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First Reader Survey + Giveaway!

I’m holding my first reader survey to get to know you better and to help me ensure I’m providing you with the content you like to see! The survey has only 19 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Aaaand, if you complete the survey, you’ll be entered into a giveaway to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Survey closes on Tuesday, 7/14/15 at 12am PDT. Winner is randomly selected and will be notified via email by 7/16/15.

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SURVEY ENDED. 

Congratulations to the winner of the Amazon gift card – GK!

Hello Summer: Ultimate Cash Giveaway!

Summer is my least favorite season. I hate being hot, I don’t enjoy sweating and the creatures that emerge during the heat are usually not the welcome ones. Growing up, Houston summers were the worst. Blinding heat and the air wet and sticky with humidity. You’d walk outside and immediately wonder “Why did I even bother with a shower?” Being inside wasn’t a thrill either because a certain parent wanted to save costs by not turning on the A/C until the house itself was nearly sweating.

They say money doesn’t buy happiness and that’s true to some extent. However, having money sure can turn a lot of problems into non-issues. Extra money probably would have made turning on the A/C to cool an entire home, less of an issue.

To make the start of summer cooler, I’ve again teamed up with a group of bloggers to offer you – my dear, appreciated readers – a chance to win $500 cash money. That’s right, CASH MONEY to kick your summer off right.

What would you do with $500?

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Prize: $500 Cash (via PayPal)

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog • Memoirs of a Clueless Woman • TonieGirl • The Girl Next Door is Black • Michigan Saving and More • Mommy on the Money • Divine Lifestyle • It’s Naptime Somewhere • EncinoMom California Lifestyle • Cityrocka’s Celebrity Accessories and Gossip Blog • Motherhood Through My Eyes • Stacy’s Savings • YogurtHydro • The Bewitchin’ Kitchen • Purple Patch DIY • Capri’s Coupons

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! (Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions.)

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 7/19 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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Take That, Mrs. No-Target

Years ago, I volunteered on the entertainment sub-committee for my job’s annual summer party. One of my tasks involved coming up with giveaway prize ideas: a few high-value “grand” prizes, and enough door prizes so that almost everyone left a winner.

Before purchasing the prizes, my committee shared our ideas with the larger planning group. The list included gift cards from Target as a few of the door prizes.

One of the alcohol sub-committee members wrinkled her face at the mention of Target.

“Target? Ha! Does anyone shop at Target? Do you think anyone’s gonna want that? I don’t even know where a Target is!”

Everyone fell silent. Even the crickets in the potted plants went mute.

Does anyone shop at Target? Is she for real? It’s only one of the most popular superstores in the country. Where she been?

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Around the conference table, people hid grins and stifled chuckles as Mrs. “I don’t even know where a Target is” scanned the room looking for validation and found none.

Finally someone piped up:

“Uh, yeah. shop at Target. I love Tar-zhay! Who doesn’t?”

A woman from the food committee added, “I go to Target  for ONE THING and I always leave with 10 other things I’m not even sure I need. They just have good stuff!”

Heads nodded.

It’s relevant to mention that Mrs. No-Target lives in a posh area of Los Angeles, near the beach in a spectacular home with a long winding driveway. L.A. has no fewer than 10 Targets. They are kind of hard to miss. Maybe she never has to leave her compound. Perhaps she has staff who take care of menial duties like shopping at discount stores. Is that what it’s like to have serious money? You don’t have to bother with knowledge of plebeian shopping centers?

It reminded me of Oprah, when she taped a camping episode of her show, and her amazement at discovering the existence of REI. She couldn’t believe an entire store dedicated to recreational equipment and sporting goods existed. I love Oprah, it’s an REI, not a cat café.

In the end, we gave away several Target gift cards at the party. The recipients loved them! One even did a little jig. At least that’s how I choose to remember it. Take that, Mrs. No-Target!

As a thank you to all of my readers – the loyalists, the newbies and everyone in between – I have partnered with several other bloggers to offer you the opportunity to enter to win a Target gift card of your very own! Thank you for your comments, encouragement and kind words, readers!

Giveaway ended 4/8/15

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Prize: $400 Target Gift Card

Co-hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah BlogMemoirs of a Clueless WomanThe Nerdy FoxTaffeta & TulipsDressing DallasMichigan Saving and MoreAllisonleighann.Simply StineThe Fashion Stir FryJ. FrancesPeanut Butter and WhineTheItMom.comThe Girl Next Door is BlackHere We Go Again Ready •  Artwork by JMA Medic’s WorldChasing My HaloVirtually Yours

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! (Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions.)

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 4/8 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

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