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Today’s thrifty living tip is to hang your laundry using a clothesline or a laundry line. I have two metal posts outside that I use for my clothesline. Inside the house, I have a thick long chain on hooks which runs the length of my wash room. I do have a long wash room.
I can use the inside line when the weather is too rainy or cold to hang laundry outside. Hanging laundry helps to save electricity or natural gas, and I also find it puts less wear on my dryer. I have had the same dryer since 1997! I do use my dryer, but I hang laundry as much as I can.
Worried about wrinkles or clothes are too stiff, then just throw them in the dryer for a few minutes to help soften them. I prefer my towels to be stiff as I find they absorb the water more after I bathe. I just love how my sheets smell in the fresh air.
Do you hang your laundry?
Is everyone ready for another edition of Monday Mailbox? The freebies were a little scarce this past week. I did get a really nice freebie from Klout! I am still expecting another nice Klout perk soon. If you are a fan of Thrifty Momma Rambling facebook fan page, you would have seen a free sample to Softlips. I did not get to it in time as their servers had crashed, and I had to bring my son to his appointment. Oh well. You win some and you lose some. I hope everyone else was able to snag a sample that tried.
Here is what came in my mailbox this past week.
- Free Shout Color Catcher Sheet Sample (one 55 cent coupon inside package)
- Free Purex Ultra Packs Sample (50 cent coupon)
- Klout Tintin DVD movie with Free Purina 20lb bag of Dog Chow dog food coupon
Not great but I received a free movie which was awesome! My son has been wanting to watch it since it came out last year. If you are wondering what Klout is and a perk, then please <a href=”https://thriftymommaramblings.com/2012/03/klout-perk-free-tintin-dvd-movie-purina-dog-chow/”>read this post </a>which will explain.
Monday April 2nd is Light it Up Blue Campaign to spread more awareness for Autism. As you know my son has Pervasive Developmental Delay which is on the Autism spectrum. Many people look at me in disbelief if I tell them he is on the spectrum. I guess they think he will show physical signs to let me know hey this kid has a disorder. Well I’m sorry to disappoint you, but many disorders do not have physical traits which clearly label a person. It is a huge pet peeve as you can imagine. I feel sometimes I do have to fight harder for him since he is mildly affected. I am so grateful it is not severe, but it does get tiring when you have to fight so hard even with the doctors and medical professionals.
I am thrilled for such wonderful organizations to help spread more awareness such as Austim Speaks. Light it up Blue was started in 2007 to help shine a light on Autism globally. Everyone can help by wearing a blue shirt tomorrow to show support. You can also talk to friends and family. Have your children wear blue to school. The teachers at my son’s school are all wearing blue tomorrow. You can also tweet, share on facebook, blog about it to help spread more awareness. You can go to Light It Up Blue to find banners and even a profile badge to change for facebook and twitter. There is also a cover page for your Facebook Timeline. If you want to learn more about Autism then go to Austim Speaks.
Will you light it up blue to help shine a light on Autism tomorrow?
*Note: I was given a product or sample because I’m a Klout influencer. I was under no obligation to receive the sample or talk about this company. I get no additional benefits for talking about the product or company.
I just received my best Klout Perk yet! I received a copy of The Adventures of Tintin DVD movie and a coupon from Purina Dog Chow® for a free 20lb bag of dog food! I am so excited to share this great perk with you guys. I have not watched the movie yet, but I have read so many great reviews. My son is really excited we received this movie as he really wanted to see it at the movies. I do not own a dog so instead I am donating the coupon to a local animal rescue group. The group is always asking for donations of food among other items they need for the animals.
Purina Dog Chow® has a current sweepstakes called The Adventurous Dog Photo Sweepstakes. Enter the sweepstakes for the chance to be one of 250 winners to win a copy of The Adventures of Tin Tin DVD movie. The Grand Prize is a trip for 4 to Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, CA and a year’s supply of Purina Dog Chow® brand dog food!
Now you are asking this is great Bonnie, but what is Klout? The short and simple answer is you get rewarded for being social on your Facebook page, Twitter, Linkedin, and other social media channels. The more you influence people on your social networks, the more Klout you will receive. Then you pick topics which are endless. I have topics such as blogging, parenting, mom, coupons, giveaways, and more.
You can give people +K (1 pt basically) and they may return the favor. The more +K you receive, then the higher your perks will rank. Each new topic you pick starts at low, and the best is called Strong for that topic. Many perks want you to have at least a medium in a certain topic to claim a perk.
If this seems confusing, then I apologize as it took me several months to figure it out. Now it seems really easy.
Have you seen The Adventures of Tintin yet?
I’m not sure what rock I had been living under, but I never heard of Earth Hour until last year during my speech class. An exchange student from China gave a wonderful speech on Earth Hour. I try to live a “greener” life by conserving more of our resources, planting more of my own food, and recycling. I plan on participating in Earth Hour by turning off my lights for one hour. It seems inconvenient in our super busy lives to not be on the computer or to watch television, but maybe Earth Hour can help us to slow down a little and spend more time together as a family.
Earth Hour originated in Sydney Australia in 2007 by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) by asking everyone to turn off their lights for one hour. The date is March 31, 2012 (Saturday night) at 8:30 PM until 9:30PM. The initiative is to help offset the climate change, but it also conserves energy. From the Earth Hour website: “It’s scheduled on the last Saturday of every March – closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it rolled out around the Earth.” Last year more than 135 countries and millions of people participated in Earth Hour.
What else can we do to help preserve our planet?
Earth Hour asks everyone to go beyond the 60 minutes of one year by doing more to help conserve and preserve our world. The things we do to conserve are usually what helps to save you money. No matter what your views are, we do need to help preserve our planet for our generation and future generations. What we do now impacts us all now and in the future.
Get involved . It is also a great way to slow down and spend time with your loved ones. There are lots of great ideas by making a nice dinner by candlelight, play games with your flashlights, go outside and pretend to camp or look at the stars, talk, tell stories, or spend time with the neighbors and play cards. The possibilities are endless, and some communities have big events for the whole town or city to participate together.
I dare you to participate in Earth Hour on March 31, 2012 from 8:30-9:30. Will you join Earth Hour?
You guys really like me! I wanted to hold a cash giveaway as a way to thank all my new and old fans for following me on both Facebook and Twitter. I now have over a 1,000 Facebook fans as well as over 1,200 Twitter fans! I’m so excited and I appreciated all of you for following me. I did promise all my readers new giveaways. I did not have time to throw together a huge event with lots of big prizes and other bloggers. I am planning a BIG birthday bash for the blog. Can you believe Thrifty Momma Ramblings is turning 4 on May 12th! Me either as it does not seem that long. I am working on putting that giveaway together where I will have big prizes and joining other wonderful blogs to help me celebrate. Do not miss out as I promise it will be a great giveaway!
My giveaway starts NOW and will end on April 9th 11PM CST! It says April 10th 12:01AM EST on Rafflecopter, but it’s basically until close to midnight on April 9th. I am advertising the 9th since you have all day that Monday. I extended since I did not want to end on Easter Sunday.
I am doing this giveaway a little differently. I did not think it was fair to exclude my fans who lived outside of the USA so I am now giving away cash. I am sure many of you still be happy with this giveaway for a chance to win cash! I know I love entering any cash giveaway, and who doesn’t need more cash these days?!!
* Note: I am open to sending you an Amazon gift card through your email if you choose. You can choose either cash sent through Paypal or an Amazon gift card sent online by email. The choice is yours, but just please let me know when I email the winners.
I am giving not one, or two, but THREE (3) prizes! You only win one prize, but now everyone has a better chance of winning one prize. I am so happy I can give away 3 prizes for a total of $50!
- The Grand Prize is $25 cash
- The Second Prize is $15 cash
- The Third and Final prize is $10 cash
Rules are super simple and on the Rafflecopter form, but this giveaway starts today and ends on April 9th 11PM CST. The three winners will be chosen randomly using Random.org and will be emailed asking which prize they want. I think most will want Paypal. Your chances of winning depend on the amount of entries received, and no purchase necessary. Only one entry per household/email and open to everyone world wide 18 and older. Good Luck! Thanks again for following me.