Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Recap

Do you have a goal to save money in 2012? Here are some examples of what we've done in our household: 
Total amount of coupons used: $1875.  Most of our coupons came from the Sunday paper insert.  If you want to use internet coupons, check out this post HERE to find out where you can find coupons online.
Using a Perkstreet debit card got us 1% cash back on our purchases, totaling $325 in cash gift cards. We love our Perkstreet card.  It's linked with our home checking account and very simple to transfer the money online.  They have awesome customer service, and they are recommended by one of our favorite individuals: Mr. Dave Ramsey.  If you sign up today, you even get an extra $25 cash back just for signing up!  Find out more HERE.
Using the swagbucks rewards site earned us $210 in Amazon gift cards.  Even if you just download the toolbar and use it for your searches on the internet, you will find this site will get you some extra money.  You can find out more about swagbucks through my post HERE
Submitting for rebates gave us $225 cash. A useful site for finding rebates on products can be found HERE.  Just be sure to save those cash register receipts and UPC numbers!  Saving big purchases for Menards 11% cash back event was key for us this year. 
Using the Mypoints rewards site earned us $60 in Walgreens gift cards.  I've found that the easiest way to get points on this site is to sign up for the daily emails.  You can set up a separate email account and have your emails sent there so they don't clog up your inbox.  For each email you open and click the link on, you usually will get 5 points.  There is never any purchase required, and I usually click out of the screen while it is still loading and receive the points.  They will also send you survey opportunities.  These don't take very long, and you will get 10 points if you don't qualify and between 50 and up to 200 points if you do qualify.  There are also coupons available on mypoints.  You will earn 10 points for every coupon that you redeem.  You also receive a 25 point bonus if you redeem 10 or more coupons in one month.
Shopping online through Ebates earned us $50 cash, and through Mr. Rebates earned us $27 cash.  These are the sites that we have started using whenever we want to do any online shopping.  Not only will they give you any online coupon codes available for that store, they also give you a cashback bonus.  You can't use both of these at the same time, so I choose whichever one will give us more cash back.  Signing up through the links provided here will get you a $5 cashback bonus for each one.  To earn money through these sites, search for the store you want to shop at, click on the store through Ebates or Mr.rebates, and the site will tell you how much you will earn (up to 25% cash back at some stores).  Your money is issued right into your paypal account or you can choose to have them send you a check.  Ebates pays every 3 months, and you can request money from Mr. Rebates once you have earned $10 cash back. 
That's just under 3k for shopping smart for one year! And the beauty of this is, anyone can do this!  I've been playing with the idea of offering a sort of couponing/money saving class in our area for free, if there would be any interest.  Drop me a note if you would be interested in something like this.
Happy New Year, and here's to saving more money in 2012!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Mega Swagbucks Day

Today is Friday, and that means... Mega Swagbucks Day!  You can get even more for your search wins on Fridays, today I got a search win of 21 Swagbucks!

If you're not yet a member of Swagbucks, during this week only, get an extra 100 bonus swagbucks added to your account when you use the code HOLIDAYSWAG at registration.  This is a one time use only code at registration for new members.

What are Swag Bucks, exactly? They are electronic bucks that you earn for searching the web – something that most of us do every day. You can then redeem these for items such as gift cards (my favorite - over $200 in 2011!), other gift cards, or items from the swag store.

If you aren’t already using Swag Bucks, learn more HERE and sign up HERE.  And use the code HOLIDAYSWAG at sign up to score an an additional 100 swagbucks!


Free itune

Go HERE to get the song Day After Day by Kristin Stanfill for FREE from KLOVE!


$5 off $25 purchase at Dollar General

Go HERE to print a coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase at Dollar General.


People's Grocery Coupons for Week of 12/30/11

Go HERE to print this week's coupons from People's Grocery:
FREE green bag with a $30 grocery purchase
50 cents off any gallon of milk with a $30 grocery purchase.


Bath & Body Works $10 off $40

Go HERE to print a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase at Bath & Body Works.


FREE sample of Rachel Ray dog food

Go HERE to request your FREE sample of Rachel Ray dog food.  Our dog Morgan loves this stuff!  (yes, Morgan Freeman lives at our house!)


20% off at Kohls

Go HERE to print a coupon for 20% off your purchase at Kohls, valid through 12/31.


10 Point Pampers Code

Go HERE if you haven't signed up yet for Pampers rewards points, or go HERE if you already have an account to enter this code for 10 points (expires 1/6/12): 


My Coke Rewards: $5 Gift card for TGI Fridays

Today only you can redeem 175 Coke Rewards points for a $5 TGI Fridays promo card.  Go HERE to sign in or register.  This is a printable coupon, and it expires 10/31/12.

AND, if you "like" TGI Fridays on facebook HERE, you can get a coupon for a FREE appetizer with a group of 3 or more valid in bar through 12/31.


Monday, December 26, 2011

$10 off $25 at JC Penneys

Go HERE to print a coupon for $10 off a $25 purchase at JC Penneys, valid through 12/27.  Use code BIGTEN if shopping online.


FREE Aquafresh Toothpaste

Go HERE to print a coupon for $1/1 Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste item with no size restrictions.  You can snag a FREE travel size toothpaste from Walmart or Target with this one.


FREE MP3 from Amazon

Go HERE to get the MP3 Praise His Name by Ashmont Hill FREE from Amazon.

Thanks, Frugal Girls!


10 point Pampers Gifts to Grow Code

Go HERE if you haven't signed up yet for Pampers rewards points, or go HERE if you already have an account to enter this code for 10 points (expires 12/31): 


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