Announcing the Winner of the Mohu Leaf Antenna

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As I promised yesterday, I'd finally stop trying to live up to my name and announce a winner to my Mohu Leaf Antenna Contest. Like the previous one I gave away, I was surprised by the number of entries. People seem to really love the Mohu. I couldn't give away $50 Visa cards as easily I could give away a $44 Mohu Leaf. (Which still confuses me because a $50 Visa card can buy you a Mohu Leaf.)

It wasn't just the number of entries that surprised me. It was the quality. People wrote about how they were going to be RVing and how it would help them. People wrote about how it help their parents save some money. Some people wrote to give a review of a Mohu Leaf that they've already bought. I was happy to see the winner of the last Mohu Leaf give a review as well (hint it was good).

It seemed somewhat fitting that when the virtual ping-pong balls stopped bouncing, the winner was "Aeko" who had the following comment: "I have a basic cable package and would love to get rid of it. Have been reading every blog concerning ota atenna. Most of them are pretty ugly. Mohu looks great and almost invisible. My income is around $1000 per month and any expense I can eliminate is a gift to me."

Well Aeko, check your email because I'm going need your mailing address to give you this gift. And if you didn't win, you can still buy the Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna from Amazon. The promo code of "lazyman1" should give you an extra $4 off.

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Posted on May 31, 2011.

Giving Away Another Mohu Leaf Antenna

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It seems like just yesterday, but two months ago I reviewed the Mohu Leaf, an antenna that picks up the over-the-air (OTA) HDTV signals to give you free television. It's like the days before cable, but you actually get reception...

... and not just reception... great reception in my experience. I'm going to presume that you've seen HDTV before. This antenna gives you the same results that you'd get from your cable box, just without the cable channels and the cable fees. In our bedroom, we don't have a cable box (the monthly fee gets expensive) so we only get basic channels (known as "in-the-clear" QAM channels), which in my experience is the cable companies' code, for "all the non-cable channels." When testing the Mohu Leaf that the company gave me to review, I simply taped the Mohu Leaf to the wall, plugged it in the back of my TV in place of my cable, and selected the option on my television to scan for OTA channels.

Boom, I had 50 crystal clear channels - all the major networks, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and CW, plus about 45 channels of home shopping, weather, public access, and people speaking in languages that do not know. We haven't noticed any difference from what we were getting there before, so the cable sits dangling on the floor.

People have come back to the post saying that they were surprised how good the product was too. Even today, two months after the contest has ended, people still leave comments in an effort to win one. The company was very pleased with the results they've gotten from the review. They were so pleased they asked me if I'd give another away. If you haven't caught by now, the answer was, "Of course, I'd love to."

So here's how it's going to work. Leave a comment between now and Thursday evening (May 26th) at 11:59PM PT if you are interested. Make sure you use a real email address, so I can contact you if you win. Those who give an interesting story on why they want a Mohu, impress me with their set up to cut the cable (as I've written about here and here), or anything else interesting and related to getting free television legally may get additional entries over the person who responds with a boring, "I'd like to enter."

If you aren't feeling lucky, you can simply buy the Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna on Amazon. They previously set up a discount code "lazyman1" for a $4 discount, which may or may not still be active. It's worth a shot.

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Posted on May 23, 2011.

Giving Away Free Intuit TurboTax Premier Software

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Last week I tried to give away free money and few people wanted it. (Okay it was three $50 Visa gift cards, but that's close enough.) A few weeks before people went crazy to enter my Mohu Leaf Giveaway. I don't know what works and what doesn't with you guys, but I'm going to keep trying to figure it out.*

Today, I'm going to test whether you like free Intuit TurboTax Online Premier Edition. It's not exactly the best test, because hopefully you've already started your taxes... or even finished them. It's also probably one of the least sexy of gifts to give. I'd much rather be giving away an iPad 2 a Touchpad. Nonetheless, the Premier edition of TurboTax Online costs around $80 (I found varying prices), so it should help out a few people right? If you aren't sure whether it's right for you, check out my TurboTax Review.

Before I get to the details of the give away, I have to get a little business out of the way. I'll be quick. Intuit wanted me to tell you that April 15th this year is Tax Free Friday. They didn't go into many details as to what that means. (I'm pretty sure if I buy products I'm going to get taxed on it.) They originally wanted me to give away the pre-paid codes on Friday, the 15th, so I'm going to presume that's where it originated. However, why would I want to give away free software three days before taxes are due on the 18th? That's crazy! So I sweet-talked them into letting me give it away earlier. I'm not afraid to stare down that gift horse - right in the mouth.

So how do you enter to win this software? Simple... leave a comment. I will pick three winners from virtual ping pong bouncy house thingy (it's very technical). As usual, those who leave comments of some substance will get more ping pong balls. What qualifies as "of some substance?" Something that entertains me, makes me laugh, teaches me something, or just shows you put some effort into it. Those who leave a minimal, "I can haz fre tax softwearz?" comments will get fewer ping pong balls. Actually, that is a bad example as I find that at least somewhat entertaining (though don't expect to use it now). Two other things: 1) I will only accept entries until Saturday April 9th at 11:59PM PT. 2) I'm going to need you to use your real email address so that I can email you the tax codes. I will not spam you.

I think that's about it. Show me the comments! (And please keep the biting and eye-gouging to a minimum.)

* ... as long as companies continue to give me free stuff to give to you.

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Posted on April 6, 2011.

Give Card Giveaway Announced (and Personal Finance Links)

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Sometimes, I have to admit that I don't understand you (readers). A couple of weeks ago, I gave away one Mohu Leaf Over-the-Air Antenna with a retail value of around $45 and 32 of you entered to win. This past week I gave THREE $50 Mastercard/Visa Gift Cards from GiftCards.com. You had nearly a 50% chance vs. a roughly 3% chance. Plus the prize was more valuable - it was more money and you could spend it almost however you like.

I must have not made the prizes very clear or I marketed it wrong, right?

However, let's get to the winners. (If you are a winner and reading this before you've received an email you will soon.)

The three winners are:
Robin, Cynthia Rafler, and Helena.

With that out of the way, let me get to the notable personal finance links of last week:

Money Writers:

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Posted on April 4, 2011.

Gift Card Giveaway from GiftCards.com

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A couple of weeks ago, I gave away a Mohu Leaf antenna for receiving over the air signals. Today's my birthday, and I must be a crazy because I'm the one giving out the gifts. Instead of an antenna that you may or may not use, I'm giving away something that's almost as good as cash - Visa or MasterCard gift cards. And I'm not giving away one of them, but three! I shouldn't take complete credit for the giveaway - this offer comes from GiftCards.com.

Buy Discount Gift Cards

For the average consumer, the biggest reason to go GiftCards.com is to pick up discount gift cards. As I look now, there are gift cards to save 10% from Applebee's and Barnes and Noble - even 15% from Ann Taylor. There are nearly 100 merchants available at this moment, but availability of specific merchants change often. Many people would sign up for a credit card that would give them 3% cash back on things that they'd ordinary buy. It only makes sense to take a minute and look to see if you can save 10%.

Design Your Own Gift Cards

Part of the great value that a gift card represents is that they are a little like cash. You give the recipient more flexibility to buy something that they want, while still giving something a little more personalized than a couple of Andrew Jacksons. Perhaps a better compromise would be to give GiftCards.com's personalized gift cards. These are Visa and MasterCards with your own photos and messages. You can use a pre-designed template or create your own. This gives you a more personalized, yet more flexible gift.

How to Win the Gift Cards

Today is all about giving. So I think the giveaway should be based on giving as well. (That sentence may only make sense in my head.) In the wake of natural disasters such as Katrina, Haiti, New Zealand, and the most recent Japan earthquake, I'm realizing more and more how much others need. To help with that, I'm refocusing my efforts on Setting up an Emergency Charity Fund. Let me know in the comments what you are doing to give back. The better I judge your comment, the more virtual ping pong balls you receive for the drawing. I'll stop taking entries on Saturday April 2nd at 11:59PM and announce the winners soon after. As always please include a real address so that I can tell you that you've won and get your address for the gift card. (Your email address is safe, I hate spam as much as you do.)

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Posted on March 30, 2011.

Safeway Gift Card Winners Announced (and a Great Artwork Auction)

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I'm killing two birds with one stone today. I guess that's what happens, when you push yourself to being really productive in a short span of time.

I've been meaning to announce the winners of my Safeway gift card giveaway. The winners are:

Johannah B - Awesome Chicken Quesadilla meal that looks quick, easy, and reasonably healthy.

Anonymous - The Low-Fat Hot Chocolate recipe sounds fabulous.

Cathie - Coming up with a vegetarian recipe that I'd actually eat is a daunting challenge. Cathie exceeded my expectations.

And in keeping with the season, I'm going to award a fourth gift card out:

Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer - Though I was only going to give out 3 cards, the taco soup recipe made it a crime for me to not include it.

So check your email folks, I'll be reaching out to you shortly.

A frequent commenter of my MonaVie articles. Has created some original artwork that he's auctioning off (proceeds to help spread the word about the evils of MLM):

(Click the link for a larger version...)

Read more and bid at MLM Toons

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Last updated on August 1, 2011.

Safeway Gift Card Giveaways: Who Wants Some Free Groceries?

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I got an email the other day from my contact at Safeway, the other day. I guess they liked my review of their Just For U program. They've got something to promote and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Oh and if you don't have a Safeway near you, but have a VONS, Dominick's, Genuardis, Randall's, Tom Thumb, Pavilions, or Carrs you might want to stick around.

They are looking for people try their home delivery service. How much do they want you to try the service? They are offering $15 dollars and free delivery for new customers (use promotion code CHEER). That's the kind of deep discount that put Webvan out of business. The code expires December 31st, so get to it.

In the next few hours I will be getting my first Safeway home delivery. Shortly after that, I hope to publish a review of the ordering process as well as some pictures of the food. I think I have a lot to say and I think it should be a separate post than this one.

Before I go too much further, I need to do a little do a little full disclosure. Safeway gave me some gift cards to test out the delivery service. Given the opportunity for free groceries, who am I to argue? However, as part of the deal, they offered me some extra gift cards to give to you... I love it when we all win. Finally, as Lazy Man, how can I turn down an incentive to have food brought to my door?

I'm going to give away three (3) $25 gift cards Safeway (which look to be good at VONS, Dominick's, Genuardis, Randall's, Tom Thumb, Pavilions, or Carrs) to commenters below. How do you get your $25? I'll be looking for the following types of tips:

  • A Great Easy, Money-Saving Recipe - I found that this hummus recipe takes a couple of minutes and is a lot cheaper (and better) that what I can find in the store. It lasts all-week and we have a handy, healthy snack. I would love to find similar recipes that just wow me. No need to type up a whole recipe; if you can find it elsewhere on the web, just link to it.
  • A Great Healthy Food - I'm trying to make a conscious effort to eat healthy. I found that Greek yogurt (Fage is one popular brand) is a shockingly nutritious food. Edamame and quinoa are great as well. Surprise me with some similar unsung foods that I should be order from Safeway's
  • A regional grocery food that you think I must try - In Boston, where I'm from originally, there is something called Ah-So sauce. I didn't know it was a regional food until just a couple of months ago. I had just figured the company went out of business around the time I moved to California. Ah-So sauce is very much the pink sauce that you see in pork strips and ribs... I've seen a lot of similar sounding products, but none taste anywhere near it. (Oh and since Ah-So sauce is almost pure high fructose corn syrup, we'll leave the healthy food option from above aside. Moderation right?)

Before you enter, let's get a few notes out of the way. Please enter only if you can use the gift cards - I know these stores are regional. If you want to leave me a good tip on the above stuff, awesome, just leave a little note that you aren't interested in the contest. Sometimes my spam filter is a little over-zealous, so I'll be looking for the word "Safeway" in my spam comments. You would be wise to toss it in there in some form as it will help me search for and rescue them easily. Also be sure to sure to use a real email address. I can't contact you to tell that you won and get the address for where to send the cards if you give a fake email address. I hate spam as much as you and will only email you in the event that you win. The contest ends December 24rd at 11:59 PT because I need to be asleep for Santa.

As a final note, the other thing that Safeway mentioned is that you can call their Holiday Hotline and have them do all the cooking for you. Just call in your order and pick it up at your local store. They have three menu options including turkey, ham, and prime rib. With the turkey serving between 6 and 8 people for $40, that seems like a good value. The prime rib serving 4 to 5 people for about $15-20 each looks to be a good deal as well. Just like how people are using stacations to squeeze extra value of their vacation budget, they can use picker-upper-supper to get a little extra value from their restaurant budget. (Yes, I believe I just made up picker-upper-supper.) It's worth considering this holiday season.

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Posted on December 17, 2010.

Win Free eBooks at Hyrax Publications (Discounts for all!)

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I've contracted some kind of stomach virus the last couple of days. So rather than try to string a few words about personal finance together, I'm going to offer some cash and discounts at Hyrax Publications - a collection of writings from frequent commenter Kosmo of The Soap Boxers. While most of the website is dedicated to fiction, something that doesn't usual interest me, there is an interesting looking guide to writing and selling short stories.

Kosmo has offered two $5 gift certificates to Lazy Man and Money readers. I know it doesn't sound like a lot of money, but $5 goes a long way with the prices Kosmo is charging. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post with a valid email address on or before this Friday at 11:59PM PT. I'll pick two winning email address and send them on to Kosmo to send you the gift certificates.

In addition to the contest, Kosmo has offered all readers of Lazy Man and Money a 25% discount from the store. You can simply collect your 25% by following the instructions at this link.

You can use the discount with the gift certificates, to get what Kosmo says is $6.66 of free stuff. I'm too sick to really do that math, so I'm going to take his word for it.

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Posted on August 11, 2010.

10,001 Ways To Live Large on a Small Budget Giveaway

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Everyone has a book nowadays. Since I'm extremely Lazy, I haven't set aside the time to put together an ebook.

Why am I taking the time to highlight and give away copies of Wisebread's new book, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget? There are three main reasons:

  • They sent me extra copies of book - Having only two eyes on book is enough for me. My wife wants to have a yard sale and get rid of nearly everything we own. Rather than get 75 cents for it, I'd like to buy some good will from readers.
  • I'm mentioned in the book - If you mention me in the book, if only for a paragraph... even if that paragraph isn't exactly what I'd consider accurate about me... I'm probably going to try to help you spread the word of your book. I'm just putting it out there so all aspiring authors can start fitting plugs of me into their book.
  • The Most Awesome Reason of All - I don't have a third reason, but bullet points don't work well with just two items. I really like bullet points.

Since I need to get rid of two copies of this book and I know you are desperate to get ahold of it, here's how I'm going to play it. Leave a comment below telling me why you deserve a copy of 10,001 Ways To Live Large on a Small Budget. I'll look at each comment and rate it on scale of 1 to 5. The better the comment, the higher the rating, and the more virtual tickets you are going to get in the raffle. I'll be completely subjective in my rating system, but you probably can't go too wrong with a sob-story, or a fantastically unbelievable story. Maybe even a combination of the two (for example: how space aliens are holding your puppy hostage and you need to save money for the ransom. You get negative points if you use that example. Don't worry about how I'm going to credit you with negative tickets. Like Ditka, I'll find a way).

Since I'm moving this weekend, this contest will be a little longer than usual. It ends on May 28th at 11:59 PST. Use a real e-mail address, or else I won't be able to contact you if you've won.

If you are the impatient type, simply go read my approximately 10,002 ways to save money. It's free, no trees died for the paper, and it travels to through miles of interweb-tubes.

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Posted on May 21, 2009.

Valentine’s Day Contest Results

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The deadline for submitting entries for my Valentine's Day Contest concluded last night. I tallied up the entries. Almost everyone gave me a tip that can be executed between now and Saturday which earned them a couple of entries. In total I had 61 entries. I ran the randomizer just a few minutes ago and it spit out the numbers 4 and 14.

Valentine's Day Contest Results

Obviously those were the early birds to comment - especially the #4 entry. That winner was kosmo. The other winner (#14) was fitwallet. Both people can expect an e-mail from me shortly to claim their prize of the Amazon or Ebay gift certificate. I want to thank everyone for playing.

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Last updated on August 1, 2011.

 
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