Thursday, January 19, 2017

Get Paid To Try Hulu!

If you've been thinking about trying Hulu, this is the time to do it. Thanks to an offer through Swagbucks, you get $20 (paid in the form of points called SB) for trying Hulu for a month. That will cost you $7.99, so you're making $12 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 February. So that's $20 (2000 SB) for trying Hulu plus your $3 (300 SB) bouns, which gets you 2300 SB, which means you make $15 total just for watching TV!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- Yo-yo's and the Rug

I'm keeping up with my 365 so far so good with making 3 yo-yo's each day.  I'm itching to start putting together the valances and table runner, but need to wait until I have yo-yo's made from each of the different fabrics in my box.

I worked more on the selvage toothbrush rug

I have listed my 17 in 2017 on the right side here on my blog along with the button to the blog that is hosting the challenge.

If you care to see pictures of all 17 you can see those in my post from last week.

WIP Wednesday--17 in 2017 Challenge

This week I am linking up with:

Here are a few things that might interest you:

Friday, January 13, 2017

Frugal Friday with Marsha -- New Year Check In

I didn't get here last Friday to write up a first Frugal Friday of the year last week, but here I am now.

Let's see what's been going on with me in the savings and being Frugal area:

1.  For some reason, for most all of 2016, I stopped using the shopping and earning apps.  I rarely used shopkick, checkpoints (bonus code is my email address, checkout51, savingstar, ibotta, or receipthog.  I have NO idea why I slacked off, but I am kicking myself for lost savings and earnings!!  So far so good this year on getting back to using them.

2.  I've been waiting for the grocery store to get in these net10 phones that they had on sale for $20.  Well, they got them in finally, but then they were on sale for $10!! I ended up buying 2.  Now I can run more apps....not necessarily more, but it frees me up to be able to spend more time in the apps since I moved most of my Swagbucks apps over to the new phones.  I've already earned back the $20 that I spent on the phones.

3,  A good deal at Dollar Tree!  Dollar Tree got in the Snackeez cups.  You've seen these on TV and you can find them in the As Seen on TV section at Wal-mart for $9.88.  I couldn't help but buy a whole case of 12 of them at just $1 each!!!  These will make a great addition to my gift stash for both birthdays and Christmas this year. (They got in both the smaller ones and the larger ones---I bought one of the 2 cases that they got in of the large ones)

4.  I decided that on nights when hubby is in bed and I can't turn on the light to read before going to sleep, that I would get back to reading the books in my Kindle app.  I started with one that I actually had just ordered a sample of.  I re-read the sample and looked through the index and decided to go ahead and spend the $2,99 to buy it.  It's a nice saving book called Six Dollar Family.
I'm already anxious to possibly get back to making my own laundry soap using the recipe she shares, as well as trying to make the dryer sheets too.
It's a lot of common sense book and I am enjoying it, so I will share the link to amazon here with you.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Use Your Phone to Recover From Your Holiday Spending!!

Did you find yourself spending a little more than you had anticipated over the Holidays? It's easy to do, especially when you want to give all your friends and family the perfect gifts. Well, I have an easy way for you to recover from your holiday spending from the convenience of your cell phone. 

Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores. 

With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps I can use my spare minutes to earn free gift cards on my phone! Like the Swagbucks website, I can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos. 

I have installed all 6 of the SBTV apps and I am always running one of them!  If I go to the kitchen to cook, my phone goes with me.  When doing other household chores, my phone goes with me.  I especially like the music videos while I clean.  

Here are some other ideas of when to get in some video watching time:

While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB

During commercial breaks, take a featured survey or fill out your survey profile: 60 SB

While standing in line at the grocery store, answer the daily poll: 1 SB

When you’ve finally made it to the gym, watch style, tech and celeb news through the SBTV app: 2 SB for every 10 videos

Just as you’ve put dinner in the oven, your Swagbucks app tells you there’s a new Swag Code!: 3 SB

Before you go to sleep, use the Swagbucks app to shop from your favorite stores. You deserve it!: 100 SB 

By downloading the Swagbucks mobile app, I can earn a free $10 gift card by the end of my week. Who knew playing on my phone could be so productive!

Invite your friends to download the Swagbucks Mobile app so they can start earning their way to free gift cards. It's 100% free to download and 100% easy to use. Its available for both iPhone and Android devices. 

I love it!!

Get $20 For Giving Gamefly a Try!

If you're looking to build up your budget post-holidays and you have a gamer in your life, Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2000 SB (which is the equivalent of $20 in gift cards) for signing up. 

Gamefly allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2000 SB by using this link

Haven't tried Swagbucks yet? This is a great way to do it, and when you sign up through the link above and get your 2000 SB, you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of February. So that's $10 for trying Gamefly, which gets you 2300 SB, which means you make $13 off the deal!

This is a deal you don't want to miss!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday--17 in 2017 Challenge

Last week while going through the links at Esther's Blog, I seen one that talked about joining in on the 17 in 2017 Challenge.  Of course I had to check it out.
The challenge is to complete 17 UFO's in 2017.
I couldn't wait to hop on board with the challenge as it may be just what I need to finally get some long awaited UFO's done.
I had to search back some years here on my blog to find pictures of my unfinished projects!!

It was kind of a hard choice to figure out just which 17 of the numerous UFO's!!

Click the button for more information on the challenge.

Now here are my 17 UFO's I've chosen to finish this year for the challenge:

#1 The yo-yo valances and table runner for the special order

#2 Selvage toothbrush rug

#3 Black and White with a little Red quilt

#4 Lexington quilt

#5 Crazy colors quilt

#6 Arkansas Crossroads quilt

#7 Rainbow string quilt

#8 Doll Bed Sets

#9 St Patricks yo-yo table topper

#10 Prayer shawl

#11 T-shirt latchhook rug

#12 Five and Dime quilt

#13 Charming Stars quilt

#14 Hexagon quilt (well, I can at least pick it up and work on it again throughout the year!)

#15 T-shirt toothbrush rug

#16 Scrappy Rectangles quilt

#17 Paper pieced stars guild challenge

I won't be listing my UFO's in each WIP Wednesday post like I have in the past.  Instead I will reference back to this post each week.

I still haven't gotten the codes yet for the blogs that I link to each week, but here they are:

Esther's Blog


and now  17 in 2017 by Pomegranate and Chintz

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Extra Bonus for Signing Up for Swagbucks in January!

Now that the holidays are over, a lot of us have gone into savings mode again as we rebuild our bank accounts from all that gift buying! Some of us have already started saving for the 2017 holidays! If you're looking to extend your budget or just say within it, Swagbucks is a great resource for that. 

You've probably seen me write about Swagbucks a lot on here. It's a 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. 

Here's how you get your bonus: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 2/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it! 

3. If you spend at least $25 through Swagbucks Shop* you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus on top of the cash back you'll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn't cost you anything extra, but you'll get SB points for every dollar you spend (on top of the bonus)!

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned $2,133 in paypal and gift cards.  I've used it to buy things like a new sewing machine, 2 tablets, a floor lamp, but I also use what I earn to keep our cats in food and litter!

*You must receive your shopping SB before March 1st

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WIP Wednesday -- My 365

Before I write about my 365, I first want to show that I did a little work on the selvage toothbrush rug.
It's not as large as the picture perceives it to be  :)

Now on to my 365.  The other day Julie and Julia was on TV.  It's a movie that I've been wanting to watch for some time now.  Many of you know the movie and know that it's about Julie, who decides to do a 365 by making at least one recipe from the Julia Child Cookbook each day of the year, and blogging about it.
At one point in the movie her mother is chiding her over the phone on it being a silly idea.  She tells her mom that doing anything for 365 days in a row is a good idea.
This reminded me of a book I reviewed called The Gnome Project.  In this book the gal is felting a Gnome each day for 365 days.  Doing something for 365 days sets a routine and then other routines will naturally follow.
You can find my original and full review here:

The Gnome Project by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus

As I wrote about last week, I have a very large yo-yo project for a special order to make.  This has prompted me to make making 3 yo-yo's each day my 365 for the year.  I have to get them made for the project, and I have other yo-yo projects in mind as well.
Of course I hope to have some days where I make more than 3, but 3 is a good number and what I must do to get the big project done in time.
I hadn't planned on showing the yo-yo's every week, but since I've made it my 365, I now will.

Do you have a 365?   I'm linking up both The Gnome Project book and the Julie and Julia movie at the bottom of the post for those interested.

As far as my UFO's, I've gone ahead and just left yo-yo's for projects over putting down the specific projects for now.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
2 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper
Crazy colored quilt with the five and dime blocks
Rainbow colored string quilt
St. Patricks yo-yo table topper/runner
Lexington quilt

I link up with the following blogs:

Snow Much Fun Collector Bills at Swagbucks

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 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!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha-- Christmas is Past

Christmas is wonderful, but I always breath a sigh of relief once the holiday is over.  It's such a busy time getting ready for all of the church and family events.......and preparing gifts.

You know that I made the drawstring backpacks for everyone on my list.  Everyone was 26 people both children and adults.  I needed a new bag, so gifted one to myself too.   I made so many that I have 9 left to list for sale in my etsy shop.

The beauty of making the bags was that I had a lot of time (and love) put into the sewing, but very little money.  Most of the fabrics were given to me and a small amount of the fabric I bought at yard sales or estate sales for very little money.  It proved to be a great stash buster of my fabric as well although there is still plenty in my craft room.

I didn't think to take a picture, but I got a great deal on the candy that I put in everyone's bags too.
I used shopkick while I waited at Walmart to get the oil changed on my car.  With the few points I already had in the app and what I got while waiting I ended up being able to get $7 in Target gift cards.
This prompted me to know that I needed to buy my candy at Target.  I went to work and printed coupons for some of the candy---from Swagbucks and Inboxdollars so I will earn an additional 10 cents for each coupon that I printed and used----I used 2 coupons.
I put the Target Cartwheel app back on my phone and found additional percentage off on the candy I planned to buy.
Then, when I arrived at Target I found a one day special that day of an additional 25% off all candy!!
I ended up with over $30 worth of candy and paid less than $10 for it.

For people such as my brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, children's significant others etc, I came up with the idea to make up little desk gift sets for each of them.
I shopped Dollar Tree and bought index cards, small notebooks, pencils, and pens.  I spent $8 plus tax.
I used paper clips from home and bookmarks that I already had made and added those along with index cards, a pencil, a pen and a small notepad into a cellophane bag.

Other gifts for my children and grandchildren came out of my stash that I gathered all year long.

As for shopping after Christmas, I only hit Dollar Tree to see what I could get for 50 cents each.  I spent less than $10 but came home with gift boxes of all sorts.  Boxes is what I was short on this year for wrapping.

How was your Christmas?  What did you do to make it a frugal one?

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