It isn’t getting any warmer here in the midwest. In fact, it was a balmy -13 degrees F (before the wind chill) sometime overnight last night. Yippee. Thank goodness we bought a new furnace last April – I can’t imagine how pleasant it would be in my home if our old furnace had waited until now to die instead of giving up last spring.
To take my mind off the cold (at least temporarily), I want to share two fun things for an entertaining Friday (or any day). First off, as I have shared before, I am a regular contributor to the Frugal Hacks website – I generally publish my frugal musings on Thursdays there. (The past few weeks I’ve been discussing my love affair with price books.) Frugal Hacks has just expanded to include a Frugal Forum – a great idea, I think. I haven’t posted in the forum out yet but anywhere where people can share frugal ideas with like-minded individuals sounds like a good time to me. And there is a CVS/Walgreens folder so I will have somewhere to muse about my many Drugstore Game deals. To promote the forums, there is a $100 cash giveaway going on. The first 50 people to post 25 substantive posts will be entered in a $100 cash drawing. So if you have frugal thoughts you’d like to share, hop on over to the Frugal Forums!
The second thing is something I had read about a number of times, but didn’t try out until last night when my daughter decided to stay up until an absurdly late hour. I do a lot of internet searching, and I generally either use Google or when I think of it, the MyPoints toolbar so I can earn points. But last night I investigated a searching option called Swagbucks, which uses Google and Ask.com to search. Every time you search through Swagbucks, you have a chance of randomly winning some… Swagbucks! Why would I want Swagbucks? You can exchange them for prizes or gift certificates. 45 Swagbucks equals a $5 Amazon gift card, and that was enough to catch my interest. Last night I did my normal searching for random answers and other such sundries through Swagbucks instead of directly through Google, and I earned a total of 4 Swagbucks already. Plus 3 for signing up in the first place.
I get something for people signing up through my referral link, but I am not sure exactly what. I assume Swagbucks. Maybe I will get myself a Starbucks gift card instead when I earn 50 Swagbucks. Mmmm warm coffee on a cold cold day…
Have a wonderful Friday and keep warm if you are in a cold place like I am! Think frugal.