Friday, July 17, 2015

Frugal Friday With Marsha --Preparing for Our Camping Trip


Happy Friday to all!
Our family camping trip/vacation will be here before we know it. We are all excited.
My daughter and her family have reserved and paid for 9 camp sites at one of the lakes. There will be a ton of us there--around 50 I am guessing. It's going to be hot, but it's also going to be an awesome family time too.

In preparing for the trip, my husband has gotten out the camp stove and lantern that he got from his mom's house when she went to the home. He's got both of those in working order.
He also received a free first aid kit from work to add.

I had $13 left from my church cleaning paycheck and spent it at Aldi. I bought a bag of charcoal, styrofoam plates, plastic cups, paper towels, and ibuprofen.

I traded points on the lucktastic app for $20 in Target gifts cards. I have cashed out with swagbucks for $10 Walmart, and should be able to earn another $10 before the trip. I've cashed out with PerkTV for $5 Walmart and should also be able to get another $5 there before the trip. (If you happen to sign up for PerkTV, please use the code 860efbf6 and you will get 50 bonus points)
All of this I will spend to help buy our food and any other non-food items that we still need.

Of all vacations, I would say that going camping is one of the most frugal you can do.
We will be tent camping though, which is something we've not done for close to 20 years! Not sure I'm looking forward to sleeping on the ground, but unfortunately, air mattresses aren't in our budget.

We've owned out tent for almost that many years but have never slept in it. The year we bought it we found that our favorite RV park to stay at rents out campers and cabins too. Yep, we rented a camper and have gone that way every time we've been there since. I didn't even know what our tent looked like until we let my daughter and her family borrow it last year. It's a cool one....tent on each side with a tunnel in between the rooms.

What do you do to make your vacation more frugal?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Writer's Unite 7/16/15


Welcome to another week of sharing your writing. I enjoyed checking out what was shared last week.
I, myself, have not done much writing except a few blog posts here. Seriously, one day I will get back to writing regularly on bubblews, but right now there are other things taking precedence....both online and offline.
In the meantime, keep sharing each week :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday -- Wish Me Luck!

Again, I didn't post last week as I didn't have anything worked on.   I spent the week working here and there on getting entries for the quilt show put into the spreadsheet.
June 29th deadline for everyone to have their entry papers to me yet I still have them coming in and know of 5 people who are giving them to me at the guild meeting on Monday morning!
The quilt show is July 24 and 25 with set up on the 23rd.

I have 2 quilts I'm working on finishing of my own to enter into the quilt show:

Goodnight Irene from the sewalong with Terry's Treasures over a year ago.   I actually did get it quilted and the binding sewn around since taking this picture.  I've even started hand sewing the binding down.

Then there is my fractured pineapple quilt.  I worked on it last Friday at sit n' sew and had finished quilting the blocks the week before.  My favorite sewing machine broke  :(   I had to put out another one to work on it.
I'm off to my Needlers group in a bit where I will get the 2 sides sandwiched and pinned.

I can do it!  I just have to stay on it until they are done....and keep inputting data into the spreadsheet so that I have less work during the guild meeting on Monday to finish that up.  The gal that is making the labels for the quilts from my spreadsheet is out of town until Sunday night, leaving herself only 3 days to get well over 200 labels made.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
Challenge quilt for quilt guild
multiple hexagons that I need to make into projects
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects

2015 Finishes:

Locker Hook Rug
re-do binding on blue and peach patchwork
9 lined fabric bags
yellow crazy quilt lined bag
Pink hexagon table topper
Blue hexagon table topper
Yo-Yo Table runner

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

June 2015 Online Earning Stats

I am really late getting this post up, but man are things chaotic busy these days!  I finally got my totals put together last night.....after 2 am.

Hausernet $19.75  paypal (this was 2 months pay after I did have to email them to ask about it)

chatabout $5 paypal (still paying next day)

swagbucks   $25 paypal and $55 in gift cards

apptrailers $5.89 paypal (if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points)

clixsense  $7.84 paypal

perkTV  $15 gift cards (Use my code 860efbf6 and get 50 bonus points)

shopkick $2 Target gift card

Zubeezone $1.55 paypal

easyhits4u  $3.10 paypal

Trafficmagician $10.13 paypal

Traffic Royal  $20.03 paypal

Pinecone research $6 paypal

This comes to a total of $186.29, however, I did upgrade in trafficmagician for $6.99 and in arkhits for $5.99.
If you subtract that from my earnings it takes me down to $173.31.
This is up $7.62 from my online earnings in May.
I hope to continue to see my earnings rise month after month!

How did you do?

Monday, July 13, 2015

3-2-1 Go!! As Fast As You Can to Redstaghits!!

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It's a brand new Traffic Exchange that just launched with a
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Take a look here:

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Now before I share some cool details about this new
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If they're paying us to join then what do we have to
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Personal notes from me---I've had the privilege of working in this traffic exchange prior to it's opening.  I am absolutely loving it!!  I know many of my readers are not familiar with traffic exchange and their power of getting the word out about you and as a way to get your links seen more often.  Why not give it a try?  Socialize while you surf.  Get yourself seen while you surf.  And.....earn extra money along the way too!   I do hope you will give it a chance.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Frugal Friday with Marsha --Week in Review 7/10/15


I hope this post finds that you have had a good week. We've had rain here and cooler weather, which has been so nice. It's felt like a dry desert out there with triple digits temps and no rain.
My few sunflowers are starting to bloom. Here is a nice picture to share with you. Not near as many as I usual have, but still a delight to see when I am driving down the street to come home each time.

Not sure about the frugal week in itself. I still can't get hubby to understand that paying the bills comes first and we have to make due with what is left.
Again it's been babysitting grandchildren and my daughter bringing food for me to feed them that has mostly gotten us by.

Oh, I guess I should add that part of my problem with hubby is once again his grocery shopping without asking...and you know, without paying the bills first. He bought ground beef and ground turkey. It is hard to complain just because yes, having food is nice. But, what happens when we can't cook the food because he's not paid the gas and light bills?
He's also been doing the cooking with this food too.

I, on the other hand, am guilty too. For 2 months I spent the 2200 Swagbucks to redeem for $25 Walmart gift cards. My sole buy us a new bedding set. We've had the other for 7 years and it was really past being worn it was brown and ugly. I know that could have waited and I should have been using the $50 at Walmart for food and other necessities over buying the bedding set. It sure was nice to get into bed last night though. I will continue to take swagbucks deal to get my choice of a $25 gift card for the discounted points of 2200 instead of 2500 once a month. Otherwise I am getting $25 paypal now, which I actually did use that to shop at Aldi.
p.s. I did buy the bedding set through and through swagbucks to earn a few more points there. I picked it up at the store.

How has your week been? I hope there are those of you out there who post your coupon deals that will link up and motivate me to get back to my couponing. ALL frugal type posts are welcome in the linky!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Writer's Unite 7/9/15


Another week has gone by for me without posting here on my blog, or on bubblews.
So busy...again with birthdays and the holiday. At home I'm busy still earning with the traffic exchanges I am doing. I will have a dedicated post to one that I've joined with an early invite when it goes live on Monday!

I'm also downright busy getting ready for the quilt show July 23-25th. I am in charge of quilt entry intake. I'm putting in all of the information from entries now into a google spreadsheet. This is taking awhile to number entries as I put them in. Over 150 entries. Another gal is waiting on my to finish the spreadsheet so that she can make the tags that go with each entry! Not to mention that along with the paperwork that I also have 2 quilts of my own that need to be finished before the 23rd in order to enter them in the show.

I have been more active on tsu as we've been out and about. The tsu app is great and so easy to use. I plan a post with a linky for anyone to put in their tsu profile page so that I have a reference to go by to check in on active users. In fact, I will make it a page in the index for anyone to use when they would like to.

In the meantime, I do look forward to seeing what you have been writing.....and it doesn't have to be something written in the last week either. Feel free to share anything you would like, no matter when you wrote it!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Frugal Friday With Marsha Week in Review


This has been an interesting week. Monday was my middle daughters birthday and I said I would keep the 3 children overnight.
Their 3 plus my oldest daughters 5 meant 8 children overnight. Gluten for punishment that I am, (LOL) I offered to also keep them the next night as well.

Of course I love having them, but they do require a lot of energy, especially that many at once. Food was provided by the parents though. Pork chops, cucumbers, strawberries and bananas for the first nights supper and pizza and watermelon (with popsicles for later) for the next nights supper by one daughter. The other daughter brought Icee treats, fruit snacks,Kool-Aid, 3 boxes of cereal, and milk.

My middle daughter also paid me some dollars for keeping hers a second night which enabled me to buy some lunch and other household items. My oldest daughter put some gas in my van.

All of this adds up to what I posted a couple of weeks ago.....that things work out.
Hubby and I did spend a little on groceries, but under $20. Actually, he let me shop. I chose to buy bologna, cheese slices, bread, potato salad, a bag of chicken fingers, tomatoes, a head of lettuce, mayonnaise, salad dressing, bbq sauce, and a gallon of milk and paid $19.51. I think I did well and didn't even use any coupons.

How was your week?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Writer's Unite 7/2/15

Can you believe that July is already here?  I can't, but what is even harder for me to believe is that I found yesterday that I hadn't written a blog post since June 19!  I apologize to my regular contributors for not being here.
There will be a week this month that I will miss....the week of July 26th.  It's vacation week and we have a big family camping trip planned.  I will write up a reminder post before then.

Bubblews updated their site since the last time I was here.  Admittedly, I am doing too many other things and not writing there much.  It is fun to write now taking time to use the markdowns and add the emotions to posts too.  I will be adding my latest 2 posts there in the linky this week.

July looks like it will be just as busy with family and other activities away from home.  How is your summer going?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIP Wednesday 7/1/15

Well, here we are to July already.  June has been super super super busy. July is looking pretty much the same.  Still asking myself why I always think that once school is out that things will slow down.
I couldn't believe when I opened my blog that I've not written since June 19th??  I had to look 3 times.

July brings our quilt guild quilt show.  I am so unprepared all the way around.  First of all, I am in charge of quilt intake.  I have a huge stack of entry forms and have to get all of the info into a document and then mailed off to the gal who is making the labels.
I have 2 quilts that I want to finish before then.  Yeah right ....not sure I can do it even if I sew every day!

I have been working here and there....very randomly around other life events....on my fractured pineapple quilt.   I'm working now to finish up quilting the rest of the blocks.

I worked some on the color blue for the June color with the soscrappy blog rainbow scrap challenge.
Now it's July.  I will check the color, but honestly have no business worrying about it until my other quilts are done!

Please with me luck on getting the quilts done.  I hope I have a good report for you next week on my progress!


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
Challenge quilt for quilt guild
multiple hexagons that I need to make into projects
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects

2015 Finishes:

Locker Hook Rug
re-do binding on blue and peach patchwork
9 lined fabric bags
yellow crazy quilt lined bag
Pink hexagon table topper
Blue hexagon table topper
Yo-Yo Table runner

I am linking up with the following blog:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays
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