Nov 282016
 

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Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping during Cyber Monday? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

Today’s one-day deals will have your home looking great in no time.  Earn 1250 SB when you spend $25 or more at Grayson.  As if that was not enough, receive 1300 SB when you subscribe to Loot Crate and receive a box every month with 4-6 mystery items.

There are still Double SB available from popular retails when you shop online through Swagbucks.

As if those were not enough, when you use MyGiftCard Plus you earn a 300 SB Bonus on a $50 or more purchase, plus a 200 SB Bonus for New Customers.  That is $5 free when you a gift card.

This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great “shopportunities” for Cyber Monday!
If you haven’t heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st – if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you’ll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

Take advantage of these great deals – sign up now.

Nov 242016
 

Swagbucks Black Friday Deals

Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great “shopportunities” for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the entire week leading up to them! The page will be updated each day with new deals and opportunities to get free gift cards.

Today’s deals include getting 500 SB back with Thumbtack and 1,800 with Kiwicrate.  These deals are good for today only! Tomorrow there will be other deals for you to take advantage of.

If you haven’t heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st – if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you’ll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

Take advantage of these great deals – sign up now.

Nov 202016
 

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blackberry bushes bloom

Continuing to grow as a person and in knowledge is always something I have tried to address.  This usually comes out in the form of trying new things or striving to improve upon something I am already doing.

  • Starting a blog
  • Adding fruit plants and bushes to my garden (some success, some failure)
  • Adding fruit trees to my garden (failed)
  • Cold calling potential employers, when we moved to a new area and I had not professional network nearby (success)
  • Becoming fluent in a new language (failed, but it turns out enough stuck and I began to pick up a different language easier because of it)
  • Seek out ladies at MOPS who seemed to be getting left out from conversations, even though I was the ‘new’ one to town, the ‘new’ one in the planning group, and am introverted (success and I have a great friend because of it)
  • Fix our leaky washer (success)

I could keep going, but I think you get the idea.  Most of the challenges I gave myself were ones that were extremely uncomfortable, making me step out of my box and tackle something new or emotionally hard.

Front Flower bed day 27 3

However, some challenges are not so hard:

These challenges were easier, yet had a big impact on my day.

I always encourage people to challenge themselves to new things, to try something different, to step out of their comfort zone and see if there is something else they might enjoy.  Even if it is a ‘failure’ you can learn from it.  Even if you learn to appreciate what you had before.

And, honestly, who doesn’t love a good challenge? Especially when you can get points to redeem towards free gift cards!

Join the Swag Day Parade team challenge hosted by Swagbucks, a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online. It starts on Monday, November 21st at 8am PST and goes through Friday so you have a whole week to contribute points to your assigned team. It’s so much fun to see which team you are placed on, and discover all the ways you can earn SB while you contribute to your team’s goal!

How will you contribute? Watching videos, completing surveys, shopping online? These activities and more will help your team get ahead. If you’ve never used Swagbucks before, now is a great time to join, especially if you participate in the Team Challenge because it’s an opportunity to win an extra bonus for trying out the site.

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 SB to their team’s total will receive an SB bonus in the form of a rebate on their next gift card! I can’t wait to help my team come in 1st place for that 50 SB rebate.

This challenge lasts until November 25th so log in or make a free account! Pre-registration is open now!

Nov 182016
 

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Now that the holidays are in full gear, a lot of you likely have travel on the horizon. If you’re in that same boat, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here’s how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday (and decorating) budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you’re not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you’ve joined through my link this month), you’ll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before December 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more. The SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year.

Though I am a bit late starting my shopping, I have started it by earning back several SB for clicking through to stores from which I had already planned to purchase.  While I have just started, I am also a bit crunched for time – my family’s Christmas celebration will be the day after Thanksgiving.  It is what we have compromised on, due to geographical separations between us siblings.  If one of us can not be there on Christmas day, then we do it when we are together at Thanksgiving.  This year it also means I will be shopping online and sending gifts ahead of us.

My first stop? Swagbucks Shop to see if I am able to get cash back for the purchases I plan to make.  My second stop? Swagbucks gift card redemption page, to redeem points for gift cards to use on those purchases.  I am trying to save money every way I can, especially when it is this easy.

Too bad no one made cookies for this bearer of gifts, they would go great with my cup of (now) cold coffee. 😉

Nov 172016
 

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We love books at our house.  Early on in our journey with kids, we made trips to the library something which we looked forward to.  Granted, trips with active toddlers who had to be taught the proper respect for books was not always fun, those trips have paid off.  We now have kids who love books, even if reading can be a struggle at times.

Because of our love for books, I am always on the lookout for money saving options to obtain books.  Whether it is from a thrift store, the local library’s used book shop, garage sales, Kindle books on Amazon, or PaperBackSwap, there are many money saving options in addition to checking them out from the library.

World Book and Swagbucks have the perfect gift for the little reader in your life – a free book that makes history come alive! World book has a great assortment of vibrant, fun, and informative books about a variety of different historical events, people, and legends that are perfect for grades 6-8. This offer gets you a free book (you pay $1 in shipping) AND you get $5 (paid in Swagbucks’ SB Points) for doing it, plus a bonus $3 (300SB) for signing up for Swagbucks through me first. Here’s how you can get your free book and $8:

1. Click here to get to the offer*. When you get there, if you’re not already a member you’ll be prompted to create your Swagbucks account – it takes less than 30 seconds.
2. Click the blue “Continue” button
3. Order your free book – that’s it! The 500 SB will credit immediately, and if you’re a new member signing up for Swagbucks through the above link, you’ll get another 300 SB in the first week of December.

So, what’s this Swagbucks I’m talking about? It’s the site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re already doing online, like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals (like this one!), taking surveys, or even searching the web! Then you take your points and redeem them for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more! In fact, for signing up through me, you can actually get ANOTHER bonus $2 if you spend $25 or more on holiday shopping through Swagbucks this month!

Last week, I began my Christmas shopping online by first clicking through Swagbucks to go to a retailer’s site.  I was planning to purchase this particular item online either way, so taking less than a minute to do so through Swagbucks was an added bonus.  Not only was I able to use this retailer’s rewards, thereby saving me money, but I also earned SB back on the purchase which I can use towards a future gift card redemption.

My holiday shopping has just begun.  Offers like the one above, earning SB to redeem for gift cards, and getting SB back from online purchases are a few ways I plan to employ to help save money.

 

*Please read the fine print on this offer.  Please note that if you do not cancel after your first book order, you will continue to receive books at regular intervals, but at a higher price.

Nov 092016
 

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mocha muffins with chocolate chips in pan 2

The upcoming weeks are going to be crazy, even more so than the past few weeks.  With a complete change in our schedule happening … actually, each of the next three weeks are going to have completely different schedules from each other and from our regular ‘normal’… I decided to look for ways to make some of the meals easier on us.  This will help save time and guarantee that there is something ready to eat, even if we are in a time crunch.

This morning found me making 3 batches of zucchini muffins.  The result was 16 dozen muffins.  Yeah, a bit more than I thought they were going to make, but it also used up the 12 cups of shredded zucchini I found in my freezer from the 2013 gardening season.  Oops.

The first batch were dark chocolate zucchini muffins with cinnamon chips; the second batch were dark chocolate zucchini muffins with butterscotch chips; and the third batch were milk chocolate, coconut zucchini muffins with peanut butter chips.  Their textures differed depending on the liquid left in the zucchini.  All ended up really delicious and prompted spontaneous, “You are the best cook in the house, Mom.”  I welcomed the comment, though as this time I am the only cook in the house. :)

eggs shells from omelette mixes ready for compost pile

 

As if baking muffins was not enough, I also grabbed the partially used bag of hamburger muffins ($1.09), wedge of brie cheese ($1), and some eggs ($0.39).  Cooking up the eggs, I made egg and cheese sandwiches, placing them into individual bags.  These can be grabbed in the morning, reheated, and eaten.  They would also make great after school snacks. Their price came out to less than $0.50 each.

Speaking of school, last week I picked up a container of cheese sandwich spread ($4), 2 containers of soft cheese ($2 each), a container of lunch meat ($1.50), and a loaf of bread ($1).  Add to this group was the box of crackers I already had at home ($2.50).  Within 10 minutes I had over two weeks worth of sandwiches for school lunches, with ingredients left to spare.  The 2 containers of soft cheese were paired with crackers, while the cheese spread and lunch meat were used to make sandwiches.  This decision has made the putting together of George’s lunches so much easier.  A few of the sandwiches have also been grabbed for after school snacks.  (My kids tend to eat a lot, and they are not even teenagers yet.)

There have also been a few nights where I have done something very out of the normal for us – we went out to eat instead of cooking at home.  We are not an eating out family, especially during the week.  90%+ of our meals are home cooked, by me.  However, I have given myself grace and taken advantage of kids-eat-free nights, or using punch cards from places that result in a free entree, or other such deals.  Last night, I took the kids to Denny’s kids-eat-free and let them choose their own drink.  They did not care so much about the total, but thought it was awesome to have hot chocolate instead of just water to drink.

Here is an option for all the pizza lovers out there. MyGiftCardsPlus is offering their highest Cash Back amount on Domino’s Gift Cards yet: 15% Cash Back!

MyGiftCardsPlus allows you to buy gift cards to over 100 of your favorite merchants, and receive valuable points called SB with every gift card you purchase. You can then redeem your points at their partner site Swagbucks.com for FREE gift cards and even PayPal Cash!

Click here to get started and quickly create a Swagbucks account. Afterwards, you’ll be prompted to go to MyGiftCardsPlus where you can buy your Domino’s Gift Card. Once you make a purchase, you’ll link your accounts and your SB points will be available on Swagbucks.

In the future, whenever you buy Gift Cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, you’ll earn more SB points for more free gift cards! This is a limited time offer so act fast!

 

Whether you find yourself preparing meals ahead at home or searching out ways to save money while eating out, planning ahead can save you money. It can also make life easier when other things, for good reasons and bad, strive to make it harder.

What are some of your favorite ways to make your life easier in the area of meal preparations?

Nov 082016
 

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One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks is that I can get rewards, by earning points called SB, for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have “Collector’s Bills” that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus!

Here’s all the information for this week’s Mt. Swagmore Collector’s Bills

How Do I Get Collector’s Bills?

It’s simple. Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, November 7th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Sunday, November 13th at 11:59pm PT/Monday, November 14th 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

  • 5 SB

  • 10 SB

  • 13 SB

  • 22 SB

What happens when I get a Collector’s Bill?

When you get a Collector’s Bill you’ll receive the value of the bill and the bill will be added to your “Collector’s Bills” ledger. Collect all 4 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Is it possible to collect the same Collector’s Bills multiple times?

Yes, you could collect any of the Collector’s Bills multiple times.

I have already collected at least one Collector’s Bill.  While the search terms do not impact whether you receive a bill or not, I decided to look up something concerning next spring’s garden.  Turns out to have been a good choice as I earned 5 SB and my first Collector’s Bill, as well as information I needed.

My best luck in collecting these is to use Swagbucks Search for my regular search engine during the day.  Whether you are looking up information for a paper, the weather, or the latest in political ‘news’, it can all be answered through Swagbucks Search.

This is one of the ways I use to reach my daily goals and earn more without much effort.  Little changes to your routine, such as changing your search engine, can have a nice impact on the SBs earned, and redeemed, each month.  Remember, it is still not too late to join Swagbucks and earn money toward gifts, shopping, bills, or a coffee run, before the holiday season is here.

So what are you waiting for?  Go look for that heirloom seed you have been wanting to try, or look up those spots on your fruits from this past year, or find out what is a great soil additive to help your plants grow healthier.

Nov 072016
 

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By now, I am pretty sure you all have figured out I am a fan of Swagbucks.  Over the years I have earned hundreds of dollars in gift cards to use for various items – grocery items, gardening supplies, cloth diapers, school supplies, bat houses, and more.  While some months I have earned more than others, Swagbucks is one method of earning to which I keep returning.

Now that the holidays are in full gear, a lot of people are already getting started on decorating their homes for the season. If you’re in that same boat, you can get great deals and cash back for shopping through Swagbucks! Just go here and see all of the great cash back you can get from some of your favorite stores. Here’s how it works:

1. Click here to see the stores offering deals and cash back.
2. Click through to the store(s) of your choice and do some shopping!
3. Get cash back in the form of points (called SB) that you can redeem for free gift cards so you can stretch your holiday (and decorating) budget even further!

As an extra bonus, if you’re not a Swagbucks member and join through my link (or you’ve joined through my link this month), you’ll get an one time 200 SB bonus when you spend $25 or more in any of the Swagbucks Shop stores before December 1st! Swagbucks is a great site where you earn SB points for doing every day things online like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, searching the web, and more.

Whether you are looking to save on holiday decorations, supplies for a get together, or even if you are dreaming of next year’s garden, Swagbucks can help you save.The more SB you earn, the more gift cards you can get, which are a HUGE help this time of year.

Nov 052016
 

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We’ve reached the Holiday season – can you believe it? People are already preparing for Thanksgiving and getting ready to start shopping for the Holidays (if they haven’t already begun)! Since this time of year in particular is a good one for having some extra money, Swagbucks is offering a $5 bonus to people who sign up through me this month!

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for all sorts of things you’re probably already doing online, like shopping, discovering deals, taking surveys, watching videos, and more! Then you can turn your gift cards in to PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, and more!

Here’s how you get your bonus:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 12/1. You’ll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. When you do your holiday shopping, spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* and you’ll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cashback you’ll get from shopping.

That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned shy of 600 SB in the past month alone, solely by watching videos and taking a few surveys.  Considering we were traveling for almost a week during that time, the household went through a bought of sickness, and I forgot to click through on the shopping page the other day (a big oops that I remembered about 3 seconds after purchasing something), I am giving myself a bit of grace for it not being more.  However, those 600 SB, added to ones I had left over from the last gift card redemption, will be used to help purchase Christmas gifts. (The last gift card I redeemed for went towards household purchases on Amazon.  One being something to make my life easier and the other a routine household purchase.)

While talking with family last week, it was decided that we would do our family Christmas gift exchange over Thanksgiving.  It made sense. I agreed to it.  However, I also knew that I had not started gift shopping.  I know, I know.  After all the talk about being done by the beginning of October, about starting in July… I have some things picked up, but the majority has yet to be obtained.  AND I had something big happening this coming week and the week of Thanksgiving.  This means a lot more of my shopping is going to be taking place online, either for delivery to my house or for pick up in-store.  Not only will I be shopping through Swagbucks, thereby earning SB back, but I will also be redeeming what I have acrued for gift cards to use online.

If you feel like it is too late to make any difference between now and when you may need, or want, the extra money, I would encourage you not to go down that path.  With a few extra seconds each day, I could have easily turned the 600 SB ($6), earned during the last 30 days from watching video and taking a few surveys, into 2500 SB (worth $25).  Don’t believe me?  That is exactly what I did when I began writing this post.  I clicked on the SBTV app on my phone and am now halfway to reaching my Daily Goal.  Not only will I have earned the SB from watching videos, but will also have earned Bonuse SB from reaching the Daily Goal limit.  The Bonus SB add up and make a nice extra bit at the end of the month.

Whether you are looking to earn money for an extra cup of coffee, to help pay some bills, or add to your Holiday shopping, sign up today to start earning your $3 bonus by following the first two steps above.  Keep going and earn another $2 bonus by following the third step.  If you are even more goal oriented, do not let those numbers stop you.  It is possible to earn $50+ in a month’s time.

How do you plan to earn SB this week?  What do you plan to redeem them for?

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*You must receive your shopping SB before January 1st