How To Save AND Earn On Your Grocery Bill

Save and Earn on Grocery BillLet’s face it, your grocery bill can put a huge dent in your budget, especially if you have a large family!

I have lived on a budget nearly all my life so I have learned, through trial and error, as much as I could on how to save when grocery shopping. And over the past couple of years, I’ve also learned how to earn on my shopping trips as well!

Here are the ways I have learned to save!

Once A Month Shopping Trip – I have disciplined myself to make one big shopping trip a month. This truly saves the most because your not going to the store every few days or even once a week and picking up “extra” stuff just because you are there or hungry at the time.

I go to Aldi’s for all my basics like baking supplies (eggs, milk, sugar, flour, baking chips, spices, etc.), pasta’s, rice, frozen veggies, sauces, soups, and a few other pantry staples. I also buy my paper products, garbage bags, storage bags, etc. here. This saves a lot of money and they are fairly decent products.

Next stop would be Walmart for me, the only bigger store in my area. This is where I usually buy my coupon items, produce (when it’s not garden season), personal products, and things you can’t get at Aldi’s. Save those receipts! (Will explain later in the post)

Last stop, the local grocery store for the meats. I buy these in bulk and divide them into portion before freezing when I get home. Meats are the big part of the grocery bill, but I have meat eaters in the house, so it can’t be avoided. I tried just one “meatless” night and it did not go over well. But I know it is successful for many other’s.

Of course we still have to buy milk and bread throughout the month, but I have found that a once a month shopping trip has saved me a ton of money.

Coupons – I tried “extreme” couponing. For me, this was a huge waste of money! Buying in bulk when you get a good deal is great, however buying things you don’t really use, are not your “go to” brands, or just because you have a coupon and it’s a great deal, ends up being a waste of money. Why buy a branded sugar just because you have a coupon for it, when you get it at Aldi’s for less? Sugar is sugar, unless of course, your coupon can make it less than even the Aldi price. Haha, this has happened for me on occasion. Or, why buy something your family doesn’t use just because it was a good deal?

You can print coupons or add coupons to your loyalty cards, whichever you choose or even both for maximum savings! (Depending on stores of course.)

*Tip, I have learned to always go to Aldi’s first (I’ve had to back track on more than one occasion when I didn’t go here first), because sometimes they are out of something you really need and you can then pick it up at Walmart, even if you have to pay a little extra. I try to get store brand when this happens.

I now only use coupons for stuff I actually use or products that someone in my household has wanted to try. A few examples, I only like Hellmann’s mayo, so I use coupons for this and I’ll buy a couple, but if you buy too many, it will go bad before you get the chance to use it again. And there will be another coupon and sale, so why overstock? Coffee-mate creamer is another favorite of mine, but I like the liquid creamer the most, so why buy too many at once? Again there will be another coupon and another sale.

My son wanted to try a new product he saw an advertisement for. I found a coupon for it, printed only 1 and bought it the next time we went shopping. He didn’t like this particular product. Was I glad I didn’t print more than one coupon and buy more than 1, absolutely or I would have “wasted” money because I would have had to give them away or throw them out.

On occasion I have bought a few things to donate with coupons, but I try not to go overboard anymore. I mean, after all, I’m not the only person in the community who should be donating regardless if I got a good deal or not.

Where I get my coupons:

  • Swagbucks, I not only get great coupons, but I get points (SB) for printing and redeeming them! Win, win!
  • Local Newspapers
  • Flyer’s that come with magazine subscriptions
  • Common Kindness (Red Plum, Smart Source)
  • Direct from Brands through email on occasion (Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Coffee-Mate, Jolly Time, etc.)

Meal Planning – This a great habit to get into to help save as well. I have just started doing this as much as I can and hope to continue and get it down completely!

There have been many times I have been able to shop for around $300 a month for a family of 5 by using these methods! Then I use the money back apps explained below to get money back!

Here are the Apps I use to get money back!

When I’m all done shopping and everything is put away, I get out the receipts, open an app and take a picture of the receipt. I click on the items I have bought that you can get money back on and within a few minutes this money is in my app account. These apps are like savings accounts for me, I don’t cash them out until I need too. The current apps I use are:

Ibotta

Checkout51

Savings Catcher

SavingStar

I have also signed up for Receipt Hog. There is however, a waiting list for that one, it must be pretty popular, but I am on the waiting list.

Do you use any of the money saving and earning ways? Are there different ways to save or different apps you love to use? Do you have a bigger variety of stores to choose from in your area? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

This Is Huge! Free Money! Limited Time Offer!

Free Money, Limited TimeThis is huge, free money for a limited time! Continue reading to find out how!

I have been using Swagbucks for many years now. And I have earned a lot of money and it has helped my budget tremendously!

Swagbucks? What is Swagbucks, you may ask. But I’m sure most of you have heard of it by now. I mean, they have paid out over $186 million days in gift cards! That’s a lot of money!

And I’m going to tell you, you should get in on earning some of this! It really is easy to earn with Swagucks.

I use this site for less than an hour a day and usually cash out $50 in cash (PayPal) once a month! For me, that’s free money!

You earn points called SB that you cash out for gift cards (So many to choose from and some starting at just 300 SB which I earn in a day!) or even cash! You can also use SB to enter sweepstakes which there are a ton of them too! There are so many ways to earn SB and they add up quickly!

Ways to Earn SB

  • Daily Poll
  • Searching everyday stuff that you would search google for anyway
  • Printing Coupons
  • Watching Video’s
  • NCrave
  • Surveys
  • Shopping
  • And so many more….

These are just a few ways to earn!

You can also earn by inviting friends and family to join Swagbucks and you were earn from them earning too! Bonus earnings for getting them to sign up, then 10% of what they earn forever! I call this free money too!

Join Now!

And if you join now, there is a Promo Code for a limited time I seen on a tv commercial that will get you a free $10 for signing up and getting started with Swagbucks!

So why wait? Sign up today and use promo code TV10 (enter on the first page of sign up under email, name, etc.) to get started today! And don’t forget to get family and friends to sign up too! Click on any of the Swagbucks links in this post to get started!

*Limited time offer, I do not know when it expires!

Movie Day with Mom on Mother’s Day

Movie Day with MomFor me, Mother’s Day isn’t about the gifts I’ll receive from my children. It is about being shown appreciation for everything I’ve ever done for my children. Whether it was something as small as a kiss on a “boo-boo”, teaching them how to ride a bike, or as big as raising them to the amazing adults they have become today.

I don’t need fancy gifts, what I need is time. Time to have a cup of coffee, time to share a conversation, time to sit down with a big bowl of popcorn or a container of chocolate brownie ice cream (Yes, my fave!) and watch a good movie together, whether we laugh or cry together, as long as we do it together.

Just time, that’s all I need!

Life goes by so quickly and before you know it, your children are grown and are parents of their own. Why not make Mother’s Day that day that you take the time to just be close to her? Grab her favorite snacks, find a great movie and spend some quality time with your mom this Mother’s Day!

I have compiled a list of movies that would be great to share with your mom. Whether she likes comedy, drama, or even scary movies, you can find something you will both love in the list below! *Please note, some of these have strong language sexual content and more, so beware if you plan to have younger children watching with you.

11 Awesome Mother’s Day Movies:

Bad Moms – (Comedy) R *One of my favorites!

The Boss- (Comedy) R

Moms’ Night Out – (Family/Kids) PG

Single Moms Club – (Comedy/Drama) PG-13

Step Mom – (Drama) PG-13

Mother’s Day –  (Comedy/Drama) PG-13

Mothers and Daughters – (Drama) PG-13

The Meddler – (Comedy/Drama) PG-13

Grandma – (Drama/Comedy) R

Tammy – (Comedy) R

Mother’s Day – (Horror)  R *This is not my style, but I know there are other’s out there who love this stuff, I’m not one of them. Haha

You can find these movies through Amazon on DVD,  and many streaming services (Amazon included).  Right now you can get a 30 day trial membership for free and watch these movies through your membership!

These are just a few of the movies that I found to be perfect to share with mom on Mother’s Day. Do you know any other movies that would be great for Mother’s Day? Leave me a comment letting me know some other good movie titles to share!

 

I Never Pay Full Price For My Kids Clothing! Find Out How!

Never Pay Full PriceI never pay full price for kids clothing and I make money while doing so! How is that even possible your probably wondering? Read on and I will tell you how!

I live on a tight budget, not just a tight budget, but a very small tight budget. I still have to provide for my children and I still want them to have things that other kids have and to be able to be in style if they wish. I’ve become a very savvy shopper!

I do on occasion shop at thrift stores, who doesn’t? But only if what I’m buying is a good quality item and in great condition. Unfortunately I never get “hand me downs” of anything either.

My Favorite Way to Shop? Clearance!

I buy most stuff on clearance at the end of seasons. I buy 1 and 2 sizes bigger for the next year. Depending on price and what’s available. I do 2 sizes in case they grow more than anticipated and what the kids can’t wear, I sell on Ebay for more than I paid for it. I have spent as a little as $.50 for a shirt or a pair of shorts. Every chance I get, I shop the clearance section first!

A recent deal I scored was at JCPenny, in store. I got my son 3 pairs of pants and 2 shirts. Total price was $56, I paid $14! Not bad for JCPenny.

I shop on Ebay as well and it’s not just used clothing that you get good deals on. Here is a great example. My son is very picky when it comes to sneakers. His favorite brand that fit “just right” for him are Sketchers. Now we all know how expensive they can be! Well, I just bought 2 pair last week, 2 different colors and sizes, for $18.95 per pair with free shipping! Original price was $54 per pair!

And just today on Kmart.com, I got my daughter 2 pairs of casual boots for a total price of $18.53, I did have to pay shipping of $8.95, but knocked of $2.13 with my points for a grand total of $25.35. Not bad considering the total of the boots would have been, $74.94 before shipping.

Another site that usually has really awesome clearance deals is The Children’s Place. Some of the deals I have gotten my son include fleece pants, T-shirts and more for as little as $1.50 each. I have gotten jeans for as little as $5 and my daughter T-Shirts and leggings for as little as $2.50.

I also get great deals at Walmart. Sometimes their prices are so low, like the basics, starting at just $3, that you don’t need a clearance sale!

I love shopping deal sites like Zulily, Hollar, and more! I usually visit these sites for holiday purchase and or birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, etc. Another way I save is by buying for a bunch of them at the same time to save on shipping cost and to use coupons codes, etc.

Never Pay Full Price

Tips for saving even more money even on Clearance!

I shop through my Swagbucks shop & earn links when shopping online! Don’t have a Swagbucks account, you can sign up here! Get SB’s for shopping that you can redeem for cash and gift cards. *You can also earn SB a ton of different ways everyday!

I use my rewards credit cards to get cash back or reward points.

*Combine both of these when you shop to get the most for your money, earn more money as you have to spend money. And I don’t even shop just to shop! I only shop for what we need, I rarely splurge on wants except for holiday shopping, and I’m always earning points and getting money back.

You can too!

Never pay full price again!