Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Funnies: Pokemon Go

I have yet to get the app but, as a non-Pokemon person, I have to admit it does look like fun.  This week's funnies are all about Pokemon Go.  Enjoy!

pokemon go, pokemon go funny, pokemon go comic, how to kidnap 28 year old, pokemon kidnap

pokemon go sign, pokemon go, pokemon go comic, pokemon go funny, pokestop

pokemon go funny, pokemon go arrest, pokemon go humor

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Funnies

This week's funnies are all kid-oriented.
Happy weekend!

kid alone with kazoo, only one awake kazoo, funny kids

guilty dog, guilty kid with dog, kid colored on walls, kid blame dog, funny kids and animals

funny playground picture, four square, kid at playground, kid stuck in playground equipment, kid at park climbed in

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4 Essential Tips to Help You Save for Christmas

I know, I know.  We're still in Summer Break mode here.  My kids are finding fantastic things to bicker about.  Last week there was a tense standoff over how long it was until Christmas.  One said 6 months, one said 5.  In case you are wondering, there are 164 days.  (If your kids start having the same argument mine had, you can direct them to this nifty Christmas countdown clock).

Anyway, it's July and people start getting weird about Christmas in July.  Proof: When I was a kid my church once sang Christmas Carols in December. We're just about 5 months away from the biggest, and most expensive, holiday in American culture. For 2015 the National Retail Federation expected the average American to spend upwards of $800 on gifts and decorations.  That's $1,600 for a family of two adults.  That's....a lot.

You know me. I love a good bargain.  My stupid Pinterest name is TheBargainBabe (Don't judge my name and I won't judge yours PokefluffGoMaster). I make my own laundry detergent. Black Friday is a national holiday to me.  And I've preached the virtues of Swagbucks. Christmas is just 5 months away and I know right now some of you are freaking out. Like "WHAT!? I don't have any money saved up yet! I can't save that much each month!"

Never fear, TheBargainBabe (is it weird to talk in 3rd person? It is. Yes. I will stop.) is here with 4 tips for a frugal Christmas.

1.  Start saving n-o-w if you haven't already. Set some money aside when you can.  Put it in a separate holiday account or in a sock drawer or something.  Maybe you'll decide to save every $1 bill you get, or all your quarters or 5% from each paycheck.  Whatever. Just start saving.

2. Use cash back sites when you shop online. Ebates is great for this.  For years my friends were all like "Yay ebates!" and I rolled my eyes and thought they'd fallen for some Amway scam.  Turns out Ebates is the real deal.  You go to the site and then click on the link to whatever store you want to shop at. Macy's, Sephora, JCPenny, Kohls, Walmart, Staples, Kohls...hundreds of stores.  That link takes you directly to the store's website AND you get a % CASH back.  Here's a screenshot of my next payout that's coming in August:

 Use cash back sites like Ebates throughout the year and save that refund in your Christmas account.  This check will put me at $28 for the year with an expected $30 more for the last half of the year---so $58 in my pocket.  There's a lot you can do with $58.  

3. Discuss gift limits with your significant other.  In 2011 my husband and I decided to scale back and do 4 gifts for each child and ourselves.  Here's my first post about it.  We love that it will fit any budget yet keeps things simple and the focus less on consumerism.

You may not decide to do this exact method and that's okay. The point is: you NEED to have a discussion and have preset limits and expectations.  Buying anything you think they will "like" is a recipe for overspending.

4. Join Swagbucks and start earning the points NOW so you can cash out for gift cards.  Last year I made over $400 from Swagbucks.  I use my points primarily for Amazon gift cards but have also had a fair amount of Sephora and Target too.  Amazon, Target, Sephora.  A girl's favorite stores. :)  You could easily make a couple hundred dollars between now and Christmas just buy watching videos, doing searches, and answering questions.  Swagbucks is completely free to join.

This is a GREAT way to afford things without putting a dent in your paycheck. I've heard of some families who fund their entire Christmas from Swagbucks!
If you're new to Swagbucks, see this pic of my screen for a few beginner's tips:

Swagbucks gave the handy infographic in this post and is also sponsoring it (thanks SB. You da' bomb diggity).  If you're a blogger you can apply to their Influencer program for additional earning opportunities.

It's never too early to start saving for Christmas. It is too early to start playing Christmas music. 
Wait a few more months for that. ;)

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Funnies: Dogs and Cats

Clearly I was in a funny animal mood this week on Pinterest.  Here are 3 of my favorites:

The longer I look at this picture the funnier it gets.
funny dog pictures, guys with golden retrievers on scooter, golden retrievers in backpacks, golden retrievers in baby carriers, dog in baby carrier, dog on scooter

funny dog, painted fence neighbor dog

funny cats, cats in trouble, mischievous cats, white cat, cat toilet paper, cat shaming

Find more pins like this on my board dedicated to all things funny animals.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Funnies

Are you all ready for the weekend?  We're going to an amusement park and then taking our older son to church camp.  Busy, busy!  Here are my 3 most recent pins to my funnies board on Pinterest.  Hope you get a chuckle out of them!

kanye dating advice, kanye kim kardashian, kanye marriage, kanye wedding, funny wedding advice, funny dating advice, engagement party sign, funny sign, funny restaurant sign, funny advice, kanye ego
Wise dating advice

nothing cures insomnia like realizing it's time to get up, insomnia ecard, insomnia joke, tired joke, sleep joke, sleep funny
Ugh. We've all been there.

tired since 2008, tired since 2003, tired since 1997, tired meme, ecard meme, someecard tired, best ecards, hilarious ecards, true ecards, mom ecards, teacher ecards
More like 2003 for me. :)
You don't have to wait until next Friday for more funnies...check out my Pinterest board where I'm constantly adding things that make me laugh:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Funnies: Hair Cut Fail

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope your June is off to a good start. Here are 3 hair fails for you today.

This one has been around awhile but it will never stop being funny.
haircut fail, hair fail, hair style fail, half a haircut

hair funny, stylist humor, hair salon funny, hair style fail, haircut fail, hair fail, hair meme

ocean hair, supermodel hair, supermodel hair fail, haircut fail, haircut funny, hair stylist humor

Can't wait until next Friday for more funnies?  My humor board on Pinterest gets bigger every day. Follow or stop by to get a laugh any day of the week: click here

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Here are 3 funnies to start off your weekend.

douchebag, dad is lawyer, frat clothes

gus psych, psyche quotes, psych meme, psych quotes, gus shawn, psyche politely decline

dogs at table, dogs dinner, dog meme, funny dogs