$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway (A.K.A. Summer-Is-Almost-Over-I-Think-I-Can-I-Think-I-Can. . .)

Congratulations to Kelly at kso…@hotmail.com for winning ~ thanks to everyone who entered!


After a rowdy morning at our house I’m just about to throw my laptop out the window and totally give up.  (But I decided instead to just do a giveaway and maybe y’all will be patient with me while I survive the next seven days!)


My kids go back to school next Monday, and if I survive this final week I’ll be home free! Ever since I started blogging my goal has been to stick it out until my youngest headed to Kindergarten (because heaven forbid I be bored at home while she was at school all day. . . )  I’m so close now but my kids are testing every last ounce of perseverance left in me.  (I have a whole new appreciation for work-at-home moms. . . this job is not easy!)


So, instead of posting for a few hours, I’ll let you guys have some fun entering to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, while I go wrangle up my rowdy bunch.  Here’s how to enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment sharing your favorite back-to-school memory as a child.  (If you don’t see it, look for the “leave a comment” button at the top of each post to comment!)
  2. Like Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook and leave a comment here to let me know (if you already like Passionate Penny Pincher just leave a comment letting me know!)
  3. Join Passionate Penny Pincher on Twitter and leave a comment here to let me know (if you already like Passionate Penny Pincher just leave a comment letting me know!)
  4. Encourage your friends to join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook and leave a comment here too!
  5. Sign up for Passionate Penny Pincher emails (click on the “subscribe” button in the right sidebar of the page) and your name will be entered for another chance to win (just leave a comment here to let me know).


I’ll close this giveaway Sunday night at 9:00 PM.  Good luck, and thanks for your patience with me this summer.  I have all kinds of fun things I’m planning to work on when I can devote more focused time to PPP, but my brain goes about a jillion directions when my kiddos are home ~ if you have children at any age I know you understand!


To make it easier for me to select the winner, please leave a comment for each way that you enter to win.  I know it’s a pain but I don’t want to miss anyone’s chance to win!



Print Friendly and PDF


  1. I remember decorating my trapper keeper!

  2. I like you on Facebook as Mary Happymommy.

  3. I subscribe to your emails.

  4. I remember buying all the cute little Lisa Frank Notebooks, Pencils, and erasers. And of course writing my crush’s name all over said notebooks! 😉

  5. I like PPP on FB

  6. I subscribe to your emails!

  7. Following you on Twitter!

  8. I loved back to school shopping with my mom every year- picking out a new box of crayons and a backpack- it’s the little things that catch my memory the most.

  9. I am already a facebook fan.

  10. I still remember the dress I wore on my very first day of kindergarten. I won’t tell you how many years ago! 😉 But I was very excited about it!

    Now my only child is heading to college on the 23rd, and it is a bittersweet feeling…

  11. My cousin just started 8th grade and seeing her be so excited reminded me how much I enjoyed going back to school to see all my friends 🙂

  12. Jessica devord says:

    I remember getting off the school bus for the first time and my Mom was there to take my picture.

  13. I am your fan on facebook.

  14. I remember being able to see all my friends again.

  15. I follow you on twitter.

  16. I don’t have any good back to school memories. I cried every first day through 12th grade.

  17. I “like” you on Facebook.

  18. I get your email updates.

  19. My favorite back to school memory was going shopping with my mom to buy new clothes & supplies.

  20. I like you on FB(Kelly D Saver)

  21. I Follow you on twitter(Kellydinpa)

  22. I subscribe to your email under kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

  23. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    My back to school memory is my very first day of school ever and I had a popples lunchbox and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

  24. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    Liked Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook.

  25. One of my favorite memories is my Mom taking me school shopping and letting me pick out my own clothes and matching jewelry. It was some really great quality time together since I was one of four kids–it made it special that it was just the two of us spending “girl time” together!

  26. Odessa U. says:

    My favorite thing was getting to use all the new school supplies that we got – especially brand new crayons (still love the smell of them to this day)

  27. Odessa U. says:

    I like passionate penny pincher on FB

  28. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    Encouraged my friends to join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook.

  29. Odessa U. says:

    I receive the daily emails

  30. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    Signed up for Passionate Penny Pincher emails.

  31. I remember moving during the summer, and we started a new school so I got a new hair-cut and I chopped all of my hair off, and bought a dress to wear on the first day of school. I looked goofy, but I remember feeling pretty.

  32. Shannon C says:

    My favorite back to school memory is that feeling of excitement getting to see the friends you hadn’t got to see all summer!

  33. Liked on Facebook, as Jenn Coupon

  34. Shannon C says:

    I like PPP on facebook

  35. Shannon C says:

    I follow you on twitter, @cape09

  36. Shannon C says:

    I encourage all my friends to like you on facebook and to follow your blog. I believe many of them do now 🙂

  37. I also encouraged my FB friends to join PPP of FB

  38. Shannon C says:

    I subscribe to your emails

  39. I subscribed via email to your posts

  40. Already like Passionate Penny Pincher on fb.

  41. Email subscriber.

  42. Jessie C. says:

    I loved picking up backpacks with my mom and sisters as a child

  43. Jessie C. says:

    Like Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook

  44. Jessie C. says:

    Joined Passionate Penny Pincher on Twitter

  45. Jessie C. says:

    Signed up for Passionate Penny Pincher emails

  46. Jessie C. says:

    Encourage my friends to join Passionate Penny Pincher on Facebook by sharing your blog on my wall.

  47. I love getting new folders/notebooks/pens…anything of the sort 🙂 my mom would always take me shopping and I remember being super excited!

  48. I already follow your page on FB 😀

  49. Already an email subscriber ~

  50. I think my favorite back-to-school memory was 7th grade. I had a budget, and I went to the store and picked out all my own school supplies. They were covered in rainbows and hearts and so pretty, not a bargain among them : )

  51. Getting new school clothes 🙂

  52. I “like” you on facebook : )

  53. I’m an email subscriber

  54. I suscribe to your emails

  55. I like PPP on FB

  56. I just became a twitter follower : )

  57. Amy Knippel says:

    I just used to love looking at all of my new, clean, never been used stuff. My favorite was drawing all over my new “blue jeanish” not book.

  58. I encourage my friends on facebook to join you and shared your free smoothie recipes e-book : )

  59. I’m signed up for your daily e-mails : )

  60. I loved getting new clothes and shoes. My favorite pair were saddle shoes! 🙂

  61. Shannon R says:

    My favorite memory was always picking out that ever important outfit to wear on the first day of school to make a good impression

  62. Shannon R says:

    I liked the Passionate Penny Pincher

  63. Shannon R says:

    I am now following you on twitter

  64. Shannon R says:

    I am now getting your emails

  65. Wearing those new clothes that I couldn’t touch until the first day started:)

  66. I subscribe to your emails – thanks

  67. Shannon Jones says:

    I like PPP on facebook and want to enter to win the $25 gift card. My daughter has multiple food allergies, and her food is super expensive. I could get her some allergy-free food at Amazon with this.

  68. Follow you on facebook 🙂

  69. I like on facebook

  70. I subscribe to emails

  71. I have encouraged friends to visit your site

  72. My favorite memory about going back to school was getting new clothes!

  73. Linda Burgoyne says:

    My favorite school memory was when I was in Kindergarten and it was Valentine’s Day and my Daddy brought cookies and my Valentines for my class to school. My mom was in the hospital and Daddy didn’t know who the kids in my class were. So, my teacher let me get up (it was nap time- that was when kindergarteners went to school for a full day) and she helped me address all the valentines before we had our party.

  74. Linda Burgoyne says:

    I follow Passionate Penny Pincher on Face Book.

  75. Linda Burgoyne says:

    I already follow PPP on Twitter (now if I could just remember my password to get into it…hee hee)

  76. wearing new clothes 🙂

  77. Anna Nivens says:

    My favorite memory of back to school is sitting with my 3 siblings at the table eating breakfast and then having either my mother or older sister brush my hair before we all piled in the car.

  78. Anna Nivens says:

    I like PPP on Facebook

  79. Anna Nivens says:

    I subscribe to PPP emais

  80. Getting new school clothes and shoes!

  81. I already “like” PPP on Facebook. I hear all the cool kids do. 😉

  82. My birthday was at the beginning of the school year and in third grade I remember my teacher decorating my desk with a sign and balloons.

  83. I like you on Facebook

  84. I signed up for your emails.

  85. Walking with my older cousin to school…

  86. I like PPP on FB.

  87. I subscribe to PPP email.

  88. Getting new school supplies. I always remember coloring better with new crayons! Now, I work in the schools, and yes, school supplies are still fuN! Follow PPP on FB and emails.

  89. I hope you survive the week.

  90. I “like” you on facebook.

  91. I am signed up for e-mails.

  92. Comment: I love new school supplies! I buy our school’s PTA ready-made kit to save me time, but then I find myself at Staples buying new supplies for my office! 🙂

  93. I like you on FB!

  94. I like you on facebook (now that you showed me how to set one up!)

  95. I subscribed to your emails.

  96. New stuff! new clothes, fresh crayons, unsharpened pencils, clean notebooks…
    the rest of the year was hand-me-downs & reusable stuff left over from other years/projects/siblings

  97. I enjoyed shopping for new clothes with my Mom. And getting minty fresh school supplies like notebooks and lunchboxes.

  98. I follow on twitter @catlady90005

  99. Email subscriber!

  100. My Dad was my 3rd grade teacher so that’s my fav memory of going back to school!

  101. First day of senior year.

  102. I follow on facebook

  103. Email Subscriber

  104. follow on twitter

  105. My favorite memory of going back to school is seeing my friends again.

  106. I follow on Facebook

  107. Brenda Nichols says:

    Going back to school was a pleasant experience for me. I was anxious to learn new things, and I was excited to meet my teachers. It was the start of football and soccer season. I was thrilled to start a new chapter of my life. I loved going back to school so much that I became a school teacher. I retired after 32 years of teaching mostly middle school students. I loved my job.

  108. My favorite memory is my first day of school in a first grade. I was very excited to start school

  109. I like you on facebook (Elena Istomina)

  110. follow you on twitter @ElenaIstomina

  111. I subscribe to your emails

  112. i like you on facebook

  113. I subscribe to your emails

  114. follow you on twitter

  115. My favorite memory is my first day on school. is great

  116. Swimming and fishing in my grandparents’ lake in MI.

  117. I like you on FB

  118. I follow you on Twitter.

  119. I shared this on FB

  120. I get the daily emails.

  121. I liked going to school with new clothes!

  122. factord_agin says:

    My favorite memory was going clothes shopping with my great-grandmother at D.H. Holmes. She was the only person in my family who would let me get what I wanted. Afterwards, we would go eat popcorn shrimp at the Potpouri restaurant located in the store. If I think real hard (kids have done a number on my memory!) I can recall the smell of the appetizer bread baking in the back.

  123. I follow on Facebook

  124. My favorite school memory was the last day lol

  125. My favorite memory was my mom taking us on a back-to-school “date.”. We went to lunch, got new shoes and candy at a local candy shop. I loved it so much, I do it with my school age kids every year! (thanks mom!)
    * I also follow on Facebook

  126. Tabathia B says:

    my first day as a freshmen in high school and realized this was the beginning to adulthood

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  127. Tabathia B says:

    email subscriber

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  128. Tabathia B says:

    like on facebook (michelle b)

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  129. Kristen N. says:

    My favorite back to school memory as a child was preparing my outfit for the first day of school

  130. I loved getting a new outfit for the first day of school

  131. Favorite back to school memory is back to school clothes shopping with my mom. always fun getting a new outfit!

  132. already like PPP on FB

  133. Jaimie Adams says:

    My favorite would have to be the first day of my senior year. I was so excited to finally be a senior! I also had a great school experience.

  134. Jaimie Adams says:

    I already like you on Facebook.

  135. Sherry G. says:

    Subscribed to emails!

  136. Jaimie Adams says:

    I am now following you on Twitter. @jaimieRadams

  137. I follow you on facebook!

  138. I get ya emails WOOT WOOT!

  139. Hi stranger, hope you’re doing well, Laurie! Fav back to school memory was picking out my outfit for the first day w/ my mom & sister each year.

  140. I like you on facebook!

  141. I tell my friends ALL the time to like you on facebook!

  142. I follow you on Facebook. 🙂

  143. Favorite memory: Lisa Frank school supplies!!

  144. I also follow you on Twitter.

  145. I get your emails! I really appreciate your site and all your hard work!

  146. I’m a fb fan 🙂

  147. Shauna James says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. Shauna James says:

    I like PP on FB

  149. Brandi Waits says:

    I always remember going through all my clothes & picking out which one would be absolutely perfect for the first day of school, especially when I started high school! 🙂 We didn’t have alot when I was growing up, so I appreciated it even more (even the new shoe smell, lol!)! Now my oldest is in 2nd grade, I have a 4 year old at home (who I just couldn’t let go of long enough to go to Pre-K), & our 3rd child is due in 5 wks! Yikes! 😉

  150. Shauna James says:

    I have always been a bundle of nerves. The first day of school was full of butterflies and tummy aches. Now, I have that feeling every first day of school for my children 😉

  151. I remember my first day of kindergarten. I stopped by my grandmas with my mom to take pictures. I felt so big and proud with my crimped hair, new backpack, and favorite dress!

  152. Shauna James says:

    I tell my friends and my sister about you blog. Thanks for all your hard work!

  153. I remember my Dad taking my picture on the 1st day of kindergarten. He forgot on the first day of 1st grade, so he took it the 2nd day. That started a tradition of pictures on the 2nd day of school instead of the first!

  154. I also liked your page on facebook!

  155. I follow on FB.

  156. I tell my friends about your blog.

  157. Shannon Jones says:

    Hoping I haven’t missed today’s deadline! Need the $25 to order allergy-free food for my little one, and I like you on facebook already! 🙂

Speak Your Mind