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Save money shopping online, earn rewards.

Let's face it, we all shop online at some time or another. Imagine shopping online while saving money and earning rewards, and doing all of this without having to scour the internet for coupon codes or having multiple internet tabs open. I recently read an article where the author saved a lot of money on housewares and earned rewards by shopping for these items online. How did they do it? By adding a browser extension or browser add-on. By simply adding an add-on or extension to your favorite browser, you can get rewarded for the shopping that you already do.

What's a browser extension?

Browser extensions extend your web browser with additional features, modify web pages, and integrate your browser with the other services you use (Dropbox, Evernote, Pinterest, Password Keepers & many more). You might want a browser extension for a few different reasons. Like any other software, you should take precaution and be sure to utilize a trustworthy extension. Risks are present, although fairly minimal. Different browsers have different extension systems. Firefox has the most powerful. Chrome also has a decent extension system with one for almost anything that you would want to do. Safari has a smaller amount.  Internet Explorer and Opera may also have minimal options for extensions or add-ons.

Where to get em':

Chrome Browser : Chrome Web Store  |  FireFox Browser : Firefox Add-ons  | Safari Browser : Safari Extensions Now that we know how and where to find extensions, here are two great money saving & rewarding extensions that I've found and used personally. Honey and Wikibuy.

Here's a quick breakdown of how Honey and Wikibuy work their magic!

Honey

Honey refers to its rewards as 'Honey Gold'. Rewards can be redeemed at thousands of online stores ranging from Groupon to Macy's and much, much more. The website claims to partner with over 3,700 stores. I've earned cash from travel partners such as Expedia, on gifts from Harry & David and also in shipping at FedEx online! It took no time to build rewards and earn a gift card. The gift cards are just as great, I recently cashed in my rewards for a Target gift card. Other options include Walmart and Amazon, there's also the option to donate rewards to Charity Choice. To start saving, visit joinhoney.com. And add the extension to your browser to make saving even easier!  If you invite your friends and family you can also earn $5 in referral credits.

Wikibuy

Wikibuy (wikibuy.com) is a browser extension that will look for lower prices at sellers while you are shopping on Amazon. It will locate the product and provide accurate pricing including tax and shipping along with any coupons available. Wikibuy will also alert you if cashback is available at participating retailers. In addition to the browser extension, Wikibuy has an iOS app. Sorry Android, no app yet. This is a great feature if you are currently in temporary housing or moving and need to replace housewares and other home items. Ask your CRS representative how we can help you with your household items, furnishings and more. We're here to help through every step of the relocation process until you can get back home! Happy saving!!
Links: Joinhoney.com Wikibuy.com Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author(s) of this post do not necessarily reflect those of CRS Temporary Housing and is for informational purposes only. CRS Temporary Housing is not affiliated with Honey or WikiBuy. 
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How to avoid unneeded stress when moving

Moving disrupts the entire family and normal every day routines. According to Health Status online, moving ranks as one of the top 5 most stressful situations. As difficult as it may be, it is super important to try to maintain a routine. By keeping or modifying your family's existing routines, you can avoid unneeded stress through the relocation process. This framework allows you to devote more time to the things that matter. The less decisions that need to be made, the less stressed everyone in the household will be. When you are unexpectedly torn from your home, or just moving from one place to another; bring back some sense of normal to your day to day with these tips.  
Family At Home Eating Meal Together

Family At Home Eating Meal Together

Keep your routines.

  Continue to eat together. Set a goal to continue your regular family meals. If this isn't possible, work in  an evening snack or quick breakfast in the morning. Appreciate and recognize the quality of this time, be present in that moment. If you have children, they will benefit from as little distractions. Engage & communicate with them, you will all benefit from this time.   Reevaluate your schedule for areas that may need modifications. For instance, if you've moved farther from school or work, you may need extra time in the morning to start the day, or start dinner later than before.   Adhere to your workouts and fitness routines. Modify them during the move if you are just too busy. There are many options online for quick workouts.   Keep your social commitments; coffee dates, dinner, happy hours etc.  
Family Moving Into New Home

Family Moving Into New Home

Moving with children.

  Make the moving process as smooth as possible for your children. If age-appropriate, involve them in the packing. Get an overnight bag or tote together with items that are special to your child and make sure to keep it close to them throughout the duration of the move.   They may have plenty of questions, be sure to take them all seriously, even the silly ones! Unpack and organize during the day (while they are in school) or after the kids go to bed.     night-ball-tennis-eyes-75346

Moving with your pets.

  Keep feeding time and routine walks or bedtimes consistent.   Place beds, food dishes in similar areas in the new or temporary home. This will help to make them feel at home more quickly.   Limit anxiety. Separate them from the chaos of moving  and introduce them to the home once you've unpacked or secure an area where they can't get lost and avoid getting hurt during the packing, moving and unpacking processes. Give them extra love!   For more tips, check out; 7 Tips for Moving With Your Pet.     pexels-photo-131979

Update your routine.

  “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein   Set new personal or family goals. Fit items into your daily routine to apply and work towards your goals. Get started on this early on after your move and before you realize it, you are on your way to a new comfort zone.   Keeping up on a routine provides structure, build good habits and increases efficiency. Get started now!   Get started:  
  • Develop a routine spreadsheet
  • Document your current routine
  • Choose a personal or family goal
  • Create a new routine to include your goal
  Adhere to your new routine daily.    "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." - Lee Iacocca   For more tips on moving: A helpful move-in checklist.
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