Posted: May 5, 2010
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The winner of the Snorg Tee Shirt giveaway is: stephanielumb@…com “I love the Zombies HATE fast food! hehehee”

The winner of the Greek Goddess Gift Pack is: luvin2save@…com “I love spa towels!  I would love to try Greek Yogurt!”

Thanks to all who entered! Enter my new Kidorable Umbrella giveaway, these are so cute!

Posted: May 5, 2010
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UPDATE: Giveaway has ended, view winners here.

Kidorable.com has the cutest rain wear clothes and accessories I’ve ever seen.  I’m not getting paid to say this.  I just can’t believe how adorable and well-made they are.  These are made to last. They have matching rain boots, rain jackets, backpacks and umbrellas, and all look so cute that strangers will come up to you asking where you got them.

As you can see in the pictures I took above, my daughters love their rain boots and wear them with or without the rain.

Kidorable has lots of adorable boys sets too.  My friends who have boys always complain about how fantastic girls clothes and decorations are, while shopping for their boys they can never find anything.   Kidorable seems to have cured this problem!

Giveaway: 1 Winner Will Get Any Kidorable Umbrella of their Choice!

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER TO WIN:

  1. Visit Kidorable and let us know which Umbrellas you like the best!
  2. Get Up To 8 Extra Entries – select the yes or no options under the “Submit Comment” button, then submit ONE comment with which shirt you like.  Selections will be saved to your comment.   One great way to get an extra entry is by becoming a fan of Kidorable’s on Facebook – they often do giveaways on their Facebook page!
Please enter your email address in the required e-mail field only.  Do not type it in your comment box because spambots will see it and spam you.  Your email address will be saved to your comment in our database so you can be instantly notified if you are selected as the winner.
Entry is open to US residents. Ends 10:00pm MST on Tuesday, May 11th. Winner will be chosen using a third party site, random.org, contacted by email, and have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.  Disclosure: I was in no way paid for this review and this is my honest opinion. Winner will be mailed umbrella of their choice courtesy of Kidorable.com
Posted: May 4, 2010
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Posted: May 4, 2010
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Sign up for free 3-pack sample of Pampers Cruisers with new Dry Max from Vocalpoint

Vocalpoint is a word-of-mouth program  that gives you freebies hoping you’ll love them and create buzz.  Other programs I recomend:

One I haven’t tried but Freebies4Mom loves: SheSpeaks

Thanks, Freebies4Mom

Posted: May 4, 2010
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Fill out the form to receive free sample kit from Poise!

Between the free samples and free Carefree we always get, I don’t know if I’ll ever pay more than a few cents for pads/tampons again!

Posted: May 4, 2010
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Go here and “like” Libby’s Vegetables to get a free can! I love these facebook freebies!

Thanks, MojoSavings

Posted: May 4, 2010
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Kaley at Cha-Ching on a Shoestring start a Couponing for Community blogger event this week.

As couponers, we get so many items free. Many people go without these basic items, so when you can stock up get extras for those in need.

This week, I would like to challenge all of you to give back on May 8th.  Post men/woman are going to collect food to help feed an estimated 13 million children in their “Stamp Out Hunger” event.  All you have to do is place bags with nonperishable food items (canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice etc…) next to your mailbox on  May 8th, or if you don’t have a mail box you can also drop these off at any post office location.

Go here for more information

Thanks, A Thrifty Mom for the

Posted: May 4, 2010
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Login or sign up for Murphy’s newsletters, and each month you’ll get new coupons! This month is $2 off $10 gas purchase, now its too bad Murphey’s  are mostly located in eastern and southern states!  View locations here.

Also, go to their Facebook page to get a free 20 oz. Coke coupon!

Thanks, Couponers United

Posted: May 4, 2010
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Melea just let me know that if you text your Subway Card Number to 35562 they will add 50 points to your card, enough for a free sub! UPDATE:  This is working in all subways that accept cards (many Southern states don’t accept the card, or at least they didn’t when I lived there)  Leave a comment below if you get your points!

You’ll get a text back confirmation and you can go here to check your balance.

 

Posted: May 4, 2010
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Walmart deals are regional, so this price may not be in your area:


Rose found California Pizza Kitchen single serve pizzas and flatbread melts on sale for $2, reg. $2.88
– $1/1 (5/2 SS) (no size restrictions on this coupon!)
Final Price= $.88

Check out more walmart deals  here

Thanks, RoseKnowsCoupons

Posted: May 3, 2010
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Blogger Link Back Love

The reason I started this series is because when I was a newbie blogger, there were so many unwritten “blogger rules & codes of conduct” I didn’t know about.   I broke them all. Not intentionally. But other people didn’t know that. There still may be blogs hatin’ on me thinking I’m a jerk.  I have learned the rules and strive to be an ethical blogger, and would love to teach anyone thinking of creating a blog, or new at their blog, the lessons I learned the hard way.

I run a coupon deals blog.   I try to find original deals, but I also post hot deals my fellow coupon bloggers post. I have most coupon blogs in my Google Reader.

  1. I browse their posts until I find one I love.  Let’s say I find a great Kraft Cheese sale at Target, on Deal&More’s site.
  2. I see who Deal&More used to help find the deal, i.e., they say “Thanks,  CouponSite” at the bottom of their post.
  3. Then I click on the link to go to “CouponSite” to make sure it is the original source.  Often, it is not.
  4. CouponSite.com may have on their post of the Kraft Cheese deal “Thanks, SamsCoupons”
  5. So I go to Sams Coupons. They have no links back at the end of their post, so it is probably their deal.
  6. I run a Google Reader search for Kraft Cheese and see which blogs post for the deal is the oldest.  I see who they linked back to.

This way I can verify who originally posted a deal.  This may seem time-consuming, but it is important to give credit to the person who originally found the deal.  Often it takes a long time to find original deals. Sometimes I give credit to multiple blogs for a deal, for example a blog added new information to a previous deal so I credit both the original deal poster and the blog that I found out new information on.

One time I posted an original deal that took me a very long time to verify and get worked up.  Another blog posted it on their site word-for-word copying me, and didn’t link back.

Virtually every coupon blog posted this deal, linking back to the deal stealer.  I was quite upset, since links back are actually very valuable to a blog and increase its ratings/views. I vowed to try to never make someone else feel that way.  So from then on, I have taken greater steps to give credit to whoever finds deals.  Also, if other bloggers think you aren’t linking back, then they won’t link back to you.  Not only is it the right thing to do, it is better for your blog to give credit where credit is due.

Now there are situations where people are going to find the same deal all by themselves.  Particularly with affiliate offers. Many companies actually email me deals to post on my site.  Other sites may post them before I do, but since I got the deal on my own from the company, I don’t have to link back to anyone.   There are also situations where I post a deal and think its completely original, only to find other bloggers have already posted it.   So if you see something on my site without a link back to anyone, that means I think I found that deal first.  Someone else might have, but realistically I can’t track all the thousands of coupon blogs and know every deal they post.  If you think someone stole your deal, more times then not they never even saw your deal.  Give them the benefit of the doubt (unless they posted the deal word-for-word).

If you find an original deal, you can always email me and if I haven’t seen it before and I think its great, I’ll post it up with a link back.

Always post in your own words.  Copying word-for-word will kill your page ranking.

Some posts you shouldn’t copy (even if you change the wording and give a link back):

Simple deal posts are commonly shared around the coupon blog world, with bloggers putting them in their own words and giving a link back.  However, I did not know this until recently, posts which take a lot of time to write up should not be copied at all.

For example, this post.  I have spent many hours on this post and would be annoyed if someone copied it.   Entire coupon match-ups for a store should not be copied (these can take up to 4 hours for one blogger to do!).  Any blogger series posts or recipe posts should not be copied.   Basically, if a blogger puts a lot of work into it, don’t change the words and post it up on your site.  You could ask them if they’d like to do a guest post, or you could post on your site “I just read about this great way to shop at yard sells at CouponSpot.com, check it out!”

A guest post: where a blogger asks another blogger if they can post a post word-for-word, with “Guest post by” and a link to your site.  For coupon match-ups, if you want to post someone else’s, just email them first to make sure its okay.  A Thrify Mom and Money Saving Mom post my Shopko & Fresh Market matchups each week.  This works great for me because I get the link back and new traffic, and they get the deals on their site.  Its not “stealing” because I have given them permission to post them in full each week.

You generally don’t have to email to ask permission if you say “Here’s my top 5 deals at Walmart this week” and then say “Here’s a link to CouponSite to see the rest of the deals”.  Many bloggers do this.

As always, if you have any questions about about this or any other subject, email me. I personally respond to all emails sent to me.

Wanna Be A Blogger Series:

Part 1 – Blogger Link Back Love (what you can and can’t copy, and how to give proper credit)

Part 2 – Hotlinking Photos (or a big no-no)

Part 3 – Comments and Followers

Part 4 – Schedules

Part 5 – When you insert a link, right under where you post the link location, where it says “Target” then shows a drop-down list, click on “open link in a new window”.  You don’t want people to click on your links and leave your site for good!

Part 6 – Rock your Ethical Blogger badge & sign the pledge

Email deidre(AT)cuckooforcoupondeals.com if you have any other topics you would like covered or suggestions.

Posted: May 3, 2010
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I’ve lived in the South and been to Chili Cook-offs at our church, where everyone thought their chili was the best.  I’ve eaten lots of chili in my days, but this recipe is super easy and everyone’s favorite.  Even my 3 year old is getting into the spicy food lately!

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilies (do not drain!)
  • 1 16 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 can pinto beans (do not drain!)
  • 1 can chili beans (do not drain!)
  • 1 can kidney beans (do not drain!)
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheese on top

Brown ground beef.  Drain fat. Add in all other ingredients and bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips and shredded cheese on top.

Servings: I make this in our biggest pot and keep it in the fridge, we get about 3 or 4 meals out of it. Probably would feed 10 people.

If anyone else has a chili recipe they like better let me know; I’m always game to try another one!   I love how how much canned food is used from the pantry – great food storage recipe.

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