Thrifty Weekend Reads

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Thrifty Weekend Reads 6 kindle titles from .99 cents to $3.99Remember all title are between .99 cents and $3.99 but those prices may change at anytime so make sure you check the price before you purchase.

1. Mary Hunt:Debt-Proof Your Marriage:How To Achieve Financial Harmony $1.99

2. Pamela Binnings Ewen: Chasing The Wind.99 cents


3. Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley: The Dance $1.99

4. Lisa Wingate: Larkspur Cove $3.99


5. Ruth Logan Herne: Running On Empty .99 cents


6. Colleen Coble: Belinda $2.99

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Weekly Thrifty Coupon Round Up

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A Weekly Listing Of The Best Printable Coupons Around The Web

This week I picked 12 high value printable coupons to share with you don’t forget to check out my coupon tab for a complete listing of what coupons are available from Redplum, Hopster,, and Smartsource,

Household Cleaners and Laundry detergent
$1.00 off ONE OxiClean™ White Revive Stain Remover
Buy One White Cloud Bath Tissue, get free 4-Pack
$2.00 off TWO (2) OxiClean™ Laundry Detergents
$1.00 off Cascade Dish Detergent and Rinse Aid
Personal Care Products
$2.00 off two Right Guard Xtreme Deodorant
$7.00 off Schick Hydro Groomer and Refill
$4.00 off Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler
$2.00 off any one St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion
$2.00 off TWO Tampax Pearl Products
$3.00 off $10.00 or more on any St. Ives products
$2.00 off any Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions
$2.00 off any Yes To item $5 or over
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How To Convert Bing Rewards Credits Into Swagbucks

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A reader asked me this question

I’m really confused about the Bing Rewards thing. How exactly does it work with Swagbucks? What is the process. I just signed up and I don’t see anything Swagbucks related :(

I replied to her question but it made me think. How many others out there don’t truly understand how to convert Bing Reward credits to Swag Bucks?

Convert Bing Rewards Credits Into Swag Bucks

How to Convert Bing Reward Credits Into Swag Bucks

1. Sign up for Bing Rewards

You of course can’t convert credits unless you actually have credits to convert. It takes just a few moments to get a Bing Rewards account.

2. Earn Bing Rewards By Completing Three Daily Actions

Each and every day make sure to take just a few minutes to earn the maximum credits you can earn through Bing Rewards

  1. Do any Earn and Explore actions: There are usually one a day sometimes 2 just click the link and you earn the credit(s)
  2. Do your PC Searches where you get 1 credit for every 2 searches up to 15 credits per day. I get mine fast by clicking the related search links it gives you in the sidebar of the screen (might have to scroll to see)
  3. Do your Mobile Searches where you get 1 credit for every 2 searches up to 10 credits per day. I find these take a bit longer than the PC searches do but they really do help you earn faster.

 Total time spent daily:  Just under 5 minutes

3. Keep Earning Your Bing Reward Credits Until You Reach 475 credits

The first time you cash out you will have to earn 500 but shortly after that you should reach “gold status” which makes a 500 credits gift card 475 credits.

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4. Click on the “Redeem” tab

At the top of your Bing Rewards Dashboard  page just above Earn and Explore you should see above. Click on Redeem to view all the available gift cards.

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5. Choose the $5 Swagbucks giftcard

Click on the $5 Swagbucks gift card and press redeem. Follow the instructions and very soon a code for 500 Swag Bucks will be delivered to the email address associated with your Bing Rewards account.  (if you don’t have enough credits yet press set as goal and the card will show up in the sidebar of your dashboard with a line that will turn green when you reach your goal and then you don’t have to dig for it to cash in, although you still have to go through the redeem process).

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screen shot from Swagbucks

6. Copy and paste your code into the Swagbucks

When the email arrives (which is under 24 hrs) copy and paste the Swag Code into the Swag Code box found on the home page of Swagbucks. Just click the Swag Code symbol and a box to enter the code will appear. The 500 Swag Bucks will be automatically put into your Swagbucks account.

7. Repeat up to 50 times

You can cash in  up to 50 of these special Swagbucks codes. Which will help you expand your gift card cash in options since Bing Rewards has just a small handful of gift cards to choose from for redemption but Swagbucks has pages full.

What I also like is you can get a $5 Amazon gift  card at Swagbucks for 450 Swag Bucks (up to 5 a month at this Swag Buck price). At Bing Rewards that same $5 Amazon gift card costs your 475 credits  which is the same as a 500 Swag Buck points card from Bing Rewards.  That means I come ahead of the game when I cash in Bing Credits  for Swag Bucks and convert them to Amazon cards.

I hope this post helps you understand the process of converting Bing Rewards credits into Swag Bucks better.

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A Square foot Gardening Update

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( Tuesdays I share a picture from our week that inspired me to write a post)

How My Square foot garden grew year oneI mentioned sometime ago that I planted a square foot garden for the very first time this year.  Well we have been enjoying the fruits…or really vegetables….of our labor for over a month now. We have had lots of cucumbers.

cherry tomatoesPounds and pounds of cherry tomatoes. I love popping them in my mouth straight off the vine and earlier this week my husband used some up by trying out this recipe . (it was amazing! I want him to make it again)

green beansThis week the green beans became ready to harvest. Yum!

We have also had a few green peppers, a hand full or two of radishes and a few snow peas. I have learned that I really do enjoy gardening but I have a lot to learn. For instance my tomato plants look more like bushes than plants and they took over way more space than the one square the square foot garden book  said they would. I think I need to watch a few youtube videos on how to properly prune a tomato plant.

The cucumber vines took over the peas. My husband and I are thinking of planting them  in there own 2 foot by 2 foot square garden in another section of the yard next year.

I want to add in some berries next season. I am trying to talk my husband into making me this vertical planter for strawberries. I know the kids would probably eat them as fast as they ripen but that is the fun of growing your own food.

How is your garden growing? What will you do the same next year? What will you do differently?

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 I found the book Square Foot Gardening to be a big help in using the small space I had for a garden to its maximum potential, as well as how to get good soil conditions going and what to plant when and where.

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Reach Out And Try

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I recently read the book “When I Fall In Love” by Susan May Warren  and within its pages the author used the words “reach out and try” several times,  and has the main character, Grace, do just that. Grace reaches out beyond her fears and truly puts her best effort into trying to reach for her dreams, and in the end she succeeds.

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I pondered the book during one of my walks, asking myself “am I really reaching out and trying for my WOW goal that I set in the beginning of this year or am I allowing fear to keep me from giving it all I have.”

Honestly, I would say that I am about 70/30. Most days I reach for it, but then other days voices in my head attack me “what am I thinking I can’t do that”, “I am not talented enough”, and the classic, “I don’t have enough time”.

I was verbalizing similar feelings to my running partner a few weeks back and I cherish the words she told me “you won’t unless you believe you will”.

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Are You Believing You Will?

Are you giving your goals, your dreams, your passions, all you have to give? Or are you letting fear keep you living a life of watching others achieve them?

Take a few minutes this week to evaluate yourself?

Are you making time to work on your goals, dreams and passions a priority?

Are you being bold and stepping out of your comfort zone and mingling with people who could uplift you in your journey?

Are you saying yes to each and every step forward, or are you hesitant at new steps thinking, ” I can’t do this?” “I am not capable”.

Truth is, right now in this moment you aren’t capable but you never will be if you don’t step out of your comfort zone and start to grow. From failure comes the wisdom that breeds success.

From failure comes the wisdom that breeds success

May I encourage you (and me) to take one step out of your comfort zone this week and remember “you won’t unless you believe you will”.

Still believing those voices in your head that say you can’t? Read this encouraging story by Crystal Paine on how she finally worked up the courage to try something she figured she just couldn’t do and how when she stopped saying I can’t she did!
When I Fall In Love by Susan May Warren is a love story that not only warms the heart but leaves the reader pondering, are they really reaching out and trying as hard as they can to reach their potential. ( it with Swagbucks  earned gift cards using my bookworm plan)


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250 Ways Thrifty People Save Money

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It all began with a challenge to snap a picture of a thrifty act each week for a month, during that month I discovered people really liked my thrifty people tips, and so I started writing about them as many Fridays as I could (some weeks the thrifty people muse doesn’t visit me but instead the resale fairy visits)

250 Ways Thrifty People Save Money Plus 10 Key Things Thrifty People Do Over & Over To Save Money On Just About Anything

Almost 2 years later I have shared 23 articles with 10 thrifty tips and 1 article with 20 thrifty tips making a whopping 250 thrifty tips covering all kinds of areas of finances, from dating, to groceries, to camping and more.

250 Ways Thrifty People Save Money.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Workout Clothes

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Camping

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

10 ways thrifty people save money on graduation gifts (med2)

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Graduation Gifts

10 Ways Thrifty People Us Facebook to Save & Make Money

10 Ways Thrifty People Stay Content & On Track Financially

20 ways thrifty people save money on clothing (small)

20 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Clothing

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Organics

10 Ways Thrifty People Celebrate Valentines Day

10 kitchen tools thrifty people own (med)

10 Kitchen Tools Thrifty People Own

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Groceries

10 Ways Thrifty People Lose Weight

10 ways thrifty people decorate for Christmas (med)

10 Ways Thrifty People Decorate For Christmas

10 Ways Thrifty Runners Save Money On Races

10 Ways Thrifty People Landscape

10 ways thrifty people homeschool (med)

10 Ways Thrifty People Homeschool

10 Ways Thrifty People Have Fun In the Sun

10 Ways Thrifty People Are Green

10-ways-thrifty-people-dinner-date (med)

10 Ways Thrifty People Dinner Date

10 Dates Thrifty People Take

10 Ways Thrifty People Exercise

10 Ways Thrifty People Shop For Christmas (med)

10 Ways Thrifty People Shop For Christmas

10 Things Thrifty People Do For Fun

10 Ways Thrifty People Renovate

That is 24 articles of 10 points and 1 article of 20 points add it up and you have 250 ways thrifty people save money.

When you click through and read the articles you will find…

10 key things Thrifty People do over and over to save money on just about anything

10 Key Things Thrifty People Do Over And Over To Save Money On Just About Anything

1. Shop sales and clearance

A thrifty person rarely pays full price and clearance racks are usually just the beginning of the list of tips and trick to pay the least amount possible.

2. Shop secondhand

From cars to furniture to clothes, thrifty people know that the way to save a significant amount of money on purchase is to buy second hand.

3. If there is a  coupon use it

From printable coupons, to coupons that come in junk mail, to email coupons to coupons found in free magazines, a thrifty person is always on the look out for coupons.

4. Don’t buy more than you need

This is hard for bargain lovers, we often get distracted by an “amazing bargain” forgetting a bargain isn’t a bargain if we didn’t need it in the first place. Those cool Christmas decorations might just a dollar a box but if you already have enough decorations each box bought is a dollar wasted.

5. Check Cash back sites and Rebate apps. for further discounts

Cash back sites give any where from 2 to 3 percent back to 8 percent or sometimes even higher on purchases made at your favorite stores when you use their links to take you to the store you want. The cash back is often given in the form of either a rebate check, a paypal deposit or a gift card, depending on the program.

Don’t forget to see what Swagbucks is offering in the way of Swag Bucks per dollar when you purchase through their links as often it is higher.

6.  Purchase Discounted gift cards for planned purchases

If you know that you are planning to rebuild your back deck and you know what home improvement store you are going to get your supplies at, jump over to Cardpool and see if you can save on your supplies using discounted gift cards. For instance our family regularly save 7% or more to the home improvement store in our town and over the years this thrifty trick has saved us hundreds of dollars.

7. Make What You Do Own Last Longer

Taking care of your items makes them last longer and that of course means you don’t have to buy replacements as often saving you money.

8. Watch Daily deal sites for things on your need list

I love Groupon for finding great deals for restaurants in our area for thrifty date nights. I found a 1/2 price voucher for my favorite vitamin website at Plum District not to long ago. Zulily is my go to site for deals on everything from purses, to shoes, to running gear and much much more. If your can’t find a sale you can probably find a daily deal.

9.  Sell what you no longer need to help purchase what you currently need

Need a tent for an upcoming camping trip, sell your clutter and not only clean your home but get the tent you want paid for. What ever it is you need to pay for selling things you no longer need is a great way to help soften the blow that the purchase has to your budget.

10. Use Point reward programs to collect points for gift cards to help pay.

Swagbucks and Bing are  currently my two favorite companies  for earning free gift cards that can help you pay down the cost of items. It is possible to work the two companies together to earn $30 a month in just a few minutes work each day. You can always add in a few more point reward companies to make your monthly return even higher.

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Thrifty Weekend Reads

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Thursdays are thrifty here at Snail Pace Transformations. Start the day off with the Weekly Thrifty Coupon round up and in the late afternoon enjoy  Thrifty Weekend Reads list of kindle books available for under $4.

Thrifty Weekend Reads 6 kindle titles from .99 cents to $3.99 (weekly listing)

Remember prices can change at anytime so make sure to check the current price before you purchase.


1. Chasing Mona Lisa: by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey .99 cents

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps. (book description from Amazon) Just .99cents


2.  Songbird Under A German Moon: By Tricia Goyer

The year is 1945. The war is over and 21-year-old Betty Lake has been invited to Europe to sing in a USO tour for American soldiers who now occupy Hitler’s Germany. The first night’s performance is a hit. Betty becomes enthralled with the applause, the former Nazi-held mansion they’re housed in and the attention of Frank Witt, the US Army Signal Corps Photographer. Yet the next night this songbird is ready to fly the coop when Betty’s dear friend, Kat, turns up missing. Betty soon realizes Frank’s photographs could be the key to finding Kat. Betty and Frank team up against post-war Nazi influences and the two lovebirds’ hearts may find the answers…in each other. But will they have a chance for their romance to sing? The truth will be revealed under a German moon. (book description from Amazon) Just .99 cents

3. Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston

This is a youth read for ages 13 to 16 but the story line intrigues me

Emily Curtis is used to dealing with her problems while under the hood of an old Chevy, but when her mom dies, Emily’s world seems shaken beyond repair. Driven from home by hospital bills they can’t pay, Emily and her dad move in with his wealthy sister, who intends to make her niece more feminine—in other words, just like Whitney, Emily’s perfect cousin. But when Emily hears the engine of a 1970 Dodge Challenger, and sees the cute gearhead, Zander, next door, things seem to be looking up. But even working alongside Zander can’t completely fix the hole in Emily’s life. Ever since her mom died, Emily hasn’t been able to pray, and no one—not even Zander—seems to understand. But sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect. (Book Description from Amazon) Just .99 cents

4. Amish Baby by Kristina Ludwig

Eighteen year-old Hannah and her new husband Jakob have discovered the best possible news: Hannah is pregnant with their first child!

Most Amish girls spend their pregnancies quilting and sewing tiny clothes, but not Hannah. Between her demanding job at Stoltzfus Bakery, bridesmaid duties in Amish bridezilla Mercy’s wedding, and her unwanted position as mediator during Jakob and Mercy’s many quarrels, Hannah is ready for a break!

However, Hannah receives more rest time than she’d bargained for when an accident causes her to nearly lose her baby, and lands her on bed rest. Can her marriage really survive in sickness and in health? Will Hannah recover in time to stand in Mercy’s wedding? And can Hannah regain her strength and give birth to a healthy baby? (book description from Amazon) just .99 cents

5. A Time To Dance by Karen Kingsbury

John and Abby Reynolds were the perfect couple, sharing a love born of childhood friendship and deep family ties. They are envied by their friends, cherished by their children, admired by their peers. But John and Abbey are about to lose it all. On the verge of having an affair, John is no more the man Abby married than she is the long-ago girl of his dreams. They are strangers whose days of dancing seem gone forever.

They gather their three children to announce their plans, but before they can speak, their daughter makes an announcement of her own; she’s getting married in the summer.

Abby and John determine not to ruin their daughter’s season of happiness, but as the wedding nears they are haunted by questions. Is the decision they’ve made irreversible? Are there times when marriage–even the marriage between two people of faith–is truly beyond repair? And is it possible, alone in the moonlight on an old wooden pier, to once more find…a time to dance? (book description from Amazon) just 2.99

6. A Father’s Prayer by Linda Wood Rondeau

A year after learning of a son’s existence, Country music legend, Ethan Jacobs returns to Jasper Falls, a place of bitter memories, to help the his twelve-year-old autistic child, given up for adoption at birth. Orphaned after the death of his adoptive parents, the boy is at risk of institutionalization due to probation violations and alleged inadequate guardianship of his current caregiver, an older, adoptive sister. In view of his son’s delicate emotional state, the court advises Ethan to keep his relationship to Gib secret for now.

As far as Jasper Falls knows, Ethan is in town to perform a Christmas benefit, although he longs to tell the world his current hit single, A Christmas Prayer, was inspired by a son he has yet to meet. Ethan’s intent was to rescue Gib. Instead, his presence seems to complicate the child’s life even more. Does God have a different plan for Gib no one has considered? (book description from Amazon) just $2.99

thrifty bookworms and swagbucks the perfect romance (smallest)Want to know how to save more money on your kindle book purchase? Join Swagbucks and cash in the points for Amazon gift cards making your Kindle habit free or close to free (depending on just how big a bookworm you are). Read my post “Thrifty Bookworms and Swagbucks  The perfect Romance” for more details.

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Weekly Thrifty Coupon Round Up

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On Thursdays  (starting today) I post a coupon round up of the best coupon deals I have seen out there. Remember these coupons don’t last forever and could become unavailable at anytime.

A Weekly Listing Of The Best Printable Coupons Around The Web

 Baby  & Children’s Items

$2.00 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers
$0.50 off ONE Luvs Diapers
$2.00 off ONE (1) Boudreaux's Butt Paste product
$1.00 off one box of White Cloud Diapers
Save $2.00 on any ONE (1) package of Pull-Ups® Training Pants (Jumbo Pack or larger)
$1.50 off ONE Pampers UnderJams

Organic Foods

$0.75 off flavor/variety Cascadian Farm product
$0.55 off Horizon Snack Crackers or Grahams
$2.00 off on one (1) 4 pack of Svelte organic
Save 55¢ Off Any Florida Crystals® Natural or Organic Sugar Product
Save $1.00 off any Wholesome Sweeteners brand Organic Sugar, Stevia, Agave or Honey.

Household items

$1.50 off ONE Tide Detergent 40oz or larger
$1.00 off TWO (2) packages of Hefty Slider Bags
$1.00 off any TWO Ziploc brand containers
$1.00 off any White Cloud Facial Tissue 3-pack
$1.00 off Energizer Brand Batteries or Flashlight
$1.00 off any TWO Ziploc brand bags

Personal products

$2.00 off ONE Venus Razor
$1.50 off TWO Oral-B Toothbrushes
$7.00 off Schick Hydro Groomer and Refill
$2.00 off any Yes To item $5 or over
$3.00 off Schick Xtreme3 Disposable Razor Pack
$2.00 off one (1) Schick Disposable Razor Pack
$3.00 off Schick Quattro Titanium Razor
$5.00 off TWO (2) Schick Disposable Razor Packs
$1.00 off ONE Crest BE Toothpaste 4.5 oz
$1.00 off ONE Gillette or Venus Disposable Razor
Save $4.00 on any one (1) Schick Hydro® 5 Disposable Pack
Save $4.00 on any one (1) Schick Hydro Silk® Disposable Pack


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Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken Wings

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My recipe for Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken Wings all started with a conversation between my husband and I at our favorite wing joint. We both prefer boneless wings and it occurred to us we could probably make the same thing at home using our crock-pot, a bag of chicken bites, and a bottle of BBQ sauce.

Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken Wings A few months later, I was getting really tired of Friday night feeling like every other night. I had a strong desire to do something on Friday nights that would set it apart from the rest of the week and make it something to look forward to again like I did when I was much much younger (like before children and my oldest one is 18 ).

Out of that desire  crock-pot boneless BBQ chicken wings  and a redbox movie night was born.

The kids, don’t normally join us. First they don’t want to wait that long for dinner and second they don’t want to see their parents snuggling and kissing. I eat a generous snack at 4 pm so I can hold out until 8 pm, and it is always worth the wait. My hubby and I both look forward to wing and movie night now.

All You Need For Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken WingsThis recipe for crock-pot boneless BBQ chicken wings  is more processed than a lot of my recipes but our family follows an 80/20 diet of whole foods to processed foods. This balance allows me to feel like I am not constantly in the kitchen and helps me avoid take out saving us money.

I dump the bag of frozen chicken bites (mine is 1 lb 8 0z) in my crock-pot (I love having a small crock-pot  for sauces and sides)  and cover them in Honey BBQ sauce. You can use whatever kind of BBQ sauce you want. Personally I like one with a bit more kick but my husband really likes the honey one.

getting lid off a bbq bottleHere is a tip for getting out the last of the BBQ sauce. Use a fork to pry off the lid.

How To Get The Rest Of The BBQ Sauce Out Of The JarThen add about a 1/4 cup of white vinegar.

shake bottleThen place the cap back firmly on the bottle, and shake until the sides of the bottle no longer have sauce on them.

pour sauce over topFinally pour the contents over the chicken bites.

place crockpot on highTurn your crock-pot on high for 2 hours and then turn it down to low for one additional hour.

Tender Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken WingsThese babies come out tender and dripping in sauce. WARNING eating them with your fingers is extremely messy so I prefer to eat them with a fork. Leftovers make great salad toppings.

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Crock-Pot Boneless BBQ Chicken Wings


  • 1 bag boneless chicken bites (1lb 8oz )
  • 1 standard sized bottle of BBQ sauce (any flavor)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  1. place chicken in crock-pot
  2. cover in BBQ sauce
  3. pour vinegar into BBQ sauce bottle and swish until inside of sides of bottle are clean
  4. pour the vinegar and BBQ sauce mixture over chicken
  5. turn crock pot on high 2 hours
  6. turn crock pot on low 1 hour
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Why I Am Giving Away The Small Stuff

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It is time to confess I don’t resell as much of my stuff as I once did. In fact just this week the kids and I filled the entire back of my SUV with items we no longer needed and dropped them all off at a local thrift store.

3 Reasons To Give Away The Small Stuff

You see before I started this blog, reselling was one of my favorite ways to add money to our families income. I would hold a Craiglist blitz weekend and raise enough to go camping for a week. I would list items on eBay and pay for swimming lessons and soccer fees.  I held a yard sale and made enough for my husband and I to go on a couples weekend getaway. I would drag bags of too small clothes to consignment stores and cash out my account to pay for a fun day with friends.

I had time on my hands to do those sorts of things, and I was good at it them,  which caused  people to ask me to help them resell their things and so I started this blog to help them and then I didn’t have so much time on my hands.

We also once lived in an awesome location for yard sales and now we don’t. My children’s clothes were once small enough for a consignment store that was very easy to use and now their not.

My season of life has completely changed and with it my reselling habits has changed. I  now have a reselling limit. If I cannot sell an item for $10 or more to the thrift store it goes (with the exception of Homeschooling curriculum that I sell at a once a year second hand curriculum sale)

My limit reminds me of Crystal’s story about why she doesn’t make homemade tortillas . My time is valuable.  It isn’t that I am earning a lot of money on this blog, but I am  earning some, and each hour I spend reselling instead of blogging takes away from my potential  blog earnings, yet reselling can often yield a higher hourly wage for me than blogging.  It is a bit of a juggling act but by setting my reselling limit at $10 profit minimum,  I have made balancing it easier on myself .

3 Reasons why I am loving My $10 Resell Limit

1. I am supporting local charities

I have been deeply touched by the book  More Or Less  and I have been praying for a way to give from my families excess ( you need to read the book to understand) and giving my small stuff to a local thrift store who uses the money to feed the local hungry seems like a great answer to prayer. A single income family like my own can’t afford to give many cash donations but we can afford to donate the small items we no longer use.

2. The limit makes decluttering faster

Before I use to take time deciding whether an item we no longer used was best sold at a yard sale, or at a consignment store or perhaps some other method of reselling would be better. The process was time consuming, and I often put it off because it took so much time. Now I hold an item up and say to myself “can I get $10 or more for this ” and if not it goes in the give pile. Just this week I was able to go through our entire attic in under an hour collecting the SUV load in the above picture for the thrift store. In my “reselling almost everything days” that same job would have taken hours.

3. I have less stuff around

I use to have boxes of stuff in the attic for the next yard sale, boxes of clothes in the closet waiting for the consignment store to change seasons, and boxes in the family room full of books waiting until I got enough to sell as a lot on eBay. Now I try to snap a picture and sell and item in a local Facebook Buy and Sell group the minute I decide we don’t need it , and  as soon as I have a box or two for the thrift store it is out of the house on my next trip to town.

Your stage of life is probably different than mine. You need to decide what level of reselling  is best for you and your family in your current stage of life. For me and my family that level is sticking to selling big items only and allowing smaller items to fund local charities.

This post was inspired by My Changing View Of Stuff on A Slob Comes Clean. After reading Noni’s thoughts on her changing views on the value of her stuff I began thinking more and more about my own changing views of my families stuff. I highly recommend Noni’s blog A Slob Comes Clean to all messies like myself. 

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