I love free. Free books, free clothes, free food. Free money. I like that most of all. Here are some ways we earn free money in the form of gift cards.
Cashback on our Discover card. We get 5% on everything we purchase. Sometimes we put the money right towards the credit card bill, other times we use if for gift cards.
Inboxboxdollars.com offers users payment in the form of a check or gift card. You can watch video's, do survey's, or simply confirm the e-mail to get rewarded.
Mypoints.com gives points for surveys, clicking on e-mails, or shopping on-line. We get most of our points for on-line shopping. By saving up points, we get 50 dollar gift cards for places like Wal-Mart and Lowes.
Here are some other popular sites that I don't personally use, but have heard great things about.
Swagbucks- you can earn points for watching video's, searching the web, and shopping on-line
ebates- users get cash back for shopping on-line.
Do you use any of these websites? What do you think of them? Comment below!
I can't believe it is March already, can you? It seems like the year just started.
A new month means it is time for a new meal plan! So, here it is.
Does the thought of making a meal plan for the entire month overwhelm you? Check out my tips here! Did you do a meal plan for the month? Are you trying any new recipes? Let me know in the comment section!
If you are on Pinterest, you might have noticed all the cute projects a girl can do with glass blocks. (If not check out my DIY board for examples.) My husband and I recently tackled such a project this week.
Glass cube (We purchased ours at AC Moore for 5.00 on sale.)
Lights (We used snowflake ones, about 2.00 after Christmas clearance, Wal-Mart)
If you've been following my series, Confessions of a Clean Freak, then you already know my first two secrets: - I am a clean freak (go figure). - My house is not as clean as you think. Here's my third, and final, confession: I hate being a clean freak. It's time consuming. Stressful. When I first got married, I couldn't leave the house with dirty dishes in my sink. Now, every once in awhile, I let them go until morning. I used to dust almost every day! Now, it's more like twice a month. Although I don't think I will ever be completely rid of the clean freak within me, at least I am making progress. Do you want to stop being such a perfectionist when it comes to your home? Here's some advice I need to take myself!
Compare yourself to others- Yes, you read that right. Start looking at the homes of your friends and family. There are dirty dishes, dirty laundry, and clutter. Most people with normal lives live this way. And they are happy. They are okay. Try being normal, whatever that may be!
Don't compare yourself with others Remember, I have no kids. Less clutter, less crumbs. Some people work all the time. They are never home to make a mess.
Remember no one is judging. The most important people in your life are not looking at your dust. Even us clean freaks! I don't care if there's clutter on the counter, just as long as I don't have to be afraid to use your restroom! I compliment dinner, not complain about dirty dishes. Get jealous of the cute decor. Covet the furniture.
Don't forget what matters. At the end of your life, do you want to be remembered as a basket case and perfectionist? Be the mom who plays with her kids, not the mom who constantly yells for the toys to be picked up. The mom who loves having her daughter bake with her, and doesn't worry about the mess. The wife who doesn't nag about a towel on the floor.
Are you a clean freak? Have you been trying to work on that area? Comment below!
You vacuum your house weekly. Go on a "disinfect everything" craze when someone is sick. The trash gets taken out weekly.
But what about your car? When was the last time you vacuumed it out? Disinfected the interior? We eat, cough, and sneeze in our cars, not just our houses.
If you have trouble keeping your car cleaned out, here are 6 tips to help!
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Lysol Wipes- keep a container in your car and use to wipe down interior while you wait for something or someone.
Trash pick up- clean out any trash while you are at the gas station
CD's- get a regular CD case or one for your visor, so you don't have to keep CD cases in the car
Items that don't belong- take them out of the car as soon as you get home- work papers, trash, books, etc.
Don't let the little things add up- Just as our homes become messy by letting little things add up, our cars are the same way. You're going in the house anyways- take your purchases, or whatever it is that doesn't belong, with you. The garbage can is right there at the gas station for your soda bottles and gum wrappers.
Make it a priority- Schedule a day in the month (if needed) to vacuum out your car. Mark it on your calendar. Set the time and place, and stick with it.
Do you have any tips for keeping the interior of your car clean? Place a comment below!
Do you do a great job at keeping your car clean, but maybe not your house? Check out the rest of my series!
If you think people who have clean homes spend hours working on it, you are wrong. They don't spend hours working on a clean home, but may have spent hours developing the habit of a morning or evening routine. Here is my morning routine
Put all dirty laundry in the laundry area
Wipe down bathroom counters if needed
Take out bathroom trash if needed
Clean toilets if needed
Clean bathroom mirror if needed
Take out trash as needed
Do dishes as needed
Sweep kitchen/vacuum as needed
Take items from living room and kitchen that don't belong
My morning routine probably takes less then ten minutes. The evening routine is longer, depending on the amount of dishes, and if the "as needed" things are actually needed.
Am I consistent with my routine? No way! Life happens. I get tired. Other things are more important. But even doing this routine half of the time keeps my house from becoming chaotic.
If you don't have a routine, write down three tasks for the morning. You may have to get up earlier to do these things, or take time away from something like social networking. Once your morning routine is a habit, try an evening routine or adding items to your list. Don't try to do too much at once! This is when you become overwhelmed.
Do you already have a good routine? Are you challenged to start one? Comment below! I love hearing from my readers!