Facebook’s Grateful Challenge – My Edition

The internet has been a buzz for quite some time with challenges well before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Challenges made to other parties via social media networks honing in on specific targets and forcing them or peer pressuring them into doing something or revealing something with the underlying fear of being called out on the same networks as failing to fulfill said challenge.

I am not one to just roll over and go “Ok, you want me to do something because everyone else is…sure and I can post it for likes…ok…” However, there is one person out there that can get me to do anything with little to no arm twisting and that is my beautiful wife. She was recently called out to post for 5 days on Facebook sharing 3 things each time on what you are grateful for. Of course she nominates me… Continue reading

A different elf puts something on our shelf on NYE

We never had an elf on the shelf. Never had to hunt for elves a month prior to Christmas. Snooping around our house. However an elf does break into our house on New Year’s Eve. It all started last year when a strange letter was left on our coffee table.  It was a letter from Nerd Y. the Elf who is Santa’s head elf in charge of “nerdy” subjects like comic books and games. Nerd Y. also shares the same initials as New Year’s Eve. So, this is one of his favorite holidays.

The elf took notice to our family’s NYE tradition of playing games all day long with each other. We break out the cards, dice, the classics, and any new editions we got for Christmas. Video games are also played but we try to downplay them and go with a different type of interactive game. Nerdy loved the tradition and his buddies get together and roll a d20 by the fireplace up north. He wanted to add to our excitement so he hid a game somewhere in our house on the morning of New Year’s Eve. The game was Munchkin by Steven Jackson and is one of our favorite card games of dungeon crawling and back stabbing.

This New Year’s Eve I know the elf will be back but what will he bring? I hear its a game with a fun word to say like Qwirkle or Babaganush. We already got 2 games for Christmas and one of them is becoming a top favorite,  Apples to Apples.  The other game is the starter set for Dungeons and Dragons (red box). I never played so I guess I should read the rules so lil Eddie knows what he is doing. Some of the other games we will likely play on NYE is Munchkin, Clue, Magic the Gathering, 3 man chess/checkers, Scrabble, cards, Dungeon Run, and more.

I hope a lot of other families could be visited by Nerdy. Gather around a table with family and friends too. Put Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve on in the background. Order a pizza. Make a drink. Roll some dice, flip a card, kill a meeple this New Year’s Eve. Stay in and don’t battle the roads with drunken revelers.

This has become a great family tradition. I know my kids love it. I hope this carries over to their families when the time comes.

I’m getting free stuff online. Do you want to too?

Over the years I’ve dabbled in online surveys, free stuff, and conga line sites. I was semi successful in the past and netted myself my first iPod and a Sony PSP. I’ve veered away from the scene due to a lack of motivation and the complexity and scams alot of these sites were turning into. I do miss the free shit though.

It wasn’t until recently when a coworker was telling me his sister got a booklet of a couple dozen 50% codes for Keurig machines. Apparently she gets these deals quite frequently off of one of her “free” stuff sites. We were both intrigued and she turned us on to one to start of on. It is called BzzAgent. Here is a quick summary of who they are from their site.

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Connecting people and their favorite brands since 2001, BzzAgent is the leading social marketing company. What’s that mean to you? We put products in the hands of hundreds of thousands of real consumers and help them share their opinions about them with friends and family via reviews, Facebook posts, photos and videos, blog posts and more. We wouldn’t call ourselves heroes, but it’s okay if you want to.

I did a little research on them and there was a lot of “buzz” out there from happy agents. People were getting free stuff and not just trial samples. These campaigns of products ranged from food, pet products, and technology products. I wish I signed up in time to be considered for the SONOS Sound Systems. That is a pricey toy to play with and keep. On the other hand there were some people who complained they never got picked for a campaign over the past couple of months.

My guess is they never went in and filled out all the surveys. The surveys are easy and less than 5 questions. When I first signed up there was about 30 surveys to fill out and I was done faster than waiting for one life in Candy Crush to be replenished. Oh did I forget to mention you DON’T have to pay for a membership, give out credit card info, etc. Just your name, email, and shipping address. (Some campaigns might come with a small fee for shipping depending on the size of the product.)

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After filling out these surveys I received an invite for my first campaign. It was for a Braun CoolTec Shaver. Perfect. I shave and I could shave quite frequently. Electric razors never worked for me because of my course facial hair but I’m willing to try and keep a $150 electric razor for free. As my wife said this one might work because I never had such an expensive and quality electric razor. I just received the package in the mail yesterday so I can’t wait to try it and review it online.

At this point I highly recommend signing up. You have very little to lose except a few minutes of your internet browsing time which is usually spend on Facebook or Pinterest. So you will need to sign up by clicking here. Additionally I would sign up for a site called MyPoints. Why? Because BzzAgent gives you points for filling out certain surveys which can turn into gift cards. MyPoints also has printable store coupons and other discount deals. Once again free of charge, no monthly fees, and no credit card required.

Want to Buy Youth Soccer Raffle Tickets? Win Philly Union Tickets!

cysaThe following is a plea/sales pitch to help out our local youth soccer club with a raffle fundraiser. I am a fellow youth soccer coach and the individual managing our first raffle (among other hats I wear on our board of directors.) I am also a member of the Sons of Ben (Philadelphia Union supporters group) and American Outlaws (USA supporters group).

Curse this damn weather! We are a few days into the spring season and a lot of our Catasauqua Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) teams have not had the opportunity to take the field for practice. Our first weekend of league play is just two weekends away. Luckily my U8 Boys’ team has been playing in an indoor league over the winter and we have the oppurtunity to use our school district’s gyms for weekly practices.

Not only does the spring weather and its uncertainty and lack of time mess with our practice schedules but now is screwing up a project that CYSA has me running. The project is running a raffle ticket sale to help finance and promote our youth partnership with the Philadelphia Union which I also orchestrated and administer. The setting up and prepping for the raffle was easy the part. The hard part I am dealing with is getting all the teams tickets and enough time to sell tickets before our April 11th drawing at the Blue Monkey Sports Restaurant in Catasauqua, PA. (A portion of the food sales from that night will go to CYSA, which is another fundraiser I lined up for the spring.) I’m concerned that CYSA won’t have enough time to sell my original low target goal to make this a successful fundraiser to try and do annually. I am hoping that any money earned from this raffle will help us buy new goals and nets and fix a lot of our playing fields and hopefully cover some tournament costs for our kids.

My U8 boys and their parents are doing a great job selling tickets so far as they help me make this a huge hit. They also have an incentive to be the team that sells the most raffle tickets which I will cover next. While my team hits the street I want to hit the “social media” streets and hit up my fellow soccer fans and members of the Sons of Ben.

Who wants to buy a raffle ticket or two from my U8 Boys? Tickets are $5 a piece. Prizes include a handful of $100 cash prizes, local gift certificates, and the huge prize to soccer fans is 4 pack of sideline tickets to 13 different Philadelphia Union games in Section 111 Row K. (Four of these packs of tickets will include the season ticket holder scarves.) A full list of prizes can be found on www.cattysoccer.org. I can take Paypal payments to fill out the raffle tickets. If you send Paypal, please make sure that you send it as a personal gift when choosing why you are sending money. They can be sent to eddie@forstoffer.com and please include your name, address, email address, and phone number. I will reply back to you with your ticket number(s) and can send you a picture of the filled out stubs per your request. I can also give you my mailing address if you prefer to send me a check written out to CYSA. If you are local to Catasauqua drop me an email to meet locally or you can come out to the Blue Monkey on March 26th and cheer me on in the ESPN Radio Wing Eating Competition. I’m also going to try and get out to watch the March 30th Union match with local Sons of Ben members at one of our local watering holes and will have tickets on me.

What is my team’s incentive? The team that sells the most tickets will win a group outing to take the team and our entire families to a Philadelphia Union game. The kids will also get to sit on the Union’s bench during pregame warm-ups. My kids all want to win and they deserve to win for all the hard work they have put in with me. These kids started playing three seasons a year with me and they practice over the summer. They attend soccer camps on their down time and I got a few of them hooked on watching games on TV. I am about to start a new chapter in their careers by taking them into a travel league this fall. I think kicking it off with a huge group outing like this would be something the kids of Catty Crue will never forget.