April 1st Follow Up- New Year’s Resolution

We are officially heading into the 4th month of this year and I can’t believe how quickly 2017 is going!  It’s just zooming by!  It’s time to check in with my New Years Resolutions. I can honestly say that for some of them, it’s probably the longest that I’ve ever stuck with a resolution, while with others, I need to get my behind in gear!

Resolution #1- Be healthier in 2017.  With this resolution it was 2 fold… both being physically healthier by losing weight, and by being mentally healthier.  For the weight, I was off to a great start.  At one point I was down 13 pounds… alas, I quit trying os hard, went back to my old eating habits and gained about 5 pounds back.  My goal for April is to get back on track with my food journaling!  For my mental health, I’ve had some great experiences and breakthroughs as well as some set backs. I’m really coming to the conclusion that for me my mental health is going to be an ongoing journey.

Resolution #2– BLOG MORE!  I have been making a genuine effort to be more consistent in my blogging this year, and I am succeeding!  In January I did 11 posts,  12 posts in February, and 15 in the month of March!!!  In addition to blogging more, Mr. Mouskaholic and I added a YouTube channel back in February as well as increased social media presence!  You can now subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (Check out all the handles at the bottom of this post!)  I really want to keep up the momentum that I’ve built in the past two months as well as keep up with our monthly (for right now) YouTube posts!

Resolution #3- Earn more Swagbucks in 2017. In March was $60 (double the amount of what I earned in February of this year).  That is ahead of last year’s average of $48 per month and overall my yearly average is still a little higher than last year, at $55.00 per month so far!  If you are interested in learning more about how Swagbucks you can go back and check out my 3 day series that I published in the middle of March!

Resolution #4- Continue to have new experiences at Disney in 2017- Okay, so we know that Pandora will be opening at Animal Kingdom, so that will be a new experience.  I am also looking forward to “Happily Ever After,” the new night show at Magic Kingdom!

Resolution #5- Book more trips with Charming Travels LLC- I was able to book a VERY last minute trip for a family in March, as well as some other trips that had been booked for a while!  With the new summer specials that came out I am hoping to get my summer sales up, while saving some money for my clients!!

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Resolution #6- Run a Half Marathon- I STILL haven’t even started to work on this goal yet.  The weather is finally getting nice though, so I’m running out of excuses to start trying.  I am thinking this month I will register for a 5k to motivate myself and get in gear!  This should also help with goal #1 of being healthier!

So that’s my resolution update!  Here’s to keeping at it!  How are you doing on your resolutions?

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Swagbucks 101- Update

Okay, back in June of 2015 I posted my “Swagbucks 101” on how to earn Swagbucks.  The website however is ever changing and evolving, so with that comes updates.  I’ve updated the original post, but now it’s time for another update.  My last two posts have been about Swagbucks, so I figured I may as well go for a full update!  So here it is… pin this, soak it in, and start earning towards your Disney trip!

Ways to earn Swagbucks 101

  1. nCrave Activities– This is one of the easiest way that I’ve found to earn Swagbucks- on the Swagbucks home page there are categories along the left hand side of the page. Click on the link that says “Watch” and you should see the the world “ncCrave”. You can click on this and it will take you to an entire page of activities. The activities that have a circle and arrow will auto run, so you can just leave it running on your computer for about 10 minutes and earn up to 1-3 Swagbucks. Different offers are worth different amounts.  I run these almost all day and earn between 50-100 Swagbucks per day with this and the other activities.  Occasionally there are nCrave activities worth 5-6 Swagbucks!  I jump on those whenever they’re available!

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  1. Surveys– Under the “answer” tab on Swagbucks down at the bottom are paid surveys. When first getting started using the surveys I would recommend doing the little 2 point surveys on the right hand side. They take a while to get through, but what you’re doing is pre-qualifying yourself for the larger surveys. When you’ve gotten those done your chances of getting surveys that you’re qualified for increase. You may start some surveys and get disqualified after 5 minutes (you’ll still get 1 sb in that case), but I’ve also had plenty of surveys where I’ve gotten 50-150 Swagbucks within 30 minutes, and just last week I got 60 Swagbucks for a 3 minute survey. I mean if you’re bored anyway why not try it.

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  1. SBTV app– If you have a smartphone you can EASILY earn a minumum of 10 swagbucks per day using the SBTV app on your phone. All you have to do is install the app(s) and let the videos play! You can earn up to 10 sb per day using the app, and often you can earn bonus Swagbucks after you’ve reached the initial 10!  In addition to the Swagbucks TV app, there are additional apps that are very similar where you can also earn 10 Swagbucks per day. I have unlimited data on my phone, so that isn’t a concern of mine.  If you don’t have unlimited data, do make sure that you are on wifi, because streaming videos will take its toll on your data plan!  Below are a list of the available apps you can use to earn swagbucks on your phone-
    1. SBTV
    2. EntertaiNow
    3. IndyMusic
    4. Lifestylz
    5. MovieClips
    6. Sportly

  1. Swagbucks TV – Also under the “Watch” link is SBTV.  Video sets are worth 1-3 Swagbucks, and will always tell you how much they’re worth.  I’ve found that some browsers and computers will allow you to watch all the videos in succession without clicking, while others are more finicky and you have to click on each video.  It’s still easy to click through and watch the Swagbucks add up!  I usually do this while I’m watching tv.  They’re easy to click through without paying attention while you’re watching tv or a movie!

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  1. Games– Under the Play tab there are 3 games you can play and earn Swagbucks. When you get a game over keep playing, becaus every 2 games you play you get 2 Swagbucks, up to 10 Swagbucks per day.

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  1. Searching the Web– Okay so Swagbucks in addition to all of its other features is a search engine.  It actually has significantly improved in the past few years.  The search engine now goes through Yahoo and the quality of the searching is better. On my laptop, I have Swagbucks set as my default search engine, so any time that I search it goes through Swagbucks with the chance of me earning some bonus Swagbucks.  Sometimes you’ll get little search wins worth 4 or 5 swagbucks and some times you’ll get larger ones.  Just last week I got my largest search win yet- 100 Swagbucks!  It was AWESOME!
  1. Special offers– Under the earn tab there is a special offers link. Sometimes there are random videos to watch that’ll take between 30 and 90 seconds, and sometimes there will be things where you can earn 15 sb for liking a page on Facebook. There are lots of different tabs across the special offers page. Usually the radium one and peanut labs have the best offers.

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  1. Coupons– If you like saving money (which let’s be honest, who doesn’t) you can print coupons right from the Swagbucks website! Click on the “Shopping tab” and then click “Grocery Coupons” and you’ll find the exact same coupons that you find on coupons.com are available on the Swagbucks website. If you print your coupons through Swagbucks you will earn 10 sb per coupon redeemed! It usually takes 4-6 weeks to get them, but they’ve always come through for me! (sometime I’ll even print some that I know I won’t use, and take them and leave them by the products at the grocery store.  That way others can benefit from saving money, and I get the 10 Swagbucks!  Win-win!)

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  1. Shop and Earn- Do you shop online??? If you are an online shopper try using Shop and Earn through Swagbucks! (It’s also under the shop tab on the left hand side) All you do is click on shop and earn, and click the store that you want to shop (they have tons… I mainly use Kohls, Groupon, and Home Depot). It will redirect you to the store you’ve selected and you just do your shopping like normal! Usually they’ll give you at least 2sb per dollar spent. Sometimes they will run specials where you can get 4 sb per dollar or even 8 or 10 sb per dollar!!! I’ve earned a lot this way! I always buy my Groupons through the shop and earn! They will not post immediately, usually shop and earn points will be award one month after the purchase date.  This is especially great when doing Christmas shopping!  You can shop from the comfort of your home in your PJ’s with a cup of coffee AND earn Swagbucks while doing so!

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  1. Swagbucks Goal– On the Swagbucks homepage you’ll see your daily goal meter at the top of the page. Swagbucks sets a daily earning goal for you based on how many swagbucks you normally earn.  If you hit the daily goal you generally will receive a 10% bonus back.  For example, your goal is 50 Swagbucks, your bonus is 5 Swagbucks.  When you hit the goal your bonus Swagbucks will be awarded by the 5thor 6thof the following month.  If you hit the goal 7, 14, 21, or the entire month in a row there are additional bonuses!  In the past I have hit the daily goal every day for 30 days straight and received a 300 Swagbuck bonus in addition to my daily goal bonuses!

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So there it is!  My updated Swagbucks 101.  If you haven’t signed up, do it!  Click below and you can get started with $5 for free.  Think of all of the sweet sweet $ that you can save for your Disney trip!

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You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at Swagbucks.com

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Tuesday’s Tip- Start Swagging and Save for Disney!

Okay, I’ve been mentioned Swagbucks on here before (in fact I think it’s been Tuesday’s Tip before), and I’ve shared how I personally have saved money for my Disney trip using swagbucks.com but I share again because it’s that good!

Okay stop reading right now, follow this link, and sign up for Swagbucks-

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You Can Get Free Gift Cards For Shopping, Searching and Discovering What’s Online at Swagbucks.com

Okay, now continue reading…

So as I sit here this morning I’ve already earned 34 Swagbucks… which is essentially 34 cents.  Is that a lot?  Heck no, BUT it adds up… quickly.  On average this year I’ve been earning between 40 and 120 Swagbucks per day.  With these numbers I’ve been able to cash in for $130 in gift cards so far just this year, with another 625 Swagbucks towards my next redemption.  That is $130 going straight towards spending money at Disney.

How does Swagbucks work?  You complete activities (watching videos, playing games, using coupons, doing surveys, shopping online, etc.) and you earn Swagbucks by doing them.  Swagbucks are essentially a virtual currency that you can redeem for real gift cards.

How do I personally make swagbucks work for me?  I cash my Swagbucks in for Sam’s Club Gift Cards.  With my Sam’s Club membership, this is the most effective way for me to use my Swagbucks.  I can use my swagbucks giftcards to purchase Disney gift cards… and even better, I get them at a DISCOUNT!  $150.00 in gift cards for $142.98!!! (plus $1 in shipping if I don’t want to actually go to the store.)

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So you’re wondering… how does this help me, I don’t have a Sam’s club membership.  Come back tomorrow, and I will share other ways you can use Swagbucks to go towards your Disney vacation, then comeback on Thursday for the updated Swagbucks 101 post!

So what are you waiting for?  Join today and start earning!

If you’re reading this 3/14/17- 3/17/17 be aware that there are bonus opportunities for Swagbucks this week- (normally you earn 2 Swagbucks per cycle on the apps… this week you earn 4!!)

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February 1st- Resolution Follow Up

So many of us start the year with New Years resolutions and goals.  I began my year with 6 specific goals in mind, many of them are Disney Related- Click here to read my original Resolutions post.

To stay on track, I think it’s important to do a check every so often to see where you are.  So today I want to check in and hold myself accountable to my 2017 goals.

  1. Be Healthier in 2017.  For me this was about both physical and mental fitness.  As far and physical fitness has gone, I have logged my food that I’ve eaten on “MyFitnessPal.com” for the past 31 days, and am down about 13 pounds since I weighed myself on New Year’s Eve.  I am proud of this accomplishment and plan to keep going on my path to a healthier weight.  As far as mental fitness, I’ve definitely taken some steps to improve my mental health.  I am working on being less apologetic (for things that I don’t need to apologize for), being more assertive, and have even said “no” to a few things.  These are all still works in progress, but things that I’m committed to sticking with and continuing to work on.
  2. Blog More- I slacked off A LOT towards the end of 2016 with my blogging.  In January I did 11 posts, where between August and December of 2016 I did 1 post… so I’m off to a good start!  I just need to keep my momentum up.  Talking about Disney is one of my favorite things, so I just want to keep making sure that I make the time for what I enjoy!  As part of my recommitment to my blog, I also started an Instagram account to go along with the blog! You can now follow @TheMouskaholic for photos and other fun goodies!
  3. Earn More Swagbucks for Disney Spending Money- In January I was able to cash in 7500 Swagbucks for $75 Sam’s Club Giftcards, which I will use to purchase Disney Gift cards with.  On average in 2016 I saved $48 per month with Swagbucks, so in 2017 I’m doing better than last year’s average. I’ve got a about 800 swagbucks going into February, so I’m hoping to stay above last year’s average and keep saving!  If you’re interested in learning more about how to save money for your own disney trip using swagbucks click here!
  4. Continue to have new experiences at Disney in 2017- I haven’t had my first Disney trip of the year (I say first because I’m always hopeful that they’ll be more than one lol!)  I have however booked my summer 2017 trip!  I’m super excited because not only is it going to be a nice long trip AND Mr. Mouskaholic and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary while we are there!  One aspect of our trip that we have planned is eating at all new restaurants!  Every single dining reservation that we have is at a restaurant that we’ve never eaten at!  We will be eating at the Spirit of Aloha dinner show, Storybook Princess Dining at Akershus Royal Banquest (Norway at Epcot), Bongos Cuban Cafe, Whispering Canyon Cafe, Yak and Yeti, Chef Mickeys, Cape May Cafe, Rose and Crown Dining Room.  I’m sure in addition to all of these new dining experiences I will find some more new things to experience while on our trip 🙂
  5. Book more trips for Charming Travels LLC-  In addition to having my own Disney blog, I am also an independent agent for Charming Travels LLC.  I have been with CT since January 2015.  I’ve gotten a few more bookings each year.  As I look at my stats from last year, I booked 16 Disney trips for various families in 2016.  So far for 2017 I have booked 6 trips for different families.  I would love to hit at least 20 for 2017, so I’ve gotta keep plugging away and promoting my business!  I’m not off to a bad start 🙂
  6. Run a Half Marathon-  I haven’t even started to work on this goal yet.  I live in Ohio, so I will blame the weather lol!  I have gotten 13 pounds off so that’s less to carry around when I run. This month I want to decide which half to run, and then maybe in March the weather will be better enough to start training!

So that’s my resolution update!  Here’s to keeping at it!  How are you doing on your resolutions?

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Tuesday’s Tip- How to Earn Swagbucks 101

Alright, yesterday I shared how I used swagbucks.com to save $1335.00 for our trip in July.  (https://mouskaholic.com/2015/06/15/how-i-saved-1335-on-my-disney-trip/) Today I will share tips that I’ve learned along the way for earning the swagbucks!

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Ways to earn swagbucks 101

  1. Encrave– This is the newest/easiest way that I’ve found to earn swagbucks- on the swagbucks home page there are categories along the left hand side of the page. Click on the link that says “Watch” and you should see the the world “Ncrave”. You can click on this and it will take you to an entire page of activities. The activities that have a circle and arrow will auto run, so you can just leave it running on your computer for about15-20 minutes and earn up to 2-6 swagbucks. Different offers are worth different amounts.  I run these almost all day and earn between 100-200 swagbucks a day with this and the other activities.
  1. Surveys– Under the “answer” tab on swagbucks down at the bottom are paid surveys. When first getting started using the surveys I would recommend doing the little 2-10point surveys on the right hand side. They take a while to get through, but what you’re doing is pre-qualifying yourself for the larger surveys. When you’ve gotten those done your chances of getting surveys that you’re qualified for increase. You may start some surveys and get disqualified after 5 minutes(you’ll still get 1 sb in that case), but I’ve also had plenty of surveys where I’ve gotten 50-150 swagbucks within 30 minutes. I mean if you’re bored anyway why not try it.
  1. SBTV app– If you have a smartphone you can EASILY earn 36 swagbucks a day using the SBTV app on your phone. All you have to do is install the app and let the videos play! You can earn upto 36 sb per day using the app! I only use it when I’m in wifi though because it will take a toll on your data package.
  1. Swagbucks TV– Also under the “Watch” link is SBTV. This is how I earn probably 25% of my swagbucks. I always have a tab open to do SBTV on my computer. You simply click on a playlist, and when it says “watched” you can move on to the next.  Video sets are worth 1-4 swagbucks, and will always tell you how much they’re worth.  I’ve found that some browsers and computers will allow you to watch all the videos in succession without clicking, while others are more finicky and you have to click on each video.  It’s still easy to click through and watch the swagbucks add up!  I usually do this while I’m watching tv.
  1. Games– Under the earn tab again there are games you can play. When you get a game over, be sure to click “submit score” For every 2 games you play you get 2 swagbucks, up to10 swagbucks per day.
  1. Searching the Web– Okay so swagbucks in addition to all of its other features is a search engine. It’s not the most reliable search engine in the world, but it’s efficient. I don’t generally use it for real searches when I’m looking for something, but usually 2 times a day, I will sit and search for random stuff on the web in hopes of earning swagbucks. (Once I did 3 stints of searching and got awarded, but that’s pretty rare, so I usually do it in the morning and then the evening) So I will sit and search different things until I get some SBs. Sometimes it’ll take 2 or 3 searches before hitting, sometimes it’ll take 10 plus.
  1. Special offers– Under the earn tab there is a special offers link. Sometimes there are random videos to watch that’ll take between 30 and 90 seconds, and sometimes there will be things where you can earn 15 sb for liking a page on facebook. There are lots of different tabs across the special offers page. Usually the radium one and peanut labs have the best offers.  I earned 45swagbucks this morning for downloading and opening an app on my iphone.
  1. Coupons– If you like saving money (which let’s be honest, who doesn’t) you can print coupons right from the swagbucks website! The exact same coupons that you find oncoupons.comare available on the swagbucks website. If you print your coupons through swagbucks you will earn 10 sb per coupon redeemed! It usually takes 4-6 weeks to get them, but they’ve always come through for me!
  1. Shop and Earn- Do you shop online??? If you are an online shopper try using Shop and Earn through swagbucks! All you do is click on shop and earn, and click the store that youwant to shop (they have tons… I mainly use Kohls and Groupon). It will redirect you to the store you’ve selected and you just do your shopping likenormal! Usually they’ll give you at least 2sb per dollar spent. Sometimes theywill run specials where you can get 4sb per dollar or even 8sb per dollar!!!I’ve earned a lot this way! I always buy my groupons through the shop and earn! They will not post immediately, usually shop and earn points will be award one month after the purchase date.
  1. Swagbucks Daily Meter– On the swagbucks homepage you’ll see your daily meter. Swagbucks sets a daily earning goal for you based on how many swagbucks you normally earn.  If you hit the daily goal you generally will receive a 10% bonus back.  For example, your goal is 50 swagbucks, your bonus is 5 swagbucks.  When you hit the goal your swagbucks will be awarded by the 5thor 6thof the following month.  If you hit the goal7, 14, 21, or the entire month in a row there are additional bonuses!  Last month I got 300 swagbucks for hitting the goal every day, and an additional 550 swagbucks from my daily goals.

Haven’t joined yet?  Follow this link to get yourself signed up for Swagbucks- http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/amcoope2

***  This post was updated on November 13, 2015 to reflect changes made on the swagbucks website.  My goal is to keep the information current and help you maximize your savings!! ***

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