Did you hear the news? The earth-shaking, world-rocking news that will change your life forever? You know…that Starbucks is changing their beloved Rewards program. And let me tell you, at first, I was extremely wary. The rewards program has been very, very good to me. Or, I have been very, very good to it. Alright, it is a mutually beneficial relationship. So, when I first heard the news I was a little beside myself, quickly looking up all I could to get the lowdown on how this would affect my life. And since I know you are worried, too; I thought I would give you the lowdown on the changes to Starbucks Rewards program.
Pennies from Heaven
Do you ever just get a hankering for something new? Something shiny? Something with lots of bells and whistles? And then you look at the price tag for that shiny, new thing and you think, “Well, that is definitely not in the budget for this month (or any month for that matter)!” I have a tendency to love the items in my home well, to work with the quirks they develop as they get older. To consider the scratches and dents they get to be signs of good use in a home with lots of small children. But every now and then, I start to think, “Man it would be nice to purchase a NEW one of those!” And most of the time the items I am hoping to purchase are just not in the budget. So, I came up with a way to save up for big purchases. And it has surprised me just how FAST I have been able to get those much wanted new items.
I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Grapes from Mexico. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
I am a grape lover! And I have a kid who is, too! It all started back the day I was born. My mom says I was so purple, I looked like a grape!
Well, now we have even more reason to be grape lovers (and in Spanish) because we are getting grapes at the peak of the season from Mexico. They make a wonderful snack for W, our household grape gobbler, because she can eat as many as she likes at under 100 calories per serving size – not to mention the great health benefits: Hello, antioxidants! We love to have them out of the fridge because they are best cold and fresh. The grapes from Mexico are packaged and shipped within 24 hours of being picked, so we get them at the perfect ripeness!
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One of my go-to shopping spots is Groopdealz. They are a curated shopping site that offers a lot of great deals each day on things I LOVE. I mostly shop their home products, but I have purchased some of their clothing and jewelry deals in the past and have loved everything I have ordered from them.
But today it got even better: Groopdealz is now Eleventh Avenue. When I got the notice saying that they had changed their name, I was so excited! For those of you who don’t know, all of our family days are on the eleventh of the month. Our anniversary is on September 11th, our first born on June 11th, and our youngest on October 11th! So, my head and my heart leans toward eleven! Now I get to shop for fun things for our home from Eleventh Avenue!
Are you throwing away more than $100 a year?
We were! There are a TON of Holiday weekend promotions out there each major (and some minor) holiday. Stores simply want you to get in the door and they will often offer great deals to do it. But some stores reward you for stopping by on a holiday weekend. We were throwing away these offers, but not anymore!
Now we get a reward each holiday weekend. If it is a federal holiday, we get at least a $20 gift card just by doing one simple thing.
We were recently blessed with the gift of 3 Day passes to Disneyland and California Adventure and were so excited to take our girls with family. We took them in March and then again at the beginning of June to celebrate family birthdays. Like I said we were blessed with these tickets (they are not cheap!). But even with free admission, a trip to Disney can be hard on the wallet. And going with little ones can make for lots of “Can I have this?” all day. But after we got home from the park, I started to realize just what our toddlers valued as mementos or souvenirs for the day. And I was surprised to find out what they love and play with are not the most expensive things. In fact some of them are FREE!