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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Posting From My Day Job - Kelly's Thrifty Tips - Thrifty Giving

Once a week I do an on-air spot about saving money. This goes along with a blog post at our station's website. I post it here as well in case anyone is interested in the deals. And lately it has been so busy (we have a fundraiser coming up), I have had very little time to post here. Hope you find something you can use. :)


I have talked about ways to save money, win prizes and get free stuff. Right now I just wanted to mention a few ways to give. These are easy as can be and totally free.

Go to Target and make a pledge to take time to read with a child, and Target in turn will donate a book to children in need. You will be doing good in two ways. One by reading to a child and the second by getting a book into the hands of another child. Pretty cool. :) Follow the link below to make your pledge.

Target Reading

If you head to The Hunger Site you can click and give. There are several causes that you can click on and each click will give a donation from sponsors. They also have items you can purchase there which enables the sponsors to give more. Again though, you don't have to pay a thing to give. You can give for hunger, literacy, child health, breast cancer, the rainforest, and animal rescue.

LINK: The Hunger Site

Goodsearch is a search engine that you may have heard about on Radio Shine. It is very easy to do, and can be a huge benefit to the nonprofit you search for. To do a search you can simply go to and put in the name of your charity in the box where it asks who are you searching for. Put the charity name in and click verify. That is it! Then you just do your search. You don't have to constantly fill this in if you use it frequently. Each search will give a one cent donation to your charity. It may sound small, but it really adds up. For example, if a charity had 100 supporters who searched just twice a day, they would earn $730 for that charity.

One of the cool features is you can also check on your charity and see how much money has been raised so far.

Goodsearch also has
Goodshop which is a shopping link that allows you to shop online and a portion of those proceeds also go to your charity at no extra cost to you! These are stores you probably already shop at online. Stores like Amazon, 1-800-CONTACTS, Barnes & Noble, bebe, Best Buy and many more. PS Radio Shine is a Goodsearch Charity so feel free to search and bless today! :)


Free Rice gives just that. Free rice. You go to the site and you answer the quiz vocabulary questions. For each right answer ten grains of rice is donated. Sounds like a small amount to you? Since its inception Free Rice has donated nearly 83 billion grains of rice. Read more here:
Donation Impact

Free Rice


For this one you have to pay for shipping, but it is definitely an awesome freebie. Right now you can get a hardcover photo book at Picaboo. New customers qualify for this freebie that will definitely make an awesome Christmas gift for someone special!

Picaboo Free Hardcover Photo Book

New Release Tuesday members can download lots of free songs, but the special can't miss song this week is Third Day's "Make Your Move" from their new CD "Move."

New Release Tuesday

If you want you can also listen to "Move" this week at NRT. Click the link below.
LINK: New Release Tuesday Listen to "Move"

FreeCCM has a free download of Lincoln Brewster's song "Reaching For You" as well as several other songs AND an opportunity to download 10 free songs! Crazy cool! Got to love being a member!

FreeCCM free song download has two free downloads including "Love Amazing" by Circleslide and "Let Us Go" by Konviction. Remember you have to be a member, but it is a great site. I find out about lots of great concerts thanks to

iTickets Free Music

Taster's Choice is STILL giving you the chance to try their instant coffee packets. They do come in great flavors. I got mine last week. If you have been passing this by...commit now!

Taster's Choice Sample

While the offer lasts, you can join Rewards Gold take a brief survey and get a subscription to Men's Fitness. I have picked up many free magazine subscriptions through Rewards Gold. Give it a shot.

Rewards Gold

If you have a Kindle and you want to get a little more financially savvy, you can take advantage of a free Kindle edition of 16 Expert Lessons for Successfully Managing Your Personal Finances (Collection). This is free for a limited time. Of course you do have to have a Kindle reader.

16 Expert Lessons for Successfully Managing Your Personal Finances


Get a $5 Target gift card from Real Simple while supplies last when you spend $15 or more on a combination of Target Wise Buy products in one transaction at Target. Products that you can purchase are:

Silk Soy Milk
Access Flosser

Oxyclean Versatile Stain Remover
How to Train Your Dragon on DVD and Blu-ray
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars
Eucerin DAILY SKIN BALANCE Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion

Curel Sensitive Skin Remedy Lotion

Garnier Skin Renew The Brusher Gel-Cleanser

Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer SPF 15
Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller

Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro Gravity Defying Cream

Colgate Total

Bertolli Frozen Meals

all Small & Mighty

If you are planning on buying some of these items, why not take advantage of the gift card opportunity? You can use it for yourself or maybe make it a nice little stocking stuffer.

Make your $15 purchase in any of the above combinations between October 5, 2010 and November 12, 2010 (I recommend getting it done ASAP as it is while supplies last). Oh this needs to be postmarked by November 13th. Again...I wouldn't wait long.

Mail your receipt and your name and address printed clearly on a 3" x 5" card to:

Real Simple Smart Shopping GiftCard Offer

c/o DW Direct

P.O. Box 5067

South Hackensack, NJ, 07606

There you go. Nice and easy. Take advantage of this deal if these are products you will use. There is no point in spending $15 on products you don't need or use in order to get a gift card.
Want more details? Follow the link.

Real Simple $5 Target GiftCard

Pier One has two printable coupons that are good until November 7th. One is for $10 off a $30 dollar purchase and the other is for a free reusable bag with a $25 purchase. You can get some awesome Christmas gifts here. I personally love their candles and their table settings.

Pier One Coupons

Okay, we covered freebies, some coupons, ways to give, and lastly I would like to share a cool giveaway.
Chicago Coupon Confessions has a giveaway for $150 in Safeway gift cards! One winner will win a $75 gift card and three will win a $25 gift card. One of the ways I stretch my budget is by keeping an eye out for giveaways like this. So head on over to Chicago Coupon Confessions. The giveaway ends on October 31st and the winners will be emailed so you need to include your email in the entry. You will notice how other entrants spell out parts of their email (like AT instead of @). That is a trick to keep spiders from grabbing your email. So be sure to put your email like that.

Chicago Coupon Confessions Safeway Gift Card Giveaway


blueviolet said...

I didn't know there were so many great ways to help out through our shopping. Thank you!

Marnie said...

Great post! This was very detailed.

It jives with "the vacuum law of prosperity". People are often scared to let go and give, however when you do, good things happen to all involved.

All the best,

Marnie xo