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9 Sep 2008   ·   3
Money Saving Mom

Becoming a WAHM – Part 5

In our previous installment in this series, we discussed taking a deep, hard look at what your passions, skills, and giftings are.

Once you have come up with some ideas, you then need to flesh them out. How can you turn your interests into something which will also earn an income? Start by jotting down every single idea you can come up with which might allow you to mesh your gifts with working from home.

At the same time, you also need to think about what will earn an income. Be realistic and realize that you can’t always start out with your dream job. And you also don’t always know what your “dream job” is until you try your hand at a variety of things.

So begin by taking small plunges into arenas that are similar to where you want to eventually be, but which also will be more likely to earn money at this point. Start small and don’t bite off more than you can chew or invest more money than you can afford.

One of the best ways to know if something will work, is to just jump out there and test the water. Expect that you’ll fail some–especially in the beginning–but don’t let that drag you down. Failure can be one of the best ways to learn valuable lessons. This has certainly held true in my life.

While you are attempting to make a go of something, also be learning everything you can along the way. Check out stacks of books at the library, pick the brains of anyone you know who owns a business or works from home, and bounce your ideas off of everyone who will listen.

Gradually, you’ll likely discover things that do work well, things you enjoy doing, things which earn money. And, on the flipside, you’ll learn things you don’t enjoy doing, ideas which don’t work, and lots of things which don’t produce income.

Persevere even when the going gets tough, learn everything you can from setbacks, and it will pay off in the long run!

8 Sep 2008   ·   31
Money Saving Mom

Quick and Easy “Survival Menu” #1

As most of you know, I’m quite sick with the normal pregnancy stuff I always experience for the first 15-20 weeks of my pregnancies. I’ve tried just about every remedy known to man and not much works for me besides just grinning and bearing it–and reminding myself often that it is worth every bit of this for the end result!

Since we have two young children (they’re 3 years and 14 months) and my husband works longer hours, we are keeping it really simple for the next little while when it comes to what we’re eating around here. My husband is doing all the grocery shopping (bless his wonderful heart!) and I’m not worrying too much about getting the best deals or sticking to a small budget.

It’s about survival, folks, and I’m grateful that we’re in a position where we have saved and scrimped in the past so that we have wiggle room in seasons like this. I well remember my very first pregnancy when we were barely making ends meet and my husband was in law school. Sure, I didn’t have young ones to care for, but we had very little money to work with and it was much more of a challenge financially.

So here’s the menu I concocted for this week:

Cereal, juice x5
English muffins with peanut butter, apples
Scrambled eggs with cottage cheese, toast

PB&J, carrots, cheese
Annie’s mac and cheese, grapes x2
Canned beans, cottage cheese, peas, brown rice x2
Baked potatoes, cottage cheese, cheese, veggies
Turkey and cheese sandwiches, grapes

DINNERS–These are all meals which can be put together in a matter of minutes as Jesse is generously doing most all of the dinner prep for us after he gets home. (He’s such a great husband, isn’t he?!)

Beef hot dogs, tater tots, pork and beans over rice, frozen veggies
Spaghetti sauce (from a pouch) with ground beef (already cooked up) over noodles with cheese
Turkey and cheese sandwiches, grapes x2
Beef sausage in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots, toast
Burritos–refried beans, cheese, salsa

So far, I’m eating a much less-varied diet than the family so what I personally will be eating this week will likely look a bit different than the above. We stocked up on a number of quick and nutritious snacks that I might be able to stomach and I’m doing my best to get in as much nutrition as I can with each bite I’m able to take.

For those new around here, you can see what a more normal, non-survival menu looks for us here. We usually stick to a $40/week grocery budget, but we’ve raised that to $70/week for the immediate future. In the long run, I think by raising our grocery budget, we’ll actually save money since having the fixings for lots of fast and easy snacks around will curb the urge to grab take-out multiple times per week.

I look forward to being about to get back into cooking and baking from scratch and doing more bargain shopping. In the mean time, though, I’ve very thankful for modern conveniences like grocery stores. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be a pioneer woman during the first trimester? I’ve been mulling on that a lot!

For more menus, see the big round-up over at I’m An Organizing Junkie.

Related: For anyone interested, I wrote about our minimized and simplified daily routine here.

5 Sep 2008   ·   31
Money Saving Mom

Super Savings Saturday: We spent $70 on groceries this week!

Did you just fall out of your chair after reading the title of this blog post? 🙂

I might be a frugal zealot in most cases, but all of that goes out of the window when I’m in the middle of morning sickness. We’re in survival mode for a few months and that means fast and easy meals and lots of snacks–nothing which requires more than a few minutes in the kitchen. I also am trying to eat 100 grams of protein every day to keep my blood sugar levels up, so I am planning our meals with mega-protein in mind as well as trying to make every bite count for lots of health and nutritional value.

At any rate, we decided to temporarily raise our grocery budget by $30/week until the morning-noon-and-night sickness subsides and I can get back to cooking from scratch again. I’ll be sharing our quick and easy $70 "survival" menus with you in hopes that they might help some of you who find yourselves in similar situations.

You can read more about "seasons to be practical" on my Frugal Friday post here.

And no picture this week–I’m staying away from food as much as I possibly can!


How’d you do this week? Post about the deals and
bargains you were able to snag this week or other ways you saved money
on your blog (with pictures, if possible!) and then come back here and
leave your link below. **To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Super Savings Saturday post. Links
going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog
besides the direct link to your Super Savings Saturday post will be deleted.**

4 Sep 2008   ·   21
Money Saving Mom

Blogging for Profit: Q&A

To close out our Blogging for Profit series, here are a few questions that readers posed which I’m taking a stab at answering:

I have been trying to figure out
how to get a coupon sidebar so that my readers can print coupons from my site – how do I do this?

Just go here and sign up. Once you’ve signed up, you can set up the coupon widgets as you’d like them and add the HTML to your sidebar. Do note that these coupons can cause a considerable lag in loading time for some blog pages.

Do you have a pricing policy for the ads that you solicit yourself? Or do you just price them on an individual basis? Also, how can I get those type of ads before I reach 500 visits per day on my site?  (My blog is dedicated to local deals and events.) -Gloria

I have a set pricing structure that I put together based upon my traffic, the length of time an ad runs, and where it will be placed on my page. When someone contacts me regarding placing an ad on my blog, I just copy and paste this information into an email and send it right over to them.

It’s not entirely impossible to secure advertising on your blog before you have 500 visitors per day, but, in most cases, unless the company is really small and your prices are exceptionally inexpensive, most places aren’t too interested in considering it. In addition, it is likely not worth your time to spend thirty minutes emailing with a company and setting up their ad on your blog for a very small payment.

That said, since your blog is a very targeted niche market, you might have more success than someone with a much broader market. I checked out your blog and noticed you had lots of ad spots open. My advice? Fill these up–with affiliate ads or free ads, if you need to. Just don’t let them sit there empty or it looks like your blog is not the “hoppin’ place” to advertise.

How long did it take you to build up your readership, and what specific techniques helped you in increasing your traffic? -Nisha

I started MoneySavingMom with a big advantage: I already had been blogging on my other blog for two years and had developed a loyal readership and a reputation for being a frugal zealot. Launching MSM from that springboard allowed me to quickly gain momentum without much work.

The quick growth of MoneySavingMom truly showcased the beauty of viral marketing–readers linked to me on their blogs and their readers liked what they saw and began linking to me on their blogs. Then readers began telling their friends who told their friends who told their acquaintances who told random people at the grocery store and on and on it went. I’ve heard quite the bizarre assortment of stories from folks as to how they first found MSM!

The traffic this little corner of the web gets continues to blow me away–and it’s thanks to all of you who have helped to spread the word far and wide. It’s also the result of a slow and steady build up of readership on my other blog two years before I started this blog.

My best encouragement for those wanting to build their traffic: write well, write often, and engage your audience. Keep them coming back again and again for more. A nice layout and eye-pleasing graphics to break up the monotony do help, but writing well and writing often are two of the biggest building blocks to a loyal readership.

(Please note: I’m still working on the writing well part; grammar is not my forte and I am sure there are very few English majors and English teachers who can stick around these parts for long without cringing!)

Well, I didn’t get to all the questions, but hopefully the above answers touched on some things which will be helpful to a number of you! Thanks again for joining us for this series!

3 Sep 2008   ·   25
Money Saving Mom

BJ’s Wholesale Club


For those of you with a BJ’s Wholesale Club nearby, did you know you can use manufacturer’s coupons there (including printable coupons)? You can also stack these with BJ’s store coupons found here.

But it gets even better: BJ’s allows multiple coupons to be redeemed on multi-packs of "individual-for-sale" packaged items (i.e. if you buy a pack of toothpaste that includes three individual toothpaste tubes, you can use three coupons on the one item, most store only accept one coupon on an item like this.)

If you are not already a member of BJ’s, it might be worth a trip to price compare and see if you could save money by becoming a member. You can go here to download a free one-day pass (you will be charged an extra 15% if you purchase anything, though, so it’s not exactly "free").

Have you shopped at BJ’s Wholesale Club? If so, I’d love to hear whether you think purchasing a membership is worth the investment.

2 Sep 2008   ·   12
Money Saving Mom

Financial Shape in 2008: Monthly check-up

In case anyone was paying attention, I completely skipped this feature last month. Vacations, sickness, and other things got in the way and I just decided to take the month off from an official update. But never fear, Financial Shape in 2008 didn’t go away permanently and with the dawn of September, here’s a quick look back on how we’re doing on our goals for 2008:

Here’s our update:

Short Term Financial Goals for 2008

1) Have our fully-funded emergency fund in place (6 months’ worth of living expenses) by the end of April. As of March 11, 2008–DONE!
2) Switch health insurance plans and open an HSA. We
were approved for our new health insurance plans in April and have also
set up our HSA. Done!

3) Start up an IRA and invest at least 5-10% of Jesse’s income in this. Started in March. (We plan to increase this to 12-15% of Jesse’s income as soon as we purchase our home.)
4) Open up a mutual fund for each of our children and invest $50 per child per month in it. Started in March.

5) Save up and invest $30,000 this year towards paying cash (100% down) for a house in 3-5 years. Now
that Goals 1-4 are finished, we’re working super hard on Goal #5!

The past two months have been much more encouraging for us–which was a real blessing after a few months of car problems, unexpected expenses, and medical bills. Not only were we able to purchase a new-to-us van (thanks to the payout from our insurance after the wreck combined with some extra income-earning things we did), but we were also able to build our six-month emergency fund back up, and put a couple thousand dollars in our house savings.

We look back and aren’t exactly sure how all of that happened, but we are humbly grateful to God for His blessing and provision! He never fails us!

How did you do in July and August? Whether
or not you posted financial goals for 2008, please take a moment to
post about your financial successes and failures in July and August and the areas
you hope to improve in September. Then, come back here and leave your link
below. If you don’t have a blog or would rather share anonymously, feel
free to leave your update in a comment. Let’s all keep each other
accountable to be better stewards of
our resources!

29 Aug 2008   ·   21
Money Saving Mom

Super Savings Saturday: This week’s $40 shopping trip and menu

Back by popular demand and because I actually went shopping this week, here’s what $40 total bought at CVS, Aldi, and Hen House:


Our CVS deal is worth mentioning since it would work well for a newbie:

Bought 2 Children’s Advils at $5.79 each, used 2 $1/1 coupons
Bought 2 boxes SmartStart priced at $4.59, on sale B1G1, used 2 $1/1 coupons
Paid with $12 in ECBs and $0.59, Got $11.98 ECBs back!

(Read more about these deals and where to find the coupons here.)

Another deal I was excited about from Hen House: we got Kathrynne’s ultimate favorite yogurt Yoplait yogurt drinks for $0.48 per pack of six. (They were on sale for $1.98 and we used the $1.50 coupon here.)

Our combined three-store trip wasn’t anything incredible, but we got enough groceries to last us for the week, along with a few extra treats, and we spent right at $39!

Here’s the menu for this week:

Cereal, fruit
Yogurt, fruit, homemade bread
Banana bread, fruit, yogurt smoothies
Fresh juice, English muffins, scrambled eggs
Homemade cinnamon rolls, fruit, yogurt
Breakfast burritos, fruit
Cereal, fruit

PB&J, fruit, carrots
Cheese quesadillas, veggies
Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
Leftovers x 2
Split peas, brown rice, cottage cheese
Yogurt, banana bread, veggies

Lasagna casserole, homemade bread, salad, green beans
Beef hot dogs, potato salad, veggies, fruit, icecream bars
Italian meatballs over rice, homemade breadsticks, salad, steamed veggies
Beef sausage and onions, scalloped potatoes, grapefruit, homemade bread
Burritos, salad, fruit, corn
Grilled chicken, salad, homemade bread, fruit
Leftovers or dinner out

SNACKS–Veggies, banana bread, yogurt, fruit, cereal, cheese quesadillas, toast, cheese


How’d you do this week? Post about the deals and
bargains you were able to snag this week or other ways you saved money
on your blog (with pictures, if possible!) and then come back here and
leave your link below. **To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Super Savings Saturday post. Links
going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog
besides the direct link to your Super Savings Saturday post will be deleted.**

29 Aug 2008   ·   3
Money Saving Mom

Frugal Friday: Fresh juice, winners, politics, and a short break


It’s Frugal Friday right over here. You won’t want to miss

my post on making fresh juice on a budget and the over a hundred other great contributions by penny-pinching zealots around the blogosphere!

Oh and I said I was going to announce some winners last night, didn’t I? Well, I’ve sort of been wrapped up in politics the last 24 hours (My hubby and I are self-described "political junkies" and this election go-around has certainly kept us on the edge of our seats!) so it slipped my mind to do the drawing. Sorry about that!

Without further ado, the five winners of Celebrate Simply are: Blaire (blaireruch@); Bethany (bethany.schenk@); Alison (alisongentry@); Holly (hrosener@); and czukowski (czukowski@). I’ve sent an email to each of you with further information. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Since this is Labor Day weekend and my husband is off from work for the long weekend, I’ll post the usual Super Savings Saturday and Saturday evening deal posts but will likely not be around much besides that so we can enjoy lots of quality family time. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

(Just had to share this picture of the girls taken last Saturday while we were out having a family day! Kaitlynn–in the stroller–just wasn’t quite so sure about the whole hat-wearing thing. It was hot and we were outside most of the day at an airshow and we had quite the time trying to keep it on her!)

29 Aug 2008   ·   30
Earn Money With Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars: Make money reading emails

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Earn Money With Inbox Dollars

For those of you looking for something simple you can do to earn a little money on the side, you’ll want to check out InboxDollars. Back when
Jesse was in law school and we were barely making ends meet, getting
paid to read emails from InboxDollars was one thing I did to help add a little stream of

Like CashCrate, you won’t get rich from InboxDollars, but if you are willing to take five minutes every day to read emails from various companies, you can earn a small bit each day. Just set up a separate free email inbox and then sign up with InboxDollars. Every day or every other day, take five or ten minutes to look through the emails and slowly start seeing your earnings add up!

Speaking of income-earning ideas, my best advice for you moms looking for something you can do from home would be to set aside an hour every day (I recommend naptime or late at night/early in the morning, if you have young children.) to focus on learning, researching, and trying out different money-making things.

Pick one or two things to start out with that only require an investment of time, not money–things like CashCrate, InboxDollars, Cash4Books, eBay, or blogging. Research online, observe what’s working for others, talk to others moms, and try things out to see how they work for you.

Don’t expect that you’ll start seeing money pour in right away, but if you see a little trickle, be encouraged and keep at it. Once you’ve gotten a couple things figured out, feel comfortable with those, and are seeing a little bit of income coming in from them, try adding in a few new things.

Over time, you’ll find two or three or five small things that work well for you and you can drop what’s not working for you and stick with what is. However, my biggest piece of advice is to work towards having multiple streams of income. If you do five small things everyday that take you around 12 minutes each and earn you $5 each, that’s about an hour of your time and $25 dollars per day! In many cases, diversifying your income-earning possibilities can dramatically increase the return on your investment of time.

That said, don’t try to do everything at once unless you want to create a recipe for disaster! Start slowly and be careful not to bite off more than you can chew! And don’t give up if something doesn’t work for you; not everything will. But keep trying, keep learning, keep at it, and you will eventually start seeing results.

28 Aug 2008   ·   41
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Budgeting 101 – Part 2

I started off this series by encouraging you to set aside your excuses for why a budget won’t work and asking you to join me in this budgeting adventure. I’m excited that so many of you are listening in and considering how a budget might help you with your finances.

to step out of your comfort zone to try this budgeting thing is the
next step toward financial success. When there’s a will, there’s
usually a way. And we’ve certainly found this to be true in our own

Before we got married, my dad challenged my husband and I
to set down and make out a workable budget on paper. Talk about a great
exercise to really get to know one another during our engagement!

would highly recommend all engaged couples consider embarking on the
exercise of budget-making. It may be eye-opening to both of you!
Actually, whether you are engaged, newly-married, or celebrating your
thirty-five-year anniversary, I’d recommend you consider this
exercise–especially if you are struggling financially.

Where do you start?
and I began by talking through every expenditure which we felt was a
necessity. Many people recommend writing down your income first and
then divvying it up into percentage brackets for the various
necessities and extras your budget might contain. If you are really
detail-oriented and a numbers person, this might work for you. But for
most of us, this would be overwhelming and we’d chuck the whole
budgeting thing before we even began.

down with your spouse (if you’re married) and start by listing your
basic living necessities: Tithe*, Shelter, Food, Clothing, Utilities,

There are other items which are likely
almost-necessities, but we’ll get to those later. I want you to focus
on keeping it simple! So we’ll start with the big items:

If you are a Christian, I heartily encourage you to set aside 10% of
your gross income first thing to give to your local church. By
cheerfully giving of our firstfruits to God (even if we don’t feel like
we have extra for this!), we are demonstrating that God is the first
priority in life. God will bless you for your obedience to His commands
and your willingness to honor Him first
with your finances and to selflessly give to Him. And God can make the
90% of your income go farther than you ever thought possible–I’ve seen
this so clearly in our lives and in many other lives.

How much are you spending on rent or your mortgage per month?
Write it down under the "Shelter" heading.

How much are you spending on groceries and eating out per month? Write it down under the "Food" heading.

How much are you spending on clothing per month? Write it down under the "Clothing" heading.

How much are you spending on utilities (electricity, water, gas bill, etc.) per month? Write it down under the "Utilities" heading.

How much are you spending on transportation (gas, car payments, car repair, etc.) per month? Write it down under the "Transportation" heading.

for some of you, you keep meticulous records and know exactly how much
you spend in all of those areas. For most, you probably have a very
basic idea but don’t know specifically. You might know how much your
rent or house payment is, or how much your car payment is, but that’s
about it. What do you do then?

Well, start by giving a basic estimate of what you think would cover all of your expenses in that category for a month. This
will likely not be totally accurate, but it’s just your starting point.
I’d recommend that you estimate high when you first start out–you’d
much rather get to lower the spending in that category, than to have to
raise it.

If you are paid weekly, divide the monthly amounts by
four and set aside that much each time you get paid. If you are paid
bi-weekly, divide it in half and set that aside with each paycheck.

your income is variable, we’ll talk more about how to budget on a
variable income in the near future, but for now, I recommend you take
into account how often and how much you are usually paid and then divvy
up the paycheck accordingly.

If you have no income, well, we’ll talk about that later, too. 🙂

When you get your paycheck, automatically deduct from it the above amount that you have alloted for each category. The main reason for doing this is to encourage you to begin developing the discipline of covering your most important expenses first. This will save you much financial headache and turmoil.

recommend you go ahead and pay the rent or mortgage payment (at least
write the check), pay the car payment (though I hope to convince you
soon that you shouldn’t ever take out a car payment again–ever! But that’s for another post!), and pay the utility bills as soon as possible.

I recommend you take out cash for clothing and food and stick those in two different envelopes to only
be used for food and clothing, respectively. If you’ve never used cash
like this before, we’ll talk more about the envelope system and why I
recommend it later. I just encourage you to try it for now. If you’re
like us, you’ll find that taking real cash with you to the store
instead of a credit card or even a debit card means you find it much
harder to part with and so you’re instinctively more careful about your

For your gas, I’ll let you decide what is best. We
use our debit card for this and set aside a certain amount every two
weeks. This allows us to pay at the pump and saves us some time and
effort. It’s especially nice when I need to stop for gas while I’m out
by myself with the two girls. This is one of the few things we use our
debit card for. If you prefer cash or check, use that. I don’t
recommend using a credit card for anything,
but I’ll leave that option up to you if you’re still not convinced
about shredding those up yet. Again, we’ll talk more about that in the

At the end of the month, stop and evaluate how this system worked for you. Do
you need to increase any of the categories because your estimations
were off? If so, re-work your budgeted amounts. There is absolutely
nothing wrong with doing this. In fact, it is to be expected. Your
budget is not a strict slavemaster, it is a guideline and tool that
grows and changes with you as you move throughout life. It will change
with the ebbs and flows of life and when you are first starting out, it
will need lots of tweaking.

If you have money leftover in any of
the categories, roll it over to the next month. I recommend you wait at
least a few months before lowering any category as you’d rather have
some extra than not enough.

Once you feel confident in the above
exercise of budgeting your basic necessities, you are now ready to move
on in the direction of budgeting more or all of your income. We’ll
discuss that more in-depth in the next installment of this series. Stay

If you have a budget, I’d love to hear how you got started with budgeting and the blessings which have resulted from budgeting.

Originally published February 2008.

27 Aug 2008   ·   1,312
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24-Hour Giveaway: 5 copies of Celebrate Simply


My friend and author, Nancy Twigg, who writes on simplifying our lives, frugality, and focusing on what’s most important in her newsletter, has generously offered to give away five copies of her book, Celebrate Simply, to my readers here.

Have you ever dreamed of family celebrations that leave you exhilarated
rather than exhausted? Overjoyed instead of overwhelmed? Well, then
you’ll want to get a copy of Nancy’s book!

Celebrate Simply
is your guide to simpler, more meaningful holidays. It’s a small book that is jam-packed with encouragement and practical help to allow you to take the stress and expense out of special occasions.

Dave Ramsey says, "…Not only will Celebrate Simply teach you how to save money, it will also show you how to enrich and add meaning to your celebrations as well."

To enter to win one of the five copies I’m giving away, just leave a comment on this post in the next 24 hours. Include your name and a valid email address in the spaces provided. I’ll randomly choose and post five winners Thursday evening.

27 Aug 2008   ·   35
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Work-from-home idea: LiveOps

Lauri emailed me about a work-from-home idea she’s done before which I thought some of you might be interested in. She wrote:

I’m a single mom, working full-time, but I did this job
before I had my baby and now when I can get a sitter for a couple of hours
during the week.

I work for a company that operates a virtual call
center. There are several popular companies to contract with, the one I
have the most experience with is LiveOps.
I take inbound direct response calls (there are some outbound lines, but no one starts there). Basically, it’s people calling to order
something they saw on TV or in a magazine. Here are some of the details:
  1. A dedicated landline (no voicemail, caller ID, etc. on the line, bare
    bones)–I write off the $30 a month for a landline I use as a business expense on my income taxes since I don’t use this line for anything else.
  2. A phone with a headset, no wireless–mine is a Plantronics
    all-in-one phone and headset that cost about $75 (there are cheaper ones
    out there). This also was another business expense that was a tax write-off.
  3. A computer with broadband (certain system requirements, but not too stringent)
  4. $30 for a background check once hired.
The work:
You are an independent contractor making at least $0.25 per talk
minute (there are bonuses available at times as well). Shifts are available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no guarantees of talk time per 30 minute
shift but calls usually at least trickle in and increase over time as
you build stats with different products after successful calls.

To stay
active you must take at least one call per 42 days. So it’s something
you can schedule yourself as much or as little as you like. Lots of
stay-at-home mom’s do the job from what I see on their inter-company
forums. And work will be picking up with the busy holiday season

Honestly, I find it pretty easy–you just follow the scripts
that pop for whatever product the person is calling you for. Follow the
script, be friendly, rinse, repeat. And I love the extra money.

There are a few other companies out there besides LiveOps that do this as well. I
worked for ACD Direct, who take calls for NPR and PBS pledge drives. It
was great work, but I couldn’t meet their minimum requirements after
having my son.

I’d love to hear from the rest of you if you have experience working with LiveOps or a similar opportunity. Tell us how it worked or works for you and what advice or helpful tips you’d have for other moms who are interested in getting started with something like this.

**Note: If you work from home and would be interested in sharing your story to be an inspiration to other women, please email me with a brief paragraph or two telling me about yourself and how you are earning an income from home.**

26 Aug 2008   ·   50
Money Saving Mom

My Swiffer came!


I was so excited to get the mail yesterday and find a box containing a brand-new Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit in it! I can’t wait to try these out on our floors–it might be just the motivation I’m needing right now to do some cleaning!

A big thanks to CouponMom for giving away 500 Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kits and for letting me know as soon as she posted about it so I could sign up for one before they were all gone.

Did anyone else get one, too? I hope I’m not the only one!

By the way, if you regularly use Swiffer products, there are a bunch of printable coupons here. (Thanks, Samantha!)