January 9, 2016

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Welcome to the Holiday Hangover $50 AMEX Gift Card Giveaway Event!

Holiday spending can leave you with a financial hangover, so I got together with some lovely bloggers to bring you the Holiday Hangover event where one lucky reader will win a $50 American Express gift card to help them recover from the holidays!

Giveaway begins on 1/9/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 2/8/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US ONLY. Once confirmed, the winners will be added to the Southern Mom Loves Winner's List.

Disclaimer: The participating blogs were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be notified by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

Contact Holly at southernmomloves@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments, or would like Southern Mom Loves to organize your next giveaway.

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November 23, 2015

The holiday season is approaching fast. You might have been unemployed most of the year or just barely making it by and you are wondering how you can afford to give your family a Christmas full of gifts. Well you have come to the right place.

1. Blog Giveaways

There are ton of holiday giveaways that are held around this time of the year every year. Blog giveaways are a good idea of getting free gifts for people of all ages.

In order to give yourself the chance of winning a blog giveaway, all you have to do follow the rules and use all entry options. Several blogs around the world are giving away toys, household items, store gift cards and even Visa/MC gift cards. If you are short on cash, try your luck at a blog giveaway.

There is even a directory to make navigating all these blogs hosting giveaways. You can find the blog giveaway directory here.

2. Inbox Freebies

If you've joined some of the extra cash websites I have mentioned on the blog such as Swagbucks then you might be familiar with inbox freebies. An inbox freebie is when you sign up for a free trial offer and you are paid to sign up for it. Swagbucks has many great inbox freebies down to children's books, movies, shoes, clothes, wine, no tie shoelaces, Wen, Proactive, etc. Some offers are completely free and some you will just have to pay shipping and handling.

Some of the sites you can find inbox freebies on are:
Inbox Dollars
Send Earnings
Earning Station

You could even get free products to test from the many paid survey sites listed here.

3. Amazon Review Sites

With an increase of third party sellers on Amazon, the need for reviews has also increased. Sellers are willing to give products away for really cheap and even free in exchange for an unbiased review of the product. This provides for a great opportunity to get highly discounted products to give away as gifts. You can find anything from beauty products to highly sought after electronics. The current Amazon review sites that I am aware and trust are as follows:

Amazon Vine

4. Loyalty Programs

In some cases, it takes money to make money. But if you are already spending some money, why not get a bigger bang for your buck. Many stores offer loyalty reward programs where you earn points on the dollars you spend that turn into a coupon or gift card for future purchases.

The following companies offer loyalty reward programs that would be ideal for Christmas presents:

  • Kmart/Sears Shop Your WayEarn 10 Points for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases. Reward members also gain access to special savings and surprise points.
  • ToysRUs/BabiesRUs - Reward members earn 1 point per every dollar spent. They'll receive $5 rewards for 125 points.
  • Kohl's -  Earn 1 point for every dollar spent. Get a $5 reward card for every 100 points. 
  • JcPenny's- If cardholders spend $100 or more in a month, they’ll receive a $10 JCPenney's Reward
  • BestBuy - The program is free to join, but the more money members spend, the more they will qualify for in points and rewards.
  • Target RedCard - It’s free to join and cardholders will save 5 percent on every purchase. In addition to instant savings, cardholders will also receive free shipping and 30 extra days for returns. 
  • Gap/Old Navy/Banana Replublic/Athleta - For every $200 spent, members receive a $10 Reward Card. 
Have you received free items that you will giving away as gifts from the above methods? Share, Like, Comment!

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September 23, 2015

Many people have expressed interested in becoming a ride sharing driver. Unfortunately, a lot of people are having similar issues. Ether they don't have a car or their car doesn't meet the requirements of the ride sharing company. Well I have a solution for you all. There are companies that you can get a car to drive and provide ride sharing services with.


HyreCar is an online marketplace where you can rent a car to drive for ride sharing platforms.

You must:
  • Hold a current, valid driver's license.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Driver driving history may not show:
a)  A major violation in the last 3-5 years
b)  More than 2 minor violations in the last 3 years, or
c)  More than 1 minor violation in the last year
  • Have an in-state driver license, licensed for at least one year in state you want to rent car.
  • Possess a mobile phone in your own name that we can verify through text message.
  • Be a registered user of HyreCar.

      Bankruptcies or repossessions are frowned upon.

      A security deposit is require to rent one of the available cars.

      Insurance is included in all rentals.

      Breeze (Available in San Francisco and Los Angeles Only)

      Breeze allows people without a car to lease a Prius to drive for platforms like Sidecar, Lyft and Uber.

      You must:
      • Be at least 21 years old
      • Own a smartphone
      • Have a valid in-state driver’s license
      • Be licensed to drive for at least a year prior to applying
      • Have a clean driving record
      • Be fluent in English

      Bankruptcies or repossessions are frowned upon.

      There is a membership fee as well as a weekly rental/lease fee. Outside of those, if you go over your weekly mile limit, you are charged 0.15/mile and there is a $5 late fee for not paying your lease on time.

      You are responsible for maintaining insurance on your vehicle that meets our minimum coverage requirements.

      ***Uber has there own financing option as well.

      For some, this may seem like overwhelming information. For others, this might be the exact thing you need to get started with Uber, Side Car, or Lyft. If you are considering, weigh your options and make sure this is the best option for you.

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