Friday, July 29, 2016

Get a FREE Backpack Full Of School Supplies at Your Local Verizon TCC Store! (Backpack Giveaway - July 30th)

With Back to School just around the corner, this is a freebie you are not going to want to miss!  As much as I don't want the kids to head back to school yet... I know that it is almost time to start thinking about getting their back to school clothes and supplies.


On July 30th, you can get a FREE backpack filled with school supplies at your local Verizon TCC Store from 12 pm to 3 pm. This offer is valid while supplies last and only at participating stores, so you might want to call ahead if you are making a special trip into town. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How to Earn Money From Your Mobile Device: Download the Swagbucks App

Swagbucks is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Whenever you shop, watch videos or search the web, Swagbucks gives you points called SB. You can use your SB to redeem gift cards to hundreds of your favorite stores. 

With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps I can use my spare minutes to earn free gift cards on my phone! Like the Swagbucks website, I can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos. 

While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Quench Your Thirst and Stay Hydrated with BODYARMOR Sports Drink Blends


During the summer, the temperatures can be hot and miserable.  It's super important to make sure my family stays hydrated and as comfortable as possible.  Especially when we are enjoying the great outdoors!

My kids (ages 15 and 12) have been enjoying BODYARMOR sports drinks this summer. This isn't just any sports drink, it has natural flavors, natural sweeteners, and no artificial colors!  It also comes in a variety of delicious flavors that are you to refresh your body and cool you down!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christmas in July. It's Real! ~ Get FREE Christmas Gifts for Your Family!

Did you know that Christmas in July is a real thing? People are already saving up for the holidays, and the online rewards site Swagbucks surveyed its members to learn more. Check out these fun facts and start YOUR holiday saving today!

I'm a huge fan of Swagbucks and have been redeeming Amazon gift cards to pay for my kids Christmas gifts for the past 6 years!  I save them up all year long and then get to give my kids the perfect Christmas gifts with zero (or very little) money out of my pocket!


In case you haven't heard me talking about them already, Swagbucks is the fun rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. You can conveniently earn points (called SB) when you shop at your favorite retailers, watch entertaining videos, search the web, answer surveys and find great deals. Redeem your points for free gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon or Walmart, to name a few, or get cash back from PayPal!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

10 Frugal Family Vacation Tips

I have shared stories about my frugal family vacations in the past.  For the past 7 summers, I have been able to take my family on vacation completely funded by my online earnings.  We have spent a week in a oceanfront beach house in Oregon and even gone to the Edmonton Mall in Canada!  


Family vacations are always fun and memorable, but FREE vacations are even better!

 Here are 10 of my favorite ways to save on travel:
  1. Plan Early!  Planning early is probably the biggest money saving tip that I can share!  If you plan your vacation in advance, often times the prices are lower and the deals are better.  Last year we reserved and paid for our Oregon beach house rental in February and got winter rates.  Even though we didn't vacation until August. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Back To School With Swagbucks

While the kids have been out of school, it’s like I’ve been MC Mommy: Entertainment Guru for the past month. As fun as it is, I’m ready for class to resume. 

And although the only part of summer ending that my kids like is Back-To-School shopping, that hefty receipt hangs over my head from the start of July until the middle of September. Didn’t I buy them enough pens and binders last year?!

Well, I think it’s about time for Mommy to be rewarded. 

From now until September 1st, Swagbucks is offering double cash back in the form of points (called SB) when you shop for all your back to school essentials. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Celebrate 7-Eleven Day + Slurpee Week ~ Get a FREE Slurpee at 7 Eleven on 7/11

What better way to cool off on a hot summer day than with a FREE SLURPEE from 7 Eleven!  That's right!  You’re invited to celebrate the most anticipated day of the year – 7-Eleven Day! It’s a wonder that it’s not a national holiday…yet! Stop in on Monday, 7/11/16, from 11am – 7pm and get a FREE small Slurpee drink!


My kids LOVE slurpees, so I will be taking them to our local 7 Eleven this afternoon for a cool summer treat!  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Keep the Biting Bugs Away While Camping ~ Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Lanterns

Camping is one of my family's favorite summertime activities.  Along with the great outdoors comes BUGS!  Bugs are my least favorite aspect of camping... especially once the sun starts to set and those pesky mosquitoes come out to visit. 

We have tried just about everything to keep mosquitoes away from us while camping.  We've tried candles, bug spray and bracelets... some work for a little while and others don't work at all!  Last weekend we went camping and tried something new to keep the biting insects away.  We were excited to give the Thermacell Bristol lantern a try!


The first time we decided to give our new mosquito repellent lantern was at lunch.  The bees were taking over our picnic table and it was difficult to enjoy our lunch.  Would it work on bees?  We didn't know, but we were willing to give it a try!  Much to our surprise, within moments of turning the lantern on, the bees were gone and we were able to enjoy our hot dogs and potato salad without having to swat bees!

That night, as the sun went down and the mosquitoes came out, we turned our lantern on again.  Bye-bye mosquitoes!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Oriental Trading is the Go-To Stop for Summer Fun!

Summer is about sunshine and smiles.  As a kid I always liked school, but I always looked forward to summer because it was always so much fun!  As a parent, I want my children to enjoy summer as much as possible.  That's why summer is about fun activities and making memories!


Summer fun includes camping, sleepovers, road trips, boating, swimming, baseball games and so much more...  and Oriental Trading has all of your summertime fun essentials all in one place for a price that you will love!

When I think of summer, the first thing that comes to mind (other than sunshine) is water!  There are so many fun summer activities that require water.  Swimming, boating, water fights and water parks!  Water fun in the summer also means; water guns, water squirters, inflatable floaties, beach balls, and goggles! 

You will find all of these great summer fun toys and games at Oriental Trading and then some.  Every single time I browse through their website or catalog, I find something new! I always have a difficult time making my choices because there are so many great items to choose from.

Summer also means camping and sleep-overs.  No camping trip or sleepover would ever be complete without campfires, S'mores, glow sticks and games like flashlight tag and kick-the-can!  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Celebrate July 4th with MyGiftCardsPlus

In America, we do everything big. Big hair. Big portions. Big parties. Celebrate the 4th of July with MyGiftCardsPlus (Powered by Swagbucks) - where you have the freedom to spend big AND save big!

While you are serving up some burgs and dogs from the grill, Swagbucks will be serving MyGiftCardsPlus shoppers SB bonuses sure to make you feel fireworks! 

Starting July 1st, you can earn Cash Back* plus a 100 SB Bonus on ANY Gift Card of $50 or more!** Now’s the time to stock up on all your favorite Gift Cards at MyGiftCardsPlus. Use them to purchase food, drinks, decorations, and even a patriotic outfit for this weekend’s festivities!

Don’t have an account yet? Sign up today to be a citizen of Swagbucks: land of the free gift cards, home of the savings!