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I figured that would get your attention. The crew at Savings.com, which recently offered a chance at a Sony portable sound system, is at it once more: This time, they’re handing out 20 of those gift cards.

I’d love it if one (or more!) of my readers could win. You can try once a day from now through 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 15.


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soundsofsony-giveawayJust in time for the 57th annual Grammy Awards, the folks at Savings.com are giving away a trio of Sony portable party systems with Bluetooth and NFC.

It would be great if all three went to readers of Surviving and Thriving. Failing that, even one winner would do.

You have until 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 7 to try.


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thA couple of weeks ago I gave away a box of swag obtained at conferences in New Orleans, Austin and Kansas City, Mo. At the time I promised a second giveaway of other such items.

I misspoke myself. But I did it for you!

Specifically, the folks at the Swagbucks rewards program stepped in and offered to give away a $50 e-gift card. Couldn’t down a chance for a reader to gain a $50 advantage on this year’s holiday shopping (or for a gift for themselves), so I put the second box on hold.

(The $50 prize is still up for grabs: You have until Dec. 5 to enter. Do it now, while you’re thinking about it.)

That second box o’ oddities is the subject of this week’s giveaway. Among the items included are:


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th-1Fun fact: During the holiday season, the lowest price for toys is about 10 days before Christmas.

Funner fact: You can get a $50 head start on your toy-buying (or anything-else-buying) if you win this week’s giveaway.

The Swagbucks rewards site has offered to award one lucky reader his or her choice of a $50 e-gift card from the Rewards Store. It’s quite the lineup of cards for restaurants, electronics emporia, retaurants, entertainment and other categories (including my personal favorite, Amazon).

This giveaway is a little different: You must be a member of Swagbucks and earn at least 50 points between now and 7 p.m. PST Friday, Dec. 5. Instead of entering up to five different ways, leave one comment with your Swagbucks user name.


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card179Beginning 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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