Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Obsession With Swagbucks!

I was on one of my favorite frugal living website one Friday morning and I read a posting about Mega Swagbucks Friday. I was "hmmm what is Swagbucks and why have I never heard of it?" I clicked on the widget on her blog and signed up for Swagbucks. Ever since then, I have been hooked!

Swagbucks is a website that gives you points for surfing the internet, watching videos on their website and completing tasks and surveys on their website, even shopping at online. You use your swagbucks to purchase items or gift cards from their swag store.  The items in the swag store are actually practical thing that people want. They have everything from small electronics, kids toys, grooming products, kitchen gadgets and the list goes on.

With the holidays just around the corner, I have been using a good portion of my free time to earn swag bucks and then redeeming them for gifts I will give for holiday's or gift cards I will use to purchase gifts with.

My goal maybe a bit extreme, but it is a nearly free holiday season or to get as many things for the kids and various family members by just using my Swagbucks. As my kids are getting older, their wants are getting more expensive so I have been so thrilled to find Swagbucks to help bring this year's holiday spending down.

So far I have earned enough Swagbucks to get a Munchkin toy and a wearable blanket for my one year old. With Swagbucks, I also got my son a Christmas hat with his favorite WWE wrestler. With it being the beginning of November, I still have plenty of time to keep marking people off the holiday shopping list.

After the holidays are over, I will be using my Swagbucks to work on getting stockpiling gifts for various parties my kids will be attending or just purchasing household items for our family.

Want to checkout Swagbucks yourself? You can use the widget on our website to sign up and enjoy it for yourself!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What Will America Be Like Tomorrow?

It's election day. No matter what your political party, it's so important to get out and vote. I have voted in every election since I was old enough to vote and people who know me personally know where I stand on all issues because I have never been one to let my opinions go unnoticed. This year I feel more stress and pressure about this years election than ever before.

Why? Because I feel a lot of things in our country are at stake. Personally I worry about if my job could be one of them. Though should the industry that I work in become extinct, I will gladly go to the Gap or whatever other establishments and fold t-shirts or do whatever it takes to support my family.

I also have a lot of gay friends, some of whom have decided to become parents -- some with the help of myself personally or with the help of the agency which I founded. I worry about what kind of life those children and my own children will have without our country pushing forward toward equality for every one regardless of ones sexual orientation. Though we personally live in a very conservative community, I work very hard to teach my own children to accept others regardless of race, disability or sexual orientation.

This is true, even if they get a different message from the children who they are friends with, because those children receive a different political and ideological perspective from their parents.

As a mother of three daughters, I worry about what life will be like for them without access of birth control, other preventive services and equal pay in the workforce. Though being a stay at home mom is wonderful, most women nowadays are not given that opportunity because we live in a two income economy and I'm sure that isn't going to be changing any time soon.

I want them to be able to be successful in the future in whatever occupation they choose in the future, love whoever they wish, have access to birth control and other preventive services. It's crazy to me in 2012 that those things are currently on trial in America.

I'm glad the election will be over with in just a handful of hours, but I worry about us not being a better America for the future. Should we get way off course in the next four years, how long will it take to repair the damage? Can we fall so far backwards and still recover? I'm sure I'm not the only American thinking about this.