Go win these gift cards.

th6 Go win these gift cards.Whenever I see a chance to win gift cards I tend to enter. Sometimes I even win.

Whenever I see a chance for readers to win gift cards, I tend to share. Here are two chances to win Home Depot and Amazon.com cards. The former is pretty easy; the latter takes a bit of work but there’s a chance at a pretty decent payoff.

Savings.com will be giving away $3,000 worth of Home Depot e-gift cards today through Wednesday. Between 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. EDT each day, go to the Home Depot page at Savings.com and enter your e-mail address.


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th6 150x150 Want a $100 Amazon card? Join this TweetchatA watched pot never boils, but an unwatched pot full of raspberries and rhubarb can make a real mess of your stovetop.

Yep, I’m back from Florida and I’m making yogurt. And messes.

I didn’t get home until 1 a.m. Tuesday and was so glad to be on the ground I didn’t care that it was covered with snow. Total time between waking up in Tarpon Springs, Florida and getting into my own bed in Anchorage: 23 hours. Alaska is really far away from a lot of places.

Since then I’ve been scrambling to play catch-up with several different projects (including multiple interviews for one of them), so I have neither time nor inclination to write something deeply meaningful. However, I wanted to do a quick roundup.


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144056972X b 150x150 Trending: The post work world.It’s all retirement, all the time around here lately. Ever since I posted a giveaway of Mary Hunt’s “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Retirement,” various once-you’ve-quit-working items have drifted my way. One of them, an upcoming TweetChat, could win you a nice big prize.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


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card179 150x150 Friday: Be My Valentine Swagbucks extravaganza.Beginning at 6 a.m. PST on Valentine’s Day the Swagbucks rewards program plans a day of games and riddles totaling 25 easy points. Folks on the East Coast will find this very civilized, i.e., a 9 a.m. start. Where I am it’ll be 5 a.m., i.e., I’m almost certainly going to miss that first code.

Those of you who already belong know that the Swag Codes are just one way to win. People can (and do) earn hundreds of points per day taking surveys, watching videos, shopping and doing online searches.

I trade my points in for Amazon gift cards, which I use for holiday and birthday gifts and, sometimes, to confound my daughter by having toilet paper shipped to her home.

You can find hints about the codes (and, often, the codes themselves) on the Swagbucks Facebook page, so check it throughout the day. Or check my site’s Facebook page, since I’ll post as many as I find.

But as noted above: You can pretty much assume I’ll be missing the first one.


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Coupons.com wants to give you a $100 Amazon card.

XMAS BLOGGIFT MOM FIN 300x230 Coupons.com wants to give you a $100 Amazon card.A couple of dozen bloggers were given the chance to participate in the Coupons.com Holiday Sweepstakes. I’m happy to be among them because of the possibility that one of my readers will be chosen as the winner of a $100 gift card to Amazon.com.

The contest is designed to call attention to the site’s holiday gift guides, which offer ideas for presents for moms, dads, teens and younger kids. This being Coupons.com, online coupon codes are included with each gift idea.

Among the four Coupons.com holiday gift guides, my favorite is – naturally – the mom page. That’s because it includes a class of gifts I hope to see under the tree: skin-care items.

It’s cold and dry here in southcentral Alaska, which is hard on the skin. Looking at the moms’ gift guide I see a three-pack of fragranced body butters from Sephora. The  accompanying coupon codes bring free shipping and a gratis “deluxe sample” item. (Hint: Those small sample items are obviously good for travel but they also make very nice last-minute stocking stuffers.)


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