All posts by LadySkullshine

I've had a lot of crazy adventures in my time. I'm now 45, with 2 beautiful daughters. They are my everything. Things have massively calmed down for me, but I still love helping others. I originally created this site in 2011 to assist local bands with promotion. I also did photography for them. This expanded to local businesses. Since so much has changed, I have redesigned my site to share ways to save money and also supplement income. For more information, see the About Me page.

Sunday Ramblings

I need to write more, but I always run into some sort of issue.

My mind wanders. I get side tracked. I feel like I have a million things to do. I wonder what I should even write about. There’s a thousand stories in my head, but does anyone want to hear them? My anxiety gets the best of me. Is my grammar proper? Are the colors acceptable? I start to write, sometimes even write all of it, then I decide it’s nonsense. I read my words over and over until they mean nothing anymore. Then I place it in the drafts folder. Forever. I want feedback, but I’m afraid to be judged. I want to be better, but worry it will never be enough. The list goes on and on, but most of it is in my head. I know this.

So, I think I will start this new thing. I’ll just start sharing stories, memories, rants and raves, favorite pics, quick snippets, long winded posts, whatever, and so on. Or at least, I will attempt this and see how long it lasts. Please stop me at any point if I’m getting out of control in some way. Kick me when I’m slacking, or nudge me when I’m hiding in the corner afraid to say anything. I really do want to know if what I’m doing here matters to others.

I’m always so worried about what everyone thinks, what they want to read about, and what they want to see here. I constantly ask for feedback from friends, family, fans, and even complete strangers. A few broken links were pointed out, but that’s about it. Honestly, I have only heard and read positive things about my site and what I post on social media. I’m beyond happy about that. There’s times that I get concerned when I don’t get any feedback, but then I remind myself that I also didn’t hear anything bad.

Hopefully everyone wasn’t just being nice to me and are now laughing at me behind my back. I worry about silly things like that. I also worry about what personal information I have shared here and what people think of me. I’m a nobody, but I have experienced a lot of things. I feel like I’ve been down the rabbit hole a few times throughout my life. I’ve changed so many times in so many ways, literally going in completely different directions. I’m so far from where I once was.

I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland

Now and always, my main focus is family of course. Part of that is making sure I can do all I can for them. This includes financially, but I’ve had some massive struggles in this department. It kills me because I’ve worked since I was 13 years old. I’ve also managed my own money since then. I’ve made a ton of mistakes, and should be way better off now that I’m 45.

I started to really look into anything I could do to save some money. That quickly turned into what can I do to make a few extra bucks. I’ve done a ton of research and testing in the process. I know how frustrating it is to go through all of that. So, I wanted to share and help others to do the same. After a while, I figured I could repurpose my site and share on my social media. I hate to spam anyone. I feel like most people don’t want to be bothered with this type of information. But then there’s those out there that I know could really use it. I hope I’m able to help in some way.

Also I want to mention that if you are going to try something out, please do use my referral links and codes. In most cases, I will receive an incentive. Sometimes you will also get something. I am torn about posting referral bonus information on my site. I’d like to but I also don’t want to cite incorrect information when it changes. So regardless of anything I ever mention here, please always verify all information with the company in question. I have no affiliation other than referring them.

It goes without saying that you should remember that everyone’s experience will vary accordingly. For example, I can do a whole lot better with surveys. I don’t apply myself as much as I should. But, I’ve looked into a lot of the survey companies out there. So I have a good idea of who pays what and the level of involvement. Someone else can then build on that.

That’s all. Sorry for the long winded post. I guess the moral to my story is that I will be sharing a bunch more randomly and I hope some of it helps someone out there.

Oh and by the way, I really do want to change the name from LadySkullshine eventually. I’m just having a hard time coming up with a new one. Sparkling Savings, The Savings Lady… Yeah, that’s all I got so far LOL. Any thoughts?


Have You Seen A Fuggler?

I’ve never heard of a Fuggler until just recently. They are quite interesting ‘Funny Ugly Monsters’.

Scarlet saw something at Five Below with one of these creatures on it. She thought it was the stuffed animal. To be honest, neither of us really checked it. Scarlet was just so happy. Until we got home. She ripped it open & found puzzle pieces inside. She was so upset and I felt really bad about it. So, I told her to pick out her favorite one on Amazon.

This is the one she chose. She absolutely loves this little guy.

Affordable Ink Replacement

Are you still paying a ridiculous amount of money on ink for your printer? Confused when trying to find which cartridge or refill is compatible? Do they dry out before you even use them?

I have an old wireless HP Envy 4500, that takes two ink cartridges. I hate buying ink, it drying out, wasting money, and so on. So I signed up for a replacement ink program, called HP Instant Ink. They monitor my ink levels, and then send me new cartridges whenever I’m running low. That’s super convenient for me.

What’s even better, is that I’m paying per page and not by the amount of ink used. I listed their current plans below. Right now, I have the FREE one, which allows up to 15 pages a month. I get charged $1 for each additional set of 10 pages. So, when I go over my pages, I still stay below the next plan’s price. I also still get ink cartridges sent to me.

So far this year, I have spent $5 for ink.

I have been using them for several years now. I rarely ever need ink, but they are always right on schedule when I do. I recently noticed that I was completely out. So, I quick sent them a chat message. They said I should have one laying around from the last shipment, but I honestly can’t seem to locate it anywhere. They advised not to worry, and that they are sending me a new one free of charge.

I really love this company!

If you would like to try them out, please use my referral link. YOU will get a FREE month of printing. I’m supposed to get a free month too, but it’s already free for me. Let me know what you think, or if you use another service that you’d like to share.

Current plans per HP Instant Ink‘s website (10/6/20):

  • FREE PRINTING. $0.00 a month For up to 15 pages . Each additional set of 10 pages for just $1.00. Unused free pages do not roll over
  • OCCASIONAL PRINTING. $2.99 a month. For up to 50 pages. Each additional set of 10 pages for just $1.00. Roll over up to 100 unused pages.
  • MODERATE PRINTING. $4.99 a month. For up to 100 pages. Each additional set of 15 pages for just $1.00. Roll over up to 200 unused pages
  • FREQUENT PRINTING. $9.99 a month. For up to 300 pages. Each additional set of 20 pages for just $1.00. Roll over up to 600 unused pages
  • HEAVY PRINTING. $18.99 a month. For up to 500 pages. Each additional set of 10 pages for just $1.00. Roll over up to 1500 unused pages
  • BUSINESS PRINTING. $19.99 a month. For up to 700 pages. Each additional set of 20 pages for just $1.00. Roll over up to 1400 unused pages
  • HIGH VOLUME PRINTING. $49.99 a month. For up to 1500 pages. Each additional set of 15 pages for just $1.00. Roll over up to 4500 unused pages

Family, Happiness, & Crystals

This weekend was super awesome. Friday, Scarlet and I picked up her sister Haley. She ended up staying the weekend. We had a ton of fun. It was great to have her home with us. It was the happiest I’ve been for a very long while. We were sad to drop her off Sunday, but I’m very grateful that we got to spend the time with her.

On the way home, Scarlet and I stopped at Enchanted Meadows. It’s a local Metaphysical shop that we have been wanting to go in for a long time. They had a lot of really cool items. We chatted with the owner for a while, and learned a few things.

Scarlet got a feather dip pen and some all purpose ink. Then we looked though all the crystals to see what their properties were. She chose the yellow jasper, to help her with procrastination, intellect, and friendship. She also got a few other recommended stones. The owner was super nice and gave her an extra one for free. I got a kyanite to help with chakras and to remember my dreams, and a angelite for communication with the angels.

I wasn’t allowed to touch Scarlet’s because she already cleaned them lol, so they are shown here in her satchel bag.

Overall, it was the best weekend we’ve had in a while.


New Sites And More

Of course, I had the usual daily chores and then some today. It’s normally a bit crazy here. I took Scarlet shopping for some clothes and whatnot. Her sister Haley is visiting from Canada, so she needed some fancy clothes. This morning, we had a slight emergency with one of our pet rats, Dollie. Her one eye wouldn’t open. She’s much better now.

Once things calmed down a bit, I ventured online to get a few things done. I visited Wattpad for a bit. I recently created an account, but I’m not really familiar with this platform yet. I wasn’t sure if I would actually write there, read other’s stories, or just share some links. I do kind of like the book format, so I started to write a guide. I didn’t get very far, but you’re welcome to check it out.

I then headed over to Quora, and decided to create a “Space”. If I understand correctly, it’s basically a group. If you’re on Quora and want to check it out, I called it ‘Supplement Your Income‘.

At some point in there, I learned all about Narwhals. We had the Paranormal show on in the background. There was a unicorn sighting, which prompted a debate over their existence. This then led to the unicorns of the sea, Narwhals. I felt the need to read up on them a bit after this. When Scarlet is done playing Roblox with her friends, I will share my newfound knowledge. She will greatly appreciate that.

Thanks for taking a moment to read this. Have a great day!


Some Updates

Hello! I hope everyone has been doing well. I updated my site with a few more money tips on both pages, but I haven’t been posting about them. I feel like every time I want to announce an update of some sort, it turns into a huge production that I end up not doing. I have a lot more to share, so I will try to be better about that.

Things have been extremely hectic here. My youngest daughter is back to school, with a whole lot more added to her schedule this year. I am heavily involved in her lessons to keep her on task, and I need to learn with her so I can teach it to her differently. Among so many other things, I also have been organizing and backing up pictures, which is a huge task. At some point, I would like to share old pictures that were never seen before. I have a lot of great ones from photoshoots and live shows. Oh, and we may be having some pet rat babies!!!

That’s all for now. Thanks for visiting! Everyone is more than welcome to follow my Facebook page LadySkullshine Entertainment, and join my group LadySkullshine. I’m still considering a possible name change, but that may take me a while.


More About Giftloop

Hello! Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having an awesome day.


I wanted to revisit an app called Giftloop. It has been listed on the Extra Money page, and I wrote about it earlier this year. I’m pretty sure that I also sent out my referral link over social media. But, I realized that I could elaborate on it a bit more.

I have been using Giftloop since July 2019, and cashed out $40 so far in Amazon gift cards. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but this is one of the most passive apps that you can still easily make some money on. That’s perfect for me. There are more tasks that will build coins a lot quicker, like trying other apps, but I rarely complete any of those. Also they just added a gaming feature too, however mine isn’t working yet.

Literally, this is all I do. I’m usually multitasking. So I’ll just open the Giftloop app on my phone, while I’m doing other things. Once I collect my “Daily Specials” (listed below), I just swipe through the screens until I see a cute cat meme. Then I stop to collect 5 coins. I swipe through some more to the videos, so I can earn 50 coins for watching each of them. Depending on what I’m doing or how I feel, I’ll take a survey. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and I also get a decent amount of coins whenever I charge my phone.

Daily Specials:
Log In = 100 coins.
Log In 7 Days Straight = 3,000 coins
Watch Video = 100 coins (then 50 each additional)
Take Survey = 750 coins + coins paid per survey

Cute Cat Memes =5 coins

If you’re interested in trying Giftloop, and use my referral link, I will receive bonus coins. Thank you!


Thanks for stopping by. I’m trying out a lot of new sites lately. Follow me for updates. For more ways to help supplement income, visit the Extra Money Tips page.



Achievement App Added

I just added Achievement to the Passive Apps list.

This app doesn’t pay out a lot, but very little needs to be done anyway. Once you download and set up your account, you can then connect fitness apps to it. I linked my Fitbit and Samsung Health. It will then automatically accumulate points when you do things like walking or weighing yourself. There may also be an occasional survey or articles to read for even more points. I just cashed out $10 today.

Use my referral link, and we will both receive 100 points. Thank you!

For more apps like this, see the Extra Money Tips page.


Another Look At YouGov

Hello and Happy Sunday! Another crazy busy day. I just can never seem to have enough time for anything. I just wanted to quick share this awesome app again with everyone.

I know, I already had YouGov listed on my site and recently wrote about it, but I felt the need to share again. I originally had this listed as a passive type app, but the surveys are definitely worth doing when they are available. I didn’t bother with a lot of them until recently. I was caught up in trying so many different companies, that I overlooked a few things.

Per their site, “YouGov is an international research data and analytics group headquartered in London.” They have six locations in the US. Their mission is to “supply a continuous stream of accurate data and insight into what the world thinks, so that companies, governments and institutions can better serve the people and communities that sustain them.” Basically, they are interested in your opinions and internet activity.

You can access YouGov online, plus they have two apps. One is their Panel app, where you can do surveys just like on the site. The other app is called YG Pulse, which runs in the background of my phone. It tracks my internet activity. Once in a while, I get a notification to reconnect it. Somehow my phone drops off. I think it’s because I have another similar app running so they are conflicting, but it hasn’t affected my earnings.

They payout is pretty decent. I cashed out $15 earlier this year. I’m holding out for a higher balance this time. I currently have 53,150 points. If just one person uses my referral link to sign up and completes four surveys, I will get 2,000 points. That will put me just over $50. Whoever does this, thank you in advance! Try it out and let me know what you think.

Okay, I must get back to my madness. I have so many chores to catch up on, projects to half finish, a whole lot more schoolwork this year with my daughter, our zoo, and on an on. I hope everyone has a super wonderful day! Thanks for visiting! Smile Sparkle Shine!


Lost Without My Fitbit

Happy Saturday! I’ve been so swamped with my daughter’s schooling and some new online tasks that I recently found. I’ll be sharing this soon, as they have already paid me. Since I had this new income, and cashed out on a few apps, I decided it was time to make a decent purchase for myself. Of course, using the Amazon gift cards that I’ve earned.

My Fitbit Ionic stopped working properly almost two months ago. It wasn’t tracking things like it should and not showing the right time. I did everything I could to fix it, but eventually it stopped charging altogether. I researched new ones, and spent even longer trying to justify spending the money in my head.

I really missed my Fitbit. I never looked at the actual watch, but I’m a dork for the slew of information it captures and the stats. I feel lost without it. I also want to start using the other features like Spotify and FitPay. I finally broke down and purchased the Fitbit Charge 4.

It arrived today, and of course I immediately dropped it when I removed it from the box. It seems to be okay. I was able to set it up quickly and easily. My smart scale is connected, and I’m ready to try to lose some weight again. I was doing great until a few months back. It may be new medications or stress, but it needs to stop.

Add me to your Fitbit friends to help motivate me to get moving.

Thanks for visiting!


Expired Coupons For Military Families

I recently heard on a coupon show that military families overseas can use our expired manufacturer coupons. I looked into it and they can actually use them for up to six months past their expiration date. From what I understand, you can mail them directly to members of the military to be used in the commissaries.

If you don’t know anyone that can use them, you can still help out if you’d like. You can mail them to the Support Our Troops: Troopons Program. There’s some guidelines to this that I found on their site, so you really want to review it first. One thing to note is that they must be cut out, sorted, and labelled in a baggy. It helps their volunteers to get them distributed faster to the stores for families to access.

Please feel free to share and tell everyone.
I really hope this helps someone somewhere.

New Pet Rat Babies

Nora, Dollie, & Suzy

Hello and Happy Sunday!

Just recently, I mentioned getting some pet rats for Scarlet. I wasn’t too sure about this at first, but I did a whole bunch of research on them. Apparently they are like low maintenance dogs. Very loyal and loving. I know, I know. They are still rats, and a lot of people just can’t get past that. Including my fiance. He helped build the cage and fix the water bottle, while he reminded me they are rodents that people pay to get rid of. Oh, the things he puts up with.

I wasn’t happy with my calls to the pet stores. Then I found out ratteries existed. I looked into this and found one nearby. We watched their adoption video to pick out our favorite ones. Scarlet named hers right away, Nora and Dollie. We had to wait a week for them to socialize some more and go through temperament tests. Unfortunately, one failed and Scarlet had to pic another one.

Friday finally came and my car still wasn’t driving properly. But, I was determined to pick up up our new rat babies. It needed a good test drive anyway. So off we went, driving about 20 mph or so for a good portion of the ride. At some point, my car actually felt like it was starting to go faster. A lot faster. It’s so very weird. Maybe it just needed that extended drive?

When we arrived, we immediately fell in love with the rats we chose. They are 6 and 8 weeks old, and have really great temperaments. We have been bonding with them over the last few days. We also introduced Bashy to them a few times, and they all did great. I finally named mine Suzy. It took me until today to decide, but it seems to fit her best.

Scarlet has been doing really well with the rats. No problems with her allergies or asthma. Her vocal and physical tics have actually decreased a little bit. She said she feels more calm around them. I’m hoping they will help her with school too. She has been slightly on edge since school has started back up. She gets extremely overwhelmed, her tics massively increase, and she eventually shuts down. I do everything I can to prevent it from getting to that point, but it can be difficult. We shall see this week.

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to read my rat story.

Scratch Offs Added

Hello and happy whatever day it may be. Mine didn’t start off too great when I realized I lost my engagement ring. It was a very emotional morning. (It’s still missing.)

I just wanted to let everyone know that I added two new apps to the money making list. If you like scratch offs, then you’ll probably love Lucktastic and Lucky Money. I just cashed out a total of $15 between them.

Try Lucktastic with my referral link and I will earn 1,000 tokens. I couldn’t find one for Lucky Money, but you should try them out too.

If I have time, I have more updates to work on, so I may post again later today. Among other things, I really need to help my daughter with school. Plus we have a pet rat adoption appointment this evening. Get ready for some super cute pics of the new babies.

Have a super awesome day!

Happy Saturday

Hello and happy Saturday!

I meant to write more, but things have been extremely busy here. We are still trying to figure out what’s wrong with my car (since June). It may be resolved, but I have to do a longer test drive. We are also dealing with the aftermath of some severe flooding we had in our basement. Nearly everything was destroyed. Then we have preparation for school to start on Monday. My daughter will be in a new program through her online school. I’m slightly nervous. She’s much more excited for tomorrow. We will be watching a live stream of baby rats that she wants to adopt. In addition to all this and more, I’ve done some research and have been testing out some new sites to make extra money.

Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned to find out what sites I will be adding.

Do You GPT Play Games?

Do you play games on your phone? Do you get paid for it?

Honestly, I was never a fan of playing games on my phone. I always felt like it was a waste of time. Until recently, when I learned that I could get paid for it.

So, of course, I looked it this and tried out a few apps.

That was slightly aggravating. Some of them seemed to take too long to earn points. I also ran into a few other issues. It was a lot of wasted time. Eventually, I did manage to find one that seemed to work out best for me. I’m sure I’ll look for more at a later time, but I’m satisfied for now.

I have been using Mistplay for almost a year, and cashed out $90 to date. It would be higher, but I was testing out a few other apps for a while. I also backed off recently so I could focus on a few other things. As far as I’m aware, Mistplay is available on both Android and iPhone.

I received a $10 Amazon gift card on: 9/10/19, 9/26/19, 11/11/19, 11/25/19, 3/9/20, 3/10/20, 3/25/20, 5/3/20, & 8/21/20.

My end goal is to make a few bucks, not actually play the games.

So, I pick the games that pay higher. I also choose ones that I won’t need to stare at the screen to play. This way, I can still make a decent amount and also be able to multitask. For example: If I’m playing Forge Of Empires, I can easily tap my screen to collect things while I’m working on something else. Bingo seems to pay higher, but needs full attention. I’ll play this when I just need to zone out for a bit, or if I’m watching TV.

I also calculate the payouts to get the most out of those too. When your points balance hits 1,800, you can cash out for $5. I like to wait until it hits 3,000 for $10, so I can get more money back. The next payout is 7,500 for $25, which has no benefit for waiting.


For those that are new to GPT play games: The concept is that you play games on your phone, while earning points. Once the gaming app is installed, you would choose a game, then download it via the app. The game also must be launched via the gaming app, each time you play it. The app has to track your gaming activity, so you may need to adjust your security settings. When you have enough points, you can then cash out for an electronic gift card.


Try Mistplay with my referral link, and I will receive 100 points. Thanks! Thanks for visiting & taking the time to read this. I really appreciate it. Feel free to leave comments & share with others.

Are You Optimizing Your Receipts?

Don’t throw them away! Scan them to get even more cash back.
So far this year, I received over $175 back using the following.

Please use my referral links and codes. We both may receive an incentive. Thank you!

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Save On Auto Insurance

I was just wondering who else really hates paying so much for car insurance?

We have two vehicles, which we barely drive. I always get state minimum coverage, but we still paid a lot. It also doesn’t help that I have an old claim on my record. I actually found a cheaper insurance for a few months, but it gradually increased over time.

After much research, I finally found the most cost effective insurance for us. Metromile charges a base rate per vehicle, then you pay per mile. I’m now paying about $35 a month.

Get a free quote to see if Metromile makes sense for you. When you do, I will receive an incentive. Thank you!

Focus change

Hello! Happy Friday! I’ve been out of sorts the last few days. I hope to get it together and catch up this weekend. I just thought I’d share my newest shift in some financial things. I have been reassessing my ways to make a few extra bucks. I actually review everything I do, often. I’m slightly OCD. That’s why my site changes so much. Sorry, I’m ridiculous.

I haven’t been cashing out as much lately for a few reasons. I wanted to let my balances build up, because I thought it would be an incentive to get paid a higher amount. I was so very wrong. Instead, it makes me feel like I’m not achieving anything. Also, I’ve been bouncing around a bit lately, trying different things. So that didn’t help either. All of this has put me in panic mode. I feel like I’m wasting time.

So, I figured out which ones are actually worth waiting on. I won’t touch those for now. If I cash out the rest, I’ll have about $53. I also made a new list of GPT (get paid to) sources to concentrate on. I felt like I was all over the place, so I had to stop everything. I did some research, verified my earnings, and created the list. I’m not sharing them until I have been successfully paid. I wouldn’t feel right otherwise. In the meantime, I will continue to add any helpful tips that I can think of.

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Jessie LS