Archive for April, 2013
Comments Off on Paid to Read Email
Did you know you could get paid for reading email? These programs used to be a dime a dozen, but they faded in popularity and most companies when out of business. However, there are still some going strong and offering even better incentives for you to check your email. Inboxpays.com has multiple ways to make money. You won’t get rich, but you might generate enough cash to pay some extra bills every month. Right now, they are paying you $5 just to sign up. You can get paid to read your emails they send, get cash for surveys, get paid to play games and participate in contests. You will also earn referrals if you send your friends and they sign up.
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Comments Off on Cash in on your old gadgets!
One of the best ways to get money is to sell stuff you already have, but don’t use any more. Old gadgets are little pieces of gold sitting in your drawers. But where do you go to sell them? Pawnshops will give you next to nothing. You can donate them to organizations, but then you don’t get any money. Or, you can sell them through a buyback program. HelloTotem is one such buy back company and is willing to give you cash for your old smartphones.
Comments Off on Download and Print Coupons
This program is a different type of coupon program. You install a tool bar and it lets you download coupons and then print them. A wide variety of offers are available and some very good discounts. If you decide you don’t like it, just uninstall the program from your toolbar. The easiest way to do this is through the Control panel on your computer. To get the toolbar, go to the offer click the download button. They will provide you with installation instructions.
Go here: Megacoupons Download to begin
Go to the start button–>Control Panel–>Add remove programs — > find the program and then remove it from there.
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This program helps you find coupons for the items you need. It is a good idea to check out multiple programs, some will have better coupons than others (bigger dollar amounts) and they will also tend to cover different stores and products. To find out what coupons are in your area, enter in the required information on the home page and follow the instructions from there. If you don’t see anything you can use, you can always unsubscribe.
Here is the link: Find Coupons
Comments Off on Get coupons for Walmart
This a program that allows you to get and print coupons for Walmart – but the coupons are probably good at other places since they are for name brand items. You just need to enter your first name and email address and then follow the instructions from there. It never hurts to look and you can cancel at any time, if you don’t like getting the emails. Here is the link to sign up: Coupons for Walmart
Comments Off on Once a Week Cooking
We’ve all seen the web sites that promote once-a-week or once-a-month cooking, leaving you with oodles of free time and a plethora of well-planned, healthy dinners that everyone in your family loves and looks forward to. And then there’s the real world—the world with changing schedules, picky eaters and not nearly enough time to prepare all of these carefully labeled concoctions and neatly stack them in your regularly re-organized, inventoried freezer.
For those who can accomplish that feat, the more power to you. The rest of us bow humbly at your feet and pray for a plan that leaves us relatively well-fed without running through the drive through every day.
An alternative is to spend a few hours each week doing what I like to call “pre-cooking.” Pre-cooking is basically just that—getting things more or less ready to go, but not quite finishing the cooking process, making things easy to have ready to go for the week, without tying you down to a hard and fast strict schedule. Instead of planning out every single meal, I stick with just the evening meal and try to get through only the work week. I plan meals for Monday through Wednesday, and Thursday becomes “refrigerator buffet” day. What is “refrigerator buffet,” you ask? That’s the day when everyone gets to choose from the leftovers from the first three days of the week, and those leftovers become Thursday’s dinner.
The easiest way to begin this is to write a list of the meals your family will actually eat—no pie-in-the-sky ideals here, just favorites that please most of your family most of the time. To make these easy to prepare during the week, I try to stick with casseroles, slow cooker meals, soups and easy to assemble dishes like tacos. If at all possible, involve your family in this process. Have each family members choose the meals from your list they enjoy (or will at least eat) to give you an idea of which meals to include most often.
Once your list is compiled, you can choose a few meals that you’d like to make for the week. Whenever possible, I try to find a few common ingredients in a few of the meals. For example, if I’m going to chop an onion, it’s just as easy to chop a couple of them. If I’m going to brown a pound of hamburger, I may as well brown a few. This makes the work go much more efficiently.
I usually set aside a few hours on Sunday to prep the week’s food. It can be a challenge to fit it in, but the time it frees up on busy weeknights makes it well worth it. The reason casseroles work especially well is because they are easy to assemble and have ready to pop in the oven by whoever happens to get home first on a given weeknight. These are especially nice to have when a majority of the family will be home for an evening meal-otherwise plating meals and having them ready to pop in the microwave works well too. Slow cooker meals are wonderful for nights when everyone is on a different schedule. By investing in a slow cooker with a timer—the kind that changes your temp from low or high to “warm” after the cooking time—you can have dinner hot, fresh and ready for each person to serve themselves as they walk in the door.
They involve a little more individual prep time, but easy-to-assemble meals like tacos or spaghetti are nice because they can work well on nights on either kind of night. By having the ingredients ready to go, with only a minor ingredient left to cook (heating up the pre-cooked taco meant or boiling spaghetti noodles to go with homemade sauce, for example), family members can quickly put together a meal without having to start from scratch.
Soups and chilis are great go-tos because it can be prepared entirely in advance and stored in the refrigerator until someone is ready to heat up a bowl—or the entire pot, if everyone is actually able to eat together.
One key to making this plan work is to make sure each meal is labeled—a piece of scratch paper taped to a lid is just fine. Include basic information (for example, “bake uncovered for 30 minutes” on a casserole or “turkey noodle soup—heat in microwave”), so everyone knows what has to be done during the week.
To try to keep things on track, post a list on the fridge or a bulletin board listing what meals are for which day, and that Thursday is “refrigerator buffet.” Not only does this keep everyone on the same page, it ends the question “What’s for dinner?” The great thing is, you can change the list if your week changes, but it gives you somewhere to start.
You may find that once you start getting organized, you have the springboard to go on to more serious once-a-week or once-a-month cooking. Of course, feel free to invite the rest of us over that point so we can revel in your culinary glory!