Friday, July 21, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Camping

Hubby's vacation time and we have a camping trip planned.
Originally it was to a lake and the usual tent camping with the family.  Well, then we changed our minds and decided to go to Spring Lake RV Resort and rent a 5th wheel camper to stay in.  Others in the family will still camp in their tent.

If I could buy a new tent, this one looks awesome!

Not as frugal as tent camping, but compared to spending those nights in a motel, it's a good deal.  It's $50 a night for the camper.  The camper comes with the dishes, cookware, eating and cooking utensils, toaster, coffee pot, and microwave in addition to the stove and oven built in to the camper.
They even provide the toilet paper, paper towels, and dish soap.

Spring Lake also offers a regulation swimming pool, so no swimming in the yucky lake water.
They have lots of activities going on like bingo on Friday night, ice cream social on Saturday night, church on Sunday morning.  Plus, it's their Christmas in July weekend so they other fun events planned for the weekend as well.

We are going a lot more frugal on our food this time.  Usually we just shop and buy everything at once that we plan for the meals while camping.  This ends up usually being around $100 or so just for food.  This time we are taking a lot from what we already have here at the house and have spent very little other than that....only around $20 for things we needed to fill in.

I cooked up some chicken in the crockpot and used my grinder.  This will be turn into chicken salad sandwiches for one lunch.  We are taking a pork roast from the deep freeze and taking along the large crockpot to cook it in.  That will give us a nice supper with leftovers.  Mac and cheese on the side.

These are the 2 crock pots that I have.

What kind of frugal vacations do you take?

I don't want to leave you without some freebies and sweeps, so here is a list for this week and good luck!

Free Jo-Ann Gift Card & Coupon Giveaway with Quickly

Free 12 oz. Dunn Bros Coffee

Free Subscription to Town & Country Magazine

Enter to win For The Love of Hot Dogs Sweepstakes

Win a Grilling Prize Pack & Green Valley Organic Products

Win a 1967 El Camino Car with Performance Upgrades worth $25,000

Win a Trip to Red Mountain Resort Utah or an Instant Win Prize

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- The Problem Is.....

The problem, for me, is that there are so many projects that I want to work on, and equally so many projects that I need to work on.  Ok, probably not equal as the ones I need to work on is the order for the yo-yo valances and the selvage toothbrush rug as they have deadlines.

I did pull out the selvage toothbrush rug this past week and work on it some more.

At sit n' sew at the quilt shop, I got to work on pressing and squaring up the rest of the half square triangles that I need to finish my blocks for the Arkansas Crossroads quilt top.    I got bored after a couple of hours of working on that though and switched and got more yo-yo's sewn on to the first of 2 of the yo-yo valances that I am making.

The penny rug that I started some months back is on my want to do list.  One evening I just got the circles out and started putting some together.  So much fun!!  But, alas, I knew I had to put them away to work on other things.  Aren't they pretty though?

Why can't I just have the time I want for my sewing??

I didn't get around to digging out my blue scraps for soscrappy, but sure intend to get that done before we leave for a few days of vacation on Friday!

I link up with the following blogs:

WIPs on Wednesdays

Jo's Country Junction:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Swagathlon Team Challenge!!

On your marks, get set, EARN! Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge called the "Swagathlon" to help you earn free gift cards! 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! The challenge, begins Monday, July 17th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register starting on Friday, July 14th!

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting July 17th at 8am PDT, 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 600 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 sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before August 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, July 21st at 2pm PT and will expire on Friday, August 4th at 11:59pm PT.

p.s.   Wednesday July 19th is a Candy Code Extravaganza with bonus codes all throughout the day!!  Join your team today and rack up the extra points to help your team (and yourself)!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Deals For You

Friday has hit again and it's time for me to find some deals for you.

I'm starting out with some coupons to print---and wanting to kick myself.  I'm including the coupons for the vacuum bags mostly for myself.  We recently got a vacuum that takes bags.  Just yesterday I bought bags for it.....and now I see that I could have saved 50 cents!  Don't you hate when that happens??

  Save $0.50 any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Wipes (56-167 ct.)

  Save $2.00 any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers (Not valid on 9 ct. or less)

  Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Prego Italian Sauce (24oz. or larger) (Available at Walmart)

  Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX Lucky Charms™ cereal

  Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX Original Cheerios cereal (the one in the yellow box)

  Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Pace Salsa or Picante Sauce (24oz. or larger) (Available at Walmart)

  Save $0.50 Any One ARM & HAMMER Vacuum Bag or Filter (Available at Walmart)

Freebies, Deals, and More

Sweepstakes to Enter

I hope you find some things today to check out and the best of luck to you if you enter the sweepstakes  :)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Walmart's Scorching Summer Savings

Walmart is running huge deals all week long on everything from clothing and jewelry to home electronics, grills, and toys, and Swagbucks is offering 6% cash back (in the form of SB Points) for every dollar you spend through Sunday. Whatever you need this summer, now's the time to buy it and get rewarded for doing it. 

Just click here to take advantage of these deals. If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, you can also do that at this page and start earning points towards your first free gift card. As a bonus, if you sign up through me a spend at least $25 shopping online through Swagbucks before the first of the month and you'll get a 200 SB bonus - that's $2 in addition to the points you get for each dollar you spend.

This sale comes along at the perfect time for me as we prepare for a camping trip, plus there are items I need to buy for a quilt retreat as well.  I can't wait to get in and get my shopping done and earn that 6% cash back!   What will you be buying?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- No Sewing :(

You may have noticed that I didn't do a WIP post last week.  That's because I did absolutely no sewing at all.  This past week all I did was sew a few yo-yo's.    No, I didn't take a picture.

With the holiday things got rather hectic with extra activity.
Rather than miss another week of posting, I thought I would share some other pictures.

One thing was putting together a float with our church for the 4th of July parade.

The Sunday before the 4th we went to my middle daughters little town for their fireworks show.  Here are a couple of the good pictures I got:

My sunflowers this year took a beating and we lost a lot of them through a couple of bad storms, but I still love them.

I do have sit n' sew coming up this Friday evening.  If all goes as planned I will get the half square triangles pressed and squared up.
Then we have a camping trip the following weekend.  I will take the yo-yo's and hope to get some good work done on them.
Then, the weekend after that is my quilt guild's quilt retreat.  I sure hope to get a lot done there!!
Wish my luck!!

All photos are mine, and may not be used without my prior permission.

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

Jo's Country Junction:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Grabbing My Button

You can ignore my post....just posting to grab my button since photobucket must be in need of money and is now not allowing us to host our images there on 3rd party sites.


But, do scroll down and read some of my recent posts.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Easy As Pie Collector's Bills

Ready for some pie? If you said "yes", you're ready for the easy as pie collector's bills on Swagbuckss! "Collector's Bills" are special designs that you win randomly while searching the web with Swagbucks' Yahoo-powered search engine. Collect all 6 and you get an additional SB Bonus! Once you've collected enough SB, you can redeem them for gift cards to stores like Amazon, PayPal Cash, and many more!
Here's all the information for this week's Collector's Bills:
Search the web through the Swagbucks search starting Monday, July 10th through Sunday, July 16th, and when you get a search win, you may get a special Collector’s Bill valued at either:

  • 4 SB
  • 6 SB
  • 9 SB
  • 11SB
  • 18 SB
  • 26 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??  Just clicks HERE.

My first win was the 26 sb bill!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Deal For You

This has been a crazy week with the holiday!  I hope your 4th of July was great.  We had our usual family gathering with lots of our own fireworks.  Alas, that sure is a lot of money up in smoke though.  I was able to buy even any small things this year, but one of my granddaughters dad brought the mortar shells.  He gave the neighbors a run for their money on the show.
We always have a bbq then let the kids do their ground things such as the snakes and smoke bombs while we wait for it to be dark.
It's a great family time and lots of fun.

Here are the coupons that I am picking out this week for you to print:

  Save $0.50 any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Wipes (56-167 ct.)

  Save $3.00 any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers (Not valid on 9 ct. or less)

  Save $0.75 on ONE (1) Stevia In The Raw 50 or 100 Count Packet Box

  Save $0.55 when you buy any ONE (1) Sargento Natural Cheese Slices

  Save $0.50 when you buy ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios OR Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch™ cereal

  Save $0.50 on the purchase of any one (1) HORMEL REV product

  Save $0.50 On Any ONE (1) Knorr Selects™ Product

  Save $0.55 on any ONE (1) OFF! Product (excludes travel and trial sizes)

Here are the freebies and deals for you to check out this week:

Wet n Wild Glitter Eye Shadows as low as $0.93 on Amazon

Free Men's Grooming Box at Walmart, Just Pay Shipping

Free Subscription to Family Circle Magazine

Free Subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine

25 Free Recyclebank Points

Free Download of Yu Yu Hakusho: Season 1

And here are some good sweepstakes to enter this week too.  Good luck!!!

Win a Zebra Backpack Filled with Back to School Supplies

Win Luvs Diapers for a Year, 12 Winners

Win a Bed Bug-Proof Memory Foam Queen Mattress

Win $50 See's Candies Gift Card or Lollypops

Win Tickets to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or PDQ Food Instantly

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Get 50% off Your First 3 Months of estories PLUS Earn up to 2000 sb

If you're looking for a deal on audiobooks, there's an estories offer through Swagbucks where you get up to 2000 SB  for paying $5.99/month for your first three months, which is 50% their normal rate. You get 800 SB when you sign up, and once your third monthly payment of $5.99, you get an additional 1200 SB. You can use estories to easily stream or download stories to your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC or Mac. 

So even if you only try it for the first month, you still make money on the offer, since you're spending $5.99 and your get 800 SB (equivalent to $8). Plus, if you're also signing up for Swagbucks through this offer, you'll earn an additional 300 SB bonus paid out at the beginning of next month. Just click here to take advantage of this offer! 

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. 

What gift cards will you cash in for and what will you buy with them?  I keep our cats in cat food and litter thanks to Swagbucks, but I've also bought lots of other things such as a lamp, bookshelves, tablets, sewing machine, and even a laptop with the help of the amazon I earn from Swagbucks!!
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