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Holiday Wishes $250 Cash Giveaway!

by Jess on November 15, 2011

Holiday Wishes Cash GiveawayNeed a little extra CASH this holiday season?! Who doesn’t?!

I’m co-hosting a $250 Cash Giveaway with eight other bloggers now through December 1st. Entering is super easy, just complete the mandatory entries on the Rafflecopter widget below. For more chances to win, you can also complete the bonus entries.



Lighten Up by Peter Walsh Book Giveaway!

by Jess on November 8, 2011

Lighten Up by Peter WalshMany of you may already know Peter Walsh, a clutter expert and organizational consultant who frequented the The Oprah Show as well as having his own show, “Enough Already!” which airs on OWN. I recently got my hands on his newest book, Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less and knew right away I had to share it with you all!

No doubt all of us have been touched by the economic downturn. Many of us have lost our jobs, hours have been cut back, and real estate prices have well…seen better days. Even if you haven’t been directly affected, learning how to navigate this new reality by making tough decisions on what to spend, how to spend less, and most of all make significant changes in your long-term habits of overconsumption is essential. During this time of year it’s so easy to over-spend on gifts and lose track of what really matters.

Lighten Up isn’t your ordinary financial book. Inside you’re not going to find out how much money you should be saving each month or what your retirement fund should look like at 65. Instead, Lighten Up focuses on the BIG picture by featuring step-by-step real solutions and exercises to help you work towards releasing your financial fears and learn to live a happier abundant life with less.

In Lighten Up, you’ll learn how to:

  • Change the way you and your family measure happiness
  • Face your financial situation and set realistic priorities
  • Create space for what really matters
  • Plan realistically for financial and emotional security
  • Be happier with less

Peter quotes a fantastic line from the movie Fight Club in this book; “The things you own end up owning you.” How many of you can relate to that?! The home you couldn’t really afford to begin with and the monthly payment that now looms over you each month? The “must-have” Apple product that you have long since ditched but yet is a never-ending payment on your credit card because you can only afford the minimum payment? This book will force you to sit down and think through what that costs you physically, spiritually and emotionally so you can move forward living the life of “less is more”.

When I lost my job in late 2009 I learned how to live on less, with less, and let me tell you, it’s not only freeing but very much empowering. Creating a habit to routinely ask myself if what I was purchasing was a need or a want really deterred me from making some very foolish spending decisions. Walsh hits the nail on the head with this book when it comes to that mindset & even though I already follow many of his tips, it was refreshing to get remotivated towards my personal and financial goals.

Do you want to learn how to live happier with less? Check out Peter Walsh’s Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less on Amazon or at a bookstore near you!


Peter Walsh Lighten Up GiveawayWant to win a copy of Lighten Up?
I’m giving away a copy of this book to
THREE lucky This Frugal Life readers!

Click Here to Enter!


Freschetta Proud to Support Pink GiveawayOctober is National Breast Cancer awareness month and now through October 31st, when you purchase specially marked packages of Freschetta “Proud to Support Pink” pizzas, you’ll help Freschetta reach their goal of donating $50,000 to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Simply go to and enter the code printed on the package. For each code entered, Freschetta will donate $1.00 to help support breast cancer research on your behalf. Yummy pizza and helping out a great cause? Love it!

Freschetta is also giving away 50 pink iPod Shuffles every week in October as well as donating 50 additional iPod Shuffles to 4 cancer centers around America for breast cancer patients undergoing treatment to enjoy.

One (1) lucky This Frugal Life reader will win
a coupon for a FREE Freschetta pizza of their choice
+ (2) Proud to be Pink Earphones!

How to enter:

Use the comments section below this post to answer the required entry below.


  • Tell me: What is your favorite pizza topping(s)?

Doing the entries below are not required to enter the contest, but if you want to increase your chances of winning, leave me a separate comment for each bonus entry that you do.

Entries will remain open until Wednesday, October 26th at 12:01am. PST. One (1) winner will be selected at random and will be notified via email within 48 hours after the close of the contest. Open to US residents only. Freschetta provided me with the same prize package as the winner to facilitate my review. My opinions within this post are 100% my own.


Reader Survey: Target Gift Card Winner!

by Jess on September 27, 2011

Oops I forgot to post the randomly drawn winner of the $25 Target Gift Card for those that entered my reader survey last week! Without further ado, the lucky winner according to was….


Jen, please respond to the email I sent you with further instructions on claiming your prize. If I don’t hear from you by Friday I will pick a new winner.

A super big THANK YOU again to all of you that helped me out with my survey. The information you so graciously provided has helped me tremendously!


Reader SurveyUpdate: Thanks so much guys! I’m going to close the survey now but will let you know who won the $25 Target Gift Card on Monday! :)

Wanted to quick mention that today is the last day to fill out my super quick 10 question reader survey. This survey will help me not only improve content, but also partner with businesses & brands to better serve This Frugal Life readers.

To say thank you, I will give one randomly-drawn reader who fills out the survey a $25 Target Gift Card. The reader survey will close tonight, September 23rd, 2011 at midnight PST (or whenever I go to bed ;) ) Winner will be announced on Monday!


Reader Survey + $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

by Jess on September 15, 2011

Reader SurveyI need your help! In an effort to improve content as well as partner with businesses & brands to better serve This Frugal Life readers, would you mind filling out a quick 10 question reader survey? It will only take you 2 minutes, tops.

To say thank you, I will give one randomly-drawn reader who fills out the survey a $25 Target Gift Card. The reader survey will be open through Friday, September 23rd, 2011. Winner will be announced on September 26th.


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