A “solar vortex” and a short rant.

swagcodeOn Thursday, March 6, the Swagbucks rewards program is offering a “Solar Vortex” Swag Code Extravaganza – and from now until April 5 new Swagbucks members have the chance to earn a 500-point bonus.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST the site will offer a sun-and-sand-themed giveaway of games and codes totaling 36 points. I’ll post any that I find on Surviving and Thriving’s Facebook page

Those of you who haven’t joined yet should consider joining through the above link, because it gives you a shot at that bonus. If you earn 1,500 Swag Bucks between now and April 19, you’ll automatically get 500 extra SBs.

Those 1,500 points can be earned through searching, watching video, shopping, answering surveys or any way you like. And the points can be used to buy gift cards, electronics or the various other items in the Swag Store. You can even donate them to charity if you like.

To recap: Sign up before April 5 and stash those bucks. Tomorrow’s 36 extra points would be a good start – but I have to warn you that I’ll probably miss the 6 a.m. code, given that it will be 5 a.m. where I am.

A rage-y read

It’s been a couple of years since I quit a staff-writer position at Get Rich Slowly. But in honor of America Saves Week I put up a post at GRS called “Don’t have savings? Quit making excuses.”

As you can tell from the title it’s a bit of a rant. While I make it clear that I’m not taking out after those who are living hand to mouth and really can’t save, I also point out that some people surround themselves with life’s extras and then gripe about being broke.

And for extra credit: Hey, you kids, get off my lawn! But this is a subject that I feel needs regular airing. If you think you’re broke now, wait until something breaks down and you haven’t got an emergency fund to fix it. Maybe those basketball tickets or mani-pedis weren’t as essential as you think.

On a less ranty note: Over at Money Talks News I just published “28 ways to save big bucks on pet supplies.” The tips can help you keep your animal companions comfortable and happy while keeping your budget on an even keel (which should make you comfortable and happy). It’s kind of a companion piece to another recent MTN article, “There’s no such thing as a free puppy.”

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  1. I put almost $53 into savings at the end of February due to your grocery store receipt suggestion – I took all of my receipts for that month and totaled up the “You have saved $XX” amounts and then I transferred the total from checking to savings.

    I don’t think it will always be that much, because I scored a bunch of marked down meat one week (apparently it pays to go grocery shopping at 6am on a Sunday).

    Thanks for the tip!

    • Donna Freedman

      You’re so welcome. Now try what my daughter does: Any time you cash in for gift cards through rewards programs, put that money into savings as well.

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