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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:

Frankfort, IL: $149.00 for Romantic Suites in Suburban Chicago ($289.00 value)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: $699.00 for All-Inclusive Dominican Republic Vacation with Airfare ($0.00 value)
La Fortuna, Guanacaste, and San Jose: $799.00 for Costa Rican Trip with Airfare and Hotels ($1,199.00 value)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: $895.00 for All-Inclusive Dominican Republic Resort ($2,130.00 value)
Kissimmee, FL: $199.00 for Family-Friendly Vacation Homes near Orlando ($418.00 value)
Sonoma, CA: $169.00 for Boutique Hotel in California Wine Country ($314.00 value)
Isla Holbox, Mexico: $199.00 for Seaside Island Resort near Cancun ($270.00 value)
Bangkok, River Kwai, Ayutthaya, Pattaya, and Beijing: $1,599.00 for 11-Day Cultural Tour of Thailand and China ($0.00 value)
Runaway Bay, Jamaica: $979.00 for 4-Night All-Inclusive Resort in Jamaica ($2,080.00 value)
St. Maarten: $389.00 for St. Maarten Suites Overlooking Turquoise Bay ($1,077.00 value)
Dublin, Limerick, and Galway: $999.00 for 7-Day Ireland Vacation with Airfare ($1,499.00 value)
Siesta Key, FL: $499.00 for Florida Bungalows Close to White-Sand Beaches ($957.00 value)
Ocho Rios, Jamaica: $665.00 for All-Inclusive Beachfront Resort in Jamaica ($956.00 value)
Mazatlan, Mexico: $369.00 for 4-Star Boutique Hotel along the Pacific Coast ($531.00 value)
Costa Rica: $789.00 for Costa Rica Trip with Outdoor Adventures ($1,605.00 value)
Jackson, WY: $59.00 for Jackson Hole Lodge near Ski Resorts ($89.00 value)
Cartagena and Bogota: $999.00 for Guided Tour of Cartagena and Bogota with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Guanacaste, Costa Rica: $279.00 for Eco Resort in Costa Rican Rainforest ($549.00 value)
Lake Arrowhead, CA: $225.00 for Rustic Lodgings near Lake Arrowhead ($630.00 value)
Azores: $789.00 for 7-Day Azores Vacation with Airfare ($1,072.00 value)
Nicaragua: $409.00 for Luxury Villas in Coastal Nicaragua ($660.00 value)
Freeport, Bahamas: $649.00 for All-Inclusive Bahamas Trip with Airfare ($0.00 value)
Mexico: $699.00 for All-Inclusive Beach Vacation in Playa del Carmen ($999.00 value)
Pacific City, OR: $279.00 for Ocean View Inn & Brewpub on the Oregon Coast ($441.00 value)
Negril, Jamaica: $599.00 for All-Inclusive Resort on Jamaica's Seven Mile Beach ($0.00 value)
Christchurch, Queenstown, and Fox Glacier: $1,799.00 for 8-Day New Zealand Trip with Hotels & Airfare ($2,398.00 value)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: $799.00 for 4-Night All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta Vacation ($0.00 value)
Temecula Wine Country: $359.00 for Temecula Valley Getaway with Hot Air Balloon Ride ($755.00 value)
Mendocino Coast, CA: $159.00 for Romantic Oceanfront B&B on Mendocino Coast ($335.00 value)
Horseshoe Bay, TX: $169.00 for Sprawling Resort in Texas Hill Country ($339.00 value)
Fraser, CO: $195.00 for Homey Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mountains ($380.00 value)
Near Kings Mountain, NC: $99.00 for Culinary Retreat Run by Former White House Chef ($225.00 value)
St. Michaels, MD: $135.00 for Historic B & B Overlooking Chesapeake Bay ($229.00 value)
Chicagoland: $99.00 for Romance & Family Packages in Chicago Suburbs ($239.00 value)
Riviera Maya: $799.00 for All-Inclusive Riviera Maya Vacation with Airfare ($1,199.00 value)
Montgomery, TX: $119.00 for 4-Star Texas Resort with Golf & Water Park ($189.00 value)
Ambergris Caye, Belize: $355.00 for Beachfront Suites with Ocean Views in Belize ($1,145.00 value)
Thompsonville, MI: $84.00 for Mountain Resort in Northern Michigan ($149.00 value)
Put-in-Bay, OH: $343.00 for Private Condos on Lake Erie Island ($490.00 value)
Madrid and Barcelona: $1,599.00 for 8-Day Spain Vacation with Airfare ($2,099.00 value)
Pine Hill, NY: $899.00 for Wellness Retreat in Catskill Mountains ($1,712.00 value)
Turks and Caicos: $649.00 for Oceanfront Resort on Caribbean Island ($1,000.00 value)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: $349.00 for All-Inclusive Resort in Puerto Vallarta ($837.00 value)
Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley: $1,699.00 for Tour of Peru with Stops in Lima & Machu Picchu ($0.00 value)
Grand Crowne Towne Center: $79.00 for Spacious Townhouses in Branson ($158.00 value)
Tucson, AZ: $65.00 for Sports-Themed Hotel near Arizona Campus ($169.00 value)
Guanacaste, Costa Rica: $1,079.00 for Costa Rican Casitas and Villas amid Tropical Jungle ($1,800.00 value)
Long Beach, WA: $89.00 for Eco-Friendly Hotel on Washington Coast ($185.00 value)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: C$379.00 for Wine Lover's Package at Four Diamond Ontario Inn (C$633.00 value)
Jackson, NH: $179.00 for Romantic Inn Nestled in New Hampshire Mountains ($378.00 value)
Atenas, Costa Rica: $329.00 for Spacious Villas on a Costa Rican Mountain ($475.00 value)
Bisbee, AZ: $69.00 for Hotel in Historic Arizona Mining Town ($150.00 value)
Minnesota Northwoods: $89.00 for Rustic Cabins amid the Minnesota Northwoods ($142.00 value)
Jackson, NH: $109.00 for Romantic New England Inn amid Mountains ($219.00 value)
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic: $375.00 for All-Inclusive Beachfront 4-Star Dominican Resort ($894.00 value)
Crane, Barbados: $536.00 for 4-Star Barbados Resort Overlooking Caribbean Sea ($633.00 value)
Pinetop, AZ: $179.00 for Cabin Resort in White Mountains of Arizona ($398.00 value)
Bali: $1,899.00 for 11-Day Vacation in Bali with Airfare ($2,532.00 value)
Puntarenas, Costa Rica: $999.00 for 6-Night All-Inclusive Costa Rica Vacation with Airfare ($1,499.00 value)
San Francisco, LA, or Las Vegas: $339.00 for Roam Across the Western USA in Camper Van ($725.00 value)
Belize: $935.00 for Jungle Lodgings at Belize Adventure Resort ($1,560.00 value)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: $279.00 for Puerto Vallarta Resort Overlooking Private Beach ($590.00 value)
Maui: $760.00 for Luxurious Hawaiian Resort along Maui Beach ($1,171.00 value)
Auburn, CA: $69.00 for Restored Victorian B&B in Northern California ($200.00 value)
Kantenah Bay, Mexico: $999.00 for Mexican Stay with Airfare ($1,499.00 value)
India: $999.00 for 11-Day Diwali Festival of Lights Tour in India ($2,197.00 value)
Abruzzo, Italy: $1,898.00 for 7-Day Culinary Tour in Italy’s Abruzzo Region ($3,498.00 value)
Mendocino, CA: $165.00 for Romantic Inn Overlooking Rugged Pacific Coast ($275.00 value)
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: $679.00 for All-Inclusive Resort Outside of Puerto Vallarta ($0.00 value)
Nicaragua: $299.00 for 4-Star Resort Overlooking Pacific in Nicaragua ($660.00 value)
Gilmour, ON: C$99.00 for Secluded Resort in Hastings County, ON (C$325.00 value)
Belize: $799.00 for Waterfront Cabanas on Private Island in Belize ($1,400.00 value)
Kalani, Big Island, Hawaii: $199.00 for Tropical Retreat on Hawaii’s Big Island ($420.00 value)
Belize: $299.00 for Tropical Belize Lodge with Optional Resort Stay ($747.00 value)
Moab, UT: $989.00 for 5-Day Tour of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks ($1,899.00 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 lotccontest@gmail.com. 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.