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Cash For Shopping

 

So who doesn’t want to earn money the easy way?  Understand, this is no get rich scheme.  It is a simple way to get cash back or a gift card.  

The app is Ibotta.  You download the app and you automatically receive $10 for signing up and $5 for referrals which is one reason for this post.  Another reason is to let people know about this app because it actually does give you pay outs.  The withdraw amount is $20.  You can get money through Paypal. If you want a gift card instead there are plenty to chose from.

Ibotta offers gift cards for Amazon, Walmart, Google Play Store, and several others.  Here is how it works. You go shopping and Ibotta has certain products that you can redeem cash back on.  Most of the products are items you already buy anyway. Ex: Milk, Bread, Eggs, Hair Products, Shower Products,  Beer, and Much More.

Once you purchase an item on Ibotta, you simply scan the code on your receipt or take a photo of your receipt. It doesn’t take long for Ibotta to add your money towards your account. Pretty easy to earn cash.

Now is a great time to join and here is my referral link.

Right now you can redeem $0.25 for any item on your receipt.  Like I said,  this is not a get rich app or scheme but I have received payout for a $20 Amazon gift card. You are going to shop anyway,  so you may as well take 5 minutes to earn some cash back on everyday shopping.  

 

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10 Ten’s of Thankfulness

Ten Things of Thankful

First, I’d like to say, “Huge Congrats  to Lizzi at Considerings for being published at Scary Mommy   http://www.scarymommy.com/    and for hitting number 10 on Ten Things of Thankful!!”

This week, here are my Ten Things of Thankfulness:

1.  My girls had stayed a week with their father in N.C. and arrived safely home Thursday. Yay. Much too quite around here.

2.  I am thankful that my Wandering Jew plant is growing well.  I do not have a green thumb. My oldest daughter brought this plant home from school as a present to me in 2011 for Mother’s Day.  I haven’t killed it yet. (Which, I did read up on the plant, and almost every site says it’s one of the hardest plants to kill). However, it wasn’t looking much like photos I’d seen.  My friend, April, showed me how to cut longer vines, put them in water, like it was when I received it, then replant them once they sprout their roots. It’s coming along nicely.

The not so full yet but getting there, Wandering Jew, is mine. The gorgeous full one belongs to my friend, April. This is the goal I'm working toward as far as my 'planting' skills go.

The not so full yet but getting there, Wandering Jew, is mine. The gorgeous full one belongs to my friend, April. This is the goal I’m working toward as far as my ‘planting’ skills go.

april's wandering jew - june 2013

3.  I know there are people right now that are needing and praying for water.  We have had some major flooding this summer in my area, so I am thankful the sun has shown all week and the rain let up. Hope it moved to people that need the rain.

4.  Recently, I was put on new medicine, so I gained weight rapidly.  I am thankful that I finally got some motivation to begin doing yoga again two days ago.  Not just because of weight but the peacefulness I feel afterwards, also.  I forget now why I procrastinated so long on starting back.

5.  I am thankful that my oldest daughter can handle herself with grace when having a confrontation with another child that’s also 11 years old.  They have been friends for awhile, and without going into whatever 11 year old children find to argue about, I’ll just say, this other girl chose the last night of Bible School to want to actually fist fight my daughter.  I am thankful and proud that my daughter, rather than lose her temper, pretty much laughed at the other girl, informed her she was not going to fight in church, and very maturely told the other girl to grow up. I’m not sure where this behavior comes from, because sadly enough it’s in my nature to have hit the other girl when I was that age.  The only reason I wouldn’t have done so in church is because my grandmother would have took a switch to my butt.  I am glad my daughter can handle herself better than I.

6.  I am thankful and proud of both of my girls because they also have in their nature to save their birthday money, seen papa today money, ect.  My 7 year old has been saving change in her ‘Hello Kitty’ bank for what seems like forever. Now with it full and her having to use another ‘pig bank’, she collected all her change and put it in her little purse.  She wants to go to Wal-Mart tomorrow and ‘feed’ the change to the machine that gives her back paper cash. She announced she would keep her 1’s, 5’s, ect in the ‘green pig bank’ and begin filling ‘Hello Kitty’ up again with change.

7.  I am thankful to be going to the West Virginia State Fair on Sunday. I haven’t been in years and it is so much bigger than our local county fair.  I know my girls will adore it.

8.  I am thankful that since the end of June, life has been throwing some fast curve balls, and I have been striking out.  It finally seems with the arrival of August, things are smoothing back out, which means less stress for me. This in turn means more sleep. Then, naturally more sleep leads to a much nicer mommy. lol

9.  I am thankful that I have a creative mind.  However, I lack the ability to exercise this creativity. Ex: I have in my mind and some semi-drawings of how I want rooms in the house to look. Then, I just can’t seem to match my mind to the decor.  I’m thankful I have stumbled over several blogs that have tutorials on DIY projects. So, I’m beginning to get the hang of putting my creativity into action.

10.  This last one, I’m iffy about writing.  But, I am getting sleepy and right off the top of my head, running out of thankfulness. I am thankful for this though; so without going into detail, I will just say that N.A is having a party in my honor to celebrate 3 years clean.  This means cake. Which may mean more than yoga later on. lol. It’s cake though, yum. I don’t have life as rough as some I know, and I don’t have a stress-free life either.  I am thankful those ‘One Day At A Time’ days turned into 3 years two days ago. Which leaves me with two of my favorite quotes, but I don’t know who they are by. I read them in 2005 while in a rehab center.

~I can tell you what it was like and I can tell you what it is like now but I cannot tell you how it happened~

~I still have bad days, but that’s okay. I used to have bad years~

Hop over to Considerings and list your Ten Things of Thankful #10.  Also, Monday, I have a special post lined up.  One of my favorite bloggers, Lance from http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/, released his second book published, yesterday!  I adored his first book, “The Ballad of Helene Troy”.  I am very excited about reading his second book, “Soul to Body”.  He has agreed to let me ask him some questions about his second book and how it feels to have published two books.  You can get the full scoop here and if you don’t want to wait until Monday to read the post here, you should hop over to his blog and check out what his book is all about. I am honored he is letting me do an interview with him, not only because I admire his writing, but also, he knows he is sorta a guinea pig for me to do a guest post about.  Still learning all these things about blogging.  I should have added to my list that I’m honored and thankful Lance agreed to an interview. It’s not really cheating if I just throw it out there, is it?

TTofT ~ Babies & Vacations

Ten Things of Thankful

Where to begin. I guess with # 1. 

1.  My god-daughter gave birth to her second son yesterday at 12:15 p.m.  I am thankful for her, her 1 1/2 year old son Austin, and his new baby brother, Keith.

2.  I am thankful to have a tenant move from my little house that I grew up in because she was wrecking the place.  Now, I have a tenant ready to move in whom I know will take care of my grandparents’ first home together and the house I grew up in.

3.  Very thankful that in 7 weeks, I will be getting a Chiwawa from a good friend.  He is tan with a small white heart on his forehead.

4.  Thankful I have the money to do some ‘back to school’ shopping for my daughters.

5.  I am so thankful we are taking a vacation on the 15th to Pigeon Forge, TN.

6.  I am thankful that the Wandering Jew plant my oldest daughter gave me for Mother’s Day 3 years ago is finally filling out.

7.  I am thankful for my close friend, April, who has been a God send the past couple weeks.

8.  Thankful for how many readers this blog has attracted.  Don’t forget to check out my other blog ‘My Constant Thoughts‘.  Thank you.

9.  Thankful for a clean house.

10.  Thankful for make-up because I’m sure my eyes have bags under them from little rest.  

Hop over to Considerings and tell everyone what your thankful for. 

My 10 Things of Thankful

Ten Things of Thankful

1.  My two daughters

2.  Hot summer days

3.  Good friends 

4.  My sense of humor (it helps not to stress too much)

5.  Awesome music

6.  Finding great blogs – like Considerings

7.  My White Russians –  they rock

8.  My collection of books

9.  Thankful for all the photos I have

1o.  Being able to pay bills on time – this is a big deal now a days. 

Wasting Money To Learn The Hard Way

  1. Beauty Control Kit to sell my own ‘make up’.  The reason this was dumb on my part is I live in a town with the population 400 where 4 other people were selling.  Spent $300 on the kit and probably made a total earning of $100, if that.
  2. Sorry Alyssa Milano, but Proactive Kit is not the smartest thing I’ve invested in.  The lovely beginning price of $19.99 sounds wonderful.  Then the very small bottles are received, days and nights are spent washing, doing the steps only to find my face wash at Wal-Mart works just as well and rubbing alcohol is in a lot of this product.  Then I receive another shipment, hand picked for me and ended up paying $60.
  3. A mustang for $400.  In my defense, this was my first car bought from a friend when I graduated high school and paid for with my hard earned Wendy’s paycheck.  So, I couldn’t complain too bad when it barely made a trip to Pigeon Forge and then the transmission came out.
  4. Anything from a Rent To Own store. I bought a computer from a local one in 2002 only to find in 2005 I was still paying for it when I could have purchased 3 at the price I ended paying.
  5. Letting any large corporation do home repairs, such as Sears putting vinyl siding on my very small home and it ended up costing $10,000.  I guess, I can use the young excuse again because I learned and now know, I can get it done by local contractors for probably $700 to $800.
  6. Expensive name brand shoes for my 2 year old daughter. She ended up looking adorable a few times in photos with her Baby Phat shoes on, only to outgrow them by Christmas. Turns out once worn, the price paid at the store does not matter to people visiting yard sales.
  7. A local flower shops Easter baskets for my god daughter, god son, and 3 year old cousin.  Once again, no kids of my own, and young.  The baskets were gorgeous.  I could have made them myself at a very small price with DIY items from Wal-Mart instead of paying $40 a piece for them. 
  8. Huge lesson learned at 18 years old about entering a poetry contest where “everyone” wins and in return for winning my poem was published in a huge book along with thousands of other poems and I paid the price of $75 to own the book.  Reading the poem submitted now may make me giggle but I still haven’t read many other poems submitted. 
  9. Any expensive product that claims to clean, work, reverse aging, make your lips fuller, ect just because of the brand of the product.  I have learned the hard way that Windex works just as well as Febreeze Window Cleaner.  My Loreal Shampoo with no sulfates works just as well any shampoo from a salon.  Even my bras and undies from Rue 21 are just as cute and well made as Victoria’s Secret. Once again, my Olay face scrub is just as good as Proactive. Great Value bleach is just as good as Clorex. You get the picture. 
  10. Be very cautious on anything that says “first 3 months free”.  I have several times had to learn that nothing is ‘free’ and there are hidden charges.  Even several years back, I worked for Dish Network.  So, I have learned when a customer service agent is telling you what a great deal you are getting, ‘if you order now’ you can get ‘such and such’ for ‘x amount of months free’ and you are saving ‘x amount of dollars’, there are always hidden charges that sales people learn how to bounce around and make the offer sound wonderful. 

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