★ Rockstar Giveaway: $25 Amazon Card

Posted March 1, 2017 6:00 am by with 90 comments

amazon 25 dollar gift card

This is part of our weekly Giveaway series.
To see our previous giveaways, and who won them, click above!

Hey guys! Another week, another giveaway :) I started running out of cool stuff from my house to give out (the downside of being more minimalist!), but a few notes on Facebook and our new money forums, and I’m now stocked back up again and ready to start divvying them all out.

So yay for the internet! And for friends!

This week we start with a nice pile of Amazon cash, courtesy of ESI over at ESIMoney.com – one of my favorite newer’ish blogs. He just came out with a new ebook on financial independence, so on top of being able to win $25 today, you’re also welcome to grab a copy of his book – for free!

Here’s more info on it: 

3 steps financial independence

My new ebook, “The Three Steps to Financial Independence”, details the few essential steps anyone needs to take to become financially independent. When I say “anyone”, I mean anyone. Any person who applies these principles consistently over time will become wealthier. He will also achieve financial independence well before most others.

I haven’t read it yet, but I’m going to guess the three steps have to do with “ESI” – Earning, Saving, and Investing :) Download it here and then let me know if I’m correct, haha…

As for the $25 Amazon Card…

Tell us what you’ve been eyeballing on Amazon lately, and then drop the link to it below so we can all check it out :) I’m personally debating between the Stache Bomb tin of mustache wax or the more expensive (and more clever) CanYouHandlebar wax. Although if my wife follows through with her threat of shaving it off in the middle of the night, I guess it doesn’t really matter, huh?

mustache wax amazon

What would you buy with this $25??

UPDATE: We used Random.org to select the winner, and that lucky person is…. Libby! Congrats, girl! We hope you enjoy your book on bread making! :)

Giveaway ends next Tuesday at midnight. Links above to Amazon are affiliate links.

PS: To see who won last week’s giveaway, click here.

Jay is the founder of Rockstar Finance, and blogs about money over at BudgetsAreSexy.com. He loves all things finance, coffee, and hip-hop, and is the proud daddy of two beautiful little boys!

90 responses to ★ Rockstar Giveaway: $25 Amazon Card

  1. G March 1st, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I’d maybe get this variety pack of ramen and something small but fun like origami paper or kindle games for the remainder – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007RGGDQK/


  2. Laura March 1st, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I’ve been debating getting this “smart” herb grower for ages – I don’t NEEED it, but I want it! Imagine having fresh herbs on your counter all the time. https://www.amazon.com/Click-Grow-Indoor-Garden-Cartridges/dp/B00ZFXFXZ4


    • steveo March 1st, 2017 at 12:14 pm

      I bought this for my SO at xmas. It is really neat and easy to use. The only drawback is that it only came with basil, so I hope you enjoy pesto!


      • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 3:17 pm

        Hah – what are the odds?


  3. MJ Mc Grath March 1st, 2017 at 8:12 am


    Had a recomendation for this book, would get it or another one


  4. geckovision March 1st, 2017 at 8:17 am

    planning on picking up this lil beauty to start playing around with VO work


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Oh man, I have one of the classic ball ones and it’s great. This one looks even better!


  5. Steve March 1st, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I’d buy a kitchen scale to help kick-start my new diet. Plus it’s on sale! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0113UZJE2/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=32MUP64LD88HB&coliid=IVCLUB7ORFSPP


  6. Libby March 1st, 2017 at 8:35 am

    This book about bread-making!


  7. Jody Newton March 1st, 2017 at 8:59 am

    A set of these 90s Mistaken Lyrics coasters, because they make me so, so happy.



  8. BryanRoxx March 1st, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I’d get a nice tin of Nutramigen A Hypoallergenic baby formula, and then I’d still have a cool $2.16 left over! https://www.amazon.ca/Nutramigen-Baby-Formula-Powder-454g/dp/B00DOPYTAA/


  9. Clint March 1st, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Well first I’d pick up a bottle of my favorite beard grooming oil https://www.amazon.com/Urban-Prince-Grooming-Control-Conditioner/dp/B01HLSAC0Q/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1488377893&sr=8-3&keywords=the+urban+prince

    Then I would grab Zig’s book on closing the sale!


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Another beard guy – I like it!


  10. dana March 1st, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This hammock! Glorious lounging will ensue. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YJCADI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=110SKTLYW9JL0&coliid=I367BVIJLGAYGO&psc=1


  11. raj March 1st, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I plan to buy Tnoy Robbins new book “Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook” and a copy of “Your MOney or your life”.
    Links below:


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      I was just watching his Netflix documentary on his conferences – pretty cool guy! (but WOW does he curse??)


  12. Tonya@Budget and the Beach March 1st, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I’ve been looking at various “wake up softly” type alarm clocks since I’m trying to keep my iPhone out of my room, but I tried a basic alarm clock and the thought of waking up to that harsh buzzer actually made me sleep worse. :( https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Wake-Up-Sunrise-Simulation-HF3500/dp/B00F0W1RIW/ref=s9_simh_gw_g121_i1_r?_encoding=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=JMD95QJY2GHD5PSQ0FH3&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=2a4fafb6-9fdc-425a-aee8-c82daa7b18ed&pf_rd_i=desktop


    • Cassie March 1st, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      I was looking at that clock with my husband last night!


  13. Robin March 1st, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’ve been looking at these for a long time https://www.amazon.com/Click-Grow-Indoor-Garden-Cartridges/dp/B00ZFXFXZ4?th=1 or a new cookbook.


  14. Jen M. March 1st, 2017 at 9:40 am

    The big ticket item I’ve been eyeing on Amazon is a new vacuum. Our current one is bulky, corded and cost $50 10 years ago. I really want a Dyson, and if we get the dog we’ve been talking about, we’re going to get one to make vacuuming up dog hair easier.

    In the short term, I’m also looking at a new pair of headphones for work. The plastic on current headphones is currently flaking off, so I’ll randomly have black plastic stuck to my ear and not realize it, but they still work, so I’m having trouble biting the bullet!


  15. Angela Lord March 1st, 2017 at 9:44 am

    My coworker yearns for the Captain America Wafflemaker, and how delightful would it be to surprise her with that gift?!


  16. Kaleigh March 1st, 2017 at 9:47 am

    A small lightweight towel – great for travel and hiking!


  17. Buckowens March 1st, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Cutting the cord and need one of these when football season rolls back around.


  18. Jennifer Mensah March 1st, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I would start with this book: Grow all you can eat in three square feet. I need to get my gardening on!

    Then I would follow up with this Disney CD. I used to listen to it as a kid and hearing my niece sing these songs (at two) would just be so great!


  19. Amber March 1st, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I would love to get this new book by Amanda Steinberg! https://www.amazon.com/Worth-Your-Life-Money-Terms/dp/150114099X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488381007&sr=8-1&keywords=worth+it+your+life+your+money+your+terms


  20. Carol Shipley March 1st, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been looking at the Living World deluxe habitat https://www.amazon.com/Living-World-Deluxe-Habitat-X-Large/dp/B007BNE1YA/ref=sr_1_4?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1488380169&sr=1-4&keywords=rabbit+cage

    My husband’s relative had a family emergency and we suddenly inherited two unexpected bunnies :-) and their cage is pretty small, hoping to be able to afford a bigger cage for them without causing a problem with the budget. That $25.00 would help a lot!


  21. Mindful Cents March 1st, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I want to buy some “I quit sugar for life” book and some raw cacao to fight my chocolate addiction :)


  22. Mrs. Picky Pincher March 1st, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Hey, great call with that mustache wax. ;)
    As far as what I’ve been eyeing on Amazon, I’m in the market for my own modem. I realized Spectrum (aka Speculum) charges us $10 a month to rent a modem from them. If we supply our own modem we save $10 a month.

    Here’s the cheapo little modem I have my eye on:



  23. Brian March 1st, 2017 at 10:43 am

    These sweet bluetooth headphones! http://a.co/1TILLCn


  24. Amanda Heather March 1st, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I’ve been eyeing this French press so I can ditch the electric drip coffee maker taking up space on the counter.


  25. Jessi March 1st, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Trying tp figure out if I’m boring or just really wanting to shake up my oral hygeine game…..this electric toothbrush seems cool: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00QZ67ODE/ref=pd_gwm_simh_0?pf_rd_p=cc000f63-21ee-4dc4-b9b6-9082ebacae63&pf_rd_s=blackjack-personal-1&pf_rd_t=Gateway&pf_rd_i=mobile&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=D801X6M0A2GE51Q4X65F&pf_rd_r=D801X6M0A2GE51Q4X65F&pf_rd_p=cc000f63-21ee-4dc4-b9b6-9082ebacae63


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Let’s go w/ the latter, haha..


  26. Danielle March 1st, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I recently came across this site and am loving it! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I decided to learn to weave as a hobby so I am currently eyeing this weaving projects book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1632504316/ref=crt_ewc_title_dp_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Oh good! I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far!


  27. Iris March 1st, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks to all my frugal bloggers for this inspiration:


  28. Cassie March 1st, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I’d buy this old school safety razor that has been sitting in my cart for probably two or three months now. I’m sick and tired of paying for overpriced disposables, so I’m planning on picking this up as soon as I run out of them.


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      that’s kinda bad ass looking!


  29. Carolyn March 1st, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I would love to get a food processor – one more thing I could use to encourage myself to cook more at home! https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-FP1600B-8-Cup-Processor/dp/B0038KPRG6/ref=sr_1_4?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1488388286&sr=1-4&keywords=food+processors+on+sale


  30. steveo March 1st, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I have had this on my wishlist for months. One day I am going to pull the trigger.



  31. Shun March 1st, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Gonna upgrade seat cover for my commute car


  32. Fervent Finance March 1st, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I’d buy Ed Thorp’s new book (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400067960/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) and Essentialism (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804137382/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER).


  33. Jessica March 1st, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I just heard about this book and there is a wait at the library… so perhaps I would buy this: https://www.amazon.com/Strangers-Their-Own-Land-Mourning/dp/1620972255/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i1?_encoding=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=Y9TZP6Y6M7NPQMF7Y5RY&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=1cded295-23b4-40b1-8da6-7c1c9eb81d33&pf_rd_i=desktop


  34. Bam March 1st, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Time to count my savings and take it to the bank.



  35. Stephonee March 1st, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Sipping chocolate! I had some in Italy 14 years ago, and I’ve been trying to find out how to make it as awesomely as that delicious chocolate sludge ever since! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F7NIQQ0/

    (Though, there’s a chance that I’d be practical and just end up buying something to replace my slow cooker that’s breaking. Like the exact same slow cooker. Or one of those fancy new-fangled Instant Pots. That’s a pressure cooker. Not what you may think when you read “Instant Pot.” What you are thinking of can only be purchased in Colorado or DC. :P )


  36. Michael March 1st, 2017 at 2:04 pm


    ….bidet . . . enough said!


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      did not see that one coming!


  37. Laira March 1st, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this water purifier attachment for my sink to go with hydroflask water bottle I got for Christmas and have since become addicted to.


  38. Manny March 1st, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    After reading the post on insulating your outlets I would buy this:



  39. Mercedes March 1st, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    My boyfriend and I want to start camping this year as an inexpensive way to get away, but not break the bank. I would love to get a camp stove like this: https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000020943NP-Classic-Propane-Stove/dp/B00005OU9D/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488398208&sr=8-1&keywords=coleman+campstove to make our meals while camping!


  40. Pigeon Princess March 1st, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    My insurance is terrible, so it takes forever to get into my dentist … spending money on a temp tooth would keep me smiling! https://www.amazon.com/Temporary-repair-dental-missing-Triple/dp/B00NZKR00A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1488398982&sr=8-2&keywords=dental+tooth+fake


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 5:07 pm

      oh damn, i’m sorry to hear :(


  41. David March 1st, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    My 5 year old daughter loves these crafts. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B007BEJBEO/ref=pd_gwm_wsim_0?pf_rd_p=e636c6cf-77a4-4c7f-a246-f2740a9b9ed0&pf_rd_s=grid-17&pf_rd_t=Gateway&pf_rd_i=mobile&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=KS3FSBSCGGTF1QHTRFA0&pf_rd_r=KS3FSBSCGGTF1QHTRFA0&pf_rd_p=e636c6cf-77a4-4c7f-a246-f2740a9b9ed0


  42. Lisa March 1st, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I want to get a solar charger. I have to make sure I can charge my Kindle if something happens!



  43. Mrs. Simpliy Financially Free March 1st, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    A bra. Yup, there I said it. A good one is not cheap and I haven’t been able to get my frugal mind to pull the trigger on this one yet.


  44. Bela March 1st, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve been looking at the Metro ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 120 volt 0.75-HP Electric Blower Duster (http://amzn.to/2ldRQHV), which I would first use on my all-in-one computer. Have been using a hand vacuum, but it sucks when apparently blowing is more effective, lol.


  45. Donna C March 1st, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve been eyeing these shoes



  46. Belinda Richardson March 1st, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Anything from the Pioneer Woman collection. https://www.amazon.com/The-Pioneer-Woman/b/ref=w_bl_hsx_s_ki_web_13118304011?ie=UTF8&node=13118304011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=The+Pioneer+Woman


  47. David March 1st, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Our trusty rice cooker bit the dust yesterday after many years of service, so I’d get this to replace it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OFB9SYY/?tag=thesweethome-20&linkCode=xm2&ascsubtag=SH1637


  48. linda albarran March 1st, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Kettlebells and health related items


  49. Alexandra March 1st, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I buy things on Amazon each month for the Seattle Humane Society from their wishlist. My dog doesn’t like to play with toys, so I use the money I would have spent on a new toy to buy something for a furry friend in need. I’m looking at this “Wooly Snuffle Mat” for March:



  50. Mich March 1st, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    A foldable travel yoga mat.


  51. Nicole Campbell March 1st, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I’ve been thinking about pre ordering this book



  52. Ellie Falls March 1st, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I’ve been looking at getting feeding toys for my young dog. He’s distroyed so many of my things and I’ve been testing ways to keep him busy while I’m at work (earning money to replace everything he ate.)
    Here’s one that would be covered by the GF: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00EB4IVU2/ref=aw_wl_vv_dp_1_1?colid=10A4YH6O85O96&coliid=I2AOBZJXDGJUJN&vs=1


  53. Stephenie Campbell March 1st, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    I adore and cover these boots… perfect for spring https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B01NBM1JPJ/ref=mp_s_a_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1488426979&sr=8-7&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=goby+shoes&dpPl=1&dpID=51Ky8jmC0EL&ref=plSrch


  54. Rae Graham March 1st, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Yes, Please!! It’s Your Money: Becoming A Woman Of Independent Means written by Gail Vaz-Oxladehttps://www.amazon.ca/Its-Your-Money-Becoming-Independent/dp/1554688671/ref=s9_qpp_gw_d99_g14_i5_r?pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=X91728MGFCBD1C0173JZ&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=b06971ce-9992-44c1-9ee0-eb9792e71b5e&pf_rd_i=desktop


  55. Namita March 2nd, 2017 at 2:35 am

    These cool pizza scissors https://www.amazon.com/Lengthen-Stainless-Steel-Scissors-Shovel/dp/B00XCHQRCS/ref=as_sl_pc_as_ss_li_til?tag=storofinve-20&linkCode=w00&linkId=7594a286c4a6701c3c40e0c5cae9084b&creativeASIN=B00XCHQRCS


  56. Teresa March 2nd, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I am working on cutting cable so am thinking about this antenna so I can get the local channels.


    • J. Money March 3rd, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Nice! I hope you do it! We’ve been cable free for 8 months now and loooooving it. Picked up a simple bunny ears antenna from Target that works great too so we can still watch some stuff outside netflix :) like live sports!


  57. cwiggam March 2nd, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I have been thinking about grabbing the Game of Thrones books to read after seeing the show so I would put it towards them. https://www.amazon.com/Thrones-Clash-Kings-Swords-Dragons/dp/0345535529/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488478641&sr=8-1&keywords=game+of+thrones+books


  58. Sally Scheuermann March 2nd, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I’m moving on Saturday and getting a mattress for my new apartment, so I’ve been eyeing the Zinus bedframes on Amazon. A $25 gc would certainly help! :)


  59. K. S. March 2nd, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Oh Crap! We need to buy a $h*t receptacle for our upcoming potty training adventure. With $25, I would buy 2 of these bad boys (one for the main floor and one “traveler” for either upstairs or the car!)

    Let the poop wars begin…



  60. iamalighthouse March 3rd, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’ve really been loving this shirt…I think I’d get it!! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018REQVTE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1GESYS3O8VUQY&coliid=I16YK8BYEN3EN9


  61. Debarshi Das March 3rd, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I would use this to buy thomas and friends and Garth Brooks. Awesome.


  62. Melanie of Mindfully Spent March 3rd, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Guys, I heard this author interviewed recently, and I feel like we should all be reading his new book related to future economic conditions in America. So, that’s what I would buy. I hope the winner will consider it too! The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream –https://www.amazon.com/dp/1250108691/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_aRFUybRSF3562


    • J. Money March 5th, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Interesting – thx for the tip


  63. greentopiaries March 4th, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I really would love to get this toaster: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZVCJ1YS/ref=strm_fn_201_nad_3_4 Thank you for the chance! :)


  64. J March 4th, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I want so little. I put in for a raffle for a grill today that I’d give to a friend or family member if I won. A $25 amazon gift card would get re-gifted to a friend who is finding her self (literally ) and I’m sure could use it for beauty products or clothing.


    • J. Money March 5th, 2017 at 11:14 am

      You’re a beautiful person, J :)


  65. Lisa Brown March 5th, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I have been considering: Retinol Cream Moisturizer for Face and Eyes https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ES349CY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3CPWJ71DC0IIR&coliid=I1GPE10RJX5999
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com


  66. Kristin March 5th, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I am looking at several different infrared saunas for our basement. They aren’t as expensive as I thought!


  67. Maggie March 6th, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I’m making my way down this booklist:
    Would love to pick up the next one!


  68. Aspiring PAW March 6th, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Getting close to pulling the trigger on Cal Newport’s book “Deep Work”. Life is already crazy and with a baby due in 8-10 weeks my time to accomplish my job related work will become even tighter. Hoping the book will help me use my time more effectively and maximize the quality of my work during the time I set aside to do so. As always, love this community!



  69. Lucy March 7th, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve had this book in my cart for what seems forever. Just too frugal to spend the cash! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0996721509/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER


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