Cheapskate Santa: Almost Free Bath & Body Works Gifts

Free Bath & Body Works lip item

Free Bath & Body Works lip itemHead 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.–_-10009025-_-mainPrintCoupon&cm_lm=

Cheapskate Santa: Give (free) Photo Gifts as Presents

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:

Free Photos and Cards


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.

Free Photo Gifts

free Snapfish calendarGreat 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 AdvilFinally, for your holiday headaches…

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.

Check out other posts in the Cheapskate Santa series:

Cheapskate Santa: How to Earn Extra Cash for Your Holiday Shopping

Cheapskate Santa: Earn $5 Amazon from iRazoo

Cheapskate Santa: How to Earn Extra Cash for Your Holiday Shopping

In this several-part series entitled Cheapskate Santa, FatHeadDog will share her favorite money-saving and money-earning techniques for the holiday season.

Earn FREE Amazon Gift Cards on Swagbucks

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 gift card for 450 bucks.

  1. Perform your searches approximately three to four times a day, several hours apart. I search first thing in the morning, after lunch, late afternoon and in the evening, earning about 7 to 10 bucks each.
  2. Once you win bucks from a search, its fairly unlikely you’ll hit it again in a consecutive search, so you can save your next search for a few hours later.
  3. When searching, try related terms to the original you searched, and click through all the pages of results. Also, you can try searching photos or videos for the same term. To me at least, it seems searching “deep” wins better results than searching “shallow” with dozens of unrelated terms (which, by the way, can penalize you if Swagbucks thinks you’re not performing “natural searches”).
  4. Share the site with others who might like it, too and you’ll receive matching points for what they earn. That can make earning those Amazon gift cards easier and faster than ever.

Click here to sign up for 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.

Cheapskate Santa: Earn $5 Amazon from iRazoo

fatheaddog.comI 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.

Earn Amazon Gift Cards with iRazoo

irazoo search and winiRazoo is what Mashable calls a human-powered search engine that rewards users with prizes, such as $5 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.

  1. Win points by searching as you would on Google, but a unique thing about iRazoo is that you’ve also got a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card instantly with searches. I’ll tell you that their search results are not the best, because of the numerous sponsored results, so I’d recommend searching something broad, like frugal shopping, money-saving tips, etc. Search several times a day, spread several hours apart for your best results.
  2. Earn points with Treasure Codes–worth 10 to 50 points and valid for certain times only. You can spot these codes on their iRazoo Facebook page. To redeem these, click on My Account and then Add Treasure Code.
  3. Vote and comment on iRazoo search results. As a registered member, you can perform a search and recommend (yes or no) a site that you’ve viewed–you earn 25 points for voting yes or no. Within an iRazoo iFrame, you can leave a comment as well for additional 25 points. (I know seeing the user comments is annoying as hell… iRazoo if you’re listening! I just fight through it for the 100 free points.)

You can vote and comment on two sites daily to earn 100 points a day. Redeem 3000 points for $5 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.