Friday, May 22, 2015

Frugal Friday with Marsha -- This Week's Shopping List


I did get everything on my grocery list in last week's post except I got home and realized I forgot the onion and bell pepper.
In rebates from ibotta, savingstar, and checkout51 I ended up getting $3.69 back. Also 20 swagbucks for 2 printed coupons used and 10 cents from inboxdollars for one coupon printed and used.

This week I only have $14.10 to spend in gift cards and my list includes:
4 2-ltrs of Dr. Pepper
Hamburger Helper
Honeysuckle Turkey patties
French's mustard and ketchup
bell pepper and

Everything on my list except the vinegar (that I need to make my pasta salad) has rebates on ibotta.  Also a rebate on bananas fro checkout51.
I wish I could print more of the Dr Pepper coupons, but I no longer see them even if I could get hubby's computer to pick up the wireless printer.

Now...hubby shopped when he wasn't supposed to this last week.  He asked to buy Dr. Pepper.  I agreed after he paid bills that he could go buy us each a couple bottles. He came home with a huge bag of shredded cheese, 2 packages of bacon, and a loaf of bread too and had spent $25!
Ggrrr...not that I'm not thankful, but he need to pay bills over buying groceries.
I was able to use his receipt for rebates back on the cheese, break and bacon from ibotta.

We have grandkids for the weekend so my daughter so graciously brought 2 gallons of milk, 2 boxes of cereal,  ramen noodles, 3 bags of chips, granola bars, pop-tarts, and fruit snacks when she dropped off the kids.

Then, I did make the bi-monthly trip to the food bank.  No, I am not ashamed to tell you that we have started going every other month as we can.  That's what is there for, to, over time I have donated, and will continue to donate, when I can get excess for little with my coupons.

Until next Friday, here's to a frugal week for all!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Writer's Unite 5/21/15


It seems that I am still having trouble getting back into any type of routine at all after our week away on vacation.  Not just in my writing, but everything in my life from housework, other earning, my couponing, and my crafts as well.

I still have 2 reviews to get written up and one of those includes a giveaway.   At least I can't think of anything right now other than 2 things that are right in front of me. 

How many graduations are you attending this year?  For us we had a 6th grade recognition for one grandson, but we weren't able to get out of town to go to it.  Then 8th grade graduation is this evening for my oldest grandson.  It's awhile yet before any grandchildren will graduate high school.

Write on and I will see you all around the many places and spaces on the internet!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIP Wednesday 5/20/15

All week I wanted to get my sewing machine out.  It didn't happen until last night!
I got to work on my fractured pineapple quilt again, which needs to be completed in time for the quilt show in July.   I will be working on trimming in my Needlers group today.  I will have a better picture next week.

I spent most of the week working on this rug.  It's just about finished so don't know why I didn't actually finish it!

Otherwise I got out my storage box for hexagons and yo-yo's and added in what I had made plus some from other bags.  I actually just ran across another bag of them in my sewing room so still have more completed to add to my box.  I'm anxious to actually start putting the misc. hexagons in to a larger quilt top.  Plus I'm wanting to start another yo-yo table topper.  Oh so many projects that I want to work on all at once!

I just looked today at the soscrappy blog to see what this month's scrappy color is. It's green.  I plan this evening to work on green 4 patches.


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

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Learning As I Go

I am still learning as I go about using the traffic exchanges.
I am still doing 8 of them each day, giving myself a goal of how much I am surfing at each one each day.  Often I don't make my goals, but I do get logged in to them each day and do at least some.
Some of them I am only continuing to work until I reach payout, then I will only do those occasionally.

My favorite by far is still Traffic Royal.  There are so many different ways to earn there, and I am still learning!  Just yesterday in chat I learned that there is an average surf reward.  Each day when I reach that, I go to the page and claim it for an extra 2 cents.  If I do that 5 times in a week then I claim an additional 10 cents.   
I'm glad I learned about it by someone else saying they got their reward in chat.  I wonder how many cents I've missed out on these past few weeks??
Once I get enough money in my paypal I am going to pay to upgrade to their first level upgrade.  In speaking to people in chat they say it's well worth it and I will gain over what I pay each month.  I'm willing to give it a shot for one month and see just how it works.

A couple days ago one of the gals that I chat with here and there in a few of the traffic exchanges (TE's) that I do sent me a message telling me about 2 mailers to join.
The mailers are a lot like the TE's only instead of surfing through websites, you get ads in your email with links.
I never thought I would try one, but boy am I glad that I did!
As a free member I get to send out a paid ad to members every 3 days.  I will be sending one out for Jerky Direct today.
The one I am doing is Wild Hog Mailer.  
It also has other ways to earn such as a jackpot game, the average click reward, paid to clicks, collecting icons and more!
You do pay a very small fee to join to open up the earnings, however, using the promo code Promo155  you get more than what you pay back in to your account!

Both of these (as well as at least one other that I do) have Zubee coin pages.  Zubee coins are an extra bonus way to earn while surfing the TE's.   Fun is what they are.   I am on a team there for a little extra added fun and a chance to win more if the team does well.
Once I have reached payout on some of the others, as I mentioned above, I am only going to join others that have Zubees.

If you have any questions about any of these, especially if you decide to join, please don't hesitate to email me at   or send me a message through my facebook page.

Thanks for reading and I am off to enjoy myself while I surf and earn.  I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it.

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