Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gardening with Listia

I love to garden!  And every year, I tell the hubby we need to expand my garden plot.  So alas, here we are, September is coming to an end, and once again, I have given my hubby the job of helping me tear up grass!  I learned the hard way that buying pre-grown plants is expensive (plus the variety of plants is limited).  The past two years I have been growing my plants from seed myself (which is going very well).  This year I also learned how to save my seeds so I don't have to put out money every year for seeds.  I was also introduced to Listia (LOVE!!!!!!).  What is Listia?  I'm so glad you asked!  Listia is an auction site.  But you don't pay for anything, nope, you use credits to big on auctions!  When I signed up, I was given 500 credits!  To earn more credits, you can watch videos, complete surveys, list auctions, etc.  So why is Listia important to my gardening?  Over half of my seeds for next year have come from auctions I have won!  Yep, free seeds for this lady!  Some of the seeds I have obtained are plants I have never grown, so this should be a great learning experience for me.  Wish me luck!

Anyways, back to my garden.  This year I grew radishes,onions, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini.  I was growing corn until some silly dog decided to roll around on top of the corn!  Next year, I plan on growing collards, kale, mustard greens, onions, a variety of peppers and tomatoes, green beans, corn, zucchini, beets, radishes, pumpkins, and watermelon.  I may even try my hand at potatoes!  My daughter and I are also experimenting with apple and peach seeds from fruit we picked ourselves (my kid is certain she has the skill level of Johnny Appleseed).  Our garden is huge learning process every year.  

What re your favorite crops to grow?  What tips do you have on growing them?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Saving with Ibotta

I know you've seen one too many bloggers post about Ibotta and how great it is, right?  But what is it?  Ibotta is an app (that you can download for free on your smartphone or tablet) that gives you money back when you buy certain products.  Think of it as an instant rebate!  Ibotta offers cash back for products most of us buy on a regular basis; diapers, paper products, food, etc.  You complete the offers, purchase the product, scan your receipt and the product bar code, and then Ibotta issues you the appropriate cash back amount which you can instantly transfer into your PayPal account.  But wait, there's more!  You can also earn extra cash back by completing bonuses!  I just got over $60 worth of products for less than $20 with coupons, Ibotta, and Target's new Cartwheel program.

Here's my Ibotta trip(s):::

Cottonelle, Scott's Toilet Paper, Viva Paper Towels, Huggies Diapers, Huggies Pull-Ups, Huggies Baby Wipes, Poise Liners, Cottenelle Wet Wipes, Colgate Optic 360 Toothbrush, Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, Kleenex 4 Pack, Kleenex, Kotex U Tampons

I paid $52.48 out of pocket.  My total before coupons, my Cartwheel savings, and my Target Red Card savings was $67.37.  Every product I bought was eligible for cash back from Ibotta, even some bonuses.  There were 4 bonuses I was able to cash in on; $5 Autumn Stock Up, $20 for 10 Offers, $2 Hug Your Baby, and $3 Freshen Up!  After my Ibotta rebates and bonuses, I only paid $13.23 for everything!  Not too shabby considering the diapers and pull-ups were $17.98 together.

Not earning cash back with Ibotta yet?  Sign up here!

UPDATE (Nov. 15, 2013): Ibotta has updated (Ibotta 2.0).  You can now earn money by shopping at Lowe's or Home Depot.........and by eating out at your favorite restaurants!