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Coupons.com Cyber Monday Scavenger Hunt: Clue #5

Coupons.com Cyber Monday Scavenger Hunt: Clue #5

I like saving money, and Cyber Monday is a great opportunity to save on the various gadgets I’ve talked about (and touched) over the past year. I’ll give you my three best Cyber Monday shopping tips: (1) make a list so you don’t get distracted by all the pretty, shiny, unnecessary items; (2) use coupon codes to boost your savings especially when encountering necessary evils like shipping fees and; (3) play fun games to score free gift-cards!

Lucky for you, our friends at Coupons.com have asked me to help you win some extra spending cash for Amazon. I’m hosting the last and final clue in its Cyber Monday Scavenger Hunt. So if you’re new to my blog: Hey! You should probably take the time to follow me on Twitter, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and add me on Instagram before you leave.

Clue #5: Use this coupon code to save 10% off your purchase at store that’s known for using borosilicate glass. Stuck? Ask your local barista for a tip.

How to Play:

  1. Use the clue above to find the code at Coupons.com
  2. Once you have located the code, enter it on the Coupons.com Cyber Monday page
  3. Work fast because the first players to enter the correct code will win the grand prize I’ve chosen: a $1,000 e-gift card to Amazon (emailed to you by Coupons.com)

While you’re at Coupons.com, check out the great coupon codes that you can use now through Cyber Monday to double up on your savings. Please make sure to read the full contest rules here.

Apple TV Giveaway Winner and Money-Saving Geek Tips


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At the end of March, we announced the giveaway of an Apple TV. Requirements for entry were pretty simple: You had to follow both myself and The Frugal Geek on Twitter, and send out a Tweet of your own. We actually had a LOT of entries, y’all – more than a thousand of them!

There are a lot of things you can do with this gorgeous little device. Turn your television into a photo album. Listen to your music. Watch YouTube videos and listen to podcasts or Internet radio through your home speakers. Watch Netflix movies and television in HD. Rent your favorite shows on the spot – commercial free – for less than a buck per episode. (These are available the day after they air.) And of course, with the Apple TV you have instant access to the hottest new movies… usually the SAME DAY they release to DVD in stores.

Matt and I hooked up on Skype to do this giveaway, and I recorded the conversation using Call Recorder. It’s not a free application, but it does work very well. It’s simple to use: install the app and record and stop buttons will appear in your Skype window. You will have the ability to record video calls with picture-in-picture or split-screen mode! The files are saved as QuickTime movies, but you can convert them to MP3 files quickly. Drag your movie into the “Convert to MP3” utility within the app and it will automagically convert the file for you. You can then email it to someone or share it via a website.

When Matt came to me with an interest in doing a giveaway, I jumped at the chance. We announced it with a video, and received some amount of negativity from the community. Most of this came from our International audience. They weren’t happy to be left out. We had to explain – repeatedly – that our hands were tied. Giveaways are governed by various country laws, and there’s nothing we can do to change those obviously.

With nearly 1100 entries, Matt’s Twitter account quickly gained hundreds of new followers. My account even received a few new subscribers, which blows my mind. To have this type of positive feedback – and entries for the giveaway – made the negativity worth having to deal with. We want to try to do a monthly giveaway, and are going to work hard to try and accommodate the International folks.

This entire giveaway came about when Matt was visiting his local Fry’s store. He noticed some silly Darth Vader lamps (which I happen to love!) which made him think of me. As he wandered into the next aisle – the Apple product aisle – he remembered how welcoming and accepting our community has been. He’s been blogging full time for a few months now on the Lockergnome Frugal Geek blog, and has submitted a few excellent videos to our YouTube channel. All of his work is full of money-saving tips for geeks… something we can all use.

Matt realized there’s no better way to say thank you than with a sweet piece of hardware. The Apple TV weighs only a half an ounce, but it packs some serious punch. You’ll find a lovely A4 CPU – the same chip that runs your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. There’s a 6-watt power supply and a slew of ports: HDMI2, Audio, Ethernet and Micro USB slot (which Apple says is for service and support).

I was all for this opportunity, since Matt is such an active contributing member of our community. I love that Matt helps people save money – and time. I constantly Tweet out coupons, deals and even links to freebies of all types. Some may accuse me of spam, but I really do enjoy helping people save money. There’s value we provide – beyond the gifts.

Matt collected all of the names – just under 1100 of them – of the people who entered the giveaway. He put that list into the Random Number Generator site and a winner was chosen!

Congratulations to Casey Bryan from North Hollywood, California! You have just won yourself an Apple TV!

Thank you to everyone for participating. Keep your eyes peeled for our next giveaway.

How Do You Save Money When Shopping?


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Duncan Riley from The Inquisitr came up on stage during Gnomedex to talk to us during our open mic hour. Duncan came all the way from Australia to attend our conference! He wanted to share an excellent site with everyone called RetailMeNot. It is full of thousands of coupons and discounts that anyone can use anywhere in the World. There are no catches, and there are no affiliate fees. Almost all of the coupons and content is submitted by people just like you!

There are coupons available for both online shopping, as well as for use in a traditional store. You can print them out and take them with you on your next trip! You’ll find deals from more than 50,000 retailers, including everything from groceries to shoes to toothpaste (and everything in between). Yes, you will even find deals for a kitchen sink!

You’ll also find a large community that you can immerse yourself in. Trade tips and tricks with other shoppers, or ask them what’s hot – and what’s not.

Thanks to Duncan for sharing this excellent resource with the community!

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Download Center


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Every so often, you may need to download something to make your computer or mobile device run better. There are millions of pieces of software and applications available for every operating system you can think of. To help you find the best deals on software of every type, we’ve created our new Downloads center! Every day, we feature the very best software – including games! – that we can find, at excellent prices!

I’ve been downloading and gathering together software since 1996. I admit it… I’m addicted to software! I always have been. On the downloads center, we even have free software available. If you want to download your favorite software at no cost to you, just choose the program you want, complete a simple offer, and download the full version of your chosen application!

There are several people on our team who are all monitoring this software to the best of their ability. They don’t allow any questionable content to be added and they haven’t let anything with malware in it slip by, either. If you ever come across something on the site you don’t feel is quite “right” in some way, please send me an email. We will look into it faster than immediately.

We post an aggregate every day on Geeks in the blog section. In that post, you’ll find the very newest programs we’ve come across, as well as some really excellent deals. I’m also doing my best to keep Twitter and Facebook updated with the hottest deals.

If you’re not interested in this service, that’s fine. If you are – check it out! I’m all ears, and want to hear your feedback. We can’t make the site better without your help!

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How Can Companies Hire Social Media Directors?

I came across an interesting link today while browsing Twitter. The author writes about how companies who are new to social media are failing miserably when it comes to writing job descriptions for their newly-created social media positions. He goes on to say he used to blame the companies themselves for writing poorly-constructed ads. Then, he realized that it isn’t the company’s fault at all. They don’t know what they’re doing, remember? They are new to this whole social media scene, and may not even know what it is they are looking FOR, exactly.

How would you suggest a company create a position for this, and market it? What should they look for? How should their ads be worded to be the most effective? I think that the social media experts in our community are the perfect place to get ideas flowing, and help these companies out!

What have you read today that sparked your imagination and interest, or made you stop and think? Make sure you share the links with the rest of us, so we don’t miss out!

Don’t miss our downloads center today! There are some excellent deals for both Windows and Mac people!

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Wine Coupons & Review of 2008 Mollydooker, The Boxer Shiraz

Maura DesimoneMaura Desimone has launched a new blog: My Wine Quest. Here is one of her first reviews…

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2008 Mollydooker, The Boxer Shiraz

Awarded 91 points by Wine Spectator

I had this fabulous wine at Jak’s Grill in Seattle. They were offering it as a special. It had a big, bold fruity start, then a great spicy taste. I was surprised it didn’t linger a bit longer, the finish was a bit abrupt. All in all, I liked it so much I had to find out more about it. I love the flavor & the price. It’s going on my list of keepers.

Here’s what’s in it: Australian Shiraz. Combining the regional flavours of grapes from McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Padthaway.

$26/bottle retail

I’m rating it an 8!

You can purchase 2008 Mollydooker, The Boxer Shiraz at Wine.com and don’t forget to use these coupons to save some money.

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Are You a Pack Rat?

I’ve noticed lately that I seem to save things that most people would simply throw out. I have software that dates back so far, it wouldn’t even install on any computers I currently own. Seriously – some of it is that old! I have cables and cords that won’t fit any plugs. I have clothing that went out of style more than a decade ago. It’s time to face it… I am a pack rat.

However, I just can’t pitch this stuff. There are people who don’t have clothing that I could donate mine to. There are people who have and use older computers, who may be able to use this software. Heck, there might even be someone – some where – who can use some of these damn cords that are lying around!!

My point is, if you’re a pack rat it’s time to clean out. But don’t just throw it all away, guys. Take time to figure out who may really need what it is you no longer want/wear/need. You may just make a big difference in someone’s life, by taking a few moments to donate what you need to get rid of, anyway.

I went through a lot of things today, and wore myself out. I had to take a sanity break to check out what’s going on in our community. It’s a darn good thing I did, or you might have missed out on some of it yourself!

Our downloads team has been working very hard to keep updating the new and hot apps that are available. I hope you’re taking advantage of the savings they’ve found!

Also – the holidays are right around the corner. Our coupon guru is hard at work as well, making sure he’s getting the best and biggest coupons there are! Keep the coupons page bookmarked.. you’ll definitely want to check there often during the next few months!

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Are Elliptical Trainers Effective?
By Dave Casey

Are elliptical trainers effective at providing quality workouts? It’s a very common question these days. You may have already heard of the popularity of elliptical trainers and almost every local community gym or gym chain has several of them. More and more people are buying elliptical cross trainers for their homes and more fitness trainers are recommending them than any other fitness machine out there.

What is the reason for this boom in ellipticals? It’s because word is getting out about the effectiveness of elliptical machines. This is not another fly-by-night invention making big promises that it can surely never live up to. Elliptical trainers are effective because they are designed for specific needs of the people who will be using them. Did you know that:

* Elliptical machines burn more calories that similar machines (treadmills, exercise bikes)
* Ellipticals can be adjusted for any fitness level from beginner to advanced
* Elliptical trainers allow a total body workout – not just exercise of the legs
* Elliptical machines are safe for people with joint injuries and the elderly
* Ellipticals reduce the stress placed on your joints and muscles during exercise
* Elliptical cross trainers provide a great fat-burning workout that is easy to do
* You can adjust the tension and resistance as you progress so you will never outgrow your elliptical machine
* Elliptical machines require very little training to learn to use them correctly

What’s Your Fitness Goal?

To answer the question about whether or not elliptical trainers are effective, you need to ask yourself what you want to achieve. Before you can know for sure if an elliptical cross trainer will meet your fitness goals, you have to clearly identify these goals. An elliptical trainer is kind of a cross between a stair stepper and a treadmill so to understand their effectiveness you need to look at them in comparison to the machines they are replacing.

The use of technology that goes into creating an elliptical machine makes it more effective overall when compared to similar machines. When used correctly, it can help you burn more calories faster in comparison and it can give you more of a cardio workout with less impact and effort.

Here are some things to consider:

* What are your fitness goals?
* What is your current fitness level/experience?
* How much time do you have to use your elliptical?
* Are you looking for an “easy fix” to your fitness goals?
* Do you need a cardio workout regularly?
* Do you need weight training/bearing in your workout?
* Have you suffered from an injury (specifically a joint injury) and been told you need to take exercise gradually?

When asking yourself these questions, you help define a clearer picture of what your goals are and whether or not an elliptical machine will really be able to meet your requirements.

More about the Effectiveness of Elliptical Machines

Are you ready to learn more about the effectiveness of elliptical machines? You’re not the first person to ask “are elliptical machines effective” and you surely won’t be the last but elliptical machines are proving themselves to hold up under the pressure and scrutiny and out-perform many other fitness machines on the market.

Whether you are working at home on your own trainer or in the gym, you can benefit from every minute you spend on the machine. The workouts are fun and exciting and extremely effective so you will not become discouraged that you aren’t making any progress towards your fitness goals.

Now if someone asks you, “Are elliptical machines effective?” you know what to say!

About the Author:

Dave Casey is a freelance writer for http://www.allellipticals.com The popular site provides tips for elliptical workouts and unbiased elliptical reviews covering 20 major brands and 60+ models.

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How to Avoid Small Business Finances Nightmare
By Martha Merten

What you are about to read will shock you-your small business may be hemorrhaging money.

It’s true. Many small business owners simply do not keep track of their profit and loss on a regular basis. When was the last time you checked the numbers with your accountant? Last month? Last year? Do you have an accountant?

The two biggest and most serious mistakes that small business owners make are as follows:

• Losing track of income and expenses

• Not having a knowledgeable accountant

Keeping track of your profit and loss is absolutely necessary to maintaining the financial health of your business. Simply put, without reviewing your books every so often, you have no real way to tell if you’re even turning a profit, let alone if you’re in the red. In fact, a whopping 63% of small businesses don’t survive even six years due to financial neglect and limited financial training-and most work-at-home people fail before six months time!

Further attributing to these small business casualties is the reality that many of them do not have an accountant that understands online business expenses. All accountants are not created equal. While some might specialize in tax representation, others are well versed in the insurance industry. Think about it though, would these types of accountants know what an affiliate payment is, or how much of your bandwidth fees you can reasonably write off?

This aspect of running a business can be intimidating, but don’t be discouraged! This article will illustrate four very effective ways to help prevent losing your business to these common oversights. Please keep in mind that I am not a certified accountant, and that these are only my suggestions to help you maintain the financial aspect of your business.

Find an Accountant That You Can Work With

As mentioned previously, not every accountant is going to be a good match for your business. If you hire an accountant who has years of experience with brick-and-mortar businesses, they may not understand the costs of running an online business.

You could, in turn, pay more taxes at the end of the year because your accountant did not recognize the potential tax write-offs that an online small business could benefit from. Did you know that your home office tools just might qualify as a tax write-off? Your computer, your business telephone line, even the entire room could possibly be written off at the end of the year.

So how would you go about finding the best accountant for the job? Request some referrals from people that you trust, and set up a couple of interviews. One size does not fit all in this case, however. You’ll want to know a few things about your prospective accountant:

• Experience – How long have they been working with online small businesses, and to what extent? Do they understand the difference between affiliate commissions and payroll?

• Hypothetical situations – Write an in-depth list of palpable risks and possible hurdles that you expect your business to be subject to in the long run. Ask the accountant how they can prevent or even benefit from these scenarios. Let them demonstrate why you should hire them.

• Expertise – This accountant is great at crunching the numbers, but can they help you plan your business? Provide helpful and readily applicable advice? A good accountant can accomplish all this and more.

Pay special attention to how the accountants present themselves, and especially how they address your questions and concerns. If the accountant is not receptive to your business concepts, they do not have a place on your financial team.

Ask Your Accountant to Help Advise Your Small Business, Sole Proprietor, or LLC

Additionally, your accountant is a valuable advisor to have when considering important business options. Not only can they set up your business records and books, but they can be indispensable when it comes to deciding whether or not to expand, whether or not to hire new employees, and providing you with a complete financial forecast.

Because your accountant maintains your business finances, they will be able to counsel you about the risks and benefits of forming an LLC, or remaining the sole proprietor. This is a big step for any small business, and your accountant would be best suited to aid you in making this decision.

Meet With Your Accountant Regularly

Your accountant is a great asset to your company, but you cannot maximize your financial potential if you do not meet with them regularly. I cannot stress enough the importance of this-schedule quarterly, if not monthly meetings with your accountant.

Your finances are of the utmost importance, therefore careful monitoring should not be put off until tax season. This is a common folly that could ultimately cost you your business! Your accountant may find ways to save you money on a frequent basis, not just around tax season.

Meeting with your accountant consistently can help you ensure that your accountant is handling your financial needs in an acceptable manner, and keep you abreast of every single detail on your financial horizon.

Incorporate Accounting Software Into Your Business

Accounting software can be a tremendous help, especially if you are doing your own bookkeeping in addition to keeping an accountant. Accounting software can simplify budget management, and generally makes keeping track of expenses and revenue easier.

My preferred software is Avanquest’s Bookkeeper 2009. It is extremely efficient, inexpensive, and takes only minutes to learn. You can purchase Bookkeeper 2009 on Avanquest’s website here:

http://www.avanquest.com/USA/software/bookkeeper-2009-112676

Your Business Finances Don’t Have To Be a Nightmare

By following the steps recommended above, you will be able to avoid the two most critical mistakes that small business owners make. Your business will benefit from constant financial monitoring, and having a knowledgeable professional to guide you along the way is certainly an advantage as well!

About The Author: Martha Merten is the Operations Manager of AdClickMedia.com, an online advertising network and a subsidiary of Multiple Stream Media.

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