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DOSH App: Save Money on Your Favorites in Travel, Dining, and Shopping Every Day

You may have seen how I like to be a thrifty shopper in one of my latest articles -- all about my favorite consignment shop -- if not, read that as soon as you're through here, because I'm saving LOADS of money there too! 
Now, back to DOSH -- this app has me getting $$$ back on so many of the things I already purchase (and get deals on) -- yes, cash on top of savings. Cha-ching! It's one of those things I can "handle" on my busy mom balancing schedule. Why? Because it's a no-brainer. It takes about a minute to get the app and connect your cards. Not only do you get paid to connect cards and join, you start seeing cash coming in quickly. Even better? You don't have to wait for high cash-out minimums -- just $15 in cash-back and you can decide if you want that money or if you want to keep building it in your account, or if you want to donate to your favorite charity. So simple!


Doubling Up Savings 

If you're a points-minded person, you already use your favorite earning cards for your dining, travel, groceries, etc. Wherever you can, you're using your best points card, right? Well, imagine a world where you're using the same card, but getting a percentage of your purchase back in cash, along with the points you earn. That world is the one you will live in when you use DOSH. Again...so simple!
I like shopping local, and eating local -- DOSH will show you the participating stores, hotels, restaurants, etc. in your area when you search and you can choose where to patronize and where to save! 

Couponers, Rejoice!

Like the Sunday paper? Or Target's Cartwheel app maybe? Coupon clipper through and through? (I think that's still a thing, right? We still have paper coupons in the middle of nowhere here in the Midwest, and I still proudly hand over a fistful!) However, sometimes, not having to work for your cash back is best. DOSH doesn't need to scan any barcodes, there's no paper coupons exchanged (and bonus: no litter created or recycling needed!), no promo codes, no mail-in rebate programs. None of it. It's just there when you create an account, connect your cards, and start getting your cash back.


Check in, Cash out

Y'all know I love to travel. My suitcase is nearly always packed. If I'm not on the road, I'm planning the next trip. Check out the hotel offerings in your DOSH area -- you can change the location or use the default -- Chicago, New York, etc. The app clearly shows you what the DOSH rate is for check in and how much cash you'll get back in the transaction. So, again, the points/miles, the savings, and the cash back. You know how much better those soft, white hotel linens feel when you're getting paid a little bit of cash back to be there? Pretty good. If you don't believe me, plan a getaway for the weekend and watch the "Congrats! You've got $XYZ from a DOSH Merchant" messages stack up!
Download the app. Tell me how your savings are rolling in. All you have to lose is the money you're not getting back right now...

Disclosure: I'm a DOSH influencer. All opinions are my own. 

Every Mile Mattered ~ Nichole Nordeman

I remember being too busy to get my video clip in for Nichole Nordeman's "Slow Down" video. Then, my MUMS group played the video one day and it was so moving to hear and see all the videos of fellow writers and bloggers set to the sound. I was REALLY sad I'd missed putting my child's tender moments to music (which I know I COULD do in iMovie or something, but NEVER will!)



So, when I got the chance to preview her newest album, "Every Mile Mattered" -- I knew I loved her voice and wanted to hear more! I wasn't passing it up this time! 

I really like the tracks "Lean" and "Dear Me" but the title track "Every Mile Mattered" has hit me closest to home lately. It's absolutely telling of where I have been in my life and as with the draw of music in general, it's cathartic to hear emotions set to beautiful sound. And, since I'm no poet, hearing what I was feeling sung eloquently was even more satisfying. Nichole's voice is ethereal and really puts me in a Zen place.




For more on Nichole Nordeman:

Official website – http://nicholenordeman.com
Buy links – ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b
Spotify http://capcmg.me/emm.sp
Amazon http://nicholenordeman.com

She has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August, pre-order here:
http://slowdown-book.com .

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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary CD as a FlyBy Promotions influencer.

Should You Charge a Friend? A Question from a Cleaning Lady

I'm a stay at home mom. That means, very little "side hustle" income opportunities. So, I have a friend who needed some cleaning done. He was going to hire someone to do it, and I wanted to take a stab at it. He said he'd pay me. So, two days of scrubbing and cleaning all the bachelor evidence out of his house. Fridge. Floors. Under the beds. Floors again (like eight times.) It was a lot of work, but I felt good helping a friend. He paid me, but I charged him less than the going rate -- about $8 less per hour than I'd charge a random client.



My question to you is....DO YOU EVER ENGAGE IN MONETARY TRANSACTIONS WITH FRIENDS?? Would you charge your regular rate? Would you do it for free!? I'm curious!


I also have a secondary thought on this -- it's been my MO since I was a teen, working as a weekend housekeeping attendant at a local resort. I LOVED cleaning the cabins. It was fun to get to know the fishermen and they always left a great tip. But it was also fun to clean the cabins which were relatively bare to begin with. Fast forward to present day? I LOATHE cleaning my house. Cleaning up after three little piggies lost it's appeal almost instantly and de-cluttering is the bane of my existence. I could have really used this Ozeri INSTAVAC Earth Green Nesting Food Storage Container set while figuring out what to do with the 637 lids which fit no container in the kitchen! It's a great idea for bachelor organization OR getting my own family a little more organized in the kitchen! I'll be excited to tell you about it in my upcoming review. 

Do you have the same issue? Loving to help others clean but hating swamping out your own pigsty!?


This post was prompted by an offer to review a complimentary set on my site, but I had this legitimate dilemma just last week. So, it seemed like a fun topic for me to discuss with you guys! All opinions are my own. 

Never Go Shopping with Kids Again -- Even for Back to School!

I used to relish the idea of shopping -- trying things on, whiling away about three or four hours going from retail store to boutique and perhaps even for a pretzel or smoothie at the food court. After two kids and several hundred public tantrums, I care very little for shopping outside the home with my children in tow. Worse yet, if my husband is watching them, I always feel rushed and thus do not enjoy my time in the aisles either. However, I've found the Holy Grail of online shopping and I'm addicted. (In the best, healthiest way possible!)


Swap.com - The Largest Online Consignment and Thrift Store

I've been using Swap.com for a while now -- almost a year -- and they've been around for FIVE years--when I got the opportunity to work with them, I couldn't resist! I cannot believe I didn't know about the site sooner, which is why I'm excited to share it with all of you. It's seriously the best thing in shopping -- even better than Amazon Prime and you KNOW I love my Prime!



The End of the Mall

I have never been a complete mall rat. I grew up without a mall -- and the mall we did have was 75% Menards and the rest was Kmart, Fashion Bug and Maurices way back in the 90s. So I didn't feel a deep desire to rush over there, even when I could find a ride to go 20 miles for the trip.

I'm not a shoe addict. I don't keep up with all the latest trends and fast fashion. I did have a phase where I loved shows like America's Next Top Model -- but other than that, I'm no fashionista. However, starting in college -- I did enjoy an outing every few weeks to try things on and walk around, maybe grab a smoothie at the food court and make a few purchases. I'd not only hit my steps like a boss at the mall, I'd also find it was an enjoyable day IN when it was raining or if I had an event coming up I wanted to freshen up for.

You want to know what made this less relaxing and suddenly hellish? Bringing kids.



School Clothes for Kids, On the Cheap

I've tried garage sales. It seems in 750 open doors and driveways, I find EVERY sale with girls items. It's rare to hit "boy sales" and so after an exhaustive day of striking out (unless I wanted a 2T dress...then I was in business!) I would go home with a stray pair of jeans or a few shirts and feel like the day was mostly wasted.

Consignment stores (in my area) are hit or miss too. Some have virtually NO expectations for what people can bring to sell and it shows (and smells, at times.) It's also time-consuming digging through the racks and racks of stacked-in, packed-in clothing. Again I'd feel like only once in a while would I strike proverbial gold with a find.

There are Facebook sales groups, sure. But who wants to meet in the back alley with a stranger? Nope. Not me.

With just a few cousins, we didn't even have the hand-me-down card to play.

Still wanting to save, I FINALLY found Swap.com.



Why Swap.com ROCKS for kids school clothes shopping this back to school season:

- Shop in your yoga pants with a huge mug of coffee
- create email search alerts for your kids' size and style
- tons of sales and promo codes to save EVEN MORE money
- name brands at HUGE discounts
- New With Tags items everywhere
- returns are easy - try it on, send it back, keep it (all easier than even two minutes in a store with kids!)




You can even score backpacks, books, accessories, outerwear, and socks. There are very few limits on what you can find (we even found a few toys which were hard to find in stores because they were from an older cartoon movie!)

Swap.com ships to you and each box comes with individually wrapped goodness for the whole family. It's easy, safe, and saves time (and tons of money.) Yes, this is my new thrifting haven -- shopping at the largest consignment site on the web!

What are you looking to save on this season? Have you tried Swap.com? If you haven't, I'd love for you to try it and use this link to save 20% on your first purchase! 



Disclosure: I was commissioned by swap.com in a partnership to produce this article. All opinions are my own.