Freebies…

After a few days “off” I have decided that I will no longer be offering free samples and other stuff. Most of my blog traffic comes from that. However, for those that would still love to receive freebies and free stuff, know about coupons, get the best deals on the web, and many other great savings, please follow the links below. I have been researching sites in the past few “off” days and I have found that all the below named sites offer free, real, legitimate, and researched freebies, samples, coupons, and great deals…

  1. Sally Saves Freebies
  2. Hip2Save Daily Deals
  3. Freebies 4 Mom Daily Deals
  4. Mysavings.com Most Recent Freebies
  5. Free Sample Monkey In Order of Latest Samples

I have not wanted to leave my readers totally empty-handed, so I have found these sites just for you, and you, and you, and you and on and on and on…

Getting freebies in the mail is so nice. It is nostalgic to me. I remember having a pen pal and hoping that the next mail delivery would bring a letter from her. I loved reading the mail. Then I “grew up” (which I am still a kid at heart-you have to be when you have a 12 and 7-year-old) and began to receive bills in the mail deliveries. Today it is nice going to the mailbox and having name brand freebies mailed to me. I have been told in life that nothing is free, but the sites I provided above do have things that are free. Collin from hip2save also provides coupon match-ups for all of you couponers looking for a great deal. I am not a surreal couponer. I do not use a coupon just because I have a coupon. I only use what I can make meals with or use the kind of soap, toilet paper, toothbrushes, and things of that nature. I have watched shows and news on television that makes me wonder if people are that obsessive compulsive, selfish, self-centered, or planning on preparing for the end of the world. I love hearing about people like  me that donate to their local charities (Shelby Helpliine Ministries for me).

Let us always have hope! Especially during this season. I have children and sometimes get lost in the holiday gift giving, but let us not forget about giving gifts from the heart. I have said many times that I do not have family nearby. Taking the time out of my busy life to hope for them is a better gift than any other material gift. At least that works for me. All of us have been through hard times, the loss of a job, the loss of a relative, and many other things. Just have hope for the season and remember why we actually give gifts…the wisemen

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Jingit – Earn Online

***UPDATE*** I have learned more about Jingit. You apply for a free Jingit Visa Debit Card for your payment through US Bank. There is a $3.00 fee at first, and you have to earn that money before you can apply for the debit card. Then after that, your Jingit payments will be added to the debit card. You can download the app to your Android or iPhone and use the app to “check in” when visiting a local WalMart store. 

 

I have been hearing a lot about Jingit lately. I was not real sure what the hype was about until now. It is a neat and easy way to earn a little bit of extra cash each week. All you have to do is look for the Jingit logo located on an on-line ad and click on the logo. Then you will earn money by taking a survey, watching on-line ads, and providing your feedback. You take the survey and Jingit will pay you real cash. Go here to learn more.

If you sign-up, you will need to verify your cell phone number and e-mail address. Once you do that, then it will take you to your homepage in Jingit. You can go to account profile and get the mobile app. While you are located at your Jingit homepage, search available ads, videos, and surveys. Potentially you could earn up to $15 per week.
The only thing I am not clear on yet is how to receive the money. Before I signed up, I watched the video located here. The video mentioned something about signing up for a free Jingit Visa debit card to spend your earnings, but I am not sure of how you receive your earnings. I will try to learn more through the next couple of days and update for clarification.

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Waste not

My oh my! The weekend was so busy that I am just getting back to my blog today. It was my husband’s birthday Sunday. What a splendid day! I made a triple layer brownie cake with chocolate frosting. I will post the recipe another day. My mother-in-in law made dinner. I got him a beard and mustache trimmer. Our oldest daughter made him a card. On the outside of the card it read, “Happy Birthday”. On the inside of the card she wrote, “You are getting old, Dad. Smile while you still have teeth!” I laughed so hard!

I want to share a website that I recently heard about but had not yet been able to try out. I figured with Thanksgiving a couple of days away and Christmas almost one month away that this site would be relevant. The website is Love Food Hate Waste. The host is based in the UK, but even so the site is written in English, but the measurements are metric. Love Food Hate Waste offers you tips of how to save time and money when it comes to hosting a party, or just entertaining a few guests. According to Love Food Hate Waste , combined families throw away 7.2 million tons of food and drinks every year. That is a lot of wasted food!

Love Food Hate Waste also has a portion planner that takes out the guesswork of how much of a recipe to make for your guests if you are entertaining a crowd of people. The Perfect Portion Tool can be found at http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/portions/everyday. The tool is helpful to help a hostess plan ahead so that there is enough food to entertain with while at the same time not a lot of food being wasted.

Love Food Hate Waste also offers recipes, perfect ways to store food, and ways to save time and money in the kitchen. The site offers a newsletter sign-up and can also be found on Facebook.

I hope this site is useful to you. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Now, as for the Triple Layer Brownie Cake. My husband loves chocolate. So, I went to my neighbor because she is a great cook and baker. I asked her if she had any recipes for a mind-blowing chocolate cake. She gave me the recipe and now it is something I have made two years in a row. I forgot to write down how much flour was needed for the brownie mix, so I have omitted the brownie recipe and went directly to the frosting recipe. If you are a chocolate lover, then this cake is something that you will make often. You will need either 3 boxes of brownie mix or a favorite recipe for brownies that you have on hand, but you have to make sure it makes (3)-9 inch round cake pans of brownies. Below is the recipe for the frosting and it really adds a true delicious bonus and is easy to make.

FROSTING

(2) – 8 oz. packages semi-sweet baking chocolate
3 c. Heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar (optional)
(2) 1.55 oz chocolate candy bars, shaved.

1. Melt chocolate in heavy sauce pan on medium heat.
2. Gradually stir in heavy whipping cream and sugar (if desired) until well blended.
3. Heat to gentle boil, stir for 1 minute (continuously).
4. Remove from heat and transfer sauce to mixing bowl.
5. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until mixture reaches a pudding like consistency, stirring a few times in between.
5. After reaching pudding like consistency, beat until peaks form then immediately spread between layers and over the top sides of cake.
6. Sprinkle with shaved chocolate.
7. Store in refrigerator.

yields 16-20 servings.

I hope that this post has been helpful!

November 16, 2012 Free Samples

Free Jovinno Hairwax


Jovinno Hair Wax is a hair product that gives your hair a glow and helps hold it in place. This hair wax is claimed to be light-weight and easy to shampoo. Click here to register for your free sample.

Free PictureMe Portrait Studios Single Page of Printed Gift Tags

If you are near a WalMart, then click on this link and print off a coupon for one, free, single page of gifts tags and redeem before 12/31/12. I can think of about 50 things I could do with these. 🙂

Free Prilosec OTC® Sample

If you have frequent heartburn, why not try out this sample before you buy a full box? Click here and fill out the form to see if you qualify for a free sample

Music and Me

I love music so much. I listen to a variety of tunes. The sad thing is that I have used my CDs mainly up until about 2 1/2 years ago. For Christmas 2010 my husband bought me an MP3 player. I had heard about them and had gotten to listen to one, but I had no idea how to get the music onto the MP3 player. I am not real technologically advanced. In fact, my 12-year-old daughter is usually the one that keeps me up-to-date about current technology. What I do know about is cool websites and cool computer software. I am always near or in front of a computer. I can’t live without a computer just like my husband can’t live without his television.

The MP3 was neat. My daughter showed me how to put songs on it. I don’t know how many hours I spent doing that, but it did almost eliminated my need for a big stereo system that took up so much room. I said almost eliminated the need. I still have that stereo. It is only 7 years old. I am glad that I held onto it because not even 6 months after I got my MP3 player, it broke. I don’t know what happened to it, but even my 12-year-old couldn’t get it to work. So, I knew it was toast.

It was back to the stereo and playing music in Windows Media Player. The good thing was that all of the songs that I had uploaded to the Mp3 player were still in my Media Player library. Plus I still had and still do have my CD collection. Some of my CDs are over 14 years-old and still play like a top, and I just can’t bring myself to getting rid of them.

Moving on up…

I discovered a music station connected with Yahoo! I don’t know if any of you remember, but it was a music service included with your Yahoo! account that could be played anywhere at anytime. The service was advanced for its time, but Yahoo! soon realized that they were losing money and got rid of the free music service and started charging for it.

Advancing down the road much further…

Many years after I discovered the Yahoo! music service, a friend of mine told me about this site that was an internet radio station. It was free and you could like or dislike a song. If you disliked the song, then it wouldn’t play again. If you liked the song, then future music would be based on your thumbs-up. Of course I got tired of it when I wanted to hear a specific song and couldn’t listen to it. Pandora was great, but I only got so many free hours, and it would only play a select song. Sometimes I would forget to turn my station off and walk away from the computer. Before I knew it, my 14 hours had expired and I had to wait a couple of weeks to listen again.

More recently…
I was reading in one of my favorite magazines about programs on the computer that you could use in place of expensive software. One of the websites was Spotify. I went to the website and read about it a little bit. I signed up for an account and behold! I had music.
I am sure a lot of you are already turned onto Spotify, but this post is for those whom haven’t found a music source that can be listened to anywhere. The great thing about Spotify is that you can  create your own playlists thereby eliminating the use of CDs, big bulky stereos, and substituting Pandora, Windows Media Player, and Yahoo! Music. I decided that Spotify was just right for me. One of my playlists has over 800 songs by the same artist. I like that I can listen to what I want to listen to, by who I want to listen to, and when I want to listen. The neat thing is that you can search for a song or an artist and some users have already made playlists that you can subscribe to so you don’t have to make your own playlist. In return, people can subscribe to you, too.

Another neat feature about Spotify that I found helpful was the fact that sometimes I couldn’t remember the names of songs, but I could remember what the front cover of the CD looked like. I knew the artist, so I would put the artist name in the search bar. A list of songs, artists, and suggestions are listed in a column underneath the search bar. So, I found an artist. I clicked on the artist, and then I held down the Ctrl + G buttons and they gave me a visual picture of the CD covers next to the songs. I thought that was great! The other great thing is that if you singularly click on the artist, then all of the albums that Spotify has in its library from the artist will be displayed with the year that the CD was sold. Another good idea! At least it was for me because I could try to associate the song with a time in my life that I had heard the song. Recently I started listening to the Radio option. Another nice thing about Spotify is that now (before you had to pay $9.99 per month) you can get Spotify on your Android device for free.
I have loved music since I discovered it. I have tried different music instruments, but I lost interest. For me, first it was an 8 track player, then a cassette player, then a CD, then Yahoo! Music, then Windows Media Player, and then internet radio. If you have not tried Spotify, and you love listening to music and would rather listen to music over watching television, then give Spotify a try. If you have a computer at work and your work allows you, you can pull up your Spotify account from your desktop computer and listen all day without a time restriction, without wires, and without paying for a subscription. If you have an Android device and it does not have a music application, then try Spotify for Android. Carry your music wherever you go! Music makes my world go ’round!

Does anybody else love music as much as I do? Has anybody tried Spotify? What do you think about music wherever you go?

Magazine with Work-at-Home Articles

I would like to talk now about my favorite magazine. The magazine is all*you. It is a monthly magazine that deals with couponing, cleaning tips, fashion, beauty, holidays, parties on a budget, DIY skills, decorating, ways to save money, exercise plans, cooking and recipe ideas, and many other things that concern homemakers. I guess the couponing aspect of the magazine can be for the male couponers, too. all*you had an article a while back. The article was about 10 real, non-scam jobs that can be done from home. I would like to say that I am not qualified for most of the positions, but maybe you will be. I have taken on-line college courses at home and loved the freedom of being able to make my own schedule of reading, doing assignments, researching, and all the jazz of attending college while at the same time being available for my children and my husband and other daily responsibilities that I have.

 

Check out the site and the link. Then let me know what you think. Are the jobs lucrative? Do you think you might try one of the ten legit work from home jobs?

 

The all*you magazines runs about $2.00 for a single monthly issue and can be found at most Wal-Marts, or you can buy a subscription. The great thing about the magazine is that if you are a couponer, then you can use the coupons from the magazine and then it actually pays for itself.