I don’t necessarily go along with the whole new year resolution idea. I do think it’s good to have some set goals in mind to accomplish during the year. It helps to keep you focused and on track.
I like the idea of goals and not resolutions. Resolutions sound kind of negative to me like I resolve to stop doing “insert bad behavior here”.
I like to have some fairly easy goals like to keep saving X amount of money in our emergency fund(this one is easy as I have an auto transfer set up). I also have a few harder ones that help keep me on track, and are a bit more challenging to achieve.
For 2012 I added a new and easy goal to my list. I have made it a goal to fill out every survey on every receipt that offers any kind of reward. You may have noticed that on most of the store/restaurant receipts that you get now there is usually an offer to complete an online survey for the chance to win something. Usually it’s for money or a gift card.
My goal is to fill out all the online receipt surveys that I get. I usually gather them up and go through them once a week. It takes less than 10 minutes. I haven’t won anything yet but I also like leaving good reviews for places where I had a good experience. I know that these surveys get monitored and can help a store/employee/manager.
To me it’s a like a free way to play the lottery. I also don’t leave any personal information besides my email and If a survey is way too in depth then I usually just don’t do that one. Most are simple surveys asking if the store was clean and the employees nice. We don’t do a ton of shopping/eating out so the receipts we accumulate in a week aren’t that many and it’s manageable for me to do the surveys.
If I don’t win anything this year then I might just not bother doing it next year. I thought it would be fun to try it for a year and see what happens.
Right now we are in the middle of a complete bathroom renovation. We decided to demo it right down to the studs. We debated taking down the ceiling or not but decided to do it. I’m so glad we decided to remove the ceiling. The only things we are keeping are the door to the closet and the door to the bathroom itself. When it warms up outside we will sand them and then either stain or paint them and give them new hardware.
Luckily we found an amazing contractor.
Right before he was going to start putting up new drywall I made a collage of some old bathroom photos plus some pictures of the dogs. I laminated it and taped it to the wall where it would be covered in drywall. I wrote a short note on the back of the picture with the date and a few details. If anyone does another major renovation they will uncover the picture, and marvel at what a hideously ugly bathroom we used to have. (and how cute our dogs were)
Today we went grocery shopping in two stores to stock up on some good deals. All this week I have been leaving extra coupons at the grocery store. I personally love finding a coupon I can use that someone left, so I try and return the favor when I can.
Due to an error I made I ended up with about 30 coupons I couldn’t use (don’t ask). So I have been leaving them in small batches when we go grocery shopping. These were good coupons for items that were on sale. It would bring an item that was on sale for $1.88 down to 38 cents and another one brought an item that was on sale for $1.74 down to 24 cents. I had bought what I wanted of each and had enough to last us a long time. I like to stockpile, but only within reason, I don’t go crazy with it.
I hope that I was able to save some people some money with my coupons.
Not only do I love using coupons, but I also love leaving coupons. I occasionally end up with coupons that I don’t need and can’t use. I sometimes get them in the mail or if I find a good coupon in an insert even if I don’t want it, I will still cut it out.
If I have coupons I don’t want I usually bring some with me and leave them on the shelf where the product is located. Last week I left 5 $1.50 coupons for Jello Mousse Temptations, a $1.50 Arm & Hammer Cat litter Coupon and several Glade product coupons.
I cannot tell you how much I love doing this. I love doing this as much as I love finding a coupon for a product that someone else left. A few weeks ago I went to buy some egg noodles for stroganoff, and someone had left a coupon – which was awesome as I didn’t have a coupon. It was for the brand and size that I buy so it really helped me – Thank you to the person that left that coupon.
Times are tough, it makes me happy to think that I can help other people save some money by doing something so simple that doesn’t cost me anything but a few minutes of my time.
I just signed up for Campbell’s elabels for education program. Do you remember as a kid you would save the labels from Campbell soup cans and bring them in to school? I remember doing that when I went to school.
They now have a program where you can register your grocery savings cards at eLabelsforeducation.com and then choose a school to receive any points you earn. You earn points when you purchase eligible Campbell’s products and your school gets the points automatically.
Since 1973, Labels for Education has been committed to helping America’s families support education and schools. Collecting UPC’s to exchange for tools and equipment that support youth based enrichment programs helps nurture children’s lives through the arts, athletics, and academics. During this time, over $110 million worth of educational merchandise has been awarded to schools across the country.
If you already participate in e-Labels for Education, then you know how easy it is to help your school once you register online and shop with your Shoppers or Rewards card at your favorite supermarket. Just remember to choose the school or schools you would like to receive your e-Labels for Education points, or your school will not receive the points you earn.
I don’t have any children, and I am not familiar with the school system where I now live, I was thrilled to see the schools I went to as a child listed. Even though I live in another state I was able to pick the two schools I went to as a child. I went to the best school ever for kindergarten through third grade.
You get 100 points for your school just for signing up. Even if you don’t have children in school consider helping out a school that you love.