CLOSED! $250 Grocery Store Gift Card Giveaway

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 22, 2009

Well, which grocery store?

That’s for you to decide!!!

Up until recently, I was not a fan of canned foods! Not until this online briefing I attended sponsored by the Canned Food Alliance. Food expert Roberta Duyff shared about the nutritional and cost benefits of canned foods. I chimed in the chat and asked about sodium content and sugar/syrup that can be found in many canned food products. She shared that the “no salt added” and “in pineapple juice” labelled canned foods offer the same nutritional content as the fresh counterparts.

Although I prefer fresh fruits and vegetables, I am no longer opposed to buying canned foods that have no added salt or are stored in fruit juice (not syrup)! So this winter, when great fresh produce is sparse, more canned foods will be showing up on my grocery receipt!

The Canned Food Alliance wants to help families get through this difficult time by equipping shoppers and cooks with the tools needed to prepare healthy meals “at home.” They hope that by teaching others about kitchen organization, meal planning basics, at home cooking skills and food storage practices, they can feed their family healthy meals, without breaking the bank!

They have created a website, www.mealtime.org, where you can find all the tips, tricks and tools to organize your kitchen, plan and cook your meals at home, and store your food!

So after I was sold on the canned food concept, the folks at the Canned Food Alliance challenged me…and YOU…

To a Pantry Makeover!!!

The $250 gift card (to the grocery store of your choice) is to makeover your pantry!

(Still with me?)

I’ll give you a peek about what they mean by pantry makeover!  They were generous enough to send me a $100 gift card to the store of my choice to do a pantry makeover at my house, too!  And what fun I had doing it! (Remember, TOTAL Type-A here!)

I went to Kroger and bought a few organizational tools (a few lazy susans, a few large containers, a drawer organizer), as well as a slew of “no salt added” and “in fruit juice” cans!  Of course, I did use coupons and did choose the sale priced products to stretch that $100 as far as I could!!!

Below is the transformation that occurred in my kitchen and pantry last weekend…

pantry-before

Cupboard/Pantry BEFORE

pantry-after

AFTER

snack-before

Snacks and Medicine BEFORE

snack-after

AFTER

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Food Stockpile #1 BEFORE

food-stockpile-after

AFTER (Notice my new stockpile of canned goods for this makeover! No salt addeds, only in fruit juice, and some organics!)

food-stockpile-before-2

Food Stockpile #2 BEFORE (Yes, that is all on the floor!) {blushes with shame}

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Food Stockpile #2 AFTER (Looks like we won’t be needing to buy cereal for a while!!!)

bath-stockpile-before

Toilletry Stockpile BEFORE (Notice my “shove it on the shelf and hope it doesn’t fall off the edge technique!)

bath-stockpile-after

AFTER…in a new closet!

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Kitchen Tools BEFORE

kitchen-tools-after

AFTER

tupperware-before

Bowls and Storage Containers BEFORE (Also known as little kid chef shelf…note the Thomas lunchbox from when they were “getting their picnic ready” earlier this day!)

tupperware-after

AFTER

OK.

So now that I’ve bared my cupboards and stockpile to you all…I hope you can see the transformation from “ugh” to “sigh”.  My previously unorganized and unsightly cupboards are now clean, organized and much more functional than they were.  I really do feel better about life when my kitchen is organized!

Please note: This kitchen and pantry makevoer and reorganization project spurred me on to reorganize and purge the rest of the house.  The Hubs did ask if I was “nesting” (far TOO EARLY for that), to which I replied…”After cleaning out the kitchen, I can’t stand to have all this “stuff” in the house.”  So I purged.  I donated.  I threw away.  So beware.  A kitchen and pantry makeover COULD turn into a whole house reorganization event!  This all happened last weekend…and I’m still tired from it!

Back to the giveaway…Because this is a high dollar value giveaway, the entry stakes are a bit higher than the norm…but there are 10 chances to enter!!!  Plus an option for 2 bonus entries!

I want to see what you think you can do in your pantry with $250!

Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends Saturday, August 29th at noon EST. Winner will be announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

2. Entry #1: Leave a comment with a list of at least 5 ways you wish to makeover your pantryHow would you use this gift card? Be specific!!!

3. Entry #2: Leave a SEPARATE comment telling me in what way you promoted this contest (i.e., posting it in a forum, posting about it on your blog, Tweet about it, emailing all your friends, and/or subscribe to my feed by email or in a reader).

4. Entry #3-10: Upload a photo(s) of the areas of your pantry that need a makeover to your favorite online photo service and leave the direct link to your photo in the comments.  You may enter you link a total of 8 times, in 8 separate commentsfor 10 total entries! (I realize this is tedious, but the 5-10 minutes it will take will be well worth the $250 if you win!!!)

Photo Uploading Instructions can be found here

5. 2 BONUS ENTRIES: Hop on over to Mealtime.org and find a new favorite recipe, sign up for their newsletter, or learn a new ktichen trick.  Come back and leave 2 more separate comments for 2 more entries into this fabulous contest!

6. Winner will be selected by Random.org, and will choose from which grocery store they wish to receive the gift card.

**NOTE: If you receive the email newsletter and wish to enter this giveaway, click on the title of this giveaway to get to the site and leave a comment on the site with your name and email address to be entered!  Responding to the email will NOT enter you into this giveaway!

*Disclosure: I did receive a $100 gift card to makeover my pantry.  I was not paid or compensated in any other way.

{ 1444 comments… read them below or add one }

keli August 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm
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Lisa L August 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm

We are moving so I am going to get a totally new pantry anyways.
I will need smaller jars of spices.
Canned foods.
Cat food…lol
Boxes of dry foods and a little
bit of cleaning supplies.

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Lisa L August 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm
Lisa L August 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Thank you for joining Mealtime.org! With your membership, you have full access to every feature of the Mealtime.org site

signed up 4 the newsletter
Eyeball on a Stick is a cool recipe :o)

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Lisa L August 28, 2009 at 11:24 pm

newsletter signup #2

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Vicki Andrew August 29, 2009 at 12:21 am

1. I would go through everything in my pantry and throw out the old ( I tend to hoard)
2. I would get some new tupperware containers ( again out with the old mis matched ones)
3. I would get a sliding storage bin for my pot and also one for my new tupperware
4. Stock up on dried peas, lentils, rice ( all put in nice new storage containers)
5. add a counter top compost container and get a bin for my recycables

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Molly Capel August 29, 2009 at 12:41 am

I would buy some good storage containers & get rid of my mismatched “can’t find the lids” current containers. I love the Lazy susan idea. I also need to go thru my spices & canned food & throw away old stuff. A new shelf for boxed food & cans would be great. And Tupperware type containers for my perishable foods would be lovely.

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Lanna August 29, 2009 at 1:29 am

Honestly, I’d probably get more storage dealies to organize my pantry. My pantry is around 10’x10′ with floor to ceiling shelves on two full walls (the water heater, seed starting shelves and door take up the other two walls). More Sterilite drawer-type things for spices, baskets to hang on the wall (or ceiling!) for my garlic and whatever else needs some air during storage… Or nice boxes or shelving for my main basement room where pantry goodies (mostly canning jars) have started to overflow. Besides that, I’d probably wait for a sale and then stock up on some yummy canned pears or peaches since those are what take me the longest time to can myself (prep time is what gets me when I have three kids underfoot).

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Michelle P August 29, 2009 at 1:36 am

Great giveaway! I would begin by going through everything and making sure it is still good. Next, I would try to figure out a system to have things organized on our 5 shelf pantry instead of just putting it wherever it fits at the time. I’d love to buy some nicely sized containers for flour, sugar, and homemade mixes. I’d also definitely stock up on canned items and non perishables. Lastly, I’d want to get some containers or lazy susans to help organize things like boxes of pasta and spices.

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Lanna August 29, 2009 at 2:08 am
Lanna August 29, 2009 at 2:08 am
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Lanna August 29, 2009 at 2:10 am
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Lanna August 29, 2009 at 2:12 am

Oh, I also linked your giveaway in the entry in my blog I linked a bunch just above. :D

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Veronica Garrett August 29, 2009 at 2:21 am

1. I would get a canister set to store staples like flour and sugar to get rid of bulky containers. 2. I would get labels to organize my pantry 3. I need to stock my pantry eith items like Hamburger Helper and canned soups 4. I would get a spice rack to organize all of my spices that I have scattered in the pantry. 5. I need to get a cabinet to put all my dishes in that I have in my pantry.

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Jammie August 29, 2009 at 3:02 am

My pantry needs this bad.

1. Baking items.
2. seasons
3. CAN goods.
4. Probably something to organize the shelves.
5. Side dishes.

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dawn August 29, 2009 at 3:55 am

I also checked out Mealtime.org’s “Simple Shortcuts” section.

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Mishia August 29, 2009 at 4:23 am

1. Clean out all expired canned goods.
2. Organize canned goods (ie. fruits and vegetables)
3. Stock up on canned/dry goods.
4. Stock up on easy snacks.
5. Stock up on side dishes.

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aynge August 29, 2009 at 5:34 am

1. Replenish my canned goods. My mother is here, and she cleaned out my pantry, tossing most of my food!

2. Buy some lazy susans and racks, to organize things.

3. Buy better canisters. I have my flour stored in a glass jar with a metal lid, but there are tiny bugs in it! How did they penetrate the thick glass? It’s mostly full and I hate having to toss all that flour out.

4. I need metal containers for my spices. I notice they get clumpy in their glass and plastic jars.

5. I would buy an Aerogarden. I buy herbs and they rot in my fridge. I need an Aerogarden for my counter.

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aynge August 29, 2009 at 5:34 am

1. Replenish my canned goods. My mother is here, and she cleaned out my pantry, tossing most of my food!

2. Buy some lazy susans and racks, to organize things.

3. Buy better canisters. I have my flour stored in a glass jar with a metal lid, but there are tiny bugs in it! How did they penetrate the thick glass? It’s mostly full and I hate having to toss all that flour out.

4. I need metal containers for my spices. I notice they get clumpy in their glass and plastic jars.

5. I would buy an Aerogarden. I buy herbs and they rot in my fridge. I need an Aerogarden for my counter.

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aynge August 29, 2009 at 5:35 am

I promoted this contest by emailing the link to friends.

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Brian E. August 29, 2009 at 6:12 am

1. We need to replace some old plastic bulk food containers (beans, pasta, lentils, etc.) whose lids / hinges are old and cracked, some held on with tape & rubber bands.

2. Time to replace about half of our collection of spices / seasonings that are too old, rarely used, and have lost their flavor / potency; next time I will take my wife’s advice and not buy a restaurant size container of celery salt or hot pepper flakes that we cannot possibly use up…ever !!!

3. We need some of those bag clips (clamps ?) because the ones we have don’t work, and
again, we have resorted to rubber bands to contain our potato chip / tortilla chip bags.

4. We need a reliable, wall mounted, manual can opener to put up in the pantry, and I saw one in the grocery store last week… we will never buy another electric one that dies after a year’s time !!!

5. Finally, we will stock the pantry with our favorite canned fruits, vegetables, soups; bottled fruit juices; condiments; pancake & waffle mixes; bread mixes; bottled pasta sauces, etc…..etc…etc. !!!

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Brian E. August 29, 2009 at 6:15 am

…subscribed via RSS – Yahoo.

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Lily Kwan August 29, 2009 at 6:18 am

I wish to makeover my pantry by:
1. buying more canned vegetables
2. buying more canned fruit
3. buying more spices and herbs
4. buying more baking products like flour and yeast
5. buying more pasta and rice

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Brian E. August 29, 2009 at 6:20 am

…we are already subscribed to Mealtime.org’s CANnection newsletter.

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Lily Kwan August 29, 2009 at 6:21 am

The Chicken Risotto with Basil and Parmesan recipe looks very tasty! #1

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Lily Kwan August 29, 2009 at 6:22 am

The Chicken Risotto with Basil and Parmesan recipe looks very tasty! #2

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Brian E. August 29, 2009 at 6:24 am

… Mealtime’s Asian-Style Steak (with brown rice) is one of our favorite recipes.

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Lily Kwan August 29, 2009 at 6:30 am

I subscribed to your email feed.

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Susan August 29, 2009 at 7:19 am

here is my photo of my utensil drawer. you can tell it’s in great need of a makeover.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v439/claireandkatiesmom/pantrymakeover002.jpg

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Susan August 29, 2009 at 7:20 am
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BusyMom August 29, 2009 at 7:42 am

A picture of my troubled pantry – can’t you see that I really need help!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394473680105517535KNrdEi

link #1

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BusyMom August 29, 2009 at 7:42 am

A picture of my troubled pantry – can’t you see that I really need help!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394473680105517535KNrdEi

link #2

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Lois Lietz August 29, 2009 at 7:43 am

I need to get some of those containers and replace some of the old stuff.

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BusyMom August 29, 2009 at 7:45 am

A picture of my troubled pantry – can’t you see that I really need help!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394473680105517535KNrdEi

link #3

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BusyMom August 29, 2009 at 7:45 am

A picture of my troubled pantry – can’t you see that I really need help!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394473680105517535KNrdEi

link #4

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BusyMom August 29, 2009 at 7:46 am

A picture of my troubled pantry – can’t you see that I really need help!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394473680105517535KNrdEi

link #5

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BusyMom August 29, 2009 at 7:47 am

A picture of my troubled pantry – can’t you see that I really need help!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394473680105517535KNrdEi

link #6

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BusyMom August 29, 2009 at 7:47 am

A picture of my troubled pantry – can’t you see that I really need help!

http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2394473680105517535KNrdEi

link #7

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