Enter our Acura ILX Giveaway to shop Zara, Microsoft & get a Spa Gift Bag

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Acura ILX: Tis the Season To Save

Recently I posted about how I had committed to drive the new Acura ILX car.  I’ve been driving the car now for almost one full week and I love it.  I’m driving the Hyrbrid version of the  car, which is eco friendly and saves gas.  Acura may have to chase me around the highways of Los Angeles to get their car back.  I got to test drive the car during one of the worst winter driving weeks in California as the coast was hit with a week long rain storm.  Originally, I was upset that I had the car during such bad weather.  However, the torrential downpours actually helped me really appreciate the car and its smooth handling.  It’s no mean feat to drive safely on the Los Angeles freeways when it’s pouring down rain and roads are flooding.  The safety and navigation features on the car helped me drive safely and hit some of my favorite sales and retailers for holiday shopping around town.  Here are a few things I learned about the car by driving it during the LA monsoon, er rain.

  • The car offers a comprehensive navigation system with maps to guide you along your destination route and give you step-by-step directions.  The car also offers weather advisories.  From the AcuraLink satellite communications system,  you can get real-time traffic and weather reports and  even 15 gigabytes of music storage!
  • Once you’re on the road, you can find Restaurants (including Zagat rated ones) and local attractions along your route that you might want to check out.  I used this feature quite a bit, stopping in a great restaurants and doing my shopping when traffic or traffic accidents during the rain storms slowed me down.
  • The Acura ILX offers smooth handling , voice activated navigation (in case you’re busy driving) and luxury leather seats. If you choose, you can also press a button to heat your seat.  I loved having this “bun warmer” during the chilly damp weather.  It made driving in the LA traffic (90 minutes to go 12 miles on one trip) much more pleasant.
  • The digital command center offers a camera rear view of what’s behind you when you are in reverse.  This makes parallel parking a snap and helps you to see what’s happening behind the car, whether it’s the car behind you or a pedestrian suddenly walking behind you.

I’ll be writing more soon about my week driving the Acura ILX.  The above features are just a few of the things that made me love the car.  Having all the digital technology at your fingertips the Acura provides makes driving in a busy city much more manageable!

Enter our Holiday Giveaway for Shopping & Spa Treats!

Now, it’s time to involve all of you in my Acura journey.  One of the things I did during my Week with the ILX was to do my holiday shopping.   How many of you are doing your holiday shopping now? Would it be easier if you also had the chance to drive the Acura ILX with all the great technology features?   I want to hear your thoughts.   And I want to share my holiday shopping joy by offering a giveaway of two great gift cards: $50.00 to go shopping at Zara and $25.00 to go shopping at a Microsoft store to enjoy some holiday technology offerings.  I’m also throwing in a Spa gift bag for some holiday pampering treats!

Our Holiday Shopping Giveaway

Here’s the what’s in the Fabuless Giveaway package:

  • $50 USD Gift Card for shopping at Zara
  • $25.00 Gift Card to shop at Microsoft
  • Spa Gift Bag:
    • Bliss Spa Body Butter in Vanilla + Bergamot
    • Champneys Spa Indulgence  Bliss Body Hydrator (aka Moisturizer)
    • Frilly Lilly Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
    • Nyx The Curve Felt Tip Eyeliner
    • Opti Nail Polish & more!

    To enter, you need to get social!  Leave a comment here on The Recessionista and tell me your about your own holiday shopping. You can get more entries by following my social media communities, Tweeting or Pinning via Pinterest. This contest will run from now until Dec. 14th at 11:59 pm EST.  I can’t wait to hear from all of you about your shopping AND your thoughts about the Acura ILX. To enter the contest, you can go to Facebook to enter, or enter here.

    If you have any problems entering via the widget, please simply leave a comment at the end of the post and tell me if you have already started your holiday shopping and what’s on your list. 


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Daniel Plaut

    December 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I have tried to register for your giveaway but I am having difficulty. You have some great information for people that will save them lots of money this holiday season.

    • Mary Hall

      December 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      This should be fixed now Dan. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Deirdre

    December 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Not seeing a widget, but I’ve already finished my holiday shopping — thank goodness! On my wish list is always diamonds!

  3. Deirdre

    December 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Spoke too soon — was able to find the widget and enter. I forgot to add in my last comment that I’d love to drive the Acura because we do a lot of walking in our town, but driving around could be might nice.

  4. kristin rohan

    December 7, 2012 at 12:08 am

    HORRAY! I HAVE started a bit of shopping but always so much still to get done. Would be awesome to have a sweet ride to take me to the mall!

  5. Christina

    December 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

    All finished with my Xmas shopping but I still love looking around to see all the cute holiday dresses and gift sets!

  6. Cori

    December 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I would loveeeee to drive a new car while gift shopping bc although I adore my current car, its age has caused some inevitable technical issues. Still have a few more gifts to give, probably from the bookstore, Starbucks, and the best of all- NORDSTROMS! Hope I can score one of these prizes to knock some more off my list!

  7. Michelle Little

    December 7, 2012 at 5:41 am

    My shopping list consists of toys for my kids and little goodies for other family members. I’d love to drive a new Acura to go shopping…so I could save on gas and have more $$$ to shop!!

  8. Rust

    December 7, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I’ve barely started ….An Acura to shop would be fun!

  9. Danyell

    December 7, 2012 at 5:54 am

    My shopping is done! Everyone gets a gift card.

  10. HMXjanjan

    December 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    We celebrate the miracle of light with lots and lots of menorah lighting, it brings lots and lots of dazzling light in during a dark time of year, it’s AWESOME! As for shopping? Again, totally lucky- we do small things and do volunteer work… makes a heart feel good.
    As for a new Acrua? How fabulous would it be not to drive something that’s both socially responsible AND luxurious? AMAZEFEST!

  11. Zan

    December 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    I’d like to go shopping in an Acura because of it’s safety and ease of driving. It’s a sweet ride for sure. I have not started shopping yet. YIKES! Maybe I am waiting for an Acura to start.

  12. Chele

    December 8, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping. An Acura with those great features would make shopping trips much easier.

  13. ellen beck

    December 8, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I am mostly finished for this year!
    LOL widget gone but comments fixed…

  14. Chondria Andrews

    December 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I’m almost finished with everyone, now all I need is to win something for myself.

  15. @theMichaelShane

    December 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    i do all my shopping online… saves time and money!

  16. Abbie

    December 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I have finished shopping for everyone on my list. I had a great time with it, especially for my godson who is two. He will be the best dressed kid at day care.

    I love Acuras. My relative has one and I love riding around in it.

  17. Michael

    December 10, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I currently drive the Acura TSX and would love to test drive the new Acura ILX! Happy holidays Mary 🙂

  18. Tammy G

    December 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I have become the ultimate online shopper this year which has saved me a lifetime of stress, time and anxiety! It’s the greatest! 🙂 I still however am not complete but the finish line is only a click away! 🙂

  19. Bo

    December 12, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I would love to test drive the Acura ILX because I haven’t started my holiday shopping yet and my current car isn’t zippy enough to get me around town fast enough to get it all done in time!

  20. Thomas Murphy

    December 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    an Ipad is on my list and I would like to drive an acura because they are awesome!

  21. Lynn

    December 15, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I just want bearpaw kayla boots and a coach penny crossbody.
    Love Acura’s my brother’s first 2nd and 3rd cars were Acuras. Love the MDX.
    He would get another Acura but people keep crashing into him and the insurance payout isn’t enough to get another one. It’s a stylish car a you look good in it, riding around shopping.

  22. Deanna G.

    December 15, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I’m done shopping but the navigation feature sounds great! I’m horrible with directions.

  23. beautiful jewellery

    December 20, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    What a good post and certainly served to clear my brain a bit