Torchiere Floor Lamp BoostArea 24W Giveaway

HIF Giveaway: BoostArea Floor Lamp πŸ’‘

I'm happy to announce a brand new HIF giveaway. The kind folks at KOCH SYSTEME CS are giving away this free BoostArea 24W Floor Lamp!

Please enter with an email you'll check! The initial winner of our Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer Combo giveaway never responded to my congratulations emails, so I've had to move onto others.

As part of this giveaway, BoostArea sent me one of these floor lamps to try and I have to say I absolutely love it! I personally use it as a reading / mood light in the evening when I'm relaxing in my bedroom. The single power knob is located on the middle of the stem, so you don't have to bend down or reach up to use it. It also a dimmer, so it's really easy to find the exact brightness you're looking for.

The LED lights are kind of cool too! Since they're built into the lamp, the whole thing is ready to use right out of the box. I was a little worried about the bulbs bein non-replaceable, but they guarantee a 5,000 hour lifespan. Assembly couldn't have been easier either – it was literally just screwing a few parts together and you're all set.

BoostArea Lamp Raffle

Giveaway ends on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at noon EST. Winner will be contacted via email by Friday, March 19, 2021.

Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer Combo

HIF Giveaway: Free Air Fryer Pressure Cooker Combo πŸ₯˜

I'm happy to announce a brand new HIF giveaway of a really cool kitchen appliance!

The kind folks at KOCH SYSTEME CS are giving away this free Carl Schmidt Sohn Pressure Cooker and Air Fryer Combo! The customer uploaded images in the review section have my mouth watering, as this awesome cooker can handle chicken, beef, rice, soup, stews, and even cookies!

This giveaway includes the following prize:

  • 6.5qt Pressure Cooker
  • Air Fryer
  • 21-in-1 Programmable Pressure Pot with Detachable Pressure & Crisp Lid
  • LED Digital Touchscreen
  • 3qt Air Fry Basket
  • Recipe Book

While I don't have this exact make and model, I can say that I absolutely love owning a pressure cooker. I use mine two or three times a week and frankly don't know how I got along without one!

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at noon EST. Winner will be contacted via email by Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Free Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer

HIF Giveaway: iSteady Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer 🀳

The recent HIF giveaway was so popular – congrats to Hiffer Renee for winning! – that I'm back with another.

The folks at TikTech have offered to give away this great Hohem iSteady Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer worth $70! 🀳

With this gimbal, you're able to record amazing videos while walking or moving without any excess choppiness or “shaky cams.” Even better, the gimbal one-hand controls allow you to zoom, rotate, and change camera modes all without touching the phone. It also has a cool face-tracking feature for solo videographers and can easily flip between vertical and horizontal mode with the push of a button.

Winner will be contacted by email on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

HIF Giveaway: Complete Nonstick Cookware Set GiveawayComplete Nonstick Cookware Set Giveaway

HIF Giveaway: Free Complete Nonstick Cookware Set 🍳

BOOOO! Wait, don't run off, I was just trying to be festive and announce a new HIF giveaway!

The kind folks at KOCH SYSTEME CS have offered to give away this free complete nonstick cookware set!

This giveaway includes the following prizes:

  • 8″ frypan
  • 10″ frypan with lid
  • 5qt stock pot with lid
  • 3qt sautΓ© pan with lid
  • 3qt sauce pan with lid
  • 1.5qt saucepan with lid
  • 5 black nylon cooking utensils

I don't know about you, but I started cooking a heck of a lot more when the pandemic hit. I could have really used these pots and pans a few months ago when I was struggling to cook an egg without scorching it!

This cookware is incredibly solid with a double layer of nonstick coating for amazing food release and unbelievably easy cleanup. I love the speckled red look as well, which has a much nicer appearance than my all-black cookware.

Another nice feature are the Bakelite handles, which stay cool while cooking. They're both ergonomical and have pre-punched holes to make hanging & storage easier.

Winner will be contacted by email on Friday, November 13, 2020.

Free Shell Fuel Rewards Penske Giveaway

Shell Fuel Rewards Giveaway

Shell Fuel Rewards is a free rewards program where members save $0.05 on every fill up at Shell stations. On top of being a great way to lower your gas bill, Shell Fuel Rewards also supplied me with a Team Penske gift pack to give away, which includes signed merchandise from NASCAR No. 22 driver Joey Logano!

Use the widget below or click here to enter for your chance to win the following items:

  • Joey Logano signed Pennzoil No. 22 hat
  • Large team Penske shirt
  • Joey Logano signed No. 22 action racing collectables car

The giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on Nov. 16 and one lucky winner will be contacted via email on Nov. 18. Good luck!

Valpak Coupons

Money Saving Coupons via Valpak Envelopes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Valpak. All thoughts, words, and opinions and have not been written or edited by the sponsor.

Living in New York makes saving money incredibly difficult. It's like I'm in college again – which bars have the best happy hour specials? What time does my local bodega put their produce on sale? Is it Mike's Deli or Michael's Deli with the Monday meatball special? But I can always count on setting my watch to a giant Valpak envelope arriving in my mailbox each month. How can I not love spotting a bundle of coupons surrounded by freebies?

When I first started HIF in 2006, Valpak was one of the first companies I wrote about. They mainly only sent out coupons for household services and local restaurants. That helped mold most of us into thinking we could only find grocery savings via printables on the Internet, but that's not 100% true any longer. Valpak envelopes now come stocked with all sorts of grocery coupons, which helps this New Yorker stay fed without breaking the bank.

Sidenote, actually breaking a bank is harder than it sounds. You need all sorts of wrecking balls and jackhammers, it's honestly a lot more work than I'd ever be willing to do. That's why I try and save money with coupons so I don't have to break the bank. What were we talking about again?

Among this month's Valpak envelope, some of the high-value coupons included:

  • $10/1 Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts at Walmart
  • Free $20 gift card with purchase of $45 Sam's Club membership
  • $1/1 Vermont Creamery Fresh Goat Cheese Log at Mambo Sprouts
  • $1/1 Perfect Bar at Mambo Sprouts

While I might not need all of those items, they're great savings! The Vermont Creamery Fresh Goat Cheese Log has me most intrigued. I'm the kind of guy whose favorite cheese can best be described as “…uh, the yellow one?” So I'm not too accustomed to cheese of the goat nor log forms and I've only been to Vermont for about an hour, I think. I was sleeping in the backseat. Great road trip! Now let's try some of that cheese.

The Dr. Scholl's insert deal is definitely a nice offer to boot (… 😄) since any New Yorker will tell you wherever you're going isn't too far to walk. Anywhere, doesn't matter, it's the cold, hard truth that walking might be faster than a subway, cab, or bus. Turns out moving 8 million people all at once gets things a little clogged up. Who would have guessed? Thus I've used inserts for almost a decade and my feet, legs, and back have thanked me ever since.

If you think back to HIF's earliest days, there aren't many of the same money saving methods still in existence. However one of the longtime stalwarts has been Valpak. As the price of living inches ever up and more and more coupon sites drop to the wayside, it's nice knowing a #ValpakNY of great coupons could still arrive any day in my mailbox.

Also if anybody at Valpak HQ is reading this, might I be so bold as to propose selling Katsaks. As early 1990's Mike Rowe showed us on QVC, Katsaks are loads of fun for our feline companions. And who wouldn't buy a Valpak Katsak? The name is a billion dollar brand, easy. Thank you for your time and you're welcome for the genius idea.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Valpak. All thoughts, words, and opinions and have not been written or edited by the sponsor.

Sponsored: Free Nike 2-Day Shipping

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Summer is amazing for so many reasons. Warm weather. Vacations. Afternoon beers with friends. Warm weather. Baseball! Did I mention warm weather?

Part of the reason I love this time of year is all the time it allows me to spend outside. I'm no health nut, but I do enjoy a weekly game of pickup softball or kickball. What can I say, I'm still a kid at heart. I'm also a kid who hates chaffing and running around in old 100% cotton t-shirts that feel like they weigh 100 pounds.

Enter Nike and their sweet shipping deal. It's pretty rare to see free 2-day shipping outside of Amazon or ShopRunner, but that's exactly what Nike is offering! All you have to do is sign up for the Nike email newsletter and you'll receive free 2-Day shipping on any sized order.

Free shipping. New clothes to enjoy summer with. And of course those afternoon beers with friends πŸ™‚

$100 Checks in the Mail Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and giveaway on behalf of and Checks in the Mail. However all opinions written below are 100% my own. I ate a bug once in the 1st grade. I also had a huge crush on Christine Taylor when she was in Hey, Dude. How much more do I have to share here?

Actually, let me share one more thing. I used to hate checks. Like, really, I hated them. It wasn't for the typical reasons though. Sure, I thought they were antiquated and I couldn't understand why anybody in their right mind would use, let alone prefer them.

It probably didn't help that my typical interactions with them always involved giving away money too. Making a car payment, insurance, probably a few repairs in there as well. Bills, which apparently come every month. Students loans! HAHA! I paid how much for what exactly again?! I still don't know.

No, the reason I grew to hate checks was because they were forced on me. Some bills could only be paid by check, because that makes sense. Others weren't as macabre, but they charged a few dollars to pay by card.

As a broke 20 year old, I didn't just pinch pennies, I named them and there was no way I could justify giving away Frank, Yolanda, George, Stephanie, Little P, Maryanne, Sir Elton of Dover, Little P Jr., and Winkin' Lincoln as punishment for rejecting what I considered dinosaur technology. “Fine,” I meekly mumbled to myself as I paid $30 I didn't have for a box of checks I didn't want, “I'll buy these, but I'm drawing the line at faxing in my payment!”

Flash forward a decade.

I don't know how it happened, but I developed a habit of saving. I squirreled money away, got a steady job (or whatever the heck this is!), and even *gulp* drank cheap liquor. When my lease ended in August, I kicked around the idea of getting my first apartment alone. I'd always had some sort of roommate situation, be it friends, family, or strangers. (There've been some characters. Remind me to tell you about Phil one day.) It was never a huge deal, but hey, I like walking around naked after a shower or drinking milk from the carton as much as the next guy. Unfortunately I learned the hard way both are activities others frown upon.

The lease I signed last month only had one signature when I submitted it for approval. My new apartment isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Drop a ball in my living room and I know the exact spot it'll end up. The guy next door loves blaring the television at volumes most high orbit spy satellites pick up. Oh and windows are apparently optional!

But it's all mine πŸ™‚ It's my first “home” that I get to make completely my own, something that excites me, and that is something I never saw coming in a million years.

Landlords are probably one of the biggest holdouts in the “Vive la Checks!” camp. However when I pulled my checkbook out last month while signing the lease, I wasn't filled with hate or annoyance or even apathy. There was happiness and pride and excitement and holy crap it felt stupendous!!!

I'd never had that experience while holding a check. I'm thrilled to say those emotions carried over to the first of this month as well. I guess you can say I don't hate checks anymore.


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I've never personally used Checks in the Mail and I'm not in the market for more at the moment, but I've bookmarked them and will use them next year when I run out. They've got good reviews online and an A+ rating with the BBB to boot. If you happen to need checks now, you can't go wrong with their current offer. New customers get 60% off plus free shipping via code GET60. Sounds pretty rad to me.


Awesome Giveaway Details

Most of us get monthly Valpaks stuffed with coupons, which is already great enough. However Checks in the Mail got in touch with them recently and offered to place $100 checks in Valpaks across the country. So make sure to open your Valpak ASAP the next time it arrives

As if that wasn't enough, Checks in the Mail has teamed up with a few bloggers to give away $100 to 10 of our lucky readers. You can enter via the widget below and the fine print can be found beneath it.

I hope all 10 winners are Hiffers. Okay, I'll settle for 9. So go enter, good luck, and just for fun leave a comment saying what you'd spend your winnings on! Just a warning: if you say Macallan, we might become best friends.