I worked hard last year to make sure that I had enough money to buy nice gifts for my family for the holidays.  I researched purchases, earned some Amazon giftcards through swagbucks (you can see here how to get a free tv like I did from swagbucks) and saved a little cash each month so that I would not have to worry about how to pay for gifts.  All of this planning paid off!  I got some really great deals!  One of the deals I was most excited about were some Beyblades that I bought for Ben and my nephew.

They were super cool!  They lit up!  They spun!  The packaging said “Let it Rip!”  I kept thinking how neat they were that they lit up when you pulled the strip and how cool they would look when they were spinning in battle!  I knew the boys would be thrilled!

Christmas day went off without a hitch. Sure enough, the boys were excited about the super cool, new Beyblades! “Wow!  They light up!  Yeah!”  They had so much stuff to play with that they didn’t actually open the Beyblades until that evening. My sister called and asked if we had opened the Beyblades yet.  Nope. Not yet.  She said that they didn’t work.  What?!?!?!?!?  I tried them in the store !  They light up great!  They spin great!  She said “Yeah but they are just flashlights.” WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?

Sure enough I tried Ben’s Beyblade and all it did was spin and light up.  Nowhere on the packaging that it came with (it has since been changed) did it say that it wasn’t a “real” Beyblade.  It was only a flashlight. How disappointing.  I immediately emailed the LARGE toy company that owns the Beyblade name.  They sent me a response that they don’t manufacture ALL the Beyblade items and they couldn’t help me.

I emailed them back again saying (name of LARGE toy companies deleted where ***** are):

“So, although ***** is all over the Beyblade name, and I bought a Beyblade branded product, there is nothing you can do for me as a consumer? How is that possible? That is insulting. I have never even heard of ***** ****** ********** and they certainly aren’t mentioned on the Beyblade website (where it says ****** everywhere). I am beyond irritated. This is NOT right! I would think that a toy company that manufactures the Beyblade items would want their customers to be satisfied? How can I get a resolution to this issue? There must be something you can do. It is hard for me to accept that a company as large as ******, who makes the Beyblades items for children, just doesn’t care that they disappointed children on Christmas day and that they are not interested in correcting the issue? Seriously? ESPECIALLY since the EXACT ITEM that I purchased was listed as a selection under Beyblades on the subject of the email I previously sent you (you know, where I am supposed to select the product I am emailing about. WHY would the EXACT ITEM be listed there if you don’t provide customer support for it?) There must be something you can do to make this right. Please let someone else review my complaint and come up with an alternative solution because your previous response is unsatisfactory. Thank you in advance for your help with this matter.”

Long story short, they apologized and sent us two REAL replacement Beyblades.  Don’t take NO for an answer.  Be polite but state your case.  You have the right to complain if you aren’t satisfied with an product or service you have purchased.
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Yes, there it is!  I got this Sceptre X325BV-FHD 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV (Black) for FREE!  I am going to show you how to get a free tv too!  You can do this!  I am not even going to charge you ~ LOL!

All I did was this:  I signed up for Swagbucks.com .  Then I used Swagbucks to earn points and I turned those into Amazon gift cards which I used to buy this TV!  No cash out of my pocket!  Of course, I also made sure that I got it at a sale price (saved $30) and with free shipping (saved another $15) and because I ordered from Amazon and I live in Florida, I did not have to pay sales tax (saved $13)!

I have been using Swagbucks.com for two years now and have never had a problem at all with their site or the gift cards I earn.  I know a lot of people wonder if these type of sites are legitimate or worth it and I can safely say that Swagbucks is TOTALLY LEGITIMATE AND WORTH IT!

Swagbucks does offer gift cards to other stores and restaurants and they even offer Paypal cash!  I just happen to prefer Amazon gift cards.  If you would like to sign up for Swagbucks for FREE and earn some giftcards of your own or get a free flatscreen tv of your own (or an Ipad, or whatever your heart desires), just click on the banner below and start earning!
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I know there have been a lot of scams out there regarding taking paid surveys to make extra cash, but I wanted to give my readers a heads up on a simple and FREE way to get into a group that you probably don’t even know about! This one piece of information can lead to a legitimate money maker for you!

Most of the time when you go to a store or restaurant and purchase something, there is a website or phone number listed on the back of the receipt so that you can go there and take a survey.  Lots of people throw those away thinking they are worthless.  DON’T DO IT!  Take all those receipts and take the surveys!

You may be wondering why waste your time, right?  There are two reasons:

  • You may actually win the prize or free item they are offering you to take the survey
  • You may qualify to be on their “consumer panel”

Being selected for a consumer panel is an ONGOING opportunity for you to take paid surveys!  I kept taking every single one of my receipt surveys for a large chain store and they finally invited me to be on their consumer panel.  I have to spend about 1/2 hour of my time per month telling them what I think of promotions, giving them new ideas and suggestions, etc. and in exchange they give me a $15 gift card to their store every month! This is a win-win situation!

Since getting on this one panel, I have been invited to two others.  While this is not big money, it is a nice little money maker to buy yourself something with or to use for necessities or do what I do and save them to buy Christmas gifts.  Those small amounts of extra cash really add up!

 

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The holidays are a mere four months away, are you planning ahead yet?  I am in the process of getting all my online ducks in a row (swagbucks, e-rewards, and other incentives that I plan on using to purchase Christmas gifts).  I thought now would be a good time to share a personal, POSITIVE experience with regifting.

My best friend and I met through our sons.  Both are on the Autism “spectrum” and they attended the same school a while back and they became fast friends.  Soon playdates followed and she and I became close friends as well.  She is an avid purse collector.  She loves purses!  That is her “thing”.  Usually I notice her new finds when she uses them but there was one purse in particular that I really liked when I saw her using it.  Boy what a purse it was!  A bright pink, metallic, Ed Hardy purse!   It was not a “purse”…. it was a PURSE! LOL!

Anyhow, time went on and Christmas rolled around.  We arranged to go to lunch and she said she had a gift for me.  It was the purse!  She decided that she did not like it as much as she had thought she would and so she gave it to me!  The fact that she would give me this purse instead of returning it to get her money back just impresses me!  I love this purse and all it’s ”bling-y-ness”!

If someone has told you in the past that they really admire something that you have and you are no longer using it, consider “regifting” it.  I think that as long as the item is in good condition and the person would really appreciate and use the item, it is okay to purposefully regift.  Obviously use your best judgement in this situation…. only you know how the people you are regifting to will react.

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Earning money from home is a very popular topic.  Usually if you do a search online with this phrase it will pull up all kinds of garbage and scams and very few legitimate links.

Being a stay at home mom with a limited income, I am always looking for new ways to earn a little extra cash.  I thought I’d just take a few moments and share some of the things I do.

I sell my used books, cd’s, dvd’s and video games on www.half.com   It is SO much easier than selling on ebay (even though ebay does own half.com).  If you have an ebay account then you have a half account (it is the same info).  Also, they provide a shipping allowance and they pay out twice a month.

I do online surveys.   I am trying to get in the swing of this online survey thing.  Right now I am actively using swagbucks and inboxdollars and plan on earning some gift certificates for Christmas time. 

Sometimes I sell miscellaneous things on craigslist.  Usually that is where I sell bigger items that people need to come pick up (like the treadmill I sold). 

Occasionally I will sell things for third parties.  If someone has things they want to get rid of but don’t have the time to sell them then I will do the listings and I get a percentage of the profit.

Mail in rebates are a good way to get some free stuff and sometimes extra cash.  If a product is on sale for $6 and you use a $2 coupon and then get a rebate for the full $6 you have made $2.

I save all my change in a change jar and every once in a while I cash it in for bills at my bank.  This is an easy way to save up some extra cash. Those pennies and nickles add up!

Again, these are not HUGE ways to make money, but they are simple little things you can do to get a little extra cash.

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