Seasonal Savings: What’s in Season for April?

A great way to save money is to take advantage of seasonal savings. Time to take a look at what’s in season for your area for April. Be sure to check the What’s in Season Map to see what items you possibly save money on. In-season items also tend to be the freshest. I often buy up extra in-season items to freeze for when the prices are higher. Several items freeze easily and can store flat in a Ziploc-type bag in your freezer.

Here’s what’s in Season for Illinois: (Check the map for your area)

asparagus
broccoli
cabbage
lettuce
onions
peas
spinach

These are just some of the things you might see at a discounted price in the grocery stores or what you might find at most farmer’s markets right now, if you are lucky enough to still have one open near you. Ours doesn’t open until the end of April and I can’t wait for when it does! If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market yet, you can use Local Harvest to see if there’s one near you. Some of my favorite things to pick up at ours are eggs, honey, in-season veggies and Organic meats.

Here are some other options for freezing:

~Buying onions and peas and freezing – would be great to have chopped and ready for things such as stir-frys, fajitas or for extra flavor for soups/stews
~Blanching broccoli to have frozen broccoli on hand for a vegetable side dish
~The kids love eating asparagus when they are “feeding their pandas” during our Rice Panda Nights

What have you been finding seasonal savings on right now? (And it doesn’t have to be just food!)

What’s New: Rise of the Guardians and More!

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Rise of the Guardians is releasing to DVD/BluRay on Tuesday, 3/12/13.

Some stores will have the special Easter packs which sells not only the DVD/BluRay but also comes with a set of hopping Easter eggs. Here are some of the links:

~Rise Of The Guardians (DVD + Hopping Eggs) (Widescreen) for $17.98. Free Shipping.

~Rise Of The Guardians (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Hopping Eggs) (Widescreen) for $22.98. Free Shipping.

This might be something to consider for including in an Easter basket. I like to put some things like a movie, book, gift card, etc in ours and fill it with a little less candy.

We started doing a “First Day of Spring” gift for the kids instead of giving them a large gift for Easter to keep the holiday gifts toned-down and put more emphasis on the reason for the holiday instead of it being about gifts. They just get a small basket and hidden Easter eggs now.

If you are looking for book ideas. Here are a few of the latest releases:

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Emeraldalicious for $10.74. This one just came out in January.

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Pinkalicious: Flower Girl for $2.34. This one just released on 3/5/13.

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Pinkalicious: Fairy House (I Can Read Book 1) for $3.99. This one released in January.

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Doc McStuffins: Bubble Trouble: Includes Stickers! for $4.49. There were a few Doc McStuffins books that released in January.

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Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend for $3.52. This isn’t a new one but a series that I highly recommend if you have a little one learning to read.

What kinds of things do you put in your Easter baskets, besides toys?

Info on Marching Into Fitness 2013

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I can’t believe that I am typing this but….it’s almost March! Wow, where is the time going?

Those of you that have been readers of Coupon Geek for awhile know what March brings to the site—the Marching into Fitness theme! For the past 3 years, I have done a “Marching into Fitness” segment during the entire month of March with special health and fitness posts and lots of fitness/health giveaways.

Well, this year, my fourth year, there won’t be a “Marching into Fitness” month on Coupon Geek BUT it is still going to happen. I’m just doing it on Glowing Gazelles this year.

For those of you that may have missed my announcement several months ago, I started a second site where I am putting my longer articles so I can keep the Coupon Geek site to mostly shorter deal/coupon/freebie posts. It’s a lot easier for those that just have a limited time to scan for deals. (You can easily access Glowing Gazelles from here at any time as there’s a button for it in the right sidebar.)

The writing started off slow this year as I was asked to fill-in as a teacher’s aide at our local school as the regular one was taking care of her son that was in a car accident. While I missed writing, I never say No to helping out others in need and/or the school. I’m back online there now, though, and you will start seeing more posts.

A few of the latest posts there:

~Love Your Food Challenge and Preparing for the Love Your Food Challenge – How I’m working towards healthier food with the family
~How to Stockpile Sensibly and How to Start! – A post a lot of you have been waiting for now for awhile!
~Finances: Week in Review – A few of them posted. Just little ways I’m finding to save money. A new one will be posted next week.

So if you’ve enjoyed the “Marching into Fitness” segments in the past or want to check out what it’s all about, be sure to stop by Glowing Gazelles. You can sign-up for the newsletter for it so you won’t miss out or Follow on Facebook, too.

Here are just a few of the giveaways that you’ll see there in March:

~Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Cards
~$50 Amazon Gift Card
~Fitness DVDs/Games/Equipment
~$50 Grocery Store Gift Card (Winner’s Choice)
~Starbucks Gift Cards

So keep watching for them on Glowing Gazelles as they won’t last long! The giveaways are exclusively for Coupon Geek and Glowing Gazelles readers and their friends/family.

I hope that you enjoy this year’s “Marching into Fitness” fun again!

What’s New? – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Holiday CD

Any Grease fans out there? I thought I’d mention that John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have reunited again and have put together a holiday cd that will release on 11/13/12.

It’s called, “This Christmas” and you can even check out little clips of some of the songs on Amazon if you want to see if it’s something you want to buy.

Seasonal Savings: What’s in Season for November?

A great way to save money is to take advantage of seasonal savings. Time to take a look at what’s in season for your area for November. Be sure to check the What’s in Season Map to see what items you possibly save money on. In-season items also tend to be the freshest. I often buy up extra in-season items to freeze for when the prices are higher. Several items freeze easily and can store flat in a Ziploc-type bag in your freezer.

Here’s what’s in Season for Illinois: (Check the map for your area)

apples
broccoli
cabbage
horseradish
onions
peppers
pumpkins
spinach
sweet potatoes
winter squash

These are just some of the things you might see at a discounted price in the grocery stores or what you might find at most farmer’s markets right now, if you are lucky enough to still have some open near you. (most have closed for the season in colder areas.) If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market yet, you can use Local Harvest to see if there’s one near you. Some of my favorite things to pick up at ours are eggs, honey, in-season veggies and Organic meats.

You should also be finding lots of varieties of squash in season. I found a great Acorn Squash Soup Recipe that my family loves–even those that didn’t normally like squash, loved this soup! Double your batch and then freeze the leftovers in small portions so you can pull them out for a quick lunch later.

Here are some other options for freezing:

~Crockpot Applesauce Recipe – Great way to use extra apples!
~Cooking Sweet Potatoes, pureeing/mashing and freezing for future side dishes
~Buying onions and peppers and freezing, would be great to have chopped and ready for things such as stir-frys or fajitas
~Blanching broccoli to have frozen broccoli on hand

Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for all of those “Loss Leader” Thanksgiving items around this time. Stores will discount items to crazy prices just to get you into their store for your Thanksgiving food business. Some things discounted: chicken broth, stuffing, flour, baking powder and of course, turkey!

What have you been finding seasonal savings on right now? (And it doesn’t have to be just food!)

Seasonal Savings: What’s in Season for October?

A great way to save money is to take advantage of seasonal savings. Time to take a look at what’s in season for your area for October. Be sure to check the What’s in Season Map to see what items you possibly save money on.  In-season items also tend to be the freshest. I often buy up extra in-season items to freeze for when the prices are higher. Several items freeze easily and can store flat in a Ziploc-type bag in your freezer.

Here’s what’s in Season for Illinois: (Check the map for your area)

apples
asian pears
cabbage
cauliflower
garlic
horseradish
onions
potatoes
pumpkins
sweet potatoes

These are just some of the things you might see at a discounted price in the grocery stores and what you might find at most farmer’s markets right now. If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market yet, you can use Local Harvest to see if there’s one near you. Some of my favorite things to pick up at ours are eggs, honey, in-season veggies and Organic meats.

Also, don’t forget that some Farmer’s Markets offer free activities/crafts for the kids–and sometimes free music. Ours has free music in the afternoon. We’ll pick up some fresh food and then sit and enjoy some free entertainment. It can be a great way to spend time with your family, do some free activities and enjoy some free music. I love that my kids are growing up meeting the people that grow some of our food.

If you have your own gardens, don’t forget to check to see if it’s time to plant some garlic for next year! They are incredibly easy to grow and such a nice thing to have on hand to add flavor to your meals. With pumpkins and sweet potatoes being in season, you can cook some of these up, mash them and freeze them for a quick veggie side dish or even for having on hand to sneak into your baked goods like flavored breads, cupcakes, etc.

You should also be finding lots of varieties of squash in season. I found a great Acorn Squash Soup Recipe that my family loves–even those that didn’t normally like squash, loved this soup! Double your batch and then freeze the leftovers in small portions so you can pull them out for a quick lunch later.

What have you been finding seasonal savings on right now? (And it doesn’t have to be just food!)

What’s New? – Pinkalicious Books

I know a lot of you have kids that are fans of Pinkalicious and somehow I’ve fallen behind on updating you on a couple of the new books that were released. Here they are:

Pinkalicious and the Pinkatastic Zoo Day – This one was released in August. Right now it’s selling for $3.99.

Pinkalicious: Soccer Star – This one was released at the end of May. Right now, it’s selling for $3.99.

Both of these books are part of Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion where if you buy 3 qualifying books, you get a 4th one free. What I like to do with this promotion is use a gift card earned through SwagBucks and pick up a couple books for my kids and then a couple others for presents.

There are several other Pinkalicious Books that are part of the promotion if you are looking to make a nice gift set. Pair some books with a pink backpack (found in the school supplies clearance sales) and some accessories like crayons and a coloring book for a cute gift. Don’t forget about the My First Crayola Product Coupon that might help, too!