Archive | May, 2011

Tweet Dads and Grads #pennyshouts to get free message printed in Penny Saver

June is a great month for families. We call it Dads & Grads month here at

Father’s Day is only a few weeks away, and both high school and college graduations are also around the same time. For those emotional dads out there, especially ones with kids that are graduating, the tears could be flowing.

Add on to that the prospect of a heartfelt message showing up in the local Penny Saver when they lean back on the recliner to relax for a few moments with their favorite (we hope) reading material and you’ve got a true recipe for maximum dad crying.


Tweet a #pennyshout thanking your dad ... or grad ... or both!

Likewise, give your son or daughter the inspirational lift they need as they enter the next phase in their life with a #pennyshout.

Just tweet us @pennysaverusa with your Dads and Grads message, the hashtag #pennyshout and your zip code, and it will appear in the print edition of your local Penny Saver (valid only for California residents).

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can also send in your free message the old fashioned way through the phone or fax.

The number to call is (800) 995-3333 and the fax is (760) 599-1505.

The deadline to get in your free Father’s Day message is Thursday, June 9.

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Free Friday: Plenty of offers for free food this Memorial Day Weekend

In this corner of the ring, the undefeated champion … FREE FRIDAY!

Yes,’s weekly feature is back and better than ever, covering offers for free food and more freebies over Memorial Day Weekend. Let the savings begin.

Macaroni Grill

Get free tapas at Macaroni Grill. Today only.

There are several great Free Friday deals for free food this week. We’ll start out with an offer for free chicken from Popeye’s. This weekend only, you can get a free 2-piece dinner with the purchase of a 3-piece Bonafide Chicken dinner at participating Popeye’s restaurants. Not a bad way to start out Free Friday.

Next up is an offer for free food from Macaroni Grill. The popular restaurant chain has a coupon for free tapas. You have to “Like” their Facebook page in order to see the coupon. No purchase is required, but you must dine-in and the offer is only available at the bar or patio. Move fast on this one, as it expires tonight.

Also joining the free food bandwagon this Free Friday is Buca di Beppo. The Italian restaurant has a coupon (valid only on Memorial Day) for free small pasta with the order of any large pasta. Sounds scrumptious.

You knew we couldn’t go through this Free Friday before Memorial Day Weekend without highlighting a grill free food item. Star Ranch Angus currently has an offer for a free packet of Real American Steak Rub. All you have to do is complete a short form.

The final free food offer in this week’s Free Friday is for a protein bar … or two, rather. QuestBar will send you a free sample, and take care of the shipping, if you fill out a survey. Zone Perfect, meanwhile, is also handing out free samples of its protein bar, if you “Like” its Facebook page.


Receive $10 worth of play for free at Dave & Buster's.

Alright, enough with food, onto fun and games! For the rest of May, Dave & Buster’s has a coupon for $10 in free game play. The only thing required is to join their email list.

While Memorial Day Weekend is a fantastic time to pig out and play, it also provides an opportunity to get some of those chores done you’ve been putting off … like washing the car. Enter Ace Hardware. The store has an offer for free car care products (with rebate).

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Free Friday and if you know of any more awesome freebies let us know.

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Steals of the Week: Discount electronics

Why are we so excited here at Because it’s Steals of the Week time, of course! This edition of our popular feature focuses on discount electronics.

The first discount electronics entry into Steals of the Week comes from a seller in Hollywood, Fla. The seller is offering up a 52-inch flat-screen Apex TV for just $125. It works fine, says the seller, but does have a slight line starting to appear. For $125 (or best offer), though, that’s still a good deal.

apex tv

Discount electronics come in many forms and this Steals of the Week special is truly unique. Dre Beats Tour Edition and Lady Gaga Heartbeats headphones are being sold in Fontana, Ca. for just $50! That’s less than just one set of the headphones normally costs, and you are getting both brand new in the box. What a steal for pop music fans.

Lady Gaga headphones

Next up among the discount electronics Steals of the Week is a Toshiba Dome IK-DF03A security camera. This normally goes in the $100 range, but this seller in Simi Valley is willing to part with it for just $75. He is willing to ship it elsewhere, but that is not included in the price.

security camera

Another cool Steals of the Week item in the discount electronics category is a DVD player. This Sylvania unit is being sold for just $15 (or best offer) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and is in great working condition, according to the seller. It even includes a universal remote control.

dvd player

Our finale discount electronics posting in Steals of the Week is a Velodyne CT-100 Subwoofer available in Carlsbad, Ca. It will cost you $175 (or best offer) and is in excellent condition, according to the seller. That’s an outstanding price and is certainly worthy of Steals of the Week inclusion.


Have you come across any great steals for discount electronics in our free classifieds recently? Leave us a comment.

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Join for amazing deals, online contests and more

New local daily deal site is really starting to take off, and we wanted to share recent developments with our readers.

The site continues to grow by thousands with each passing week, and the passion for the month-old site increases by the day. Make sure to invite all your friends now, so you can get credits from’s 5-3-2 rewards program, before they sign up under someone else.


Sign up at for a chance to win Justin Bieber tickets!

Among the amazing deals on so far are 10 pilates classes for $50 (a savings of $100!), $15 for TWO oil changes (one oil change is typically $30), 57 percent off a hair cut and conditioning at a Beverly Hills salon and $55 for $400 worth of massages.

After seeing those outstanding deals, how can you pass up joining It takes five minutes, and you get one email a day with those kinds of awesome offers.

Another great feature of right now are the incredible contests the site has run and is running. gave out thousands of dollars to lucky members who signed up early on, and recently held a contest for an iPad2 giveaway.

Now, has caught Bieber Fever! If you haven’t signed up yet, you can join now for a chance to win four tickets, roundtrip airfare and a hotel stay to see Justin Bieber perform in a private benefit concert at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. The event is for the charity College Track and the tickets along have a $1,000 each face value.

Keep track of on their blog, Faecbook and Twitter as well, and for more, make sure to watch the video above.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

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Birthday freebies abound for both kids and adults blogger Jason Feller recently celebrated his birthday. While he received many amazing gifts from friends and family, one of the things he enjoyed most about his special day was all the birthday freebies he was able to find.

The offers range from grand to simple, but they are all pretty sweet. There are so many birthday freebies for  food, that there will be a separate blog post for those on Wednesday.

On the grander side of the birthday freebies comes this offer from Catalina Express. The ship is offering free round-trip travel to those who want to visit Catalina Island in California on their birthday. You must provide ID to show proof of your birthday.

birthday freebies

Sephora has one of many birthday freebies.

Another pretty exciting birthday freebie comes from Sephora. The beauty care store is offering a complimentary sample of its Philosophy shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath in its Vanilla Cupcake scent.

Not to be outdone, beauty care company Aveda also has a free gift (valued at up to $24) for people who join their birthday program.

Perhaps the most mysterious of the birthday freebies comes from the chain World Market Explorer. You can get a surprise birthday gift for signing up with their rewards program. Famous Footwear has a similar offer for an unknown “special birthday gift” if you sign up for their rewards program.

Walmart has also joined the birthday freebies party. They are offering a free Going In Circles Portrait Collage ($29.99 value) for those celebrating their birthday. Keep in mind, there is a fee for enhancements.

Among the birthday freebies are several for kids. Joining the Kmart birthday club will get your child $5 in Birthday Bucks, a birthday crown and a birthday fun pack with surprise goodies. Signing up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club with Toys R’ Us will get your child a birthday card and a fun gift. Belonging to the Ace Hardware Kids Club comes with the perk of a “special birthday surprise” at your local Ace store.

Closing out this blog of birthday freebies is a really cool offer from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus. If you have a newborn (up to 12 months), you can sign up for a free ticket voucher – THAT NEVER EXPIRES! How awesome is that? You’ll also get a commemorative certificate.

We hope you enjoyed our birthday freebies, and let us know in the comments if you’ve come across any others.

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Tweet2Win: Penny Day edition

UPDATE: Congratulations @stjamesdawson for winning the Tweet2Win: Penny Day contest!

NOTE: You must be one of our Twitter followers and have retweeted our announcement earlier today to be eligible:

Be the first to tweet the date on this penny followed by this message: "Follow @PennySaverUSA for the best coupons, classifieds, contests and money-saving tips and @SaverTime for the best daily deals," and you'll win a $50 Target gift card!

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Celebrating Penny Day with a pair of online contests

You knew all of us here at couldn’t let Penny Day pass without doing something big. We are holding a pair of one-day only online contests, offering you a chance to win some awesome prizes.

First off, we have taken over for the day and are giving away a $100 American Express Gift Card through their site!

penny day contest

Visit for your chance to win a $100 gift card.

Additionally, today only, we are having a Tweet2Win contest for all of our Twitter followers @PennySaverUSA! Come back to our blog at 5:23 pm to see how you can win a $50 Target gift card.

While these two contests are fantastic ways to celebrate Penny Day, for us here at, every day is a form of Penny Day.

There are so many ways in which we help you save pennies. Our new daily deal site offers deals for up to 90% off your local resturants, mechanics, hair salons and more. Our free classifieds also contain tons of amazing offers. Get a sampling of them in our Steals of the Week feature.

Best of luck in the Penny Day contests!

Please tell us in the comments: How are you celebrating Penny Day?

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Free Friday: Freebies include gas, pet food, cheesecake and more

free cheesecake

Cheesecake Factor offers free cheesecake after a $30 dinner purchase.

Here we go:

In these times of astronomical gas prices, one of the best freebies you could ask for is gas. CVS to the rescue. The pharmacy has a promotion going on right now where if you buy $30 worth of selected merchandise, they will give you a gas card worth $10. Among the eligible products are Gatorade, Dreyer’s ice cream, Folger’s coffee, Coca Cola products and various candies. Load up on those non-perishable items and get your gas card today! The offer expires on May 28.

Another way to get gas card freebies is by purchasing auto insurance policies or trading in cash for gold at select locations. Check it out at

Our next of the Free Friday freebies comes from Valvoline. The company is offering a free case of VR1 Synthetic Motor Oil with the purchase of another case of oil. Get your rebate here.

Okay, enough with the awesome car freebies. Let’s move on to freebies for your pets! There are three sweet offers going on right now. Alpo is giving out a free sample of dog food if you “Like” their Facebook page and fill out a short form. Rachel Ray, meanwhile, is also offering free samples of her Rachel Ray Nutrish premium dog food, for those who complete a short survey. For cat owners, you can turn to Petco for your free sample of Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food.

We can’t leave out human food freebies, either. The Cheesecake Factory has a fantastic deal right now where if you spend $30 on dinner, you can get a free cheesecake!

Next up among the freebies is a cool thing from Bass Pro Shops. They are holding a free kids event this weekend at locations throughout the country with free games, workshops, crafts and more.

Last, but certainly not least, among this week’s Free Friday freebies is the Neti Pot! It’s an amazing device for anyone suffering from allergies, and for a limited time, they are offering the Neti Pot for free to those who “Like” their Facebook page.

We hope you enjoyed this week’s Free Friday freebies and please let us know if you’ve heard of any others.

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Steals of the Week: Discount merchandise

It’s about time Steals of the Week went back to its roots and found five of the best discount merchandise deals on, regardless of category. Enjoy this abbreviated journey of the best stuff our free classifieds have to offer.

The first item in Steals of the Week is a cool collection of Nancy Drew books. The books for sale can be had for $2.50 each or $97.50 for 39 total. Not a bad deal for a real piece of American literature. The seller is located in La Crescenta, Ca.

nancy drew

Next up among  Steals of the Week discount merchandise is a Thomsonville Dining Table. It’s in great condition, says the seller, and comes with extender and custom made pads. It is available for only $100, but you must pick up the table in San Juan Capistrano, Ca.

thomsonville table

The third discount merchandise item in Steals of the Week is an Uppababy Vista stroller. The storage basket is a little snagged, but otherwise it’s in great condition promises the seller. It comes with the original instructions and manual and is priced at $400 (or best offer). The seller is in Fontana, Ca.


Now we arrive at discount merchandise in the form of a Black & Decker Hammer Drill. It comes with the case and key and works just fine, according to the seller. The drill will cost you $50 and is located in Hollywood, Fla.


Our final discount merchandise in this edition of Steals of the Week is a new two-tone sectional sofa with free matching ottoman. This whole package is available with free assembly in Los Angeles for just $449. If you live in Orange County, assembly will set you back $99. If you live elsewhere, you’d likely have to negotiate shipping costs.


We hope you enjoyed Steals of the Week: Discount merchandise, and let us know of the great deals you’ve found in our classifieds lately in our comments.

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Enter our contests for a chance to win great prizes

Now is a great time to be a Facebook Fan (Like our page if you haven’t yet), Twitter follower and blog reader. Why you ask? Because of the multitude of fantastic contests we are running at the moment.

First off there is the Made out of Pennies contest of which the winner will receive a cash prize of $250! We don’t have many entries yet, so your odds of winning are excellent. Plus, it’s just plain fun to make a cool unique creation out of pennies.


Join now for a chance to win an iPad2.

Then there is the iPad2 contest from our sister daily deal site All you have to do is register for the best daily deals in California and you are automatically entered into the contest.

If you are a Florida resident, we have two more contests just for you. Sign up now to have a chance at winning a Sanibel Florida Get A Way or a Hutchinson Island Get A Way.

This coming Monday we will be celebrating Penny Day with an awesome contest on the site and through our Twitter account @pennysaverusa, so mark your calendars.

And if you thought that was all, we also have a new crossword puzzle this week! While there is no $50 prize, that will resume soon in the future, so practice your crossword skills by filling out the one for this week.

We hope you enjoy and enter all of our great contests and good luck!

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