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Smithsonian Magazine Sponsors Free Museum Day

Museum Day LiveMuseum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine where you can get admission into participating museums across the country absolutely free. This year, Museum Day Live! will be this Saturday, September 29th, and you can see a list of participating museums here.

To get admission for two, you will need to get a ticket here. The ticket is emailed to you after you submit your information and you’ll need to print out the email to gain free access.

There are quite a few venues participating, including every Smithsonian Institution Museum (they are always free anyway, with the exception of the Cooper-Hewitt and National Design Museum). Here in Maryland, we have several dozen museums participating in Museum Day Live!

It’s a fun way to visit museums with your family without paying a penny!

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How to Enter Internet Giveaways (and Win Big)

Remember the Publisher’s Clearing House commercials? A van pulls up to a modest home, people get out, ring the bell and hand the surprised home owner a huge check and shower her with balloons. It seems too good to be true, but the premise is that you, too, could enter and one day be a millionaire.

With the popularity of blogging and the Internet, there are now many giveaways and sweepstakes for any item you can imagine. The prizes might not be worth a million dollars, but they could earn you a nice amount of cash or an expensive item that you could sell.

If you are wondering if entering giveaways is worth your time, consider the story of Jon, the blogger behind Free Money Wisdom. He and his fiancée (now wife) won a 5 night, all expenses paid honeymoon to Puerta Vallarta, thanks to a sweepstakes they entered at the wedding site, The Knot. They were one of six thousand entries!

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Free Entrance to National Parks for National Park Week

National Parks CoinEach year, during National Park Week you can get into any of the 397 National Parks absolutely free. National Park Week is April 21-29 this year.

While many parks are free, not all of them are so this week is a fantastic time to see any park you want without wondering if you have to pay. In addition to free admission, there are special events and discounts at some location so look up your local parks to see what may be available.

The week starts with Volunteer Day, on the 21st, where you can pitch in to help a local park near you.

Lastly, the week ends with National Junior Ranger Day on the 28th and it particular fun if you have kids since they have special events, including being sworn in as a Junior Ranger, just for the little ones.

Have fun!

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Free Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Cone Day: April 12th

Ben & Jerry'sMark your calendars because Ben and Jerry’s free cone day for 2011 is next Tuesday, April 12th this year. Procrastinators slaving away on their tax returns can take a much needed break and stop by their local Ben & Jerry’s for a free cone. As for those of you who didn’t wait until the last few moments to file, you’re welcome to just take a break from life and enjoy a free scoop. Just be warned, the lines will probably be long. :)

The free scoop offer is available from 12 pm – 8 pm. Here are some of the new flavors this year:

  • Late Night Snack: Inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – Fair Trade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters (the fudge uses Fair Trade cocoa, too!)
  • Bonnaroo Buzz: – Light Coffee & Malt ice creams with Whiskey Caramel swirls & English Toffee pieces. This flavor, inspired by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, is back by popular demand in Scoop Shops and now available in pints!
  • Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream: Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces & a caramel swirl. A long time pint favorite, so popular we made it a scoop shop flavor for the first time this year!
  • Clusterfluff: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Swirls

Enjoy!

(Photo: mr_t_in_dc)

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Blockbuster Express Free Movie Codes

BlockbusterBlockbuster has had a rough few years. First, Netflix was and still is eating their lunch on mail-order DVD rental. Then Redbox swooped in and started crushing their in-store business by renting movies for $1 a day, sticking their kiosks everywhere.

June 17th, 2005, shares of Blockbuster (BBI) traded at around $10 a share. Today they’re trading at 28 cents and the market cap is barely above $61 million. Netflix (NFLX), on the other hand, traded at just under $17 a share five years ago and sits pretty at around $124 today with a market cap of $6.51 billion.

How far the mighty have fallen!
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Two Huge Blog Giveaways

I don’t normally write about blog giveaways but when I’m going to make an exception today because the giveaway prizes are all pretty rich. The first is from Kelly at The Centsible Life – she’s giving away $600 of stuff as part of her site’s one year anniversary. You can win all sorts of gift cards, tax preparation software, and any one of about a half dozen books. Kelly’s giveaway ends January 24th.

The second giveaway is even larger and it’s at Money Crashers. The prize package there is over $7,500 including gift cards, books, software, and even cold hard cash. Gyutae, one of the admins, has done a great job putting this amazing prize package together and this giveaway is part of their redesign and relaunch for the new year. This giveaway ends January 31st with winners selected February 3rd.

Good luck!

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Win $100 from Lending Club

Stack of MoneyLending Club is doing it again, they’re giving away a hundred bucks to one lucky Bargaineering.com reader! How can you beat that? (two hundred bucks? hint hint!)

For those that aren’t familiar with Lending Club, they’re a social lending network. Investors can join and invest in 3-year loans, with Lending Club handling all the interest payments, at interest rates far superior to what banks offer. Borrowers can join and borrow at rates that are usually better than the banks, especially in this lending environment. It’s really a win win situation for all involved.

So how do you win the hundred bucks? Very very easy, you must:

  • Leave a comment on this post before noon, May 22nd, and,
  • Become a free registered member of LendingClub. If you signed up already, no need to do it again and you are still entered into the giveaway.

The second requirement, to register for free at LendingClub as a lender, is so that they can deposit the $100 directly into your account. You can withdraw that money immediately (or invest it, your choice).

Buy Extra Entries with Bargaineering Bucks! If you are a registered Bargaineering member (why you should register), you can buy an extra entry into the giveaway for only 25ββ! To buy an extra entry, send me an email with your username (please select “Bargaineering Bucks Request” as the subject). If you aren’t a member, you should sign up!

On May 22nd, I’ll select a winner and they’ll take home a hundred bucks!

Congratulations to Eric! Eric is now the proud new owner of a hundred bucks deposited into his Lending Club account.

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Free Copy of Suze Orman’s Women & Money from Oprah

This offer has ended.

Oprah is giving away free digital copies of Suze Orman’s Women & Money until 8pm (7pm Central) tonight (February 14th). (Direct download link) A Spanish translation of the book is available as well.

This book is copyrighted. You may view and download the file, but you may not copy the file or share or forward it to any other person.

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