There is some astonishing news in my world; I am the featured goLancer at goLance.com! It means they picked me, a freelancer, to showcase on their site! On their blog, on their social media accounts and everywhere else my picture and profile are what people see! Isn’t that exciting? Either way, I am super happy about this honor, and I am sharing this everywhere!
The article is here. I am the newest blog post (as of this writing), and I am on the front page!
goLance.com is a job board site like no other! Everything is smooth lined, their rates are lower than most other websites, and it doesn’t cost to sign up (or apply for jobs).
A quick note, I am not being paid to brag about this site or the services available. I am just bragging about how I am the pick for the featured freelancer! Being the featured goLancer is a huge honor for me! It is getting my name out there and showing the world what I am capable of achieving!
As I wrap up and do my happy dance, I want to remind you that I am a bookkeeper and writer. I love nothing else but to help you with your books or your writing projects! If you need my services, please, reach out to me! You can get a hold of me via my email or through any site listed here.
Welcome! This is the deals for this week (until next Wednesday!) I am going to break down this list into three different sections. A Target section, a HyVee section, and a Walmart Price Matcher section. These are the three main stores I go to save money. I go to these three stores for different reasons. Target, for example, I can use a store coupon, a manufacturer coupon, and a cartwheel offer on top of sale prices per one item! (Have no clue what I am talking about? Check out here). I’ll explain the others as I go along!
Well, let’s start.
As this progresses, I won’t be as wordy but for now, I aim to educate as much as possible!
Like I had mentioned before, I like to stack as much to get the best deal. On top of just stacking coupons and cartwheel, if you have a Red Card (either debit or credit) you save 5% off your total! I don’t factor in that 5% when I do the math for my bottom line. I will post what the item is, any coupons to go with it, any cartwheel offers and if there is any special instructions (like buying a certain amount of something.) So here we go!
This gets a little complicated so I will try my best to break it down for you.
If you text SAVE to 827438, you will receive a coupon for a $25 Target gift card when you spend $100 on select baby items (diapers, training pants, baby wipes, and infant formula). Now if you have an infant, you know it will no take long to get to $100 worth of stuff. Now there isn’t anyone way of doing this but keep in mind, both with Cartwheel offers and with coupons (both store and manufacturer coupons) there is a limit of four per transaction. So I will list the coupons and Cartwheel offers for you bellow. I’ll let you decide which way you want to add to get to $100 (and on the plus side, that $100 total before CartWheel and coupons!
Okay, I always separate HyVee due to the fact that they have a wonderful Fuel saver program! On average, the prices might be a little (or a lot) more than Walmart. If you can get things on sale and on fuel saver, you are double winning! So I will list things on sale and then list if they have fuel saver (or a coupon). Here we go!
whole chicken per lb .77
Pepsi 12pk 12oz Cans 2.96 (must buy 3)
Little Sizzlers 12oz 1.00
Maxwell House Coffee or Yuban 29-31oz 5.99
Prego Pasta Sauce 13-24oz 1.79
Hunts Ketchup 24oz .99
Dannon Oikos, Light & Fit Greek Yogurt 4-5.3oz or Drink 7oz .90
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 11.7oz 1.67
Ball Park Franks – $1.99 – Coupon Save 55¢ off one
Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto salami 16oz – Buy one, get one free at $2 (makes it a dollar each!)
HyVee Pasta 10/$10 (And fuel saver 20¢)
Boneless Pork Loin butterfly or America’s cut chop – 5/$0 (and fuel saver 20¢)
Smithfield marinated pork loin filet or tenderloin – $7.99 (and fuel saver 20¢)
English Muffin Bread – $2.99 (and fuel saver 15¢)
I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter – 2/$5
Here is the price match list from a few stores in the area. As this go along, I will slowly add more stores to this list! These are actual usable price matches. I actually check and see if the prices are worth it!
Malt-o-Meal 20-27.5 – $3.50
Gain/ Tide Pods 12-16ct – $2.95
Dr. Pepper/ 7up/ Sunkist/ A&W/ Sun Drop 12pk cans – 3/$8 – $2.66
Maxwell House 30.6oz or Folgers 30.5oz – $6.75 Coupon – Save 25¢ off one (redplum 8/14)
Purina Dog Chow 4lb bag – $5
Iams dog food 3lb bag – $3.95 $1.00 OFF any one (1) bag of IAMS™ Dry Dog food (any size)
Peaches – 99¢ per pound (STOCK UP)
Red or Black Grapes – $1.29lb
beef ground chucks 80% lean 2.99/lb
Kraft natural cheese 5-8 oz. 1.39
Kraft American singles 12 oz. 1.79
Jell-o ready to eat desserts pudding 4 pk .69
Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese bar or tub 8 oz. 1.29
Maxwell House Wake Up Roast coffee 30.65 oz. 4.99 Coupon – Save 25¢ (redplum 8/14)
Hershey’s pudding 4 pk .99
Kraft string cheese or Cracker Barrel cheese sticks 7.5-12 oz. 2.29
Velveeta loaf 2 lb. 5.49
Kraft natural cheese or Cracker Barrel slices 7-8 oz. 1.39
Kraft original 100% grated parmesan cheese 8 oz. 1.99
Peaches – 99¢
Red & Black Plums – 99¢
green cabbage .49/lb
cucumbers .50 each
Once in a while, there is a sale on stuff off the beaten path. For example, Menards or Office Depot/ Office Max or others have a wonderful sale price that is too good to pass up! This week is it Menards. They are as follows.
Many writers are struggling. They are struggling with the delicate art of balancing everything with the need to write. Others are struggling with getting words on the page. There are a few writers struggling with getting feedback on some of their writings. Others are struggling with getting their writing published. I might not know everything, but I know a few things. One thing I know is that having a blog has been very helpful! So, I decided that I will share the top ten reasons why having a blog is super beneficial to anyone! (But more importantly to a writer!)
Improve your writing – This is self-explanatory, but this is one of the biggest reasons to have a blog. Writing is like a muscle that you need to work out. The only way to get better is to write. There really isn’t much else one can say about it.
Expressing yourself – Having a blog allows you to open the door and put yourself out there and allow you to express what you are thinking. No one else knows what you are thinking so it is up to you to open that door.
Strengthen your writing muscles – Similar to what I said before, writing is an art. To get great at it, one needs to practice. One also needs to step out his/her comfort zone and expand his/her tool set. It is like going to the gym and only every working on your arms and you forget about leg day! To become a great well-rounded writer, you need to try different things. Step out of your comfort zone, and you will be amazed by what you will learn.
Practice a different style – This goes hand in hand about trying something different. If you are often someone who liked to write long-winded articles about the food your cat really likes, try to write a 100-word post about you like to eat. Then try to write a top ten about what your dog really likes you. Every time you try something different, you will stretch your writing muscle and learn something new. In no time, you will master different things (and you will new strengths you didn’t know you had and learning things that don’t work so well.)
Sharing your writing with the world – This tends to be the scariest step. You have to be willing to let people into read your writing. For me, this is the scariest thing. But the only way to grow it to expose yourself to the sun. J
Building your audience – For any writer that wants to be published, building a following is now a huge part of getting a contract. Most traditional publishers do not have a HUGE marketing department. That means it falls on you to help your name out there. Already having a following is a great start. These are already people who know your writing and would love to read more. (Note: this does not happen overnight).
Getting instant feedback – Every writer I know loves to get feedback. More often than not, they really love positive feedback. But as writers, we need all kinds of feedback. (Not anything that is mean or trying to discourage the writer.) One way of growing is fixing things that are not working and improving your weaknesses.
Increasing creativity – Having a blog is a wonderful way of creating creativity. Once the ball starts to roll, coming up with things to blog about becomes simple. This is not to be confused with keeping up the blog (that is for a different day). Just brainstorming ideas for blog post tends to create even more blog post ideas! Go ahead and try it.
Connecting with others – This is the fun part of blogging. (Even though I enjoy all parts of blogging). Often times, connecting with other bloggers is the fun part. Talking to others is just fun. You can create friendships and learn new things as well. Connecting with others have so many huge benefits for just your writing and your social life! J
You can see your writing improve over time – This is really an awesome thing. You can look back at your old blog post and see how much you have grown. It’s a bit like a two-sided blade. You can see how far you have come and how you have improved: but, you will also see how unpolished and young your voice was. Just relish in seeing how much you have grown with your writing.
As you have guessed, there is always way more reason why to blog, but for me, these are the top ten reasons why I have a blog. What are you reasons to have a blog? Tell me below! J
Until next time….
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This week I interviewed a fellow, blogger! Her name is Ashlee and she can be found here. Her blog is a great place for inspiration, recipes, faith, football and book reviews! Stop by and check her out!
Who are you and where are you located?
Well, I’m Houstyn’s mommy. I’m Chris’ wife. I’m Tyrone and Sica’s daughter. But foremost, I’m Christ’s daughter. In short, I’m Ashlee Barclay! I’m currently located in West Virgina, by way of Williamsburg, Virginia. But I was born and raised in Kentucky.
What is your blog about?
My blog, “BE Humble. BE Honest. BE Blessed.” is about things that happen in my daily life and how I am able to see God show up in those instances. It is about anything having to do with my faith, my family and football (my husband is a college coach, so I try to write about my family’s experience and perspective of collegiate football – it’s a neat viewpoint). Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I began wondering who I was, and God stopped me and brought me on this journey of blogging. I am a Chrisitan, still growing in my spiritual life and this blog is basically my journey, documented along the way. I write a lot of analogies and parallels of everyday life with what the Bible tells us. Also, I like including posts about my faith (struggles & strengths) and biblical revelations. So in essence, this is not a blog simply telling others what the Bible says they should do, but I’ve designed it to where other believers, no matter where they are in their faith, can put themselves in my shoes, saying “Ooh, ooh, me too! Me too!” while reading. I also write recipes and review posts every Thursday, “Eats & Treats Thursdays.” I’m definitely not a food blogger, but food is a big part of my family’s life, so I wanted to find a way to include it on a regular basis. My blog doesn’t quite fit the devotional standard, so I would categorize it as a lifestyle blog…Christian lifestyle!
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been on my journey in writing my blog for about a month and a half. Even in its infancy stage, I feel like I have been doing this forever and love every minute of it!
What do you want people to take away from your blog?
My blog, I hope, is written in a way to help other Christians to relax in the Word, get comfortable in it and learn it, however, they feel comfortable. I want to create a space for people, men and women of all ages, to be able to come and grow with me in faith, in a no-judgement zone. I don’t feel like I have it all together or that I have “arrived,” and I am always learning about my parenting, marriage, and my faith. So, I want others to be able to see my growth and either learn from me or with me! Once again, when someone reads my posts, I want them to feel comfortable saying, “OMG, I know exactly what you mean!”
What mistakes did you make and what did you learn from them?
A big mistake that I’ve made (so far – I’m sure there will be more) is trying to do too much at once. Your blog is a reflection of you and it’s not something that can be rushed – it has to be developed. By rushing, I became overwhelmed and confused, especially with a family to take care of. You can’t sign up and work every social media outlet, have your final blog design just the way you want it, write post after post after post, have a gazillion and one people on your email list, and have your blog monetized all at once, all in the beginning. Patience is very important and I had to take a step back before I ruined my view of what I was going after – writing for me from my passion and the long-term goal of helping others. There are so many resources out there that you can overextend yourself early and get bogged down, discouraged and frustrated. Don’t compare your blog to anyone else’s…you may have sown the same seeds, but you don’t know how long their crop has been growing!
What is next for your blog?
The next thing in works for my blog is to be able to provide my readers with different monthly series – something they can follow along with and engage in – kind of like a study of sorts. I just finished my first four-post series, “Let Life Encourage You.” I would like to do more of those, with a different focus each month and/or a web-based book club…before trying my hand at writing my own E-Book. I love engaging with others!
What is your favorite recipe that you have done recently?
Ahhh, my favorite recipe has to be the carrot cake. It was already my favorite dessert, but once I made it myself, for some reason, it made it that much better!
What is one piece of advice you would give someone who is trying to create his/her master plan?
To create one’s “master plan,” I would say…to follow God’s plan! My tagline is Proverbs 16:9 – “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps,” and as a Christian, that is how it has worked best for me. Alone, I don’t think that we can “create” a successful plan. Before we ever knew what a plan was, God had one for us. I also think it’s important to be okay with being imperfect. One of my favorite authors says that we need to “let go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embrace who we are,” and I really couldn’t have worded that any better – I love that phrase just the way it is! But to add to that, in order to embrace who we really are, we have to be able to cultivate a spiritual relationship with God, in order to know and follow His will for us.
Anything else you would like to share?
Well, I’m really excited about what I’m doing (as you can see) and encourage others to not just visit my blog, but to engage with me and share their stories! I’m anxious about where this journey will take me and I appreciate the opportunity that you’ve given me to interview with you!