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What Would You Build on a Free Piece of Land?

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.” – Ellen Goodman… Now, that doesn’t sound much like the American Dream that we all imagine, does it? Definitely not my idea of happiness. After losing my job while I was on maternity leave a couple of years ago, I had to make a lot of changes in life – I had to find ways to cut down my bills, simplify my life, and chart a new path. That led to buying a house with my mom instead of saving to buy one on my own. {Yep, we like each other well enough to live together. Almost all of the time… Lol.} It led to me starting this site, and finding freelance work online instead of going back into retail management. It meant selling some of our unneeded things, cutting back on things like cable and nights out, and cutting more coupons. But – without ever meaning to, these changes are leading me to actually finally get closer to my ideal life. My version of the American Dream – I get to work from home, spend time with Abby, have flexibility when I need it, and am my own boss. Sure, I’d love to make the income that I made running retail stores, but I’m happier here at home.

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What would your perfect home be like?

The house that I bought with my mom isn’t my “perfect” home, but it truly is pretty great. It sits on a really big piece of property, with a covered patio, 4-bay shop, fenced yard for Abby to play, and an in-ground pool that quickly became the gathering spot for all of our friends and family each summer. There’s enough space for us all to be comfortable, and I even have a guest bedroom for when friends come into town to visit. The house isn’t huge, but it’s cozy, it’s got what we need, and it makes me happy. And, our untraditional living arrangement really works well for us. It started out with more of my family living with me too – which was a little bit crazy for a couple of years. But I love that Abby has gotten to grow up so close to her grandma, cousins, and uncle James. And I’m lucky that we all get along well enough to have made the situation work, so that I’m able to get by on a smaller income while I build my business. I’m so grateful that when life gets tough, I have a great home filled with amazing family to rely on!

American Dream - How to buy a piece of land with little down

American Dream – How to Build Your Dream Home on a FREE Piece of Land

My dream, ever since I was a little girl, was to build my own house someday. {I also wanted to be an architect, and would draw out my perfect floorplans and stuff all the time…} I love the idea of creating something that’s just exactly what I want – unlike when you are looking at homes, and have to find one that’s “almost” perfect to settle for. We still sometimes dream about this – but honestly, I wasn’t even sure how we’d get started. I recently was introduced to this really cool option by a friend of mine – It’s called LandCentral. They make it easy to buy your own piece of land without a ton of money down, to build on now, or as an investment for your future. And – the coolest thing about it all is that to help introduce their program to more people, they are doing a giveaway where one amazingly lucky winner will get to choose their own TOTALLY FREE piece of land in one of five states! Can you even imagine? To enter, visit It only takes a few minutes, and could lead to an amazing opportunity for you and your family!

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Click through – then look for the sidebar box that looks like this to click and enter to win!

What would YOU do with a free piece of land? Build a dream home? Build a vacation cabin? Save it to pass down to your kids? Leave me some comments!

{Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this post. I seriously love LandCentral and what they can offer you, and wanted to share this fantastic giveaway with you. I hope one of you win this – Good luck! Photo Credit one: Jeffweese. Photo Credit two: Jeda Villa Bali – both on Flickr Creative Commons.}


One lucky family wins a Wii Gaming Package!!

The leading online moving supplies retailer, Get Moving Supplies, LLC knows that the weather is getting cooler and time outside is slowing down. To keep us active and entertained year round they’re offering a great prize… A free Wii Gaming Console Could Be Yours!

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Sponsored by:

Get Moving Supplies, LLC proudly serves over 300 cities nationwide and is ready for your moving boxes needs! They are locally owned, so every time you choose them, you’re supporting your local economy.

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and the amazing

Bulu Box – the 1st vitamin and supplement nutrition sample box company. And, you don’t have to wait until this giveaways over to score big!!

Bulu Box is offering the first month’s box free. Just use the code: BLOGLOVE at check out and cancel at any time.

About the Giveaway

Mommy’s Memorandum, Pittsburgh Frugal Mom and a bunch more of my favorite bloggers have teamed together to bring you this awesomesauce giveaway where ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive a Wii Gaming System!!! So cool, right? All you have to do is enter to win using the super simple Rafflecopter below, and then check your email Friday morning to see if you won!

Feelin’ lucky? Scroll down my sidebar, and enter to win all of the other awesome prizes I’m giving away this month too! Good luck!

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Get $1,000 for a Bug Free Backyard Bash

Combat Household Pests and Win Big!

This video hits it perfectly – that is exactly what it’s like around here trying to fight pests and bugs! I didn’t have as much trouble when I used to live in town. But now that we live outside of the city, we have big wasp nests out on the shop bays, ants around the patio cracks, and lots of spiders and bugs that try to sneak in from the fields and garden out back. But we’re going to be trying out a few bottles of this Combat spray – I’ve heard awesome things about it. And – if you want to have a Bug Free Backyard Bash too, enter to win today! You’ll also find links to help you make a plan of attack to fight pests, coupons to save on products, and more tips and strategies. Love it, right?

Want more Outdoor Living Tips? Visit my Pinterest Board of Favorite Inspiration!


Free Menu Planning Service + Free Visa Gift Card!

Who wants to win a super sweet $250 Visa Card to spice up their summer?…. And speaking of spicing things up, have you tried the awesome app from Food on the Table yet? I use it for all my meal planning – I get my grocery list matched up with the sales and specials at my local Safeway store, and great menu ideas based on what I have on hand. So cool….

Get Free Menu Planning Help & Enter to WIN big today!

As you can see, there are a TON of prizes – which means a TON of chances for some of you guys to win! And it’s such a great program, I can’t recommend it enough anyway. So having a chance to win on top of their awesome free service is just like the sprinkles on top. Check it out today – and good luck!! Whether you win a prize or not, you’ll still be super glad you signed


The 2012 Reader Remodel Contest

Reader Remodel Contest

The 2012 Reader Remodel Contest

If you have an amazing space in your home – You have got to check this out! The 2012 Reader Remodel Contest from This Old House has a ton of categories to enter – From Kitchen and Bath, to Yard and Curb Appeal, to every room in between. And the prizes are crazy-cool:

Enter your remodel NOW for a chance to win a new GMC truck! Five runners-up will win cash, and all our favorites will be featured in July’s 100% Reader-Created Issue.

Awesomesauce-a-roni, right?

Now remember, this MUST be a space of your home that you have remodeled, since Before & After photos are required. You can enter to win here –

2012 This Old House Reader Remodel Contest

Don’t worry about whether your photos are “good enough” or not – even if you don’t win the grand prize, it’d still be super cool to have your photos featured in their Reader-Created Issue this July, right? And come over and share your favorite remodeling Before & After photos on my Facebook page too. I LOVE that kind of thing :) And if you enter, Good Luck!

{Love winning stuff? Check out my fun giveaway widget over in the sidebar – and enter to win a great prize from me, too!}