Sunday, July 31, 2011

2000 Fan Giveaway Sponsors

I began my page around June 20th, 2011.
I would love to reach 2000 fans by the end of August.  
I am almost there!

When I reach 2000 fans, I will open up a giveaway.  
  1. Prizes may be valued as low as $5 to as high as the sponsor is willing to give.  
  2. Prizes must be completely free to the winner (i.e., no % off your online store, no shipping cost unless they are out of the contiguous United States)
  3. Prizes can be gift cards, homemade items, non-homemade items, services, or anything else as long as I approve. 
  4. I will post each prize from a separate page and will contain links to your Facebook page and blog or shop page.  Entrants will be required to like Facebook pages.
  5. If a sponsor has GFC or Twitter, these will become additional possible entries.  
  6. I will use Rafflecopter as the entry method through my website.
  7. Sponsors will be expected to promote occasionally.  If each sponsor promotes the giveaway, they will gain fans from each other.  It is unfair if one page promotes and the others don't, but get the benefits.
  8. The giveaway is not sponsored by, endorsed by, or ran by Facebook, Google, Rafflecopter...or anyone else besides the sponsors and myself.   Each prize will specify whether the winner has to be a US resident or not.  
  9. Winners will be drawn within 48 hours of the giveaway ending (which will be specified once I reach 2000 fans since I do not know what day that will be..the giveaway will probably be open for 1-2 full weeks).  Winners will be contacted by myself and posted on the giveaway page.  They will then have 48 hours to email their mailing address to the sponsor of the prize they won.  Sponsors are responsible for giving the prizes to the winner, whether they ship it, email it, or whatever the prize requires.  If your winner does not contact you, it is up to you whether you want me to draw a 2nd winner or not.
  10. If I already have Mark, Avon, It Works, or Mary Kay reps, etc, I may be unable to take you as a sponsor if you are also one.  I will accept 1 of each, unless both the first one who claimed to be a sponsor and you both agree that it is ok, otherwise the first to sign up as a sponsor will get the spot.
  11. Sponsors may enter but not for their own prize.  

If you are wanting to sponsor, please email the following to :
  • A link to your Facebook page
  • A link to your website or shop if you have one
  • If you have GFC or not
  • If you have Twitter (and your Twitter name)
  • The prize you will be sponsoring, any details you want me to include for the entrants to read, and a photo of either the prize or your logo
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Magazine Sweepstakes

Magazine websites are a great source of high-value sweepstakes, contests and giveaways!  

I personally have won a $400 FHI Hair Straightener, $150 gift card to an online boutique, a set of 8 full-size Keri lotions, and a 14k gold necklace...all from magazine websites.

Here is the list I have saved in my favorite bookmarks that I regularly visit to enter to win prizes.  Some are monthly and some you can enter once a day to increase your chances.   I will add more as I come across them.

All You


Country Living

Elle Decor
Elle Girl

Family Circle
Fit Pregnancy
Food Network 

Good Housekeeping

In Touch Weekly

Ladies Home Journal
Life and Style

Marie Claire
M Magazine


Pregnancy and Newborn


She Knows

Teen Vogue


Woman's Day
Woman's World
Women's Health

Optical Illusion Fun: Solved

If you didn't find the you go!
The cat blends in well!

Optical Illusion Fun

Can you find the cat?  
It TRULY is there..I promise. 

Everything Pink

I was in a pink kind of mood so I thought I'd post some pink things I found on Amazon!

Sorry it's a looonnnng row of them instead of a few across but it wouldn't let me post them any other way.

Enjoy the pink! 

Check all of my "Everything" posts!
Friday, July 29, 2011

Mail Freebies 07/29/11

I got all of this for FREE in my mailbox today


Pantene Free Shampoo or Conditioner Coupon
Beechnut Free Baby Food (2) Coupons
$10 iTunes Gift Card 
Avon Naturals Cucumber Melon Shower Gel that I won in a contest
Avon Nail Polish that I won in a contest
Celestial Seasonings Samples and (2) Coupons 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Target and Walgreens trip 7/22/11

Laptop Case (only non sale or coupon item)
Garnier Shampoo
Garnier Conditioner
Garnier Smoothing Milk
Garnier Leave-in Conditioner
Cutter Bug Repellent
Bottled Water
Hershey KitKat
Dove Go Fresh Deodorant
Dove Go Fresh Mist
Covergirl Eyeliner (2)

(without case - $57)

Out of pocket after coupons and sales:
(without case - $13)

% Saved:
(without case - 77%)

Couponholics Anonymous

My name is Danielle and I have a problem.
I hate seeing my coupons go to waste.  

The other day I went to Walgreens intending to JUST get something to drink.  On my way through, I saw that Garnier Fructis was 4/$14 with $4 Register Rewards, making it 4/$10...AND I had coupons for $1 off of each of the 4, so it was really 4/$6.  That's $1.50 each.  Decent deal, especially since it's a brand I like and use regularly, right?  But I already have plenty of shampoo and conditioner at home to last through the rest of the year.  I still got it.  Guess what? I spent $6 I hadn't planned on spending.

Have you done this?  I know we are all guilty of it.  I am not talking about hoarding or even minor stockpiling.  I am talking about even going to the gas station to get a soda and you see that they are just a little cheaper each if you buy two, so you buy both instead of only the one you wanted.  Sometimes it is important to ignore those offers.  Take a moment to decide if it is worth it or not.

Ways to avoid spending extra:

  • Make a budget and shopping list and stick to it. 
    • Plan out your shopping and coupons before you go.  Maybe give yourself $5-10 for extra things you may find on clearance that you really can't pass up or may actually need, but for the most part, stick to your list.  If you are worried you may spend extra, leave your spare coupons at home.  Don't just carry them around with you everywhere you go.

  • Ignore "buy more, save more" ads.  
    • Think about if it is really worth it.  Do you really need that many?  Are you saving enough to justify buying more?  
  • You don't HAVE to use all coupons. 
    • They don't have to go to waste though.  Give them away to someone who actually needs the product, or even leave them on the shelf in front of that product.  Military families can use coupons expired up to 6 months and there are organizations that will take care of sending them if you don't personally know any military families.  Or you can just stick your expired coupons in the recycle bin. 
  • Look through your basket before you check out. 
    • Decide what you really do and don't need.  Are you are getting it JUST because you have a coupon and it's on sale for an ok price?  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

You've dropped your phone in the dog's what??

No, I do not mean that you need to worry about the dog's slobbery germs...  
I mean that your phone could stop working completely if you do not act fast! 

Step 1:
Turn your phone off ASAP!  Any electrical charges circulating through your phone could cause it to short out and bust inside if water is inside.  

Step 2:
Remove the back and battery of your phone if possible as well as the SIM card if your phone has one. The more you can take apart your phone, the easier and quicker it will dry out.  

Step 3:
Put uncooked rice in a bowl and set your phone in it.  Rice wicks the moisture away.  If you have any of those little silica gel packs laying around, those work great too! 


  • Do NOT use heat such as a hair dryer or even direct sunlight to dry the phone.  This could warp adhesives that keep the board inside your phone working correctly.  
  • If you feel the need to sanitize your phone after dropping it, you can use an alcohol wipe on the outside.  
  • Dropping your phone in salt water can do more damage than fresh water because of salt crystals.  If you drop it in salt water, be sure to use fresh water to wipe the phone down before drying it out.  


Monday, July 25, 2011

Mail Freebies 7/25/11

Milani lip color 
Aveda hair care samples 
Taster's Choice Samples and Coupon
Pink keyboard cover (ok well technically this wasn't a freebie..was $3something on Amazon with free prime shipping and I had Amazon credit I got from using Swagbucks!) 

I wish the Mac was a mail 
However, if you sign up HERE and send enough friends, you can win free electronics including an iPad through their FriendRack promotion! 
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Flash Giveaway: Coupon Envelope 7/23

This giveaway ended 7/26 12:01am
Congrats to the winner: Shell Holland!

Random assortment of coupons in an envelope that I will mail out, FREE to you.
Will include coupon for a FREE item! 

To qualify, you must:

- sign up for a free new account at Shop it to Me through this link


- have a friend sign up through my link and let me know that you referred them.
  (this qualifies you to win if you already have a Shop it to Me account or want additional entries.)

To enter:

Use the Rafflecopter entry form (only if you made a new Shop it to Me account).
Leave the email address that you signed up with on Shop It To Me
If you require a different email address to be contacted at if you win, please post it as a comment on the bottom of this blog post.

To win:

I will use to choose the winner.
You may only enter yourself once.  If you refer a friend who wins, you will also win.  The more friends you have that enter, the bigger your chances are to win.
Winner(s) will be emailed and have 48 hours to reply to the email and send their mailing address to me.
Winner(s) must live in the United States and be at least 18 years of age.  By entering the giveaway, you agree to these conditions.

Totsy - Private Shopping for Moms

Isn't this the cutest pacifier? 
It was previously featured on Totsy for $2.75! 

Totsy is an exclusive private shopping site with up to 90% off products and services for families.  

Membership is completely FREE.

Sales are only open for 48-72 hours!
Products have limited quantities so some may sell out  quickly.  

Don't have enough money to purchase an item now?  
Invite a friend and get $15 when they make their first purchase!

Totsy is 100% green and they plant a tree for 
EVERY first purchase!  

Totsy also has:
baby clothing, bibs, toys, books, maternity clothing, 
perfume and make up for moms and more!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Recycle Bank - Earn Points and Rewards

Sign up for a free account on Recycle Bank, learn about being green and earn points.  You can take pledges on Facebook by sharing something from their page, enter codes from recyclables, answer a short quiz, or just watch a very short video and earn points!  

Redeem those points for free popular magazine subscriptions, coupons for stores or products, or gift cards!  

In just a short time, I earned enough points for a free magazine subscription, a $2 Kashi coupon, a free ice cream cone, and more!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Coupon Envelope Giveaway ended 7/23/11

Who wants to win a mystery envelope
 of coupons?  
begins 7/18/11 at 12:01 EST
ended 7/23/11 at 12:01am EST

Winner: Christy Kennedy

  • Must 'Like' Family Centsability on Facebook (+1 entry)
  • Must sign up for a new FREE account on Shop It To Me,  Crowdtap,  Picaboo, or Schecky's
    • Only new members qualify and you must sign up through my links.  
    • Sign up for all 4, or only 1.  You get 1 entry for each, but you must complete 1 to qualify for the giveaway drawing. 
    • This is +1, +2, +3 or +4 entries, depending on how many you sign up for.  Only signing up for one (of your choice) is mandatory. 
  • Optional: Share this blog post on Facebook by copying and pasting the website address to your Facebook status and asking your friends to go enter. (optional +1 entry)
  • Optional: Follow me on Twitter (@FamilyCents) (optional +1 entry)
  • If you refer a friend who wins, you win too if they put your name  in the "Who referred you" entry space, as long as you also completed the mandatory entries.  You will get an additional entry for referring someone. (optional +1 entry)
  • Must: Leave the email address that you use to sign up with (if this is different than your contact email address, please leave me a comment on this blog post with your name and both email addresses or email them to me at with the subject "Coupon Envelope Giveaway 7/21")
  • Must: Fill in the Rafflecopter Entry Form
  • Failure to complete these rules will result in forfeiture of the prize if you are the winner. 
  • I will post the winner(s) here and also email them.  Winner(s) will have until 7/23/11 12:01am to email back with their mailing address.

If you have not heard of these 4 websites, go to my blog post about referral websites.  They are all free to join and you can earn credit or gift cards just from having your own friends sign up!  Yes, you can do this after signing up with my referral link.

Sign up at Shop It To Me
Sign up at CrowdTap
Sign up at Picaboo
Sign up on Schecky's

If you refer a friend who wins, you win too if they put your name  in the "Who referred you" entry space, as long as you also completed the mandatory entries.  You will get an additional entry for referring someone.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

1000 Fan Giveaway ended 7/22/11

Wow! Family Centsability has made it to
1,000 fans on Facebook!  
Little did I know when I started this page in late June, that I would have 1,000 fans by the end of July! 
To celebrate, I have found some wonderful sponsors to help me host a giveaway for you! 

(all have been emailed and have until 7/26 12:01am EST to email their 
mailing address to their prize sponsor)

Prize 1
$25 Gift Card 
(Cori's Coupon Corner)
winner: Tammy Larkin

Prize 2
Naturals Cherry Blossom 5 Piece Bath and body set
(Get Your AVON! with your personal sales rep, Chrissie)
winner: Kimberly Bullman

Prize 3
Coupon envelope
(Mommy's Coupon Fairy)
winner: Shana Frey Diallo

Prize 4
Mary Kay Samples
(Mary Kay by Kristen Nelson/Hot Momma MakeOver)
winner: Kelly Smith

Prize 5
Custom invitation 
(Rock-a-Boo Designs)
winner: Amy Patsis

Prize 6
$100 worth of Coupons
(B&L Express Coupon Trains)
winner: Jennifer Hayes

Prize 7
Kissink Lip Tintmarker in Red Siren
winner: Lisa Danielle Grice

Prize 8
6 uncut coupon inserts
(Krazy Clippers)
winner: Athena Gravino Cordova

Prize 9
Purple fuzzy mini cupcake pouch
(Kallicraft by KBrady/Nanna's Knits)
winner: Patricia Leggett

Prize 10
$100 in services and prints
(E3 Printing)
winner: Stephanie MacDonald

Prize 11
$10 Amazon Gift Card
(Couponing to Disney)
winner: Penny Martinez

First though, I need to give you some participation rules
  1. You MUST 'like' Family Centsability on Facebook
  2. You MUST 'like' the sponsors (of any prize you wish to enter) on Facebook.  
  3. You MUST fill out the entry form for a prize to be qualified for that prize.  
  4. Optional entries do not count if you do not complete the mandatory entries.
  5. You MUST provide your name and email address. (your name so we can check that you are a fan on Facebook and email to contact you if you are a winner)
  6. You may enter to win as many prizes as you want and you may win multiple prizes. 
  7. Sponsors may enter to win prizes other than their own. 
  8. The giveaway will be open from July 15 12:01am EST until July 22 12:01am EST.  Winners will be contacted via email and posted on this page within 48 hours from the end of the contest and will have until 12:01am EST July 26 to contact the sponsor of their prize with their mailing address.  Failure to will result in forfeiture of the prize.  No new winners will be drawn unless a sponsor requests to do so.
  9. Due to shipping costs to the sponsors, international residents may be ineligible to enter some prizes or may have to pay shipping.  Prize will say "US residents only" if it is limited to those who live in the United States.
This giveaway is in no way sponsored by or endorsed by Facebook or Rafflecopter.  This giveaway is sponsored by only those listed and myself.  Winners will not be announced on Facebook due to rules and regulations.  

Prize 1
$25 Gift Card
United States residents only

Prize 2
Naturals Cherry Blossom 
5 Piece Bath and Body Collection
United States residents only

Prize 3
Coupon Envelope 

Prize 4
Mary Kay Sample Set
United States residents only

Prize 5
1 custom, or pre-made Invite or Announcement

Prize 6
$100 worth of Coupons
US residents only

Prize 7

Kissink Lip Tintmarker 
Shade: Red Siren (left in photo)

United States residents free shipping, Canada $2, $5 other international

Prize 8
6 Whole, Uncut Coupon Inserts
United States residents only

Prize 9
Purple Fuzzy Mini Cupcake Pouch 
(Includes 1 Girls' Stretch Bracelet!)
free shipping to US and Canada

Prize 10
$100 in Services and Prints

Prize 11
$10 Amazon Gift Card