Sparkles First Week Back With Us

Now that we are into the Christmas season our home is full of decorations, love and a funny elf named Sparkles! This year she it sticking mostly to a new fun game. Check out her hiding spots for the first week for 2014.

If you want to see where she is everyday please make sure you have liked my Facebook page. I try and post a photo there each day.

Day 1 – She took a safe hiding place on top of our entertainment system, on her first day back.

Playing Hide and Seek this year. Our Elf on the Shelf found a great spot for her first day.

 

Day 2 –  Great spot on day 2. I had to point the kids in the right direction. Continue reading

Guess Who’s Back At Your House?

This past weekend our city had their Santa Claus parade. We were lucky enough to have good weather for it. No rain or snow, the weather was actually warm until the sun went down. The parade is a sure sign for our kids that Santa is back in town. In our home the return of Santa means the return of his little helper. The night of the parade our elf on the shelf appeared up in our home again.

That’s right Sparkles is Back!

Our Elf on the Shelf, Sparkles has returned. This year she is starting out with a great game!

This year (or at least for the main part) I plan on changing things up with our elf Sparkles. Continue reading

My #1 Favorite Book for Living a Frugal Lifestyle

I’m asked all the time how we can afford to live on one income with 3 kids. I never know how to answer this as it’s not a one sentence answer. I believe a big factor is the fact that besides our mortgage we have no debt. To help keep things that way we NEVER charge more to our credit card than we have sitting in the bank.

The second main “thing” that we do to save money is actually about a million little things! If you have been reading my blog for a while now you will have noticed it’s not centered on one topic like many blogs out there, there is a reason for that. 1st I don’t think that every idea I have will work for every reader, and 2nd it takes a lot of different things to help me stay at home with the kids. Couponing on it’s own isn’t enough if your still filling your cart with over priced and unneeded items. If you use your dryer, throw out lots of useful items, don’t purchase in bulk or buy items on impulse your not going to get anywhere.

Luckily there is a “go to” guide I read years ago. I took it out of the library so many times I finally decided to purchase it! Continue reading

Are Your Searches Giving You Gift Cards?

Did you know that Swagbucks search can now be set as your default search engine? That mean no more needing to go to their website to search. Any search you make from the address bar can now be a Swagbucks search, giving you the chance to earn Swagbucks each time.

Time to get paid to do what you already do online! Swagbucks can now be set as your default search. Find out what this means for you.

If you are new to Swagbucks check out my first post  -> HERE

To set Swagbucks as your deflaut search engine is very simple.  Go to your setting, choose “Manage Search Engines” Find Swagbucks under the list of “Other Search Engines” and select it.
Now you can use the address bar in place of going to the Swagbucks website each time you need to search. Every search done on your computer will now be a Swagbucks search. This means more winnings and faster earning of gift cards.

To make things even better they are offering a bonus promotion for everyone who sets up their default search and uses it between Oct 13 and 17th. You can enter 5 times a day. Each search from the address bar counts as an entry.

Here’s what yup can win: Continue reading

Make Use of Your Dehumidifier’s Water

Do you have a dehumidifier in your basement? Perhaps you have it set up to drain automatically, or you have to empty it down the drain every day (depending on how “wet” your place is). Did you ever stop to think that you could put that water to use?

Do you just dump your dehumidifiers water down the drain? Do you ever think you could be using that water? Find out how I make us e of mine.

If you live in an area where you have to pay for water. Than making use of your dehumidifier’s water can save you Continue reading