Giveaway contest

Update (9/26/2012): This giveaway is now closed. The Monona Pie Party has selected a winner using Random.org and has notified that person by e-mail.

After a three-year hiatus, the Monona Pie Party has returned! The event — a fundraiser for Playtime Productions Children’s Theatre, — will take place from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Monona Community Center.

In addition to an amateur pie baking contest, local professional bakers will go head-to-head in their own category. Bakeries currently slated to participate are Norske Nook, Hubbard Avenue Diner, Manna Cafe, Cupcakes A-Go-Go, and Humble Pies.

Interested in winning a couple of tickets to the Monona Pie Party, where you can “sample 100+ sweet and savory pies to your tummy’s content?” Here’s what you need to do:

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Update (3/30/2012 – 5:45 p.m.): This giveaway offer has now expired. The winner (commenter #63) has been chosen by the Random.org random number generator and notified by e-mail. Our thanks to everyone who entered and shared their information and opinions!

This is a test of sorts– and if you pass, you might win a tasty reward: A $25 gift certificate valid at any area Food Fight restaurant.

Here’s the deal: Madison on the Cheap sends out hundreds of e-mails to subscribers on most days, but a lot those subscribers never seem to visit the main Madison on the Cheap blog where we post deals — and we’re wondering why. Maybe there’s nothing that interests you (and if so, we’d like to correct that situation). Or, gasp! maybe you’re not receiving the e-mails because an over-vigilant spam filter is at work.

We also post a lot of deals to Facebook and sometimes find the time to send out a few Tweets, but again the response (in terms of visits to the main Madison on the Cheap blog) isn’t as high as we’d like to see.

We want more regular visitors, so we’re going to ask for your input about how often you visit Madison on the Cheap and what brings you here.

If you’d like to be eligible to win the $25 Food Fight gift certificate here’s what you’ll need to do to pass “the test” (which starts with discovering that something’s afoot by reading this post):

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Update (9/26/2011): Congratulations to Stephanie, winner of the “Where Locavores Go Coupon Book.”
To celebrate the arrival of the Autumnal Equinox on Friday — and because most everyone loves free cupcakes — we’re sponsoring a giveway contest. The prize is a “Where the Locavores Go Coupon Book” from Madison’s REAP Food Group.

The coupon book has farm coupons, restaurant coupons, and retail coupons — including coupons for Fountain Prairie Farms, Dayton Street Grille, Marigold Kitchen, New Glarus Brewing Co, and Bloom Bake Shop (which offers a cupcake BOGO). You can see a complete list of participating local businesses on the REAP Food Group’s website (check the sidebar for 2011 participants; the PDF wasn’t up-to-date when we last took a look at it).

If you want to buy one, the coupon book costs $10 and is available at both Willy Street Co-op locations and at Bloom Bake Shop. You may also order it online, but there is an additional $2 charge for shipping. Sales of the book benefit REAP’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program, which supports a network of chefs, farmers and other food-related professionals.

Since the price of the coupon book is modest, we’ve decided that if we receive more than 50 entries on this giveaway, we’ll select two winners and give them each a book. If the number of entries is 50 or less, we’ll just select one winner.

If you’d like to enter this giveaway contest, here’s what you’ll need to do:

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The winner has been chosen and notified by e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to respond.

Photographs of Sjolind's Chocolate House ©Nadine Goff

Sjolind’s Chocolate House is one of our favorite places — and at the risk of making it so popular we can’t find a table, we’d like to introduce you to it by giving away a $15 gift certificate to one of our Madison on the Cheap readers.

Located at 219 East Main Street in Mount Horeb, Sjolind’s is the place we go to for a terrific slice of layer cake, a mouth-watering fruit tart, a tasty scone, and the best Sunday-morning coffee cake in Dane County. If that’s not enough there are always cookies, decadent chocolate pastries, and, if you arrive early enough, savory quiches. Accompany one of these with some fresh-brewed tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this small-town specialty cafe.

Or spend some time examining what’s on the shelves and in the drawers that surround the open kitchen where you can watch the bakers at work. You may find homemade marshmallows; French macarons (not to be confused with macaroons); boxes of handmade caramels and chocolate truffles; and chocolate-covered dried fruit. There are also scores of high-quality chocolate bars, including Exotic Chocolate Bars from Vosges Chocolat,Cowgirl Chocolates, and a wide variety of Fair Trade brands.

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Congratulations to Jan, chosen by random.org as the winner of our giveaway for the $25 gift certificate to Claddagh Irish Pub in Middleton. She’s been notified by e-mail and has 48 hours to claim her prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered and shared their ideas for free, cheap, and inexpensive places to visit within a 100-mile radius of Madison. Even if you didn’t enter the contest, you may want to visit the post and read what the entrants suggested.

Madison Opera is having a “Facebook Fan Drive” and they’re giving away a very nice prize. Here’s the deal: “The person who gets the most new people to “like” our page on Facebook between now and the start of single ticket sales on Sept. 11th will win two orchestra-level seats to ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in November (a $156 value!). When encouraging your friends to “like” Madison Opera on Facebook, be sure to ask them to post your full name on our wall so we know who sent them!”

We’d like you to participate because (1) half of the Madison on the Cheap team loves opera and wants to win some free tickets; and (2) both of us would be pleased to demonstrate to the Madison Opera that our loyal fans are interested in the arts.

So if you want to send Nadine to Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and Izzy the Intern into a paroxysm of joy (because he will be rewarded with Babcock Hall chocolate ice cream if MOTC wins), “like” Madison Opera on Facebook and post our name (Madison on the Cheap) on their wall.

Of course, there’s nothing to prevent you from using this opportunity to win the Madison Opera tickets for yourself…

This giveaway contest is over and the winner has been chosen.
“It’s always about food,” insists Izzie the Intern. That’s why food is going to be the focus of our next few giveaway contests.

If you want to win a $25 gift certificate for Claddagh Irish Pub at Greenway Commons in Middleton, you’ll want to enter this Madison on the Cheap giveaway contest.

This is a Restaurant.com gift certificate and it does not have an expiration date – although we suspect the winner probably won’t wait too long to use it. We chose Claddagh Irish Pub because we like the food and the atmosphere – and because we know that gift certificates for this establishment usually aren’t in stock too long at Restaurant.com and are rarely available near the end of the month when prices are very low.

This $25 gift certificate is good with a minimum purchase of $35 and is valid for food only. It may be used Sunday-Thursday (excluding holidays and special events).

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Congratulations to the winners of our two most recent giveaway contest: Connie in Verona (winner of the “Live Green Together” prize pack from Cascadian Farm) and Sun in Waunakee (winner of “Madison,” a 128-page book of photographs by Williams, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press). Both winner were chosen using Random.org

We have some more giveaways coming up after the long holiday weekend. Stay tuned.

Update (5/24/2010): This giveaway contest is now finished. We’ll announce the winner soon.

Recently, Madison on the Cheap received an e-mail from MyBlogSpark asking if we would be interested in receiving a “Live Green Together” prize pack from Cascadian Farm that included cereals and granola bars. It was accompanied by the offer of an additional prize pack to give away to one of our readers. It was this latter offer that convinced us we wanted to participate in this offer.

When our prize pack arrived, it included the following products from Cascadian Farm: Fruitful O´s cereal, Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Chocolate Chip Chewy granola bars, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars, Oats & Honey granola, and an eco-friendly grocery bag. These were regular, full-sized packages, not little samples.

Izzy the Intern immediately staked a claim to the granola bars, pausing briefly to ask, “But do they contain bran?” We checked the nutritional information and the answer was, “No.” However, we learned that the Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars each contained 5 grams of fiber, which pleased Izzy, who tends to get bored eating bran cereal and prunes (and that’s just about all we’re going to say about fiber).

Scanning the nutritional information for all six products, we learned that Cascadian Farm products are organic – and very importantly – they do NOT contain high fructose corn syrup (something Izzy was surprised to learn was in the leading brand of bran cereal he’s been eating).

There are so many brands of cereals and granola bars in grocery stores these days, it’s easy to fall into a rut and keep buying what’s familiar, rather than making the bold decision to leave your comfort zone and try something new.

We enjoyed our Cascadian Farm products and were please to discover that the company is open and forthright when it comes to providing information about them.** Check out their website to learn more about the Cascadian Farm story, the nutritional information for each product, and why (if you don’t already know) buying organic is good for you and your family.

Now – at last! – the part of this post you’ve been waiting to read. If you’d like to win a prize pack that includes the following products from Cascadian Farms: Fruitful O´s cereal, Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Chocolate Chip Chewy granola bars, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars, Oats & Honey granola, and an eco-friendly grocery bag, here’s how to enter our giveaway contest:

Leave a comment on this post and tell us either what you normally eat for breakfast, or what you’d really prefer to be eating for breakfast.

You must leave your name (first name only, if you wish) and a valid e-mail address (which will not be visible to others). We need the e-mail address to contact the winner for addition information (mailing address).

The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted. Only one entry per person. Multiple entries will be discarded. Contest open only to U.S. residents with a U.S. mailing address. MyBlogSpark will ship the prize directly to the winner via FedEx, so the winner will have to provide a street address in order to receive the prize.

Winner will be selected using Random.org and notified by e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Note: We use comment moderation, so your comment may not appear immediately. We’ll check comments in the queue several times a day, so check back later if you want to see yourself in print.

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Update (5/20/2010): This giveaway contest is now finished. We’ll announce the winner soon.

Even if you’re not familiar with his name, you’re probably familiar with his work: Zane Williams has been taking memorable photographs of Madison for several decades. Now Madison on the Cheap is offering its readers an opportunity to win a free copy of “Madison,” a 128-page book of photographs by Williams, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Here’s how the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, which is providing a free copy of “Madison” for this giveaway, describes the book:

“This spectacular collection of photographs takes the viewer on a stroll through the heart of Madison, around the Capitol Square and down renowned State Street, with some stops at some of the most recent additions to the city;s skyline, including the Monona Terrace Convention Center (original design by Frank Lloyd Wright) and the Overture Center for the Arts. Then it’s on toward the University of Wisconsin campus, with it historic buildings, walkways and the Memorial Union Terrace, on of the city’s best-known spot for students and locals to meet, eat and listen to live music. The tour continues through Madison’s diverse neighborhoods, visiting ethnic restaurants, music festivals and one of Madison’s most famous attractions, the Dane County Farmer’s Market. The visual journey finishes with visits to the breathtaking parks and gardens scattered throughout the city.”

This is a book to keep and give away: It makes a great gifts for friends, relatives, and business associates who love Madison or need to be introduced to Wisconsin’s capital city.

If you’d like to win a copy of “Madison” by Zane Williams, here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment on this post and tell us about your favorite place in Madison.

You must leave your name (first name only, if you wish) and a valid e-mail address (which will not be visible to others). We need the e-mail address to contact the winner for addition information (mailing address)

The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, May 19th, 2010. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted.

Only one entry per person. Multiple entries will be discarded. Contest open only to U.S. residents with a U.S. mailing address.

Winner will be selected using Random.org and notified by e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Note: We use comment moderation, so your comment may not appear immediately. We’ll check comments in the queue several times a day, so check back later if you want to see yourself in print.

Note: If you’d like to see more images from “Madison,”use this link to visit Amazon and take advantage of its “look inside” option.


Today only! Mark Bittman is giving away three hardback copies of his book, “How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition), Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food.”

In order to enter this giveaway contest you’ll need to visit Bittman’s blog and sign up for his newsletter.

While you’re at it, you may also want to sign up to follow Bittman on Twitter. That’s where we discovered this giveaway.

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February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s Chinese New Year. Kikkoman, a Japanese company that manufactures many of its products for the U.S. market at its Walworth, Wisconsin plant, is celebrating the arrival of The Year of the Tiger, by giving away coupons, utensils, and cookbooks.

In order to win, you need to visit the Chinese New Year Celebration page on their website and enter a PIN number. Since you probably don’t have a pin number, you’ll need to request one by e-mail — and this involves surrendering your name, age, and mailing address, as well as your e-mail address.

We gave it a twirl and the PIN number arrived in our e-mail box within seconds after we submitted our request. We entered our PIN and learned that we’d won stainless steel kitchen tongs! They’re supposed to arrive in 6-8 weeks.

There is a limit of one PIN number (and therefore one entry) per household. Official rules and details are available on the website. Chances of winning are apparently 1 in 5.

Once you’ve entered the Chinese New Year giveaway you may as well enter Kikkoman’s $10,000 Dream Giveaway Sweepstakes, too. Entries do not require any information you haven’t already surrendered — and you might win one of 300 instant prizes.

Cropped #2 winner
Congratulations to Jami, chosen by random.org as the winner of our stocking stuffer giveaway #2. She’s been notified by e-mail and has 48 hours to claim her prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered and shared the titles of the books they’ve read recently and/or signed up for our e-mail subscription — and best wishes to everyone for a safe and festive holiday season, whether you’re staying at home or traveling a long distance.

Grace Me With a Kiss Trio
Here we go again…

We wish we could offer you an opportunity to win a huge basket of luscious fresh fruit, a vacation for two at some exotic resort, or a complete, 20-volume set of the print edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, but such extravagant gifts just aren’t in the budget this year.

Perhaps by next Christmas, Madison on the Cheap will have so many fans, followers, friends, and frequent visitors that corporate America will be clamoring to provide goodies for us to give away. In the meantime, we’ve decided to raid the coffee fund and limit Izzy the Intern’s daily intake of jelly donuts and chocolate Bismarks in order to purchase some stocking stuffers we hope you’ll enjoy.

Our second stocking stuffer giveaway prize is a trio of travel-sized products from Philosophy®, featuring two “gracefully scented, multitasking cleansers and a smoothing lip balm.”

If you’d like to participate in this giveaway contest, here’s how to enter:
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Leave a comment on this post either telling us the title of the most recent book you’ve read, or that you’ve become a Facebook Fan or subscribed to our daily e-mail update. If you’re already a fan or a subscriber, that counts too; just let us know you’ve been with us for a while.

You must leave your name (first name only, if you wish) and a valid e-mail address (which will not be visible to others). We need the e-mail address to contact the winner for information about where to mail the prize

The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, December 14th, 2009. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted.

Only one entry per person. Multiple entries will be discarded. Contest open only to U.S. residents with a U.S. mailing address.

Winner will be selected using Random.org and notified by e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

In the spirit of the season, please share the news about this giveaway with your friends and encourage them to visit Madison on the Cheap.

Note: We use comment moderation, so your comment will not appear immediately. We’ll check comments in the queue several times a day, so check back later if you want to see yourself in print.

Giveaway is concluded. Winner has been selected.

Giveaway contest #1 winner
Congratulations to Diana, chosen by random.org as the winner of our stocking stuffer giveaway #1. She’s been notified by e-mail and has 48 hours to claim her prize.

Thanks to everyone who entered for their kind words — and best wishes to everyone for a safe and festive holiday season, whether you’re staying at home or traveling a long distance.

There’s a major snowstorm heading toward southern Wisconsin, so we’re not going very far for the next couple of days. That should give us time to post at least one more giveaway; so be sure to visit Madison on the Cheap again in the next day or so.

Bath and Body Aromatherapy Set
We wish we could offer you an opportunity to win a huge basket of luscious fresh fruit, a vacation for two at some exotic resort, or a complete, 20-volume set of the print edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, but such extravagant gifts just aren’t in the budget this year.

Perhaps by next Christmas, Madison on the Cheap will have so many fans, followers, friends, and frequent visitors that corporate America will be clamoring to provide goodies for us to give away. In the meantime, we’ve decided to raid the coffee fund and limit Izzy the Intern’s daily intake of jelly donuts and chocolate Bismarks in order to purchase some stocking stuffers we hope you’ll enjoy.

Our first stocking stuffer giveaway prize is a beautiful jacquard cosmetic bag filled with travel-sized aromatherapy products from Bath & Body Works “Silent Night” collection. If you’d like to participate in this giveaway contest, here’s how to enter:
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Leave a comment on this post either telling us where you plan to spend Christmas, or that you’ve become a Facebook Fan or subscribed to our daily e-mail update. If you’re already a fan or a subscriber, that counts too; just let us know you’ve been with us for a while.

You must leave your name (first name only, if you wish) and a valid e-mail address (which will not be visible to others). We need the e-mail address to contact the winner for information about where to mail the prize

The contest is open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, December 7th, 2009. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted.

Only one entry per person. Multiple entries will be discarded. Contest open only to U.S. residents with a U.S. mailing address.

Winner will be selected using Random.org and notified by e-mail. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

In the spirit of the season, please share the news about this giveaway with your friends and encourage them to visit Madison on the Cheap.

Note: We use comment moderation, so your comment will not appear immediately. We’ll check comments in the queue several times a day, so check back later if you want to see yourself in print.

Contest is now closed. We’ll use random.org to pick a winner on Tuesday.
Update: A winner has been selected: Congraulations Diana!

Congratulations to Mike of Madison, the winner in our recent giveaway contest for a copy of the “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan” DVD.

Be sure to visit Madison On the Cheap regularly or subscribe to our email updates to be notified of the next contest.

Battlestar Galactica DVD
The apocalyptic attack on the 12 colonies may have taken the humans by surprise, but now you can follow the action through the eyes of the Cylons as they initiate all-out war against their makers.

Win a copy of “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan” (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), and experience this futuristic fight for survival from the Cylons’ perspective. Directed by Edward James Olmos and featuring the familiar cast of Toasters — Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Callum Keith Rennie, Dean Stockwell, Kate Vernon, Rekha Sharma, Michael Trucco, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas and more — this latest release from the hit science-fiction television series won’t leave you disappointed.

Will you let this opportunity pass you by? Frack no! Enter our latest Madison On the Cheap giveaway contest today to win your own copy of “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan” on DVD.

To enter the giveaway contest, leave a comment on this post either (a) indicating your favorite television show or (b) where you plan to spend Thanksgiving. Then send us an email at madisononthecheap to tell us you have left a comment. Your email should include your name and your snail mail address (to mail the DVD if you win). This information will only be used in conjunction with this giveaway and will not be shared.

This giveaway is open only to residents of Dane County, Wisconsin
. If you don’t live in Dane County, check for your City on the Cheap, which might also be doing a DVD giveaway.

Deadline for entries is midnight CST on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

The winner will be chosen Thursday, November, 5, 2009 using a random number generator. One entry per household.

Remember: You must leave and comment and send us an e-mail. Entries without snail mail addresses will be discarded.

Thanks to Teresa at Miami On the Cheap for providing a copy of the “Battlestar Galactica: The Plan” DVD to Madison On the Cheap, as well as writing some of the introductory copy for this post.

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