Friday, December 14, 2018

Earn Big Cash Back on your Christmas Shopping

As we quickly approach Christmas, Swagbucks knows you still have lots of shopping to do, and they're offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! 


In order 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! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Educational Board Games for Kids ~ The Perfect Christmas Gift!


 

As a mom, aunt, and teacher --- I love games that combine fun and learning!

Rooster Race and Monkeys Up are award-winning, simple-to-learn, fun to play, and provide educational value. These educational board games are fun for the whole family but will also help kids practice memory, logic, addition, subtraction, logic and motor skills. 

 

When playing Monkeys Up, you compete to get the highest set of three monkeys. Each monkey has a value hidden under its feet that is only revealed when flipped. Players take turns rolling a cube and completing the action; switch, steal, or flip.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero (Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway)

 
Based on an incredible true story, the heartwarming, family-friendly animated adventure, Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero deploys on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand December 11, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

This is the perfect gift to give a child in your life this Christmas - in fact - this is a gift that the entire family will love!  The critically acclaimed animated family film, is based on a true story, and has been lauded by critics and received the Dove Foundation’s “All Ages” Seal of Approval and Parents’ Choice Gold Award! 

Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero depicts the little-known true story of the unbreakable bond between a young soldier and a stray dog on the brink of America’s entry into World War I. For his valorous feats, Stubby is still recognized today as the first dog promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army and the most decorated dog in American history.  He is also widely considered the forerunner to the U.S. Army’s working dog program. The delightful animated film shows the world that the greatest heroes can come from the unlikeliest places.

Beyond his military exploits, Stubby’s status as an adopted stray has resulted in nearly a century of recognition by animal rescues and welfare organizations. As part of the film’s theatrical release, Fun Academy partnered with more than 90 regional and national animal organizations across all 50 states – including the Humane Society of the United States and the Westminster Kennel Club – to shine a light on the human-animal bond and the amazing things adopted animals can do when given a chance in life.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide Children’s Book Giveaway: Mother Earth’s Lullaby & If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur!


I have always encouraged my children to look at books and read, even when they were toddlers.  Books let their imaginations run free and take them to places unknown.  Books also fill their minds with knowledge and facts that will fuel them for life!

I give my children, nieces, and nephews books for their Birthday and Christmas every year! You're never too old to receive a book. 

Even as an adult, I enjoy reading and looking through children's books.  I remember how much I loved reading to my kids when they were young, and now I get the pleasure of doing the same with my niece and nephew!


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Earn BIG with Coupons!

We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢!

 

How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Sign up at Swagbucks.com - it's FREE to Join!
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip 
3) Use the coupons the next time you shop at your local grocery store. You'll earn 25 points (25¢) for every coupon you use

 
That's it! 

But, that's not all... now through Monday, December 10th, you can earn 2 points (2¢) for every coupon you print, up to 50 prints per day. That's an extra dollar every day just for printing coupons that will save you a ton on your next grocery store haul!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Don't Lose Your FSA Funds ~ Order Your Discount Contacts or Glasses Now!

 Thank you to DiscountGlasses.com for sponsoring this post!

As the year rounds itself out and is quickly coming to an end... it's important to make sure that you take full advantage of all of your health care benefits.  With many insurances, some  yearly benefits expire at the end of the year and you have to start over.  Nobody wants to "lose" any valuable savings or benefits, so now is the perfect time to double-check your coverage and spend those FSA funds.



 
   
You've spent the entire year saving money to help your cover out-of-pocket medical costs, so don't forget to use your FSA funds before year's end. Everything from prescription sunglasses to eyeglasses and even select eyewear accessories are covered under most FSA accounts.

If someone in our household wears glasses or contact lenses, start the New Year off with a fresh new look!  Now is the perfect time to take full advantage of your yearly health insurance benefits and utilize any available funds in your FSA!  

Friday, November 30, 2018

Give Your Pooch the Gift of Fresh Kisses this Christmas

Do you give your pooches Christmas presents and treats?  This year, I suggest you give them the gift of Fresh Kisses!

I am fortunate enough to be a Chewy Influencer and in exchange for my honest reviews, my three spoiled furry children get special food and treats, delivered right to our door, every month!  Zena (English Mastiff), Thor (Great Dane/Mastiff), and Hercules (Neapolitan/English Mastiff) are some really lucky dogs!  When they see the blue Chewy.com box being delivered, it's almost like they know it's for them!


Just in time for the holidays --- Zena, Thor, and Hercules got to try Merrick Fresh Kisses double-brush dental dog treats that are infused  with a special blend of coconut, peppermint, lemongrass and rosemary oils!  They smell great and all three dogs LOVE them!  Honestly, I'm not sure which one enjoys them more - but they are always asking for seconds!

 

Enjoy sweet kisses from your pup this holiday season with Fresh Kisses holiday mint dental dog treats! These unique, brush-shaped chews are the perfect way for your pal to welcome guests this holiday season—with fresh-smelling kisses that won't put him on the naughty list. The special blend of coconut, peppermint, lemongrass and rosemary oils will help keep his breath smelling fresh, while the double-brush design helps to fight plaque and tartar. These tasty treats are designed to be easily digestible, with natural peas, tapioca and gelatin. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

National Geographic Kids Weird But True! Books Will Fill Your Kids With Interesting, Fun Facts (Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway)


I think it's safe to say that we are all a little bit weird... some of us weirder than others!  Am I right?  Here’s a very weird, but completely true fact... 99% of people can’t lick their elbows — but 90% of people who read this will try!  

As a matter of fact, when I read that to my daughter, son, and my son's girlfriend... all 3 of them tried - and failed!  That is one of the reasons why I love the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! books so much.  These books make kids (kids of all ages - including adults) think, try something weird, and they learn something new!  Plus, they are learning --- and that's a win at any age!


 

Entertaining and brain bending facts like that, coupled with visually stunning and eye popping photos and graphics, are the reason why the 35+ titles in the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! book franchise are considered the gold standard in educational, entertaining books for kids.  With over 5 million copies sold, published in over 15 different languages, and featuring a broad range of topics from science to food to pop culture, Weird But True! books nab kids’ attention and get them reading.  

I've always encouraged my children to look at books and read, even when they were toddlers.  Books let their imaginations run free and take them to places unknown.  Books also fill their minds with knowledge and facts that will fuel them for life!

Did you know that Virga is rain that evaporates before it hits the ground, that plants can get fevers, or that the average tornado is only on the ground for 5 minutes?  These are just a few of the Weird But True! facts that you and your kids can read about!

Now, with the release of the 10th book in the Weird But True! main series, things just got WEIRDER and it’s time to celebrate!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Special Offer ~ $22 Off Your First Month of Winc Wine

Are you or someone you know a wine lover?  Winc is not your traditional wine club: we are a direct-distribution global wine company that personalizes the entire wine experience - We are perfecting how wine is made, distributed, perceived and purchased via our Palate Profile quiz that recommends wine based on your unique tastes and I'll add enjoyed on behalf of a new generation of wine drinkers. 

 

Winc is a modern wine brand that makes it easy to find wines you love. Take Winc's 6 Question Palate Profile Quiz where you're matched with wines tailored to your tastes and preferences. They'll send you four great bottles a month, delivered straight to your door. Explore different varietals and rate your favorites. The more you rate, the better your recommendations. Join the thousands of Winc members already enjoying great tasting wine.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Your Dogs Will LOVE Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats

I think we can all agree that Grandma's make the best treats!  So, why would that be any different when it comes to dog treats?

I am fortunate enough to be a Chewy Influencer and in exchange for my honest reviews, my three spoiled furry children get special food and treats, delivered right to our door, every month!  Zena ( 2 year-old English Mastiff), Thor (2 year-old Great Dane/Bull Mastiff), and Hercules (5 month-old Neapolitan/English Mastiff) are some really lucky dogs!  When they see the blue Chewy.com box being delivered, it's almost like they know it's for them!


Zena, Thor, and Hercules were super excited to try Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats this month!  When Hercules heard me opening the package, he couldn't sit still... his tail was wagging like crazy!  As a result, getting a picture was nearly impossible and didn't go as planned!


5 month old Hercules
Grandma Lucy’s organic dog treats are not made in a factory but baked in a bakery by people who love their pets. Since 1999, Grandma Lucy’s has taken great pride in making wholesome, natural and delicious pet treats. Your dog will love the great taste of these Organic Oven Baked Dog Treats, but what you will love most is the fact that they are made with organic, human-quality ingredients for dogs. The treats are so tasty, your dog will beg for more. Grandma Lucy’s Organic Oven Baked Dog Treats – an organic treat you will feel good about giving your pet. 


Monday, November 19, 2018

Earn Big Cash Back this week leading up to Black Friday

As a pre-Black Friday warm up, Swagbucks is offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! Check out all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.


In order 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! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash!  


Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Grinch & My Ugly Christmas Sweater (2018 Holiday Gift Guide Review & Giveaway)


Christmas is right around the corner... and that means Ugly Christmas Sweater parties!  Another favorite holiday staple is the Grinch - so why not combine the two?  I can't tell you that making my choice was easy, because it took me quite some time, but I am certainly happy with my choice!

We all know that being a Grinch isn't what the holidays is suppose to be about, but I think we can all relate and love him at the same time! Am I right?  That's why I chose the Grinch as Santa Christmas sweater!


I absolutely LOVE my new Ugly Christmas sweater!  It is thick, soft and colorful.  The design is very bold and detailed.  I have gotten many comments and compliments on it! My only dilemma is that my daughter also likes it, so I have to share it with her!  Looks like I will have to do a little more shopping and get her one of her own!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Walgreens 8X10 Photo Freebie

I love photo freebies and used this great freebie to order a graduation photo of my son!

Today and tomorrow (valid until Nov 11, 2018) you can get a free 8×10 photo print at Walgreens with the Walgreens’ photo coupon code FREEHOLIDAY.


    • Go to the Walgreens website
    • Upload your photo
    • Create your 8×10 order

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in November!

 

All throughout the month of November you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. 

Then you take those points and exchange them for FREE gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! 


Here's how:

Monday, November 5, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Reviews & Giveaways Just in Time for Christmas Gift Giving!

Do you realize that Christmas is only 2 months away?  The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide is set to launch on November 1st, right here at Being Frugal and Making it Work.  I plan on providing you with some fabulous holiday gift ideas, reviews and giveaways for everyone on your holiday gift list. 

This is the 7th annual holiday gift guide here at Being Frugal and Making it Work, and my goal is to make it even bigger and better than last years holiday gift guide!  Are you ready?


 

Products have already arrived, are in transit, and are ready to ship soon. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday gift shopping.  It doesn't get any more frugal than FREE!


Have you thought about winning some holiday gifts this year?  This is one of the ways I've been making my holiday budget stretch farther for several years now.  I enter blog giveaways and contests on a daily basis in hopes of winning.  Some of them I enter because they are perfect for my family and others I enter because they will make the perfect gift for a friend or family member on my holiday shopping list.

This year's holiday gift guide will include:

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Celebrate With a National Geographic Kids Birthday Gift Prize Pack (Review & Giveaway)

I have always encouraged my children to look at books and read, even when they were toddlers.  Books let their imaginations run free and take them to places unknown.  Books also fill their minds with knowledge and facts that will fuel them for life!

Growing up, I remember reading and looking through looking through my Dad's National Geographic books and loved them.  When my kids were young, I was introduced to National Geographic Kids books and instantly fell in love. 

 

Whether you're  shopping for a specific birthday celebration or wanting to refresh your “stash” of birthday gifts you keep on hand for those last-minute party invites, books from National Geographic Kids are a slam dunk choice — fun, budget-friendly, kid and parent approved and great for both boys and girls. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Earn BIG At The Register!

We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢!

 

How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Sign up at Swagbucks and use my special code SBCouponer to earn an extra 50 points, that's 50¢ just for signing up

 
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip

Monday, October 29, 2018

Reward Your Super Dog With Superfood Treats...

What dog doesn't love peanut butter, bacon, and chicken?  I know that my three fur-babies wouldn't turn their noses up at any of those!  In fact, they would sit up nice and straight, and even give a handshake!  

I am fortunate enough to be a Chewy Influencer and in exchange for my honest reviews, my three spoiled furry children get special food and treats, delivered right to our door, every month!  Zena (English Mastiff), Thor (Great Dane/Mastiff), and Hercules (Neapolitan/English Mastiff) are some really lucky dogs!  When they see the blue Chewy.com box being delivered, it's almost like they know it's for them!

This month Zena, Thor, and Hercules got rewarded with
Pet Naturals of Vermont Peanut Butter Recipe Superfood Dog Treats!  These dog treats have been the perfect "training treats" for 4-month-old Hercules and the big dogs enjoy them as well!  They are the perfect size, soft & chewy, and flavorful!



Turn snack time into a healthy and delicious treat with Pet Naturals of Vermont Peanut Butter Recipe Superfood Dog Treats. Just like us, dogs require a balanced diet for a healthy lifestyle. Unlike some meat-based treats that might taste great but are loaded with extra calories, fat and salt that are bad for dogs, these Superfood Treats combine fruits, veggies and oats in a peanut butter recipe that’s finger-licking good. With wholesome ingredients and scrumptious flavor, the savory bites are the best of both worlds for dogs everywhere. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in October

All throughout October you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for free gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash. 


When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up TODAY - it's absolutely FREE!!

2. Earn 300 SB total before November 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned numerous Amazon Gift Cards that I use to purchase holiday gifts for my kids!  I love being able to shop for FREE and be able to get them the perfect gifts without breaking the budget!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Rocking Spirit Week as Beavis & Butthead



Last week was Homecoming and since both of my kids are in High School this year, they were competing against each other for class points!  Homecoming Spirit Week is a week long celebration that embraces so many different dress-up days.  One of the theme days this year was Rock & Roll!

When you think of rock-n-roll, I'm sure there are those bands that immediately pop into your head!  We chose Metallica and AC/DC.  Which also makes me think of Beavis & Butthead!  So, for Rock & Roll day, my kids were rocking that look!

I recently had the pleasure of shopping TV Store Online and that's where I found them!  In addition to a great selection of movie t-shirts, they also offer a great selection of costumes, ugly sweaters and accessories!

I was happy with the quality of the t-shirts and they were both thrilled that they were going to be sporting a "cool" shirt for theme day!

No matter what your favorite TV show or movie - you are sure to find something that you'll love! In fact, you're going to have a hard time deciding what to buy because there are so many great choices! It took me over 30 minutes to choose which Ugly Christmas sweater I wanted to order!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Purina Honest To Dog Tasty Crispy Cuts Chicken & Apples Recipe Grain-Free Dog Treats

With Fall upon us, I tend to lean towards the seasonal foods, drinks, and scents.  That also includes dog treats for my furry children!  Apples and pumpkin are currently at the top of that list!

When I opened up their tasty treats, their noses started sniffing and their tails started wagging.  They knew what was coming their way and they could hardly wait!

I am fortunate enough to be a Chewy Influencer and in exchange for my honest reviews, my three spoiled pooches get special food and treats, delivered right to our door, every month!  Zena (English Mastiff), Thor (Great Dane/Mastiff), and Hercules (Neapolitan/English Mastiff) are some really lucky dogs!  When they see the blue Chewy.com box being delivered, it's almost like they know it's for them!

This month Zena, Thor, and Hercules got to bite into Purina Honest To Dog Tasty Crispy Cuts Chicken & Apples Recipe Grain-Free Dog Treats!


You won't need a lie detector test to know these treats are pup-approved. When you pop open a bag of chicken and apple cuts from Honest to Dog, your pal's tail-wag tells the dog's honest truth. 

Featuring real chicken as the first ingredient, these treats combine the flavor your dog loves and the wholesome goodness you expect. A grain-free and limited ingredient recipe means these little rewards are even safer to savor — simple and gentle on your fur baby's stomach. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

It's Pumpkin Spice Season: Pumpkin Spice Greenies!

Fall is here and that means pumpkin spice!  Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice donuts, and pumpkin spice dog treats!  Dog treats? Yes... pumpkin spice isn't just for us anymore!

I am fortunate enough to be a Chewy Influencer and in exchange for my honest reviews, my three spoiled pups get special food and treats, delivered right to our door every month!  Zena (2 year-old English Mastiff), Thor (2 year-old Great Dane/Mastiff), and Hercules (3 month old Neapolitan/English Mastiff) are lucky dogs!  When they see the blue Chewy.com box being delivered, it's almost like they know it's for them!

 

Just in time for the fall season, this month our 3 lucky pups got to feast on Pumpkin Spice GreeniesAll 3 of our dogs love the taste and I love that they help keep their breath fresh and their teeth clean.  Greenies dog treats are an all-natural treat that keep on giving!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Blue Buffalo Halloween Boo Bars Mummy Morsels with Pumpkin & Cinnamon ~ Your Dogs Will Go BATTY!

Halloween isn't only for kids, it's a great time to spoil and have fun with our pets too!  While my dogs are a little bit too big to dress up in fun costumes, I can easily give them limited edition holiday dog treats!

I am fortunate enough to be a Chewy Influencer and in exchange for my honest reviews, my two spoiled pups get special food and treats, delivered right to our door, every month!  Zena (English Mastiff), Thor (Great Dane/Mastiff), and Hercules (Neapolitan/English Mastiff) are lucky dogs!  When they see the blue Chewy.com box being delivered, it's almost like they know it's for them!


 

This month, our pups got the pleasure of sampling some 'BOOtastic' dog treats that are perfect for the fall season... Blue Buffalo Halloween Boo Bars Mummy Morsels with Pumpkin & Cinnamon!

These special dog treats are adorably crunchy jack-o-lanters ghosts and bats are made with wholesome and nutritious ingredients like pumpkin, carrots, barley, oatmeal, flaxseed and cinnamon.  All three of our dogs LOVE them!

About Blue Buffalo Halloween Boo Bars Mummy Morsels with Pumpkin & Cinnamon:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

September Swago Board is here!

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their September Swago Board, which runs from September 10th through September 17th at 9am PT! 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 free 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, September 17th 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.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Show Your Pooch Some Love with I and Love and You Grain-Free Dog Treats

We love our dogs and I will be the first to admit that they are spoiled!  They get treats every single day (sometimes more than once), they have more toys than they play with, and yes... they are allowed on the couch and beds!  So, it's only fitting that we give I and Love and You dog treats a try!

I am fortunate enough to be a Chewy Influencer and in exchange for my honest reviews, my three spoiled pups get special food and treats, delivered right to our door, every month!  Zena (English Mastiff), Thor (Great Dane/Mastiff), and our newest addition Hercules (Neapolitan/English Mastiff) are lucky dogs!  When they see the blue Chewy.com box being delivered, it's almost like they know it's for them! 


This month Zena, Thor, and Hercules got to try I and Love and You Nice Jerky Bites.  In fact, it was a variety pack of 3 different dog treats, all grain-free!  Two were Nice Jerky Bites: chicken/salmon recipe & chicken/duck recipe, and the third was Fresh All Rover breath bones.  Fresh All Rover?  How cute and clever is that?!