Game shows, rescued pennies, bonus Swagbucks and how to have a cheaper Christmas 2011.Posted by Donna Freedman on Nov 13, 2011 | 24 comments
Today’s post is a bit of a grab-bag.
To anyone interested in joining Swagbucks: I might be able to get you 100 extra points. On Saturday evening I took part in an online chat about shopping/rewards sites. Those “attending” were given a code to offer to new referrals in addition to the usual 30-point sign-up bonus.
Here’s the problem: It was never made clear how long the code will last, so you might or might not get the extra 100. Worth a shot, though.
First, go to the Swagbucks widget in the bottom right-hand corner of S&T’s home page and click on “sign up.” When you’re asked if you have a promotional code. type in RewardsChat10. If it still works, you’ll wind up with 130 points right off the bat.
Good luck, and thanks for using the widget to join. (By the way: They call it a “swidget.” Ain’t that cute?)
A head start on holiday shopping
I use Swagbucks to get Amazon gift cards. This week you have a chance to win $100 in Amazon scrip. It’s a larger-than-usual giveaway, which is why it’s lasting longer than usual: You have until Nov. 19 to enter. Remember that five different entries are possible. Consumerism Commentary personal finance blog is sponsoring the prize.
The blog offers its own way of winning Amazon GCs. Register for an account at Consumerism Commentary, and you’ll get points for reading, commenting and sharing on social media.
It’s also possible to earn personal finance books that way but as you might have guessed, Amazon credit is much more popular. Go sign up and earn, already.
I’ll take ‘How do I get on a game show?’ for $200, Alex
You know you want to spin a big prize wheel, attack an obstacle course or guess the price of a six-burner stove while your friends and family cheer. Admit it: You want the lovely parting gifts, too.
For my recent column on MSN Money, “How to get on a game show,” I talked with casting directors, former contestants and even a woman who not only didn’t win but actually lost money by appearing on a game show.
It is possible for a regular person to succeed. A radio guy from Cleveland has been on three of the biggest game shows on television. He hadn’t yet made it to “Jeopardy,” though, and was jealous of me when I told him I’d been on that program, way back in 1991 when the questions were worth half as much (but were twice as hard).
I had a great time talking with these people. Only one problem: Now I want to try out for “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”
Christmas — and columns — coming earlier all the time
My next MSN Money piece wasn’t due to run for at least another week. Imagine my surrise when I saw it published on Friday afternoon.
Apparently because so many Black Friday ads were leaking (eeewww) and so many folks are already shopping, my editor decided to run with “Christmas for less than $100” at least a week earlier than I expected.
Although the National Retail Federation says the average shopper will spend $515.94 on gifts for the 2011 holiday season, I spoke with a woman who spends less than one-fifth of that amount — and she’s buying for a couple of dozen people. She’s good. The column lists tips and tricks that will stretch your dollars thinner than an election-year promise.
See a penny, pick it up?
When you see a coin on the ground do you think “eeewww, filthy” and keep walking? I don’t, and I explain why in my latest piece at Get Rich Slowly.
“Why I still pick up pennies” does the math in terms of the accumulated coins’ service to others: If I pick up a dollar’s worth of coins, eight people get to have supper. That’s because I donate my found money to a local food bank.
Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) says that $1 buys the ingredients for eight meals. Now that’s the power of bulk buying.
While I know not everyone can (or wants to) pick up stray specie, it’s important to me. Judging from the comments on the piece, I’m not alone.
Readers: Do you pick up coins? If so, do you mingle them with other funds or save them for a specific purpose?