Make Money Online: Swagbucks

One of the things I admire most about the “Greatest Generation” (besides their amazing fashion sense, of course) is their frugality, their “make-do-and-mend” approach to money and possessions. They knew that banks fail, economies go through major depressions, and it’s better to have a coffee can full of money buried in the yard in case of a rainy day or a dustbowl decade.

In that spirit, I thought from time to time I could share a few things that I’ve found to be a reliable source of a few coins for the Folgers can. There might be an affiliate links to some items, but as you know, I only recommend items I trust and believe in.

First off is Swagbucks.

Swagbucks is a sort of gamified reward site. You can earn points (“Swagbucks”) for using the search engine, watching videos, taking surveys, and click-through shopping.

You can redeem the points for various stuff, although I have only ever bothered with Amazon Gift Cards and PayPal cash.

Since 2009, I’ve earned $189 in Amazon GC and $235 in PayPal cash, mostly for searches I do anyway. I’ve recently gotten into the SwagIQ app, which offers live trivia contests most weeknights and extra games on holidays.

Want to give it a try? Here’s my referral link:



Material Monday: Stocking the stash with Fabric Mart bundles

If you’re one of those brave souls willing to shop online for fabric, you’ve probably come across Fabric Mart. Not only do they have a nice selection of fabrics at very reasonable prices (and frequent sales), they have something awesome for those who like a gamble: bundles. It’s a surprise assortment of fabrics (fashion or craft), thread, or buttons. Last week, they had a one-day sale on bundles, so I decided to try an assortment of buttons, along with fabric. I got sidelined shopping for non-bundle fabric, so I ended up missing out on a 10-yard bundle, and instead got one with 6 yards of fashion fabric, along with a half-pound of buttons.

Fabric Mart bundles: Jungleland Vintage is hooked!The button bundle is AMAZING! So much inspiration. Here is the whole picture:

Jungleland Vintage

The fabric bundle is not as awesome as the first bundle I got from them (which had amazing Barbie pink scuba knit), but better (for my taste) than the second. There is some funky flannel I can use to make my husband some pajama bottoms. The striped bottomweight will be a really cute skirt, I think. And the two-yard piece of cream crepe will be… something cool, someday.

Can’t wait for another bundle deal day to get some more surprises!