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Swagbucks!

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are my own. I received no incentives or compensation from Swagbucks or any affiliated parties.

Stay-at-home moms have a full time job. I read somewhere once that if there was a salary for stay-at-home parents that included everything they do on a daily basis–take care of the baby, keep up with the house, cook, etc– it would equal $150,000 a year.

Unfortunately stay-at-home moms don’t get paid for what we do. We don’t get time off, no vacations and no benefits, but we still do the job. And most of us smile when we do it, because we love our families and taking care of them makes us happy. Some moms even find ways to financially contribute in other ways, like I have! I want to share it with you because we all deserve to be rewarded for the important things we do for our kids.

We have a lot of nieces and nephews and a son of our own, so Christmas is a time of year that we love, but also makes our wallets cringe. So, I scoured the internet, at first looking for some work to do from home, so that I could help out with our finances. And it wasn’t long until I found Swagbucks.

The basic idea is that you earn points called “Swagbucks” (SB) which you exchange for rewards. It can be anything from Amazon gift cards to Pay Pal money (which you can then transfer directly into your bank account). The site is huge and there are a number of ways you can earn free and easy Swagbucks.

You can complete offers

Making the most amount of SB in the least amount of time is likely what would work best for a mom so that you can spend less time online and more time with your kids. The offers on Swagbucks would be a good way to go, but not all of these are free. You have to look a little bit for the offers that don’t cost any money.

You can take surveys

This is how I earn most of my SB. Now, obviously you may or may not qualify for some of the surveys. I know I rarely ever qualify, so instead of taking all of them and not qualifying for most of them, I go after the ones that take the least amount of time. The majority of the time, these are the surveys that don’t ask denominational questions and you’re more likely to complete it!

I’ve earned up to 250 SB a day doing surveys exactly like this. Go for the ones that take only 1-10 minutes, and more often than not, you’ll complete it and earn!

You can shop!

I have done this in the past, but both times I shopped with gift cards that I bought with my SB, so it didn’t cost me any of my own money.

This works the same as rebates. You shop at the places you normally would and for every dollar you spend, you get a certain amount of SB back! Typically this is just for shopping online, which is why I don’t use it very often. However, it’s still a good, easy way to earn.

You can watch videos

This is probably the easiest way to earn SB, but it does take some time. I have earned quite a few SB this way and even learned some stuff. They have all kinds of videos, from Hollyscoop to recipes to music videos.

You can print coupons

This is perhaps the easiest way to make SB and it takes the least amount of time. Here’s how it works, you go to the Discovery tab and click on coupons. Then you can scroll through all the different coupons they’re offering and print them out! You earn 10 SB for each coupon redeemed.

So you’re probably asking, “What does this have to do with free Christmas presents?”

As I mentioned before, you can exchange your SB for gift cards to different stores/online stores. I typically exchange my SB for Amazon gift cards because you can apply them to your Amazon account and keep building your, what I like to call, “Amazon wallet”. You can then use those funds to buy all your Christmas presents! I’ve only been doing it for three months and I’ve already gotten most of our Christmas presents from ordering them on Amazon and all of them were 100% free. I didn’t even have to pay shipping!

How To Make Your Own Baby Food

Baby food can get pretty expensive after a while, and while the prepackaged foods are a great way to start off your baby on solids, natural is always better. When we started feeding A.J. solids we bought the Gerber prepackaged stuff until he’d tried everything and we were sure he had no allergies. At his seven month check up, I asked his doctor if we could start feeding him homemade baby food. Always consult with your pediatrician before you give your baby homemade food. Chances are they’ll say it’s okay, but it’s always good to check first.

Making your own baby food will not only be better for your child, but it’ll also save you some money! And it’s easy as pie! Here are the veggies I put into A.J.’s homemade baby food.

1 Baked Potato

1 Sweet Potato

1 Squash

1 Bag of Baby Carrots

1 Bag of Green Beans

The first thing you want to do is peel and cut both potatoes. I usually cut slices and then cut the slice in half. You’ll need a big pot to put them in. Then slice up the squash. The slices don’t have to be any particular size, but you don’t want them to be too big because you’re going to blend everything after it’s done cooking.

The baby carrots can go in as is and for the green beans, you’ll want to cut the ends off and break them in half. Put everything into the pot and fill it with water until the veggies are submerged. You don’t have to use a whole lot of water for this, just enough to cover the vegetables.

Boil on Medium high, stirring occasionally until the veggies are tender. You should be able to cut them without much effort with your stirring spoon. Once they’re done, let them cool for a little while. The whole process should take about an hour or so, depending on how big the potato pieces are.

After the pot is cool, get out your blender and pour a little bit of the water in and then add veggies. You want the consistency to be a little thick, so make sure to use more vegetables than water. I usually do two scoops of water and two big scoops of veggies. Pour it into a Tupperware for storage or you can even use an ice tray to make portions easier! Continue until all the veggies are blended. You may have more water than veggies left in the pot. That’s okay. Just drain the water and use the last of the veggies. Also, make sure that all the veggies have been blended completely, be sure that there are no chunks of anything.

From start to finish, this takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and it makes a ton! I made some for my son just last night and we filled up four containers! Three of those went into the freezer for later use and the other is in the refrigerator for the next couple of weeks.

Paying a couple of bucks for these vegetables is so much cheaper than buying the prepackaged baby food and it’s better for your sweet baby because it’s natural. If you bought as many packed foods as this recipe makes, you would likely spend over thirty dollars, maybe more!