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How To Find Money

“If saving money is wrong, I don’t want to be right!”~William Shatner

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I have always been thrifty. I can say that is in part to my mom who taught me young to shop yard sales, thrift stores and use coupons. Now, that does not mean we looked dumpy or didn’t have enough. In fact, most people wouldn’t have known that we did this type shopping, except my mom loved to brag that she, “only payed a quarter for this lovely top” that someone just complimented her on. But, I came to see this as a huge thing, why not brag that you saved money on something that another payed full price for? And, although the reason my mom was thrifty was because we had low income when I was young does not mean it is why you should save. Why spend your hard earned money when you don’t have to?

So, fast forward to the present- I would love to share with you some of the ways and places that I have learned to save or better yet make money! I likely will not be able to get them all into this post, so keep an eye out for future follow ups (if I get good feedback and interest).

save-money-sign I am a huge believer in getting the best bang for the buck. If I know that I can pay less somewhere else or I have a coupon, you better believe that I am going to wait to make a purchase. I have found some extraordinary money saving and money making sights in my search for money. I’m not just talking pennies, I am saying 100’s of dollars a year in rebates and savings! Money back in my pocket or well, my PayPal account. I am going to first cover the Apps that I use to save (or make) $100’s on my groceries, retail and restaurants, every year. I will tell you, it may seem like work at first, but the payoff is worth it. After a while, it becomes second nature to just use these wherever you go. And who doesn’t want to make or save money?!

Coupons.com– A great place to print off coupons. You can do it online or download the app to your phone. You can get two prints per coupon and also a tip is to play with the zip codes in settings, that will get you different coupons depending on the area.

ibotta– This has been one of my favorite and all time highest money making Apps. It is a rebate app for groceries, retail and restaurant spending. If you have friends who use the app you can also link through Facebook or email and help each other meet rebate goals, earning extra money. Payments can be received via PayPal, gift cards or check. Year to date, I have earned over $500 in just over the past two years with this.

Saving Star, Checkout51 & MobiSave– These apps are all similar with rebates for groceries. I love when they all are offering a rebate for the same item and I end up getting the item for FREE or even making money on it! Similar to “ibotta” but not quite as high in earnings. Still year to date, over the last couple years I have averaged about $200 total from all three apps combined. PayPal is the best option for payment, but I believe they have choices also.savingsahead

Find & Save– Entering your nearest big city location, this app gives you rebates for groceries, retail and restaurants also. Often there is a time limit from a day to a week. Unlike other apps, it often requires a certain amount be spent to make a percentage back. Easy to use and offering a myriad of places. I have used this app for the past year and have earned approximately $75.

Receipt Hog– This is simply a receipt adding App. Most receipts are taken in retail, grocery, gas and some restaurant. You take a pic of your receipt and give a star rating on your experience. You earn points or spins, all adding up to be turned in for gift cards or PayPal. It does take longer to earn with this App, but if you are consistent with putting in receipts you can make about $40 to $80 a year.

Windfall– This App is price matching for Target, Walmart, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Staples, Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Once a purchase is made from one of these locations you scan in your receipt. If that item was cheaper on their website or in another store, you are notified and can return to the location’s service desk to get refunded the difference. I have used it at multiple locations and have not had a problem with their honoring this app. I just recently started using it and have made about $10 back.

Shopkick– An in store App where you are awarded points for opening the app at the door of your location. You also are awarded point values for scanning in certain bar codes from merchandise specified for the store, all while shopping. They have expanded now to more points for purchases on certain items scanned. Like “Receipt Hog” it awards money to points and does take longer to earn. I have made approximately $25 year to date.

Cartwheel– Target’s App for savings in their store. Choose the discounts you want to use from weekly offers and show the cashier your bar code at the register during checkout. Savings are automatically taken off. I like to find coupons to add on top of the savings! I also recommend getting yourself a RedCard which saves you 5% off the top of every Target purchase. They offer debit or credit cards, you can sign up online or in the store.

Savings Catcher– Walmart’s price matching for items purchased. You scan receipt code to the app and they let you know in about five days if any savings were found. They keep a total for you which can be redeemed at Walmart on future purchases. I have made back approximately $50 in the past two years.

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Okay, I’ve shared quite a bit! I hope that you will check these out and start your road to savings today! I have other ways to save and earn I’d like to share, perhaps for another day. Let me know if you want to read more, what you want to save on, like what you’ve read or other apps and ways you have found helpful! 






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Inspiring Homeschooler

I hope you will take a moment to read about this inspirational teen and even follow her or share with kids you know. Another post to celebrate the beginning of our school year today.

“Allison, the 16-year-old blogger and photographer at A Farm Girl’s Life, never runs out of ideas. Her blog is proof that life on her family’s farm in Virginia is full of inspiration: she publishes DIY tutorials, craft projects, word challenges, pet and photography posts, and more — and finds creative ways to engage with her readers.”

Photo (and all photos below) by Allison at A Farm Girl’s Life.

The teenage blogger at A Farm Girl’s Life talks about her love for crafts and connecting with readers around the world.

via A Farm Girl’s Life: On DIY, Crafts, and Finding Inspiration Everywhere — Discover

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Books and Motivation


In responce to today’s Daily Prompt: Fifty

#17 “A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it or offer your own version in return.” ~Salman Rushdie

I was stumped with this one. But when searching for some motivation I came across this great link. As a huge fan of books and reading, as well as quotes (as you can tell from my posts) I really appreciated this find. So, I thought I would share it with you. I hope you’ll take a minute to check it out and find some motivation to pick up a book today. Enjoy!

“50 motivating quotes about books and reading”



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Creativity Reimagined

One of the greatest lessons that I have learned as a parent, each child is unique in not only who they are but how they learn. With the kids starting school this week I thought I would share a bit of our journey into homeschooling.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -Albert Einstein 

dd83fc9839f8d590fd5020cd1163452bWhen my oldest was in second grade we went through a very rough year. I’m sure many parent’s know the struggles of a doctor telling you, “Your child has  ADD” or some other difficulty. For us, the classroom became like a battlefield, the teacher and student at odds and I the parent became thee go-between. After many tear filled nights, not only my child’s, but mine. Donating lots of my time to aiding in the classroom. Finally, biting the proverbial bullet, a last ditch effort and trying medications (which ultimately was not successful). I decided that this year was it, I was homeschooling my kids the following fall!

Here we are, six years later. I would be lying if I told you that it has always been easy. There certainly have been moments of shear panic and “What did I get myself into?” type verbiage. But, the pay-off is worth it all. The first year in, my oldest was off all medication and thriving in thee environment we created. Learning is paramount, yes, but allowing him the out of the box experiences has been priceless! The one-on-one style I could provide, allowed him flourish! So many changes to allow my kid to be a kid again, to have fun.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  -Albert Einstein

Our schools have come SO far from the way I believe learning was intended. We now have massive amounts of students in a classroom with one teacher, spending seven hours (plus homework) in studies with very little activity during the day! Not only this, we expect each child to learn the same way and at the same pace. There is little room for the creativity and imagination that allow a child to thrive in a verity of ways. Students that are active, ahead or behind their peers, or lack thee ability to fit in the tiny box created by the school system- these are labeled, medicated or made to feel less than worthy!

27fe127d3f68264a426a257eeb3dcb36So where does creativity and imagination come into the picture? It’s allowing for day dreams, going outside to learn in nature, moving when necessary, it is taking a break to do “kid stuff” and the list goes on. It is the mind-set that each child is unique and that even daily the way they learn can change. This frame of mind is hard for adults, we have been taught to rely on a system. One that we went through and generations before us. But, when freed from this belief, it opened up a whole new world to me too!

If this helps even one family on the fence about the benefits of teaching from home then I am thrilled. And, if it encourages multiple families to keep on the path, don’t give up and encourage creativity- I have truly succeeded! Please, feel free to contact me with questions regarding homeschooling, I would love to help you accomplish greatness!

via Daily Prompt: Learning

Also see: This Color Is Called LifeInspiring HomeschoolerBooks and Motivation



August 22, 2016 · 8:15 am

Dare To Risk It

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”~ John F. Kennedy


I have never really been much of a risk taker. In fact, I would consider myself to be much more of a planner- and when I say planner I mean, I don’t do well with spur of the moment changes or whims. In fact I have mentioned before that change in the slightest has in the past had very negative effects on me.

However in the last few years I have really been working on this part of myself. I mean, let’s face it, life isn’t all about planning. Life is unpredictable, messy and will sometimes swing you around by the seat of your pants! Then, add having kids, well this just adds to the risk of things ever changing. So put down the day planner momma and just go with the flow…Ha! Not that easy. But, I did move across country, does that count?


As I’ve shared here we moved South a year ago, after having lived in New England my entire life. We sold our house, packed up our belongings (got rid of about half of them), put the kids and the cat in a car and moving truck and drove South. We moved here with no jobs, no friends or family and little idea of the area. This was about as out of my comfort zone as I’ve been, EVER!

Now, I will not say that the road that prepared me for this move was easy. The previous two years to our move had so many painful and terrible changes, I believe it just broke part of me. However, in the piecing back together, one thing I realized was that there is much to be learned with risking things. If you spend all your time only dreaming and never stepping out to try, how will you ever know what could happen? See: “Thee Elusive Dream”


I want to be able to challenge my kids to learn to risk things in life. Not crazy risks, but to be able not to worry what people think of you and take chances even when things aren’t clear. If you want something so badly you can taste it, then go for it! If it doesn’t work out then learn from the path you took and then begin again, but don’t fear failure. Nothing amazing can happen if you don’t jump in with both eyes closed sometimes! Be willing to jeopardize something for the chance at everything. What have you risked?

 Daily Prompt: Jeopardize

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Age Is Just A Number


“It takes a long time to become young.” ~Pablo Picasso


th-27I’m going to put it out there and say it, “Aging scares the $#%T out of me!” I am vain, there, I said that too! I have blonde hair, blue eyes and a pretty darn good complexion. But, I am getting on into my upper 30’s and… Well, I just don’t want to get old! When I turned 30, I pretty much thought life was over and now 40 is on the horizon. Go ahead and laugh, my husband does. He also says, “Well, there’s always the other option…if you aren’t getting older then you’re dead.” This stated in a sarcastic, straight faced tone. Ugh, men! My husband is six years older than me. So, yes, he is in his 40’s. And I have figured out, men just do NOT get it- the fear women have of aging. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have to age gracefully! A man can go bald, get a big belly, slouch, get wrinkles and so on, other men (in general) will not judge them! And, by the way, I am not stating this is what my husband is doing- I am making him age gracefully! There shall be NO ears, nostrils or eyebrow hairs where they do not belong! 


But, women and men will judge a woman for aging and if she doesn’t do so in a fabulous sort of way, it can get brutal! We are living in a society where social media is at it’s peak. Women are skinnier then EVER and other women are bigger then EVER- and both will be judged! We compare and contrast, we use photo imaging software to portray who we are not. We can dye our hair, put hundreds of dollars of product on our faces and more- still someone is going to judge us. There is just no making anyone happy- including ourself! So, what is the solution?



susan sarandon quoteI personally have decided that I need to start thinking of myself more as a fine wine. “I’m getting better with age…and I’m also getting more expensive.” I think of all the awkward moments of my 20’s. Things that I didn’t know, understand or even realize about myself! I need to stop worrying about what people think of me and work at what I think of myself! Ultimately, it is me who has to look in the mirror at the end of every day and live with who I am on thee inside! I want younger people to look at me with respect and want to be more like me. I want my kids to think highly of me and who I continue to become. And really, aging doesn’t mean you have to lose your looks or who you are…does it?


via Daily Prompt: Youth


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The Missed Date~ #SOCS

My husband and I enjoy going to the movies. We enjoy about 90% of the same styles of movies, that is- Sci-fi, action and suspense. Friday has turned into our little date day. Blessed with the ability to set our own schedules most weeks we have worked hard at setting this time aside for movie dates. If there is nothing playing that we want to see we will try to do something else or maybe rent a movie.

Yesterday we were hoping to see a double feature. He was going to see “Pete’s Dragon” with me (there is that 10% we have in different taste) and then we were also going to see “Ben Hur.” Some great throw backs this month! Anyway, he got an emergency call on Thursday night though and we had to cancel. I have to say we were both disappointed. But life will go on and movie date makeup days are already in the works.

I will tell you, 18 years of marriage this month and I still love going out on dates. It is a time for just the two of us to put aside whatever is going on in our lives and just be in the moment with each other. I also think it’s good for our teens to see, an example of a working, loving relationship and how you keep it going. I highly recommend dates for married couples or those that have been in relationships for long periods of time. Purposing to take the time out with each other keeps you communicating and engaging, so important in a relationship. It doesn’t have to be weekly (although I highly recommend it) but, at least one day a month should be set aside for just the two of you.

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was the word, “date.” Find out more at Linda Hill’s blog:


Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Stream of Conscious Saturday: Prompt “date


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Through Lenses

“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”~Henri Cartier-Bresson


It seems poignant that the Daily Prompt: Eyes is our word, seeing as it is World Photo Day. And what is more visual than the perspectives we get through a camera lens? Being part of an artistic family I have always had a great appreciation for the art of photography. My father and one of my sisters both have thee eye to see what many do not. I love to take pictures, but I would not consider myself a photographer in the true sense of the word.

a-camera-is-a-save-button-for-the-minds-eyeI love the ability to capture moments in time. As a mom, of course, I have millions of pictures of my kids! And, I even have scrapbooks that were such fun to make ages ago! Now, everything I have is mostly digital or on Facebook. Does anyone else have a ton of pictures they need to develop? See, I think this is the difference between thee art of photography and snapshots, developing.

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”~Karl Lagerfeld

Have you ever really thought about why photography is so popular? I mean, we are all connected to our phones as though they are an appendage- snapping pics or selfies like our lives depended on it! We have Snapchat, Instagram and other social media outlets where we are documenting, at times by the moment, our days for others (even strangers) to view in images. The dictionary has expanded with words such as selfie; and we have made those who can take a good selfie into celebrities for that “ability” alone!

beautiful life quotes (11)I can’t imagine a world without the beauty of photographs. How dull it would be to never see people, places and things from all over this world. To be unable to share in diverse images- whether beautiful, unique, sad and all thee emotions that can be reached through a picture. Life is too beautiful not to see, share and imagine through photography! So, get out you cameras (or phones) and keep showing your world through your eyes, the camera.


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Life’s Like…

I prefer the quote, “Life’s a beach.” However, one of my Gram’s favorite sayings was, “Life’s like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms and Outhouses



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History In The Moon


“I never really thought about how when I look at the moon, it’s the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at.” ~Susan Beth Pfeffer

Today’s Daily Prompt had me a little stumped. But, as I was looking into the word I came across thee above quote. I had never thought about the history of our planet in this way. I mean really considered that those who have ever lived all looked at the very same moon. They have been entranced by its beauty, gazed at it for inspiration or thought about their lover somewhere far away, under the same moon!



via Daily Prompt: Moon


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