Below please find the giveaway winners from the YoCrunch and Custom Scrapbook Blog Designs giveaways.

YoCrunch Giveaway Winner

#2- April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears:

Custom Scrapbook Blog Designs Winner

#5- Lyudmila:

Thanks to all who entered. Check back soon for more giveaways!

I would like to thank you all for your patience and well wishes during my unexpected leave from posting. It took me a lot longer than I expected to recover, but I'm happy to announce that I am feeling back to my normal self! With that being said, my absence caused me to become extremely behind on giveaways and reviews, and I have over 300 new emails to check :-/

Please be patient with me as I read through all emails, update the blog and post any giveaway winners. Over the next three days I will attempt to answer all emails that require a response. I will not post the $1 and under national store deals this week or next week. Check back the week of September 11 when I will resume the National Store Deals posts.

Once again, thanks to all my readers and sponsors for your understanding and well wishes. Your emails and posts were greatly appreciated!

I haven't been feeling well for the last two days, and I haven't been able to complete the $1 and under National Store Deals or search for any BARGAINS besides the two I posted on Facebook and Twitter yesterday. Hopefully I will be back to my normal self tomorrow. In the meantime, head over to Freebies 4 Real for the latest deals and freebies.

Please be patient if you are awaiting an email response from me. I will respond to each as soon as I can.


It’s grilling time and a great way to kick your meat up a notch is to utilize the beauty of marinades.  It will help bring out the natural flavors as well as adding the flavor of the marinade to whatever you are throwing on the grill.  Marinating for the appropriate amount of time will also affect the tenderness of the meat.

Different types of protein require different marinating times due to different thicknesses and abilities to absorb the marinade.  The best way to get the most of your marinade is make sure that the marinade and protein is placed in a Ziploc bag with all the air removed and then placed in the refrigerator.

Ideal Marinating Time
15 minutes to 1 hour
Poultry (chicken, turkey...etc.)
1/2 hour to 3 hours
Red meat (beef, lamb.etc)
1/2 hour

Make Your Marinade Penetrate
  • For fish, meats or poultry, remove any layers of fat and skin. It's better to have the marinade in the meat and not the parts you don't eat!
  • Do not poke holes in meat before marinating. This actually drains out the juices.
  • Don't use very thick marinades, since these don't penetrate the food very well.
  • Be sure to cover the food completely with the marinade. Occasionally turn the food while marinating to ensure a full coat.

Marinate Safely
  • Never reuse marinade for a different recipe. Marinades in contact with raw items (especially meat) can contaminate other foods, possibly causing food poisoning.  If using left over marinade as a baste while grilling, be sure to use the last of the marinade at least several minutes before you're done grilling (on both sides) to allow it to cook and kill off any harmful bacteria. Boiling the marinade for a few minutes before using can also kill bacteria.
  • Do not use metal containers. Acidic ingredients in marinade (i.e. vinegar, lemon juice) can react with the metal.  This not only introduces an unpleasant taste, but also increases the risk of food poisoning. Ideally, use plastic, glass or ceramic containers, covered with plastic wrap.

A great way to try a marinade is to find a great deal!  Allegro Marinades have a $1 off UNLIMITED coupon on their Facebook page.  This unlimited coupon means that you can save $1 off each flavor to find just the right one!

Go to to get your coupon and make grilling part of your last days of summer!

Saturday, August 20, 2011 is the official day of the Woodward Dream Cruise, but as those familiar with the event know, the celebration has already began. From Pontiac to Ferndale, car enthusiasts will line up along Woodward to view classic cars.

Below is a list of some of the FREE festivities.



10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
D.J. Phil Brown (Lot # 9 - Orchard Lake at Woodward)
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Oakland Press Classic Car Show
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
D.J. Bill Young (Huron & Woodward)
Noon - 8:00 PM
D.J. Beth Shaddock (Lot # 9 - Center Stage)
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
D.J. KIKI (Lawrence Street Jamm Session)
4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Kiddie Land - Ages 2-12 years (Water & Mill Street)

8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Oakland Press Classic Car Show
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
D.J. Beth Shaddock (Lot # 9 - Center Stage)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
D.J. Phil Brown (Lot # 9 - Orchard Lake at Woodward)
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
D.J. Bill Young (Huron & Woodward)
1:00 PM-9:00 PM
D.J. KIKI (Lawrence Street Jamm Session)
4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Kiddie Land (Ages 2-12 years of age) Water & Mill Street

Bloomfield Township Classic Car Show
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

FREE to the public! Tunes from the 60s, food, bleacher seating, portable toilets
Sale of Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise
Live broadcast of 97.1, "The Ticket" from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Enjoy the Cruise in a relaxed, easy-to-get-to setting!

Royal Oak
The Performance Park @ Memorial Park (13 & Woodward). Classic cars, displays and food court.
Family Fun Zone at Pioneer Park

(Woodward & East Nine Mile Road)

1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show
5:00 PM
Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
5:30 PM
Lights & Sirens Cruise
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Kids Play Zone & Vendors Area

(Woodward & East Nine Mile Road)
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Mustang Alley

10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Classics & Cruis’n Legends Vehicle Show

10:00 AM - 9:00PMKids Play Zone & Vendors Area

Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage
Library Parking Lot (East of Woodard, off Nine Mile Road)
Friday, August 19
3:00 PM Full Tilt Band
5:00 PM WDC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
5:30 PM Lights & Sirens Cruise
7:00 PM Shout!, a Beatles Tribute Band

Saturday, August 20
100: AM Paisley Fogg
1:30 PM Acoustic Brothers
4:00 PM Rock Bottom Band
7:00 PM Toppermost, a Beatles Tribute Band

For more info. visit the The Woodward Dream Cruise Official site.

Have a Great Time!!!

Information courtesy of the Official Woodward Dream Cruise website.

Use coupon code PRINTONE to receive a FREE 8x10 Collage Print from Walgreens. Only one FREE 8x10 collage print per order. Offer expires August 20, 2011. Ship to store to make it 100% FREE!

Fan T.G.I. Friday's on Facebook, then go HERE to print a coupon to save $5 off when you purchase $15 or more! Offer valid through August 24, 2011.

Sign up for Rue La La by August 23 to receive a $10 credit! The credit normally shows in your account within 24 hours.

*Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link

Metro-Detroit, tomorrow (August 18, 2011) is Customer Appreciation Day at participating Jimmy John's locations. That means you can purchase select 8" subs for just $1 (regularly $4.59)!!! Limit one per customer.

I will warn you that I went last year and the lines were very long, so be prepared to wait. But, if you have nothing but time and have a few close locations like I did, this is an awesome BARGAIN!

Below is a list of participating locations:

Allen Park, MI - 3420 Fairlane Dr.
Auburn Hills, MI - 3976 Baldwin Rd., 2791 University Ave. & 4433 Interpark Dr.
Birmingham, MI - 33524 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Township, MI - 42855 Woodward Ave.
Brighton, MI - 750 W. Grand River Ave.
Canton, MI - 41806 Ford Rd. & 41439 Michigan Ave.
Chesterfield Township, MI - 46526 Gratiot Ave.
Clarkston, MI - 5601 Sashabaw Rd.
Clawson, MI - 1222 W. 14 Mile Rd.
Clinton Township, MI - 40067 Groesbeck Hwy.
Commerce Township, MI - 3050 Union Lake Rd. & 40210 W. 14 Mile Rd.
Dearborn, MI - 22171 Michigan Ave. & 16201 Ford Rd.
Dearborn Heights, MI - 26417 Ford Rd.
Detroit, MI - 5118 Anthony Wayne, 95 Monroe St. & 615 Griswold
Farmington Hills, MI - 27901 Orchard Lake Rd.
Fort Gratiot, MI - 4079 24th Ave.
Fraser, MI - 31205 Utica Rd.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI - 19613 Mack Ave.
Howell, MI - 1485 N. Michigan Ave.
Lapeer, MI - 1247 Demille Rd.
Livonia, MI - 37671 Six Mile Rd., 33310 Plymouth Rd. & 33177 W. 8 Mile Rd.
Macomb, MI - 18357 Hall Rd.
Madison Heights, MI - 1535 E. 12 Mile Rd.
Marysville, MI - 2880 Gratiot Rd.
Milford, MI - 545 N. Main St.
Monroe, MI - 2237 Telegraph
Novi, MI - 39765 Grand River Ave. & 31204 Beck Rd.
Oxford, MI - 1530 S. Lapeer Rd.
Plymouth, MI - 770 Penniman Ave.
Plymouth Township, MI - 47261 5 Mile Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI - 1186 W. University Dr.
Roseville, MI - 29016 Gratiot Ave.
Royal Oak, MI - 413 S. Main St.
Shelby Township, MI - 50672 Schoenherr Rd.
South Lyon, MI - 21895 Pontiac Trail
Southfield, MI - 23255 Greenfield Rd. & 25150 Evergreen Rd.
St. Clair Shores, MI - 23118 Harper Ave.
Sterling Heights, MI - 40846 Van Dyke & 36324 Van Dyke
Taylor, MI - 23310 Eureka Rd.
Troy, MI - 2881 W. Maple Rd., 3083 Rochester Rd. & 6842 Rochester Rd.
Warren, MI - 30661 Hoover Rd. & 5858 12 Mile Rd.
Washington Township, MI - 65940 Van Dyke Ave.
Waterford, MI - 5639 Dixie Hwy. & 4998 Highland Rd.
Wayne, MI - 35155 E. Michigan Ave.
West Bloomfield, MI - 6695 Orchard Lake Rd.
Westland, MI - 36374 Ford Rd.
White Lake, MI - 9278 Highland
Wixom, MI - 49773 Grand River Ave.
Wyandotte, MI - 3169 Biddle St.

For more information go HERE!

And, I have to thank my mom for this BARGAIN find!

Go HERE to print a coupon to save 30% off your total purchase, one day only, Saturday, August 20th at any GAP Outlet! *Not valid at GAP brand or online.

Here are the links to new coupons from Be sure to head over to their site now before they are gone!

Go HERE to request a FREE sample of Post-it Super Sticky Notes. Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

MYHABIT features daily events from a hand-picked selection of designer and boutique brands up to 60% off with fast, free shipping and free returns. Membership is instant, easy and free. Use promo code INTLSHIP on MYHABIT at checkout to receive $25 off any item. The offer also includes FREE shipping! Hurry over, you may be able to grab a FREEBIE with this promo code.

Go HERE to print a coupon to receive 20% off any one item at Staples. Read the fine print on the coupon for exclusions. Coupon expires August 20, 2011.

Log in to your Vocalpoint account or register for a FREE account to receive a FREE Classic Swiffer Duster! Allow 5-7 weeks for delivery.

Two New Goosebumps Adventures Arrive on DVD September 13th

Win a copy of the DVD Arriving September 13th

From Twentieth Century Fox Home


 Get goose bumps and keep the light on to ward off the ghosts, goblins, mutants and madness as Goosebumps®: Attack of the Mutant and Goosebumps®: Ghost Beach scare their way onto DVD September 13, 2011 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 

 With over 300 million books sold, R.L. Stine’s wildly successful children’s stories ( ) come to life with two all-new terrifying tales.  First, Attack of the Mutant includes “Attack of the Mutant Parts 1 & 2” and follows Skipper Matthews and his awesome comic book collection.  Skipper’s favorite is The Masked Mutant, the story of an evil, power-mad super villain who is out to gain control of the universe.  One day, while lost in a strange part of town, Skipper discovers a building that mysteriously resembles the Mutant’s secret headquarters... a building that magically disappears.  Has Skipper read one too many comic books?  Or does The Masked Mutant really exist?  The DVD also features “Phantom of the Auditorium™,” a frightening story about a young actress who is thrilled after winning the lead in the school play... until the nightmares begin as there is talk of a real phantom who has haunted the auditorium for years.

Next, Ghost Beach includes “The Barking Ghost” and follows Cooper Holmes, a young man who is scared of just about everything.  His father says he’s the only kid to scare himself on Halloween!  But as he moves into a new house, this time Cooper is not just scared of his own shadow.  In “Be Careful What You Wish For,” class klutz Samantha Byrd is the laughingstock of the girls’ basketball team.  But now, Samantha has found someone who will grant her three wishes.  Too bad she wasn’t more careful as now Sam’s wishes are turning her life into a living nightmare!  Lastly, “Ghost Beach” focuses on Jerry, who is thrilled by the prospect of exploring the dark, eerie old cave he discovered down by the beach.  When he hears the story of a 300-year-old ghost living inside, Jerry must decide if he will believe the legend or dismiss it as a silly made-up tale.   

Watch these latest spooky Goosebumps® stories on September 13… if you dare!

Goosebumps Adventures Arrive available on DVD September 13th.




What is Skipper Matthews favorite Goosebumps book?

     a)      The Masked Mutant
b)      Ghost Beach
c)      The creepy one

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Giveaway is open to U.S. residents.

Contest ends Tuesday September  13, 2011 at 11:59 EST. The winners will be chosen on Wednesday September 14, 2011 by Winners will have 48 hours to respond by email or another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

*Disclosure: No compensation was received in exchange for this post. All information was gathered from the sponsor. Any opinions contained within the post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

Receive a FREE full-size Moisturizing Body Wash from the Minute Clinic at CVS. Just fan their Facebook page and your coupon will be emailed shortly. Print your coupon and take it to your local CVS. Coupon expires August 20, 2011.

The winner of The Help Prize Pack Giveaway, as chosen by is:

#75: dlb3779-

Congratulations! You will receive an email shortly. Please respond within 48 hours with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize pack.

Thanks to all who entered. I will have more giveaways posted for you guys this week!

Here are the $1 and under national store deals for the week of August 14-August 20, 2011.

*Please note that many of the deals below require the use of coupons.


Be sure to check out Kmart's 10 for $10 sale with over 400 items to choose from!

Crayola 24ct. Crayons $0.25 (limit 4)
2-Pocket Folders $0.10 (limit 4)
Rose Art 10ct. Markers $0.75
Rose Art 12ct. Colored Pencils $0.75
10ct. Paper Mate Pens $0.75
Westcott Microban 5" Ponted Scissors $0.75
5ct. Bic Highlighters $1.50-$1.00/2 (7/31 Smart Source Coupon)= $1.00 each wyb 2


*I have not listed deals that include Register Rewards.

6 pack Expo Dry Erase Washable Markers $3.99-$3.00 (Walgreens IVC- use 2)+$2.00/2 Printable Coupon= 2 FREE
Mars or Dove Single Candy Bars $0.49 (limit 6)-$0.75/2 M&M's (7/10 Red Plum Coupon)= $0.23/2
Trident, Orbit or Stride Gum $0.79 with in-ad coupon-$2.00/3 (7/24 Smart Source Coupon)= $0.37/3 (limit 6)
Skintimate Shave Gel $1.99 with in-ad coupon-$1.00 Skintimate (7/24 Smart Source Coupon)= $0.99
Sure Deodorant 2/$3.00 with in-ad coupon-$1.00 (8/14 Smart Source)= $0.50 each
Kraft Mac n Cheese $0.69 with in-ad coupon (limit 3)
1" Splash Color Binder $0.99
Crayola Crayons 24 pack $0.99 with in-ad coupon (limit 3)
Liquid Paper Correction Tape or Fluid $0.99
Mead Envelopes 40-100ct. $0.69 with in-ad coupon (limit 3)
Penway or Wexford Wide or College Ruled Notebook 60-70 sheets $0.49 with in-ad coupon (limit 3)
Elmer's School Glue or Glue Sticks $0.79 with in-ad coupon
48 sheet Construction Paper $0.99 with in-ad coupon (limit 3)
10 pack Crayola Markers $0.99 (limit 3)
5 pack Bic Bright Liner Highlighters $0.79-$1.00/2 (7/31 Smart Source Coupon)= $0.58/2

Rite Aid

*I have not included +UP Rewards deals.

Carefree Pantiliners 18-24ct. $1.00-$0.50 (6/26 Smart Source Coupon)= $0.50
Trdent Layers Gum $1.00-$2.00/3 (7/24 Smart Source Coupon)= $1.00/3
Gain Dish Washing Liquid $0.88-$1.00/2 (8/14 Red Plum Coupon)= $0.76/2

*I have not included deals with Extra Care Bucks (ECB) savings.

Select Varieties Pepsi Products $0.88 (limit 5)
Mars Chocolate Assorted 8 pack $1.00
Mars King Size Candy Bars $1.00
Gold Emblem Bagged Candy $0.99
Dentyne Pure, Stride Spark, Shift or Trident Layers $0.99-$2.00/3 (7/24 Smart Source)= $0.97/3
32oz. Powerade, Fuze, Honest Tea, 20 oz. Vitamin Water or 1 liter Smartwater $1.00
Paper Mate 10ct. Pens $1.00/2
Pilot Easy Touch Pens $1.00
Caliber 1 subject Notebook 70-80 sheets $1.00/3
3 oz. Fancy Feast Cat Food $1.00/2
Glade Air Freshener or Warmer $0.99
Gain Dish Washing Liquid $0.99-$1.00/2 (8/14 Red Plum Coupon)= $0.98/2


*VG's has changed the coupon policy at many stores. Most stores only double up to $0.50 now instead of $1.00 :( Some stores (including the one I shop at in Pontiac) are also limiting  coupons to one identical coupon per transaction.  Since their prices are a little higher than other national grocers, I won't be shopping there as much.

VG's has a 10/$10 sale this week. Check your ad for all of the products included. Following are a few worth mentioning:

Value Pack of chicken Drumsticks or Thighs $1.00/lb
16 oz. Spartan Frozen Vegetables
7 Up 2 Liter Products
Spartan 5 ct. Refrigerated Bagels
Hunts 26-26.5 oz

Here are a few of the other deals.....

Cucumbers $1.00/2
Peaches $0.77/lb
Plums $0.99/lb
Whole chicken $0.99 lb.
Pert Plus Shampoo or Conditioner $1.97-$1.00 (8/14 Smart Source)= $0.97
23-26 oz. Soft Scrub Cleanser $2.50-$1.50 (8/7 Red Plum)= $1.00


Barilla Pasta 12-16 oz. $0.99-$0.55 (6/26 Smart Source)= $0.44
Yoplait Yogurt 10/$6-$1.00/10 (8/7 General Mills Coupon)= 10/$5
Kleenex Facial Tissue $1.00-$0.50/2 (8/14 Smart Source)= $0.50 each
Uncle Ben's Ready Rice 8.5-8.8oz $1.00-$1.00/2 printable= $0.50 each
Air Wick Freshmatic Compact $4.99-$4.00 (7/10 Smart Source Coupon)= $0.99


Kroger Ice Px or Kroger Ice Cream Sammies 10/$10
Tomatoes on the vine $0.88/lb
Pride of the Farm Turkey Breast $0.99/lb
Del Monte Tomatoes $0.99 (Part of the purchase 10 items and save $5 deal)
Metromint or Metroelectro Water $0.99 (Part of the purchase 10 items and save $5 deal)
In-Store baked cookies $0.12 per cookie
Dial or Coast Soap or Liquid Hand Soap $0.88-$0.35 (8/7 Red Plum Coupon)= $0.53 or use $1.00/3 (8/7 Red Plum Coupon)= $1.64/3 or $0.55 each
White Bros. 10 ct Pens $1.00/3
Oxford Twin Pocket Portfolio $0.15
24ct. Crayola Crayons $0.39
Horizon Organic Milk 10/$10
California Bartlett Pears $1.00/lb
Oscar Mayer Lunchables $1
American Maid Hangers 10pk. $1.00
150 sheet Top Flight Filler Paper $1.00
Top Flight Wire Notebook 2/$1.00
8 pack Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Nestle Crunch Candy $1.00
Raisenets, Nerds, Gobstoppers $0.88
Snickers, Twix, Milky Way 8 pk. Candy $1.00

Happy Shopping!

If you live in Metro-Detroit, and you are still a fan of the Detroit Lions, like myself, then I have a BARGAIN for you! Visit Discount Ticket Outlet to purchase Lions tickets for as low as $10- no shipping or service fees!

This is for the August 27 game against the New England Patriots. Ticket prices are as follows:

100 Level Tickets- $20
200 Level Tickets- $15
300 Level Tickets- $10

Tickets will be sent to your e-mail address on file with PayPal. You can expect to receive your printable ticket(s) the same day your order is placed!

Visit Ice Monkey to purchase an I Love Lucy Collector's Watch & Gift Box for just $9.99 including shipping! Hurry over to grab this BARGAIN before it sells out!

Walmart is currently offering a $2.00 off coupon on Black Magic products. Go HERE to grab yours!

Save $10 off every $30 you spend at rue 21 September 1-September 5, 2011. To print your coupon, fan the rue21 Facebook page HERE.

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