Giveaway: THE FINEST HOURS Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway (Ends 6/7)



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THE FINEST HOURS (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment) is available on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack + Digital HD as of Tuesday, May 24th! Enter below for a chance to win a Blu-Ray Combo pack!

Rating: PG-13

Run Time: 117 Minutes

Synopsis:

This heroic action-thriller is based on the extraordinary true story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In 1952, a massive winter storm strikes off the coast of Cape Cod, ripping a T-2 oil tanker in half and trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly sinking stern. When word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard, four men led by Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) set out in a 12-seat boat on a daring mission to rescue the stranded men, braving freezing cold, 60-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, and guided by Webber’s vow that “We all live, or we all die.” Packed with thrilling, larger-than-life action and anchored in a belief in the strength of the human spirit, The Finest Hours is a triumph.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win THE FINEST HOURS Blu-Ray Combo Pack. Two readers will win. Giveaway ends 6/7.

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Shop, Earn, and Save with Qmee – Check Out My Earnings!



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Qmee. All opinions are my own.

How would you like to earn and save extra cash for the summer?

If you are interested in earning extra cash and getting great deals when you shop online, Qmee.com is for YOU! When you search online like you normally do, you can get a cash reward for your searches! It’s as simple as that! You can use your earnings for whatever you choose. Maybe you want to save up for a specialty coffee at your favorite coffee shop or for a lunch at your favorite restaurant. You can also cash out on gift cards or choose your favorite charity to donate your earnings to!

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There’s no limit on what you can earn and save every day with Qmee. Complete online searches like you normally do and start earning now!

I tried it out for myself. I recently searched for maternity clothing for summer. I’m 7 months pregnant and I need some new tops for the summertime. After I searched “maternity clothing for summer,” the Qmee side bar popped up on the left side of my screen. I saw an ad for Kohl’s that I was interested in since Kohl’s is a place I shop at often. By clicking this ad, I would earn $0.08. I clicked it and earned $0.08 easily. Then I browsed around the Kohl’s website to see what kind of maternity tops they had available.

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The $0.08 went straight to my piggy bank.

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I also completed a “summer activities for kids” search that took me to the Lego Shop for $0.07. My piggy bank balance jumped to $0.15.

I wanted to test out the cash out process, so I decided to send my earnings to my PayPal account. My earnings went straight into my PayPal account! You can cash out at any time with Qmee.com. Cashing out at any time is one of my favorite features about Qmee.

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While I’m still very new to Qmee, I can already say that I’m a huge fan. Anytime I can earn extra cash to spend or save, I’m interested. I think you will like Qmee as well once you get started!

How Qmee works:

1. Search online – Search online as usual with Google, Amazon, EBay, Yahoo or Bing. You don’t need to do anything different. Qmee results appear alongside your search. If you are interested in the result, click on it and collect your reward. Qmee only shows results that are relevant. Each Qmee result shows the amount you’ll receive if you click on it, or the savings you’ll earn, or a coupon that is relevant to what you searching and shopping for. Qmee only shows relevant results so it won’t appear all the time.

2. Earn rewards – Check your balance on your Qmee dashboard. It’s up to you when you empty your piggy bank.

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3. Cash out – Direct transfer to your PayPal account or choose gift cards. You can also donate your earnings to charity.

Qmee is EASY to use, FUN, and FREE! Get started now!

Sign Up for Qmee.com

Check out the Qmee Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Ways to Earn Extra Cash and Rewards this Summer



Ways to Earn Extra Cash and Rewards this Summer

Summer is here! If you are in need of making extra cash and rewards, check out this list below! Companies and brands need feedback from YOU and by completing surveys or even doing simple tasks such as shopping online, you can start working towards earning real cash and rewards. Every bit adds up! Browse through the list below and choose the ones that are right for you to start earning today!

Toluna – Get rewarded for surveys & polls. Sign up to test and review products for FREE!

Pinecone Research – You will earn points for each completed product survey, which can be exchanged for cash and other rewards. PLUS you will be automatically entered into a bi-weekly Sweepstakes to win additional cash prizes for your time. Each interview usually takes 15-20 minutes of your time. Ranked #1 on Survey Police

Global Test Market – Earn rewards like Amazon, PayPal, Macy’s, Kohl’s

Vindale Research – Get paid to review products. Join the finest minds in consumer research and change the world one product at a time. Share your unique opinion and get paid for it! Participation required. Earn $5-$75 Per Survey!

MindsPay – Evaluate products and services of your interest and give us your feedback.You get compensated! Watch your account balance grow, then you can request a payout!

Inbox Dollars – Pays members to read emails, take surveys online, play games, and go shopping! New members also receive $5 just for joining.

Swagbucks – Earn 1,000s of free prizes, for doing the things you do every day – like PayPal and Amazon gift cards, toys, clothes, collectibles, games, electronics and more.

ShopAtHome – Get cash back for shopping. Find over 100,000 grocery and restaurant coupons, printable coupons, coupon codes, cash back and hot deals.

Ibotta – Find great rebates, shop & redeem, get cash back!

Opinion Outpost (US) – Rewards include get cash, Amazon gift cards, game points, donations to your favorite charities, and more. Everyone is also automatically entered to a $10,000 sweepstakes by joining and taking surveys. The minimum cash out for Paypal is $10 and only $5 for Amazon gift cards.

Opinion Outpost (Mobile) – Rewards include get cash, Amazon gift cards, game points, donations to your favorite charities, and more. Everyone is also automatically entered to a $10,000 sweepstakes by joining and taking surveys. The minimum cash out for Paypal is $10 and only $5 for Amazon gift cards.

Valued Opinions – Don’t give your opinions away get paid for them.

e-Poll – Be entered into the $1000 Monthly draw and take surveys to earn rewards.

VIP Voice – Confirmed panelists will be entered into a sweepstakes upon joining and will have additional chances to win cash and other great prizes, with each survey taken.

Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel – Earn valuable points, which are redeemable for electronics, household items, jewelry, toy, gift cards, and more.

Canada:

Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel (Canada) – Points are redeemable toward great thank you gifts offered in our catalog.

Opinion Outpost (Canada) – Rewards include get cash, Amazon gift cards, game points, donations to your favorite charities, and more. Everyone is also automatically entered to a $10,000 sweepstakes by joining and taking surveys. The minimum cash out for Paypal is $10 and only $5 for Amazon gift cards.

Pennzoil Platinum Products on Rollback at Walmart.com!



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In today’s busy world, there is little time to make a trip to the store. Why fight the crowds?

Save time and money by fulfilling your DIY oil needs on Walmart.com. Their amazing selection of items, including exclusive specialty automotive items, can be found just a click away.

On Walmart.com you can find many Pennzoil Platinum products currently on rollback (for a limited time), including Pennzoil Full Synthetic and Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage. Based on your car’s needs and the number of miles, one of these two oils is right for you.

  • Platinum Synthetic: With Pennzoil’s PurePlus™ Technology, the Platinum® motor oil is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard. (Use if < than 75,000 miles)
  • High Mileage: Perfect for the vehicle with over 75,000 miles as it helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in a well-used car.

Save yourself a trip to the store and get your oil on rollback at Walmart.com today!

What My Mom Taught Me About Money



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I’m the youngest of four children. Growing up, I don’t remember having a lot of excess stuff or the material things I always wanted, but I knew I had everything I always needed. My mom and dad worked very hard to raise us and we didn’t always have extra money laying around to throw towards unnecessary expenses. We did have a house to live in, clean clothes on our backs, hot home cooked meals, clean water, and lots of love.

If I remember learning anything during my childhood about finances, it was from my parents. My mom was very frugal and thrifty. We didn’t shop much, but when we did, we shopped second hand stores, at affordable retailers around town, and used coupons often. As a child, it was hard to be told “no” when I asked for something at a hefty price while out shopping. Now that I have my own children, I find myself following in my mother’s footsteps. I love to shop at thrift stores, pay low prices for quality items, use coupons, and I even have to tell my children “no” often when they ask for something that we either don’t need or if it costs too much.

As a mother now, I hope that I can set an example for my children while they are young. I’d love for them to understand the value of a dollar and how they need to earn money for items they really need or want, while also saving for their future. I’m thankful that I was raised to understand that money doesn’t come from trees and that I must work for the money that I need to pay bills, eat, etc.

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I’m very thankful for the financial future that my parents set me up for as a child. Without them, who knows what my financial life would look like!

Did you learn any helpful tips from your mom about finances?

*The picture above is a Mother’s Day gift I received this year from my seven year old daughter!

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.

The onUp movement was created to guide millions of people one step at a time towards a more financially confident life without ever losing sight of the moments that matter along the way.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

Create an Amazon Wedding Registry For Special Benefits!



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Are you getting married soon? Create an Amazon Wedding Registry!

This registry offers special benefits for brides and grooms to be:

  • 10% Gift – Receive a wedding gift after your event date. Get 10% off most products on Amazon for a savings up to $100.
  • World’s Largest Selection – Register for all the items you both want.
  • It’s universal – keep track of what you want from anywhere. Add from other websites to your Wedding Registry with the universal button!

Try it out! Start your wedding registry now! Share this with a family member or friend if they are getting married soon!

How to Start a Blog (and Monetize it, Too!)



How to Start a Blog and Monetize it, Too!

I love to save money and I wanted to share my passion for saving money with others online and from the comfort of my own home. My blog, The Frugal Free Gal, started as a hobby in 2009. I was a stay at home mom and found blogging to be a great way to spend my time when my baby was napping. A few months into blogging, I was networking with other bloggers when I discovered a secret! Many of these blogs that I had grown to love were making money from their websites. I wanted to do this, too. Why not? It would be a great way to earn extra income while staying at home with my daughter. I continue to work from home and find new ways every year to improve or monetize my website. I even turned what I do into a business, BSC Media, LLC. BSC = my initials!

During this blogging journey, I’ve had several friends ask about starting a website of their own. The biggest questions were, “How do I start a blog,” and “How do I make money from a blog?” After years and years of doing this, I felt that it was time to write a post about it and share it with everyone. This post is way overdue, but very important to share. My goal is to help others learn how to start their own websites and monetize them, too. Now, here’s something important. This is not a “get rich quick” kind of thing. It took me a few years and HOURS of time building my websites before I started noticing a nice profit. To this day, I still spend a lot of time learning and studying ways to improve my business.

How to Start a Blog (and Monetize it, too!) 

1. Find a topic you are passionate about.

To start a website, you’ll want to choose a topic that you are passionate about. What is something you love? What topics do you absolutely love sharing with others? Do you have parenting tips? Start a parenting/mom website. Do you love to cook and share recipes? Consider starting a food blog. Love to save money like me? Maybe a blog about saving money or finances is right for you. There are so many options out there. Whatever niche you choose, choose something that you will have fun writing about. You don’t want to start a website and dread writing on it everyday because the niche you chose does not interest you very much. My three different websites are about saving money, tips for busy moms, and giveaways.

2. Pick out a blog name.

Once you have your topic of interest, you’ll need to brainstorm names for your website. For this website, I chose “The Frugal Free Gal” because I’m frugal, and I love free stuff! I’m also a gal, so it just worked. I thought the gal at the end of frugal and the Gal at the end of the name was catchy. For my mom website, I chose Mom. Wife. Busy Life. because I’m a mom and wife, and a pretty busy mom and wife, too! Choosing a name for my giveaway website was difficult because most of the names I wanted were already chosen! It took me a while to find something that worked, so Giveaway Fairy it was.

3. Sign up for hosting and choose a domain.

Hosting is like rent. You are paying for your site to have a home online. I recommend signing up for BlueHost for your hosting services if you are looking for an affordable hosting service. Below you’ll see how you can set up your hosting and domain services.

Bluehost offers very affordable plans starting at only $3.95/month*.

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Choose the plan that’s right for you, Choose the basic, plus, or pro plan.

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Choose a domain that’s available or transfer an existing domain. It’s always a good idea to purchase the domain privacy.

3-Domain Registration

Fill in your account information.

4-Contact Info

Fill in your package information.

5-Choose Plan

Fill in your billing information and click next.

6-Billing Info

Install WordPress.

7-cPanel

8-WordPress

Select the domain you would like to install to.

9-Install WP

Complete the install process.

10-WP Login

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Note: Some of this information may be way over your head and you may be feeling overwhelmed. If you do not feel comfortable setting up your own website, you can always hire this work out to a family member, friend, or other tech guy/gal that knows what he/she is doing. Don’t feel bad about it — I hired help because I’m not good with all of this back-end stuff! I always recommend having 1-2 good referral names on hand in case you need tech support with your website! They come in handy when your site is broken or when things need to be fixed and you are aren’t sure how to fix the issues yourself. 

5. Find a good designer. 

You’ll want your website to stand out from the rest and be visually appealing. Hire a good designer that can help you customize your website the way you want it – from color choice, to logos, to fancy buttons, etc. You name it, your designer should be able to help you create a beautiful website. Laura at Pixel Me Designs designed all of my websites:

The Frugal Free Gal
Mom. Wife. Busy Life.
Giveaway Fairy
BSC Media, LLC

Optional: There are many themes to choose from when working with WordPress. Check out these StudioPress Themes for WordPress.

6. Start writing great content.

Once your website is all set up and ready to go with a great design, you’ll want to start creating great content. Write content that stands out from the rest. Try to remember that adding value is key. Create evergreen content that never goes out of style and can be recycled years from now.

7. Connect your websites to social media and build readership. 

Now that you have an amazing website that you want to share to the world, you’ll want to make sure you create social media networks that connect with your website. My favorites are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+. Share your content on your social media outlets and tell all of your family and friends about your new website!

8. Monetize your website.

Now that you have your website ready to go and you are creating content, you can start to monetize your website. You can monetize your website with ads, affiliate links, sponsored posts, and more. Below are the main ways I monetize my website. To get started on monetizing your websites, check out the links below to find the affiliate networks that are right for you. There’s several to choose from, so I listed mine in order based on what I earn in each category as well as my favorites to use.

Affiliate Marketing:

Ad Placement:

Sponsored Posts:

Blog Services:

Individual Affiliate and Referral Programs:

There you have it! You have all of the best tips and tools to starting your own blog and monetizing it, too!

Do you plan to start a new blog any time soon?