Favorite Blogs of the Week

As promised, here are my favorite blogs of the week:

Home For Now

Home For Now

Michelle over at Home for Now is a DIY genius when it comes to turning her house into a home. Be sure to follow along as she shares her ideas for creating a beautiful, purposeful and functional home. Love it!

Your Classy Gals

Sophie over at Your Classy Gals listed lots of interesting TV shows to watch and catch up on.  I was familiar with a few of them but others were new titles. Can’t wait to get started!

Rainbow Art Party

Rainbow Art Party

Chel over at This Beautifully Imperfect Life posted great ideas for a rainbow-themed party. This post was right up my alley as my youngest daughter is obsessed with anything rainbow! Check out Chel’s post and get ready to be inspired!

When Debt Moves In

That Finance Chic’s post discusses ways to get yourself out of debt and provides tools to keep it that way. I’ve gotten many pearls of wisdom from her site. Check it out for yourself!

I’m a Little OCD

And last, but certainly not least is the post by Carolyn over at The PackRat’s Blog. I absolutely loved her take on the difference between being OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder) as well as the many levels to the disorders. Before reading this post, I considered myself “a little OCD”, but now I realize what it really means and that I’m not “a little OCD”, I just love to organize!

These are just a few of the posts I found enlightening this week. If you’re able, check some of them out and let the author’s know what you think. I’m sure they’d appreciate it!

Have a great week! :)

Money Making Opportunities

I have been experimenting with different money-making opportunities over the last few months and wanted to share the outcomes with you all.

There are a few that I have been working for a few years and those will be noted. So, if you’re looking for a way to easily earn some extra money, read on!

  • One of my favorite ways to earn money is by shopping through ShopAtHome.com. This site pays you a rebate (or cash back) based on the amount of money you spend. If you are a shopper that prefers to shop online, this site alone can make you a pretty penny. I have currently been a member of ShopAtHome.com for almost 3 years. All you have to do is go to the website and search the name of the company you want to shop at. ShopAtHome will show you all of the online coupons and discounts that are available at the time and tell you what the rebate percentage will be. After clicking on “Visit Site” or “Get Deal” you will be redirected to the store’s website for you to make your purchase. After making your purchase, you will receive an email stating what your cash back amount will be. I am expecting a check in the amount of $93.55 due to pay out on October 31. You can earn money each month as long as you accrue $20 or more in cash back rewards. There’s also an app if you’d prefer to use your smartphone.
  • My second favorite way to earn money is by using the ShopKick app. I’ve been a ShopKick user for about 2 years and can’t get enough of it.  After downloading the app to your phone, you earn kicks when you enter certain stores (in my area those stores are Target, Walmart, Old Navy, JCPenney, American Eagle, Macy’s, Best Buy, and Carter’s). You can also earn kicks when you scan specific items while in those stores. So if you’re going to those stores anyway, you can earn kicks while you are there. To get the “walk in” kicks you just have to remember to open the app prior to entering the store. Once inside, you can scan away! There is also an option to link your debit/credit cards to your account and whenever you purchase items in those stores you get extra kicks. The points add up very quickly and then you’re able to redeem the kicks for gift cards. The gift cards are usually added right to your phone for immediate use. I typically earn about $40/month. My husband has the app on his phone also, so it’s more like $80/month.  It sure feels good to go into Target, purchase $40 worth of items and pay absolutely nothing for it!
  • Another way I earn money is by using the Field Agent app. This app is amazing and will transfer cash directly to your PayPal account. Basically, you check the app to find “jobs” to accept. Once you accept and complete the job, the money is added to your Field Agent account until you request a payout. I find the jobs to be very interesting and easy and they usually pay anywhere from $3-$10. What I have had to do in the past was take a picture (or two) of what they needed and answer a few questions. The jobs take me about 5 minutes to complete. I have only been using this app for about 4 months and have made about $30 each month.
  • I recently joined the CVS Advisory Panel and it’s been great so far. You answer a survey and get rewarded with Extra Care Bucks to use on anything in the store. So far I’ve received $10, $5 and $2 in Extra Care Bucks for answering their surveys.
  • I’ve been using an app called Ibotta for about a year now and it works great when I remember to use it. This company will pay you cash for purchasing specific items. For some stores you will have to take a picture of your receipt and send it to them to verify the purchase while other stores allow you to use your store loyalty card to receive the rebate. First you have to go into the app and select the items you would like to purchase. Then you answer a question, watch a short video, share on Facebook or learn something about the product. Once you do one or more of those things, you’ve unlocked the rebate. Now you just have to purchase the item and submit the receipt to Ibotta for credit. I’ve earned quite a bit of money using this app, however, you can also cash out for a gift card.
  • Using Swagbucks requires an additional post to explain all the benefits, but I’ll try to summarize them here. Swagbucks is a company that will pay you with “bucks” when you complete certain actions. Those actions include: printing and using manufacturer’s coupons, searching the web through their search engine, answering surveys and polls, watching videos, playing games and by purchasing or signing up for products. You can redeem your bucks for gift cards. I’d say I probably earn enough for a $20 Amazon gift card each month.
  • The next two ways I earn money is by completing surveys with e-Rewards Opinion Panel and iSay.com.  You complete surveys and receive points or “dollars” that you can redeem for gift cards. I’ve tried other survey sites in the past, but have stuck with these because it doesn’t take long to earn those gift cards.
  • And finally, the last way I earn some extra cash is to sell the clothes my daughter has outgrown on Ebay. I usually sell in the spring and fall because I tend to get higher amounts during those times and the items sell quickly. I usually make anywhere from $150-$200 each time.

So those are a few of the ways I make some extra cash to help fund our fun, family activities. There are a few more that I just started experimenting with, so I will post an update on those if they work out well.

If you know of any additional opportunities, please feel free to add them to the comments. We all could use some extra cash especially with the holidays right around the corner! ;)

If you’re looking for other ways to make and save money, see my previous posts on:

Favorite Blogs of the Week

There are so many link-up blog parties going on nowadays and I think you can really get lost in them, so I thought I would highlight a few blog posts that have caught my eye this week.

Hopefully this will help inspire other bloggers to take the time to personally lift up those bloggers they really enjoy reading in an effort to increase the blogger’s followers.

Feel free to hop on over and check out some of my favorite posts of the week!

Home Remodeling Tip: Living Room Furnishings

Home Remodeling Tip: Living Room Furnishings

This post by Zen of Zada gives you detailed instructions on how to turn your living room into a room you’ll love to be in!

The Clutter Creep and Why We Allow It to Happen

The Clutter Creep and Why We Allow It to Happen

This post by I’m an Organizing Junkie helps us understand why we allow clutter into our lives.

Commit to a Debt Free Christmas

Commit to a Debt Free Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and Budget Loving Military Wife has some great tips for staying within your budget during the holidays.

Talk Yourself Into Something!

Talk Yourself Into Something!

If you need motivation in your life to tackle the “impossible”, The Super Organizer can help you get one step closer!

Easy Ways to Live Healthier

Easy Ways to Live Healthier

Karama offers 9 quick, simple tips for healthier living. They’re so effortless and easy, you could begin implementing each one today!

Those are just a FEW of the posts I found worthy of sharing. I could have selected so many more, but lack of time prevented it. I’ll try to get more up next week. In the meantime, check them out and give them a “follow” if you like what you see. Have a wonderful day! :)

5 Tips to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

BHG.com

BHG.com

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult if you’re spending most of the night sneezing, sniffling or wheezing.

Consider these 5 tips for making your bedroom more comfortable during allergy season.

  1. Adding a ceiling fan to the room will help keep the air circulating. Just make sure you dust it regularly or you’ll be circulating dust throughout the room.
  2. Getting rid of carpet and installing hardwood floors will eliminate dirt and dust getting trapped in the fibers and hardwood is easier to keep clean.
  3. Install wooden blinds instead of curtains for the same reasons as hardwood floors: curtains trap dust and wood is easier to clean.
  4. Add an air purifier to the room. An air purifier can help remove dust, pollen and smoke that may be circulating in the air and causing allergic reactions.
  5. Use plastic bins to store items and avoid fabric ones that can trap dust.

In addition to those allergy-proofing tips, here are 5 cleaning tips to keep dust and mold at bay.

  1. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuum upholstery and curtains.
  2. Dust walls and ceiling fans often.
  3. Move furniture monthly and vacuum under and behind it.
  4. Dust with a microfiber cloth instead of a duster which can throw dust around.
  5. Wash bed sheets every week in hot water.

Hopefully these tips can help you get a handle on removing allergens from your home and allow you and your family to breathe easier during this upcoming allergy season! :)

Feel free to comment with any tips you may have to allergy-proof your home.

 

5 Quick and Easy Tips to Control Your Spending

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Now that summer is almost behind us and the cozy days of fall and winter are approaching, let’s check out 5 ways we can reign in and control our spending for the next few months.

  1. Pick one day each week and declare a “No Spending” day. No money transactions are allowed including online shopping, having food delivered, grocery shopping, or drug store runs. Implementing a “No Spending” day will allow you to become more mindful of where and how you spend your money.
  2. On the days you are allowing yourself to spend, use cash as much as possible. Studies show that we typically overspend when paying with a credit or debit card. Using cash will also help you pay attention to where your money is going.  I’ve tried this method and trust me, it works!
  3. Pack lunches for work a few days a week. Figure out how much you typically spend on lunch (including drinks!) and transfer that amount into your savings each time you bring lunch to work. Instant savings! :)
  4. Unsubscribe to all of the shopping emails you receive.  Once you unsubscribe you will no longer be tempted by sales and coupons that hit your email multiple times a day.
  5. Give yourself a mani/pedi instead of going to the salon. If you’re used to going to the salon regularly, try skipping an appointment here and there and paint your nails yourself. This could cut your costs in half!

There you have it…5 quick tips to help you gain control of your spending. If you have any other tips to add, feel free to add them in the comments section. :)