Today’s thrifty tip is to clean a microwave using vinegar. I pour half water and vinegar in a bowl which I then put inside the microwave. Turn it on long enough to bring to a boil. I usually do 2-3 minutes. It depends on how high and your microwave. The steam loosens food particles and deordorizes. This will be hot so be careful and just wipe clean. I do use the same mixture in the bowl. Then I pour the rest down the drain with the baking soda method I posted before.
Identity theft is a serious crime that affects millions of people. Just last year hackers were able to obtain over 45 million credit and debit card numbers. The Department of Justice finally nabbed most of the criminals involved, but you have to protect yourself from potential thieves. I don’t even worry about being mugged in a dark alley, but having my information stolen from an online hacker is a very real threat.
The good news is there are ways you can protect yourself. I check my credit report at least once a year to make sure nothing suspicious is on it. When I shop online, I always check to make sure the page is secure. I also don’t have my Social Security Number published on my Driver’s License.
Another great way to protect yourself is to get life lock. This is a great service that will guarantee their service to keep your protected up to a million dollars. They have been featured on shows like the Today Show and are members of the Better Business Bureau. They also will reduce the amount of junk mail and credit offers you receive. If you lose your wallet then they will help you by sending you to a certified Recovery Specialist. Your children can also get protection from identity theft. You have insurance for cars and houses, but no one thinks about their identity. This is one insurance you can’t afford not to have.
My baby went to back to school yesterday. It is his first day back, and I can’t believe how fast he is growing. I admit I do miss him not being here with me all day. He was very excited to go back to school and see all his friends. He’s excited now but we’ll see how he feels in May. Here is a picture of my little man back for his first day of school.
I’m sorry this is going up so late tonight. It’s been a hectic day. As promised here is the post that has all the details regarding the drawing. Drumroll…….
This drawing lasts for the rest of the month of August. It ends at 12AM CST on Labor Day, September 1st 2008. The drawing will be held the following day on Tuesday. All winners will be notified through email so please give me one that won’t go to your spam folder. I will also post the first names here on the blog!
Top Prize is a $50 Gas Card to the following gas stations: Texaco, Shell, Exxon, or Chevron
2nd Prize is a $25 Tupperware GC to my site
3rd Prize is a Bowl Set retailing for $10-15
Finally here are the ways to earn entries:
1 Entry- For every $25 you spend. Spend $100+ and I’ll give you an extra entry. Instead of 4 then you would get 5 for $100+ order.
1 Entry- Open an Online Gift Registry. If someone buys you an item from your registry, then I’ll give you 1 more entry. We have Wedding, Baby, and more.
1 Entry- Open an Online Party. You can invite anyone in the 48 US States by email. For every order you receive, then I’ll give you 1 more entry.
2 Entries- For each person that opens an online party of their own from yours. They must mention your name, and you must have an active online party to get the entries.
5 Entries- For signing up as a Tupperware Consultant. Email me at the top if interested that says under Contact Me. We have a new consultant bonus when joining.
1 Entry- Write a 50 word post on your blog about my Tupperware Drawing. You can copy/paste the prizes and please link to the this url= http://www.thriftymommaramblings.com/2008/08/enter-great-tupperware-drawing/
Just leave a comment or email me with a link to the post on your blog.
So now you are wondering how do I get to your Tupperware site? You can click on my Tupperware Banner to the right side. I also have a banner and link below. Good luck! My tupperware site url is: http://my.tupperware.com/BCLAUSE so if you see that name, then you are on my site when shopping.
Direct Link to My Tupperware Site
I know I’ve posted before about how I give away some of the great deals I find to charity. But I came across a great blog called Coupon Cravings. She had this great giveaway about how much could you buy at CVS for just $5 for charity. I wanted to post about it earlier, but I was kinda busy so it ended before I could.
I think this is an awesome idea so it inspired me today. I already had plans to get the Pert Plus shampoo and Sure deodorant that is B1G1F this week. I bought 18 bottles of Pert Plus and 6 Sure and my grand total was a -.63! I had to buy a candy to get my total over 0, and it was a whopping 20 cents! I have NEVER done that well before. I normally have a $1 or right around a dollar total or higher. I was psyched! I promise I didn’t clear the shelves and left plenty for other shoppers so please no nasty comments. This was $85 worth of items before sale prices for FREE! I didn’t post this to brag, but to show that a lot of good can be done getting these great deals. If I gave the shelter $20 then that money wouldn’t go very far. Instead I can take that same $20 and buy $100 or more of items to give to them.
Today’s thrifty tip is if you get sugar ants then spray a mixture of vinegar and water. You mix half vinegar and half water in a spray bottle and shake. Then just clean the surface as you normally would and just spray the infested area. Don’t wipe it but let it dry on it’s own. It takes a day or two but it works for me.
I’m a little later than promised but the drawing will run the whole month of August and last day will be Labor Day. Then the drawing will be held the next day on Tuesday September 2nd.
I changed the top prize to a $50 Gas Card! The 2nd prize will be a $25 Tupperware GC to my store, and 3rd prize will be a bowl set retailing for $10-15. So 3 people will win, and all the details will be given tomorrow on how to earn entries into the drawing. I hope everyone is as excited as I am! I changed the top prize since the gas prices are so expensive. The winner will be able to choose from a Chevron, Exxon, Texaco, or Shell card.