Friday, February 17, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- The Apps


Last Friday I wrote about the Friday Freebies from Dillon's (Kroger).  Today's Friday Freebie is FREE Chobani Greek Yogurt "Flip"® Product.  Those are good.  I like to have yogurt as my bedtime snack.

This week I was to talk about making use of the apps for savings.
Until my oldest finds a house of her own, she is responsible for most of the shopping in the house as her "pay" for living with us.  In other words, I rarely do buy things, but when I do, I want to take advantage of the apps if I can to help me earn cash back.

I like to watch and see what the healthy item of the week is on savingstar.  This last week it was bananas.  One for me and one for hubby was under 50 cents and I got a 25 cent rebate.

On checkout51 I chose cucumber from the list of 4 fresh items.  I paid 62 cents for one for us to share and got 25 cents back.

Ibotta was a little different for me this week as I chose to splurge at Dollar Tree for a package of cookies.  25 cent rebate means 75 cents to fulfill my sweet tooth.  2 cookies a day and I still have some left after a week.  


Ibotta and checkout51 both offered $1 rebate on buying a Kidfresh frozen entree.  I bought it for myself to have for my lunch on sewing day at church.  After rebates my lunch cost me just 72 cents.

Once it's up to me to buy groceries for the house again, I will always check ibotta before heading to the store.  Aside from lots of brand named products, there are always "any" offers.  Looking at the app on my phone I see 20 cents back on any cookies, 25 cents back on any popcorn, 20 cents back on brussels sprouts, 20 cents back on any carrots, 25 cents back on any brand milk and oatmeal, 25 cents back on any brand milk and peanut butter.  

You can see there is a pretty good mix of "any" items that you would probably have on your list anyway.  I see lots of name brand items today that I would buy as well.
There are usually more of the "any" items.  I've not used the app enough lately to know if it's how it used to be.  In the past, the more of the brand name items that you bought, the more of the "any" items would show up.
Generally there is any cheese, cereal, pasta sauce, chips, and other every day items.

Do you use the apps?







Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday --Something New

I actually worked on something else other than the rug and yo-yo's this past week, believe it or not.
Actually, I didn't do anymore work on the rug other than adding more selvage strips to my bag.

I am still keeping up with my 365 of making 3 yo-yo's each day.  My pile of fabric still doesn't seem to be going down, and I'm getting more anxious to start putting them together.


Sit n' Sew at the quilt shop was a go and I actually got some work in on my paper-pieced stars for my guild challenge.  Not much, and I sure hope to find time soon to get my sewing machine out at home to work on them some more.  If I don't, this project will not be done by the end of April!


Yesterday was sewing day at church.  This project is not part of my 17 in 2017, but something I can work on for awhile at church.  Someone donated a box of these polyester squares.  Some were already made into 9 patches, and hand sewn.  I'm going to attempt to finish them off into a top by continuing the hand sewing.




And here are a couple of pictures from our community service work day at quilt guild that I wanted to share.  We finished over 30 quilts that day in addition to a large number of items that were already completed and given to First Call for Help.  With so many quilts we decided to send some of them to other agencies as well.
I wish we could have more days like this.




I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:  http://www.joscountryjunction.com/

Friday, February 10, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Friday Freebies


Are you getting your Friday Freebie each week from Kroger?  Our Kroger stores are Dillon's.

Here is a picture of some of the foods we have gotten free recently:


Other recent Friday Freebies not pictured are Annie's Macaroni and Cheese, Simple Truth Organic Tortilla Chips, Sara Lee Bread, and so much more.

Today's Friday Freebie is a Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch Caramel candy bar!!  Doesn't that sound scrumptious and something to help that sweet tooth?

My point of this post is to take advantage of these freebies.  They will help you save money on your grocery bill, and assure that you aren't hungry.

p.s.  Watch for the coupons that they send you in the mail too.  This bundle we got last week includes a free coupon for a box of Cheerios as well as a free coupon for a box of Keebler Club Crackers.  More great ways to ensure we don't go hungry!


Here are some books you might find interesting:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday-- Same Old Same Old

I skipped out on my post last Wednesday as we spent the morning at the Salvation Army getting our taxes done.
You might be bored anyway since I am still just working on the same two things!  With any luck, the weather will hold up this month and the monthly sit n' sew at the quilt shop won't end up canceled this month like it was last month.  The project I intended to work on last month is still in the bagged I packed it in.

In the meantime, I am still plugging away making 3 yo-yo's a day.  My pile of fabric in the box has to be going down, but it sure doesn't seem like it!   I plan to start putting the yo-yo's together at a quilt retreat at the end of April.  Surely by then I will have most all of these made.


More work done on the selvage toothbrush rug.  I just might be done with this in the next couple weeks or so.  I do hope so as I have other rugs on my list of 17 in 2017 to finish.


You can see my list of 17 in 2017 in the left side bar.   I have no idea when I can get back to the soscrappy challenge.  Here it is February and I've not looked to see what this month's color is!

I link up with the following blogs:




 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day Collector's Bills Starts Today!



One of my favorite things about using Swagbucks 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 Valentine's Day Collector's Bills:
Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, February 6th through Friday, February 10th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:
  • 5 SB
  • 7 SB
  • 9 SB
  • 14 SB
  • 21 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!
Keep searching til you find them all!

Not a member yet?  Join HERE!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Frugal Friday with Marsha-- What's Been Going On


Things got crazy last Friday and I didn't get my post done.  More about that later.

Let's see how this week has been.

1.  I found out when my daughter bought some that Dollar Tree sells anti-freeze.  Yes, they are small bottles--14 oz.  It comes out to be about the same cost of buying a gallon, but it's a lot easier for me to come up with a few dollars to buy a few small bottles at a time.  It's also all I can add to my radiator anyway as there is a leak somewhere.  (Much more frugal if I had the money to have a mechanic fix the leak, but I don't have that money all at one time.)

2.  We went to the Salvation Army to have our taxes done free.  As long as you earn less than $50,000 a year you can get them done there free.  I'm sure glad I finally talked my husband into stop paying H&R Block over $200 each year to get them done!

3.  Speaking of my husband, that is why I missed last Friday.  Thursday night our cable was shut off for non-payment of the bill.  Friday I did some needed housework, then packed up my things and "moved" over to my mom's house to use her internet.  Thankful that she had just put internet at her house the week before as it's my way of earning.

On this subject, hubby has finally came to the conclusion that we've been paying too much for cable.  Yep, he's one of those men that unless he thinks he had the idea, it's a no go.  I've been telling him for many months that $277 a month for the cable bill is just WAY too much!!   I don't even know why it's that much.  It used to be $150 a month and that included internet, home phone, and the DVR.   I just wish it hadn't taken it being shut off and me leaving the house for him to finally decide it was his idea to do something about it.  It will be awhile before he can pay what he currently owes.

4.  How about hand me downs?  This past week my tennis shoes had a blow out.  I was wearing the last pair I had in the closet.  Oh gosh.   I hadn't had a chance to check the Goodwill store or Salvation Army for a pair, but my middle daughter gave me a pair of Puma's that were my step grandson's.  They didn't fit him and had been laying around their house.

I've probably went on longer than I should, so will stop for this week.  I wonder what this week will bring to report next week.

Have a happy and frugal week!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Today's Featured Coupons

Here's some coupons that I feel are worth featuring.  Just click to print and save!

$1.50 off one McCafe Coffee

$2.50 off any 2 Starbucks Hot Cocoa

$0.30 off ONE CUP any flavor Liberte yogurt

$0.55 off any TWO HORMEL Brand

$1.00 off any 2 MARS Valentines Day

$0.75 off any ONE Kelloggs Corn Flakes

$0.55 off one Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- Just A Rug and Yo-Yo's

Unfortunately I never did find time yet to get my sewing machine out and get to work on the paper-piecing for the quilt guild challenge.  Hopefully Friday I can finally get it out!

I am still keeping up with my 365 challenge of making 3 yo-yo's a day.


I also did more work on the selvage rug.


My 17 in 2017 challenge list is to the right.  If you missed my post where I picture them all and would like to check it out, you can find that HERE.

I link up with the following blogs:

   WIPs on Wednesdays

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Swag Slopes Team Challenge Starts Tomorrow





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.


Swagbucks wants you to join in the fun! Pack your warmest snow gear and pre-register today! The Swag Slopes Team Challenge begins Monday, January 23rd.


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! 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. Swag Up Rebate will be made available by 5pm PT on Friday, January 27th and will expire on Sunday, February 12th at 11:59pm PT


Team challenges are always lots of fun and a great way to get to know other "Swaggernauts".


If you aren't a member of Swagbucks yet, just click HERE and join in on the fun and the earning.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Weekly Recap 1/20/17


Whew!  It's been a good week.  The days have flown by.

1.  I had my annual doctor appointment.  I am so thankful that my husband's work covers are health insurance.  That is a HUGE savings.  I am thankful that I earn online and I was able to pay my co-pay for the visit from my online earnings.

2.  I still have yet to buy a Sunday paper for the coupons, but I have been using printable grocery coupons.  I've mentioned the blog, Pinchin Paul, that I am following through twitter.  I opened some of the posts that were for items that we use in our household, printed out the coupons, and actually gave those to my daughter to use.

3.  I'm still working on establishing routines for my day, but still having trouble getting sidetracked--hence why I didn't get this blog post started until noon!  It's not always a bad thing as I was doing some important things this morning getting some ads in rotation and such to hopefully improve my online earning, but I had other plans in my head for how my day was going to go.

4.  I'm still reading The Six Dollar Family on my kindle app.  I'm up to the chapter that includes recipes for health and beauty.  That sounds interesting.  I just might check those out too...and it could be some things to make for my daughters for their Christmas next year.  I will have more on that later.

5.  Not frugal related exactly, but something I just must share!  My youngest daughter gave birth to my 11th grandchild Saturday, January 14th at 6:29 am.  Amelia Isis Marie came in weighing 6 lb 2 oz and was 19 inches.
This is a picture that my daughter shared today on her facebook.  I just love it and want to share it with my readers.


Until next week, I wish everyone a Frugal week ahead.   I wonder what I might have to share with you next week.

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