Pagoda Appetizers

As a BzzAgent, I had an opportunity to try the Pagoda Brand Appetizers recently.  When I saw this opportunity I jumped at the chance since crab rangoon is my FAVORITE food!
After picking up my free trial at Kroger, I opened the box and cooked it for an afternoon snack.  Now, I consider myself a bit of an expert on crab rangoon.  Not only do I always order it when going to a Chinese restaurant, I also make my own (which is a family favorite).
Although the Pagoda Crab Rangoon was good, it wasn’t my first choice.  I like to have more cream cheese and less crab taste.  I do love the fact it is something that I can purchase and leave in the freezer and when they craving hits pull it out, cook it, and enjoy.  I also appreciate the price.
If you love Chinese food, I’d recommend trying the many  different Pagoda appetizer products.
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Couponing For Christ: Thanksgiving Baskets

My church works hand in hand with Hope Ministries here in Northern Kentucky.  Hope Ministries provides food, clothing, and other help to those in need while sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  It is a wonderful ministry and every year a few weeks before Thanksgiving the members of Florence Baptist Church on Mt. Zion and Hope Ministries join forces to gift Thanksgiving Food Baskets to those in need.

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
-2 Corinthians 9:5
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This is my first year to provide a basket as an Extreme Couponer.  In the past we have always donated a basket of goods for about $30.00-$35.00.  We usually go to a discount type of store to grab the necessary items, hoping to save money.  This year I hoped to get everything for my basket under $20.00.

Now, before I got started, I prayed about this basket and asked the Lord to help me through this venture.  My husband has recently changed careers and in this transition our budget has had to make drastic changes for my family’s living expenses.  Making it more difficult to give like we have in the past.  But the best thing about calling on God, is seeing Him work and work big.  Seeing what God can achieve on a tight budget is truly amazing.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
-Hebrews 13:16
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Full disclaimer, I didn’t purchase everything at one time or from one store.  It is best to purchase items throughout the year especially if you know this is an area of giving that occurs every year.  It is always a great idea to shop clearance items or great sales and stock-up on items you may use or give in the future.




So, first I take note of any items I already have in my cabinets, like a box of Tea Bags.  I purchased a box earlier in the year with a Kroger sale, coupon, and Ibotta rebate making the Tetley Brand Tea FREE.

Then I started to scan the ads and match-up deals and coupons to get great deals.  I have posted each deal on shoppingwithshana.com.  Click the links listed below for specific details.

Items needed for each basket (meat is provided):

TOTAL COST: $19.63

God showed me His glory by allowing me to take care of both my family and a family in need over Thanksgiving.  In fact, God showed his glory throughout our church as we donated over 550 Thanksgiving Baskets.

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I challenge you to give this holiday season.  It can truly be a blessing to you and your family.

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