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So, you’re here. You made it, you found me. Thank you for taking the time to view my blended family blog. Blended Life Happy Wife has been a thought in the back of my mind for quite a while.
I just wasn’t sure how to put it out there. I wanted a way to express ME, my passions, my successes and my struggles. I recently found a link on a friends Facebook page to her blog (she doesn’t even know yet that she was my spark), after reading it, I decided this could be a way for me to share and reach out to help others do the same.
I am a stay-at-home Mom, raising a blended family. Both my husband and I have been married before. I am blessed every day that my husband makes that possible for me to do that. He is the man of my dreams. “Right” you say. Everyone says that don’t they? But it’s true. He gives me so much more than I deserve every day. We talked long and hard about reducing down to a one paycheck home. We knew this was a lifestyle choice that would come with consequences, such as no big savings account, no big trips on a regular basis, cutting down on dinners out, and controlling our frivolous spending, it may even mean me having to go back to work if it didn’t pan out. My husband’s job is very time consuming and he felt having me at home taking care of the everyday chores was most important. When we were both working we would find it hard getting simple tasks done because we were both exhausted at the end of the day. Being home taking care of those tasks would allow him to come home and actually get a chance to relax instead of worrying about everything that needed to be done. It is my strong desire to contribute in other ways though. I thought about selling crafts on a site like Etsy, I have done that in the past, not very successfully I’ll add. I was a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! In the past but my passion for that isn’t as strong as it used to be.
So what could I find to do that would help out my blended family? Two years ago I posted on Facebook that I had bought school clothes for my daughter at Old Navy and had not paid a penny out of pocket. In fact, they gave me a dollar and some change back. That sparked a conversation amongst my friends on how I did it. First, I saw a sign in the store that advertised a $5 coupon off my first purchase if I signed up for text messages. DONE, how easy it took literally less than 1 minute. Second, the store was having 40% off everything. EASY. Third I had $60 in Old Navy gift cards that I had earned through Swagbucks for doing surveys, watching videos, etc. I got over $100 dollars of clothes for my daughter and they gave me a dollar and change when I left the store. Friends told me then I should teach a class about money saving, or post the information in some way, but honestly I wasn’t sure I really knew if I was knowledgeable enough. Now I know I am.
Why are we paying full price for anything we don’t have too? Why aren’t we patient, or more organized to wait for a sale? Most of the big box stores have sign-ups for text message coupons or email coupons, so do a lot of restaurants. And a lot of them have rewards programs. Combine that with gift cards earned online, or cash deposits into accounts like PayPal and I can help save my blended family some money.
Last Christmas I had earned enough gift cards to pay for the equivalent of 1 child’s entire Christmas. When you have a spouse, 4 kids, a son-in-law, 2 grandchildren, large blended family and friends to buy for, every little bit helps. My goal this Christmas is to pay for at least 2, if not more!
I counted the other day and I use almost 50 different sites to help save/earn money. It sounds like a lot of work, and it can be. However, I do a lot of it while I am doing other things. I have videos running while I write this. They are even running while I sleep. I do surveys while I’m watching tv. And some games even offer a few rewards.
In this blog I will address apps and websites I have tried, what has worked for me, and what hasn’t. What I like and what I don’t. The hardest part for me getting started was trusting If the app or site was legit or not. This will help take the guesswork out and put you one step ahead to earning or saving money for you. To me, even if it takes time, the smallest savings for my blended family is worth it.
I will also discuss topics such as, the rewards and difficulties of raising my blended family, Crafting, which allows me down time, as well as, a way to make gifts for people (I’m always saving money where I can). And of course, how 2 years into being a stay-at-home Mom I feel like I’m doing something to help my family besides being a chauffeur, counselor, tutor, maid, chef and every other hat a Mom needs to wear. My Blended Life makes me a very Happy Wife.
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