Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sweet Treat Team Challenge

To help make your June a little sweeter, Swagbucks is holding a fun team challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 
If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the "Swag Wars" Team Challenge, begins Monday, June 12th at 8am PT.
Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting June 12th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before July 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 60 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 4th place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate, Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, June 16th and will expire on Friday, June 30th at 11:59pm PT.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

My Dogs

I am a dog lover through and through.  I have always felt a connection with these four-legged creatures and I am always amazed at how special they are.  I am very passionate about saving animals, which is why I will always rescue.

My oldest dog Reese was three months old when my husband and I adopted her.  Two hours after we picked her up, we found out she had Parvo.  When the vet told us how much it would cost to treat her, there was no hesitation.  She was our baby and we did everything we could to save her life.

Thankfully, it worked.  After days of treatment and isolation, we found out that our girl is a survivor.   She is almost ten years old now.

When I contacted the shelter to inform them of her illness, they immediately told me that I could bring her back and exchange her.  When I replied in anger, they said “what do you want me to do about it?”  I was  livid!  The only reason I called them was because I didn't want any of the other animals to suffer.

We adopted Teegan about two years ago a when he was four.  He had a very sad past and we wanted to give him a good life.  We met Teegan through the Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP).  They take excellent care of dogs and cats.  They make sure that the animals receive all of their shots, start them on heartworm flea prevention and they use a thorough application process for the adoption process.  The dogs do not live in a shelter, they are cared for in foster homes.

Teegan was so badly abused that he had to spend five months with a trainer to learn to trust humans again.  SAAP truly cares about animals and it shows.  When I signed the adoption papers, the volunteer got all choked up and said to others nearby that this was a very special adoption.  If you were to meet Teegan now, you would have no idea that he was treated badly.

I am so glad that I was blessed with these two dogs.  They mean so much to me and make my family complete.

Do you love animals?  If so, I would love to hear your story.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

4 Easy Ways To Save Money

My savings account is down-right pathetic at the moment.  Rather than berate myself for overspending, I have decided to think about how I handle money from this moment forward.  There are several easy ways to save up some money by doing the things that I already do.  Here are some examples:

1. Coupons and codes

It only takes a little while to clip coupons and you can save a lot of money.  If you shop at Kroger, you can add digital coupons to your Kroger Plus Card and save money without even using a pair of scissors. Before making an online purchase, see if there are any current coupon codes that you can use. RetailMeNot is a great resource.  When my husband and I order pizza, we always check to see if there are any deals.  Take whatever you saved and deposit it in your savings account.

2. Reward programs

I cannot tell you how much I have save just by signing up for rewards card at different retailers.  Kroger, Walgreens, Speedway and more offer rewards cards that can help you save money or offer cash back.  Sign up for Swagbucks and use the site to make purchases.  You get a percentage of what you pay back in Swagbucks which you can redeem in PayPal or gift cards.  Then put the equivalent in your savings account and spend the gift card money.

3. Sell unwanted items

If you are anything like me, you have several items in your home that you no longer need and/or use.  Turn that into some cash.  You can even join a Facebook Yard Sale group and sell your stuff that way.  If you have some books you are looking to unload, check out  You can put in the ISBN number and find out how much you will get for that particular book.  You do not have to pay to ship out your books.  Take the money you make and put it in savings.

4. Pay cash for everything

Instead of using your bank card, use cash. Then, take all of the change and put it in your savings account.  If you are looking to save up a lot of cash fast, you can pick an amount to save.  For instance, every $1 bill that you get, put that in savings.  Or you could save every $5 bill.

If you have any other ideas to help save money, please let me know in the comments.  I could use the help.  Thanks!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The June Referral Bonus - $5 per Referral

It's summertime, and Swagbucks has brought a $5 bonus! Swagbucks is a rewards 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.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $5 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 7/1/17. 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 [GIVE EARNED SB AMOUNT, WHAT YOU SPEND IT ON]

*You must receive your shopping SB before August 1st

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Swagbucks Father's Day Sale

Swagbucks is currently offering double cash back or more at a number of stores for Father's Day. From Best Buy to Lowes, you'll get cash back (in the form of SB points) for buying your gifts online through Swagbucks. They also have offers where you can earn SB points towards free gift cards for getting the Dad in your life a subscription to Hulu or Dollar Shave Club! It's a smart way to buy the gifts you were already going to get, and Swagbucks offers coupons and deals when you shop online to your favorite stores on top of the points you earn.

You can find all of the details here. If you haven't signed up for Swagbucks yet, you can also do that at this page and start earning points towards your first free gift card. As a bonus, if you sign up through me a spend at least $25 shopping online through Swagbucks, you'll get a 200 SB bonus - that's $2 in addition to the points you get for each dollar you spend.

These deals will run all the way through Father's Day on Sunday, June 18th.

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