Get Amazon gift cards for writing reviews for Viewpoints!

Viewpoints is trying to reach 500,000 reviews and they want your help! They’re offering Amazon gift cards as an incentive!

Through today (10/7), when you write qualifying reviews about products you have used, you can earn up to $25 in Amazon gift cards. The more you write, the more you earn! Here’s the breakdown:

*Write 5-9 reviews, get a $5 gift card
*Write 10-19 reviews, get a $10 gift card
*Write 20+ reviews, get a $25 gift card

Qualifying reviews must be at least 900 characters and must be completed in one of the following categories: Home & Garden, Family & Pets, Health & Beauty, Kitchen (excluding grocery), or Computer & Electronics. Reviews must be about real products.

(Thanks Money Saving Madness!)

*This post may contain affiliate links. Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information.

GIVEAWAY: $25 gift card to the Safeway Family of Stores!

Since I work in a school and I now have a school-aged child, I am a HUGE fan of the Box Tops for Education program.  The Safeway family of stores (which includes Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi’s) is making it simple to give back with “2 Ways 2 Earn” cash for your schools with Box Tops for Education and the “10% Goes Back to Schools” program.

Box Tops for Education has already given away over $320 million to help the more than 69 thousand schools participating. And if that wasn’t enough, earning Box Tops is even easier this year with four new brands participating in the program: Progresso Soup, Totino’s Pizza, Betty Crocker Cake Mixes and Gold Medal Flour.

To help your local schools even further just look for the “10% Goes Back to Schools” yellow school bus tags on over 2,000 of your favorite items throughout Safeway from August 11th – September 14th. When you purchase participating products with your Club Card, Safeway will give 10% of the purchase price to the local school of your choice.

Here’s how it works:

* Check your receipt from August 11 – September 14. The total will be updated each time you shop.

* Beginning on September 18, a redemption code will be printed at the bottom of your receipt.

* Visit before October 13 to choose your favorite participating local school, then simply enter your redemption code to make your donation.

To learn more about Box Tops for Education and Safeway’s “10% Goes Back to Schools” program, visit And while you’re there, don’t forget to enter the Safeway Bonus Box Tops Sweepstakes for a chance to win 1,000 Bonus Box Tops for the participating school of your choice!

To promote Safeway’s “2 ways 2 earn” promotion, Safeway and General Mills via My Blog Spark have provided me with a $25 Safeway gift card and another one to give away.  One lucky reader will also get a $25 Safeway gift card AND a bonus box tops certificate worth 50 box tops!

The giveaway starts today, August 30th, and will end on Thursday, September 9th at 11:59 p.m. CT. I will announce the winner on Friday, September 10th. The winner will be chosen randomly using

You will have 24 hours to provide me with your contact information (when you post to enter, you must leave your e-mail address or some other way for me to contact you!).

Here’s how you can enter to win:

1. Visit Box Tops for Education on Facebook and “like” them.  Create a post to let me know that you did and share some of your favorite box-top earning products!

2. Subscribe to my blog (You must activate your subscription to validate your entry). Please post a comment letting me know that you subscribe.

3. Follow my blog through Blogger or become a fan on Facebook. Leave an entry letting me know that you’re following!

4. Blog about the giveaway on your blog. Be sure to come back and post a link to your post!

Please create a separate post for each of your entries. If you win, you need to provide me with some way to contact you. (Remember, if you post a comment as “anonymous” you need to include some sort of identifying information or your entry will not be valid). If you’re accessing this through a live feed somewhere else, you will need to actually come here to enter the giveaway.

Thanks again to Safeway, General Mills and MyBlogSpark for this giveaway opportunity! (Please note that although I did receive a gift card from Safeway, General Mills, and My Blog Spark, they did not influence my comments in any way.  Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information.)

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Tip of the Day Tuesday: Supplementing your budget with gift cards

If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that I use gift cards to supplement my $40 weekly grocery budget. All of the gift cards that I use are ones that I have gotten for “free” for doing various offers. As a working mom with two young children, I don’t have a lot of extra time, so all of the things that I do are pretty easy. I thought I’d share them with you today! Many of them have already been posted at some point on the blog, but I thought it would be nice to have them all in one spot.

*Pharmacy prescription transfers: I dedicated an entire post to this here. It’s worth reading if you’ve been wondering how this works. This is one of the easiest ways that I get gift cards and they are usually $25-30 gift cards. In the Walgreens ad on Sunday, they had a coupon for a $25 gift card with any transferred prescription which is valid until April. There is also a printable version here. In the CVS ad, they had a coupon for a $25 gift card with any transferred prescription which is valid until mid-February. If you have Safeway/Randalls, there is a coupon in the ad this week for a $30 gift card with any NEW or transferred prescription that does not expire until March. The “NEW” or transferred coupons are the best ones to have and I always try to hang on to a few extras because you never know when someone is going to get sick and need to have a prescription filled!

*Lila Guide: I absolutely love this site! If you read my Menu Planning Monday posts, this is where I post most of my crockpot recipes. They have several promotions throughout the year with easy ways to get Target gift cards. You can find all the details about their latest promotion here (hurry because it ends on 1/31).

*Swagbucks: This is becoming my new favorite way to earn gift cards. At some point throughout the day I have a reason to search for something online. Before discovering Swagbucks, I always used Google search, but Swagbucks makes it easy to earn gift cards while doing something I would be doing anyway – searching online! I just cashed out for a $20 Target gift card this week and I plan to cash out for a $25 Amazon gift card soon. If you haven’t joined Swagbucks yet, and you want to know how it works, you can read about it here. For a limited time, get a bonus Swagbuck using the bonus code BeMine (it is case sensitive).

*MyPoints: You will get a few e-mails from this site each week (I usually get 15-20) and in most of the e-mail, there is a link for you to click to “get points” just for reading the e-mail. You can also earn points by shopping through the links on their site, printing coupons from their site, and using the search engine on their site. It is very easy to do and I usually earn a $25 gift card every 2-3 months. If you’d like a referral, you can e-mail me (upper left hand corner of the blog) and I’ll be happy to send you one!

*Epoll: This is a survey site where you earn points for completing surveys. The surveys are usually quick and easy and most of the time are about TV shows. You can cash out your points for a variety of gift cards (Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Starbucks, etc.).

*Credit card rewards programs: I cannot stress enough that you should ONLY do this if you can pay off your card IN FULL every month. If you know that you do not have the discipline to do this, please skip this part because it is not worth it and you will just end up in more debt and more trouble! We have three different rewards cards that we use each month. We have a Discover Open Road card that we use for all of our gas purchases each month. My husband also has reimburseable business expenses each month, and we put all of those on that card. I love this card because there is a cash back or gift card option. When you choose the gift card option, you can usually get a “bonus” reward (for example, a $25 gift card for cashing out $20 in rewards or a $45-50 gift card for cashing out $40 in rewards). We pay for recurring monthly expenses (cable, security system, phone, etc.) on a Citibank cash rewards card (so we don’t earn gift cards, but we do get cash back). All other monthly expenses go on a Gymboree Visa card, and I earn gift cards which I use to pay for clothing for my kids. There are many different credit card rewards programs, and if you are interested in doing this (and again CAN PAY OFF YOUR CARD IN FULL EVERY MONTH), this website will help you to make an informed decision about which card would work best for you.

Lila Guide: $10 Target Gift Card Promotion

I have posted about how much I love Lila Guide several times now. Thanks to patientlywaitingforu on NBBC for sharing this!

Lila Guide has a new promotion. Here are the details:

1) You will get $5 for starting a parenting group

2) If you have at least 5 members (not including yourself) by Jan 30, you will get another $5. Members must be unique, real parents with verified email addresses (for example if the same person creates 5 accounts and joins their own group it won’t be counted).

Also don’t forget if you are just signing up you will also get $5 Target gift card by writing 10 reviews.

3) The promotion is open to anyone. Once you have completed the promotion, you must e-mail Shannon at sguyton @ lila guide . com (spaces removed, of course) to let her know your username and group name (I would attach a link to your group, too!)

If you haven’t signed up for Lila Guide yet, you really should! If you want more information about Lila Guide, check out this link for some of my other posts about the site (or feel free to post your questions here, as well).

Here’s the link to my group. It’s about potty training boys. I already have all of the members I need, but I sure could use some advice if anyone is interested!

Join Sam’s Club, get a $25 gift card

Sam’s Club is running a promotion between January 15th and 21st for New Members. If you join as a New Member during these dates, you will get a free $25 gift card. The cost of a Sam’s Club membership is $40. To access the details click here.

I actually gave up my membership when I started heavily couponing about two years ago. I found that I could get most of the items that I was purchasing there for free or close to free matching coupons with sale prices. People often ask me if having a Sam’s Club membership is “worth it.” It depends on what you are using it for.

If you are mainly buying health and beauty items there, then I don’t think it’s worth it. Learn how to shop at Walgreens or CVS, and you can get those items for free or close to free and you will have a nice stockpile before you know it.

I can get most bulk food items (cereal, granola bars, canned goods, etc.) cheaper at the grocery store using coupons during stock up sales.

They do have great deals on electronics/CDs/DVDs, books, clothing, meat (I have my mom buy me a big package of ground beef every few months because I usually can’t get a better deal anywhere else), and produce (they have great produce at great prices).