Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bzzz...Thomas' Bagel Thins

I have a confession to make: I am a carb-aholic. So you can imagine my excitement when I was chosen to be a part of the Thomas' Bagel Thins campaign for BzzAgent.com.

I went to the store yesterday and got them. I got the everything bagel. I didn't even wait for breakfast time, I had it with my soup for dinner last night.

Overall, it was good. It just takes a little to get used to how thin it is, not like your typical bagel. But the flavor was good, it toasted nicely. It's perfect for a sandwich.

It's nice because they are only 110 calories (by themselves, then you add the cheese, butter, etc, and it goes up - but its a good starting number).

Would I recommend them? Yes, because they have the same bagel taste we love, just not as many calories, and all the extra carbs we don't need. They are a nice change from your typical bagel. You can use them in the typical way you would a bagel, in recipes for mini pizzas, for breakfast sandwiches, as a side with a salad, etc. My kids liked them, they were the perfect size, so it helped with portion control.

My final thought, I will definitely buy them again. They have a Cinnamon raisin one i want to try, they also have whole wheat and plain.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My Publix run 1/25/11


We decided to forgo our weekly shopping this week, there was nothing that we NEEDED, so we decided to save the money.

Tuesdays are usually my busiest days, I don't get home til 5:35, and I have to be out of the house again at 7. So that doesn't leave much time to cook a home-cooked meal. So I decided to make grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner (Campbell Select Harvest was on sale this week, and I had to pick some up). This is what I ended up getting at the store:
  • 1 pack of Thomas' bagel ($3.49)
  • 2 boxes of Quaker oatmeal bars ($2.79 each - BOGO)
  • 6 cans of Campbell's Select harvest soup ($2.39 each - BOGO)
  • 1 bag NY Style Bagel Chips (2.69)
  • 1 lbs bananas
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I had a coupon for a free pack of bagels (thanx BzzAgent), 3 free coupons for the soups (courtesy of shespeaks.com), and a free coupon for the NY style chips. So my grand total was...

$3.05, and I splurged. I did not intend on buying the bananas or the granola bars, I was enticed. (my total savings was $23.82)

Not too shabby huh?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

To survey or not to survey, that is the question...

So many of my friends have asked me what I think of taking surveys as a means of extra cash.
What are the benefits? Is it really worth it?

The answer is, it honestly depends. Are you going to get stinking rich and never have to work again. No, but it's a way to earn a little extra money. I am a member of several companies. I have even been sent products to try out. Anything from food to soaps and cleaning products. It really is quite cool.

Honestly, it is what you make of it. If you only do one company and only take a survey once or twice a month, then you will not reap the benefits as quickly as if you take part in a survey every day. Some of the surveys are not as interesting as others, but in the end, you still get to express your opinion and get rewarded for it in the end.

I have been able to redeem my points for gift cards to stores I like to shop at, restaurants I like, I've gotten amazon gift cards, etc. Some companies let you cash out and deposit the monies in your PayPal account, others send you a check.

I've been doing this to a very small degree for years with MyPoints.com. But I started really getting into it in April 2010. Since that time, I've been able to get several things I normally wouldn't get (honestly because I'm too cheap). I got a small food processor, a mini muffin pan (they are super expensive at the store), shoes for myself and my daughter, and I saved up enough to get my husband the briefcase he really wanted as an anniversary gift, and I still have cash in my savings account.

In the end, it is worth if for me. My son has tried and he is not as involved in it as I am, so his rewards are fewer than mine. It is for every one to choose for themselves, as it is a bit time consuming once you get involved with more than one company.

I'll make up a list of the survey companies I take surveys with and rate them in another post.

Until then, try it out. You never know, you might find out you actually like it.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I was chosen for a Coffee Mate Cafe Party

I love being chosen to host these house parties. You always get a lot of cool things to try out. You were give a choice of 4 kits. I got the Classic Game Night Party kit.

This is what my kit includes:
  • A selection of classic games, such as a poker set and Cranium®
  • COFFEE-MATE® branded playing cards
  • Coupons for free COFFEE-MATE®
  • NESCAFÉ® TASTER'S CHOICE® samples to use at the party and to give to attendees to take home
  • Napkins and cups
  • Special snacks and other essentials that will make your party a big hit!
I can't wait. I love spending time with my friends and I love coffee. It's the best of both worlds! (The sad part is that as soon as I typed that sentence the Hannah Montana song popped in my head and I cant stop singing it. Grrrr!!!!)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Review: HTC HD7

Last week BzzAgent.com sent me the HTC HD7 (read post here). So I figured I'd try it out for a week and let you know what I thought.

Overall, the phone is fantastic. It has a lot of things I like. I love:
  • that it's a Windows phone
  • the huge screen (4.3 inches),
  • the fact that it is a touch screen,
  • T-Mobile TV is great (DD used it the other day when she was bored)
  • it's my own mp3 player (my husband can have his Ipod touch back)
  • calendar is nice
  • it's easy to keep track of my emails, texts, facebook messages, etc.
  • the camera takes decent pics
  • has a lot of cool apps to download
  • it's a fabulous gaming phone (I'm not much of video games but its cool to have access to X box games)
  • I can read and edit my Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Can listen to slacker radio, and
  • and the colors for the apps, video, pics are very high quality.
But as with everything, there are a few things I don't like.
  • It does not allow you to use your own ring tones, it comes with preloaded ones you have to use (hopefully someone will make an app for that)
  • You can edit your pics somewhat, but they don't have a crop feature, which I used to use on my other phone.
  • It's a Windows phone, it does the same things a PC does, sometimes it just freezes and you have to restart it.
  • Haven't figured out how to close apps - they just stay open, and eventually slow the phone down.
  • It's huge, compared to other phones, it takes some getting used to. Not as easy to carry in your pocket or hold up to your ear.
  • The battery life is not that great, by the time I get home from work it is just about dead. Have to get a bigger battery.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say its about a 9. It is soooooo much fun to play with, I can just be on it for hours. Sometimes I use it instead of my laptop because it is so much more convenient. Is it for everyone? No, you have to have some basic computer knowledge to use it. (One of the guys at work wants it, but it is too complicated for him, he can barely send an email from Outlook). Would I recommend it to other? Of course, it is a very nice phone with many fantastic features.

After all is said and done, I am so excited to have a smart phone again. I missed it so much. I am so thankful that BzzAgent.com chose me to be part of the best campaign they've had (in my opinion)

Monday, January 10, 2011

I went shopping today

Went to Publix today for a quick run. Special K cereal was on sale, and it is my favorite. So I got 8 boxes. I had the BOGO coupon and it was a store BOGO. So, I got 8 boxes of cereal for free, plus overage because I also used the Target coupons.
I also got 2 boxes of Keebler 100 calorie snacks, some apples, a bag of Seattle's Best organic coffee, 2 boxes of Ziploc bags, and a box of Excedrin.

I payed $5.31 for all of it. It would've been less but I splurged on the coffee.

Update: I forgot to upload my pic, but my hubby did almost the same shopping trip with a few different things (like his favorite cereal and some steak for dinner) but still the end result was the same. His purchases came up to $5.12.

All in all, we have gotten 20 boxes of Special K cereal (my favorite) for free. Not bad at all.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My HTC HD7 is here

It is finally here. I was so anxious about getting the phone. I dreamed about how wonderful it would be. I dreamed of all the fun things I could do with it. And It has exceeded what I thought of it. I love it. The screen is huge. It feels a little weird because the slider phone I had before was way smaller. But I love all the features. It is so easy to navigate and the speed is amazing.

I love the home screen, how you can customize it to fit your specific need, not just a generic template to choose from. There is still much I have to learn, I've only had it a day, but I have made everyone in my office jealous. It is more phone than I need, but I LOVE it.

To be truthful, I wanted a phone with a more comprehensive calendar, and this has exactly what I wanted. Also, the fact that I can upload my music and pics is nice. My husband can get his iPod T Touch back.

Only downside, since I've been using it so much, the battery is very low right now, but that's probably because of overuse and nothing to do with the actual quality of the battery.

This is the best BzzAgent campaign I've participated in.