Like I said in an earlier post, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are fantastic places to find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Case in point: Support this Kickstarter campaign and be the only one with this unique Gurus Natural Rubber Sandal flip-flop.
Head to Bath & Body Works with this printable coupon for a free lip item (up to $8 value) with ANY purchase through Oct. 21.
When B&BW offered this great printable coupon last holiday season, I printed a few for myself, family members and friends and explained how the coupon worked. Even some of the more hesitant coupon shoppers found this deal super easy to do. “Any purchase” includes their $1 gift bags, so wrap your free lip item for an inexpensive but great gift as a stocking stuffer, Secret Santa or co-worker gifts. (Yeah, this is where the word Cheapskate in Cheapskate Santa gains it true meaning.)
For larger purchases (read: lesser cheapskates), use this printable coupon for a free Signature Collection body item with $10 purchase. Expires Oct. 31.
One of the best ways to save money on your holiday shopping is… spending no money. Cool photo freebies abound on the interwebs. Here are a few for you:
Get two sets of 20 FREE 4×8 flat photo cards from Snapfish with two separate coupon codes: BABIES and BABYMAIL. It’s valid on any set of 20 4×8 single-sided flat photo cards with envelopes (find them under Products, Photo Cards). Expires on 10/31. Hint: Use these codes separately since Snapfish doesn’t allow you to enter multiple codes for one order.
Snapfish is offering 75 FREE photo prints when you use the code ISTOCK75. If you’re a new member, you’ll also receive an additional 50 free photo prints for registering. Expires on 11/30.
This offer looks pretty stingy compared to Snapfish’s free stuff, but Shutterfly is offering a FREE folded 5×7 photo card with the coupon code CARD4U. Expires on 11/17. Hint: The nice thing about Shutterfly is that you can save this offer for a future order (before 11/17), whereas Snapfish you have to enter the code and order at the same time.
Great for Christmas gifts, order a FREE Snapfish desk calendar or photo mug from Hershey. If you don’t have a UPC code from a Hershey product, just click on “Don’t Have UPC’s?” and the form will automatically be completed. Then you will receive a unique coupon code by email. Expires 1/15/11.
Hint: To redeem this offer, you have to follow the link sent by email. Enter your emailed code and login. Create your calendar and checkout, If the credit doesn’t appear automatically in your cart, then click on Account. Look in the upper right corner for FREE Desk Calendar, and click redeem. Then click Open a Saved Calendar, select and checkout. Hoops to jump through, I know, but worth it! I made the mistake of creating my calendar first, before using the link, so I’ll have to contact Customer Service, but hopefully this will go more smoothly for you.
I haven’t personally redeemed this offer, but other folks are raving about FREE Picaboo photo books. New members can receive a free 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book from Picaboo with coupon code 1FBLGB-7W.
Another offer I’ve yet to try, but sounds incredible is a FREE 8×10 photo canvas for new Canvas People customers. You can upgrade for a larger size, or special framing–which in the case of framing I’d recommend. Had my wedding portrait done years ago as a canvas and the frame really made the difference. When I redeem this one, I’ll report back here.
Free bottle of Advil: A coupon for a free 20- or 24-count bottle of Advil. If orchestrating your family, extended family and family-in-law is anything like FatHeadDog’s, then you’ll need this with the ensuing holiday stress.
Cheapskate Santa: How to Earn Extra Cash for Your Holiday Shopping
Cheapskate Santa: Earn $5 Amazon from iRazoo
In this several-part series entitled Cheapskate Santa, FatHeadDog will share her favorite money-saving and money-earning techniques for the holiday season.
Until now, FatHeadDog has been on the fence about search and win sites. Then once I researched the best practices for winning, I’ve now got the hang of it and winning. Here’s how:
Swagbucks: You earn “Swagbucks” for searches performed on their site (as opposed to searching on Google). Points range from 7 to 50 “bucks” earned. You can redeem these bucks for thousands of prizes, but the best value, by far, is the $5 Amazon.com gift card for 450 bucks.
Click here to sign up for Swagbucks.com. On the left-side column, click on NOSO and keep clicking Skip or Next Offer on each offer until you reach the last page and receive 1 free Swagbuck.
Then, click on TRUSTED SURVEYS and you’ll receive another free Swagbuck.
Finally, click on DAILY POLL and vote to receive 1 free Swagbuck. Do this daily for 3 automatic bucks, in addition to your search wins.
The great thing about Fridays are Mega Swag Bucks, which offer larger denomination wins on Fridays only.
I know mentioning the holidays before Halloween is a faux “paw” but really, its never too early to get started on your Christmas shopping and savings. In this new series I’m calling Cheapskate Santa, I’ll share ways I’ve discovered and researched to earn extra money for the holidays, as well as a way to stretch your holiday dollars.
iRazoo is what Mashable calls a human-powered search engine that rewards users with prizes, such as $5 Amazon.com gift cards. If you already use Swagbucks, a site I’ve mentioned before, you’re familiar with the concept. Here are easy ways to earn points with iRazoo.
You can vote and comment on two sites daily to earn 100 points a day. Redeem 3000 points for $5 Amazon.com gift card. In three days, I’ve earn 300 points so it’d take about two weeks to earn a gift card. Worth it when you add iRazoo to other sites that I’ll recommend in this series to earn cash, gift cards and prizes. Every little bit counts!
How to Get 150 Points Right Now:
Use this link to sign up for iRazoo and you’ll receive 50 free points as bonus. Perform your first search and scroll down to the People Recommended Sites. Click on two sites you’re interested in, leave a comment and vote yes or no for recommendation. You’ll get your next 100 points that way.