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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Shopping with The Caregiver And More Freebies

Welcome to Summer. I totally missed it ... the first day of summer that is. So here's the first summer treat. Color Me Happy ...

Do you have a Canva account? Try it out and make your own masterpieces.
Canva is FREE, my friends. With a paid subscription, however, you can rule the world ... or so they say. You can even make eBook covers and video pins for Pinterest. And a little extra freebie to make more cash is Rakuten. Buy a subscription with Canva (if that was what you were thinking), join Rakuten first, and you'll receive 40 percent cash back. Of course, Rakuten seems to have every minor and major store on track with them. Just one way you can make money with your blog is to join Rakuten and spread the word.

Well now, yes, this is my shopping-list post, sprinkled with a few new freebies. Try not to yawn, it's important. Well, that's what my mom says. So, for anyone who's interested and beware, affiliate links linger here, but that's to say I actually do shop there myself. The gathered intel will blow your mind. Seriously! 

There's also a little blurp on how to monetize your blogs with affiliate networking. And fyi, I only showcase affiliates that I believe in. Truly I do. And with California facing another lock down (that's a whole other ball of wax, or can of worms, etc.) working from home, especially using our blogs, can be quite a life saver. Bloggers unite, I say. 

Nonetheless, as a caregiver I'm looking for deals and everything else that makes life run a little smoother. You know you're a caregiver of both parents when "going out" is to pick up groceries that you've ordered online, at Walmart. Short outings makes them happy, so who am I to argue that? It helps when the drive to Walmart is a sightseer's delight: fields filled with sheep, lambs, goats, kids, bison, camels, zebras, oh my; and a monument to Baby Jesus in the midst of it all. Yes, they all get along in the same pasture.

In any case, we do Hello Fresh: Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Creamy Lemon Tomato Spaghetti; and, Gouda Vibes Burgers with Tomato Onion Jam and Potato Wedges. I have two Dutch Indo parents who are just in love with Hello Fresh. I won't update the menu, but most of it is delicious. And as usual, I'm grateful it's shipped on time, packaged in ice very nicely, and not to mention they've made a gourmet chef out of me ... Mom and Dad say so.

Just for you, caregiver or not, make life a little easier and get your meal kits delivered. I highly recommend this. Join the club, grab your own affiliate link via Skimlinks or Rakuten and start earning with your blog.

I don't know your feelings about Walmart, but for us, they're pretty much a life-line. We're trying other avenues that will deliver or do your groceries. But for now, we've grown accustomed to "What's new at Walmart? and no delivery charge is great." Doing all my shopping online keeps me sane, especially these days when social distancing is a thing. Follow the link for the Stay-At-Home 4th of July needs. There's still time.

My Recommendations (The affiliates I Actually Use):
1. Grubhub: I love tracking the little car online to see where the driver is. Oy, I need a hobby. I love the app that tells me the food has been delivered. They're allowed to ring the Ring but sometimes they don't. 

2. Rakuten: Shop, get money back. Download the app and you're ready to go. I made $32 this month. Wayfair and Walmart are my biggest deals. If I shopped at Macy's I could probably make a lot more ... but, you know ... Macy's!

3. DoorDash: Today I let Mom and Dad try a taste of Denny's. It's been years since they last had a meal from there, even though they don't remember they ever graced Denny's facilities. They both need calories, but I did the 550 calorie meals, and weird to say food from Denny's keeps their BP below 120. Weird, I know. It also seems that DoorDash, the delivery service we used this time, is a tad bit cheaper than Grubhub. I love them both. 

4. True Leaf Market: This is where I shop for seeds to grow in my garden. I'm at the learning stage. My cucumbers have taken over our raised garden in the front. And I'm pretty sure my neighbors have snipped a few off the vine. At least I hope they're my neighbors. Anyhow, we'll be looking for organic at True Leaf Market. Maybe this time next year we've learned how to grow our own food. Our cucumbers have been a great starter project for us.

5. We also love to shop for our plants, seeds, and lately, anything to upgrade our home at Lowe's. It was one of Mom and Dad's favorite places to shop. A gift card or a Lowe's credit card was a dangerous thing in their wallets. So once in a while we take a field trip to Lowe's; Dad in a wheelchair, Mom with her wheelie walker, and we all wear our spiffy masks. It's very educational by the way, and a memory jolter for Dad. 

Visit True Leaf Market

This list will grow as I find my favorite places to shop online. Hope you come shop with us. And if you're interested in making a living from your blog, try SKIMLINKS. No need to look for merchants that match your site, they're all here in one place. Try it, I know you'll like it. 

I'm not one to shop in expensive places as you can tell, therefore, my cash back with Rakuten is nowhere near if I was shopping at Macy's all the time. But so far with Rakuten I've made over $50 back just shopping at Walmart, Petco, and using Grubhub, etc. It's all money I didn't have for shopping where I usually shop.

Skimlinks, as of July 23, 2020, is at $62. I know that if I worked on it a little harder I could score much more. However, I don't like asking friends and family to click on links all the time. Therefore, I keep learning from the experts. For now I'm building relationships with my followers across all social networks, which I think is important, and I'm enjoying that.

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