Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Let's Save Some Money!

Who doesn't love saving money?
Couponing has been a part of my life for many years now. I remember growing mom had a huge trash bag of coupons and rebates. Do you remember the Green Stamp catalogs? Saving has always been a part of my life. Over the last few years I have discovered some key players that I would love to share with you as well. I will also share my referral link. Let's be honest...referrals are important and will help you save even more money. Another feature that you need to make sure you have in place is paypal. Most of these apps will pay you using this payment program. It's easy to set up and I use paypal for EVERYTHING!

I have a close friend who just paid off her house!!! at the age of 44! SERIOUSLY! I want to be that person. So currently all my "extra savings" I get from these apps, etc, are rolled directly into a principal payment on my house. You could roll them into an extra monthly credit card payment or maybe into a vacation fund. I promise you the money begins to add up! I paid for a trip to Disney last year by using these apps, ebay and yard sales!

Every Friday I set down at the table and start making out my grocery list. Once I have my list done or close to it...I then whip out my phone and check my savings apps. I do try to work my grocery list around what coupons and specials I have that week. Some weeks are better than others but I figure every little dollar helps. Here are my favorite apps and why:

Ibotta: - by far my favorite. To date I have saved $731.95 and that is over 2 years. My highest month was $98. Ibotta is simple. You choose your store and view the rebates. Each rebate will need to be unlocked either by watching a video, viewing a recipe or taking a poll. When you are done shopping - scan the products and then scan your receipt! It's THAT EASY! Here is the fun part. There are bonuses you can complete to earn even extra money. AND....if you grow your "team" your team redeems rebates it helps you earn money. For example.....for this month....if I redeem 15 rebates and my team earns $15...I get a bonus $2! So as my team is using the app it goes towards the team total. I just then need to do my part and redeem rebates. Want to give it a try and look around....just search for Ibotta in your app store. Sign up AND when you redeem your first rebate you will receive $10! My referral link code is ctn2cw and if you know any family members, etc, refer them through your app and receive $5 when they redeem their first rebate.

Checkout 51 - this one is a little slower but you can get generic foods a good bit of the time. Here is a husband drinks Miller High Life. Well for the last 3 weeks they have had $1.50 rebate when you buy Miller High Life. So I have scored $4.50 just on his normal purchases :) I've only been using this app for about a year. It's a little slower but I have earned $52.75. I'm not aware of a referral code or bonus money with this one.

Reciept Hog - Now this one is EASY! There is nothing to do but scan receipts. That is it! You earn coins and then can redeem the coins for cash. Some receipts earn you slot spins which you can then use and earn more coins. I scan every receipt that comes into my house! A secret want to make sure and scan EVERY week because you will earn bonus coins for leveling up. I have earned a $10 Amazon Gift card and currently working on $10 in cash. I'm not aware of a referral code on this one either. It's a slow earner but it is so simple why NOT do it :)

Shrink: Do you like health foods...this app is for you. Lots of items from Whole Foods, etc. Simply Organic spices. GoodBelly juice...even Beechnut Baby Food. You can unlock the products. Earn points. Receive coupons. currently I have $12.80 waiting on me. You can redeem your cash at $10. Invite friends and earn $2 when they redeem their first rebate and they will earn 1,000 Shrink Points redeemable for $1 cash. My referral code is DMOCGP

Saving Star - Make sure you activate these rebates BEFORE going to the grocery store. They change often and can be things like - Earn $3 when you spend $12 on Kens Salad Dressing. It does not have to be $12 all at once but over multiple shopping trips. Just make sure to pay attention to the requirements for each product. I go through and add all the items that interest me. When you have the item just scan and upload your receipt. I have saved $36.51 in just 2 months. You can cash out at $20.  I'm not aware of any referral codes or earnings.

Find & Save - this is my newest addiction. Every so many days it will change the offers available. These can be any store around you so look at it often. Currently I can save 2% by spending $75 at Ingles, 1% for spending $75 at Aldi, .50 for spending $12 at McDonald's, etc.  Just choose the rebate (pay close attention to the details. I had a receipt rejected because I didn't spend enough and it was a One Shopping trip total and not accumulative trips). I have saved a little over $27 so far in just a few months. At $25 they automatically dump the funds into your paypal account. There is a referral program but it changes every month. So if you refer someone they need to join and redeem their first rebate by the end of that month. For if you want to join this today please make sure to upload a receipt by tomorrow and I will earn $3 :) Then you turn around and share it with your family and friends so that you can earn $3 per referral - my referral code is BB6F

MobiSave - this is another one that you must choose the product BEFORE you check out. The rebate redeemption is based on the time stamp on your receipt. I general use the generic rebates the most. But currently they do have Beechnut baby food so if you have can use Mobisave and then turn around and use Shrink both and double save!!! I have $7.15 in savings so far and only have used it about a month or so. When your rebate is approved they automatically upload the money to your paypal account. No need to cash out.

Shopmium - this one is new to me so I don't have a lot I can report. Just a few rebates on this one. Seems like most of them are connected to Walmart. Refer a friend and when they redeem you will earn $2. My referral code is KMUGGHGX and they will receive an offer for a FREE Lindt Chocolate Bar! This is automatically uploaded to your paypal account when your rebate is approved.

and finally...this one is online only but if you love to shop online this is a great money saving tool!
EBates -  it is full of shops and stuff we use all the time. Just click on the store and shop directly through Ebates. You will earn a % of your shopping trip back! Do you shop at Kohls online? You can earn 6% back on your purchases! Go check it out! I love Ebates. And currently if you refer 3 friends you can earn up to $75! This earning period ends tomorrow.  (just copy this link into your browser)

I hope you have enjoyed these tips. And I hope you will check them out. Come back and let me know what you think!
happy saving

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone!

I sure hope yours has started off better than mine. I caught something or another the weekend of Christmas and by New Years Eve I was running a fever and feeling like dirt. Turns out I had a sinus infection and double ear infection along with some yucky head congestion. NOW...finally....a few days into the New Year...I'm feeling kinda human again.

So with that said....I laid around the house most of the holiday. No celebrating. Just sleeping.

I have managed to squeak out 4 paintings and some crochet projects. And several orders placed which is fantastic.

A few 2015 highlights -
we traveled to Ohio for the Thirty One Conference - Townsend Tennessee - Cancun Mexico - Disney World Florida - Charleston South Carolina - and several camping trips in between. It was a busy traveling year for sure. My son Shawn and his girlfriend Anna got engaged. Smiles for Care Bags donated 500 bags to Chemo Centers, Relay for Life and the Paulding Foster Program. I hit my highest sales ever with Thirty One (over $30K). It was a great year! I can't wait to see what 2016 brings. I don't have any goals in New Years Resolutions...nothing on the books. This year I have a feeling is going to be a "fly by the seat of my pants" kinda year. I am open for anything. The only thing set in stone so far is Shawn's wedding in September. The rest of the year is an open book and ready for me to TAKE IT ON!!!!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Smiley 360

so I found this cool page where you can take surveys and hopefully qualify for a mission. If you will get some free goodies in the mail and then just write a review.
Here is the link if you want to check it out.

On the home front...we made it through Disney. That was amazing and I can't wait to go back and maybe spend some extra days there. Danie really did have a great time. I loved the campground as well. Now, in just 6 days, I will be embarking on another trip with my sister to celebrate her 40th birthday. We are heading to CANCUN! woooooooo. I am really excited since I have never been. A though nervous as well.

Billy had his MRI a few weeks back. The neurosurgeon has since left the practice but his ENT called and said everything was stable but she does want to chat with me. I hated I missed her call so I will be anxiously awaiting to hear from her.

We have had 8 more Chemo Care Bags sponsored which is exciting. I would love to hit 600 before the end of the year. If you are interested in sponsoring a bag please let me know. We have options for $15 and for $20 :)

It's hard to believe that we are about to hit November and just a few months left in this year. It has really flown by and we still have a lot to do. A trip to Murphy and a trip to Charleston! Oh and before I forget....a serious dream come true is happening this Sunday. I will be dragging my hubby to WalkerStalkerCon and getting my picture made with Norman Reedus (daryl)!!!!!!!!!! OMG! I am beyond excited and I have NEVER had my picture made or been that close to someone famous from a show/movie. Let's hope I don't get all nervous and stuff and make a blubbering idiot of myself!