Saturday, August 14, 2010

How to Save Money on Greeting Cards

Every year we send out or give greeting cards. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, baby showers, retirements, thank yous, congratulations, baptisms, holidays...there are always cards to send.

What do you do with greeting cards after you read them? Do you save them? Do you glance at them quickly and then throw them away?

Most of us do not keep greeting cards. They end up in the landfill. The only cards I do keep are special cards from holidays from the hubby and greeting cards from the first holidays for my daughter. I do still have a card or two from loved ones that have passed...and those are very dear to me. I do keep one or two special ones from family members just to have. Other than that, greeting cards can become clutter.

Greeting cards are very pricey. Some people drop a good $3.00-$4.00, sometimes even $5.00 if it sings, on greeting cards. The fancier and the bigger, the more you pay. You can however, find the new 44 cent or 99 cent cards these days, but you do get what you pay for. They still most likely end up in the trash.

Why not save money on greeting cards and buy blank cards in bulk? A few cute stickers or embellishments here and there and you have the perfect little card for any occasion. If you are into scrapbooking, this works out even better for you. You have all of the materials you need to put a pretty design on your cards. Cute embellishments, ribbon, raised stickers, stamps...if you have it, why not make your own cards? And, isn't it more special to receive a homemade card, than a card bought from the store with a message that someone else came up with?

Making your own cards will save you a lot of money. You can find boxes of blank cards at Wal-mart, Target, Michaels, and other craft stores. I bought my box for about $10.00 for 200 blank pastel cards. Keep in mind that sometimes buying 3 cards can cost $10.00! This box has already lasted me quite a while and has already "paid for itself." I usually put a cute sticker on the card (which are inexpensive), write my message, and send it off. You can get very creative with these, but here is an example of a very basic thank you card you can make.

After reading this post, do you think you may try to start making your own cards? Do you already make your own cards? Leave a comment!

Friday, August 13, 2010

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It's Mega Swagbucks Friday and I Just Won 31 Swagbucks!

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Free NFL Fantasy Football

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Free Sample of Burt's Bee's Toothpaste (New Link!)

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Swagbucks Earnings Today

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I thought I would give you a glimpse of how many Swagbucks you can earn in a day. I HIGHLY recommend getting a few referrals! When you refer a friend, you will get what they earn through searches, up to 1,000. I have one referral that has maxed out, one referral that has almost maxed out and several that are still working on earning more Swagbucks. I was also only able to grab 3 of the 5 codes out today. Did anyone grab all five? One friend says her and her hubby are addicted to Swagbucks! Sign up today if you haven't already here.

08/12/10 Bonus Swag Bucks: Survey Visit 1 SB

08/12/10 Bonus Swag Bucks: Daily Poll 1 SB

08/12/10 Searching the Web 9 SB

08/12/10 Referral SB  6 SB

08/12/10 Referral SB  11 SB

08/12/10 Swag Code 10 SB

08/12/10 Swag Code  9 SB

08/12/10 Swag Code  8 SB

08/12/10 Searching the Web 11 SB

08/12/10 Referral SB   9 SB

08/12/10 Referral SB  11 SB

08/12/10 Referral SB  6 SB

08/12/10 Referral SB  11 SB

Total: 103 Swagbucks

*This is without doing as many searches as normal, without doing any special offers, without getting two Swag codes that I missed, without surveys, etc! You can earn even more a day than what is listed above if you complete all of the fun options Swagbucks has to offer!

It only takes 450 to snag a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card! I am working towards gift card #20 since May 2010!

Free Sample of Laruh Custom Soap

Go here to get a free sample of Laruh Custom Soap. Looks more like dessert than soap!

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August Back to School Giveaway


Go here to read the details of my August Giveaway!

Next month I will be giving away a children's book!

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3rd Swagbucks Code Out!

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Code # 3 is currently available on Swagbucks! There will be no less than five Swagbucks codes released today! I missed the first but grabbed the second for 8 Swagbucks and the third for 9 Swagbucks. I am working towards my 20th $5.00 Amazon Gift Card!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Free Frutista Freeze from Taco Bell

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If you signed up for Inbox Dollars, be sure to print your coupons through their site to get 10 cents back for each coupon redeemed! I always make sure I print my coupons through my Inbox Dollars account for even more savings. I currently have a little over $7 in my Inbox Dollars account!  Inbox Dollars pays members to read e-mail, take surveys, play games, shop online, and more! Click Here

Free Chips and Queso from Chili's

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If you signed up for Inbox Dollars, be sure to print your coupons through their site to get 10 cents back for each coupon redeemed! I always make sure I print my coupons through my Inbox Dollars account for even more savings. I currently have a little over $7 in my Inbox Dollars account! Inbox Dollars pays members to read e-mail, take surveys, play games, shop online, and more! Click Here

Two Items You Can Cut From Your Grocery Bill

1. Paper Towels:

Paper towels are EXPENSIVE and they end up in the trash anyways, right? You might as well throw your money in the trash. Unless you are getting paper towels fairly cheap after sales and coupons, you can live without buying paper towels. Instead, buy a few packs of "bar mops." You can get these from Wal-mart or even Bed Bath and Beyond for about $5.00 for a pack. I have about 20 of these and they last a long time. Just make sure you throw some bleach in every now and then when you are washing them. I keep a set in my kitchen and a set in my bathroom for quick cleaning (to keep them separate, you can use a magic marker to write a B for bathroom or K for kitchen) on them. Worth the investment. I do keep some paper towels in the back of the cabinet for special guests, holidays, etc. but I haven't bought any in a LONG time.

2. Trash Bags:

Where do trash bags end up? In the trash---just like the paper towels. Stop wasting money and try this alternative. Buy small trash cans from the Dollar Store or Wal-mart. Recycle plastic grocery bags and line the can with them. Now you don't have to buy trash bags anymore! This is another item I have not purchased in a LONG time and probably won't unless I find it absolutely necessary! For larger families, you may need larger trash cans and use the oversized department store bags--or just take your trash out several times a day.

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Tomorrow's Swagbucks Code Extravaganza!

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Swagbucks is holding a big Swag Code Extravaganza tomorrow - at least 5 codes will be coming your way, so be prepared.

Get 20 Extra Swagbucks when you sign up! Just enter SwagToSchool when you register and you'll snag an extra 20 Swag Bucks - add that to the 30 you'll already start with! The code will be active until 11:59pm PDT Friday evening. Go here to sign up so you can catch the Swag codes tomorrow! Then read my tips on earning Swagbucks at the top of my homepage.

My Swagbucks Earnings:
(19) $5.00 Amazon Gift Cards since May 2010= $95.00 at Amazon