Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sunday Cheerful Giver Giveaway: Enter to Win the $10 Starbucks Gift Card!

2 Corinthians 9:7 (New International Version)

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

I wasn't able to give the $10 Starbucks Gift Card away yesterday since I didn't meet my goal of 100 Friday Blog Hoppers, but I want to give the gift card away anyways to one lucky reader. This is my way of saying "Thank you for reading!"

1. Anyone 18 years and older in the US can win.
2. Leave your blog link in the linky form below.
3. I will randomly choose one winner on Monday morning after the linky closes.
4. I will contact you to claim the $10 Starbucks Gift Card.
5. You have 24 hours to contact me back. If I do not receive contact information, I will choose another winner.

A Great Birthday Party!

Howdy Y'all (that's the Texan in me!)

Today we celebrated my daughters 2nd birthday. Her birthday was Thursday but we had her Minnie/Mickey themed party today. We had 10 children show up (7 toddlers!) so it was a very busy day! They all had a blast though. I am one tired Momma tonight and plan to get back into blogging tomorrow. I am so happy I took some time away to spend quality time with my baby girl. It was worth it! I hope you are all doing well.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

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Still Time Left to Enter Blog to Win a $10 Gift Card to Starbucks!

I am 25 blogs short on my blog hop from hitting my 100 Blog Hopper Goal! Keep posting until 11:59pm tonight and sharing my Blog Hop so that I can give one lucky hopper the $10 Starbucks Gift Card! If I don't get 100, I will try again next Friday :)

Go here to leave your links!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Frugal Free Gal Friday Blog Hop

The Frugal Free Gal

Hop Til Ya Drop!

***NEW GOAL! If I can get 100 Blog Hoppers on the "blog" link-up, I will randomly give one hopper a $10 gift card to Starbucks! Tell your friends so we can meet this goal!

Link your Blogs:

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Link your Favorite Post from this week:

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Baby Girl!

My baby girl turns 2 today! Happy Birthday!!!

Her themed Mickey/Minnie party is on Saturday and we can't wait to celebrate even more. I plan to take her to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch today and then her grandparents will be coming to spoil her! They haven't seen her in a few months!

Time sure does fly. She means the world to me and these last two years have been something to treasure.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Saving Your Receipts = Saving Money

I save my receipts. All of them. How do I keep up with them? I have a little system that I use to keep track of them. I save the current years receipts, and the year before. When another year comes around, I shred the oldest ones and make room for the new ones. For example, I still have all of 2009 filed and 2010 filed, both in separate accordian files. When 2011 arrives, I shred the 2009 to clear out that file for the 2011.

Why do I save all of my receipts?

1. For returns- I make returns if I know I do not need or will not use the product afterall, or if I know that I am not satisfied with the product. Make sure you check the return policy and see how many days after you purchase the item you have to make the return.

*Money Saving Tip: Before you cut all the tags off items and rip boxes open, be sure it is something you really want or may use. In the past, I would rip tags off of brand new clothes, only to find that I didn't actually like or want certain items anymore. It was hard to return items that didn't have tags on them. I don't take tags off of clothes now until after I decide I am for sure going to wear the item. Same thing applies to anything in boxes. Save the packaging until you know you really like the item. Then after you know you are satisfied, you can toss the packaging.

2. Tax purposes- A lot of times I need to find a receipt for tax purposes. I just go to my accordian file and search through to find what I need when filing my taxes.

3. To Monitor Spending Habits- I can usually sort my receipts and be able to tell where I am spending too much.

How to file receipts:

Here are pictures to show you how I file receipts. This requires very little work. Just take a few minutes out of the month to get them organized.

1. Place daily receipts into a photo box. Try to organize them a few times during them month and place in the appropriate month in your accordian file.

2. If you get behind, make stacks for each month. Today I had to catch up on August and September filing, so I made two different stacks.

3. Place the monthly receipts into the correct month in your accordian file.

This is my 2010 accordian file. 

This is my 2009 accordian file.

...and that's how you can save your receipts!
Do you save receipts? How do you organize receipts?

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