Friday, November 20, 2015

On A Budget This Holiday Season? Win A Giftcard

If you're like me, you're on a pretty tight budget that the holidays play havoc with.  Now through November 25, 2015 Giant Eagle is giving you a way to triple dip the savings!

This is a sponsored post by Tatu Digital Media, but all of the thoughts expressed are purely mine.

 I would suggest purchasing Giant Eagle gift cards now, and using them in place of cash while doing your holiday shopping this year.  Here's 3 ways that you can triple dip the savings doing this:

1.  Special Offer:  You will get a $10 coupon good on your next order, for every $100 you spend on select gift cards at Giant Eagle.

2.  Earn fuelperks! on everyday gift card purchases to save you money at the pump.  $ .10 fuelperks! are earned for every $50 you spend on gift cards.

3.  If you use your favorite rewards credit cards when you buy gift cards, you'll be earning points, miles, or cash back!

The participating gift card partners for this offer include:
Visa Gift
Best Buy
JC Penney

*Your $10 coupon will print at the register when you check out.  Also, some credit cards may have reward limits on their use at a grocery store.  You can see store for more details of this promotion.

If you'd do the math for this promotion, for every $100 you spend on the participating gift cards you could earn a $10 coupon + you could earn $6 back if you earn 6% back on credit card grocery store purchases + if you get 15 gallons of gas and use the $ .20 off fuelperks! you'd earn, that would save you $3.  That's a total of $19 in savings on a $100 gift card purchase!  So if you have a Giant Eagle near you, I'd definitely recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity between now and November 25, 2015!

Now, here's a chance for one of my readers to win a $50 giveaway!  Who could use this, at this time of the year?  I know I sure could! Good luck to all of my Fibro Froggies.  I truly hope one of you win!

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Save Money With Giant Eagle Gift Cards

With the holiday season quickly approaching, who isn't looking to save money?  Giant Eagle offers gift cards for over 150 major retailers.  They have a reward program for buying gift cards, in the form of fuelperks.  For every $50 you spend in gift cards, you receive fuel perks.  Now through November 18, 2015 you earn $ .20 fuel perks for every $50 you spend on six select retailer gift cards!  You can check them out HERE.  

This is a sponsored post by Tatu Digital Media, but all of the thoughts contained are strictly my own.  I wouldn't recommend something to my froggies if I didn't think it was a good idea.  

If you're like me, you like to have actual presents to wrap and put under the tree.  That isn't a problem either using gift cards from Giant Eagle.  Just purchase your gift cards, then use them to order your presents online.  With all of my illnesses, I love online shopping.  I can sit here and shop in my pj's.  I don't have to go out in the weather, and even if it's a high pain and fatigue day, I can still get my shopping done!  I don't have to spend gas to go to the store, fight the crowds, or spend time standing in long lines which causes me extreme pain and zaps every bit of my energy.

 You can even double dip your savings by using your favorite rewards credit card to purchase, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase. Some credit cards even offer increased rewards for purchases made at grocery. For example, the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express offers 3% cash back on groceries, and the Blue Cash Preferred® Card offers a whopping 6% cash back! Capital One QuicksilverOne®, AMEX EveryDay® and Citi® Hilton HHonors credit cards also offer increased rewards for grocery purchases. 
Now, heres the math:
$3 in fuel rewards on a 15 gallon tank ($.20 x 15) +$6 back if you earn 6% cash back on credit card grocery purchases =$9 in savings on a $50 gift card, or 18%!!!!

Let's face it, we all feel the price of gas.  We have to drive no matter what.  If we can get our shopping done and save money while doing it, why not?  You can quickly accumulate fuelperks and cash back to keep more money in your pocket by just shopping Giant Eagle gift cards.  A quick, easy savings account so to speak!   Make sure you check out all of the gift cards that Giant Eagle has to offer!   Living on a fixed income, I'm all about saving money any way that I can!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Jewelry In Candles Giveaway

Welcome to the Jewelry In Candles Giveaway, sponsored by Melissa, The Future Mrs. Vines from Keeping Up With The Vines. Candles make great gifts, especially 100% soy candles with cotton wicks. Soy candles are environmentally friendly and you can reuse the glass jars with lids for arts and crafts, food storage, personal hygiene storage, home decor, seasonal decor and more. A few years ago I was a JIC rep, and even though I'm not with the company anymore, I still can't tell you how much I love, love, love these candles and melts! When you support Jewelry In Candles, you're supporting USA jobs. All JIC candles are hand-poured in Louisville, Kentucky. Our candles, tarts and new body butters allow you to choose your choice of jewelry and size. Men's jewelry is available in certain scents.

Check out 54+ Easy Reasons To Give Candles As Gifts.

54+ Easy Reasons To Give Candles As Gifts

To show you how awesome Jewelry in Candles is, we're giving away 2 (regular-priced) 21 oz. candles to two winners. (One candle per winner). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, ages 18+. It begins on 11/2/2015 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 11/17/2015.

The winners will get to choose their scent and jewelry size (where applicable) and type from regular-priced $24.95 candles. Good luck! I hope one of The Fibro Frog's followers is the winner!

Enter The Giveaway

Jewelry In Candles Candle Giveaway

Friday, October 30, 2015

$80 Away From Saving My House

I've come a long way in 2 days time.  I started needing $1003.  By keeping $70 of my SSI payment that will hit my bank in the morning of $470,  to pay my electric and gas, I knew I'd have $400 to go towards it.  Tonight, I was able to sell my semi-pro camera for $295.  I had 3 generous froggies paypal me a total of $227.  So, I'm $81 away from having the money to pay the 1/5 of the taxes that has to be paid by tomorrow afternoon.  -I have a dollar in change to cover that other $1 haha.  So I'm very, very close!  I have a laptop for sale on the area garage sale sites and hoping that it will sell in time.  If it does, then it will leave me a tad left over even.  Please think positive thoughts for me.  I need all I can get!!  The stress of this situation has me flaring like no other.  I feel as if it may just be the death of me!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Now Fibro Is Stealing My Home

Fibro had taken almost everything from me.  It stole my marriage, my friends, my social life, my dignity ...the list goes on and on.  Now, it's stealing the last thing I have left.  My home.

This is what social security gives me a month:

Therefore, I've gotten behind on my property taxes.  This is what I'm behind:
They informed me this afternoon that I have until the office closes on Friday (yep, 3 days from now) to pay $1,003 or they're starting foreclosure proceedings on my home.  If I only pay my electric and gas bill this coming month, I can come up with $350 of that $1,003.  That still puts me $650 short.

I'm beyond upset and stressed to say the least.  We all know what stress does to us.  Yeah, I'm in a huge flare and can't stop crying.  I don't know what to do.  My friend suggested a GoFundMe account, but they take money out what is donated, plus I wouldn't have time to get the donations then wait on it to be transfered to my bank account.  That takes a few days.  And I only have a few days until they need the money.

The only thing I can think to do, is paypal because I have a paypal debit card so I have immediate access to the funds.  I know this is no one's problem but my own, but on the off chance that anyone wants to help, my paypal email address is:  jaammull@aol.com.

Any shares to any and all of your social media accounts would be greatly appreciated.  I cannot stand what Fibro has done to me both physically and mentally.  Before I was sick, I used to work my ass off.  Now, I have nothing.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Create Awareness and Show Your Support

For the next two weeks you can order a t-shirt, long sleeved tee, or a hoodie.  Multiple colors to choose from!  Help create awareness everywhere you go when wearing one of these.  Without more education about our illness, and more advocating for further research, a cure will never be found.  How cool would it be if someone stopped you when wearing one of these, and asked you "Exactly what IS Fibromyalgia?".   ORDER YOURS BY CLICKING HERE

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Progression Of Symptoms

The medical community as a whole says that Fibromyalgia is not a progressive illness.  I highly disagree with that.  Even my family doctor told me that I'm getting worse.  This is an area that I'd love to see more research in.

My symptoms progressed from a child to a teen ager.  From a teen ager to a young adult.  From a young adult to middle age.  Now in my mid-40's I can see and feel a difference almost monthly.  I hate to see what kind of shape I'm in when I reach my mid-50's and beyond.  I worry that eventually I'll end up in a wheelchair.

I'm by no means an expert; I only have my personal experience and the countless stories of others that I've met, but there isn't a doctor out there that could convince me that Fibromyalgia isn't progressive.  Everyday pain is worse for me.  Flares come closer together, last longer, and are more intense.  What is your personal experience?

I handle the pain, because I have to. There isn't any other choice.  I must say though, it becomes harder and harder to deal with on a daily basis.  I awoke this morning with my lower back feeling as if someone poked a hole in it while I was sleeping, and poured it full of concrete.  It still feels that way.  The pain and stiffness just won't go away.

Constant, nagging pain wears on a person's mental state.  It's easy to allow yourself to fall into the dark hole of depression.  That's something that's a constant battle.  Everything combined, the pain, the fatigue, the depression, makes living life feel like a war zone.  Always trying to dodge a bullet.  

The medical community has come a long way concerning Fibro over the years, but we still have a long, long way to go.  I'd love to see a case study done, that follows people with fibro over a 20 year span.  If it was done with a big enough sample, I'm sure doctors would come to the conclusion that Fibro is a progressive illness.

There are researchers out there who would love to do more research on Fibromyalgia, but they just don't have the money to do so.  The NIH's categorical spending says that in 2015 $10M was allocated to Fibromyalgia research.  In 2016 it's supposed to be $11M.  In retrospect, screening and brief intervention for substance abuse received $30M in 2015 and will receive $31M in 2016.  Call me what you will, but it makes me sick that $20M MORE is being spent on something that is someone's own fault, than to try and find a cure for something that none of us asked for.  You can see the breakdown chart by clicking HERE.  Someone who's addicted to drugs or alcohol made the personal choice to pick up that needle or that bottle of alcohol the very first time they did it and every time thereafter.  Not one time in my life did I make a choice to be burdened with an illness that is slowly destroying my entire life and ripping away any quality of life.

In my opinion, we all need to shout and cry until we don't have a voice left, for more research of Fibromyalgia.  For more funding for Fibromyalgia research.  The old saying "You get what you get and you don't pitch a fit" does not apply.  I refuse to sit quietly back and just accept this illness as fate.  If those of us who doesn't personally suffer with Fibro won't try to do anything about it, then how can we expect anyone else to?  We can't.  It's up to us, my fellow fibromites.  We need to band together and make things happen.