** NOTE – Apparently, WordPress didn’t feel like publishing this post as scheduled last Friday. 😦
BUT I called ING Direct this morning, and they can’t say that the $50 offer below DID expire, so if you are interested, give it a shot online, or call them at 1-800-ING-DIRECT and see what they can do for you. **
I have seen so much great info in the blogosphere this week. Hopefully some of it will make your life a little more easier (and more lucrative).
Catalog of organic coupons
First off, Focus Organic blogged about coupons for natural and organic products. She came up with quite a list — check it out and save some cash.
Get $50 if you open an Electric Orange checking account
Next up, Five Cent Nickel announced that ING Direct is offering a $50 bounty if you open an Electric Orange checking account linked to your ING Direct savings account. You’ll have to use your Electric Orange debit card three times within 45 days to get the bonus.
SIGN UP NOW — offer expires today, Oct. 31. (NOTE: As mentioned above … this might not have expired. if you are interested, give it a shot online, or call them at 1-800-ING-DIRECT and see what they can do for you. ) If you don’t already have a savings account with ING Direct, you’ll need to set one up first. If you don’t have an ING savings account, you can ask a friend who does have one for a referral code, and you will receive $25 and your friend will earn $10. (And if you don’t have a friend with an account, e-mail me at cheaplikeme [at] gmail [dot] com, and I’d be happy to e-mail you a referral code.)
When you complete the checking account sign-up process, don’t forget to enter the relevant reference code so you get your bonus! Five Cent Nickel offers the code and sign-up link. He notes that he had problems with the site, but it worked perfectly for me. However, I thought I might want two accounts (an individual and a joint checking account) and it won’t let me do that — at least not from the bonus link. Just a word to the wise — choose your account type carefully.
All other details are at Five Cent Nickel’s site.
Get fired up about eliminating plastic
Finally, Fake Plastic Fish (an awesome blog about living plastic-free … as much as possible, and she does mean that) published a list and survey of several other plastic-free bloggers. It is excellent reading, and might inspire you to take another step away from plastic.
I know she’s made me more conscious about plastic, and one of her bloggers’ “easy steps” is the one I keep intending to take — that of avoiding restaurant take-out containers in favor of bringing your own.