26 March 2007

Free iPod Nano

Did I mention the free iPod nano? We discovered this several days after the Starbucks offer. We started the three required offers on a Thursday, they were completed and "verified" Friday, and the iPod arrived Saturday. Seriously.

Total cost: about $7.50 (but I also got a new John Mayer cd out of the deal).

Post a comment and we'll send you the link!!!!


Voila! A $50 Starbucks Card in hand, after several weeks of waiting! And yes, it works, as the delicious latte Meg had earlier this week can attest!

Total cost: about $11.00 and some patient waiting.

18 February 2007

Free Starbucks Coffee

Yep, that's attention getting. I do love coffee. Especially free Starbucks coffee. And I think I've found a way to get it - at least $50 worth.

After consulting with my good friend Chris, we're endeavoring to do the impossible: really cool stuff (computers, plasma tv's, gift cards) for free (okay, not free, but really really cheap.)

Ah, the glories of internet promotions! Jump through some hoops, accept some ridiculous offers, and voila! free stuff!

A scam, you say? Perhaps not. I didn't fall off the turnip truck last night, and I pretty efficient at researching and sniffing around the web. Lots of good stuff out there - and some scams, of course. As it turns out, there quite a "system" for doing these kinds of things. I downloaded an Excel sheet from one guys blog that helps you track your progress for a particular promotion.

I won't bore you with the details, but I'm going for the Starbucks card. It requires only two completions of 40-something offers (some "gifts" require completion of 18 offers).

I chose: 1) A subscription to "At Home Rewards" Cost? $1.00. No other charges if I cancel within 10 days. 2) A subscription to an video game thingie (like Netflix). No cost if I cancel within 30 days.

Total cost: $1.00, plus some time for cancellations.

Go ahead and laugh. As I said, I didn't fall off the turnip truck last night. And who'll be laughing when the latte is brewing?

Keep you posted!!!!

30 January 2007

What's new in 2007

Today I recommitted to journal. I think this time it will stick, largely because I've abandoned my nostalgic inisistence on long-hand writing, and opted for the ease and comfort of this PowerBook G4 laptop. The way I see it, when my journals became a Pulitzer prize winning book, I can pay someone with better handwriting to copy them into longhand. That will save me from years of carpel tunnel.

Along with my new commitment to journaling, I think we'll commit anew to blogging. Not so much for you (the three of you that occasionally read this), but for us. It forces us to sift through the morass of information/photos/observations/happenings that occur in our sphere of exisitence, to organize them in some tangential way ("blog-worthy" or "not-blog-worthy") and finally, to exercise some measure of communication with those around us.

Plus, blogging reminds us that a) our lives are not so boring as they seem at times, b) our lives are not nearly so chaotic as they seem at times, and c) with the right caption, anything can be made to sound interesting (just search the archives for the mouse skeleton story.)