Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Toys R Us Playdate

This Saturday (July 10th) from 11am-1pm Toys R Us is having a Thomas Playdate. There will be a story, games, special offers (usually coupons) and the kids get to color and play with Thomas and the other trains on the train table.

There is usually a free gift (magnet or something). Generally speaking these are fun events if you have nothing else to do and you want to get a little air conditioning time with out actually shopping.

All Thomas & Friends Mega Bloks will be on sale B1G1 Free. Sign up for Toys R Us emails to be notified of future events such as this (and to print the B1G1 coupon). Call your local TRU to make sure they are hosting the event before you go. I know that the Niagara Falls Boulevard location always hosts these.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fire Works

Here's a link to WGRZ's post on all the locations around the area where firework shows will be happening.

Get out there and see some fireworks this year!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Free Summer Lunch Program Update

I have not been able to find any direct link to information on this program here in Buffalo. I happened to be at a Free Summer Lunch Program site today and saw that the lunches will start on the 7th of July. So it is still active and in the locations that I listed in the last post but they will not start serving lunches until the 7th.

Also remember that tomorrow is the Opening day for all splash pads and pools in the City of Buffalo. I happen to know from getting out there that the Williamsville pools are already open and so are the Cheektowaga pools.

Happy swimming in The Buff... just remember to wear a swimming suit!

If you have additional information about what you town/village/city offers this summer leave me a comment and let us all know.

Monday, June 21, 2010

It's Summer Time in The Buff!

Since today is the official first day of summer I thought this post would be appropriate!

Buffalo is a great place to be in the summer. There are tons of activities that are sponsored locally by the city/town/village and there are also the activities that are sponsored nationally. With this list you won't be able to say there is nothing to do this summer. At the bottom you’ll find an additional resources list that will help you further plan your calendar with festivals and such.

Artpark has a Tuesday in the Park series sponsored by First Niagara. Every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30 you can find a FREE concert starting June 15th with War and ends August 31st with The Machine performing Pink Floyd. Check out the rest of the line up at While the concerts are free, parking is $10**.

Artpark also has Coors Light Wednesday series. Every Wednesday from July 14th thru August 25th.

**You don't HAVE to park in the Art Park parking lot. Pick a spot that is free and just walk from there.

Regal Cinemas has a Free Family Film Festival where they offer FREE family movies every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10AM. This is 19th year offering this fabulous summer activity. The movies are G and PG rated. The theatres for the Buffalo area are: TH201 Walden Galleria Stadium 16 in Buffalo, Niagara Falls Stadium 12 in Niagara Falls,Quaker Cr. Stadium 18 in Orchard Park, and Transit Center Stadium 18 & IMAX in Williamsville. See full details of this great event and all theatres participating at Starts 6/29 and ends 8/25.

AMF Bowling Lanes has 2 great offers.
1) The Kids Bowl Free program is a great way to spend your time this summer. Your kids, 15 and under, can bowl 2 games EVERY DAY for FREE (shoe rental is NOT included) from May 24th to September 19th. All you have to do is go to the and register your children. There is an additional pass you can purchase for $25 that will allow up to 4 adults the same offer. There are several participating locations in our area. Maybe the Thrift store has some bowling shoes??!!
2) If you sign up for AMF's eClub they will send you a coupon for up to 10 people one game of bowling for FREE (shoes not included).

Thursday at the Square has a free concert series. Info for this can be found at

Niagara Power Project has an admission-free visitors center featuring state-of-the-art exhibits and a full calendar of events. Visit for more information.

Gusto at the Gallery Family Nights are open every Friday all year long. Every Friday from 3pm until close there is no admission fee. There are workshops, performances and more. We’ve done this with our kids and they love it! As an extra bonus, have some art time a day before and a day after and talk about the art museum and what it is. You’ll be surprised at how much your kids will enjoy this event.. Everything is free except parking. ENJOY! Visit for more information.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Delaware Park, behind the rose garden. Tuesdays-Sundays through July 11th. 7:30pm. FREE event. Visit for more information.

Movies in the Park presented by East Aurora Wesleyan Church, East Aurora. FREE family friendly movies every Friday in July & August at dusk in Hamlin Park Bandstand, Oakwood Ave. (some say it’s easier to get to on Prospect), East Aurora. For more info call 716-652-0392 or email

Home Depot has many different FREE clinics for all adults, just women and just kids. For information on the kid's clinics visit HERE.

Lowes also has free Build & Grow Clinics for kids. On Saturday 6/26 you and your child can sign up to build a Monster Truck! Find more information at their website:

Toys R Us frequently has FREE kid events with freebies for you kids to take home. Last Saturday they had a Lego building contest with prizes and giveaways! Sign up for their email updates to find out about them, you can sign up at From my experience they do not advertise them on their websites so it’s only through emails to their customers.

Birthday Freebies! There are lots of Birthday Freebies out there from free ice cream to free dinners and more. You can find a huge list of Birthday Freebies to sign up for in my Birthday Fun post.

Rainy Day Plans! You never know when you need a good rainy day back up plan… and you still want/need to get out of the house. There’s a great blog post written about the locations in our area that you can depend on to brighten those rainy day/winter blues check it out HERE.

Water Fun! Pools and Splash Pads in the area are set to open July 1st. There are lots of places to go and get wet for free in the area too. Garrison Park in Williamsville has a nice 18” wading pool. Island Park in Williamsville has a 2’ wading pool. For a full list of indoor pools, outdoor pools and splash pad locations visit the City of Buffalo's website.

Free lunch for the kids! At many local parks the City is providing free weekday lunches to our kids from 11am – 1pm on a first-come, first-served basis. These are the locations that I am aware of in the city: Cazenovia Park, 129 Cazenovia Street; Delaware Park, Rose Garden; Hennepin Park, 24 Ludington Street; MLK Park, Fillmore and MLK Parkway; Public School #3, 255 Porter Avenue; Public School #18, 118 Hampshire Street; Riverside Park, 50 Crowley Street; Shoshone Park, Pool House area; Waterfront School, 94 Fourth Street.

Other Resources:
• The Buffalo News, you can find a list of local happenings at:
• Another great resource for helping to plan your summer and calender is The WNY Family Magazine. You can pick the magazine up for free at your local library and Wegmans and other places, or you can access the full magazine online at:
• WGRZ Channel 2 always has a good list of things to do on their website, What 2 Do.
• Planning a trip out of town? Check out Western New York Family Magazines sister magazines at, you never know … they might have activities you won’t want to miss!
• For a complete list of Summer Concerts and Festivals visit: Best of WNY.
• Buffalo Moms Like Me has a pretty comprehensive Summer 411 list.

How about you? What are your plans this summer in The Buff?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Swag Bucks: Even More Ways to Earn!

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Since the release of SwagBucks 3.0 they have steadily been adding more ways that you/we/I can earn 'bucks'. Since my last posts about SwagBucks do not include these ways I thought it was time for a little update. In just the short few months since the release I have earned more than $100 in Amazon e-gift cards. This site REALLY DOES WORK!

First off, you gotta sign up for SwagBucks

* You already know about the Tool Bar daily bucks from my previous posts.
* I also wrote about No Obligation Special Offers daily bucks.
*Another one I wrote about previously is Daily Tasks located on the Special Offers page Wall 1.
* I also wrote about the commercials you can see on the different Special Offer Walls. You should know that there is an additional Special Offer Wall that is not located under the Special Offers Tab. There is a yellow bar area towards the bottom of the SwagBucks home page. This offer wall has the most possible daily commercial bucks. All you have to do is click on the little commercial offers (currently Scion, Best Buy, Bing... etc for 3 bucks each ... and KIN for 2).

Some new things:
*Daily Polls! Each day they have a new poll up for you to vote on. Each day that you vote you will receive buck(s). You can access the Daily Polls from the 'Daily Polls' tab on the right side of the Swagbucks homepage.
*Trusted Surveys! They just added this feature this week and I LOVE IT! Each day that you go to your Trusted Surveys Dashboard (also located on the right hand side of the home page), you will receive bucks. You can also see all the Surveys available for you to take. If you qualify for and complete the surveys you will earn the stated bucks for that survey. I earned 250 for 1 survey earlier this week and it only took me 15 mins to complete!
*Birthday Bucks! Enter your birthday on your profile page (My Account, I think) and on your birthday you will receive 50 swag bucks! NICE huh?

*Finally, and this is the main area that you will earn bucks each and every day... SEARCHING! Do all your searches on SwagBucks and you WILL be rewarded. It won't be every search but you will see them stack up each day. Instead of going straight to Facebook each day I up my chances by typing in 'Facebook' in the SwagBucks search engine. I've won bucks several times on this search! I do the same for all my daily sites (email, forums, websites, etc.) every search you do gets you closer to earning rewards.

If you haven't signed up yet do it now ... I promise you won't be sorry! Use my link to sign up and we will both get rewarded!

Happy searching, surfing and swagging!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I Scream You Scream...

*image courtesy of Friendly's*

On June 5th (this Saturday) from noon to 5pm Friendly's will be giving out FREE I Scream! Oops, I mean ICE CREAM!!!

Can you tell I'm excited?

50% OFF Groceries!

Jubilee on the corner of Harlem and Kensington in Cheektowaga/Snyder is closing their doors. They have chosen not to renew their lease and instead Tops will. They have everything that is still on the shelves at 50% off. Mostly it's just shelf stable items at this point but there are some freezer items left too. This could be a great time to stock up.

I haven't checked but hopefully they are still accepting coupons too!!! I see lots of free items that could be picked up with this winning combination. Jubilee does not double and does not accept internet or printed coupons.

Good luck and happy pantry stocking up!

Link to local news report:

As of today they still had their doors open and the 50% signs still up.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

We Have a Winner!

I used to determine the winner of the $5 Amazon e-gift card giveaway this morning (see previous post for details on the give away. The winner is Laura D.! Enjoy your gift card and SwagBucks too!

Thank to you to everyone that entered!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I'm giving away a $5 Amazon gift card!

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I just redeemed swag bucks for my 3rd $5 Amazon e-card/gift card for the month of March. In celebration I'm going to give it away!!! How can you be the lucky winner you ask???

Here's how it will work:
step 1) sign up for SwagBucks using this link: SwagBucks
step 2) do some searches using their home page and win your first 'swag buck'
step 3) leave me a comment with your email address... (these will not be published, I will be using the comment moderation tool) I will verify with SwagBucks that you completed steps 1 & 2 above.

Anyone that completes steps 1-3 above before the end of March will be entered into a random drawing. The drawing will take place the beginning of April and I will contact the winner via email. The winner will have 72 hrs to contact me back after which I will send the Amazon e-card redemption code to them via email. IF the winner does not contact me back with in 72 hrs I will randomly draw another winner. I will also post the winner here.

Good Luck and happy swagging! I know you'll love it as much as I do!!!

This Weekend in The Buff

Well, this is a bit late... but if you know me, this is just typical. The Buff is a great place to live because there's always something happening. We live in a major city, small but major. Our city participates in all the national events which is great because it's just plain fun. There's always parades and other fun local events happening too. So what's going on this weekend? Well first it's a rainy day (actually couple of days) so if you haven't picked something out yet, try choose something indoors. Check out the weather for today, courtesy of

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Light Rain / Windy

43° F
Feels Like: 34° F
Wind: From ENE at 21mph gusting to 28mph
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**FREE** Toys 'R' Us Event:
Today, Saturday, March 13th from noon to 2pm TRU is having a "BaRBiE MeRMaiD PaRTY!"
Make a splash and celebrate the release of Barbie in A Mermaid Tale with coloring fun and great activities!
These events are always a good rainy day pass time. They usually have toys relevant to the event set up for your child(ren) to play with, and beg for of course. Also they (usually) have a goodie bag with take home stuff and a free item... relevant to the event. So if you've got a little girl(s) that loves Barbie and nothing else to do ... go hang out at TRU@toys r us

Restaurant Week ends on the 14th:
This is a national event happening in some/most major cities. Restaurant week is where local restaurants invite you in to enjoy a wonderful meal for a specific price. This year being 2010 the price is $20.10 - WHAT A VALUE! This is dinner for 2 that includes appetizer, entree and dessert. Check it out HERE for participating restaurants.

From sushi to barbecue, diners should find a reason to try something new during Spring Restaurant Week. More than 120 restaurants have already signed on, agreeing to offer value-priced meals the week of March 8 to 14. ~The Buffalo News~

The Carrousel Museum:
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is having a scavenger hunt, doesn't that sound fun! From noon to 4 you can hunt for the Leprechaun and his Pot Of Gold! It's $5 a person and promises to be lots of fun with the scavenger hunt and other activities and crafts.
A favorite rite of childhood is that first ride on an old fashioned carousel. The Buffalo area is home to the only carousel museum in the world housed in an authentic, original carousel factory building with an operating 1916 carousel as well as a vintage 1940s "Kiddie Carousel." ~from

**FREE** Bison's Family Day:
Today The Buffalo Bisons have their Family Day Open House (free admission) from noon to 3pm at Coca-Cola Field. There will be free food and lots of fun events. Sounds really fun if you don't mind braving a little rain. Check out the details HERE.

Those are my picks for the weekend. What did I miss? What are you doing this weekend in The Buff?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Buffalo Office Supply Corp is having a Giveaway!

Thanks to Ann at Coupons Deals and More for cluing me in on this gem!

Buffalo Office Supply Corp seems to have frequent and NICE giveaways! Check out their current giveaway:

If we get 100 fans on our Facebook page by Sunday night, One Lucky Reader Will Win a Brand New Acess HD PTV 7000 Portable HD TV ($120 Value)

This 7″ Acess HD personal digital LCD TV is perfect for Road Trips, Tailgating, Camping, RV’s, Kitchen’s, Dorm’s, Power Outages, Office Use or Emergency Weather Conditions! This handy little portable TV has a 7-inch LCD screen is 16:9 aspect ratio. It has a built-in ATSC/NTSC tuner with detachable antenna enabling you to receive crisp reception of your favorite channels. The rechargeable battery offers up to 90 minutes of life between charges. The PTV 7000 includes an AC power adapter, a car adapter and a Remote Control

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, 3/14/10 and is open to all Western New York residents 18 years or older. We will use to select the winner. The first 100 fans of Buffalo Office Supply will be entered. Winner will be notified by email on Monday 3/15/10. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

Not bad huh? Well, get out there and become a fan of Buffalo Office Supply Corp in The Buff!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

SwagBucks: Daily Tasks

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Today I'll earn my 2nd $5 Amazon gift card this month, I LOVE this site! There are so many ways to earn 'bucks' on SwagBucks. We've talked about getting started and codes in previous posts. Now I want to tell you a little bit about how to earn bucks through easy daily tasks.

There are several things you can do that I would call 'Daily Tasks', all of which earn you a few bucks everytime/day you do them. With the new SwagBucks 3.0 there are so many little things to do.
  1. Make sure you are using SwagBucks as your search engine. I earn between 10 and 30 bucks each day just by searching the web. I find that the more 'natural/real' my searches are the higher my rate of return is. For instance, if I get on periodically through out the day and search for things I'm genuinely interested in searching (even searching for sites I'm about to visit like Facebook) that I earn more per day than if I just search to get bucks. Know what I mean? Let's be really conservative and say you only win 10 bucks a day on searches (one win per day) that's 3650 bucks a year!
  2. Use Your Toolbar! If you haven't downloaded the tool bar... DO IT! Each day you use the toolbar you will be rewarded with 1 buck. I know that sounds like pennies when you have to earn 450 bucks just to redeem for a $5 Amazon card ... but let's look at this. You can do it every day so if you did it EVERY DAY than you would earn 365 bucks in 1 year... that's almost enough for a $5 Amazon gift card JUST for using a toolbar once a day! Combine that with all the other things you're doing to earn and it certainly helps you along.
  3. Page through the Special Offers Blue Box every day! Before the birthday you could only page through the blue box once a week and the max you could get was 1 buck a week (now equivalent to 10bucks). Now you can page through it every day and the amount can be 2 bucks, or 3 bucks, or more. The amount is usually the same all week long. This week it's 2 bucks. Again, sounds like pennies BUT if you do it everyday that's 730 bucks a year... combine it with your toolbar bucks... your coming along now.
  4. Watch some videos! On the Special Offers page go to Wall 2 and you will see a few videos. Right now there are 3 different videos on my Wall 2. There is a Karate Kid trailer that is worth 2 bucks, it's about 2 1/2 mins long. There is an Axe commercial that is 17 seconds long worth 4 bucks. Finally on page 4 (still on Wall 2) there is a Macy's video, also 17 seconds and worth 4 bucks. You can watch each video once a day. Right now that's 10 bucks a day if I watch them all each day. That would work out to 3650 if you watch the videos each day for a year.
Let's add those daily tasks up: 3650 for daily searches + 365 for the toolbar + 730 for paging through special offers blue box + 3650 for the videos = 8395 or 18 $5 Amazon cards* in 1 year for 5 mins a day ($90)! Nice little chunk of change!

Have I convinced you to join yet? Well, what are you waiting for? Go Join Now and get your $90+, probably even in time for Christmas!

*Amazon Gift Cards (e-cards) are currently 450 swagbucks. They are in my opinion the best deal and let's face it Amazon has EVERYTHING! You can stack the gift cards - use more than one at a time - and they will even apply to your shipping charge.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

SwagBucks: All About Codes

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Occasionally SwagBucks will put out codes that will help you earn even more 'bucks'! You have to find them and you are not supposed to share them or tell others where they are (your account can be deactivated for this) BUT you CAN give hints. It's like a treasure hunt every time they are out!

Codes can be worth various amounts and put out at any random time. They put them on their Facebook fan page, Twitter, Flickr, the SwagBucks website, their Blog, the Toolbar and even in the monthly Newsletter. Oh, my... let's not forget about the Swidget where you will find hints and codes on occasion as well. The Swidget is a widget you can put on you blog, your facebook page and various other locations. You'll find one at the bottom of THIS blog! You can find out if there is a code available and any clues of where to look for it, or the directions to find it, on the Swidget. You can download your own Swidget through the SwagBucks website. On the bottom of the Swidget is a button that is labeled 'SC' for SwagCodes, you click on that and it will tell you if there is an active swag code or not. As stated previously, the Swidget on occasion will also have a code directly on it. All you have to do once you find the code is to copy and paste it into the "Enter Code" box located on the right of the SwagBucks home page.

For more information about SwagCodes and where to find them check out their page about it HERE. Then check out Adam's blog TattooAstronomy where he walks you through finding previous SwagCodes that have expired. (this will help you find future swagcodes).

Sign up NOW if you haven't already and start being rewarded for surfing the web!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

SwagBucks: Getting Started and the Basics

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If you haven't already signed up for SwagBucks you really should! I LOVE SwagBucks! Last month SwagBucks celebrated it's 2 year anniversary... errr, birthday. Now it's even better than before with more was to win and a cool new look.

Last month I redeemed for $20 in Amazon gift cards (well, e-gift cards but the same since Amazon is only online) and I'm just a beginner! It's super simple and easy. SwagBucks is a 'Search & Win' site that is powered by Google and Basically you use it to search the web - can it get any easier than that? As you search you will randomly win "swagbucks" which you can redeem for giftcards, and/or swag (many, many items). They have a toolbar you can download for Internet Explorer and for FireFox that will allow you to do your searches very quickly and easily with out going to their home page. If you use Google Chrome you can change your settings to use SwagBucks as your search engine.

There are other ways to earn 'bucks' as well, one is through codes, another through daily tasks, special offers and online shopping and finally through referrals. I'll be telling you more about these other ways in the next few days so stay tuned....

For now watch this video of SwagBucks in the news and GET STARTED Swaggin' or in other words, searching the web and getting rewarded for it!

Monday, February 22, 2010

FREE Taco!

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Did you forget your lunch today? Do you love tacos as much as I do? Then this post is for you...

Taco Bell has announced it's new Drive Thru Diet. The idea is to NOT skip fast food or the drive thru but to make better choices. If you love fast food as much as most Americans than this is a pretty great diet for you! From now until the 28th (the end of the month so hurry!) Taco Bell is offering 1 FREE Fresco Taco to each person. All you have to do is go HERE and print the coupon for one FREE taco. Take your coupon down to your nearest Taco Bell and redeem it. This coupon is limited to one per person, you can print 2 coupons per computer so take the whole family (if you have enough coupons) and make it a lunch date!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

National Pancake Day

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Next week we'll celebrate National Pancake Day. Wonder what it is and how you can get some? Let me tell you...

IHOP (that's International House of Pancakes for those of you that aren't too familiar with late night pancake eating), started their National Pancake Day in 2006. Here's their details:

Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products...hence the name Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $3.25 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. While IHOP's National Pancake Day typically takes place on Shrove Tuesday, this year the company will host its free pancake event on Tuesday, February 23, extending the fundraising window by one week to maximize donations for Children's Miracle Network. With your help, we hope to raise $5 million in five years for Children's Miracle Network through your donations in 2010!

Basically, on Tuesday, February 23rd you can go on down to your local IHOP and get a short stack of pancakes for FREE. They would like it if you made a donation to Children's Miricale Network but it's not required. So mark your calendars, Tuesday February 23rd from 7am to 10pm

Get out there and get some free pancakes, and donate to a great cause, in The Buff!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Birthday Fun in The Buff

We just had a couple birthdays in our house so I thought it might be a good time to bump this up. I've added a few new ones to the list, they are marked accordingly.

Birthdays are a great day to get free stuff and save a buck in The Buff. There are lots of companies that offer free stuff for you birthday and if you plan it right you can get all your entertainment and food for free on you birthday. Free stuff is usually limited to the person celebrating the birthday so if you plan on bringing a person with you or the family just know that you WILL have to spend some money.

A lot of the websites/companies that offer free items on your birthday will allow you to sign up your whole family with just 1 (your) account. It makes it so much easier!

*word to the wise - create a separate email account for free offers, you will get lots of emails from lots of companies after signing up for birthday clubs and free samples because they usually sell your information!

Here are some birthday clubs I've found.

PretzelMaker PretzelTime
**NEW**Baskin-Robbins (free ice cream)
**NEW**Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shop (free ice cream treat)
**NEW**Cold Stone Creamery (coupon for free ice cream, good for 1 week)
**NEW**Dairy Queen (coupon for BOGO 16oz Blizzard)
**NEW**Famous Dave's P.I.G Club (free food coupon - could appetizer, dessert or even ribs!)
**NEW**Fuddruckers Fudds Club (free burger - all ages)
**NEW**Red Robbin (free burger)

For Kids Only:
The Children's Place
AdventureLanding - Buffalo
Chuck E. Cheese's
**NEW**Boston Market Kids Birthday Club (free kids meal)
**NEW**Bob Evans Kid's Club (12 and under - free meal)
**NEW**Burger King Kid's Club (under 13 - free kid's meal)
**NEW**Denny's Kids' Birthday Club (10 and under, free meal including dessert)
Last but not least, don't forget to take your baby to the circus before they turn 1!

So get out there and save a buck in The Buff on your birthday!

Here are a few websites I've found that help you find all the free stuff there is to be had and all the birthday clubs you can join:
Sites with lists: - no sign up or personal information required - no sign up or personal information required - no sign up or personal information required - no sign up or personal information required - no sign up or personal information required - no sign up or personal information required - sign up required but there is no charge for it
Site that does it all for you: - sign up and personal information required but there is no charge for it and they do all the leg work!

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