Apr 30 2008

Snowflakes for April!

April went by so quickly! It was a crazy month for us, and I’m sure we won’t soon forget it. At the beginning of the month, I set a goal for myself of finding at least $250 in “snowflakes” to put toward our emergency savings. That is, non-regular-income money that I wasn’t expecting. I guess I aimed a bit low.

Thanks to many of you using some of my referral links for things like ING Direct and Revolution Money Exchange, you’ve put me well above my goal! Thank you so much! You’ve helped me a great deal.

I do need to mention that of the Revolution Money Exchange bonuses I received, not all of it went into our emergency fund as originally planned. Instead, we used about $100 of it for gas and about $40 for a flower arrangement so we could drive to Shane’s grandmother’s funeral in Indiana. If I didn’t have the RME money, I would have tapped our emergency fund for that purpose, so I guess it’s the same difference.

Snowflakes:

$50 in ING Direct referrals (If you’d like to open an ING Direct checking or savings account with at least $250, e-mail me and I’ll send you a referral link so you get $25 and I get $10!)

$12 from Pinecone Research surveys
$9.95 Bank interest

$10 Rite Aid rebate (I had to spend $10 to get this money, but the rebate is going into savings)

$290 Revolution Money Exchange bonuses (Thanks so much! The $25 bonus period is still going on, I believe. You’ll get $25 and I’ll get $10. See my green referral box in my left sidebar if you’d still like to sign up.)

$40.25 sold an iPod to Mrs Micah

$3.50 for selling stack of magazines to Half Price Books

Total: $415.70

Gift cards:

$10 Target gift card from bank debit rewards program
$10 Target gift card from MyPoints
I don’t yet have a goal number for May, but it should be a great month! We’re expecting our stimulus check to arrive, and I think an Ebates bonus check will finally show up.


5 Responses to “Snowflakes for April!”

  1. You did great! I’m hoping to get my first ebates check in May!

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  2. Great stuff! :) Glad I could help you out with the snowflakes. I’ve really been enjoying it.

  3. Hey Kacie, great job. I look up to you so much when it comes to my financial goals! Congrats on all the extra snowflakes. I am definitely going to work on that this month.

    I have a question for you. I have seen a lot of links for RME but I was wondering if anyone is really using it that you know of. I use ebay frequently (now) and I know it is not an “accepted” form of payment. So, I was just wondering what people were using it for?

    Talk to you later!

  4. Hi Jessica– Thanks for the encouragement!

    I have used RME for one financial transaction, and that was when I sold my iPod to fellow blogger Mrs. Micah. It worked really well! We both loved that there were no fees, plus the bonuses were cool.

    In my opinion, it’s worth signing up for, simply for the bonus.

    I think it’s a great way to send money to your peers, like if you need to pay your roommate $30 to cover your share of the electric bill or whatever.

    But, I don’t know if it’s going to catch on in the mainstream. We’ll just have to wait n see, I guess.

  5. I think it may catch on. Competition is always good for the market so if they become big enough maybe Paypal will improve. :)

    Way to go on your snowflakes. I still haven’t convinced hubby on being more frugal. *sigh* But I’m working on being more frugal myself. Even with business expenses (maybe especially with those).

    I love MyPoints and ING too! :) I think our “stimulus” check will go into our ING account. At least part of it.

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