Saturday, February 21, 2009

Discovering Discover's New Tool

We like using credit cards. (Ooooh, but we do NOT like credit card we ALWAYS without our entire bill at the end of the month...just so ya know.)

We have one card for regular household spending...

And we use our Discover Card for business. Any supplies we buy for our Shaved Ice Business or for Matt's construction business...we put on our Discover Card. We've always liked how that keeps our finances separate so that we can keep track of where our money is going and what our business expenses are.

And that is why I'm very excited to tell you about this new tool that Discover offers it's users. It's an Online Spending Analyzer and I THINK IT'S REALLY COOL.

The Online Spending Analyzer breaks down all of our spending into specific catagories....places it into pie charts and other impressive graphs...and lists all of our spending for the month. It's all the information we need...right in one place.

If we need to see what we've spent in the past several's all right there. If we want to know how we're doing for the entire's there.

I love that all the information we need is one simple click away...instead of having to wait for a monthly statement to come in the mail.

And that if Matt somehow misplaced a receipt for the door he purchased to put in Joe's house...all he has to do is look it up on the Discover Online Spending Analyzer.

Very cool.

It looks like Discover just made keeping up with our business transactions even easier.

Oh, I like it when things are made easier, don't you?

What do you think? Do you use credit cards? Do you think Discover's new Online Spending Analyzer would be a helpful tool for you?

This is a paid review from BlogHer and Discover. Read more reviews here!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sign Up to Win an IPod Touch From Norton Online Family!

Did I tell you we got a dog? No? It's a cute little black watch dog. How could I have forgotten to tell you? It's quiet and helpful and doesn't make messes.

Okay, so we didn't get a dog. (And we never will if I have anything to do with it.) (I smile lovingly as I say that of course.) Instead we've been able to try out some new software from Norton Online Family that acts like a watch dog on our computer.

With this software, I'm able to check which websites my family has visited. Online accountablility and safety...gotta love it. AND, if any of us click on a website that the Norton Online Family software thinks in questionable...the little watch dog pops up and asks "Are you sure you want to go to this website?" (Hehe, it even popped up once when I was going to someone's cooking website because it warned that it "might be a weapons site". Why? Because you have to cut carrots with a knife?)

Ah, well I'd much rather this software be over cautious than under.

I like knowing that when my kids go to check their Webkins, if anything fishy goes on, I'll know about it. Anytime anything weird pops up that they aren't used to...they'll holler, "MOM! Can we click on this?"

I gotta tell you, this is the nicest little watch dog I've ever had in my house. I'm almost always close by when my boys are on the computer to see what they're doing...but sometimes ya know...I have to leave the room to fold laundry.

Hm...I wonder if Norton Family Online has another pet that is as helpful in the laundry department as their little watch dog is online... :)

Laundry pet or not...Norton Family Online IS nice enough to offer all of you a chance to win a FREE iPod Touch!!

Wouldn't you LOVE to win an iPod Touch!?

Just leave a comment here letting us know how you stay in the loop with your kids and whether this new software will help you. You may leave a link to your post or twitter message about this contest in the comments for an additional entry. Contest runs until March 9 at 5:00 pm PST. U.S. residents only, sorry my beloved friends from other countries. Winner will be chosen by and notified via email. See official contest rules here. Please be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win!

Leave only one comment here, but you have more chances to win by following this link.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit my main blog to learn all kinds of homemaking tips and to find healthy recipes...and to read about why we don't have a dog! (Doncha think taking care of four boys is enough?)