Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Broke Student GIVEAWAY!

So I've been wanting to do a giveaway for a while. It's what blogs do, you know, when they have ~sponsors~ and such to give them free things to give away and it gets them all sorts of attention and whatnot. Well, good for them. I don't have any sponsors, and I haven't sold any advertising to anyone. Plus, I'm broke (you might have guessed). So I didn't know what on earth I was going to give away.

Then, it hit me. I've amassed quite a collection of stuff that I've gotten for free, and there's quite a lot of it that I just haven't used and probably won't use. So, I figured, why not give some of it away to you, my readers? I put together a collection of brand new, unused, unopened, 100% awesome stuff that I got entirely for free (not from a sponsor, just from the stuff I share in the blog with you!) and I'm going to be giving it away to 1 lucky reader. (Don't worry - with the amount of free stuff I obtain, more giveaways will absolutely occur in the future!)

Sure, whatever, it's not a $100 cookware set, or a Coach bag, but you know what? This is the Broke Student's Guide, and I'm a broke student. Maybe it's not the most amazing thing ever to be given away. But hey! When you win, you can brag to all of your friends about all the stuff you got for free. So that's cool. Also, I'm giving away a LOT of it. So there's that. Here are the goodies you'll receive:

-(1) Zippered Macadamia Natural Oil Pouch (containing beauty samples)
-(2) Pantene Brunette Expressions Shampoo + Conditioner Samples
-(1) Pantene Color Preserve Shine Shampoo Sample Bottle
-(1) Bain de Terre Sugar & Fig Scalp Massage Scrub
-(1) Paul Mitchell Fast Form Cream Gel sample
-(1) Oscar Blandi Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum
-(1) Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo sample
-(1) Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss sample in Hot Pink
-(1) Gold Bond Ultimate Deep Moisture Body Wash with Aloe, + $1 off coupon
-(1) Chocolate Mud Masque for anti-stress and deep pore cleansing
-(2) Cover Girl NatureLuxe foundation samples in Aspen and Maple
-(1) AG Colour Care Colour Savour sulfate-free shampoo sample
-(1) Bodycology Coconut Lime Lotion and Body Mist samples
-(1) Wet 'n Wild Eyeliner in Emerald
-(1) Prada Eau de Parfum Sample
-(1) Box of Peppermint Mints
-(2) Miralax Laxative Travel-Size Samples
-(1) Essential Amino Energy Concord Grape flavored drink mix
-(1) Total Omega 369 Swirl Orange Cream flavored drink mix
-(1) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quaker Chewy Granola Bar
-(1) Packet of Brewer's Yeast
-(2) $1 off Kahiki Products Manufacturer's Coupons
-(1) Diabetic Cooking Cookbook
-(3) Mickey Mouse Stickers from Disney World
-(6) Art Postcards by ArtMind
-(2) Disney's Cars Singing Birthday Cards by Hallmark, including envelopes
-(2) "Coconut" Singing Birthday Cards by Hallmark, including envelopes
Total: 40 Items

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So how can you win all this schwag? Complete one or more of the following. Once you complete an item, post a comment on this blog post including your email address. Each one you complete, along with each comment, equals one entry. Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry! At the end of the giveaway, I will use a random-number generator to pick a comment at random. If yours is chosen, you will win the giveaway! (Note: if your entry is invalid - say, you did not complete what you claimed - you will not be eligible for the prize, and a new winner will be chosen.) You will receive entries for EACH of the following:

1. Leave a comment about your favorite entry from The Broke Student's Guide, and how it helped you save money or get something for free! Limit: (1)

2. Follow The Blog using either Google or Blogger. There's a "Follow" button on the right-hand side of the blog! Once you've followed, comment with your Google ID and email address. Limit: (1)

3. Follow The Facebook for (1) entry. Comment with a link to your facebook and your email address. Limit: (1)

4. Follow The Tumblr for (1) entry. Comment with a link to your tumblr and your email address. If you have multiple tumblrs, you will recieve (1) entry for EACH tumblr you use to follow the blog, up to 3. Limit: (3)

5. Follow The Twitter for (1) entry. Comment with a link to your twitter and your email address. Limit: (1)

6. Promote the giveaway on a social networking site or blog - receive (1) entry for EACH time you link to this post,
OR link to any page on the blog. Comment in this post with a link to where you promoted the blog and an email address for (1) entry per EACH link. Limit: (2) per day.
You can copy and past the following:

Win 40 FREE samples from The Broke Student's Guide! Enter the giveaway:

Total Entries Possible: 9 today, + 2 per day until July 30!

What are you waiting for? Start now! The giveaway ends on 7/30 at midnight EST.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

CVS Couponing Tutorial: FREE Honest Tea, Pringles and Twizzlers

So, okay. I know I said that Extreme Couponing takes too much effort, and I prefer Casual Couponing. But sometimes, very occasionally, the stars align and there are opportunities for even the mildest of couponers to obtain Extreme Coupon status, if just for one shopping trip.

That time has come.

Allow me to explain. See that picture? With all the tea and stuff? That's $16.92 worth of groceries from CVS that I got entirely for free. Now a couple of them aren't easy to duplicate - the Hershey's bar was a coupon from last week , and the Tostito's bag was free thanks to a manufacturer's coupon I received for writing to the company - but this week, even YOU, my coupon-clueless broke college student readers, can get 6 free Honest Teas, 1 Pringles can, and $2 worth of whatever you want for FREE from CVS.
Here's a quick tutorial.

1. Step one is the most time-consuming, but it's not too bad. First, join this site: Recyclebank. It's a site where you win points for learning about recycling and green, planet-friendly stuff and can cash in your points for goodies like coupons. In our case, we're cashing it in for free tea. You'll need to get 180 points. Go to "earn points" and start taking quizzes, doing pledges, etc. I earned 300 points in about an hour last night, so it shouldn't take super long.

2. Got those points? Time to cash them in! Go to "Get Rewards" and search for "Honest Tea." You'll need to buy 3 Honest Tea coupons with your points. Now, after checking out your coupons, COPY the URL of the coupon printing page, and PASTE it into a new browser. This will allow you to print your coupons twice - for a total of 6 coupons. Now you're all set!

3. Head to CVS. Make sure you have an Extra Care card. If you don't, sign up ASAP. Once inside CVS, head to the ~Magical Coupon Machine~ (Apparently this is actually what it's called, it's just a red scanny machine thingy that prints coupons) and scan your Extra Care card. It should print you out 3 coupons - one for Twizzlers, one for Dove, and one for Pringles on-the-go. If it doesn't print that for you, no big deal, you'll still get free tea and something else for $2.

4. Grab 6 Honest Teas. The Orange Mango ones weren't part of the deal at my local CVS, so make sure the ones you grabbed are marked "5/$5.00." Also if you got the Pringles coupon, go ahead and grab that can of Pringles On-The-Go. They're $1.00 this week!

5. When you go to purchase your Honest Tea, it will print you out a $2 "Extra Care Buck" that is just like getting $2 cash for anything in the store! Here's an idea: if you also got that Twizzler's coupon, stack your $2 ECB with your $1 off Twizzler's coupon for FREE Twizzlers! Or how about a couple 2-liters of Coke? They're only $.79 this week. Enjoy!

Monday, June 27, 2011

One-Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"

The other day I discovered a great Broke Student "Recipe:" Banana ice cream. It doesn't involve ice or cream, though, just bananas. Which makes it healthy and vegan as well as super cheap. Why is it so cheap? Well, if you happen to have a blender, all you need is bananas. Bananas are less than $1/lb, for those of us who don't have unlimited access to them at the dining halls on campus. So! Super cheap, healthy "ice cream?" Yes please! Here's how to make it - in cartoon form. (Comic is from Sauceome!)

And there you have it. I tried it this morning and, had I thought of peeling and slicing the bananas BEFORE I tossed them in the blender, it would've been really easy. Peeling a frozen banana is actually NOT easy at all. So don't do that. Slice before you freeze. Anyway, enjoy!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Freebies and Deals of the Week! Blockbuster, Ikea, Bare Minerals, Frederic Fekkai and more

FREE Bare Minerals Moisturizer from Sephora Inside JC Penney! Print Coupon

FREE Sample of Splenda Essentials Sweetener! Click Here

FREE Sample of Soy Joy Bars! Click Here

FREE Sample of Dove Haircare! Click Here

FREE Orange Julius drink for joining the E-Club! Click Here

FREE Sample of Hugo Boss fragrance! Click Here

FREE Wypall X90 Cloths Sample! Click Here

FREE Frederic Fekkai Shampoo and Conditioner Sample! Click Here

FREE 3-pack of Smooth Infusion Samples from Aveda! Print out the coupon and bring it in store. Print Coupon

FREE Shout Wipes! Click Here

FREE Honey Nut Cheerios cereal sample! Click Here

FREE meal at Ikea with a valid Student ID! Print Coupon Ends July 2.

FREE Iced Coffee at QuickChek! Print the Coupon

Free Sample of Crest Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash! Click Here

Get a FREE movie at Blockbuster Express Kiosks with the code BBXMONDAY. 6/27 ONLY Gift Certificates are on sale for 80% off! That means, you can get a $25 Gift Certificate to a variety of restaurants for only $2. This is valid thru 6/30/2011. Use code SUMMER during online checkout.

Swagbucks is running a Collector's Bill event! You'll get extra swagbucks when you search, and if you collect all 5 Collector's Bills, you'll get bonus swagbucks!! To read more about Swagbucks, click here. Sign up today!

On a semi unrelated note, The Broke Student's Guide is now on Tumblr! Follow the Tumblr to get daily updates on freebies, new blog posts and more! Click Here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Broke Student Toolkit: Amazon Prime

I'm starting a series of entries called Broke Student Toolkit, where I talk about helpful things to know about as a Broke Student - things that you can put in your metaphorical Broke Student Toolkit to use whenever you need them. It will cover everything from websites that give deals for students, to ways to manage your money, to free music and movies online. Today, we'll start with Amazon Prime.

Log onto, and you'll see a nice little note from the founder and CEO of Amazon about Amazon Prime, which is essentially a swanky, expensive subscription to Amazon that gets you free two-day shipping and tons of instant streaming free movies and TV shows. You might roll your eyes and scoff, "$79/year? That's ridiculous." And it is, because what kind of broke student could ever scrape up that kind of cash?

Well, you don't have to. Amazon Prime is FREE for students for one year. All you have to do is sign up with your .edu email address at Amazon Student. And ta-da! Now you can order your textbooks 2 days before you need them, and get them shipped FREE. And you can spend those 2 days watching Sesame Street or whatever you're into watching. (I prefer Spongebob, but to each their own). It's awesome. Mine expires in September, so I'll be ordering my textbooks early this year - which is good, since that's the best way to get them for cheap!

More reasons to use Amazon:
1. Cheap textbook prices
2. Free music downloads
3. Earn Amazon Gift Cards at - read this how-to guide. Now EVERYTHING at Amazon is free!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Freebies and Deals of the Week! Chocolate, magazines, beauty products, and more

FREE Hershey's Air Delight Milk Chocolate Barfrom CVS! Select and print the coupon - print limit is 2. EXPIRED

FREE sample of Jif Peanut Butter To-Go! The sample is from Target - act fast, because they go quickly! Click Here

Get a FREE movie at Blockbuster Express Kiosks 6/20 ONLY with the code GOODSTART. Movies are due by 9 PM the next day to avoid the $1 nightly fee.

FREE Package of Mack's Ear Plugs! Click Here

1saleaday is offering a FREE random item today!! Comment on the facebook page, then head to the site to sign up for your FREE surprise valued at $29.99! 6/19 ONLY EXPIRED

FREE Noise Canceling Earphones 6/19 ONLY EXPIRED

"Like" Thornton's Gas Station on Facebook to get two great freebies! FREE Snickers Peanut Butter Squared, expires 6/30/2011 and FREE Java Monster, 15 oz, expires 6/30/2011 "Like" the Facebook Page

Free Subscription to Maxim Magazine Click Here

Free Subscription to Woman's Day Magazine Click Here

Free Subscription to Newsweek Magazine Click Here

Free Subscription to Ebony Magazine Click Here

Free Month of Digital Marvel Comics! For a limited time you can get one month of Marvel Comics Unlimited for free! Valid for new subscribers only. The Promo Code box is at the very top of the page. Enter the promotional code: CAP734 - and click Apply Promo. Click Here

Free Crest Complete Sample Pack! Take a short survey to see if you qualify. You have to be an OWN Network viewer to qualify. Click Here

FREE sample of Estee Lauder Skin Illuminator! Click Here

FREE Nivea Touch of Cashmere Body Wash Sample! From All You Magazine. Click Here

Sign up to receive a free sample of John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Repair shampoo & serum! Like their page, click the 'Smooth style' tab, then fill out your details under the 'Sign Up' form for your free John Frieda haircare sample pack! "Like" the Facebook Page

FREE sample of Aveeno Haircare Click Here

FREE sample of U by Kotex Click Here

FREE special edition Ram Truck Mossy Oak Skin for your mobile device. Click Here

FREE Taco from Taco John's! Print Coupon

FREE Potato Oles from Taco John's! Click Here

Mark your calendar for Friday 6/24 to get a FREE entree at Panda Express. Check their site to find the winning entree. Click here to choose your favorite entree. The entree with the most votes will be FREE on Friday, 6/24 only after 9PM.

Cici's Pizza - Buy one get one FREE adult buffet (with purchase of 2 beverages). Print Coupon

Smokey Bones - Buy one entree get one entree FREE! Print Coupon

Anyone NOT signed up to SWAGBUCKS yet? Now is a good time as we have a nice sign-up bonus to share with you. Sign up & enter the registration code - JuneBoom - to receive an extra 50 Swag Bucks - on top of the 30 you get automatically when you join! Sign up now!

That's all for the week! Make sure you "Like" The Broke Student's Guide on Facebook to keep up with DAILY freebie updates!

Monday, June 13, 2011

20+ Ways to Earn Money Online That You Haven't Tried Yet

As my semi-regularlish readers have probably noticed by now (that is, if they exist, and I hope they do) I spend a lot of time hyping up paid-to sites as a good way to bring in extra spending cash. But paid-to sites are, admittedly, a rather slow and time-consuming activity. Of course, they do pay off - as the $20 in amazon gift cards from I redeemed to day show, or the $34 check from InboxDollars I got in the mail this week will demonstrate (pics of that coming asap) - but surely, some of you must be thinking, surely there are other ways to earn money using the internet.

And there are! There are lots of ways to earn money using the internet, and some of them don't even involve taking your clothes off! (That's a joke! But seriously, taking your clothes off on the internet can be a great way to earn money, and I won't be covering that topic in this blog. If you're really curious, do email me.) The internet is a fabulous resource for us broke college students, since no matter how broke we get, we all still manage to have internet access. There is wi-fi on almost every college campus these days, not to mention libraries with free internet, and friends and neighbors who can't figure out how to protect their internet and thus are inadvertently providing free internet to the rest of their apartment building (let's not lie, we love those people). So with this wonderful, free resource at our fingertips, how can we put it to work to earn us money in some ways that DON'T involve filling out surveys and offers, trying to refer our address books for referral rewards, or clicking on hundreds of paid emails? Read on.

The Basics
Craigslist is the #1 most basic site to use for earning money online. Many of you are probably rolling your eyes right now because this is just so obvious, but there are probably at least a few things you have yet to take advantage of on Craiglist. We've all scored a cheap TV or sold our minifridge to a stranger on Craigslist, but here are a few new ideas to try:

  1. Post your resume up in the "Resumes" section with a title describing your skillset. You never know who is looking for someone to help with basic computer coding, or photography, or theatre or whatever else you're majoring in or good at. Just in case they are posting ads instead of looking at resumes, though, continue on to the
  2. The Gigs Section has a few specific skillset categories: computer, writing, event, etc - and it's worth looking at just about all of them. There are loads of people out there with money willing to pay you to set up their event, or write some copy for them, or fix their computer or model for a painting
  3. If you don't find anything there, head to the Jobs and Services sections. While there are some postings that are offering jobs, it's a good idea to make a post advertising your own services as well. Here, you'll need to be a bit more pro-active in advertising the things you can help with. Try to find something specific that people might want that is not already posted about a zillion times: Moving/lifting boxes? Organizing a cluttered room? Setting up a website? Writing a press release? Putting up flyers around campus/town? Hauling something in your pickup truck? Painting? Photographing? Modelling? Marathon training? Whatever you can do, whatever skills you may have, post a detailed and professorial explanation of how these skills could benefit your potential employers, along with a pricing range (or "flexible/negotiable pricing" if you aren't sure how to charge yet) and some contact information. Try to sound as reliable as possible - Craigslist is a bit of a last resort for some, and you want to seem like a good investment. As for my personal experience with Craiglist jobs? I got an internship for this summer in the field that I'm majoring in (fashion design) through Craigslist, as well as a few other random jobs for other skillsets I have (makeup artist, social networking, etc).
  4. While you're on Craigslist, there are some other lesser-used ways to earn money on the site. Be sure to check out the Rideshare section if you're considering any sort of travel. You can save big on gas money by, say, sharing a car to New York.
  5. The Free section of the For Sale category is a personal favorite of mine for finding 100% free items (for those of you familiar with Freecycle, it's the same concept).
  6. You can find fun free events and even classes in the Community category, as well as garage sales if you're looking to score some stuff on the cheap.
All in all, Craigslist is an excellent first stop online for earning and saving money. But let's dig a little deeper, shall we?

Similiar to the categories on Craiglist that offer skill-based opportunities, there are entire websites focused around certain skill sets. As an added bonus in addition to the cash you can earn on these sites, many of them are great for resume-padding! Imagine how amazing winning a logo competition for XYZ corporation out of 100+ entrants will look on your resume as a graphic designer.... read on!
  1. Helium is one of the biggest paid writing sites. You can submit articles, which are paid for on a per-article basis dependent on the quality and popularity of the article - each article is "Rated" by the other members of the site and its readers. There are also writing contests, and requests for certain articles. It can be a bit confusing to get started earning on Helium, so visit the FAQ's For New Members page to get started.
  2. is a site for writers that is owned by Yahoo!. You can write content about whatever you want - reviews, op-eds, guides, etc. Original content qualifies for up-front payment, but you can even publish articles that have already been published elsewhere, in which case the amount you receive per article is based on page views. You can sign in with a Yahoo ID to get started!
  3. To save space in this blog post, here is a link to an article linking 55 other paid-to-write websites: Click Here Now, moving on.
  4. Demand Studios offers paid work for more than just writers: publishers, filmmakers, copy editors, and more can find opportunities here. Essentially, the site provides content to other sites - such as YouTube and eHow - and as a paid member of the site, you help to provide that content. You must apply to the site to be a part of it. As taken from the site itself: "Once you are approved, writing for Demand Studios is easy. First, claim titles you want to write by searching within categories or sites you are interested in. These titles are yours alone and you have seven days to submit the completed article. After review and fact checking by a copy editor, your article is published and payment is processed."
  5. is similiar to Demand Studios in that it is a content-producing site for other sites. It is part of the AOL corporation and provides content for a myriad of AOL-family websites. Seed offers opportunities for writers, photographers and filmmakers to produce content for money. Essentially, the site posts an "Assignment", which anyone can respond to with their own original content. Some or all of the responses are chosen, and those that are chosen receive money from the site. To read more about the site and how it works, read the How It Works page, or read this skeptical article.
  6. 99 Designs is a design site - graphic design, web design, even t-shirt design and more. Essentially, a company hosts a "design contest" describing what they are looking for with the price they are willing to pay. You, along with other designers, submit your best work in hopes of "winning" the contest. If the company picks your design, you get paid -anywhere from $5-$5000 dollars. Easy enough, right? To get started, register for the site and then click "Browse Projects." Once you find something good, click on it, read the brief - which contains specific information about the desired content, examples of content that the customer likes, and more - and then create and submit your design. Good luck!
  7. crowdSPRING is a logo/graphic design and writing site which has worked with well-known companies such as Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, LG and more. Registering is quick and easy, and once you've activated your account you can build a portfolio, browse projects and submit your designs. You'll be paid for your work when a company chooses your design. Right now, most of the projects are offering $200-$5000! Visit the Help center for more information.
  8. LogoTournament is a site for paid logo design. Its title is fairly self-explanatory: company posts looking for logos, designers submit logos in a tournament-style bidding process, one designer wins cash. Heck, even if you don't win, you might create some goodies to put in your design portfolio. Click "Signup" to begin.
  9. UpHype this is a site where you can post about "Hyping" sites up (via social networking, flyering, voice-overs, blogging or whatever other promotional ideas you can think up) for $8, $16 or $24 a pop.
  10. TaskArmy is a site where you advertise your skills for "tasks" that are paid upon completion, rather than involving a bidding proccess. Some of the skillsets paid for here are web development, web design, web marketing, data entry, translation and copywriting. Post up a short "ad" offering a specific service for a predefined price, and a company will select you and pay you for your service.
But I Don't Have Skills
Let's say you're not able to write or design graphics, or you can't think of anything to post on Craigslist. Fear not, my skill-lacking friend! There are still options for you.
  1. Fiverr is the most amazing site for making a quick $5 for doing whatever the heck you want - literally. You post a quick "ad" describing what you're offering to do for $5 - it can be ANYTHING, be creative! - and someone with $5 to spend pays you for your random, inane or useless offer. Literally, the first ad I saw when I clicked on the site was "I will film my Bird playing around your Ad or Message for $5." If you exist and have the internet, you can make money on Fiverr. (Bonus: this site is excellent for entertainment when you're drunk and it seems like a good idea to spend $5 to watch someone do cartwheels while singing Happy Birthday to you. Just sayin'.) And as if one website for making $5 doing whatever you wanted wasn't enough, here are some more:
  2. GigMe5 is pretty much the exact same as Fiverr.
  3. JustAFive you guessed it - exactly the same as Fiverr.
  4. Fourerr this one is for $4 instead of $5, because variety is good.
  5. GigBucks Here you can offer "gigs" for $5-$25 and get paid out via PayPal. How's this for Inception - one of the ads I saw offers "The Best Ads to Post on Fiverr" for $5. Ooooh!
  6. TwentyVille Like Fiverr et al, except for $20 instead of $5!
  7. TenBux You can post offering your services for either $5 or $10.
  8. Zeerk Post your services for anywhere from $2-$100.
Seriously, I Can't Think of Anything to Post on Those Sites
Ok, ok. So you want people to pay you to do something completely unskilled, that you barely even have to think about, right? Well, ask, and ye shall receive, or whatever. Anyway, there are sites for that too!
  1. Amazon's Mechanical Turk or Mturk for short is an Amazon site that provides money for unskilled internet labor - the kind that can't be automated, but is completely and mind-numbingly easy. Sign up, set up your payment information, and go find a low-skill task such as identifying whether or not photos are blurry, or verifying an address of a company on its website, or putting stuff into categories. Each task will take a certain amount of time and will pay out anywhere from $.05-$1.00. The good news is that there is no minimum payout - Amazon will pay you whenever you're credited for completing a task. The bad news is that this is not going to get you a lot of money quickly. Its great for when you're super bored and feel like doing something mindless on the internet for a small amount of money.
  2. YouData is an "Attention Payment Site" - literally, they pay you money for your attention, aka watching or looking at some advertisements. Sign up, fill out your "Me File" where you create a profile that advertisers will use to match up appropriate ads that might appeal to you, and then sit back and wait for someone to pay you to watch their advertisement. Again, this won't get you rich quickly, but there is no minimum payout (I set mine up to pay out via PayPal) and it is a completely mindless way to earn a small amount of cash quickly.
  3. Swagbucks and InboxDollars also have "Cash Tasks" and "Cash TV" which are essentially the same as Mturk and YouData in that you earn money for completing tasks or watching advertisements. I know I said I was branching out from paid-to sites in this post, but I'm just putting that out there.
So there you have it. 20+ sites you can use to earn money online, no matter what your abilities. As long as you have the internet, you can earn some extra cash, and you don't even have to resort to paid-to sites. Now, what are you waiting for? Get to earning!

Do you have a site like these that isn't listed in this post? Or do you have experiences or tips for using one of the sites in this post? Comment or visit my facebook page and let me know!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Smart Shopping: In-Season Fruits and Veggies

Shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables can be very expensive and frustrating. As college students, the salad bar selections on campus are typically insanely overpriced "fresh" fruits and vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, lettuce, and canned peaches. Let's face it: that gets old really, really quickly. But if you want to stay healthy (which you do, because doctor visits and medicine are all expensive!) the trick is to purchase your fresh produce while it's in-season. In-season means it doesn't have to travel from some remote sunny place or a temperature-controlled greenhouse to your local grocery store: it just grows outside nearby with no problems. The reduced transportation and other fees associated with growing produce off-season makes it WAY cheaper to buy produce when it actually grows naturally!

Luckily for us, it's summer! There are TONS of fruits and veggies growing like crazy in the summer, and that makes them dirt cheap at the grocery store. If you want to find even CHEAPER fruits and veggies, try searching for a local farmer's market! Just do a google search for "[Your City] Farmer's Market" to find a few near you. Farmer's markets are usually outdoor markets offering cheap produce grown by local farmers, as well as other products like natural beauty products, home-made pasta and sauces, and even baked goods. They're frequently open on weekends and some I've been to even have live entertainment, so they're tons of fun! At the peak of the season is when you'll get the lowest prices on each kind produce, so try to stay open to trying out new things even if you've never heard of it - if it's super cheap, you can surely find some recipes to make it worthwhile. (That is how I discovered Bok Choy - at $1.00/lb, it seemed low-risk enough to try, and it ended up being DELICIOUS!)

To find out what's in season in your area, visit this site! It has an interactive map where you can select your state and month to find out what's currently in season - and thus cheapest currently!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Freebies and Deals of the Week!

I apologize for the lack of updates recently. As it is summer and I am suddenly blessed with enough free time to actually get a job, I went and got 3. Now I have no free time again. So things are basically back to normal, except I have a paltry income and thus one less thing to complain about. Yay summer! Now, back to free stuff and whatnot.

FREE Adidas Pack of Briefs or T-shirts at any Adidas Outlet: Print Coupon
FREE Tub-O-Towels Sample: Click Here
FREE Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel (aka foundation primer for us makeup addicts): Click Here
FREE Seoul Photography book from National Geographic: Click Here
FREE Shield Immunity Defense Booster: "Like" the Facebook Page
FREE stuff from Auto Zone ($5 off a $5+ purchase!) *Ends 6/9* Print Coupon
FREE Sample of Prilosec OTC Click Here
FREE Sample of Trilipiderm Moisture Retention Cream: Click Here
FREE Jack Daniels Custom Labels: Click Here
FREE Sample of Playtex Tampons or Wipes: Click Here
FREE Hot Fudge Cake from Shoney's: "Like" the Facebook Page
FREE Nescafe Taster's Choice Coffee Sample: Click Here
FREE Skittles from Quick Chek: "Like" the Facebook Page

FREE Movies from Blockbuster Express Kiosks - These codes expire June 13th!

Buy One, Get One FREE High Octane Energy Chews! Print Coupon
Get a FREE travel-sized product from Bath & Body Works with ANY purchase! (Hint: buy something under $2 for the best value!) Print Coupon

Get 80% off at, just enter code "DEAL" at checkout and pay only $2 for a $25 Certificate at a restaurant near you! TIP: Go through to get 5 points per dollar spent! Leave a comment or email me for an invitation to MyPoints!

And just as a brief reminder of why free stuff is awesome, here's a pic of some freebies I recieved in May (there is another pic at the beginning of the post! See that hands-free mobile headset? That's the one from this post - what a great freebie!)

What did you get in May? Comment below or on my Facebook Wall to share!
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