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Get Cash and Gift Cards Just for Shopping

If you’re anything like me, you go grocery shopping and end up with a million receipts in your purse. Once a week, I empty out my purse and take out receipts, loose change and an occasional dollar bill. You might think to throw out the receipts, but that would be just like throwing out the money you found! Every week, I use my receipts to make money and earn gift cards. All I need is my phone, a clear table and good lighting.

Not only do I make cash back from my receipts, but I also get cash back without thinking about it, because I have my cards linked to some great apps!

The following apps allow you to take pictures of your receipts, link your debit/credit card and earn some money. No, it’s not a second job, but I love saving up for the holidays. Every cent counts.

CoinOut – As seen on Shark Tank, this app pays you for your receipts. No matter where they are from! You’ll earn a few cents for each receipt, and can cash out once a week (no minimum required!) You can cash out for an Amazon gift card, your bank or a charity of your choice! Plus, you can earn $0.50 per referral!

Ibotta – This classic app allows you to earn cash on everyday purchases. “Before you shop, add offers on great products by completing simple tasks.Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don’t forget your receipt! Redeem your offers by taking a photo of your receipt. We’ll match the items you bought to the offers you selected and give you the cash! Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.” You can only cash out once you reach $20, but if you complete bonuses as well, you can reach this goal pretty quickly. You can also receive $5 per referral. You can cash out for various gift cards or to your PayPal account.

Fetch Rewards – (Use code H9JUV to get 2000 bonus points!) Fetch Rewards is an app that turns your grocery receipts into rewards. Save on over 180 brands EVERY time they’re on your receipt, with over $10 in bonus points available, and rotating exclusive special offers. And all you do is scan your grocery receipt! You can request payout for hundreds of gift cards, including Amazon!

Receipt Pal – The Receipt Pal app is one of my favorites as well! I take pictures of my receipts and earn 100 points for every 4 receipts. You can redeem for Amazon gift cards as low as $1!

Shopkick – Get “kicks” for scanning select products, buying those select products or just walking into a store! You can also link your card to earn kicks for making purchases at select retailers.  Earn kicks to redeem for gift cards and rewards. (P.S. If you go to the discover tab, you’ll find videos you can watch for bonus kicks!)

Dosh – Dosh is a great app that lets you link your debit or credit card to earn cash back at select retailers. Use your linked cards at 1,000s of stores and restaurants, and get up to 10% cash back instantly in your Dosh Wallet. You can also earn for referrals who link a card and get their first cash back from Dosh. They’ll often have specials where you can earn even more for making referrals. You can cash out when you reach a balance of $25.

Drop – Drop claims to “Supercharge Your Credit and Debit Cards” and it’s true! I get Drop points every time I shop at Target, Walgreens, Sephora, Macy’s and Lyft. Those are my selected ongoing offers, but you can choose your own. Beware, you can’t change them once they are chosen though! Every time I make a purchase with one of my linked cards at those stores (even online!) I get a ton of points which I can redeem for gift cards of my choice. You can redeem as low as 5000 points. Invite your friends and get 1000 points for every friend that joins Drop and links a card!

SavingStar – Earn cash back when you shop at your select grocery stores – with nothing to clip or print. You can redeem grocery offers by linking them to your supermarket and drugstore loyalty cards or by submitting a picture of your receipt. SavingStar automatically adds the value of each offer you redeem into your SavingStar account, which you can cash out to your bank, PayPal, or Upromise account, or to a gift card for Starbucks, iTunes, or AMC Theatres.

Spent Money – Another fabulous app that just requires you to link your debit and/or credit cards. You can link multiple cards and earn cash back at select retailers. You can also earn cash back by shopping at retailers directly through the links Spent posts. I’ve earned cash back from shopping at Amazon (which everyone knows is nearly impossible!) and Walgreens. You can cash out once you reach $20.

These are some of my favorite apps. I often find myself “double dipping” to maximize my savings. I’ll buy select products from Walgreens and claim the rebates on Ibotta, SavingStar, Checkout51 and Shopkick. I’ll scan items for Shopkick as well. If I use my debit card, I earn points from Drop and cash back from Spent. I’ll take a picture of that receipt for points or cash on Coinout, Fetch Rewards and ReceiptPal. It’s a great way to earn gift cards or cash for shopping you already do!

 

Toastees Giveaway!

Almondina is one of my favorite brands for crunchy snacks. If you recall, I did a review and giveaway of their delicious biscuits (which I still buy and consume on a regular basis!). So when Almondina contacted me about doing a review of Toastees, I jumped at the chance!

Toastees are a bite sized baked snack, that is the first product introduced by the next generation of the Almondina family. They are crunchy, packed full of flavor, and best of all, HEALTHY! They are low sodium, no cholesterol, low fat, so they are suitable for all members of the family. 






I received Cranberry Almond, Coconut Orange and Sesame Almond.I especially enjoyed the Sesame Almond Thins. They are light and addictive! But I never felt bad about snacking on them, since they are so healthy! My husband enjoyed the Coconut Orange Almond. It sounds like a weird flavor, but the combination of sweet coconut, earthy almond and refreshing orange really works! A great midday snack! 




If you are looking for something to munch on, but want to avoid junk food, these are the perfect snack. They aren’t thick, hard biscuits that are hard to eat. Because they are so thin, they are crispy and light and easily accessible. I can see these being served with tea or coffee as well. It feels like a high-end biscuit that you would get in a bakery. But it’s easily found in your grocery store!

Here’s another tip: You can add your favorite toppings to take this snack to the next level! Try cheese, peanut butter, jam or even your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread!


Toastees are being carried coast-to-coast by stores including all Sprouts Markets, Bed Bath & Beyond, Publix, Fairway Markets, Giant Eagle, Kroger Michigan, Amazon, Almondina.com and others.

Almondina was generous enough to offer a sampler pack worth $40 to two Crazy Couponing winners. Enter below!


Toastees by Almondina Prize Pack


Disclaimer: I was given product for free for review purposes. All opinions are truthful and my own. 

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Kate Spade Office Supplies

Any Kate Spade fan knows how coveted the brand’s office supplies are. Shades of gold, multicolor stripes and whimsical polka dots strike the fancy of young girls and grown women alike. The fun collection often includes a hefty price tag. If you are just starting out in your career or you are saving for a rainy day, it can be difficult to justify the price tag. Here are our favorite Kate Spade alternatives, sure to please even the most loyal Kate Spade consumer.



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Kate Spade New York Assortment – Tape Dispenser and Stapler, $52
  


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Zodaca Mini Desk Stapler, $12.99
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Zodaca Desktop Tape Dispenser, $19.99














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Amazon Sample Boxes on Sale, EXCLUSIVELY for Prime Members

Exclusively for Prime Members: Buy a sample box, get Amazon credit back on your purchase of certain items in the same category as the box! (i.e. If you purchase the Suds sample box for $7.99, you will get $7.99 Amazon credit, which you can use on your purchase of select laundry and detergent items)

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Baby on the way? Here’s how to save!

My neighbor recently asked me to put a guide together for his friend about how to save on baby stuff. I realized that I’ve never done a post about this! So here’s some stuff I can remember!

When you have your baby in the hospital, take as much as you can! If you are planning on formula feeding, they will give bottles and diapers in the bassinette. Put them in your bag and ask for more. They don’t give free samples anymore (hospitals are pushing breastfeeding more now). You (or your insurance) are paying for everything when you are in the hospital, so pack away the pads as well. You can also take the blanket and hat the baby is in. Take the peri bottle also! (This will be extremely helpful in the first few painful days!) Anything the nurse gives you, TAKE IT! If they don’t give you anything, ASK!
Also, ask your ob/gyn and pediatrician for some free samples. Pediatricians will often have samples of formula and medicine. I still get samples for my 2.5 year old!
Your insurance might cover a breast pump! They can cost over $200, so check your policy.
You might be able to get free lactation help. Check your area for classes. You can also get free email help from Medela here: http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/ask-the-lc. There will most likely be lactation services available at the hospital, so find out!
          
Free Formula Samples
These sites also send coupons in the mail. Sign up once, and you will keep getting stuff in the mail. I still get formula 2 years later!
https://www.gerber.com/gerber-baby-nutrition-kit (You can get a free kit at a participating hospital. Use the zip code hospital locator to see if your hospital participates. Occasionally, the Gerber website has coupons for formula, baby snacks and more, so check it periodically.)
If you choose to formula feed, powder will be cheaper than liquid.
Diapers and Wipes
Many companies offer free diaper samples. Sign up for as many as possible. You can also combine diaper coupons with sales to get the best prices.
http://www.luvsdiapers.com/ (Has a coupon available on the website right now. They are also offered in the Proctor and Gamble coupon inserts on the first Sunday of the month in the newspaper. You can also often print them. I personally think these diapers are the best value.)
http://www.pampers.com/diaper-coupons-and-promotions (Pampers coupons are also often offered in the newspaper inserts. You can also join the rewards program and get some free stuff.)
https://www.huggies.com/en-us/diaper-coupons (There are not always coupons available, so keep checking. They also have a rewards program.)
http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/diaper-coupons (The best diaper deals each week)
Other free samples and coupons
http://instoresnow.walmart.com/Free-Samples-and-Savings.aspx (The samples and coupons vary. Sometimes they have baby stuff.)
http://www.parents.com/american-baby-magazine/  (Free subscription to American Baby Magazine)
http://samples.target.com/ (Sometimes they have baby samples. Mostly beauty stuff though)
http://imaginationlibrary.com/ (Free children’s book delivered every month. Not available in all areas)
https://www.babiesonline.com/wristband/ (Free pregnancy wristband)
https://samples.lansinoh.com/ (Have to send an email to request samples)
http://www.nuk-usa.com/ (Rewards for mom program for coupons and samples)
Other Stuff
When shopping online, shop through Ebates. You’ll get a percentage back at participating stores. It adds up after a while, and you get a $10 gift card after your first purchase of $25 or more. They also have lots of coupon codes for shopping.
There are so many great apps to help you save money at the grocery store. You can earn a good amount of money just for buying your normal groceries like milk and bread. Sometimes, you will get lucky and find baby item rebates also! I have them all listed here with links:
Ask your friends/neighbors to give you all the baby coupons they get in their paper. It’s a great way to get lots of coupons when you want to stock up on certain items!
Babies don’t need shoes, so you don’t need to spend money on them!
Try not to open and wash every baby outfit you get right away. Sometimes, your baby will never end up wearing it. (I regifted a TON of stuff). Store all the new baby clothes in a safe place and wash them as you need them.
Don’t buy a thermometer for the ear! Pediatricians recommend a rectal thermometer and they are much cheaper.
Freeze your leftovers! It’ll come in handy when you are too exhausted to cook!
A whole roast chicken can make tons of meals. You can eat it just like that. You can shred it for sandwiches, soups and pasta. You can make stir-fry.  Try making a chicken on Sunday and see how many meals you can make for the week! This comes in handy when you have a little baby that demands much of your time!
Ask friends and family for hand-me-downs! Babies grow FAST and you might not need to buy so much.
         
      
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What would you add to this list?
     
          

Less than $10 Holiday Gift Guide — First Edition

Looking for ideas on what kind of gifts to buy for the holidays that DON’T break the bank? I’ll help you find gifts for each category of recipients! The following gifts are $10 or less shipped (with Amazon Prime).

For the Baker

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For the Beauty Junkie

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For the Handyman
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Amazon Deals Less than $3 Shipped!

These all would make great stocking stuffers or small gifts! Order ASAP so they can arrive before the holidays. (Some of these ship internationally

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