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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!

 

Want to Earn Amazon Credits Just for Eating Out?

Every night, we have the same conversation:

“What do you want for dinner?”
“I don’t know”

Let’s just give up and go out for dinner. Especially if you get paid for it!


The Seated team only selects the best restaurants in each city and rewards diners with ~$30 to Uber, Amazon, or Starbucks for trying them. Restaurants can’t buy their way past our selection process, so our diners can choose confidently from any place on our list.

Just book an available reservation on the platform and pay for the meal with your linked card. The reward code to the service of your choice will be delivered digitally in the app 24-72 hours after each successfully seated reservation.



Available in the following cities –  New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, D.C, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Austin, Denver, Seattle.

Join here.


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The World’s First Social Credit Card

Get paid cash forever each time you share VITAL with your friends. Plus earn 1% cash back on all transactions.

VITAL rewards you based on how many friends you sign up. You also get credit for everyone your friends bring in and even their friends too!

Every time you sign up a friend to VITAL you earn 4 points towards your VITAL Score. Plus, you get an additional 2 points for everyone your friend signs up and another 1 point for the people they sign up.
  • Earn Cash Rewards By Sharing
  • 1% Cash Back on Spending
  • Proudly Backed by Visa
  • No Annual Fee
  • Competitive APRs

I just signed up for VITAL – the world’s first social credit card that pays you to share. Each person you sign up will earn you cash for each referral – Each month for the rest of your life! 


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Vremi’s 12 Days of Giveaways

Who doesn’t love winning prizes, especially around the holidays?

Vremi is hosting their “12 Days of Giveaways” and giving 133 people a chance to win some great prizes. 



Every day, 12 winners will be awarded the prize of the day. On the 12th day, one grand prize winner will be awarded all the prizes, PLUS an electric hand mixer! 

December 13: Salad Spinner
December 14: Garden Tool Set
December 15: Mason Jar Set
December 16: Avocado Slicer
December 17: Ice Cream Scoop
December 18: Garlic Press
December 19: Collapsible Basket
December 20: Coffee Carafe
December 21: Hand Blender
December 22: Stainless Steel 1500w Blender
December 23: Apple Peeler
December 24: One Grand Prize Winner wins 12 Items (All 11 prizes and ELECTRIC HAND MIXER)

Vremi is a start-up brand passionate about providing high-quality yet affordable products that are full of personality for your home, kitchen, and beyond. Our products have gotten love from New York Magazine, Lifehacker, and BuzzFeed, and many of them have become Amazon’s favorites!

My favorite part about Vremi is that all the products are affordable and have GREAT personality. The boxes are hilarious and will definitely make you LOL when you receive your package. 

In addition to this amazing giveaway, Vremi is also accepting new members into their Secret Sauce Society on Facebook. In the month of December, the top 10 members who invite new members will receive a Vremi gift basket! For every 500 members that are added over 5000, they will add another winner. No limits! 

Join Vremi Secret Sauce Society for exclusive giveaways, product testing opportunities, and early access to products. Approval’s easy, just answer 3 short questions and you’re closer to free products and special experiences!





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Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream



Disney on Ice is a yearly tradition for me and my girls. We love watching the show each year, with all of our favorite princesses and characters. Each year we’ve attended, we’ve left singing the songs and feeling so happy. 

My daughters are 9 and almost 5, and Disney on Ice is one of those shows they BOTH enjoy. Do you know how rare that is? This year, I’m sure they will be loving the show more than ever.  

In Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, five daring Disney heroines dream big and overcome obstacles, inspiring everyone to be the hero of his or her own story. The show also brings the action-packed story of Moana to the ice for the first time. Families will join in her quest to save her island and become a master wayfinder while discovering her true identity along the way.

We LOVE Moana! She’s a strong, brave and funny girl who makes us all want to sing along with her. 

Want a chance to win a family pack of 4 tickets to one of the shows in the Northeast? Enter to win! 

Enter to win by clicking on the pictures above or clicking here.




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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