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Hello and welcome to my website.
One thing I have to make clear that is repeated almost on all pages of this website, but just in case you missed it. And that thing is: There is no 100% free gift cards. There is always something required from you. It could be your time (which is more valuable than any money), or some free trials that cost you S&H (beware the autoships, mark you calendars).
Free Gift Cards Update
Welcome to 2015! It’s been quite a year. Thanks to you and your remarks in the Facebook comment enabled section below every post and page your site Free Gift Cards got the popularity and exposure it deserves. I am working on adding new useful content to help you identify scams vs. legit gift card offers.
Seems like scammers don’t give up, yet I don’t understand how would anyone fall for their tricks.
If you receive an email that says something about your free Visa gift card (or Walmart, Amazon, Bestbuy … etc) is about to expire and there is a link that you should click in order to claim it, and you don’t recall anything about this free gift card, the best thing to do is to ignore this message.
But just in case it is legit, check where the email is sent from. If the email is something like firstname.lastname@example.org or @rewards.visa.com then there is a chance it is something you forgot about. Report the message to Visa.com immediately if you don’t see their domain name (visa.com) in the email address because this is a scammer trying to phish for your sensitive information.
If it passes the first check then examine the link without clicking it. You can do that by hovering the mouse cursor over the link and your browser will show you the actual link. If it has visa.com domain name in it then there is a chance it is legit. If not then there is a chance (not for sure) that it is a scam. To confirm it right-click the link and copy it to another browser that you are not using a lot. I use Chrome and Firefox, so I would check it in an Internet Explorer or Opera browser. If it starts with a just anything and ends up with a visa.com page then it’s just a tracking software and it is likely to be legit. If you never end up on a visa.com page it means it is not from Visa and is more likely a phishing attempt. Again report it to Visa.
Now please keep in mind that over 99% of the gift card offers you will see are not from the company they are offered from. Let me rephrase with an example. If you give me a Visa gift card on my birth day, the gift card is from visa but I got it from you. It is still legit, right?
The same is done by some legit marketing companies. They use their gift cards giveaway to build a database of potential customers in certain markets. I explained this like a 100 times on this website, but here it is one more time, and let’s stick to the Visa gift card example:
If you respond to the Visa gift card offer it means you are interested in Visa as a brand. If in order to qualify you responded to a Garcinia campogia extract free trial offer it means you are trying to lose weight. So after you finish the qualifying process before you get to claim the card you can expect to receive emails from the marketer behind the offer trying to interest you in more weight loss products/memberships.
Those are legit marketing companies. And if you pay attention they never mention the word “FREE” in their advertising or on their websites. Actually some of them have a problem with the word FREE in the domain name of this website and are not allowing their ads on it!
Watch Free Movies Online? Think Again!
I found a lot of people are searching for “watch free movies online” and reaching my website for some reason. The irony is that most of those visitors come from the United States, where they can watch movies online 24/7 for a small monthly subscription of $4.99 (can be cancelled any time, a year commitment is $47.99/year) from Feeln.
It is nice of course to watch all the movies you want for free online. And there are websites specialized in that. But think about it for a minute.
Those websites that offer free movies to watch and download are illegal sites, and using them is also illegal. There are examples of users nailed for using such sites for downloading entertainment material illegally.
A woman was fined $4 Millions for downloading 24 songs! You don’t want to be in that situation. I know it doesn’t sound right, but it happened.
The other way you could find yourself in the middle of what you wish turns out to be a nightmare is when one of those sites that offer you to watch movies online for free collects your sensitive information and you find yourself in deep debt due to transactions you’ve never heard of.
Yes they can collect your financial information and use it “on your behalf” to treat themselves to all kinds of things.
Even worse, when those sites run a script that arrests your computer and make you believe that the local law enforcements have arrested your computer and are on their way to arrest you, and that your only way out is to pay the fee online! Only then you can resume controlling your computer just to discover that it was all a scam!
I know you are trying to save money, but after the number mentioned above is it worth it?
Trust me it is not worth it.
There are legal alternatives and they are dirt cheap. $4.99/month is not much. That’s two slices of pizza! And there is an annual subscription option of $3.99/month! So why risk being prosecuted for illegally watching movies?
That’s for US residents. For Canadian visitors there is Netflix for $7.99/month with no long term commitment. Not much compared to the horror of going through a trial for downloading or watching movies online for free illegally.
I hope this post helps someone steer back to the right path before it’s too late. I’ll do my best get this page on top of the search results for the “watch free movies online” search query.
Finally I’d like to state that Feeln pays me commission every time someone signs up through a link on my website. If you do you will be helping this website stay online, and helping me provide for my family.
Do you Drive? You owe it to yourself to read this.
Recently one of my friends had a car accident. Roads are sometimes icy here in the winter and this kind of accidents is very common. The front of his BMW van got ruined, but thankfully enough he and his family are safe.
Now pay attention to this because this is what could have made a difference in his case. My friend forgot to renew his drivers license. And although the insurance company did a check on his license before they renew the insurance, and continued debiting his bank account afterwards, when it came to the accident coverage they denied any responsibility and demanded that he pays for all of the repair expenses.
The lesson to be learned here is to never let any document expire. Your insurance, your drivers license, your lease if applicable, anything related to your car has to be valid all the time, or you risk forfeiting your rights in the coverage you are paying for anyway.
On another level, I consider this decision from the insurance company to be a very stupid business decision. Now I don’t think my friend will ever have his car insurance with them, and all of us, his friends, now know that this company in particular is on the black list. The repair cost could be a couple of thousands, which is less than 6 months of what they get from my friend monthly anyway. Also after the accident his insurance is going to shoot up in the sky, which easily covers his repair expenses in less than 3 months and keep a customer who is going to happily stick to them for years to come.
So another lesson to learn from this story is to always check for customer reviews of your car insurance provider. Ask your friends who had accidents. Some companies offer lower rates but at the same time they treat you the way my friend was treated when he did a mistake by forgetting to renew his license.
Now I know you are smart enough to understand that I can not mention the name of the company on my blog, but I will make sure my friends review of the company be on the first page of search results when someone seeks info about this company.
Rabbit TV: A gift for low income families?
I used to think that TV subscription is a waste of money. I don’t have time to watch TV. After marriage and having kids I changed my mind. It keeps them occupied until I am done with my work. So I decided to get in the market one more time for a cable or satellite TV. The cost was till holding me back. A cable TV in a bundle is above $50/monthly, and a satellite TV has an entry cost that I can not afford. So I thought of service of streaming TV and movies, like netflex. I pay for the Internet anyway, so why pay one more time for TV if I can get it online.
So I did some research and found Feeln and Rabbit TV. Feeln is for movies only. That was the advantage, I don’t need to block any channels or content. But still, my daughter has a couple of favourite shows on TV that she would like to watch.
So I finally decided to give Rabbit TV a try. They have one day free trial, so there is nothing to lose.
The service run on the desktop as a browser and it connects to other legal websites for the content. This is a huge advantage. You know you can find everything online without having to pay $10/year for a Rabbit TV. But did you also know that it is illegal and can get you in trouble with the law?
Rabbit TV takes this risk out of your equation, and the cost is $10/year or $20/3 years.
Also it saves your time which is more valuable than any money.
Now as a reality call, you are not going to get all the channels that you normally get in a cable bundle. Not even close. Most of the channels are not there, and if you are in a good location in your town you can get them with an HD antenna. I am not buying the antenna so I’d rather get the Rabbit TV.
Another thing to consider is that you will need to either watch TV on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can use the service on a smart TV without any hardware. If you don’t have a smart TV you can connect the TV to the computer with an HDMI or VGA cable. This will require the computer (or the tablet, or the smart phone) to be close to the TV all the time that someone is watching TV. In my case I can connect my daughter’s tablet to the TV and keep her busy while I am working.
For you think about it. Can you use the service with your current gadgets or will you have to buy something to make it work. And if so do the math and decide on your own.
America Best Eyeglasses
One of the items that are considered costly to me are eyeglasses, only until I learned about Glasses USA. They’re very inexpensive and accurate at the same time, and you don’t need to go anywhere, you can do it all online including trying the frames on (yes they have that handy dandy tool that takes your picture and lets you see how the frame will look like on you).
The problem though is that I need to have my eye exam done already before I can order from them online. So to make it sweeter than it is already I searched for a way to get an eye exam for the least possible cost. I found some, but the best offer I found was a free eye exam from America’s best eyeglasses.
The offer goes like this: you need to order two pairs of glasses in order to qualify for the free eye exam. Sounds like a catch, doesn’t it?
It does sound like a catch, only until you know that you can buy two pairs of glasses from America’s best eyeglasses for only $65. That’s two new pairs of glasses + an eye exam. It’s even cheaper than Glasses USA.
As usual, whenever I find what I want I find it across the border. But hey, it was the same when I found out about Glasses USA, now it’s open to many countries including Canada. So maybe America’s Best Eyeglasses will start expanding in the Canadian market.
So … if you live in the US and you need an eye exam search for the closest America’s Best Eyeglasses and get their deal. You can use their website to locate a store near you. Here is their link:
And unlike most of the businesses mentioned on this website, Americas Best Eyeglasses does NOT pay me commission for sending them customers. If they do in the future I’ll come back here and mention it. So far only Glasses
USA does pay me for referrals.
Burger King Buys Tim Hortons
Earlier this week Burger King and Tim Hortons announced the former’s acquisition of the latter in a $12.5 billions deal. This comes a few month after Cold Stone ice cream sections disappeared from Tim Hortons stores right at the beginning of the summer season, which sounded like a stupid idea to me at the time, but now I understand. This kind of deals doesn’t happen over night, you know. Probably they’ve been negotiating it for over a year now.
A regular customer like you and me might be wondering why would two successful businesses like these two merge and become one company? After all, they are not going to sell burgers at Tim Hortons or doughnuts at Burger King.
One more detail could give you a clue. The headquarters of the merged company is going to be located in Canada. Do you think there is a benefit for the business to be located in Canada?
You bet there is. Canada’s corporate taxes are lower than it’s counterpart in the United States. This explains the whole thing, and it explains why the Brazilian company that owns 51% of the shares of Burger King – Tim Hortons merged company would work on such a deal.
What would this mean to me as a customer?
Nothing really. Tim Hortons will keep serving coffee and donuts and Burger King will keep selling their whoppers. Prices are not expected to change due to the merge. It doesn’t mean they’re not going to change at all though.
The deal is not over though. Before the merge becomes official both Canadian and American regulators, besides the share holders of both companies need to approve it first.
What gives me the feeling that this deal has been being cooked for several years is that Tim Hortons headquarters used to be based in the United States until a few years ago. It could be that they had this deal, and it made sense that Tim Hortons become a Canadian company, then they merge and Burger King benefits from the lower Canadian corporate taxes.
That would be totally wicked … wouldn’t it?
Life is not easy.
Many people went from average middle class life style to welfare and food stamps in the past few years, thanks to some selfish, arrogant, narrow-minded politicians. Thanks to the global financial crisis they caused, and the unrest they engineered in many countries, hundreds of thousands of families are now searching for ways to save money on their FOOD!
Extreme couponing is a new life style. People will be wasting their time collecting coupons to save on their next groceries shopping trip instead of looking for ways to earn more money. For some it’s ridiculous, for others it is a necessity. The latter could be choosing either food or shelter for themselves and their families.
In one of my articles here on this blog I explained how coupons mainly an advertising method. It’s a way to get the customers to visit the store where every thing is in place to attract the shoppers so that they spend more than what they planned for. The last thing they want is that you spend an hour or so in their stores and end up paying $30 for $600 worth of goods because of your extreme couponing thing.
And they do work on making it harder to combine more than one promotion at the same time. But that’s what they think.
Fortunately there is a fellow couponer, Janet Wright who put her experience with couponing in a guide that she sells for $18.5.
There is also another guide that sells for $9.99 here .
Where to Get Free Gift Cards
The increasing number of spam emails that we receive everyday about free gift cards. laptops, ipods, or whatever, is quite a phenomenon. Besides annoying us and clogging our emails sometimes, it increases the awareness of the availability of such things; free stuff. This raises the question: where to get free gift cards . ipads, ipods, or just anything for real?
The answer is simple: either earn it, hunt it, or get it as a real gift from someone who cares about you.
How to Earn Free Gift Cards:
There are two options available on the Internet for earning gift cards for doing something other than paying for it, hence the lable “free gift card”.
The first option is to earn points through a program from the list below that you can redeem as gift cards from certain stores besides the general purpose gift cards (visa, amex, and master). Out of the hundreds of those programs only a few are legit and you can really get a gift card (and some times real cash by check or to your paypal account) for your efforts. Here is a list of the few sites that made it through our direct testing:
1. Swagbucks. The users earn points for watching video clips, taking surveys, searching, or trying samples (or whatever offer it is) and can redeem those points as gift cards from Amazon.com, Starbux, Rixty, Paypal, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Facebook, and Barnes & Noble.
How to Hunt down a Free Gift Card
Whenever you have some free time you can create a new gmail account and use it only for the purpose of hunting down a free gift card, and add a new AKA phone number to use along with the new email address when applying for free offers. It is really, really important. ==> Click here to get your unique SkypeIn number
After you have your new email account ready click on each one of the gift card offers you’ll find on this website and anywhere else and submit your email (or zip, whatever they ask you for), follow the instructions so that you get the promised gift card sent to you. It doesn’t mean all of them will, it depends on the qualifying process after your first submission.
Important. The instructions varry from one offer to another, and some of them might not be doable for some people. So try as many as you can (all of them if you have the time) until you hunt down your favorite gift card. Use common sense and don’t submit sensitive information if required to qualify for the gift card.
Also please note that the lower value cards are at the top, because the higher value ones are just too good to be true.
How to Get a Free Gift Card as a Gift
The next time you log in your Facebook account make sure you make a wishlist and post it. When you have a desire for a gift card from a certain merchant just add it to your wishlist for your birthday or the holidays and someone who cares about you will probably get it for you.
Online free stuff are not really free, you’re asked to do something in return. And that goes to all of the spam emails that you get about these free stuff. Although these emails could be a source of free stuff, but you’re not advised to respond to these emails for two reasons: the first is that we don’t want to encourage spammers to do more spamming (when you respond they make money, and the more money they make the more they’ll spam), and the second is that sometimes it’s not what it says it is and could be a method to compromise your email account.
Here on this website you’ll find some of the sources to get free gift cards. Most of the offers on this site are lead generation offers, which means if you want to participate in a contest to win a free gift card you’ll be required to participate in a survey that identifies you as a customer who might be interested in certain products. What to expect next is some emails trying to sell you these stuff.
So, besides being a market research method (so that the advertisers know what people want and start providing it to them the way they want it), it’s also a way to do “direct response marketing” via email. For example, if you participate in a survey about digital cameras in order to qualify for a Best Buy gift card, you just identified yourself as a potential customer for new digital cameras, storage chips, photo editing, photo tricks. etc.
Another thing that you need to know about these offers is that they pay us, website owners, every time someone participates in their surveys. They call us: affiliates, but that’s a story for another day.
So … this site is one of the good places to get free gift cards. Another option is to just search “free gift card” and start picking from the search results. I prefer Yahoo, but you can search it anywhere and you’ll get more or less the same results.
Since you are here and reading this page about free gift cards, you must be also interested in Power Couponing. So click here to learn how to buy $600 or more of groceries and pay less than $30 using this method.
Discount Eyewear Coupon Codes
After 3 episodes of iritis and 3 years after my last eyewear prescription I decided to get a new pair of eye glasses. Before I go see the eye doctor and get my prescriptions I decided to use the Internet to find the best deal on eyewear online.
After reading some blog and forum posts I realized that the Internet is full of eyewear scammers who sell you something and ship you something else. And those are mainly around auction sites like ebay, so if you are going to do so please read the seller reviews and feedback. It helps a lot to avoid those ones.
I tend to follow the old wisdom about following the herd. When it comes to investing money I tend to play it safe, especially that I am almost out of eyewear and I can’t go through this process twice. So I decided to go shopping in famous eyewear onine stores like GlassesUSA.com.
It is one of the stores that I had marketed their products in the past, so I paid them a visit shopping for the best deal. The whole afternoon was a shopping and price comparing session. And it was a big shock that after I did all of that hard shopping work (shopping is not fun for me at all) just to discover that they don’t ship to Canada!
What in the world! Why not?
So I decided to pay Walmart a visit, and I have to do it quick before 3:30 pm (out of school time), and wait for about a week to get my new pair of eyeglasses. The problem now is that we are about to start the holidays and the week could extend to a couple more.
And since I did all the shopping research thing I think it’s better to share it with you guys on my blog, so if you need new glasses and you live in the US you can benefit from the time I spent this afternoon.
First go to the Glasses USA website.
Do your shopping and place your order but don’t check out. Come back here first and pick the coupon code that fits with your order:
NBBOGO = Buy One get One FREE
Why a Gift Card is a Brilliant Holidays Gift Idea?
Giving a gift card as a holidays gift has many benefits. For one, you don’t have to worry much about the shopping, shipping, driving around until you find the perfect gift. All what you need to do is to go to a major store like Amazon.com and buy an Amazon gift card with some holidays graphics on it and have it shipped to you and you’re done. Just hand it over to the person you got it for and see the gratitude look in their eyes instead of the disappointment that you got them the wrong thing.
Better yet, buy them a universal gift card that works almost every where, like a Visa gift card. or an Amex gift card (I just got one, I love it but if I am going to use it for groceries I only have Costco as an option). A Visa gift card can be loaded with as much as you want and let them shop anywhere they like.
Why this is a brilliant idea is for the following 7 reasons:
1. It saves you the headache of shopping and shipping as described above.
2. Imagine having a bunch of those gift cards in your wallet when you go for the boxing week shopping! Isn’t that awesome?
3. If your prospect needs the money for something necessary like groceries. gas, or everyday needs, I am sure they will appreciate your universal gift card than a new pair of pants that they don’t need right now.
4. A gift card usually has a long validity period, so they can use it any time throughout the year without any rush to use it around the holidays season.
5. A gift card, especially a universal one gives the receiver the freedom to choose their gift on their own.
6. The receiver can combine the gift cards he/she received during the holidays and buy one big gift that they really wanted but was too expensive for each one of the people who presented those gift cards.
7. It can be sent to a distant receiver by regular mail in a regular envelope with a stamp on it and will cost less than $1, versus any item that has a weight or size that will cost you a lot in shipping.
You see, you don’t have to worry much about the holidays gift. Just get a Visa gift card and let them worry about what to buy with hit.