Friday, February 16, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Points, Recipes, and More

This past week my online earnings included:

A sale of 3 towel scarves from my etsy shop.  I'm making more of the towel scarves now to list and do have one of those spoken for.

$5 amazon from Microsoft Rewards.  If you've not been in there lately, it's changed.  If you do the 3 daily goals you earn bonus points.  I'm finding that doing those each day along with some searches, that I was able to cash in much faster this time!

$1 added to my Perk Plastik card from PerkTV.  Unfortunately there is some issue with my IP address and I can't access my card info, including adding more money to it, until they are done reviewing my IP address.  I sure hope they can get this resolved very soon! 

I'm so close to cash outs on several sites, so I hope my list next week is much longer  :)

**Don't forget your Friday Freebie!  I love free candy, and I've been wanting to try this candy bar.

Free Hershey's Gold Bar at Kroger & Affiliates

Here is your weekly list of Recyclebank points to check out.  I'm heading up to being able to trade my points in for another free item through One Twine.

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

I will leave you this week with a list of other freebies you might want to check out:

Free Hershey's Gold Bar When Team USA Wins Gold

Free Subscription to Sports Illustrated

Free 18ct. Box of o.b. Tampons

Free Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls

LEGO Mini Model Build - Free LEGO Lamb

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- More Cutting

The first that I cut were 8 inch squares to make the double folded hotpads.    My daughter wanted me to make her some, so I pulled out the long untouched fabric drawer labeled hotpads.  I'm almost done with 2 sets.  She's choosing to take the pink and yellow set.
The rest of the insulbrite and squares are here beside me to continue making more sets.

I spent most of yesterday cutting, and as usual, ended up with piles for various projects:
cuts to make tissue box covers
cuts to make pin cushion and scrapbags
strips for my string blocks
strips for the toothbrush rug I am working on
selvage strips for making a selvage rug
10 squares to be made into a quilt top for charity
quarter yards for making more towel scarves
and, a pile of scraps for filling a pillow case to make a dog bed.

This next week should be filled with completed projects!!  I hope if that's the case that everyone will be ok with me posting finished projects instead of WIP's.

In the meantime, I link up with the following blogs, so be sure to check each of them out.

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.


Quilting is more fun than Housework

Friday, February 9, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Week in Review

Here we are to Friday again!  I've stayed busy as usual.   I'm on a mission, you know.

This past week I rec'd payment from these:

Checkpoints --  $2 in amazon   I run the videos through the checkpoints apps on one of my phones once I complete the 2 Swagbucks apps that I have on that phone.  I also put the app on my plan phone, and need to remember to check while in stores to see if there is anything to scan for points, plus do the check-ins.  You can also earn from checkpoints online as well.  (If you check it out, please use my email, as your bonus code)

Shopkick -- $2 amazon.   I have been checking in on the app for bonus points in the discover section daily now.  I don't go out often enough to get many walk in points or to scan items, but once winter is over, that will change.  Plus, I need to pay attention to what you can purchase to earn kicks as well. (If you aren't a member, and sign up, please use my code CARD450081 to ensure that you get 250 bonus points!)

PerkTV -- $1 to my Perk Plastik card.  This isn't going as fast as usual, but hope it picks up again soon.  I am attempting to save money to my card to be my spending money on a trip I hope to take in May.  I've had to spend some off my card twice this past week for groceries.  So many ways to earn Perk points!  (Use my code 860efbf6 and get 50 bonus points)

Swagbucks -- $25 in amazon.   I love that once a month you can get a $25 gift card for a discounted sb cost of 2200 instead of 2500 sb.  I always get amazon, then spend it to buy cat food and cat litter.

Join Swagbucks!
You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What's Online at

Here is what I ordered, which will be delivered tomorrow:

Dillon's (Kroger) has a lot of good digital coupons right now.   Not sure if I will have money to shop with, but just in case, I have added every coupon to my card for anything we might buy!
Don't miss out on this week's freebie either.  This one expires on Valentine's Day instead of the usual 2 weeks later.

Free SweeTarts Candy Heart Box for Kroger & Affiliates

There is also a whole list of extra Recyclebank points to check out this week!  This will sure help me get closer to ordering more free items from One Twine!

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

10 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

20 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

Here's hoping that this next week finds you with lots of earnings and savings!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- One Step at a Time

I started off this past week one step at a time on the microwave hotpads/cozies that I am making.
I am to the point of getting out my machine with the walking foot and finishing them off.  I fully plan to get that machine out today as I also have other projects that need the walking foot as well.

I got out my table and cutting mat and did some cutting.    I cut for making 2 towel scarves, and composition notebook covers.  I ended up also getting the blue that I had out for the string blocks into strips as well as found some pink.  I took one piece and cut it into 1 inch strips for the runner lockerhook rug that is on my list to make.  I also ended up cutting some 5 inch squares as well.

In fairness to myself, I did get 6 of the notebook covers completed, and 2 of them sold since taking this picture.

Short post this week due to us being gone for hours today already getting our taxes filed free at the Salvation Army.

I do link up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Get $3 when you sign up for Swagbucks in February

Want an extra boost to your budget in February?? 

If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up as my referral this month. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $3 bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 3/1/18. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.  

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $3, 258 so far as a member of Swagbucks!   I mostly cash in for PayPal and Amazon, but sometimes also Walmart or Burger King.  Recently I redeemed for an eBay gift card to buy controllers for our PlayStation.   I love Swagbucks!!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Free Magazine Subscriptions and More

It sure seems that this week past by very quickly!

This past week, I finished crocheting all the fancy yarn that I had into headbands that I will use for gifts for the girls and women on my Christmas gift list.    I ended up with the 12 in the photo, plus 2 others that I've already gotten into my gift tote.   I do believe that is exactly what I need for all the females on my list to each get one.
I never imagined when I started crocheting them that I would end up with so many.  The best part??
I only paid $1 at a rummage sale for ALL of the yarn that I used!    Now that is frugal gift giving!

I cashed out for $25 PayPal with Swagbucks this past week and spent it just as quickly.  At Dillon's I bought cat litter because it was much needed and I haven't rounded up enough in Amazon credit to order it yet.  I got an awesome deal on Brummel & Brown margarine just when we were down to our last.   Dillon's has a $1 ecoupon on it and ibotta has a $1 rebate for it.  I love when I can get deals like that....doesn't happen for me as often as it used to.  I also used the 25 cent rebate on any crackers and bought the store brand for .89, as well as the 25 cent rebate on anything. 

Speaking of Dillon's, this week's Friday Freebie is sports water. Don't forget to go add it to your card.

Free BodyArmor Sports Water for Kroger & Affiliates

Here is a chance to win with Dillon's (Kroger) as well.

Win Over 8000 Prizes in the Kroger Snack Shot Instant Win Game

If you love free magazine subscriptions, this week I have a slew of them for you to check out!!

Free 2 Year Subscription to Bridal Guide Magazine

Free Subscription to Woman's Day Magazine

Free Subscription to Sports Illustrated

Free Subscription to Digital Photo Pro Magazine

Free Subscription to Town & Country Magazine

Free Subscription to AFAR Magazine

Free Subscription to Redbook, Seventeen & More

You'll need a nice magazine rack for all those free subscriptions.  Here are a few I see that I would love to have:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- More Little Bits

I did finish a set of hanging towels with buttons that a gal has been waiting on, and shipped them out.

It was our annual soup lunch and work day at quilt guild this past Monday.  In the past the day has been dedicated to making charity items.  However, the last couple of years the charity items have been being made and turned in monthly and ongoing out to the different agencies.  It was decided that we could choose to work on items for the boutique booth at the Wichita quilt show if we chose to.

I wanted to try making one of the pin cushion scrap bags while I had people there to help me if needed....and of course I did need help.
I just have the walnut shells to put in and sew the pin cushion part shut for my first one to be complete.

I got the microwave bowl cozies down that I am working on and got the first lines sewn and now am working on getting corners ready for sewing.  My goal is to get this pile finished yet today along with sewing and cutting corners off, and pinning them ready to complete.

The only other thing I did this week was a little work on the jingle bell blocks.  I completed one and have a start on the squares for another one.

Another goal I have to complete today is to get fabrics cut to size to make more composition notebook covers.   I will end this post by asking you to wish me luck that I get done what I need to!

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

  Quilting is more fun than Housework

Friday, January 26, 2018

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Food, Apps, Gifts, and More

I hope you all have had a good week.  It's been pretty good here.

First I want to tell you about the app that I wrote about last week.  It's called Watch4Dollar, and I wanted to wait until I got paid before writing about it.  I cashed in 3000 coins for $3 PayPal.  I was paid 3 days after cashing out.  Unfortunately, PayPal fees were taken out so I actually rec'd $2.87.
I can deal with that.  The app is really easy.  Once you get past the initial percentage, which doesn't take long at all, you can then watch 4 videos every 30 minutes for a total of 40 points.  You can also check in once per day for 20 points. 
It's run on 7 levels of referrals, so if you do get people under you that are using the app, the earnings would really go up.
If you would like to give it a try, please use this LINK, and put in my code W4D4AFC8 it would sure be appreciated!

I got in the kitchen towel set that I ordered through Recyclebank.  It's actually a set of 3 dishcloths, but they are nice and will make a great gift as the set of 3, or to split up as gifts.   I'm still gathering points to order my next item.
Here are some Recyclebank points to check out:

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

5 Free Recyclebank Points

Don't forget today's Friday Freebie!

Free Epic Bar for Kroger & Affiliates

You might remember that I mentioned that my brother gave us 3 lbs of ground venison for Christmas.  I used one pound and made a meatloaf on his suggestion.  I then took 2 slices of the meatloaf and crumbled it. I put it in the freezer and we used it in the sauce on spaghetti night.
I made a nice chili out of one pound, which we ate for 2 nights.  And, last night I made a casserole, that we will also eat tonight.  So, from those 3 lbs, we came up with 6 meals.
I'm not one that really likes wild game as I didn't grow up in a hunting family, but I am getting more used to it.  We were also thankful to have the food as well.

I made a huge crock pot full of ham and beans with the bone and meat left from the big ham this week.  My intention there was 2 nights of ham and beans and then freeze the rest for other nights later.  We are having a carry in dinner at church on Sunday and there is no grocery money this week.  We decided to freeze the rest and take it to heat and serve as our contribution to the dinner on Sunday. 

I'm trying to redeem 40,000 points with the Lucktastic app for $10 Burger King to provide us with another meal this week.   Unfortunately the prize is out of stock, but I will keep checking!

Speaking of Lucktastic......I was looking at the apps to download for points and seen 1800 pts for downloading Wish.  You know, I'd yet to check that app out.  Might have been a mistake as I spent $2.85 of the $2.87 that I got in from Watch4Dollar  LOL.   Not really a mistake as for that $2.85 I am getting a nice make-up bag and a ring, but I will need to watch and not go crazy ordering things.....however, it's yet another option for me to add to my gift stash and spend very little money!!

Oh!  I also did get my points and redeemed for $5 amazon with MyPoints.   My goal is to redeem once a month, but it looks like it can be more frequent than that, so that is great. 

Frugal Chick T-Shirt

Frugal Chick T-Shirt

by chicktees

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WIP Wednesday -- A Little is Better Than Nothing

I didn't get much done this past week, but something is better than nothing, for sure.

I just put it all together for one picture:

The double towel scarves with the wine towels are actually done, sold, and shipped.  Under those are blocks and batting ready to be made into more microwave hotpads/cozies.  In the middle is fabric to cut to make more of the composition notebook covers.   While finding that fabric, I ran across some blue that I pressed to be ready to cut into strips for my string blocks.  I still need to get out my scrap bag and pull out more blue.

I highly doubt that I get any further on string block project, which means that blue month with the soscrappy blog will come and go without me doing anything.

I need to get the covers made, hopefully by Sunday at 2 people at church have each requested one.

What can I get done this next week?  Only time will tell, but I really do hope a lot more than what I got done over this past week!

Here's something fun for you.

Vintage Patchwork Quilt Square Wall Clock

Vintage Patchwork Quilt Square Wall Clock

by ClockORama

I link up with the following blogs.  I hope you will check them all out.

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

KatieMae Quilts for BOM weekly linky.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The first Swago: Shopping Edition of 2018!

Still recovering from all of your holiday shopping? The online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save when you spend. 

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's
a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.  

Click here to get started
Here’s what you need to know to get your 300 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Go to the Swag page and make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value - up to 300 SB - enough for your first $3 gift card.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, January 26th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

    Also, if you sign up through me this month, you'll get a $10 rebate when you make your first purchase via Swagbucks Shopping! You can activate it in the "Swag Ups" area of "My Account"
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