Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I mentioned  in my previous post that I won a gift certificate from Squirrelers' Thanksgiving contest. It was for $20 at Amazon.com. I normally order from Amazon.ca but xmas was arriving quickly and I thought I'd redeem it for something for someone I love.

I had a harder time than I thought I would. Shipping from the U.S. is expensive and since I had left it so late, nothing I chose would be here in time for xmas. A couple of toys I had picked out for my son would not ship to Canada at all. I finally chose a backpack for my bro-friend but before I hit the switch I decided to check locally. I found the same pack for the same price at a shop in town and avoided shipping altogether.

Last week I decided to buy a book with it. The book cost $10 and the shipping was $11! I couldn't bear to spend more on postage than on the book itself, so I went with my original plan and offered the gift certificate to a friend in the U.S. Since I had carelessly applied it to my own account I offered to purchase what she wanted, saying she should order up to $25 so she could get free shipping.

My friend came back with a better idea: email books of my own selection to her for her Kindle. This suggestion opened up a whole new world to me. I had no idea I could download Kindle to my computer for free. I know, where have I been, right? So I sent off a couple of books to her and opened up a whole new can of worms for myself: more free books!

As well, I have enough swagbucks for at least a couple of $5 gift certificates for myself but the new problem is, what to buy? I read maybe two books a year and have a lot of catching up to do!

Seriously, Karissa

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

this must be what they call passive income

For the first time ever, and without requesting it, I received a refund cheque for interest paid on my rent deposit. I almost fell over when I opened the envelope and realized what it was. With that I am $18.16 more wealthy.

On a similar note, I checked my ING account today and found a $25 referral deposit, another first. Many thanks to the person who took my orange key from the sidebar and used it to open their own account. I hope your $25 serves you well.

Since I gave up monetizing this blog I haven't looked at all at my account settings. Last week I chose to renew my domain name and clicking around in google took me to my adsense account. I saw that I had almost $10 in my account so I decided to update my information with them. I'm waiting on a password to arrive in the mail to finish the process.

On a whim I also decided to re-visit my abandoned Swagbucks account. In the past few days I have earned over 40 Bucks just playing around on the 'net. I think I might try to save up enough to cash in for an amazon.com credit, to supplement the $20 gift certificate I received from Everyday Tips and Thoughts and the Squirrelers giveaway. Thanks to both of the blogs for a rewarding contest!

Seriously, Karissa

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Debt Free for Life - David Bach

Simply Frugal informed us today, and for today only (January 5), David Bach's Debt Free for Life is available as a free pdf download.

Seriously, Karissa