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Simple Money Saving Tip to Keep Your Energy Bill Low

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Money Saving Summer Tip

We've been pretty lucky in Wisconsin this summer when it comes to the weather. There has only been a handful of days that we have turned on the air conditioning which makes for a low utility bill.

To keep our utility bill as low as possible during those hot summer days when the sun is relentlessly beating down on the house, we keep our blinds and curtains closed on the west and south walls of our house. This simple yet effective money saving tip can save you 10 - 15% on your utility bill. If the sun is beating in through the windows, your air conditioning will kick in to bring the temperature down, raising your utility bill. You can keep the room cooler by just closing the blinds and curtains during those peak hours when the sun is beating down through those windows.

This money saving tip is especially important if your thermostat is in a west or south facing room. For our home, our thermostat is in the living room which faces both the west and south. 

Money Saving Tip

Another way to keep your bill low this summer is with insulated curtains or drapes. These work great for both summer and winter keeping the cool air in during the summer, and the warm air in during the winter. If you have older large windows or an older patio door, you may want to consider investing in insulated drapes to help with drafts.

I purchased my patio door insulated drapes from Plow & Hearth

 

$1/3 any Pop-Tarts + Pick 'n Save Deal

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$1.00 off 3 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts toaster pastries

 

Here is a new coupon for $1/3 any Kellogg's Pop-Tarts! These are currently on sale at Pick 'n Save in the Appleton are for $2 each. This same sale should start on Thursday (7/24) for the Milwaukee area.

Pop-Tarts 12-ct Pop-Tarts 12-ct $2
$1/3 any Kellogg's Pop-Tarts printable
= as low as $1.33 after doubled coupon

 

New Kellogg's Family Rewards 50 Point Code

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Kelloggs Family Rewards BROOKSTONESWEEPS code

Add another 50 FREE points to your Kellogg's Family Rewards account when you enter code BROOKSTONESWEEPS (not sure when this code expires). 

Here are a few more codes you may want to try (I'm not 100% certain of when they expire):

  • SPRINGONTHECOLOR for 20 points
  • EARNGREATREWARDS for 20 points
  • SPIDEYEXCITEMENT for 20 points
  • AMAZINGSPIDERMAN for 20 points
  • EARNGREATREWARDS for 20 points
  • CRAZYGOODCONCERT for 20 points
  • HOWITWORKS20PNTS for 20 points
  • GIFTOFMUSICBONUS for 20 points
  • TOTALLYHOTSUMMER for 100 points
  • BACKTOSCHOOL2014 for 50 points

Thanks, IG!

 

FREE Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea Sample! First 25K Only!

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Plantation Mint Tea Sample

The first 25,000 to go here can request a FREE sample of Bigelow Plantation Mint Tea! If you are part of that 25,000 you will receive a confirmation email.

Sample and freebie offers are limited and typically expire sooner than expected. I have no control over these offers as I am simply sharing the information, not distributing the products. If you are seeing this post in an RSS Feed or the daily email, there is a chance this offer may already be expired.

 

My Favorite Target Deals This Week (7/20 - 7/26)

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Here are my favorite Target deals this week (7/20 - 7/26)!
See the Target Back to School Deals here!

$10 off $50 Home Purchase

There is a $10 off any $50 Home Purchase either in this week's ad or when you text DECOR to 827438, or print here. This coupon is valid on Furniture, Bed, Bath, and Décor and expires 7/26. There is also a coupon for $5 off a $35 Home Purchase that you can print here.

Below is a list of Cartwheel offers that you can combine with the above coupons:

10% Off Room Essentials Bookcases 3 & 5 Shelf Styles (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

20% Off Room Essentials TV Stands (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

20% Off Threshold Media Stands (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)

10% Off Room Essentials Mattress Pads (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

15% Circo & Licensed Kids’ Bedding (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)
*excludes infant and toddler bedding (I assume this means twin size and up)

10% Off Pillow & Mattress Protectors (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)

10% Off Room Essentials Shower Curtain (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

10% Off Circo Kids Bath Décor (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)

10% Off Room Essentials Door Mirrors (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)

25% Off Threshold Candles & Holders (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)          

20% Off Threshold Rugs (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)

15% Off Wall Art (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)
*excludes picture frames, mirrors, wall decals)

15% Off Threshold Wall Shelves (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)


 $5 off $15 Personal Care coupon

There is also a coupon for $5 off your Personal Care Purchase of $15 or more in this week's ad or you can text CARE to 827438 or print here. This coupon is valid on Deodorant, Body Wash, Bar Soap, Oral Care, Shaving, Hand & Body Lotion, Feminine Care and expires 7/26 (excludes Power Shave and Power Dental).

There are TONS to coupons for this one but here are some of the higher value coupons:

Oral Care:

$4/2 Gillette Clinical Deodorant (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$2/2, $.75/1 Old Spice Product (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$4/2 Secret Clinical Deodorant (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$2/1 Secret Clinical Deodorant (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$1.25/1 Tom’s of Maine Deodorant or Bar Soap (SS 6/22/14 exp. 8/2)

$1.50/1 Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry Antiperspirant (SS 6/22/14 exp. 8/2) 

$7/1 Crest 3D Whitestrips (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$2/1 Crest/OralB 3D  White Whitestrips (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$2/1 Reach Toothbrush *excludes Crystal Clean (SS 5/4/14 exp. 8/16)

$1/1 Tom’s of Maine Kids Toothpaste 4 oz. or larger OR Rinse (SS 6/22/14 exp. 8/2)

$1.25/1 Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste 4 oz. or larger OR Mouthwash (SS 6/22/14 exp. 8/2)

$2/1 Luster Distinctly White DualAction Whitening System (SS 7/13/14 exp. 8/3)

$2/2 Act Product (RP 6/29 exp. 8/9)

$1/1 Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse 8 oz. or larger (SS 6/29/14 exp. 7/26)

And you can go here to see all of the Cartwheel coupons that can be stacked with the above mentioned oral care coupons. 

Body Care:

$4/2 Neutrogena Body Product (SS 5/4/14 exp. 7/31)

$2/1 Nivea Sunkissed Radiance Lotion 13.5 oz. (SS 5/4/14 exp. 7/31)

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Vaseline Mens Spray Lotion (RP 7/13/14 exp. 7/27)

$3/2 Olay Body Wash, Bar Soap 4 count or larger, OR Inshower Body Lotion (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$1/1 Olay Body Wash, Bar Soap 4 count or larger, OR Inshower Body Lotion (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$2/2 Right Guard/Tone Body Wash or 6 Bars (RP 7/13/14 exp. 8/10)

25% Off Aveeno Stress Relief Foaming Bath (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

20% Off Alba Good & Healthy Skin Care (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)

5% Off Up & Up Body Wash (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

5% Off Up & Up Hand/Body Lotion (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

5% Off Up & Up Hand Soap (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

10% Off SheaMoisture Bath & Naturals (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

Razors: 

$3/1 Gillette Male Disposable (RP 7/13/14 exp. 8/31)

$3/2 Gillette Disposable Razor (RP 6/22/14 exp. 7/31)

5% Off Gillette ProGlide Razors (Cartwheel exp. 7/29) 

$3/1 Schick Hydro Silk Refill (SS 7/13/14 exp. 8/23)

$2/1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor (SS 7/13/14 exp. 8/23)

$2/1 Schick Hydro Silk Disposable (SS 7/13/14 exp. 8/23)

$2/1 Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill (SS 7/13/14 exp. 8/9)

$2/1 Schick Quattro for Men Razor (SS 7/13/14 exp. 8/9)

$3/1 Venus/Daisy Disposable (RP 7/13/14 exp. 8/31)

5% Off Up & Up Men’s Shave Razors & Gel (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

5% Off Up & Up Women’s Shave Razors & Gel (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)

Feminine Care: 

$2/1 Always Radiant or Infinity Pads (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

$2/1 Tampax Pearl or Radiant Tampon 16 count or larger (PG 7/6/14 exp. 7/31)

 

$15 off $50 Dog Purchase

And finally, here is a $15 Off Dog/Cat Purchase of $50 or more that can be found in this week's ad, or you can text PETS to 827438 or print here. This coupon is valid on: Food, Litter, & Treats and expires 7/26 (excludes Rawhides).

Again, TONS of coupons to match with this.  These are a small handful of possibilities:

10% Off Boots & Barkley Litter & Pans (Cartwheel exp. 11/1)

$3/1 Pedigree Dry Dog Food 10 lb. or larger (RP 6/29/14 exp. 8/16)

$2/1 Purina Beneful Dog Food Bag (SS 4/27/14 exp. 7/27)

$3 Off Purina Tidy Cats Lightweight 24/7 Performance AND Cat Chow 3.15 lb. or larger (SS 4/27/14 exp. 7/27)

$2/1 Purina Puppy Chow 4 lb. or larger (RP 5/18/14 exp. 8/24)

$2/1 Rachael Ray Nutrish Dry Cat Food 3 lb. or larger (SS 6/1/14 exp. 9/1)

Here are the Cartwheel coupons for Food and Treats


 

More Deals: 

Arnold Bread $2.79
$1/2 Arnold Sliced Bread or Sandwich Thins Rolls (SS 3/30/14 exp. 7/31)
$1/2 Arnold Sliced Bread or Sandwich Thins Rolls (SS 5/11/14 exp. 9/30)
20% Off Arnold, Brownberry, Oroweat Wide Pan Loaf 24 oz. (Cartwheel exp. 8/3)
$.25 Ibotta Rebate wyb Any PreSliced Single Loaf of Bread
= as low as $1.71 each wyb 2

Edy’s Ice Cream 48 oz. 2 for $6
$1/2 Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned Light or Grand Ice Cream 1.5 quart or larger (SS 6/29/14 exp. 8/3)
5% Off Edy’s/Dreyer’s Ice Cream 48 oz. (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)
= as low as $2.38 

Fresh Raspberries 6 oz. 2 for $5
5% Off Fresh Seasonal Berries (Cartwheel exp. 8/2)
= $2.38 

Market Pantry Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 2.5 lb 2 for $12
$1/1 Market Pantry Frozen Chicken Item 20 oz. or larger (Target Printable exp. 8/16)
= $5 each 

Nabisco Mini Oreo Snack Pack 12 pack $4.29
$1/1 Nabisco Multipacks 9 oz. or larger (SS 6/15/14 exp. 8/2)
5% Off Nabisco Oreo Cookies 1115.4 oz. (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)
= $3.13 

Simply Balanced Organic Frozen Vegetables 12 oz. 2 for $4
10% Off Simply Balanced Frozen Vegetables (Cartwheel exp. 9/13)
= $1.80 each 

Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt Pouches 4 pack 2 for $8
$1/1 Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Pouches 4 pack (Target Printable exp. 8/9)
= $3 each 

Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent 69 oz. 36 load or 75 oz. 48 load $7.49
$1.50/1 Tide Detergent 40 oz. or larger
$1/1 Tide Detergent 46 oz. or larger (Target Mobile, text CLEAN to 827438 exp. 9/7)
= $4.99 

L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo or Conditioner 12.6 oz. or Select Styling $3.99
$2/1 L’Oreal Advanced Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment (RP 6/29/14 exp. 7/26)
$2/1 L’Oreal Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment (Target RP exp. 12/31)
= FREE after both coupons

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Starter Pack $14.99 or Miracle Gel Nail Color $7.99
$1/1 Sally Hansen Nail Color $1.97 or more (RP 7/13/14 exp. 8/13)
10% Off All Makeup & Nail Polish (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)
= $12.59 or $6.29 

Merona Ultimate Cardigan Sweater or Mossimo Supply Co. Boyfriend Cardigan Sweater $15
$3 Off Women’s Mossimo, Xhilaration, or Merona Purchase of $15 or more (Target Mobile, text OFFERS to 827438 exp. 7/25)
10% Off All Women’s Cardigans (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)
= $10.80 each 

Mossimo Supply Co. Skater or Maxi or Mossimo Maxi Dresses $14.99 $24.74
$3 Off Women’s Mossimo, Xhilaration, or Merona Purchase of $15 or more (Target Mobile, text OFFERS to 827438 exp. 7/25)
10% Off All Women’s Dresses (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)
= varies

Mossimo Boyfriend Jeans $24.99 or Mossimo Denim Bootcut, Skinny, or Leggings $22.99
$3 Off Women’s Mossimo, Xhilaration, or Merona Purchase of $15 or more (Target Mobile, text OFFERS to 827438 exp. 7/25)
$3 Off Women’s Denim Jeans Purchase of $15 or more (Target Printable exp. 8/16)
25% Off Women’s Denim Pants *excludes: Liz Lange, dENiZEN, Pure Energy (Cartwheel exp. 7/26)
= as low as $14.99 

Canvas shoes

Women’s Canvas Shoes 20% Off $11.99 - $15.99
15% Off Women’s Canvas Shoes (Cartwheel exp. 8/16)
= as low as $10.19 

 

Kohl's: $10 off $25 Kids' Apparel with Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Movie Ticket Stub

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Kohl's Coupon $10 off $25 kids' apparel with Planes ticket stub

Save your Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue ticket stub because through 7/26 you can get $10 off a $25 kids' apparel purchase at Kohl's when you bring in your movie ticket stub!

Offer valid in-stores only and is limited to one time use per ticket stub. Only valid on kids' apparel purchase. 

 

Strawberry and Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich Recipe

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Strawberry and Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich recipe! This is an easy recipe to whip together for lunch or dinner. Use up those strawberries that have been sitting in the fridge!

It's been years since I've had a regular grilled cheese sandwich. Don't get me wrong I love grilled cheese, but as an adult I just don't feel right eating them anymore. I would feel guilty eating one now. As adults we are supposed to make better food choices and find ways to add healthy ingredients to our meals. Lucky for us the older we get, the more daring we become with food. I'm sure you can all list off at least 5 foods that you love now as an adult, but hated as a kid. 

When I was a kid, if someone tried to serve me this Strawberry & Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich, I would have run far, far away. Strawberries are not supposed to be grilled. And what the heck is goat cheese?! 

Well, my more mature self is now in love with this sandwich. 

Not only because its delicious, but also because it takes very little prep work and only minutes to cook (grill). And if there is one constant with my recipes, it's easy. The more stupid easy they are, the better. Spending hours in a kitchen cooking a meal that takes minutes to eat has never appealed to me. Do you have any idea how many pages of a book I can read in that same time?! 

Strawberry and Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 1 goat cheese log softened (Aldi sells these!)
  • whole grain sliced bread
  • red pepper jelly (Walmart carries this by the regular jelly)
  • fresh sliced strawberries
  • fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • watercress or arugula (optional) 

Spread the goat cheese on one side of the whole grain bread and set aside. Then spread the red pepper jelly on another slice of bread and layer with strawberries, basil leaves, and watercress or arugula. Top this with the goat cheese slice, goat cheese side down of course. 

Cook sandwiches in a lightly greased nonstick pan for 2 - 3 minutes on each side until the bread is just browned. Then, enjoy! 

Strawberry and Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich

This is a great way to use up all of those strawberries that you picked or that you got for a good deal because the store marked them down. 

So I'm curious, can you list 5 foods that you love now, but hated as a kid? I'll go first....

  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • avocado
  • onion
  • whole grain bread

Like this recipe? Don't forget to pin it on Pinterest! 

Recipe adapted from Southern Living Home Cooking Basics: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Southern Cooking

 

 
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