On Hiatus

You may have noticed that activity on my blog has slowed down significantly. I just wanted to say that I have not abandoned this blog, that I check my email every day, and that I’m still active in the blogger community.

The reason why I haven’t been blogging much is because I’m in the process of buying a house. Anyone who has gone through this process knows how stressful and time-consuming it can be. Since buying a house and moving are a priority right now, blogging has sadly had to take a backseat. I will resume regular blogging as soon as I have moved and settled into my new home, which I estimate will be summer 2012.

This is my first time buying a house, so it has been a confusing and somewhat scary experience. I would appreciate any advice you have to offer about buying a house or moving. Frugal advice on furnishing and decorating on a budget is also welcome. And if you have a product or service that would help first-time homebuyers, then feel free to let me know. I still have time to do the occasional review or giveaway.

Thank you for your patience! See you this summer!

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I wish this beauty was in my budget!

The Avengers: Free Music Download When You Purchase Tickets Online

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If you plan on seeing The Avengers, then check out Fandango’s latest deal. If you purchase The Avengers tickets online, then you”ll receive a free iTunes download for the single “Comeback” off of The Avengers Soundtrack. After purchasing the tickets, you will receive an email within 24 hours that contains an iTunes download code. This deal is available through May 17, 2012.

You can listen to the single “Comeback” here:

CouponChief.com: A Fresh New Coupon Website (Review)

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An easy way to save money while making online purchases is to use coupon codes. Taking a few moments to search online before checking out can usually shave a few dollars off your order. CouponChief.com makes this process even faster by aggregating coupon codes from thousands of stores into one easily searchable database. Although this is admittedly not a new concept, Coupon Chief has a special twist that really sets it above the competition—you can get paid for submitting new coupon codes!

Here’s how Coupon Chief works: Every time someone makes a purchase through a coupon code that you submitted, you receive 2% of the purchase price of their order. When your earnings reach the minimum threshold of $25, you’ll receive the money via Paypal. Amazingly, there are no rules to stop you from buying products with codes that you’ve previously submitted. So let’s say you find a hot new coupon code for Old Navy jeans, and decide that you want to buy a pair. You can submit the coupon code to Coupon Chief, click through the code on their website, purchase the pants, and earn 2% of your cash back. That’s a pretty good deal for doing a minimal amount of work.

In a giving mood? Coupon Chief’s Coupons-4-Causes program has got you covered. Simply select the charity that you want to support before clicking the coupon code and making a purchase. Coupon Chief will then donate a portion (up to 20%) of your order’s purchase price. The best part is that the money comes straight from Coupon Chief, so you can shop ’til you drop with the knowledge that you’re supporting to a worthy cause.

While the charity option is nice and the moneymaking opportunity is even better, the real meat-and-potatoes of Coupon Chief are the coupons. How does Coupon Chief stack up against the competition? Fairly well, in my opinion. You’ll find most major retailers on there, including Amazon, Newegg, Target, and Kohl’s. The coupons themselves are fresh and useful. At the time of this writing, for example, there are coupons for free shipping at Kohl’s and $5 off a $50 purchase at Target. Coupon Chief users can rate the coupons based on freshness, so that expired coupon codes are easily avoidable.

Between the wide variety of coupons, the chance to make some extra cash, and the ability to support your favorite charity, I feel that Coupon Chief is definitely worth checking out. With over 15,000 stores represented and over 50,000 coupons posted, there’s savings there for everyone.

Disclosure: I received monetary compensation from CouponChief.com for writing this review. The words and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Another Free $1 Credit at Amazon’s MP3 Store

free amazon mp3 creditAmazon has a new promotion out where you can snag a free $1 credit at their MP3 Store. The way the deal works is that you will receive the free $1 credit after purchasing a qualifying Kindle music book through Amazon’s Kindle Store. Fortunately, you don’t need to pay a cent because there’s a free Kindle book that qualifies for the credit. All you need to do is “purchase” the free book, and then wait for the $1 MP3 credit to be automatically applied to your account after the purchase has been completed. This deal expires April 22nd. The promotion is limited to one credit per customer.

As a reminder, you don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books. There are free Kindle Store apps that allow users to read Kindle Books on PC, Mac, and various mobile devices.

7 Fitness Books That Are Now Free On Amazon

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For a limited time only, Amazon is giving away seven fitness books for free through their Kindle Store. Most of these books are normally priced between $7.77 – $14.99, so grab them for free while you can. Kindle deals never last long! If you don’t own a Kindle, then you can still read these books by using one of Amazon’s free Kindle reading apps for PC, Mac, and various mobile devices.