Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Get $10 off of your $20 Purchase at ThredUP

Right now you can score $10 off of your purchase of $20 or more over at ThredUP with coupon code JAN10!  Also, when you sign, you can earn $5 in FREE credit for every friend that signs up!  So many ways to score free clothing!  Right now ThredUP offers clothing, shoes, and accessories for women, juniors, and children.  

This offer is for new member only.  Sign up here to start saving!

Save Money on Gas

Last week I posted on my personal Facebook page that I filled up my car for under $10, only paying $1.15 per gallon (FYI, gas here is about $3.15 per gallon right now).  Of course I was bombarded with questions about how I managed to do that.  If you're guessing another rewards'd be right!  We signed up, for the Fuel Rewards Network from Shell almost 2 years ago, and we love it!  FRN is a FREE loyalty program that helps us save on our gas purchase by rewarding us cents off per gallon when we shop online, eat out, buy groceries, redeem e-coupons, use your Mastercard, fill up at our local Shell, or make purchases inside our Circle K.  Points add up pretty quick (so quick that some people can fill up for $.01 per gallon!).  Every once in a while FRN offers a special reward for it's members, like randomly offering $.03 off per gallon for the month of December (or something along those lines).  Gas is such a heavy expense for a lot of families, so why not help take the ease off at the pump for little to no effort!  Find out more about how you can save on your family's gas budget here.

During the month of February, when use your FRN card to fill up at Shell four times, you’ll earn $.25 per gallon!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bing For Schools: Help Get Surface RT Bundles for Your Kid's Classroom

You already know I love reward sites, and you already know that I use Bing to get rewards just for everyday searches.  But what you might not know, is that yo can use your points to help your children's school get Surface RT Bundles for educational purposes.  Once your school hits 30,00 points, Bing and Microsoft will ship out a Surface bundle to your child's school.  To get to your goal faster, why not share this opportunity with other parents at your school?  Make it a community effort to get these tablets for your child's classroom, for FREE!

If you don't have children, or are interested in other rewards, you can always redeem your points for a variety of gift cards (including gift cards from Amazon, Groupon, Swagbucks, and Fandango).  You can also donate your points to different charitable groups that help to help and educate children in the U.S.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ladies First

We live during a time where chivalry has been all but lost, women are stronger and more independent, and gender neutrality has become the way of life.  But is it still fair to raise your sons and daughters differently?  Is it vital for their success, or will it hold them back?  I'll admit, I raise my son and daughter in different ways.  Now, before you start sending hate mail, hear me out.  In my house, I say "ladies first", but not for my daughter's benefit, and certainly not to stroke her ego and think she's somehow better than my son, I do this for my son's benefit.  I want him to grow up knowing how to treat women with respect and dignity.  I feel as though by instilling chivalry in him, he will grow into a gentleman.  As for my daughter, I have raised her to understand that she won't always come first.  I don't want her to ever expect a man to allow her allow her to pass first.  In the end, I try to teach my children to respect everyone, regardless of sex, race, sexual orientation, or religion.  But for me, right now, ladies must come first for my son.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

$20 off at TOMS.COM

Need a new pair of shoes?  Want to help someone in need?  Head over to TOMS.COM right now.  They'll even give you $20 off your first purchase when you create an account.  PLUS, for every pair of shoes you buy, TOMS helps one person in need.  Good shoes, good cause, good deal!  Make sure you head over now, because the $20 off offer ends January 23, 2014.

For more information on TOMS and their mission, visit:

PLUS.........use coupon code TOMSWINTER5 to take an extra $5 off of your $25 purchase!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

10 Things Your Guy Wants to Hear

As I was scrolling through my Facebook tonight, I came across an article entitled "16 Things Every Girl Should Hear From Their Boyfriends".  Now, as a mother of a young girl, I would hope that my daughter finds a man who would treat her with the utmost respect.  However, I would also hope that she would treat her man with the same respect that she demands.  With that said, I have been coming across a lot of articles like this one lately.  It got me thinking..........what about the guys?  Do they not deserve to be treated like a prince?  So I sat down and thought about all of the things my husband would want to hear from me (keeping it PG of course), and I compiled a list of 10 things I think every guy should hear from his lady.

1. "I respect you enough to let you be the man."  Now don't go crazy here ladies, hear me out.  Guys like to feel as though they are in charge.  So why not give your guy enough respect to make him feel like he's the man of the house?

2. "I appreciate everything you do for me."  If your guy works hard, let him know how much you appreciate it.

3. "You're right."  For a guy to be right during an argument with his lady, that's huge!  (Hehe)  Why not acknowledge when he's right, we sure enough let him know when he's wrong.

4. "I love you."  Plain and simple.  If you love him, let him know!

5. "You look very handsome."  How does it make you feel when you're told you're beautiful?  Good, right?  So make him feel good too.

6. "I forgive you."  If your guy has upset you, or hurt you......let him know when you have forgiven him.  Don't make him go around feeling down about making you feel bad.  That wouldn't be good for anyone.

 7. "Can you help me?"  Now don't ask him to do everything for you.  But ladies, ask for help opening that pickle jar.  It gives him a chance to show off his muscles!

8. "I have confidence in you."  If he's got something big coming up, or doesn't have faith in himself......give him an extra boost.  Let him know how confident you are in him.  You'd be surprised how great it will make him feel.

9. "I trust you."  So many guys live life thinking they don't have the trust of their lady.  Let him know there is nothing to be worried about, and that you do trust him.

10. Tell him what you want.  I have got a huge secret.......guys can't read minds!  Tell your guy what you want, how else is he going to know?   

Declutter Your Home with Listia

Was your resolution to get your home organized this year?  Let Listia help you declutter your home.  You probably already know that I'm in love with Listia!  I use the site to get free seeds for my garden, and free supplies for crafts.  But what you might not know, is that you can use Listia to auction off your items that might be taking up space in your home.

When you place an auction on Lisita, users can bid on your item.  Once the winner receives your item, you are credited the points you earned.  You can then use those points to place bids on items you need (or want).  I was even able to add to my husband's baseball card collection using Listia.  Since everything is free, this is a great site for those of us who are on a budget.  The site is free, bidding is free, and listing is free.  Listia will for sure help me on my quest to save more money in 2014!

When you sign up, Listia will even give you free points so you can start off your bidding!  Earn additional points by completing tutorials, sharing auctions, and inviting friends.  Sign up today!

So, if you're looking for a way to get rid of some excess clutter in your home, head over to Listia and post your items in a few short steps!  Now, if you don't mind, I have some auctions over at Listia that I need to go bid on (cabbage seeds for my garden!).  Happy bidding!

Visit for more information and to sign up.  You can also find Listia on Facebook.

Lisita works on all browsers, and has free iPhone and Android apps.

*Update* As I was going through Listia today, I realized that in the Rewards Store you can use your credits to get a ton of great stuff, including electronics, toys, and gift cards!  Why didn't I see this before!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FREE Photo Brag Book and 9 Cent Prints from Walgreens

Now through this Saturday (Jan. 4th), use coupon code SMALLBOOK to score a FREE 4.5x6 brag book from Walgreens!  This is a great way to show off your holiday memories!  Shipping is $2.99 for your book.

While you are making your brag book, grab some 4x6 prints for 9 cents each (on orders of 100+).  Use coupon code NINE4X6100.  Make sure to choose in-store pick up for your prints to avoid shipping costs.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 and my Personal Priorities: Saving More Money

It's January 1st already, so that means it's day of my resolution, to save more money!  Luckily, the hubby is off today, which gives us an opportunity to sit down, discuss our goals for the year, discuss our needs and wants, create a financial plan, and talk about ways we plan on saving money.  Over the past few weeks, I've sounded somewhat like a broken record........this year we will hold ourselves accountable for our spending.  People who know me give me crazy looks when I say I want to save more money (I mean, I already coupon like crazy, cut back on eating out, reduced our energy use, etc, etc, etc.....).  I plan on updating my progress the last Friday of every month, so keep me in check people!  Cheers to the New Year!

If you haven't read my New Year's resolution, check it out here.

Check out these amazing bloggers who are holding themselves accountable for their actions and sharing their resolutions!