Free health screenings, two chances at gift cards.Posted by Donna Freedman on May 8, 2013 | 4 comments
Checked your cortisol levels lately? On Saturday, May 11, all Sam’s Club stores with pharmacies will offer several basic medical screenings for free, including one for the “stress hormone,” to get a reading on how well your adrenal or pituitary glands are working.
(This Mayo Clinic page explains what can happen if your cortisol goes haywire.)
You don’t have to be a member to take advantage of these screenings, so stop in.
And the gift cards?I’ll get to them in a minute. Don’t stress out.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can opt for one or more of the following:
- Body mass index
- Height and weight
- Blood pressure
- Cortisol test
If you do all of them, you’ll get a free sample of a probiotic supplement. (Me, I’ll stick with my homemade yogurt – the last thing I need is another pill.)
Gift cards, anyone?
All You magazine has narrowed down its search for “America’s Smartest Shopper,” and is asking readers to watch the finalists’ short videos and vote for their favorites.
You’ll learn all sorts of savvy tricks, such as how one finalist turned a $10,000 trip around the world into a $1,000 excursion, and how one super-bargainista bought high-end fashions for less than $1.
Vote daily, if you’re so inclined. What’s in it for you? This week, one of two $125 gift cards to JC Penney; next week, a pair of $150 Target gift cards; the final week, two $200 Wal-Mart gift cards.
Finally: The Swagbucks sign-up bonus code was extended through May 31, in part because a Swagbucks rep was delighted by a couple of the comments from happy users. Use it to get 100 points when you join instead of 70. This referral program lets you trade in points for cash (via PayPal), merchandise or – my favorite – gift cards. I’m an Amazon GC groupie, myself, since they let me send birthday, Christmas and “just-because” gifts to family and friends.
However, last weekend I used accumulated scrip to order $130.50 worth of the eyedrops that DF has used since having cataract surgery a couple years ago. Thus I can attest that Swagbucks is a way to save money on the essentials as well as the latest best-seller.
Details on joining can be found in my “Swagbucks redux” post. Again, the code expires on May 10 so don’t delay if you want the extra points.
P.S. Hope you can attend Liz Weston’s Tweetchat at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 9. Send any money questions you’ve got to @FTPress or to firstname.lastname@example.org — copies of her revised and updated “Deal With Your Debt” will be given away to several questioners, drawn at random.