Back to School with Pillsbury and Free Stuff

datePosted on 11:48, September 19th, 2009 by Small Town Mommy

Welcome to the Small Town Mommy review and giveaway blog.  This is where you can read about the latest and greatest that I have been trying, using, enjoying or hating.  A lot of the time, I will be able to share stuff with you so you can try it, use it, enjoy it or hate it too (OK, I wont actually share anything I hate, that would just suck).

Our first giveaway is from Pillsbury.  If you read Small Town Mommy Gay Movies you know that I was extremely excited about everyone going back to school.  It was a really long summer and the bickering was driving me right over the edge.  Pillsbury is as excited as me about back to school.  If you know Pillsbury, you know that it rocks!  Here in the Small Town household, we use its crescent rolls, cinnamon rolls, and other baking good all the time (many people have asked me if their refrigerator crust is homemade).

Pillsbury also offers Box Tops for Education.  If you have children in school, I am sure that your PTA has hounded you relentlessly about them you have heard of them.  Box Tops for Education provides free money for schools.  To participate, all you have to do is buy stuff you would buy anyway.  Once you have bought your stuff, cut out the little Box Tops for Education symbol and send it into school with your kids.  Your school will collect the Box Tops and send them into General Mills.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents.   General Mills then sends the school a check.  The Small Town school earned more than $1000 last year.

I love the Boxtops program (although I am not as diligent with cutting them out as I used to be when Libby was in kindergarten and I sent hundreds of Boxtops into the school.  How can you look down on free money?  Since the program is for schools, the money is used to benefit your kids.  Even homeschool associations can participate.

Pillsbury is offering parents a chance to win 5000 bonus Box Tops for your child’s school (I already entered).  If you don’t have kids in school, feel free to enter to win bonus Box Tops for Joanna’s school (the middle school doesn’t collect them, believe me, I will find out why at the next PTA meeting (as long as I don’t have to be in charge of it).  Along with winning 5000 Box Tops, you can win free Totino’s pizza rolls and free Toaster Strudel.  We tried them out and my kids loved the Toaster Strudel (the Small Town Ladies recommend raspberry flavor).  The prize package also includes a selection of school supplies (the Small Town Ladies have appropriated all of those).

In fact, I like you so much, that I want to offer you a chance to win a Top This prize pack including free school supplies and a free package of Totino’s Pizza Rolls and free Toaster Strudel from Small Town Mommy (the 5000 Box Tops is beyond my financial resources).  This giveaway is only open to readers of Small Town Mommy and Small Town Mommy Reviews (so the odds are even better than the Pillsbury Giveaway (you can enter both).  The Top This prize package will include a selection of school supplies from Avery (all of which include Box Tops for Education), a coupon for a free package of Totino’s Pizza Rolls, a coupon for a free package of Toaster Strudel (to provide complete transparency, my coupon did not have a high enough value to cover the cost of the Toaster Strudel, I had to kick in about 30 cents) and a certificate worth 10 Box Tops (altogether, 24 Box Tops, giving you $2.40 for your school. For doing nothing).

There are a couple of ways to enter…

Leave me a comment below.  Let me know what is your favorite part about the Back-to-School season (mine is the alone time).  If you don’t have school-age children and have no favorite part, let me know your least favorite part (mine would be getting caught behind a school bus that stops every 25 feet).

Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/smalltownmommy.  Leave me another comment below, letting me know that you are following me (if you are already following me, that counts).

Blog about this giveaway (worth 5 entries).  Leave me an additional comment below, letting me know that you have blogged about the giveaway and linked to it.

So start entering.  The Giveaway will be open until Tuesday, September 22 at 11:59 PM EST.  It is only open to residents of the U.S.  I will email the winner on Wednesday, September 23.  This giveaway was brought to you by Small Town Mommy, Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark.

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Vicki@frugalmomknowsbest on September 19th, 2009 at 2:58 pm
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I don’t have school aged children, but still have a most favorite part-shorter lines and less crowded everywhere we go! and you can have the boxtops if I win!

Vicki@frugalmomknowsbest on September 19th, 2009 at 2:59 pm
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I already follow you on twitter

Pricilla on September 19th, 2009 at 3:40 pm
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My kids don’t go to school and would probably eat the boxtops. heh heh

I miss the school children that come to visit me in the summer.

Pricilla on September 19th, 2009 at 3:41 pm
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The publicist follows you on twitter. Her twit name is Broken teepee

She likes strawberry toaster streudals. She shouldn’t buy them
cause she can eat a whole box in one sitting. Don’t tell her I told you that.

melissa on September 19th, 2009 at 4:51 pm
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I homeschool my children, as you already know. I will gladly donate the box tops to your childs school, or I can donate them to the public school here, should I win of course. What is my favorite part of back to school? Hmm since I school them, I guess it is the excitement of teaching, and learning new, and exciting things. Things I mostly have forgotten in my 22 yrs out of high school LOL. It really is an adventure. I think I am already following you on Twitter, but I will double check. I will do my post tomorrow, Sunday. Thanks for including homeschoolers in this. I appreciate that a lot.

patois on September 19th, 2009 at 6:04 pm
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My youngest’s school collects them, running contests several times a year. 5,000?!!! Wow!

BTW, I think I already stalk you, um, follow you on twitter, but I’ll check and make sure. Regardless, I’ll tweet this, too. Far too good to be not shared.

Chris Casey on September 19th, 2009 at 6:36 pm
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Anne:

Mrs C and i don’t have kids, but we participate in things like project First Day, that collects school supplies and donates them to schools in poor neighborhoods. My niece is a 30 year old special ed teacher at Raub middle school in allentown PA. Can I enter her school?

Jessie C. on September 19th, 2009 at 10:09 pm
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My favorite part about the Back-to-School season are all school supply shopping and I get to have some me time!

Jessie C. on September 19th, 2009 at 10:10 pm
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@tcarolinep Twitter follower.

Jessie C. on September 19th, 2009 at 10:16 pm
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Jessie C. on September 19th, 2009 at 10:17 pm
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Jessie C. on September 19th, 2009 at 10:17 pm
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Jessie C. on September 19th, 2009 at 10:18 pm
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Julie on September 19th, 2009 at 10:46 pm
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I love my teenage daughter dearly but we “clash” at times :)so by the time for school arrives I like having “some clash free” time. We had a fun day together though shopping for school clothes and having lunch out

Mom on September 20th, 2009 at 7:25 am
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My favorite part of Back to School is shopping for great deals on supplies. I home school, so my least favorite part is definitely getting stuck behind those school buses – or the school zones where everybody has to drive slower than snails.

Grampy on September 20th, 2009 at 10:54 am
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My least part of back to school is. My granddaughter started kindergarten this year. We watch her while her mother works. I miss having her home with us. We always did a lot of fun things.

Grampy on September 20th, 2009 at 10:55 am
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I am following you on Twitter. I also hooked up to your RSS feed. Very nice site you have here.

Stacey on September 20th, 2009 at 11:49 am
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The best part of back to school? Yes, the alone time is a HUGE bonus. But I think a tie for that would be seeing my kids make new friends – I sometimes get tired of the old ones!

mrsbear on September 20th, 2009 at 8:37 pm
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Ah back to school is wonderful on so many different levels. I do love getting back to a routine, that’s predictable and involves 3/4ths of my kids being out of the house for a good part of the day. That’s always nice. 😉

Buggys on September 21st, 2009 at 7:01 am
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What a great prize pack! My favorite part of back to school is that everyone gets back to a routine.

Judy Brown on September 21st, 2009 at 7:18 am
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I love back to school time! Now that my children are grown I am still connected to this special time of year through my daughter who teaches second grade in a school which serves many low income children. I collect the box tops for education for her classroom.

Our grandchildren go to school in another country, so we do not worry about their fundraisers which are not as urgently needed as here in our neighborhood!!!
Thank you for doing this!

Jen on September 21st, 2009 at 12:55 pm
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I already follow you on twitter, just tweeted you. Will blog and leave the url soon.

Buggys on September 22nd, 2009 at 9:45 am
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Woo Hoo, pick me, pick me (hand raised)!