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I Love FatWallet And I Cannot Lie

I am an online shopper.  I don’t know how families with multiple children do it but the one we have keeps us BUSY.  Too busy to squeeze in a trip to the mall and get more soap from Bath & Body Works that is desperately needed for our home or just to go get the pair of Nike Shox I have been wanting to get.  Other times I online shop just because Amazon carries the item at a much lower price than I can find it locally.  But like everything else in life, online shopping has some cons that go along with the pros of convenience.

The major negative value in online shopping for me is shipping and handling costs.  Mostly because I know from experience that a majority of those costs is from the handling side of it which entails someone pulling it off of a shelf, placing in the box, and sealing it up with tape.  I start to weigh out whether it is actually worth the time, gas, and schedule changes to get the item locally.  Then I start wondering how can I get the item(s) even cheaper to make up for the shipping and handling cost.  This is when I begin googling for online coupon codes to use.  (Who hasn’t done this? LOL)  Well one lucky day months ago I hit my proverbial jackpot for online shopping:  FatWallet

FatWallet is a site that lists thousands of common shopping websites.  It keeps track of all the possible valid coupon codes out there for your use with those stores but that isn’t even the best part.  The best part is if you sign up for an account for FatWallet you can earn cash back on all the purchases you make from the stores it has listed on it’s site.  The cash back accumulates in your account over time until you decide you want to cash out.  When you opt to cash out they will either mail you a physical check to cash or deposit it into your Paypal account if you chose to link it.  Its that easy.

So ahead of buying anything I always look to see if this benefits my FatWallet account before purchasing.  The other day I was going to make a trip to Home Depot to buy a new hose and hose reel.  I went online to FatWallet, logged in, and saw Home Depot was listed as a cash back store at 2%.  I clicked the FatWallet link to also use a $5 coupon which brought me to the Home Depot website.  I selected my items, used my coupon code, opted to pick up my items from the store later that day to avoid shipping costs to my home, and earned $2.08 in my FatWallet account.  It may not seem like much but add that to the $9.00 I earned from Finish Line for my Nike Shox, $2.53 I earned from Shari’s Berries from Mother’s Day, $0.33 from Bath & Body Works, $4.50 from Sonic Electronix for car stereo equipment my sister-in-law asked I secretly help get for her as a gift to my brother, $1.03 from Best Buy, and $0.26 from eBay and now I have $19.73 in my account ready to be cashed out when I choose to.

FatWallet is completely safe to use and an easy way to get some of your money back.  They won’t send you junk, add you to lists, or sell your address.  I never recommend or sign up for services that use those practices (if I can help it).  I would say most of the stores you probably shop at are listed on the site.  I added the site on the logo for FatWallet for an easy link to sign up if you should so choose to.  If you’re unsure just click the link and select Cash Back Stores at the top left hand side just to peruse through the list.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  If you’re anything like me you love to save money and since we are all consumers why not do everything we can to get some of the money we spend back?  Hey, I like money.



Say What?? Newly Discovered IPhone Feature


“What?  My iPhone? No sorry.  I don’t let kids play with my phone.”  This is an answer I have given several times when I may be in a location with children who are used to playing with iPhones and will ask any random person, “What games do you have on your phone?”  Now I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my electronics but I never let kids play with my phone.  Not even my own child.  It’s not that I’m afraid of the random drops that may occur when being held in those tiny little paws because my phone is well protected by its case.  Nope.  What I will experience from those tech saavy little buggers is deleted apps, rearranged apps, 100s of pictures of inanimate objects like a table, piece of a chair, a ceiling fan, etc, selfies, deleted pictures, game progress lost, and the list goes on.  To show them one thing to do isn’t sufficient.  They want to dig around.  Grrr.

Well maybe the scales have tipped because today (thank you Yahoo Tech) I read about a hidden feature that will assist us control freaks in appearing a bit more welcoming when you get the random “Do you have Temple Run on your phone?”  There is a feature on your phone that will allow you to lock the screen of your iPhone so it functions in one app and one app only.  Hallelujah!  So take notes.  Here we go:

1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.

2. Scroll down to the section labeled Learning and select Guided Access.

3. Turn on Guided Access.

4. Select Set Passcode. This is the code that will be required when the little one using your phone attempts to go outside the confines of the app you’ve allowed them to use.  It is NOT the same as your Lock Screen Passcode but can be made to be the same if it is easier for you to remember.

5. Turn on Accessibility Shortcut.  This basically enables a quick way to activate the protected access by clicking your home button 3 times.

6. After you’ve saved those settings, go to the app that the child has requested to play. Press the Home button three times. Two bars (one on the bottom and one on the top) should appear on your phone.

7. You can start by circling any areas on the screen you want to disable. After you draw a circle, it will become a gray transparent section that you can stretch and move around the screen. Anything that you circle to select will be disabled.

8. After you have successfully adjusted the sections you want to disable, go to Options, where you can turn off features like the volume, sleep/wake button, motion and touch.  If that child is anything like mine the volume will be turned all the way up blaring it out loud for all to hear.  Once finished (or if you have nothing you want to disable) press Start.

9.  Once your iPhone is back in your safe possession you can get out of that mode by triple tapping the Home button again and entering the passcode you selected in step 4.


How easy is that?? To think I’ve been an iPhone user all this time and has NO IDEA that was there.  They REALLY DO think of everything.  Now will this allow me to start letting kids to use my iPhone??? Eh…….probably not.  But having this feature will now allow my own Chicken Noodle to use it from time to time without fear of getting it back having to make all kinds of needed adjustments.

Just another option to make your life easier and secure.  *sigh*  🙂

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