Category Archives: Updates

Thank You For All The Visits!

I’ve noticed quite a bit more traffic on my site in comparison to previous years. Since inception 2011, 2020 had the highest amount of visitors. What’s even more awesome? I already have more visitors this month, than I did in January 2020.

All of this is incredible to me. I greatly appreciate everyone that has taken the time to visit, especially those that check back for updates. It really means a lot to me. Thank you!


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Smile, Sparkle, Save!

Happy Notes To The Universe

Pet Rattie Pics


RIP Laptop 2020-2020

Unfortunately, my laptop will not turn back on, as of this afternoon. I literally just bought it this year, second hand. It didn’t even make it to the end of 2020. It’s somehow fitting for the year we’ve had.

I’m so extremely upset about this. I can’t get any of my work done. I’ll do my best to still post, but I’m limited as to what I can really do on my phone.

Luckily, I recently started saving up my Amazon gift cards for one. I just didn’t expect it to be this soon. Or this tragic. I hope I can somehow get some files off of it yet. Have I mentioned how upset I am?


Year End Stats Coming

I’ll be doing my end of the year calculations soon, where I will figure out what apps and sites have been the most profitable. It will help me to determine what is worth my time to continue using.

All of it is very time consuming, regardless of what is being done. It also gets overwhelming. That’s added anxiety that I don’t need. So, I try to limit it any way I can. Not to mention, there’s only so much time in a day.

I’ll share once I have the data. I also want to do some year end assessments of some of the companies. In the meantime, I’ve been cleaning things up a bit across the site. I may be making a few more changes.

Stay tuned for updates.


Smile, Sparkle, Save!

No, I still haven’t changed the name. I’m not 100% sure that I absolutely want to. I have no issues with keeping it. I actually would rather not change it. I have used LadySkullshine as my username on everything for the past ten years.

It’s just that, it no longer really applies to my site content. Lady Skullshine originated when I was working with a lot of metal bands. Now, I’m sharing tips about saving money. It’s definitely a bit of a switch. The name doesn’t exactly scream “savings”.

I have a really hard time coming up with names. A lot of time and thought needs to go into it. Nothing I can think of really seems to fit. ‘Smile, Sparkle, Save’ is one of my favorites. I think it’s because I’ve always said “Smile, Sparkle, Shine”. That will probably be my new catchphrase lol. I’m just not sure it’s a great name to change it to.

So for now, the name will have to remain, with the happy catchphrase.

LadySkullshine
Smile, Sparkle, Save!


Photo Pages Coming Soon

This is just a head’s up to let you know I went crazy again building new pages for my site. There will be some photo pages coming shortly, once I’m done setting it all up. For now, you may see a few partial pages floating around here and there. I’m undecided how I really want to do the layout.

Please be patient and excuse my mess in the meantime.

Thanks!

Cash Back For Testing Items: Update

***10/22/20 Update: This was originally posted a few months ago. I unpublished it in error.

I just added some additional information to the Financial Tips page regarding receiving cash back for testing items. I had explained the process and provided my referral information, but I feel the need to explain a few things further.

Before you chastise me for partaking in these transactions, let me explain my take on this. Basically, you are helping merchants to build their ratings as well as giving them feedback on their items. They are always appreciative and helpful when there are issues. In return, you receive cash back. Also, I don’t believe in taking advantage of this system. I only apply for items that I genuinely need or can use. I am an Amazon’aholic to begin with, so I have a lot of orders in between these transactions.

Since I originally posted the information to my site, I have been reading a lot more from other people who used these sites. I’ve noticed a lot of misunderstandings and confusion. I also read stories of Amazon reviews and even accounts being deleted by Amazon. I’ve become even more careful with what I do. This is what prompted me to update my page with the following.

Be careful of a few things:
1. Be Selective. Don’t go crazy and order everything just because you get your money back.
2. Follow Guidelines. Review each site’s info to ensure a successful transaction.
3. Keep Track. Otherwise, you could lose track and ultimately lose money.

These are two of the sites I am currently using. I have a few others I’m testing, including ones that don’t require a review.

Cashbackbase: Up to 100% cash back on all sorts of Amazon items.
* Referral Link: https://www.cashbackbase.com/i/zdl82bp5qi

Rebatest: Up to 100% cash back on a wide variety of Amazon products.
* Referral Link: https://www.rebatest.com/Product?Uid=219259921&Rid=27142554
We each receive $5 when you use my link.

Try them out and let me know what you think. Thanks for using my referral links.

Everyone’s results will vary. For the most accurate up to date information, see the individual company’s site/app. I’m in PA, US, using an Android phone and Windows laptop to access above mentioned. My only affiliation is that I have personally used these companies and share my referral links, which may pay an incentive.

Name Changing?

For a while now, I’ve been contemplating changing the name from LadySkullshine.

This is already a very difficult thing for me to do. I’ve used this name for over 10 years and have a long history with it. Google LadySkullshine and see how many pages of results come up. But it no longer applies to me really anymore. I mean, ‘LadySkullshine’ isn’t exactly screaming “Hey, let’s chat about saving some money.”

Also, I am horrible at picking out names. I didn’t originally create LadySkullshine by myself. If I did, I probably wouldn’t have a name at all. Or this site. It took me a long time to name my children and even my pets. A name means a lot. It’s what everyone calls you. It can be the grounds for someone to judge you, whether they think you’re cool or if they will make fun of you. It can make you stand out or be washed away. It can resonate in the minds of others or be forgotten immediately.

There’s so many combinations and possibilities. I want the name to be catchy and relevant. Nothing boring. Something people will remember and easily share with other people. By the time I come up with something different, everyone will be used to LadySkullshine and will be confused by the change.

So, for now I’ll keep the name and continue contemplating new ones.

Lady Savings? Sparkle Savings? Simple Savings? The Savings Lady? Save With Sparkles? Smile Sparkle Save?


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.


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.

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.

Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to subscribe to my blog for updates. Visit anytime, and leave me a note if you like.

Jessie LS

Financial Updates

Hello. This is just a quick note to let everyone know that I have added some more information to my financial pages, Savings Tips and Extra Money Tips.

When I have a spare moment, I plan to add the following:

Cash Back Sites (more)
Coupon Code Sites
Discounted Gift Cards
Saving Extensions

Survey Sites (more)
& More

As always, thanks for visiting.

New Theme, Page, Updates

If you haven’t noticed, I changed my site’s theme. I also rearranged some things and added a new page. I’m ridiculous! I’m constantly trying to make it better. I’m so OCD about everything, until my ADHD takes over.

Let me know what you think.
Feedback is always appreciated.

I really like the layout of this new theme on my laptop, but I’m not sure about the mobile view. That’s where I get tripped up. The menus and widgets show up differently. I should have checked the theme on all devices before I applied my changes, but I didn’t think about it at the time. I’ll most likely keep it for a while and experiment a bit.

What device you use the most when you’re visiting?
I can adjust more to the majority’s viewing preference.

I originally planned to add a coupon section to my Financial page, but things got out of hand. I ended up creating a new page for Savings Tips. I listed the steps that I take to help save money from before a transaction, to afterwards. I did my best to have it flow in that order. I have so much more information to add to both of these pages.

Follow me and subscribe for updates.
Thank you!

Coupon Mission: Update 3

I feel like this should be a Bloopers edition….

It’s been over a week since my last update. I saved some money, but nothing went nearly as planned. Anxiety, stress, and memory lapses really did not help my mission.

Before I left the house, I prepared myself. I already had all my notes on each ad. I also wrote a list of the items I needed to buy there. When I folded it up, I could see my list. Then I clipped my coupons to the back. I did this with each ad, with the feeling that I was about to accomplish something.

With my organized stack in hand, I started at Dollar Tree. I planned to get Renuzit air freshers for $.67 each, with a buy 4 get 2 coupon. Except, I never brought the coupon and completely forget about it. When I grabbed the air fresheners, I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t marked down. I convinced myself that it will come down at the register. They didn’t, of course. But hey, I did grab a bag of Chex Mix that was much cheaper than Rite Aid.

I quickly moved on to Dollar General. They were out of a few of the items I needed. I grabbed what I could and checked out. As I put my cart away, I realized I left my coupons on the counter. So none of those were used. The cashier nicely said I could use them next time. I just smiled and agreed, as I beat myself up inside for being so mindless.

Next was Rite Aid. I’m not used to this store, so I struggled to find some things. I’m also not sure how much I really saved, compared to what I normally pay. Then, I bought the wrong razors. I had coupons for $5 & $4 off. Except one was for disposable razors, so scratch that. I still saved with their sales and my one coupon though. They were regularly $13.49, but I paid $6.14 each. Not too bad, considering. With this visit, I saved a total of $23.87. Plus I have $8 towards my next trip.

Giant was my last stop. It wasn’t as great as I wanted it to be. A few of my coupons were rejected. I also got confused over an Air Wick oil starter kit deal in the ad, listed at 2 for $6. There was no picture in the ad and no sales marked on the items. I found a kit for $13.99. I didn’t think it was right, but grabbed it anyway to ask the cashier. She had to get a manager, who approved it. Honestly, I think it was a misprint. I also had a $2 coupon, so I got 2 for $2 each! (Orig 2 x $13.99 [27.98], on sale 2 for $6 – $2 coupon = 2 for $4.) With this trip, I managed to save $75.64 off my bill of $352.02. That’s 21.49%. It’s a start.

Then of course, once I got home, I scanned all of my receipts with at least six different apps to get even more cash back.

I know I could have done a lot better. I’m still working on my process of doing things to be faster and more efficient. I really need to focus more. I learned that I need to print more coupons, take them with me, and remember to use them! Then I need to pay more attention to the details on the coupon and store rules. Also, I should probably compare prices a bit more. Stupid mistakes that I can easily work on. Baby steps.

Coupon Mission: Update 2

I don’t have much of an update, but I have made some progress.

So this weekend, I got the Sunday paper ads and coupons. I checked what deals I could get at Rite Aid and if it’s worth going through the trouble this week. It was, so I focused on their ad and what coupons I had on hand. I finally went shopping today and ended up spending $19.92 on Crest, ZZZQuil, 3 Pantene, and razors. I saved $22.37 between store deals and coupons. I also now have purchases tallying towards cash back. For example, spend $50 on P&G items and get $15 back. Not too terrible for my first trip back on the mega coupon wagon.

Yesterday, I received a stack of mail full of coupons from Daisy, Celestial Seasonings, Bush’s, Juicy Juice, Kelloggs, and Hostess. They also sent me letters advising of where I can get more coupons. I even got a few recipes too. I’m going to send out another batch of requests soon. Once I get through my list, I’ll post all of the companies that send me coupons.

The next thing I need to figure out is my plan for printing coupons. Since I rarely print, I have a subscription that allows me to print 15 pages a month for free. If I will be printing coupons, this will definitely increase fairly quickly.

Like I said, it’s not much of an update. But it is definitely progress.

Coupon Mission: Update 1

I recently posted that I’m on a mission to be a for-real couponer. I already save money literally everywhere else in our household budget, so it’s time to take on that ever growing grocery bill.

Granted, I do buy a lot of items. My cart is always overflowing and I usually fill both refrigerators, freezers, pantry, cabinets, and then some. It just bothers me, knowing that I can save so much more. I use my store’s loyalty program and buy things on sale. I just really need to use more coupons. The issue is finding ones that we can actually use.

Since my last post, I have reached out to 46 companies requesting coupons. For the majority of them, I just had to fill out forms on their sites. I also created a new email address specifically for this. I’ve already received several responses. A bunch said they would mail coupons to me. Most of them advised that they could not send anything, but then they directed me to where I could get their coupons. Some companies post them on Facebook, while others are sent via their newsletters. I’ve also found some that have points programs. When I’m more organized, I can post more detailed information of what I’ve found.

I recently went grocery shopping and don’t have a ton of coupons, so I won’t have any major progress yet. I just have to stay focused and remember that the end results will make all of this worth it. I am also going to begin couponing at the pharmacy again. I did really well with it before. That will help me stay on track in the meantime.

For more ways to save money, visit the Financial Tips page.

eBay Coins Update #5

The following coins are currently for sale on eBay.

All auctions include a FREE extra coin and FREE shipping. (Value of extra coin varies.)


Lot Of 1958 D Lincoln Wheat Cents

Fine to XFine
Key Date

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283922610937


2005 D Lincoln Memorial Penny

Doubled Die

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283922616659


Lot of 1951 Lincoln Wheat Cents

Fine to XFine
Nice Tones

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283923641370


1975 P Lincoln Memorial Red Cent

DDO
DDR’s

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283923807508


1955 D Jefferson Nickel

Nice Condition

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283921523000


1981 P Lincoln Memorial Penny

Unique Toning?
Or Die Clash?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283921525075


1971 D Lincoln Memorial Penny

RPM D/D
DDO Date

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283925750642


1991 D Roosevelt Dime

RPM D/D
DDO Date
Double Collar

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283925760387


1973 P Lincoln Memorial Penny

AU Red
Railroad Rim

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283925767969


Lot of 1964 & 1964 D Lincoln Memorial Pennies

Fine to Xfine

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283884087322


Mixed Lot of Wheat Cents

1918 to 1958
Various Cond

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283884169958


Updating The Past

While updating my current content, I also like to make sure that my past is also properly reflected. If you’ve worked with LadySkullshine Entertainment, and you are not listed on my About Me page, please forgive my oversight or memory lapse. Let me know so I can correct it. If you send me your link, I will add that as well.

When I revamped things this last time, I just didn’t have the extra time to go through every single link and verify that what I had was still current. They were from over 5 yrs ago.  I also didn’t want to leave some and not others. It would seem like I was picking favorites.  So I removed them all.

I’m probably just being a massive packrat by keeping so much information on that page, but it’s a part of my history. Until I find a better way to organize my site, it will have to remain there. It’s the era of when LadySkullshine originated and shined. 🙂

Stop By And Say Hi

I spent some time today cleaning up my site a little bit. I added a few things and updated others. If you have a moment, check out the new Welcome Guests page and be one of the 1st to comment. I am looking forward to having this platform to interact more in the future. I will probably change the name of it at some point.

Stop by and say hello, leave some comments or feedback, or start a conversation.