Archive | December, 2011

Congratulations to the Craftmas contest winner

The creativity of our readers never ceases to amaze us. The sheer volume of incredibly artistic and beautiful holiday crafts entered into the and MOGASA Craftmas contest was a testament to just how much talent is possessed by the PennySaverUSA community.craftmas-contest-winner

The only downside to having so many fantastic submissions is that it made it so difficult on the judges to pick a winner. It was a long, arduous process, but in the end the judges came to a unanimous decision.

Without any further ado, it’s time to announce the Craftmas champion – Sheila and Laura R.! They created an adorable miniature Christmas scene complete with stockings, tree, fireplace, sofa, pets, wreath, cookies and, of course, gifts.

While Sheila and Laura R. took home the cash prize, the judges did want to at least give an honorable mention to three other contestants, whose crafts you can see on the image to the right below the winner’s craft:

  • Nancy L.
  • Veronica F.
  • Tricia F.

Please visit the PennySaverUSA Facebook gallery to see all the entries, or click on the image to the right.

If you didn’t win this contest, we will be launching a new one next week, so please come back to the blog to get the details.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Free Friday: Closing out 2011 with awesome free stuff

A lot happened in 2011 for PennySaverUSA, but perhaps what we will remember most fondly is the launch of Free Friday! We delight in providing you outstanding offers for free stuff each week.

The final Free Friday of the year is heavy on beauty products, but contains a variety of other free stuff as well. Enjoy …

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Aquafresh toothpaste has a $1 off coupon.

The most popular Free Friday item we’ve highlighted this year is toothpaste, so it’s natural to give top billing to Aquafresh. They have an online coupon available for $1 off any Aquafresh Extreme Clean product, and as the Savings Blogger mentions, you can get the travel size for 97 cents at Walmart or Target, making it free! (Thanks Savings Blogger for the great tip)

Next we have an offer for free stuff from Nordstrom. The upscale department store chain is giving away a free sample of Lancôme Rénergie Lift Volumetry Night Cream at its stores this Saturday. Get their early, however, so you don’t miss out before they run out of samples.

Luxury brand Escada, meanwhile, is also joining the Free Friday party. If you fill out a short form with your name and address, they will mail you out a free perfume sample.

Alright, time for a beauty product that men can use. Palmer’s has a Facebook promotion right now, where if you “Like” their page and provide them your name and address, they will send you out a free sample of their Cocoa Butter lotion for men. (Thanks Eeendeavors for the great tip)

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Get a free 7-day pass on Free Friday!

Okay, enough already with the beauty products. It’s time for some free food this Free Friday! Buffalo Wings and Rings is handing out an online coupon for five free wings if you “Like” their Facebook page and send the offer to one of your friends. Yummy!

The ying to free wings’ yang is free fitness, and 24 Hour Fitness delivers. They are currently giving away free 7-day passes to any of their locations. If that doesn’t scream Free Friday, nothing does. (Thanks My Good Cents for the great tip)

And the honor of the final Free Friday free stuff offer of 2011 goes to none other than … Walgreens! In order to help you relive all the memories of this past year, they are offering 25 free 4×6 prints if you use the code: PRINTNOW at checkout. Bear in mind, this offer is only valid through 2011 (or in other words Saturday at 11:59 p.m.).

Thanks everyone for an amazing year and we can’t wait to see what free stuff awaits us in 2012.

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Steals of the Week: Kid stuff

The last Steals of the Week installment of 2011 is dedicated to all the parents or soon-to-be parents of young children out there. The focus is on discounted kid stuff.

Traditionally, we highlight five PennySaverUSA online classifieds ads in Steals of the Week, but this time around we are going to blend three amazing offers for kid stuff from our daily deal site, with two online classified ads.

Leading off Steals of the Week is a truly unique and memorable SaverTime offer from a company in Tustin, CA. Bundle of Joy 3D-4D Ultrasound Services is offering a package deal that includes a 45-minute ultrasound session, 10 black and white 2D photos, 6 3D color pictures, gender determination (if you wish), baby heartbeat listening, a CD with up to 80 pictures in 2D & 3D, and 30-minute DVD set to music for only $100. That’s a 50% off discount from the regular price!


The next Steals of the Week kid stuff entry is also via SaverTime and comes from a company called Rockabye. For only $35, you can get a $100 gift certificate to use towards any of the 15 different adorable children’s rockers they have for sale. Even better: This is an online deal, so it’s available to anyone nationwide.


SaverTime’s third Steals of the Week kid stuff offer is provided by Bungalow Bebe Inc. With this SaverTime deal, you can get $60 worth of organic cotton children’s clothing for only $30. Your baby deserves only the finest materials, after all. This deal is also available nationwide.


We now transition back to PennySaverUSA online classifieds for our final two Steals of the Week kid stuff items. The first one is an Eddie Bauer Travel System  stroller and car seat set for sale in Sun City, CA for only $100 (or best offer). The seller claims it is very clean and was barely used.


Steals of the Week concludes with none other than an oversized Elmo doll. It’s soft, plush, authentic and adorable says the seller from Palmdale, CA and it can be had for only $20!


Have you seen any awesome Steals of the Week recently? Please let us know in the comments.

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Pet of the Week: All Rudy needs is the chance Sable was given

What better way to start off the New Year than by rescuing one of the sweetest puppies you’ll ever come across! PennySaverUSA’s final 2011 Pet of the Week up for adoption comes to us from Stockton, CA.


Call the Stockton Animal Shelter to adopt Rudy today!

Rudy is his name, and he’s a male Schnauzer, who arrived at the shelter with his mother. Both would love nothing more than to celebrate watching the ball drop with you and your family!

While he may not have a red nose like his famous reindeer namesake, Rudy is a magical pet in his own right, with the ability to light up a room with his smile.

He and his mom are available for adoption at the Stockton Animal Shelter, located at 1575 S. Lincoln St. in Stockton, CA.

The shelter is open from 12-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 12-3 p.m. on Saturday. The number to dial if you are interested in giving Rudy a home is 209-937-8274 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 209-937-8274 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or you can visit their web site at

Happy Holidays!


Our last user-submitted Pet of the Week this year is named Sable from the bright lights of Hollywood, CA. The founder of the must-read blog That’s IT Mommy was kind enough to share her story via a tweet to @PennySaverUSA. Here handle is @ThatsITMommy.

Sable came to us with that name and it’s a perfect fit.

Her soft coat has a purpley-brown hue to it in the sun. We adopted her eight years ago when my husband, our Yorkshire Terrier and I moved to Southern California.

The rescue agency didn’t know much about Sable. The former owner kept her confined in their garage and she had a few siblings. Apparently, the owner’s daughter was “allergic” to Sable. We were told that she was about 12 weeks old. Our vet thought she was closer to seven weeks.


Leave her a comment about Sable on That's It Mommy's blog.

Sable suffered with separation anxiety and actually chewed her way through a door when we went out one day! I attribute her anxiety to her being separated from her mom at such a young age and isolated in a garage. She’s part terrier, part Affenpinscher (monkey-dog in German) and part psycho!

Sable is 10 pounds with a big personality. She’s quite the character with a loveable under-bite and Igor-esque eyeballs (think Marty Feldman).

Agility is her middle name. Her jumping and walking on hind legs definitely remind us she is a “monkey-dog”! She’s one of the few dogs who keep up with the mini greyhounds at the dog park. Sable has been a challenge but we love her.

She is definitely an alpha-type and sometimes has problems “meeting” other dogs when walking in our neighborhood. She’s unconditionally loyal, especially to my husband.

She has boundless energy and has no problem going on 5-mile runs with him. We were very lucky to find and adopt such a sweet, loving, yet crazy-cool dog.

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Final chance to enter the Craftmas online contest

Twas the eve before Craftmas eve and Penny the Pig’s face was filled with glee … PennySaverUSA’s online contest had so many incredible entries for him to see!

The quality of the submissions has truly made the PennySaverUSA staff proud and in awe of the amazing talent displayed by our readers.


Visit the PennySaverUSA Facebook page to see all the entries.

So far, over 150 entries have been collected and the task of picking the winner will be extremely difficult. But we only expect the job of the judges to get harder over the next two days. That’s because the Craftmas online contest doesn’t end until Dec. 29!

Yep, you heard right, you have until Dec. 29 to submit a photo of your holiday craft. The prize for the winner is $250 – unless you have downloaded our free mobile garage sale app MOGASA on your iPhone or Android. If you are a MOGASA user, you will receive a $300 cash prize.

With the competition so tough right now, your best bet is to make a very unique holiday craft. Not to say that the multitude of wreaths, snowmen and gingerbread houses we’ve received aren’t awesome, because they are, but the more original the idea, the more it will stand out.

Don’t forget to post your seasonal craft photo on the PennySaverUSA Facebook wall and view all the entries on the PennySaverUSA Facebook page photos tab.

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Pet of the Week: Beautiful Lonnie all the way from Mississippi to San Diego

To put it simply, this was the word that came to mind when all of us here at PennySaver USA saw the latest Pet of the Week up for adoption: Beautiful!

But that’s not actually her name. Her real name is Lonnie. She is a sweet girl who loves everyone she meets. She likes to be the center of attention and be a part of all the family’s fun and activities. She loves to play with other dogs and would make a great doggie companion for another dog.


Call 760-753-6413 to adopt Lonnie from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society today!

She’s a 1 year-old, 45 pound, spayed hound mix.

Lonnie came to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through our FOCAS second chance program all the way from a rescue in Mississippi! For the holidays, all Lonnie wants is to be southern girl who can now live the SO CAL dream and have a family to call her own.

Remember that pets are not gifts…but if you’re thinking about adding a pet to your home this holiday season, consider making Lonnie a member of your family.

The $125 adoption fee for Lonnie includes medical exam, spay, up to date vaccinations, and microchip identification.

For more information about Lonnie and other dogs, cats, and rabbits that need families call 760-753-6413, log on to, or visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Kennels are open 11 to 5, Wednesday through Monday.

We don’t have any user-submitted pet adoption stories this week, and are looking for more user-submitted stories. Please email if you’ve ever adopted a pet.

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With Hanukkah starting tonight and Christmas just five days away, all of us here at (see the staff pictured on the right) figured it was the perfect time to show appreciation for some of the amazing partners we’ve worked with this year and provide them the present of publicity!


Happy Holidays from the staff!

Below is a list of sites that have helped to its best year ever along with a description of the site and what makes them such a great partner.

The Reali$tic Couponers: Coupon alerts, giveaways and freebies are the primary forte of this site.

What makes it so wonderful; however, is the variety of the content. The site’s main purveyor, Brandi, does a fantastic job of providing an interesting blend of posts. Take today for example: She’s got up a personal reflection of the holidays called “The Spirit of the Season”, a coupon alert for glimmer and fake tattoos, a deal alert for diapers and a recipe for Sticky Buns.

Free Sample Momma: Freebies and coupons are what this site specializes in.

The great thing about Free Sample Momma is that she focuses on free stuff that is good for a general audience. Whether it be Target, Walmart or Amazon; Free Sample Momma is always on top of all the current offers from the biggest chains and stores.

Nifty Mom: A site that concentrates mainly on the 4 Cs: Couponing, crafting, cooking and critiquing.

In addition to having excellent content, the strength of this site is its easy-to-read layout. Anyone interested in getting to know more about any of the 4 Cs should definitely check this site out as she does a good job of balancing her content between each C.

“The” Cents’Able Shoppin: Frugal living and couponing for everyday folk is what this site is all about.

A recent redesign has added some creative flair to what has always been an outstanding resource for coupons, deals and freebies. For any aspiring couponer, this site is a must-read and it rarely strays from its focus of announcing newsworthy coupons and deals.

Just Married With Coupons: Count on plenty of reviews, giveaways, and yes, coupons from this site.

Though the site is called Just Married With Coupons, we actually believe its best content comes from its reviews and giveaways, which are prevalent and very high quality. The site itself is also extremely visually appealing, and they actually provide design services at a good price, if you are interested in starting your own blog.

If you have a site or blog and would like to partner with us, please email

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Free Friday: Fantastic freebies for all

Few things warm our hearts here at PennySaverUSA more than freebies. It should come as no surprise then that Free Friday is our favorite day of the week! The latest edition of our popular blog feature highlights several fantastic freebies. Take a look:

For the second straight week, Burger King has earned a Free Friday mention. Today only, you can get free fries at any participating location! No purchase is required and no coupon is necessary. Just stroll right in to your local BK and say you want your free fries.


Free Friday coincides with Free Shipping Day!

Our daily deal site comes in with today’s second Free Friday offer. SaverTime is giving away a free $20 voucher to be used towards any purchase from The Enchanted Florist online. For more details please visit SaverTime’s blog.

Next up is a Free Friday offer that we can all appreciate: It’s Free Shipping Day! Over 2,500 of the largest retail chains in the United States have joined forces to offer free shipping by Christmas Eve for any online purchase. Check out the complete list of participating stores. (Thanks Free Sample Momma for this find)

While we normally try to include only freebies that are available to everyone, we figured we could make an exception for this one. Celebrating its 70th anniversary and 70-year partnership with Coca-Cola, the USO is offering all active military personnel an online coupon for a free 20 oz. Coca-Cola brand soft drink. Click here to visit the USO site and get the online coupon. NOTE: It must be redeemed on Dec. 16-17 and is only valid at military exchanges and commissaries. (Thanks Army Wife 101 for this find)

Have you ever tried a Quest Protein Bar? If not, they want you to “See what all the fuss is about,” so they are giving away two free bars! It does require a little bit of work, though. You must click through a five-page presentation in which they extol their own virtues and then you have to answer a survey at the end.


Get a free Sinus Rinse Nasal Wash.

It’s about time for a pair of healthy freebies this Free Friday. If you “Like” the Schiff MegaRed Facebook page, they will send you a free sample of their softgel supplements, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. NeliMed, meanwhile, is giving away its Sinus Rinse Bottle with two packets to those who “Like” its Facebook page. (Thanks Northern Cheapskate for this find)

Last, but most certainly not least, among this week’s freebies is an offer from Sam’s Club (you don’t have to be a member). They are sending out a free HUGGIES® Snug & Dry Diapers sample (click get a sample in the center of the page) to anyone who fills out a brief survey.

Please leave us a comment if you use any of these wonderful Free Friday offers. Happy holidays!

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Steals of the Week: Christmas gift ideas for the entire family

Steals of the Week and Christmas gift ideas go hand-in-hand. Who doesn’t want to get that special loved one an amazing gift without going into debt in the process?

PennySaverUSA is here to help you get just the right gift at just the right price for anyone in your family.

We’ll start with the patriarch of the family. There are many great Christmas gift ideas for dad on our site, but we chose to highlight this particular one in Steals of the Week. It’s a Taylormade Lightweight Golf Carrying Stand Bag for only $99 in Crestline, CA. That’s an astounding deal and gift for any golf enthusiast.


Moving on to mom, this particular item among PennySaverUSA’s Christmas gift ideas stood out and deserves its place among Steals of the Week. It’s a Yankee Candle Large Jar Blueberry w/ Ceramic American Shade and Tray available for just $25 in Palm Harbor, Fla. Snatch this one up soon as that kind of discounted item isn’t liable to last long.


For the little boy in the family, we’ve got a Nintendo Wii system. When it comes to Christmas gift ideas, it’s kind of a no-brainer that a Wii is a prime option for kids. Especially when it only costs $125 like this unit in Mint Hill, NC.


It has been one of the best Christmas gift ideas for girls since the dawn of the PennySaver 50 years ago – Barbie. The collectible ones can be pricey, but not when Steals of the Week is involved! Get this Mermaid Barbie from 1991 for only $9.95. That’s a much better price than the market average right now.


Wrapping up this Christmas gift ideas edition of Steals of the Week is an item perfect for grandma and grandpa. The adorable Circus Mountain Railroad 2002 Hallmark ornament is perfect to add to their collection of Christmas decorations.


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Pet of the Week: Nick in Stockton

There are few greater feelings than saving a pet in need and bringing him into your loving home. PennySaverUSA supports pet adoption and is thrilled to extend an opportunity each Wednesday to rescue a little furry one in our Pet of the Week feature.

Our newest Pet of the Week is a real heartthrob from the Stockton Animal Shelter. His name is Nick and he is a beautiful black and tan German Sheppard, as you can see in the picture to the right.

He is between 2 and 3 years old and is very friendly with some basic training. There is no doubt he will make a fantastic companion for any type of owner.


Adopt Nick from the Stockton Animal Shelter today.

German Sheppards are bigger dogs and love to roam, so having a yard for Nick to play in would be ideal, but he’s a real catch for anyone who adopts him.

Here are the full details on how to take in Nick:

Stockton Animal Shelter

Impound number: 177334
1575 S Lincoln St. Stockton CA
Hours- Mon-Fri 12-5pm,
Sat 12 to 3pm
Call: 209-937-8274

Rather than share a user-submitted story this week, we are highlighting a special event from the Rancho Coastal Humane Society:

They’ll take the Holiday meal right out of your hand and not even say thank you. In fact, they won’t say anything at all, even after they’ve wolfed down their Christmas dinners. But that to be expected when Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) takes part in the “Holiday Baskets for Pets” event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 16 – 18, 2011 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

“San Diego County is known for our generosity toward those in need,” says RCHS Community Liaison Nick Winfrey. “In this case, the needy include more than 300 pets that belong to families who are struggling at this time of year.”

Winfrey says the Community Resource Center (CRC) will distribute everything from bicycles and clothing to food and other necessities to more than 1,700 needy families. That’s enough to fill the entire first level of the Grand Stand at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. RCHS is working to make sure that the pets of these families also have their holiday meals.

“We’re asking people to reach into their pockets and pull out some dog and cat food. This is for someone who won’t say, ‘Please’ and can’t say, “Thank You” after they’ve eaten. But if you’re willing to settle for a purr or a wagging tail, that’s all the thanks you need.”

Winfrey says, “When it comes to the needs of our neighbors, San Diegans have always been generous. This time we’re asking you to help these animal lovers to feed their best friends. It’s a small request that makes a world of difference.”

RCHS has been collecting donations of pet food, pet treats and toys. For more information visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas or call 760-753-6413.
Donations can also be made online at

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