There are really only two reasons that you would be reading this. One, you know
that God is good and will always provide for those who love Him, or two, you
accidentally hit the button for the next blog. Either way, welcome! As you
have probably guessed, I am in the first category with a love and faith for the
Lord that is a source of hope and strength through this crazy world!! My family
has been blessed in so many ways that sometimes I just want to shout it from the
rooftops. I am kind of afraid of heights so blogging in the next best thing!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Christmas already?!?

As you may know, my husband and I have a 2 year old son.  Something you probably don't know about me is that I love Christmas.  LOVE!  I love everything about that time of year.  My Christmas starts on Thanksgiving day.  The one day of the year I don't have to button up my pants to sit down at the dinner table and gorge myself on food.  It is even acceptable to wear a nice shirt with pajama bottoms.  It is like a mullet for clothing.  Business up top and a party below!  Once we are all at the table, all we see is the nice shirt!  Anyhow, before I start drooling, I wanted to talk more about Christmas.  Did I mention I love Christmas?!  I love what Christmas is...the birth of our Savior.  I love that it is a time for family.  I love that my husband (a teacher) gets two weeks off.  I love the trees, decorations and lights.  I love the food!  I love the gift giving...as well as the receiving!  Which brings me to the purpose of this post.  How to earn money (or even win prizes) to use for gift giving.  As we are a one income family, Christmas can also be kind of stressful for us.  Coming out of November that has our sons birthday, travel for and other expenses makes my husband and I toss the "how and where" question back and forth.  Yes, I do know that it is not about giving and receiving but rather about the birth of Christ and His promise to us but...the traditions are fun too!

Swagbucks:  Around October of last year, I decided to join Swagbucks.  We bought our son a drum set with what I earned from there.  I saved up 450 swagbucks at a time and traded them for $5 Amazon gift cards.  It added up fast!  Since January, I have earned about $35 that I can use at Amazon.com.  You can earn bucks by doing surveys, playing games, signing up for free trials such as Netflix and Hulu and even by printing and redeeming coupons.

Here is a link to get started earning with Swagbucks today! 

Inbox Dollars:  This is something I have been doing since around November of last year.  This one is much slower earning but you really don't have to do anything but open emails to get money.  They pay .02 for every email that you confirm.  Two clicks is all it takes.  Easy as pie.  They will cut you a check once you have reached $30.  I just requested my first check and expect it to be in the mail next month.  They gave me an extra $3 for requesting a check and now I am about to be ready to request another $30!  They do give you a $5 bonus for signing up.  There are other ways to earn such as surveys, games and offers.

Here is a link to sign up for Inbox Dollars:

Entering giveaways:  This has been an easy and fun way to win prizes from gift certificates to toys!  I love getting up in the morning and checking my email to see if I have a "Congratulations" message.  I have located several low entry giveaway links that I use on a regular basis.

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Anyhow, this is how I relieve some of the stress that comes along with one of the happiest and most important times of the year.