as you might have noticed - or not, that's fine too, i think i'm much cooler than i actually am - i took a nice break last week. besides friday's post and even there, i didn't allow comments. that's not to say i was just sitting around. my office was busy, the weather was slightly improved which meant more outings, my friend just started a job in the building right across the street which means more meet ups, hawkeye's 5th birthday party is next weekend so i had to plan. oh yeah, and celebrating 1 year with this handsome guy.
there's one other thing i've been working on that i should mention - i'm 100% completely and totally debt free. i wrote about the fact that i paid off my student loans, but now, thanks to a successful no spend month, i also paid off my credit card. debt free. it's awesome. no i don't own a house or a car so that makes things easier, but i also learned enough in my few months of really being organized and nailing down my finances that i will never take out a loan or a mortgage. cash only, baby. so i have a lot of saving to do and i've been very thrifty lately. no, this won't turn into a frugal living blog. not as long as the container store exists. but i might mention here or there some ways that i save or earn extra money.
among my current savings goals, now that i'm debt free, is christmas. frugal christmas, of course, since those 7 years of catholic school told me it's all about baby jesus, not presents. (happy jesus is a zombie day, by the way.) (kidding. ish.) which brings me to my final point, one last thing i've been setting up during my break. i mentioned on friday that i've been having great success with swagbucks. i'm up to $45 for amazon in about 10 days. and not 'earned it and waiting for my cards to arrive' but actually cashed in, code received, $45 sitting in my amazon account, itching to be spent. that's my plan for a debt free but still really awesome christmas - one that's paid for totally in swagbucks earnings.
you should know, you probably do, that i don't just throw up any old thing on here to get money. i'm not part of any ad networks, i'm not an affiliate of anything, i don't make any money when i tell you about things i found on amazon or iphone apps that help me organize. because guess who'd rather just not do it than figure out the tax implications? this girl. and legally, according to the ftc, i must tell you that a post includes any links which i might make money off of before you have an opportunity to click them. not some hidden tiny text at the bottom of a post, but big letters you can actually read (if you're guilty of the tiny letters at the bottom, you should stop that, it's illegal!) before you get to a link. so here's your disclosure - the swagbucks links that follow this are referral links. i make more points if you sign up using my referral link, but hey, so do you! and then you can refer your own friends, and make your own extra points if you want. got it? cool. and thus you should know that i'm doing it cause i actually love it, not like some blogs that 'love' something new every day. moving on.
i did some calculations and my goal for christmas is $350 in gift cards earned using swagbucks. yes, $350 in free money. and i think i can exceed that. i did so well in my first week that i decided to contact them about sharing it on my blog. so they set me up with a blogger's dashboard and that way i can not only offer you more points when you sign up, but i can also tell you asap when there's special promotions and even host giveaways here. i mentioned friday how quickly and easily i earn points each day, but i plan on offering more tips along the way. and you can sign up using the promo code NotPerfect and get 70 bonus points, plus 30 more after you fill out your profile. and just 450 points is $5 to amazon.
so sign up, earn free money, don't go into debt this holiday season. or ignore me completely, that's fine too and why i wrote this on an 'off' day. sorry, that was a long post but yes. that's what i've been up to.