Swagbucks December Swago

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their December “Swago” promotion starting Monday, December 4th at 9am PT and running until Monday, December 11th! Swago is 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, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, December 11th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, December 11th to use all your spins.

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, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

Ways to Save Money During the Holiday Season

Ways to Save Money During the Holiday Season


The holiday season is in full force, which means you’ll likely be shopping for friends and family soon. To better ensure you don’t start off the new year in dire financial straits, you’ll need to learn a few tips for saving money during this time of year, which might also involve talking with Philadelphia insurance agents to make sure you’re getting the best deal on your coverage policies.


Make a Budget


Before you spend a dime on those closest to you, sit down and make a budget as well as a list for who you plan on buying gifts for and how much you plan on spending on everyone. As you’re mapping out this budget, be sure to give yourself a bit of wiggle room for unaccounted expenses, such as the cost of shipping. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to also look over your regular monthly budget to see if there’re any temporary adjustments you can make to provide yourself with a few more bucks to spend (or save) during the most wonderful time of the year.


Start Early


You might think you have plenty of time to get your shopping done, but it’s best you get started as early as possible so you can finish as early as possible. Something else to think about when it comes to starting your shopping early is you have to consider how long it takes for your gifts to ship, which could take longer than you think. Plus, the longer you wait, the more you risk missing out on the perfect gift that might be swooped up by the early bird.


Use Apps to Keep Track of Prices


Looking for the cheapest deal on the gifts on your list? Use apps to select the gifts you’ve got your eyes on and set them so you’re alerted of when the cost of those items is reduced. When you feel the price is to your liking, you can strike while the iron is hot, all without spending a dime more than absolutely necessary.


Think About Opening a Holiday Savings Account


To better ensure you don’t blow your budget during the holidays, think about opening a savings account specifically for holiday shopping. That way, you don’t have to worry about accidentally spending money intended for your monthly bills or other expenses. Bill collectors aren’t likely to be too understanding that you were late for your payment because you spent it on earrings for your aunt; they’re sure to charge you a late fee and still expect their payment in full.


Rethink the Extras


Be careful you don’t get so caught up in the spirit of savings that you spend too much money on yourself on gifts, coffee, dinners on the go and the like. While it’s great to treat yourself to a gift every now and then, still the fact remains that that’s money you can spend on gifts for friends and family. Do your best to take care of everyone else first before you buy a few extras for yourself, no matter how much you might feel you deserve them.


Do Your Research


Imagine going to painstaking lengths to find the perfect gift for your friend or family member only to learn your gift was of poor quality. Be sure to research the items you’re thinking of getting to see which companies are the most reputable and which selections offer the best overall value. Check out reviews from consumers who already have the item as well as professionals who have tested and used the item themselves.


Make the holidays a little less hectic this year with the help of these tips. Be savvy not only about how you shop for everyone on your list, but how you spend as well.


Why Are More People Not Getting In On This!!? 8 articles of clothing shipped for $14!

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I’m a mom of 4. I’m on a budget. Up until about a year ago I hardly ever bought myself clothes.  If I did it was usually 1 item because I found a great deal on the clearance rack or end of season sale.  My kids are always taken care of but I always put myself last or rarely in that department.  I know a lot of you parents can relate.  I discovered Schoola this year and I’ve actually bought myself clothes this year.  And you know what, I probably spent as much in 1 order as I would have on 1 or two items off the clearance rack.

Schoola just had an incredible Cyber Monday sale with 75% off.  I could not pass that up.  I got 8 articles of clothing shipped for $14 and some change.  Not kidding.  I also grabbed a pair of jeans for my daughter and pair of shoes for me too!

The kids clothes tend to go faster but the women’s clothes, y’all there are pages and pages. Name brand stuff like Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy, BCBG, Ann Taylor, Lands End, and many more.  In my most recent order alone I got myself 5 sweaters and 2 pair of jeans, 1 pair of jeans for my daughter, and a pair of shoes.  My sweaters were: Croft & Barrow, Dress Barn, Arizona, Lands End, and St Johns Bay.  My jeans were Gap and Old Navy.  My daughter’s jeans were Old Navy.

Why so affordable? Well first of all the sales they have are amazing. Secondly, Schoola is like an online consignment shop.  So if you have clothes to sell you can send them in too!  Schools can raise money through the site.  Customers can choose to donate to help supplies clothes to underprivileged children.

Shipping is reasonable too.  If you want to try Schoola out for yourself new customers can get 50% off their first order with code: FIRST50OFF 


Shop Schoola now!


I love hearing about the deals you scored.  If you grab some good deals at Schoola, let me know in the comments!

New Savannah Cat Mommy Meet Malkia

For years I watched videos of Savannah cats. I read articles and followed Savannah cat breeders.  I researched to make sure I could have one if I ever had the chance.  Having a Savannah cat was a dream to me. I was determined to one day have one.  My husband and I are definitely cat people.  We already have 2 ten year old cats that were sisters from the same litter.  How would a Savannah cat be around our cats we already had?

Why did I want a Savannah?  I’m not going to lie, their exotic look is what drew me in and the fact that some are bigger than domestic house cats.  Savannahs are bred by breeding an African Serval with a domestic house cat. This is how they get their size and patterning, among other traits. The more I read about them though, the more I was drawn in. They’re loyalty is compared to dogs and are said to be “exceptionally smart”. They can learn tricks just like dogs: fetch, walking on a leash, etc.

Savannahs go from F1 down to something like F7. This describes the amount of serval blood they have. An F1 will have the most having 50%+ serval blood. These are the largest with males being larger than females (normally). As I read more I found that F3 or lower were best suited for families since F1 and F2 still have wild traits to them.  Not to mention that F1s are quite expensive and get less expensive down the blood line.  In fact, Savannah’s are often #1 or #2 on most expensive cat breed lists.

I found a breeder in Pennsylvania. I followed them on facebook: Cutting Edge Cats.  When they had a website I had read about them.  There are not a lot of Savannah breeders and I wanted to make sure I didn’t get ripped off, and that the cats were taken care of.

Well, the end of October they listed an F3 Savannah girl. The last of an April litter.  She was 6 months old.  Best price I’d seen on a F3 Savannah.  We tend to be partial to girl cats since they are hunters and don’t spray. I presented it to my husband. After minimal selling efforts on my part, he agreed to get me my Savannah.

Within 2 days I was driving to Lancaster to pick up my Savannah cat.  I could not wait to get her home.  Being 6 months old already, she did need time to adjust.  She’s still adjusting to new people but she has been sleeping at the foot of the bed with my husband and I.  She follows me to the door when I go to work and nuzzles me when she wants attention.   Savannahs are naturally curious.  We’ve already caught our Savannah checking out the fish, the hermit crabs, playing with my daughter’s barbie doll clothes, and climbing book shelves, to name a few things.

Before you run out and buy a Savannah cat there are some things you should know.  Because of the African Serval blood line, some states ban Savannahs as pets.  Still other states ban Savannahs of certain generations such as not being able to own one unless it’s an F5 or further removed.  The state of Pennsylvania allows all Savannahs as pets but if you want to own a Serval for breeding you will need an exotic cat license.

If you get an early generation they need plenty of space to run, jump, and play. They are active and larger cats so a small apartment or small house is probably not the best setting for them.

As you might have guessed, the Savannah in the pictures is my F3 Savannah girl.  Her name is Malkia.  Malkia is Swahili for “queen”.  A nod to her Africa Serval blood line.


Swagbucks Cyber Monday Cash Back Deal

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You can earn money while saving it on all your big Cyber Monday purchasesThe Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back – 3x or more – at over 120 different stores today only. They’re also offering big payouts on a varieties of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home!

If you’re not familiar with Swagbucks, they offer cash back in the form of points when you shop. Then you can turn those points into gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal cash. You can also earn points for discovering deals, watching videos, answering surveys and more!

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you’re all set!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site’s a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!