Category Archives: Updates

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.

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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.

Numismatic Updates

If anyone is interested, we have several coins available for sale. I finally had a moment today to update the Numismatic page and also added a Coins For Sale page.

My fiance Sully started all of this as a bit of a hobby, that turned into something that he could leave behind some day for my youngest daughter and I. He has been doing this for a few years now, while attempting to teach me a few things. He has done extensive research on everything we have. He examines and weighs each one, reads up on current pricing and news, watches videos to learn anything he can on particular coins or just numismatics in general. If he’s not sure of something, he won’t list it or will specifically state that he is unsure.

At this time, none of our coins have been graded. We have to decide which ones are worth it when we have the extra money to send them in. We have been listing them on eBay, OfferUp, LetGo, and a few other places. There’s really not a lot of physical coin places around anymore, but there’s a whole lot of scammers online making it even more difficult. They try to sell questionable coins for a ridiculous amount of money, showing a few blurry pics with little to no description. People are too scared to really deal with anyone and don’t want to take the chance on a legit deal. Our prices are set to sell with some profit, not to become rich over night.

Let me know if you are looking for anything in particular. You can send an email to LadySkullshine.blog@gmail.com.

Ready To Finally Begin This Next Journey

Now that I’ve spent a good portion of my day updating and rearranging my site, I can now write this and then accomplish a few things that I should have already done by now. I think I’m finally at a place where I can begin to actually blog more often and also add more content. I just needed to weed through all my old pages and posts first before I could even think about my new direction. There was still a lot of my old LadySkullshine promotional and photography portfolio. Cool to look back on, but I’m on another new journey once again. There have been so very many already, and I anticipate more since I’m constantly changing.

My next task will be to get my ebay items listed on here, along with more numismatic things, and a whole lot more about saving and making money. My fiance does extensive research in the numismatic realm. I usually just type what he says when it come to putting coins on ebay. I myself have recently spent ridiculous amounts of time on saving/making extra money. It is tedious at times, but it has definitely paid off.

That’s it for today. I must go check on my family and be productive before I am once again side tracked. Time is not at all my friend.

If anyone is reading this, please click the like and leave a comment.

Thanks!

New Beginnings… Again

Once Again, I Am Revamping My Site

Whether you are new here, or a long time follower of LadySkullshine,

THANK YOU!

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Please do excuse the chaotic mess that’s going on. It shall be a lot better soon. 

I must apologize now for past, present, and future changes that may occur. I also lack the ability to focus enough to constantly update things. I think it will all really depend on time and worthiness. I’m beyond doing Every task for little to nothing. Actually, in the past, I have invested my own money and sooooo much time.

Please do Not misunderstand.

I greatly appreciate most of everything that I experienced during that era of my life. Not to mention, I signed up for it. I literally just wanted the experience and to help other people. I didn’t realize that so many would also take advantage and not even appreciate the things I’ve done to help.

On the flip side, there were several that were beyond appreciative of my help. They were mindful of my time, thanked me, paid me, promoted me, gave me all sorts of band merchandise (which I still have a lot of), and just  really made me feel like I was making a difference.

Once I got back to extended work hours, I wasn’t able to commit my free time as I did before. That’s when a lot really came to light and could see who was real and who was just expecting everything for nothing.

The silver lining of it all is that I was able to expand on my already diverse knowledge of photography, sales, marketing, and management. I’m grateful for all experiences, good and bad.

Fast forward to now.

I never closed my site because I am proud of all my work as LadySkullshine. I just kept it up for anyone to continue to view. Now I want to use it to help on other ways. All LS items have been placed in my archive section for the time being. I honestly don’t know what all the new content will be, but my thoughts at the moment are to provide any info I can, make some money, and also share some of my kid’s skills.

Thanks for visiting and please stop back to check on updates. I greatly appreciate it! 😀

10/25/14

So I haven’t been able to update my site too much lately, yet the last few times I worked on some things here, I’ve noticed that I have so many new visitors. That’s awesome! Thank you!!!

I’ve been so very busy with work & family.  I’m rarely online & haven’t been keeping up much either but I’m still sharing fb statuses & doing what I can when possible. I see there’s a lot going on recently with local area bands.  You can help out by reposting, getting out to shows & buying merchandise.

Please take a moment to check out the music, art & businesses, etc listed here on my site . Make sure you’re listed here as well & that your links work properly. Let me know 🙂

Thanks again,

Jessie

09/28/14

Rearranging & updating my site….again. If you see this message & want your band, business, etc added to my site, let me know. Feel free to refer others as well.  Also, I have my new fb group page now for promoting.  Feedback is always welcome.  Thanks!

9/8/14

I just posted the following on my Facebook fan page, LadySkullshine Entertainment ….

Setting up a group page for promoting, etc. Members are via request only. Im not spamming or adding random people. Let me know if you want to be added. Thanks

I’ve created the group.  I’m just tweaking a few things, then will start adding people as requested.  Let me know if you want to be included.

Some changes are on the horizon …

I’m completely reworking my site. Not sure how everyone will feel about it, but I’m thinking a few things.  With respect to all those who follow me, (I’m not sure how many of those I actually have) I don’t feel that I’m benefiting as many as I’d like to.  So then I wonder what’s the point.  So a new format is needed.  Since I don’t have very much spare time to work with, I will make it simple but with more interaction.   Currently, anything I post on my LadySkullshine Entertainment page on facebook will automatically upload to my site.   I’m looking for ways to expand & network further in a seamless manner.

I also think that this is my own site that I do by myself & can do whatever I want.  That being said, you will see more of what I want to be on my site.  Not, what I think will please everyone else.  So you may see more happy sparkley things & less adult rated items.  I hope this doesn’t annoy too many, but hey it is what it is right?  Everyone just needs to realize that I do this for fun & to help others voluntarily in my very limited spare time since I’m quite busy with my career & family, etc.  There are a few exceptions when I do some paid projects or trade offs, etc.

I hope to start changing some things today & to get working on some family pics on my day off.

 

Have a super great day!  🙂

051014 some updates…

Hello sunshines!  It’s been a while.

Just when I was starting to really get involved in things again, everything went crazy busy with life, family, work, etc.  Plus my laptop died as well.  I’m just now attempting to work through a few more things, but plan to get somewhat back on track very soon.

There will be a few changes.  I’m not able to do quite as much as I used to.  I have a habit of wanting to help everyone & getting deeply involved in multiple projects, getting behind, losing money, neglecting family & the list goes on.  What I am able to do, I will spend more quality time on.  I complain all the time about never having enough time to do anything.  I also would like to do more of what I’m interested in.  I sometimes agree to help out but really don’t have much of an interest.  No offense to anyone, but I just need to learn how to say no, practice better time management & focus on my priorities. Not to mention, I have a wedding to plan for in the near future.  I hope I continue to have my awesome fans during this transitional time.

Thanks so much 🙂