Get Free Stuff and Save Money

I’m always looking for new ways get free stuff and save money. There’s online 01_spiral_cfl_bulb_2010-03-08_transparent_backprograms, offline programs, sales and so much more. But little did I know that I am entitled to a FREE home energy audit and free stuff to come with it. All from my electric company.

This letter came in the mail from Pepco my electric company offering a free home energy audit. I decided to give it a try. Did you know that we are already paying for this? That’s right, one of the fees we pay every month are for them to come and check out your house.
Time to make that call, and I did.

They came in and changed my low energy efficient light bulbs with more energy efficient light bulbs. They put in 2 new shower heads with water savers and better yet, when the water is warmed to the temperature you set it for the water pauses. When you are ready you pull a string and the water begins to run again. Our TV’s have all kinds of gadgets attached to them, a DVD player, video game systems and even surround sound. Get ready to save more energy by plugging in to the new power strip with all your additional equipment. When you turn the television off whatever you plug into it will also turn off.

As they were leaving I told the technicians that I was so excited and really impressed. The technician mentioned that there’s a fee in my monthly electric bill for this program. Get all you can from it. And the Best part?, I will save money monthly with the little things they did today.

Who doesn’t love Free. If you do give them a call and set up your appointment, mention my blog.

What to do with Teenage Boys

As our kids grow up it gets harder and harder to find things to do with them. We don’t like the same movies, each of us likes different types of food, games, outdoor activities and the list goes on. Every weekend I think who knows what to do with teenage boys. Nobody has been able to give me an answer yet. We do take turns deciding different things, but there’s yet to find something we all like, or even 2 of us. It’s always a compromise.

As a single mom with 2 teenage boys, I am always looking for things to do with them. Most of the time it’s going out to eat. But that’s not great for the wallet or our waists. One of my kids and I signed up for a game where we have to find locations around the country/world. That was good, but it was pretty inconvenient.

The idea of a scavenger hunt is great, but we have to work on it.

I always look for things to do and on a budget. I do spend time couponing when time permits sometimes saving 25% or more. My thoughts were to get my kids to help. But they weren’t interested.

Looking at some of the different apps and programs out there, I found one that is very easy. I’ve tried a few, but most of them you have to do scan the receipt and the UPC code and then it may work. They were too much work. It’s Shipkick. Here’s the thing, you can walk into some stores and get kicks. Scan items and you get kicks. Log in, get kicks. Look at potential items in the app and get kicks. Collect kicks and trade them in for gift cards.

Shopkick app

Being the smart mom that I am, we’ve made it an adult scavenger hunt. One of my kids is doing it with me and we have fun seeing what we can get when we go to the mall, or the grocery store. It gives us something to do, earn some money in gift cards. Now we can go to the mall and mom has more time to shop and while we work on our “scavenger hunt.

Getting creative can be a win-win for everyone.

Starting My Blog

I’m really starting my blog. I finally got my blog up and running. That was lesson 1 for this blog. Writing a blog is more than just writing. You need to be a little technical or know where to go to get that help. Special thanks to teachmama.com and hostgator.com. I’ve had a blog but that was really for me to play with. I’ll move those posts over here soon enough, but I wanted to get a post on here for now. I’m already working on more lessons for posting.

Thanks for tuning in, and watch for more.