Monday, June 28, 2010
Magazines are so cheap these days that I'd be subscribing to a ton of them if I didn't have more than I could keep up with already. But when they're $5 or even less for a full year, it's awfully tempting!
Us Weekly is my trashy gossip magazine of choice, but then, Us Weekly doesn't sell for $8 a year. Or does it? Now that would be a crowning freebie achievement...
Friday, June 25, 2010
I've mentioned Swagbucks before, but today they're offering a special deal, so I thought I'd tell you about it. Swagbucks is a search-and-win website that awards you points for searching online and completing special offers, which you can use to buy merchandise and (more importantly) gift cards from Amazon, Paypal, Starbucks, and more. You can sign up here (full disclosure: that's my referral link and when you sign up and earn points, it awards me points, too). Read my online review of it if you want to learn more. I earn enough points for $25 worth of Amazon gift cards a month, enough for a little personal shopping spree every month.
Today, Swagbucks is running a special offer: if you join today, use code SweetTweeting on the homepage, and you'll get an extra 20 SBs! That's 50 Swagbucks to start instead of 30, and since a $5 Amazon gift card costs 450 SBs, you'll be well on your way.
Last but not least, if you scroll down to the bottom of this page, you'll see the Swagbucks widget. This little gadget tracks SB promo codes that are available on the SB blog, Twitter, Facebook, and more, so it's a handy thing to check throughout the day. If you like free stuff, then I think you'll like Swagbucks!
Nevermind that I walked to work today in a chilly, misty drizzle...
(Courtesy of the Seattle Times)
Of course, you'll have to go to Amazon to see my wish list if you want to get me something for my upcoming birthday (you do, right?). But Amazon doesn't give out coupons.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Good news - those cards can be recycled! Not by putting them in your recycle bin, because they're PVC and not coded for regular recycling - but you can send your dead cards to Earthworks, where they melt them down into plastic slurry and remake sheets of plastic that can be turned into new cards with minimal waste. What Earthworks really wants is to partner with companies that can send them bulk quantities of used cards, but they'll also accept donations from individuals.
So the next time you use up a gift card or renew your AAA membership, don't just toss the old card - keep them until you have a stash, join up with friends, and send off a batch to Earthworks. Now that's the gift that keeps on giving.
You can mail plastic cards to:
Earthworks c/o Halprin Ind.
25840 Miles Rd.
Bedford, Oh 44146
- Please just send plastic cards - no rubber bands, paper clips, or paper.
- Please put a label or hand-write the name of your organization on the package so we can track it.
Get ready to wash down some BBQ burgers and potato salad with piping-hot freedom coffee! Don't worry, I'll remind you again closer to the actual date.
I'm curious about Jewel Quest Mysteries myself, but there's a good mix of sports games, driving games, adventure/quest games, and board games to choose from. Usually I like my apps to be free, but $0.99 is pretty close.
I chose the Steam Activated Cleanser because it sounds comforting and warm. And by the time I receive this sample in 8 to 10 weeks, it should be right at the peak of summer - an ideal time for steaming-hot facial treatments!
Winners will be chosen on July 15, so if you like tropical getaways or moisturized lips, sign up soon!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Free ice cream sundaes on Friday, June 25, at the downtown IGA Kress at 3rd and Pike. The scooping soiree starts at 2:00 pm and goes till 4:00, so you should be able to slip away from your desk sometime during then for an icy-cold treat. Think summer!
(Courtesy of the Seattle Times)
- Baltimore to Boston
- Baltimore to New York City
- Boston to Philadelphia
- Burbank to Las Vegas
- Chicago to Nashville
- Detroit to St. Louis
- Las Vegas to L.A.
- Las Vegas to San Francisco
- L.A. to Tucson
- Minneapolis to St. Louis
- NYC to Raleigh/Durham
- Oakland to San Diego
- And a bunch of others
More fun restrictions:
- Purchase by June 24, 2010, 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
- Travel September 8 through November 17, 2010.
- Travel valid every day except Fridays & Sundays.
So, if you want a little getaway this fall and you're ready to buy now, you could get a good rate with on this sale...
Remember, the deal is that you're effectively paying $2 for a $25-off-a-minimum-purchase-of-$xx coupon, usually with some additional restrictions (e.g., alcohol and tip don't count toward the total). The most common minimum purchase is $35, so you'd be paying $12 out of pocket for $35 worth of food ($2 "gift certificate" price + $10 difference). But some of the places have a much higher minimum purchase or other restrictions, so read the terms carefully for a restaurant before you buy! OK, that's it for my stern mom lecture. Don't do drugs!!
- Turkish Hits Vol. 1
- Rotana Presents: Music From The Middle East
- Atração Presents: Music From Brazil
- Wyld Pytch/51 Lex Records Presents: Music From Nigeria
- Scandinavian Gold
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
10,000 is a pretty good amount - I'd say if you go make your purchase today, you have a good shot at getting the free ticket in time. Of course, if you don't make it under the wire, you can always return the merchandise the next day in protest and stick it to the man.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Good through July 10, but no waffle/pie love for Washington residents, since we don't have one here.
For Kroger shoppers in AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, NC, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV - http://startsampling.com/retail/kroger/
For Fred Meyer shoppers in AK, CA, ID, OR, UT only - http://www.startsampling.com/retail/fredmeyer/
For Ralph's shoppers in CA only - http://www.startsampling.com/retail/ralphs/
The coupon says "free with any purchase," so I'm assuming that means you can buy a soda or a fortune cookie or something and walk out with your free orange chicken. Good through July 11 for all your evening sodium cravings.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I doubt they'll insist that you whip out your Dad ID, so as long as you're a dude and you look old enough to have fathered offspring, you're probably good to go. It would certainly help if you could grab a kid off the street and hold their hand in the ticket line, though.
Find a participating store in the area and wait your turn! These free tickets fly out the doors within 15 minutes or so, so don't dawdle if you want some floor-burning action.
Also, they're apparently doing a frequent-buyers reward thing with their Borders Rewards members at the in-store Seattle's Best Coffee cafes - buy five drinks and the sixth one is free. You're supposed to ask a barista for details; I'm guessing you just have to make sure they swipe your card when you order.
I've got my eye on some cute summer flats, and everyone can use a water bottle for summer, right?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Find a store near you, wake your dad up at 7 am, and haul him off to claim his free breakfast sandwich. He'll be ever so glad.
Those girls on their laptop seem pretty excited, so if that's any indication of how this product is going to change your life, you should probably start filling out that form ASAP.
Looks like it's a mix of Asian, Italian, and American noodle dishes, plus soups and salads, in a kind of Boston-Market-esque casual setting. Find a location here and get noodlin'.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The sale will be held during regular U Village hours of 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m on Sunday. And Fisher Scones will be there, selling their famous jam-filled fair scones! Check out a full list of participating stores and plan your shopping route.
You may not like every single thing that comes in the grab bag, but there are so many items that it's perfect for splitting up into several small gift bags, or stocking stuffers to go along with bigger presents. I still don't think I've used everything that I got from the last one! There really was a ton of stuff, plus the excitement of the surprise.
Right now, shipping is $5, but they often seem to run promo codes for free shipping that coincide with these grab bags, so if I see one floating around, I'll let you know.
Lamb and rice, salmon and tuna... these animals eat better than I do! Then again, I'm the one receiving the sample...
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
More importantly, though, FREE WI-FI! Now you can loiter there even longer with your iced latte, just like they like.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Both are good through June 17, so whether your dad is a fancy-pants book reader or just prefers vegging on the couch with a good DVD or ten, Borders has just the right thing for Father's Day.
I'm a big fan of Head & Shoulders, especially the fancy Refresh scents, and come to think of it, I believe my travel toiletries bag is running low on 'poo...
Well, surely there must be some summer special-effects spectacular that you want to see in IMAX, right? If so, pass the popcorn.
Good through June 19, so there's plenty of time to buy supplies for that macaroni-and-rhinestone photo frame for Dad.
Apparently, even though it's called the "Deal of the Day," there are a limited number of subscriptions available, and once they're gone, they're gone. So if this one strikes your fancy, jump on it fast! I've used Tanga for subscriptions and it's on the up-and-up, despite the suspiciously low prices.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I think Popular Science for $5 sounds like a pretty good choice, but then, I don't know your dad's life. For all I know, he'd rather have Country Cottages Monthly or Cat Fancy. Which, it turns out, is only $8 after an extra discount, so maybe you should just go with that one after all!
(AND it looks like there's a whole list of subscriptions with an extra $5 or $10 off, so check it out if you're in need of some summer beach reading.)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Subject: My tuna...
I am grateful for your interest in the fine tuna salads from The Queen of the Coast on www.raphaelbuzz.com. It shows your good taste and culinary cunning.
Thousands of Americans agreed that they needed to get in-touch with their inner tuna. Due to this unprecedented response, your tuna samples will be delayed till after late July. I send my heartfelt apology and want you to know we are fishing as fast as we can. We will message you when it is coming so that you can be released from this great anticipation. If you have received your tuna and enjoy it as I do, know that we have created a special store site, just for my friends. http://www.Raphaelbuzz.com/gettuna
Raphael, Your Royal Ambassador of Love
Now see, THAT'S how to run a freebie offer. If you're overwhelmed by demand and can't fulfill them all, at least go with it and make people chuckle! (Of course, by July, I'm not sure I'll want the tuna packed in BP oil...)
As always, no purchase necessary, though you do run the risk of getting sneered at if you're in a group of freebie-seekers and nobody orders anything. I'm actually kind of glad I can give it a miss this week and avoid the withering stares of judgment...
I've always been a little curious about this one - it gets mixed reviews on Amazon as far as the usefulness/practicality of the projects. And since I'm a renter and not an owner, I'd be hesitant to tackle any projects that involve permanently altering my home. Anyone ever subscribed to this one and liked or disliked it? Leave it in the comments!
Still, it's a Walmart sample and those are always eerily prompt and well-organized, so once you get it to work, it should be fine.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The coupon is good through July 25, so you have a while to use it, although by next month an iced latte will probably sound more appealing.
Well, there is one thing: Snapple is offering a BOGO iced tea coupon in honor of NITD. You do have to have the Coupons.com widget downloaded in order to print it, but I see this one around on the Interwebs quite a bit (for grocery coupons and the like) and it seems legit. If you're a big iced tea drinker and the forecast in your area is sunny, you might be glad to have a couple of ice-cold Snapples handy this weekend...
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
This really opens up the possibilities. You could give one to your dad, one to a grad, and keep the $10 one to blow on yourself. You could use the $10 to buy gift-card holders AND a cupcake-scented pen to sign them with. Or, if you have a bunch of young relatives graduating this year, give the $10 card to the one you like least and call it a life lesson. They'll thank you someday.
I'm guessing Emergen-C Blue is blue in color, but hopefully it doesn't have that "blue raspberry" taste to go along with it. Could anything be less natural than blue raspberry?
Monday, June 7, 2010
I'm still waiting patiently for the return of those free-beverage and $2-off-magazines coupons they used to have, but I can wait. This'll do for now, I suppose.
Perfect for the fashionable gentledad in your life, or just any lucky fellow of your acquaintance.
Friday, June 4, 2010
This is a pretty good offer, because I might not necessarily shell out the $$$ for that particular flavor otherwise, but since it's FREE, that's not too much of a risk. Plus, I'll be out and about at the Capitol Hill Garage Sale tomorrow, so I will clearly need some sugar/caffeine fortification.
The Capitol Hill Blog has a list of sale highlights, plus a link to the comprehensive map of sellers. There will be food, music, and happenings at the Belmont & Pine parking lot, and you can also bring your own donations to the lot if you're inspired to do some spring cleaning.
Let's hope for some good garage-sale weather! Good luck, bargain hunters!
Season 6 contestants Ash Fulk and Eli Kirshtein will offer cooking tips, dish on the behind-the-scenes stuff and answer fan questions about host Padma and whatever else is on your mind. Fans get to sample food and compete in a Quickfire Challenge, one of the show's popular contests. The tour bus will stop in the parking lot of QFC Bella Bottega, 8867 161st Ave. N.E. in Redmond, on Saturday and in Seattle at University Village on Sunday. The demo times for both days: 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event.
The word on the street is that they're going to start making a sweetened iced-coffee version of VIA this summer, which I am TOTALLY excited about. I drink VIA pretty regularly as it is, but instant iced coffee will make the workdays fly by in a jittery, teeth-grinding whirl!
Right now, the SAM has an Andy Warhol photography exhibit and a Kurt Cobain something something (wasn't paying attention), so you can go anytime this summer. You know, to get in out of the rain.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
In case you thought this was bogus, let me assure you that National Donut Day is totally for real. Evidently it has its origins in WWI, when Salvation Army lady volunteers bravely fried up dough circles for Our Boys on the Front, and then the entire nation developed a taste for donuts and a tradition was born. And that's why we're all fat now.
Happy National Donut Day!
As Japanese gardens go, Seattle's isn't bad... it's not very big, but it's picturesque and has lots of koi and all that. If you haven't been, you may as well check it out this weekend for free and help them celebrate their milestone.
Man, if cats could use the Internet (and/or had thumbs), I have a feeling they'd spend all day on your home computer, watching Hulu and ordering moist cat food from AmazonFresh. But I'd like to think they'd be frugal enough to take advantage of the occasional sample, too.
Actually, I'm pretty loyal to Port o' Subs, but they're kind of hard to come by around here, so I might consider branching out to a Blimpie.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Now's the time to try that Wasabi Egg Roll Dog or Peanut Butter and Banana Dog you've had your eye on. Top it off with homemade potato chips, deep-fried pickles, and Mexican Coke for a health bomb.
They'll be releasing an official map any second now, so you can plan your shopping strategy. The best stuff always goes in the first hour, so set your alarms - I bet there will be some fabulous items on offer.
[HOW COLD ARE THEY???]
Well, let's just say we go ice-skating in June.
Okay, I may be exaggerating a little, but it's true that you can ice-skate here in June - specifically, on June 4 at the Key Arena. For free!
"The public is invited to glide across 17,000 square feet of ice from noon-8 p.m. this Friday at KeyArena. Skating sessions begin at the top of each hour (lasting 40 minutes), and some food and drink concessions will be available (outside food and nonalcoholic drinks are allowed as well). In addition, ice walkers will be available for those who need extra support."
Depending on how many "nonalcoholic drinks" you bring in from outside, you may be needing those ice walkers to get back to your car. Hi-o! I'll be here all week, ladies and gentlemen.
There's also a link you can click for coupon codes for the online version, but I'd like to see how they plan to mail you a free muffin. If it was Amazon, I would believe they could do it, but B&N is no Amazon.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The bottles look pretty tiny, but if you're a crafter or you just have a tiny touch-up job, this might come in handy. You can pick from lots of different colors - I went with a couple of oranges to cover this curio cabinet I got at a thrift store a while back. We'll see how it goes.
I feel like the lady who gets surprised by trick-or-treaters and goes rummaging frantically through her purse to find something to hand out. Um... here's an unwrapped butterscotch candy for you... and... a dime and three pennies for you. Good? Enjoy!