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Helping to Fill The Truck at Walmart #FilltheTruck

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 18, 2014 · 0 comments

A family tradition since 2010, my kids have been asking for weeks when we're going to do our annual Walmart #FilltheTruck shopping trip, but our December has been jam-packed so far. We finally squeezed in a quick trip tonight in between soccer training and dinner, and did we ever fill that truck up!

This year we did things a little differently... As a blogger, I receive a lot of products for review -- some of it I've requested, while others just randomly show up in the hopes that I'll mention it on my site.

I donate the vast majority of it throughout the year, but a few months ago, I decided to start setting aside all of the extra toys (like the Dora and Friends toys I mentioned earlier today) so that we could place them in the Walmart bin for Christmas. So we already had a good amount ready to go when we pulled into the Walmart parking lot today.

I'm not sure if the Salvation Army stopped by to pick up toys earlier today or what, but when we got there the Fill the Truck box was empty -- which made my kids all the more excited, because when we left, that box was filled to overflowing!!! In addition to the two cartfuls of toys that we brought with us, I gave my kids a spending limit of $40 each to choose more toys on their own, and they filled up another entire cart.

I always love to see how my kids decide to spend their allotted budget. They all make good decisions overall, but some will go for one or two bigger ticket items, and there's always at least one that will buy an assortment of smaller items using the bulk of their cash.

For instance, my oldest boy decided to spend $10 of his budget on Hot Wheels cars this year. Knowing how much he and his brother loved playing with their cars together when they were little, I think that was a very wise choice.

Walmarts across the U.S. are participating in the Fill the Truck program or another locally sponsored program this December. Plus this year you can also make a donation online in the form of a Walmart Gift Card, which I think is a fantastic addition to this program. Donate anywhere from $1 to $1,000 as many times as you wish this season, and the Walmart Gift Cards will be distributed by The Salvation Army to families in need so they can buy toys, clothing, gifts and more!

I hope you'll consider making a donation, either at your local Walmart or online, to help brighten a child's Christmas this year!

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Swagbucks has an incredible deal right now for all of you VISA customers out there... Register your card via this offer and you'll get a $5 Gift Card of your choice (500 Swag Bucks) when you make a purchase of $1 or more at any Peets Coffee & Tea store!

If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, this is the time to join -- just click this link and you'll be taken straight to the offer! If you missed the $15 Sephora gift card promotion yesterday, you'll definitely want to check that out, as well...

Be sure to check out the newly updated Swagbucks page today for more tips to maximize your Swag Bucks earning potential!

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Get A $15 Gift Card When You Spend $20 At Sephora!

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 16, 2014 · 0 comments



Swagbucks has an incredible deal right now for all of you VISA customers out there... Register your card via this offer and you'll get $15 in Gift Cards of your choice (1500 Swag Bucks) when you make a purchase of $20 or more at any Sephora store!

Note: purchases must be made in-store to qualify. Not valid in Sephora stores that are inside JC Penny.

If you haven't joined Swagbucks yet, this is the time to join -- just click this link and you'll be taken straight to the offer!

Be sure to check out the newly updated Swagbucks page today for more tips to maximize your Swag Bucks earning potential!

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Swagbucks Happy Holidays Collector’s Bills!

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 10, 2014 · 0 comments

From now until 11:59pm PT on Sunday, Dec 14th you can find limited edition Holiday Collector's Bills. All you have to do is use Swagbucks Search for all your online searching needs, whether it's finding a recipe for an upcoming cookie swap, or looking for the best deals on the new gadgets for friends & family!

  • Collect all four Collector's Bills by Sunday, Dec 14th.
  • If you collect them all, you'll instantly get 14 bonus Swag Bucks!
  • Don't forget to default your browser's search engine to Swagbucks so that you will have more chances to win a Collector's Bill!

Who knew that searching online could reward you with so much?

Not a member yet? Swagbucks is a simple way to turn your fun online time (and even the not so fun, like using a search engine!) into gift cards! Sign up for free here, and start redeeming Swag Codes now!

Be sure to check out the newly updated Swagbucks page today for more tips to maximize your Swag Bucks earning potential!

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Earn $200 in Bonuses From Capital One 360 (Ends Today!!!)

by Tara Kuczykowski on December 1, 2014 · 0 comments



Reminder -- these awesome offers from Capital One end today!  If you've been looking to switch banks and have just been waiting for the right incentive, now is the time with these Capital One 360 Black Friday offers...

If nothing else, these offers would be a great way to start next year's Christmas savings fund!

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