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Two Free Digital Subscriptions: Shape and OK Magazine

Here’s a deal for two free digital magazine subscriptions. Sign up for one or both. I’ve converted to digital subscriptions to most of my magazines. No need to wait for the mail to arrive and nothing to recycle after I’m finished reading.

OKSign up here for a complimentary one year digital subscription to OK! Magazine. 

Enjoy 52 issues. No strings attached. You’ll never receive a bill. Please note, if you download the Immediate Issue after you submit your order, you’ll receive one extra issue. That’s 53 issues in all! Powered by Zinio. Read it on your computer, iPad or any Zinio enabled device. 

OK! magazine is the home of celebrity news. Every week, OK! is packed with the biggest stories, the best photographs and the hottest stars from the world of showbiz. Whether it’s movies, music, TV, celebrity weddings, babies, fashion, break ups or make-ups, OK! brings you the truth about stars with exclusive access to every aspect of celebrity.

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Shape Magazine is edited to deliver useful techniques and an understanding of fitness. Top experts from diverse fields of exercise, nutrition, psychology and beauty join forces with nationally known journalists to make each issue a how-to manual for a healthful lifestyle.

December 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM 1 comment

Underwear – I Haven’t Paid For That In Awhile

In the past Victoria’s Secret seemed to hold constant promotions for free panties. I conveniently stocked up each and every time a new coupon arrived in my inbox or the mail. In a year’s time I think I received at least five or six pairs. Whenever JCPenney or Macy’s sent me a coupon for $10 off a $10 purchase I’d use it to purchase underwear.

I can’t remember the last time I paid for a pair. In fact, I honestly can’t remember the last time I picked a new pair up from the store. It was probably sometime before my son was born and in a little over a month he’ll turn two!

Underwear is one of those magical garments that can make you feel sexy and spirited, but the pairs in my drawer are definitely doing little to none of that for me. I’m afraid to say my underwear is in desperate need of replacement.

So I’m in search of some new stuff and actually willing to pay a pretty price for underwear that is both sexy and comfortable. I am not willing to risk cheap panties that will bring on the wedgies.

Are you willing to pay a lot for lingerie and undergarments or is this one area of your life that you don’t care to spend money on?

September 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM 7 comments

Birthday Freebies!

Here are a couple of tasty free birthday treats I enjoyed this week:

Cheesecake

Starbucks Cheesecake Brownie

Panera Brownie

Panera Brownie

Noodles

Noodles Wisconsin Cheesesteak

All free and all quite tasty! Not necessarily good for you, but if you can’t splurge on your birthday when can you?

August 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM 1 comment

Free $10 Gift Card From American Express

I’m a huge fan of prepaid credit cards. I know that might sound strange, but I take advantage of just about every good deal out there that offers one. Last year I bought 30 boxes of Raisin Bran free after coupon and received three $10 prepaid credit cards for buying them. (I don’t normally stockpile, but I eat Raisin Bran almost every morning and I gave more than half away to friends and family.)

Why prepaid credit cards? Well I shop online a lot and sometimes I come across a deal that seems to good to be a true on a website that looks a little less than legit. When I buy with a prepaid credit card I never fear that my information will be stolen or my credit lines tapped.

I also use the free prepaid cards (like the ones I earned from my Raisin Bran deal) to stretch our grocery and drugstore deal dollars. I can make that $10 gift card last for weeks at CVS!

Right now American Express is offering a free $10 gift card when you buy and load a prepaid card with $50 or more at the time of order. There’s no credit check and no fear of overspending since you load just as much as you need. There are no monthly, annual, purchase or overdraft fees.

The American Express Prepaid Card. Get exclusive American Express benefits- with no credit check. Get your card now!

Information about the offer: ORDER AN AMERICAN EXPRESS® PREPAID CARD, LOAD $50 OR MORE AT THE TIME OF ORDER, AND RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY $10 GIFT CARD. Offer Ends July 31, 2012. Limit one (1) offer per Card. After qualifying for this offer, please allow 6 weeks for the $10 Gift Card to be mailed to the Card purchaser.

July 3, 2012 at 8:45 AM 1 comment

Free Tiny Prints Valentine’s Day Card

I am a huge fan of Tiny Prints. I think they have the most adorable cards and I love that I can customize them with the names and photos of friends and family members. Today they are offering a free Valentine’s Day Card if you like them on Facebook. I couldn’t resist a free card for the one I love. To find out more click here.

February 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM 1 comment

Will We Finally Send Out Holiday Cards This Year?

Every year since my husband and I first got married we’ve talked about mailing holiday cards to our friends and family. Yet, somehow, despite the best intentions, we’ve failed to accomplish this task.

We’ve come up with every excuse under the sun, but the truth of the matter is that my husband is always behind the camera and rarely in front of it. In fact, if you look through the thousands of pictures in our collection I bet you’d find my husband’s face less in less than one hundred. Since we can never seem to find a photo that includes both of us, we tend to skip mailing out cards all together.

But this year we can’t have any excuses. This year the holiday gift card drought must come to an end! We are expecting our first child in roughly two weeks and I cannot wait for my husband to capture his or her first Christmas!

I started getting excited about the idea as I was poking around the Internet in search of baby announcements. Since we don’t know the gender of our little one I narrowed down the options, but haven’t picked the final theme. I received a promotion code for free announcements when I registered at Babies-R-Us and I can’t wait to use it!

With the baby announcements nearly checked off my to-do list I turned my attention to holiday cards. I was already poking around Shutterfly’s website in search of adorable baby designs and couldn’t resist browsing through the Christmas cards and holiday cards I found there.

I love the idea of creating a card with a couple of different photographs and absolutely love the design pictured below. “Blessed” is the perfect definition for me. I feel so fortunate at this time in my life that no other card could represent my feelings better.


Do you typically send out cards during the holidays? If you are a blogger and want a chance at 25 free cards this holiday season register here: http://goo.gl/DDw7Q. If you’ve never sent out cards before the notion of ‘free’ cards might just provide you with the incentive to do so this year!

October 15, 2011 at 2:00 AM 4 comments

An Error In Our Favor

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at a Hyatt not too far from where we live. We considered getting married there back in 2004 and stayed in this particular hotel at least three or four times since we first visited.

This time I was lured to the hotel by a letter from the Hyatt that offered $100 off hotel services. The Hyatt’s advertising definitely caught my attention and convinced me to book a night. If I hadn’t received their invitation in the mail I can honestly say I wouldn’t have thought about staying there. I really wanted a prenatal massage, (I haven’t had a massage since two weeks before I found out I was pregnant), and knew the $100 credit would just about cover the cost of it.

When I booked the room I decided to spend an extra $20 dollars on a package that offered $40 worth of food and beverage credits. One of my favorite things about staying in a hotel is ordering room service. Nothing seems to hit the spot like an ice cream sundae or a sandwich at 11 o’clock at night. This is certainly more true now that I’m nine months pregnant! Room service always costs a lot of money and I knew we’d easily order $20 worth of food, so I booked the deal and didn’t spend another second thinking about it.

When we checked in the hotel staff provided us with a sheet of paper describing the details of the package that I ordered. It had been awhile since I booked the room so I couldn’t remember exactly what was included.

The details included $40 worth of food and beverage credit, a $15 movie credit and a special dessert that could be ordered by calling room service. When we ordered room service we mentioned the special dessert and hotel staff arrived twenty minutes later with a bucket of sparkling wine and chocolate strawberries with whipped cream and brown sugar. After devouring the food my husband picked a movie and we snuggled in to watch it.

When I looked over the bill the following morning I noticed that we did not receive the $15 movie credit and asked the front desk about it. It turns out that the staff made an error in our favor. The original package I purchased only included $40 worth of food and beverage credits, not the strawberries, sparking wine or $15 entertainment credit.

Since we’d already watched the movie and eaten the goodies the hotel really had no choice but to offer us the upgraded package at no extra cost, but it was nice that they made good on the deal without any extra hassle or fuss. The upgraded package would have cost $35 more than the one I selected.

The extra goodies definitely helped make our anniversary celebration even more special. The fact that we didn’t have to pay for them was like extra icing on the cake!

October 4, 2011 at 3:20 AM 3 comments

It’s Hard to Resist Free

Throughout the week of my birthday I ate a free burger, dined on free pasta, ate free ice cream and picked up a bottle of free body wash. I love my birthday freebies! Who can resist a week full of yummy food and free gifts? Not me.



I’m a sucker for all of the restaurants and stores that provide birthday treats. Among my favorites are Ruby Tuesday, Red Robin, Noodles & Company, Coldstone Creamery and Sephora. Lucky for me I just happen to live or work near all of these, so I don’t even have to go out of my way to partake of the freebies. If I can manage to sneak an IHOP trip in the mix, (I live right down the street from one), I might just get free pancakes before the week ends.


If you search for birthday freebies you’ll find long lists from a variety of stores. You typically have to sign up for a rewards club of some kind, but once you’ve registered you can sit back and wait for the birthday emails to roll in.


I print them out and carry them in my purse. If I happen to be near a store or restaurant then I’ll pick up my free item. If I have to go out of my way I usually skip it.


Over the years I’ve blogged about my frugal twenty cent birthday dinners, but this year my husband and I actually spent money on a quality Italian dinner at a small restaurant in DC. I used a Groupon to pay for most of the meal, ($20 for a $40 purchase), and spent a few extra dollars on an appetizer and delicious chocolate dessert. I even asked my husband to request a candle from the server so I could make a wish on the big day.


While freebies are great a lot of the time I wanted to spend this particular birthday outside enjoying the weather with my husband. He reminded me that this will be the last birthday before the baby arrives. When dinner was over we lingered for a few extra moments before heading home for the night.

August 12, 2011 at 3:25 AM 1 comment

Getting Paid to Read

Somehow, unbeknownst to me, I got on a book reviewer list, which means a new book arrives at my house every few weeks. I absolutely love to read, but I absolutely stink at finding books I enjoy reading. I’m not sure why I have such a hard time selecting books. I read online reviews, I search for best sellers and I even browse the book store for interesting reads, but nine times of ten I start reading a book and then find I’m completely disinterested in the story.

I received five books in the last month and a half and surprisingly enough I’ve really enjoyed reading each and every one! I liked the last one so much I read it from cover to cover in just over a day.

Books seem to be falling into my lap lately. I purchased a bunch of books from Barnes and Noble a few weeks back after discovering a Groupon that was set to expire and I cashed in e-rewards points for $15 worth of Borders Bucks, which also helped me add to my library. I even received a brand new book at my last doctor’s visit, which was entirely unexpected.

All of these books have really sparked my interest in literature again! When I get home from work instead of vegging out I take a nice walk, then grab a glass of water and find a comfortable spot on the couch to start reading.

Best of all I get paid for each review I write. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I receive new, interesting books to read and then get paid to write about them. It’s great!

April 19, 2011 at 2:30 AM 11 comments

Free $5 Amazon Video on Demand Credit

I took advantage of the free $5 Amazon Video on Demand credit this afternoon and watched two recently released movies for 98 cents. It was the perfect way to spend a chilly Tuesday afternoon.

To take advantage of this offer you have to click the link above, log in to your amazon account and click on the Tweet and Get $5 button.

By clicking this button your twitter account will automatically follow @amazonvideo and “I just got a $5 credit for instant movies and TV shows @amazonvideo. Click http://amzn.to/hh8gtp to get yours. #get5″ will automatically display in your twitter account.

The offer appears to be valid through January 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm.

December 29, 2010 at 3:10 AM 1 comment

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