Saturday, October 24, 2009

Freebies for October 24th

I know its a bit hit or miss when you click on my blog, but please keep checking back. Someday I'll start updating daily again :)

Free sample of Kashi granola bars! (These are really good!)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Today's Coupons!

I usually don't do much with coupons here, but I think its time I did. Today I spent about 2 hours online searching, printing, and then cutting out coupons. When I went shopping I saved $18.00- that equals out to $9. an hour! Here are some coupon deals I found today:

Nabisco- Coupon booklet sent to you via snail-mail when you register.

PetSmart- Printable coupon to save $5. off your $25.00 purchase. Expires 7/25/09.

Idahoan- Printable coupon for Idahoan mashed potatoes.

Campbell's- Printable coupon for $1. off 2 cooking soups.

- Lots of coupons here: Multi-grain Cheerios, Fiber One, Total, Banana Nut Cheerios, Pillsbury Savorings, Pillsbury Simply refridgerated Cookie Dough, Suddenly Salad, Hamburger Helper, Bisquick, Chex Mix, Fruit Roll Ups, Nature Valley, More.

Betty Crocker- Sign up and you can get printable coupons for a number of products. I believe these are the same coupons that you can print from Pillsbury above.

Smart Source- The printable coupon offers change, but today they have: Huggies wipes, Scott tissue, Huggies Diapers, Tony's pizza, Yoplait, Viva paper towels, and more.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today's Freebies July 15, 2009

I know its been awhile- I had a full-time job outside my home until this week so haven't had time. Anyway, here are today's freebies:

Click Here for the newest Pet Freebies!

Click Here for the newest Baby/Toddler Freebies!

Ashley Tisdale- Ashley's new album Guilty Pleasure is available on July 28th. Help celebrate the release by throwing your own party! We have Ashley Party Packs complete with enough goodies for you and your friends! Each pack comes with 5 Ashley Berry Lip Glosses, 15-20 Guilty Pleasure posters, 5 sticker packs, 1 Guilty Pleasure CD, and 1 Note from Ashley!

Kraft Mac & Cheese- Print coupons for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Deluxe or Velveeta Mac & Cheese, and click daily for Kraft to donate Mac & Cheese to a charity.

Measuring Tape- Free measuring tape from

Emma Watson Poster- Registering on allows you to join our forums, comment on blogs, and upload photos. Plus, if you register today, you'll receive an exclusive Emma Watson poster for FREE!

Ziplock Pack & Go Giftpack- First 10,000 people to respond will receive a Ziploc® Pack-and-Go Gift Pack.

Windex- Coupon for $2.50 off Windex All in One Starter Kit.

Sure Deodorant- Rebate offer. Buy Sure for Men, Sure with Natural Extracts, or Sure Max Clinical Power. Print the rebate form (pdf) and send it in with the receipt and UPC number. You will need to purchase one of these products with a "Try Me Free" sticker on it.

Country Bob's Sauce- They will send you a coupon for a free bottle of original All Purpose Sauce redeemable at a retailer near you.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wahoo's Free Taco

Do you tweet? If you have a local Wahoo's nearby then you can follow them on Twitter for free tacos!

Daily Freebies April 12, 2009

A reminder today if you are new to my blog- Check out my archives! Occasionally I go through the archives and find freebie offers still available after a year or more.

Text for Free Tote TODAY-
Text the word decree to 467467
They respond - please reply with the first 7 digit number
Reply- 6627411
They respond with thanks - your free tote will shp in 6 to 8 weeks. If they don't already have your info they'll ask for address, phone number.

Slap Energy Drink- Free 16 oz Slap Energy Drink (Arkansas, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma only).

No Dark Lips
- Sample of product that is supposed to fix dark lips. Seems to be available in multiple countries.

Lisa Hoffman Skin Care
- Free sample product, scroll down to click link.

Accu-Chek Aviva Skins- Free skins for your Accu-Chek blood sugar monitor.

Earthbound Farm Organic- Take the pledge! If you are one of the first 10,000 each week during the month of April you win a free Earthbound Farm Organic reusable shopping tote.

Precious Places DVD
- Mattel is offering a free Precious Places DVD. Click on "order DVD".

Caress Skin Care- Free sample. Scroll down and click on product or "learn more". The next page has a link to the free sample.

Dove- Free sample of Heat Defense or Intense Damage Therapy shampoo. (The offer page says March, but you can still order a sample)

Always- Happy Period Kit that includes free samples. (2 per household)

Aquafresh- Free sample size of toothpaste. Must print out coupon.

DVD- Free DVD of PBS show "To the Contrary", Special on Immigration's impact.

Hallmark- Free personalized greeting card. At checkout, use promo code: TRIAL. select MAIL FOR ME as your sending option. card and stamp are free.You may need to sign up for an online account. This does not require any payment or CC info. This is very cool- you can even add a picture of your own to the card! (US only)

Bumper Sticker-
Free "Kids Shouldn't Smoke" bumper sticker.

BeingGirl Sample Kit-
Sign up now to get free beinggirl Sample Kit. Just fill out the quick survey below to begin! Included in the kit are:2 Regular Tampax Pearl Tampons, 1 Lite Tampax Pearl Tampon, 1 Always Infinity Feminine Pad, 2 Always Pantiliners, and 1 Always Feminine Wipe. Kit comes with free product coupon also. To qualify your birth year must be 1991 or later. Alternate Links- Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

Walmart- Today's Walmart Freebies are: Huggies Pure & Natural Diaper, Nicoderm CQ, Jergens Natural Glow, Eucerin lotion, Gain, Crest Whitestrip, Goodnights, Rachel Ray Nutrish, Always Maxi pads.

Gas-X- Free sample of Gas-X Thin Strips and coupon.

Huggies Pure & Natural- Diaper sample. (USA and Canada)

Jewels Tobacco- Free hookah tobacco sample, must be 21 or older.

Airborne- Sample of Airborne.

Snus- Sample offer with $1. shipping cost.

Metamucil- Sample of Pink Lemonade and Berry Burst.

UnderJams- Sample of Underjams for bed-wetting.

Splenda- Sample includes 2 packets of Splenda no calorie sweetener with fiber.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Kraft First Taste

I just found out about this, so don't know much yet. From what I understand, being a member has benefits such as: Free product trials, Coupons, Sweeps.

Kraft First Taste

If anyone knows more about this, feel free to leave a comment.

Denny's Free Slamwich on April 8, 2009

Denny's gave away some 2 million Grand Slam breakfasts on Feb. 3. Now they're at it again with the "Pass Along Grand Slam Kindness" promotion. From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, you can get a free Grand Slamwich for a friend when you order a Grand Slam for yourself.

"We invite you to bring a friend . . . anyone who could use a hug, a smile, a lift, a free meal. . . . I'm sure everyone knows someone who they want to pass Grand Slam kindness on to," says Mark Chmiel, chief marketing and innovation officer.

Walmart Freebies for April 5, 2009

Here are the Walmart Freebies available today:

Nicoderm CQ

Parent's Choice Baby Formula


Rachel Ray Dog Food

Gain Detergent and Fabric Softener

Zyrtec Allergy

Eucerin Plus Lotion

Crest Whitestrips

Jergens Natural Glow Moisterizer

Always Infinity Pads

Free Product Replacement

I've found a few companies that replace defective and/or broken products. Very cool!

Levi's will replace jeans that have defects in them from being worn, such as broken zippers, crotch busted, and the pockets wearing. Call the number below and if you've had the jeans for no more than 2-3 yrs they will replace them. They send you a paid postage tag and a form, You can request a different size or a size larger. They usually arrive in 4-6 weeks and are a brand new pair .
1-800-usa-levi (Note- From further research it seems you need to pay to ship the jeans to them, but they'll ship your new ones at their cost. Also, you can take advantage of this guarantee by returning them to the store but you'll likely need a receipt if you do it that way.)

Microsoft Replaces Worn Mouse(s)
If you have one that needs to be replaced:
Send a letter to the following address :
Microsoft Corporation
PO BOX 1096
Buffalo, NY 14240-1096
OR CALL FREE at 800-360-7561 x 1 . All you will need is a part number.
A service provided by microsoft for all of its products, they send you out a replacement if their hardware (peripherals) dont work!

Daily Freebies April 5, 2009

Here are today's freebie finds:

Bumper Sticker- Free "Give Wildlife A Break" bumper sticker.

Arby's- Join the club and they'll email you a coupon for a free product.

Degree for Men- Free sample.

Captain D's- Join the club! Each new member will then receive a welcome email along with a coupon good for a FREE Fish & Fries or a FREE Chicken & Fries for joining.

Kotex- Free sample of Kotex Overnight pads.

Letter Opener- We will ship for free the Letter Opener with Mailfinity logo to everyone.

Halle Berry Fragrances- Sample of Halle perfume. Brief survey- not a scam one.

John Deere Hat- If the link doesn't work, try again later. Expired.

Catnip Budz- Free sample of gourmet catnip. Expired.

Hendrickson's Sweet Vinegar and Olive Oil- Free sample packet.

Notecard Samples- Request a notecard sample. Every month they send out 24 samples randomly.

Nikwax- This is legit but requires you to complete a (short) survey and web quiz. Answer the questions correctly and win a free Nikwax product.

Flavored Coffee- Three lucky winners each week will receive a FREE 1/2 pound bag (8 ounces) of the coffee of their choice. Can now enter once per day!

Vix Headbands- Sign up to receive a coupon and 4 free Vix headbands. Expired.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Daily Freebies March 31, 2009

Here are today's freebie finds:

Quaker Oats Mini Delights- Free sample.

Emergen-C- Free drink sample, stickers, coupon. New link added 4/12.

Billy Boy Candy Pocket Tin
- Free sample of Billy Boy Candy Pocket Tin.

April 1, 2009- Tim Hortons Free Chicken Wrap

On April 1 enjoy a Tim Hortons Chicken Wrap for Free from 11:30am to 2pm. Limit one wrap per customer.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Free Homeschool Curriculum

This organization provides free homeschool curriculum for homeschool families who have a financial need. This will be a huge blessing for my family, and so I wanted to pass this along.

If you have homeschool materials you can donate, please do so!

The Book Samaritan

April 21st- Ben & Jerry's Free Ice Cream

Tuesday, April 21st is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s, and you know what that means...
free ice cream for you!

As a way to thank our customers for their support and to celebrate 31 years of scooping the chunkiest, funkiest ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops are happily giving it away!

Daily Freebies March 29, 2009

Today's Walmart Freebies- Cottonelle toilet tissue and flushable wipes, Metamucil, Parents Choice Baby Formula, Nicoderm CQ, Eucerin lotion, Zyrtec, Old Spice Body Wash, Crest Whitestrips, Jergens Natural Glow moisturizer, Gain laundry detergent, Kotex pads.

Friendly's Ice Cream- Join Friendly's BFF and get a coupon for free 3-scoop ice cream.

Kashi- Free box of granola bars (Canada only).

Immunity Action Bottled Water- Free bottled water, T-shirt, and other stuff. This appears to be a contest rather than guaranteed free stuff, but worth entering I think.

PETA- Free stickers for kids. Note- Be sure to look at these before ordering.

Stickers- Free sticker sample kit.

Sun Crystals- New artificial sweetener product free sample. (Personal note- In my educated opinion all these artificial sweeteners (including Splenda) contain cancer-causing chemicals. Use at your own risk.)

Perfume- Celine Dion Sensational fragrance sample. Expired.

Poster- Anatomy of an Entrepreneur free poster.

Horse Freebie- Emerald Valley Equine Formula sample.

Daily Bread- Free sample, but they'll send the sample with a sales person. Offer is limited to residents of locations where Daily Bread has authorized representatives.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Free Seeds 2009

Looking for free seeds for your garden? Check out the links below!

Plant Food
- Not seeds, but a free sample of plant food. This is a legit offer, but you'll need to browse the site to get the sample.

Basil Seed- Free pack of basil seeds. Update- Now offering free pack of basil seeds with purchase only.

Bentley Seeds- Free sample. Scroll down to choose what type of seeds you want a sample of and click for the form.

Wildflower Seeds (Georgia only)- To request free seed packets or seed sources, call GDOT communications at (404) 463-6455.

Free Campbell’s Tomato Seeds- Link is on the right. enter Code 1: P8039 and Code 2: U6 and choose any variety.

Winter Sow Seeds- This offer requires you to go through the website (if you don't want to play the games just click next on each page) and at the end of your "tour" you will need to print the page with the seed offer and mail it in with a SASE within 7 days to get your seeds.

Seeds for the Hungry- Free packet of seeds for people willing to share what they grow with the hungry.

Bee-Friendly Wildflowers- Send SASE to:
Häagen-Dazs Saves the Honey Bees Program/Domino
50 San Francisco Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94133

Sunflower Seeds- We'll send sunflower seeds to each participant in our project.

Seeds for Kids- Free seed packets for kids.

Today's Freebies March 22, 2009

Here are your daily freebies:

Noisy Planet
- Free posters, pens, pencils, and car magnet. Protect your ears! Temporarily Out of Stock

Free Thomas & Friends Wooden Train
- At Toys R Us Today! Print the coupon and take it to your nearest Toys R Us store March 21 and March 22 for your free train.

Cream of Wheat- Free sample. Expired.

Krispy Kreme- Join "Friends of Krispy Kreme" and get a coupon for a free donut.

Aquafresh- Free toothpaste sample.

Energy Drink- Lion's Challenge kit- includes both a 8.3-ounce can of Red Bull and a 12-ounce can of Roaring Lion Energy Drink. Only 1000 per month.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Religious Freebies 2009

I will list all religious freebies here and categorize by religion. I'll update this post as I find more.
Note- Offers that are for a specific denomination will be listed under that denomination rather than the generic "Christian".


Book- Free copy of "The Beast- Who will Worship it?" (32 pages).

Bumper Sticker- Free "Not I, But Christ" bumper sticker.

The AntiChrist- Voice of Elijah is offering a free booklet titled "The AntiChrist".

How to Study the Bible- Free booklet.

Our Daily Bread
- Free daily devotionals sample. (US and Canada)

Partners in Grace- We will send you a free copy of Peter’s new book ‘Partners in Grace’ (e-book will be sent for those outside North America).

The Dove- Free daily devotional "The Word for you Today".

Christian Music Downloads- Free and legal Christian music downloads.

Bible Bookmarks for Kids
- They accept orders from churches only, not individuals.

Disability Awareness- The sample packet includes one of each of the following:
  • John 10:10 "Full Life" Poster
  • Adult Bible Study
  • Youth Bible Study
  • Bulletin Insert
  • Sermon Outline
  • Litany
Holy Land Cup- To receive this offer without making a contribution today please call 1-714-971-4000 or write to: Crystal Cathedral Ministries, PO Box 100, Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92842.

My Bible First- Children's materials. If you're interested in free samples, please call our office at 877-242-5317.

"Jesus First" Pin- Visit the website for how to request the pin. This is a snail-mail offer by Jerry Falwell Ministries.

Free Salvation Materials
- Scroll to the bottom of the page to order. They will send sermon tapes, gospel tracts, bible study guides. They will also send you a KJV Bible if you are in need. If you need materials in languages other than English, contact them as I understand they can help with that.

Tortured for Christ- Free book.


Fatima Holy Water- Request free Fatima Holy Water. (US and Canada, maybe others)

Contraception: Why Not?
- Free CD

Miraculous Medal
- Fill out a short survey for a free Miraculous Medal.

Free Brown Scapular

Catholic Sacramentals-
Get a free rosary, scapular, and miraculous medal.

Jehovah's Witness:

Request a Visit- Jehovah's Witnesses have a number of publications, including a bible, bible study guides, and magazines they offer for free. You can ask the people who visit you what is available. These are free.


Request a Shalom Baltimore Welcome Kit

Click here or call 410-466-INFO (4636) to receive a free Shalom Baltimore Welcome Kit sent courtesy of Jewish Information Referral Service (JIRS).

Passover Poster-
Free passover poster.


Consistent Life Ethic Bumper Sticker- Send an email for the free bumper sticker.

CD and Booklet- Pro-Choice Exposed.

Baby Freebies 2009

I will update this post as I find more baby and toddler freebies.

Huggies- Huggies Pure & Natural Sample. (I got 2 diapers in the sample I ordered.)

Sippy Cup- Free sippy cup from Juicy Juice. I received one and its great!

Winn Dixie Baby Club- Free baby stuff, points on baby purchases, special offers via snail-mail.

- Free Goodnights Boxer sample.

UnderJams Night Wear- Free sample of UnderJams night wear. (US and Canada)

Canada Freebies 2009

I will update this post as I find more freebies for Canadians only!

Kashi- Coupon for free box of Kashi Granola Bars (Canada only).

Heinz Baby Club- Sign up for the Heinz Baby Club and receive information and special offers throughout the first year of your baby’s life.

UK Freebies 2009

When I run across freebies for you folks in the United Kingdom and surrounding areas I'll post them here. I will update this post whenever I find freebies for you.

Seeds- Free packet of seeds, one per household.

Whites Premium Dog Food- Free sample.

Pet Freebies 2009

All pet freebies found this year will be posted here, so check back for the newest pet freebies!

Science Diet- Several current promotions include coupons and "buy one get one" offers.

Whites Premium Dog Food- Free sample.

Timberwolf Organics- Free cat or dog food sample.

Rachel Ray's Dog Food- Free sample of Nutrish dog food.

Pegetables- Gourmet Natural Vegetable Dog Treats Free Sample.

Bruster's Real Ice Cream- Free Sundae and Free Parfait for your dog!

Kitten Kit- Sign up for a free Purina Kitten Care Kit.

Flint River Ranch- Free dog or cat food sample (Link on bottom of page). When ordering a free sample you don't need to enter payment information!

ADT Pet Alert Window Cling- Order this free window cling to inform rescue personnel that you have pets in the home.

Benny Bullys Pet Treats- Get a free sample of Benny Bullys cat or dog treats. (When I tried to sign up for this one I was referred to a dealer and told to ask them for a sample. I know others have received this though, so it may depend on where you live.)

Mighty Dog- You get a coupon for a free can of Mighty Dog canned dog food. Sometimes you get a coupon for the free can and sometimes you get a coupon for a free can when you buy 5. Expired.

Drontal Plus Cleanup Bags Dispenser- There has been a mixed response with this freebie offer. There are some reports of people not receiving the freebie, but others have reported receiving and enjoying this freebie.

Purina Puppy Care Program- I'm not exactly sure what you get (I didn't sign up as I don't have a puppy). If you have trouble with the link, click here and scroll down for link on bottom of page.

Breath-A-Licious- Free bone that freshens breath, cleans teeth, and aids in digestion.

- I have posted this one before, and am posting again because Greenies are awesome! My cats love them more than any other treat. You can sign up for a cat sample, dog sample, or both!

Doggie Delightz- Free sample. Made from only the finest all natural and organic ingredients, are just as healthy as they are delicious! Expired.

Cesar Dog Food Sample- First you need to register, then sign up for the freebie. Registration link HERE and freebie link HERE.

Yesterday's News Litter- This is for a coupon you can print out for $1.50 off. My cats hated it, but I may try it on my rats. I have read that this is good for critters. (Some users have reported problems using this coupon at Wal-Mart, but have had no trouble at Petco and PetSmart.)

Frosty Paws Birthday Club- Sign your pet up for the birthday club for a card and coupon for a free treat on your pet's birthday. Alternative links: One

Turtle Food- Free sample of turtle or tortoise food. This is a mail-in offer.

Blue Dog Food- Take the "True Blue Test" (easy and quick) and you'll get a Blue Welcome Kit with a $5. coupon off a bag of Blue Dog Food.

Blue Cat Food- Same as above, but for cats.

The Goodlife Recipe- Coupon for $3. off cat or dog food, and $1. off cat or dog treats.

Freebie Categories

I am finding lots of freebies today and so I've decided to bring back Freebie Categories. As I get posts up in these categories I'll place links to them in this post.

For new visitors to my site- I only post freebies and offers that I have personally checked. There are no "endless survey" freebies here, no freebies that require a credit card, no scams or shams. Only genuine freebies are listed here. I cannot guarantee you will receive a freebie you sign up for- some companies are better than others at actually mailing them out. If I find I have listed a freebie that nobody ever receives, I won't list freebies from that organization any longer.

Occasionally I go through all my freebie posts and check links. I always post when I do this. I have found a surprising number of freebies still available a year after they first are posted, so its worth it to check my old blog posts. Older posts will list the last date I checked links.

Freebie Categories:

Pet Freebies

Religious Freebies (Not just Christian, but all religions)

Baby Freebies

Magazine Subscription Freebies

Teacher & Homeschool Freebies (I always specify if a freebie is available to homeschools)

Today's Freebies March 21, 2009

Here are today's freebie finds:

Volpi VIP Club- Be the first to try new Volpi Italian meat products as a member of our VIP Club tasting panel, and get exclusive offers and member discounts. Sign up is absolutely free!

American Sign Language (ASL) classes online- There are 45 full lessons with practice cards, workbooks, Curriculum Master Sheet, and a vast library.

Beyond Seven Condom Sample- Get a free latex condom from Beyond Seven.

Eye Facts for Children Poster- You can print the poster or request one be sent to you free of charge.

Shampoo Sample
- sample bottle of one of the highest quality shampoos we've ever seen: Aveda Black Malva Pure Plant® shampoo. Note- During the sign-up process they'll ask you to take a survey. This is a real one and you can choose not to take it and still get your sample.

Free 5 Pack of Humalog Insulin Pens with Prescription
1. Complete the questions below, read and accept the terms, and click the submit button.
2. Print the voucher and visit your doctor to see which Humalog® KwikPen® is right for you.
3. If you receive a prescription, take it and your voucher to the pharmacy to get a free five pack of Humalog® KwikPen®, Humalog® Mix 75/25 KwikPen® or Humalog® Mix 50/50 KwikPen®

Lanset Samples for Diabetics- Try Unistik 3 for yourself.

Free NASCAR decal for your favorite Chevy driver- This would be great to save as a stocking stuffer!

Vegetarian Starter Kit
- Not sure what is in the kit, but going Veggie is healthy!

Free Killian’s Irish Red Brewmaster’s Tasting Kit- Enter site by entering your birthdate, click "Begin Journey", then on the left is the link for the tasting kit. -register and use one of these codes: P3W9L4T M9N7K3K or W3K4H96 -includes tasting glasses, a bottle opener, and a tasting guide. Resident of AL, CT, HI, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NC, NJ, OR, SD, UT, VA, VT, or WV.

Twilight Stuff- Join Twilight Anonymous if you are a Twilight fan. They sometimes send out free stuff.

Monitor Wipes- Free sample of Ringtonica Monitor Wipes.

Wal-Mart Freebies- Don't forget to check these a couple times a week- they change often! Today's Wal-Mart Freebies include: Tampons (a couple different brands), Lemonade Drink Mix, Baby Formula, Kotex pads, and Crest toothpaste.

Old Navy $75. off $100. Coupon

I don't shop Old Navy but thought some of you could use this. From what I understand, you need to go to when the website updates each week (as coupons are limited) and mouse-over parts of the site until you find the coupon you want.

The Old Navy coupon website has been updating at between 6-9PM western time on Thursday evening for the last 3 weeks.

Here is a video (not by me) that shows what to do:

Old Navy Coupon Instructions

ChaCha is Hiring Guides!

If you have been interested in signing up to be a ChaCha Guide, now is the time! Please use my email as a referral- and sign up at this link- Be a ChaCha Guide.

If you have any questions about ChaCha feel free to email me at the email address above. I can help you with the sign up process and getting started as a guide.

How much ChaCha pays- Chacha has changed its pay structure twice since I started as a Guide almost a year ago. The current pay, as of this post, is on a per question basis. Most new Guides average $2 to $3 an hour. Many experienced Guides make about $5. to $6. an hour.

I think ChaCha is an excellent way to make a bit of extra gas or pizza money, but not a great way to make a living.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

How to Invest in the Stock Market for Free!

Originally in this post I linked to one of my AC articles, but it appears the article was "spammy sales copy" so was removed. No bad feelings here, but I'll post the article here in its original entirety as I am very proud of my first "Spammy" article!

How to Invest in the Stock Market for Free!
Take a Gamble on Today's Stock Market Without Using Your Own Money!
By Rebecca Rosenburg
The stock market is crashing. Pink slips are coming. College graduates are beginning to think that working at McDonald's will be the best use of their shiny new Masters degree. Thoughts of jumping into the stock market now are just plain crazy! But what if you could do it for free?

Last fall I became the proud owner of Circuit City stock, GM stock, and a couple others. A year ago I would have never imagined that I, a single parent living below the poverty line, would be a stockholder! While watching my Circuit City stock tumble in defeat after a bankruptcy and my GM stock hit all time lows one could expect me to be stressed out, biting my nails, and wanting to groan in agony. Instead, I am indifferent. Of course I would like my chosen stock to be on the upswing, but I don't worry. I'm not worried about my stock tumbling and yo-yoing because I didn't pay for it. Nope, I didn't pay a cent!

While doing some research online I found a company that often has promotions to entice people to start investing. The promotions I found last fall offered a $50. bonus just for signing up and making one trade! A current promotion offers a $25. bonus for opening a new account and making a trade.

This is what I did:

First, I opened an account with Sharebuilder using a $50. promotion code. Sharebuilder is a subsidiary of ING Direct. I then funded my account with $15. and looked at various cheap stocks. After I found Circuit City trading for less than a dollar, I made my first trade. The transaction or trading fee was $9.95 and the cost of 5 shares of Circuit City stock was a dollar. I transferred what was left of the $15. I had funded the account with back into my savings account. One month later, there was $50. in my Sharebuilder account. I transferred the $50. to my savings account replacing the amount I spent of my money and ending up with profit.

After my first trade I started doing more research, learning about market and limit orders, what cheap stock was at greater risk, and all about dividends. At the end of this journey into the stock market, my results are as follows:

I invested $93. of my savings.

I deposited $150. into my savings account from the promotions- meaning I replaced the $93. and got an additional $57. to add to my savings!

I am the proud owner of 46 shares of stock spread between 4 different companies.

Granted, 46 shares of stock isn't much to brag about. However, this is a great way for families of limited means to dip their feet into the stock market without risking any of their hard-earned money! This is also a great opportunity for all kinds of people and families to buy their first stock or buy stock for a loved one.

This blog lists current Sharebuilder promotions and when you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the most recent comments from people who have used the promotions. One note- never use the promotion GIFT50 or any variation thereof. This promotion is only applicable to people who have been given a gift certificate. Current promotions as of March 4, 2009 are: TRADEUP50 (This promotion applies if you transfer to Sharebuilder from another broker) and SHARE25 (For any new Sharebuilder account get a $25. bonus). Check the blog often for new promotions!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Pincone Research Invites Available Again!

If you would like an invite to Pinecone Research, send me an email at Be sure to put Pinecone in the subject so you don't get sent to the spam folder!