Category Archives: Chicago Shopping

#MondayMotivation Mug [Just One Cup a Day]

Gigantic Coffee Mug

We have an awesome Monday Motivation Mug for you today.

Just One Cup A Day Coffee Mug

Since we all need a little (or alot) of inspiration on Monday, thats why the Monday Motivation movement is so popular – especially on social media. Facebook and Twitter both use the #mondaymotivation hashtag every week and lots of peeps chime in with their own #mm version. So every week, we will feature a creative, witty, funny or just plain fab Monday Motivation Mug. 🙂

The mug above was found on (Vat19) and we thought it was perfect for our first MMM post. Do you like?

What do you think of our first pick? Yay or Nay (speaketh your truth below) 📢⬇⬇⬇⬇💯

You can view and grab the (Gigantic Coffee Mug) here at Vat19.

Freebie Friday [QLink Wireless Free Phone Program]

Qlink wireless free phone program

It’s time for our Freebie Friday post.

Today we showcase the Qlink Wireless free phone program.

How does one qualify? If you receive any of the following assistance, you might qualify:

*Snap/EBT Link

*Section 8


*Veteran Pension


If you’re on any sort of government assistance, you might qualify for a FREE phone from Qlink. And not just any phone, but a brand new Android smartphone with all the bells and whistles.

With Qlink Wireless you get the following:

Lifeline Benefits

  • 1 GB Free Monthly Data
  • 1000 Free Monthly Minutes
  • Free Unlimited Texts
  • Free Voicemail & Caller ID
  • No Bills, Ever
  • No Fees
  • No Credit Check
  • No Contract

To find out if you qualify, simply apply online.

You can apply here! – (this affiliate has discontinued their program, please stay tuned! as we update with a new affiliate)

In the meantime; you can apply directly here:

Thursday Tech [Honey Chrome Extension]

Honey chrome extension

Honey chrome extension

Can’t recall how I found this money saving Chrome extension, but Honey is beyond awesome.

Honey does what RetailMeNot, Slickdeals and other similar sites can’t do. Automatic Couponing. What do I mean by that. Essentially Honey scours the web, finds a relevant coupon and automagically applies it at checkout. It doesn’t get easier than this, folks.

I first used Honey at (my registrar of choice) NameCheap. Basically after I found the domain name I was looking for, I then headed for checkout and simply clicked the Honey icon on my toolbar. Sure enough after about a minute or so – it found a relevant coupon code, auto applied it to my cart and I saved a few bucks on my purchase. 🙂

You can find Honey at the Chrome store as a free download. My only complaint with this browser extension is just that – its a browser extension and as such can only be used on a desktop or laptop. It isn’t compatible with mobile devices. 🙁 Considering that everything is mobile today, its surprising there’s no app. Yet. We want an Android app please. Unless there’s something we’re misunderstanding with the Honey Chrome extension – why is this only available as an add-on for our toolbar?

But bottom line: If you shop online alot and don’t mind saving money, you will love Honey. And that concludes this edition of Thursday Tech. Stay tuned next week, where we will feature another great tech find.

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Wacky Shirt Wednesday [Free Contradictions $1.00]

Free Contradictions $1.00 T-shirt

This fun tee was found on our fave T-shirt site – Snorg Tees.

As part of our new! weekly (Wacky Shirt Wednesday) this is the very first tee we put a spotlight on. Do you like? If so, use the hashtag below and feel free to share share share! 🙂


P.s. Which image do you like best? Dude wearing the shirt or the shirt banner by itself.

free contradictions $1.00 tshirt

via: (Snorg Tees)

Dollar Tree Spooktacular #Halloween Sale

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Do you love dollar stores as much as we do? Particularly Dollar Tree.

Cute Glittery Felt Halloween Wall Decorations

If so, we have a sweet treat for you. Dollar Tree is having their annual spooktacular Halloween sale; which includes party decorations, Halloween supplies and more. Whether your planning a frightfully delicious themed family party or simply decking out your home with awesome Halloween decorations – Dollar Tree is the go to place to find fun decor and or party supplies – not too mention save a bundle of money.

From fun craft supplies and entertaining Halloween treats to Halloween candy and Costume accessories galore; give Dollar Tree a visit today. Try your local store or shop online.

You can literally decorate your entire home and have fab party supplies on hand; for probably less than $50. Sound good? We think so.

To find the (Dollar Tree) closest to youclick here.

To view the (weekly) Dollar Tree adclick here.

For the (Halloween Specials Page) at Dollar Treeclick here.

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

6 Awesome Apps for Android To Try This Month

There’s no shortage of (awesome apps for Android) or for your iPhone. But which apps are worth downloading and which ones don’t cut the mustard. That’s where we come in. Our upcoming (awesome apps for Android round ups) will mention mobile apps which are not only worth downloading but a MUST TRY.

See our first round up below and if you find any of these super useful; please come back here – or to our FB page – and give us a shout out. 🙂

1. Lyft –

This awesome app for Android is all you need for cheap local rides on the fly. In many areas of the city and beyond, Lyft is a better alternative than riding the bus or hailing a cab. Plus a new! feature recently added to the Lyft app is that your ride cost is now listed up front BEFORE you book your ride. Great for those in a hurry and…on a budget. Right. And who isn’t on a budget nowadays. Are you new to Lyft? Have yet to try this awesome Chicago ride sharing service – here’s a coupon code (LYFT BLOG POST) worth $10 off your FIRST ride. How do you sign up? Just download app, enter code above and book your ride. That’s it.

Lyft coupon code: LYFT BLOG POST (click here for app!)

2. Uber –

You’ve most likely heard of Uber, as it has been around a bit longer than Lyft and has a much bigger budget in which to advertise. We personally prefer Lyft, but Uber is good too and definitely serves its purpose. Works the same as Lyft in that you download the app, enter in a coupon code to save on your first ride and then book your Uber driver. Why should you try Uber? Because again as mentioned above, depending on your area and intended destination; using Uber might save you both; some big bucks and definitely time.

Uber coupon code: 4jt7e (click here for app!)

3. Postmates –

Have you heard of Postmates? They’re a local on demand delivery service that many use to get eats to them. Lots of local restaurants use Postmates and if they’re located in your area; this app is a must try. Why? Because you can have your fave food delivered to your door inexpensively, quickly AND via a delivery person who may sustainably walk or bike to your place. Some drive, but many walk or bike their food order deliveries.

Postmates App: (click here for app!)

4. Time Out App –

Time Out (the magazine) is a treasure trove of goodies when it comes to listing local events, new! happenings and or chronicling the latest and greatest in Chicago. The Time Out app also delivers fresh content but in the palm of your hand via their awesome Android or iPhone app. From the newest plays to the best places to wine and dine and a splendid most useful calendar of events; the this local app is a must download.

Time Out App – (click here for app!)

5. Stand In –

This is a newer app from a local Chicago resident that aims to bridge the gap between Craigslist and paid apps for finding dates or friends. The Stand In App is about helping you find a “stand in” for that event you have coming – and need someone to take the place of friend or family member. I quite like the concept behind this awesome app. Hopefully it takes off, becomes wildly successful with lots of new members and becomes a go to app for finding local peeps to hang with.

Stand In App – (click here for app!)

6. Figo –

Figo is as you might have guessed is a pet related app. But not just any pet related app, it’s a pet insurance app created right here in Chicago – by Chicago tech peeps. The new! app basically lets you find insurance for your furry friend; be it Fluffy or Fido. Whether you have a dog or cat; the Figo app is great for finding affordable and comprehensive health insurance for your beloved pet. Shout out to Tails Pet magazine, where we found out about this awesome, free and local app for Android.

*The Figo app is set to be released late April to early May.

Figo App – (click here for app information, see Q&A #10)

FREE Lyft Credit For New Users: 5 Ways To Score Them

lyft free credit

lyft free credit

If you’re looking for free Lyft credit for new users, in this article we highlight a few ways to score some.

With free credit from Lyft you can ride for a few dollars or yes! even free. (But please do tip your driver!) Tips are welcome and appreciate. 🙂

Ok. See our list of ways to net some free Lyft credit for new users. (these tips are not for existing users, that’s another article)

  1. Friends –

Reaching out to friends is one of the fastest ways to score Free Lyft credit. Call or text your buddies who you know use the popular ride sharing service and ask if they have any promo codes available. If they’re Lyft users, chances are – they WILL have codes. As the old saying goes, “Ask and you shall receive”. So ask.

2. Social Media –

Another great method to find codes for Lyft is via social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. You can post an update that you;re looking for Lyft credit and then wait about a nano second for a reply. Most likely if any of your friends use Lyft; you’ll get a code asap. Another way is to visit the Lyft FB page itself and see if any are posted for members.

3. Bloggers –

Bloggers (like me) usually have codes for many different companies and brands, including Lyft and Uber. Just reach out to the bloggers you know or follow and search on their blog. Search for Lyft codes, Lyft discount code, Lyft promo code, Lyft credit, etc.

Yes! We have one for you, see it below.

Code: BLOGPOSTCODE (in caps – all one word, no spaces)

4. Coupon Sites

Coupon sites also have Lyft promo codes although many times they’re not the most recent. Having said that we still feel this is a good place to check. Try Retail Me Not and Coupon Cabin.

5. Local Flyers –

We see flyers, business cards and postcards all the time posted locally; such as in coffee shops, bars, laundry mats, auto repair places, grocery stores,  etc. These usually have good codes on them, just always check the expiration date of promo.

As you can see there are quite a few ways to score free Lyft credit for new users.

If you’re still having trouble, contact me ASAP as I always have promo codes available. 🙂

Get your ride on today!

10 Fun Facts About Lyft

lyft local rides in minutes

Have you been hearing a lot lately about this new ride sharing service called Lyft?

Basically it’s like Uber, but different.

I was curious about this company as well, so decided to do some quick research and found the following facts. If after reading the list, you feel like giving Lyft a try.

Please use this code: LYFTBLOGPOST (one word, no spaces)

Ok. Below are 10 quick and dirty fun facts about Lyft – the cool new! ride sharing service/app.

  1. Lyft is available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  2. Free Lyft app is available online via their site, through Google Play or iTunes
  3.  No cash needed for rides, pay with your CC (credit card)
  4. You (book a ride) with (one click) on your mobile thru the Lyft app
  5. Local rides average less than $10 in cost (approx)
  6. Drivers are friendly for the most part and tend to pick up quickly
  7. Tipping is welcome (and always appreciated)
  8. Everything is/can be done with your mobile – from booking, looking up destination routes in GPS, paying for fare, reviewing and rating your experience, etc
  9. Lots of #FREE rides available – in the form of (promo codes) like the one mentioned above and below
  10. Lyft has a cool Facebook page – that discusses all things (car sharing) but also city specific content and yes! discounts galore as well

If you have questions on Lyft or have yet to try it but want to – reach out to me. I’ve recently become a Lyft Brand Ambassador (yes! that’s a thing) and can help you with sign up, get free rides, send you a link to the app, show you how Lyft works and more.

Don’t forget to use promo code: LYFTBLOGPOST (all one word, no spaces) when you FIRST sign up. *Not valid with existing users.

Questions, comments, feedback – Contact me here. (Thanks!)

Tuesday Resource of the Day


Flash Sale: 30% off orders over $50 at with code QUICK30 – deal expires 9am (EST) tomorrow morning 11/16/2016.

We are starting a new column on the blog called Resource Tuesday – where we discuss a cool new resource we found online. Let me know in the comment area if you’ve heard of, are using or or plan to use our Tuesday Resource of the Day. And as usual, feel free to share your personal fave in the comment area.

Resource Name: Pocket

Description: A very cool “save for later”app which lets you save any article from the web, any video, photo, meme – to read later on your device of choice. Whether at home on the PC, or on the go via your smartphone – Pocket is a fun and very useful resource. One of my favorite features of Pocket is the ability to view what you save without net connection. So if you happen to be in an area without the web, you can still access most if not all of the content that you have saved. Making it ideal for long commutes, waiting in line, or just about any place where there’s a bit of free time and no web access.

Where to get it: online at

Price: $ FREE

Mini Review: Awesome no cost app and site to save articles, videos, memes, photos, etc to view and read later. Easy to use, lots of neat features and available for the PC on the web or as an app for your iPhone or Android device.