How I saved $15.75 on groceries using coupons and mobile apps

September is declared the re-emergence of my coupon strategy.

I admit to having been a total slacker for months now. Ok, years…

But without a hourly job, saving money has become a prime focus for me lately.

Since it has been awhile since I have been a serious extreme couponer combined with the fact that I am currently without wheels, I decided to focus on groceries at one local supermarket (Farm Fresh).

Saving money with coupons and apps

Coupons: $6.50

The first step was printing out my handy coupons.

With the exception of the Dollar Tree, most of my local grocery stores happily accept printed coupons.

Plus, it is much more convenient for me as well as environmentally friendly than purchasing newspapers with the promise (yet again) that I will actually read the articles (never happens).

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$0.50 off 2 BOXES any Betty Crocker fruit snacks

$1.00 off 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods$0.75 off 3 Larabar,Uber, Alt bars, RENOLA Pouches$1.00 off (10) Yoplait Yogurt

 Farm Fresh doubles coupons up to $1 every Wednesday so I saved double on all of these.

Farm Fresh also gives you $0.05 off if you bring your own bags and I had 2.

This is a savings of $6.60.

(The funny thing was a friend and Farm Fresh employee asked me if the coupons were “legal” and a stranger told me that they had rejected her coupons just this morning. Fraud or machine failure? I don’t know…)

I saved $6.60 at Farm Fresh with coupons and instant bag savings.

But before I left the house, I did one more thing.

Actually, I did 3 more things.

Ibotta, Checkout51, and SavingStar.

If pressed for time, you can actually do these in the store while shopping but I preferred the organization of getting my lists ready at home first.

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Ibotta: $4.20

I saved $0.20/each on pasta, bread, broccoli, ice cream, bananas, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, orange juice, green peppers, and lettuce. In addition, I saved $1.00 on Quaker Quinoa granola bars, $0.50 on Quaker Thin Mint Granola bars, and $0.50 on VitaminWater.

Checkout51: $1.50

I saved $0.25 on eggs, $0.25 on lettuce, and $1.00 on uy 4: Buddig™ Original Deli Meats. Plus, since my total order was over $60.00, I was entered into a giveaway to win $500. Y’all know how I love my giveaways. Especially cash!

SavingStar: $3.45

I saved $0.75 on Larabar, $1.00 on Pillsbury refrigerated baking goods, $0.50 on General Mills fruit snacks, $0.15 on tomatoes, and $1.00 on Yoplait yogurt.

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How I saved over $15 on groceries using apps and coupons

Totals:

$86.10-0.10 ($0.05 x2 of bags)=86.00

$86.00 – 6.50 (coupons) = $79.50

$79.50 – $4.20 (Ibotta) = $75.30

$75.30 – 1.50 (Checkout51) = $73.80

$73.80 – 3.45 (SavingStar) = $70.35

Not too bad for someone just getting back into the swing of couponing.

Especially when every penny counts.

Goals:

  • Build a stockpile
  • Only purchase items that I can save money on
  • Save at least 50% each shopping trip
  • Purchase more fruits/vegetables than snacky foods

Do you coupon? What are your secret methods? Am I missing out on any good coupon apps?

How to use Swagbucks to earn cash and rewards

Swagbucks has long been one of my favorite ways to make money online.

They only thing that I disagree with is their advertisement the rewards are “free” when, in fact, you are exchanging your time (and your click) for points.

You then convert those points into cash (Paypal or Visa gift card), gift certificates, or actual physical rewards.

Rewards can range from clothes, toys, electronics, and more…

It is a quick and easy way to make money from home.

Swagbucks is especially useful for bloggers looking for some cash and prizes to host a giveaway.

Swagbucks- My favorite way to earn cash and prizes

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How do I earn on Swagbucks

There are so many ways to earn with Swagbucks (and they are constanly adding new ones), that you can pretty much earn your points your way.

  • Run video apps on your Apple or Android phone or tablet
  • Play games (maximum of 10 points)
  • Take surveys
  • Run videos from your laptop or desktop computer
  • Searching via Swagbucks
  • Printing coupons
  • Listen to music
  • Online Shopping at your favorite stores
  • Entering Sweepstakes with your Swagbucks
  • Free Birthday Swagbucks
  • Referrals and affiliate programs
  • …and more….
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What’s good about Swagbucks

  • They pay!! And they pay fast!!
  • You can take the money and run (Paypal)
  • No shipping and handling fees if you chose merchandise to be delivered
  • No membership fees
  • You can do Swagbucks while watching tv (or even run the app videos while you are sleeping)
  • You can complete multiple tasks at the same time
  • They have a meter that has 2 goals for you to shoot for daily

What’s bad about Swagbucks

  • Some of the commercials in the apps hang up your device and you have to babysit it
  • Some of their recent changes slowed down my ability to earn quickly
  • Getting ruled out of paid surveys and not earning any points
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What rewards are available on Swagbucks

Swagbucks are the digital currency that you earn and use to purchase rewards.

One relatively recent change is that I heartily welcomed was that 1 Swagbuck now equals 1 cent.

So 100 Swagbucks = $1.

To make it even better, SB often gives discounts.

You can also redeem your Swagbucks for Cash (Paypal or Visa gift card), apparel and accessories, electronics, gas cards, and more.

I have even cashed out for an Ebay e-card.

How much can you earn on Swagbucks

Swagbucks does not put a limit on how much you can earn in a day. I have had days where I’ve earned over 300 Swagbucks. A couple of days, I’ve earned over 500 Swagbucks. It all depends on the amount of time and energy that you want to put into it.

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How to join Swagbucks

Signing up to earn is really simple. Just visit Swagbucks and registered by either connecting your Facebook account or entering the email that you would like to use.

Do you use Swagbucks? Do you cash out frequently or are you saving your points up for something big? Is there another program that you use that is similar to Swagbucks? Feel free to leave you referral link in the comments.

Paidviewpoint really pays

I only recommend companies that I know for a fact that actually pays because they have actually have paid me so I am heartily recommending PaidViewPoint.

Paidviewpoint is one of my favorite survey companies not because it pays a whole lot but because the surveys tend to be really short.

Plus, for everyone who joins Paidviewpoint using my referral link, I can earn up to $25 as every time you cash out, I get 20% of every biz survey reward.

PaidViewPoint : Quick, easy surveys and really pays (with paypal proof).

THE GOOD:

  • Surveys are short (usually less than a minute)
  • Can be done while watching television
  • Can be done via smartphone
  • The longest survey that I took was less than 10 minutes
  • Website is well-designed and interactive
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THE BAD:

  • Surveys can be repetitive
  • Cashout is $15 and at $.10/day it can take  at least 150 days to reach it.
  • It is a pain in the rear to change your email or cell phone number

I have been a member since November 18, 2011 but my lifetime earnings are only $34.18 as I haven’t exactly been diligent in completing my surveys.

In contrast, I have been (slightly) more attentive lately and my year-to-date earnings are already $4.98.

Paidviewpoint Dashboard http://paidviewpoint.com/?r=8tywhe

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Paidviewpoint pays via Paypal and my last cashout ($15.63) was just July 17, 2015 and my earnings are already back up to $1.40.

Paypal payment from PaidViewPoint

One of your goals as a participant is to reach a trait score of 9000 – 10000 which will place you at the top 20% of participants and means that you actually earn more per survey.

The only way to increase your trait score is to keep taking the surveys daily.

PaidViewPoint Trait Score http://paidviewpoint.com/?r=8tywhe

So, yep, I am giving PaidViewPoint my stamp of approval as a quick, easy way to earn money from home.

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You want get rich but you will earn a few dollars for just a few minutes of your time everyday.

I am always looking for other ways to make money from home that do not involve a lot of time for very little reward so feel free to leave any recommendations in the comments (with your referral link!!), and I will be sure to give them a try.

I want to be in a Female Led Relationship

I want to be in a female led relationship (flr).

I have tried conventional marriage and dating and it felt like I was wearing a suit 2 sizes to small and flopping around in shoes 2 sizes to big.

Yeah, it was awkward…for the both of us.

The flr type of relationship is not for everyone.

I get that.

If you are like most people, when you read Female Led Relationship, you either pictured a relationship with some poor hen-pecked husband or your mind snapped to the whip wielding, ball busting man-eater.

Both of which are the product of the male-centric media.

A female led relationship is simply when both parties agrees that the female will be the decision maker.

Period.

That’s it.

No leather bustier required.

Of course, this relationship comes in various (yeah, I’m gonna say it) shades of grey.
I have friends who nag their mates but basically run there household.

Technically, that could be described as a female led relationship that is not acknowledged as such.

I have also seen (in prior generations, anyway) men who would could home from work and hand their wives their paychecks.

I suppose that could be another form of a female led relationship.

But neither is what I am seeking.Total Power Exchange (Female Led Relationship). Artist: To Us by Henry Battle 24×36 Black Art Print Poster African-American

I am turned off by those websites that subscribe to the notion that to have a female led relationship, the woman must manipulate, er, train the man with sex.

Or that I must apply domestic discipline (aka fun-ishment).

Or you must lock him in chastity.

Nope. Nope. Nope.

It doesn’t help that when you look up female led relationships, the vast majority of the results are pure male wank fantasy or peddlers of the one twue way.

NEWS FLASH: There is no one true way. Each couple must negotiate through the relationship on their own terms.

What I am seeking is a relationship in which we both happily agree that I am the ultimate decision maker.

I make the rules…and he follows them.

In everyday life, he works lives to make me happy.

I make the rules. He follows them. That is a female led relationship. No bustier or whip required. CLICK TO TWEET

In disagreements, he calmly and respectfully states his opinion, but the ultimate decision is mine.

And, as opposed to the message of femdomme fantasy, I make the decisions in and out of the bedroom.

In my power exchange relationship, he represents me in every facet of his life, including his job so he will strive to be his best at everything that he does.

After work, he comes home to cook and clean (y’know, like women have been doing for generations) and wait on me hand and foot.

Oh, and in the bedroom, if I allow any boudoir activities, let’s just say that my needs come first, if I allow him any, er, release at all.

In other words, I am looking for a total power exchange.

We are comfortable, safe, and fulfilled in our female led relationship (flr). Art work: Pillow Talk ( Romance / Couple ) – Johnny Myers 24×32 Black Framed – African American Black Art Print Wall Decor Poster

The funny thing is that to the outside world, it will probably just look like any other relationship.

Wait. Scratch that.

It will look like the epitome of the ideal relationship that is the envy of all my friends.

His behavior will be described as attentive and he, himself, as a real gentleman.

And I will be described as the happiest woman on the planet.

So, do you know any female led relationships? Are you in one? Would you want to be in one?

4 things television executives need to learn about streamers

Television executives really do not understand us online streamers.

You can tell by the way they attempt to manipulate and control us.

You would think that some savvy exec would research the “cut the cord” movement to learn the motivations and methods of stream movies and television online

But, no, these old fogies still attempt to control the viewing audience in methods that worked 10 years ago when cable or air was the only two options available.

Before I found Hulu, I use to find all types of ways to watch tv series online free. I watched Naruto all the way up to the Shippuden episodes and even the first few seasons of True Blood.

Now I watch my tv series online legitmately with a combination of Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

1. We are cheap. Sometimes I think about going back to cable. I really do. And then I go over a friends house and scroll through the bazillion channels that I would never watch (I am looking at you ESPN) or just plain don’t have anything on that is new or original and I am so glad that I don’t pay a bill to be bored.

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Oh, and Amazon, this one is specifically for you. When you make a show free with Prime, leave it free with Prime. I have watched my way through The Closer twice already and you think that I am really willing to pay to watch it a third time. Uh, no….

2.
We are controlling. We want to watch what we want to watch when we want to watch it. Period. I actually loathe season finales. Wait until September for a new episode?? Who does that?? Lol.

And I have a message for Hulu. Yeah, stop with removing of episodes of a current season. Because you do this, I don’t even watch you as much as I use to and I am even considering cancelling you altogether and just waiting until the show appears on Netflix. Let me tell you how I usually watch a show. First I check to see if you have all of the seasons. If not, I check Netflix or Amazon. I watch all the seasons on those stations and then I turn to Hulu to watch the latest season only to find that you start on episode 6?!? Why? Now you lose out as I simply wait for next season to hit Netflix…

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3. We are loyal to a show not a network. Half the shows that I watch on Netflix, I have no clue what the initial programming channel use to be. Nor do I really care.  I will watch a show that I like over and over and over again. From beginning to end. I am on my third watching of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as I type this post. If I had to guess, I would say that it was on CW with a 75% sure rate.

4.

We hate, Hate, HATE when a show is improperly rapped up, or worse of all, not rapped up at all. I still giggle when my friend first got Netflix and discovered the show Ringer. After she watched the last show, she actually called me to ask when the next season begins. Unfortunately for her, the show has been off the air for years and, yeah, the left us hanging like that….~sigh~ So, shows that leave me hanging, I very rarely watch again. Yet shows that rapped it up in a bow but still left me wanting more, I rewatch over and over and over again. I am re-watching House, MD and considering going through the recently finished Dexter again.

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Without this in mind, the television execs need to find a way to work with online streamers rather than treating us as if we are the same as the traditional television viewer. We are a subset onto our very own and we like it that way.

No going back.

My cord is cut!

~MsCrookedHalo

How to make your Atahualpa theme more mobile friendly

Update: I now use a plugin to make my Athaulpa blogs mobile responsive. Read the review by clicking here.

While checking my Google Adsense stats, I clicked on the links Multi-Screen, Site Health, and most importantly, Revenue Optimization.

Although I appreciate the help from Google, their suggestions is just so much coding hell for me.

I just don’t speak the language.

I couldn’t even figure out how to increase the font in mobile only.

However, the good folks of atahualpa did help me increase my score by a few points by making my website more mobile responsive.

It is by know means perfect but I am getting closer.

I am going to put the steps here for my use on my other websites but also to help anyone else who needs the codes.

1) Go to Atahualpa Theme Options (ATO) under Appearance.

2.) Click on Style & configure LAYOUT

3.) In Layout WIDTH and type (FLUID or FIXED), make sure that it is set to %  (as opposed to a ‘fixed’ width).

4.) Set the ‘Layout MIN width‘ option to 320 (iPhone 4 size) or remove it altogether.

5.)  Scroll down to Add HTML/CSS Inserts

6.) Find HTML Inserts: Header

HTML Code:
<meta name=viewport content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

7) Scroll down to HTML Inserts: Body Tag and insert the following code:

HTML Code:
onresize="OnResizeDocument()"

4) Scroll down to Add HTML/CSS Inserts->HTML Inserts: Body Bottom and insert the following code:

HTML Code:
<script>
jQuery(document).ready(function($) {
    if( $(window).width() < 768 ) {
        // If any left sidebar exists
        if ( $('#left').length || $('#left-inner').length ) {   
            $("#middle").detach().prependTo('#bodyrow'); 
        }
    }
});
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
        function OnResizeDocument () {
 if( window.innerWidth < 767 ) {
    jQuery(function($) {
              $("#middle").detach().prependTo('#bodyrow'); 
           });
        }
if( window.innerWidth > 767 ) {
    jQuery(function($) {
            $("#left").detach().prependTo('#bodyrow'); 
          });
        }
    }
    </script>

5) Scroll down to CSS Inserts

HTML Code:
@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {
    table#layout,
    table#layout > tbody,
    table#layout > tbody > tr,
    table#layout > tbody > tr > td,
    table#layout > tr,
    table#layout > tr > td,
    table#layout td#header,
    table#layout td#left,
    table#layout td#left-inner,
    table#layout td#middle,
    table#layout td#right,
    table#layout td#right-inner,
    table#layout td#footer {
        display: block;
    }
    table#layout > colgroup {
        display: none;
    }
    div#wrapper,
    td#middle {
        width: auto;
    }
}
.hentry img { 
    max-width: 100%;    
    height: auto !important; 
    display: block !important; 
}
img {
     border: 0 none;
     height: auto;
     max-width: 100%;
     vertical-align: middle;
}

Note: in steps 4 and 5 you can adjust the number (767) to suit your choice.

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True Blood and other HBO shows now streaming on Amazon

I am super excited to announce that I just started watching True Blood for free with my Amazon Prime membership.

I have access to HBO Go but it is one of the glitchy apps on my Roku Streaming Media Player.

My friend says that she isn’t having a problem with it but there are days were it can take me up to 20 minutes to get a show to play.

And, no, it is not my ROKU as I have no problems with Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, or Netflix.

Before you get to excited, though, right now it is only Seasons 1, 2, and 3 that are free with Prime.

In Season 4, they start asking for $2.99 an episode or $34.99 for standard definition and $46.99 for high definition of the entire season.

Personally, I will be watching on Prime until I hit the final episode of True Blood season 3 and then work my way over to HBO to finish it up before the new season begins on June 22nd.

Here’s the trailer for True Blood Season 7.

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Once again, they are saying that this will be the final season.

You can keep up with the official True Blood news news on the HBO True Blood website.

Other shows that are available from HBO on Amazon are full seasons of The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, EnlightenedBand of Brothers, The Pacific, John AdamsAngels in America, and Flight of the Conchords and some seasons of Boardwalk Empire, and Treme.

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