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Friday, September 30, 2011

Mega SwagBucks day!

Search & WinMy favorite (and easiest) way to earn free money  is Swagbucks.  Basically I use  Swagbucks as my default search engine. I also pick up some extra Swag Bucks through codes, the daily poll, and NOSO. This is a truly free way to earn some Amazon gift certificates that help me buy things for the holidays.

Next Monday (10/3), Swagbucks will host a Swag Code Extravaganza – they’re going to release codes throughout the day worth a total of 60 Swag Bucks.

If you’re new to Swagbucks, there’s no better time to sign up than right now! Use registration code BIGTIMEBUCKS to get an additional 70 Swag Bucks, meaning you’ll start off with 100 total Swag Bucks instead of the normal 30. You’ll be well on your way to a $5 Amazon gift certificate, which only costs 450 Swag Bucks. The code expires at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday (10/3). Register for Swag Bucks here, and thank you for using my referral link!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mounds of Paper from school??

 Here's what I do with the mounds of paper that comes home from school- And I don't mean the stuff you have to send back, or announcements. I mean all the papers, drawings, assignments and "cute things" that are just too special to toss.

First, I got a large plasice container ( I love plastic containers...) for each one of my kids, Danny, Josh and Jake.




Then I made a file folder for each school year: (now I did this as they were growing up so it didn't take much time/effort, but even if your kids are older you can still make this work.)


I like to put their name, school year and a picture on the outside of each folder. Inside I keep report cards and a few samples of handwriting/math skills or an assignment they did really good (or really bad) on, and awards:


As they got older, pictures and such didn't come home much but I would try to snag copies of reports (even if it means I have to print them off after they leave for school! LOL!)


Some of my kids teachers did the work for me and sent home 3 ring binders with all the years work in it:



As the years go by, the box get's fuller and fuller and a few other trinkets get thrown in: (like Mickey Mouse ears, baby shoes, year books)


but everything is in one place, organized and each kid will get when they get married- Wait, I'm not ready to give up Danny's box- when they have kids of their own. :)

And that's what works for me!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Good Morning- Last week of September already!
I am looking forward to cooler temps, and more comfort food… That is healthy and good for my waist line!!

This week we have:

Monday:                       Pulled beef tacos

Tuesday:                       Fend for yourself!

Wednesday:                 Italian Sausage Sandwiches

Thursday:                     Fend for yourself!

Friday:                          DATE NIGHT PIZZA!

Saturday:                      Breakfast for dinner!! Eggs, sausage, toast

Sunday:                        Soup and sandwiches


What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Today's Tidbits

Looking ahead for the holidays? TODAY only, Coldwater Creek has some lovely accessories on sale, and with coupon code WZH8734 you'll get an additional 30% off and FREE shipping. This sale is running through midnight tonight! If you're an Ebates member, shop through Ebates for 2% cash back on your purchase. (Thank you for shopping thru my referral link!)

Super Savings Saturday! - Some great bargins!

Grand total $40.40!
Yesterday I went shopping at Fred Meyer. Everything you see here was purchased there and with a coupon.

Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce- $.79 each (in ad coupon)
Centrum Silver Vitamins on sale for $7.99, - $1 in store coupon and $2 manufactures coupon = $4.99
Altoids $.99 (in ad coupon)
Pop tarts- in store coupon 3/$5 with manufactures coupon of $1/3 ( I had 2 coupons) = 6 boxes for $8
AA batteries - box of 48 $8.99 with in ad coupon
Barilla pasta- on sale for $1 each (manufactures coupon $.55) total $.90 for two.
Hall's cough drops $1 each (manufactures coupon $1off on 2) total $1 for two.
Antibacterial hand soap $3.99 with in store coupon
Bread $1 each with in ad coupon
Glad trash bags - on sale for $5.99, in store coupon for $2 off and a manufactures coupon (Thanks Vocalpoint!) for another $1 = $2.99 for 40 trash bags!

How did you do?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mega Swagbucks day!

Happy Friday!

Remember its MegaSwagbucks day. Don’t forget to do all your searches with Swagbucks to earn those digital dollars!  It’s easy to get at least 4 Swagbucks a day! Do the daily poll, see if you qualify for a survey, do the NOSO (no obligation, special offers) and Invite a friend!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Works for me Wednesday- Less than 100 days...

It’s less than 100 days till Christmas! Have you started planning?
One of the best ways I use to plan gift giving is to watch my spending. How do I do that you ask? With SWAGBUCKS.

Swagbucks is a search engine, it’s powered by Google and it rewards you for doing something I bet you do every day- search the internet!

Here’s how it works:
Sign up for Swagbucks (thanks for using my referral link) then every time you need to search the web, use Swagbucks. You will be rewarded with “digital dollars," save them and buy Amazon gift cards. I use my Swagbucks  to redeem for Amazon gift cards, which I then save for the holidays!  It’s easy to get at least 4 Swagbucks a day! Do the daily poll, do the NOSO (no obligation, special offers) and Invite a friend!

Imagine, really easy saving for Christmas without doing anything more than I do every day! And thanks for signing up under my referral link!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Good Morning-
Boy oh boy… this week has been crazy! My baby boy got married and I gained a daughter and granddaughter!
The family is growing!


This week we have:

Monday:                       bbq steak and corn on the cob!

Tuesday:                       Fend for yourself!

Wednesday:                 crunchy taco cassorole

Thursday:                     Fend for yourself!

Friday:                          DATE NIGHT PIZZA!

Saturday:                      hot dogs and fries

Sunday:                        chicken sandwiches


What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Making money online Aug 15-Sept 15

I try to spend a few minutes everyday making a bit of money. Click here to see my post about the different ways I do this.

For August I earned
From M Turk I earned $9.16  (about 1 hour of my spare time.) They pay you by check or by adding the money to your Amazon Account.

For a total of  $34.16. Not bad for a few minutes work each day!
I didn’t do as well this month as in past months because I was working more at both my jobs and helping with my son’s wedding. But I will do more this next month, and I have another place that I am trying out to earn some change. But I want to play with it more before I share it with you.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Super Savings Saturday- Back in the groove.

I took a couple of weeks off from bargain/coupon shopping for my son's wedding. Now I am back in the groove. Today I went with my list and coupons and only spent $39.85. Here is what I got:
Cereal goes like crazy in my house! I am always stocking up. Pop Tarts were on sale for 3/$5 and I had $1 off coupon.. nice early am treat! The laundry soap was also on sale for $3 and with my $2 off coupons that's a deal that's hard to beat.

I got some mums to add fall color to my yard

The body wash was BOGO. I will save these to make bath gift baskets for my boys for Christmas.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Friday!

Today is a great day!
It's Friday, it's my Dad's birthday and it's Mega Swagbucks day!!!

so... if you know my dad, then wish him a happy birthday.
or you can go searching on Swagbucks and earn bucks

OR do both!!!

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Works for Me Wednesday

What works for me is family.....
My son got married last week and I am so very happy that FAMILY (those that were able too) were there to share in his happiness. (And everyone else was there in spirit, thank you).

I am grateful for my family:



Monday, September 12, 2011

My Baby...

Got married:




Meal plan monday...

oops... no menu planning this week. With the wedding and family in town just never got around to shopping/planning this week. Therefore, we are having leftovers tonight, sandwiches on Tuesday, frozen burritos onWednesday, crockpot chicken on Thursday and date night on Friday.

Wedding was wonderful... and now I have a new daughter and granddaughter :)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Friday!

 THE WEDDING IS TOMORROW!!!!

But remember its MegaSwagbucks day also. Don’t forget to do all your searches with Swagbucks to earn those digital dollars! I save mine and get Amazon gift cards, which I then save for the holidays!  It’s easy to get at least 4 Swagbucks a day! Do the daily poll, see if you qualify for a survey, do the NOSO (no obligation, special offers) and Invite a friend!

Imagine, really easy saving for Christmas without doing anything more than I do every day! And thanks for signing up under my referral link!
And thanks for signing up under my referral link

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Works for me Wednesday

I recently went to a baby shower. It was a lot of fun and there were a lot of friends there.
I loved how the hostess and the mommy to be decided NOT to play traditional games, but instead we sat in the back yard, visited with one another and painted the alphabet for baby room decoration.



Photo courtesy of A. Lynn.
 This was our final product. Each letter painted with love for mommy and baby. No two alike and we all got to catch up with each other. 

Something different at a traditional gathering.. that's what works for me!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Good Morning-
OH MY only 5 days till my son gets MARRIED!! It’s gonna be a crazy week!
Here’s what’s cookin’ at our house this week:


This week we have:

Monday:                       macaroni and cheese

Tuesday:                       Fend for yourself!

Wednesday:                 crock pot chili

Thursday:                     Fend for yourself!

Friday:                          Rehearsal Dinner

Saturday:                      WEDDING!

Sunday:                        wedding leftovers J


What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Super Savings Saturday!

Just 7 days till  my baby gets married! This week is going to be a crazy week! So we are doing easy stuff and that made my grocery shopping easier

Went to Fred Meyer to get prescriptions and also a few things:
Some vitamins, BOGO, toothpaste was $.99. Bread was $2 each and my grand total was $23.27 after coupons!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Today's Tidbits

Dove is offering a free sample of their Dove Go Fresh!
You’ll receive your FREE Dove Go Fresh sample in a few weeks along with a $1 off coupon.

If you have frequent heartburn you can request a FREE Prilosec OTC sample!


Cold Stone Creamery is offering a BOGO on ice cream creations! Who doesn't love ice cream? This coupon is valid through September 8, 2011.

Friday!!!

Happy Friday!
Swagbucks is my favorite way to search so I love Fridays, when there's an increased chance of winning Mega Swagbucks Plus, you can get Swagbucks everyday just by Daily Poll, answering surveys or using the toolbar. Thank you if you join(ed) Swagbucks using my referral link!