12/9/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals

I’ve been spending a lot of time working extra hours at my day job and doing surveys for extra cash for the holidays and beyond. The kids and I have a lot of changes coming up over the next few months, and I’m trying to prepare as much as I can.

I may not be posting as much on the blog coming up. Honestly, blogging doesn’t pay as much or offer as many perks as it used to, and I need to spend time and make choices that allow me to take care of my kids (and the cat too). Work smarter, not harder.

Don’t forget all of the 2022 Birthday Freebies! Make sure to check this article out and sign up for birthday freebies at least 2-3 weeks before your birthday. I will be updating for 2023 mid- January.

Freebies:

Free Thankful for Literacy Poster
Free Private Selection Bagged Coffee at Kroger
Free Sample of Ostofresh Liquid Deodorant
Free 8×10 Photo Print at Walgreens
Free Slater’s 50/50 Beef & Bacon Hot Dogs after Rebate
Free Medium Soup or Side at Wawa
5,000 Free Black Box Wines Rewards Points
Free NutriCelebrity Stress-Free New Year Party Pack
Free Heyday Chickpeas or Beans at Sprouts
Free Subscription to Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
Free Wish List Painted Rocks at Michaels
Free Brilliant Earth Ring Sizer
Free L’Oreal Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum Sample
Free Primal Kitchen Buffalo Mayo
Free Fur Buddies Pet Products
Free Sambrosa Sweet Dreams Night Syrup
Free Sample of Downy Unstoppables at Sam’s
Free Trimona A2a2 Bulgarian Yogurt
Free Sub at Firehouse Subs for Jamar, Andrew & Lisa
Free La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen Sample
Free Nars Perfecting Powder
Free Litehouse Dips & Spreads
Free Pizza at Uno Pizzeria
Free Subscription to Architectural Digest
Free 1-Year of Paramount+ for T-Mobile & Sprint Customers
Free 3D Cookie Cutter Kit for Xfinity Rewards Members
Free No7 Beauty & Skincare Products
Free Sour Patch Kids at Select Stores
Free Cheez-It Puff’d at Sam’s
Free Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoned Sausage after Rebate
Free Gingerbread House or Reindeer Stable at JCPenney
Free Photo with Santa & More at Bass Pro Shops

Today ONLY: Save 10% off TARGET GIFT CARDS!!

This is a freaking RUN deal!

Though today, score 10% off Target Gift Cards- In Store or online. Make sure to add the Target offer to your app.

And if you are a RedCard holder, you’ll get your usual extra 5% off.

There is a limit of $500 in gift cards, it’s an amazing deal.

If you haven’t checked out Target Circle lately, there are all sorts of great deals, especially on toys ($10 off $50 and $25 off $100), and all sorts of gift deals for big people too.

Click here to get started!

Q-insights 2 upcoming studies -Pays $200-$250

QI-logoNOslogan.pngQ-insights is another company where I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often in San Diego County. This upcoming survey takes place virtually!

They are currently recruiting for 2 studies:

Study 1- Blender Study – Only interviews will run from December
14th-December 15th .  It will pay $100  as thank you for your time.
Please note that this study has a homework assignment that will pay an
additional $100

If you are interested in participating please fill out the survey
here. If you pre-qualify they will call you to ask some additional
qualifying questions.

Study 2 – Social Media Study- An online blog will run from December
12th-December 16th .  It will pay $250  as thank you for your time.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the survey
here. If you pre-qualify we will call they to ask some additional
qualifying questions.

12/3/2022 Friday Freebies and Deals!

It’s cold outside! We’ve been spending a lot of time snuggling under warm blankets and drinking cocoa.

Don’t forget all of the 2022 Birthday Freebies! Make sure to check this article out and sign up for birthday freebies at least 2-3 weeks before your birthday.

 

Freebies:

Free Santa Letters Mailbox from Home Depot
Free Febreze Plug-In at Walmart
Free Johnson’s Face & Body Cream
Free Sample of Advil Dual Action
Free Sour Patch Kids at Select Stores
Free Depend Sample Kits for Men & Women
Free L’Oreal Paris Serum & Sunscreen
Macy’s Review Squad – Free Products
Free Cheez-It Puff’d at Sam’s
Free Paper Towels
Free Snow Globe Craft Kit at Joann
Free Netflix Jr Magazine
Free 2023 Erie & Arts Calendar
Free Aveeno Kids Product
Free Maddy’s Sweet Shop Shortbread Cookies
Free Equality for All Sticker
Free FRISKA Women’s Daily
Free Sample of Erborian CC Cream
Free Sample of WowButter Creamy Peanut Free Toasted Soy Spread
New Free Samples from Sampler
Free Subscription to Wine Spectator Magazine
Verizon Up Rewards – Free Cheryl’s Cookie Card
Free Johnson’s 2-in-1 Products
Free Men’s Shaver
Free Zippo Lighter
Free Sample of Downy Unstoppables at Sam’s
Have an iPhone? Score Free $5 Paypal Cash in 1 Week
Free 8×10 Photo Print at Walgreens
Free Premier Protein Product

Deals:

Dash Gingerbread Mini Waffle Maker ONLY $7.99 (Reg $13)
Today Only: 60% Off Coats & Jackets for the Family at Old Navy
Wild Fable Puffer Jacket ONLY $16.80 (Reg $28)
HP 27-In Full HD IPS Computer Monitor ONLY $129.99 (Reg $270)
Free Medium Fries w/ Any $1 Purchase at McDonalds – Every Friday
18 Ultimate Arcade Action Figures ONLY $30 (Reg $100)
Kate Spade Schuyler Medium Dome Satchel ONLY $75 (Reg $349)
Fire TV Stick Lite w/ Alexa Voice Remote ONLY $14.99 (Reg $30)
Nintendo Switch Wired Switch Pro Controller ONLY $9.99 (Reg $20)
Kids Smart Watches ONLY $19.99 (Reg $65)
Sharper Warming & Cooling Wrap Pad ONLY $14.69 (Reg $30)
Cuisinart 10-Pc Animal Print Cutlery Set ONLY $14.99 (Reg $40)

Free Food Resources for December 2022(San Diego County)

A new month means a reminder about all of the free food options there is here in San Diego County.

Because of the upcoming holidays, you may notice that some locations will be advertising additional distributions or special Thanksgiving or Winter Holiday meal giveaway events. As information about these events becomes available, I will be sharing them.

Keep in mind there are still supply chain issues, so there may not be a lot of food at some distributions, especially those that serve a large portion of the community.

I recommend showing up a little early with a bottle of water and a book and waiting in line. Time passes quickly in these lines, and it’s a great time to learn from others about community food options. Remember to socially distance and follow local masking regulations.

You can find resources here for Central and East County, and Here for North County.

The Rock Church, which has many locations all over San Diego County has a food and diaper pantry distribution at many of its locations throughout the month. More info can be found here.

Our friends at Faith Chapel are super ahead of the game and sent out information regarding their 2022 food distributions early on in the year.

If you are located outside San Diego County, call 211. If you are not familiar with 211, here is their website and it can point you in the right direction.

San Diego Food Bank Distributions for December 2022 can be found here. Enter your address (or just your zip code) and the map will show you all of the distributions in your area or closest to you. You can filter by the days of the week to find food when you are available. If there is an income requirement/limit to participate, each location/listing will say such. You can learn more here about the Feeding San Diego Together Tour.

Neighbor distributions are intermixed with the San Diego Food Bank Distributions, however, they have no income requirements, and you come as you are. These Distributions are primarily fruits & veg, however, some locations may also distribute canned goods, dairy, and bread.

If you know of other resources, please leave a comment! And feel free to share this post with anyone you may know in need.

Venmo Users: Check your Accounts For An Amazon Deal!

Venmo users: Check the email linked to your Venmo account for this sweet deal!

Spend $100 on Amazon orders now through 12/31/22 (Max 200k redemptions available under this offer), and you’ll score $10 back in your Venmo Account.

Pretty sweet, right?

If you hadn’t heard by now Amazon and Venmo are now buddies- You can pay for Amazon purchases with Venmo. Learn more here.

And you haven’t signed up for Venmo yet, check it out here.

11/29/2022 Weekly Round-up of Research Studies from PRC!

PRC aka iOpinion is a nationwide research study company. They are always running studies and looking for more respondents. They send me an email once a week with online studies they are looking to fill. Here are just a few:

 
Topic: Adult Children with Mothers 85+
Incentive: $150 & $175
Who: Females 85+ years of age
Date(s): December 5 – 8, 2022
Duration: 60-minutes & 90-minute group discussions
Location: Virtual online/webcam required
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SeniorLivingPRC

Topic: Nicotine and Tobacco Products
Incentive: $150
Who: Adults, 18+ years old
Location: Online via webcam
Duration: 90 minutes
Date(s): December 6-8, 2022
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RQYXP85

Topic: Pregnancy Study
Incentive: $150
Who: Pregnant women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester
Location: Nationwide
Duration: 2 hours
Date: December 14th, 2022
https://forms.gle/GHP835qqPe1J7Te4A

Notes:

1) Only allow 1 response per survey, per person.

2) Unless otherwise stated, most online studies require a webcam with working audio/video on a laptop/desktop.

3) Unless otherwise stated, payment will be in the form of a digital gift card or PayPal.

Interested in Participating? The surveys are to see if you qualify for an upcoming study. Use the links below to respond to the surveys! If you pre-qualify, a recruiter will contact you with further questions and details. Please do not call about the studies listed below (unless you are indicated to call for a study). Please note that all replies are confidential, and no data is aggregated from your responses; PRC only uses your provided information to determine if you might qualify for the postings.

Spots are limited for each study that is listed. Due to the significant response to the surveys, not everyone will be contacted.

11/29/2022 Weekly Meal Plan

0a5e9dab796cea8a07eabe4eb4795b9e.jpgOur  Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box arrived yesterday and it’s a jumbo this week. I spent a lot of time roasting veggies last night.

We’re having a lot of veggie-based meals this week to make as much of our CSA box as possible.

We’ve been trying a lot of new foods lately, thanks to the really great freebies from Social Nature lately too. It’s fun to try new foods.

For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.

I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste.

I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.

Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2  for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids. They are also into fruit and bagels for breakfast. Lately, the big kid has been digging protein shakes in the morning. This is his favorite kind. 

Lunch: I have a plastic tote in the cupboard full of self-serve snacks. I buy treats and snacks in bulk and fill up snack-sized zip-top bags. The big kid brings his lunch from home every day and the littlest buys her lunch at school about half the time. In California, all public schools provide breakfast and lunch for free.

Dinner: This week is packed as far as appointments, so I’m leaning on stuff that’s easy and tasty. I prepped fruits and veg over the weekend and made up the last Dream Dinner and portioned it into lunch-sized servings.

  • Monday: Chicken Tetrazzini, roasted veggies

  • Tuesday:  Breakfast sandwiches (eggs, cheese, sausage), fried potatoes with onions and peppers, fruit salad

  • Wednesday: Nuggets, fruit, crackers, and cheese (the typical Wednesday night dinner)

  • Thursday:  Baked pasta, salad

  • Friday: Takeout night!
  • Saturday: Potato Cheese Soup.  Best Salad Ever, garlic bread
  • Sunday:  Leftovers

Q-insights VR Gaming Study- Pays $300

QI-logoNOslogan.pngQ-insights is another company where I do research groups, focus groups, and online surveys to earn extra money.

They have a lot of stuff in South Orange County, and less often in San Diego County. This upcoming survey takes place virtually!

They are currently recruiting for a study about VR Headsets. They are currently recruiting for a 2-hour online interview.

The study will run from Nov 28th to Dec 2nd it will pay $300 as thank you for your time.

If you are interested in participating please fill out the survey here.

 

Give the Gift of the Farm with the Yasukochi Family Farms Black Friday Sale!

On Tuesday I posted about practical gifts for busy families. Little did I know that Yasukochi Family Farms was having a sale this weekend!

This is an amazing sale!

This sale is only good today, FRIDAY, 11/25, and ends on Sunday, 11/27! To learn more or order, check out their website.

One month of CSA Boxes your choice of regular box or Jumbo box. and 1 bottle of olive oil. I love this olive oil, it’s the best I’ve tried.

I get a Regular sized box each week, and it’s good for a family of 4 or smaller. A Jumbo-sized Box is perfect for larger families or for families that are vegetarians or vegans.