Archive | March, 2012

PennySaver Trivia Contest (Enter March 20-March 23 for a chance to win $50)

EXPIRED: Congratulations to Patricia H.  for being the winner of this trivia contest.

First of all, we’d like to thank you for being a loyal PennySaver reader and visiting our blog! Here are the details for the contest.

QUESTION: What three animals move their front and hind legs on one side and then their front and hind legs on the other side when they walk?

PennySaver Trivia Contest (Prize is $50!):

Once you’ve entered our PennySaver trivia contest, we’d love for you to join the PennySaverUSA community for more special contests, discounts and offers:

  1. Subscribe to our email newsletter to hear first about’s new contests and features.
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  3. Follow us on Twitter to get news and information from around the web about couponing, pet ownership and more.
  4. Add us to your Google+ Circle and join the frugal conversation.
  5. Check us out on Pinterest to see our favorite vintage items.

Good luck in the PennySaver Trivia contest! Remember to check next week’s PennySaver print publication to find out if you won.

Congratulations to the previous three winners:

Week 3: Consuelo B.
Week 2: Heather D.
Week 1: Linda B.

Rating 2.20 out of 5

The Original PennySaver Celebrating 50 Years of Savings

The Largest Direct Mail Shopping Publication in the U.S. Continues to be Invaluable Resource for Local Businesses and Shoppers

BREA, CA (MARCH 19, 2012) – The Original PennySaverTM, a Harte-Hanks (NYSE: HHS) company, is celebrating 50 years of helping people save money in their own neighborhoods. Since its inception in 1962, the iconic company has been the leader in servicing its local communities with classifieds, coupons, and deals for everyday needs. With more than 780 local editions and a reach of more than nine million circulation in California, The Original PennySaver is not only the largest direct mail shopping publication in the U.S., but it is also a brand whose classifieds have helped shape the lives of many.

In addition to its print shopping publications, The Original PennySaver has an impressive Web presence at and its associated websites. In April 2011, the company launched, the hyper-localized daily deal site for California residents offering deals on everyday items, with nearly 30 local daily deal offerings.

“For 50 years, The Original PennySaver has been the expert in local classifieds, coupons and savings,” said Loren Dalton, President, Shoppers Digital and Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, California Shoppers. “We continue to be an affordable and effective resource for local businesses, and shoppers look forward to the savings offered in our print and online publications each week.”

The Original PennySaver has always been the champion of the little guy, trying to level the playing field for small businesses through print and online classifieds and coupons that are tailored to a specific targeted local community.  Other small business resources from PennySaverUSA include PowerSites® and PowerClicks®.  PowerSites are websites built and hosted by PennySaverUSA to give local businesses an instant online presence. PowerClicks lets the pay-per-click advertising be handled by PennySaverUSA so that small businesses can be more readily found by users of major search engines.

“I am very happy with my company’s PowerSite powered by PennySaverUSA, and believe it is the main reason I am getting more and more calls every week,” said Matilde Gutierrez of Matildes Housecleaning in San Diego, California.  “In fact, I have been so busy that I have had to hire an additional staff person to support the business.”

Consumers have also remained loyal to PennySaverUSA advertisers, because they know that the small business offers found in print and online are not only credible, but are also valuable resources in their own communities.

“There are lots of interesting things for sale or even free,” said long-time PennySaverUSA reader Gail Powell of San Diego. “I have found roommates, purchased automobiles, clipped lots of coupons and even found jobs!”

Reading The Original PennySaver weekly is a ritual for many and often evokes nostalgic memories from the past such as buying that first car or finding a family pet.  It’s become so engrained in pop culture that movies such as Juno, books such as It Chooses You by Miranda July, and TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and Two and a Half Men have featured references to The Original PennySaver.

When reflecting on the past and looking toward the future, Dalton said, “Our mission of connecting buyers and sellers at the local level has not, and will not, change. We are grateful to our loyal advertisers, readers, site visitors, mobile users and employees who have been so critical to our success for the past 50 years, and we look forward to an even more exciting future.”

Company Origins

In 1962, Bob DeMarco launched the Huntington Beach PennySaver in California. A showcase for local businesses, customers used to go to DeMarco’s office and wait in line, cash in hand, to place their ads. Demand was so strong, that at his noon deadline at the end of each week, he would have to lock his doors. The Original PennySaver, as we know it today, follows a similar format as the original Huntington Beach PennySaver.

Company Milestones

­1962 –  Bob DeMarco launches the Huntington Beach PennySaver in California.

1973 – Harte-Hanks, a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company, purchases PennySaver from DeMarco.

1989 –  Harte-Hanks-owned PennySaver Group boasts a California shopper circulation of 3.3 million.

1996 – PennySaver launches its online presence with

1997 – Harte-Hanks acquires the Vista-based PennySaver publication from ABC Inc., a subsidiary of Walt Disney Co.

2003 – PennySaverUSA breaks the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Temporary Coin Mural.

2004 – PennySaverUSA receives the Better Business Bureau Torch award in recognition of outstanding ethical business practices and commitment to service within the San Diego community.

2004 – PennySaverUSA breaks the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Permanent Coin Mural.

2005 – PennySaverUSA breaks the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Piggy Bank.

2008 – PennySaverUSA launches PowerSites product to help local businesses launch websites and connect with customers on the Internet.

2010 – PennySaverUSA launches PowerClicks product to help local businesses get found on search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo!.

2011 – PennySaverUSA launches, a hyper localized daily deal site in California that offers savings on everyday expenses.

2011 –​   PennySaverUSA debuts two apps for iPhone and Android.  MOGASA helps users navigate the garage sale landscape with thousands of nationwide garage sale listings and Cha-Ching is a local coupon-finding app for those who enjoy scoring discounts and living large on less.

2012 – PennySaverUSA boasts more than 780 local editions and a reach of more than nine million circulation in California.

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PennySaverUSA.comand its Florida-based sister publication,™ are leading single print publications. The two publications reach over 11.2 million U.S. addresses every week. For fifty years, the PennySaver has helped businesses in California advertise to local communities while connecting buyers and sellers through local classifieds. Known as online, readers are enjoying the same local values as the publication has been trusted to deliver for decades. On the web, and are advertising portals bringing users local online classifieds, business listings, online coupons, and a range of business products and services like PowerSites™ that help small and medium size businesses build websites and establish a web presence to improve lead generation. For more information, visit us online at or


Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE: HHS) is a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company that provides marketing services and shopper advertising opportunities to local, regional, national and international consumer and business-to-business marketers.  Visit the Harte-Hanks® Web site at or call (800) 456-9748.


Karyn Ravin

Maletzky Media for PennySaverUSA


Rating 3.00 out of 5

Spring Cleaning Tips: Go in with a plan

The key to a successful spring cleaning experience is to go in with a plan.

In this latest installment of our Spring Cleaning Tips series, we lay out a few simple steps for helping you figure out and execute your plan.

  1. Come up with an objective for each room: While this step may seem obvious, it’s actually surprisingly easy to overlook. The last thing you want is to put in all this time, effort and money to get your spring cleaning done, only to discover that you put away things you still need or that you dislike the way your room now looks.

    Avoid that disappointing outcome by compiling a list of expectations for each room and perhaps draw up a little sketch of what you want each room to look like when you are done. Who knows, there might be some rooms that don’t require any spring cleaning.

  2. Make your own cleaning products our use coupons to buy them: Last week, Brandi from The Reali$tic Couponer did an outstanding spring cleaning tips guest blog post for us about DIY cleaning products. As Brandi pointed out, it’s much easier than you would think to create your own products.

    Get everyone involved when doing your spring cleaning.

    If you still prefer to purchase store-bought cleaners, then it is imperative you use coupons. Do some research (Good Housekeeping has some good information), target which cleaners you need and what brands you prefer and then search for coupons of those products on the company’s web site or Facebook page, on or in your local PennySaver print publication.

  3. Get everyone in your household to pitch in: Spending time, money and effort on spring cleaning and ending up with a rift that makes your living situation uncomfortable is, well, a disastrous result. Prevent that eventuality by including your housemates in all of your spring cleaning plans and asking them to participate. Just make sure to assign roles and responsibilities to help make the process efficient and keep people from stepping on each others toes.
  4. Pick a date and stick to it: We’ve all been there. You say you are going to start spring cleaning this weekend, but then a friend calls with an invite to something fun or a relative calls and asks you to visit and you completely ditch your spring cleaning plans. This inevitably causes the situation to spiral and before long you are left with a mess that seems too overwhelming to attack.

    Stay away from this pitfall by dedicating a day to spring cleaning on the calendar and letting everyone know you are busy and unavailable that day. Unless it’s an emergency, make it a point to ignore all calls, texts and emails until you are done.

Sticking to this spring cleaning tips plan should get you on the right path. Please let us know in the comments if you have other suggestions.

Rating 3.50 out of 5

Free Friday: Food and fun freebies

Disclaimer: Feel free to look at previous Free Friday posts to see if you can find any other freebies that are still active, but only this week’s freebies are new. Many older ones will be expired.

Settling is not what we do here at We are always trying to find new ways to enhance our user’s experience, and that even applies to Free Friday!


Get in the St. Paddy's Day spirit with free fries.

That’s why we are changing the layout of our popular blog feature this week and offering up freebies by category. Let us know what you think about the new Free Friday layout in the comments.


Free French Fries at Burger King: The term “no purchase necessary” is like the Holy Grail of food freebies and that applies to this amazing offer. Simply show up at your local Burger King sometime this weekend (offer only valid March 17-18) and request your free value-size fries. What’s more – they’ll even throw in Heinz St. Paddy’s Day green sauce.


Free Gevalia Coffee from Target: Minimal effort (filling out a short survey) + Maximum Reward (a free sample of Gevalia) = Free Friday bliss. Just click on the “request sample” button at the bottom of the page and make sure to say you do drink coffee in the first question of the survey, or you can’t continue. (Thanks Living Rich With Coupons for the find)

Free Eavmor Water: This ain’t no tap water we’re talking about here, it’s “natural artisian water” with a “rare alkaline source”. To get the coupon for a free 20 oz. bottle, just scroll to the bottom of the page and provide your name and email address. (Thanks Free Sample Momma for this find)


Free 50 tickets from Chuck E. Cheese’s: This Free Friday offer requires a little work, but it will be well worth it once you see your kid smile after redeeming the tickets for a little prize. Simply answer five trivia questions about Chuck E. Cheese’s and bring in the form to a participating location and they will give you the tickets.


Get fragrance from Calvin Klein this Free Friday.

Free Movie Rental from Blockbuster Express: Simply use the code “ETTUBRUTE” through March 21 at any kiosk and you’ll get a $1 off. With some movies costing only $1 that means it’s free! (Thanks The Cents’Able Shoppin for this find)


Free Calvin Klein Beauty sample: We love freebies that don’t take any effort. This is one of those freebies. Simply visit this page, put in your name, address and email and they’ll mail you the sample. Easy peasy.


Free 8×10 photo prints from Walgreen’s or JC Penney: The Walgreen’s offer is only good through Saturday, March 17, and is available online with coupon code FREEONE. The JC Penney offer, meanwhile, is good through March 31, but can only be redeemed in-store.

Rating 3.25 out of 5

What type of NCAA tournament bracket picker are you?

While we didn’t have a NCAA tournament pool here at the PennySaverUSA offices, we recognize how popular filling out the brackets is across the nation. As a result we’ve decided to have some fun and put everyone who fills out a bracket into a particular category.

ncaa tournament bracket

Don't worry, filling out a bracket doens't require any actual basketball skill.

Which one do you fit in? Let us know in the comments …

The Expert: This is the hardcore college basketball fan. They watch hundreds of games each year and study up on each team as soon as the brackets are revealed on Selection Sunday. They are convinced their in-depth analysis and deep knowledge of basketball will give them some kind of edge. Inevitably, they are almost always proven wrong. All it takes is some 5-foot-7 kid from Northern Iowa who has barely played all season to come off the bench and hit five 3-pointers and knock off a heavy favorite, and all that “expertise” goes to waste.

The Poser: They act like they know so much about college basketball and love to toss around names, but in reality they haven’t even watched more than a handful of games all year. This person tends to come up with all sorts of complicated theories as to why they picked the brackets the way they did. You can always tell this person, because they try to avoid the hardcore basketball fans for fear of being exposed and instead choose to show off their limited knowledge to the much more casual fans.

The Casual Fan: They know the difference between a 16-seed and a 1-seed and are familiar with the very best players and most famous coaches, but they haven’t followed too closely and don’t pretend like they have, either. They might watch a preview show or two and listen to Dick Vitale yell “Awesome Baby” and make his picks, but they just fill out the brackets for fun and make educated guesses.

The Homer: If the hometown team is involved in the tournament, this person is extremely pumped up. They know everything about their favorite school and follow it religiously, but are generally clueless about the rest of the tournament field. They pick their favorite to win it all in the brackets and ride or die with that particular team. If (once) that team gets eliminated, however, they tend to lose interest and start on their spring cleaning.ncaa tournament bracket 2

The Front-Runner: Whoever is picked by the majority of the sports media is this person’s pick to win it all. They generally fill out their brackets by choosing the chalk all the way through and they hate the underdog story. They tend to dismiss any school that doesn’t have brand name recognition and love seeing the favorites roll. This person usually roots for either Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky or Kansas.

The Non-Conformist: This person just LOVES to pick upsets. Not necessarily because they even wants the underdog to win, but just because they love doing the opposite of whatever is the conventional wisdom. When one of their surprise picks pans out, they will likely boast about how they outsmarted the masses. Then you can just point out to them the 20 picks they got wrong and the gloating should end.

The Schemer: This person tries to apply mathematical principles or come up with some formula that they claim is a full-proof way of getting the most picks correct. It might seem to work for a while like the “Moneyball” principles did for the Oakland A’s, but just like that team fell short, this scheme likely will as well. Of course, there is always the chance your story will be made into a movie with Brad Pitt.

The Novice: They have no clue about college basketball, don’t really give a darn about the NCAA tournament and pick teams based off of ridiculous concepts like which mascot is scarier or which uniform is more fashionable. Be very, very afraid of this particular bracket picker. More often than not, they wind up winning the whole thing, and mock everyone else in their pool in the process.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Beauty on a Budget: Makeup drawer spring cleaning tips

This edition of Beauty on a Budget gives you beauty tips on what to throw out of your makeup drawer right in time for March’s Spring Cleaning.


Find beauty products for sale on by clicking above.

You might be thinking, “The longer I can keep my make-up, the more money I can save down the road.” Ek, WRONG! Over time, makeup collects bacteria from your fingers, eyes, and lips that multiply and become unhealthy for your skin. Expired makeup can apply unevenly, lose its color, or cause your skin to break out.

Just think, if you keep your makeup past the expiration date, you’ll be spending even more on products to get rid of what your old makeup has left behind, like cleansers for irritated skin. So let’s get started with these spring cleaning tips for cleaning out beauty products from your makeup drawer!

Most makeup companies don’t put an expiration date on their products’ packaging; therefore it’s all on you to fish out what’s spoiled rotten and what’s good for now.

  1. Smell & Consistence Test
  2. Go ahead and take a whiff of your makeup; if it doesn’t smell right, throw it in the trash. Still smell sweet? Apply a small amount to your wrist. If the makeup is runny or solid when it was not before, time to toss it.

  3. Know the shelf lives of different types of makeup
  4. (These recommendations are courtesy of makeup professional Sharron L., formerly of Neiman Marcus):

  • Liquid foundation or blush– 1 year at most (Liquid makeup tends to spoil faster than solid)
  • Powder foundation or blush – 1 to 2 years (Depends on how many times you clean the brush)
  • Mascara – 4 to 5 months (Throw this out immediately if you experience an eye infection)
  • Eyeliner – 4 to 5 months (Again, throw this out immediately if it gets contaminated)
  • Eyeshadow – 2 to 3 years (If it shatters before its shelf live ends, throw it out sooner to avoid a mess)
  • Lipstick, lip liner, and lip gloss – 2 to 3 years depending on the “Smell & Consistence Test”
  • Nail polish – 2 years (because it starts to lose its color and apply unevenly)

Once you get your makeup drawer nice and pretty, keep an eye out for coupons and rebates to replenish your supply of discount beauty products.

And two final beauty tips:

  • From now on, after you purchase a new beauty product, take a small piece of masking tape and write the date when you purchased that makeup with a pen. It will make it easier to discard later on.
  • Invest in brushes. If you don’t use your fingers to apply makeup, you increase the life of the product. But remember to clean your brushes monthly!

That’s all I have for now. Till next time, stay beautiful on a budget!

Rating 3.00 out of 5

OC Register recognizes PennySaverUSA’s 50th Anniversary’s 50th birthday is no laughing matter! Not every company is able to hit its Silver Anniversary and we are very proud of this accomplishment.


This is the cover for one of 780 local editions PennySaverUSA prints every week.

So, too, it turns out is the Orange County Register.

The newspaper saluted us on our big accomplishment with a fantastic article about our history.

Some interesting historical notes about the Original PennySaver mentioned in the article that you may not have known:

  • Part of our company was once owned by Disney
  • PennySaver started in Huntington Beach
  • Bob DeMarco was the founder of the PennySaver
  • The print publication reaches 11.2 million households every week
  • The company moved its headquarters to Brea, CA in 1981 (coincidentally the same year the author of this blog post and PennySaverUSA staffer Jason was born).

You can read the entire article here.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Pet of the Week: Lily Binks is one heck of a cat

Any time a pet has two names, you know it’s special, and our newest Pet of the Week is most certainly in a class of her own.


Adopt Lily Banks and you can wake up to that gorgeous face every day.

Her name is Lily Binks … but her friends call her “LIL.” She’s the adoptable Pet of the Week at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. She’s a Siamese – Flame Point cat with a white fur coat and bright blue eyes as you can see in the picture to the right.

She weighs 11 pounds and is 4 years old.

Lily Binks arrived at Rancho Coastal Humane Society when her family moved to a place that doesn’t allow pets. Have other cats? Lil is okay with that. Have no other cats? Lil is fine with that, too. Basically, she’s a pretty agreeable cat.

One thing to mention is that Lil needs to have her teeth cleaned. You can talk to RCHS about that, or find a local veterinary service.

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

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Location: 389 Requeza Street, Encinitas CA 92024

Contact: | 760-753-6413

Adoption hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday


Our latest user-submitted Pet of the Week comes courtesy of PennySaverUSA Twitter follower and staffer @EllieFairchild. Please tweet us if you’d like to see your adopted pet featured on Pet of the Week.

Thanks Facebook fan Myrtle K. for providing this caption: Whew, that party wiped me out. I think that was real Beer with a spike of something. I am laying low for a minute.

Without further ado, read about Logan (pictured to the right):

Logan is an Austrailian Cattle Dog/Jack Russel Terrier mix (we think). We adopted him from a sweet girl who was moving out of state and could no longer keep him.

While he can’t do any tricks, he greets us with sloppy wet kisses every morning and is the perfect cuddling companion.

He also loves playing with his big sister Luna (a Husky, Jindo mix). While she’s three time’s his size, he easily winds her with his lightening fast speed.

He’s been the perfect addition to our little family.

Rating 4.00 out of 5

PennySaver Trivia Contest (Enter March 13-March 16)

EXPIRED: Congratulations to Consuelo B.  for being the winner of this trivia contest.

First of all, we’d like to thank you for being a loyal PennySaver reader and visiting our blog! Here are the details for the contest.

QUESTION: How many colds will the average person catch in a lifetime?

PennySaver Trivia Contest:pennysaverusa-retro-logo

  • Enter by registering for a free account (if you haven’t yet) and leave a comment by clicking the “comment” link above with the answer to the trivia question by Friday, March 16 at noon PT.
  • We will pick a winner from all the comments with the correct answer via random drawing.
  • The winner will then be notified and announced as the winner in the PennySaver print publication!

Once you’ve entered our PennySaver trivia contest, we’d love for you to join the PennySaverUSA community for more special contests, discounts and offers:

  1. Subscribe to our email newsletter to hear first about’s new contests and features.
  2. Like us on Facebook to get exclusive offers, money-saving tips and more.
  3. Follow us on Twitter to get news and information from around the web about couponing, pet ownership and more.
  4. Add us to your Google+ Circle and join the frugal conversation.
  5. Check us out on Pinterest to see our favorite vintage items.

Good luck in the PennySaver Trivia contest! Remember to check next week’s PennySaver print publication to find out if you won.

Congratulations to the previous two winners:

Week 2: Heather D.
Week 1: Linda B.

Rating 3.00 out of 5

Spring Cleaning Tips: How to Decide What to Do With Used Items

Those extra daylight hours shining a spotlight onto the nooks and crannies of your home are just the motivation you need to clear out the clutter built up over a long winter. PennySaverUSA’s here with spring cleaning tips that will make the decision on what to do with your used items a breeze.

Now, let’s play Trash, Donate, or Sell!

spring cleaning tips used items

If the answer is sell, click on the image to place a free ad for your used items on


  • Anything broken that you don’t plan on repairing
  • Extremely worn out used items that you don’t use anymore, e.g., clothes
  • Used items you haven’t used in over a year with no sentimental or retail value
  • Outdated used items that have no resale value (e.g., those old Richard Simmon’s tapes)
  • Used items that are missing pieces required for use (e.g., board games and kitchen appliances)


  • Anything that you haven’t used in over a year that doesn’t have a high resale value, but could be used by someone else
  • Anything that you’d rather someone in need benefit from than sell
    >> Clothes, appliances, school supplies, overstock canned goods
  • Anything that has sentimental value, but that you would rather have enjoyed again by someone else
    >> Children’s toys, maternity clothes, school books

Drop any of these items off at your local donation center like Goodwill or Salvation Army and enjoy the reward of helping someone in need.


  • Anything that you haven’t used in over a year with high retail value
    >> Gifts you never found a use for or duplicate appliances
  • Clothes that aren’t worn out, but don’t look good on you or fit
  • Books you’ve read, but won’t reread
  • Things in boxes that you’ve never opened                     
    Children’s toys
  • Anything that you’ve replaced with a higher quality item
    >> Kitchen appliances, lighting, furniture

If you’re looking at reselling clothing, a great place to check out is Buffalo Exchange, where you can trade in your clothes for cash or store credit.  For higher dollar used items, like appliances and furniture, place a free classified ad on, or post a free garage sale ad to offload everything at once.

Whoah, you’ve just given yourself a ton of extra space by following our spring cleaning tips. Now it’s time for the fun part: Redecorating!

Rating 3.00 out of 5