Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments: July 20-26

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herr's snack factory

On Monday, I took the kiddos to the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour.  The tour is free, and we had a great day out with friends.

Last week, we harvested grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes, beans, a few blueberries, green onions, carrots, and herbs from the garden.

We did a meat order from Bringhurst Meats in Berlin.  By purchasing meat in bulk, we saved more than $6/lb on beef.

I bought locally grown corn, watermelon, and cantaloup which is cheaper than buying stuff from clear across the country.

I negotiated a case discount on raspberries at our local produce market, getting them for $15 a case.

Prime Day was last Wednesday, so I started looking at my shopping list and things we needed. On that day, I found some deal on the fermentation lids, Gorilla Self-Standing Bags, and Hoover Clean Plus carpet cleaning solution that I needed, and used a gift card that I had earned from Swagbucks.

I saved 5% on diapers using my Target REDCard, and earned a $10 Target Gift Card for buying two packs of Huggies.

Every day last week, I met my Swagbucks goal.  This made my total earning over 2200 Swagbucks, so I cashed in for another $25 Amazon Gift Card.  I am averaging one $25 gift card a month, and while I’d love to save them up for Christmas shopping, the reality is that we need stuff now so I’m using them as I earn them.

My husband took a packed lunch to work every day last week using up dinner time leftovers for his lunch.

We set the thermostat to away when we weren’t home so that we weren’t cooling the house when we weren’t there.  Having a Nest Thermostat has saved us a lot of money over the past few years.

 

 

Last Week’s Frugal Living Accomplishments (4/13-4/19)

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This week’s frugal efforts were primarily found in the garden, setting us up for a successful growing season, but as always, I’m trying to find other ways to save or stretch our money.

Planted more vegetables in the garden

Purchased a Moonglow pear tree from Gasper Home & Garden Showplace.  This is the pollinator to the Bartlett pear tree that we already have, and with pears often costing more than $2/lb, this will save us a small fortune over the next few years.
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Purchased some seedlings from a local nursery.  These are farther along than the seedlings that I started, so we will have homegrown produce sooner, and won’t have to purchase at the grocery stores.

Planted seedlings that I had started.  Since I wanted to make sure we had enough seeds germinate and survive the transplant, I started about 3x’s as many seeds as I would actually use.  I am now selling my extra seedlings to friends and people in the Greater Philadelphia Gardening & Homesteading group instead of throwing them into the compost pile.

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Earned 243 Swagbucks last week

Cashed in my Swagbucks to get an Amazon gift card

Gathered extra newspaper coupon inserts from neighbors, clipped what I needed, and then passed them on

Received my sales check from consigning with Just Between Friends – Lower Bucks

Entered in my Pampers Rewards points from the baby wipes

Submitted a Checkout51 offer from buying fresh produce

petting sheep at howell farm

Took a day trip to Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville, NJ to have a picnic and see the animals.  Howell Farm has free admission and is open to the public Monday-Saturday, so it was perfect for us.

Had leftovers for lunches

Bought day old bread to make French toast instead of fresh bread – saved $3!

Put more items aside for the community yardsale on 5/2

Made homemade donuts instead of going to the bakery

Washed laundry in cool water 

 

Today is Mega Swagbucks Day!

mega swagbucks

Today is Mega SwagBucks Day. Every Friday you have a higher chance of winning the Mega Bills (30 – 1,000 Swagbucks!). So, if you haven’t been searching all week, then at least remember to search today!  And don’t forget about your guaranteed SwagBucks either by answering the Daily Poll and completing NOSO.

Right now I am saving up my Swagbucks, and each time I reach 450 SB, I am getting a $5 Amazon gift card.  These gift cards will add up, and take a nice chunk out of our Christmas budget.  With 3 kids, I try to save any way possible!

Click here to sign up for Swagbucks!

Swagbucks.com allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day – search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing special offers. Swagbucks.com is the only place on the web to get what you want without ever having to spend a dime.

{TODAY} GraDADustion Day Swag Code Extravaganza

Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 7.19.12 AMAre you ready for today’s Swag Code Extravaganza?  Earn up to 35 Swagbucks just from the Swag Codes that will be announced through out the day.  GraDADuation Day will run from 10a-9p ET.

If you have the Swagbucks App on your iOS device, set it to send you push notifications,and you will find out when each and every Swag Code is announced.  I will also be sharing the ones that I find on the Raising A Family On A Budget Facebook page.

Click here to sign up for Swagbucks!

Swagbucks.com allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day – search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing special offers. Swagbucks.com is the only place on the web to get what you want without ever having to spend a dime.

{TODAY} Swagbucks Solar Vortex Swag Code Extravaganza

SwagCode ExtravaganzaStarting at 9am (eastern) today, you will have a chance to earn up to 36 SB during the Swagbucks Solar Vortex Swag Code Extravaganza!  The Extravaganza will last 12 hrs, and during that time you will find SwagCodes announced on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you have the Swagbucks app for your iOS or Android device, then they will send you push notifications when a SwagCode is available.  Please note, the Swagbucks app is different from the SwagTV app that many of us use to earn up to 50 SB per day.

As always, I will share the SwagCodes on the Raising A Family On a Budget Facebook page as I find them.

:: How to Enter a Swag Code – from the website

swagcode entryWhen you visit the Swagbucks website, there is a menu bar on top of the page.  On the right you will see the above – a “gear” and the words Swag Code.  Click on that and you will get a pop-up where you can enter in your code.

:: How to Enter a Swag Code – from the Swagbucks app

swagcode entry - app

The above image is from the Swagbucks app on my iPhone.  I am assuming entry works the same way on all iOS devices, as well as on Android devices.

If you have push notifications enabled, when you get a notification that includes the active SwagCode, it will auto fill and the app will ask if you want to redeem the code.  Say yes, and you will be awarded your Swagbucks.

If the push notification doesn’t include the code (some times the code is included, sometimes it tells you where to find it), or if you have found the code on your own – Open the Swagbucks app, and on the upper right you will see what looks like a lock.  Click on it and the entry window for the SwagCode will open.

:: Did you know…

SwagCodes are often alpha-numeric and are case sensitive.  If you have any extra spaces, or it is not capitalized properly when you enter your code, you will not be awarded your SwagBucks.

Swagbucks is Turning 6!

swagbucks birthdayFebruary 25th, Swagbucks is turning 6!

Beginning at 4am PT/ 7am ET on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 we will be releasing at least (yes, I said AT LEAST) 66 Swag Bucks in Swag Codes!

If you have the Swagbucks app installed on your iPhone, you will receive push notifications when each code goes live.  You can also check back on the Raising A Family On A Budget Facebook page, and I will be sharing the codes as long as I am near my computer.

SwagCode Extravaganza Today!

The following is taken directly from the Swagbucks Blog about today’s SwagCode Extravaganza:

Valentine's Day SwagCode ExtrVAGANZARoses are red, violets are blue, Friday, February 14th will be an EXTRAVAGANT day just for you!

Why, do you ask??? Because it’s our Be My Valentine Swag Code Extravaganza!!

Here’s what you can expect:

The EXTRAVAGANZA begins at 6am PT and will run until 3pm PT (9am ET – 6pm ET).  The day will be filled with love quizzes, pet names, hearts galore and so much more!  Earn up to 25 Swag Bucks in Swag Codes alone!  Cupid will be shooting an arrow to invite you to our 6th Birthday Bash!

Make sure to check out Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and right here in the Blog – there’ll be something for everyone to love!

Click here to sign up for Swagbucks!

As always, I will be sharing the SwagCodes on Raising A Family On A Budget’s Facebook page as I find them.

Swagbucks.com allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day – search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing special offers. Swagbucks.com is the only place on the web to get what you want without ever having to spend a dime.

{TODAY} Swagbucks Puzzle Day Swag Code Extravaganza!

PuzzleDayScrambled_BlogToday is Swagbucks Puzzle Day SwagCode Extravaganza!!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • The EXTRAVAGANZA begins at 11a eastern and will run until 8p
  • The day will be filled with fun puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and so much more!
  • Earn up to 25 Swag Bucks in Swag Codes alone!

Click here to sign up for Swagbucks!

Swagbucks.com allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day – search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing special offers. Swagbucks.com is the only place on the web to get what you want without ever having to spend a dime.

 

{SwagBucks} Cyber Monday Gets Triple Stuffed

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 8.24.46 AMSwagbucks is offering TRIPLE STUFFED swagbucks for 3 hours today – 9a until noon eastern.

  • Daily Poll awards 3 SBs
  • NOSO awards 6 SBs
  • Toolbar awards 3 SBs
  • Swagbucks Games award 6 SBs for each win (5 wins per day possible)
  • SBTV awards 9 SBs for each 10 videos watched (150 SBs total possible earning per day )

Plus Earn TRIPLE the standard Swag Bucks per dollar in ALL US stores in Swagbucks Shop & Earn for 3 hours.

Cyber Monday Swag Code Extravaganza with up to 60 SBs in Swag Codes.

TripleStuffed – 4SB until 9a eastern
Survival – 7SB until noon

Today’s the final push to get your holiday gift cards, or start saving your Swagbucks for your next big project!

Click here to sign up for Swagbucks!

Swagbucks.com allows web users to earn virtual currency by doing the things they do every day – search the web, shopping at their favorite retailers, and by engaging in other activities such as phone recycling, submitting polls, and completing special offers. Swagbucks.com is the only place on the web to get what you want without ever having to spend a dime.

{TODAY} Double Stuffed Swagbucks Return!

double stuffed swagbucksIt’s another DOUBLE STUFFED day!

That’s right! All day today (11/4), you can get up to 40 bonus Swag Bucks in codes and Double Swag Bucks on your favorite ways to earn!

If you don’t remember Double Stuffed Swagbucks, it is an amazing time to earn DOUBLE Swagbucks in many categories and an easy opportunity to hit your daily goal.

  • ALL Stores in US Shop & Earn will be awarding DOUBLE Swag Bucks back! (2 SBs per dollar becomes 4 SBs per dollar, 10 SBs per dollar becomes 20 SBs per dollar, etc)
  • Earn DOUBLE the usual amount for taking the Daily Poll (2 SBs instead of 1), following the NOSO path (4 SBs instead of 2), having the Toolbar installed (2 SBs instead of 1)
  • Earn DOUBLE the usual amount for watching videos on SBTV (earn 6 SBs for each round of 10 videos watched for a total of 300 possible SBs )
  • There will be DOUBLE the chances to win SBs for playing Games (an increase to 10 possible wins for a total of 20 possible SBs)
  • There will be DOUBLE the opportunity to earn SBs for watching SBTV mobile (both Android and iPhone) (earn 2 SBs for each 5 videos with 50 possible rounds instead of 25 for a total of 100 possible SBs)

Plus they will be sharing Swag Codes throughout the day worth another 40 SBs.  Check the Raising A Family On A Budget Facebook page throughout the day for updates.