December 2010

TGIF!!! It’s Mega Swagbucks Day!

by Gina on December 31, 2010

Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day! What is this, you ask? Well… every few weeks I am able to snag FREE Amazon.com e-gift cards just for performing my normal online searches because swag bucks rewards their members with random swag bucks just for doing something we would be doing anyway. On Fridays, there is an increased chance of winning bucks. So what are you waiting for? Don’t do another internet search without SWAGBUCKS! It is literally free money!

Sign up HERE if you are not already participating in this great program and you will automatically get 30 swagbucks!!! (You must use the link on this post)

You can also participate in online polls, surveys, shopping, and other offers to earn even more swag bucks! They add up quickly!

450 Swag Bucks will earn you a $5 Amazon.com e-gift card, and it doesn’t take long to get there!

You can read more about Why I Love Swagbucks HERE!

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Blogging Goals for 2011

by Gina on December 30, 2010

I shared a few of my personal and financial goals with you last week for 2011, but it’s time for me to also share my blogging goals for the new year. While I do not believe in New Year’s Resolutions in the traditional sense, I DO know that is important to set goals. Goals must also be backed with a plan in order to work. Setting lofty and ambitious goals may sound good when spoken or read, but what do they matter if you don’t actually work towards them and really focus on making them a reality? That said, here are a few of my blogging goals along with the plans I have to work towards achieving them:

  1. Stick to a blogging schedule. I no longer have to deal with my schooling since I graduated in August and I am also not dealing with the lousy feelings of pregnancy, so it stands to reason that I should be able to focus on this goal easily, right? Ha. I have a full time job, marriage, and an infant which keep me VERY busy. However, I am going to utilize one of my favorite blogging tools…the a post scheduler. That’s right. If I have to, I will schedule posts well in advance to stick with a schedule and ensure I have new content posted daily. I also have a brand new calendar that will be dedicated to this blog, which will keep me on track.
  2. Switch to WordPress (successfully). Ahh yes. This one is already in the works for January and I have my deposit in and a wonderful pro scheduled to help me make the big move. My blog was shut down for a period of a few days with Blogger this month and since then I have been in even more of a hurry to get the heck away from them. I can’t deal with downtime + no technical support. I will move to self hosting platform which will cost money, but will give me a large boost in peace of mind.
  3. Learn how to make my own buttons and graphics. Does anyone recommend a good program for this sort of thing? I love fooling around with graphic design, but I must admit I don’t know the first thing about which software to use for web based graphics. I would like to research this topic and invest in a good program.
  4. Improve my photography. I LOVE looking at the beautiful, inspiring, and absolutely delicious photos that some bloggers post. I think great quality, unique photography can really take a blog to the next level. I cannot afford a high-quality ( and high-cost) SLR camera right now, but DH bought me a new point and shoot digital camera a few months ago that I would love to learn more about. I think if I can learn more about photography and perhaps the ins and outs of MY camera, these will be steps in the right direction. Can’t hurt, right? I am also going to check out the 31 Days to a Better Photo series that was recommended by Mandi from Life…Your Way.
  5. Keeping it Real. This one may be my biggest challenge of 2011. Those who know me personally will tell you that I am a very private person. Some may call it shy, but I like to say that I am very “guarded.” I don’t easily let people in to my personal life; therefore, it can be difficult for me to write things of a personal nature…even this post! Since there are hundreds of personal finance/couponing sites out there, why in the world would I want to add another to the mix that simply adds more of the same generic info that many others are already sharing quite successfully? I want my blog to be more personal, so that I can provide a look into my life, and my family’s unique situation, and share how WE are doing things to save, pay off debt, and live well on less. I want this blog to incorporate a number of things, and I still want to share some great deals along the way, but first and foremost I want to be able to keep accountable to the grocery goal that has been set before me for 2011. Keeping it real is the only way that this goal will be attainable.

Thanks for keeping me accountable to my blogging goals! I would love to know what goals YOU have in store for 2011!

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Instant Win Round-Up 12/30/10

December 30, 2010

Here is a round-up of some current instant win games! Give ‘em a shot and you will know instantly whether or not you won! Crisco Sweeps – Daily Gift Card Winners! (not instant win) Ends 1/7 Fresh Express Salad Spinner Game – Win an IPod! Ends 1/31 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel – Win a month’s worth […]

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*HOT* K-Cup Groupon Deal – 48/$9.00

December 28, 2010

If you have a single-serve coffee maker, you know that K-Cups can get pricey! Groupon has a side deal going on today in Detroit, Michigan for $25 worth of coffee, tea, and more from Coffee Wholesale USA for $10, and shipping is included! They have 24 pack K-cups for around $11.95 each, so you could […]

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Amazon Canned Pumpkin Deal!

December 28, 2010

Amazon has a HOT deal on canned pumpkin going on now, and I don’t know how long it will last. You can order a case of 12 cans for $10.20 (0.85 per can!) when you choose the subscribe and save option! Shipping is free if you are a member of Amazon Prime or Amazon Mom! […]

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2011 Grocery Goal

December 26, 2010

I shared with you last week about some of my financial goals for 2011. One area of our household budget that was out of control this year was our grocery spending. Despite using coupons and chasing sales, we were not nearly as good about sticking with our grocery budget as had hoped. Now that our […]

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Living Social Martha Stuart Magazine Deal!

December 20, 2010

Today’s Living Social deal in Richmond (you don’t have to live there to get in on it) is a one year subscription to both Whole Living and Everyday Food magazine’s for $10!!! That’s essentially $5.00 per year each, which is a nice deal!

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Winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card is…

December 20, 2010

…Lindsay!!! I will be sending you an e-mail shortly. Please respond within 48 hours or I will be forced to choose a new winner. Thanks to the many participants who stopped in to entered to win the $100 Amazon Gift Card sponsored by Mr. Rebates! I hope you will consider this awesome cash back site […]

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Goals for 2011!

December 20, 2010

Have you started thinking about your financial goals for next year? With 2011 literally right around the corner, there’s no better time than the present! I shared with you my 2010 goals last year; these included: Completing our emergency fund Paying off all consumer debt (not including student loans and the mortgage) With the new […]

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TGIF! It’s Mega SwagBucks Day!

December 17, 2010

Every Friday is Mega Swag Bucks Day! What is this, you ask? Well… every few weeks I am able to snag FREE Amazon.com e-gift cards just for performing my normal online searches because swag bucks rewards their members with random swag bucks just for doing something we would be doing anyway. On Fridays, there is […]

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