Friday, August 1

My Giveaways

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Ends 1/17 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Ways to enter:

1. Subscribe (If you're a current subscriber, new since the last giveaway, please let me know. You'll be automatically entered in each giveaway.)

2. Mention the giveaway on your blog.

3. Refer someone (Have them leave me a message that you referred them.)

4. Leave a comment on any post. (Sometime more than just, "Great post" or "I agree")

5. Tweet the giveaway on Twitter.

6. Post something on social bookmarking.

Holiday giveaway: Black Friday edition

Perhaps to get myself out of this funk (see yesterday's post) or perhaps simply in celebration of the hectic season that is about to be upon us:

It's another giveaway!!!!!

This handy set has everything that the holiday shopper needs (except cash). Think of it as a fashionable holiday survival kit:

  • Victoria's Secret purse. Nice and large to carry your smaller purchases. But with small zipper compartments so you don't have to dig for your keys. You know it's cool because it's got leopard print inside. Price tag was a ridiculous $75 (don't worry, not what I paid!) so it would also make for a great regift. (Or sell it on Craigslist and get a few extra holiday bucks!)
  • A funky pink cosmetics pouch. A great place to keep your touch-up colors for the night. Or help just keeping everything in one place at home. Inside is a bag of Hershey's dark chocolate kisses -- because I'm evil and because you may need a little blood-sugar-boost as you brave the retail sales.
  • Happy bunny year planner. For a little giggle when the mania of the season gets to be too much, or for when you need to schedule all those parties, celebrations and other holiday stresses.
  • Softlips new pure organic pomegranate lip moisturizer. Because braving the cold means lips get chapped.
  • Vicks' Early Defense hand sanitizer. To give your immune system at least a fighting chance, as your kids and/or coworkers are kind enough to share their winter colds.
  • Bee M.D. organic throat drops. Just in case the common cold is stronger than your good intentions.
  • Kleenex tissues. See above.
  • A small pack of tampons. Lest you get caught at a mall unprepared.

Finally, just to prove that this time I'm a tad more organized, here's a picture of everything in a flat rate box, just waiting for the address of the winner:

I figure it's appropriate to give this away for Black Friday. (I'll be at my in-laws' for the big turkey fest, so it will ship Monday unless my mom is feeling particularly generous with her time this weekend.)

The rules are pretty much the same as before, with a couple small tweaks:

1. You get an entry for getting/having a subscription. (If you've started following the blog since the last giveaway, leave me a comment to that effect and you'll automatically be entered for any future giveaways, too!)

2. You get an entry for leaving a (substantive) comment. What do I mean by substantive? More than "Yeah, me too!" or anything of that nature. Otherwise, the sky's the limit.

3. You get an entry for anyone you individually refer to this giveaway/site.

4. You get three entries for mentioning the giveaway on your blog.

5. You get three entries for any post of mine you submit to a social bookmarking site.

6. If it's already been submitted, you get an entry for voting it up.

The contest will close at 6 p.m. PST Friday, November 28th.

Week 4: September 27 - Oct 2

Because this week's giveaway is so late getting posted -- and because this week just (let's face it) sucked -- I decided we needed an extra big basket.

This one is part relaxation, part attitude. We all need to relax after thinking of the bailout plans. But we're all pretty attitudinal after thinking about the bailout plans.

And so:


Three gold-foil pillar candles
Aromatherapy Super Mint Pack (Nature's Best)
Bath Confetti (Mon Image)
Softsoap Spa Radiant Body Wash
Yardley English Lavender Soap
L'Oreal Skin Genesis Pore Minimizing Cleanser
A combination (hand) pumice & nail brush


"Mothers are travel agents for guilt trips" magnet
"Maybe I want to look cheap" tissues
"I'm mature and you're not. Nah nah nah" Happy Bunny notebook
"I'm not listening. You keep talking. How weird is that?" Happy Bunny notebook
Leopard print cosmetics bag
Revlon Red nail polish (not pictured, bright red and suitable for the attitude section)

The rules remain the same except: It's difficult to find contact information for some entrants. So from now on, I'm going to give the winner five days to contact me. After that, I'll draw another name.

The contest will be closed at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Friday.


  1. Subscribe if you haven't already. All subscribers get an automatic entry each week OR
  2. Mention (and link) to the giveaway on your own site OR
  3. Refer a friend OR
  4. Save one of my posts on a social bookmarking site: Reddit, Digg, PFBuzz, Kirtsy, etc OR
  5. Answer a question I pose during this week's posts or just leave a (substantive) comment. You can disagree with me, offer your own frugal tips... Anything more than "Hey, nice post."

In all cases, I'll need you (or the referred friend) to leave me a comment so I know who to give an entry to.

For doing more than one of these, you get multiple entries. Same with referring more than one friend or posting to more than one social bookmarking site.

The way this works: I go to and generate a sequence to help me randomize the list of names. Then I generate a second sequence and the first number in that sequence is the winner.



Blogger Laura said...

I'm subscribing right now! Brunette on a Budget referred me to your blog.

September 3, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Blogger Abby said...

Thanks for subscribing, Laura! You and Ms. Brunette are entered.

September 3, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Blogger Kasey said...

There is nothing wrong with saving! It makes me happy too:)

September 3, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Blogger Abby said...


Thanks for reading! How did you find the site?

Also, don't forget to sign up for this week's giveaway!

September 3, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Blogger Rachel said...

I just subscribed. And thanks for the reminder! I always Google or bookmark to find my favorite blogs, for some very strange reason. I didn't realize that Google Reader was a subscription manager and had never looked! LOL. Now I should make up my list so I don't miss things and don't have to spend so much time surfing around!

September 3, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Blogger Abby said...


I used to do the same thing. But now I have a lovely number of frugal blogs flooding my inbox. It's fun to get it delivered -- and it gives me a chance to get inspired for my own posts.

Also, I want to announce a slight (good) alteration. I realized, since no one can subscribe to me more than once, once you let me know you've subscribed, you'll be automatically entered in each week's contest! I got this lovely idea from ModernGearTV who also has fabulous giveaways each week.

September 3, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Blogger quitecontrary1977 said...

i subscibed! i found you on the freebie blogger!

September 3, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Blogger silverhartgirl said...

I'm subscribing right now.. The Freebie Blogger refered me

September 3, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Thanks to both silverhat & quitecontrary for subscribing! And to the Freebie Blogger for the mention!

I hope you all enjoy the posts. I always appreciate feedback, if there are issues you think I'm glossing over or features you think would really help.

September 3, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Blogger Miss Scarlet in the Conservatory said...

I am subscribing right now! This looks like a great, informative blog, and that gift basket looks wonderful!

September 3, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Well thank you Miss Scarlet! Did anyone refer you here? (And also what are you doing with that lead pipe?!)

September 3, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Blogger Bunny B said...

Sweet!! I've blogged!

bunnybx at gmail . com

September 4, 2008 at 2:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just subscribed! I found out about you on I'm excited that I found your site and can't wait to read all the articles!

September 4, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Thanks for checking out the site, Hallie!

I'll go ahead and enter you in the contest.

And don't forget, as you're reading the articles, you can post answers to questions from the past week and get extra entries.

September 4, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Blogger The Taylors said...

I just subscribed. Count me in on the giveaway!

September 5, 2008 at 4:13 AM

Blogger Kathleen said...

I've added you to my blogroll...found you through Thrifty Jinxy.

Stop by my blog to enter my giveaway, for an Organic Playdough set from Natural Pod.

September 5, 2008 at 5:36 AM

Blogger Abby said...

The Taylors, You are officially entered. Thanks for checking me out!

Kathleen, you are also entered. Thanks for following Thrifty's link. And I am definitely checking out your giveaway. My cousin's kids would love some organic play-doh!

September 5, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Blogger Carrie said...

Linked you on my blog. I am a fellow penny picker upper. I leave no coin on the ground. Love your site.

September 5, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Blogger slylady said...

I have subscribed and confirmed! I heard of you through Thrifty Jinxy.

September 5, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Blogger judybrittle said...

I Just subscribed and confirmed, Great gift basket! I found you through an email from Thrifty Jinxy
Thank you so much!

September 5, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Blogger Mama said...

Hi there! I have subscribed to your blog and I have also linked to you on my blog!

Hope I win!

September 5, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Blogger Snowpuff said...

I just found you thru Thrify Jinxy's e-mail. I am subscribing, and really hope to win! I really need and want something like your nice prize!

September 6, 2008 at 5:51 AM

Blogger - Marybeth I. said...

I subscribed - I found you through another money saving blog.

September 6, 2008 at 7:15 AM

Blogger Tamara said...

I found your website through Thrifty Jinxy newsletter and I subscribed through email.

September 6, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Blogger Tamara said...

I found your website through Thrifty Jinxy newletter. I subscribed to your site through email. I like the article you posted about The secret of frugality revealed here! I am the same way at trying to stay away from clothing stores because I am tempted to buy something that is not a needed at the time.

September 6, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Blogger gourdlady06 said...

Found your site through Thrifty Jinxy newsletter also. Signed up through email. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

September 7, 2008 at 7:37 AM

Blogger Vicky said...

I just subscribed! Found your site through Thrifty Jinxy. Thanks!

September 7, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Blogger Rebecca said...

I have helped saved the pig and subscribed. I was sent here by Thrifty Jinxy's Blog.
I always pick up pennies too.

September 7, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Blogger Sally said...

I subscribed. :)

September 7, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Blogger Abby said...


The pig says "Thank you." Also that it was a close one.

To all: There was a last-minute memorial lunch we had to attend down at Tim's parents. So I will finish adding everyone's name to the list when I return home tomorrow, then will get a number and announce the winner. Remember, you have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific (4 hours) to enter.

Thanks to everyone who joined this site, answered questions, referred others or otherwise contributed. I think this'll be a fun tradition!

September 7, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Blogger Megan said...

I'm subscribing today also.  I found a link at

September 9, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Thanks for joining, Megan! You've been entered. I hope you enjoy the posts, as well as the giveaways.

September 9, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Blogger Jinxy and Me said...

I posted about your contest! -

September 11, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Blogger Revanche said...

I've just subscribed and will be posting a link a bit later!

September 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Blogger kerri69 said...

I subscribed and i am really glad i did youre blog is great i found you thru thrifty jinxy and will be looking foward to futher post

September 13, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Thanks Kerri! I'll put you in the drawing. And while you don't *have* to compliment me to win, hey it's always appreciated.

September 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Blogger Little Miss Moneybags said...

I'm subscribing right now, too! Found you through Living Almost Large.

September 16, 2008 at 6:49 AM

Blogger Mary said...

I love your blog but not sure how I found you. I have already subscribed. Would really like to win!

September 16, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Mary, I'm pretty sure I have you on my subscribers list. You're at a gmail account right? In the interests of privacy, I don't want to blurt out your email address. So if you want to double-check that you're on the list, go ahead and email me at my yahoo account ( and give me your email. That way, I'll know if it's the same Mary.

Thanks to everyone who's been subscribing!

September 16, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Blogger Sierra said...

We are on a big quest to pay off our debt -- and it is going to have a major effect on our family, as we can't live together until we have paid off some debt (it's a really LONG story!) So this would be a fantastic book for us! Thanks for having this contest for such a helpful item. I found you through the Thrifty Jinxy newsletter. Thanks again!

September 19, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Blogger donna444444 said...

I subscribed. I found you on Thrifty Jinxy blog.

September 20, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Blogger Tiff said...

I'm new to your site, and have no idea how to subscribe! I'm also going to link you on my facebook.

November 24, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Blogger Abby said...

Hi Tiff!

You can subscribe on the main page (

There's a little widget on the right-hand side saying "Subscribe or the pig gets it!" and that should link you through. But in the meantime I'll go ahead and put you on the list.

Thanks for checking out the site!

November 24, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Blogger nolaffing said...

Commenting on the cool purse giveaway :-) It is bad luck to give a purse without money in it , so quick find a shiny penny to put in the purse!

November 25, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Blogger Abby said...

See, the things you learn? OK so in addition to the purse, the tissues, the planner and the rest: One shiny penny!

November 25, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Blogger Erin Ropelato said...

What a fun purse giveaway--just in time for the mad rush on holiday shopping! Thanks!

November 25, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Blogger caseydeuce said...

I'd really love to be counted in on your giveaway! I caught wind of you from Thrify Jinxy!! Keep up the great work!!

November 26, 2008 at 6:49 PM

Blogger mrs.mommyy said...

suscribed- be safe and have a great shopping weekend

November 26, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Blogger Maryea said...

That's a nice package of prizes you have put together. Thank you!

November 26, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Blogger Cindy said...

My hubby believes I am the original bag lady and I'd love to add this one to my "collection". OK, I have to admit he's right that I am probably obsessed!

November 26, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Blogger toowylde said...

I'm glad I looked through the comments on this thread to discover how to subscribe. It wasn't readily apparent to me.

I got an e-mail from Thrifty Jinxy telling me about this giveaway and this site, and I'm glad I followed through. Really interesting information.


November 26, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Blogger Cindy said...

I'm a new subscriber, too. I think I found you through Frugal Mommy...

November 26, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Blogger fae said...

i'd love the purse and goodies. :)
i hope you get out of your funk soon. happy holidays!

November 26, 2008 at 10:26 PM

Blogger Jinxy and Me said...

I posted your new contest yesterday, but forgot to enter myself! I was just reading the other comments and am glad so many readers have headed over here! Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008 at 6:23 AM

Blogger brahmsviolin said...

I have subscribed finally. Donna referred me.

November 27, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Blogger Stupid Sheep said...

Hi i came here via...darn...Money Saving Mom? I see other people came here via Thrifty Jinxy, and that's possible that's how i got here too. I click on links as i'm reading then go to all of them at once.

I already started taking hold of Black Friday deals by sending DH to CVS this morning to get freebies. Then when we got back from our families, i went on to Amazon and am nearly done, and on a good budget too!

November 28, 2008 at 2:17 AM

Blogger Emilita said...

Hey, I read your "target audience" entry, and I don't think you need to be ticked off to get noticed. Not that the void doesn't make you ticked off, just that being upset and making a fuss isn't necessarily the way to get PF gurus to notice you. But I do think it calls for collective organization. If these experts knew that there was a gap in this substantial, disability niche audience, I think they'd take more notice. Because you're right, one size doesn't fit all financially, especially when, as the economy slows down, there are an increasing number of people who aren't on tight budgets because of over consumption.

Perhaps a national disability advocacy group might have resources for you? Or be able to aid you in gaining a strong voice with numbers?

And thanks for running the contest, btw.

November 28, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Blogger Linda said...

I love your blog name. I also pick up pennies. What a nice giveaway. I found you from Thrifty Jinxy.

November 28, 2008 at 9:51 PM


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