23 Apr

Just redeemed for another gift card

Woo-Hoo. This time I redeeemed from Swagbucks. In case you don’t know the name, Swagbucks is a search engine that pays you for searching the web. You get points that you can accumulate and turn in for prizes.

You don’t get points for every search. Yesterday I got points for maybe 1 search that I did all day. However there are tons of ways to earn points. There is searching (natch), daily polls, SwagTv and my favorite, Encrave. You pretty much watch videos (sometimes 1 sometimes more) and get points. Believe me a few here and a few there and in no time at all you have a gift card.

Since I got my new phone I’ve decided to put all of my “internet” money towards the device. So instead of a airline or restaurant gift card, I got $25 towards PayPal.

On to the next one!

21 Apr

Another points program wish

One of my best and greatest points programs is My Coke Rewards. It’s awesome! I drink a ton of Diet Coke and Sprite (besides other brands as well) and I love getting rewards from that.

I generally hold my points until December and get gift cards. This year I want 3 cards, a $50 Southwest gc, a $25 Target or Wal-Mart gc (whichever one they offer), and a $25 Best Buy gc. For those 3 cards I would need 2,400 points. Right now my account is at 1,100 and I should be at 1,200 by the end of this month.

I would love to be at 2,400 before summer is over. Especially since there are usually good deals on amusement park tickets early in the summer. I know that my nieces would love to go to the parks and to be able to spend a relative small amount of points on them would be great.

Unfortunately they took away the Priority Club points which I loved. I would add them to my account in anticipation of a trip that I would take in the future. Maybe they’ll offer them again, maybe not but I’ll keep saving just in case.

Which reminds me, I need to add more points to my account.

16 Apr

My points programs are adding up

I do a lot of different sweepstakes and points programs. Generally I only cash out once per year. This year will be a lot different though.

I plan on cashing out of all of my programs as soon as I hit the first acceptable level. Acceptable being the lowest amount I need for cash. I used to save up and get one large amount but those days are over.

First and foremost, I don’t know how long these programs will be around. When they fold, they go pretty quickly and all cash-out options are shut down. Instead of all of the cool gifts that you used to be able to get, there are only magazines and/or gift certificates for overpriced merchandise.

Secondly, I just need the cash. I’m using that money to pay for my new phone and instead of leaving it in the program, I’ll just add the excess to my savings account until I need it.

Besides that, I just love to see cash deposits hit my savings account.

14 Apr

Most of my friends use apps for banking

So I’ve been hemming and hawing about using my phone for mobile banking. I had apps on my old phone but I haven’t downloaded any for my new phone. I can’t even rationalize why especially since I banked on my old phone.

I’ve been asking around and most of my friends and coworkers bank by mobile if they can. One coworker is anti-technology so he doesn’t even though he does have a smart phone. The rest of the people that don’t use their phone to bank don’t have a smart phone so it’s not like they can use their phone.

I’ll just bite the bullet and do it.

11 Apr

Do you bank on your cell phone?

I can’t decide if I want to do it or not. I just got a new phone and I’m downloading apps onto it every day. The first thing I did was get Facebook and Twitter. Then I got YouTube and several other sites that I visit fairly often.

Now I have to decide if I want to bank by mobile. In theory I have no problem with it and I even did it on my old phone. I don’t know why I’m hesitating so much with this as it would make things a lot easier. Instead of searching and clicking, I could just click a app.

I don’t know why I have to always make things harder than they need to be.

09 Apr

Wait I have won a couple of prizes

I just realized that I did win 4 prizes that I hadn’t counted. I won 4 drinks in the March Madness game. That equals 4 Coke Zero’s. I was not fortunate enough to get any good seeds so I didn’t win any of the “good” prizes.

I guess I was so underwhelmed with the prizes that I didn’t count them. It’s not like I can go out and buy any tuxedos for sale with my winnings. Especially since I don’t sell the prizes anyway. I either use them myself or give them away to friends and/or coworkers who I know can use them. One of my coworkers was one of the people who gave me a bunch of Coke Zero codes so I’ll make sure to give him the coupons.

Hopefully bigger things are ahead and if not, at least I’ll have fun trying.

07 Apr

I haven’t won any prizes this year

This is a kind of random subject but I haven’t won anything this year. This is definitely an oddity for me. I generally win one or two prizes per month. Even if that is an average for the entire year, I generally have at least 4 prizes by this of the year.

I don’t know if my entering has slowed down any. I know there are not a lot of great sweepstakes out there that I like. A lot of companies are also moving to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest campaigns which I don’t take part in. I hate clogging up my feeds and I am not a “social” social media person. I get on and get right back off so I’m not in their target demographic for that.

Hopefully the wins will pick up soon. I miss them.

04 Apr

So I let the cruise expire

And I’m kinda bummed out about it. I really wanted to go but then again, I didn’t. It wasn’t on my preferred cruise line which is Carnival. But this cruise line did have single staterooms which Carnival doesn’t. That makes things a whole lot easier. Instead of paying the double fare, I can just book a single stateroom. Of course, it’s still a cruise line that I’m not totally enamored with but that’s another story.

Right now I just don’t have the money for a cruise. Even just putting down a deposit won’t be good since it’s almost half of the fare. I could have planned the cruise out to go later but I just procrastinated and spent the money.

I guess there’s always a next time.

02 Apr

New Worth Update for 1st Quarter 2014

So I’m not doing so well with my net worth. I’m supposed to increase it by $5k by the end of this year. That’s not a lot in the grand scheme of things. However so far this year my net worth is down 3.6k. Umm yeah I’m going in the wrong direction.

Now I do think there’s still time to get my numbers up but I’m not sure about $8.6k. For my salary that is a lot of money. I’m going to bust my hump and try to make it happen though.

I would prefer if that money was mostly added to savings or investments but I won’t complain at all if it comes mostly from paying off debt either.

Who ever said no pain no gain was surely speaking in jest because this is killing me. One day I’ll actually have money again. Let’s just hope it’s before the year 2020.

31 Mar

I’m not going on the cruise

Unfortunately I just can’t afford it right now. Even if I could put a down payment and pay it off later, I just don’t see me coming into the money any time soon.

The thing that really stinks is that I only have to pay port charges and maybe a few other fees. I’m good on airfare since I won a Southwest gift card. I would also need spending money which I won’t have. So even if I could swing this vacation, I just don’t see me having any more or any fun.

This really really stinks. I’m sad now :-(

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