Free Gift Cards & Magazines from Recyclebank

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Recyclebank is one of my favorite sites for earning easy rewards such as gift cards, high-value coupons and magazine subscriptions. It was created to encourage smarter everyday choices by educating consumers, and offering rewards for eco-friendly choices. Here’s how it works.

Sign Up for a Free Account
Head over HERE and register for free. You’ll need to watch your inbox for a confirmation email, and click the link inside to confirm your account.

Earn Points
Click “Earn Points” from the top navigation bar. You’ll arrive on a page containing a variety of interactive features such as games, pledges and quizzes. Most of the time, you’ll find 300-600 points that can be earned by completing 10-15 tasks that require very little time. As in one minute or less each.

Get Free Stuff
Usually your points will be available immediately, and you can click “Get Rewards” from the top navigation bar to spend them. Rewards will change from week to week, so if you don’t see anything you like, be sure to check back. As of this posting, here are some of the rewards you can get.

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Watch Your Inbox
You’ll receive periodic emails alerting you to new rewards and earning opportunities.

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DIY Water Table or Sandbox Tutorial

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Lately I’ve been scouring Craigslist and the thrift stores in search of a water/sand table for my youngest with no luck. Looking at the retail prices, there was no way I was paying $60-$200 for one. Then yesterday while in Walmart I had an idea…

I found this Sterilite 41 quart storage box and asked my hubby to make a simple wood frame for it.  Good man that he is, he went to work.  Here’s what you’ll need if you’d like to complete this project:

  • Sterilite 41 quart storage box with lid (found in-store at my local Walmart).
  • 1″ x 3″ lumber.  We opted for cedar.
  • Saw
  • Screws or nails

He started by measuring the dimensions of the Sterilite box. Depending on the size of the box you purchases, your lengths may be different.  For ours, we needed the lengths shown above:

(3) 33 3/4″ pieces

  • two for top frame
  • one for support brace that goes underneath the length of the box

(4) 16 5/8 pieces

  • two for top frame
  • two for support brace

(4) 22″ pieces for legs

REMEMBER: These lengths will only work if you use the same box we did. Otherwise, measure your box just below the lip to get your lengths.

1) Make the frame.
2) Attach the legs.
4) Attach braces for extra support as shown below.

Super easy!  We paid $9 for the Sterilite box and $9 for the lumber.  Final price: $18!

It was such a huge hit with our little guy that we made a second one for sand.

The beauty part is that when playtime is over, you can put the lid on so everything inside stays clean!

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