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Posted: February 16, 2011

I am sending out an email to CCD subscribers in about an hour that contains info on a great giveaway for CCD readers only! Subscribe in the form below so you don’t miss out:

Posted: February 13, 2011

If you post either Safeway, or Albertson’s Deals on your site, you’ll want to email me! I’m looking for deal contributors.

Posted: February 11, 2011

Lot’s of readers are reporting a virus from  This virus is not from, but a fake alert generated by some third-party – here’s an excerpt of the most important parts of a letter

The one thing that we are absolutely certain of is that it does not exist within our servers, our software, or our website’s source code.We have been been able to determine that users that are affected by this fake alert are not infected with a virus unless he or she complies with the prompts.

Whenever and wherever you encounter a redirect trojan of this kind on the Internet, never click on any part of the window or any prompts that may subsequently appear. The safest thing to do at that point is to force the browser to close by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete, running your Task Manager, and manually shutting down all of your browser and prompt windows.

Do not click on the little X at the top, the OK or Cancel button.  Click on Ctrl+Shift+Delete all at the same time.  Then right-click on the pop-up item on the list, and click on End Task. This will ensure you don’t get infected.

Ask CCD Readers: I have personally never seen this virus and will continue using, what about you?

Posted: February 10, 2011

The expectations that accompany this time of year can be downright frightening, especially for men in relationships.  As soon as the holidays officially ends, the season of romance has begun. What begins as simple cuddling expectations on a cold night can easily cause you to walk a fine line between going broke and achieving a desired level of romance demanded by the time of year. Fret not this year gentlemen, there are frugal tricks to pulling this off.  Following these five tips should keep your other half happy, your pride intact, and money in your wallet.

Watch a sunset.  If you’re like me, then you agree that watching football is the single most important activity for the eyes this time of year.  The number of games viewed per day is directly proportional to the amount of enjoyment in that day.  However, watching football all day is probably not your significant other’s idea of a romantic time. Watching a sunset together on non-football days can buy you days if not weeks of football viewing pleasure and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny.  Find a spot with a great view, throw down a blanket, and hold her hand while the sun takes care of the rest.  An inside seating may be appropriate for cold weather climates.  A little work just won you tons of football time.

Take her out (side) to eat.  Going on a date to a candlelight dinner at a nice restaurant is a proven romantic gesture with a success rate near perfection.  It is also a quick way to spend your money and it requires you to dress and act nicely.  A more efficient dining solution that achieves the same level of romance is a picnic.  Thoughtfulness trumps expensive any day in the romance world.  You can buy all the picnic supplies and food you need for under $20 and still seem like the sweetest guy in the world.  Just be sure to be prepared for a change in temperature with extra blankets and jackets.

Crash someone else’s party.  The downside to cheap romance is that it usually requires some preliminary work and preparation.  You can avoid that completely by letting other people take the work and expense out of dates for you and taking advantage of what your community has to offer.  Take your loved one to a community festival or seasonal gathering for a very easy and cheap way to spend time together.  Not to mention, they might actually be fun for both of you.

Pick your own flowers.  Even though they wither and die in a matter of days, women still love to receive flowers.  A bouquet is a powerful tool for a man to have at his disposal.  Giving the gift of flowers can make amends for most mistakes we make.  Give them when you’re not in trouble and you are the world’s best husband or boyfriend.  The problem lies in the fact that florists realize how powerful their flowers are and will charge criminal prices for them.  Luckily, they can be bypassed.  Mother nature provides all the flowers you need to make your lady starry-eyed.  Pick a handful of fall blossoms yourself and not only will you save yourself some money, in her opinion, you will have gone the extra mile.

Help her help you.  Paying attention to your partner’s “want list” is extremely important because from time to time, something gets placed on that list that you want too.  Whether the item is a new CD, a TV, or patio furniture, take the opportunity to give your woman a gift that lets her know that you care without completely neglecting your own wants.  Spending money on something that you’ll get to enjoy too pains the pocket book much less than something you have no interest in.

Being the passionate and thoughtful man that she wants you to be doesn’t have to involve complicated, selfless acts.  Practicing these few tricks will keep both of you happy, in love, and together.

This is a guest post by Drew Dawson, who is an Austin-based writer who specializes in frugal tips, saving money, and personal finance.  He writes for, your easy-to-remember source for the best online deals, sales, and coupons.

Ask CCD Readers: What are you doing to cut costs on Valentine’s Day…or are you?

Posted: February 5, 2011


I thought it would be fun to video opening my $1 ThredUp box so we could all see if it was good or bad clothes!

Good idea, but I should have had my husband hold the camera instead of me while I’m trying to open it, LOL get a laugh out of it!

Also, the video is not edited at all, so I couldn’t cut out the parts where my voice sounds silly.  I don’t know why I sound like a valley girl sometimes because I’m not, so it makes me laugh!  I’m kinda a dork so bear with me!

Here’s my video on how to use ThredUp and here’s the post where you got $1 for a package from ThredUp

Now I’m putting together a package to send someone, does anyone want me to post photos of what I put in it? Let me know!  Also, I’ll let you know if I see any more deals for ThreadUp!

Posted: February 2, 2011

I just got this question in my inbox (I took out some parts as it was long):

How do you tell when these type of contests, giveaways, etc. are legitimate and people are just out there to post them and get information? Is there a way to tell?

I worry a lot sometimes about identity theft, fraud, viruses and all those stupid things that seem to come along with the internet. What is your advise?

On my site,  and all sites, when you enter your email address in the required field, it is secure and NOT shown to the public when your comment is posted, but is saved with the comment so if you win a giveaway we know how to contact you.

Some sites have you enter your email in the comment – spambots could find your email and spam you.  I never enter those contests.

When you sign up for free samples, I sign up with a “junk email” address that I never check.  It’s important; however, to sign up with a real email address for giveaways or you will (on my site & most giveaway sites) be ineligible to get your prize since when you are emailed to claim your prize you won’t get the email.  But for free samples, they rarely confirm your email, so you can use a junk email for signing up for them.

Also, when you sign up for free samples, use a auto-form filler to save you time – no more manually entering your mailing address again and again. I use Mozilla Firefox’s add-on. Then since it is so quick to sign up, you don’t feel so bad if you never get it in the mail.

Also, to enter a giveaway or get a free sample, your social security number or credit card info should never be required – I would NEVER enter a giveaway or request a free sample that required that info.

Disclamer: I think this example below  was a rare case, most bloggers I have met are highly ethical!
“Fake Giveaways”: really I have only come across one of these.  I often click on my giveaway linky and view other sites giveaways, and if I like them, I contact the company sponsoring the giveaway and ask if they’d like to do one on my site as well.  So I found a giveaway for Dyson Vacuums once, and emailed Dyson with a link to the giveaway and said I would like to host a giveaway.  They responded that they weren’t sponsoring that giveaway!  I looked at the blog hosting the “dyson giveaway” some more and noticed that they had an alexa rank of over 1 million.  Companies sponsoring giveaways want them on sites with low alexa ranks.  Thus I concluded the best way to decide if a giveaway is real is to look at the blogs rank  (it’s easy! just type in the url at and it shows! You don’t have to sign up or login), and if the blog has a high alexa rank, but the giveaway is for a BIG item, it’s not a real giveaway.

Anything under 200,000 is a great alexa rank!

Blogs around 1 million alexa will still get giveaways that are legit! But they won’t be from Dyson or be high-value giveaways.   That’s one way to tell, I know it’s a lot of work, but in my opinion most blog giveaways ARE legitimate.  Giveaways get the word out about companies and they are happy to sponsor them.  But they always check your stats before they sponsor you, at least this has been the case for me.

So in short, the more traffic a blog gets, the more high-value giveaways they are going to have.

I hope this answers your questions!

Ask CCD Readers: Chime in! Have you anything more to say or tips, or did long-winded me already say it all?

Posted: February 1, 2011


I made a video describing how to use ThredUp! I posted yesterday a deal for $1 for a box shipped, I when I went to use it, I realized you got to pick the sizes and read all about the items you’re getting, plus read other users reviews of the boxes they’ve got from that sender!

Since I liked it, but it’s hard to describe, I made this video. Right now, new ThredUp members get $5 off their first swap. I’ll let you know if I see any other killer deals like the $1 shipped DealPulp one yesterday!

Ask Cuckoo Readers: Have you tried ThredUp?

Posted: January 25, 2011

But I just have to “vent” a little…

My 1 1/2 year old wants to go potty like her big sister.  She’s always taking offer her diaper and trying to run to the potty.  Well she took the vent cover off one of our vents, sat down and…well…did her business.

We have been meaning for months to screw the vent covers down so the kids don’t take them off and hide things in them, but we never expected this! I had to turn the heater off it was ventilating the smell through the house.  So excuse me while I figure out how to clean this up!

This is a mommy moment I’ll never forget, that’s for sure!

Ask CCD Readers: What have your kids done that was something you never expected?

Posted: January 24, 2011

I had so much fun this morning with Big Buddah!!!

If you are new to my site, you’ll want to check out:

And come back tomorrow for the launch of my Restaurant Coupon Database!

Posted: January 12, 2011

I personally just tried out eBillme to see how this deal works. Right now they have a great deal which ends in two days -01/15/11.Get a $15 Mail-in Rebate on $100 Gift Cards purchased with eBillme.

I am buying a new camera on Amazon (I just returned my cybershot I got for Christmas, I liked it, but it only did 4 megapixels, I’m upgrading to the one that does 10) anyways, it would be great to save another $15 with the mail-in-rebate, so I decided to try it out.

So this is how it worked –

  1. I selected that I wanted my Amazon gift card.
  2. eBill me said I needed to pay the bill through my bank account online or go into my bank
  3. I logged online to my bank account
  4. I went to my account and clicked on “pay bills”,
  5. then clicked “add new payee”
  6. then just filled in the info that eBillme gave me to add a new payee
  7. then I submitted a $25 payment to the new payee
  8. I was told my Amazon gift card would be emailed to me as soon as payment went through, my bank said 1 day.
  9. I downloaded the $15 form here.  I will get my $15 rebate via mail. There is a limit of one (1) rebate per person, household or address.

Overall, I think it takes a little longer to order through eBillme, BUT it is much safer.  You never enter your credit card information anywhere, so if you are someone who is worried about that then this is great for you.  Also, if you wanted a deal on Amazon, and wanted to save $15, this would be great if you knew the price was going to be the same in 24 hours since you don’t get your $100 gift certificate immediately.

Ask CCD Readers: have you ever used eBillme?

Posted: January 10, 2011

I just wrote an article that got published on Yahoo! It’s 6 mistakes newbies to couponing make that can easily make them quit couponing.

Ask CCD Readers: I’d love for you to tell me what you think of it! Also, what mistakes did you make when you first started couponing?

Posted: January 3, 2011

We’ve always known Walmart’s coupon policy was to take manufacturer’s coupons and manufacturer’s printable coupons, and I’ve said before that they are supposed to take competitor’s in-store coupons.  Well, you may want to clip a copy of this week’s Walmart ad and take it with you whenever you go in and they hassle you! It clearly states that Walmart will price match any competitor’s printed ad or coupon for an identical product!

Ask CCD Readers: Will Walmart stack other store’s coupons with manufacturer’s coupons? Let me know if you have tried this before!

(Thanks, Ohio Coupon Connection!)

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