A Few Goodies For Today

Black Friday Site

GottaDeal.com’s Black Friday site is already in full swing for this year. Check it out here. (Thanks, Janel!)

Students Only: Get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for just $59.95

Offer Expires April 30, 2008.


  • You must hold a valid email address at a U.S. educational institution ending in .edu (for example, leina@contoso.university.edu) and be actively enrolled with at least 0.5 course load.
  • You must be able to provide proof of enrollment status (ie, student card) upon request by Microsoft. If you are unable to provide proof of enrollment, you will be required to pay the full retail price of Office Ultimate 2007 (approximate ERP $679USD).

A Couple of Freebies

Thanks, Lorri!

Free Sample of Folger’s Gourmet Coffee

Free Maxipad


Changes Brewing at The Main Cup

Main cupFive years in the making, The Main Cup, in Middletown, finally opened for business last winter. In addition to a surprisingly good lunch menu (which features, among other things, a seared ahi tuna sandwich), TMC sells fresh-squeezed lemonade, locally-roasted coffee, and a variety of sodas, juices, and teas. Other goodies: free wireless internet access, loads of comfy seats, and convenient parking in the rear.

As of this Thursday (9/27), not only will the back dining room and patio become full-service areas; beer, wine, and liquor will be sold back there as well. They’ve nearly finished building out the bar in the back dining room and plan to broadcast sporting events in there from time to time.

The front rooms will continue to have counter service.

If you’re going to be in town this weekend for Middletown’s 23rd Annual Heritage Days Festival, be sure to check out The Main Cup. They’ll be serving alcohol, but you can’t take it out of the building.


Free IBM Software MS Office Alternative

IBM Press Release Announcing Symphony Release

Looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Office? Check out this IBM site, where you can download a free package of IBM software with applications that square off against components of MS’s Office suite–a word processor to rival Word, a spreadsheet to go up against Excel, and business-presentation software as an alternative to PowerPoint.

One particularly attractive feature of Symphony is the ability to export documents to PDF.

  • Supported Windows platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista
  • Supported Linux platforms: SLED 10, RHEL 5, Redhat5
  • Macintosh platform will be supported at a later date

When I bought my Dell laptop a few months ago, I opted not to have Office installed on it. I’ve been using Google Documents ever since, which works pretty well for the most part; but there have been times I’ve wished I’d spent the extra $100. Now I’m glad I waited!


McDonald’s After School Snack Booklets Available

McDonald’s is currently selling After School Snack booklets ($1), each containing the following twelve coupons:

  • (3) Free Baked Pie or Child Size Soft Drink
  • (3) Free Cookie or Child Size Soft Drink
  • (3) Free Small Cone or Child Size Soft Drink
  • (3) Free Small Order of Fries or a Free Bag of Apple Dippers

Coupons expire 12/31/07 and can be redeemed by children 12 and under.

NOTE: Chick-fil-A now has a Table Topper dispenser on the condiment island (beside the newspaper rack). And what is a Table Topper, you ask? It’s a thin, plastic place mat that sticks to the table, providing a sanitary eating surface for young kids. When my kids were small, I used to buy these in packs of 10 and carry them in my purse.


A Few Goodies For Today: 50% Off Restaurant.com Certificates & More

  • Get 50% off any Restaurant.com Dining Certificate (exp. 9/13/07). At checkout, enter code EXTRA.
    Local participating restaurants:

    • Brewer’s Alley ($10 GC for $1.50)–currently sold out
    • Bushwaller’s ($25 GC for $5)
    • Cafe Latino ($25 GC for $5)
    • Gabriel’s Inn ($25 for $6.25)
    • Isabella’s ($10 GC for $1.50)–currently sold out
    • Liberty Road Seafood & Steak ($25 GC for $5)
    • Mom’s Pizza & Grill ($25 GC for $4)
    • NEW! The Tasting Room ($25 for $5). I was thrilled when I saw this addition. The Tasting Room is one of the top 3 restaurants in Frederick–and definitely worth a visit.
  • Free Kashi Snack Sample (valid through September, or while supplies last)
  • Get paid for hosting your pictures on Shareapic.com.

    NOTE: Can host eBay pictures here!

    • Upload unlimited pictures.
    • No file size restrictions.
    • Create unlimited galleries.
    • They pay $0.22 per 1,000 pic views.
    • They allow you to add Google Adsense code to your image and gallery pages.
    • They pay out within 7 days.