May 24, 2017

Finish the Journey By Taking the First Step ~ Words of Wisdom

A more accurate translation would be "The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet," which reminds me I am standing on the starting line of my goal and it's up to me alone to start the journey.  This proverb has helped me reach many a goal in my life, from money to health to organization.  Tho the journey ahead seems impossibly long, when I take that first step the end seems much closer and doable.

In the financial realm I think of it as "A journey of a thousand dollars begins with a single dollar."  Whether I am longing for a new outfit or a new car, I need to begin where I am standing by cutting expenses and tucking away that first dollar.  And by staying on track and putting one foot, or one dollar, in front of the other I can reach my financial goal.

So the next time you have a financial goal, remember a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and take that first step.  Then with one step dollar at a time you will reach your journey's end.

May 23, 2017

Higher Discount on Gift Cards from MyGiftCardsPlus [5/22 - 5/29/2017] ~ Earn 33% More thru Swagbucks

Buying discounted gift cards to stores I shop at regularly is one of my favorite ways to save more money.  One source for discounted gift cards that I use is MyGiftCardsPlus.

MyGiftCardsPlus is celebrating Memorial Day with huge deals! If you're not familiar, MyGiftCardsPlus is a site where you earn cash back (in the form of SB points from Swagbucks) for purchasing gift cards to your favorite retailers.  Then you cash those points in for more gift cards or cash thru Paypal.

Purchase gift cards now through Monday, May 29, and you’ll earn an extra 33% cash back* on all gift cards! (that’s 33% more SB for your gift card purchases). For example, when you buy a $50 Applebee’s gift card you usually earn 300 SB, but now you’ll earn 399 SB!

Use gift cards to stock up on summer essentials, treat your family to dinner, or book flights and hotels for a long weekend getaway. You won’t want to miss these cash back deals, so click here to take advantage of this deal while supplies last!  One way to make a vacation even better is saving money while having fun.

Check out more ways to earn at Swagbucks by clicking this link:  How to Earn Free Gift Cards and Cash at Swagbucks Series.

*Cash Back is paid in the form of SB points good for popular gift cards or PayPal cash. This offer expires at 11:59pm PST on May 29th, 2017. Your SB will credit when your electronic gift card is delivered.  You must sign up for a Swagbucks account to receive the discount (it's free and easy).

Disclosure:  Links to Swagbucks in this post are my referral links.  Thank you for using my links.  I also earned SB for sharing this promotion.

The Fluff Project ~ Sharing Hope, Hugs and Healing with Kids in Foster Care

"The FLUFF Project
exists to provide
Hope, Hugs & Healing
to children
facing hard things."
Often children being sent to foster care have nothing of their own.  Kristy at Hopeful Threads began a project to provide a stuffed animal to many of these children in her corner of Tennessee.  Kristy is an avid seamstress who has sewn hundreds of stuffies for these children.  She does a yearly collection of stuffed friends for kids in the foster system -- both hand made and purchased.  Not only does she reach out to hundreds of kids thru her fluff project, but she has been a foster mom and has adopted kids from the foster system.

One of Kristy's Fluff deliveries.

To read more about Kristy's Fluff Project check out these articles on her blog, Hopeful Threads:

Spring 2017 Fluff Collection

The Beginning of the Fluff Project

Fluff Project Explained and Update

A great resource for high quality, larger stuffed friends is Kohl's Cares Toys.  They are just $5 each and many times they are on clearance for $3.50!  I have purchased these in the past and have been very pleased.  And an added bonus is Kohl's donates "100% of the net support children's initiatives nationwide.  Nearly $300 million has been raised since 2000."  You can order online and have them shipped directly to the Fluff Project.

If you'd like to join Kristy in sharing Hope with these children you can send sewn or stuffed animals to her Fluff Project or you can find out how to share with the kids in foster care in your own town.  Just think how many hugs a child can receive from a stuffed friend!

Kristy with a couple of friends she is sharing.

Kristy collects Fluff Friends all year long, so you can send them anytime.

Click this link to check out the complete Simply Give Series at Simply Earn and Save.

Images copyright Hopeful Threads.

May 22, 2017

Swagbucks' May Swago Pie [5/22 - 5/29/2017] ~ Earn Up to 500 SB Bonus

Swagbucks is offering a new Swago Board for May beginning on Monday, May 22nd! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.      

The best part is that the points you earn at Swagbucks can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, CVS, Walmart and dozens more or cash out for PayPal cash!  It also looks like they'll also be offering Spin & Win this time...where for each square you fill in, you get to spin a wheel to win more...last time it has SBs on it, entries into drawings, and double points for like your next survey!  I'm very excited about this!

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus!   But even filling up one column will earn you some bonus points.  You have until May 29th to complete your board.

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before June 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Check out more ways to earn at Swagbucks by clicking this link:  How to Earn Free Gift Cards and Cash at Swagbucks Series.

Disclosure:  Links to Swagbucks in this post are my referral links.  Thank you for using my links.  I also earned SB for sharing this promotion.

May 18, 2017

Death in Our Family Caused Posts to Be Paused at Simply Earn and Save

Our Mother, Grandmother, lived with us and had been under Hospice Care for a few months.  She died peacefully at home this month and that is why we have not posted for several days.  We hope to get back actively posting in the next few days.  Thank you for visiting and for understanding.

                                                                   ~ Cheryl & Sarah

May 8, 2017

Check Swagbucks Inbox for Earning Opportunities ~ How to Earn at Swagbucks Series

Swagbucks has hundreds of different offers available to do to earn SB points.  One of the best ways to find easy ones is to check your Swagbucks inbox.

Check Your Swagbucks Inbox

  • You can find your Swagbucks inbox on the home page.
  • On the top right hand side of the page by your SB counter.

  • Click to open.
  • Offers will be listed individually just like in an email inbox.
  • There will be an expiration date listed as well as the name of the offer and how many SB each is worth.  When one is expired it will show that, also.
  • Some offers require signing up with an email while others require a full address or a purchase.  But many are videos to watch or simple quizzes to take.
  • You can delete any you don't want to do and the ones you do choose to do after you complete them.  There will be a number on the home page by the inbox to let you know the number of offers you have so if you keep older ones deleted you will know when new ones are available.

In the illustration above the 2 SB offers such as "What can you do after a heart attack?" are short quizzes, but usually it credits to your account without doing the full quiz.  I like these ones.  As you can see I avoid the ones that obviously cost money to earn.  I usually scan my inbox for the lowest SB, 25 and under, as those are the ones that are usually free to do.

Tip:  the Watch & Earn seem to expire quickly so it is a good idea to check your inbox throughout the day when you can.

As you can see from the SB earned for the time spent the hourly rate of earning is far below an income earning rate, but for spending some spare time working thru Swagbucks offers we earn a nice extra savings and spending allotment.

Click this link and Join Swagbucks and Start Earning Free Gift Cards and Cash Today!

These instructions are from my experience on a laptop and are accurate at the time of posting.

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Disclosure:  Links to Swagbucks in this post are my referral links.  Thank you for using my links.  By signing up under one of these links I will earn 10% of some of your earnings.


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