Friday, June 9, 2017

Christmas Without Debt June Edition: Win Your Christmas!


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Can you believe we're almost seven months until Christmas?  I keep a countdown in my planner so it doesn't catch me off guard and I will be prepared for when Christmas rolls around, both with online selling, and just plain out preparing for Christmas with gifts, goodies, and decorations.

This month I want to talk a bit about entering to win your Christmas.  There are no guarantees that you will win, but it's something fun to do, and normally every year for the past twenty I have won a few items I was able to use as gifts.  Last year I won a nice set of watercolor pencils I was able to give my husband who likes to do art.  I also won him a wood chisel set which he thought was really cool.  His grandfather was into woodworking, and while he hadn't done any before Christmas, he was excited to try his hand at it.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Book Review: The Inkblots Hermann Rorschach and his Iconic Test


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I was a psychology major in college.  Yet, we barely touched on Rorschach.   My first exposure to the test (which, incidentally, the inventor never called a test) was in junior high school when I was undergoing a battery of tests because I was in the Gifted and Talented class.  After about two cards I was bored and gave one word answers so I could move on to something more interesting.  I mean, why should I have to mention everything in the card?  Wouldn't that take forever?  And what did it help anyone to know my opinion of abstract art?

So, when I had the chance to review The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing, I was intrigued.  Maybe I could learn more about the man who came up with this standard psychology assessment and also have an idea of how it worked.  This book didn't disappoint.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ways We Saved Money on Our Wedding

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Weddings can be expensive, and we went over budget -- ours cost under $3,000 and we had 150 people in attendance and flew our entertainment in from Florida -- a master illusionist who did a magic show instead of having a traditional dance.  Overall, I expect our wedding would have cost about $20,000 if I hadn't done everything I could to save money.  Here are a few of the things I did.

Win everything you can.  There are so many sweepstakes and contests open to just engaged couples.  I won our save the date cards, lollipops with our photos on them as favors, invitations, a Walmart gift card we used for food, and plenty more various things.  Sometimes you get entries by starting a registry somewhere (doesn't mean you have to use it!), or at bridal fairs or other places.  Enter everything you can because people do win!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

DEAL OVER

The deal on this is over, but I received my order.  Some people didn't.  Guess it was hit and miss or who ordered first or something.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Why you NEED to join Swagbucks

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I don't really remember how I first heard about Swagbucks.  I've been a member for about ten years, and I use it as my main search engine.  You could call that loyalty, I call it being a smart consumer.

The search engine is just as good as the big guys -- plus it even has a safe search mode so you wont' get unwanted items in your feed.

But the main reason I use it is for the SB. They can be redeemed for a number of things.  I usually choose Amazon gift cards, and I have gotten a Kindle with them back when Kindles were really expensive, paid for some of the bridesmaid dresses for my wedding with SB, and used some of my earnings for everyday purchases like Nepro when my mother was on dialysis.

So, Swagbucks can help you reduce expenses by allowing you to get free diapers, groceries, or even Christmas gifts.