Wednesday, October 12, 2011

You know what's awesome? Free stuff!

So, a few months ago I stumbled upon a fun little website called Crowdtap. What's Crowdtap, you say?
"Crowdtap is a revolutionary social marketing and research platform that enables you to be rewarded for ideating and promoting with leading brands, entertainment properties, non-profits and startups. Earn cash rewards for yourself and charity for taking surveys, sampling new products and promoting your favorite brands." - Taken from the website

Okay, let'e be honest here, that really doesn't mean anything to me. Here's the deal:  A friend of mine kept posting on her facebook that she was getting all this free stuff from Old Navy by using this Crowdtap thing.  And being that I friggin' looooove Old Navy and free stuff, I was intrigued.  I logged on, and have been a happy little clam ever since.
It's free to use, you earn money (in the form of an Amazon.com giftcard) and money for a charity of your choice AND get free stuff from companies that want real consumer feedback. Basically, you answer questions based on your consumer habits and your opinons. It's easy, and there's no right or wrong answers. Crowdtap is a way that brands and companies get feedback from their consumers - and they reward you for it.

Today I got a coupon in the mail to redeem at Old Navy for a top AND a pair of pants from their new Go Active Compression Line all courtesy of Crowd Tap.  Actually, I got 2 coupons: one for me AND one for a friend! How awesome!





I picked out a super cute pair of pants with pink on them, and a matching jacket. I love that I can wear the jacket as an everyday piece if I want to. And for some reason it won't let me post what I picked out on here, but I assure you, it's great. The pants even have a handy dandy hidden pocket in the waistband for keys or money or whatever.



And the icing on the cake: this is my receipt:

I seriously saved $89.88.  And it cost me NOTHING. Nothing to sign up for Crowdtap, I didn't have to purchase something else,  I didn't have to spend a certain amount - NOTHING. I literally walked out with almost $90 worth of clothes for FREE!

So, how in the world do you sign up for this beautiful program? Simple. You just sign up. 
That's all.
Log in everyday, maybe more than once, and answer questions as they become available. The more active you are on the website, the more opportunities you have to earn stuff, whether it be money or free products.  Old Navy is just one of the many companies that offer this sample and share deal for consumers on Crowdtap.  And, if you sign up and see it's not really your cup of tea - hey, no harm no foul. You simply stop logging on. Yep, no cancellation emails - you just simply quit being active.

So, give it a try.  Go sign up, and then get your friends to sign up, too. The more friends you get, the more points you get - which gets you more opportunities for these great sample and share events!

Here's the link:
Join Crowdtap!   I promise, you won't be disappointed! You'll be earning stuff in no time! Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Universe has a twisted sense of humor


I’m always laughing that the universe is out to get me. Nothing terribly tragic ever happens, but my life is like a series of bad jokes.


If I get dressed up in a snazzy outfit to go out, before I can even leave the house Jack will trip over his own feet, his beverage will defy gravity and fly out of his cup (why is there no lid on his cup!?!) over his head and splash me where I’m standing 22 feet behind him.
I'm always running late and I'm always in a hurry. ALWAYS. If you see me out somewhere, no matter what, I'm late to something and should have been somewhere else ten minutes ago.  And of course, the one time I'm truly, seriously in a hurry - like say when my 80 pound lab busted open my eyelid with his dewclaw and I needed to get the hospital to get stitches - then someone will break down on the side of the road, the latch on their livestock trailer will come undone by some unseen force and there will be 18 cows grazing on the median which will have traffic completely stopped.

I have had an old man's dentures shoot out of his mouth and smack me in the back of the head at work, only to be left with this sticky gooey denture resin mess in my hair. I have been hit on at the gynecologist's office by a woman.  I saw some random fat husky kid wandering around the health department with tap shoes on.  The universe must really get my sense of humor.

 I can laugh all that off though. It’s actually part of what makes my life so much fun and so entertaining for you, Dear Readers, but now, oh now the universe has gone too far.  
Yesterday I received the first of 4 calls - yes 4 - phone calls from a mental health hospital. Why? You ask. Because one of their patients (a random person that I do not know) has listed my cell phone number as contact information on all of his paperwork.
Joy.