Mar 082017

Schoola has been a blessing to our family several times over the past few years. More than once I have been faced with the realization that a kid suddenly grew, and needed certain clothing items yesterday.  Sound familiar?

At these times I have been able to add to my kids’ wardrobes using without having to leave the house but utilizing Schoola’s site.  Not only did I save on gas and time, but the quality of clothing was good and the prices were not too high.

Once you reach Schoola’s site, they make it easy for you to find what you need.  You can sort through clothing by gender and size.  They also allow you to search according to price, clothing type, brands, color, condition, style, season, material, and more.

Once you have found what you are looking for, you may want to create a “collection”, if you know you are going to be needing the same thing often.  Perhaps you are looking for “girls short sleeve shirts in size 6”.  By creating a collection you will not have to input all the search criteria each visit, thereby saving you time on your search to save money.

Whether you are a new customer, or a returning one, you can save money on top of the already low prices!
Buy a like-new item at Schoola and get $20 in credit! Offer is valid 3/6 – 3/10/17. Exclusions apply.
Free shipping on all orders over $25 at
50% off your first order with code FIRST50OFF at

Are you so excited you can not keep the new to yourself?  Share it with a friend and you will both save even more.
Send a friend $10 off to shop the amazing deals on children’s clothes at and you’ll get $10 off too. Shop now!

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Feb 272017

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If you’ve been thinking about trying Hulu, this is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $25 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you’re making $17 on the deal!

Hulu has tons of current and classic programming, movies, brilliant original series, and more. Here’s how you do it:

1. Click this link.
2. Create your Swagbucks account (takes 30 seconds)
3. Click “Continue” and sign up for Hulu
4. Enjoy Hulu! You should have your points within 30 minutes.

Haven’t tried Swagbucks yet? They’re a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like online shopping, watching videos, taking surveys, and discovering deals and services you might like to try (like Hulu!). You then take those points and turn them into free gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

This is a great time to join because when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of March. So that’s $25 (2500 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 2800 SB, which means you make $20 total just for watching TV!

Feb 152017
 This post contains affiliate links.  While they will not help support this blog, they will help my kids earn points towards magazine subscriptions.  I thought it only fair to let you know. 😉calendar coffee computer
As I drink my artificially flavored, because it had to be clarified on the bag in case I did not figure that out on my own, Chocolate Mocha Coffee this morning, I reminded myself to not throw the grounds in the trash, but instead to use them in the landscaping.  
As I sat down to the computer, I came across this article from Recyclebank concerning recycling coffee filters. How timely. (To read the article, you will need to sign-in apparently. Sorry for the confusion.)
From their website:
Whether you’re joining Recyclebank as an individual interested in learning more about waste diversion or you’re part of a community that offers our recycling rewards program, we’re all about helping you move down the path toward a waste-free future. From blog posts to quizzes to recycling resources, we’ve got all the tools you need to help keep even more materials from ending up in landfills.
Recyclebank is a site I began using … well, years ago.  We’ll leave the exact time frame alone.  Let’s focus on the fact that I keep going back to their site because it is fun, informative, and easy to use.  I have learned new things over the years, and been rewarded at various times.
Currently the rewards vary between magazine subscriptions, % off at certain websites, money off at restaurants, or even a free item from a particular website.  The rewards are always changing, which helps keep things exciting.
We do not currently use coffee filters, though if I got out our drip coffee maker I would.  However, I have started adding coffee to the front landscaping.  If you come to my front door, only to realize there is a fair coffee scent in the air, you have been warned.
Feb 122017

This post contains affiliate links to a great deal. I hope you all are able to be blessed by this offer.

Grove collaborative online shopping

As a part of getting back into my normal home making groove, I have been utilizing online shopping again.  Here is a great deal, one I hope you will find beneficial to your household, your health, and your pocket book.

Grove Collaborative is currently running the FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Gift Set promotion*.  I was able to add this offer to this month’s shipment containing additional needed items for my household. (Shipping is free with your VIP trial or $2.99 otherwise.)

I love knowing Grove provides quality natural products.  We have used several in the past, all of which I have been pleased with.

What makes this deal even better?  Not having to leave the house.  This is especially appealing if you live in one of the areas experiencing slick parking lots today.

We are having a pretty emotional day in our house today, and this upcoming week is going to be holding a lot of otherwise unusual activities.  Saving myself a trip to the store is right up my alley.

And what makes this deal GREAT!?  If you are a new customer and sign up through me, you will receive a $10 credit off a future shipment.

  • Free Mrs. Meyer Gift Set
  • Not having to leave the house
  • Free Shipping
  • Natural products
  • $10 credit toward a future purchase

Sounds like a great deal to me.

*This offer will only last for a short time and does not come around very often.

Feb 122017

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Well, I finally did it.  I sent Christmas off to my niece and nephew … I mean Santa* will be delivering it in his shiny, new ride.

What? You did not know that Santa updated his ride to truck with a variety of letters written on the side (U P S, U S P S, F e d E x)?  Hmm. I must have not sent out the memo.

Well, he has updated AND he delivers at non-Christmas time if you are good enough … or have an aunt who happens to have moved over the holidays and is still living with only half her stuff out of boxes while also shopping for a house, conducting IEP meetings every few weeks, finding new doctors, buying a new-to-her car, figuring out new groceries stores, updating insurance, and other equally fun things.  Her kids were lucky to have a Christmas at Christmas as it was.

And why, do you ask, has Santa updated his ride?

Well, that is fairly easy to explain.  Because he has partnered with a site called Swagbucks to help his aunt save money while showing her love for her niece and nephews.  Everyone gets to have a nice warm fuzzy feeling that way.

And how does this aunt use Swagbucks to save?  Well, with activities like the one below. It is calorie free, I promise, so no worries about blowing your fitness resolutions.

Here’s another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don’t know what Swagbucks is, it’s a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web!

If you’ve never tried Swagbucks before because you didn’t know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes!  Last month I was able to learn new tips from others who had gone before me, earning 935 points for myself and over 3,000 for my team. (That may seem like a lot, but our high scorer for the team had way over 10x my team points.  That leave a lot of room for improvement.) I am not sure how next week’s will go, as there are some other things on my calendar to take care of as well.  

They have one themed around Valentine’s day – the Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge begins Monday, February 13th.

Here’s how you can join the challenge and the site:

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don’t already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting February 13th at 8am PT, in addition to earning SB you’ll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you’ve contribute so far. 

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card!

Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before March 1st, you’ll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you’ve signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 25 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, February 17th and will expire on Tuesday, February 28th 11:59pm PT

*While we do not believe or celebrate Santa at our house, that is not true for all of our family members.  In this context, I am assuming you all know that he is not real and I am really talking about the mailman, but keeping things light and fun.

Feb 082017

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While I am not necessarily a Nike enthusiast, I know some who are.  With spring around the corner, you may be looking at your shoes and realize you need a new pair.  Now is the time to start looking for sales and deals on items you are needing.

I have owned several pairs of Nike shoes, either for running track in high school or when found for a  good price as every day shoes.  They have always lasted me several years and I appreciate the quality of their product. (disclaimer: my running shoes became my every day shoes, my every day shoes became my play/garden shoes, etc.  I would wear a pair till it began to fall apart. In this way, I did not need to purchase many different pairs of shoes each year.)

If you love Nike stuff, not only their shoes, or know someone who does, you can get 15% cash back on all Nike Gift Cards during Nike Bonus Days on MyGiftCardsPlus! MyGiftCardsPlus is a site where you get cash back for buying gift cards – the cash back is paid out in the form of points from Swagbucks, which is a great website where you redeem those points (called SB) for gift cards to places like Amazon, PayPal… and Nike!

So to recap, you can get 15% cash back (in the form of SB) on Nike gift cards from MyGiftCardsPlus, which you can then use on Swagbucks to get more Nike gift cards!

Click here to take advantage of this great deal!

If you are a new Swagbucks member, this would help you earn your $2 bonus this month.  Click here to learn more.

Jan 042017

This post contains affiliate links. No shoveling of snow required.

Recently I participated in Swagbucks Team Challenge.  While I was no where near one of the top earners, and our team actually came in last, I was able to learn a lot from others on the team.  The encouragement was great, with a lot of positive talk happening in the chat box at the bottom of the page.  For me, that was the real prize of the whole experience.

Since that time, I have been using my new found knowledge to seek out various ways to earn point, called SB.  These points can then be redeemed for gift cards or PayPal cash.

This past week and a half, I have tried to be more diligent in participating in activities that, while they are worth fewer points, do not require as much focused attention on my part.  This has worked well for this time in my schedule.  With the Christmas holiday, my husband being home during the day, both kids being off school, traveling three days round-trip back to our old house to pick up the last of our things, and starting up home school again this week, I have still been able to earn 398 SB (with 42 more pending), the equivalent to almost $4.  This may not sound like a lot, but it really does add up.

Assuming I keep doing what I have been, even while being gone for three days and having a major holiday, at the end of the month I would have earned $17 in gift cards or PayPal money.

10 Days – 3 Days traveling = 7 days

30 days in a month / 7 days = 4.28 7-day-periods * $4 per 7-day-period = $17.12

However, I know it could easily be $25, due to bonuses earned from reaching daily goals and spending a few more minutes taking a survey. (Which is exactly what I did last night while waiting for the kids to fall asleep.  Jack still needs someone nearby to feel safe enough to fall asleep in his room, so I sit in the hallway. Why not get paid for my time doing so?)

Then there are the collector bills.  They sure do make the snow look fun, do they not?

One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks (okay, there are a lot of favorite things) is that I can get rewards for searching the web through their search engine. Every now and then they have “Collector’s Bills” worth bonus SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you’ve collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more!

Here’s all the information for this week’s Snow Much Fun Collector’s Bills:
Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, January 2nd through Sunday, January 8th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

  • 5 SB
  • 7 SB
  • 9 SB
  • 11 SB
  • 16 SB
  • 22 SB

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 6 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

Keep searching til you find them all!

So far I have collected the 9 SB bill.  It was a great surprise when I entered my search term and earned money for doing so.  I love it.

Sign up through the link here to get a 300 SB bonus when you earn 300 SB this month, if you are a new member.  If you do the math, that is a great return on investment; much better than any bank can give you right now.


Dec 242016

This post contains affiliate links to a deal that made my life easier today. Hope you are able to be blessed by it as well.

Photo Calendars

Did you know there are only 7 days left in the year?  7 days!!

Did you know tomorrow is Christmas?!

Yeah, both of these facts, while all around me, have not really be a part of my reality these past few weeks.  Thankfully I got Christmas shopping completed without much pain and on time.  Utilizing online shopping, gift cards, store reward points, and free shipping to stores, I was able to find what I was looking for with very little out of pocket costs.

As for the New Year, it has been obvious for some time a new calendar was needed.  Every time I thought of it though, I was not out shopping.  The reality of leaving the house to battle traffic in order to pick up a calendar at the dollar store sounded more painful than helpful.  So, it never was accomplished.

And it is 7 days till the new year.  Yikes.

Today, when I saw I was able to obtain a personalized calendar using Amazon Prints, shipped to my home, for under $4, I paused breakfast and jumped on the opportunity.  (Not literally, as I still like this computer.)  It may not be the $1.09 I would pay at the dollar store, but there would be no traffic to battle, no gas used, and no need to put on shoes.  For those reasons, and many others, I will the extra $2.66.

The process was extremely easy, which made it all the more of a blessing.

Contrary to a few other formats I have used in trying to create calendars, this process was actually enjoyable. Being able to set the start month of the calendar, add photos to specific days throughout the year, add text to days throughout the year, easily drag over the photos I wished to use, and chose from several appealing formats were a few of the things I enjoyed about this process.

Once you have created the calendar to your liking, go to “Review and check out”.  You are able to scroll through the calendar, checking to see it will look like you want it to.  If you are happy, continue to check out.  This is where you enter the code NEWYEAR, and where your price drops from $14.99 to $3.75.  With your Prime membership, shipping is free.


At this point it will not get to your home in time for Christmas, but should arrive in 8-15 days.

You are able to order as many calendars as you wish, till the offer expires.  You also have a set amount of time after submitting your order to cancel.  This is a nice feature; there have been times I submit an order only to realize I was not ready or a picture included was not the one I really wanted to use.

To begin making your own personalized calendar, click here.


Dec 202016

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yard sale boy clothes

Finding affordable kids clothes is always a challenge I enjoy facing.  Well, that is until one kids decides to grow 3 shoe sizes in a month!  Other than that, I feel like I have kept a fairly good handle on our clothing budget.

When the kids were little and we were needing to create a whole new wardrobe for the summer, we were blessed to find a local second hand store (whose proceeds went to help support a women’s shelter) running a $5 bag sale.  For less than $20 I was able to put together wardrobes for both kids.

Those were the days.  Today, I doubt I could get four pairs of pants for George in those shopping bags. The kid is growing!

Many of those same initial items were passed along to other families with little boys, as I knew the challenge of finding appropriate clothing at a reasonable price.  That particular thrift store no longer holds that wonderful deal during the summer months, so I have had to look other places.

Most of the clothes my kids have out grown were passed along before our move.  However, Jack is in a sort of odd size right now.  He can wear some 6’s, most 7’s, and some 8’s.  Within the past few weeks I have noticed he is finally out of the 6’s, or should be.  It does not matter here at home if his pants are a little short, so I had not taken the time to look through them.

A few weeks ago I met a mom at Jack’s P.E. class.  I had seen her the week before, but did not have the time to stop and say hi.  However, the second week, not only did I take the time to intentionally go sit by her, but I also actually talked to her.

By the end of our conversation I had found a new home for all the out-grown clothes we have hanging around our house; a few I am not sure how they made the move with us.  With 3 boys of her own, the age of my kids or younger, this particular mom was thankful for any clothes we were willing to pass along.

organize sort childrens clothes

While going through clothes to pass along, I realized that Jack has entered a size which George apparently went through during summer months.  Now I have few choices:

  1. Have Jack wear pants in the size he is currently growing out of.
  2. Have Jack rotate between the new pairs of pants he does have in the size he is growing into.
  3. Find new pants at a decent price at local stores.
  4. Find second-hand pants at a thrift store near us.
  5. Look online.

While #1 and #2 are not bad options, especially since I found 2-3 more pair this morning in the size he is growing into, they may  not make it through the winter if he keeps being rough on the knees.

#3 is not an option.  Not only would I have to take him shopping with me, but … I would have to take him shopping with me in a large, colorful, florescent lit store with music blaring over the speakers.  Oh, and the price.  The ROI (return on investment) for me is not great enough to warrant paying those prices.  Maybe if there was a sale….. no, not even then.  Even if my  husband watched the kids, that would put me shopping on a weekend.  I HATE shopping on a weekend.  There are so. many. people.

#4 I could probably pull off during his P.E. time, though I personally need to be looking for pants for myself.

Option #5 is by far my favorite option at this time.  This is especially true when I see things like this appear in my inbox:
For two days only, 1000s of items have dropped to only $3 at! Offer is valid December 20th-21st.

A few weeks ago I had gone to to look for clothes for George.  He has slowly sneaked up in sizes; it may have something to do with the 10 lbs he gained this past month.  My Mommy Radar is thinking another growth spurt is just over the horizon.

The bin of clothes for the next 2-4 sizes for him do contain some pants, though not near enough to clothe him appropriately for school.  I was happy to find the few extra pants for the size he is growing into, meaning I could throw away the ones in which he has recently created holes.  Making holes is a specialty of his.

I will for sure be going back and checking Schoola out today or tomorrow.

We have always been pleased with the quality of clothes from Schoola.  Their descriptions online have been honest and accurate.  The kids love ‘shopping’ with me and opening the box when it is delivered to our house.  No florescent light filled, music blaring stores required.

Don’t forget Free shipping on all orders over $25 at

Dec 192016

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One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks are all the ways to earn points, called SB, which I can redeem for gift cards to some of my favorite retailers.

Getting rewards for searching the web through their search engine is an easy activity.  It is an activity I would be doing regardless; why not get rewarded for it?!

Every now and then they have “Collector’s Bills” worth SB points that you can collect by simply searching the web. Collect them all, and you get an SB Bonus! Once you’ve collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Walmart, Target, and many more!

Here’s all the information for this week’s Christmas Quenchers Collector’s Bills:

Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, December 19th at 12:01am PT/3:01am ET through Saturday, December 24th at 11:59pm PT/Sunday, December 25th 2:59am ET, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

  • 5 SB

  • 7 SB

  • 9 SB

  • 15 SB

  • 24 SB

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 5 Collector’s Bills and you’ll instantly earn a 20 SB Bonus!

By either setting my search engine to default to Swagbucks, adding their tool bar to the top of my screen, or going to their site in order to perform a search, I can be adding to my SB total.  Each SB gets me closer to my goals for the up coming year.

Why not start the year off right, either paying off debt you have or saving ahead to avoid it?  Don’t wait for the New Year to begin working toward your goals.  Today is as good as any.  Besides, this method makes it even more fun!  I am pretty sure we could all do with a bit more fun in our lives.