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Earn 500 Shopkick Kicks for Shopping at Best Buy

Earn 500 Shopkick Kicks for Shopping at Best Buy



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Hey guys! I’ve been having a crazy day at work (neck deep in Excel sumifs) but I wanted to share with you another cool offer from Shopkick. The app that every diehard shopper needs - the app that lets you can earn money just for walking into stores and making purchases with a linked credit card.

If you’re not currently using Shopkick to earn a little extra money you need to check out my Shopkick tutorial then sign up for an account. Don’t leave free money on the table!

All signed up?

Good.

Now check out this offer:


Use the Shopkick app to make your first mobile purchase from Best Buy and earn a 500 kick bonus.

In order to be eligible this will have to be the first time you’ve used the app to purchase from Best Buy. Additionally, you’ll have to spend $10 and the offer is only good for today (January 22, 2020).

In addition to the 500 bonus kicks you'll earn 2 kicks for every $1 spent. Even if you’ve made a Best Buy purchase from the app previously you’ll be eligible for the 2 kicks for every $1 spent!

Shopkick is really making it hard for me to not spend money! I’ve been drooling over the Nest Protect smoke detectors for quite some time.

But at $120 each, and having 6 smoke detectors just on the main floor of my house, I’m not sure a $700 investment in smoke detectors is what I need right now. Maybe one day.

If you don’t know what a Nest Protect is, you can check them out here.

Cool, huh?

Do you have any Nest Protects? Would you recommend them? Do you have something similar I should maybe check out as an alternative?

Maybe you‘ve been eyeing some other new electronics lately? Tell me what you will be buying (or would love to buy) from Best Buy!


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Vintage Love: Newburgh Vintage Emporium (in a Snow Storm!)

Vintage Love: Newburgh Vintage Emporium (in a Snow Storm!)



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My mom’s birthday was this past week and she requested we take a mini road trip and get out of the house for a couple of hours. It seems like everyone is getting a little sick of being cooped up inside, but it’s been a pretty mild winter thus far. It was 55 degrees last weekend. Unheard of in upstate NY.

However everyone knows good things seldom last and they’ve been calling for snow for this weekend all week. It started out at an estimated 12 inches but the last I checked we’ve been downgraded to 4-6 inches. I’ll take it.

Anyways, my mom found an estate sale she just had to go to today. Snow be damned.

So off we went.

We went to the estate sale and rather than head home and beat the storm, we decided to take a trip to the Newburgh Vintage Emporium since we were in their neck of the woods.

The first time I wrote about Newburgh Vintage was last February. I’ve been back several times since but it seems to be a favorite winter stop of mine - close enough to not hate the drive and good enough to make me want to go outside in the cold.

Ready to check out what they have going on at Newburgh Vintage?

Good because I’m excited to show you!


The first thing that caught my eye were these upcycled end tables. I love the clean lines and the soft colors. Not only do they look fantastic, I don’t think you can go wrong with such a great price! Unfortunately for me, dog hair shows up just a little too prominently on anything white.


These sweet accent chairs were in the same booth as the night stands. Isn’t the ikat fabric on the seats just perfect?


Maybe yellow is more your thing? It’s definitely my thing. I love these pale yellow mid-century chairs. There’s just something about the shape of the wood frame I love.

My favorite chair in my grandmother’s house is similar in style. Maybe it’s a nostalgia thing. Or maybe it’s just because it’s just dang good design. Or maybe it’s both?


Alright, enough with the furniture for now. Tucked away in the far back corner of the store is one of my favorite booths - filled with vintage records and neon lights. I can’t go to Newburgh Vintage without taking at least a quick look through these crates. And every time I go back, I think this booth looks cooler. There’s no other way to describe it, I mean the records hanging from the ceiling makes me want to try a little DIY at home. But I’m not that cool and my record mobiles won’t look anywhere near as good as these so maybe I’ll just stick to listening for now.


The second I saw this flamingo bust I was in love. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m on some sort of weird flamingo kick as of late. Unfortunately when I brought him up to the counter to inquire about a price I learned he wasn’t for sale.

Shucks.

But how could I be mad? If I was the owner I wouldn’t sell him either. He’s dang cool.


Oh, look more records! But how great is that card catalog? That thing was HUGE. I think card catalogs are pretty cool in general but add a fun color and they’re kind of a must have. Except I can’t figure out what exactly I would do with one. The minute I find a good use for one - besides looking at them - I’m going to be on the hunt for one just like this.


Ok, just a quick detour back to furniture. This green table caught my eye from like five booths away. After checking it out I’m pretty sure it’s stained green. I had no idea you could buy colored stain! This is an exciting new development for me. If you’re interested, and like me had no idea,  check out some of these colored stains at Home Depot.



My next find was thanks to an adorable little girl testing the product in the aisle. I’ve never seen one of these before but I’m sure it would have provided me hours and hours of entertainment as a kid. A rubber bounce pony is way more fun than the boring old ball I had as a kid. Nah, just kidding, those are a lot of fun too.

In case you’re interested, I looked it up once I got home and learned the Rody Pony is still made today and comes in several different colors including this fun multicolored version from Amazon.


And last but not least, check out this acrylic painting entitled “Flapper.” I’m not an art expert so I’m someone that just likes what I like, I know nothing about technique or mediums or anything. But this chick looks like someone I’d like to know (read: total badass) and the colors are just oh so pretty.

Unfortunately it was a really quick trip due to the storm and we still hit a little bit of snow on our ride home but as always Newburgh Vintage never disappoints! Even better news, they’ve now opened a second location! We didn’t get to check it out today but I’m hoping we get to go on our next trip down the line.

Is it snowing where you are? Did you venture out into the storm or did you stay warm and cozy inside?

See anything good from the pictures above you would just have to have? I call dibs on the flamingo bust if the owner decides to sell!

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Hello 2020, Hello New Goals!

Hello 2020, Hello New Goals!



It’s hard to believe it’s 2020. As I said to someone last night, doesn’t it feel like we were just waiting up for the new millennium?! Obviously I’m dating myself, but seriously, how is it even possible how quickly time goes?

I hope that you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, my dear friends. You deserve it.

As you know, I’m not much on New Year’s resolutions and setting myself up for failure but all the way back on January 1, 2019 I did set up some goals for 2019. And I’m here to report, things did not go well.

To make myself feel better about my failure, I’m just going to drop this fun little fact - only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals. That’s crazy isn’t it?! 8 out of 100 people actually follow through. Here’s to being one of the eight this year!

Alright, it’s time to see what went wrong.

Just a quick reminder, my 2019 goals were:

1) Pay off any renovation related debt. Oops. Failed horribly on this one. It’s atrocious but with setbacks I’m farther in the hole than I was last year.

2) Accumulate savings of $3,000. Well, I did better on this one but I still fell short. I only managed to get my savings up to $2,550.

3) Pay off the smaller of my two student loans. Yeah, you can laugh right along with me here - not only did I not pay off any student loans, I added another. Oh, sometimes life just has a way of taking you down a peg doesn’t it? Even worse, I’m planning on needing one more student loan this upcoming semester. But then I should be good and my focus will be on getting them paid off. Student loans will soon be a thing of the past for me.

Ok, so now, it’s time for my 2020 goals. I’m trying to find a balance between pushing myself to achieve great things and setting realistic goals.

Here’s my final list:

1) Get renovation related debt below $5,000. Right now I’m at about $12,000 so this is definitely a lofty goal but I want to push myself on this one and start really wiping out debt.

2) Accumulate savings of $3,000. So what this didn’t happen in 2019? It’s a worthwhile goal and something I should be pushing for. Once I get over my $3,000 hurdle I’d like to start plugging more money into savings until I have a six month emergency fund.

3) Pay off that pesky smaller student loan. Like my savings goal, I’m recycling my student loan goal from 2019. Hopefully once the smaller loan is paid off I can go onto the next smallest and make some real progress towards my debt payoff.

4) Get my total debt balances below $160,000. Right now my grand total of debt is over $175,000 so this certainly won’t be easy. Like my first goal I think I might be setting some lofty expectations but like I’ve said before, I’d like to push myself and start making a dent in this debt.

What are your resolutions for 2020? How did you make out with your resolutions from 2019? Are you one of the 8%? If you were, you have to fill me in on your secrets to success!

Happy New Year!!
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2019 - The Year End Recap

2019 - The Year End Recap



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Initially I was going to call this post my 13th monthly progress report but then I got thinking and I decided calling it my 13th monthly progress report was both misleading and just not special enough.

Why is it misleading? Well because we're here because last December (a WHOLE YEAR ago!) I decided it was a good idea to start a blog to track my financial progress.

And a year is twelve months! But since my first monthly progress report was written as of 12/31/2018, I screwed up my numbering system and I can't deal with the fact that we're always going to be slightly askew so we needed to differentiate this post from my other monthly progress reports.

And hey, I made it a whole year! This post deserves a little special recognition. We've certainly discovered I'm not the best blogger in the world but I'm proud of myself for continuing to write my monthly updates. It really is nice to see my progress in black and white.

So we're celebrating this little occasion and we're calling this post..

Wait for it..

"2019 - the Year End Recap"

Oh! Now that's fancy!

I'm actually going to reference back to that first monthly progress report during this post, so maybe you'd like to take a trip down memory lane with me. If so, here's that first month's progress report.

Maybe you don't want to go that far back and you'd just like a quick refresher? Here's November's progress report.

All caught up? Cool, cool.

Now let's take a look at how 2019 is ending and 2020 is beginning.

Here's a breakdown of my debt:

Mortgage: $147,400
Car Loan: $6,700
Student Loans: $6,350
Credit Cards: $2,800
Grand Total of Debt: $163,250


My student loan balances

That’s $900 less than November and $4,450 less than last December.

I've mostly focused on my progress month to month and haven't focused much on the overall numbers. It's nice to see that I really did make some progress here.

But... There's always a but isn't there? Well, we started off with the good news.

Here's the bad - I don't expect that to carry over once we add in my renovation fund.

And that's because my renovation fund requirements have actually grown this year.

Renovation fund requirement: $12,050
New Grand Total of Debt: $175,300

Overall, I've paid off $1,250 of debt since November but I've added $4,400 to my grand total since last December due to poor planning on my renovations.

That's definitely a bummer. But I knew it was going to happen. I can only hope I make better decisions and pay down more debt in 2020.

Now let’s take a look at my savings:

Savings account: $2,150
P2P Lending account: $200
Investment account: $200
Grand Total of Savings: $2,550

So a couple of things happened this month.

1) I finally put some money into my savings account. It was long overdue and I’m ashamed at how little I’ve saved this year. I hope next year will be better.

2) I shifted money from my P2P lending account to my investment account because my P2P lending account has banned me from investing in new loans.

I know what you’re thinking but it wasn’t anything I did. I swear! It was some sort of state regulation that prohibits me from investing in new notes. Not thrilled about it but I’m hoping they clear things up so I can go on about my business as usual as soon as possible.

I added $150 to savings in November and $300 since last December. I’ll say it again, I should have done so much better with my savings this year and I’m going to try to focus more on my savings in 2020.

If I keep saying it, it’s sure to stick, right? I sure hope so. $300 is just so abysmal.

Unfortunately, 2019 saw me go further into debt.

Sometimes I guess year end recaps aren’t all good. Sometimes you just have to admit your failings and move on.

2019 may not have worked out how I had wanted but I’m optimistic about the future. I’m hoping that 2020 allows me to pay down debt and become a more disciplined saver.

Have you paid off any big debts in 2019 or have you reached any big savings goals? I’d love to hear about it if you have. Success stories keep me motivated to not give up even if I have an off month (or year, in this case).
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Earn 500 Shopkick Kicks for Shopping at Walmart

Earn 500 Shopkick Kicks for Shopping at Walmart





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As I'm headed out the door to attend the (hopefully) last ugly sweater party of this holiday season, I just wanted to share with everyone a nice little offer I got in my email from Shopkick today.

I know I've said it a hundred times if I've said it once, but I L O V E Shopkick. The app rewards you for walking into stores, making online purchases, using a linked card and watching videos.

But best of all, it's super easy.

If you're curious to find out more about how to earn a little extra money with Shopkick, check out my Shopkick tutorial.

Now, on to the good news if you're new to Shopkick (or if you haven't used Shopkick to place an order through Walmart yet):


Use the Shopkick app to place a $10 Walmart order today (December 28. 2019) and receive a 500 kick bonus! In addition to the 500 extra kicks you'll earn 3 kicks for every $1 spent.

So, what are you waiting for? I've already scheduled my grocery pickup for after the party!

I hope you've all had a great holiday and are ready for the new year! Now you'll have to excuse me, I need to figure out how to make myself look like a human Christmas tree.
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Monthly Progress Report #12

Monthly Progress Report #12



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Hey guys! I should have posted this yesterday but I was busy celebrating my bestie’s 36th birthday! Happy Birthday Becca!! And honestly by the time I got home I was stuffed with too much food to do much more than watch some TV and get some sleep.

But today is a big day - this is the twelfth monthly progress report! Also, we’re right in the middle of our first Nor’Easter of the year. So far it’s been all ice but it should be turning into snow tonight and sticking around for a while. Total accumulation is expected to be about 12 inches... so maybe 12 is a theme for me today?

I’ll admit, over the last twelve months, things haven’t gone exactly as I expected, not that I thought I would be debt free by now or anything, but there have been hiccups and unnecessary purchases that have kept me from doing as well as maybe I could have.

But hey, life happens. This was never about not being able to spend any money or splurge on anything; it was about making myself more aware and smarter about how I spend money and actively trying to get myself to pay down debt. I may not be where I thought I would be but I’m definitely on my way.

In case you missed it, here’s last month’s progress report.

Now without further adieu (I’ve always wanted to say that but there never seemed to be a good time, until now!) here’s November’s stats.

As always, let’s start off with my debt:

Mortgage: $147,600
Car Loan: $6,900
Student Loans: $6,550
Credit Cards: $3,100 (ok, a little high but it’s due to the holidays and totally expected for me this time of year)
Grand Total of Debt: $164,150

My student loan balances

That’s only $250 lower than last month but, again, totally expected with my credit cards. But I’m doing much better than I was last year at this point. I had a wild Black Friday last year but this year I limited my spending to under $200, finished up my last bit of Christmas shopping and came away with a few new pairs of work pants.

Does anyone else use Black Friday as an opportunity to shop for themselves? No, just me?

On to my renovation fund (I still haven’t nailed down the exact number but I’m pretty sure my initial estimate was a little high).

Renovation fund requirement: $12,400
New Grand Total of Debt: $176,550

Now we’re talkin’! That’s $800 saved this month and an overall improvement of $1,050. November turned out to be a good month! The real catalyst there was I finally sold a tub my ex-husband had bought years ago and was just sitting in my basement on Let Go for $350.

Moving on to savings. Here’s how my savings accounts are looking:

Savings account: $2,000
P2P Lending account: $250
Investment account: $150
Grand Total of Savings: $2,400

I know, I know, still no change. I’m hoping that December is the month I can plump up those balances a little.

I’m $1,050 closer to the black this month and very happy about that but hesitant to celebrate too much before the end of the holiday season. I’m mostly done with shopping but you know how it goes, something will come up.

I hope you’re enjoying the ice, snow or whatever it is you may be getting and staying warm! If you’re like me the snow is all well and good until the shoveling starts.. ugh. Maybe they’re wrong about that foot of snow thing after all.

How are you guys making out on your Christmas shopping? Are you just getting started or are you all done? Did you get any great deals on Black Friday or are you waiting for Cyber Monday?
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Monthly Progress Report #11

Monthly Progress Report #11



Happy Halloween y’all! I hope you won the grand prize at the costume party and have enough left over candy to munch on throughout this coming holiday season!


My secret to having leftover candy? I get no trick-or-treaters (which makes me sad, because how cute are some of the little guys’ costumes?!) but I always buy a bag or two just in case! Oh well, better prepared than egged, as I always say! Just kidding, I’ve never said that. Ever.

But it’s ok, even though I don’t get to see any fun costumes after work I have a good time at work. Every year we have a costume contest and go all out - this year it was Disney themed - our floor chose Ralph Breaks the Internet (which in all honesty, I’ve never seen.) But, it’s all good, I got to don a green bob and a much cooler name - Swizzle Malarkey aka “the Swizz” - for the day.

But enough about Halloween, today is also the last day of the month! Which means it’s time for another monthly progress report. 

Before we go on, maybe you wanna check out September’s progress report? All caught up? Good, let’s take a look at October!

Lets start off with my debt balances:

Mortgage: $147,800
Car Loan: $7,200
Student Loans: $6,650
Credit Cards: $2,750 (Yes! Under that $3,000 mark again!)
Grand Total of Debt: $164,400

My student loan balances

That’s $1,050 lower than September’s number. Making progress over here!

And hopefully the progress doesn’t stop there, let’s take a look at my renovation fund (which by the way, I’m coming closer and closer to nailing down the actual number as we speak! Er, type.)

Renovation fund requirement: $13,200
New Grand Total of Debt: $177,600

Admittedly, $50 isn’t making such a huge dent but hey, some months are better than others. Also, while I’m working towards a realistic final figure, I’m hoping that the $13,200 estimated shortfall is on the high side. Only time will tell.

And let’s be real, I still suck at saving. Here’s how my savings accounts are looking:

Savings account: $2,000
P2P Lending account: $250
Investment account: $150
Grand Total of Savings: $2,400

You’re not crazy, that’s still the same number. But hopefully soon things will get better.

Overall, October wasn’t such a bad month. I’m $1,100 better off and hoping that this is a trend I can continue through the end of the year.


What did you do for Halloween? Did you go cute, spooky or funny this year? Group costume or solo? Did you take the kids trick-or-treating or go to a party? Tell me all about it!
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