I S S U E #4 T I G H T W A
D E - Z I N E
February 2000 -- http://www.tightwad.com
In this issue ~
1. Tightwad Site Update - Valentine Issue / Links / Tips
2. Hot New Deals - Savings Sites / PerfectCents Sponsor
3. Free Stuff - FREE Valentines / Snakums / Ricky Martin Photos / & More
4. Savings - Deep Discount Stores / FREE Online Auto "Lemon" Check
5. Weird Stuff - Gary Coleman Web-a-Thon / Gobbler Motel / Urban Myths
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T I G H T W A D U P D A T E
1a) TIGHTWAD - VALENTINE EDITION IS READY
Visit the TIGHTWAD.com Valentine Page
and find creative ways to express your TRUE LOVE without spending a fortune.
Remember: You can't spend your way into love... but statistics show you can spend your way
out! Money concerns are frequently cited as one of the foremost reasons for
relationship breakups. A touch of exciting romantic creativity saves a fortune in
re-tread valentine spending.
This new year's celebration was the safest ever. True
tightwads were scouring the net for Y2K travel deals. This year was a great
example for using the news media hype to the tightwad advantage. Since everyone
stayed home from fear of violence, cut-rate parties and travel deals were the rage.
Many Y2k parties simply had to fold due to lack of attendance, those that survived had
last minute deals and well policed fun. The best trip I ever had was to London in
92, just after the terrorist threats when everyone canceled trips and vacations to
Europe. The package was 1/3 the advertised cost: The plane was mostly
empty: The tour guide was the best, since the other guides were laid off: The
cities were pleasantly empty: Security at the airports was at an all time
high: Tour management upgraded to better hotels for free: And the local stores
all had sales! I find myself in the weird position of hoping for more media
terrorism hype so I can go to Europe again! Tightwads live by flexibility and
contrarian mobility. When everyone is pushing, shoving and crowding ahead in the
fast lane, we cruise by them all in the slow lane! Do you have a Y2K or
contrarian savings story? Tell me so I can publish it to encourage others!
Don't forget to drop us some tips for new frugal or freebie
sites so we can add those to our INFOTENSIVE
1b) TIGHTWAD MEDIA
You may have noticed that we have been doing our best to avoid publicity. With the
exception of a few search engines, (Listed #2 at the Google Search Engine) we have not
announced our site, while we are putting together some essential sections of
Tightwad.com. Even so, we have been featured on South Texas ABC Affiliate KRGV-TV
COOL SITES, and Pat Veretto's Frugal Living at about.com: PURE
GOLD SITES (http://Frugalliving.about.com) Our Tightwad editor was also
featured on the ZD-TV
Money Machine (14.5 million viewer show) See the live interview at: http://www.zdnet.com/zdtv/moneymachine/personalfinance/story/0,3666,2410798,00.html?
If you haven't been to our new tips archive, you should check it out. Check here: http://www.tightwad.com/tipsarc.htm We will
be adding more new tips on a monthly basis. Don't for get the new tips at our Tightwad Tips Section. E-zine
readers have a section of new T-wad tips that are unavailable to anyone else: Click
These are only for our loyal E-zine readers to access. Check back issues of our
E-zine at: http://www.tightwad.com/e-zine.htm
On December 22nd Tightwad.com
experienced over 1000+ new visitors. (Highest hits were during the 5pm PST hour.) We
would like to know about the publicity that generated this traffic. We are offering
a $10.00 Blockbuster Video Gift Card for the first TWO people who correctly tell us about
the publicity that occurred on 12/22/99. Please tell us the type and location
of the media coverage including call signs and program name or any related web site
information. Your odds of winning are extremely good, probably better than 1 in 50
since only a new subscriber will most likely have the answer. The Blockbuster gift
card is good for video rentals and store merchandise. The winners will be publicised in
our next edition. Leave your return e-mail and full name so I can respond to the winners.
2a) MORE HOT NEW DEALS!
Here's a quick listing of some savings and coupons sites that have been popular with our
(click here) This is the MOST POPULAR SITE for FREE stuff as rated by our
(click here) Forget the newspapers. Search local zip codes for local sales &
find $ saving "loss leaders."
(click here) Created by two "regular guys" for mail-in rebates, many are
actually FREE after rebate.
Coupons (click here) Features coupons for retailers like Radio Shack, Mrs. Fields,
Linens-N-Things, Staples, etc.
Coupons (click here) A popular large site, they also have big names like
Kids-R-Us, Etoys and others.
(click here) Send you a weekly e-mail with deals, coupons and savings from the
& ERebates (click here) Good local searches by zip code for coupons, and good
(click here) Find TIGHTWAD books & reviews on Amy Dacyczyn or other frugal
(click here) Over 100,000 online stores linked to help find what you want.
AllAdvantage (click here)
Get paid to surf the web. Average check $47.44. Multi-level credit. Use id: CGP-342.
2b) NEW SPONSORS
I can not stand how phone companies keep messing with people. AT&T has
just advised me that they will be charging me $3.00 per month fee, if I avoid making long
distance calls. Or... if I would like, they will raise my rates and not
charge a fee. Effective immediately. This comes on the heal of a huge increase
for phone card calls, which I frequently use, since I make personal calls from work.
Now it's at least a buck, if I use my phone card from a hotel, work place or
anywhere! It appears that the competition is successfully pushing AT&T into
desperation. NOW I'M MAD... AND, YES... It's personal! After considering a great
many companies, I picked PerfectCents
(click here) to fight these blatant price gougers. Now before you consider
any other phone company or phone scheme you should know a few things: Most of
the simple dial plans like the (10-10-#-#-#) which you dial before your area code and
phone number, advertise heavily on television and tell you that they are 10 +/- cents a
minute per call, but what they quietly say in small letters is they charge a hidden
monthly fee from $3.00 to way way more. Many plans automatically cancel your long
distance carrier, and substitute themselves. Some phone cards have outrageous
per minute billing rates, while advertising phone card convenience. The BEST
overall plan is Perfect Cents. I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't use them. They
don't "slam" or "cram" you, and there is no need to change your long
distance carrier. You can stay with AT&T or MCI or anyone. There are no
monthly hidden access fees. Perfect Cents is useable anywhere as a phone card, but
the huge phone card charges do not apply! Perfect Cents even has an automated time
voice prompt to help you measure your phone use. They offer monthly plans for as low
as 5.9 cents per anytime minutes. That means there are no special higher rates if
you call before 5pm or some restricted time. You can choose a monthly plan according
to your phone use. And guess what? If you don't use some of your monthly time, it
rolls over to the next month, so you don't lose any time! Billing is via a credit
card on a monthly cycle and their are no additional fees. It's not too good to be
true, its just a great deal! Check out the FAQ's on their site like I did,
then get an account. You'll never regret it: PerfectCents
2c) TROUBLE GETTING THESE LINKS?
Most e-mail allow you to click your e-mail and browse any of the links mentioned here, but
if you have trouble, go to our site and look at our e-zine archive at: http://www.tightwad.com/e-zine.htm
Our home page also has a purple "Save-O-Matic" box
that has some of the links mentioned in this newsletter. Click on what is interesting and
link over to savings!
3a) FREE VALENTINE CARDS !!!
Just in time for valentine's day... Send your FREE valentine's cards online from: http://www.postcardmaker.com/ This site has
a fantastic selection of animated graphics and easy to select options for making online
cards to send to people. Dozens of occasions for each month and thousands of neat
creative animated graphics are available. If you would prefer sending a simpler, and
faster virtual valentine card try: http://www.bluemountain.com/eng/valentine/index.html
Blue Mountain Graphics are one of the web's best. For something cute try a Disney card
or search for your own card from thouands of e-card sites at: http://www.cardcentral.net
3b) FREEBIES FOR KIDS !!!
Want to make your niece or nephew's face light-up with joy? Register a freebie to
them. I register the first and last name of my niece or nephew and their address,
then I register my own name as their middle name. Like this: "Jimmy UncleFrank
Citizen" or Suzy AuntieMaria Citizen" or a name that only they will recognize
like "Jimmy Nano Citizen", where they would recognize "Nano" as from
you. In a month or two you'll get an excited call from the kids about the goodies
they got for free. Nothing makes a kid feel more important then to get something in
the mail. Especially, when it was a loving thought from a family member.
Speaking of FREE... I got my FREE can of Campbell's soup did you? My daughter just
got her FREE fruit leather as advertised in an earlier e-zine. FREE always tastes
better. Yum. Fruit leather: http://stretch-island.com/free-stuff.htm
3c) FREE KELLOGG'S SNACKUMS
Yummy! Be one of the first 100,000 to enjoy a sample of these new snacks. Fill
out the form if your under 18 and get ready for FREE FOOD! If you're too young,
you'll need parental permission. Check here: http://www.snackums.com/index.asp The various
Kellogg's sites are really very entertaining and on one site you can get a FREE Colorful
Fruitiful Froot Loops screen saver. Click here: http://www.toucansam.com/registration/treasure/screen.html
The sites also have other exciting Kellogg's games stuff... all designed to make your kids
whine, wheedle and beg you for sugar coated cereal spending.
3d) FREE RICKY MARTIN
The newest Latin Singing Sensation to sell-out concerts everywhere is Ricky Martin.
By filling out a form with his fan club you can receive a variety of information and
pictures from this former Menudo member (Remember them?). Maybe this one's for your
niece? Click here for exclusive photos: http://www.rickymartinmanagement.com/english/fanclub/fanclub_frame.htm
3e) FREE MAGNETIC PHOTO
Petopia, the pet owners paradise, is offering an attractive free photo frame for people
who fill out a short online form. USA residents only - click here: http://www.petopia.com/register.asp?tab=0&subtab=0
3f) FREE BODY GLITTER LOTION & MOISTURIZER SAMPLES
Panache is a lotion & fragrance store in Capitola-by-the-Sea near the beautiful
California Monterey Bay. By simply filling out an e-mail with the address of some
interested friends, you can receive 1 oz. of body glitter lotion. for more
information. Click here: http://www.montereylotions.com/
3g) FREE MOUSE PAD EVERY
Get a new mouse pad any where in the world, every year! This attractive pad is an
advertising medium for various web sites, but lives to serve your mouse. Fill out a
short on-line form and get a free pad. Click here: http://www.hotmat.com/register.htm
You might also try http://www.freemousepads.com/
They also offer free mousepads with advertisers. They order when they get a bunch.
3h) FREE INTERNATIONAL
Here's a company that will send you a catalog and a FREE sample mocha mix. Fill out
your address on the online form and give your favorite flavor. FREE CHOCOLATE MIX (Click Here)
REMINDER: Many companies offering freebies get inundated with thousands of
requests and suddenly pull their freebies. Many are time sensitive, so check it
them out now... not later. In addition, of all the thousands of FREE offers on the
internet, we concentrate primarily on free samples that include free US postage.
Sometimes we'll include rare great deals that are outside our qualifications, but most
just require a U.S. address and filling out an online form .
More free stuff in our next e-zine.
4a) DEEP DISCOUNTS AT OVERSTOCK & LIQUIDATION
This Christmas, when I wasn't making my gifts, I enjoyed shopping (before the season) at
several national store chains that feature overstock, irregular, discount, closeout, or
liquidated merchandise. I have not yet completed my list of these chains, but here
are a few of my favorites. Tuesday Morning
(Click Here) features 50% to 80% off department store merchandise. It is a seasonal
store and gets routine shipments at different times of the year. The discounts are
REALLY good. My personal favorite is Factory 2 U
(Click Here) which is located in several areas. Their web site is new and you
may have to check the phone book for a local store. The products are big name, top of the
line, and the discounts are VERY substantial. I picked up a nice (embroidered with
characters) Disney Baby outfit (pants, shirt, etc.) that was on sale for about $4 from the
already discount price of about $8. I estimate the value at about $18-$30 at major
department stores. I also got an electronic toy for $5, that I had just seen on sale
at a discount store for $18. and listed full price at major stores at about $27. I hope to
compile a list of similar stores for our site in the future.
4b) FREE VEHICLE "LEMON" CHECK
Here's the service that the used car dealers don't want you to know about!
Carfax Vehicle history Service will give you a FREE lemon check on your vehicle!
Using the 17 digit VIN# of your 1981 or later vehicle Carfax checks it's database for:
Odometer fraud, flood damage, major accidents, insurance claims, and other vehicle
checks. They use information reported to insurance companies, state motor vehicle
records and smog emissions files and well as dealer and auction databases. A
complete on-line report is available for a charge of $19.95 or less for a short report.
Knowledge is power... especially if someone's pushing a dud on you. Checkout: http://www.carfax.com/index.htm (click here)
THE... GARY COLEMAN WEB-A-THON SITE
You almost have to think that this site was designed by a former disgruntled agent for
Gary Coleman, the washed-up child star of the Different Strokes T.V. show. This
site is a scream satire on the star and besides generally wasting time, will put tears to
your eyes. Lots of graphics and games. http://www.welovegary.com/
THE... GOBBLER CONVENTION CENTER SITE
Another very funny site was e-mailed to me around Thanksgiving... It's called the
Gobbler... At first I just was mildly amused, until I began to take the page by page
tour of this ACTUAL MOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER....Yes, it's a real turkey..it makes you
wonder if the architects were on acid, while creating this place! Take a few minutes
to really see this. I actually had tears from laughing so hard. Be sure to click on
the "Lets Go Gobb'lin" button. The narration is hilarious. http://www.lileks.com/institute/motel/index.html
THE... URBAN LEGENDS &
E-MAIL HOAX SITES
I don't know anyone who hasn't gotten an e-mail from someone... that just seems too good
to be true. Like the one that was supposedly from Disney Company. Disney was
going to pay me good money or a trip to Disney World, just by simply forwarding the e-mail
to my friends. Yeah Right! (I did believe it) Then there was the warning
to beware the free drink, because it could lead me to a bathtub full of ice and missing
kidneys from the kidney thieves! Wow. So bizarre, it has to be true... NOT.
There's really only one defense against these lies, and it's the truth! Now what
I do with a suspicious e-mail is to go to a set of sites on urban hoaxes and check out
everything. If it sounds too good to be true, these people have already done the
research. Some deals really are valid! Most are not. One of the best is
the Urban Legends Reference Pages
(http://www.snopes.com/, operated by the The San Fernando Valley Folklore
Society. As you listen to the tune of "Heard it on the Grapevine" you can
search their extensive database of hoaxes and fake virus scares. Another
comprehensive site is the Urban Legends Archive at: http://www.urbanlegends.com/
For the expert on computer virus myths see the computer virus myths page at: http://www.kumite.com/myths/ An interesting
service is also offered by http://www.hoaxkill.com/
who will reply with hoax info for all the folks who have been spammed with a bogus e-mail.
Don't be sucked in with an offer that's too good to be true. Check it out!
Don't forget to stop by our site and see more interesting
stories at our front page. http://www.tightwad.com
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