We survived the storm relatively well. Didn't lose power and not too many branches in the yard to clean up. Mostly just a ton of leaves! EVERYWHERE! LOL. DH had a big job with the leaf blower today, but thankfully it wasn't raining anymore and even a bit sunny out.
I'm cashing in my rewards for cash and gift cards for Christmas shopping. This is what I have as of right now to put towards gift purchases - $132:
$10 Target giftcard
$25 Walmart gift card
$80 Walmart Savings Catcher gift card
$5 Amazon gift card
$12 just deposited to my PayPal account from Ibotta
There is also another $10 mail in rebate that should be here before Christmas and I will earn another $10 Target gift card with their current coupon out of spend $50 on food and get a $10 gift card, bringing my total up to $152. I also just got a $5 Starbucks gift card that I loaded to my account and can enjoy a coffee or two while I am out shopping.
I really slacked this past year in trying to earn reward points. Mostly I got tired of doing surveys and needed a break. I only earned a total of $30 this past year from Swagbucks. I didn't really do MyPoints at all. The most I earned was from the Walmart Savings Catcher program, which doesn't require any effort other than shopping there and scanning the receipt code. I actually earned about $170 from Walmart savings catcher this year, but I had cashed in $90 at the beginning of summer to buy a stone garden bench and some yard supplies.
I will definitely be working on doing Swagbucks more, as that one seems to be the one I can easily earn the most points with and I should easily be able to earn $10-$15 a month with not a lot of effort.
I also earned $305 this past year using my PayPal 1% cash back rewards card,but that just goes into my bank account every month and I don't save it for anything particular.
Christmas will be pretty low key this year. Just DH, DD, her BF, my mom and my uncle to buy for, really. DD leaves for Ireland Christmas evening and will be gone 9 or 10 days.
Mostly we just want to save as much as we can going forward toward our dream move. This is the view we are currently putting on our fav list :) on top of a hill above a little town of 2000 people
P.S. If anyone is interested in trying out Swagbucks - you can click on my referral link to the right