Archive | November, 2011

Pet of the Week: Oceanside’s playful pup, Zac

PennySaverUSA’s Pet of the Week blog feature promoting pet adoption continues to grow in popularity and we expect this edition to build the momentum even more.

Why are we so confident? Well, because our latest Pet of the Week, Zac, is just so darn adorable, that’s why!


Adopt Zac for only $105 from the San Diego Humane Society.

Zac, a 1-year-old Shepherd/Pit Bull Terrier (mix) from Oceanside, CA, is a playful and sweet companion looking for a special family and home to call his own.

He loves to play and spend quality time with his favorite people friends.  He also enjoys getting his exercise and going for walks.  He’d be thrilled to accompany his new pet parents on their athletic pursuits and outdoor adventures. Zac is a great student! You will be amazed by how quickly he learns new tricks!

Zac will do well in a variety of homes, but a home with children 12 years and older is recommended.  He would also do best in an active home without cats.  His adoption fee is $105 and includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification & registration, certificate for a free veterinary exam, and a license if resident of Oceanside or Vista. He is available at the San Diego Humane Society’s North Campus.


Zac’s adoption fee: $105

2905 San Luis Rey Rd.,

Oceanside, CA 92058

(760) 757-4357


This week’s user-submitted pet adoption story is a real doozy. Thanks goes to PennySaverUSA Twitter follower @dublrs for sharing.

At work, there are some stray cats in the neighborhood, and one got pregnant and had her kittens on the roof in front of our building. It is covered in shrubbery and such, so not easy to see and we had no idea.


One of Mew's favorite activities is playing in the water bottle cases.

Well, for a couple of days we had customers telling us they could hear mewing coming from the roof out front. My boss and I went out, and climbed up on the AC unit to have a look, and we could barely make out the shadow of the baby, back in the back.

He was very skittish and we finally were able to get him down. He was the only one left of the litter that hadn’t made it down, possibly the runt. I took him home with me…he was so small.

Took him to the vet and had him checked out. He got the “OK” and we went home. Soon after, he got really sick, so sick that we thought he was going to die one night, so we took him to the emergency vet. They told me to feed him every hour some meat baby food, gatorade, and yogurt. I did this for a few days and he came back. Now he is nearly 8 months old and a very big part of our family.

My 12-year-old twins and me and the husband love him to death and he is always there inside the door when you come home and there when you are going to bed! (He’s strictly indoors now!).

His name? “Mew”, of course! If it weren’t for his loud mewing, he might not have made it.

Rating 3.50 out of 5

Save Money Monday: Cyber Monday discount guide

Save Money Monday goes hand-in-hand with Cyber Monday. Here is PennySaverUSA’s guide on the best discounts of the day.

We’ll start out with the Holiday Gift Ideas from our daily deal site They’ve got some outstanding discounts on gifts ranging from flowers to cell phone accessories. Check out the new holiday page today (and get a $5 credit if you are a new subscriber).

Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic are all getting into the Save Money Monday/Cyber Monday spirit with a 30% off code. Just make sure to use the coupon code: HUGECYBER at checkout. NOTE: You can toggle between which store you want to shop at by clicking the icons at the top of the page.

Hurry up and take advantage of the Cyber Monday sale online in the Esprit e-shop as well. The chic clothing store is offering a fantastic 40% discount on all items! Use the code: CYBERMON11 at checkout to make sure you get your discount.

Sally Beauty is also getting in on the Cyber Monday act this Save Money Monday. Save 25% on all orders of $50 or more by using the code 555924 at checkout.

Pacific Sunwear is also joining the Cyber Monday fun with its own incredible sale. Get 30% off purchases of $50 or more PLUS free shipping. You don’t even have to use a code at checkout.

Not wanting to be left out of the Save Money Monday mix on Cyber Monday is Guitar Center. If you use the code CYBRMN at checkout, you can save 15% on any item (up to a $500 discount).

Closing out PennySaverUSA’s Save Money Monday discounts for Cyber Monday is PetCarRX. To get 10% off orders over $50 – use coupon code MONDAY10, to get 12% off orders over $75 – use coupon code MONDAY12 and to get 15% off orders over $100 – use coupon code MONDAY15.

If you’ve found any other great Cyber Monday deals, please leave them in our comments.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Pet of the Week: A cutie named Pearl

PennySaverUSA is going into what we hope is an amazing Thanksgiving by running our latest Pet of the Week feature supporting pet adoption! In accordance with the lofty status of this traditional American holiday, we felt a special need to bring it with this week’s spotlighted pets.

We feel Pearl, a boxer/pitbull mix is the perfect Pet of the Week to carry us into the holiday weekend.


Give Pearl a happy home by adoping her today.

Pearl is a female, who is literally always smiling and just loves life!  When she first arrived at the shelter over a year ago, she was very shy.

Pearl was one of the 63 boxers removed from a 2 bedroom home in horrible conditions.  She is no longer shy and just loves to get out, run around and play.  Pearl is a very sweet girl who gets along well with other dogs and is very easy to walk too.

Her favorite thing to do is entertain herself in the yard by throwing her toys around.   She is just a joy to watch.  Pearl is truly a little angel on earth.

Please make her your new best forever friend today!

Video of Pearl:

Pearl (16/256) may be adopted TODAY from:
The San Diego County Animal Shelter North Campus
2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA  92011 (Nearest cross street-El Camino Real)
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Call 6-1-9-7-6-7-2-6-7-5 for the pet adoption fee and more information.

Now onto our Pet of the Week user-submitted story from PennySaverUSA Twitter follower @mikediegel. It was so incredible and such a doozy, we felt it deserved its own blog post. Please read it here.

Rating 3.50 out of 5

Pet of the Week: A story of pet adoption to be thankful for

We just couldn’t cut this incredible Pet of the Week pet adoption story down. Here it is in its entirety from PennySaverUSA Twitter follower @mikediegel:

The first time we saw Kaiser in the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue kennel, we knew he was a wild thing. Bouncing off the gate was an extremely tall Pyr, maybe eight months old, who was like a gangly, hyperactive teen. No wonder they called him Bronco Billy. He was worse outside.


Santa has never been happier.

My son and I instantly fell for him. My wife, not so much. She had visions of something calmer and more placid, much like the female we’d lost about a year before. Two weeks later, we were taking him home.

The first days and nights were a challenge, as he discovered the fish pond, dug until he was a muddy mess and refused to let anyone near his paws to wipe them. He also was not used to the night lights and sounds of the dense suburban area where we live, barking at shadows and the sounds of nighttime traffic, generally ruining our sleep.

But we persevered, and he started to settle down after a couple of weeks and some training. After a few months, we decided he needed a playmate. Heeding advice not to mix two males under one roof, we visited a number of females, all of whom Kaiser ignored. On a lark back at the AGPR kennel, we introduced him to Charlie Bear. They immediately hit it off.

We were warned that CB was a tough case, a give-up who hadn’t worked out in other homes. Nevertheless, seeing the two playing so well together, we talked ourselves into taking him home to see what happened. Lo and behold, it worked and Charlemagne, as he was rechristened, became a grateful, happy part of our household.

Later, we agreed to foster Sylvia, a stray like Kaiser. As it turned out, she couldn’t handle staircases, which cost her several chances at adoption. X-rays revealed severe arthritis in one hip. Since she was still a young dog, we decided to do surgery. We’ve had her now more than a year and haven’t regretted a moment of caring for such an affectionate dog. We officially belong to the Failed Foster Club.

Photo: Charlemagne on the left, Kaiser in back to the right and Sylvia is in the middle of this picture taken following the annual Christmas parade in Middleburg, Va.

Rescue organization:     Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue

8976 Battlefield Park Rd.

Richmond, VA 23231

Phone:                          804.795.7847

Hours:                          Flexible, best to call ahead




Rating 4.50 out of 5

Get a five dollar credit from our new daily deals site

PennySaverUSA is known for its online classifieds, online coupons and online contests, but did you know we now have online daily deals? launched a few months ago in several markets throughout California and it is growing rapidly.

Get a $5 credit from

Get a $5 credit from

As an added incentive to join and start receiving daily deal emails with up to 90% discounts on restaurants, entertainment and more, we are giving new subscribers a $5 credit (don’t take forever to use it as it expires Dec. 18)!

And what’s more … we’ve gone national. We still have amazing deals for the pizzeria, the barber and the gym down the street throughout all of our California markets, but we now also have great weekly national deals. This week’s national deal is $25 for $50 worth of flower arrangements from the Enchanted Florist.

If you sign up for today and get your $5 credit, you can get $50 worth of flower arrangements for only $20. That’s a deal you don’t want to pass up with the holidays fast approaching.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your $5 credit today!

Rating 4.00 out of 5

Save Money Monday: Black Friday shopping tips

As if Thanksgiving, one of the best holidays of the year, wasn’t enough, it’s followed by Black Friday – the best shopping day of the year. Save Money Monday is here to provide a how-to shopping tips to help you get the most out of Black Friday.

The first key to a productive Black Friday shopping trip is to figure out what items are on your list to buy. That point is vital to remaining efficient in your shopping.

Once you have a list of items, the next step is to scout out which stores have the best sales for the types of items you are seeking. Coupon bloggers can be of great assistance in this matter. Some of our favorite coupon bloggers are The Realistic Couponer, Nifty Mom, Southern Cali Saver, Coupon Katarina and Coupon Mamacita.

Now that you know what items you want and which stores you need to target, you should figure out when each store opens when and plot out your trip. Some kick off at midnight, while others don’t open until the wee hours of the morning. That information is pivotal to your planning.

Use a site like Mapquest or Google Maps to get directions to each store and take that into account as well when deciding which route to take and which stores to visit first.

Finally, with everything planned, set a budget. Even on Black Friday, you can wind up spending a fortune if not careful. The last thing you need is to go into debt, while buying discount merchandise!

Have fun shopping everyone and share with us your strategies in our comments.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Free Friday: Several free offers for which to be thankful

What are we thankful for here at less than a week before Thanksgiving? Free Friday, that’s what! We love the opportunity to share amazing free offers with you, and we have several this week. See for yourself …

free coffee

Get free coffee on Free Friday!

Start the day off right with this Free Friday offer from Seattle’s Best. If you “Like” their Facebook page, admit you are working on Black Friday and fill out a short form with your name and address, they will mail you out a free coffee!

Now that we’ve got you awake with the coffee free offer, we’re hitting you with a Free Friday special for skin-care. Episencial is sending out free samples to anyone who does a short survey on their site. For those of you unfamiliar with Episencial, it’s a fast-growing organic and environmentally-friendly beauty care company. (Thanks The Cents’ Able Shoppin for this find)

The next of our free offers comes from a beauty care company a bit more known — Dove. Unfortunately it’s only available for Costco members, but it’s still Free Friday quality. All you have to do is click the get sample button at the bottom right of this page, complete the form and wait to get your free Damage Therapy Daily Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner sample in the mail!

Also getting in on the Free Friday act for beauty product free offers is Lancome. They currently have an online coupon for a free Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector sample. Don’t take much time to redeem this one, however, as they have limited samples remaining. (Thanks Melissa’s Bargains for this find)

Back to Facebook for the next free offer. In exchange for giving a “Like” to their page, Saline Soothers will provide you a free sample. Not sure what Saline Soothers are? They’re moisturizing nose wipes, silly!

free barbie

Take advantage of this free offer for a Barbie.

Credit to Big Lots for the next awesome free offer: If you purchase $15 worth of Barbie products, you will receive a free Barbie Doll and Tawny horse set. Get that gift for your daughter, granddaughter or sister out of the way early. (Thanks Couponing to Disney for this find)

Not wanting to be outdone by Big Lots in the kids’ gift with purchase category is none other than Toys R’ Us. The toy chain has partnered with Shutterfly and will give you a rebate for a free 7×9 photo book when you buy one of a select group of Mattel board games. (Thanks Being a Dandelion for this find)

The final Free Friday offer is from UFC. While their first fight on FOX last Saturday night might not have been thrilling, this free offer certainly is: Get a free UFC poster when you sign up for their free store catalog.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Steals of the Week: Discount items to help you host Thanksgiving

Steals of the Week went on a brief hiatus, but it is back this week and better than ever, with discount items to help you host an amazing Thanksgiving without breaking the bank.

Before you even begin to think about the actual Thanksgiving feast, it’s important to make sure your place is tidy and clean. One of the best ways to do that is with a steam cleaner. The first of our Steals of the Week used items is the VAPamore MR-100 steam cleaning system from a seller in New Port Richey, Fla. It is being offered for only $200 and comes in the original box.

steam cleaner

Now that you have your home cleaned up, it’s necessary to make the dining room a bit spiffier. A chandelier should do the trick. There is a Tommy Bahama Chandelier Hanging Ceiling Light available for the very reasonable price of $250 in Delray Beach, Fla.


With your house looking fresh and stylish, it’s about time to focus on the actual Thanksgiving feast. This next Steals of the Week entry is designed to help you do that. A seller in Carmichael, CA is willing to part with a brand new NuWave Infrared Convection Oven (1,500 watts) for just $139.99 or the best offer. While that’s a good price already, we suggest negotiating it even lower as there should be some room for the seller to come down.

convection oven

The last piece of the puzzle for having an amazing Thanksgiving is the table setting, thus our final two Steals of the Week discount items. There is a gorgeous dish set for sale in Garden Grove, CA for only $10. It includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, cup and saucer for four people (a total of 20 items).

dish set

Ordinary napkins just don’t get the job done if you want to have an amazing Thanksgiving, you need linen ones. A seller in Los Angeles, CA is here to help. For only $10, you can get six brand new embroidered Linen Tea Napkins from Sundew Linens.

linen napkins

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Pet of the Week: A cat named Nutella

We’re glad to support pet adoption here at PennySaverUSA, and are extremely excited to present the latest Pet of the Week.

The spotlight shines on Nutella from the San Diego Humane society this week. Nutella is a 5-year-old female (see her picture to the right) with an $80 adoption fee that includes her spay and current vaccinations.


To adopt our Pet of the Week, Nutella, please call 760-757-4357 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 760-757-4357 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

She’s a gorgeous kitty hoping to find a special family and home to cherish. With bright eyes and a charming spirit, she has a mellow and easy going personality.

While Nutella enjoys spending time with her people friends, she likes to take her time approaching new situations.  She can be shy at first but quickly warms up with a little love. She is an entertaining gal to watch all throughout the day.  Nutella will do well in a variety of homes, including a home with older children.

Nutella is available for adoption at the North Campus of the San Diego Humane Society.


572 Airport Road

Oceanside, CA 92058

(760) 757-4357 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (760) 757-4357 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Adoption Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Our adoption story this week comes to us from one of our PennySaverUSA Facebook fans, Lisa K. Thanks for sharing this sweet story, Lisa!


QT Pie is a real cutie, isn't she?

Three years ago, a few months after we had put our cat down due to cancer, I was sitting outside and a small, lovely calico came running through the yard and rubbed on me.

I petted her, and thought that if she was still there after Christmas (we were going to Tennessee), we would bring her inside. Sure enough, she was still there a week later, so we “adopted” her and named her QT Pi (see her picture at the right).

Last year, prior to getting laid off, we fed some cats at work. One of them got pregnant, and I “adopted” one of the babies when she was old enough. Lil was the runt of the litter, so we brought her home. Now my two babies play and love on each other all the time!

Rating 2.00 out of 5

Save Money Monday: Frugal Thanksgiving ideas

PennySaverUSA is proud to present the latest installment of Save Money Monday dedicated to frugal Thanksgiving ideas.

By any measure, Thanksgiving is a glorious holiday. It involves eating fabulous food, spending quality time with family and watching football. How can you beat that?

free thanksgiving e-book

Frugal Thanksgiving ideas include a free e-cookbook.

Perhaps the holiday’s only downfall is the cost required in cooking such a feast. Enter Save Money Monday’s frugal Thanksgiving ideas.

The Save Money Monday key to having an amazing feast on a budget is to go in with a plan. Figure out exactly what you want to make, which recipes you want to use and how many servings you need to prepare. This will enable you to strategically map out where to find the best deals for each item and ingredient.

It might seem obvious, but it can actually be somewhat tricky just deciding what to make for Thanksgiving. Turkey is a no-brainer, but what about stuffing? Is a ham necessary? Pecan pie, pumpkin pie or both? First you must answer those questions, before you even begin to think about using frugal Thanksgiving ideas to keep your feast under budget.

Once you’ve decided the menu, it’s time to figure out which recipes you want to use. Rather than buying a cook book, simply find an e-book online. is currently offering a free Thanksgiving e-Cookbook that should do the trick.

Now that you have all of your recipes, you are ready to implement our frugal Thanksgiving ideas:

  1. Make a list of all the items you need to purchase for your recipes.
  2. Go through your pantry to see which items you already have that can be used for your recipes.
  3. Do a web search for a coupon blogger in your area (some good ones are Southern Cali Saver in SoCal, Coupon Mamacita in Florida and The Frugal Find in Northern Cali) and take a look at their coupon matchups.
  4. Peruse’s online coupons section and try to find coupons for your grocery list.
  5. Scour your local PennySaver and your local newspaper for more sales and coupons you can use for your list.
  6. Enjoy an awesome Thanksgiving feast, while smiling at your bank statement!
Rating 3.00 out of 5