Being a wife and homemaker I strive to help my family save money every way possible. I still have much to learn on being frugal but every little thing is one step. We eat freezer meals and leftovers often to help save on our grocery budget. I try to use our oven as least as possible to save on propane and electricity - our oven is old and makes our house very warm; good for winter not so good in the summer time. :) I try to keep on only lights that are needed to save on our electricity, etc. I try to only do full loads of laundry (at this time there's only 3 of us dirtying clothes - so laundry doesn't add up quite as quickly as many families) to save as well. I love cloth diapers, for health reasons mainly, but also for the huge savings it brings my family!
One recent way I've learned to help our family's budget is by earning reward points using Swagbucks and then cashing them in for Amazon gift cards. I've had a swagbuck account for about 1 1/2 years but I just recently started using Swagbucks as my main search engine and I have been trying to earn more points daily!
Swagbucks is a free search engine you can use to search the internet and earn reward points. You can download Swagbucks toolbar and you will get 30 points today just for signing up! You will also get rewarded 1 swagbuck a day just for using the toolbar! I've been able to earn about 10-15 swagbucks a day buy simply:
Using the toolbar - 1
Taking the Daily Poll - 1
Daily going through the NOSO offers. - 2
Online searching - 8-10
By earning 15 points a day you could easily earn 1 $5.00 Amazon gift card a month! If you do more of your searching with Swagbucks and spend more time at it you could probably easily get up to 2 $5.00 gift cards a month!
Many people love earning through taking Swagbucks trusted surveys but I found that they took up too much of my time and that I disqualified for almost of them. So, it wasn't worth it for me.
Swagbuck points can be cashed in for Amazon gift cards and then used towards your orders! As everyone knows - Amazon has many great products for great prices and often run sales! :) I'm saving my amazon cards right now for an inside laundry drying rack; 1 less thing that won't have to come out of our monthly budget!! :)
Swagbucks also has a great referral program! For every new person you refer you get matching swagbuck points to theirs up to 1,000! So, if you sign up for swagbucks using any of the links in this post I will get matching swagbucks in my account for every one you earn up to 1,000! :) I signed up under a referral link and I'm so happy to know I helped her earn points! :)
I do want to assure you that Swagbucks is a safe search engine; it's not nearly as good as www.google.com (Google will always be my favorite) but swagbucks is safe. At first I was not so sure about it but after doing a bit of reading and research I felt comfortable trying it! I've been very happy with the outcome and I hope you will be too if you try it!
P.S. - Today is Mega Swagbucks Friday - you'll often win more in your searches on Fridays! :-)