE5 when checking out for another $5 off a $25 purchase.
     
    Right now, you can purchase Kmart gift cards for use in stores or online up to 4.2% off. So using a $50 Kmart gift card priced at 4% off as an example, you can purchase it for as low as $38 if you use the referral code and promo code above, cutting $12 off your purchase right from the start!
  • Shop through a cashback site -- Start off your purchase by shopping through your favorite cash back site. For Kmart, in particular, you can earn up to 6% cash back depending on which site you choose. On a $50 purchase, that's an additional $3 in savings.
  • Search for promo codes before checking out -- Do a quick Google search for the store name + "coupons" or "promo code" to find extra savings. Typically you can at least find a free shipping code, but many times you'll find money off or gift with purchase codes, as well.
     
    Kmart actually does some of the work for you, listing some available offers clearly at the top of their site. For example, right now you automatically get free shipping on a purchase of $35 or more. There's also an offer for Shop Your Way members to get $10 back in point when you spend $35 on Back to School items. And when I did a search for "Kmart promo code", I found another code for $5 off a $45 purchase. Combine them all, and that's another $15+ in savings! And don't forget you're saving on gas, too.

All together, this equals a total savings of more than $30!!! Not too shabby for about 5 minutes worth of work. Am I right?! And of course you can use these same strategies to save at any store you like, AND they work beyond Back to School shopping. Discounted gift cards are one of my favorite ways to save year round!

Win a $150 Kmart gift card from Raise.com!

How would you like to win a $150 Kmart gift card? I want to help one of YOU stretch your Back to School shopping budget even further with this awesome giveaway. To enter to win, just comment below to let me know what back to school deals you're still searching for that could benefit from a Raise.com gift card. I'll choose a winner from all of the entries submitted!

 
Disclosure: Sponsored by Raise.com, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this site!

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Disclosure: Sponsored by Mirum Shopper, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this site!

Browsing the beauty and hair care aisle(s) at stores can be almost overwhelming these days. Crowded shelves and the sheer number of products can mean spending way more time scanning and staring than necessary -- time that could be spent doing other (presumably more important) tasks.

Kroger and Unilever are pairing up to cut the time that it takes you to find and choose the hair care products that will help you get the style you desire! No more settling on products that don't meet your needs or leaving the aisle empty handed... You'll find video tutorials and in-store styling cards, using your favorite Unilever products that fit you, your style and your confidence, every time you go Krogering.

Plus you'll find great prices on the products you love right now, including this current Catalina offer:

Buy 3 participating TRESemme, Dove, or Suave hair products, Receive $3.00 off next shopping trip.

Save on the product you need to create curls, add shine, increase volume or get your hair silky smooth! Just a few products I recommend checking out:

  • Suave Sea Mineral Sea Infusion Shampoo
  • Suave Sea Mineral Sea Infusion Conditioner
  • Suave Sea Mineral Sea Salt Spray
  • Suave Luxe Volume Hairspray
  • TRESemme Extra Hold Hairspray
  • TRESemme Extra Firm Control Mousse
  • Dove Style + Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hair Spray

Win a Unilever Prize Pack + $25 Kroger Gift Card!

How would you like to win a Unilever Prize Pack that includes a selection of TRESemme, Dove and Suave hair care products, plus a $25 Kroger gift card?!? Just head over to the Deal Seeking Mom Facebook page through Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm CT to enter -- one lucky reader will win!

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Disclosure: Sponsored by Mirum Shopper, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this site!

If your little one is a big fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you're going to LOVE this quick and easy idea for TMNT drinks! They're perfect for parties, after sports snacks, or just for no special reason at all, because they're really simple to make.

(BTW, if you're going the party route, check out these adorable and FREE custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invitations from Evite.)

I've seen these cute Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bottles done before with felt for the masks, but I want to super simplify it, so I cut colored strips of orange, red, blue and purple sheets of construction paper instead. Measurements for each strip should be 8" long by 3/4" wide.

Simply remove the labels from any soda beverage that comes in a green plastic bottle. Tape the colored strips around each bottle, and then using either hot glue or craft glue, add two google eyes on top of each of the "masks". Easy-peasy and SO cute!!!

You know what pairs perfectly with these drinks? Teenage Mutant Ninja Popsicles! Of course, my kids love pretty much any kind of popsicles... But these come in their favorite fruity flavors, AND they're on sale at Target right now at 2 for $7.

Add a box or two of these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Popsicles to your cart at Target, along with the supplies for these party drinks and you'll be the coolest mom around! Together, they're a party all on their own -- I surprised my kids with them when they came home hot and sweaty from soccer camp yesterday, and their eyes went wide with excitement.

Even my oldest daughter was thrilled to find this refreshing treat waiting. Although, I had to laugh when she asked if there was a pink turtle... Go figure, this girl is ALL about pink! But she was more than happy to settle for the Blue Raspberry Blast Popsicle and a blue Leonardo drink instead.

Win a TMNT Prize Pack!

How would you like to win a TMNT Prize Pack that includes a $35 Fandango gift card and a $25 Target gift card?!? Just head over to the Deal Seeking Mom Facebook page through Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET to enter -- one lucky reader will win!

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you in partnership with Disney-Hyperion. Today we’re giving away #SerafinaandtheTwistedStaff by Robert Beatty!

Your summer reader will be thrilled with this Shadows of the Forest Prize Pack! Serafina and the Twisted Staff (book 2) is being released on 7/12/16 but you can read a 2-chapter sample today!

Here's a quick synopsis of the book:

Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the catamount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she’s too wild for Biltmore’s beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join her kin.

Deep in the forest, Serafina comes face-to-face with the evil infecting Biltmore—and discovers its reach is far greater than she’s ever imagined. All the humans and creatures of the Blue Ridge Mountains are in terrible danger. For Serafina to defeat this new evil before it engulfs her beloved home, she must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that has always awaited her.

One (1) lucky Deal Seeking mom reader will win The Shadows of the Forest Prize Pack, which includes:

  • Copy of Serafina and the Black Cloak
  • Copy of Serafina and the Twisted Staff
  • A candle tree shadow projector to make the shadows of a forest at home!

To enter, share how you're motivating your kids to read more this summer and how do you set their reading goals?

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Every reader has three methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, or three for up to a total of 3 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 how you're motivating your kids to read more this summer and how you set their reading goals.

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. 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) Shadows of the Forest Prize Pack, as described above.

This giveaway ends at 2:00pm on Thursday, 6/30/16 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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