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  • Review and Giveaway: Good Cheap Eats by Jessica Fisher

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    I’ve been a big fan of Jessica Fisher for a number of years now – she’s smart, practical, funny, and seems like someone I could easily be friends if only she lived down the street instead of in San Diego. You might know her as the voice behind the popular blogs Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats. She’s also written a couple of cookbooks, and I’m thrilled to have been asked to review her latest cookbook, Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less.

    The book is just what it sounds like – full of recipes for delicious, nutritious, and affordable meals. Jessica promises that every meal in the book feeds a family of four for $10 or less, and there are over 70 two- and three-course meals with 200 recipes, including:

    • Tortellini-Chickpea Pasta Salad, page 268
    • Classic Sauteed Peppers and Onions, page 166
    • Monkey Salad, page 249 {there’s no monkeys in it, but they might like to eat it!}
    • Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup, page 284
    • Garlic Herb Soft Pretzels, page 286 and 287
    • Poor Man’s Caesar Salad, page 294
    • MinTea, page 297
    • Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies, page 299 (recipe here)

    I made the Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach (page 246) and Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake (page 248) for dinner, although I couldn’t make the Monkey Salad that’s part of the menu since it has cashews and we avoid all nuts. My husband and I really liked the eggs and spinach, while the kids both had second helpings of the maple breakfast cake (which I had for breakfast the next day!). I loved how easily the recipes came together. And of course, like all of Jessica’s recipes, the ingredients were easily found and the directions were clear and easy to follow.

    Even more than I love the delicious recipes and menus, however, I love the 100+ tips she sprinkles throughout the book like little treasures. For example, I never thought to freeze dollops of yogurt on a baking sheet to preserve them before they go bad, and then to use them for baking and smoothies – that’s just brilliant! And so Jessica. So are these suggestions:

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    Good Cheap Eats is a great book not just for families, but for anyone who could use some great recipes for great food while also learning some basic frugal-living tips.

    WIN IT!

    Jessica and her publisher are generously giving one lucky CFO reader their very own copy of Good Cheap Eats! To enter this giveaway, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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    Reader Survey + Giveaway for TWO Mystery Boxes of Goodies

    Mystery Box Giveaway

    It’s time for another Mystery Box giveaway, and this time I’m giving away TWO boxes!

    Like previous Mystery Boxes, these are full of samples, full-size products, and other surprises, in a USPS Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box like the one pictured above.

    This time, though, I’m doing something a little different and asking you to enter the giveaway by taking this short 9-question survey. The survey is designed to help me to better help you – I want to know what you love about CFO, what you want more and less of, and anything else that can make this site more useful to you. So thank you for taking the time to complete the survey! (You do not have to enter the giveaway in order to complete the survey, but I wanted to provide an incentive. ;) )

    The survey will remain open indefinitely, but if you want to enter the giveaway, you only have until midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Thank you, and good luck!

    Prizes provided by Each winner will receive one Mystery Box. Read the full CFO disclosure policy at

    September 2014 Reader Appreciation Giveaway: $25 GAP Options Gift Cards {2 Winners}

    Each month during 2014, we’ll have a month-long Reader Appreciation giveaway. The prize for September is a $25 GAP Options gift card like the one pictured here:

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    There will be two winners. Some of the entries can be done every day, so be sure to come back to this post! To enter, simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below – and thank you for reading CFO!

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    Giveaway: $15 Fandango Gift Card from Jennifer Aniston’s new movie Life of Crime

    Jennifer Aniston has a new movie coming out called Life of Crime:

    Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

    Check out more of the movie here:

    WIN IT!

    One lucky CFO reader will win a $15 Fandango gift card. To enter this giveaway, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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    Giveaway: Malt-O-Meal Prize Pack


    The folks over at Malt-O-Meal asked me if I wanted to try their cereals, and told me that results of a recent taste test showed that consumers preferred the taste of four Malt-O-Meal cereals over more expensive Post Cereals brands. There are 28 flavor varieties to choose from, and Malt-O-Meal bagged cereals cost less, ounce-for-ounce, than leading boxed brands.

    Unfortunately, all of the stores I shop at (and even a few I rarely go to) have all eliminated their bagged cereal options, and I couldn’t find any Malt-O-Meal cereals anywhere. So instead of having my kids try Malt-O-Meal, your kids can. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for a chance to win a Malt-O-Meal reusable bag, and two coupons for a FREE bag of Malt-O-Meal cereal:

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