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Entries in gas savings (2)


Contest: 100K Miles on my Van means I'm heading to Giant for Cereal

Yes, my minivan has over 100,000 miles on it. I've never owned a car this long and I've never had a car with over 100,000 miles on it.

I want a new car.

I want a hybrid.

So what am I going to do about it?

I'm heading to Giant food THIS WEEK (through April 29th) to buy 5 General Mills items and bring a reusable shopping bag!

Giant Food has partnered with General Mills to keep us in the spirit of green to celebrate Earth Day all month long. All you have to do is purchase 5 participating General Mills items with your Giant Bonus Card and bring a reusable shopping bag for your chance to win a 2010 eco-friendly Hybrid car.

You can also head to your local Giant (or Stop & Shop) store to fill out a sweepstakes form but I think buying the cereal is yummier.

Here are more details:

From April 16-29, buy 5 participating General Mills items with your Giant card, use a re-useable shopping bag and you’ll be automatically entered to win. There are two different sets of participating General Mills items for each week of the promotion (participating brands listed below). No purchase is necessary. You can enter without making a purchase by completing an official entry form at your local Giant store. The more you buy the better your chances are to win! Limit one entry per visit. Open to residents of MA, RI, CT, NH, NJ, NY, MD, DE, VA or DC and individuals at least 18 years old. For details about the sweepstakes, see in-store for complete rules.

Here's a short list of participating General Mills items:

Cascadian Farms Ceral

Cascadin Farms Frozen Vegetables

Progresso Light, Reduced Sodium and High Fiber Soups

Betty Crocker Boxed Muffins


Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Honey Nut Cheerios


Lucky Charms

Yo-Plus, Yoplait Fiber One or Yoplait Delights multi pak

Pillsbury Grand Biscuits

Nature Valley Crunchy, Sweet & Salty, Trail Mix and Yogurt Bars

Green Giant Boxed Vegegable or Prepared Vegetables

Green Giant Simply Steam Seasoned Vegetables or Rices

and tons more.

This contest is easy for me because I love General Mills products and I have a whole collection of reusable bags that I keep in my car.  So, I'm buying cereal to hopefully win a car - but I'd love to know what you've done to try and win a car!


Disclosure: I received a $20 gift card to Giant through General Mills and MyBlogSpark at no cost. All opinions expressed her are my own and were not reviewed nor approved prior to publishing.


I Drive 55

I consider myself a New Yorker. I haven't actually lived in NY, but I grew up in Connecticut and NYC was what I referred to as "The City". I now live outside of Washington, DC but "The City" will always be New York City to me. DC is DC.

That said, I drive like a New least compared to people around here. I plow up to the front of a merge lane and push my way in. I peel out from a light and slam on my breaks at the next light. I weave in and out of traffic trying to find the best lane of the beltway...much to my husband's dismay.

That all came to a screeching halt when gas hit the $4 mark.

I decided I'd try driving the speed limit on the highway just to see if it made a difference.
(Lil Green Tip: ease into this. you'll go nuts driving 55 if you're used to doing 75-80 on the highway. Start at 70. Next week set your cruise control at 65. The following week go to 60 mph. You've got to give yourself a chance to get used to people passing you. Deep breathing, Howard Stern, or books on tape are good distractions.)

And as uncomfortable as I was having everyone pass me by, I did notice a tank of gas was lasting longer!

Of course I started doing a few other recommended things:

1. I've started easing out of a stop instead of gunning it.
2. I drive close to the speed limit even on back roads.
3. I combine trips as much as possible.
4. I try to telecommute for work an extra day a week.

And the result is for the past 3 weeks a tank of gas has lasted me one, whole week*!

So another Little Green pat on the back for me for having the patience to slow down.


*note: I don't drive on the highway everyday and I don't have a long commute.