Entries from September 23, 2018 - September 29, 2018


Disney Slow Cooker Deal

Features include:
  • 2 quart capacity is perfect for dips, queso or appetizers
  • Removable round stoneware insert
  • Variable cook settings (low, high and Warm)
  • Tempered glass lid

Hidden Valley Instant Win Game

Play this new Hidden Valley Ranchology Instant Win Game for your shot at winning 1 of 1,830 prizes! Instant win prizes include chip & dip bowls, chip clips, pop sockets, and lapel pin sets. You’ll also be in the running to win their amazing sweepstakes prizes such as iPad Mini tablets, Instant Pots, a ranch fountain, and more. Play once per day through December 6th. Good luck!


Winter Prep With Mean Green + Free Fall Printable

Winter is on my mind and I know it's going to be here as early as November! I have started tackling those much needed to get done projects around the house. Here is what is in my tool kit!

1. Install weatherstripping

The high-tech approach is to use a laser infrared thermal gun to detect cold drafts. The low-tech way is to move a lit candle around the door frame; the flame will blow toward you when there is a draft.

Seal a drafty door by installing foam or felt weatherstripping inside the door frame. Ask at your hardware store for the correct products and installation instructions.

2. Install a door sweep

Use a door sweep to stop drafts from entering your home under an exterior door. A sweep is a flexible piece of rubber or plastic that’s held to the door’s lower edge by a strip of aluminum.


3. Use the Right Cleaning Products

- Orange Champ is my go-to for everything in my kitchen, stove, fridge and more. Everything needs a good cleaning.
- The Auto and Garage is perfect for our yearly fall garage cleaning.
- Super Strength is really awesome for those tough jobs, like caked on gunk. 
From heavy duty wipes, to auto and garage, Mean Green has everything you need to get your home clean and sparkling this fall.
Here is a nice fall printable to keep track of cleaning projects. Print it here. 



4. Close the damper

Heated or cooled air flies up the chimney when you leave the fireplace damper open. Make it a habit to shut the flue after the fireplace has cooled.


5. Add attic insulation

Insulation keeps warm air inside in the winter and expensively cooled air inside in the summer.

“Typically, houses in warm-weather states should have an R-38 insulation in the attic, whereas houses in cold climates should have R-49,” says This Old House, explaining how to install batting-type insulation.

Insulating an attic, basement or crawl space is moderately difficult, and beginners should hire a professional. If you do, ask if you can perform parts of the job to reduce the cost.

Admittedly, insulating is not a cheap job. But the payback can be huge, and you may find rebates and financial incentives. See Energy.gov’s guide to sources and to a calculator to estimate the return on an insulation investment.


6. Programmable thermostat

A programmable thermostat can save up to $180 a year on fuel costs, according to EnergyStar. The thermostat can save fuel by automatically lowering (or raising) your home’s temperature while you’re away. It also keeps temperatures consistent, saving fuel.

Do not use a programmable thermostat with a heat pump unless the thermostat is meant for use with heat pumps.


7. Seal furnace ducts

Heating ducts typically waste 20 to 30 percent of the heated air they carry, losing it to leaks and poor conduction, says EnergyStar. Leaky heat ducts mean higher utility bills and a house that’s harder to keep warm.

Appliances like water heaters and furnaces can cause the buildup of dangerous gases like carbon monoxide through a process called backdrafting, according to EnergyStar. Sealing leaks can reduce this risk, but before you start the job ask a heating contractor if you need to have a combustion safety test done first.


8. Replace furnace filters monthly

You'll want to check your furnace or have it serviced before winter. There is nothing worse than your heat er breaking in the middle of winter!

Check and replace the furnace filter monthly in winter or every three months while the system is in operation. Your owner’s manual will tell you where it’s located. Hold the filter up to the light: If you can’t see light through it, you need a new one.


9. Keep your furnace running smoothly

Servicing your furnace regularly helps you catch problems before expensive breakdowns, prolong the furnace’s life and keep it running more efficiently.

Newer furnaces need professional servicing every two years. Older units require annual servicing.

Check your furnace’s manual to see which specific steps are recommended. Ask friends and colleagues for names of good technicians. Find one or two you trust and stick with them.


10. Insulate the hot water heater

Save on fuel by wrapping older water heaters in a blanket of insulation, an easy DIY project that even a beginner can do. Your utility company has instructions. When insulating a gas or propane water heater, do not cover the burner access.


11. Lower the hot water temperature

Hot water heaters typically are set at 140 degrees. Lower the temperature on yours to 120 for fuel savings. You’ll reduce the chance of accidental burns, and the water still will be plenty hot for bathing, washing clothes and doing dishes.


12. Plug household leaks

Tour your home, inside and out, including the basement, to find and fill cracks and gaps in siding, windows and foundation. Note locations of problems you can’t fix right away.

Use caulk for small cracks and the foam sealer for bigger gaps. Inside the home use a candle flame or digital thermometer to find where cold air is entering. Pay attention to door frames, windows, skylights, chimneys and vents. Also check openings around appliance vents, electrical and plumbing fixtures and furnace ducts and check the top of basement walls where the foundation meets wood.


13. Insulate hot-water pipes

Insulate the hot-water pipes in your basement or crawl space by snapping foam sleeves on them. You’ll find pre-slit, hollow-core, flexible foam pipe insulation at hardware stores. Make a note of your pipes’ diameters and lengths, and bring the measurements when you shop.


14. Set ceiling fan blades for winter

Set fan blades to move clockwise in winter, and run fans slowly. The idea is to lift cool air to the ceiling and push heated air down where you can enjoy it. Some fans have a remote control or remote switch. Otherwise, use a ladder and manually adjust the small toggle switch on the fan body. Now set the thermostat a notch lower and enjoy the warmth.


15. Insulated window coverings

Pick up insulated curtains, drapes or shades before winter. Draw window coverings at night and when you’re away to conserve heat in the home. In hot weather, draw window coverings in the morning to keep the house cool, saving money on air conditioning.


I am a Mean Green Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

National Coffee Day Freebies Sept. 29, 2018

National Coffee Day Freebies

  • 7-Eleven: Customers who downloaded the 7Rewards app could get a free coffee in any size from September 29 through October 1 last year.
  • Cinnabon: Swing by a participating location and treat yourself to a free 12-oz. signature hot coffee, with no purchase necessary! Find your nearest Cinnabon here.
  • Cumberland Farms: Once again, the convenience chain is offering a free coffee of any size for National Coffee Day. Customers should text FREECOFFEE to 64827, and they'll receive a coupon for a free hot or iced coffee. Find your nearest location here.
  • Holiday Stationstores: This convenience store chain is giving away totally free java on National Coffee Day at any of their stores. Even better, this offer is valid on coffees of any size. Simply text COFFEE to 44022 on September 29 to receive your free caffeine buzz. These stores are found in several northern states, and you can find your closest location here.

  • Need another caffeine fix? Holiday is also offering Free Coffee Tuesdays through October 9. In addition to free java, customers can take advantage of a variety of flavored syrups and fresh chilled creamers at no additional charge.
  • Krispy Kreme: The doughnut chain opted to celebrate with a whole weekend instead of just one day! Customers could get any size hot brewed or small iced coffee (in any flavor you wanted) for free at participating locations.
  • Kwik Trip: This convenience store chain gave away free coffee for National Coffee Day 2017.
  • Lyft: Residents of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Dallas, and Philadelphia received a free can of High Brew coffee for riding with Lyft on National Coffee Day.
  • Peet's: Customers got 25% off any bag of blended coffee beans in-store. Plus, they could also score a free medium-size cup of drip coffee or tea on National Coffee Day
  • Pilot/Flying J Stores: All day on September 29, participating locations offered a free small cup of Pilot coffee via a printable coupon. The same coupon was also valid for a small hot tea or cappuccino.
  • Tim Hortons: The chain celebrated National Coffee Day for a whole week! Participating U.S. locations offered free coffee in any size from September 29 to October 6. (Customers had to download the Tim Hortons app in order to take advantage of this promo.)
  • Wawa: Customers could swing by participating locations on National Coffee Day for a free coffee in any size.

National Coffee Day Coupons and Discounts

These National Coffee Day offers weren't free last year, but they'll still be worth checking out if they come back!

  • Bruegger's Bagels: The bagel chain didn't offer any day-of freebies, but it did host a flash giveaway via its social media channels. Customers had the opportunity to win free coffee for the rest of 2017.
  • Community Coffee Company: Customers could take 30% off online purchases of $30 or more on National Coffee Day via a coupon code.
  • Duck Donuts: Customers could buy one hot coffee and get a second hot coffee of equal or lesser value for free. To participate, customers just had to mention the promotion to the cashier when checking out.
  • Dunkin' Donuts: Stop by a participating location and buy a hot coffee for yourself. In return, you'll receive a free hot coffee to share with someone special. Find your nearest Dunkin' here.
  • Horn & Hardart: Online shoppers could enter to win a free bag of coffee or a 12-pack gift box of K-cups. Additionally, Philadelphia residents could get a free cup of Liberty Roast blend from Rittenhouse Square.
  • Maui Wowi: Customers could take 50% off online purchases via a coupon code.
  • McDonald's: It wasn't free, but it was cheap! Participating locations offered small McCafe specialty drinks for just $2.

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Deal Is Back

For a limited time only, you can score this Never Ending Pasta Bowl deal for just $10.99! It includes unlimited pasta, breadsticks, and soup or salad. No coupon is required and it is valid for dine-in only.

40% Off Pepsi Mini Cans

Through September 29th, Target is offering 40% off Pepsi Brands 7.5 fl oz mini cans with this new Cartwheel offer! This offer includes 6, 10 and 15 packs.


Subway Family Game Night Sweeps

Subway is giving away 100 amazing prizes in this new Subway “Family Game Night” Sweepstakes! Winners will get a Nintendo Switch Console, a Just Dance 2019 game, and a $50 Subway gift card ($390 value)! Limit one entry per day — so be sure to enter everyday through November 29th. Good luck!


Honey Nut Cheerios Good Rewards Instant Win Game

Through April 15th, 2019, head here and play the Honey Nut Cheerios Good Rewards Instant Win Game for a chance to win a $10,000 check and a $10,000 donation made to a charity selected by the winner, you may instantly win an Xbox One X, Kindle Fire HD10, $5-$50 Amazon gift card, Popsocket, $10 Xbox Gift Code, $10 Atom Movie Ticket Code and more!

To play this game without making any purchase, just click here, click the Let’s Play button, register or sign in, choose a team to join, click the Scan BUZZ COIN button, and then scroll down and look for the link that states “Press here if you don’t have a box to scan.” Then just follow the directions.