Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Free Christmas Presents Anyone??

As a stay at home mom, I pride myself on saving us money in anyway possible. Thanks to all the discount sites and reward programs out there, I'm pretty successful at getting things super cheap or even free!! We're all starting to buy Christmas presents and plan for the upcoming holidays, so I thought I would share some of my favorite sites!

swagbucks: This site rewards you for doing different activities like using their search engine, taking surveys, and watching short videos. I mostly use their search engine, and it will randomly reward swagbucks. You can redeem your swagbucks for tons of different gift cards and even products. The best bang for your buck is the $5 amazon gift card, which is what I always use. Since we live 2 states a way, amazon is where we buy tons of stuff and use the free shipping to get it home!!

 zulily: I'm in love with this site!! It's a daily deal site for moms, kids, and household items. They post new deals every morning at 8am (central time). The items are limited quantity and only on for a limited amount of time. This is where I get most of my cloth diapers for half price. Also, where I got Asher's awesome rocking horse monkey that he loves so much!!

totsy: This site is just like zulily, except they often post deals morning and night. I don't find quite as many things that I can't live without here as zulily. However, it's still a great place to find awesome deals.

shopkick: This is actually an app for your iphone. It's my newest find and I absolutely LOVE it! All you have to do is open the app when you go into different stores and it will automatically give you 'kicks' just for being there. You can also get more kicks by scanning various items in the store. Then you can use your 'kicks' for tons of different gift cards. I've already earned $22 in Target gift cards and I've been using it for less than a month!

Well now you know all (most) of my secrets!! It can be so addicting to save money (said the nerdy stay at home mom)!! I'd greatly appreciate if you use my links above, as I would get the referral (so, I'm also shamelessly self-promoting)!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Trick or Treating at the Zoo

We're really not that big on Halloween, but we decided to head to the zoo this weekend for trick or treating. We're zoo members, so it was a fun, free way to get out of the house. I think Asher fit right in at the zoo!

 The indoor aquarium is one of his favorite parts-specifically the huge turtle.

 Taking a turn driving...or so he thinks!

 Seriously, how is he already a little toddler, fitting in with the other kids!!

Of course we had to get his picture with the real tiger!!

We had a blast and the weather was perfect! The zoo gave out candy (which I've been eating...ugh!) and one booth even gave out 100% fruit rollup that I didn't know about. Which was a great find, since I rarely give him sugar! We didn't trick or treat yesterday since Chris and I really don't need more candy to eat! Our little tiger was in bed by 7 and we watched Killer Klowns From Outerspace! All in All a good night!