Mar-Lu-Ridge Family Campfire Event

Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference and Educational Center in Jefferson, Maryland is hosting a Family Campfire on Sunday, December 13, 2009 beginning at 4 p.m. There is no charge to participate. All are invited to join at the large outdoor campfire circle located at the end of Mar-Lu-Ridge Road atop Catoctin Ridge near Jefferson. Celebrate the joys of Christmas with songs, stories, snacks, fellowship and a roaring fire – the perfect wholesome outdoor family activity in this busy season. Any questions can be answered by calling (800) 238-9974 or by e-mailing Sarah@Mar-Lu-Ridge.org. Mar-Lu-Ridge is located atop Catoctin Ridge off Mountville Road at 3200 Mar-Lu-Ridge Road, Jefferson, MD 21755. The camp’s web site is: www.Mar-Lu-Ridge.org.

Thanks, Beth!

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Coinstar $10 Holiday Bonus for 2009

CoinStar PromoCoinstar coin counting is free when you turn your coins into a gift card or eCert. Now through December 6th when you cash in $40 or more, Coinstar will send you a holiday bonus worth $10.

To take advantage of this offer, take $40 or more in coins to a Coinstar machine and choose a pre-paid gift card in lieu of cash. Afterwards, mail in the bottom portion of your receipt, and Coinstar will mail you a $10 gift card for the same brand you originally cashed in for. Offer ends 12/06/2009.

Gift cards include Amazon.com, Eddie Bauer, iTunes, Borders, JC Penney, CVS, Lowe’s, Regal Entertainment, and Starbucks.

If you swap your coins for cash, the fee is 8.9%, and you get no holiday bonus.

Coinstar locations here.

Rules here.

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New Starbucks Loyalty Program Requires Purchases For Most Rewards

Starbucks will merge its two rewards programs, Starbucks Card Rewards and Starbucks Gold, into a single program, My Starbucks Rewards. The new program, which requires more interactions before the benefits kick in than the current programs, will debut 12/26.

My Starbucks Rewards cherry picks from both previous programs. All of the schemes are based off stored-value cards. Similar to the Starbucks Gold program, participants are given a free birthday beverage when the card is registered. And like the soon-to-be-phased-out Starbucks Card Rewards, My Starbucks Rewards will not have an annual fee.

Details here.

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