July Income Report – 2017 Money Pit Diaries

July Income Report – 2017 Money Pit Diaries

July Income Roport - Money Pit Diaries

Hi Everyone, summer has proven to be a tad bit time consuming with my day job, so I find myself finally posting our July income report in September…Yikes.  Slowly getting caught up.  Anyways, let’s get on with the July income report:

EBAY Sales (9)            $ 75.85

Etsy Sales (3)                $ 20.96

Bank Deals                   $   5.59

1Q Survey                    $   1.75

Pact                               $   8.23

Checkout 52                 $ 22.00

Mobisave                      $     .20

July Total:                 $ 134.58

Goal for July was $100, which we met and went over for July.

Here is what I did in detail:

EBAY Sales: 

EBAY sales were consistent for the month.  In total, there were nine sales for a total of $ 75.85 profit after EBAY and PayPal fees.

 

Etsy Sales:  

Again, we received 3 orders on Etsy, the shops are not very active but I continue to get orders.  The jewelry shop is Kattfive Creations.  The shop is full of cute, trendy, reasonably priced handmade jewelry.  Custom orders can be requested; we love doing wedding jewelry.  The supply shop is My Destash Shop.  This shop is full of extra supplies and craft items that we are de-stashing. By the end of the month we made two sales for the month which amounted to profits of $20.96 (after Etsy and PayPal fees).

 

Bank Deals:

Our bank offers cash back if we use our debit/credit card with them at certain companies.  We received $5.59 back from using our debit card while shopping and/or eating out.

 

1Q Surveys:

1Q Surveys is an app that I have on my phone.  They will send you a quick survey, which is very randomly to complete.  I noticed their survey and answered their questions on a few survey’s this month and received deposits of $.25 each directly into PayPal, for a total of $1.75.  No wait time, immediately deposited.  If you are interested in signing up you can do so at www.1q.com/x2zuqx

 

Grocery Aps:

We use the grocery apps on items that we would normally purchase anyways.  It’s hard to ignore money that is just sitting there waiting to be added into the pool for the month.  We do not earn a bunch using the apps and some would probably say it is not worth the time, but for me it was enough to push me over the $100 threshold this month.

Checkout 51:

Checkout 51 is another grocery app that I use on my phone.  Much like the other apps listed here.  The cash out is set at $20.00 and you receive an actual check.  I had rebates in my account that amounted to $22.00, so I requested the check.  Checkout 51 has a monthly sweepstakes.  You are automatically entered when you upload your receipt. This month, to help get my balance to the cash out minimum, I won a $10.00 deposit this month. a

 

MobiSave Earnings:

Regarding the MobiSave earnings, we only earned $1.75 in rebates by scanning my receipts with my smartphone.  This app will automatically send you (via PayPal) whatever rebate amount that is due to you as soon as the purchase has been verified.  This means a bunch of smaller deposits into my PayPal account. If you decide to sign up, please use referral code XGYYIWBV to get you started.  You can see more on their website here:  MobiSave.

 

Our July income report will be reported on a cash basis.  Meaning the actual cash has been received and able to be transferred to the allotted investment account or to debt repayment.  We are not counting on funds that we are unable to have access to until a certain threshold has been met.  So far, we have been able to set up a $1000 Lending Club investment account.  We are earning a passive income on this account now that it is active.

Until next month, on to the August challenge…

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Halloween Inexpensive Supplies on a Budget

Inexpensive Supplies on a Budget

Halloween items at DollarTree.com

Its back to school time, so what does that mean?  It means the holidays rolling around, one at a time.  Seems like the first one is Halloween.  Who doesn’t like the spooky goodness that comes with the holiday?  I thought I would write up a quick post showing items from Dollar Tree.  Thinking I would show some of the various items you can get at online without breaking the bank.  Finally at the end of this post I will share a picture our office door. We used some of the types of supplies that can be found at Dollar Tree…time to let your ideas soar….

Disclaimer: **I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Attire…Various Costumes:

Dollar Tree offers a variety of costume accessories.  Accessories to add too or create your Halloween costume this year.  The picture below is just a sampling of the variety of costume ideas available.  Time to get creative and see what you can come up with from your Dollar Tree finds.

Halloween items at DollarTree.com

Pirates

Witches

Knights

Boa

Fairy

Decorations…variety of items:

Planning for your party may be hard.  Dollar Tree wants to make finding items easy. It does not have to be an obstacle.  Since you have determine the theme, as a result, Dollar Tree is sure to have the decorations to make your creative ideas a reality.  The picture below is just a creative sampling.  Another step in showing you the possibilities lie before you this Spooky holiday.

Halloween items at DollarTree.com

Items pictured above:

Crow

Skeleton

Branches

Lights

Webbing

For the Party…Party Supplies:

You need supplies in order for the Halloween party to run flawlessly.  Here are a few ideas for items you may need for your table, also for giveaways in addition to supplies.

Halloween items at DollarTree.com

Items pictured above:

Tray

Tumblers

Lanterns

Bubbles

Bags

Visit your nearest Dollar Tree store.  See what supplies they have for your Halloween party.  Don’t have time to stop in, then have them delivered straight to your door.

Halloween items at DollarTree.com

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June Income Report – 2017 Money Pit Diaries

June Income Report – 2017 Money Pit Diaries

June Income Report MoneyPitDiaries.com

Hi Everyone, summer has proven to be a tad bit time consuming with my day job, so I find myself posting June’s income report in September…Yikes. Anyways, let’s get on with the June report:

EBAY Sales (9)       $ 61.69
Etsy Sales (2)          $  9.70
Bank Deals              $  6.00
Surveys on the go  $ 11.25
1Q Survey                $    .50
HarrisPolls Online$ 10.00
Savingstar               $  9.00
Mobisave                 $    .50

Ibotta                        $ 22.65

ReceiptHog              $   5.00

June Total:               $136.29

Goal for June was $100, I had increased my goal for June to $170 which I did not quite hit this month.
Here is what I did in detail:

EBAY Sales:

EBAY sales were consistent for the month. In total, there were nine sales for a total of $ 61.69 profit after EBAY and PayPal fees.

Etsy Sales:

Again, we received 2 orders on Etsy, the shops are not very active but I continue to get orders. The jewelry shop is Kattfive Creations. The shop is full of cute, trendy, reasonably priced handmade jewelry. Custom orders can be requested; we love doing wedding jewelry. The supply shop is My Destash Shop. This shop is full of extra supplies and craft items that we are de-stashing. By the end of the month we had made two sales for the month which amounted to profits of $9.70 (after Etsy and PayPal fees).

Bank Deals:

Our bank offers cash back if we use our debit/credit card with them at certain companies. We received $6.00 back from using our debit card while shopping and/or eating out.

1Q Surveys:

1Q Surveys is an app that I have on my phone. They will send you a quick survey, which is very randomly to complete. I noticed their survey and answered their questions on a few survey’s this month and received deposits of $.25 each directly into PayPal, for a total of $.50. No wait time, immediately deposited. If you are interested in signing up you can do so at www.1q.com/x2zuqx

Harris Poll Online:

New this month, we were finally able to cash out for Harris Poll Online. I have participated in various surveys. The cash out on this is $10.00 which we received in our Paypal account.

Grocery Aps:

We use the grocery apps on items that we would normally purchase anyways. It’s hard to ignore money that is just sitting there waiting to be added into the pool for the month. We do not earn a bunch using the apps and some would probably say it is not worth the time, but for me it was enough to push me over the $100 threshold this month.

Ibotta:

Ibotta is an app on your phone or you can sign up at Ibotta.com. You can link some store loyalty accounts to the app, scan your receipts with purchases they offer rebates on, or make purchases within the app for money back. Mostly, I use this app for the refunds on grocery type items that I plan on purchasing anyway and I scan my receipts that has items that they offer refunds on. If you sign up and use the referral code 9auhqa as a result, Ibotta will give you $10.00 after redeeming your first rebate. Cash out for Ibotta is set at $20.00 minimum as a result Ibotta sent $22.65 to my PayPal account to go towards my monthly goal.

Savingstar:

SavingStar, Inc. Save on groceries with no clipping and no printing today
Savingstar Earnings: This app has a variety of offers for cash back. It is easy to use and with Savingstar you have a minimum cash out of $5.00. I had enough in rebates to cash out at $9.00 this month. If you are interested in giving this app a try, sign up for Savingstar here.

Receipt Hog:

Receipt Hog is an app which you scan your receipts for coins. Once you get enough points you can cash out for a Paypal deposit. Once your balance gets to 1000 coins you can cash out for a $5.00 payout. For June our balance grew to 1000 points so we quickly cashed out.

MobiSave Earnings:

Regarding the MobiSave earnings, we only earned $.50 in rebates by scanning my receipts with my smartphone. This app will automatically send you (via PayPal) whatever rebate amount that is due to you as soon as the purchase has been verified. This means a bunch of smaller deposits into my PayPal account. If you decide to sign up, please use referral code XGYYIWBV to get you started. You can see more on their website here: MobiSave.

Our income report will be reported on a cash basis. Meaning the actual cash has been received and able to be transferred to the allotted investment account or to debt repayment. We are not counting on funds that we are unable to have access to until a certain threshold has been met. We have been transferring the funds to an investment account and will to track the growth of the investment which is exclusively from this challenge.
It’s been a great start to the new year. I am looking forward to working hard on my blog and ramping that up with great content for my readers.
Until next month, on to the July challenge where we are upping the goal again…

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May Income Report – 2017 Money Pit Diaries

May Income Report – 2017 Money Pit Diaries

Money Pit Diaries - May 2017 Income Report

Hi Everyone, running a little behind again with the income reports.  Life just tends to get in the way some weeks.   Anyways, let’s get on with the May report:

EBAY Sales (9)            $  58.94

Etsy Sales (4)               $  62.52

Bank Deals                   $ 49.46

Ebates                          $ 28.78

Shopkick                       $ 10.00

1Q Survey                    $  1.25

Checkout 51                 $ 22.20

Savingstar                    $  5.50

Mobisave                      $  1.60

May Total:               $  240.25

Goal for May was $100, I had increased my goal for May to $160 which I went over the goal this month.  Over doubled the normal goal of $100, Woohoo…May was a great month.

Here is what I did in detail:

EBAY Sales: 

EBAY sales were consistent for the month.  In total, there were nine sales for a total of $ 58.94 profit after EBAY and PayPal fees.

 

Etsy Sales:  

Again, we fullfilled 4 orders on Etsy, the shops are not very active but I continue to get orders.  The jewelry shop is Kattfive Creations.  The shop is full of cute, trendy, reasonably priced handmade jewelry.  Custom orders can be requested; we love doing wedding jewelry.  The supply shop is My Destash Shop.  This shop is full of extra supplies and craft items that we are de-stashing. By the end of the month we had made three sales for the month which amounted to profits of $62.52 (after Etsy and PayPal fees).

Bank Deals:

Our bank offers cash back if we use our debit/credit card with them at certain companies.  This month we decided to take a very mini staycation.  We spent the night down in Dana Point right near the beach.  It was so nice to get over to see the water.  It’s crazy here in LA.  We live about an hour to hour in a half (depending on traffic) to the beach and we go every few months.  Life gets so busy we don’t take the time to get to the beach, we need to change that going forward.

Anyways, back to the Bank Deal…Hilton was offering a percentage back for your hotel reservations if you used the bank credit card and were a member of Hilton Rewards.  We received $49.46 (almost $50 bucks back) off our hotel stay in Dana Point.  Great deal!

Ebates:

As you can see, I am an online shopper.  I don’t get to the malls or anything like that much, so when I need something I turn to Ebates and the online vendors.  This was the quarterly payout that Ebates pays.  I had racked up $28.78 in rebates.  If you haven’t started using Ebates you can sign up with them here at Ebates.

Shopkick:

Shopkick is a new payout for me this month.  It takes a few months (for me anyways) to get to a payout amount.  I use their app and “discover” what they are advertising each day for a point.  Then I redeem their “Kicks” at places that I shop.  It’s nice when you go to the mall because you can rack up some points there.  Once in a awhile I will scan something for “kicks” or scan my receipts for something they are offering.  This month with my cash out I earned a $10.00 Sephora Gift card.  This will be great when I need to pick up my eyeliner next time.  Sign up for Shopkick here.

1Q Surveys:

1Q Surveys is an app that I have on my phone.  They will send you a quick survey, which is very randomly to complete.  I noticed their survey and answered their questions on a few survey’s this month and received deposits of $.25 each directly into PayPal, for a total of $1.25.  No wait time, immediately deposited.  If you are interested in signing up you can do so at 1q.

Grocery Aps:

We use the grocery apps on items that we would normally purchase anyways.  It’s hard to ignore money that is just sitting there waiting to be added into the pool for the month.  We do not earn a bunch using the apps and some would probably say it is not worth the time, but for me it was enough to push me over the $100 threshold this month.

Checkout 51:

Checkout 51 is another grocery app that I use on my phone.  Much like the other apps listed here.  The cash out is set at $20.00 and you receive an actual check.  Our rebates amounted to $22.20, so I requested the check.  I have earned about $108 in total using Checkout 51.

 Savingstar:

Savingstar Earnings:  This app has a variety of offers for cash back.  It is easy to use and with Savingstar you have a minimum cash out of $5.00.  I had enough in rebates to cash out at $5.50 this month.  If you are interested in giving this app a try, sign up with Savingstar here.

MobiSave Earnings:

Regarding the MobiSave earnings, we only earned $1.60 in rebates by scanning my receipts with my smartphone.  This app will automatically send you (via PayPal) whatever rebate amount that is due to you as soon as the purchase has been verified.  This means a bunch of smaller deposits into my PayPal account. With MobiSave, we received $.85 back in rebates.  If you decide to sign up, please use referral code XGYYIWBV to get you started.  You can see more on their website here:  MobiSave.

Conclusion:

We will report our income reports on a cash basis.  Meaning the actual cash has been received and able to be transferred to the allotted investment account or to debt repayment.  We are not counting on funds that we are unable to have access to until a certain threshold has been met.  We have been transferring the funds to an investment account and will to track the growth of the investment which is exclusively from this challenge.

It’s been a great start to the new year.  I am looking forward to working hard on my blog and ramping that up with great content for my readers.

Until next month, on to the June challenge where we are upping the goal again…

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Manic Monday Musings 07/10/2017

Manic Monday Musings 07/10/2017

Manic Monday Musings 07/10/17

Hi All!
Here is your weekly dose of “Manic Monday Musings”, a list of what I have found over the week-end and tips to start the week off right:

Yummy Dessert to try —

I thought I would make a quick detour on the “Easy Week-night Dinner to try” series and throw in a desert for you. This cake looks amazing and it seemed like it might be the perfect fit for the BBQ picnic table. I haven’t tried this one as it has been just way too hot to turn on the oven for baking a cake. If you give this one a try, come back and let me know how it comes out and goes over with your audience.
This recipe came to me in an email and it just looks amazingly refreshing.
Cherry Lime Bundt Cake (link to recipe)

Action to take this week —

Organize your time. I don’t know about you, but I am in a constant struggle with time management. There are many things I want to do and many things I need to do in any given day. Which one wins out, the want to do or the need to do? Honestly, it just depends on the day. Here are some items that will help keep you on time and in order:
If you like the minimalist look, then this planner is just for you:

Minimalist Planner
Minimalist Planner
Like the Paris themes?  (love this one, so cute)
Paris Themed Planner
Paris Themed planner
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs by Kevin Kruse E-book.
E-book
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Fun Stuff –

I looked around on ETSY and found some really cute patriotic items. It seemed fitting for our 4th of July holiday. Here is my list of 15 patriotic items for 4th of July festivities:
Patriotic ETSY Finds

REVIEW: Cottonwood Gift Co. –

Now that Father’s Day is over, I could review the ETSY seller that I ordered my husband’s gift from. I had been watching this ETSY store for a while and finally placed the order. The store is Cottonwood Gift Company. You can find the link to the store below.  Disclosure:  I have no ties to this shop on ETSY, this is my personal review of a product that I purchased from this company, I have received nothing in return for this review.
LINK:  Cottonwood Gift Co.  
Here is the link to my more extensive review of their store and product on my blog:
Cottonwood Gift Co. Review

Quote I am pondering –

We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves. By Orison Swett Marden 

I love this quote, it makes me want to think only positive thoughts when I think about myself. Most days that is harder to do but I don’t want to get in my own way and make things more difficult than they already are.

Please let me know your requests and suggestions on Twitter. Which idea above is your favorite? What do you want more, or less of? Let me know. Just send a tweet to @moneypitdiaries and put #ManicMondayMusings in there so I can find it. Would love to hear if you have tried any of the suggestions.
Have a wonderful week!
Julie

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Review:  Cottonwood Gift Co. Etsy Shop

Review:  Cottonwood Gift Co.

Review: Cottonwood Gift Co.

I had to wait until after Father’s Day to post this review.  Didn’t want to give things away (wink).  For Father’s Day this year, I wanted to find something unique and different for my husband.  When I am looking for unique, I usually turn to ETSY to see what they have in store.

I came across Cottonwood Gift Co.   They have the most beautiful wooden faced watches for men.  The wood grain in the watch face is so pretty.  The store offers engraving for free which makes the gift more personalized.  The band of the watch looks sturdy and comfortable.  I opted for the leather band instead of the wooden one for comforts sake.

As far as the service, there is no complaints there.  I ordered the watch a couple of weeks prior to Father’s Day so that I would ensure I would have it on time.  The watch was in my hands in about a weeks-time.  Way before I needed it for Father’s Day, Kudos to you on your turn around time, even with engraving.

My husband’s review of the watch is also good.  He wears it proudly.  One thing he likes is the markers on the face of the watch and the hands.  He says that they reflect the light well and gives the watch an elegant feel.

Would I order from this ETSY shop again?  Most certainly.  The watch is well worth the money and the customer service is at its finest.

There are a lot of options to choose from.  From different types of bands, to different types and shades of wood grain.  You will find it a tough decision to decide on which one to purchase.

It does appear that the ETST Shop, Cottonwood Gift Co.  caters mostly to the men in our lives.  This is a good thing since there are generally fewer options for men than women on ETSY.  Although, possibly offering a women’s version of the watch might be nice, or possibly a pocket watch for the Grandpa’s out there.

Overall, a great ETSY shop and a wonderful experience with a quality product.  Thank you, Cottonwood Gift Co. for a great experience and product.

Some of my Favorite ETSY shops I have Purchased From:

Teaman

Aviation Jewelry

Just Pure Minerals

Waste Not Recycled Art

 

We Lift Ourselves (Inspirational Quote)

We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves.

                                         Orison Swett Marden

We lift ourselves by our thought

 

Who better than ourselves should we hold ourselves accountable for how we envision ourselves?  It is how we see and fell about ourselves and what we portray to others. If our image of ourselves is one of strength and confidence is comes across in our interactions with others.  Outsiders will see this in how we present ourselves in the various situations we find ourselves in.

If we see ourselves as weak and insecure that will also pose as challenges and roadblocks in how others perceive us.  Others may see you as unable to complete the job or task at hand.  Sometimes being quiet and an introvert can come across in the first impressions as being weak. But most times that couldn’t be further from the truth, only a perception and not usually a correct first impression.

QUOTES:

A couple of well-known quotes come to mind when you think of first impressions.  I am sure most of you have heard them at some point in your life:

“Never judge a book by its cover”, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” and How you present yourself, is how people first view you.  What are you showcasing?”.   Do we want our visions of ourselves to come across when we meet new people?  What is your vision of yourself?  Do we want our first impressions to be great and ones that make the experience memorable in a positive way?

Banks, the Artist:

A few months ago, I came across a song from the artist Banks.  When you realize what she is singing about, it has a very powerful message.  It encompasses how our minds create a barrier and can make us feel bad about ourselves.

Warning:  The song is not for you if you are unable to listen to profanity as it has a lot in the words.

As for me, it hits home.  I am my biggest critic in a lot of areas in my life.  I can easily talk myself out of things very quickly, before I even give it a shot.  The song from Banks is “Fxxk with Myself”.  Just reading the title says a lot as to what the song is about in how we treat ourselves.  Here is the link to the disturbing but POWERFUL video of the song:

Banks, YOUTUBE Video, Fxxk With Myself

Great song Banks! Great way to open our eyes so we can start treating ourselves better and learn to be our best support group instead of tearing ourselves down.

We lift ourselves by our thought, we climb upon our vision of ourselves.

                                         Orison Swett Marden

aWe lift ourselves by our thought

Additional Inspirational Quotes:

Life is like riding a bicycle

Dreams

What a Wonderful World

Manic Monday Musings 06/26/2017

Manic Monday Musings 06/26/2017

Manic Monday Musings 06/26/2017

Hi All!

Here is your weekly dose of “Manic Monday Musings”, a list of what I have found over the week-end and tips to start the week off right:

Easy Week Night Dinner to try —

This one has no name for this one as it is my own concoction.  I had been eating this for lunch for quite a while then I went on the Lindora diet and this wasn’t within the program, so I stopped for a while.  It is very satisfying and filling.

To start, pick up a spaghetti squash.  I poke holes in mine and cook it in the microwave until it is done.  Once shell is soft, I cut into it and scrape out the spaghetti squash with a fork.  I add garlic powder, a little salt, pepper and Kraft Parmesan cheese, mix well.

I then cook a package of ground turkey.  I saute the turkey until done, adding garlic powder and pepper. Drain, if needed. Add taco seasoning and continue to saute until well-seasoned.  I have added Madras curry instead of the taco seasoning for a different take on the same dish.

Take some spaghetti squash mixture in a bowl or plate, top with ground turkey mixture, top with a little shredded cheese and enjoy.

 

My Blog/Debt tip —

Increase income.  There are a few ways to do this for yourself.  Sometimes you can ask for a raise in your 9-5 job, sometimes you can’t. Unable to ask for a raise, then it’s time to find a side hustle or part time job.  In order to tackle our debt, we sometimes find that we have eliminated any expenses we can, but still do not have enough to put towards tackling the debt.  There are many ways to earn extra income, here are some ideas on how to begin tackling the debt when all expenses have been eliminated:

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Purchase I am loving:

Perfect 10 Leave in Conditioner.  Lately, my hair has been seeming dryer than normal.  I have been on a quest to find something that will help make it healthier.  I stumbled upon Perfect 10 Leave in Conditioner and I am so glad I did.  My hair feels super soft and looks so much healthier.  If you need a little moisture for your hair you can try Perfect 10 for yourself.  It’s great.

App making us money –

Ibotta Earnings:  Ibotta is an app on your phone or you can sign up at Ibotta.com.  You can link some store loyalty accounts to the app, scan your receipts with purchases they offer rebates on, or make purchases within the app for money back.

Mostly, I use this app for the refunds on grocery type items that I plan on purchasing anyway and I scan my receipts that has items that they offer refunds on.  Interested in signing up? Go to  Ibotta.com and use the referral code 9auhqa ,as a result,  Ibotta will give you $10.00 after redeeming your first rebate.  Cash out for Ibotta is set at $20.00 minimum you will already be half way towards the payout minimum.  I have already made over $100 using this app.

February Income Report

Something else to Ponder –

Congratulations to Halsey for being the 1st female to have a number one album on the Billboard top 200 charts in 2017.

Halsey – Billboard

Please let me know your requests and suggestions on Twitter. Which idea above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of?  Let me know. Just send a tweet to @moneypitdiaries and put #ManicMondayMusings in there so I can find it.  Would love to hear if you have tried any of the suggestions.

Have a wonderful week!

Julie

15 Fun & Patriot 4th of July ETSY Finds

15 Fun & Patriot 4th of July ETSY Finds

15 Fun & Patriotic Etsy finds for 4th of July

In gearing up for the fourth of July holiday, I went looking on Etsy for inspiration.  I was hoping see what there was that celebrated our countries independence.  Here are some of my favorites.  My list could have had a longer list, but hey, you got to cut it off somewhere.  So, I limited myself to finding 15 of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy them like I did.

Disclaimer:  I have no claim or stake to these listings, except for KattfiveCreations, which is my shop.  I get no commission for advertising for any of the other Etsy shops. 
  1. Love this burlap wreath from BurlapBlooms for the front door. Welcome your guests in style to the festivities:  Burlap Wreath
  2. Here is a cute tank top for expectant mothers for this 4th of July. Tank is from StongConfidentYOU:   Cute Tank Top
  3. Table décor for your 4th of July picnic table. It would be cute addition to your picnic table for storing the utensils for the outing.  Mason jars from LimeAndCo:  Utensil Storage
  4. These mason jars would make a great center piece. Add some pretty flowers, a flat and you got a pretty patriotic centerpiece for the picnic table.  From ArnasLovelyBoutique:   Mason Jars
  1. Traditional Red, White and Blue Garland for decorating either indoors or outdoors, from 4AllSeasons:   Red, White and Blue Garland  
  1. If you are in a pinch, OhSoFancyParty on Etsy offers the whole Party in a box. Decorations ready to go all in the patriotic them we are looking for:  Party in a box
  1. Cute pinwheels for decorations from ThePartiesThatPop make a great addition to the decorations:  Pinwheel Decorations  
    KattfiveCreations Items:
  2. Having an adults party with wine? Offer your guests wine charms with a patriotic flare from KattfiveCreations:  Wine Charm one                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wine Charm set two                                                                                         Star Wine Charms -4th of July
  1. Yummy…these cookies from SugarMamasCreations are a must for your Independence day celebrations:    4th of July Themed Cookies
  1. Offering your guests cupcakes to go with the cookies in the listing above? Here are some awesome patriotic cupcake toppers from ThatsAWrapFavors for the cupcakes:     Cupcake Toppers
  1. Earrings for a little more mature audience: Nothing with an x rating, just cute heart and flag designs from FireMonkeyDiva on Etsy:  Earrings for the 4th
  1. Great little friendship bracelets from PoplarFriendBracelet in the great red, white and blue theme:   Friendship Bracelets
  1. Super cute, matching, Mommy and me 4th of July headbands from Turbansfortots:  Mommy and Me Matching Headbands
  1. Anyone looking for a Retro dress for your 4th of July outings? Look no further, LadyMayraClothing has the cutest Rockabilly Pin Up dress:    Rockabilly Pin Up dress 
  1. Then there is something for the babes….from JoyfulMoose:   Baby Onesie creeper

Conclusion:

Hope you had just as much fun as I did looking at all the inspiration from our fellow ETSY shop owners.  I hope you are now all ready to celebrate our countries independence.  Happy 4th of July everyone, be safe and enjoy…

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Manic Monday Musings 06/12/2017

Manic Monday Musings 06/12/2017

06/12/2017 Manic Monday Musings

Hi All!
Here is your weekly dose of “Manic Monday Musings”, a list of what I have found over the week-end and tips to start the week off right:

Easy Week Night Dinner to try —

Creamy Key Lime Chicken Enchiladas

This one sounds so yummy. Packed full of protein at 24 grams for two enchiladas. A little high on the sodium, so watch for that if you are on a low sodium diet. But moist chicken enchiladas, with a tang from the chili sauce and the tang of the lime. Use plain yogurt if it is too sweet with plain lime juice. Also, can substitute flour tortillas if you prefer them over corn tortillas. Yummy….

Action to take this week —

Start an investment. You may be saying, “What? I don’t have extra money for that. But it doesn’t take much, you can do it with as little as $5.00. I would suggest more, maybe $100-$500 to see better results. Make it a challenge for yourself.
Here are a few investment platforms that can get you started:
Options House:

Betterment:

Lending Club

Here are a couple of Pinterest boards that have various challenges and ways to save money:
Challenges

Save Money

Related articles:

Peer Lending

Ways to Make Extra Money

A great article I found on how investing $500 can turn into $500,000 over the years. Worth the read…

Turn $500 into $520,367

My Blog/Debt tip —

How did we do last week with identifying which expenses to pay off or get rid of? Were we able to pay off a couple of expenses? I hope you are making progress or at least feel like you are making progress towards the goal of financial independence.
Here is a great article on zero based budgets. This has good information to get you started.

Zero Based Budgets

See past MMM posting regarding budgets:

Budget Planner

The One Week Budget

Movie I enjoyed —

Wonder Woman. We went to see it last night. It was very good. Gal Gadot did a great job as the superhero Wonder Woman.

Top Grocery App —

Checkout 51. Loving this app lately. They have been offering some good money back opportunities for me, for items I would normally purchase anyways. If you haven’t already signed up you can check them out here at Checkout 51.

Please let me know your requests and suggestions on Twitter. Which idea above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Let me know. Just send a tweet to @moneypitdiaries and put #ManicMondayMusings in there so I can find it. Would love to hear if you have tried any of the suggestions.
Have a wonderful week!
Julie