Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Spinach and Mushroom Dip (Frugal Food Thursday)

spinach dip

Welcome to Frugal Food Thursday!  If you have a great frugal recipe, please link up below!  

This has been a crazy busy week at the Frugal Follies household, and it's only going to get more crazy and more busy!  So I'm rerunning one of my favorite recipes that I got from my mother-in-law, Spinach and Mushroom Dip.

This recipe is perfect for an appetizer for your Thanksgiving dinner.  Serve with with vegetable sticks, crackers, or tortilla chips.  Keep it in a mini crock pot or chafing dish to keep it warm!

Here's  the recipe:


Too busy to shop (Wednesday Weekly Shopping)

Coupon Shopping
I invite you to link up to your best grocery deals below, to inspire others to save more! 

It has been a crazy busy week here at the Frugal Follies household, between children's projects and giveaways here on the blog.  So I haven't had all that much time to shop!

But that meant that I stayed under budget this week, yay!

Here's what I got this week:


Best South Florida Publix Deals 11-01-12

Here are some of the best Publix deals I've found that are available from Thursday, November 1, 2012, through Wednesday, November 7, 2012. The prices are for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Monroe counties in Florida, including the cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, and Key West.

The Frugal Follies Coupon Database was used to find the coupon matchups.  New coupons appear daily, so check it to see if any new coupons are available!

This is not a complete list of all deals available at Publix this week.  Please check I Heart Publix or Southern Savers for a complete list, but please note that the prices listed or savings due to coupon doubling may not be accurate for the South Florida area.  Not all newspaper coupon inserts will have the coupons listed below.


Free Blogger Opportunity: Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker

Here's another amazing giveaway opportunity for bloggers! Readers, this one will be starting next week, so get ready to enter!


Free Blogger Event for Facebook Link

Prizes: Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker $179 RV
Event dates: 11/19-12/3


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Free Blogger Opportunity: $100 cash from CashCrate

There are lots of great things to win here at Frugal Follies - but I think you'll agree that cash is the best!

Readers, keep a lookout for this upcoming giveaway. Bloggers, please join me in this event!

Who wouldn't want a little extra cash this holiday season? Well, one lucky winner will receive a minimum of $100 Paypal cash! Open Worldwide! Winner must be 18 or older and have a valid Paypal account.

But even if your followers DON'T win the $100 giveaway, they still have the opportunity to earn some cash with CashCrate, a totally FREE surveys and offers site. In fact, you'll want to earn some cash too, as they have an awesome affiliate program.

Sign up for the CashCrate Cash Giveaway below. Just make an announcement post (HTML HERE...I even show you how to swap out your CashCrate affiliate links) for a FREE Facebook link, or pay $5 to opt out. Extra links just $2 each, and all money collected will go towards the prize and referral prize.

$25 referral prize to the participating blogger who refers the most bloggers. Cohost spots and page host spots are available.

Sign up free for your free CashCrate account here

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Hold Your Own Cookie Swap Giveaway!

I'm participating in a Virtual Cookie Swap! And there's a giveaway as well - see below!

Here's my recipe for Jelly Bean Biscotti. These would be great for those of you who celebrate Christmas to put red and green jelly beans in - very festive!

Want to see the other cookies in this Virtual Cookie Swap? Click here.


4 tbsp butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 9-ounce package jelly beans
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly.  Add vanilla and stir.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add the dry ingredients the butter-sugar mix a little at a time until all the dry ingredients are moistened and a soft dough is formed.  Stir in the jelly beans.

Flour a flat surface, like a cutting board.  Using a spatula, remove the dough from the bowl and place on the floured surface.  Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour.  Cut the dough in half.  Roll each half into the shape of a baguette.  Place the two dough rolls on a greased cookie sheet, and flatten the rolls with your palm to make two loaves.

Using a pastry brush, coat the surface of the rolls with the beaten egg.  Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until the outside of the loaves is golden brown.

Allow the loaves to cool on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes.  Then remove them and place on a flat surface.  Slice each loaf diagonally into eight slices.  Put them back on the cookie sheet, cut side up, and bake at 375 degrees for another 10 minutes, or until the edges of the slices are turning brown.

Transfer slices to a wire rack to cool.  Makes 16 biscotti.


Want to hold your own cookie swap?  Enter for a chance to win these prizes!

Dishin’ With Rebelle, Thoughts of a Mother, Wife, and Daughter, Dishin’ up Savings & Virtually Yours present our first annual Cookie Swap/Giveaway!

Prizes are:

 A Wilton Cookie Press

A Holiday Recipe Box

A Mix it Up Holiday Box from Kukees

A mix of 4 Fine Flavorings/Extracts and Cookbook from Nielsen-Massey

A mix of Cookies and Cookbook from Tate's Bake Shop

2 bags of Oreos and 2 bags of Chips Ahoy cookies

Enter the rafflecopter below to win! This giveaway ends on November 30, 2012, at 11:59 pm.  Open to US residents only.  Frugal Follies is not responsible for shipment of any prizes and did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway!


Free Blogger Opportunity: iPad Mini Giveaway

Frugal Follies is turning into Giveaway Central, I think! I keep finding great giveaway opportunities that I want to bring to you, the readers!

Here's another one I'm hoping to participate in. Bloggers, please join me!

iPad Mini Holiday Event

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8
Prizes: iPad Mini
Event dates: 11/21 - 12/5

Free Blog Event! Sign-up here, BLOGGERS WANTED

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Wednesday Weekly Shopping linkup

Hi folks!  I'll have my Wednesday Weekly Shopping post up later today.  But for those of you who want to link up, here's the linky!

How did your shopping go this week? What bargains did you get? Please leave a link to your blog post about your weekly shopping. The aim is not to brag, but to inspire!  Please link up directly to your post, not to the blog itself. I'd appreciate it if you put a link to Wednesday Weekly Shopping in your post as well. If you don't have a blog, please leave a comment!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Children's clothes gift card giveaway

Here's a giveaway that my clothes-obsessed youngest daughter would love for me to win!

Unfortunately I'm not eligible, but you can enter it! Please leave a comment after you've entered - I'd appreciate it!

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
This giveaway is sponsored by Fashion for kids - Fab Kids
This review and giveaway is brought to you by Couponing with Integrity and Giveaway Gator
Co-hosted by Mommy Lesson Plans and Pea of Sweetness
About Fab Kids:
Fab Kids: Each month you'll find new perfectly styled outfits-just for your girl.

You can buy the outfit you love-or skip the month altogether.

There's never any obligation to purchase.

About the giveaway:

  • This giveaway 10/30/2012 11:59 pm 11/13/2012

About the prize:

One winner will receive one gift card good for one outfit.
The review
Go here If you would like to read our Fab Kids Fashion for Kids Review 


Monday, October 29, 2012

List and Enter Giveaways 10-30-12 (Fortune Follies Tuesday)

Welcome to Fortune Follies Tuesday for October 30th, where bloggers can list their giveaways, and readers can enter them!

But first, to my readers in the Northeast, I hope you are staying safe and dry during the storm!  We are thinking of you!

Here are the giveaways currently available on Frugal Follies:

$50 in cash - ends 11/4

gluten free soy sauce

4-night hotel stay - ends 11/25


4-Night Hotel Stay Giveaway

When you're frugal and you're planning a vacation, it's easy to just go with the cheapest hotel possible, in order to save money. But if that hotel ends up being unclean or unfit, you'll end up having a miserable time. The essence of frugality is getting the best deal with your money, not necessarily the cheapest.

If you'd love to go on vacation but can't afford it, or if you just want a free vacation, enter below to win a 4-night stay at Country Inns & Suites. Please leave me a comment letting me know you've entered!


Fall is the perfect time to get away- great weather, not too hot or buggy, the beautiful fall foliage, and fall foods are some of my personal favorites. I love long weekends this time of year, and highly recommend grabbing the spouse and kids, hitting the road, and finding an interesting destination.

One thing you never want to worry about when you travel, is the sort of hotel you will wind up staying in. It can be hard to book online- so many places "fluff" the reviews by having friends and family members post positive ones, and people generally only post ratings on hotels if they loved it or truly hated it. Sometimes I read them and am amazed at the crazy things people will write about.

It can sometimes be simpler to stick with a hotel brand that you know, like Country Inn and Suites. I would venture to say that no matter where you plan to stay, there will be a location nearby (even out of the USA, they have quite a presence). More then once, I have ended up in a hotel that was pretty "rough", had beds that looked like they had never been deep-


Walgreens: I couldn't resist

This week, Walgreens had a pretty good deal on Angel Soft toilet paper.  And I can't resist a good toilet paper deal, so I picked up a couple of package.  That, cereal, and soup were my only deals this week.

Here's what I got:


Purex detergent coupon

Have you entered the giveaway yet for a Purex plus Oxi free product coupon? I hope you have!

While you're waiting to see if you've won that giveaway, here's another Purex coupon for you: Save $1.00 off Purex Linen & Lilies 50oz Detergent!

$1.00 off Purex Linen & Lilies 50oz Detergent

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Liquid soap coupon

With five in our household, we go through a lot of hand soap. That's why I'm always on the lookout for good deals and coupons to go with them. If you don't already shop at drug stores like CVS and Walgreens, you should; they often have great deals on personal care items like hand soap.

Make the deal even better by using this $0.50 off Two (2) Dial Complete Hand Soaps coupon!

$0.50 off Two (2) Dial Complete Hand Soaps

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Bacardi mixer coupon

These look yummy... and definitely cheaper than going to a bar or restaurant to get the same type of drinks!

Print a coupon for $2.00 off 2 ANY FLAVOR FROZEN BACARDI mixers:

$2.00 off 2 ANY FLAVOR FROZEN BACARDI mixers

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Carpet stain remover coupon

I really need to get my house carpets cleaned. But with other big expenses going on right now, I don't want to spend the money to do it at the moment. Guess I'll just use stain removers on the tough spots for now!

Here's a coupon for me, and maybe for you too: Print a coupon for $1.00 off 14-oz. Spot Shot carpet stain remover. The coupon shows the Target logo, but you should be able to use it at your local supermarket as well.

$1.00 off 14-oz. Spot Shot carpet stain remover

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Glade products coupons

Lots of Glade spray and plug-in scents coupons out today!  Here they are:

$1.00 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil warmer

$1.00 off 2 Glade Automatic Spray refills

$2.00 off Glade Sense & Spray starter kit

$1.00 off Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist Kit

$1.00 off Glade Sense & Spray refills

$0.55 off any Glade Premium Room Spray

$1.00 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil refills

$1.50 off TWO Glade 4 oz. Jar Candles

$1.50 off 2 Glade Winter Collection products

$3.00 off Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser Kit

$1.00 off Glade Scented Oil Candle holder

$1.00 off Glade Décor Scents holder

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