Sunday, May 27, 2007

All about the free stuff

So I've posted about this before, but I'll probably do it semi-regularly because I'm all about sharing the wealth :)

I love free stuff, or discounted stuff. So I've been trying to figure out ways to get free stuff or coupons - all about saving money man - more money for that bigger house sooner. Or for trips. Or for going out. You get it ;)

So here are a few tips:

Contests

After telling people about Cool Mom Picks and the Opinionated Parent last time, I know of at least three prizes that were won (not to mention I've also won twice) so keep entering their regular contests, it's worth it.

Adventures in Babywearing is having a contest where you can win jewelery, or a gift certificate for jewelery. Check out her site and enter the contest.

5 minutes for mom has regular contests too, if you check regularly there are some worth taking part in. It's a Canadian site but not all contests are open to Canadians. They're really clear on what you can enter and what you can't though.

Don't forget about my photo treasure hunt. If you submit photos for any of the categories this month (I'm making this really easy people!) you'll be entered into a draw (one entry per photo submission) for two bibs made by me! They're pretty nice, if I do say so myself.


Coupons and samples

You know those surveys that come in the mail that ask you to talk about what you buy? Fill them out!! I've started getting tons of coupons in the mail. And they aren't the 10 cent off coupons, they're things like "get a free jar of montreal steak spice" or "get $3 off this product" or "$2 off that product". Do it, it's fun :)

I joined this site called BzzAgent where you get to join campaigns. They send you products to try out and you talk about it. When you talk about it, you get to give out samples and coupons. I got my first box of goodies last week and it's for Tabasco Sauce. If you like Tabasco Sauce and want a sample and you live somewhere in Ottawa, let me know and you can have a mini bottle and $1 off coupon. I'm planning on adding it to my hamburgers and chili this week - and I put it in my jambalaya last week. Yum! Also, they're sponsoring a study to see how word of mouth promotion works so if you want you can go to the Chit Chat study and say that you heard about the Tabasco Sauce from me and be entered into a draw to win $300 in gift certificates from Amazon.com. The conversation ID for that contest is 313579

Save.ca is great for other coupons. You choose what coupons you want and they mail them to you. They're good for about a month and you can't keep going back and ordering more of the same coupons (I learned that the hard way when I thought I'd ordered 12 and my package came with 1 since the others had all been repeats. Oh well. More than one name at the same address works though ;)

3 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I've never heard of the Opiniated Parent before- thanks for the link! And thanks for linking up the contest!

Steph

Mimi Lenox said...

Many bloggers, including WW participants, will be flying Peace Globes in the blogosphere on Wednesday, June 6, 2007. It is BlogBlast for Peace day - the second annual event. Please consider using your Wordless Wednesday platforms on this day to participate. You can find more information about the movement at Mimi Writes or BlogBlast for Peace
http://mimiwrites.blogspot.com or http://mimilenox.blogspot.com

Thanks and peace!
Mimi

Mom101 said...

Thanks for the CMP plug! We love giving things away so I'm glad you like winning them. Here's a few tips:

-we have contests posted every weekday morning and some weekends. There tend to be fewer entrants later in the week so your chances go up.
-if you sign up for our newsletter you're automatically entered to win something awesome (this month it's a $400 play teepee!)
-every newsletter now includes a giveaway just for subscribers.

Good luck!
-Liz from Cool Mom Picks