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Get Big Cash Back during the Swagbucks Black Friday Sale!

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 24, 2017 · 0 comments

The Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back at over 120 different stores all throughout Black Friday weekend. They're also offering big payouts on a varieties of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home!

If you're not familiar with Swagbucks, they offer cash back in the form of points when you shop. Then you can turn those points into gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal cash. You can also earn points for discovering deals, watching videos, answering surveys and more!

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!


Swagbucks Pre-Black Friday Holiday Sale!

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 21, 2017 · 0 comments

As a pre-Black Friday warm up, Swagbucks is offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set. Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash!

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me, you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before December 1st. This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!


Have you heard about Acorns, yet? I mentioned it awhile ago, but I thought now would be a good time to bring it up again because its just a really great way to save for any future goals. Basically, it's an app that automatically invests spare change from your purchases.

So what exactly does that mean? To put it simply, you link your checking, savings, and credit/debit card accounts to your Acorns account, and each transaction you make is automatically rounded up to the next dollar. The difference is then invested via Acorns in your choice of portfolios: conservative, moderately conservative, moderate, moderately aggressive or aggressive.

In my opinion, it's an easy and painless way to consistently save money! I've been using it for nearly 3 years, and I've invested nearly $3,000 in my account from round-ups -- without ever feeling pinched at all. Plus, unlike traditional investment accounts or 401K plans, you can make deposits and withdrawals whenever you want to without having to pay any fees.

But don't take my word for it -- set up your Acorns account now! There's no minimum deposit, and if you set it up now, you'll receive a $5 bonus!!!


  • No Minimum Deposit -- Start with a $5 signup bonus today.
  • Annual Fees -- $1/month for accounts under $5,000, and 0.25% per year for accounts over $5,000.
  • Mobile App and Website Access -- iPhone, Android support and the recently introduced website access.
  • Students Invest for Free -- Individuals under 24 years of age and/or attending college pay no fees.
  • Round-Ups -- For each debit or credit card transaction, the round up to the nearest dollar is invested into Acorns.
  • Scheduled Deposits -- Set recurring daily, weekly or monthly investments.
  • SIPC insured -- insured through the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) for up to $500,000.

Disclosure: The $5 bonus works both ways, so I'll earn a bonus when you register. However, I would have shared this app with you all anyhow, because I've seen my personal results over the last few years and believe it's a great way to save for retirement, vacation, next Christmas -- whatever your personal goals are. You can also earn a bonus when you share with your family and friends after registering!


This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of VIPKID; all opinions and text are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this site!

15 years -- that's how long ago I started my work from home journey. Four months pregnant with my second child with a 7-month-old baby, working outside the home wasn't an option. But finding legit work from home opportunities back then was hard work in and of itself.

I fell prey to a few scams in those early days, but eventually I found my way into some genuine live operator customer service positions. When those became too difficult to manage with five noisy kids in the background, I found legal document coding work, which led to home transcription and, finally, blogging.

I'm one of the success stories. But I can tell you that for every successful work at home mom you hear about, there are dozens who were not so fruitful. Working from home requires an entrepreneurial spirit and a fair bit of self motivation.

If you feel like you're up to the challenge, I've got a fabulous work from home opportunity to share with you...

Do You Want To Work From Home

Have you heard about VIPKID, yet? VIPKID is an online English education platform which allows children ages 4-12 in China to take English classes from teachers who are mainly based in the U.S. and Canada. Let that sink in for just a minute... I mean, how amazing is the world we live in today?!

Legit work from home opportunities are still few and far between these days, but I feel like I can wholeheartedly endorse VIPKIDS because I've heard nothing but good things about them from my friend (and fellow former Walmart Mom) Lynnae! She's been working with them for 7 months now, and she graciously allowed me to share her thoughts on why VIPKID is so fabulous with you all.

"There are so many things to love about working for VIPKID -- the flexible schedule, the supportive teaching community, and the cultural education that comes from working for a Chinese company. But the greatest benefit to working for VIPKID is the kids. Over the last seven months I have built relationships with several of my students, and I look forward to seeing them each week. To me, this "job" doesn't feel like work at all! It's too much fun to be considered work!"

Head over to her blog to hear more about what it's like to work from home with VIPKID!

Work With VIPKID

VIPKID was founded just four years ago and has a strong financial backing. (Fun fact: Kobe Bryant is an investor!) Already, they have over 200,000 students and counting. In fact, they're the fastest growing online education company globally -- and they need more teachers STAT. Teachers like YOU!

Requirements are as follows:

  • a bachelor's degree in any field
  • one school year of full-time teaching experience or equivalent hours in similar educational activities (e.g. home schooling, tutoring, educational mentoring, etc.);
  • eligibility to work in US or Canada

And NO, you don't need to speak Chinese to teach! VIPKID provides you with a unique curriculum to deliver English classes online in a 1:1 environment from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to earn money and still maintain a flexible schedule.

I'm especially intrigued by their unique flipped classroom approach. Students will independently learn the material and then receive a 30-minute lesson with the teacher. After that they receive virtual homework and practice games to reinforce what they've learned.

Staying motivated is minimized, too, because you will have scheduled meetings with students, and the classes are extremely engaging, so there is no room for slacking off. Plus, VIPKID also gives you a bonus for showing up to class on time!

Benefits of Working as A VIPKID Teacher

If you're interested in teaching, VIPKID offers some really great benefits:

  • Impact hundreds of thousands of children in China
  • Flexible hours
  • Work from anywhere
  • Earn an average of $19/hour
  • Incentives including cash, prizes, and even trips to Beijing

How To Become A VIPKID Teacher

Are you ready to submit an application? Step one is filling out the VIPKID online application. After that, there are several steps involved in the hiring process, but if you follow them and meet all of the qualifications, you could begin teaching in just about a month!

  1. REGISTER HERE and fill out the basic info (5 minutes)
  2. 10 minute teaching sample (virtual interview or recorded)
  3. Intro to teaching (2-3 hours)
  4. Mock class (2-4 hours)
  5. Sign the contract and start teaching kids!

What are you waiting for... Go apply now to get started!

Do you have experience working from home with VIPKID? I'd love to hear your perspective, as well. Weigh in, in the comments below!


If you haven't tried Swagbucks before, you can get a bonus $3 for signing up during November as part of their Three for Fall promotion!

Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon (my fave!!!), Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $3 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link.

2. Earn 300 SB total before 12/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. If you want even more bonuses, you'll get a $10 (1000 SB rebate) bonus for making your first shop purchase! That's in addition to the SB you earn for every dollar you spend.

That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I use the gift cards I earn every month to supplement the payment on my monthly Subscribe & Save order!

If you're new to Swagbucks (or not), be sure to check out my comprehensive post on earning SB to learn how to earn even more after you register!