This year I will be participating in the Couponing for Community where Saving and Giving Unite. This will be my first year to participate but it sounds like a wonderful thing.
Couponing for Community is an effort by couponers all over America to use the power of couponing to make a united impact. By using your couponing skills start buying extra items each week while you are shopping to give to a homeless shelter, food pantry, or a friend in need during the week of May 8-14, 2011! May 14 is also National Stamp Out Hunger day, so giving is as easy as leaving a bag of non-perishable items by your mailbox
Couponing for Community has set a goal of 10,000 items to be donated in 1 week.
If you would like to participate, click here for details and more information.
Also, this is a great thing to get your kids involved in. I'm trying to teach my daughter (4 years old) that it is better to give than to receive and that not everyone is as fortunate as she is. I look forward to her taking part in this too.
Do you have certain items/products that remind you of your childhood? I do. Most of them always reflect a childhood memory with one of my grandmas.
While growing up, I use to spend my summers staying with my grandma who also kept other children. Every afternoon we would get a snack before our parents would pick us up. While gathering around the kitchen table, we would always look toward the cabinet beside the kelvinator (that's what she called the refrigerator) to see if she had gotten out a bottle of Coca-Cola. Back then, Coca-Cola came in glass bottles. As a special treat, she would give us a paper cup of Coca-Cola to go with our cookies or chips. She would never let us have the whole bottle. There was 6 of us that would have to split one bottle. We would often finish our Coca-Cola before touching our snack and ask for more. She would never give us more. She would say if you want more to drink, you can have water. Coca-Cola was something she always kept and never wanted to run out of. Not only was it a treat for us with our snack but she also gave to us if we were sick. She said Coca-Cola would always make an upset stomach feel better. I never understood why but it always seemed to help. To this day, I always drink Coca-Cola if my stomach is not feeling well. A non-typical tradition that I am carrying on with my children too.
I don't see the bottles of Coke often but when I do I always have to have one. There is nothing better than a bottle of pop!
Coca-Cola can be used when cooking too. I have used it before as a marinade for steaks or beef tips. My mom has made a Coca-Cola cake before. Here is a recipe that I make a lot during the summer months with Coca-Cola as an ingredient. I never knew that I would be cooking with it one day.
Coca-Cola Chicken Wings
3/4 cup Coca-Cola
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon of Prepared Mustard
1 Small Onion, Chopped
10 Chicken Wings
In a mediaum saucepan, combine Coca-Cola, soy sauce, brown sugar, prepared mustard, and chopped onion. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Bake wings at 350° for 25 minutes. Pour sauce over wings and back 10 additional minutes at 375°.
You can also make these on a grill. They are great for cookouts or tailgating parties.
Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Coca-Cola® blogging program. If I am one of the first 100 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 gift card. For more information on the program, click here.
Starting today I will be sharing a list of my favorite deals at Lowes Foods each week.
Hope you enjoy!
Boston Butt Pork Roast - 1.69/lb
Mangoes - 1.00 each
Limes - 3/.99
Green Giant Vegetables .33 each
Pepperidge Farm 3-Layer Cake - Buy 1 Get 1 Free - $2.25 each
Use .55/1 coupon 2/27 SS
Final Price - 1.15 each
Rice-a-Roni or Pasta Roni - 1.00 each
Use Buy 3 Rice-a-Roni and Get 1 Pasta Roni FREE coupon 1/2 RP
Final Price - .75 each when you buy 3 Rice-a-Roni and 1 Pasta Roni
Degree Solid - $1
Use $1/1 Degree Men Deodarnt coupon 3/27 RP
Final Price - FREE
4" African Viollets - 2.99
(Cute and thrifty Easter Gift)
Remember Lowes Foods doubles coupons up to .99. You can use 20 per transaction.
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (2 pk) - $2
Use .75 coupon from Home Made Simple Coupon Booklet (mailer)
Final Price - $1.25
Deal Idea for $5 off $25 purchase for Saturday
Buy 2 Diapers @ $10 each = $20
Buy 2 Huggies Wipes - $2.50 each = $5
Use $5 off $25 DG coupon (give to cashier 1st)
Use (2) $2 Huggies Diaper cougpons (not sure if they have the larger ones for the $3 coupon)
Use (2) .50 Huggies wipes coupons
Total After Coupons - $15 for 2 diapers and 2 wipes
Also, Dollar General has a Rhythm and Race Rewards Program going on now. Collect points when you purchase certain items and you can cash in your points for Dollar General gift cards, racing memorbilla, or Grand Ole Opry merchandise. Click here for details.