Friday, May 28, 2010

Grad-Inspired Freebie Friday!


Okay we've got a great list of goodies this week, most of which are available at absolutely no cost to you! I also have some deals that you can take advantage of for under $5!  I'm sure there is something for you in this list! Have a great holiday weekend and " Congrats to the grads, parents of grads, and grandparents of grads!"

2pk Nexcare Bandage Sample (Maybe add to your stash for a care package to your grad) http://www.nexcaregive.com/receive-a-free-sample/


Chik-fil-A Sandwich (a cheap way to spend time with your grad before they leave) http://www.getspicychicken.com/

 
Carrabba's coupon (a free dessert for you grad when your family goes out to celebrate after the ceremony) http://www.facebook.com/ritzcrackers#!/Carrabbas?v=app_113203578699639&ref=ts


VS panty (a grad should never be without clean undies!) http://www.facebook.com/ritzcrackers#!/victoriassecret?v=app_10339498918&ref=ts


Crystal Light Pure Fitness drink sample (keep your active grad hydrated)http://www.vocalpoint.com/purefitness/request.html


2 Free samples of Kraft sandwich shop Mayo http://www.startsampling.com/sm/101289/?source=youtube

Viewpoints giveaway for 2 Full-Circle Eco-friendly cleaning products (for when you go to visit your grads dorm) 
Free music for that new MP3 player you just bought your grad:
Danika Holmes - "My music is Americana/rock, somewhat of a folk influence." You can listen and download a free song at http://www.danikaholmes.com/
Frappacino beverage music mix from Starbucks and iTunes http://www.frappuccino.com/itunes


Barnes and Nobles: InStores Only! 5 FREE eBooks from Bestselling Authors (Maybe not so much for your grad but for you! I mean they're barely gonna have time to read their textbooks =)) Take your wireless device, download their ebook reader, go to your local store weekly to receive a voucher good for the week's free bestseller.

 End of the Month Expiring Deals!!
-  Hotprints hotbook (free photo book) credit for the month expires Monday!
Look under the 'Monthly Freebies and Deals' Section of the blog for details.

- 25 Prints for $1 from Walmart ends TODAY! Order now, pickup later!
Look under the 'Father's Day Deals' on the right column for details.

That's all I have for you today. Hope you have a great Holiday weekend. Be safe everyone!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Free $10 Amazon Giftcard from Viewpoints!


In an earlier post this week about ways to get freebies nI mentioned Viewpoints as a great way to test new products. Well in honor of their 3rd Birthday they have created a promotion where they will give a $10 giftcard to Amazon.com for writing 10 reviews on products you already use! These reviews do have to be a certain length and the products must fall within certain categories to be eligible. Hurry, these are only available to the first 10,000 eligible reviews! I am not eligible for this offer though =( because I joined Viewpoints through another reward site so I'm already getting rewarded for my reviews, but for those of you who join straight from their site will be eligible for this! I did complete a promotion like this through the Kmart/Sears review community (powered by Viewpoints) and received a $5 giftcard to Kmart for writing 5 reviews. It took maybe a month to recieve the email with the giftcard info but it was worth it!

Summarized rules of the promotion:
Write reviews between May 18 - May 31, 2010
At least 1 full paragraph (900 characters) in length
Fall within qualifying categories
Inappropriate or bogus content (unreal product reviews) will be removed

"Viewpoints.com will email a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card to recipients who wrote 10 qualifying reviews. Gift cards will be sent out within 30 days of the program conclusion. This program ends May 31, 2010.
Read official rules."


Ideally, these reviews should only take 10 minutes or less each to write.
Some good tips are:
  1. State what type of person you are (ex: busy mom of a 2yr old, minimalist, skeptic)
  2. Why you purchased the product (ex: other products don't work as well, curious, referred by friend)
  3. Features of the product (re-word from the label or box)
  4. How well/poor the product turned out to be (explain in detail why or why not it lived up to the listed features)
  5. How likely you are to recommend this to others and Overall Satisfaction with product sompared with price. Explain in detail if possible. (ex: Not what I expected but for the price it was okay. I may purchase again.)
Get started writing your reviews here!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday, Week 2

LittleYayas

This blog hop is sponsored by Little Yaya's, Survey Junkie, Review Retreat and Babies, Boobies and a Blog - the first four blogs on the linky. The idea is to add your blog to the list. Then go through the list to visit new blogs and while getting new followers of your own! Make sure to follow and comment the sponsor blogs for them to follow you back (and also for every other blog you stop by!)


Click on the button above to go to the Linky and follow the instructions to link up. Happy blog hopping!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tips for Getting Freebies

Since I've become a stay-at-home mom, I've gotten creative in ways to get great stuff at low to no cost for me and my family. I have always been a dollar store fanatic and like to get the best for my money. Not bringing in any income has drastically increased the value of money in my home (I mean just because it's at the dollar store, is it really worth a dollar?) Anyways, I have found that by taking a long look at what you want to purchase versus your actual need or want for it will help you ultimately decide if its right for you.

Do you have a special day coming up and need an inexpensive (but not cheaply made) gift? Early Christmas shopping? Something for a rainy day?  Just some questions I ask myself before purchasing something.

When it comes to getting things for free, there are a few rules to go by:

  1. Genuine freebie and samples NEVER ask for credit or bank information!

  2. They MAY ask for birthdate (but who will really check to see if it is correct, so it's your choice). I only like to give my birthdate to restaurants' birthday clubs.

  3. Use initials for your name (at least your first name) when possible.

  4. Use a phone number and email address that you DON'T use often. Pay attention to freebies that require to to click a confirmation email (these are few though.)
Now on to the good stuff!!

The best places to sign up for (almost guaranteed) free samples is Vocalpoint and Kraft First Taste.
Why?
Vocalpoint automatically sends out freebies with coupons - sometimes even full sized products - periodically as well as opportunities to get more samples such as their recent Pampers promotion.

Kraft First Taste gives members the opportunity to try grocery items such as the DiGiorno 200 Calorie Pizza (via coupon) free or at low cost. Both of these give you more offers for completing polls and short reviews on your samples.

The best places for magazines is freebizmag.com.
Why?
Even stay at home moms qualify for some magazines. As the offers become available, they will email you to apply for them. You may not get all, but I have received several free 12 month subscriptions to popular magazine titles.

Best places with great photo deals are Shutterfly and Walgreens
Shutterfly has been consistently giving out promo codes for 3 5x7 greeting cards for free that only require you to pay shipping of $.99 and tax
Walgreens.com give free photo prints (pickup in store) and greal deals such as free 8x10 collages

The best news source on great freebies: Facebook and Twitter
Why?
Companies have found that these are the newest and easiest ways to reach new customers. They tend to give out samples, coupons for free items, discount codes, giveaways, etc.

Blog sites continously update their status' with freebies, samples, and deals as they become available. You can know exactly where to go and what to do to get them.

If you are on the fence about opening an account on either site, remember that you can control what information (if any, is visable to others.) I personally thought Twitter was not a good idea, but I honestly am hooked now! As for Facebook, it has two purposes - I can keep in touch with long distance relatives and get the scoop on great freebies. Still not convinced? Check out my previous Mailbox Monday posts and you find that 75% of my freebies I found out first on these two sites!  

A good place to start looking for freebies on Facebook or Twitter is to follow the first 3 blog buttons I have on the left side of my page as well as Katiecouturexo.blogspot.com.

Best reward sites are Swagbucks and MyPoints
Why?
Swagbucks rewards points or "swagbucks" for doing internet searches. The idea is to use them instead of using google, yahoo, etc and get rewarded for something you already do. They also offer promotional codes, daily polls, and special offers to earn more points. Since mid January I have cashed out for 11 Amazon $5 e-giftcards which have gotten me my daughter's easter shoes, sunhat, socks, $20 off a PS3 game for hubby, and a replacement wedding band. =)

MyPoints rewards you for opening emails and visiting partner sites as well as registering at different sites for email updates, etc. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time (after your points are awarded.) Since October I have redeemed two $25 TJ Maxx giftcards and have enough to get a $10 giftcard to about hundred retailers (but I think I'm going for another $25 giftcard)

Best auction site is Listia.com
Think of it as recycling. You offer what you don't need anymore and others bid on it. Once they receive your item you get their points to bid on what YOU want. You'd be surprised at what people will offer you for something and what you can get for free! They also award points for logging in and send out promotional emails to get 50 points upfront when you list an auction plus you still get all the points from your auction winner! I get alot of scrapbook supplies this way.

If you decide to join Listia, MyPoints, or Swagbucks could you please join through my banners at the bottom of my blog. I loved writing this post and would love to be rewarded if you join =)

Anyways, hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you score some cool freebies from it!

Mailbox Monday

My mail has been a little slow with our move and all so here is what I have gotten the past two weeks.

6 Samples of Sof N Free haircare products (adult and childrens formulas!)
3 Shutterfly 5x7 greeting cards ( paid shipping)
Wink photostrip (free credit)
Stainless Steel wedding band (free with three $5 giftcards to Amazon for redeeming Swagbucks)

Free in my Inbox
Fandango Ticket (courtesy of ShopAtHome Facebook giveaway for toolbar users) used for "Iron Man 2"
Chik-Fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich reservation
Coupon for a free Fish Sandwich from Captain D's (club anniversary gift)


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Friday, May 21, 2010

FREEBIE TIME!

Happy Friday Everyone!!

We have finally reached over 100 followers! I would like to give a warm "Welcome" to all of my new followers and a "Welcome Back" to all of my loyal followers. Here is another great weekly post of all the great stuff available for free (or practically free) items around the web and around town.

Around Town
Einstein Bagels has a coupon for Buy One Get One FreeBagel thin sandwich on Facebook. Click here to "Like" their fan page and click the offers tab to print your coupon. Expires May 30th.

Old Navy Flip Flops are ONLY $1 tomorrow (Saturday, May 22.) This includes all sizes. There is a limit of 5 per person (boo) but hey this limit will keep $$ in our pockets! Since my hubby doesn't wear them and baby is probably too small, that means more for ME =)

Victoria's Secret has a coupon for a free panty valued at $10.50 (with any purchase but they do have things around $2.50) in honor of reaching over 3 million fans on Facebook. Click here and "Like" them to access your coupon. Then go to your nearest location, pickout something cheap, and pickup your panty for free! Expires when supplies are gone.

Around the web
Free Martha Stewart Grilling Cookbook (PDF.) Click here to begin downloading your copy. I have mine and can't wait to get started!

Emeril's 20th Anniversary Cookbook is still available for download (PDF.)  Click here to begin downloading your copy. I have this one too =)

Disney 50 Days of Music downloads - daily music downloads availble on their Facebook page here. If it hasn't posted yet when you visit today, check back later. It should be posted before noon ET.

Amazon offers thousands of mp3's for free, most by new or seldom heard artists. Think of it as a way to expand your music catalog and you never know - there might be a free song by someone you've heard of =). Browse the free albums by clicking here.

iTunes Free Television episodes. Click here to browse a list of episodes available for download - free of charge! While some are just previews, others are full length episodes running 20 minutes or more.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 18th = 2 Free 4x4 Photo Books!

Maybe you have a friend's brithday coming up or are thinking about Father's Day presents already (I know I am) then this deal is for you.


On Tuesday May 18th, from 8:00am - 10:00pm ET, Ritz Pix will be offering free hardcover (black linen) 20 page 4x4 photo books to their customers. These normally retail for $10 each and you only pay shipping of $1.99 each (and maybe tax) and can order up to 2 books.

 The site will most likely be very slow today so just bear with it. Have fun creating your books!
http://www.ritzpix.com/net/buy/free-photobook

Follow Back Tuesday

LittleYayas

This blog hop is sponsored by the first four blogs on the linky. The idea is to add your blog to the list to visit some new blogs and get some new followers of your own! Make sure to follow and comment for them to follow you back (and also for every other blog you stop by!)



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Friday, May 14, 2010

Time for Freebies!!!

Good Morning everyone. Today's post is full of great freebies and deals available on the web - mostly through Facebook and Twitter. If you haven't signed up for an account with either yet, I strongly recommend it due to the high volumes of discounts, freebies and giveaways that companies have been giving away to consumers.

Neil-Med Neti Pot
Free sinus rinse and neti-pot to new fans on Facebook. Click their 'Like' butoon then the 'Free Pot' tab and follow the directions carefully. You will receive an email confirmation when your request is successfully received. Available while supplies last!

Tropicana Juicy Rewards
Today only they are giving away one FREE reward (your choice) to each of its members. Rewards typically are coupons to local attractions and things of that nature. If you haven't signed up, you can still do so on thier website.

Disney Music
For 50 days (started 5/3) Disney is giving away daily music downloads from different movies and shows. Each day the song will change and the previous song link will expire. Make sure to check thier Facebook page each day for the link. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/disneymusic
Today's free song is 'Vertical' from the JUMP IN Soundtrack. Click here (BE SURE TO SAVE!!): http://bit.ly/9jfr8a

Walmart Free MP3's
Rascal Flatts - 4 songs including "Life is a Highway" (was in the "Cars" Disney Movie)
Tenth Avenue North - "Healing Begins"
Cristina - "Luna"

Gameloft iPhone/iPod Twitter Happy Hour
Bailout Wars is available for free download for 2 hours (until 2:15pm ET) http://j.mp/9bUDpo

Gifts to Grow Code
WELOVECHEERIOS2
Photo Deals
3 greeting cards from Shutterfly using code 'CARD4GRAD'. Shipping is only $.99 total plus tax. Expires May 19th. I'm using my free cards to make Father's Day cards! =)

And, then get 20 free photo birth announcements from Kodak Gallery. No code needed and limited time offer. Shipping is around $3.00 total.

Have a great weekend! Happy Freebie hunting. Come back on Monday for Mailbox goodies and info on a special treat available on Tuesday!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mailbox Monday - May 10th

Despite moving and lack of internet access here's a late list of all the goodies that I recieved free over the past week. Free in my Mailbox EarthGrains Tote EarthGrains Drawstring Bag Caress Whipped Souflle Full Size Body wash (from Allure.com daily giveaway at noon) American Baby Magazine (free subscription on their website) Working Mother Magazine (free subscription) Kandoo Video/CD w/coupon Free in my Inbox Two passes to see "Letters to Juliet" Free around town Free entree' at Smokey Bones for Mothers Day Coupon for a free appetizer or dessert from O'Charleys - Posted using BlogPress from my iPod Touch

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday Follow #9

Friday Follow


Welcome to another Follow Friday. This week it is hosted by the first 3 blogs listed on the Linky. Be sure to check them out. And if you want to join in on this blog hop see the bottom of the Linky. Visit the other blogs during the week and follow the ones you like. Have a great weekend!

Mother's Day Dedicated Freebie Friday!

Restaurants
Smokey Bones - Moms eat free! (with purchase of another entree) with coupon

Dennys - Free Pancake Puppies Sundae when you send your Mom a card on Facebook (or have someone send you a card)
http://www.facebook.com/login.php?v=1.0&api_key=d080906b446a29d4b83663bdaed0da4c&canvas&next

Events
Babies'R'Us - BabyTalk Mom and Baby bonding workshop
http://content.mkt912.com/mson/2010/05/04/7WUUlr7ZQBin/index.html


"Letters to Juliet" - free movie screenings on Mothers Day. Sign up for an account, search for the movie, and enter your zipcode. NO CODES NEEDED!
http://gofobo.it/aFqE4q

HydroMassage - moms get a free massage. I would call before going. This offer is valid between May 9th and May 15th.
Download the coupon here
http://www.hydromassage.com/MothersDay-2010.htm
Locations
http://www.hydromassage.com/State-Locations.htm

Gifts
Free 8x10 photo collage from Walgreens Photo using code 'GOODTHOUGHTS' Choose instore pickup. Expires tomorrow May 8th!

Michael's - Make-It Take-It Mother's Day Card on May 8
from 10am - Noon.
"Make mom a gift that she'll treasure forever. Thank her with a heartfelt, handcrafted card."

Michael's - Make a Free Wilton® Cookie on May 8 from Noon - 1pm
"Express your love with delectable delights for Mother's Day. Decorate a special treat for mom or grandma, or invite them along to join in the fun."


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Monday, May 3, 2010

Mailbox Monday - May 3rd


This week has been a little slow (probably because we're moving the week) but here are the great stuff we have gotten this past week.

Freebies in my Mailbox
Snapily 3D Mother's Day Card (2nd one) thanks to Money Saving Mom and Snapily
Two 4x6 photo magnets from CVS
Spa Magazine (free subscription)
Dunkin Donuts Turbo coffee sample thanks to DD
4x6 flipbook from Snapfish (paid $2 shipping) thanks to All You Magazine
Laptop bag from Vocalpoint (just have to pick it up)

Free in my Inbox
Two tickets to the premiere of "Babies
$5 Amazon e-giftcard from Swagbucks

If you want to get freebies like these check out last weeks Mailbox Monday post on April 26th. Have a great Monday!

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