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Friday freebies and giveaway 12-3!

Posted December 3, 2010

To celebrate this month of celebration, we are going to give away something cool EVERY Friday in December!

Today’s giveaway is a Groupon coupon for $21 worth of food at Crabtree Tavern (behind Carabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh at 5300 Homewood Banks Drive). Must use in one visit. Good for dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included in coupon. I have eaten there and the individual pizzas are delicious! This Groupon expires on December 15th so the winner will have about 10 days to redeem the coupon once they receive it from me via e-mail. Please, only enter the giveaway if you can make it to Crabtree Tavern for lunch or dinner by December 15th.
Click HERE for the Crabtree Tavern website.

To enter, post a favorite, funny or bizarre frugal gift you have received or given. I am doing a segment with Bill and Lynda on Monday morning and would love to share some of your humorous frugal gift ideas!

Because the coupon expires so soon, I will be randomly choosing a winner on Monday, December 6 at 10:00 AM. I will e-mail the coupon to winner shortly after that. Good luck!

Freebie Time!

25 Days of Free MP3 downloads at Amazon! Every day through Christmas, they are offering a new holiday song available to download free for a limited time.
Click HERE for the downloads.

Free sample of Seattle’s Best Coffee when you “Like “ them on Facebook and answer a few questions on how you like your coffee. I like mine with no coffee and lots of hot chocolate and whipped cream instead! :-)
Click HERE for the sample.

100 FREE Kindle downloads from Amazon (look at the list on the right for the 100 free books)
Click HERE for the downloads.

14 FREE and funky downloadable holiday songs from Some of them have a great beat and are really fun. Warning: these are not your traditional Christmas songs!
Click HERE for the downloads.

Free Jolly Orange Body Butter from The Body Shop online with any purchase PLUS free shipping! Use the link provided and your gift will automatically be added to your cart. No coupon code required.
Click HERE for The Body Shop website.

Bath & Body Works free item (up to a $13 value) with any $10 purchase, in stores and online. Expires 12/24.
Click HERE for the coupon.

Dollar General coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase good only on Saturday, December 4.
Click HERE for the coupon.



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 6, 2010

    And the winner of the Crabtree Tavern Groupon is....


    Congratulations, RCC! I'll send you an in a-mail in just a bit. If you don't receive it by noon that means I have the wrong e-mail addy for you and you will need to send me an e-mail at to claim your prize.

    Thanks to all of you for your great ideas and stories. I shared a number of them on the radio with Bill and Lynda this morning!

    Stay tuned for next Friday when we have another giveaway!

  • barbiedoll1967 Dec 6, 2010

    I make homemade peanut butter cookies and give them as gifts and it's a gift from the heart.

  • michaelblocker Dec 6, 2010

    My wife used to always make small loaves of cranberry bread and tie pretty ribbon on them for my child's teachers at holiday time. With so many teachers per grade level, buying individual gifts can get costly and I hope they would appreciate something homemade. I know I would.

  • rlfaulkner Dec 5, 2010

    I love homemade envelopes/ cards, with drawings, stickers, made from old holiday cards (recylced from last year), etc. They are fun and festive for sending during the holidays.

  • janisz Dec 4, 2010

    A fun gift that I give to my children's teachers is a note offering to bring them lunch from one of the restaurants near the school. I include menus and ask them to "redeem" their offer in January (so they don't forget). I usually include a homemade dessert.

  • superturfguy Dec 4, 2010

    I once gave a grade school teacher some baby food for Christmas because supposedly he liked baby food. I put it in a big box and only gave him about 4 or so bottles of baby food.

  • jvo7780 Dec 4, 2010

    Handwritten notes and homemade cookies or Christmas ornaments from my students!

  • Nancy Dec 4, 2010

    Being a sewer and also for a spell, a Wake County school bus driver, I wanted to give my elementary route children something special for Christmas one year - all 57 of them :)

    How to accomplish that without breaking the bank made me think...

    Eureka! I had been buying polar fleece every time it went on sale cheap and had quite a selection of pieces I could use. So, I sent home a note with each of the children to the parents and asked them to send back the measurements of their kids hands from wrist to tip of the middle finger.

    I made polar fleece mittens with a matching scarf for each child and put them in cellophane gift bags with candy to give to the kids the last day of school before the Christmas break.

    To see them back on the bus after the break was over, wearing their mittens and scarves made me so happy! The notes from parents AND kids were beyond rewarding!

    And it literally cost less than $15 to do all that, just a little time :)

  • jgram1980 Dec 4, 2010

    polymerqueen I think you meant wreath not reef right? LOL

  • swirlgirl027 Dec 4, 2010

    One year my husband and I got about 8 knitted scarves between family and friends- we will never be without a scarf!