Saturday, September 26, 2009

SAVINGS ACCOUNT UPDATE

I have added $50.00 to my Savings Account!! I know it doesn't seem like much, but every dollar adds up!! YAY ME!! :)

MP Dunleavey is one of my favorite writers on MSN Money. Here is a little blurb from this article that she wrote, "How much you save has little to do with how much you make, a study suggests. So forget the excuses; here's a roadmap for finding money you didn't know you had."

This is the article that the above blurb comes from: money central. The title of the article is:

"The Basics: 20 ways to save on a shoestring."

In this article, she lists some terrific ideas, like:
  • Re-evaluate. Re-evaluate. Re-evaluate
  • Don't overpay your taxes
  • Seek inspiration
  • Cry poverty -- with style

Check out the above article and you'll find some great ideas on how to turn your dimes into dollars!!


**A.Marie**

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Afghan women hiding for their lives

What these women and young girls have to endure is unbelievable! I read this article early this A.M., and it has been in my thoughts ever since. I just feel the need to blog about it...in some way, it's as if I am giving them a voice.

"Shameen’s brown eyes seem lost as she thinks about the one day she wants to forget, but it is all she can think about..."

Afghan women recover from rape, abuse

afghan-web.com/woman/#General


**A.Marie**

Monday, September 21, 2009

I WON TREND MICRO INTERNET SECURITY PRO....ALSO, UGG BOOTS GIVEAWAY

Guess What?? I won a GIVEAWAY!! Woo-Hoo!! Tara, over at Tara's view of the world, emailed me and informed me that I had won the Trend Micro Internet Security Pro. Oh Wow!! I am soooo excited....I can't wait to tell hubby. I didn't think I had a chance at winning, since Tara has about a gazillion people enter her giveaways, but I entered anyway and WON!! :)

Then, I was looking around her blog some more, and found this awesome giveaway from Whooga . They give away Ugg boots every month and it is SUPER easy to enter- just head on over to THIS PAGE and follow the easy instructions.
Don't know what Ugg boots are?? Where have you been??!! (just kidding...I didn't know what they were, either, until I went over to the site).....but now that I know what they are, I WANT A PAIR!!

Don't they look comfortable!!!!
**A.Marie**

Saturday, September 19, 2009


Would you like to make your money work harder?? Open an Orange Savings Account with ING DIRECT! If you open your account with an initial deposit of at least $250, you'll get a $25 bonus to get started. After you open your account, there is also a referral program.....you will receive a $10 thank you bonus for every referral that opens an account with at least $250.00.

It is a totally win/win situation: You refer, they open with $250, they get a $25.00 bonus, and you get $10.00! What a Deal!!

Info on the The Orange Savings Account:

  • Great rate - no minimum balance required. Everyone earns the same high yield.

  • No fees - your money goes to work for you.

  • No changing banks - the Orange Savings Account is linked to your checking account.

  • 24-hour access to your account - you're always ready for opportunities.

  • FDIC-insured - your money is safe and secure.


Rules of the game: Bonuses are only paid for accounts that are opened with an initial deposit of at least $250. Initial deposit does not include bonus. The $25 bonus is available only for new accounts with a new Customer as primary owner. Only one bonus will be provided per household. Bonus starts earning interest upon account opening, but is unavailable for withdrawal for 30 days. Valid through 10/19/2009.

To Open an Account Click Here: Ing Direct

**If you'd like me to send you a referral e-mail, you may contact me at the e-mail address on my profile page.**

Thursday, September 17, 2009

*UPDATE* GIVEAWAY ENDS TODAY AT 11:59 AM* Dave Ramsey $999 Daily Giveaway AND $9.99 Book/CD Sale



Dave Ramsey is such an inspiration to me! I really love his books, and wanted to let everyone know that from now through TODAY, 9-18, Dave is giving away (1) One $999 Emergency Fund! You only have UNTIL 11:59AM TODAY to enter, so run over there quick and enter!!! What I wouldn't GIVE to win this. That would be so awesome!!


**A.Marie**

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

SENIOR YEAR MONEY SHOCK


If you have a Senior in High School (Hi Lin!) your teen has probably already had a "Senior Meeting" at school where a rep comes in and hands out brochures showing all of the wonderful items that they need, in order to have that truly magnificent Senior Year (my words!). Included in this "awesome" brochure are bling tassels (bling! on a tassel?!), various t-shirts and sweatpants that have the "2010" printed on them, tankards (TANKARDS?? ookaaaay....weird...), and other various assorted nonsense, in my humble opinion. It's like I told my daughter....this country is in the middle of a Recession/Depression, and I'm supposed to fork over hundreds of dollars for this stuff? NOT!

So, I did what any frugal-minded, internet-loving person would do....teen daughter and I went online and created our own announcements! Seriously! I know that the announcements won't look like the ones in the brochure, but we don't care. We had so much fun creating these, and it was one of those memory-making moments. :)

Here is the preview of our efforts:


We "splurged" and got folded cards instead of the flat invitations, "jazzed" it up with a neat background, had all of the necessary info printed on the inside, ordered the matching envelopes with our return address printed on them, and the final total was around $25.00! WOO-HOO!! I was doing the happy dance! Am still doing the happy dance!!

After we placed the order, I turned to my teen and said, "Drats! We forgot to order the matching thank you notes!" Oh, well, can't think of everything.....LOL!! :)

Is anyone else feeling the "Senior-itis Pinch?" If so, how are you coping with it?? I love to hear what YOU have to say!

Monday, September 14, 2009

How to Increase Personal Savings

I told hubby this weekend that we have got to get creative and figure out ways to save money towards our emergency fund. I have decided to cut back on the daily newpaper to just once per week (Sunday Onlyl...I have just GOT to have my coupons! lol), am looking into only getting the basics with DISH network (would love to get rid of it altogether, but hubby is a HUGE sports fan), have already trimmed $30.00 from the phone bill by signing up for a different package, trimmed the cell phone bill, but am still going through the budget, line by line, to see what other "pork fat" I can trim from it.

That got me thinking, but I can't dwell on it too much, that this is exactly what our Elected Officials need to do....trim some PORK FAT from the fatty mess that they call a budget! BLEAH! We frugal women could teach those people a thing or three! :)

Anyway, enough about that....I am on a mission here, and I won't stop until I figure out how to stock more $$ away in my meagre little savings account.

What are the little ways that you are saving that are adding up to some big bucks? I'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

HELP!!! **SEE UPDATE...IT'S ALL FIXED**

**UPDATE**

It's all fixed now, thanks to Maygan over at maybefrugal. Oh my goodness...she is AMAZING!! I now have a blog AND a blog header that look so nice!! Big Thanks to all of you for your supportive comments...it meant alot!! I'll be sending Maygan her PopTarts coupon as soon as I have her address....what a fun adventure (although complicated and confusing) this has been!!

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UGH!!! HELP!!! I AM SERIOUSLY STUCK!! See my header?? See the post that shows a very small header with "My Money Mission" on it?? That is what I want it to say on my header (the existing header is from the The Cutest Blog On The Block). I am trying and trying to work with this in Photobucket, but I cannot get it to be BIG! AND to say what I want it to say!! Can anyone help me????


I POSTED THIS ON MY OTHER BLOG (http://mymoneymissiononline.blogspot.com) BUT I'LL ALSO POST IT HERE;


  • I AM OFFERING A COUPON FOR A FREE BOX OF KELLOGG'S BLUEBERRY MUFFIN POPTARTS TO THE FIRST PERSON WHOSE SUGGESTION(S) ACTUALLY GET MY HEADER TO LOOK RIGHT!

PLEASE HELP!! :)

A.Marie

aka The Desperate-ly wanting a new header Blogger! lol

Photobucket

TESTING TESTING....

This is just the test blog....what do you think?