Black Friday giveaway: Two $25 Amazon.com cards

Gifts Β© by www.metaphoricalplatypus.com

You don’t have to use them on Black Friday, of course. Use them on Post-Turkey Thursday or Cyber Monday. Or just hoard them until you see something you want to buy.

And if you don’t shop at Amazon.com? Sell the gift card on the secondary market and use the cash any way you like.

This giveaway acts as the one I didn’t put up last week. Here’s the plan: I’ll pull the winners on the day before Thanksgiving and e-mail the gift card code as soon as those folks write back to me. That way the scrip will be available right away, whether the winners want to do the lightning-deal thing or just go shopping for ordinary stuff like novels or condoms.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Wednesday, Nov. 21. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, I’ll have the random number generator select different names.

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  1. tricia bender

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Suzanne in VA

    I would like to win this for real~

  3. Always enjoy your posts.

  4. I’ll use it for diapers!

  5. This would cross one item off my Christmas list…

  6. I would love this for black Friday shopping!

  7. I follow on FB too!

  8. This would be perfect for Christmas presents! Would love to win these πŸ™‚

  9. I am now following you on Twitter – thanks for the chance to win this!

  10. I would love these….and I wasn’t aware Alaska had it’s own time zone.

  11. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  12. would love to win, thanks!

  13. I subscribed to your email using my yahoo account (chibisan713)

  14. And I already follow you on twitter (CamphorChins)

  15. I would love to win this. I have barely started my Christmas shopping, so an amazon gift card would definitely help out.

  16. I have my son’s birthday and Christmas both in Decmeber. It would be great to win!

  17. Would love this if I won, thanks!

  18. I subscribe to your emails.

  19. I follow you on Twitter–mami2jcn

  20. Mary Jane Folan

    This would be a big help with Christmas!

  21. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  22. I followed you on Twitter!

  23. Just in time!

  24. Would love this if I won, thanks:)

  25. I’m a fan of you on FB:)

  26. Pam Orita

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Great giveaway!!!

  28. I follow you on Twitter.

  29. Great contest Donna! Just in time for Black Friday/Thursday.

  30. I get your emails.

  31. I follow you on facebook.

  32. I get your rss feed.

  33. Love this chance to win these cards

  34. Thanks, Donna – this is great – It will help with Christmas shopping. πŸ™‚

  35. Katherine

    I subscribe via RSS, and I love amazon. πŸ™‚

  36. This would be a big help for Christmas presents…

  37. And I subscribe via e-mail.

  38. I would love to win! Thanks!

  39. I subscribe via email.

  40. I follow you on Facebook.

  41. Sure beats going to the mall on Black Friday!

  42. I subscribe via RSS

  43. I’m on RSS!

  44. Ooh, keep it for myself, or give as a gift? Delicious dilemma!

  45. Facebook too.

  46. Yay! I love these!

  47. And thanks for the extra entry (RSS).

  48. I would love to win this!!

  49. I follow you here and on Frugal Nation. Thanks for the entry!

  50. this would be fun to win!

  51. Thanks for doing such a great giveaway!

  52. I subscribe by RSS

  53. I follow you on Facebook.

  54. I am always happy to use other people’s money to shop!

  55. I am subscribed to your email blast.

  56. I like you on Facebook….it’s better than licking you on Facebook I suppose….

  57. Christine

    Yoo Hoo! Pick me! πŸ™‚

  58. Christine

    I follow you on FB!

  59. Christine

    I’m an email subscriber!

  60. What great Christmas presents for my nephew and his wife! I subscribe to your email newsletter.

  61. Diane Concepcion

    random winner selector…PICK ME!! please

  62. I also follow you on Facebook.

  63. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  64. Maureen G.

    would love to win these! they would stretch my christmas budget just a little further!

  65. I will give it away for Christmas.

  66. Oh I would LOVE to win a gift card from Amazon for my Christmas shopping!

  67. Ingrid Struemph

    I shop at Amazon all the time.

  68. Ingrid Struemph

    I follow you on FB

  69. Ooooo, I would love ths prize! Thanks for the giveaway.

  70. I follow via email. There is an order in place on Amazon, an order that I could expand.

  71. I would love to get a gift card.. Thanks

  72. I also subscribe by RSS. Thanks

  73. Perfect gift for my son-in-law!

  74. One of my favorite places to shop! Thanks for the opportunity.

  75. I follow on FB.

  76. I also subscribe via email.

  77. You are too funny!!! I’d love these, of course. Faithful Facebook Follower…

  78. You also show up regularly in my e-mail..

  79. I would love to whittle down my amazon wish list.

  80. Thanks for the giveaway!

  81. I follow on RSS.

  82. I follow on twitter @amandawk

  83. Thanks for the opportunity to cross one item off my Christmas list!

  84. Awesome giveaway! I do so much of my shopping on Amazon these days.

  85. I follow you on Facebook.

  86. teinegurl

    Im subscribed via email hope I win

  87. Help make my Christmas a little merrier!

  88. I subscribe to your email list.

  89. I like you on Facebook.

  90. cynthia rafler

    It is horrible that a lot of Walmart employees are planning to strike on black Friday with so many out of work. Winning the Amazon gift card would be great, since $25 is what we have agreed to spend on all family members we exchange gifts with this year.

  91. Thank you for this chance to win!

  92. I subscribed vial email also

  93. vickie Jean

    such a nice giveaway! thanks for the chance!

  94. vickie Jean

    I’m subscribed to your emails

  95. vickie Jean

    I follow you on facebook

  96. vickie Jean

    I follow you on twitter-grandmasreading

  97. Holly Samlan

    Boy would one of these come in handy. I just HAD to replace my computer (10+ years old) and my SIL, knowing I am VERY adverse to tech changes insisted I get the latest, heavy duty intel processor (i7). Add in a part I needed and the 4 year warrantee and I spend nearly 1k.

    Turns out Windows 7 will NOT accept my old printer do I need to replace that too.

    AND 3 of 4 grands have bdays end Mar/beg April.

  98. MAKE MY DAY πŸ™‚

  99. I read you on email every time you post!

  100. Gayle Erwin

    I can ALWAYS fine things on Amazon I “need”. πŸ˜‰

  101. Gayle Erwin

    I am glad I get your blog in my reader. It makes it so much easier to follow your favorites that way.

  102. lostAnnfound

    Definitely use these as gifts…older daughter has a Kindle, so she can get some e-books with this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  103. lostAnnfound

    I follow you via RSS and at GRS

  104. Thanks for a fun giveaway, Donna!

  105. What a great giveaway! Thx for the chance. I love Amazon!

  106. I subscribe via email. Thx for the extra chance!

  107. I subscribe via email.

  108. And I am also on Facebook. Thanks!

  109. cristina i

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  110. Stephanie Phelps

    Thank you for the great giveaway this will e wonderful to help buy Christmas

  111. Love them gift cards !! Subscribe via e-mail

  112. Stephanie Phelps

    I Subscribe via e-mail my4boysand1@gmail.com

  113. What a great giveaway! Thanks.

  114. Stephanie Phelps

    I follow Surviving and Thriving on Twitter @StephanieLPhelp

  115. I subscribe via email.

  116. I follow you on Facebook.

  117. I wish Black Friday didn’t start on Thanksgiving Thursday.

  118. Follow youon FB too !

  119. Wow, that would sure help with gifts!! Thanks for the chance.

  120. I’d love to win! Just in time for Christmas

  121. Of course this is a great idea for a give-a-way. thanks!

  122. I read both yours and your daughter’s “I Pick Ip Pennies” on email.

  123. I would really appreciate winning these gift cards!!

  124. Cindy Williamson

    I am an Amazon lover…..I’d love this!

  125. I would really love to win these gift cards. I also subscribe by e-mail!!

  126. Cindy Williamson

    I am signed up for your e-mail….. πŸ˜€

  127. Cindy Williamson

    I follow you on facebook too! πŸ˜€

  128. I subscribe by email. Love Amazon and your writing here and at Frugal Nation! You have a great sense of humor.

  129. Tracy Stone

    So you can read the novel at the same time as….

  130. Tracy Stone

    I follow you on facebook

  131. Tracy Stone

    and e-mail and twitter, of course. You know, I have yet to look at Frugal Nation. I guess I need to pop over there.

  132. Karen Gruen

    Great giveaway Donna, thank you! Just in time for the holidays.

  133. This would be a nice stocking stuffer for one of my kids.

  134. This would be so felpful for this Grammy, thank you for the chance to win!

  135. I read your blog via rss! Thank you!

  136. This would make a dent in our Christmas budget, for sure!

  137. I subscribe via RSS.

  138. I follow you on Twitter.

  139. I like you on Facebook.

  140. And I subscribe via email, my favorite method!

  141. lynda eads

    would love to win this gift card s i never win anything

  142. I sure could use these!

  143. These would help my budget a lot.

  144. I follow you by email

  145. Love Amazon!

  146. This would be great for Christmas shopping.

  147. Thanks for sharing there!

  148. Also a Facebook fan

  149. Elizabeth

    Would love to win! What a big holiday help for whomever does (hopefully me!)

  150. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  151. I subscribe via reader.

  152. I like you on Facebook.

  153. Jenny Anderson

    I would love to win this so I can add more books to my Kindle! Thanks for your great posts every day!

  154. Sudhanshu

    Thanks for the Giveaway. Your RSS fan.

  155. Hope I win =) I subcribe via email.

  156. I’d love to win – thanks for the giveaway!

  157. I follow you on RSS through Google Reader.

  158. Marcia in FL

    I get your email updates and follow on twitter. Hope to win!

  159. I’d love to win! This would certainly help our family this year.

  160. I subscribe via RSS.

  161. Thanks for the chance-Happy Thanksgiving!

  162. Katie Scullion

    Would love to win! Hope all is well with you since your big move.

  163. Kimberly Pickering

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  164. Sandra Gonzales

    Cool giveaway!

  165. I would love to win this. It would really help out with gifts! I receive your email newsletter.

  166. Sandra Gonzales

    I follow you by email.

  167. Sandra Gonzales

    I follow you on twitter.

  168. Sandra Gonzales

    I follow you on facebook.

  169. ImJuniperNow

    I’m In It To Win It!

  170. Amazon gift cards – my weakness – well, one of them;)

  171. I subscribe by email.

  172. I follow on twitter.

  173. Kris Street

    Wow! Thanks for the opportunity Donna!

  174. mrs short

    This would come in handy! I follow on Facebook.

  175. mrs short

    …and twitter…

  176. mrs short

    … and i subscribe via email.

  177. I would LOVE to win an Amazon card – I do 95% of my holiday shopping on Amazon. πŸ™‚

  178. Greg Lundblad

    I follow via RSS and would love to win.

  179. And I subscribe to your blog AND your blog on MSN Money via email.

  180. AND I follow you on Facebook!

  181. Awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  182. wish me luck!

  183. I also subscribe via RSS

  184. I’m now twitting you! (is that the verb now?)

  185. I would love to win!


    email and Facebook!!

    Would love to win!

  187. Yes! Amazon is a great prize! πŸ™‚ I could help my daughter pay for her college textbooks. πŸ™‚

  188. Veronica A.

    Boy could I use this!

  189. Veronica A.

    I subscribe via email.

  190. Veronica A.

    And I “like” you on FB, too.

  191. I like you on facebook

  192. i subscribe via rss

  193. Molly Davis

    I’d use it to feed my book habit!!

  194. Let the season of shopping begin!

  195. hmbalison

    Would love the gift cards for some frugal holiday shopping.


  196. This would be the jumpstart I need. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!

  197. I’m subscribed via RSS.

  198. I follow you on twitter, too!

  199. Who couldn’t use a GC on amazon? I can!

  200. I follow via email

  201. I love your column! I hope I win.

  202. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  203. Yay another giveaway! Hope Alaska is treating you well.

  204. Vicky Fox

    I subscribe via e-mail:)

  205. Vicky Fox

    Thanks for the opportunity to win:)

  206. Thanks for spreading the love, Donna!

  207. I subscribe via RSS!

  208. April Durrett

    Donna always has great giveaways. Thanks so much!!

  209. Darlene M

    Donna its my birthday so gotta win. Love you on Frugal Cool, Smart Spending, and of course this site.

  210. Thanks for the opportunity! Christmas is going to be lean this year.

  211. I subscribe to the RSS feed. Your site is definitely in my “read daily” folder.

  212. I follow on facebook.

  213. Thank you!

  214. I also subscribe by email.

  215. Thanks for teh opportunity to win!

  216. I also subscribe via e-mail.

  217. I would really like to win this! I love Amazon.com!

  218. Thanks for the give away opportunity!

  219. Barbara A

    Thanks Donna!

  220. Melanie A.

    I should comment every day when I visit just so you know I don’t JUST come for the freebies. But do appreciate the chance to win.

  221. Pick me!! Pick me!! LOL

  222. Hubz just gave me his Christmas list and there are 3 things from Amazon on it. I would love to be a winner! Thanks!

  223. Thanks for the opportunity. This could certainly come in handy!

  224. I subscribe via email.

  225. Hope I win! Thanks for the giveaway.

  226. I am a follower on my google reader.

  227. I am a fan on facebook.

  228. Really enjoy your articles on MSN.com, and now I know about the blog, I will visit often. Thanks for the gift card opportunity.

  229. Oh just in time for Christmas!

  230. I follow you on Facebook!

  231. And I subscribe by email πŸ™‚

  232. Oh Amazon how I love thee! I sure hope I win!

  233. I subscribe by RSS.

  234. I follow on twitter.

  235. I follow on Facebook

  236. I follow by email

  237. And on my work email

  238. Barbara Mattoon

    I follow you by RSS feed. Did Alaska not switch back to Standard Time?

  239. Barbara Mattoon

    I also follow you on Facebook

  240. love amazon!

  241. I subscribe via RSS

  242. Hi Donna, thanks for the chance to win. I hope you are enjoying being back in AK!

  243. I like you on facebook

  244. Thanks for your articles!

  245. I follow on FB!

  246. I love amazon!

  247. rosarugosa

    always happy to stay out of the stores and shop from home this time of year!

  248. Thanks for a winning shot!

  249. i also get emails from ya

  250. Would be a great help to purchase family gifts this year

  251. I’ve been reading you on MSN for a couple of years, and subscribed to Surviving and Thriving, but this is the first time I’ve commented on your site. Always enjoy reading your articles!

  252. This would be so helpful with Christmas coming up, or maybe a treat for me!? Love your work, look forward to every email from you! Thank you!

  253. I would love to have one of these!

  254. I subscribe by email

  255. I follow you on twitter @drmomoftwo

  256. Love your blog

  257. follow you on facebook!

  258. What a great give gift!

  259. Thank you for the opportunity, I love Amazon.

  260. Excellent idea, thanks for the opportunity to win!

  261. Thanks! THis is a great one. I subscribe via email.

  262. I also follow you on facebook πŸ™‚

  263. I also follow you on Twitter (@kchowy)…thanks again for a great giveaway.

  264. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway πŸ™‚

  265. I’d love to win this! Would help with holiday shopping for sure!

  266. I subscribe via email

  267. I follow on facebook and twitter

  268. this is a wonderful giveaway! thank you!

  269. i follow by rss

  270. i like you on facebook

  271. I’m an email subscriber/

  272. Karen Wheeler

    Thanks for the great prize contest. Hope you made a smooth transition to Alaska.

  273. Yes, please!

  274. Would love to win this! πŸ™‚

  275. Zosephya Edwards

    I went out ONE time on Black friday and swore to never do it again. Thanks to the internet I don’t have to.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  276. Laura Gardner

    I love Amazon gift cards!!

  277. Laura Gardner

    I liked you on Facebook!

  278. Boy, would this help out!

  279. Heck yeah, I love Amazon. This would be a great treat!

  280. Also, I’m an RSS subscriber.

  281. Thanks for the chance to win something any of us can use. Don’t know anyone here who doesn’t buy *some*thing from Amazon! Btw, I already subscribe to your emails :0)

  282. I’m an email subscriber.

  283. Hey

    Just found your site looking at the coke rewards article. This place is great!


  284. Thanks for the giveaway. I’ll throw my name in the hat.

  285. I’m a Twitter follower (@wagthefox).

  286. I’m a Facebook follower (facebook.com/wagthefox).

  287. I also follow via RSS (Google Reader: Rabid Fox)

  288. I would LOVE this! Wish list books, here I come (fingers crossed)!

  289. I’m also an email subscriber.

  290. Mary Walsh

    Hi Donna, I would love to win one of these great gifts!

  291. Kelly McMillen

    Thank you for the opportunity! I love Amazon!

  292. I’m an email subscriber πŸ™‚

  293. Thanks for the chance to win!

  294. subscribed via email and FB
    been reading your blog for a while – thanks!

  295. Debbie Winkle

    My favorite shopping site!!

  296. Love the Amazon cards! Thanks for putting them up.

  297. Kelli Dawson

    Ohhh I want a $25 dollar gift card. I just stumbled on your website. Love it!!

  298. I love Amazon! Pick me! Pick me! πŸ˜‰

  299. Always need help this time of year!

  300. I would like to win, please, thank you very much!

  301. Kelly Hoyt

    I sure could use the gift card. Thanks for having the contest! Love to read your articles.

  302. Just exactly what I need!!!

  303. This would be a great prize to win and would make Christmas shopping a little easier. It seems to get harder every year.

  304. Would be great to win it – would love to use for some winter reading material.

  305. Deanna G.

    Love Amazon! πŸ™‚

  306. Deanna G.

    I subscribe via RSS.

  307. Deanna G.

    I like Surviving and Thriving on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

  308. I would sure enjoy this!

  309. Big Fan, Thanks for the Giveaways!!

  310. Nancy from Mass

    Oh boy, could I use an amazon gift card!

  311. I’m an email subscriber.

  312. this would sure help with holiday shopping — thanks for the giveaway!

  313. I subscribe to your emails

  314. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  315. I follow on fb (Moey Shay)

  316. You have the best giveaways! Would love to win one!

  317. Ro in San Diego

    I subscribe via email

  318. Ro in San Diego

    I also like you on Facebook

  319. Im subscribed via RSS and I also liked your facebook page.
    Thank you for your giveaway!

  320. I’d love to win!

  321. Hope I win!

  322. You are one of the few blogs that I follow. Looking forward to more fun posts.

  323. Isn’t it my turn to win one of your contests?

  324. Thanks for the change to win.

  325. I subscribe to your blog in Google reader.

  326. I follow you on twitter. (@atxgirl623)

  327. Long time fan on msn, always great tips.

  328. Hmm–for unknown reasons, I’m having trouble leaving a comment. But that does NOT mean I don’t want to win!

  329. Great giveaway. Thank you!

  330. I subscribe via RSS.

  331. Donna, I always enjoy your posts!

  332. Kelly Hoyt

    I am now a facebook fan. I have followed you on MSN for years now. Thanks for all the great advice.

  333. I love Amazon! Thanks for the chance to win!

  334. Just discovered your blog and love it! Thanks!

  335. Great giveaway! I’m trying to save money this Christmas, and this would help a lot!

  336. they sure would help with Christmas shopping πŸ™‚

  337. Paula McAleer

    Use for Christmas. Thak you.

  338. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win!

    Those gift codes would sure come in handy this holiday season.

  339. I follow on Twitter, too!

  340. I subscribe via RSS

  341. Subscribe via email, too…

  342. … follow on FB, too.

  343. I would love to win!

  344. I already subscribe.

  345. What a great giveaway! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  346. This would be great for Christmas shopping!

  347. Happy thanksgiving! I just got back from a short visit to Alaska, where I grew up. Hope you are enjoying life up in the Greatland! I’m in Georgia now, and don’t miss all that darkness in AK this time of year!

  348. Please pick me!!! I follow you on FB.

  349. This would really help with holiday shopping!

  350. I subscribe via e-mail too!

  351. thanks for the chance to win

  352. I would love to win a gift card!!! I subscribe to your blog thru Google Reader.

  353. Melissa Allison

    Would love to win! Would be great to put towards Christmas gifts!

  354. I love Amazon. They always have something I can use so this would be a great giveaway to win!

  355. I subscribe via email (alsmalu at hotmail.com)

  356. I follow you on twitter @fhammons

  357. I like you on FB (Fawn Hammons)

  358. Condoms? πŸ˜‰ Happy Thanksgiving!

  359. I subscribe via google reader.

  360. Dear Random Number Generator, please pick me!

  361. SonyaAnn sent me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  362. I subscribed to your RSS feed.

  363. I already followed you on Twitter.


  364. I like you on Facebook.

    Frances Perkins

  365. I would love to win one of these. I am saving for/towards a Kindle. πŸ™‚

  366. Count me in!!

  367. Shelia O.

    Thanks for this giveaway. I love Amazon gift cards.

  368. Sign me up!

  369. RSS Subscriber

  370. Thanks for the giveaway!

  371. I’m already an RSS subscriber.

  372. And I just started following you on Twitter!

  373. This would be lovely, thank you!

  374. RSS & FB for some time now. Always enjoy your posts. Thanks for the chance to win. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  375. thanks for the chance to win one of the gift cards.

  376. Thanks for the chance to improve my X-mas giving budget.

  377. Would love to win!

  378. Thanks for the giveaway.

  379. I subscribe to you via RSS.

  380. what a great giveaway!

  381. i follow on twitter @ktmaag

  382. i’m a facebook fan

  383. Would love to win. Love your column

  384. Hmmm…maybe not condoms, but novels sound good! Thanks for another great giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving!

  385. thanks! If I win I’m going to put it towards a pressure canner!

  386. I follow on Facebook:)

  387. I subscribe to your emails.

  388. A gift card would help with Christmas presents. Thanks.

  389. I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  390. I LIKE you on Facebook. ID: Lynda C.

  391. I’m a subscriber via Google reader.

  392. I’m in!

  393. Wow your blog is getting huge. Look at all these comments!

  394. I am subscribed through Reader.

  395. I stalk you on Twitter

  396. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  397. I love Amazon gift cards! They’re great for getting something for my daughter, husband, and for myself. πŸ™‚

  398. I subscribe via RSS.

  399. I am a follower on FB too.

  400. Karen Barry

    Love Amazon and free gifts!!!


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