Sunday, March 29, 2015

How to Make Money on Your iPhone! + Newsletter Announcement

Todays' post is about how to make & save money on your iPhone. A lot of rewards apps are either too time consuming, take too many points to get anything or are hard to use, so I put together a list of the apps I use to save and make money. I have gotten a good amount of gift cards from these apps, so if you need some extra spending money this is an easy way to get it. I have 2 apps to make money and 2 to save money. Plus, at the end of the post I will tell you about the monthly newsletter. Let's get right into it!

1) iBotta 

iBotta is a rebate app, when you buy an item that has a rebate you scan the item, then scan the receipt. Once you reach $10 you can get either the money right into your paypal account or as a gift card to places like Amazon, Express, Starbucks, etc. You can also get $2 for every friend that signs up. Some examples of rebates: 25¢ back on bread, $5 when you spend $25 on Express, $1 back on Naked drinks.

2) Shopkicks 

With Shopkicks you don't have to buy anything to get points. You can get 30-150 points for walking into a store & 10-100 for scanning items. Then you can redeem your points for gift cards it takes 1250 points to get a $5 gift card & 2500 points to get $10, etc. If you use the app often the points rack up pretty quick. If you get the app through this link I will get matched 50% of the points you earn in the first two week. You can refer your friends too to get more points. 

3) Cartwheel 

Cartwheel will save you money, it has discounts for target like 5-50% off certain items in the store.  All you do is add the discounts you want to use and it gives you a bar code for the cashier to scan. That's it.


WellSpent is a bit different than the others, it's a budget app. I find that if my money is budgeted I won't spend extra on something. It's nicely set up, colorful, easy to use, and the best part is it's free.

I'm excited about this—I'm starting a monthly newsletter. You'll get an email at the end of every month with all the months posts, updates, and a quote. If your on the computer there's a sign up box in the sidebar, if you're on your phone switch to the web version, then sign up in the sidebar. If you have any questions about it feel free to comment or email me. 

Don't forget to comment & sign up for the newsletter. Have a great week! :)
- Serena 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Where to Buy Your Prom Dress: 2015 Edition

Hey! Today I've got some gorgeous prom dresses to show you. While you could spend hundreds of dollars on a dress, for most people that's just too expensive—down below I have some amazing dresses that are under $200. I've got a few for every budget, prom season is also the perfect time to buy sweet 16 or Quince dresses because everything is on sale. I will start with the most expensive (around $200) and end with the cheapest (around $40). Here is your go to prom look book! 

$100 - $200:

Embellished Ball Gown (Juniors) from - $168.00 This looks like a modern Cinderella dress, it's one of my favorites.

B Darlin Juniors' Pleated High-Low Dress in Dark Coral from Macy's - $139 I think this is my favorite dress in the post, I love the color, high low design, and the cutout in the back. 

Xscape Embellished Cutout Halter Gown in Black from Macys - $125 This one you could wear with black or gold heels.

'Selena' Embellished One Shoulder Ball Gown (Juniors) from - $119. This is a very elegant dress and I love that the back has a cut out design. 

$60 - $99:

Trixxi Juniors' Rhinestone-Trim Gown in Coral from Macys - $99.99 

Embellished One-Shoulder Fit and Flare Dress (Juniors) from Nordstrom - $92.00

B Darlin Juniors' Embellished Illusion Dress in Light Blue from Macys - $89.99 
I love the rhinestone waist and the sheer top and back. 

City Triangles Strapless Embellished-Bodice Fairy Tulle Dress from JC Penny - $89.99 this dress reminds me of a mini princess gown, I just love the rhinestone top—it's so detailed.

B Darlin Juniors' Rhinestone-Trim Dress in Light Orchid from Macys - $79.99 I just love the color of this dress it's perfect for spring plus it still has some details. 

Love Reigns Strapless Beaded-Bodice Long Dress from JC Penny - $79.99 I love the detail at the top.

City Traingles Strapless Double Bar-Back High Low Hem Dress from JC Penny - $79.99 this is perfect if you love yellow and yellow is so in this year. 

City Triangles Strapless Jeweled Keyhole Long Dress from JC Penny - $79.99 

Under $60:

My Michelle Embellished One Shoulder Long Dress from JC Penny - $59.99 
You could definitely go for a Greek goddess look with this. Again I love that this has the cutout back, so pretty.

'Morgan' Strapless Gown (Juniors) from Nordstrom - $59.40 this dress is so simple yet elegant and perfect if you love red. 

My Michelle Strapless Glitter High-Low Dress from JC Penny in Light Blue - $44.99 

Tips & Tricks:
• You can get these dresses even cheaper if you look for coupons. I've noticed during prom season macys often has 10% off & JC Penny will do x dollars off when u spend a certain amount. 
If you go with a strapless dress pick up some fashion tape (Victoria Secret has it) so you don't have to worry about fixing your dress all night. 

Hope this helps you with dress shopping or atleast give you some ideas. Comment below which one is your favorite! 
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- Serena 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Best Printables for Productivity!

Hi everyone! If you're like me, then you're always looking up posts and printables for productivity and getting organized. I recently found a few that I love so much, I just had to share them with you.

This first one is a daily planner from Easy Peasy Paper on Etsy which is a shop in London. I bought this one and have been using it everyday. I like that it's colorful and has a lot of categories, but still plenty of space for to dos. I also like that is has a meal planner. It's nice to have all these things in one spot. It is $6.34, now I normally don't buy printables but I thought this one and the others are worth it. Here's an example of it all filled in. CLICK HERE to go to the listing. 

Image via Easy Peasy Paper item listing

The shop owner, Hannah, gave me these coupon codes for you guys. £5 off when you spend £25 or more with code "5OFF25" in dollars this comes out to roughly $7 off $38.
£10 off when you spend £50 or more with code "10OFF50" in dollars this comes out to roughly $15 off $77. 

The next two are both from the same seller, JessAmyFlo on Etsy, which is a shop in Australia. One is another option for a daily planner and the other is note pages which I absolutely love. The shop owner, Jessica, gave me a coupon to share with you all as well. 10% off any purchase $5 or more using the code "GEMS10" which expires on 3/31/15.

Mint and Gold Daily Planner with Note Pages:
This one has less categories, but has a spot with time increments so you can use whichever works better for you. I like that you with the time increments you can block out parts of the day to do things like study, I also like the mint and gold design on the planner and note pages—it looks very sophisticated. This one is $3.21. CLICK HERE to go to the listing. 

Image via JessAmyFlo item listing

Printable Gemstone Notes:
I just love these, it's 12 pages (one for each birthstone) and it says "Leave a little sparkle wherever you go". I think these note pages are really cute, because as Marilyn once said, "Diamonds are a girls best friend." They are $6.01. CLICK HERE to go to the listing. 

Image via JessAmyFlo item listing

I hope these help you get organized, comment below if I should do more productivity/organizing tips posts. Maybe a series of them? Let me know in the comments. :) as always, comment below and follow me on Bloglovin and Pinterest.

- Serena