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
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