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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Get creative and get free groceries!


This morning, I stumbled upon the Kroger 3rd Annual Design a Reusable Shopping Bag contest. The person who submits the winning design wins $1,000 from Kroger (or whichever store in the Kroger family is near you -- a list is available on the contest site). Smaller prizes are also awarded to the finalists and runners-up.

I had a ton of fun designing my entries using the backgrounds and clip art provided. There were some limitations -- no ability to center your text, for instance. But I was still able to come up with 5 designs that I liked well enough to submit.

If you design a bag and have a shopper's card at your local store, you can get a free reusable bag just for participating. If you don't have a shopper's card, you can just click "skip this step." (Confession: I don't have a Kroger card because I don't shop there. But I might go in and get one so I can get my free bag.) Plus, if you really like one of your designs, you can purchase it through Cafe Press, so even if it doesn't win, you can have your own one-of-a-kind, totally awesome, reusable bag.

Once you design your bag, you can assign it to a group. Knowing that I have readers who are all kinds of creative, I created a 4th Frog group that you can assign your bags to. There's no advantage to me, but it will allow us to see what each other is submitting. Plus, then we can vote for each others. One vote per design per person each day.

The winners aren't chosen by popular vote, however. That's left up to the judges. Based on last year's winners, I think that the edge goes to folks who do their design outside of the contest tools, then upload the design as a picture. (The pic at the top of this entry is one of the runners-up from last year.) So I might try to come up with a few that way, too. But the 5 I've already submitted I did completely using the design tools they gave us.

So get busy! Design your bag(s), assign them to the 4th Frog group, and leave a comment here letting us know that you have bags for us to look at.


Beth Zimmerman said...

So ... no pressure (really) ... but I was given one of those blog award thingies that kind of obligate you to pass them on (almost like a chain letter without the threat of imminent disaster ... I NEVER pass those on ... may be why my life is so screwed up!) and yours was one of the blogs on which I chose to bestow this blessing! Only coz I love you (truly, deeply, madly, HONEST!)!

Check it out here:

Hope you're still talking to me tomorrow! :)