I stand (sort of) corrected.

th-2When I announced my fifth anniversary giveaway, at least one reader pointed out that it isn’t the anniversary of five years’ worth of writing but rather the fifth birthday of my first-ever post (April 30, 2010).

Duly noted. Sorry about the misstatement.

Now let’s get on with the important part: the fact that you still have time to enter and the fact that the prizes are really swell thanks to some very generous fellow bloggers.

How swell? Glad you asked.

Here’s what’s being given out:

$100 Amazon gift card: This one’s sponsored by RetailMeNot, the Internet’s largest online coupon website.

$50 Amazon gift card and a $50 eBay card: Both are from the FatWallet comparison shopping website, which offers cash-back in four categories on Amazon shopping and in 17 categories on eBay shopping.

$25 Amazon card: Luke Landes of Consumerism Commentary contributed this one — which is funny, because Consumerism Commentary just sent me a $100 Amazon card. I earned that scrip by reading and commenting regularly on the site. You should, too.

Five $10 Wal-Mart cards: Curtis Arnold of CardRatings.com and BestPrepaidDebitCards.com is providing this batch. Initially I believed it to be three cards, but Curtis stepped up his game. Two more winners!

Books, books, books

Lots of reading material is also being given away:

 “The 10 Commandments of Money plus Deal With Your Debt: Personal finance author Liz Weston will personalize these to you – or anyone – if you like. (Hint: They’d both make excellent gifts for someone graduating from college.)

How I Make Money Blogging: Crystal Stemberger is donating a copy of her e-book, which tells you everything you need to start a site of your own. (The last time I gave away a copy, the response was tremendous — apparently a lot of you are interested in starting your own sites..) Crystal is also donating a copy of her new book, Managing Your Monthly Nut,” which focuses on improving your financial health.

Confessions of a Credit Junkie: The author, Beverly Harzog, is donating this one.

Four from Mary Hunt: The author of more than two dozen books and the Debt Proof Living website is contributing copies of her 7 Money Rules for Life and Cheaper, Better, Faster,” a two-hour DVD of Debt-Proof Living LIVE! and the CD of 7 Money Rules For Life.” (Okay, so those last two aren’t books. Sue me.)

The Eventual Millionaire: Personal finance blogger J. Money, of Rockstar Finance and Budgets Are Sexy is donating a copy of Jaime Tardy’s new book.

And three from me: Frugal Isn’t Cheap,” in which Claire Levison explains the difference between smart use of money and parsimony that wrecks lives; Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down,” because it’s liberating to know that “failure” isn’t necessarily the end; and Think and Grow Rich,” a reissue of the 1937 self-help book by Napoleon Hill because, well, retro.

That’s a lot to give away all at once, but a fifth anniversary seemed to call for a grand gesture. Thanks for riding along – now let’s see where the next five years take us.

If you’ve already entered over at the original giveaway announcement, please don’t enter again here. And if you haven’t, here’s how to do it:

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

The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, May 13. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, May 14, I’ll pull new names. Please don’t make me do that.

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  1. Sheri M.

    Wow! I would be thrilled to win any of these.

  2. Sherry

    I am so feeling the good karma (or is it indigestion?)….anyway! Would love to win. 🙂

  3. Well, Happy Anniversary anyway!
    I love to read your blogs and tips.
    Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  4. Susan C

    Congrats on the 5th anniversary of your first post. I have been reading for almost that long and your blog is one of my favorites.

  5. conee corning banks

    Love your blog

  6. conee corning banks

    follow you on facebook

  7. Pam Orita

    I follow you on Facebook and have been reading your column since msn money back in the day.

  8. Mariann

    Happy anniversary

  9. Tammy Littlejohn

    I enjoy your writing.

  10. Nancy

    Fifth, smith; you still rock.

  11. Ro in San Diego

    Congratulations on five years. I follow you on Facebook.

  12. Karina House

    But how long have you been picking up pennies? I follow you on FB – I’ve been following for at least a year of your five, but maybe more.

  13. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you by email too

  14. Veronica

    Awesome giveaway for your 5th birthday!

  15. Happy Birthday. I enjoy your posts and really miss seeing you on MSN. Their loss.

  16. I am so glad that I finally found a pf blog that has no prentiousness whatsoever. Thanks for being so down to earth and real. What breath of fresh air.

  17. Ashley

    Congratulations! Thanks for offering all the swag 😉

  18. Mirabella

    Happy Anniversary! Your blog is invaluable to all frugalistas and wannabe-frugalistas.

  19. Cynthia Smith

    Happy Fifth Anniversary and Happy Mother’s Day!

  20. marcia

    How very generous. I would be thankful to win any of these. Thanks for the chance!

  21. E-mail subscriber who waits eagerly for each new blog post.

  22. Mary G

    Happy 5th anniversary! I’ve been enjoying your blog for about 2 years now.

  23. Rhonda A

    Happy Anniversary.

  24. Rhonda A

    I subscribe by email.

  25. Maggie G

    Happy Anniversary!! Way to go…looking forward to 5 more years of your blog!

    The articles are inspiring and got me hooked on personal finance.

  26. Roblyn H

    Congrats on 5 years!

  27. Carol

    Happy Anniversary!
    And thank you for writing about real life, not sugar coated or exaggerated, just real stuff. Your readers are grateful!

  28. Cynthia

    I think I’ve been reading you the whole time, however long it is.

  29. Louise

    Happy anniversary! I really like your work.

  30. I subscribe thru a link on my webpage. Great prizes!

  31. Subscribe through email

  32. Happy anniversary! great giveaways!

  33. You are inspiring! Would be thrilled to win any of the prizes they are all cool.

  34. Linda G

    I would love any of these!

  35. Linda G

    I follow by email!

  36. Wow! Congrats on 5 years!

  37. I never knew what to call a blogiversary but it’s all semantics. Congratulations!

  38. I subscribe via feedburner RSS feed.

  39. I follow you on twitter: @kaylynnakers

  40. Catherine

    Happy anniversary. What a generous celebration!

  41. Katherine

    I would love to win any one of these.

  42. NowACountryMouse

    Congrats! I enjoy reading your posts.

  43. terri

    I would love any of these to start x-mas shopping especially!

  44. Robin

    Would love to win one of these!!

  45. Joan V.

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. I would be thrilled to win. I feel like I win whenever I get to learn something new from you; but gift cards and books are always welcome, too.

  46. Joan V.

    I am signed up for your blog via email.

  47. Joan V.

    I follow you on Facebook.

  48. Mary Ann

    Happy Fifth Anniversary and Happy Mother’s Day. Love reading your perspective on life and frugality.

  49. Kimberly

    Happy Anniversary!

  50. Kimberly

    I subscribe via email and love your posts.

  51. Mami2jcn

    Happy anniversary! And happy mother’s day!

  52. Mami2jcn

    I subscribe to your emails.

  53. Mami2jcn

    I follow you on Facebook as Mary Happymommy.

  54. sheila

    Would luv a gift card. If I win, that is!

  55. Cathy in NJ

    Happy Blogiversary:) Happy Mother’s Day. Enjoy your success.

  56. Catseye

    Congrats, Donna and Happy Whatever Anniversary! I’d love to win.

  57. Catseye

    I’m also a FB fan.

  58. Kelly C.

    Congrats on your 5th anniversary!

    I would love to win, anything.

  59. local Joe

    Knock, Knock.
    Who’s there?
    Blogger who?
    Blogger me.
    Ok you win.

  60. Deb Coy

    Great prizes today. I already subscribe to email and Facebook. Thanks!

  61. Linda

    thanks four your five years of blogging – new to the site – I came over from your daughter’s blog – I enjoy them both – happy mother’s day!

  62. Linda

    Aren’t celebrations fun? Congrats on five years of writing the blog. Would love to win any of these great prizes.

  63. Heather

    I am an email subscriber! Thanks!

  64. ShellyLynn

    Thank you for all your wisdom, I would love to win!

  65. Ellen

    Congrats on your five year anniversary! Look forward to reading your e-mails!

  66. Happy Anniversary! Big time congrats! 🙂

  67. Barbara A

    Thanks Donna! Happy 5th Anniversary and I am a big fan!

  68. Love your blog, Donna! Thank you for your insight.

  69. Congrats on your anniversary and I love all the giveaways!

  70. Happy Anniversary!

  71. I also subscribe to your blog feed.

  72. Tricia Kolsto

    Thank you for the great giveaways and Congrats on your “blogversary”! He he


  73. Tricia Kolsto

    I subscribe on email.

  74. Tricia Kolsto

    I follow you on Facebook

  75. Terry Whitaker

    I so enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for sharing your mind and thoughts with us!

  76. Terry Whitaker

    I so enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for sharing your life and thoughts with us!

  77. Congrats on 5 great years! I follow through email. 🙂

  78. Ethan

    Happy Anniversary and many more!

  79. spiffi

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I look forward to 5 more years of reading your posts!

  80. spiffi

    I follow on Feedburner

  81. spiffi

    I follow you on Facebook

  82. spiffi

    I follow you on Twitter too!

  83. Marla

    great website, congratulations

  84. Jackie

    Happy Anniversary! I’m looking forward to reading the next five years!

  85. Jackie

    I subscribe via email

  86. Jackie

    I follow on facebook

  87. Thanks for the chance to win!

  88. I follow you on Facebook.

  89. I subscribe via email.

  90. Chris

    Congrats on 5 years! While I haven’t been reading for five years, the last two years have been entertaining (and useful) enough that I referred my mom to your blog because I believe the two of you have a great deal in common!

  91. Gayle Erwin

    Congratulations on your anniversary. What ever the year.

  92. Gayle Erwin

    I get you on my blog reader, which is Inoreader. I do miss google reader.

  93. Sarah Lamb

    Happy 5th!, And may the next 5 be even better!,

  94. Sarah Lamb

    I get your emails!

  95. Samantha

    Woo hoo! This is the best giveaway yet!

  96. Samantha

    I follow you on Twitter! As much as I follow anybody. Which isn’t really that much. But still.

  97. Samantha

    I also follow you on Facebook. Which is a bit more than I follow you on Twitter, but also not a ton.

  98. Samantha

    I do subscribe via email however, which is how I follow you the most.

  99. Samantha

    And lastly, I subscribe via Feedburner.

  100. Sandy

    I follow you on the Smart Spending website. My favorite blog! Thanks for offering the great prizes!

  101. Rachel

    Happy anniversary!

  102. Kathryn

    Regardless of the technicalities, it’s still a great accomplishment. Great giveaways too. Would love to win!

  103. Kathryn

    I subscribe via email.

  104. Allie

    Yay for five years for your blog!

  105. Allie

    Also, I follow you on Twitter!

  106. Allie

    And Facebook!

  107. Kristina

    I subscribe (through my work email-Shhhh!).

    Also follow on Facebook.

  108. Happy Anniversary, Donna…boy, that five years went by fast!

  109. I subscribe via e-mail

  110. And yep, I follow you on Facebook, as well.

  111. marguerite c

    I would be happy to win anything. Fancy having so much info for 5 years of blogs. Congratulations, you’ve given me many useful tips and tactics.

  112. Sara B

    Just found out I’m pregnant…gift cards of any sort will be VERY welcome from this point forward!

  113. Sara B

    I follow you on Facebook

  114. Sara B

    I subscribe to you on email as well 🙂

  115. 973beachbum

    I don’t know if you remember me, but I was a poster from back in the old MSN Money Smart Spending days. I don’t comment much on any blogs or articles but I did want to say I have been reading your blog for a while and do enjoy reading it.


    • Donna Freedman

      I do remember you. Still treasure your response to the friend who told you to make your own laundry detergent and save two cents per load. You wondered how you’d spend that extra 14 cents (max) per week.
      Do you ever visit the Not MSN Money Proboards?
      So glad to see you over here. Hope you’ll come back.

  116. Happy Anniversary! 🙂

  117. Rebecca McKnight

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway wonderful prizes.

  118. Melissa F

    I follow on facebook too.

  119. Melissa F

    happy birthday

  120. Melissa F

    I also follow on twitter

  121. AnnieA

    Congrats! How long is that in blog years?

  122. Sharon

    Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many more informative and fun blog posts in the future!

  123. Sheila

    Happy anniversary! I love reading your blog, not least because you are a fantastic writer. I’m a copy editor, and that matters to me. Here’s to many more years of great tips and tricks and Surviving and Thriving!

    • Donna Freedman

      And here’s to copy editors! They save me from looking dumb. Well, in my work for pay, that is; here on my personal site I am editor-less and thus must take the blame if I goof.

  124. Great giveaway, and congratulations on the 5 year anniversary, Donna!

  125. I am following you on twitter.

  126. ImJuniperNow

    I won! I replied! YAY!


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