Good morning, Club Thrifty enthusiasts!

Another beautiful weekend has come to an end and it’s Monday.  Again.  This Monday is particularly brutal for me since Greg is out of town for four days on a cross country adventure with my brother.  Anyone want to guess where they went? Don’t worry…I will definitely update you on their little trip in a few weeks!  Regardless, his absence means that I’m all alone with the kiddos for the week.  Luckily, I have a ton of work to do to get caught up before we go on vacation to Mexico the following week.  And don’t worry, we have several awesome guest posts lined up for when we are gone.  We’ll probably post some pics of Mexico while we are there…so make sure to check in to see if we’re having an awesome time!

Speaking of Mexico….I’m a little worried.  We are going to stay a week at the Viva Wyndham Maya in Playa del Carmen and the resort isn’t getting the very best reviews this week.  Here is one of my recent faves:

“Places like Walmart, Golden Corral and Wyndham Resorts serve an obvious and valuable purpose in today’s economy, though one that may quickly remind you of all the things you don’t have and think you can never afford. The apparent Wyndham business model “Live like the rich on $89 a day, all inclusive!” involves more smoke and mirrors than Walmart has smiley faces. With blocks of buffets that may give you the motivation to finally start that dreaded diet, food at the Wyndham Maya is reduced to mere fuel, cell gas, better suited to sustenance than to pleasure. And with repeated reminders –both written and verbal- of what you will pay if you steal or break something you might just be tempted to slip a plastic cup in your suitcase to not disappoint the management’s expectations. Having lived and travelled in 35 countries (with 40+ visits to Mexico over 40 years) I know I can do better, and so can you. For a few dollars more ($200 a week for the family) you can trade the general indignities of the Wyndham (the afternoon of my arrival during a scheduled dance number around the pool one member of the “animation” crew simulated a n sexual act, unmentionable here, to the cheers and ogle’s of boys with their telephoto lenses) and their particular brand of customer service (the hotel requires and retains photocopies of your passport and other confidential travel documents) for the warmth and hospitality of authentic Mexico. Who knows, that hotel may even call you by name.”

– Traveler from Seattle, Washington

So…..yeah.  A little scary.  At the same time, I know that all Tripadvisor reviews should be taken with a grain of salt.  Some people just love to complain about everything and we are generally pretty easy to please.  We’ll see how it goes and I will definitely write a review when I get back!

So, how did I make $883 this weekend?

I started by taking advantage of two Chase banking offers that I received in the mail.  Here are the basic details of the sweet offers that I scored:

  • Open a new Chase savings account with a $10,000 deposit and you’ll get $150 when you maintain a $10,000 balance for 90 days.
  • Open a new Chase checking account and earn $125.

Of course, there were some other requirements that had to be met.  Here is what I found in the fine print:

  • I had to keep both accounts open for at least 6 months or they would subtract the bonuses from my total when I closed my account.
  • I had to maintain a $1500 balance in my checking account in order to avoid the monthly service fee.

So, I went ahead with it.  Since I had some money sitting in a regular savings account earning less than one percent, I decided to move part of it to Chase in order to score $275 in free cash moneyWinning!  I almost feel bad for it, too.  Almost.  If you’ve read my posts about credit card rewards, (you can find them here, here, and here) you know that I frequently get cash bonuses, travel rewards, and gift cards from Chase.  In return, I never pay them any interest.  It’s awesome.

Where did the other $508 come from?

I had a garage sale this weekend and was able to rake in $508.  How did I do it?  You’ll just have to read my upcoming post about the whole ordeal.  Considering the fact that I only made $68 at the last garage sale I had a few years ago, I am very, very happy with the outcome this time!

Did you make any cash money this weekend?  Or, did you just spend it?