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What are you thankful for? Living in America and regardless of your socio-economic status or your political sway, chances are, you can create long list of things to be thankful for. In fact, the very ability to make the list is something to be thankful for. So as we head into the holiday season with all its hustle and bustle, be sure to take some time to say Thanks. In addition, be sure that part of your “Things I am Thankful for” list includes the easily missed items like “stores that provide money saving coupons or website shopping codes.” After all, saving money is a privilege and a blessing-isn’t it!
This Week’s Savings from Coupon Claim:
Looking for some great deals on Christmas presents? Here are a few to get you started.
At Tiger Direct use the code : XLG75445 to get $100 off on Sharp 70″ Class 1080p LED HDTV
Save 30% at Send the Trend jewelry and accessories. Use the code: TRENDY4
StawberryNet savings- There are a variety of savings codes available at Strawberry.net to help you save on everything from shipping to men’s products and cosmetics. Visit their page on Coupon Claim to get started.
Folgers has free samples of their Gourmet Coffee available. You can choose from either Traditional Blend or Vanilla Biscotti. Visit Facebook to get yours.
Free Natural Balance Pet Food: Petco has a coupon where you can receive a free pack of Natural Balance Dog or Cat Stew. Click here to get yours.
Sbarro is celebrating their new 100,000 Facebook fans by giving away free slices of pizza. Download your certificate from their Facebook page, then head into your local Sbarro and get yourself a free slice of pizza today. Sbarro has great New York style pizza.
Would you like to win an iPhone 5? Sign up for the newsletter here to be entered into a drawing for a free iPhone 5. Click here to learn more.
Shallow Pocket Tips:
Be on the lookout for great ways to save over the holidays. One favorite is when stores offer special coupons for showing loyalty, like shopping with them every week. In fact, some stores reward that loyalty with free items for a turkey dinner!
After cooking a meal in the oven, leave the oven door cracked open a bit to allow the heat from the oven to escape into the room. It’s a little thing, but it can make a difference in how often the heater comes on—especially if you are one to do a lot of baking.
Do you like to decorate your table for the holiday meals? Rather than go out and purchase something let the kids create one of a kind arrangements from items already on hand. Some glue, perhaps a pinecone or two, paint and other random items will not only keep the kids busy but make some great memories, as well.
Make a list of all the things you have to be thankful for. While it may not save you money, it will help keep things in perspective!
Recipes for the Month:
With holiday gatherings rapidly approaching, having some easily assembled and relatively inexpensive appetizers and snacks can help. Here are a few faves to get you started:
CHEESE & MEAT ROLLS
1 large jar of dried beef rolls
1 bar (8oz.) of whipped cream cheese
1 Tbs. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ tsp. each onion and garlic powder (opt.)
Pepper to taste
Leaving beef in the jar, fill jar with water and then pour out water-do this twice to reduce salt intake-then set beef aside. Mix remaining ingredients. Then lay a piece of the beef on a smooth surface and spread about ½ a Tbs. of the cream cheese mixture on the beef, and then roll up.
***For a bit of a crunch, slice celery, carrots or bell peppers thinly and place on the cream cheese before rolling. If you want to change it up even more, thinly sliced ham or chicken could be used as well; however, you will want to add a bit of salt to the mixture.
These can be made in minutes; if the cream cheese is too hard to spread, warm in the microwave, for a few seconds.
BISCUIT MONKEY BREAD
2 1/2 c. granulated sugar
4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 cans (10 each) refrigerated biscuits
3/4 c. butter, melted
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 12 cup fluted tube pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a 1-gallon plastic bag. Working with 1 can of biscuits at a time, separate and cut each one into 4 equal pieces. Coat with butter; add to bag with sugar mixture. When entire can of biscuits is in bag, close bag and shake to coat. Gently press pieces into prepared pan. Repeat with remaining cans of biscuits. Bake 45 to 50 minutes until browned and pick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from oven and immediately invert pan onto serving plate.
LEMON-AND-BLACK-PEPPER CHEESE STRAWS
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F. Unfold pastry sheet onto a lightly floured work surface. Combine cheese, zest and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over half of pastry sheet, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Fold other half over cheese mixture. Flour a rolling pin and roll pastry to a 14-by-7-inch rectangle. Cut crosswise into 3/8 -inch strips.
Twist each strip 4 or 5 times. Place on 2 ungreased baking sheets, pressing down on ends to keep strips twisted. Bake until golden brown (rotate pans halfway through), 11 to 13 minutes. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes. Remove straws; set aside until fully cooled. (Cheese straws will keep for several days in an airtight container.)
Here at Coupon Claim we trust that you will have a happy Thanksgiving! You are all on our list of “What we are Thankful for.” Thank you for being a part of our family! If you have any ideas that you would like to share with others for how to save money, we would love to hear them. Please share them at Coupon Claim on Facebook , Twitter or on Coupon Claim blog post page.
–Mo and Z