Atlanta is a great city, but it also seems like you can never find a cab when you need one here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stuck on hold after trying to call a taxi company for a ride to the airport, or failed to flag down a cab on the street to get home after a night out. Lucky for us Atlantans, Hailo (which is already in several cities throughout the U.S. and internationally) is here to take the frustration out of hailing a cab when you need one! The app gets you a ride from a licensed taxi driver in just two taps and lets you easily pay through your smartphone.

Hailo launched in Atlanta today, and to celebrate they’re hosting a Free Taxi Weekend from Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 11. Download the app for iPhone or Android and enter the promo code FTW20 in your account to save $20 off your first Hailo ride. With so many great sporting events, concerts and festivals in Atlanta this weekend, it’s the perfect chance to give it a try.

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I tested the Hailo app with a ride to happy hour tonight and was impressed by how easy it was to use. After I opened the app, it instantly showed me my location and that a taxi was two minutes away. I hailed the cab with my iPhone and the name of my driver, Fikadu, and his picture appeared a few seconds later. In less than two minutes a cab drove up. Fikadu said “Hi! Andrea?” and I jumped in.

I tipped my friendly driver from my phone and received an email receipt minutes after the ride ended – so simple and convenient. I think Hailo will be the way I catch cabs from now on!

This post was sponsored by Hailo. All opinions are my own based on my personal experience.


Cosmo Vox Box

I have a confession to make: late last year I got a little obsessed with subscription boxes.  I ordered everything from beauty boxes to pet boxes because I love good deals and getting surprises in the mail.  Over a month or so, I amassed a ton of sample-sized products and spent more money than I should have.

Luckily, one of the boxes I received in the mail was full of normal-sized goodies and it was free thanks to Influenster!  Influenster gives people who love to try new things an opportunity to share their feedback and occasionally get VoxBoxes with products that fit their profile.   My first box from Influenster was the Cosmo VoxBox filled with a Venus Embrace razor and Olay blade refill, Pilot FriXion pens, a Ghiradelli Sea Salt Escape chocolate bar and Forever Red Perfume from Bath & Body Works.

I quickly tried each of the products in the box and genuinely loved each of them.  I also like that the site has reviews on a wide-range of products from books to beauty items.  Influenster knows me well because just as I was about to run out of dish soap, three bottles of Palmolive Fresh Infusion Bottles came in the mail today.  One of my New Year’s goals is to make more meals at home, so I’m grateful to have soap with a fresh scent to make cleaning my dishes more pleasurable.  The Ginger White Tea dish liquid got the gunk off of a dingy pan and left my kitchen smelling spa-like.

Palmolive Fresh Infusions

If you’re interested in becoming an Influenster, check out their website or send me an email for an invite.  I also received several $1.50 off coupons for Palmolive Fresh Infusions and will be happy to share them if you send me an email at andrea(at) with your contact info.

Disclaimer: As I mentioned, Influenster sent me the items mentioned in this post.  They didn’t pay me anything to write about how much I enjoyed using them.


Six Ways to Save During the Holidays

November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are almost here, so it’s time to start thinking about ways to make it through the holidays without overspending.  Here are six things I do to maintain my budget during the most wonderful (and expensive) time of the year: Make a Reasonable Budget I’ve been making a Christmas shopping budget each […]

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Birthday Freebies in Atlanta! 2012 Edition

September 6, 2012

While I don’t love group birthday dinners, I LOVE birthday freebies.  There are a lot of birthday deals out there, but the ones below don’t require you to purchase anything to get your freebie.  You will have to sign up for emails to receive most of these. Aqua Blue: Get a free 2 lb lobster. […]

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Update! My Sweepstakes Experiment

March 26, 2012

Remember my Sweepstakes Experiment?  Let me refresh your memory…back in September I watched High Stakes Sweepers on TLC and was inspired to regularly enter sweepstakes.  The people on the show entered sweepstakes all day and made a living out of “sweeping,” but my version of sweeping has been limited to entering sweepstakes a few minutes […]

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Writing to Companies for Coupons and Freebies

February 17, 2012

Writing the manufacturers of your favorite products is a great way to get coupons.  It only takes a few minutes to find an email address or contact form for a company and then provide them with feedback on an item you use and love.  The emails that I write to companies are brief and typically […]

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Frugal Fun: Free Museum Saturday

February 6, 2012

I’m not sure that I would fare well if I lived in a small town.  It’s easy to get spoiled by all of the great things there are to see and do in Atlanta.  I particularly love the first Saturday of the month because it’s a free museum day for Fulton County residents.  Last week […]

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My First Black Friday: Was it Worth It?

November 25, 2011

I hate crowds and getting up early, so I’ve always skipped Black Friday.  The news footage of people getting trampled and fighting each other for bargains has always made me wonder if being a Black Friday shopper was worth the effort.  I made my Christmas shopping list back in September and recently saw that one […]

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