Entries from May 18, 2014 - May 24, 2014

Saturday
May242014

Country Fair Fried Dough

 

 

 

Just like at the fair! Make yummy fried dough at home with this recipe from King Arthur Flour.

Saturday
May242014

27 Best Summer Party Hacks

 

 

Here is an amazing list of 27 summer party hacks from Buzzfeed.com.

Saturday
May242014

Summer Fun on Pinterest

From recipes to vacation ideas and more, follow us on Pinterest for everything summer! Over 1,000 pins of the best stuff!
Saturday
May242014

Bakerella Blueberry Muffin Bread Pudding

Easy Blueberry Muffin Bread Pudding

4 jumbo blueberry muffins
3 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
¾ cup milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup brown sugar
Powdered sugar, for dusting

1. Cut muffins into small cubes and set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, cinnamon, milk, cream and vanilla until combined.

3. Arrange blueberry muffin pieces in a lightly greased 2 quart baking dish.

4. Pour mixture on top so all of the muffin pieces are covered. Press bread down to coat if necessary. Let soak for an hour or overnight.

5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle top of bread pudding with brown sugar and bake for 60 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle with powdered sugar and and serve warm.

Saturday
May242014

Nathan's: Win Free T-Shirts and More

Go to the Nathan’s Famous Facebook page and click on the Sweepstakes tab to enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a trip for 4 guests to ConeyIsland, NY for the July 4th, 2014 weekend and more. Plus, 1,000 will win a Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest Official T-shirt ($20 value).
Saturday
May242014

Twitter Party- Prizes with Savings.com #BBQponing

Join us on Tuesday, May 27th for a #BBQponing Twitter Party to discuss the nuts and bolts of everything you need for a BBQ and how to get it all at rock-bottom prices with couponing.

Twitter Party Details

  • Date: May 27, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 pm EST
  • Hashtag: #BBQponing
  • Hosts: @savings @favadoapp @thesamicone @savingsmania @mommyswishlist @cleverlysimple

RSVP Here, see you there!

Saturday
May242014

Mystery Shopping: Earn Extra Cash

You’ve probably seen the signs or ads which promise that you can make hundreds of dollars every month by shopping and going out to eat. And you’ve probably though it was too good to be true.

Well, those advertisements are likely a little over-the-top and just designed to get you to sign up for some overpriced list which you can find yourself with a little searching online. But mystery shopping is a very legitimate source of income and in many areas, the jobs are plentiful and the pay is decent.

What Skills Do You Need to Possess to Become a Mystery Shopper? 

A good mystery shopper is someone who is attentive to detail and thorough in everything they do. In addition, it is very important that you keep accurate records and follow instructions carefully. Many shops will require you to look for very specific things, keep track of the time, and ask specific questions — all without seeming suspicious or giving yourself away as a mystery shopper.

How Do You Get Started Working as a Mystery Shopper?

When I first began mystery shopping, I signed up for all of the mystery shopping companies listed at Volition.com. I opened up a separate email account which was dedicated to mystery shopping emails and used that when I signed up. It took mehours to sign up with all of the companies and it was quite time-consuming, but the effort paid off as I ended up landing dozens of great mystery shopping jobs over the next two years.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You should never pay to sign up with a mystery shopping company. They may ask for a fairly extensive application process to make sure that you are thorough, detailed, and qualified. They will ask for your social security number and other personal information (always make sure the site is secure and the company is legit before giving out personal information).

But a legitimate mystery shopping company should never ask for money upfront. If they do, run far, far away and don’t turn back. They are a scam company and you do not want to get mixed up with the likes of them!

These are all real companies:

MSIS Shopper 
ICCDS 
Beyond Hello 
Kern Scheduling 
Market Force 
National Shopping Service 
Trend Source

How Do You Find Out About Job Opportunities?

If you’ll thoroughly fill out all the applications and have patience, you’ll likely begin to see quite a number of job opportunities sent to you. Many times, these jobs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so you’ll want to check your email for job openings a few times each day and be quick to respond to any which you are interested in. Some companies also have online job listings that you can apply for.

It typically takes a few months to build up a rapport with the companies. Don’t be discouraged if you get passed over for some of the better job opportunities in the beginning.

If you are patient and prove yourself, you’ll likely start to be offered better jobs. In fact, sometimes the company will start offering the job directly to you versus opening it up to others since they know you have done a great job in the past!

What Types of Jobs Are Available?

When I was mystery shopping, I did fast food shops, casual dining, high-end restaurants, gas stations, beauty supply stores, pet stores, and even a bowling alley, to name a few.

I found restaurant shops to be my favorite as they usually not only reimbursed for a meal for myself and my husband, but they also usually paid at least an extra $10 for the work involved. It was very worth it to me to get a nice free dinner date with my husband plus some cash, all for about 30 minutes of extra work!

How Much Will You Get Paid?

Most mystery shopping jobs pay between $7-$15 and include some sort of reimbursement as well. This is usually for an average of an hour’s worth of work, give or take. Once you’ve established yourself with a company, you may be offered jobs that pay $20 to $25 per hour, or more. These jobs are typically not offered to newbies.

Mystery shopping is a lot of work — especially in the beginning when you are first learning the ropes! If you stick with it, though, it can be a fun and rewarding experience that can also help supplement your income — or pay for some of your Christmas expenses!

Source: Moneysavingmom.com

Saturday
May242014

Jergens Pinterest Sweeps

Enter the Jergens Natural Glow Golden Grab Bag Sweepstakes! They are giving away 130 awesome prize packs, ranging in value from $49 to $349! Make sure to get your one-time entry in by June 10th.