Giveaway: Win A $25 Firehouse Subs Gift Card (Ends 12/17)

Warm up for the Holidays with Firehouse Subs ~ $25 Gift Card GiveawayFirehouse Subs is one of my favorite places to grab a sandwich. I go every year on my birthday (mostly because the shop gives out free subs for your birthday!). If you like the sub shop, you’re in luck. We’re joining with Tom’s Take On Things to give one lucky winner a $25 Firehouse Subs gift card.

Tom is the one sponsoring this giveaway. It’s open to US residents who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is open now and ends at 11:59pm EST on December 17. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to winning email before another winner may be selected.

Good luck.

Drugstore Divas received no compensation for this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Kmart: Possibly Free Shoes With 5,000 Shop Your Way Points ($5)

kmartI think Shop Your Way is trying to single-handedly fund my Christmas shopping right now. Check your accounts and you might have 5,000 surprise points ($5) for a footwear purchase — and that can equal free shoes.

Log into your Shop Your Way account and then check your surprise points. If you have it, you’ll see 5,000 points for footwear with no minimum purchase required. I was looking at the sale shoes in my local store and there are a ton of slippers on sale for $5, like the Piper Girls’ Winky Face Yellow/Pink Slipper. This coupon works for them, so that’s great. They’re an adorable gift to give a little girl. Plus, they’re free, so that’s a great price for you. No girls on your shopping list? No worries. There are slippers for men and women priced at just $5 too.

Who are you picking up these free shoes for?

If you’re not a Shop Your Way member, join here for free. It’s Kmart and Sears’ free loyalty program. You’ll earn points on your purchases, plus get bonus point offers, exclusive coupons, and more. All your purchases at Kmart and Sears will earn you points. You can use those points on future purchases. Every 1,000 points is $1. Also, any Shop Your Way member with a personal shopper can get great coupons from their personal shoppers. Get yours by joining here so I can be your personal shopper — for free.

Starbucks: Buy A $10 Gift Card & Get $10 Free (Til 12/22)

starbucksAre you a fan of Starbucks? Then this deal is for you.

Right now, when you load $10 or more to the Starbucks app with Visa Checkout, you will get a $10 eGift card. You must make the purchase by December 22 (or while supplies last). You’ll receive the eGift card within one day. There’s a limit of one per person for this deal.

I always do these offers because, well, I like getting free money, which turns into free coffee. And, speaking of coffee, have you had the Caramel Brulee Frappuccino? I had it the other day to substitute for the Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino that I fell in love with over the summer, but was dumped off the menu for the winter. Sad times, folks. Sad. Times.

When you get your gift card, be sure to use it to register for My Starbucks Rewards, Starbucks’ free loyalty program. By joining, you’ll earn stars for your purchases — and those turn into free refills, free drinks, and more. Join for free here.

And, if you’re a big fan of coffee, be sure to check out our Spiked Mocha Nut Coffee recipe. It’s pretty tasty. You can also make a virgin (non-spiked) version of it too! And if you’re a fan of frappes (like me!), try our Copycat Coffeehouse Frappe recipe. If you do try either of these recipes, be sure to leave us a comment and let us know how you liked them.

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Looking for a hearty soup idea? Try this Butternut Squash Soup from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Says Pete: I couldn’t believe how cold it was. My apartment had no heat. I was so tired of arguing with my cheap landlord to turn it on, so I decided it was up to me to heat myself from the inside.

That was it. I went to the store and wandered the aisles, wondering what sort of creamy concoction I could create to complete the task of self-heater.

As I walked through the produce aisle (that’s always my first stop because I’m a health idiot), something caught my eye. An ingredient that I had never used before that piqued my interest — butternut squash! And they were on sale!

I then roamed the other aisles, trying to create a butternut squash recipe in my head. Here’s what I got.

Butternut Squash Soup

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 butternut squash
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 potato
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream
  • Green onion, sour cream to garnish

Looking for a hearty soup idea? Try this Butternut Squash Soup from www.drugstoredivas.net.

What You’ll Do:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Dice the bacon. Saute in a stock pot until crispy. Strain and put aside.

Peel, split, and seed both butternut squash. Dice them and toss them with brown sugar, black pepper, and enough olive oil to coat. Lay it out on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Roast in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

While that’s roasting, chop carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and potato. Saute everything but the potato, with literally a pinch of cinnamon (cinnamon is VERY strong) for about five to eight minutes in the pot where you cooked the bacon.

When the squash is done (and you’ll know because it’ll be slightly brown and mushy), you’re gonna blend it in batches (in the blender) with a roughly-chopped jalapeno. Add chicken broth when it gets too thick (you’ll wind up using about two cans depending on the size of the squash).

Add the puree, half the bacon, the potato and heavy cream to the pot. Bring it to boil, reduce to simmer, and cover the pot. The soup will be done when the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Garnish with green onion, sour cream, and the rest of the bacon. Then, serve and enjoy.

If you’re planning on making this, you can save on it too. Right now, you can save 20% on any single purchase of loose Butternut Squash. Just click that link, add the offer to your SavingStar account, then purchase the squash by December 5. You will receive 20% of your purchase price in your account, and you can then cash out via PayPal.

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Butternut Squash at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 12/5/2016.Save 20%.

Butternut Squash Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 butternut squash
  2. 2 cans chicken broth
  3. 1 medium onion
  4. 4 cloves garlic
  5. 4 slices of bacon
  6. 1 potato
  7. 3 carrots
  8. 1 jalapeno
  9. 3 stalks of celery
  10. Pinch of cinnamon
  11. Pepper
  12. 1 tbs. brown sugar
  13. Olive oil
  14. 1/8 cup heavy cream
  15. Green onion, sour cream to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Dice the bacon. Saute in stock pot until crispy. Strain and put aside.
  3. Peel, split, and seed both butternut squash. Dice them. Toss them with 1 tbs. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper, and enough olive oil to coat. Lay it out on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Roast in oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. While that’s roasting, chop carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and potato. Saute everything but the potato, with literally a pinch of cinnamon (cinnamon is VERY strong) about five to eight minutes in the pot where you cooked the bacon.
  5. When the squash is done (and you’ll know because it’ll be slightly brown and mushy), you’re gonna blend it in batches (in the blender) with a roughly-chopped jalapeno. Add chicken broth when it gets too thick (you’ll wind up using about two cans depending on the size of the squash).
  6. Add the puree and half the bacon into the pot with the potato and heavy cream. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Keep covered. Soup is done when the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  7. Garnish with green onion, sour cream, and the rest of the bacon. Serve. Enjoy.
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Coupon Alert: $10 Off At Yankee Candle (Til 12/2)

yankee candleRight now, you can head over this link and print out a coupon for $10 off any $10 purchase at Yankee Candle. The coupon says it’s a one-time use coupon, but that means one use per customer, not for the actual coupon itself. Look for an email from Yankee Candle with the subject: Get excited for fall gatherings—$10 Off Any Purchase. The coupon is in there. Or, you can just print it from the link above. Everyone has the same bar code, so no worries. You can print it once and give it to a friend and go to the store together.

The coupon is only valid until December 2, so don’t miss your chance at scoring a freebie. I’m planning on grabbing another Christmas gift with my coupon — completely for free. The more I can pick up for free now, the less I’ll spend later. I can’t tell you what exactly I got — just in case you’re the recipient of it come December. Last time this coupon was available, some items were on sale for $5 each. You could pick up two of them for free. That was great! My store didn’t have a problem with anyone using the coupon on sale items (I asked), but your store may differ.

And, speaking of candles, they’re great to have on hand in case of an emergency. We didn’t lose power during the hurricane that hit in October, but we were ready with candles … just in case. Be sure to check out our Hurricane Lighting Options post here

Did you head out to Yankee Candle with this coupon? What did you buy with it?

Amazon: $10 Off A $25 Book Purchase (Today Only!)

book saleDo you love books? Personally, I love paperbacks. I’m not a fan of Kindle books at all. I spend enough time on the computer and on my phone. When I want to read a book, I don’t want it to be behind a screen.

If you are the same way, you’re in luck. Today, November 29, you can receive $10 off a $25+ book purchase on Amazon with the code HOLIDAYBOOK. This offer is only valid on print books or box sets. It excludes Kindle eBooks, Audible Audiobooks, and rentals.

If you’re looking for some book ideas, check out our list of the Top 10 Little Golden Books on Amazon.

Don’t forget, prices and offers on Amazon are subject to change at any time, so be sure to review your total at checkout. For more Amazon deals, be sure to check out our Amazon deals link.

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