OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2012

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$500 Holiday Challenge Update

I am joining Sharon at  My Year of Spending Less and Living More  as well as Penny at "The Saved Quarter" in  the $500 Christmas Challenge.  Now, if you checked out the links you will see that Penny did a remarkable job at only spending $100 dollars for Christmas.  I am more comfortable with using Sharon's benchmark of $500 for my challenge limit.


I will be incorporating money saving techniques that Penny has used such as Swagbucks, Groupon, Living Social and My Coupon.  For the month of January, using my earned Swagbucks, I  have already earned $25 in Amazon Gift Cards.   I hope to do that every month,so by the end of the year I will have  $325 dollars in Amazon Gift Cards.


Penny at The Saved Quarter has managed to put together an impressive gift giving list that is definitely worth more than $100 dollars.  She has managed to strategically use her gift cards, mystery shopping and thrifty ways to acquire great gifts for her friends and family.


By tomorrow, I will have cashed in enough Swag Bucks to reach  my monthly limit of Amazon Gift Cards.  Yep, another $25 dollars of Amazon Gift Cards towards my  $500 Holiday Challenge.  My Swag Buck Balance today is 1555.  I have got to get busy to acquire enough for next month's Amazon Gift Cards. This month I successfully completed a survey for 100 Swag bucks, so I will try that at least once a week.

I have another way to make Christmas gift giving easier too.  My Coke Rewards lets you accumulate points to use for different prizes.  You can find the codes on coke products and submit them  at the My Coke Rewards website.   I will be using the points for Magazine subscriptions to use as Christmas Gifts.  My daughter likes work out magazines and she will be getting  a"Fitness" subscription which is only 133 points.  The twelve packs of coke products "codes" are worth 10 points each, so with the help of other family members I will have this in no time.  I am also going to get a "cooking" magazine subscription for my mom.  Coke has a great selection of magazines, so check it out.  This will definitely help you  in your Christmas Shopping! 

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5 comments:

Jane said...

You gals are full of great savings ideas. Wish I could motivate myself enough to try them. I'm sure you'll meet this challenge without breaking a sweat!

Lisa @Cents To Save said...

Thanks Jane!

Niki said...

I can't wait to watch you this, I am amazed at how Penny does it.

Sharon said...

You are doing so great on this Lisa! I'm struggling with Swagbucks, but I'm not purchasing anything to get the big bucks. I was able to get birthday gifts for less than $30.00 (for three people). I'm still plugging away!! :)!

Niki said...

I can't wait to watch you this, I am amazed at how Penny does it.

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