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Snow White, a survey site, and more

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Random randomness ahead!

I got a great deal on a princess dress.

My girls are really not into princesses and haven’t been for a while, but along with a friend, they have all decided that they are going to dress up as Disney princesses this year, even Lisey!   And I think their friend’s mom is in on this too.

Lisey found a great Belle dress for herself on Amazon, I’m still trying to find a Cinderella dress for Sonia that will fit her in-between-sizes self, and Zoe wanted to be Snow White.   We had trouble finding much of anything, until we checked eBay where lo and behold, there was a Snow-White-ish dress about to end.



It’s $28 new, I got it for $9, and luckily, it does indeed fit Zoe.   It’s a little nicer than most costumes are too (as in, it’s made with real fabric, not that weird nylon-y stuff.)

Now to find something for Miss Sonia that fits and doesn’t cost eleventy thousand dollars…

I successfully got S&Z to their ballet class.

After last week’s mishap, we made sure we were very on time this week.   😉

sonia zoe dance

Homemade whole wheat rolls are rather tasty.

I made a batch of these rolls yesterday and was reminded how delicious they are.   So good!

whole wheat rolls

I tried out Opinion Outpost.

Opinion Outpost is a survey site that pays you for completing surveys.   You can redeem for things like Amazon or Paypal, which is pretty appealing.

I used to participate with Pinecone Research back in the day, and I really liked that they paid $5 for each survey I completed.   I socked that money away in a college savings account for my kids, and the $5 checks did eventually add up pretty nicely.

opinion outpost

Surveys are not a super fast way to earn money, but if you have more time than money, and you don’t have a lot of other earning options, surveys can be appealing (I used to do them with one hand while nursing my babies!).

I probably wouldn’t spend a lot of my time doing surveys at this point in my life (they were more appealing when I had more time and less money!), but I wanted to test drive this for you guys.

As soon as I signed up, I got a good handful of survey invites.   Each has a progress bar (so nice to know where you are in the survey!), and I’d say the time estimate for them is pretty accurate.

Pinecone Research only takes applications at certain times, but you can sign up with Opinion Outpost anytime, and based on my experience, I’d guess that you will have plenty of opportunities to earn points.

Opinion Outpost is completely free to join and use, and you can quit at any time.

A Grove Collaborative deal is comin’ your way.

Next week, I’m part of a Grove campaign, so if you were thinking about signing up with them or placing an order, wait until Tuesday.   😉

grove collaborative freebies

(Grove Collaborative was formerly named Epantry.   I’m not used to it yet either!)

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Sunday 9th of October 2016

I think the Opinion Outpost site might be a scam. I accumulated enough points to get an amazon gift card and when I tried to redeem it it told me there were "irregularities" and wouldn't issue the card but I still lost all the points. After I googled a bit, it seems like this is a common occurrence. Grrrr!!!

Brook Hart

Friday 7th of October 2016

Walked by the costumes today and smiled . I have been trying to talk my daughter into being Nemo all month. She's 28 , I miss those good ole days. Wow I have turned into my mother. My son at 17 turned down a Halloween t shirt. On the other hand, I bought a 2.50 costume for my middle daughters cocker spaniel. Charlotte will be adorable. Take lot's of pictures of the beautiful princess girls.


Thursday 6th of October 2016

Do you have a Plato's closet nearby? They have teen and tween costumes this time of year usually.


Thursday 6th of October 2016

I've been doing swagbucks and got my first $25 gift card. It's slow sometimes, but I figure it's money for Christmas and it's free. Our Goodwill often has costumes, but the sizes are catch as you can. I always put costumes together out of whatever we had lying around -- we live in the country, and many times, the kids didn't even go trick-or-treating. They went sometimes with friends who lived in town, but not much. I never thought about consignment having costumes. Re the ballet class: When my kids were small, I had made an agreement with a friend that we would alternate getting our kids to ballet after school, since we both worked full time and had to leave work to take them. I forgot them one time and she forgot them one time. But at least they were in good hands at their normal afterschool program, although they missed those ballet classes.


Thursday 6th of October 2016

I recently got an email that Once Upon a Child consignment shop had a ton of Halloween costumes....if you have one nearby and want to check that out as well! I also used to do a ton of online surveys....until I had a my daughter - now, no time! lol. It really helped with gift cards, gifts for others, restaurant gift cards while traveling and extra cash.


Thursday 6th of October 2016

Ah, that's a good idea. Maybe the one near me has a Cinderella dress for a tall, skinny kiddo.

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