Monday, February 26, 2018

Swagbucks: An Honest Review

Monday, February 26, 2018 9 Comments
If you've ever checked out one of those "Easy Ways to Make Money at Home" posts that are all over Pinterest, then you've probably heard of at least one survey site that pays you for your time.  I've seen tons, and I mean tons

I've tried several.  I like taking surveys, and if I can get paid to do it then sign me up.  Unfortunately though, most of them lost their appeal very quickly.  But I have stuck with one, and I want to share what I like and dislike about it just in case you're thinking about jumping on the paid survey train.


Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post, but if you join Swagbucks with my link I will get some SB for the referral.  Swagbucks isn't paying me for a review.  These are all my opinions and I just wanted to share with people interested in paid survey sites.

Swagbucks is a site that pays you in swagbucks, or SB, for doing things like taking surveys, watching videos, shopping through their links, or signing up for offers.  You can trade your SB in for gift cards to several different places, including Amazon and Paypal.

Swagbucks Pros


These are several things I really like about Swagbucks, and these things are what make it worthwhile for me to continue using it.

Exchange Rate


This is what sucks about most survey sites.  Most sites give you a few points here and there and it takes forever to earn anything. 

Swagbucks is great in this regard.  100 SB is equal to $1, and most surveys are worth at least 20 SB.  On average a survey will give you 50 or so SB for finishing it, and I usually take at least one a day worth 80 to 125 SB.  I easily make around $2 (200 SB) a day just taking surveys.


They also offer a $25 gift card for 2200 SB once a month, which means you save $3 on a gift card.  The fact that they do it once a month is pretty awesome.

Variety


What made me really stick with Swagbucks is the variety of ways to earn SB.  Survey's are great, but even I only want to sit through two or three before I get bored and want to do something else.


In addition to the surveys, there are good promotional offers that reward a ton of SB for trying a product.  For example, I signed up for the Dollar Shave Club trial box for $5, and got 2000 SB.  That's $20!  I made $15 just for trying a razor!  And if I stay subscribed for next month, I'll get 1500 SB for a $9 subscription.  That's $6 extra I get back.


If you're into meal box subscriptions, they have tons of offers on those too.  Plus, they usually offer a discount for being a Swagbucks user.  Blue Apron offers $40 off for signing up with a Swagbucks link and you get 3500 SB just for trying.  And if you're still into paper magazines (like me), then you will love them.  I got 2 free year subscriptions, and another 3 for $2 each.  Each subscription got me 50 SB back, and I got to get a year of my favorite magazines for either free or super cheap.

You can also get cash back in the form of SB for shopping through their links.  They have links for almost everything, so make sure you look before shopping online!  Installing the Swagbutton on your browser also helps to make sure all your shopping trips are credited to Swagbucks, which makes things easy.

Rewards for Referrals, but Doesn't Encourage Spamming Your Friends


The constant "Share this and get that!" signs from many money making sites and apps makes me crazy.  If I like something, I'll share it.  Don't ask me to share 100 times a day!

Thankfully, Swagbucks doesn't do this.  And that makes me happy.


They do encourage referrals, though, and they give some pretty good rewards for it.  Right now, if someone signs up through a referral link and earns 300 SB, then you and them both get 300 more.  Then you get 10% of their earnings forever.  So if they get 2000 SB, you'll get 200 SB just because you referred them.  Pretty sweet.

If you'd like to get that 300 SB bonus, here's my referral link. :-)

Swagbucks Cons


Even though I really love Swagbucks, there are a few things I have some major complaints with.

The Mobile App is Not Great


Actually, their mobile Apps are not great.  They have way too many apps that mostly do the same things, and none of them function super well.  The main app is the best one, but even it doesn't have as much available as the actual website.

There are also several surveys that don't work on mobile devices, so there aren't as many.  If you're wanting to do surveys on the go, then this is not the site for you, which is disappointing.

It Take a Few Days to Get Gift Cards and Points in Some Cases


The gift card one really isn't that big of a deal, since it is still very fast.  I usually get my gift cards in my email 2 days after I order them.  But knowing how fast it is to get gift card codes normally, I get impatient.

In the points situation, they're usually held for a few days after you make a purchase through one of their links or sign up for a subscription box.  I believe they do this to discourage people from cancelling orders and still collecting their SB.  It does make since, but sometimes they can be held for up to 30 days, and that's a bit insane.

Conclusion


Even with its cons, I love Swagbucks.  I've been a member for a little over a week and have already collected over $40 worth of Amazon gift cards.


I plan on continuing to use it, even if my usage becomes more casual over time, because it's a fun and profitable way to kill some time.

Want to give Swagbucks a try?  Here's a Link:

Try Swagbucks

Want to Pin this for later?  Here's a cute Pin!


What's your favorite survey site?  Got any Swagtips?  Leave me a comment and let me know!


Friday, February 23, 2018

Celebrate: National Toast Day!

Friday, February 23, 2018 19 Comments
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I love National Days.  Have you ever heard of them?  Basically, it's a holiday for something kind of random.  And today is one of those days.

Today is National Toast Day!


Yes.  We have a holiday dedicated to toast.  It actually started in the UK in 2014 by the Tiptree World Bread Awards, which sounds awesome in itself.  The US seemed to like the idea to celebrate the versatile magic food, so grab your jam and lets celebrate!

I've put together a collection of toast related goodies that I found all over the interwebs.  It would seem that everyone loves toast, because I found some pretty amazing things!

Toasting to Etsy



From left to right: 1) Mr Little Bread by ChampuChinito 2) Toaster Cover by SewnbyStacy 3) Peanut Butter and Jelly Keychains by CharmedandDangerousS 4) Toast Fabric by SewStitchingHappy 5) Buttered Toast Pin by Heynelliele 6) A Toast Card by Nuts4Stampin 7) Buttered Toast Necklace by DancingParrot 8) Avocado Toast Mug by PlantLoveBoutique

I need that stuffed bread. <3

Jamming in the Amazon




Did you know there was a Toast game?  Yeah, me either.  But my cats definitely need that bread bed.  And who doesn't want to toast their hands with smiling hand warmers?

Make All the Toast





Toast is so versatile!  Did you know you can put almost anything on toast?  I didn't think about half of these recipes.  I'm pretty pumped to eat all the toast now though.

What's your favorite toast related thing? 


Interested in more National Days?  Check out the National Day Calendar and schedule yourself a year of celebrations!

Enjoy getting toasted!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Great Resources: Design and Font Bundles

Monday, February 19, 2018 3 Comments
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I discovered something over the past week that I'm super excited to share with you guys:

DesignBundles.net and FontBundles.net!


If you're a blogger, designer, crafter, or anyone else who needs commercial use graphics and fonts, then these sister sites are the place for you.  They have tons of images, photos, .svg cut files, graphics, templates, fonts, and other goodies available for purchase.  All purchases come with one of two commercial use licenses, so you can use them in products that are meant to be sold!  Just make sure you read over the licenses so you purchase the one that's right for you.


They also have Free Downloads on both sites available every week, and Font Bundles has Dollar Deal fonts regularly.


You get even more freebies if you sign up for the Plus membership.  The membership for one site is $5.99 per month, or you can get Plus access to both for $7.99 per month, which is what I did because it was the better deal.  I downloaded well over 100 different fonts and images in my first few hours of having the membership.  And they have new free Plus Products every week as well!


These were just too darn cute to pass up for me.  And this is just a few of the cute things I downloaded!

I can't wait to design some cute things for my Etsy shop with these goodies. :-)


If you do any kind of design to sell and need graphics, I highly recommend Design and Font Bundles.  Download some goodies and get creative!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Etsy Roundup- Be My Valentine

Friday, February 09, 2018 0 Comments
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Valentine's Day is coming up on Wednesday, so I spent the day scouring Etsy for some super cute Valentine related goodies.

I'm never disappointed when scouring Etsy.


From left to right: 1) Tic-Tac-Toe Bags by SassyDecals 2) Love Letter Pattern by Magic Pattern Shop 3) Valentine's Day Garden Flag by LittlePeonyCo 4) Wood Heart Blocks by 11YearParty 5) 3-D Printed "Love" by Drake3D 5) "You're My Boo" Card by TurtleSoup 6) Origami Rose by TheFlowingFold 7) Love Preppy Patch Raglan Tee by BlushandCoDesigns

I'm in love (pun intended ;-) ) with that shirt. And of course the happy little felt love note!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

5 Unusual Things to Do for Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 26 Comments
Valentine's Day: a day where you wait in line for hours to eat dinner and spend an obnoxious amount of money on flowers.  Fun the first time, but kind of boring after awhile.

Nick and my anniversary is the day before Valentine's Day, so we always have a double holiday to worry about.  Usually, we celebrate them together by going on a mini trip somewhere.  Or a big trip to Disney World.  You know, whatever we're feeling at the time.

This year though I was looking for something different to do a little closer to home, and boy, did my search bring up some interesting results! 


So I present to you my list of unusual things to do for Valentine's Day.  Most of these are in the Kentucky-Ohio-West Virginia area, but I'm sure there are some interesting things to do in your area if you look hard enough!

Take a Tour of a Chocolate Factory



One of my favorite plans that I found by far was touring the Old Kentucky Chocolate Factory and sampling some yummy chocolate.  They do tours Monday thru Thursday at 10:00am by appointment, and it sounds like a super fun and inexpensive way to enjoy Valentine's Day.

Old Kentucky Chocolate Factory

Have Dinner and Spend the Night in a Castle


Photo from Castle Post

Also here in Kentucky is a very unusual site: an actual castle.  This particular castle is also a pretty amazing hotel, complete with fancy restaurant, and they're doing a pretty amazing Valentine's Day Bash.


A four course dinner, champagne, chocolates, and rooftop s'mores in a castle.  Then, if you're lucky enough, snag a room to spend the night and feel even more like royalty.  Ticket's are pretty pricy ($300 per couple), but I can't think of a more romantic place to spend Valentine's Day!

Kentucky Castle Valentine's Day 

Take a Dinner Cruise in Cincinnati



BB Riverboats in Cincinnati Ohio is a company that offers cruises up the Ohio River, and their doing Valentine's Day dinner cruises for a few nights during the Valentine's week.  For $60 per adult, you can have a very yummy sounding dinner while enjoying the Cincinnati Skyline.  They even offer souvenir photos to remember your romantic night!

Valentine's Day Cruise with BB Riverboats

Have Dinner at a Zoo



Also in Cincinnati is this fun dinner idea: Dinner at the Cincinnati Zoo.  This zoo is one of my favorites, and not just because it's the home of Fiona the Hippo.  For $175 per couple, you can enjoy some special zoo events like learning about "The Wild Side of Love" and enjoy a dinner with a champagne toast that evening.  There's even wine and an open bar if that's what you fancy.

Dinner Party at the Zoo

Spend the Night in a Haunted Penitentiary  



If scary things are more your speed, then this one's for you.  The Moundsville West Virginia Penitentiary does haunted tours often, but they're doing a special event for Valentine's Day: "Into the Heart of the Dungeon."  After a nice romantic dinner, you'll be locked up in the penitentiary for a night of being chased, tied up, blindfolded, and dragged around.  The site warns that bruises and cuts should be expected, and police and EMTs will be on site for emergencies.  If you want an extreme thrill for Valentine's Day, head to Moundsville.

Moundsville Penitentiary


What unusual things have you found in your search for things to do for Valentine's Day?  I'd love to hear them!


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