A Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway! Girl Scout Cookies!!

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 2/25/2009 09:39:00 AM | | 59 comments »

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. I'm Catholic and every year for Lent, I work on praying more and giving more as I journey toward Easter.

I also give up all things sugar (or, as I like to jokingly say, everything worth eating!). It's a small sacrifice that - given my love of cookies, chocolate, and Jolly Ranchers - gives me the chance to re-focus on my Lenten goals every time I think about how tasty a Little Debbie Cake would be with my afternoon mug of tea.

{Oh, they are ever so tasty}

But, just because I am giving sweets and treats doesn't mean I can't offer all of my fabulous readers a chance to win these:

Three boxes of Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookies!

For those of you who don't know this *amazing* fact about me, I am the Girl Scout Leader for my daughter's Brownie Troop. This is my second year as Leader; I've got (16) fantastic second grade Brownies who make it lots of fun. It's a big commitment of my time, but the rewards are great; Girl Scouts offers so much to our daughters, girls who these days are bombarded with not-so-positive images from the main stream media at younger and younger ages.

We're deep in the middle of Girl Scout Cookie season, so I thought it would be fun to offer some of these tasty treats to my fabulous readers as a giveaway!

And what better cookie than the Thanks-A-Lot?!

I sincerely appreciate each one of my fabulous readers; there are lots of blogs out there, especially personal finance/frugal living blogs. That you choose to spend a few minutes of your day here with me means a great deal to me.

{For those of you who might have food allergy issues to consider, you can read the ingredient list for these cookies at the home page of ABC Bakers, the company who provides cookies for my Girl Scout Council.}

This is a fast and furious giveaway that ends on Sunday, 03/01/09, at 10:00 pm EST.

To enter, all you need to do is help me improve this blog! I've got a lot of ideas and work to do behind the scenes (February has been a busy month for me in real life), but I'd still love to hear what your best ideas are, too!

Leave a comment and tell me what you'd like to see more of here at The New Frugal Mom! More deal matchups? More freebies? More budgeting ideas? More legitimate ways to earn extra cash? Ways to monetize your blog (if you have one)?

There's no wrong answer for this - your honest input is wanted and is much appreciated!

Your comment will be your first entry; once you leave your blog-improvement comment, you can earn (2) more entries by:

1. Tweeting about this giveaway; come back and leave a comment to let me know you tweeted! (That's 1 extra entry.)

2. Subscribing to my RSS feed by reader or by email; again, come back and comment and let me know you're a new subscriber. If you're already a subscriber, leave a comment letting me know for your extra entry. (That's 1 extra entry.)

So if you do all of these (blog improvement comment, tweet, subscribe), you'll have (3) chances to win those (3) boxes of tasty cookies! And baby, those are better odds than Powerball!

Be sure to leave me an email address or some way to find you online (Blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) in your comment; if I can't find you, I can't give you your prize, right?

I'm really looking forward to your input - you guys rock the webhouse!

Good luck!

Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!


  1. crystal // February 25, 2009 11:41 AM  

    I love the deal matchups but also would like to see more budgeting advice. Maybe you could use examples of readers and use their info to tell us what you'd cut etc... thanks

  2. abcgator // February 25, 2009 11:59 AM  

    Always looking for new budgting tips, and legitimate ways to make money as a stay at home mom!



  3. Heather & Chaos // February 25, 2009 12:13 PM  

    Ok not fair! I've given up sweets for lent too! So don't add me in the contest!

    I like your blog. It's full of helpful tips. I think I'd like to see more deal matchups and more CVS and Walgreen stuff!

  4. Anonymous // February 25, 2009 12:42 PM  

    The deal match-ups are so helpful. Maybe more in depth grocery match-ups...Thanks!


  5. Sarina // February 25, 2009 1:59 PM  

    Your budgeting advice is very thorough and in depth and I'd love to see more. Ideas for monetizing your blog would be nice as well.

  6. Frugal Jen // February 25, 2009 2:10 PM  

    This year I am not giving up sweets for lent so enter me in the contest.

    I enjoy seeing your matchups!

  7. Jennifer, The Lady Riposter // February 25, 2009 2:34 PM  

    I'm a fledgling blogger who would love to make a little money off her blog someday so I'd love to see ideas for promoting your blog, maybe some sort of mentor program or rotating guest post circle so that other people can learn from your success.

  8. Jane @ What About Mom? // February 25, 2009 3:08 PM  

    No grocery stores in Utah double coupons, so I have a hard time getting too excited about coupons when, in general, I've found a generic brand I like just as well that's still cheaper.

    Also, I feel like I mostly know what I *should* do to save money, but how do I control my impulses in the moment? In other words, I could use some frugalista motivational pep talks. Maybe success stories or inspirational crap?

    LOVE girl scouts cookies!! Pick me!

  9. Jane @ What About Mom? // February 25, 2009 3:08 PM  

    Oh, and I subscribe, baby!

  10. Jane @ What About Mom? // February 25, 2009 3:11 PM  


    PICK ME!

  11. Tiffani // February 25, 2009 3:11 PM  

    I would love to see more cheap meal ideas.

  12. Tiffani // February 25, 2009 3:12 PM  

    I subscribe.

  13. Anonymous // February 25, 2009 4:01 PM  

    More freebies!! tiggeraj@yahoo.com

  14. Ellen C. // February 25, 2009 4:01 PM  

    How about some ways to use leftovers? Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  15. Steph // February 25, 2009 4:02 PM  

    I'd like to see more freebies! I love getting all kinds of goodies in the mail! Thanks for the giveaway--who doesn't love a Girl Scout cookie?


  16. JGinLV // February 25, 2009 6:17 PM  

    Maybe also have some tutorials on CVSing and Walgreens. I am a stay at home mom and check your blog everyday!


  17. shannanb aka Mommy Bits // February 25, 2009 6:53 PM  

    I stumbled you!!! (not entering, my waist line can't handle the Girl scouts....)

  18. PamperingBeki // February 25, 2009 7:01 PM  

    I love frugal recipes.

    Also tips on how to do the Walgreens stuff would be great! I've always been too scared to try.

  19. Janelle // February 25, 2009 7:15 PM  

    I think the tips for monetizing a blog would be very helpful. Great giveaway, by the way. Would you believe that not one Girl Scout asked us to buy cookies??? Sadly, my girls and I are all registered Scouts without a troop. The troop at their school for their age is run as a social group for the moms, complete with drinking!!! Sorry, but that is NOT Girl Scouts!

  20. Janelle // February 25, 2009 7:16 PM  

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/JanelleKC/status/1252156880

  21. Janelle // February 25, 2009 7:17 PM  

    And I'm a new subscriber. Thanks!!

  22. Sascha // February 25, 2009 7:34 PM  

    Our stores don't double coupons here so deal match ups don't usually work for my area so I like to see budgeting ideas and ways to earn extra cash. I like the idea of using your readers spending scenarios and what you would cut, however, I imagine you would be quite bombarded with readers wanting to participate!


  23. SixInTheNorthwest // February 25, 2009 7:35 PM  

    I'm new to blogging and have done so just for my own enjoyment to this point. I'd love to hear from you and others about legit work-from-home options or monetizing a blog. All new territory to me.


  24. SixInTheNorthwest // February 25, 2009 7:36 PM  

    I'm new to blogging and have done so just for my own enjoyment to this point. I'd love to hear from you and others about legit work-from-home options or monetizing a blog. All new territory to me.


  25. SixInTheNorthwest // February 25, 2009 7:38 PM  

    Sorry about that double post ... see I'm still a newbie.

    Just subscribed to blog as well. Looks like info I can learn from.

  26. Sascha // February 25, 2009 7:45 PM  

    I'm a new subscriber =]


  27. Sascha // February 25, 2009 7:49 PM  

    I tweeted @wells4ak

    Crossing my fingers for some treats =]


  28. Jackie // February 25, 2009 8:00 PM  

    I really enjoy reading your blog and would love to see more budgeting ideas. Every penny saved helps! Thanks!

  29. Jackie // February 25, 2009 8:01 PM  

    I subscribe

  30. shortstack411 // February 25, 2009 8:06 PM  

    Hi, I am new to your blog, but I like deal matchups and anything about earning legitimate extra money (I am a sahm)! Thanks!

  31. Tracy // February 26, 2009 5:17 AM  

    I would love to hear more budgeting advice. I would also love to hear more about how to use your blog to earn money.
    I love everything about your blog! The giveaways are nice too!

  32. goodnewsfarm // February 26, 2009 5:57 AM  

    Homemade gifts would be nice and more on how to save money from homemade meals. thegoodnewsfarm at yahoo.com

  33. goodnewsfarm // February 26, 2009 5:58 AM  

    I subscribe also. thegoodnewsfarm at yahoo.com

  34. Sue D // February 26, 2009 6:08 AM  

    I like hearing about the special deals at stores. I don't get a newspaper so it helps when I hear about the specials at CVS, Walgreens etc and then I know if it is worth a special trip.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  35. Nicki // February 26, 2009 8:58 AM  

    I love coming on and reading your posts. I really like the way you GO KROGERING! I would really like to see some frugal recipes and more money saving tips.

    Thanks for all you do.


  36. bison61 // February 26, 2009 9:36 AM  

    I enjoy freebies and contests. With the economy, I'm watching my pennies so I like good budgeting tips and ways to save

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

  37. Women Who Win // February 26, 2009 10:12 AM  

    I love love love giveaways and freebies, so keep them coming. Your blog is great. :) Thanks for the giveaway! --Michelle, blogattoday ($!at] gmaildotcom

  38. andrea v // February 26, 2009 10:23 AM  

    I love giveaways and reviews on products.
    vickers at comcast dot net

  39. Yummy Boy Mummy // February 26, 2009 10:29 AM  

    I'd like to see more ways to monetize a blog. I'm relatively new to blogging & am amazed at how much stuff is out there. It's hard to know where to start. :)

  40. Yummy Boy Mummy // February 26, 2009 10:29 AM  

    I'm a subscriber. Txs!

  41. Tamara B. // February 26, 2009 11:40 AM  

    I would love to see something where we could have a coupon exchange. Meal plan for the week would be great too.

  42. Tamara B. // February 26, 2009 11:40 AM  

    I am a subscriber via email.

  43. Cher // February 26, 2009 12:23 PM  

    Freebies or recipes! Great giveaway!

  44. Linda // February 26, 2009 1:39 PM  

    I would like to learn more about legitimate ways to make money, such as what survey sites you have found to be rewarding.

  45. Helen S // February 26, 2009 5:37 PM  

    I would like to see more deal matchups and budgeting ideas.

  46. Helen S // February 26, 2009 5:37 PM  

    I subscribe

  47. Carolyn G // February 26, 2009 6:41 PM  

    I would like to see more tips on money saving dinners. With groceries skyrocketing, I need help.

  48. edsims // February 27, 2009 11:35 AM  

    Subscriber and follower also - Thanks! Erica

  49. Shel // February 28, 2009 1:11 PM  

    I'd love to hear my ways to monetize my blog and how do people get to do all those great reviews/giveaways on their blogs? It's like some deep, dark secret on how that works.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  50. Jessie Francis // March 1, 2009 12:42 PM  

    i love freebies.

  51. Jessie Francis // March 1, 2009 12:45 PM  

    i just subscribed.

  52. karmakaytlyn // March 1, 2009 1:23 PM  

    Any legitimate work from home job opportunities are always very appreciated. Maybe a section for product test panels ans survey companies that are legitimate.

  53. rooann // March 1, 2009 3:19 PM  

    Your blog is great, I love that there is a nice balance of many topics, so definitely keep it that way :)

    My favorite feature is probably the deal finding (I prefer this to freebies since there are soo many freebie dedicated sites). I also like the idea of adding more monetizing blogs, I don't have a blog that I update regularly anymore but I am thinking about starting one up again when I have the time.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  54. rooann // March 1, 2009 3:20 PM  

    I'm a new subscriber via RSS (google reader) :)

  55. shannanb aka mommy bits // March 1, 2009 4:06 PM  

    OK. I lied. I totally want these cookies! I tweeted too!

  56. Jo // March 1, 2009 6:40 PM  

    I guess you can never have to many freebies..I used to be a girl scout myself...many years ago. I cannot remember the Thanks-a-Lot cookie tho...but since I'm prego any cookie sounds good.

  57. Ali // March 1, 2009 6:41 PM  

    I'd love to see more budgeting ideas and more giveaways like this one!


  58. Ali // March 1, 2009 6:42 PM  

    I'm a subscriber as well! Love your blog :)

  59. jckat // March 1, 2009 6:45 PM  

    I am always interestd in tips on monetizing blogs.