10 Books To Help You Manage Your Time Well

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We all have 24 hours a day 7 days a week, yet it seems like some have figured out how to multiply those hours. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to be one of those people. I want to multiply my time. I want the less important to take less time and I want more time for the more important.

10 books to help you manage your time well

How does one find more time? For me I found it in the pages of books, written by others further along in the quest to manage time.

10 Books To Help You Manage Your Time Well

1. Say Goodbye  To Survival Mode

Say Goodbye To Survival Mode is so much more than just a time management book. It is a pick yourself up out of the pit and get back out their running your own personal marathon of life and loving every minute of it book. It inspired me to set a WOW goal this year that I have been working towards faithfully for months now.

2. Life Management For Busy Women

 Life Management For Busy Women is full of good Godly sound advice on managing your time at home, with friends and in ministry.

3. What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast is a short ebook that reminds you that if you really want to reach a goal you can make time for it and the perfect time for it just might be first thing in the morning.

4. What Most Successful People Do On The Weekend

What Most Successful People Do On The Weekend impacted my life in a great way. It convinced me of how essential at least one day off a week is to refueling us for the week ahead.

5. How To Handle 1000 Things At Once

How To Handle 1000 Things At Once inspired me to start a Brain Dump List, which has become such an essential time management tool for me.

6. 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

Do you have a goal you want to reach and no idea how to break it down into bite size pieces you can accomplish in day to day life? Then you need to read 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

7. Tell Your Time

Tell Your Time is a short ebook that helped me map out my days. I might not follow a time grid quite like the one in the ebook but the ebook did give my days a daily rhythm that maximizes my work hours while still allowing me time to be a wife and mom.

8. More Hours In My Day

More Hours In My Day is full of practical tips to help you manage your time better.

9. It Takes An Egg Timer

It Takes An Egg Timer reinforced the need for one of my favorite time management tools ever…..an egg timer of course. The author goes into what type of egg timer is most effective and why, and how she uses it to get both small tasks and large tasks done.

10. How She Does It

How She Does It won’t tell you how to do it but instead is true to its title in that it tells you how other woman are fitting  work, family, and personal interests into their days. The author gives examples of really life families through out the book who are redefining what  going to work looks like.

Want to purchase the books above but your budget it tight? Consider joining paperbackswap.com  an online book swap program or see my article Bookworms & Swagbucks The Perfect Romance that not only tells you how to use Swagbucks to pay for books but shares 5 ways to make your book dollars go further.

 My Favorite Time Management Tool Yes you can use your timer on your phone but there is just something about seeing time pass right before your eyes without needing to swipe the screen to see how much time you have left, that keeps you even more on task . An inexpensive kitchen timer can allow you to do that. I like mine with a pause button so I can pause it if the needs of my children cause me to need to leave my time tasked for a moment.

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A Picture From Our Week: Non-Pinterest Worthy Easter Treat

spring browniesI had grand plans to make this beautiful Easter cake I saw on Pinterest for Easter. Then well…life happened. And so I ended up throwing some Easter colored M&M’s into my homemade brownie recipe.

Do you know what? M&M’s lose their color entirely when baked into brownies. So really we had more of brownies with chocolate discs inside. NOT at all Easter like.

You know what though, the family never complained. They gobbled them up like normal. Which reminded me there is life beyond Pinterest, and that life is good. It is messy and not at all worthy of a photograph but those that love use don’t care. They accept us Pinterest moments and non- Pinterest moments and everything in between. That is love!

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: April 21 to 27

one summer fun goal for the week

Yes I know it is not summer yet, but  hold on in just a few minutes you will see why I am starting summer really early around here

A Picture From Our Week

I loved you dadThe Lego words above are not made by my daughter but instead by me, and you will notice that the word “love” is in its past tense “loved”.  On Tuesday I came home from the gym and my son passed me a letter, what was inside changed all the plans I had for that day, and for the week, and probably for several weeks more. With the words “I regret to inform you” I learned that my father had passed away in his sleep on March 17th almost 1 month before I received word.

Why did I receive word so late, and in a letter? It is complicated, and a story that I am not so sure I will ever share in full detail unless God makes it clear that He wants me too.

The important thing is I am giving grace, and waiting for more details.

Because of that …..

Last Weeks Goals

I didn’t do number 1, 2 , or 3.  I spent the first 24 hours in a “how did this happen?” fog and the next 24 in a “why, and what now?” fog. The rest of the week I worked slowly at just regular daily things getting stuff done as I felt like it and giving myself grace.

This Weeks Summer Fun Goal

I have accepted now that what happened happened and am now on to grieving what has been lost, and thanking God for what blessings I did receive from my dad. Since I have already walked the grieving a parent road  a few years earlier with the loss of my mom I know though that the grief will keep me puttering at a slower pace than normal for a while yet, and so I am creating room in my life for the next while to do just that.

So instead of 3 goals I am setting just 1  for the duration of the warm weather.

1. Get my swing chair hung up so I can enjoy the warming weather.

My Summer Blogging Schedule

I was going to announce my summer blogging schedule the last full week of May, but given the circumstances I am starting my summer blogging schedule now.

Monday: A Summer Fun Goal Post

I love all things summer, bike rides, ice cream parlors, swimming, camping, kayaking, and relaxing on the swing chair on my own front porch with a good book and some sweet tea. Yet, sometimes summer just seems to slip by and I don’t get to do what I wanted. This year I am making a summer fun goal each week, and sharing it as my goal post each Monday.

The goal post will also be missing, the picture from our week, the 3 things tossed this week, the post to check out, and the deal of the week. I will be keeping it sweet and short.

My 3 Snail Paced Goals posts with all the added features  will come back in September, or if we should be blessed with a hot dry fall then October.

Tuesday: A Picture from our week

From  now until fall  I will take this out of my goal  post and give it its very own day with a few words.

Wednesday: A post on one of the following: Fitness/ Time Management/ Faith

Thursday: A post on one of the following: Recipes/ Reviews/ Tutorials

Friday: A Frugal Themed Post

Weekends: Off

Having lost both my parents now I have been reminded once again of the importance of today….because you just might not have tomorrow. I want to encourage my readers to  make a bucket list today of all the things you want to do this summer with those you love, make it a goal to cross one thing off your list every week. Get  out there and make some memories. Trust me it will be those moments they remember.

Linked to Money Saving Mom’s 6 Goals For The Week


How To Prepare Items For Sale So That You Get Top Dollar

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Over the years I have sold a lot of our families items that we are no longer using and I have found the better the item looks the quicker it sells and the more I can get for it.

how to prepare items for sale so that you get top dollar

Here are my tips for preparing your items for sale

1. Clean them well

The cleaner the item the quicker it sells, and for more money too.

Plastic toys: Buy soft scrub or make your own and wash the whole toy down in it. For the really big toys like the plastic slides take them outdoors to do this and then let it dry in the sun. If you still have some marks left try magic eraser.

Wooden furniture: Give it a good wash with Murphy’s oil soap. Also take the time to tighten up legs and draw pulls.

Clothing: Make sure your clothing is freshly washed and then folded so that it has the least amount of wrinkles. Hanging your clothes for sale is always best, but I know it is not always possible. If clothes have even a small stain or rip, don’t mix them in with the clothes that don’t, it turns off buyers. If you truly feel they still have value, put them all together and in one area and let your customers know their flaws and price accordingly.

2. Know your items true worth

An item overpriced won’t sell, and an under priced item won’t sell either. I know the second one is hard to believe but trust me especially when I sell things on line, if I price an item too low no one bites. It is like they think something is wrong with it.

If you don’t have a clue what your item is worth spend sometime researching what the item goes for in the avenue you plan to sell it in. By this I mean if you plan to hold a yard sale, spend a Saturday before your yard sale visiting others in your area and noting how much similar items to what you have to sell are priced at. If you plan to sell your fridge on Craigslist, look at other listing of similar fridges first and see what they are selling for.

Always remember that selling secondhand items means that you won’t always get the price you put on it. People love to make deals in the second hand arena and so you will be expected to be willing to drop your price some. In other words price your item with wiggle room for bargaining.

3. Show Case Your Item

How to show case your item well depends on how you are selling it.

Yard Sale: Put like items together. Make sure your tables are neat and tidy. Make sure items are priced clearly. For larger items put them out front to draw in customers. Make sure furniture is sitting on a level surface so it doesn’t appear wobbly when it isn’t. (for more yard sale tips see my 10 Tips To A Successful Yard Sale)

Facebook Buy & Sell Groups: You usually only get one picture for these types of groups so make sure it is a good one, taken in great light and shows the best side of the item. You can also make a collage on picmonkey of all the sides of the item and then post that collage. (for more Facebook Buy & Sell group tips see my Tips For Selling In Facebook Buy & Sell Groups)

Craigslist: Craigslist allows you several photos. Make sure you use them to show the best parts of your item. I always like to be honest too so I not only list the flaws of my item but contain a picture of the biggest one (like a dent in the side of the washing machine). (for more Craigslist tips see my How To Sell On Craigslist)

eBay: Make sure the picture that will show up in the listing area is a great one. Good lighting, close up, no background distractions. (for more eBay tips see my 10 Tips For Successfully Selling On eBay)

4. Be knowledgeable about the item

I like to know a lot about the items I am selling. How old?How big?I Its features. The pluses. The drawbacks.

If I am listing an item on line I always take the measurements of it and list them as well as all of the above. This saves me a lot of time as I have few email questions to answer.

Knowing these things really does help make the sale. Not many people want to buy an item that contains no details and when they asked questions they got a big “I don’t know”.

5. Know the best platform to sell

Certain items sell better on different platforms than others. In general you can sell most anything at a yard sale, but just because something didn’t sell at a yard sale doesn’t mean it won’t sell. Your ideal customer may not have been out shopping that day.

Right now we live in an  area where yard sales don’t do well so here is my selling plan, which will work for you too.

1. I first try to sell it to friends through Facebook: In general I put the item at a lesser price then I would else where as these are friends and my list time and drop off time is minimal.

2. Facebook Buy & Sell Groups: If my Facebook friends don’t want it I then move the picture over to a Facebook Buy & Sell group and adjust the price to make up for the time I am going to spend waiting for the person to pick it up in a public area.

3. Craigslist: If I still have items left, big items worth $25 or more go to Craigslist. I find smaller items just are not worth my time listing on Craigslist.

4. eBay: Homeschooling books do really well on eBay, as do sets of books. For instance I will sell lots of books by one author, or in one reading level (teachers snatch those up all the time).  I have also had good luck selling popular children’s toy sets, like Duplo, or Lego.

5. Consignment Stores and Sales: I lump these two together as they are both great options for clothing and children’s toys. I talk about the benefits of each ones in these posts

6. Trade in programs: Gamestop might  give you store credit for those games that didn’t sell at your yard sale. Amazon might be interested in some of your books. You can also list your unused and still in great shape books on Paperbackswap and get new  to you titles to read in return.

By doing your prep work, selling an item can be done in a matter of minutes. I know because I have done it, just weeks ago I posted a simple picture of my daughter’s no longer needed barbie collection, with a description and a price I knew was good for our area on my Facebook homepage and it was sold in under 5 minutes.

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 These Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges work wonders on cleaning up plastic outdoor toys and furniture for sale, and more (don’t use on painted items though as they could remove paint) .

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How To Earn $30 A Month With Swagbucks In 5 Minutes A Day

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I have talked about how to make Swagbucks pay for Christmas, how to have Swagbucks pay for your Starbucks, how to have Swagbucks pay for your books, how to have Swagbucks pay for your date night, and how to have Swagbucks pay for your music collection, but I have never really given you a basic plan that always you to decide what you want to spend your Swagbucks on.

How to earn 30 dollars a month with Swagbucks

Yes I know you could use those plans mentioned above and apply them to whatever awards you want, but I know that some individuals prefer a more plain and simple approach, one they don’t have to change at all to suit their needs.

I have also included a downloadable daily check list, so that they can make sure they complete their Swagbucks tasks every day to earn their $30 in gift cards they want, on whatever they want, including  restaurants,  paypal, home improvement, airline flights, gasoline, office supplies, clothes, coffee, music, movies, and more (just check out the Swagbucks reward store page for all the rewards offered)

How to make $30 a month with Swagbucks in 5 minutes a day.

By 5 minutes I am referring to the time it takes to do the NOSO and the Daily poll, as well as start the video playing apps but am not including the time it takes to watch the videos because once they are on you can place your device anywhere and they will play with little need for you to actually spend time watching them (although they do get paused now and again so make sure to check on them from time to time) .

1. Download the toolbar

Once downloaded use the toolbar one time a day for one point.

1×3o=3o Swag Bucks

2. Join Bing Rewards

If you join Bing Rewards right now they are offering a 500 Swagbuck code for 475 points. On average you can earn 16 Bing Rewards per day.

16x 30= 480 which converts to 500 Swag Bucks


3. Do the daily poll

1×30=30 Swag Bucks

4. Do the NOSO daily

2×30=60 Swag Bucks

5. Searching through the homepage or toolbar

You need to download the Swagbucks toolbar or make the Swagbucks homepage your homepage or do both (I do both). Then  use these for entering all your online searches and  you can randomly win Swag Bucks. I earn anywhere from 100 to 200+ points a week this way.


100X4= 400 Swag Bucks (on average)

6. Get the Swagbucks TV App going on your smart phone or tablet each day

These short films run continuously and allow you to earn 40 points per day (my previous Swagbucks earning plans say 50 but it dropped recently to 40) . Warning they do sometimes pause so you will have to check on your device from time to time to make sure they are still streaming.

40x 30 = 1200 Swag Bucks

7. Get the EntertaiNow App

This app also runs continuously  and allows you to earn 30 points per day. I personally have not used it but have had readers who have and  like it. I am not a lover of celebrity news, TV show shorts or movie reviews but as with the Swagbucks TV app this can be run with the volume off and you don’t have to sit and watch it play. So it certainly is a simple way rack up points for little effort.

30×30 = 900 points

Total points = 3120 = $30 in gift cards

Daily Swagbucks Checklist (color2)On the  chart I included you may note the addition of buying Daily deals and shopping through Swagbucks, I have not included them in this plan as the amount of points people earn from them would vary widely. However  they are certainly easy no-brainer ways of earning more Swagbucks  and they would give you a bit more wiggle room in my $30 a month plan in case you don’t get as many search rewards as I do, or you forget to run your video Apps one day.

Here is your free downloadable $30 a month Swagbucks plan

There are other ways of earning Swagbucks that you can find out about by viewing their home page, but for this post I wanted to show you  simple plan that can be done in just a few minutes a day and yet still make an impact on a tight budget.

And that is what I love about Swagbucks , you decided how much time you want to spend on it, but either way you can still earn a reasonable amount of rewards each month for little time spent.

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10 Of My Favorite Christian Workout Songs & 7 Ways To Save Money On Them

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I love to listen to music when I run. My favorite workout songs are Christian. Now I know some of you may be imagining me running to classic hymns from the 1800′s and thinking, how in the world do you run to that. Well, I don’t run to hymns, Christian music comes in as many different genres as there are people. Everything from hip hop to rap to heavy metal all using words that praise our creator.

10 of my favorite christian workout songs and 7 ways to save money on music for your workout


I prefer a mix of songs, some with a fast beat for short fast runs, and some with a slower beat for long runs, or runs where I just don’t care about the time. One thing all my songs must have though are words that I understand and love.

10 Of My Favorite Workout Songs

1.  Toby Mac: Eye on it (on the album Eye On It)

2. Skillet: It’s Not Me It’s You (on the album Awake)

3.Mandisa: Overcomer (on the album Overcomer)

4. Group 1 Crew: His Kind of Love (on the album Fearless)

5. Big Daddy Weave: Love Come To Life (on the album Love Come To Life)

6.Britt Nicole: Gold  (on the album Gold)

7. Third Day: Run To You (on the album Revelation)

8. Francesca Battistelli: So Long (on the album Hundred More Years)

9. Steven Curtis Chapman: Love Take Me Over (on the album The Glorious Unfolding)

10. Sidewalk Prophets:  Nothings Going To Stop Us (on the album Live Like That)

7 Ways to Save Money On Your Music Collection

1. Find Stores with Awesome sales

I love Family Christian stores for their amazing sales of CD’s. Yes our family still buys actual CD’s. My SUV has a 6 CD player and no hook up for an MP3 player. We also have several CD players in the house and my favorite way to listen to music while running  is a Sansa clip so I can easily rip CD’s to my computer and place them on my Sansa.

If you love CD’s too chances are their might be a store near you selling CD’s for less than you might think.

2. Wait until the CD is older

A favorite song for me doesn’t has to be the newest and latest. I like songs both new and old.Albums drop in price fairly quickly.

I get $5 CD’s from Family Christian all the time that are 2 or so years old but still very current.

3.  Almost always buy albums instead of singles

A whole album is usually less money than purchasing the same amount of  singles, however sometimes I do stray from this rule. Sometimes there is  just one song or two songs I like on an album, in that case it is cheaper to buy the singles.

4. Look for discounted gift cards to your favorite places to buy  them

Cardpool sells discounted iTunes cards, as well as discounted cards to other various stores that sell music CD’s.

5. Search Yard Sales

Every yard sale season I find at least a small handful of CD’s of music I can add to my MP3 player. Most are pretty old, but they still get my body and soul moving.

6. Keep your eyes peeled for free music download credits

Money Saving Mom lists free credit codes to Amazon whenever they pop up.

7. Join Point & Rebate Programs & Cash Them in For Gift Cards

These programs all have either Amazon or iTunes cards in their reward centers. Here is a tutorial I wrote on ibotta to help you use the app. You might also want to check out this plan for maximizing your Swagbucks so that you can make the most of your Swagbucks account for filling your music collection.

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The Best Time Management Tip I Have Ever Learned

The best time management tip I have ever learned I am really still in the process of learning. Oh I know it, I just don’t apply it as often as I should.

the best time management tip I have ever learned

 What is the best time management tip?

Stop trying to be a ” Jack of All Trades A Master Of None”.

According to Wikipedia ” ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ is a figure of speech used in reference to a person that is competent with many skills, but is not necessarily outstanding in any particular one”.

The phrase “Jack of all trades” was actually at one time considered a positive one, but after the “master of none” was added it soon become a negative one.

I think the reason why was because in our modern world there are just so many more skills that we could develop. In our current day we simply cannot become competent in all the areas that effect our lives.

When the phrase was created, there were no computers, no electricity, no indoor plumping, no cars , no internet, no coupons, and on and on and on. There are simple too many areas in our life to become competent in so we must instead choose those we will become masters of.

Being a master (or expert) in an skill takes time. Time researching ,time practicing, time doing.

We are all given the same 24 hours a day 7 days a week, not an hour more not an hour less. When we spend our time trying to do everything, we don’t have time to polish up and let our God given talents shine.

Yes you have talents. I know what it feels like to wonder am a I really talented in anything. I have just one single top of the class reward in my 40 years of life and it is in……wood working (grade 10). Not exactly a talent I use today.

It took me a long time to get beyond that voice in my head that says “I am not number one in that so I guess I am not really talented?”. Guess what talent doesn’t mean that you come in first, talent means that it brings you joy, makes you come alive, and your love of it makes you want to improve in it. Your zeal for the skill  enriches not just you but those around you.

I use to think “I am not an Olympian so I really don’t have talent to run”. True but I do have talent to inspire others to try. Talent to teach my children how. Talent to run marathons and use that time to pray and grow closer to God. Talent enough to run with a friend almost every Saturday who keeps me grounded and encourages me to try harder in other areas of life.

What areas of your life make you come alive? Those things are your areas of talent.

Make time for those things, and  stop trying to be an expert at the rest. Now this doesn’t mean that you stop cleaning your house all together because it doesn’t bring you joy to try out new methods of cleaning. There are some things that we just have to do anyways whether we are talented  in them or not.

But it does mean if that area of your life that brings you passion should cause you to flourish financially, don’t think twice about spending money on a housekeeper so you have more time to develop your talent.

It does mean that you can stop stressing out about not having a home that looks like it jumped out of the pages of Better Homes & Gardens and instead you can concentrate on how to streamline the housework so that it gets done to a livable standard, and you define that standard, not the super talented housekeeper next door who cleans her ceiling fans once a week.

(And yes I realize some people actually LOVE housekeeping so if that is you switch out the words about housekeeping in the last 3 paragraphs and put in something you loathe doing)

Set priorities for your time, and those areas that bring you passion, those are the ones that get the most time.

When you do that, trust me the passion will have an oozing effect and soon all those areas you hate to do but can’t delegate (and please delegate all you can) start to get done with less effort and more energy as you know that they don’t have to be done perfectly they just have to been done good enough so that you can get back to working on your passion(s).

So instead of being a Jack of all trades, master of none, become a master of all your talents and delegate and streamline  the rest. When you do, you will discover the passion to enjoy all.

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3 Snail Paced Goals For The Week: April 14 to 21

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Last weeks goals

View last weeks goals in full here…

1. I got to bed on time and up on time all this week.

2. I mended my daughters Big Joe chair.

3. I sent out the piece of mail.

This weeks goals

1. Fill up and send out a bag of clothes to ThredUp.

2.  Get one extra post done for the blog. I like being a full two weeks ahead (with the exception of my goal posts) so that I can take a Saturday off blogging now and again and not scramble to get posts written during the week.

4.  Help my eldest son complete a few tasks on his to do list.

A picture from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

bare armThat is a picture of my bare arm. Finally for the first time in 2014 I was able to run in a t-shirt and capris.

A post to check out

6 ways big batch cooking in changing my life (small)A few months ago, I started cooking 3 casseroles, soups or stews most Sunday afternoons and it is changing my life.

Books I read this week

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished: How She Does It and Inspiration To Pay Off Debt

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form: Longing and Loving (both found at my local library)

2. On my  Kindle Paperwhite: Reclaiming Lily

3. On my Kindle App: Plan to Be Flexible

A deal for the week

Need a gift for an upcoming wedding? Right now ibotta is offering a $5 rebate on any variety of Corelle 16 piece sets. You can pick from various stores to purchase. Not familiar with ibotta? check out my step by step ibotta guide.

3 Things I tossed this week.

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

I tossed 3 nightgowns I don’t wear anymore. No picture since…well…I didn’t think you needed to see my bed clothes!

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

 Linked to 6 Goals For This Week at Money Saving Mom

Disciplined Life (150)Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.


101 Blogs Thrifty People Read

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Thrifty people love finding ways to become even thriftier. One of our favorite sources of thrift information is blogs. Blog reading is free. What can be thriftier than that?

101 blogs thrifty people read

101 blogs thrifty people read

Please note these blogs are in no particular ranking order. I just listed them as I thought of them, or found them on the internet . This list is also not a complete guide to thrifty blogs, just the tip of the iceberg. If you have a thrifty blog and it is not on the list make so to leave a comment below with a link to your blog so readers can check it out.

All the blogs on this list offer unique ideas on thrifty living. Some blogs focus on thrifty living tips, some focus on coupons and deals, some focus on freebies, some focus on inexpensive recipes, some focus on money management,  some of them talk about thrifty one day and other things another, but all of them can help a person who desires to live a thriftier lifestyle.

1. Money Saving Mom

2. Living Well Spending Less

3. Surviving The Stores

4. Free Homeschool Deals

5. The Frugal Girl

6. The Queen Of Free

7.  Northern Cheapskate

8. Earning And Saving With Sarah Fuller

9. Living Richly On A Budget

10. Adventures in Coupons

11. Pays 2 Save

12.  Little House Living

13. Savings Lifestyle

14. Stretching A Buck

15. Six Figures Under

16. Fun Cheap Or Free

17. Thrifty T’s Treasures

18. The Frugal Girls

19. Premeditated Leftovers

20. The Greenbacks Gal

21. Frugal Living Mom

22. Creative Savings

23. A Life In Balance

24. Don’t Waste The Crumbs

25. Simply Rebekah

26. The Peaceful Mom

27. My Frugal Adventures

28. Frugally Sustainable

29. The Prudent Patron

30. Frugal Coupon Living

31. Stockpiling Moms

32. Freebies 4 Mom

33. Squawk fox

34. And Then We Saved

35. The Simple Dollar

36. Wise Bread

37. Motherhood On A Dime

38. Living A Frugal Life

39.  All About The Mommies

40. Meet Penny

41. Frugal Family Home

42. Saving The Family Money

43. Cleverly Simple

44. I Am That Lady

45. The Non-Consumer Advocate

46. Frugal Mama

47. Penniless Parenting

48. Baby Savers

49. Frugality Gal

50. Thrifty Little Mom

51. Sarah Titus

52. Live Like You Are Rich

53. Family Balance Sheet (org)

54. Saving The Family Money

55. Frugal Homeschool Family

56. The Broke Mom

57. Tips & Treasure

58. Frugalful

59. Femme Frugality

60. The Lady Prefers To Save

61. From Foreclosure 2 Frugal

62. Mom Advice

63. Mission To Save

64. A Mitten Full Of Savings

65. Pays 2 Save

66. Living A Frugal Life

67. A Thriftier In Disguise

68. Natural and Thrifty

69. The Centsible Life

70. The Frugal Farmer

71. Moms Need To Know

72. Penny Pinching Mom

73. The Coupon High

74. Thrifty Jinx

75. Queen Bee Coupons

76. Get Rich Slowly

77. Go Gingham

78. The Frugalista

79. The Broke & Beautiful Life

80. Broke Girl Rich

81. Girl Meets Debt

82. L Bee And The Money Tree

83. 4 Hats And Frugal

84. Thrifty Dad

85. Money Bulldog

86. Frugal Rules

87. Christian Personal Finance

88. Passionate Penny Pincher

89. Faithful Provisions

90. $5 Dinners

91. Freebie Finding Mom

92. Freely Educate

93. Frugal Portland

94. Good Cheap Eats

95. Pocket Change Gourmet

96. Freebie Shark

97. The Freebie Blogger

98. Coupon Cravings

99. Moms by Heart

100. Cha-Ching on a Shoestring

101. Passion For Savings

I hope you enjoy exploring the blogs on this list and that you gather tips that will help you live thriftier as read them.

Looking for money saving tips? Follow my Saving Money Tips board on Pinterest.

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If you prefer to gather your tips by reading books, The Tightwad Gazette is a wealth of Thrifty Living Knowledge. From saving money on groceries, to cooking frugally to finding time to work on thrifty projects The Tightwad Gazette has it!

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Step By Step ibotta Guide

(post contains referral link see disclosure)

I have just recently started using the ibotta app and I must say I really like it. My only disappointment with it is that I downloaded it months ago and only got around to using it in the last month. I could have been saving so much more money…or really earning.. since ibotta is a coupon app that pays you using it.

At $2 of redeemed offers you can cash out for a Redbox movie rental. For $5 of redeemed  offers you can cash out for either a $5 Starbucks card, or have $5 transferred to your Paypal account or Venmo account. For $10 worth of redeemed offers you can cash out for either a $10 Regal Entertainment Group gift card or a $10 iTunes gift card.

a step by step guide on how to use ibotta

How To Use Your Ibotta Account

I want to make it clear first that you don’t need a smartphone to use ibotta. You just need a device that you can download the app to and that has a camera that the app can access. I use my iPod.

1. To start your account with $2 click through link and sign up online

Ibotta offers a great sign up bonus, you get $2 if you sign up through a referral link (those words in blue contain mine) . To get your  two dollars  you have to click through a referral link online and sign up for the app right there. After you sign up then you can download the app. Once you have the app downloaded you have 10 days to redeem an offer. You must redeem an offer within 10 days of signing up to receive the $2 bonus.

how to use the ibbota app

This is what your rebate screen should look like. It should show you all the areas you can pick your rebates from.

2. Pick what type of rebate you want

At the bottom of the app screen you will see a lock sign with the words rebates underneath there you can choose what sort of rebate you want to use.

What I love about the ibotta app is that the rebates are not just for food, they are also for movie tickets, restaurants and electronics. For this tutorial I pressed the “Movie Theaters” tab.

pick the store3. Pick the Store/ Restaurant/ Movie theater in your area

There are currently 12 different grocery stores, 1 electronics store, 3 restaurants, 1 health and beauty store, 1 pet store, 1 home improvement store, 2 children’s stores, and 3 different movie theater chains you can pick from.

For this tutorial I picked the “AMC Box Office” tab since that is the movie theater in our town.

pick the product4. Pick the item you want a rebate for

Some weeks there is nothing I want to do a rebate for but the selection changes often so I look before I do my weekly shopping. Just recently my son was going to the movie Captain America with his friends so I picked out that rebate.

complete all tasks

5. After you pick an item you want a rebate on complete the tasks

Once you are on the rebate screen for a particular item you will see circles underneath the item full of various tasks with pink boxes with a lock sign underneath and a price listed beside it. Press on these and do the tasks. This will unlock the rebate so that you can claim it after you purchase the item.

6. Go and purchase the item

Now you can head to the store you picked, or restaurant or movie theater, and purchase the item(s)  that you picked to receive a rebate on. Make sure to keep the receipt so that you can claim your rebate.

verify items7. Verify your rebate

This is a simple process. Click on the redeem circle with a check mark in it found at the bottom of the screen. Your rebate should be there waiting for you to verify. Press verify and once you have doubled checked that you did in fact buy a qualifying item click on the verify circle.

follow the instructions of how to take the photo8. Take photo of your receipt and submit

Once you verify your purchase the submit photo box will become available to use. Press on it and follow the instructions. For a movie stub it was easy, I just had to take one photo. For a grocery purchase you may have to take several photos of the receipt starting at the beginning and going until the end, making sure you get all lines of the receipt.

wait for your rebate

9. Wait up to 24 hours to receive your rebate

Sometimes I have waited hours for a rebate other  times I have just waited minutes, but the ibotta app clearly states it could take up to 24 hours to receive a rebate.

10. Repeat

Repeat the process again and again and watch your rewards pile up. Cash out begins at $2 for a redbox code, but considering a Redbox DVD is less than $2 I would suggest saving up until you have at least $5 in rebates.

cash out11. Cash Your Rebates in for cash

As I mentioned before ibotta offers a few options for payment, you can get a deposit straight into your Paypal or venmo account, or you could choose a gift card for Starbucks, Regal Entertainment Group, Redbox Movie rental or iTunes.

Sure you won’t be able to pay your bills with ibotta, but you will be able to use a device you already own to earn a bit more cash, and small streams can add up.

Looking for more money saving tips, or money earning ones? Follow my Saving Money Tips board and my Selling & Earning Tips board on Pinterest.

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a step by step guide on how to use ibotta (smallest)Not an ibotta member yet? Use this link to sign up (or any of the ones above)  and redeem at least one rebate within 10 days and you will receive a $2 bonus (offer may change at any time)

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