How I spent $50 per kid this Christmas!

Monday, December 29, 2014 1:08 PM Posted by The Cookie Cutter Diva



A lot of people ask me how I have the patience for listia or swagbucks and they don't see the benefits of it! It can be very challenging since swagbucks can take awhile so it's not an immediate reward and listia it just depends on what you are looking for and what you have to offer as to what kind of credits you can get! But I wanted to blog about how I paid for Christmas this year to give a little break down of how I did things for those who keep asking for more information and how they can possibly do it!

Swagbucks

www.swagbucks.com/refer/CrazyFamilyof6


I did this once before and gave up on it because the process was slow but hearing some of my friends have it be very rewarding I decided last summer when I was off from the school I would take some time to put into it and see if I could get anything out of it. I didn't start til summer but had I started the beginning of the year and planned it out even better it would have been even more rewarding! But even just from summer time it helped quit a bit for Christmas! I will check in daily and do the daily pole, encrave, etc to get some immediate points but they are low. I try to remember to do all of my searching through their site because you can earn swagbucks for this as well. Also when I make online purchases I make them through there or sign up for offers through them when I'm planning to do something such as when we started xbox live because we didn't already have it and that helped with some swagbucks. One of the easiest ways to earn swag is by printing my coupons I already use on my grocerie trips to save from swagbucks and then I earn for each one redeemed!

I trade all of mine in for things like Walmart gift cards or amazon gift cards which I then in return use for Christmas.









Lista



https://www.listia.com/signup/6620313

I am a total barter girl so I loved when I stumbled across this online trade site where I could get things for free by trading my unwanted items! I was on cloud 9! You can either chose to have the person pay for shipping or cover shipping. You tend to get more points and it goes faster if you cover shipping. I know I favor free shipping!

However! Who has money for that all the time? So I covered shipping on low weight items or things I got a lot of credits for. But would charge a low shipping rate for others. I set a monthly budget as to what I was willing to spend. This in the long run was still way less then what I would have paid for shopping and I got rid of my unwanted crap to make room for more!



Now it was a little harder shopping for the teen of the house this year because of course his list is much pricier but I managed to even please him on a great budget this year!

Star Wars Toy Set FREE LISTIA
Skate Board Shirt FREE LISTIA
Dinosaur Molding Set FREE LISTIA
How To Train A Dragon Lego Toy FREE LISTIA
15 Dr Suess Books split between kids Roughly $2 a piece BOOK CLUB (swag bucks because I signed up through swagbucks)
Monsters Inc Dvd $1.99 DISNEY MOVIE CLUB (signed up through swagbucks, got swag)
Duck Dynasty Puzzle FREE LISTIA
Fishing Pole FREE WITH AMAZON GIFT CARDS FROM SWAGBUCKS
Tackle Box full of Fishing Supplies FREE WITH AMAZON GIFT CARDS FROM SWAGBUCKS
Duck Dynasty Xbox Game $14.99 BlACK FRIDAY AMAZON Alice and Wonderland DVD $1.99 DISNEY MOVIE CLUB
Stompeeze $5 NEW FROM GARAGE SALE SITE 2 Pamper Bags (3 nail polishes (all free with coupon), lotion and perfume $1)
Horse String Puppet FREE LISTIA
Littlest Pet Shop Set FREE LISTIA
Lego Friends Car Set FREE LISTIA
Build A Bear Kit (2 stuffed animals and stuffing etc) FREE LISTIA
Ever After Doll FREE LISTIA
Monster High Doll FREE LISTIA
Butterfly Costume CLEARANCE WALMART AFTER HALLOWEEN $.99
Horse Books $2 GARAGE SALE SITE
Tangled DVD $1.99 DISNEY MOVIE CLUB
Lalaloopsy crocheted hat FREE LISTIA
Princess Sophia Amber Toy FREE WALMART GIFT CARD FROM SWAGBUCKS
Sophia the first Royal Tea Party Figure Set FREE WALMART GIFT CARD FROM SWAGBUCKS
Peppa Pig Family FREE AMAZON GIFT CARD FROM SWAGBUCKS Princess Costume CLEARANCE WALMART AFTER HALLOWEEN $.99 Dog Clay Craft Set FREE LISTIA
Pony Set Dollar General $10
Thunder Basketball FREE WALMART GIFT CARD FROM SWAGBUCKS
Bedtime Stories DVD $1.99 DISNEY MOVIE CLUB
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Uno Game FREE LISTIA
Nerf Basketball Hoop and Ball FREE MAIL IN REBATE FROM GRANOLA BARS
Skateboard lights FREE LISTIA
Skateboard book cover FREE LISTIA
Airplane model set FREE LISTIA
Remote Control Angry Birds Balloon FREE LISTIA
Captain American DVD FREE
Ducky Dynasty Beard CLEARANCE WALMART AFTER HALLOWEEN $.99
Kindle Fire XP 6 $79 BLACK FRIDAY AMAZON
Diary of Wimpy Kid Book $8 scholastic book order
Duck Dynasty Costume Set $.99 AFTER HALLOWEEN CLEARANCE WALMART
Bag full of Princess Sophia Toys From Dollar Tree $4
So the break down of this.. even though I got free items from listia I spent some shipping right? The out of pocket I paid for shipping on the ones I charged came out to be $75 over the summer.
All Amazon and Walmart orders were free. Amazon I did a free trial of prime to try it out. Walmart has free site to store delivery on items that I want to order online which are often cheaper when you order online then in the store!
So over all I spent roughly $200 for everyone's Christmas making it $50 a kid! Not to bad considering the things I got and about half of that was on the kindle fire!

My goal this year is to start off the bat doing my swagbucks and listia religiously so I have an even BETTER turn out this coming Christmas and be able to use more towards stuff for the oldest!


I hope this helps give a little idea for everyone and help them get started and save for their family too!

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