October 30, 2017


1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

A few months ago Kevin's sister saw some cheap flights to Mesa. We were so excited because having visitors is fun for us. There happened to be cheap flights to California too, so they decided to go to Los Angeles instead. We ended up getting some flights too, that weren't as cheap, but we did get them with credit card points. We bought a package deal from GetawayToday that included breakfast, parking, Disneyland tickets and the hotel for an awesome deal. The last time I was at Disneyland I was 10 or 11, so I was really excited to see it again and go for the Halloween decorations. I've never been to any of the Disney parks during a holiday, and seeing all the decor for Halloween really makes me want to go for Christmas one year.

We were really worried the park would be complete MADNESS because it was so close to Halloween, but on Friday we hit the jackpot. We bought the MaxPass and it was the best $10 we've ever spent. We walked on every single ride we wanted aside from once or twice that we waited 15 minutes. It was the BEST! 

I had been following @DisneyHungry on Instagram for a few months leading up to this trip, so I had a few treats I really wanted to try. I was able to get the Mummy Macaron from Jolly Holiday bakery in Disneyland, and a Ghirardheli Salted Carmel sundae in California Adventure. I'm pretty sure 1/2 of this trip was just eating delicious food ;). The first day we had reservations for Cafe Orleans because I heard they had the best food. I ordered the Monte Cristo sandwich and some frites with parmesan, and it was sooo good. I highly recommend both, but definitely share it with someone because it is alot of food. 

Fastpast+ Tips: The first thing I would suggest is to have your credit card already saved in your account so that as soon as you enter the park (preferably at opening) you can check out with the Fastpast+ (you can't buy the Fastpast+ until after you have entered the park). Choose the earliest time for a ride that you really want to ride because you are able to get another Fastpass as soon as the one you have becomes available or 1 hour after. As soon as the window opens for your first pass, you are eligible to select another one again. The best perk of this is even if you leave the park for a few hours you are still able to select Fastpasses for later in the evening when you return! Let me know if you have any other tips. 








October 15, 2017

My Favorite Online Shopping Secrets For Earning FREE Money

One of my favorite things is to find ways to save money on things I'm already buying. In this post I will share my top 3 favorite methods that I save/earn a little extra cash each month!

1. Ebates

I know you've probably heard someone talk about Ebates in the past, but it seriously is awesome! You can use Ebates for so many different things: car rental, hotel, makeup, clothes, tax returns, etc. The list is endless! What happens is you go to a website to make a purchase and Ebates gives you a little notification telling you what percentage of cash back you can earn, you click the "Activate" button and then you continue to checkout. At the end of the month, you get an e-mail with the amount of cash back you earned and the option to redeem for a gift card (there's a small bonus for doing this method), or getting a check/direct deposit. YThe past 2 times I have done the gift card method. One was for Ulta Beauty, and the other for Sephora. I can always find something I need in those stores ;). Every once in a while they will offer double cash back on certain websites, which usually ends up being 10-12% back! If you use this -> link <- to sign up, you will get a $10 bonus just for making your first purchase with Ebates. If you use Chrome, I highly suggest you get the Chrome extension. It will make your life so much easier. Here is the LINK for that. 

Who doesn't love getting an extra $10-15 dollars back just for doing your regular online shopping :D 

2. Retailmenot

This has been my go-to website/app for years! I can't count how many times I've used this app just as I am about to check out at a store. I've received free $10 items at Bath and Body Works, an extra 15% off at Banana Republic Factory, $5 off $15 at Ulta Beauty, and the list goes on and on. If you don't use this app, I highly suggest downloading it for your phone. The nice thing about this is I don't spend time before I go shopping looking for coupons or deals, I just go to the mall or whatever I'm doing and once I realize I'm going to buy something I check to see if that store has any deals going on. Retailmenot actually partners with a lot of stores to give deals that aren't available anywhere else. I use this for online purchases as well. They generally have online coupon codes as well as in store offers.

3. Ibotta

Ibotta is something that I have started doing recently. The thing I don't like about this as much as the previous two I mentioned, is that this one takes more time and energy. I usually look at the offers available for the store I'm going to. I use this mostly for groceries, but I have used it for World Market, and Krispy Kreme! First, I look up Albertson's (or whatever store I'm headed to) and see what things are on my list that match up in the app. Sometimes there will be offers on items that I am going to buy, but a different brand then I would normally get. The offers range from 25 cents to $1.50. I have been using this app for about 3 months now, and I've received $35 cash back. This can either be turned into a gift card, or directly into your bank account. If you want to sign up for Ibotta, you can do so by clicking on this link. This link will get you a $10 bonus! 

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