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Oct 172013
 

moneypenniesOrlando on the Cheap is looking for an editor and publisher. On the Cheap publishers own their sites, creating their own editorial calendars and working together with the national Living on the Cheap network. It’s like owning an online newspaper.

If you’d like to run a business as Orlando’s top maven of deals, discounts and free events, send your credentials to Teresa Mears, publisher of Living on the Cheap.

The ideal candidate has experience in journalism or marketing, knows the city well and has an interest in owning and operating his or her own small publishing business. Orlando on the Cheap is part of Living on the Cheap, a collective of independent website publishers who work together.

Apr 202013
 

coffeepot-278x300Capturing Suspect 2 after an intense manhunt over a period of 24 hours takes a special kind of hero. Add to that the stress of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier in the week, and it’s no wonder the men and women of the Boston Police Department are America’s best and finest.

So what do you say we all chip in to buy our neighbors in uniform a cup of coffee? And not just any cup of joe, but a special blend roasted just for them.

Living on the Cheap and its sister sites, including Orlando on the Cheap, are collecting $1 from everyone who feels moved to contribute toward this cause. The money will be used to buy custom bags of fresh roasted beans from Buona Caffe and send them to station houses all over Boston to fuel these officers’ days and nights. Each bag will have a special thank you message from our readers.

To contribute, click on the Donate button below and leave your message of congratulations in the comments. We’ll select random comments to print on the accompanying tags.

Thank you to everyone in advance, and a big hats off salute to Boston!




 

Mar 182013
 

Here’s a way to save on skincare, bath and beauty products with a Body Shop deal from Living Social. The store is offering $20 worth of skincare, bath and beauty products for $10. You must use the Living Social voucher in-store, not online. You’re allowed to buy three vouchers for yourself and one as a gift.

You can find other deals from Living Social and all the daily deals sites, constantly updated, on our Daily Deals page.

Mar 052013
 

dd travelTravel deals in Florida and around the world are featured in this week’s Groupon Getaways.

Some of the vacation discounts are about 40% to 50% off, or more. This week’s Groupon travel deals in Florida include Orlando, Marco Island and an inn in a beachfront town north of Fort Lauderdale.

More travel deals in Florida and around the world are featured on another deal site, Living Social Escapes.

Here are this week’s Groupon Getaways, offered in conjunction with Expedia:

Saint Lucia: $379.00 for 4-Star Caribbean Resort on St. Lucian Beach ($741.00 value)
Belize: $989.00 for Oceanfront Belize Island Resort with Snorkeling ($1,800.00 value)
Peru: $799.00 for Treetop Bungalows in Peru's Amazon Rainforest ($1,400.00 value)
St. Maarten and San Juan or Jamaica and Cozumel: $239.00 for 7-Night Eastern or Western Caribbean Cruise ($349.00 value)
West Palm Beach to Bahamas: $199.00 for Cruise from West Palm Beach to Bahamas ($398.00 value)
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: $679.00 for All-Inclusive Dominican Vacation with Airfare ($1,099.00 value)
Ireland: $699.00 for Dublin Trip with Airfare & 4-Star Hotel ($999.00 value)
La Fortuna, Costa Rica: $699.00 for Hilltop Resort Across from Volcano in Costa Rica ($1,470.00 value)
Argentina: $999.00 for 7-Day Vacation in Buenos Aires with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Leicester, NC: $209.00 for Log Cabins amid the Great Smoky Mountains ($460.00 value)
Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa: $599.00 for All-Inclusive Caribbean Trip with Airfare ($999.00 value)
China: $1,599.00 for 11-Day Tour of China with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Celebration, FL: $199.00 for Spacious Vacation Homes near Orlando ($288.00 value)
Astoria, OR: $60.00 for Coastal Oregon Inn with Museum Package ($151.00 value)
Dominican Republic: $495.00 for 5-Star Oceanfront Resort with Private Beach ($1,197.00 value)
Costa Rica: $259.00 for Costa Rican Resort amid Tropical Rainforest ($477.00 value)
Costa Rica: $789.00 for Costa Rica Trip with Outdoor Adventures ($1,605.00 value)
Paris and Bleury-Saint-Symphorien: $1,699.00 for Stay in Chic Paris Hotel and Countryside Chateau ($2,614.00 value)
Puntarenas, Costa Rica: $599.00 for Adventure Package at Costa Rica Resort ($1,385.00 value)
Rome, Florence, and Venice: $1,399.00 for See Rome, Florence, & Venice on Italy Trip with Airfare ($2,028.00 value)
St. Maarten: $839.00 for All-Inclusive Beachfront Caribbean Resort ($2,208.00 value)
Riviera Maya, Mexico: $1,179.00 for Gourmet All-Inclusive 4.5-Star Playa del Carmen Resort ($1,932.00 value)
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: $629.00 for All-Inclusive Resort in Cabo San Lucas ($1,764.00 value)
Cancún, Mexico: $799.00 for Palatial Beachfront Resort near Cancún's Hotel Zone ($0.00 value)
Owenton, KY: $79.00 for B&B & Winery in Kentucky's Golden Triangle ($160.00 value)
Costa Rica and Nicaragua: $1,399.00 for 8-Day Costa Rica and Nicaragua Adventure Tour ($3,198.00 value)
Mexico: $569.00 for 4-Star All-Inclusive Beach Resort in Cancún ($1,119.00 value)
Belize: $299.00 for Tropical Belize Lodge with Optional Resort Stay ($747.00 value)
Opatija, Split, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, and Bled: $1,699.00 for Visit Medieval Sites on Europe Tour with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Guanacaste, Costa Rica: $349.00 for Beachside Hotel in Costa Rica ($630.00 value)
Branson, MO: $229.00 for Family-Fun Package at Branson Water-Park Resort ($600.00 value)
Monterey, MA: $199.00 for Lakeside B&B in Berkshires ($450.00 value)
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: $585.00 for All-Inclusive Beach Resort in Cabo San Lucas ($1,768.00 value)
Tucson: $139.00 for Hotel in Catalina Foothills near Downtown Tucson ($204.00 value)
Istanbul, Troy, Canakkale: $1,399.00 for Explore Aegean Coast on Turkey Tour with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Wyandotte, OK: $199.00 for Oklahoma Casino Hotel with Dining & up to $250 Slot Credits ($399.00 value)
San Antonio: $79.00 for Quiet Inn along San Antonio River Walk ($139.00 value)
Great Smoky Mountains, NC: $169.00 for Historic Victorian Inn near Blue Ridge Parkway ($290.00 value)
Belize: $555.00 for Jungle Lodgings at Belize Adventure Resort ($927.00 value)
Jay, VT: $179.00 for Vermont Mountain Resort with Indoor Water Park ($305.00 value)
Guanacaste: $749.00 for Weight Loss & Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica ($1,425.00 value)
Panama: $529.00 for All-Inclusive Beachfront Resort in Panama ($760.00 value)
Runaway Bay, Jamaica: $449.00 for All-Inclusive Beachfront Resort in Jamaica ($960.00 value)
Palmer Lake, CO: $75.00 for Colorado Lodge in Rocky Mountains ($120.00 value)
Los Osos, CA: $75.00 for Golf Resort on California Coast ($109.00 value)
Big Bear Lake, CA: $79.00 for Resort Steps from Big Bear Lake ($99.00 value)
Newport, RI: $119.00 for 19th-Century Inn in Newport's Old Quarter ($225.00 value)
Lake Arrowhead, CA: $225.00 for Rustic Lodgings near Lake Arrowhead ($630.00 value)
Lowell, MI: $64.00 for Quaint Riverside Inn Outside Grand Rapids ($99.00 value)
Prudenville, MI: $99.00 for Charming Northern Michigan Inn near Lakes ($169.00 value)
Escondido, CA: $289.00 for Uncorked Temecula Wine Tours - Escondido, CA ($577.00 value)
Summit County, UT: $99.00 for Spacious Cabins & ATV Trails in Utah Forest ($229.00 value)
Cozumel, Mexico: $669.00 for All-Inclusive Cozumel Vacation with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Concan, TX: $179.00 for Riverside Cabins in Texas Hill Country ($310.00 value)
Ottawa, ON: C$129.00 for Chic Hotel in Heart of Canada's Capital City (C$204.00 value)
Port Saint Joe, FL: $229.00 for Comfy Inn on Secluded Florida Peninsula ($400.00 value)
Wenatchee, WA: $109.00 for Wine Getaway in Columbia River Valley ($210.00 value)
Boerne, TX: $59.00 for Unique Suites at Texas Hill Country Inn ($109.00 value)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: $899.00 for All-Inclusive Dominican Vacation with Airfare ($1,299.00 value)
Runaway Bay, Jamaica: $829.00 for All-Inclusive Jamaica Vacation with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Townsend, TN: $120.00 for Nature Retreat amid the Great Smoky Mountains ($240.00 value)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: $699.00 for 5-Night All-Inclusive Mexico Vacation & Airfare ($1,099.00 value)
Park City, UT: $85.00 for Luxury Suites in Downtown Park City ($135.00 value)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia: C$69.00 for Comfy Nova Scotia Hotel near Downtown Halifax (C$107.00 value)
Bangkok, Kanchanaburi & Ayutthaya: $1,399.00 for 9-Day Tour of Thailand with Airfare ($0.00 value)
England and France: $1,299.00 for Explore London and Paris on Trip with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Belize: $449.00 for Seaside Beach Resort in Belize ($1,080.00 value)
Sonoma County, CA: $169.00 for Sonoma County Inn near California Wineries ($225.00 value)
Calgary, AB: C$125.00 for Family-Friendly Hotel in Calgary (C$159.00 value)
Clyde, NC: $333.00 for Rustic Cabins in Great Smoky Mountains ($555.00 value)
Spain: $1,699.00 for See Vibrant Spain on 8-Day Trip with Airfare ($2,399.00 value)
Fremont, WI: $129.00 for Lakeside Cabins near Wisconsin's Fox Cities ($172.00 value)
Seminyak & Ubud: $1,899.00 for 11-Day Vacation to 2 Bali Cities with Airfare ($2,922.00 value)
Oroville, CA: $69.00 for Casino Hotel in Northern California ($99.00 value)
Desert Hot Springs, CA: $54.00 for Recently Renovated Hotel near Palm Springs ($84.00 value)


Groupon is an advertising partner of On the Cheap.

Nov 092012
 

It’s a new season for the Orlando Magic, and we’ve found a way to get 25% to 50% (or more) off Orlando Magic tickets.

Score Big routinely offers tickets to concerts and sporting events at 10% to 60% off. The ticket deals change all the time. Current Orlando Magic deals will give you 25% to 50% off.

We’ve also got a special promo code, HOLIDAY35, that will guarantee you 35% off  (on up to a $300 purchase). If you’re buying tickets that are already marked down more than 35% and want to save that promo code for later, new members can still get an extra 10% off their purchase with the code SB10.

Each promo code works only once per customer, so don’t waste a 30% off code if you can get the tickets for 50% off.

You can see all the ScoreBig South Orlando deals here.

Score Big is not a ticket broker but a company that works directly with venues, teams and promoters to sell off excess tickets. It’s a little like Priceline for entertainment and sports tickets. Here’s how it works:

  • Select the event you want and where you want to sit.
  • Bid how much you are willing to pay. You’ll have to enter your credit card information here.
  • If your bid is accepted, you’re notified instantly, and the company charges your credit card.
  • If your bid is rejected, you can place a new bid.

Sometimes you’ll get a counter offer, which you are free to accept or reject. No additional fees are added to the price you agree on.

 

ScoreBig is an advertising partner of On the Cheap.

Aug 202012
 

skincare-by-alanaSpa Review Magazine, part of the Living On The Cheap network, is holding a giveaway for five great spa products. Spa Review Magazine checks out spas worldwide, plus shares information on all sorts of spa products.Spa Review Magazine readers can enter to win 5 Travel Best Sellers from Skincare by Alana, a package worth $97. To learn more and enter the giveaway, go to this Spa Review Magazine post and be prepared to leave a comment. Deadline to enter is midnight Aug. 30.

Jul 262012
 

Couponing for the Beginner - a Guide to CouponingA bit intimidated by couponing? A new e-book can help. Couponing for the Beginner: A Guide to Couponing for the Uninitiated is the first in a series of guides released on GuideToCouponing.com.

Author Jenny Dean has been couponing for more than 10 years. Dean has not only studied, but read, heard and experienced how to coupon legally and effectively. She wanted to create this guide for all the people who ask her, "How did you do that?" when her total is $0.00 at checkout.

This book covers topics such as coupon rules and policies, where to get coupons, how to organize them, and how to maximize your savings, even how to get items for free. Dean also looks at refunds, rebates and money-back guarantees.

It’s normally $9.99, but you can get $4 off through our special code. To buy it, go here. Scroll down to the "Buy Now" button. Look for the words Discount Code. In the box below type in LivingOnTheCheap. Click on "Buy Now." You will be redirected to PayPal where the total should be $5.99 instead of $9.99. You can pay with your PayPal account or any major credit card. The eBook will be delivered almost immediately to your inbox.

Jun 252012
 

Treasure MoneyHere’s one giveaway prize everyone can use — $100. In partnership with Living On The Cheap, we’re going to give five lucky readers from across the country $100 each.

With such a big payout, we’re going to make you do a bit more than just leave a comment. We’re sending you on a hunt to find three “secret” words or phrases. But being nice guys, we’re giving you a map (actually step-by-step instructions). Be sure to follow the directions carefully so you get your chance at the cash.

Here is how you enter:

  1. Click on the Orlando on the Cheap daily deals page. Look for the secret word. Hint: It says “Here’s the secret word.” Write it down.
  2. That page also has a link to the second secret word, along with how to find it. Find that one and write it down.
  3. Go to this Living On The Cheap page and find the third secret word. Write it down.
  4. Now send an email to [email protected]. Put “Contest Entry” in the Subject line. In the body of your email you must include all three secret words/phrases, as well as your real name and mailing address. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to add you to any mailing lists, we promise.

Deadline to enter is 10 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 28. Five winners will be randomly drawn and contacted by email from the Living On The Cheap crew. If they don’t hear from you within 72 hours, they’ll move onto the alternate winner.

Fine print: Only one entry per household. Duplicate or incomplete entries will be tossed. You must be a resident of the United States.

Jun 042012
 

barnes-and-noble-summer-readingThis summer, kids can get a free book at Barnes & Noble with the Imagination’s Destination summer reading program. If kids in grades 1-6 read eight books and fill out a reading journal, they’ll get to choose a free kid’s book.

The bookstore program isn’t the only one in which kids can earn prizes for summer reading. Our friends at Living on the Cheap have a list of 10 other free summer reading programs, plus a few additional resources.

May 192012
 

Graduation-hatsEven though I don’t have children, I think my age qualifies me to give some money advice to new graduates. Yes, I think they should save money and stay out of debt, but I also think they should learn to cook. You can find the rest of my advice at Living on the Cheap. Leave a comment with the best advice you have for new grads – and their parents who are seeing them move back home.