Now, this is *slightly* off-topic for this blog. Only slightly because this is a (brief) story about a group of writers coming together from all across America (and a few from Canada and New Zealand) to create a new project. Long distance teamwork, if you will.
The brainchild of Jennifer Maciejewski who started Atlanta On The Cheap last year and grew the concept into a national network of Cities On The Cheap, the sites bring residents and visitors up-to-the-minute information on free, discount and cheap things to do, and other local deals.
To celebrate the launch of this network, many of the sites are giving away some great prizes! I invite you to check out just a few of these contests - they're EASY to enter. And then do your pocketbook a favor and see if your city is included in the network.
Here are just a few On The Cheap contests that are open to anyone in the US:
- Light up the night with a gorgeous lantern from High Fire Hawai‘i at Big Island On The Cheap.
- Start Exploring Historic Hilo with a book from Leslie Lang at Big Island On The Cheap
- Herb Ohta Jr makes beautiful music on ‘Ukulele Journey. Win a copy of his CD at Honolulu On The Cheap!
- Interested in Hawaiian art? Enter to win Margaret Barnaby’s *gorgeous* wood block print ($250/value) at Big Island On The Cheap.
- Make your ipod sing with Jennifer Perri’s latest CD. Enter to win at Honolulu On The Cheap!
- Win books about money by Florida authors Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, Suze Orman, CDs by Jimmy Buffett or Spam Allstars and Webkinz at Florida on the Cheap, Miami FL on the Cheap, Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, Palm Beach on the Cheap or Florida Keys on the Cheap.
- Win 4 movie passes, a Bottle Shock DVD, or a copy of the book Hidden Sonoma at Sonoma on the Cheap.
- Win a Black and Decker portable 100 watt Power Inverter. Just share your favorite road trip tip on DisneyOnTheCheap.
- Your favorite day trip in the Delaware Valley could win you a new Black and Decker portable 100 watt Power Inverter. Check out the details on PhillyOnTheCheap.
- Bone up on Hawaiian history with A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands from Honolulu On The Cheap.
- Win olive oil from Winterhill Farms from Gold Country On The Cheap.