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Three Simple Ways I Afford Christmas On A Tight Budget

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My top three ways to afford a nice Christmas on a tight budget, and how you can, too!

These are my top three tricks to get very nice FREE Christmas presents on a tight budget!

I am always looking for ways to afford Christmas without breaking the bank. I have used each of these for years, so I can vouch for them! I know that these will help you be able to buy gifts for a nice Christmas,  too, so I had to share!

Tyndale Rewards!

This is a quick and easy way to get FREE books, stickers and audio books by doing simple tasks and sharing with friends! You can earn points by answering short quizzes,  signing up for the newsletter, reading articles, writing reviews, just sharing the site and referring your friends. I was able to earn enough to order a book (with free shipping) within 10 minutes of signing up!

Use my referral link below to start off with free points!

www.tyndalerewards.com/signup/?pc=qtvn-isyl-1im2-8bc4

Schoola Clothing!

School Clothing has quality consignments for great prices! 40% of the profits are donated to schools! Follow the referral link below for an immediate $10 credit to order, plus you earn more whenever you refer friends!

https://www.schoola.com/stitch?ref=cp-3X82va1HF

Doggy Loot!

Sign up and get a shopping credit you can use immediately,  with free shipping.  They have tons of pet items, and some goodies for pet parents, too! Join the referral program to get more freebies for pets and pet lovers!

http://www.doggyloot.com/?rid=1332881

These are definitely not the only programs I use. They are the top three free rewards programs I use with gift items, immediate pay out and quick ways to earn more.

Want more tips for getting great gifts on a budget? Check out Budget Gifts For Hunters and Outdoorsmen and Powerful Princesses  for gifts for our little strong women of the future!

 


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Strange Tricks For Saving Money

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Frugal! Penny pincher! Cheapskate! Prepper! Weirdo! If you have been called any of these, welcome to your tribe! This list is for you…

  • Wash aluminum foil and plastic baggies. If nothing gets majorly stuck to them, clean up and use them again.
  • If you have chickens, dry and crush their own egg shells to mix into their feed instead of buying them a calcium supplement.
  • Reuse plastic water bottles. Rinse and refill those babies! I don’t really use water bottles much, but my husband likes to take them with him to the fire department so it doesn’t matter if he loses the container he’s drinking from. We use them over and over.
  • Use the rewards program Tyndale Rewards to get free books, stickers and CDs.
  • Water down whole milk instead of buying lower fat milks. I used to buy 1% or 2%, but have started buying whole milk and water it down with about a quarter to a third water. My kids don’t know the difference, and our milk lasts longer.
  • Use plastic gas station cups with straws and lids instead of fancy cups with lids. Occasionally I get one of those fountain drinks from the gas station. I love cups with lids and straws. My kids are very active and always up under me, I’m always thirsty and don’t particularly like my drinks spilled or nice cups broken. These cheap cups will last quite awhile, even ran through the dishwasher.
  • Cut dryer sheets in half. You don’t need the whole thing to get the effects you want. Trust me!
  • Vinegar makes a great rinse agent in the dishwasher, and is super inexpensive compared to those expensive kinds you can buy.
  • Those styrofoam plates you buy to save on dish washing? If they don’t get too messy, just wipe them down and use them again! this adds up quick when you’re mostly using them for things like sandwiches, anyway.
  • For one of my favorite ways to save, look at the rewards program How to get a free trial of Amazon Prime

Have any strange savings tips of your own? Share them, and they may be featured in a future list of strange ways to save! 😉


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Kids Skate Free

Kids Skate Free

Looking for a free summer activity for your kids? Try free skating!

As a young girl, I absolutely loved to go skating. We went frequently, and it was a fun way to exercise and spend time with friends. I felt like I was flying, and even toe length oversized skirts couldn’t stop me from whizzing around the rink! 🙂 What better way to enjoy skate time than to go for free?:)

Just head on over to the link below, type in your zip code, and see which rinks in your area are participating in this promotion. It appears that there are a few in all of the states I checked out, although I only investigated a few of them. Click  the green “Register for This Skating Center” banner. Once you’ve filled out the form, you’ll receive an email to verify your email address. Once you’ve done that you’ll be a registered member of Kids Skate Free. Just be aware that your first set of passes won’t be ready until Sunday of that week.

Anyone ready to take their kids skating for free??

http://kidsskatefree.com/index.php

For my favorite tips for traveling with children, check out Traveling With Little Riders!


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My Letter To the Craigslist Scam Artist…

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Dear Craigslist Scammer,

I listed items on Craigslist because I am broke and was hoping to sell a few things I don’t need to be able to pay for things I actually do need. Instead, I get you. You and your bogus excuses for why you need to pay with a check, why you can’t meet in person and why you are more than happy to buy my items sight unseen.

You know what? I’m sick of you! Your daughter didn’t just give birth to a bouncing baby boy. Your adopted son is not helping you wire money to my account from who-cares-where. Your associates are not going to pick it up via a freight company after you send a bogus check to me. You are a lying piece of doodoo!

I’ve heard from you under many names. Sometimes multiple names supposedly from the same person. You can’t even keep up with your own lies! If it weren’t so disgusting, it would be funny.

I hope you enjoyed my note. It provided me a small amount of giggles in sending you something even more bizarre than the fairy tales you seem to think I’ll believe. I’m still broke, though, you jerk!!

Signed,

A Frustrated Attempted Craigslist Seller

“Penny Pinching Peach is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com”

So, I really wrote the note in the picture in response to the latest of many Craigslist scam emails. The other is what I’d like to say to all of the slime balls taking advantage of people who are less aware of their games than I am. The people who need to study books like this Book on Protecting Yourself From Social Media Scams and Scamming 101: 22 Scams Explained to protect themselves.

Is anyone else sick to death of Craigslist and all other internet scam artists?? What would you like to say to these jerks? (No expletives, please!) Feel free to share mine on social media! For more of my randomness, check out God Used Couponing To Answer My Prayers! or Struggling? You Are Not Alone!


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What Are You Looking For Here?

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It’s your turn to talk!

Periodically, I like to touch base with my readers. I don’t want to continuously post things you aren’t interested in. Sometimes I’m wavering between what to post, and knowing what you’re interested in could make the difference. If you don’t see the options you want listed (i.e. parenting, coping with grief, encouraging messages, etc.), feel free to mention those to me. I’m very open to suggestions, and enjoy writing about a wide variety of topics. I’m just doing my check in with y’all to see which topics you would most like to see here.

Want to see what some of my most popular posts last year were?

Check out My Top Posts of 2015 and my brief review of the excitement of last year!

I am gearing up to launch my weekly newsletter with exclusive coupons and savings for my mailing list!

Please head over to my Mailing List Sign-Up Form so you won’t miss out on that! Feel free to suggest in the comments here what type of extra special coupon codes and bargains you’d like me to drop in there for you!

Please fill out the poll below!

You can select however many answers you want, and leave any comments or suggestions you may have. Thank you in advance and have a fantastic day!!


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How I Got FREE Huggies Diapers At Rite Aid!

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I got paid over $6 to buy four packs of Huggies diapers at Rite Aid!!!

Yes, you read that correctly! They paid me to buy four packs of diapers that normally cost about $11.99 each pack in this area! I try to always pay less than $5 a pack, and have paid much, much less. I think this is the first time I’ve been paid just to buy diapers, though!

This sale at Rite Aid runs from 1/10 to 1/17. You have to be a member of their Plenti program, which you can join at the Plenti site here. I’m new to the program myself, so you can learn more about it there. I just want to share this great deal!

Here’s how I got free Huggies diapers using coupons!

I used 4 of the $2.00 off Huggies coupons I printed off at Swagbucks. Join via http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/KeishaChelle and we both get 300 points when you make it to 300. You get 40 points just for redeeming these four coupons!! Just go to Discover and then Printable Coupons once you join to get started printing. Easiest way to find these are to click the baby & toddlers category in coupons.

Get 4 Huggies packs of whatever kind matches your coupons.

I got a $4 off of $20 coupon in the store the other day. Without this coupon, you’ll still come out more than $2 ahead, so don’t frown if you don’t have it! It’s still the most amazing deal ever!

You’ll get a $10 coupon immediately after purchase, and can use it then or later. I chose to use mine right then on clearance stuff that was marked 75% off, so that $10 got me over $40 worth of items and I paid just over a dollar in overage. My kids are thrilled, as you can tell from my oh-so-professional shot of what they got below. LOL

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You will also get 1600 in Plenti points, which can be used at any of the places mentioned on the Plenti rewards site. I’m planning to use mine for $16.oo worth of gas, since that’s a necessity and one of the awesome options available for redeeming the points!

I’m just learning about this program, but I think I love it!! I’m not getting anything out of sharing this deal, other than the joy of helping other parents save money! Hurry before they run out of diapers! Seriously!

Who is going to get your free diapers? Need clothes, too? Check out how to get free clothes using my referral link at School Discount Clothing! To learn more about Swagbucks, read my post here.

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Launching My Newsletter

Just me. My little girl took this photo. :)

Just me. My little girl took this photo. 🙂

I am getting ready to launch my newsletter, and would like to encourage you to subscribe! I promise it won’t be spammy! I’ll make sure you don’t miss out on any of my blog posts, as well as sending you a weekly newsletter with additional savings and coupon codes to my affiliate programs that I will share exclusively with my subscribers!

Please head on over to my Mailing List Subscription Form to sign up now!

In the meanwhile, tell me what sort of extra coupons and deals you are on the lookout for?