Page One Weekly Deals: October 21-27

I had some major scores at the drugstores two weeks ago!  I went to CVS bought three bags of Mars candy, two packs of fun-size Butterfinger bars, a Gillette razor, and two tubes of Crest toothpaste.  In addition to my coupons, I used all the Extra Care Bucks I had on hand to get the total down to $9.83.  I came out with $12 in Extra Care Bucks!  A $4 off a $20 purchase coupon helped seal the deal…if you have a coupon like that, make sure you hand it to the cashier first.  We’ve received several percentage-off coupons from CVS lately, but you can’t use them on sale merchandise.  The $4 off $20 purchase coupons have been printing at the magic CVS coupon machine.  Make sure you scan your card when you first go in the store!

Here’s this week’s Page One weekly deals!   There are so many blogs which post the weekly deals for drugstores and grocery stores!  I’ve included links for what I think are the best descriptions of weekly deals!

 

 

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It’s Mega Swagbucks Friday!

T.G.I.F.!  Friday is when we celebrate the beginning of the weekend, and it’s also special for us Swagbucks fans, because it’s Mega Swagbucks Day!  On Fridays, Team Swagbucks gives away more than 1,000,000 Swag Bucks!  You can win from 30 to 1,000 swagbucks from one search!  It’s not a guarantee, but it lives up your search engine life!

If you want proof, go to the Swag Bucks Twitter feed. You’ll see lots of RTs (retweets) of users like you. If you’re lucky enough to win a Mega Bill (A Bill worth over 10 Swag Bucks) today, take a screen grab of that and upload it to Twitter with TwitPic or YFrog or any other service compatible with Twitter (there are TONS). Include “@Swagbucks” and “#MSBD” in your tweet and if we see it, it’ll be retweeted on the Swagbucks Twitter page. Let Swaggernauts far and wide revel in your victory!  Stay tuned to the Frugal Bookworm’s Twitter feed to see if I win any Mega Bills today!

Also, check out the Mega Swag Bucks Day page, where you can follow along with the Swagbucks twitter feed, follow the #msbd hashtag and count the bucks as the accumulate!

Good luck, fellow Swaggernauts!

What’s the most you’ve ever won on Swagbucks in one search?

It’s Mega Swagbucks Friday!

T.G.I.F.!  Friday is when we celebrate the beginning of the weekend, and it’s also special for us Swagbucks fans, because it’s Mega Swagbucks Day!  On Fridays, Team Swagbucks gives away more than 1,000,000 Swag Bucks!  You can win from 30 to 1,000 swagbucks from one search!  It’s not a guarantee, but it lives up your search engine life!

If you want proof, go to the Swag Bucks Twitter feed. You’ll see lots of RTs (retweets) of users like you. If you’re lucky enough to win a Mega Bill (A Bill worth over 10 Swag Bucks) today, take a screen grab of that and upload it to Twitter with TwitPic or YFrog or any other service compatible with Twitter (there are TONS). Include “@Swagbucks” and “#MSBD” in your tweet and if we see it, it’ll be retweeted on the Swagbucks Twitter page. Let Swaggernauts far and wide revel in your victory!  Stay tuned to the Frugal Bookworm’s Twitter feed to see if I win any Mega Bills today!

Also, check out the Mega Swag Bucks Day page, where you can follow along with the Swagbucks twitter feed, follow the #msbd hashtag and count the bucks as the accumulate!

Good luck, fellow Swaggernauts!

What’s the most you’ve ever won on Swagbucks in one search?

Weekly Goals: October 10-14

Journal Entry

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My goals took several hits last week.  I’m really struggling with my bedtime and wake up time.  It is a daily struggle.  I got in bed by 10:30 p.m. last night, which was better than my 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. bedtimes for the past couple of nights.  I intended to get up at 6:45 a.m., but hit dismiss on my phone’s alarm and slept until 8:45 a.m.!  Wow!  I haven’t slept until 8:45 in years!  I suspect the culprit might be change in the way I’ve been taking my fibromyalgia meds, so I’m going to cut back on one (per my doctor’s recommendation).

As a result, my goals didn’t change much this week.  I did take out what I had finished, and I’ll leave my goals the same this week.

 This Week’s Goals

Family & Friendship Goals

  • Send package to cousins.

Personal Goals

Crafting Goals

  • Finish 75% of the second section of my cross-stitch project. (I’m also working in a couple of other sections…I try to work on one color of floss at a time until I’ve used that skein of floss, so that explains my delays with this goal).
  • Work on baby afghan that never ends (using this pattern).  I’m aiming for 10 rows this week.

Homemaking Goals

  • Gut the home office—sort as I clean it out.
  • Get out my fall décor and decorate the apartment.

  Business Goals

  • Get a working blog calendar and try to write three articles ahead for next week.
  • Brainstorming sessions for each possible business idea and develop an action items list for each one.

 

Swagbucks: Zombies v. Vampires Week 1

Happy Wednesday!  Last week, I told you about the new Swagbucks promotion, Zombies v. Vampires., and promised you a weekly update on how I’m doing.  I’m pleased to report that my team, Team Zombies, is slightly ahead 54,498 to the Team Vampire’s 52,974.  Since you have to complete your daily meter to add to your team’s total, I am finding it difficult to add points to my team’s tally.  I don’t always meet my meter challenge every day.

The great thing about this promotion, however, is that it has pushed me to be a little more dedicated to adding to my Swagbucks total.  I’ve noticed a difference in how many swag bucks I’ve accumulated.  In just one week, I’ve added 133 swag bucks to my ledger.   If you break that down in terms of an Amazon.com gift card (which costs 450 swag bucks), I’ve earned 30% of a $5 Amazon.com gift card, or $1.50 in one week.  If you’re trying to accumulate some extra cash for Christmas or you’re just hard-pressed for funds, Swagbucks is a great way to earn a little extra!

Here are my top three tips this week for adding to your daily meter for the Zombies v. Vampires challenge:

  1. Check the Swagbucks homepage once or twice a day.  You can often find links for videos to watch for 1 sb, links to high-value coupons (you earn 10 swagbucks at a later date for coupons you redeem), and daily surveys.
  2. Complete your daily three.  Downloading and daily refreshing the Swagbucks toolbar earns you 1 sb.  Scan through the No Obligation Special Offers (NOSO) for 2 sb, and answer the daily poll for a quick 1 sb.  There’s a handy checklist on the Swagbucks homepage to remind you of these easy ways to earn.
  3. Shop & Earn.  With Swagbucks’ shop and earn, you’ll earn so many swagbucks per each dollar you spend at merchants like the Disney Store, Target, Kmart, and Walmart.  If you’re starting your holiday shopping early, this would be a great way to add to your swagbucks total quickly.  It’s also much faster to cash in your Swagbucks than to wait for a check from places like Shop at Home or Ebates.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do earn Swagbucks if you sign up as a referral through one of my links.

Page One Weekly Deals: October 7-13

I was super busy last week, and by the time my errand day rolled around on Friday, I had a horrible migraine!  I didn’t get to do any shopping last week.  What deals did you snag last week?

Here’s this week’s Page One weekly deals!   There are so many blogs which post the weekly deals for drugstores and grocery stores!  I’ve included links for what I think are the best descriptions of weekly deals!

 

 

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Swagbucks: Zombies vs. Vampires

Swagbucks puts the “treat” in Trick or Treat with its latest team challenge:  Zombies vs. Vampires. Starting today through the rest of the month, this ghastly team challenge will make your Daily Earning Meter more rewarding and help you earn reward points towards free stuff. Every day from the start of the challenge, you can win a point for your team by completing your Daily Ghoul.  Whether you’re a zombie or vampire, score points for your team to be declared the ultimate monsters!

But even if you aren’t on the winning team, there are ways to earn bonus Swag Bucks for as little as completing five (5) days of your Daily Ghoul Meter throughout the month. The more days you complete, the more opportunity you have to win bonus Swag Bucks. Who knew the undead were so ready to reward you with more?

The challenge starts on your homepage. Click on “Max Your Bonus” on the Daily Ghoul Meter (it’s the October version of your Daily Goal Meter and thus will remain like this the whole month), and you’ll arrive at the official Zombies vs. Vampires page to join in on the Ghoulish earning spree.

The multiple tiers of bonus Swag Bucks is a lot to take in for us mere mortals, so here’s a quick breakdown of the bonuses:

If you’re on the Winning Team, the team with the most points at the end of the challenge (10/31), this is what you will earn:
If you contributed between 5 – 19 points you will earn your daily bonuses plus 40 SBs.
If you contributed between 20 – 30 points you will earn your daily bonuses plus 150 SBs.
If you contributed 29 points you will earn your  daily bonuses + 150 Special Bonus points + 150 SBs for reaching your goal every day of the month.

If you’re on the Runner Up Team, this is what you will earn:
If you contributed between 5 – 19 points you will earn your daily bonuses plus 30 SBs
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If you contributed between 20 – 30 points you will earn your daily bonuses plus 130 SBs
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If you contributed 29 points you will earn your daily bonuses + 150 Special Bonus points + 130 SBs for reaching your goal every day of the month.

To learn more about their challenge, take a look at the detailed blog post here. Check the SB Originals page on SBTV later today for a video tutorial of how it works.

I checked in this morning, and I’m a zombie!  Mmm….brains!  I’ll be updating you on my progress on Facebook and Twitter, as well as a weekly reminder post here on the Frugal BookwormSwagbucks is a great way to help you earn gift cards and Paypal cash for your Christmas spending!

DisclaimerI do receive Swagbucks for referrals to their site.

Page One Weekly Deals: September 30-October 6

Sorry there were no Page One Deals last week!  We were out of town on a little mini-vacation!

And now for the headlines…it’s the Page One weekly deals!   There are so many blogs which post the weekly deals for drugstores and grocery stores!  I’ve included links for what I think are the best descriptions of weekly deals!

 

 

Weekly Goals: October 1-7

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I love the beginning of a new month.  It seems like a fresh start, doesn’t it?  With my sporadic posting of weekly goals in September (see here for a brief explanation), I decided to start afresh with the month of October.

 This Week’s Goals

Family & Friendship Goals

  • Send package to cousins.
  • Order book for friend’s birthday and write card to send.

Personal Goals

  • Exercise for 30 min. at least once this week.
  • Read a book this week.  I haven’t decided what to read yet! 
  • Give myself a mani and a pedi.

Crafting Goals

  • Finish first 50% of the second section of my cross-stitch project.
  • Work on baby afghan that never ends (using this pattern).  I’m aiming for 25 rows this week.
  • Fix up my old sewing machine and a sewing basket for my apartment (The majority of my sewing stash is still at my parents’ house.)

Homemaking Goals

  • Gut the home office—sort as I clean it out.
  • Get out my fall décor and decorate the apartment.
  • FlyLady living rooms missions from last week.

  Business Goals

  • Follow my blog calendar for this week.
  • Brainstorming sessions for each possible business idea and develop an action items list for each one.
  • Take action on 5-10 blog articles I’ve saved.

 

 

 

 

October Goals

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When I sat down to write my goals for this month, I reviewed the archives and realized I didn’t share my September goals with you!  I do apologize.

September was a very difficult month for our family.  As many of my longtime readers know, our family provides sponsor home services for children and adults with special needs.  One of our long-time clients, the Princess, reached a point at which we could no longer care for her and had to leave us for a medical facility.  She had been a member of our family for eight years, and my partner in crime and precious little sister during that time.  Realizing that we could no longer meet her needs was one of the most difficult decisions of our lives, and in September, my goals went out the window as we focused on round-the-clock supervision for her, packing her things, and the inevitable depression that accompanied our goodbyes.

Now, to update you on my August progress and share my October themes and goals.

August Themes:

  • Prioritizing Amy
  • Continue “follow through” projects
  • Continue focus on business and financial matters

Habits of the Month:

  • Continue emphasis on morning routine
  • Continue emphasis on evening routine
  • Health:  only drink one soda per day (drink water the rest of the day); exercise at least once a week for 30 min. (Probably completed the soda goal about 75% of the time; exercise not so much)

Prioritizing Amy Goals:

  • Give myself a manicure and a pedicure
  • Learn to meditate (finish Meditation For Dummies®, Mini Editionbook). (Working on putting this into practice)
  • Make my bedroom a haven (This is a continuing goal from July, mainly contingent on finances to buy what I want/need.) (I still have a few things to buy / projects to do, but I’m almost there!)
  • Make time to go out (at least once every two weeks).

“Follow through Goals”:

  • Work on list of books to finish and projects to complete (update and edit).
  • Try to finish the never-ending baby afghan (pictures to come!) (Yeah, this hasn’t been going too well!)
  • Finish sorting through boxes of books and items  to sell online.
  • Spend two hours weekly in the home office decluttering.

Business / Financial Goals:

  • Evaluate financial goals each pay period.
  • Develop a blog action plan.
  • Write two blog articles each week.

Personal Goals:

  • 1 Amy date (This is already scheduled for Saturday…I’ll be attending the Diamond Jubilee Tea at Camella’s Remember When.)
  • A cross-stitch project for my Mom’s birthday in September (I hope to at least start it this month.) (This will probably be a Christmas gift…it is the largest cross-stitch project I’ve ever taken on!)
  • 8 cards, letters, or e-mails to friends (including a package long overdue for one friend and another for a friend’s birthday)

October Themes:

  • Brainstorm for Business—reflected in weekly goals
  • Prepare for Christmas

Habits of the Month:

  • Morning / evening routine
  • 1 soda / day
  • Exercise at least once a week (aim for twice)

Personal Goals

  • Read four books.
  • Update gifts calendar/ notebook

Homemaking

  • Declutter / organize the home office (gut it and go!)
  • Projects for my bedroom haven:  finish artwork, paint lamps
  • Schedule time during the week to work on /in my office closet at the apartment.
  • Air dry / line dry my laundry this month.

Crafts

  • Try to finish the never-ending baby afghan!
  • Continue to work on cross-stitch project.  Try to finish 25% of project.

Preparing for Christmas

  • Evaluate gift items already on hand
  • Evaluate stocking stuffer items on hand
  • Make master gift-giving list
  • Make list of what to buy
  • Make list of what I can make
  • Evaluate décor for my apartment.
  • Make a list of decorating tasks for the apartment and my parent’s house.
  • Make list of family activities / events.
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