Spring Cleaning Time (and a Giveaway)

I’ve started my spring cleaning early. (I truthfully shouldn’t say “I”, but “we”, sorry family.)

It started with a smelly fridge at the office that just so happened to need cleaning the same week I got a bottle of Soft Scrub Total All Purpose Bath and Kitchen Cleaner (in lemon scent) to give a try. The fridge smelled awful and had some “hand-me-down” stains, but by the time I was done with it, we were good as new.

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Cleaning things with a lemon scent got addicting, so I went home and gave our fridge a haul of a clean. Not only did I throw out a bunch of not so good smelling stuff, I got rid of stains I can only blame us (and our water) on. There were some stains in that fridge that I had no faith would be removed, but with just some time to “set” the Soft Scrub cleaner and some of my elbow grease, they quickly went away. See?

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(Before)

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 (After)

I was impressed, and the fridge smelled like fresh cut lemons for a few days afterward. That’s a win in my book! There was one thing I didn’t like about the cleaner, though (and it could be user error). I had to use a lot of water to rinse off the cleaner–otherwise it left a grainy feel on the surface, which I wasn’t impressed with. But, adding that extra water was a win–away went the grainy feel!

This new Soft Scrub is gentle on surfaces and it makes it easy to clean your kitchen and bath. The bottle has been redesigned to help with dispensing (I had no issues getting plenty of cleaner, but not too much!). You can use it to clean your counters, tubs, sinks…anything that needs dirt conquered.

You can learn more about Soft Scrub on their website (www.softscrub.com) or Facebook. You might as well go look…because I am going to give you a chance to win THREE FREE bottles of Soft Scrub!

This contest ends Sunday night, so enter early and often! 🙂 Good luck.

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Disclaimer: I received a sample of Soft Scrub to review and three coupons to share with my readers. All opinions are 100% my own.

Honey Bunches of Oats #Giveaway #HBOats #Coupon

Don’t mind me, I am just up early bringing you another review and giveaway! Oh, and enjoying my bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted!

I was given a sample box of Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted to try out. Unlike Greg, I never really ate the cereal much growing up (he actually would have his mom buy the “Just Bunches”), so I can’t say I know how to compare this improved version with more granola bunches, but I can tell you the amount of granola bunches versus flakes was a great ratio. It made me understand why he was all “get me the Just Bunches”!

How did I enjoy my Post Honey Bunches of Oats? Well, the first thing I did was look at the nutrition facts. I loved that they have 10 grams of whole grain (I always look for the seal, if a box of cereal doesn’t have it, I don’t eat it). The sugar content was a good match, too, just 6 grams. The grains in the bunches are a huge help to “shock” the system by eating different foods. Honey Bunches of Oats “bunches” include wheat, oat, corn, and rice. And, it’s a heart healthy cereal with 0 grams Trans Fat. Wins all around for Mama. On the downside, I had ‘lil Miss A by my side asking for her breakfast, too. Unfortunately, the next thing I look for is the ingredients. If it has the nice bold milk listed, she can’t eat it. Unfortunately, she can’t give this one a try. 🙁

You see in the picture above that I enjoyed about a cup and a half of the cereal. This was a double serving at 120 calories per 3/4 cup (I needed the calories, so I went for it). I added in 1/2 cup of my plain greek yogurt (figured it would be good because I usually enjoy that “seasoned” with honey anyhow) and a handful of raisins (to get my fruit in). It was absolutely delicious. I am sure you milk drinkers would enjoy it with your favorite version of milk, too. I am just not a milk drinker.

This cereal will definitely be worked in to my meal rotation, and I am interested to taste some of the other flavors like “Pecan Bunches” and “Fruit Blends”. Hopefully you’ll think about picking up a box next time you’re at the grocery store!

Interested in getting your own box? Great! I am giving away coupons for two free boxes…and there will be two lucky winners! Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below (enter often!), and I’ll be sending the winners two coupons to try this for free, too! 🙂 It’s easy, and you have one week to enter and share with others. So, what’s stopping you? Enter now!

Disclaimer: Post provided a free sample of their Honey Bunches of Oats – Honey Roasted for this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinions, as always, are my own.

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Couponing: The Beginning

I have always been skeptical of the little old ladies who stand in front of me at the super market checkout with a fist full of coupons. How much could they possibly be saving that it is worth holding up the line for 15 minutes, I mean how much cat food can you really need anyhow? Upon marrying my wife, I had no clue that she could very well end up being one of those little old ladies, minus the cats of course, but what I DEFINITELY did not see happening is that I too would become that person who keeps you waiting in line while he watches every single coupon being swiped and the dollar signs diminish.

For B, she has always had a love of shopping, which in the past has gotten her, and now us, into a bit of financial disarray. For me, I was always happy to get free stuff. Coupled with my addictive personality, I didn’t stand a chance. As we creep closer to climbing out of that hole, we find ourselves searching for ways to combat both her shopping addiction and my need to have a hobby and collect things. Couponing it is!

B started to coupon before we got together, however, with the addition of 2 children and 1 hungry husband, I think it’s safe to say it has intensified. Once we bought our house and were closer to all the key coupon spots, it was game on. Every Sunday, B would buy 3-4 papers and start clipping. She’d search online sites and blogs for the current deals and printable coupons, then find the corresponding coupons in the paper to get the maximum savings. After she had all her coupons together, she would hit the stores. At first, I stayed home with the kids, as coupon fever had not yet struck me and I still did not understand her system. She would come home with her loot and I would help her put it all away, amazed but not quite sold.

Part of my hesitation had to do with the fact that I did not see my role in the process, as B seemed to have it all in hand. Then one day, the TV network TLC debuted a show called “Extreme Couponing”. This show features the savants who have turned a simple money saving venture into an artform! I was intrigued at how a person could take a $1000 purchase and reduce it to a few bucks and in some cases, make money! Being a stay-at-home parent, I am always struggling with the fact that I do not bring in a paycheck and therefore the brunt of the financial burden falls on B’s shoulders. But again, how could I become a cog in B’s coupon system?

As I continued to watch the show, I noticed how these people seemed to have an endless supply of coupons, some from inserts, printed, or even ordered from a clipper service. I also noticed that they seemed to be pretty well organized in binders and began thinking about how much time B spends sorting and cutting her coupons. While there is a procedure of calculating the deals that my brain is not quite suited for, the sorting, clipping and organizing aspect was right up my alley. Then I thought about my baseball card collections I had as a kid and how the card pages made it so easy to organize and sort my cards, which happened to be the same size as some coupons. But did we really need that much space for only a few newspapers worth of coupons? Or was the issue that we needed more coupons? With more coupons, we could take advantage of better deals, but where would we come up with extra coupons that wouldn’t involve buying them? A woman on the show had the answer, however it did seem a bit unorthodox and taboo.

And the story continues – Couponing: The Hunt