Free Redbox Rental for Valentines Day

When you send a virtual Valentines to your friends inside Facebook, it comes with a free REdbox rental code for use on February 14th. Just go to this page and “Make a Valentine” to a friend (or yourself!). The code gives you a $1 discount on the standard daily rental fee for the first night, which means you’ll get standard DVDs for free but Blue-ray will cost you 50 cents (they’re normally $1.50) for the first day. If you keep them an extra day, you get charged full price.

Promo code terms: Code is valid for a redbox kiosk rental beginning between 12am and 11:59:59pm on 2/14/11. Daily rental fee is $1.50 for Blu-ray™ Discs, $2 for video games and $1 for standard DVDs. Code is valid for a $1 discount on the standard daily rental fee the first night of rental only. Code not valid for items reserved online. Your payment card (necessary for rental) will be charged the excess daily rental fee for a Blu-ray Disc® or video game for the first night of rental, if applicable, and will be charged the applicable daily rental fee plus applicable tax for each night you do not return your rental by 9:00 pm local time (at the redbox kiosk) every subsequent night after the first rental night. Valid only at participating locations. Void where prohibited. Codes must not be copied/sold/offered in a manner not approved by redbox. Cannot be redeemed online or combined with other offers. Only 1 code per rental transaction. Code applies to only 1 item per rental transaction.

You can find the nearest Redbox kiosk using the kiosk locator at

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5 Free Songs on iTunes from American Express

American Express is running a small promotion where you can get five free songs on iTunes if you have an American Express consumer or business card. Pay for the songs with that card and you’ll get refunded the cost for five songs. You can learn more here. Promotion is running from February 10th, 2011 to March 15th, 2011.

Some fun terms & conditions:

To be eligible to receive the statement credit, you must register any valid U.S. American Express® Consumer Card or Business Card from American Express OPEN at and use that Card to make a purchase on iTunes® between 2/10/11 and 3/15/11. A statement credit equivalent to the price of 5 song downloads on iTunes plus sales tax will be issued generally within 5 business days after your qualifying purchase, but may take up to 2 billing periods to post to your account. Limit one statement credit per registered Card regardless of the number of transactions made. If your registered Card is replaced, you must re-enroll the replacement Card prior to making the iTunes purchase to get the statement credit. Additional terms apply; see Registration Terms and Conditions for details.

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How to Make Money with Paid Surveys

With the economy being so weak and so many folks out of work, a lot of places have been pushing paid surveys as a way of making a little extra money on the side. Unfortunately, this just isn’t possible. While participating in focus groups and paid surveys can bring in a little extra income, it’s not a gold mine. You won’t be able to turn surveys and focus groups into something that will make the rent payments or the utility bill. If anyone says that’s possible, they’re not being entirely truthful with you.

That said, you can earn a little supplemental income off surveys in your spare time. It’ll be a few dollars here or there but when times are tough, every little bit helps to get your head above water. As long as you’re honest with yourself and understand that it is what it is, I think you’ll find that filling out surveys is a good use of your time.

Never Pay Them

Never pay to join a survey site. If they ask you to pay to apply, run away. They are running a scam and they should be reported to the BBB. Survey sites pay YOU, not the other way around. Some scam sites will disguise this by calling it shipping and handling on sample products or maybe just a “processing fee.” Whatever you do, never ever send money.

For extra protection, I never give my bank information and opt for paper check payments. Most of the companies are legitimate market research companies, you never know when one might sneak through and who knows what they’ll do with your bank information.

Best Survey Sites

My two personal favorites are Opinion Outpost and NPD Global Survey. Both are online arms of much larger market research firms with decades of experience in the business. Opinion Outpost is owned by Opinionology, formed 1987, and NPD Global Survey is owned by NPD Survey Group, founded in 1967.

Another great survey site, which is usually closed, is Pinecone Research. Every so often they open up their rolls for applicants but that hasn’t happened in quite some time.

Finally, what I like the most about surveys is how quickly you can complete one. Most surveys take five or ten minutes to complete, which is short enough that you can knock one out if you’re waiting for something else to happen (say you’re ten minutes from dinner being ready or five minutes from leaving the house). I like to queue them up and just complete them when I know I have a few minutes of down time.

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Netflix Free Trial Promotion Coupon

I absolutely love Netflix. Most people know it as the company that sends you DVDs to watch but I love it because I can watch almost any television show streaming off their site or on my XBox360 for less than ten bucks a month. I’ve watched entire series of shows from Nip/Tuck to Arrested Development to Californication to Friday Night Lights, all with one monthly fee. There simply is no other services that lets me watch so many shows while paying so little. Their library of instant streaming content is absolutely astounding.

Netflix offers a four week trial that lets you borrow one movie disc and gives you access to their entire library of streaming content.

Instant streaming content is the crown jewel in Netflix’s offering and the reason why I have a subscription to the service. For pennies each day, you get access to a tremendous library of movies and television shows instantly available to your computer, XBox360, Wii, or one of several Internet-enabled console devices. There is absolutely no limit to how many hours of content you can watch during a month, it’s a veritable buffet of movies and TV. Remember an old television series that you never finished? How about a movie that you weren’t sure if you’d like and passed while it was in the theaters? Probably available instantly.

Besides that, the mailed DVD service is fast too. I use the one-disc out plan and it takes, on average, two days to get a disc after I mail one out. I watch them at my leisure, usually infrequently, but I’m able to get the ones I want quickly without much waiting. I’ve always wondered how they mail discs out so quickly and it has to do with their incredible distribution (it’s amazing how quickly they open and stuff envelopes):

Netflix is definitely worth checking out, especially at such an affordable price.

Netflix Corporate Information

Netflix Inc. (NFLX)
100 Winchester Circle
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: 408-540-3700
Fax: 408-540-3737

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NPD Global Survey Review

NPD Survey Group was founded in 1967 and is one of today’s leading global providers of market research data to Fortune 500 companies. They are one of the ten largest market research firms and they have offices and affiliates in thirty-three countries. They started going only in 1995 with online paid surveys and NPD Online Research is the company’s branch associated with those surveys. They collect data from point of sale purchases from retailers and consumer data from the NPD Research team, which you can join for a chance to win prizes:

As a member of our online research community, you’ll make a difference by completing quick, fun surveys about the products you buy, services you use, stores you shop in, and much more. We’ll merge your opinions with those of other panelists, and your combined input often reaches the desks of Fortune 500 executives and is regularly quotes by major media outlets.

NPD covers a wide range of industries, so whether you’re interested in green technology or green beans, video games or vacuums, we’re interested in what you think. Your opinions matter, and taking part in our research is the best way to make sure you’re heard!

The sign up process also acts as your “profile creation” step, with NPD asking you questions about you and your household. You’ll then be asked to fill out one survey, you choose the topic, and your account is activated. When you answer surveys, you’ll be given points which you can use to enter sweepstakes for prizes like $500 cash and a 7 day trip for two. Plus, you get an entry into an automatic monthly drawing of one of five $1,000 cash prizes.

The surveys are brief, the prizes are pretty spectacular and the group is 100% completely free to join.

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Free Amazon Prime for 1 Year: Students

Amazon Prime!If you are a student, with a valid .edu email address, then you can get Amazon Prime absolutely free for one year. With Amazon Prime, you get unlimited free two-day shipping on any order, no $25 order minimum, and you can upgrade to one-day shipping for $3.99 per item. All you need to do is provide an .edu email address, the state you attend school in, academic level, and your major. They may or may not ask you to furnish proof of enrollment and alumni addresses are, in general, not accepted. If you are accepted and they ask for proof and you are unable to provide it, they may ask you to reimburse them for shipping (here are some other terms & conditions).

The membership is free for the first year and then is renewed at $79 a year.

Sign up here.

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Free Disney Movie Rewards Points

Disney Movie Rewards is Disney’s rewards program for when you buy movies or music. Codes are included in movies and music and you can enter them online to win different prizes. You can also take photos of your ticket stubs when you see a Disney movie in order to earn points.

The fine folks at Slickdeals have compiled a list of codes that can get you 405 points. The first step is to register a Disney Movie Rewards account. Then, start cranking through these codes:

  • CHIHUAHUA: 25 points
  • D11M20R01NY: 50 points
  • COOL: 50 points
  • 9EKSMN38SH: 50 points
  • 9FTMRYWEK: 50 points
  • FPSNN83JX9: 25 points
  • REX: 25 points
  • FM39V03SSW: 5 points

Then, you’ll eventually get an offer for 25 points to complete your profile (which just means you need to add an address). Finally, you can get 100 points for completing this 17 question survey about your movie and music habits.

If you know of any more points or if any of the above have expired, please let me know in the comments!

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TradeKing $50 New Account Bonus Promotion

Get $50 when you open a TradeKing account todayFor the month of January, TradeKing is offering a $50 signing bonus promotion where new accounts can earn $50 if they fund the account with at least $2,500 and make a trade. For those with accounts at other brokers, you can combine this promotion with their $150 transfer fee reimbursement offer which means you can get up to $200 for opening an account at TradeKing.

As always, TradeKing offers $4.95 stock trades which is one of the lowest available and there is no minimum balance requirements (outside of the $2500 to get the $50 bonus), which makes them one of the most appealing online brokers out there.

Here’s the fine print:

To qualify for this offer, new accounts must be opened and funded with $2,500 or more. Account funding must occur within 30 days of account opening, and one trade must be executed within 180 days of account opening, for account to qualify. Offer is not transferable or valid in conjunction with any other offer. Open to US residents only. One offer per household. TradeKing can modify or discontinue this offer at anytime without notice. The minimum funds of $2,500 must remain in the account (minus any trading losses) for a minimum of 6 months or the credit may be surrendered. Other restriction may apply.

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Opinion Outpost Review

Opinion Outpost is one of the few legitimate survey sites out there that is limited to adults 18 and over. I’ve seen a lot of survey sites out there that make promises of how many surveys you’ll get, how much money you can make, but Opinion Outpost is the real deal. Like any legitimate survey site, it’s absolutely free to join and you can anywhere from $1 to $10 for filing out a survey. If you complete your profile and remain active on the site, you can get a ton of surveys each month.

You can sign up for
Opinion Outpost here.

Once you get past the hokey western theme, you’ll find a site, and a company, that is legitimately one of the best survey sites available. Opinion Outpost is owned by Opinionology, formerly Western Wats (hence the western theme), a market research company that sends out millions of surveys each year and one of the leaders in market research.
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$5 Off Fandango Order Coupon

VirtualWallet by PNC is running a Fandango promotion where you can get $5 off your order (while supplies last). Simply visit the promotion page, enter in your ZIP code and select a theater that is available through Fandango. Select your show, number of tickets, and $5 will be deducted off your order automatically.

You must purchase tickets through the promotional page and the $5 is off your entire order. The purchase must be made between 12/13/2010 and 12/19/2010 with a limit of one per customer (which equates to an email address). Remember, Fandango charges a $1.25 convenience fee.


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