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Showing posts with label thrifty thursday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thrifty thursday. Show all posts

Thursday, April 13, 2017

thrifty thursday #11

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  • I started making my own lunches and packed it up in my reusable Thirty One lunchbox that my mom gave me for Christmas one year.
  • When I was out visiting my mom, we snagged fruit from the hotel's breakfast. The banana I had was about to go, so I peeled and chopped it and froze it for smoothies.
  • I've really been shopping the pantry at home lately and I've made up quite a few meals without spending a dime for extra ingredients. We have a bunch of older spices that I've been hitting pretty heavy to get rid of them, too.
  • For lunch at work, I finished the last two slices of a mushroom pizza instead of ordering fried rice even though I really wanted fried rice.
  • Yesterday I made $3.55 via rebate apps Checkout 51*, MobiSave* (*use code AKHJYJNZ), and Berrycart*.
  • My mom signed up for Mobisave, so I got a $1 from the referral!
  • I've got my other half saving his receipts, so I go through his grocery receipts for potential rebates and to scan them into Receipt Hog* for points for PayPal money.
  • While out at Target, Annie's mac and cheese was on sale for $.99 per box, originally $1.79, and I used two $1 off two manufacturer coupons, which brought them down to only $.49 per box!
  • In the same Target trip, I picked up this set* of adorable popsicle molds for only $4.48 on clearance. They'll be a nice treat for the little guy this summer.
  • With SavingStar, I cashed out $5.88 to my PayPal. They feature mainly name brands that I don't buy, but occasionally I'll get a bag of chips or take advantage of the fresh produce offers.
  • Sunday night I made a quick and thrifty pantry sauce to top the rest of my spaghetti squash - lots of minced garlic and spices, some wrinkly cherry tomatoes, the rest of a bag of meatless crumbles, and then I poured some gazpacho I received free with rebates over it. It cooked down nicely and I didn't have to open another jar of tomato sauce!
How have you saved pennies lately?


Thursday, April 06, 2017

thrifty thursday #10

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  • I like to reuse packing materials whenever possible for both the cost and recycling factor, so I pilfered a few smaller plain boxes and single sheets of bubble wrap from work and I added a few mailers I received from things in the mail to my packing supply pile.
  • I earned $4.00 at the grocery store last night via ibotta* and didn't even know I had the rebate unlocked. It pays (literally) to go through and unlock them! My grocery store sends the rebates automatically through my rewards card, so I just put my phone number in at the store and boom! No uploading receipts.
  • Fifteen cents was added to my PayPal via Mobisave (use code: AKHJYJNZ) for buying no-chicken broth*! It might not seem like much but fifteen cents is fifteen cents.
  • When I was out visiting my mom we stopped by the Eddie Bauer store where everything was 40% off, and though I didn't find anything, I saved her $10 with my Adventure Rewards certificate.
  • I'm sick again and I bought the Family Dollar brand cold medicine and saved quite a bundle. I checked the ingredients and the off brand actually had higher levels of the medications I needed.
  • At the store last night, I earned another $.75 via ibotta*!
  • Today I shopped the pantry and made goulash with meatless beef crumbles, jarred sauce, and some rice noodles that were in a mac and cheese box that had no cheese packet. Filling and delicious!
  • I've got a spaghetti squash roasting in the oven and I plan to meal prep this week and get a few lunches out of it. Yum!
Any tips? ♥


Thursday, March 09, 2017

thrifty thursday #9

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  • Since I'm working on building my reselling business, I decided to invest in a nice rug as a backdrop. I managed to score this rug* at Kohl's. It was on sale for $59.99 and I used a $10 off $50 coupon, then a 15% off coupon, and put the total of $44.79 on a giftcard I got for Christmas!
  • I cashed out another $10.00 via Mintvine*! That was with pretty minimal effort, too.
  • My coworker and I stop by a local restaurant on most Mondays for burger night. We get $2 black bean burgers with the purchase of a drink and it's always a nice little treat, plus there's always enough left for lunch the next day.
  • Speaking of lunches, I finally stocked the work fridge with lunch supplies so I'm not tempted to order $10 minimum delivery. I do miss my breadstick bites, though.
  • I cashed out $24.65 with ibotta* today and was paid instantly via PayPal! I made $5.40 at my local grocery store just by using my rewards card - no receipt uploading required!
  • Via Checkout 51* I made $3.00 during that same local store visit. Yay, free money!
  • I signed up to ship some clothing to, and I'm hoping to get a couple bucks for them.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

thrifty thursday #8

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  • I took advantage of this Raise app offer via KCL and scored a $10 Target giftcard for only $4.60!
  • Speaking of giftcards, I received a few for Christmas that I'm definitely going to use the crap out of!
  • While in Tennessee my mom and I stopped by her local grocery store and I scored twenty pounds of potatoes for less than five bucks! I've been telling everyone about this awesome deal! They were $4.99 and bogo free so I brought two bags home.
  • Goodwill was good to me this week - I picked up a wide, three drawer Sterilite set for only $4.99, and they normally retail for $15+! I'm going to organize my eBay stock with it.
  • I picked up three bags of black turtle beans for almost nothing, so I'm gonna be eating lots of soup. Maybe with my loads of potatoes?
  • I had an order through Legging Army* and earned a few dollars of commission. These leggings are seriously the best!
How have you saved (or made) a dollar lately?


Thursday, December 22, 2016

thrifty thursday #7

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  • I cashed out my consignment shop earnings and made $8.60, which I then turned around and applied to three sweaters I'd found, making my total out of pocket only $8.95! Now I have three more sweaters to wear with leggings and more clothes out of the house and to new homes.
  • I've got over $14 in my Mintvine account, and I can cash it out once the points are approved. Yay! I JUST cashed out $10 of it, and received it within a week!
  • When I went Thanksgiving dinner shopping I added $4 to my ibotta earnings, $.10 to my Paypal account via Mobisave (use code AKHJYNZ), and $2.00 added to my Checkout 51 account balance.
  • I ordered two books that had been on my TBR list on Paperback Swap for only $0.49!
  • I snagged a 4 foot faux Christmas tree at the local thrift shop for $3. I didn't want to put up our prelit trees this year with the litter of kittens in the house.
  • PrideBites is sending out FREE dog toys - just pay $3 for shipping!
  • When I went to visit my mom, I used some coupons at the outlets and saved a bundle on Christmas gifts!
How have you saved money lately?


Thursday, November 10, 2016

thrifty thursday #6

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  • I've been skipping my energy drinks every so often, so I've been saving quite a tidy little sum by drinking my 20¢/cup World Market coffee instead.
  • I cashed out another $10.01 via Mintvine - it's a quick and easy little income. Try it!
  • I received a $5 Amazon giftcard from the Panel App - I cashed in my points there, too.
  • Last week I ordered some shipping supplies from Amazon and since I didn't need them right away I opted for longer shipping and received a $5.99 Prime Pantry credit to use later. Score! Six bucks AND my package arrived three days earlier than scheduled. Thanks, Amazon!
  • I made $4.50 in two days with ibotta - I bought four items and got $2 for meeting the terms for a monthly special! And a bonus: If you use my link to sign up and redeem an offer within two weeks, you'll get $10 and I'll get $5!
  • I discovered a new grocery rewards app, Mobisave. They send you the money via PayPal as soon as your receipt is approved! I made $1.60 Friday and $.30 the next week! Use code AKHJYJNZ when you sign up! :)
  • Between my grocery rewards apps, I only paid $1.49 for Go Veggie Cheese. Normally it's $3.49!
  • I sold a couple more things on eBay, so that's a few more dollars in my pocket and more stuff out of our house.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

thrifty thursday #5

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  • I picked up a clearance pack of five thin pizza crusts from World Market and made pizzas through my weekend - only $1.75 each including toppings!
  • Friday I made $.25 with ibotta when I bought zucchini, $.50 on pasta sauce, and another quarter on shampoo. (If you join with my link, you'll get $10 and I'll get $5!)
  • My Sheetz card has earned me a free cookie and a free 6" sub...I'll save it for when I don't feel like cooking.
  • I cashed out another $12.24 from Mintvine. Check it out!
  • My eBay earnings in the past month have been pretty good - I sold another three items last week.
  • I stopped at a local farmer's booth to see if he had tomatoes - he didn't, but I picked up four green bell peppers and a pound and a half (five) of yellow squash for a grand total of $2. He was so nice, the vegetables are locally grown, and a great deal!
  • Tonight I really wanted Taco Bell on my way home, but instead I came home and cooked said $1 squash. I still have three more squash left so I'll have another meal.
  • Free coffee? Sure! I didn't quite bring enough coffee one day, so I stopped by Sheetz with my mug and since all of the coffee machines were blinking, I got a free cup! I never expect it and tell them out of courtesy, but today they insisted I take the free cup.
Do you have any money saving tips? :)

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

thrifty thursday #4

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  • I skipped getting my morning energy drink a couple days this week. As a caffeine fiend this was hard, but I saved a few dollars.
  • Somehow a two liter of lemonade showed up in our house and it was incredibly processed so it was super sweet. I'm the only who would drink it and didn't want to waste it, so I filled up a travel cup halfway with lemonade, then cut it with water. So I stretched the lemonade AND made it more tolerable!
  • My mom gave me her old Keurig, so I try to find deals on k-cups. I snagged this box of 18 at World Market for 55% off of $9.99 with an additional promo that brought them down to $3.60 - only twenty cents per cup!
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  • I didn't have to buy any new books or school supplies for the fall semester. Win!
  • I've been hemming and hawing on a dress I bought from Target on clearance a while ago. I decided it wasn't something I'd get a lot of wear out of, so since the tags are still on, I'm going to return it for a store credit.
  • My little pile of "books to take to the secondhand store" is growing, so hopefully I'll be able to take them down soon and get some store credit. I've not had luck on eBay, so I'm going to try my luck there.
How have you saved money lately?


Thursday, August 04, 2016

thrifty thursday #3

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  • We went to another movie night at my best friend's husband's business - this time they played Home and it was so adorable. A free date night!
  • I checked out more movies from the library and put a couple books on hold. I'm really knocking out some of my reading list, and for free!
  • Tuesday morning I cashed out my ibotta earnings and received $21.75 in my PayPal account! If you sign up through my link, you'll get $10 and I'll get $5!
  • I also cashed out my Mintvine earnings for $10.34 on Monday, which is 1,034 points, and I'm already back to 278! It's so easy to earn money with them - I only joined a little over a month ago, and only use it sporadically.
  • AND I just cashed out on Swagbucks for a $15 Amazon giftcard! July has been a good rewards month.
  • The consignment shop by my work is accepting fall clothes starting Monday - I'm really hoping to get some more clothes out of here!
  • I stopped by the book store where I have store credit (Christmas gift) and picked up a few books. I don't need any more books, but as I slowly make my way through my stash I hope to sell some back to Amazon and the local store.
How have you saved money lately?


Thursday, July 07, 2016

thrifty thursday #2

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  • In a thrift store trip, I snagged a clear Sterilite cd bin for $.99. It needed a good scrubbing, but they're normally way more than a dollar so I grabbed it. Since all my cds are in a case, I'll use this for something else. I also came out with a jar with a screw-on lid that'll be perfect for fresh garlic for $.99.
  • Our pot belly pig likes to push the throw pillows across the room, so I bought him some just for him to play with. How much? Three dollars a piece at the thrift store. I kept something out of the landfill and got a good deal on pig toys! ;)
  • Before we left for the beach, I stocked up on two bottles of wine and got back $1.00 each on them automatically via ibotta, making them the same price or cheaper than the normal brand I buy. Then in two days a week later, I made $5.50 buying things I'd already be buying. Win!
  • I made a frugal alfredo dinner Monday night at $1.96 per serving - we already had some of the ingredients, and we both got lunches out of it! AND the sauce was made from scratch, so no nasty preservatives or extra sodium! Way better than restaurant alfredo, I thought.
  • Friday I cashed out my consignment shop account for the last two months and walked out with $11.25. It's not much, but I just drop off my clean clothes, they do the leg work, and I don't have to worry with eBay! And the ladies are always great to talk to whenever I go in.
  • Wednesday I was treated to lunch by my dad (thanks, pops!) and then stopped by the library and picked up a couple DVDs and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
How have you saved money lately?


Thursday, June 09, 2016

thrifty thursday #1

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Thrifty Thursday is going to start being a post about ways I've saved money throughout the week. I love reading money saving tips. My mother and I talk about them all the time, so I thought this might be a neat way to document some of the ways I've saved a buck. Here's how I saved:
  • I've been continuing to fill up my thirteen year old Nalgene bottle instead of buying bottled water. My school put in bottle fillers last year, so that helps because my one class on campus is three hours and fifteen minutes long.
  • Instead of tossing the cottonballs that got dropped on the bathroom floor, I put them in my nail polish bin to be used to remove polish instead of using them for toner for my face.
  • I made $0.50 automatically via ibotta when I bought kale and broccoli from Food Lion. No receipt upload needed when you enter your MVP card into the app, so I saved a few seconds, too.
  • Instead of buying new school supplies for the summer semester, I'm going to finish using the many half used notebooks I have around the house. And pens. You wouldn't believe how many pens I've accumulated. (Update: I found a brand new notebook in my storage box that was purchased for a quarter on clearance!)
  • This month I made $8.75 at the consignment shop within walking distance of the parking lot for work, but I opted to wait to collect until next month to try to accumulate a little more cash.
  • The movie we wanted to see isn't at the theatre that we have tickets for (a birthday gift from my mom), so we're going to wait instead of using them on something we might only slightly want to see.
  • My best friend's husband's business puts on a movie night during the summer every other Saturday night. They set up a projector and screen and play family friendly movies outside. So we spent our Saturday night supporting them and seeing a free movie!
  • I received a mobile BOGO coupon for Chipotle, so we had a nice take out meal at home consisting of two bowls, chips, and salsa all for $9.73. If you scroll to the bottom of their site, you can sign up!
So there's a few ways I saved a bit of cash. It's not much and I'm sure incredibly boring to some, but now I can keep track of how well I'm doing!

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