Thursday, December 27, 2007

Win a $10. Amazon Gift Certificate HERE

Ok, so I've decided to host my own sweepstakes here! Just send me an email at to enter. The entry Deadline is Febuary 28, 2008. I will be using a randomizer to choose the winner. I will email the winner by March 10th and you must respond within 10 days to claim your prize or I will choose another winner.

-Entry must include your full name, year of birth, and an email address I can contact you at.
-One entry per person. Multiple family members may enter with separate email addresses.
-You must be at least 10 years old to enter.
-If you are under 18 years old, you must have parent/guardian's permission to enter and provide an email address for your parent/guardian so I can confirm you have permission.
-If you are a parent/guardian entering on behalf of your child, let me know
-Prize will be awarded as an Amazon gift code worth $10. sent to your email address.
-Please direct any questions to
-Winner will be posted on my blog within 30 days of prize claim
My privacy policy- By submitting your entry you agree I can contact you if you win. You will not be contacted by me for any other reason. Your information will not be given or sold to any other entity. After winner has been chosen, I will delete all information received from entrants.

Free 2008 Calendars

This is my free calendar section! I will keep adding to this for a while.

Free 2008 Calandars- Borrowed list of several places you can get your free calendar!

AT&T Alascom- (Alaska) Order your free 2008 Calendar

Pennsylvania Lottery- Free 2008 Calendar featuring Gus

Unity On Sacred Ground Calendar

The Henna Page- Download your free 2008 Calendar or email and she'll send it to you on CD

Damsels in Success- Free calendar for students

Turkey Hill Calendar- Free 2008 Calendar

13 Moon Pocket Calendar

Freebie Finds Dec.27,2007

Here are today's freebie finds! I'll be updating this off and on throughout the evening.

Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce

Free Women's Thong Panties- Isolde Lingerie is giving these away as a free gift. Follow the directions on the website.

Marlboro Snus (Dallas/Fort Worth only)- Marlboro is giving away a free pack of Snus (smokeless tobacco). Click Register Now and follow directions. You must verify you are over 21, and it can all be done online.

New York Times- Free 3 month subscription, good in all U.S. states. Enter code NYTE-XYZ4
Expires March 1,2008

Zaxby's- One free Meal Deal for signing up for the Z-Mail Club. "Zaxby's is growing quickly, but is currently only located in the following ten states – AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA. So although we may not have hatched near you yet, by joining our club and being a special member, you will know when we do!"

Head & Shoulders Shampoo- "Receive a free sample ofHead & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care or Smooth & Silky."

Glucerna Cereal- One free box. Receive a coupon in the mail.

JuicyJuice- Free Sippy Cup when you register (or are already registered).

Blogs updated with new entries today:

Free for your pet

Canadian Free Stuff Sites

While doing a Winzy search I found several good freebie sites that are country specific. I'll update this post as I find more Canada specific sites. Here are good sites to visit if you are looking for Canadian freebies:

Canadian Free Stuff

Great UK Freebie Sites

While doing a Winzy search I found several good freebie sites that are country specific. I'll update this post as I find more UK specific sites. Here are good sites to visit if you are looking for UK freebies:

Bob's Free Stuff Forum

Frugaller Forum

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Today's Freebie Finds Dec.26,2007

Today I checked every link in my blog, from the begining. All links are valid as of today. Enjoy these new freebies!

Shape Magazine- Free subscription. I hear it is for 3 years, but that is not confirmed. When I signed up, the address field allowed only letters and numbers.

Arbor Day- Free educational posters, booklets, and brochures. No shipping costs!

Goat Milk Sample- Free sample of powdered goat milk from Dr. William Sears (Supposed to be good if you have cow milk allergies)

U.S. Army Messenger Bag- Free Army interactive DVD and messenger bag. A recruiter will contact you to answer any questions you may have. (My question- Any single soldiers nearby?)

Awakening- Energy nutritional supplement free sample

Celine Dion Parfums-Free sample of "Enchanted"

Club Red- (Virginia residents only) While supplies last, you'll receive a monthly e-newsletter, a welcome package - a stylish silk scarf - and you'll find a wealth of information on fitness, food and health.

Danzante Wine Charms- Danzante, the art of faking Italian. A short, fun quiz then fill out the form to receive your free wine charms. (Must be legal drinking age)

Dove Energy Glow and Calming Night- Free sample, form in spanish. Recibe tu muestra gratis!

Neu- Free sample of hand souffle creme or salt scrup hand puree. A good one to try at the begining of the month as they give out a limited number of samples each month.

Sharps container for diabetics- Order your free Sharps container. This is a good thing to have if you are diabetic or use needles for any medical condition. Your family and housekeeper will thank you! (From a housekeeper of a diabetic- I hated finding needles in the trash!)

Coffee Mug- Free coffee mug, answer quiz and submit.
Quiz answers:

Monday, December 17, 2007

UK Freebies

While surfing the web I have come across several freebies available only to UK residents. (Please keep checking this post. I post all UK freebies here when I find them) Here they are:
All links valid as of 12/26/07

Win tickets to 02 concerts- Enter sweepstakes to win a set of tickets.

Pretty Polly Tights- Free Pretty Polly Tights, just enter code: gb0480zch

Trophy Pet Food Sample- We will be delighted to send you 1 free sample per pet, per household, up to a limit of 3 free samples (dog or cat). You can read about the different foods in our range by visiting the appropriate sections within our site. 1 set of 3 per household only.

Kindegard Indoor Hinge Safety System- Free sample, good if you have little ones.

Free Tape Measure- Children's Warehouse is giving away a free tape measure.

Lanacane- Free chafing gel sample. Asks a few survey questions but is from the actual company.

Avery Identification Labels- Choose from 3 free sample packs

Today's Freebies Dec.17

Here are my freebie finds for today:
All links valid as of 12/26/07

Enfamil- Free diaper bag, Enfamil feeding kit (free formula), formula coupons

Enfamil Nutramigan Lipil- "Clinically proven to reduce colic in 48 hours". Coupon for free sample.

Walmart Free Samples- Today I see: Friskies Cat food, Dove Hair Care, Huggies, Nutrasweet, Ciba Vision contact lenses. These change frequently so check often!

Next to Nature Constipation Relief- This is a snail mail request for a sample. Promises natural, fast constipation relief though :)

MeloSleep- Natural sleep aid, free 7 day sample. Good through Dec. 31, 2007 (shipping charge added after that date)

Kotex- Free ultra thin ultra compact pad with wings sample

Metamucil-Berry Burst free sample

7 Essentials- Meal replacement sample. Short survey (took 1-2 minutes), but you agree they may call you even if you are on the "do not call" list.

Astroglide- Free sample, request online or via telephone.

Dove Hair Care- Choose from 4 free samples

Hamburger Helper- Free sample of Microwave Singles

Airborne Health- Free sample of Airborne On-the-Go

Lawyers USA Free 6 week subscription

Lawyers USA is offering a free 6 week subscription which includes both the print version and access to online content. Great for law students too!

Lawyers USA

For other free magazine offers, visit my free magazine blog HERE. I don't update it as regularly as I do this one, but if I have more interest than I will update more often.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Various Freebies for Dec.16

Today I am finding several freebies, so I'll list the rest of today's finds here!

"Give Wildlife A Break" Bumper Sticker

Snowmass Poster- Full color 2 sided poster, a freeride skier on one side and snowboarder on the other side.

Purex- Free sample

Free 1 year subscription to Execution Magazine

First 10,000 qualified (probably readers who fit their target audience) will receive a free 1 year subscription to Execution Magazine.

Execution Magazine

Chicago White Sox Kids Club

Sign up your kids for free! Limit of 5 memberships per family.

Slugger memberships – Free! (click link, then scroll down for free membership option)
Sluggers receive:
Official Membership Certificate
Official Welcome Post Card from Manager Ozzie Guillen
Baseball Cards (set of six) featuring current White Sox Players
White Sox Temporary Tattoos - New for 2008!
White Sox Kids Club Poster
Two (2) ticket coupons redeemable for Upper Reserved seat tickets to Regular-priced games (excludes Prime, Premier and Sox/Cubs games during the 2008 season)

Reusable Oceana Chico Bag

The bag is very cute! From the website:
Thanks for your interest in joining one of the world's largest groups of marine advocates – Oceana's WaveMakers. You'll receive email updates and opportunities to push for changes that will help save sea turtles and other ocean creatures.

After you enter your verification code* below and successfully sign up, we'll send you a reusable Oceana Chico Bag, so you can start making a difference for the oceans right away by helping reduce the amount of plastic bag waste. The average American discards hundreds of plastic bags every year. Many of them will end up in the ocean, where hungry sea turtles often mistake them for food.

Oceana Chico Bag

Enter this verification code:

You will need to confirm your email address after signing up, don't forget :)

Friday, December 7, 2007

Free hat or coffe mug

Express Bit and Blade is offering a free hat or coffee mug for filling out their survey. It took me about 90 seconds to complete, so it is easy!

Free hat or mug

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Free DVDs for Teachers/Homeschools

These free DVDs are available for both traditional and homeschool teachers.

Stossel in the Classroom- 2 available- Hype and Consequences, and 2007 Edition. Region 1, English subtitles Choose from their selection of DVDs. You can get 1 DVD every year you teach. 12/26/07- Have received my DVD. Awesome!

Classroom Aerosol Adventure Kit- Kit includes video "It's okay to spray". Scroll to the bottom to request by mail.

Legend of the Water Horse Educator Kit

The Water Horse- We have a limited number of kits that include a copy of the book, a study guide with a mini poster and a classroom set of bookmarks that you can order. Please fill out the information below to receive your kit. When we run out of books and bookmarks, we will send out the study guide as long as supplies last. Update 12/26/07- No longer available. Free downloadable materials are available on the site though.

Mouse Pad Freebies

It is always good to keep an extra mousepad handy- or replace your worn out one! Check out the following to get a free mouse pad!

RSI Power

Mousepad for Realtors

Mousepad for Kids in Virginia

Mousepad in Valrico, Florida

Greeting Card Samples

You can use these to send to people, make gift tags, or whatever your imagination comes up with! Here is a list of sites where you can get free sample greeting cards!
Enter the site. click on the star to make a card your favorite and then click "go to favorites" and request samples.
Find the item numbers of the ones you want. go to "request info" and enter up to 5.
Write down a few item #s of the ones you want samples of and email your request to with the subject line "Sample_Request".
You can "shop" for the cards you want. click on the card to go to the info page and click on "request sample" that's really small under the picture. it adds it to you shopping cart and you can "checkout" when you've decided you have enough.
Same as above.
MY FAVORITE. they come fast, and you get fancy envelopes...oh, and you can get 10 per day...and they INVITE you to come back for more samples directions same as the others above
Same as above
The request form is on the main page on the left if you scroll down a little.

Freebies for Dec. 6, 2007

Today's freebie finds for you to enjoy!

Pall Mall Cigarettes- Coupon for a free carton of Pall Mall cigarettes. Viceroy quit making their cigarettes so is offering a free carton of Pall Malls. You must be 18 or over, of course. Call 1-866-909-8769 and tell them you're a smoker and want the free coupon.

Pall Mall 4 free packs- Sign up, send them 4 UPC's of any brand of cigarettes, and they'll send you four free packs. 18 and over. Click on Trial Offer.

Free Taco Seasoning- Sign up for a newsletter (cancel later if you want) and they will send you a free sample of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, a recipe booklet, and Fresh Dinner Ideas.

Curves Cereal- Sign up for a newsletter (cancel later if you want) and receive a free sample.

Tampax- Free Sample

Nutrasweet- Free sample from Walmart

Garnier Fructis- Free sample from Walmart

Dove Hair Care- Free sample from Walmart

Sam's Club- Variety of samples, but must enter membership number.

SkinWear USA- Free sample of hand sanitizer. Offer changes periodically.

Parent's Choice Formula- I have heard they send a full day's supply of baby formula.

Slim Fast- Style your Slim challenge. Enter the Red Carpet Sweepstakes and receive a starter kit for free. Retail value of kit is $30.

HomeBrewer- Samples for wine and beer brewers

Reynolds Parchment Paper- Free sample. Be sure to read their privacy (ahem, lack of privacy!) agreement carefully. I passed this one up after reading.

The Button Store- CANADA only- Free sample pack

Beechnut Bowl- Free cereal bowl, also may send rice cereal sample.

Hot Guys Soap Calander- From ABC television. Send an email to:

Free Coke and Koozie- I have tried for this twice. Once was in May maybe and nothing came. I tried again on Dec.6th, the day I posted this here, and I have already received a coupon for 1 Coke and 1 Coke Zero and a Koozie! Very Awesome! On the claim form I got a bit creative and perhaps that helped.

Free Mousepad- Fill out form to request a mousepad. Your choice of 3 patriotic themes.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Free for your pet

Your pets deserve free stuff too! I will update this post whenever I find more pet freebies!
(Links valid as of 12/26/07)

Dine With Your Canine- Dog: Free sample, several to choose from

The Pet Pantry (Maryland only)- Cat and Dog: Free 4 pound sample of food.

Natural Choice- Cat or Dog: Coupon for free bag of food. I have found this brand at PetSmart

Cesar Gourmet- Dog: Complimentary Cesar Gourmet

Greenies-Cat or Dog: Free treats!

Yappy Treats- Dog: Free treats. I have heard they send lots of spam, and some have not received a sample. This may be a good offer, or may not be.

Nature's Recipe- Dogs: Free Devoted Parent kit which includes:
• Educational dog care videos
• Diagnostic wheel to help diagnose common symptoms of food intolerance
• Sample of Nature’s Recipe® Farm Stand Selects®
• Pet relaxation music
• Informative dog health articles
• Great product discounts
• Helpful newsletters

Flint River Ranch- Cat or Dog: Pet food sample. You do not need to enter your credit card number if you are only ordering a free sample.

Benny Bully's- Dog: Treat sample!

Science Diet Nature's Best- Dogs: Free food sample. (Play the game to get your sample)

Colorado Pet Chef- Cat or Dog: Free food sample. Call 877-388-2604 (toll free) and request a sample.

Mighty Dog-Free can of dog food. You take a one page survey (easy and fast) to get your sample.

Dog Lover's Choice- Dog: Free sample of Extra Topping (Valid in U.S. only, all 50 states)

Majesty's Animal Nutrition-Dog or Horse: Free sample

A note about Pinecone Research Surveys

If you are a survey hound, you have likely heard of Pinecone Research. For those that don't know, the only way to become a member of Pinecone is to click on one of their banners, which are known for being elusive. The reason many of us wish to become members is because they pay $3. for each survey you qualify for and complete. It is against the rules for Pinecone members to tell people where to find their banners, so I won't. I may suggest certain websites that may be of interest to those looking for survey companies, wink, wink :) But first, there has been alot of chatter about Pinecone recently, so I thought I'd fill you in.

Pinecone chatter- It has been said that Pinecone is now looking for some specific types of people. Ages 18-24, male, any race excepting white. This doesn't mean you should forget it if you don't fit into that demographic. I am a 30 yr old female and I consider myself multi-ethnic. I get a couple survey invites each week. I have been paid several times since Oct. '07.

Websites of interest- I will go into more detail about some of these sites later, but here are some websites you may be interested in if you are looking for Pinecone banners:


Get paid to give advice!

If you are anything like me, you have plenty of advice to give but plenty of people who wish you would keep said advice to yourself! That's okay, because there is a website that will pay you $3.00 for each tidbit of advice you sell them! This is how it works: You submit a tip, they review it (rather quickly) and if they accept it they will publish it on their website and pay you. Out of my first 3 bits of advice I submitted they accepted one, but it only took me about 10 minutes to write all three so I don't mind. One thing to keep in mind though is that this won't make you any fast cash. They pay you when they publish it, and it could take them months to do this. I have heard from people who were published and they all were paid- just took awhile. So it is worth it to spend a few minutes every now and then to submit some tips, and one day you'll have a surprise check in the mail or cash in your PayPal!


Thursday, November 22, 2007

Free Amazon Gift Cards

 This is my most popular post, and is way overdue for an update. Updating May 5, 2011

This month I have earned several $10. Amazon gift certificates by doing surveys and signing up for websites. I love it! I can't use the money to pay rent, but I can buy nearly anything my family needs- including toilet paper! So I've decided to earn as much Amazon cash as I can. I am looking for survey and other sites where I can earn the gift cards, and have found several. Some I've mentioned already in my blog but I will list all those that offer Amazon codes here as well. Ill add to this list as I find more!
Note: Although I may give referral codes for some of these, please know that each site I list is legitimate and you do not need to refer anyone to earn your Amazon GC. (Though sometimes it helps you earn more :).
Updated 1/19/08
List of places you can earn Amazon money:

Survey Savvy- Survey site where you complete surveys. You can redeem your points for Amazon Gift Certificates. I like this one.

Datatelligence Online-Complete surveys to earn points to spend on Amazon GC's. This one is okay, I don't get many surveys but I know others who get alot.

Weekly Reader Insiders (Teachers)- This is a survey site for teachers. You do surveys for points, and can redeem your points for a $10. Amazon gift card. Can earn one in 1-2 days if determined. When you sign up, please give my referral code: OHSACADEMY193

Weekly Reader Insiders (Kids & Teens)- Kids and Teens can sign up here. You earn points for surveys that you can redeem for a $10. Amazon GC. Can earn one in 1-2 days. When you sign up, please use my daughters referral code: PONYF1RE454

Lightspeed- You can earn $10. or $20. Amazon GC. It usually takes me a couple months to earn, depends on how many surveys you take. You could earn in as little as a month. I received $10. Amazon code in Nov.'07.

Epoll- Earn Amazon gift codes. This is a new one for me, so not sure how long it takes. Update 12/26/07- I have not received any surveys from this site yet. Not worth joining, I think.

National Geographic Explorer Panel- For teachers: Join the panel! I joined and I think only answered one survey and got a $10. Amazon gift certificate in my email a week later. To join the panel they ask you about 10 survey questions. Took me about 4 minutes. Note-Sometimes you get an Amazon GC, and sometimes you get something else.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Excellent survey sites for the UK

I've been looking for survey sites that will allow me to earn Amazon gift certificates, and have found a couple good survey sites for you all in the UK in the process! Here they are:

Toluna- Right now you can't earn Amazon GC's at this site, but you can earn points to convert to ipoints that you can then use to get all kinds of things free! Also, when you register for ipoints you can earn more from them directly and they will tell you other places to earn the points. This survey site is the kind where you do surveys, polls, and write opinions for points. You can have a public profile like on MySpace and upload a picture and such. Worth signing up for, and making me wish I was a Brit!

Juicy Brains Panel- You can earn $10. Amazon GC's here, or you can choose a different reward. I signed up simply to check it out for my loyal readers, and the only problem I have found with this site is that it loads rather slowly-and I'm using broadband. Otherwise- go earn Amazon cash!

Lightspeed Panel UK- I am a member of the US lightspeed site, and I love it! I have received PayPal cash from them and I believe they also offer Amazon gift cards too!

If I find more great survey sites you can join in the UK, that are worth joining, I'll post them here!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Old Time Radio Shows

Tonight I watched Cold Case on CBS. The detectives solved a case from 1938 that occurred on the day of Orson Welles radio broadcast War of the Worlds. I looked it up online because I would like to listen to it, and found a website where I can download it and listen for free! Not only that, but this site has many of the radio broadcasts from The Mercury Theatre available for download as well-again, free!
NOTE- I think these old radio shows are great, so I will add links to sites that offer them for free.

The Mercury Theatre on the Air

Radio Lovers
This one only lets you listen online, has pop-up ads, and many stories are separated into parts. Not my favorite, but still worth a mention.

Scholastic Instructor Sweepstakes-Monthly

Scholastic has a monthly sweepstakes for teachers. Every month the prize is different! Go enter, and let me know if you win!

Scholastic Instructor Sweepstakes

GoodNights Boxers- Free Sample

My child was a bedwetter until she was almost 9, and Goodnights worked well for her. They are expensive, so a free sample would have been really nice! They have a new style-worth trying if your child needs them!

Update 12/26/07- No longer offering free sample. Now offering a printable coupon for $1.00 off.

Goodnights Free $1. off coupon

Contests for Kids

I have found a number of contests for kids, and I keep finding more. I will update this post when I find more contests for children, so keep checking back! I only list contests which are free to enter. I have a new post for contests for kids, updated for 2008. It is a large list and worth checking out. Look in the January 2008 archives and you will find the new contests for kids post!

Humphrey Drawing Contest
-Submit your favorite scene from a Humphrey series book, and you could win:

  • A visit to your school from series author Betty G. Birney
  • A gift certificate for your own class pet
  • A signed set of books for your classroom

  • Deadline- Entires must be postmarked by March 15, 2008 and received by March 31, 2008

    My Home, The American Dream Contest- Scholastic contest, for grades K-8. Prizes include cash and digital cameras. Deadline unknown, can still enter as of 12/26/07.

    Artist to Artist Contest- Submit your self portrait and be entered to win these amazing prizes! Open to U.S. Continental residents, ages 6-9. Deadline- January 4, 2008

    Expired Contests:

    Write Like Mike Contest-Acclaimed sportswriter Mike Lupica has high scores with his new book series about kids who blow the game wide open both on and off the field. One grand prize winner will have his or her sports column featured in Sports Illustrated Kids magazine, $1000 worth of sports equipment donated to their school, and their name written into a future Comeback Kid novel! Deadline- Entries must be postmarked by Nov. 12, 2007 and received by Nov.16, 2007

    Moment Magazine Publish-A-Kid Contest- We invite young readers to write book reviews. Winning entries will be published in the pages of Moment. And yes, there will be prizes, too! Deadline- December 7, 2007

    Carole Marsh Mysteries- This is a kid's contest, but must be entered by a teacher for the entire class. It seems they have a shortage of entries as they have extended the deadline. If you are a teacher, enter your students! Parents, tell your child's teacher about this one! Description-You and your students could become literary heroes! Award-winning children’s author Carole Marsh will select an entire class—and its teacher—to star in her upcoming children’s mystery novel The Creepy Crawly Classroom Mystery. To enter, teachers and students in grades 1–8 must submit an essay and photo. Deadline- December 31, 2007

    Winning Ideas Contest for Teachers

    Send your response to this month's Winning Ideas contest question along with photos of your idea, and you'll be automatically entered to win free resources from Scholastic.

    This month we're showing you how thankful we are for your Winning Ideas by offering a free gift to every teacher who posts an idea on the contest message board!

    Winning Ideas Contest for Teachers

    I'm going to get to work on my ideas today! It will be neat to see what other teachers come up with too.

    Free Book from Scholastic

    Scholastic is offering a free book right now. I'm not sure what book it is, but it seems targeted to toddler through pre-school age children. I usually like Scholastic's books, so it will probably be worth it!

    Little Scholastic Book Giveaway

    Free Autographed Picture of Drew Carey

    Drew Carey fans, Price is Right fans, and autograph collectors- This one's for you! You can mail or email a request for an autographed picture of Drew Carey, the new host of the Price is Right!

    Mail request to:

    The Price Is Right
    Price Productions
    7800 Beverly Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Email request to:

    Kay Hooper Autographed Book

    This isn't a freebie, per say, but a great deal! Kay Hooper is one of my favorite authors, and so I have been searching for how to get an autograph. I found it! A bookstore in Kay Hooper's hometown offers autographed copies of her books. They don't charge extra for the autograph! You can request a generic autograph or a personalized autograph on any of Kay Hooper's books! So you just pay for the book you want, at regular price, and request the autograph. Awesome!

    Fireside Bookstore

    Saturday, November 3, 2007

    Teachers-Free $10. Amazon Gift Certificate

    I stumbled upon this one by accident, and I am thrilled! Weekly Reader has a new program this year called uBoost. Schools can sign up for a free subscription this year. You sign up your students and they can take a quiz for each issue of the Weekly Reader magazine you choose. They earn points by doing this which you can use for items for your classroom or incentives for students. Right after signing up I saw I had been given 2500 points which I could (and did) redeem for a $10. Amazon gift certificate. Save up your points and get 3 of them as any purchase over $25. at Amazon gives you free shipping.
    Homeschools- The offer doesn't specifically exclude your school, so go for it!

    Weekly Reader uBoost

    Update 11/22/07- It appears uBoost has run out of Amazon gift cards for now.

    Thursday, November 1, 2007

    Survey sites

    You may have seen ads online claiming you can make hundreds or thousands just by sitting at your computer and answering surveys. And you only have to pay $39.95 for a list of the companies to register with!! That is bunk. You don't need to pay a thing to join a survey company, and you sure aren't going to make hundreds or thousands each month doing surveys. But it can be fun, and you can make a little money. I have tried lots of companies and found several I am happy with. When I have more time I'm going to check out some others, but for now here are my top choices:

    Lightspeed Panel- You earn points for completing surveys and can use them to get gift certificates, PayPal cash (which you can deposit into your bank account), and other items. I have received $25. to my PayPal account as well as gotten to review 2 new air freshener products. I didn't get to keep the products, but had my house smelling fresh for a month for free!

    Pinecone Research- You get paid by PayPal or check for completing surveys. I have been with them a little over a month and have already received a check. The only way to sign up with this coveted company is to click on one of their banner ads, which they run every few months. I have seen their banners at on several occasions.

    SurveyPolice- This isn't a survey website, but a website that will tell you about most, if not all, of the survey companies online! You can find out which are legitimate, what other folks think of them, and more! I recently found this site, and of course it is free! A must visit for newbies!

    Free Magazines

    I wanted to write about where your could get free issues of your favorite magazines, so I started doing some research. From checking out free sites, I thought there would be a few, but not many. I was so wrong!! After searching Google I found lots- I ended up filling 10 pages in my word processor and I am still searching! I decided rather than post that many magazine freebies here I would start a new blog just for those. I started the blog, and am organizing the magazine samples, free trials, and free subscriptions by subject. So if you want free magazines, check out my Free Magazines blog and keep checking back because I will add to each category as I find more magazines!

    Sunday, October 28, 2007

    Old Orchard Juice-Sweepstakes, Coupons + More!

    Old Orchard Juice is having a sweepstakes- Win Juice for a Year! Also print a free coupon for $1. off 2 juices, or order one of their mail-in offers! [Update 3/08-current promotions include win a SUV sweeps and more.]

    Old Orchard Sweepstakes

    Castrol Sweepstakes, Scholarship, Coupons, Podcasts

    Castrol Oil is currently having some awesome promotions! You will find sweepstakes you can enter to win prizes, a scholarship opportunity, and coupons to save on oil! If your car, van, or truck leaks oil like my van does, the coupon for $6. off a case of oil will come in handy!

    Castrol Promotions

    Kelloggs Cereal-Freebies and Sweepstakes

    At the Kellogg's Website I found a page that lists all their promotions! You can find out what toys are in which cereal boxes, enter a sweepstakes, or learn how to order one of their many mail-in offers. The mail in offers are great- all require proofs of purchase (UPC) from Kellogg's products (but you could get some of these from friends) and though some are free, some require a "postage and handling" fee. Still, it is neat to see you can order a Shrek bowl or straw, a Little Mermaid fleece blanket, Cholesterol test kit, T-Shirt, or even an inflatable Boogie Board! There are lots of offers here, and I think I'm going to start collecting cereal box UPC's!

    Kellogg's Promotion Page

    Free stuff from Walmart!

    I don't really like to shop at Walmart. I prefer to support local small businesses. With that said, I must say I don't mind Walmart sending me stuff for free! Their website always has freebies available. They change about every week, and if you look around a bit you may find freebies not advertised on their freebies page. Some freebies I have gotten from Walmart include: laundry soap, dryer sheets, Ziplock sample, and shampoo.

    Walmart Freebies

    In My Mailbox

    This month I have received several free items in my mailbox! I will include links where appropriate so you can order them too!

    -Hormel Foods. 3 coupons for $2. off any Hormel Product. I received these coupons after calling to complain about a new product I had purchased. They were microwave meals and the food smelled strongly of plastic, even when taken out of the container to heat. I was unable to eat them because of possible plastic toxicity.

    -Quaker Oatmeal. 4 coupons for $4. off any Quaker product. I received these coupons after calling to complain when I found the remains of a bug in my instant oatmeal. Ugh! Great customer service though, and these coupons will come in handy!

    -Lewis and Clark Poster set and Study Guide. I ordered this online for the Lewis and Clark unit we are doing in our homeschool. This is an excellent set! About 10 full size, color posters and a neat study guide to help me teach the unit! This is for teachers (homeschool and traditional) and priority is given to grades 5 and 6 teachers. This excellent set didn't cost me a penny!

    -Scholastic Magazine Samples. Scholastic produces a bunch of magazines for the classroom on a variety of subjects! The samples are great- I was able to look them over and show my daughter so I know which ones will work best for us in our homeschool.

    -K'NEX Free Sample. I ordered a free sample from K'nex for my daughter- it was a small package with K'nex to build a little car! She has already built a couple other things using them. This is a really neat freebie! [Sample offer is over 3/08]

    -Greenies Sample. I ordered a free sample from Greenies (my cats love these!). I received Roasted chicken flavor for cats- a fairly good size sample!

    Good Freebie Site

    As you may know, many so called "freebie" offers are not really free. Some are just plain scams, some require purchase, some tell you to email 10 or more friends and get them to email 10 friends and so on. Some offers require a lengthy survey that never really ends or delivers massive spam to your email. I will never list that type of freebie in this blog. Most freebie sites do list these, but I found one that doesn't! This site lists genuine freebie offers and allows users to comment on the offer. So if someone finds it isn't a real freebie, you will know. The site seems fairly busy-today I have had trouble loading comments but everything I clicked was a good offer. So check this one out if you are a freebie hunter!

    AbsurdlyCool Freebie Finder -- Automatically find the best freebies online!

    Free Pizza for Homeschoolers!

    Schools around the country have participated in Pizza Hut's Book-It program for many years. It has been found to be a successful program encouraging children to read by offering the incentive of a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut when the child has reached their monthly reading goal. Now homeschooled families can participate as well! Signing up for the program is free, and homeschool teachers will be sent coupons for each participating child for the school year, as well as instructions and hints for making the program a success. I signed up in September and have received my child's pizza coupons for the year! This is an excellent program and is completely free- no gimmicks.

    I have seen some people selling these coupons on Ebay recently. This makes me angry. If people abuse Pizza Hut's homeschool policy then it is possible they will stop making this available to homeschoolers. So please do not buy the coupons from Ebay, and do not request them if you are planning to sell them. Be honest, and keep this program available to everyone!

    Pizza Hut Book-It Program

    Friday, October 12, 2007

    Absolutely Free Computer Games!

    I remember some of the computer games I played in elementary school. My absolute favorite was Oregon Trail, and I loved Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego! I spent a lot of time searching the net for these games (free, preferably!) and finally found them! This website has tons of classic games, including the aforementioned games. All are free to download, spyware and adware free! So far I have found this site to be a legitimate download site. It is legal and doesn't put junk like viruses or trojan horses on my computer! It is slow to load but worth the wait. You can download the games directly to your computer and once you have done that you can play anytime! NOTE: Unfortunately, I couldn't get Oregon Trail to work. It could be my computer, or it could be the file on the site. Just don't want you Oregon Trail fans to get too excited! All other games I downloaded work fine though!

    Here is the site:

    Home of the Underdogs

    Other trusted game download sites:

    Music Download- Free, legal, MP3 download site. Trusted site!

    Favorite Pet Freebie

    I have several cats- not quite enough to be crazy but enough so that my family thinks I'm crazy! Well, my cats like treats. I found a company who has been offering freebies for about 2 years without fail! They will give you a sample of their treats for your cat or dog! I have never ordered the dog freebie as I only have cats, so I can only tell you what I have gotten for my cats. I have ordered free samples from them several times over the past couple years (they seem to let you order once every 6 months or so). Once they sent a full size package of treats, once one small sample pack, and a couple times 3-5 small sample packs of different flavors. And always a $1. off coupon on my next purchase! So go there, get your cat or dog a treat, and be prepared for treat addicted pets! Even my pickiest cats love these!


    Thursday, October 4, 2007

    Google Adsense- Make money with your blog or site!

    I just signed up for Google Adsense for this blog. Do you see the ads at the top of the page? Every time someone clicks on one I make money! If you have a blog or website, you can make money with Google Adsense too! All I did is sign up for Google Adsense, wait for approval (they want to make sure my site isn't pornographic), and then I posted the html code on my site. It was easy, and I hope will be profitable.

    Tuesday, October 2, 2007

    Your children can earn free stuff by reading!

    My daughter loves Highlights Magazine, and would love a subscription. It is a bit too expensive for us though, so she just reads them at the doctors office. Now, she can earn a free 6 month subscription! I recently found a website where kids can earn points for books they read. When your child reads a book, you help him/her look it up on the site. Then your child takes a 10 question quiz and earns points! The site has a huge directory of books to chose from-you can eve print out a booklist and head to the library. Prizes that can be earned include the aforementioned Highlights subscription, books, bookmark, candy bar.
    Teachers, you can sign up your students!
    Here is the link to the site:
    Book Adventure

    How are your writing skills? (No experience necessary!)

    Several months ago I found a site called Associated Content. I love it! Since I was a child I have enjoyed writing, and now I can write and get paid for it! Anyone can join, and you don't have to have awesome writing skills to make money. Sometimes I wonder how some of the writers graduated fifth grade grammar! It isn't a blog, like this. You can write about pretty much anything you want. I have written articles about mental health issues, parenting, and news articles. You can do product reviews, report on the news, create "how to" articles-anything really. There are 2 ways you can get paid-upfront payment and performance bonus. You will get performance bonus for all your articles-this is based on page views. You can also submit your article for an upfront payment and AC will make an offer you can accept or reject. My last 2 articles were accepted with payments of $5.67 and $3.13. Surprisingly, my shorter articles seem to get better offers. Check it out, this might be your thing too!

    Join Associated Content

    A couple quick mentions-Freecycle and Sweeps site

    It is late, so I'm going to let you know about a couple sites I really like.
    First is the best sweepstakes site online. On this site you will find REAL sweepstakes and contests, not ones that make you go through a million survey questions for you to then find you really don't get anything at all. I hate those! It is worth it to register on this site, as then you have access to notes which often let you know if a certain sweep is worth your time or not. Read the forums, and introduce yourself! There are thousands of legitimate sweeps on this site, and lots of folks have won lots of stuff. So here is the link for the sweepstakes site:

    The next site I'll mention tonight is a place where regular people give away stuff they don't want anymore! This is really neat because almost anything can be given. Once I furnished nearly all of my apartment with items I received here. Also, I have been able to easily get rid of extra stuff laying around my place! Some things I can gotten include: Violin for my daughter, clothing, furniture, cat litter. Some things I have given are: DVDs, VHS tapes, kids toys, clothing, furniture. I will give the link to the main site where you can find a group near where you live. There is a Yahoo group for almost every geographical location in the world! So join and find what you need and give what you don't! Here's the link:

    Sunday, September 30, 2007

    Win by searching?

    Today I found a site that advertises winning prizes by searching. I have seen a few similar ones in the past but they were way too obnoxious to bother with. This one doesn't annoy me so far, so I'm giving it a try!
    I am using it like I would use Google, doing searches like I normally would. So far I have found the results to be as good if not better than Google's. I can win entries into a drawing and other prizes they are giving away. Also, if I win then one of my friends wins the same thing-and vice versa! Join with me and lets see what happens!

    Update 12/26/07- I have won alot of points on Winzy, but nothing else so far. I do know people who have won stuff, including Amazon GC's though, so I'm keeping on!

    Win Free Prizes

    My first blog

    Well, I've finally decided to give this blogging thing a try! I spent some time thinking about what I wanted to blog about, and made a decision. I've read other blogs about making money with blogs, and blogs about lots of different ways to make or get money. I'm going to give it a try! This blog will detail my adventures in trying to make money online as well as getting things worth money. I will enter contests, sweepstakes, join Google Adsense, and do whatever else I can. Hopefully, my journey will net me more than enough to pay for my internet access, and perhaps even provide much needed funds for my child's education.

    Oh, yeah-about me! I'm a 30 year old woman parenting my 10 year old daughter on my own. The divorce came about when she was 2, and was necessary as my ex broke my only rule-don't hurt the kids. So I struck out on my own, battling a disability and trying to do the best I can to provide my daughter with all she needs without any support from the ex. Oh, and I homeschool! Yep, even low income single disabled parents can do it!! As my disabling condition has improved, I'm working hard to open my own used bookstore in a small rural town. Any of us that live in the county have to travel at least 40 miles to get the the nearest bookstore! It will take a year or so, but will be worth it! So that is me in a nutshell, and I'll write more about our homeschool and goals later. My hope is that this blog will help my family reach our goals, and perhaps help your family reach yours as well!