Enter the Boxtrolls Costume Contest for a Chance to Win $3,000 in Amazon Gift Cards! (Ends 9/26)

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Enter the Boxtrolls costume contest for a chance to win $3,000 in Amazon gift cards!

Create an original and creative Boxtroll costume using an Amazon.com or cardboard box! Create your costume and submit a photo of it by September 26, 2014. The judges will narrow the entries to up to 10 finalists and then their Facebook fans will vote to determine the winner. You could win $3,000 in Amazon gift cards!

Be sure your photo is your original creation and that you have written consent from anyone who appears in your photo.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. Begins 12:00am PT 9/2/14 and ends 11:59pm PT 9/26/14. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18+. Void where prohibited. Limit one entry per person and Facebook account.

Five Reasons You Need to Start Meal Planning Today

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Now that I meal plan every week, I find it almost hard to remember a time when I didn’t meal plan or to imagine how I ever went to the store without a list. Meal planning makes grocery shopping and cooking so much easier; I don’t think I could ever go back. Sure, I don’t always look forward to sitting down to meal plan when I’m especially busy–it does take a little time one night a week–but once my meal plan is done, I’m always glad I did it.

Haven’t started meal planning yet? Here are five reasons YOU need to start meal planning this week.

1. It Will Save You Time

How much time do you spend each evening looking into the cabinets wondering what you are going to make? How much time do you actually spend making those “quick” trips to the store? Even if you only spend 15 min a night trying to figure out what to make, that’s an hour and 45 min a week. Add in three 30 min “quick” trips to the store, and that’s over three hours of your life wasted each week. By sitting down one night a week for 45 minutes to an hour to make a meal plan and a grocery list, you can easily save yourself a couple of hours every week. Plus, your shopping trips will go much quicker as well.

2. It Will Save You Money

One great thing about meal planning is that it allows you to make your list around the items that are on sale or that you have coupons for every week. Instead of just going to the store and picking up whatever looks good, you can intentionally fill your list with items that you can get for less. or example, if hamburger is on sale this week, then this week would be a great time to make more hamburger-based recipes. Not only will you make fewer impulse purchases when you shop with a plan, but you will be able to buy the things that you do need for less as well.

3. It Will Save You Hassle

Figuring out what to eat very night can be a real hassle. Plus, who wants to make extra trips to the store at 5 p.m. when you just got off work or when the little ones are clamoring for dinner? By planning your meals in advance, you can make sure you already have the ingredients on hand, you won’t have to make decisions every night, and you can even do some of the prep work ahead of time. Get dinner on the table and get on with your evening faster with a meal plan.

4. You’ll Eat Healthier

What happens when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry but you have nothing in your house that goes together to make a real meal? You hit the drive thru or order a pizza instead. While this is okay on occasion, many Americans have taken to eating convenience foods every night only is this very expensive, but it is very unhealthy too. Save your wallet and your waistline by meal planning instead.

5. You’ll Waste Less

Another great perk of meal planning is that you can plan meals with similar ingredients for the same week so nothing gets wasted. Have a recipe that requires half a bag of spinach? Plan another spinach recipe the same week and put that spinach to good use! Stop throwing out all of those leftover ingredients. Make a meal plan, and you’ll reduce your waste and your grocery budget.

Need a little bit of a meal planning boost? Try eMeals Meal Planning. eMeals offers a variety of plans including low fat, low carb, portion control, gluten free, clean eating, paleo, vegetarian, natural & organic, and classic plans. You pick your plan, get great recipes, shop and save, and cook and enjoy! eMeals helps to take the “guessing” work away so you can start planning great meals for your family.

Do you meal plan? If not, what’s stopping you?

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.


Do you like to save money? I do! I love how easy it is to save money on everyday purchases. There are so many great coupons out there to help you save. There are also several great money saving apps to download that will help you save on your purchases as well! I never leave home without my smartphone loaded with . I use my money saving apps everywhere I go to save additional money on items I know I need!

Earn cash with your favorite brands when you download and shop with the Jingit App. You can save on essential grocery items such as milk, bread and eggs. Or even home goods like paper towels and dish soap. More offers are available every week from your favorite stores.

Here is how it works:

  • Reserve offers prior to purchase
  • Purchase item(s) and save receipt
  • Capture receipt to redeem offer
  • Get cash back

The app has many additional features that help save money.  Create a shopping list when reserving your offers or check in for more cash earnings. (A mobile phone with text messaging is required. The Jingit app is free.)


Get your game on! For a limited time purchase tailgating supplies and earn cash with your Jingit app. For instance you can receive $1 cash back on ANY brand bag of charcoal when you shop at Walmart, Target, or Kmart. Enjoy the football season without breaking the bank by downloading the Jingit app!

Download the Jingit App and check out all the ways to earn cash.

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Ruby Tuesday Coupon: Buy One Get One 50% Off (Available to Download Through Sept. 19!) + $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a Ruby Tuesday gift card in exchange for a post. All opinions are my own.

Ruby Tuesday Coupon

I’ve been a fan of Ruby Tuesday for several years. Any time I’m craving a delicious salad from the salad bar, we gather the family up and head to Ruby Tuesday. Throughout the week, I love to meet my friends there for lunch or dinner! One of the things I love most about Ruby Tuesday happens to be the fact that they send out regular coupons. I receive Ruby Tuesday coupons in the mail on a regular basis. I add the coupons to my coupon file and save it for a day when I’m craving Ruby Tuesday!

Along with a revamped menu and new fresh salad bar, you’ll be able to save big at Ruby Tuesday with this buy one get one 50% off money saving coupon!

This Ruby Tuesday coupon is only available to download from September 16 through September 19 so don’t delay! After downloading, the coupon is available for use until September 30.

Ruby Tuesday introduces endless choices, endless combinations, endless lunch for $7.99 with our Garden Bar. Try unlimited trips to our Garden Bar and choose from over 30 ingredients to mix and match as many times as you want. This is available Monday – Friday at most locations. The Garden bar includes: Spring mix, fresh garden greens, crisp vegetables, premium cheeses and toppings, our famous croutons, and a variety of dressings. Add on 2 Minis (Sliders), 2 chicken or fish tacos, or a quesadilla for $2 more.

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There are plenty of new entree items to try including: Coastal Trio, Crispy Fried Shrimp, Hickory Bourbon-Blazed Pork Chop, Southern Style Chicken Tender Dinner, Low Country Shrimp and Grits, or Baked Ravioli. I’m going to try the Southern Style Chicken Tender Dinner the next time we head to Ruby Tuesday!

Taking the kids to Ruby Tuesday? Enjoy a full kid’s menu with prices starting at $3.99!

Download the Ruby Tuesday Coupon

Download your buy one get one 50% off Ruby Tuesday coupon today!

Buy any adult entree and get a second entree 50% off. Buy any adult entree and get a second entree 50% off. Not valid with limited time offers, daily specials, for alcoholic beverages, or with our GiveBack program. Discount will be applied to the item of least value. Limit one coupon per check. Coupons cannot be duplicated and have no cash value. Tax and gratuity excluded. Excludes Hawaii, Manhattan, airport and international locations.

Enter for a chance to win a $25 Ruby Tuesday Gift Card! No purchase necessary to enter to win. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter. Giveaway begins 9/16/2014 and ends 10/1/14 at 12:00am. All entries are optional.

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