Giveaway: $100 in Gardening Items through “Use It Don’t Waste It Challenge”

April 2, 2012


UPDATE: This giveaway has ended. Winner will be announced soon!

I mentioned last week that I was going to be starting a “Use It, Don’t Waste Challenge” for the month of April. This is a challenge to all my readers to be conscious of what they are buying and eating throughout the week so that they don’t have food that goes unused and has to be thrown out. I challenge my readers to get their refrigerators cleaned out and to be aware of what we have that’s soon expiring or at the point of no longer being good and trying to use those in our weekly meals so they aren’t wasted.

As you can see, I took time yesterday in cleaning out my fridge and trying to organize it in a way that things wouldn’t fall into the “invisible zone” of the fridge–you know the one where your food disappears to and only returns after its gone bad and you ask yourself, “When did I make that?” I’ve also added a 13×9 Pyrex dish to my bottom shelf that I’ll be using for defrosting foods. I’ve done this before and it helps prevent any defrosting spills in my fridge. My plan is to keep washing it and leaving it there at all times so I don’t need to worry about finding room for it. That way, I can quickly defrost foods when I need to.

I put my fruit and veggies that could easily spoil in some Produce Saver containers. This helps extend the life of them so I can hopefully use them throughout the whole week. I’m hoping to get all non-meat food scraps/peels into my compost bin. I’ve made a menu plan for the week and I even added notes as to what we have for possible snacks. Hopefully this will help make sure everything gets used.

And the picture of the over-ripe bananas I shared with you? Those will be made into banana bread that I hope to post later this week, if it turns out. (They are currently in the freezer!) Throughout the month, I’ll be sharing ways that I’ve found on how to limit what gets wasted in our house.

And now for the giveaway info. In order to enter the $100 in Gardening Items Giveaway, you must pledge to take the “Use It, Don’t Waste It Challenge.” Not only will it give you entries into the giveaway, but it might help you save money on your grocery budget during the month! The winner of the giveaway will get a $100 Gift Card to the store of their choice for buying gardening needs. What a great way to help you start a new garden–or expand on one you already have!

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

NOTE: Beneath this posting is the word “Comments.” This is where you’ll put your entries. Only entries on this posting will be counted.

1) To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment on this posting letting me know that you accept the “Use It, Don’t Waste It Challenge” and also leave a tip on how you plan to not waste food, or anything else, this month.

AFTER THAT, you can do these for extra entries:

2) “Like” Coupon Geek on Facebook or Follow me on Twitter and leave a separate comment letting me know you have done this. If you are already following , thank you and make sure you leave a 2nd comment letting me know.

3) Subscribe to my email newsletter or RSS Feed and leave a separate comment letting me know you have done this. If you are already subscribed, thank you and make sure you leave a 3rd comment letting me know.

4) Blog, Tweet or Share on Facebook about the giveaway. Make sure you come back and leave a separate extra comment letting me know that you’ve done this.

Entry is open to US residents only through 11:59PM CST on Monday, April 16, 2012. There are a total of four entries allowed per person. Winner will be chosen using a giveaway service and contacted by email. If you’re the winner, you’ll have only 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be chosen.

Good luck to all of you who enter!

This giveaway is sponsored solely by Coupon Geek as a way to encourage my readers to reduce food waste and to help save money on their grocery budgets!

Important Note: All comments are moderated so there will be a delay from when you post your comment until it’s visible under the giveaway. If you are reading this via Email Newsletter, you’ll need to come to the site in order to be able to enter as that’s where the comments field is located and hosted.

201 Gina M Maddox April 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I am an e-mail subscriber!
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202 Gina M Maddox April 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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203 Melissa Ragan April 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

I accept the challenge! I like you on facebook and get the feed!
I’m going to use leftovers to make other dinner entrees.

204 Jennifer T. April 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I accept the challenge. I’m going to try and meal plan so I use what’s in my pantry and only buy what I need for a meal.
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205 Jennifer T. April 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I’m already a facebook fan of Coupon Geek under username Jennie Tilson. #1
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206 Jennifer T. April 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I’m an e-mail subscriber.
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207 maureen wire April 8, 2012 at 6:26 am

I will really try!! i think i have a banana like this :) maybe a smoothie??? lol :)

208 Kelly Marceau April 8, 2012 at 6:59 am

I accept the challange. We do a lot of left overs, freezing and we have a compost.

209 Kelly Marceau April 8, 2012 at 6:59 am

I like you on fb as Straw Berry

210 Kelly Marceau April 8, 2012 at 6:59 am

i am an email subscriber

211 Kimera April 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I want to enter the Use it Don’t waste it challenge… is this all you need from me?

thanks,
Kimera

212 Sarah April 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I accept! I’ll work on making sure we eat leftovers, fruit, etc. BEFORE they spoil.

Thanks for the challenge and giveaway!

213 Mandy Perret April 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

I use all my grocery boxes and bags for classroom activities such as make a game or make your own alien.

214 Samantha P April 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

I’m an email subscriber.

215 jr911 April 9, 2012 at 9:04 am

I accept the challenge and think I’ll look at ideas of how to best use leftovers or veggies by making soups, new recipe ideas, lunches, and freezing.

216 jr911 April 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

I like you on fb

217 jr911 April 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

I subscribe rss

218 jr911 April 9, 2012 at 9:05 am
219 Patricia Crowley April 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

I accept the challenge!

My tip: We keep a “soup bucket”(just a gallon size resealable container) in the freezer, and store all our leftover veggies (no matter how little is left)…once it’s full, we make a batch of homemade vegetable soup!

220 Patricia Crowley April 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

I like Coupon Geek on facebook as Patricia Wojnar Crowley!

221 Patricia Crowley April 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

I’m an email subscriber!

222 Patricia Crowley April 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

Tweet!
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Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

223 Janice K. April 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

I accept the challenge! Currently, I’ve been trying really hard to reuse leftovers to revamp another meal. I’m going to put forth even more effort now!

224 Janice K. April 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

I follow you on FB

225 Janice K. April 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

I’m an email subscriber

226 Stephanie S. April 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

I accept the challenge:) I like you on facebook and I am an email subscriber. I am going to use all my leftovers to make meals for the days to follow.

227 Torie April 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

I’m taking on the challenge and plan to find better ways to incorporate left-overs into new dishes so I eat them before they go bad!

228 Torie April 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

I also subscribe to the RSS feed.

229 Jamie Brigham April 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I accept the challenge and I intend on only making what we will eat, we love fruits and vegetables but I usually put too much in the house and we never eat them so by cutting down it will help our family save money and save resources.

230 Jamie Brigham April 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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231 Jamie Brigham April 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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232 Jamie Brigham April 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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233 kelly willis April 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I accept the challenge we reuse everything and reheat all food or nothing else gets open untill the other are gone

234 Christy April 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I grew up gardening with my family and we always had our own compost pile. It is such a great way to provide food for your garden AND reuse scraps.

235 Christy April 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I liked you on Facebook!

236 Rylan April 10, 2012 at 12:38 am

I accept the challenge. Fortunately for me, I am a very smart shopper. Nothing goes to waste. I grow my own food and harvest as needed.

237 Laura Jacobson April 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I accept the “Use It, Don’t Waste It Challenge” ! I am pretty good at not wasting food, normally if any food is left, I put in a conatainer an freeze it so that I can have a quick meal anytime I am home alone, or if someone is hungry when they get home late at night. I LOVE the idea above about freezing any leftover vegetables and then making soup when full! What a GREAT idea that is!

238 Laura Jacobson April 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I like you on facebook

239 Laura Jacobson April 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Im an email subscriber

240 Laura Jacobson April 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm
241 Alex McCoy April 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

What a great giveaway! We try to use up leftovers. Some get away, but most of the time we are successful. We do compost any plant products so they really are never wasted. They just go back into our veggie garden! Washed, dried, and crushed eggshells are perfect for keeping slugs out of your garden. They don’t like to crawl over them. (Tip of the day!)

242 Alex McCoy April 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I do “like” you on Facebook. That is how I found out about this contest!

243 Alex McCoy April 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I do get your newsletter at alex74011@yahoo.com

244 Alex McCoy April 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Just shared on Facebook about the Giveaway posting….
Hope I win. I sure could use some more gardening supplies!

245 JennyJam April 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I accept this challenge although I will probably do it for not just the remainder of this month but into next month, to be fair. ;)
I am big on not having a lot of trash and have worked really hard on getting that down (with success!)
I plan on now not wasting food either! It’s just my boyfriend and I and I tend to overcook thinking we will eat the leftovers. It rarely happens. :/ I’m going to start cooking less food at a time! :)

246 JennyJam April 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I am a loyal Facebook fan AND a loyal Twitter follower! I just love ya! ;)

247 JennyJam April 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I also subscribe to your newsletter! :)

248 JennyJam April 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Last but not least I have shared this giveaway with my Facebook friends. :) Thank you for the opportunity!

249 dorothy April 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

I will participate in the challenge by being more careful to not let items get “lost” in the back of of the fridge and to use up pantry items.

250 dorothy April 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

I follow you on FB.

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