Archive for April, 2009

Visit the Intel Museum – free admission and free classes for kids

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Education, Entertainment, No Money Fun, San Francisco Bay Area, Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , , |

Fun Filled Explorations at the Intel Museum

If you live in or are visiting the San Francisco Bay area or Silicon Valley, visit the kid friendly Intel Museum.

Explore what it’s like inside an ultra-clean, highly automated silicon chip fabrication facility (fab); travel through Intel silicon history from Intel’s first microprocessor, the 4004, to today’s processors based on Intel’s 45nm High-k silicon technology; write your name in binary code; “get digitized” by creating a digital postcard; and more!

Experience the exciting world of silicon technology at the Intel Museum. Explore binary code,circuits, robots and more with fun filled classes! After your class, take a self guided tour of the Intel Museum to learn how silicon is at the heart of an ever expanding, increasingly connected digital world, changing the way people work, learn, play, and communicate.

Participate in hands-on Saturday science classes designed especially for children such as:

  • Schematics, Switches, and Circuits (ages 9 and up) Learn to decode schematics and understand basic circuitry as you build items such as a cool doorbell chime or active burglar alarm.
  • Binary Beading (ages 7 and up) What is binary code and how do computers use it? You’ll find out and have a chance to code your initials in a beaded key chain.
  • Musical Greeting Card (ages 7 and up) Learn about open and closed circuits while making a musical greeting card you get to take home.
  • Build a Remote Control Rover (ages 9 and up) Successfully build a circuit and you’ll be able to test drive and race a remote control rover.

Class times (check website for updated info):
Tuesday and Thursday Sessions: 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Sessions: 10:30 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Space is limited, reservations required. To make a reservation, call (408) 765-0503 or send an e-mail to Include child’s name, age, and telephone number and date and time of the session you would like your child to attend. Reservations close 48 hours in advance of the class. Parents must remain in the museum during the class. Classes last approximately45 minutes.

Admission and parking are free.

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Free 5×7 Hallmark Mother’s Day Card with coupon code

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Bargain Shopping, Holidays, Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Hallmark coupon – Free 5×7 Mother’s Day Card


For those really budget conscious shoppers, Hallmark is offering a totally free 5×7 Mother’s Day Card and even ships it for free. Just go online, choose a paper card, personalize it and enter coupon code CARD4MOM at checkout. Be sure to order by May 1st for delivery by Mother’s Day which is Sunday, May 10th this year. Offer ends 05/04/200

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Cookies for Car Repair: Barter whenever you can to save money

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

I currently drive an older car, a 1992 Toyota Celica, that I have had for more than fifteen years.  It only has a little over 105,000 miles on it, but it’s definitely starting to need more maintenance and repair work.  I know I will need a new car.  I’d like a sporty newer used one with 4 doors and some cargo room next time, but I’d like to get as much as I can for as long as I can out of this car, for as little money as possible.

A while back, my car started showing signs that the starter motor might be going. Two qualified mechanics checked the battery and even though the battery is about 5 years old, both said it was fine.  Based on the symptoms, the starter was probably the problem. Repair parts and labor were being quoted at around $350.

I talked to my Dad who is a DIYer and knows a lot about cars but lives across the country. He advised that I buy a remanufactured starter, which I can get for about $70 (after original core rebate) from Kragen, a local auto parts store.  The real expense was going to be the labor.  So I started trying to think of ways I could get that kind of expertise for free or at a much lower cost.  Living in silicon valley, I can usually find a handy guy to help me with a computer problem, but most of my friends here aren’t car fix it types.  I tried to find an auto mechanic school that would take my car as a learning project and have supervised students do the work.  I contacted a few locally, but didn’t have much luck with a response.  So I started to think of ways to barter which meant I had to take an inventory of my tradable skills.

I was chatting with one of my friends, Randy, who said he knew how to replace a car starter.  I was surprised because he is a mortgage loan agent and also has an online e-commerce product business called MarketAmerica.  I had no idea he was so mechanically inclined.  When I asked him how he learned so much about how to fix cars, he said his grandfather taught him when he was growing up.  Randy thought it might take a couple of hours.  I offered to bake him a big batch of peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and write an article on my blog about bartering that would link to his business sites, so we had a deal.

Randy is also a former Marine and true to form, he certainly went above and beyond the call of duty to help someone out, which really shows the kind of person he is.  The whole process took about 6 hours, not 2.  Because of where my starter is located and it hadn’t been touched in 15 years, it was very difficult to take out.  Randy brought tools, but we had to take a trip to the hardware store so I could buy a 14mm socket which was the correct size for my bolts.  We also took the starter motor to Kragen to have it tested which Kragen will do for free. When it tested okay, we then decided to test the car battery again at Kragen which also tested fine.  Randy had them fully charge the battery anyway because my car had been sitting idle for 2 weeks.  Charging the car battery took an additional 45 minutes. The guys at Kragen suggested we clean all the wires and connectors around the battery and starter. I bought a set of cleaning brushes for $4.59 and Randy used a baking soda and water mixture to neutralize the acid and clean the parts.

Then Randy reinstalled my old starter and the old battery and my car started up like a charm. My cookies, based on Martha Stewart’s recipe, are fantastic, but I definitely got the better end of that bargain.

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Swap Used CDs for FREE

Posted on April 21, 2009. Filed under: Bargain Shopping, Entertainment, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

SwapaCD is a great way to share CDs with people all over the country!

How it works

  • You have original, playable CDs that you do not want to keep.
  • You post those CDs to your “CD Tower” to offer to other members
  • You add funds to your swapacd money account (this pays the 49-cent transaction fee for each CD you request)
  • After you have posted the first 10 CDs to your CD Tower, you get a “gift” credit from SwapaCD to get you started swapping.  After that, you earn credits by sending out CDs to others.
  • You may order any available CD for 1 credit per disc (multidisc/boxed sets cost 1 credit per disc included)
  • If you want a CD that is not currently available, you can place it on your Wish List and we will notify you by email when it is available for you to order.  You can even have it sent to you automatically when it becomes available, with no email necessary.
  • When a CD is requested from you, we notify you by email, provide the address for you to send it out, and even provide a wrapper!
  • Wrap and mail your CD.
  • When the requestor receives it, you earn 1 credit. Yes, you pay the postage to send out your CDs, but when you request a CD, the sender ships it to you and you pay only the 49-cent transaction fee (plus 1 CD credit per disc)!
  • The CDs you receive from SwapaCD are yours. We hope that you will repost them to share with other members when you have listened to them, but you can certainly keep them, or give them away. Similarly, the CDs you send out to others belong to their new owners.

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Posted on April 18, 2009. Filed under: Entertainment | Tags: , , , |

Swap DVDs with other club members and get movies mailed directly to you! Movie junkies, you are finally home!  Learn more about this online movie club so you too can get in on what thousands already love doing, swapping DVDs!

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Posted on April 17, 2009. Filed under: Entertainment, Low Money Fun | Tags: , , , |

Trade books for free at

Mail a book. Get a book. Any book you request is yours to keep, share or trade. No late fees. No processing charges. No hidden charges. Every time you mail a book to another member, you can request one for yourself from over 3 Million.

Join the club and swap paperback books for FREE – to sign up now and/or if they ask for a referral email address, please use

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Print Your Free 60-day BJ’s Club Shopping Pass

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: Bargain Shopping, Home & Garden | Tags: , , |

Print your FREE 60-DAY Shopping Pass and bring it to your nearest BJ’s Club today.
Hurry — pass must be activated by 7/6/09 and is good for new members only.

Locations in CT, DE, FL, GA, VA, RI, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH & PA

Click here to locate the BJs wholesale club nearest you

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Baskin Robbins 31 cent scoop night is Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 5pm to 10pm

Posted on April 4, 2009. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, Low Money Fun | Tags: , , |

Mark your calendars for Baskin Robbins 31 cent scoop night on April 29th from 5 pm – 10 pm

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Ben and Jerry’s free ice cream cone day April 21, 2009

Posted on April 3, 2009. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, No Money Fun | Tags: , , , |

Save the date! Ben and Jerry’s free cone day is April 21, 2009!

Find only shops that will participate in Free Cone Day here

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Walgreen giving free care to jobless and uninsured

Posted on April 2, 2009. Filed under: Health & Beauty | Tags: |

Walgreen giving free care to jobless and uninsured

NEW YORK (AP) — Drugstore operator Walgreen will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, providing tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through its walk-in clinics — though patients will still pay for prescriptions.

Walgreen said patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31 will be able to get free treatment at its in-store Take Care clinics for respiratory problems, allergies, infections and skin conditions, among other ailments. Typically those treatments cost $59 or more for patients with no insurance.

Hal Rosenbluth, chairman of the Take Care Health Systems division, described the plan as something close to an experiment: He said Walgreen isn’t sure of patient demand or how much providing the services might cost the company.

It’s likely to generate more attention for the clinics, however. Rosenbluth said a typical Take Care patient tells eight other people about his or her experience. So far, about 30 percent of Take Care patients were new customers to Walgreen.

The program is expected to last through the end of 2009. Walgreen runs 341 Take Care clinics in 35 markets around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland. Free services will be offered only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walgreen said it will not offer free checkups, vaccinations or other injections because it is focusing on providing services patients might otherwise get at an urgent-care center or even an emergency room.

Patients must present proof they are unemployed, including a federal or state unemployment determination letter and an unemployment check stub. They will have to sign a form at the clinic saying they have lost their jobs and health benefits. If they find a new job or get new health insurance, they will no longer be eligible for free care.

Spouses and children are also eligible for free services if they don’t have insurance of their own. Medical lab operator Quest Diagnostics is participating in the program by offering free tests for step throat and urinary tract infections.

Walgreen bought the Take Care clinics in May 2007. Take Care says it has seen about 1.2 million patients since its launch in November 2005 and estimates that up to 30 percent of them were uninsured.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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