Five Frugal Things Week of October 22

Double Checking Savings

We decided we could save if we did some of the home improvements ourselves. Normally before a trip to Harbor Freight, I would dig through my coupons to see what matched what we were buying. SO found an app recently that lets you scan the barcode of your items and tells you if there are any coupons on them and gives you a digital one for the cashier to scan. There ended up being discounts on everything we planned on buying and were able to get one of them as a free item. 

Mystery Discounts

I had a light course load this week so I was able to schedule some mystery shops. On Tuesday I took my car for an oil change. They had a great lobby with coffee and I was able to bring home a couple clementines for SO who was home sick. Mystery shopping has made all my oil changes in the last few years free and this one actually paid me twenty bucks. I declined the car wash they offered because I had a shop the next day that paid me to do it. 

On Wednesday I continued a route of merchandising shops that would add over a hundred dollars to my savings. The car wash was right across the street. While I was in the tunnel, I did a quick lookup on Field Agent and found out there was a pizza store next door that would pay me to order two pizzas. This, along with some greenery I had leftover, lasted us until the weekend.

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On Friday, I had a shop for a local movie theater. It covered the movie, plus a pint of beer and a slice of pizza (you can never have enough pizza). Field Agent had a bar audit available, so I grabbed it and swung by a British Pub I enjoy. They have a loyalty program that uses a digital punch card. On your fifth visit you get a discount, so whenever that type of beer audit comes up, I head over to the pub. The audit paid for a drink and got me one punch closer to a discount I can use later.

Delicious Deals

We haven’t set up the kitchen at the new place yet, so I kept an eye on food deals. I grabbed a free drink I earned at my favorite coffee shop on the way down to the house for the weekend. I also swung by McDonald’s. There, I used their mobile app to get a $1 McDouble and redeemed a free medium fry I won in their Trick. Treat. Win! promotion. Our city’s Restaurant Week was still going so we checked out a new place for dinner Sunday. I had a delicious (and large!) salad and filling mac and cheese. It was nice to see the restaurant did not cut down portion sizes for the promotion.

 

Small Wins

One of the perks of now owning a house is that we can get a grill. I was thrilled when I received an email from Sierra Nevada Brewing telling me a one a set of BBQ tools. We’re big craft beer fans, so we’ll totally be cracking a cold one in celebration on a first grilling session. This week I also won a bottle of Gatorade in the Subway Golden Token instant win game. I’m sure I could use the relief working on house projects. You can still enter once daily until November 18th for your chance to win NBA, NHL, and Daytona 500 trips, as well as Subway gift cards and merch. Use code Goldentoken2018 for a free entry.

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Cashback Adds Up!

I head back to Walmart to pick up some more money maker Glade candles from Swagbucks (still available until November 5th and mine already has been approved!) and free Forto coffee shots from Ibotta. We also went back to our Sunday pub. With all the Ibotta bonuses, I made three dollars going to the bar, even after tip! There is also a bonus out right now if you purchase through their mobile shopping and get a $2 bonus. I purchased green tea I had an Amazon deal for 50 cents and got back two cents plus the bonus!

How about you? What frugal things were you able to do this week?

Five Frugal Things Week of October 15

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Pack Ahead

We went on a trip to visit family. SO was hungry on the trip back. Luckily, I knew I wouldn’t want to pay for airport food, so I packed some fruit, nuts, and a protein bar to tide us over until we landed. 

Eating Out

Between traveling and visiting our new place, I didn’t have a chance to food prep this week. Tuesday I grabbed a mystery shop so we can enjoy takeout in the park before singing the closing paperwork on the house. We did work on the house Sunday and we were going to go out to eat when I realized Restaurant Week just started. It cost us $18 each for a delicious meal. We shared some calamari and bananas foster. I was full off my tuna sandwich, while SO had shrimp and grits. For dinner, I found another mystery shop for us to share some Chinese food.

Don’t Forget the Drinks!

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There’s a local pub that does half off your tab late Wednesday and Sunday nights. We could use a drink after the long weekend, so we head on in and used our Ibotta rebates. SO and I both have accounts, so they made all our drinks come to $1 plus tips. 

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Made Money Buying Candles

I head down to Walmart to pick up the moneymaker candle deal. The deal reset so I will do it again this week. While I was there, I also picked up some free Forto coffee shots via Ibotta.

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Drove to the Airport

Normally when we are both flying, we take an Uber to the airport. We always assumed it would cost us more to park at the airport. After doing some research, we found out that it was cheaper to park in an off-site lot and take the courtesy bus to the terminal. The lot we use has a corporate discount SO just needs to show his badge for and a loyalty program that gives us extra coupons and earns points toward free stays.

What frugal things were you able to do this week?

Moneymaker Glade Candle Deal – Ends Nov 5th!

There’s a great Glade candle moneymaker deal at Walmart until November 5th!

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Swagbucks is offering 1,250 SB back when you purchase 3 Glade® Limited Edition Fall and/or Holiday scented products at Walmart. Swagbucks are redeemable for many gift cards, including Amazon and Paypal, for $1 per 100 points. These candles are only $2.98 each, so even with tax, these come out to a moneymaker. Plus, Checkout51 is offering $1 cash back each! Not a member of either? Earn a bonus $8 for redeeming these offers!

How to get the deal:

Purchase any 3 Glade® Limited Edition Fall and/or Holiday candles at Walmart for a total of $8.94 plus tax.20181017_164335

Log in or sign up for Swagbucks and head to the Glade in-store offer.  Receipts must be uploaded by 11:30 pm Pacific Time on October 19, 2018. New Swagbucks users receive a $3 bonus! You will receive $12.50 worth of SB back, already making this a moneymaker!

Log in or sign up for Checkout51 and claim the Glade rebate for $3 cash back. New Checkout51 users also receive a $5 bonus!

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All together that is a $6.56 Money Maker (before tax) $14.56 Money Maker for new members!

Five Frugal Things Week of October 1st

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Contests and Banking

I like to enter contests for fun. While I don’t enter as much as I use to, I still fit some entries every day waiting in line or watching TV. This week I won a trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival! I had to get the affidavit and publicity release notarized within a few days. Luckily, my bank notarizes member’s documents for free. I was able to get an appointment by the deadline and my guest was able to scan in all the documents for free at work.

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Stocking Up Sale

Whenever I stop by the grocery store, I check the clearance meat section. There was a bunch of pork and beef already on sale and clearanced out 50% off. Turns out I clipped a personalized deal on the pork earlier in the week and forgot about it so only paid 98 cents a pound. It took a while but I vacuum sealed them when I got home and stacked them in the deep freeze. I only cook red meat during the weekends so even though this stock up cost me about $80, it should last me a few months. When it comes time to cook them, I toss them in a sous vide cooker for several hours so even the cheapest cuts come out delicious!

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Focus Group Fun

I participated in a focus group through User Research International on my day off. It only took two hours and I made $100. It was actually pretty fun and the interviewers said the feedback I gave was very useful. It put me in the same town as my favorite brewery so I enjoyed a new beer before finishing off errands.

Delaying Big Purchases

I held off ordering a textbook until after the first day of class. Found out I could get the online access code for $20 cheaper if I bought it straight from the manufacturer instead of the campus bookstore. Don’t get me wrong, it was still more than I would have liked to pay for a book I don’t get access to after the course but I still rather save on it.

Cashback on DIY

SO needed a zipper repaired on his favorite pair of jeans. He found a set of replacements on eBay so I reminded him to go through Ibotta to make sure he got cashback. Turned out that he had a bonus for $6 back after redeeming one mobile shopping offer.

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What frugal things were you able to do this week?

9/30 Only! Spend $20, Earn $5 at Safeway

Today only,  when you spend $20 at any SAFEWAY store earn 5,000 bonus points from Fetch Rewards. Fetch also has cashback offers on brands like Pepsi, Doritos, Kraft, and Oscar Meyer – so you get extra back on your shopping trip!

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Cashout is 1,000 points per dollar, with the lowest cash out being $3. That means you can cash out as soon as your receipt is approved! Lower value rewards include gift cards to Amazon, Target, and CVS. Or you can save up to redeem a virtual Visa or Mastercard.

Hurry on over to submit your Safeway receipt today. If you enter referral code EA0BU before you submit your receipt, we both get a bonus 1,500 points.

While you’re at it, head over to Ibotta to get cash back on any item you purchase.

 

Spend $20 at Meijer – Get Back $5 **July 1st Only**

 

Today only Fetch Rewards is giving back 5,000 points when you spend $20 at Meijer.

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Cashout is 1,000 points per dollar, with the lowest cash out being $3. That means you can cash out as soon as your receipt is approved! Lower value rewards include gift cards to Amazon, Target, and CVS. Or you can save up to redeem a virtual Visa or Mastercard.

Hurry on over to submit your Meijer receipt today. If you enter referral code EA0BU we both get a bonus 1,500 points when you submit your first receipt.

While you’re at it, head over to Ibotta to get cash back on any item you purchase.

Enter to win trips to NYC and Sri Lanka!

Want to travel the world? Vita Coco Coconut Water and WayUp are partnering up to give away an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and Sri Lanka! You can enter by submitting a 30 second or less video or photo showing us why you’re (coco)nuts enough to be the “next plant manager”. Must be a U.S college student to apply.

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During the trip winners will:
– Visit Vita Coco headquarters to learn about how they get our coconut products from the trees, to the stores, and to consumers’ hands
– Have lunch with WayUp CEO, Liz Wessel
– Fly to Sri Lanka and learn about Vita Coco’s philanthropic efforts
– Enjoy a 3-day beach vacation

Winners will be judged based on passion, creativity, ability to travel, and desire to give back. The contest ends May 7th. Head on over to apply – good luck!

More about the sponsors 

Vita Coco Coconut Water is the country’s best-selling coconut water. WayUp is an online platform that connects students with part-time jobs and internships. Check out our article on some of their work from home positions here.

Save Money on Your St. Patrick’s Purchases

Did you know that one percent of total annual beer consumption occurs on St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you are heading to the bar or relaxing with some friends at home, make sure you are saving money on your drink purchases with the following deals.

Guinness

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Ibotta has several rebates for this Irish stout. You can save $2 off a 4 or pack of Guinness Draught or save $3 off a 8 or 12 pack. Looking to try some other Guinness brews? There’s also rebates for Extra Stout, Blonde American Lager, Rye Pale Ale, Nitro IPA, and Irish Wheat. Using referral code nbxysis earns you a $10 bonus on your first rebate and helps support this blog.

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There are several rebates out for Bushmills Blended Irish Whiskey. Ibotta has rebates for $3 off a bottle, as well as a mixed drink or cocktail containing Bushmills. The best part is, BevRage has the same offers so you can double dip! Here are the offers for a bottle and $3 off a cocktail or shot. Use BevRage promo code BONUS2017 to get back an additional $2 back from your first rebate.

Baileys

Ibotta has a rebate out for $3 off a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream Liquour. Enjoy a $1 bonus if you redeem both the Guinness and Baileys rebates. Plus, every rebate you redeem enters you to win $1,000 in cash.

Your go to drink not on this list? There’s still plenty of multi-pack and specific brand rebates on both Ibotta and BevRage that you should check out. Heading to Buffalo Wild Wings to celebrate? Check out our post on how to save nearly 20% off your bill.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Work from Home Jobs to Apply to Now

Starting to dread your daily commute? Would you rather be able to work wherever you bring your computer along? Well look no further, here is a list of four open positions that can be done remotely.

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First things first, let me introduce you to WayUp.  WayUp is the largest digital platform exclusively for college students and recent graduates to find and apply to part-time jobs, internships, virtual gigs, and entry-level jobs upon graduation. Here are just four of the remote jobs they currently have posted out of their millions of jobs listings.

1. Dispatch Sales Rep

Flate Rate Funding Group a factoring company which help Trucking companies get paid quickly for their invoices. They reach out to trucking companies and help them find better rates to cash their freight bills.

They are looking for sales reps to call these trucking companies and offer our services. You can work from our Winter Garden offices or work from home. 

Interested applicants can apply here.

2. Social Media Manager

Toynk has been in business since 2001. They specialize in selling items related to pop culture, mainly toys and costumes. 

They are looking for someone hungry and excited to organize a social media strategy on all of the top social media outlets. The person selected would begin by putting together a 3 month social media strategy. 

The position pay $10/hr and starts out at 15-20 hours a week. Check out their posting here.

3. Enterprise Account Manager

Odds are you have received a package from UPS in the past. Find out more about behind the scenes with this virtual position. 

The Enterprise Account Manager develops and maintains new business and manages customer relationships for UPS Mail Innovations’ (MI) Enterprise accounts. A Bachleor’s degree in Business Management or Marketing is preferred.

Head on over to the job posting to apply.

4. Online Tutor

HelpHub is an online tutoring marketplace. They allow students to get help from people at their own school, and tutors to earn money on their own terms and hours.

Online tutors get to choose their own rate and can work with students on a flexible schedule. Most tutors earn between $500 and $1000 a week. Their most successful tutors are students themselves, with no tutoring experience. 

If you are interested in applying, check out the job listing an apply online.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Cash Back Deal

Graving some wings? Head on over to Buffalo Wild Wings! Get the most savings during your trip by following these steps

  1. Find a discounted gift card at Raise.com.  Bdubs cards average at 9% off and are typically delivered to your email instantly. When you join with this link you will receive a $5 FREE Credit!
  2. Now through June 19th Ibotta is giving users 10% back on all purchases at Buffalo Wild Wings17190926_1356632161063749_2687541836362092840_n
  3. Join Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin Rewards! Check in via your smartphone to start earning free food.

I love going to Buffalo Wild Wings for a quick bite or to hang out while watching a game. I can only handle so much spice but love the rotating special sauces. Share your favorite sauce below!