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May 2, 2016

Free download – Cooking and Baking with Sugar Substitutes

From Diabetic Self-Management. Learn more about sugar substitutes and get 8 delicious recipes to try! Sign up for their newsletter HERE or go straight to the pdf HERE

April 29, 2016

April 28, 2016

Enter to Win $1000 to Crate & Barrel and more!

Enter the Upgrade Your Kitchen Sweepstakes from Clean Plates, Win a $1000 Crate and Barrel gift card, 6 months of smoothies from Daily Harvest and a Vitamix Blender. Ends May 14 and you can only enter once HERE

Win 1 of 60 Pairs of Hush Puppies

Win a free pair of shoes ($115 value) from Hush Puppies - Single Entry HERE, Ends April 29, 2016

April 27, 2016

Enter our #ActiveSnack GiveAway!

Throughout April we will be randomly selecting a lucky person each week to win one of these four awesome Outdoor Products - Ripcord Hydration BackPacks full of our NEW Energy and Fruit & Chia Bars! Enter HERE

Free Black Forest Organics Gummy Bears Sample

From Brach's: Normally, we #BreakOutTheBrachs here, but today we want to break out Black Forest Organics! Visit our BFO Facebook Page, like us, and message your contact information and we will send you some product to try!

Free Month Of British TV (online)

Love British TV? Watch your favorite shows instantly, all commercial free - Only $4.99 a month - First month free HERE - US & CAN

April 26, 2016

Heads Up For Kroger's Free Friday Item

April 29 only, download a coupon for 1 FREE Sara Lee Artesano Sandwich Bread (20 oz.). Redeem by May 15. Remember to come back HERE (FRIDAY!!) to download it to your card

Free Sample DISH Dry Food for Dogs

You can choose many things HERE like cat and dog coupons or the free sample from Rachel Ray
"We will be sending your free sample in 8-10 weeks."

April 23, 2016

Request a free Garnier Whole Blends Sample

Request a free Garnier Whole Blends Sample – Just click the free sample button and fill out the form.
While supplies last. Limit one (1) sample per household. Samples are only available to consumers in the United States. Must be 18 years of age and older, or age of legal majority in your state at the time of registration. Please allow 3-5 weeks for delivery.

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Free Sample – Try Hippo Sak® Trash Bags for FREE!

Our Hippo Sak® Tall Kitchen Trash Bags are the TOP RATED trash bags on Amazon.com!
We make our bags Hippo Strong with our patented PowerStrip® technology which reinforces the bottom seam, our specially blended durable film, and our 4-ply extra wide strong handles.  That means with Hippo Sak® you don’t have to worry about leaks, holes or tears!  And Strong Handles make them easy to lift, easy to tie and easy to carry!  So say goodbye to your old drawstring bag – our handles are a better solution for your cans and hands!  But don’t take our word for it, try a free sample of Hippo Sak® Tall Kitchen Trash Bags for yourself today!  We’re sure you’ll agree –
It’s Not Just Strong, It’s Hippo Strong! Request HERE

*Sample includes 2 trash bags and a money saving coupon to purchase on Amazon.com.  Offer valid while supplies last.  Open to US residents only.  Limit one (1) sample per person or household.  Void where prohibited, restricted or taxed.  Offer valid to individuals age 13 years old or older.  Allow up to 6 weeks for shipment of product sample.

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April 22, 2016

Win A Getaway To Austin, Texas

Enter HERE to win: 
Exclusive tour of theCHIVE HQ
Private Beer Tasting with Resignation Brewery Crew
$1000 Travel & Hotel Voucher
$200 CHIVE 'Swag Bag' from The Chivery
Sweepstakes ends April 25th

ThriveMarket.com- Why I Will NEVER Shop There Again!

So, a few months ago, we won a gift card to ThriveMarket.com from a fellow blogger and I finally had the chance to use it. I looked so forward to this opportunity as I had $110 to use!

I found the prices to be comparable to Kroger, Meijer, and Amazon even though the site shows you how much you saved - you haven't unless they're using Whole Foods as their comparison, free is free for me so I'm not complaining.

I spent THREE HOURS surfing their site for just the right stuff I wanted to get for us - Honey Bear, da boys (our dogs), me, foods and household stuff.

When I finally decided I was done shopping, I went to check out. I entered my information and gift info but I couldn't check out without entering my credit card information which was for a 30-day free trial membership (something I would be charged for monthly).

Here's where my problems start. I do NOT want a membership to their site, I haven't even had the chance to EXPERIENCE their site yet, let ME decide if I want to continue as a member or not. I try to continue my order without this 'strong arm tactic', but cannot.

I contacted them through their 'contact us' page THREE TIMES with NO response
None...not a peep.

Since no one responded through their 'contact us' page, I went to their Facebook page and was informed it's just 'their thing', don't worry, that I could cancel before the 30 days was up otherwise I WILL BE charged their nonrefundable fee - mind you my readers, I couldn't process my FREE order without providing my credit card information for their mandatory free trial membership. I am SO angry, but through Facebook response, they assured me a reminder link to cancel would be sent out.

OK, so now it's my responsibility to make sure any ThriveMarket.com emails never make it to my spam folder and it's my responsibility to make sure I cancel their forced purchase, even if they call it a 30 day free trial, I had ZERO choice to not get it when placing my order - 'you want your stuff, you must enter your credit card information for our 30 day free trial...'

Shipping was fast, I received my two boxes of goods shipped via UPS. All the items were basically individually wrapped and I was impressed by the excessive, but well packaged goods. Then it happened - a damaged can. This can was an inside item meaning it was in the middle of the box and the damaged part of it was impossible to be damaged in any way except by being packed damaged! Take it from someone who spent over ten years as a receiving manager, it WAS the shipping departments' fault as my box arrived in perfect condition and the location of the dented can was impossible to be damaged in any way. I had ordered TWO cans of tomato sauce and there's only one DAMAGED can within this box....hmmmm.

I opened the second, perfect condition box. There's my second can of tomato sauce and it too, DAMAGED. These cans were individually wrapped and on the INSIDE part of the box - absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to be damaged any other way than the picker for my order AND the shipping department.

UNDER all of my other items were my two squished containers of chai tea concentrate AND my box of pasta! Ugh, FIVE DAMAGED ITEMS.

I write to ThriveMarket.com on their Facebook page as I STILL hadn't gotten a response from their 'contact us' page. The facebook response was that they would report my order to a supervisor.  I FINALLY get an email - do you want to know what they had to say? Because my order was purchased by gift card, they cannot refund nor exchange my damaged items AND I had to go back to their site to remove my credit card information so I won't be charged AND they STRESSED that if I chose to use their site again, I WOULD BE CHARGED AUTOMATICALLY the day after any future orders, their mandatory, non-refundable membership fee!!!

So, bottom line is....I was beyond disappointed with ThriveMarket.com - their poor customer service, the FIVE damaged items (how does a shipping clerk have a clear conscious shipping damaged goods!) and after reviewing their members page, nothing but young adults....I shake my head at the experience.

I have removed all giveaways or other mentions I've put on my blog here regarding ThriveMarket.com
#ThriveMarket @ThriveMarket

April 21, 2016

FREE bottle of Organic Girl Salad Love Fresh Dressing up to $6.99 value

Take the brief survey to score a printable coupon for a FREE bottle of Organic Girl Salad Love Fresh Dressing up to $6.99 value! You can find this product at Whole Foods and other stores.
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Heads Up For Kroger's Free Friday

Free Friday - Organic Gummy Bears or Worms - April 22 only, download a coupon for 1 FREE Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears or Worms (4 oz.). Redeem by May 8. Remember, you can't access is until Friday, but simply go HERE to download it to your card

April 20, 2016

FEATURED FREE MAGAZINES

Instead of posting each one, just visit ValuMags HERE where you can click any offer (It'll tell you if available, if it's digital or if it's a print magazine) and as always, the subscriptions are completely free

April 19, 2016

Win an #electricbike from Evelo

Win an from Evelo! Enter to win the HERE
Open to residents of Canada and the USA. Deadline to enter is May. 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm PST.

April 17, 2016

PINCHme $250 Gift Card Sweepstakes


Enter HERE: Grand Prize: 1 Lucky Winner wins a $250 Gift Card 
50 Lucky Runner Ups win an Exclusive PINCHme Box

Contest ends 05/31 at 11:59pm ET.

Free GoodRx Pillbox

Simply fill in your email address to get your free pillbox from GoodRx. To ensure we send your pillbox to the right place, please complete the mailing fields as well. (Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.) United States only.

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Enter to win an @ElliptiGO Arc

Enter to win the Ultimate Marathon Pack giveaway for a chance to win the grand prize pack of an ElliptiGO Arc and great products from Roll Recovery, 2XU, Nuun and OOFOS! Or, be one of ten lucky winners to receive a runner-up prize pack! Hurry - the sweepstakes ends April 18, 2016!