Day 20: Brownie Points, STL Zoo Bier, Gin

On December 20, 2019, the work continues on getting the garage fixed up with adding a room that will be my office/personal space and as items needed to be moved, items were found that needed to be burned.  Milo and Piper absolutely love the heat… more so Piper, who likes to get as close as she can.


Our beer of the night is a hit, but the shot is not.  No gin for us!


Out of the stout advent box is the Brownie Points beer, which is a brown ale with vanilla.  It definitely gets brownie points – especially since it smells like a brownie and when you taste it, makes you want a brownie to have with it.  This is an ale brewed with Madagascar & Mexican Vanilla Beans and is 5.7% ABV.  It is brewed by Maplewood Brewing Co., out of Chicago, IL.

Out of the standard advent box is STL Zoo Bier – get it?  Bier, Bear, since there is a picture of a bear on the can?  This is a Kolsch Ale and is very light at 4.8% ABV.  Definitely a good summertime beer.  This is brewed and canned by Urban Chestnut Brewing Company out of St. Louis, MO.  “With every case of Grizzle Ridge Kolsch sold, Urban Chestnut contributes to the Saint Louis Zoo’s important animal care and conservation work.”  That is written on the side of the can.  If you ever see this one, definitely is worth picking up – especially if you are looking for something light and NOT an IPA.

The shot of the night was supposed to be gin.  That one will be given to someone who actually likes gin, or maybe we’ll find a cocktail that calls for gin.  To drink it straight though – no way.  We did do a shot tonight, but it was the Salted Caramel Crown Royal.


Looking for more ways to save money before and after the holidays?  Check out the list below!  Some links may be affiliate related, which earns me a bonus and possibly you as well!  Those that I know that go both ways, I’ll be sure to make note.

ReceiptPal – simply take pictures of your receipts and earn points for gift cards

Receipt Hog – simply take pictures of your receipts and earn points for an Amazon gift card, PayPal payout, or Visa Prepaid card payout.  You also can earn points to take surveys from the purchases made, and be rewarded spins when snapping at least one receipt every week!  Since 2014, I have redeemed $160 worth of payouts.

FetchRewards – the newest receipt scanning app!  This is for groceries only currently, but a great way to learn about new products and get rewarded by redeeming points for gift cards, which there are several to choose from!  Since 2017, I’ve earned $65 in Amazon gift cards.  You get 2,000 points when you scan your first receipt, and so do I. 🙂

ibotta – one of the first apps I used for rewards in 2013.  This is a favorite of mine since you learn about so many new products out there… if you are wanting to try that new seasoning, why not get money back as well?  Since 2013, I have earned $1,124.59.

Achievement– use a Fitbit or other type of tracker?  Check out Achievement.  It will count your steps and earn you points, which can be redeemed for an Amazon gift card.

GetUpside – you may have heard of this one on the radio, but if you have a car and get gas often, check this one out.  With living in the U.P. of Michigan, I didn’t think there would be a gas station that participated.  It does!  The money back fluctuates, but one day it was 20 cents per gallon it would give back.  Since starting to use in June 2019, I’ve earned $10.50 so far.  For signing up using my referral, you will get an extra 15 cents back per gallon.  I will get $7 after you send a successful receipt.  Their support team is also awesome if they are ever needed!

OnMyWay – please stop texting and driving, or looking at your phone. Need help?  This app is what you need.  You receive 5 cents for every mile driven where your phone is on the locked screen.  You get rewarded for referrals, but can also accumulate $10,000 to receive $1,000 in your bank account.  I’m already over $200.

Lucky Day – love scratch tickets?  Check out this app.  You have chances to win a monthly prize, daily, and get to scratch a lot of tickets off.  With those tokens received, you will be able to redeem those for items as well as gift cards.


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