Cool New FREE Flag Counter For Your Blog or Website

There’s a great way to liven up your own blog, website or personal place in cyberspace with a relatively new cool simple device (widget).

Plain old “hit counters” are boring ––

How ’bout a FREE FLAG COUNTER?

Here’s an opportunity to add a very cool FREE “stat” or “hit” counter to your website with just a simple image. Every time someone from a new country visits your blog or website, a new flag will be added to your counter. The total number of visitors from each country is shown next to the flag. Clicking on the counter image will reveal additional informative charts and information!

  • Flag Counters are fast, fun, reliable, and best of all, FREE of charge!
  • You can now get your own Flag Counter with just one line of HTML code.
  • You can even customize your counter to give it your own personal and unique flair

You can put a flag counter on pretty much any site you publish, manage or own. All that is required is that the site supports images. This particular Flag Counter is a basic simple image!

It’s also quite simple to make changes to your Flag Counter. You can change and customize your counter’s colors, add rows, and much more, at any time. On the bottom of any of your statistics pages (that you can access after clicking on your counter) there is a “Regenerate HTML” link. Just follow that link and you’ll be modifying your existing Flag Counter. When you’re finished, just swap out your old HTML code with the new code and you’ll be all set!

It’s that easy!

One of the best parts about it for me is that it does not require any registration. Just configure how you want your flag counter to look like, it will then generate a HTML code, then just paste it into your blog or other website. It’s so simple.

There is also a forum section for members to interact with one another if they so desire – it is NOT mandatory. No personal information is required to activate your FREE stat counter unless you upgrade to their PRO EDITION.

To celebrate the launch of this new feature, they’re giving five lucky forum users FREE Flag Counter Pro, FOR LIFE! To see all the details, and to learn how to win, check out the forum section of their site.

Check out the Flag Counter on this site you’re on right now in the lower right-hand column (sidebar) of this page. There’s actually two of them – one for US visitors and one for Worldwide visitors.

Click this LINK to visit Flag Counter for yourself!

Money Saving Tips At The Checkout Counter: Are You Coupon Savvy?

How Coupon Savvy Are You?

couponclippingsIn today’s shaky economy where most Americans (as well as others in countries around the world) find themselves tightening their belts and cutting back on non-essentials. There should be no need to feel embarrassed about clipping coupons and presenting them at the checkout stand as needed. In fact, there are a number of people out there that have gone way beyond that. There are sites now for coupon exchanges, clearinghouses, people putting them on CraigsList, eBay, and many other online classified marketplaces. I’ve even come across a site or two that keeps store ads and coupon ads updated on a daily/weekly basis — which is basically — a locator of where to shop to get a specific item at a particular sale price plus where to find the coupon at for further reductions. You may even be able to combine a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon for the ultimate savings. You may even luck out and find “double value coupons” or receive free coupons in the mail for example “spend $25 and get _x_ items for free or 50%-75% off”.

cash-moneyBelow you will find the best and most highly recommended sites for maximizing coupon savings to help stretch your dollar as far as possible. Most included FREE printable coupons on groceries, personal bath products and merchandise for your immediate use on your next shopping trip. A few will give you the latest coupon codes for immediate use.

Check ’em out and see which one’s work best for you…coupons-grocerybags-cart-checkout

Here are a few more ways to become more COUPON SAVVY…

  • Clip Newspaper Coupons – Check the Sunday newspapers for coupon inserts from RedPlum, Smartsource, and PG Brand Savers (Proctor and Gamble). You can get duplicate coupons by purchasing more than one Sunday newspaper. Try asking friends and relatives for coupon inserts that they’re not planning on using.
  • Print Out Internet Coupons – Visit smartsource.com and redplum.com for more money saving coupons. Both sites require you to download free coupon printing software so that grocery clerks will be able to scan them. I love these coupons as I often find they are for $1.00 or more off the regular price of items. Just be sure to check your supermarket’s internet coupon policy. One of my local supermarkets does not accept internet coupons at all. Another local supermarket will accept them, but only up to $1.00.
  • Combine Your Coupons – You can use a combination of newspaper coupons and internet coupons to net big savings at the supermarket. If you time your purchases correctly, you can use these on top of supermarket items already on sale.
  • Study The Sales Circular – Find out what’s on sale and plan your menu around those items. My favorite supermarket’s sales circular saves me some work by making note of corresponding coupons found in newspaper coupon inserts. Another great thing about sales circulars is that many also include additional coupons you can use for more savings.
  • Sign-Up For The Supermarket Savings Program – They go by a variety of names (Super Savers, Price Plus, Advantage Plus, Super Shoppers, etc) but they do the same thing: save you money! When you sign up, you’ll receive a card. Each time you shop, present the card to the cashier and any discounts offered on items you purchased will be taken off. Many savings programs offer free turkeys and hams throughout the year (based on the amount you spend during a certain period of time), mail additional coupons to your home, and even offer discounts for families who purchase lots of baby items.
  • Familiarize Yourself With Your Supermarket’s Savings Policies – Ask the following questions to get the most for your money: Does this store accept competitor’s coupons? Does this store double or triple coupons? Does this store accept internet coupons? What day of the week do sales begin?
  • Stock Up On Items When They Are On Sale – Most supermarkets tend to drop the prices on meat on the “Sell Buy” date. Often times, prices on these meats are significantly reduced because they cannot sell it after this “Sell Buy” date. This is the perfect time to swoop in, scoop up the great deals, and freeze them immediately for later use. This way, you’re able to keep your freezer well stocked.
  • Stockpile Pantry Goods As Well – Save money by purchasing goods BEFORE you need them. When something goes on sale, arm yourself with coupons and buy enough to last 3 months or so. You never want to be forced to pay full price for an item just because you need it now. Plan Ahead
  • Don’t Forget The Drugstores – Great deals can be found on detergents, hygiene products, and paper toiletries at places such as Walgreens, Longs, CVS, and Rite Aid. Check the sales circulars for these stores as well. They often include money saving coupons. Manufacturer’s coupons are generally accepted there as well.
  • Seek Money Saving Solutions Online – Two great places to visit are The Grocery Game and Coupon Mom. Both sites help grocery shoppers keep track of coupons and note when items reach rock bottom prices so you can really save money. The Grocery Game charges a fee for the service, but Coupon Mom does not. Another website to check out is The Grocery Guide. When you enter your zip code, you can choose a supermarket in your area and view the store’s sales. It also tells you if coupons are available and lets you know where to find those coupons.

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Coupons Books for Entertainment & Dining– This one you’ll have to pay for if interested, but has the potential to save you hundreds if you and your family or friends dine out or entertain frequently. There are tons of different editions of this booklet that specialize in individual cities and regions across the United States. Prices vary – Expiration’s vary – Locations vary – Bonus sections vary

For nearly 50 years, Entertainment has been helping people save in tough economic times with the big Entertainment coupon book. Today, more then ever, people realize that the premium 50% off and 2-for-1 coupons found in the book help them save on everyday essentials right in their neighborhood including:

  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Movie Tickets
  • Groceries
  • Services
  • Travel
  • Attractions
  • Car Care
  • Home Furnishings

Plus, with each book purchase you get online access to hundreds of additional local printable coupons and incredible online shopping discounts not found in the book.

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Here’s another post from this blog about saving money on groceries:

13 Tips For Saving Money On Groceries At The Supermarket

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Fun Sound Effects … In An Instant

sound_fx_machineEver wish that you had some kind of device to help lighten up an  awkward moment or get you out of an uncomfortable situation? I’m sure we all have had a similar experience at one time or another.

Well ….. Fear Not Anymore! …..

Here are a few sites to check out for thousands of cool and fun “instant gratification” sound effects.And best of all, the key element to this list is that they are all FREE (as well as royalty-free) with minimum effort involved. They run the full gamut from funny to scary in range, including sounds of animals, applause, people, transportation, sirens, lasers, instruments, household appliances, doors, machines, TV, space, occupational, nature, weather and so forth as well as a whole slew of alarms, bells, beeps, clicks, chimes, screams and whistles ….. all designed for personal use on your projects, blogs, websites, etc.

Go Ahead! — Give it a Try! — Indulge A Little! — You know you wanna! 🙂

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11 Instant Sound Effect Sitesmagic-button-anim

This is the classic and most likely the original site in the genre. Load this site up before you tell a joke and hit the button to punctuate your punch line.

Created in response to instant rimshot, sad trombone is useful when delivering bad news to someone such as “Honey, I accidentally drove the car into the garage door…” Insert sad trombone sound here.

An alternative that is probably a good idea to have open alongside instant rimshot when telling a joke, you might want to use instant crickets when your joke doesn’t go over too terribly well. This site is particularly useful in corporate meetings when telling “politically-incorrect” jokes.

When everything seems to be getting you down, you can always rely on your emergency yodel button. Yodels are like hugs, giving you a warm and fuzzy feeling inside and making everything just a little bit better.

This reminds me of the sad horn sound effect, from a well-known television game show, where you attempt to guess the prices of everyday products. You probably know which one I’m inferring to.

Basically just an up and down slide whistle sound ….. In some ways, it appears more pathetic than a sad trombone. Doesn’t really sound all that festive but you could stretch your imagination and find a creative use for it.

The classic scream from “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by Roger Daltrey of the legendary rock group “The Who”, which just happens to be the theme song from “CSI:Miami”.  Also, David Caruso’s acting skills are legendary, so why not punctuate your day with sunglasses and his serious mug?

Be Fore-Warned!! – Beware, that by clicking this link, you will be exposing yourself to a full-screen image of William Shatner’s face….. Again ….. You Have Been Warned!!

Bad Taste Alert!! – This is one of those pull-my-finger episodes. May be lame and kitschy, but may work when the “essense of you” time rolls around and pointing your finger at the dog just doesn’t work anymore.

Reminds you of an old black and white TV western in the mindset of “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper. Gives kind of a desolate or lonely aura. Also, ideal to use when one of your jokes bombs or goes over your audience’s heads.

Personally I find this one quite annoying, but others may find it perfect for that moment when someone in your office makes a ridiculously obvious suggestion or comment, or is prone to spilling coffee all over himself/herself.

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13 More Sound F/X Sites With Large Libraries sound effects logo

As a bonus, thousands of additional sound effects as well as  sound bytes can be found at the various sites listed below. Simply click on the name/link and you’ll be taken right to the  website. These are also FREE and are Royalty-Freeas well.

 

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Here are a few more just addedcreate farts

Create and customize virtual farts and email them to your family and friends.

A collection of either gross or funny (depending on how you look at it) belches and burps – It’s a simple fact of life – just depends on how vocal you are 😛

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Cool Tools! – Handy Online Gadgets

stopwatchThis page features a few simple, nifty, handy-dandy apps that you might actually find helpful enough, as well as useful enough, to add/download to your browser, home page, website or blog. Best of all, they’re all FREE and very easy to install. Listed below are a few of these as well as their links to get yours instantly.

Everybody needs a stopwatch, calculator or timer at some point — and there never seems to be one around when you really need one!

Well … Fear Not … Now There Is!

A simple, fast “Flash” Online Stopwatch and Online Countdown Timer always available when you need it.

All of these can be found at Online-Stopwatch.com or you may click on them individually as they are listed below …..

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Below are a few more cool FREE gadget applications from LabPixies.com.

Your source for the Coolest Gadgets on the Web!

labpixiesLabPixies is a free online directory for web gadgets (also known as “Widgets”). Add cool and useful gadgets to your home page, or embed them to enrich your blog or website. Simply click the “add to” button of your favorite gadget and start personalizing your online experience! Try it now! – They’re FREE!

Here are a few of the most popular …..calorie_counter

Lots of  games for your desktop are available here also including:

  • Black Jackblackjack_game
  • Flood-It!
  • Hangman
  • Invaders
  • Marbles
  • Minesweeper
  • Slot Machine
  • Sudoku Puzzles
  • Trivia
  • Video Poker
  • plus many more!

There are quite a few more gadgets or widgets available from this website that include fun and games, entertainment and additional tools to help make your job just a little more bearable or your life a little easier ….. Check ‘Em Out!

LabPixies.com

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FREE 411 Directory Assistance – Now More Choices!

free411.img_assist_customI’m now aware of 7 companies offering TOLL FREE 411 INFORMATION to anyone using either a landline or cell phone. Now if you’re using a mobile phone, depending on your plan, you will still have to pay for your minutes you actually use, of course. You might want to test these out and see which one works best for you. Websites have been included wherever possible for more info.

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1-800-FREE-411

http://www.free411.com/index.php

1800FREE411

In exchange for listening to a 10-second ad, you can use this free 411-like service. A nice bonus is that it can text (SMS) you the information you’re looking for.

1-800-373-3411

  1. Call 1-800-373-3411
  2. Listen to a 10-second ad.
  3. Follow the voice prompts, asking for your location and business name/type.
  4. Get your desired information by phone or by text.

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1-800-THE-INFO1-800_the_info

http://www.800theinfo.com/

Simply Dial  1-800-843-4636

1-800-THE-INFO is the number to call for free business numbers and addresses. Get the info you need for shops, restaurants, andlocal businesses. Get it fast and get it free. Save yourself some dough. The next time you need to know a number or an address fast, call 1-800-THE-INFO.

It’s like Directory Assistance. Except for some key differences. You can search by the TYPE of business you’re looking for.  Also, if you want to search by neighborhood, landmark or intersection, we can recommend nearby businesses and services.

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1-800-GOOG-411

http://www.google.com/goog411/google411

Google’s service finds specific businesses in specific cities, and connects you to them by phone.

1-800-466-4411

Google’s service gives you information about local businesses in a specific area.

  1. Call 1-800-466-4411
  2. State the location (“Oakland”) and business name or category (“Golden Lotus”/”vegetarian restaurant”).
  3. Choose/confirm the business you want to contact.
  4. Google will connect you.

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1-800-935-5697at&t

1-800-YELLOWPAGES

http://www.att.com/Common/1800yellowpages/product_description.htm

Place a free call to 1-800-YELLOWPAGES – (1-800-935-5697), listen to brief five to ten second ads, and then get the number you want. All for free, thanks to the advertisers who pay for the calls.

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1-800-555-8355

By phone or by cellphone Web

http://www.tellme.com/youtellme_color_screen

Tellme allows you to call a toll-free number and get information such as stock quotes, directions, movie and weather information, or get richer information if you have a Web-enabled phone or Blackberry. It can also text (SMS) you the information.

  1. Call 1-800-555-8355
  2. Say one of the following words below.
  3. Get the information you requested.

You can request any of the following:

  • business (“Coffee”, “Starbucks”)
  • “movies”
  • “sports” – scores, game times, updates
  • “weather”
  • “news center”
  • “stock quote”
  • “travel” – taxis, planes, rental cars, hotels
  • “entertainment” – horoscopes, soap opera news

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1-800-BING-411

http://www.discoverbing.com/mobile/411/bing411

  • Call 1-800-Bing-411 (1-800-246-4411) for free.
  • Connect directly to businesses for free.
  • Share listings with friends.
  • Receive text messages of local listings.
  • Hear the latest traffic reports, personalized to your route
  • Hear turn-by-turn driving directions, or get a text message
  • Find movie showtimes and theater info
  • Listen to current weather and forecasts

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1-800-411-SAVE

1-800-411-SAVE Rolls Out Free Directory Assistance Nationwide

1-800-411-SAVE is a pioneer provider of free directory assistance services. Supported by advertisers, 1-800-411-SAVE provides free residential, government and business listings (by name or category) via live operators. While the listing is retrieved, callers hear a brief, relevant advertising message often containing a promotion or special offer. The 1-800-411-SAVE service is an excellent alternative to costly directory assistance services and is fast, easy and 100% free.