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Fourth of July $25 Amazon gift certificate givaway

Happy Fourth from MsCrookedHalo.

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays because it is exactly one week from my most important day of the year...My Birthday!!!

To celebrate July 4th this year, I am giving away a $25 Amazon eCert.

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If you are a blogger, website, or business owner and would like to get on board . . . → Read More: Fourth of July $25 Amazon gift certificate givaway

Get paid $18 by Appen to record using your smartphone

Appen is hiring U.S. born males

I have been hired as a recruiter for Appen to recruit male speakers to work on our US English Data Collection project.

The job is simply recording 1500 prompts using your smartphone.

The pay is $18.

Before being hired as a recruiter, I actually completed this assignment myself.

Once I got a basic understanding of what to do, the . . . → Read More: Get paid $18 by Appen to record using your smartphone

This week, I cut my grocery bill by 20% with coupons and apps

I am getting better and better at saving money with coupons and Android apps

One of my goals is to keep track of how much I am actually saving on my groceries using coupons and apps.

I am not the world’s best couponer but I am coming along nicely.

With my 2 boys home from college last month, a budget that was comfortable for 2 became a bit tight with their return.

It has lightened . . . → Read More: This week, I cut my grocery bill by 20% with coupons and apps

June 2016 Pushing the Envelope Linkup

Push The Envelope Blog Hop for bloggers to linkup their posts to the blog party.

Welcome to the third Pushing The Envelope Blog Hop

If you have a post that just doesn’t quite fit anywhere else, try the Pushing The Envelope Blog… Click To Tweet To be featured as a guest: Enter your . . . → Read More: June 2016 Pushing the Envelope Linkup

May 2016 Blog Income and Traffic Report

Time for another income/traffic/goal report. Has it been a month already? My, how time flies when you’re having fun!

I decided to break it down on each of my blogs so that I can keep track of how I’m improving every month. After all, numbers don’t lie, right?

How’s this blog doing? Subscribers Email Subscribers: 19 Twitter: 1818 (up from 1647) . . . → Read More: May 2016 Blog Income and Traffic Report

Don’t fall for the coca cola car wrap scam

The latest scam making the rounds is the coca cola car wrap scam.

Actually, it could be any well-known company but, at the time that she sent me the link over in Facebook Messenger, it was coca cola.

When I clicked on it while writing this post (yes, I clicked the exact same link), the scammers had changed it to Blue Oak Energy.

(Here is the link if you are interested. I am not hyperlinking it so . . . → Read More: Don’t fall for the coca cola car wrap scam

LOOK! I am a social influencer!

Hey, everybody, guess what! I am a social influencer!

Yes, that’s right, y’all.

I tweeted and Verizon responded.

I feel so…powerful….

It is a heady…if fleeting…feeling…

Ok, here’s how the whole thing started.

There I was, watching HGTV Live on my Roku and they kept playing the commercial with the annoying British guy over and over and over and over and over and over again…

And, well, it going…annoying.

I got so frustrated that I posted . . . → Read More: LOOK! I am a social influencer!

May 2016 Goals Report

Lifestyle personal, financial, and blogging goals.

Keeping myself goal oriented has become very important to me lately.

I have already wrote my blogging goal post and it went out on the 1st of the month.

If you are looking for an income report or traffic stats, you should definitely head on over there.

First, let’s go over my goals for last month and see how well I did.

Lifestyle Get More Exercise: Nope. . . . → Read More: May 2016 Goals Report

20 Years later is Welfare a bold experiment that failed?

It's been 20 years. Has welfare reform been a success or a failure?

2016 marks 20 years since Bill Clinton’s welfare reform.

1996. The year my second child was born.

It seems like just yesterday and yet 20 years have passed.

I found this wonderful video on the NY Times by Retro Report entitled Welfare and the Politics of Poverty.

In 1934, President Johnson signed into law a welfare reform to help destitute widows and children.

In 1996, Bill Clinton, co-signed the Republican belief that all poor . . . → Read More: 20 Years later is Welfare a bold experiment that failed?

May 2016 Pushing The Envelope Blog Hop

Push The Envelope Blog Hop for bloggers to linkup their posts to the blog party.

I am so excited to be doing another Pushing The Envelope Blog Hop!!.

Despite that fact that it was the middle of the month when I launched last month’s linkup, the first of its kind, the response that I got was soooo positive!

My goal is for this blog party to get so big that I will have no choice but to host it weekly rather than monthly.

. . . → Read More: May 2016 Pushing The Envelope Blog Hop