Skinny On Book and $5 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

****This contest is now over.  Congratulations to the winner Ashley R.  Keep visiting the site because there will be more giveaways.***

In effort to bring back some of the readers I lost due to my lazy posting this month I am offering a bribe by giving away a book and a $5 Amazon gift card.

The book is The Skinny on Real Estate Investing Part I. I have reviewed books from the “Skinny On” series here in the past and I still like them. The books give a nice overview of a subject through the use of manga style cartoons. And if you want to learn more they include suggestions for further reading. To make the giveaway better I am also adding in a $5 Amazon e-gift card.

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post. The winner will be drawn at random next Tuesday. Come back tomorrow for an additional way to enter.

Personal Finance Links – Giveaway Edition

In order to thank those who helped promote my giveaway I am linking to their blogs. If I overlooked your blog let me know and I’ll add it.

Heather has a blog dedicated to giveaways if you are looking for more giveaways to enter.

KNS Financial blogs about firefighters letting a house burn over $75.

Wealthy Immigrant blogs about getting rewards for daily commuting.

Buy Like Buffet is having a gift card giveaway.

Wealth Informatics has advice on how to stay warm and cut your gas bills this winter.

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff shares her top 10 ways to make and save money.

Frugal Rich Life says home is where the heart is.

Nerd Wallet reminds you not to forget to opt in for your 5% cash back rewards.

Thanks to everyone who entered and who helped promote the giveaway. If you haven’t entered yet you still have time. There will be another book giveaway announced Friday so be sure to come back for another chance to win.

Two Cheap Sites and Free Stuff

I recently discovered the website On this site you can get all sorts of stuff done for five bucks. I already got a new twitter background. For five bucks I think it is a pretty good twitter background. If you saw my old one you know it is a huge improvement. Graphics are not one of my areas of expertise. I have a couple of other jobs pending there and I’ll share the results with you when they are done.

It would be pretty difficult to make money at the site since you are only making $5 at a time. The best model would probably be to try to sell more services/products to your customers after they are satisfied with your $5 job. It seems that most people are doing that or are in a country where $5 isn’t such a small amount of money. I haven’t been able to come up with a good idea of what I could do to make money on the site. If you have any suggestions feel free to share them with me.

Another site which can save you some money is This is a consumer review site focused on cheap products. They also have a blog with frugal advice as well as links to frugal resources such as this blog. I haven’t had to buy anything lately but next time I do I will check out the Cheapism review first.

Don’t forget I am having two book giveaways this week. A book giveaway here at Tight Fisted Miser. And another book giveaway at My Retirement Blog.

Book Review and Giveaway: Shift

This week I am giving away a copy of the book, Shift: How to Reinvent Your Business, Your Career, and Your Personal Brand.  This is a slightly interesting book.  It starts off with the author’s story of how he lost over 250 pounds by eating up to 50 oranges a day.  I liked that story but it went on too long.  I kept wondering when I would get to the part about reinvention.  I ended up skimming over the last half of the first part and going to part two which is more focused on the reinvention.   There are some good general ideas for reinventing yourself but I don’t think enough specifics are provided.  There are lots of anecdotes in the book about advertising, which is understandable since the author is in advertising, but I didn’t find the anecdotes to be at all interesting.  I suppose those who are interested in advertising might have enjoyed them.  Also there is lots of name-dropping about all the celebrities the author has met and knows which I found to be annoying after a while.  The book seems a little disorganized but overall is a slightly interesting read.

In case I didn’t make the book sound good enough that you want  to win it I am also including a copy of the New Yorker 2010 Desk Diary.  I will be giving away more of the diaries next week.  To enter this week’s contest all you need to do is leave a comment.  Limit one entry per person.  I will only ship to U.S. mailing addresses to keep my shipping costs reasonable.  The winner will be chosen at random on Friday June 18, 2010.  Good luck!

Book Giveaway: The Skinny on Willpower

A bit about the Skinny On series of books in general.

Inspired by the widely celebrated Japanese literary form, Manga, The Skinny On™ is quickly gaining popularity for its comprehensive analysis of topical subjects, told in an entertaining story format.

Illustrated and easily read in 1 hour, each subject is explored through the lives of Billy and Beth – normal in all respects except one: they just happen to be stick people.

This book is easy to read and includes lots of information for its size.

Leave a comment on this post if you would like to win a copy of this book. I will be choosing a winner at random this Friday. Only one entry per person and you need to have a U.S. mailing address. Good Luck!

*** The contest is now over and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered.