One Month of Disney+ Free with TopCashBack!

This is an AWESOME DEAL!!

It’s pretty easy to do this deal, just 6 steps!

How to get this freebie:
1. Visit the offerhere
2. Create your account with an email and password
3. Click on the “Get Offer” button and it’ll take you to Disney+.
4. Add “Disney+ Subscription” to your cart and shop as you would normally then checkout.
5. This is a Free Digital Confirmation offer.
6. Once you checkout, in about 14 days $12.99 will post in your TopCashback account.

Congrats on your freebie!
* New TopCashback members with no previous purchases or cash back through TopCashback only. Ends February 3rd at 23:59 PST!
How do you get it?

Visit Disney+ through TopCashback, purchase a Disney+ Subscription for $12.99 and then shop as normal. Within fourteen days $12.99 cashback will post in your TopCashback account.
Who qualifies for it?
This offer is available to TopCashback members with no previous purchases or cash back through TopCashback only. However as TopCashback doesn’t limit accounts to one per household, if you’re an existing member now’s the perfect time to tell your husband or wife, mom or dad, roommate, neighbor or anyone else about TopCashback and perhaps they’ll share their freebie with you.
When do you get your money back?

Within 14 days the $12.99 will turn payable in your TopCashback account and you can choose your payout method at that time.
Is there anything else important to know?
Transactions must contain at least one Disney+ Subscription from Disney+ priced at $12.99 to ensure $12.99 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If a different item is purchased under $12.99, the cashback amount awarded will be 1% or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $12.99.
The deal is:
– open until 23:59 PST on Monday, February 3rd
– subject to Disney+’s Stock supplies and availability
– applicable for online sales only, for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback.com
Only one:
– TopCashback account is permitted per member

Tips to Reign In An Out Of Control Family Budget: Let’s Start in the Kitchen!

707538835876fc5c438018d57701bc2f.jpgUntil the end of the year, I’ll be posting some articles with realistic tips and methods to save money and reign in spending. None of these are going to the same old “Clip coupons, grow your own garden, etc.” that’s all over the internet- and honestly, here in Southern California, the old, standby advice isn’t going to help you. Grow a garden to save money? Water is so expensive here!

Clipping coupons and shopping grocery store sales/circulars will save you a fraction of the amount that it used to. In years past, I was saving 60-80% with coupons and store sales. Now, I’m lucky to save 50%.  With all of the restrictions on coupons (example: limit one like coupon per day- LAME), stockpiling to save money isn’t always possible without a lot of work/trips to different stores (and that’s not saving time). We’re moving past that, and delving into other ways to save money and take advantage of opportunities that are out there.

Today we are going to start with my pet project: Saving in the kitchen! If you feel like you’re spending too much money on food and groceries, here are my recommendations for getting the grocery spending under control:

  1. Go through your refrigerator/freezer and pantry. Make a note of the food that you have on hand. I like using the kitchen inventories here. This will also give you an opportunity to clean out food from the kitchen that has expired or that you won’t eat. Unexpired food that you won’t eat, can be donated to a local charity.
  2. Now that you have a handle on what you have in your kitchen, take a look at the list and come up with some recipes or meals that can be created with what you have on hand. You’d be surprised by how many meals you have in your kitchen! Make a list of the meals that you can make with what you have. And plan on having one or two of those per week. This will help keep grocery spending down. Make a list of meals that you can make but require one or two ingredients (like fresh vegetables), and add those ingredients to your next few shopping lists. By relying on what you already have in your home, you will be keeping your out of pocket down.
  3. Before you head to the store, take a look at the sale flyer which is available online, and see what is on sale. Plan meals around food that is in season and on sale. Continue to use coupons, but don’t go out of your way to subscribe to multiple newspapers per week to get a hold of lots of the same coupons.  Don’t forget rebate apps! Use of these apps gets us $10-$20/month cashback, sometimes double that, depending on what bonus offers are available- Fetch Rewards and Ibotta often have Bonus offers.
  4. Track your spending over a few weeks to see how much you are spending, and what you are buying. If you still find that you’re spending a lot of money on food, I would try shopping at a different store. I find that even with club card sales, and rebate apps like Fetch Rewards, some grocery stores (like Vons) are just too expensive to do my weekly shopping. I love starting my shopping at $.99 only. I am able to get a lot of snacks, name-brand treats, and fresh fruits and veggies there, and I am still able to stay on budget. Another fun place where I save money is Grocery Outlet. They have great prices on cheese, fruit juice, coffee, and frozen meat. They also have an interesting selection that changes weekly: snack food, protein bars/cookies, and cereal. If you are in the military, a military family, or a veteran, consider shopping at the commissary. Here is my article about saving money at the commissary. 
  5. Consider cooking more from scratch. It is healthier, and pantry stables are generally pretty cheap (the ingredients for a batch of chocolate chip cookies runs about $3.00 and yields 4-5 dozen cookies, while a package of chocolate chip cookies from the grocery store is about $4.00+ and is usually 3 dozen or so).  I buy fruits and veggies whole and break them down and pack them into serving size bags. You can learn more about that and Batch Cooking here.

If you are still having a hard time keeping your grocery budget in check, or if you are finding that the ends don’t meet, consider the San Diego Food Bank Neighborhood Distribution Program. No documentation is needed to receive food assistance from a
Neighborhood Distribution site where people can receive fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread, based on availability. Families are encouraged to bring reusable bags or
a cart with them to carry the food items.

There are programs out there to help those struggling to feed their families here in San Diego County. Here is my list of San Diego County Food Resources.

I work very hard to keep my family on a budget, I work very hard to make sure that we are saving money and taking advantage of as many deals and opportunities that present themself. I know that this is not something that everyone wants to do or something that everyone can do. There are so many programs and discounts out there available for various groups of individuals.

Tomorrow, we’re tackling saving money on the entertainment budget.

9/22/19 New Savingstar Coupons!

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SavingStar has some awesome new rebates available.

If you are new to SavingStar, it’s different from traditional couponing!

What makes SavingStar different is that you don’t receive money off at the register.  The savings in held in your SavingStar account, and once you reach at least $20.00 in savings you can transfer it to your Paypal Account or donate your savings to charity!

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SavingStar is the first national, fully digital, grocery eCoupon service, available for free at www.savingstar.com and on iPhone and Android mobile apps. There’s nothing to clip, nothing to print. Chose offers, shop, and save! SavingStar is currently available at over 70,000 locations!

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And it gets better: SavingStar members who redeem 2 offers per month (not counting any Healthy Offers) will unlock a full month of Healthy Offers for the next month! That’s money savings on fruits, veggies, and more!

Here are the latest offers:

SAVE $0.75 on ANY Sprayway® product (15.oz. or larger).Expires 11/30/2019.Save $0.75.

SAVE $2.00 on ANY BODY FORTRESS® protein powder.Expires 11/15/2019.Save $2.00.

SAVE $0.50 on any ONE (1) Country Crock® Plant Butter (16 oz. stick or 10.5 oz. tub) product..Expires 10/6/2019.Save $0.50.

Save $1.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) King Oscar Skinless Boneless Olive Oil Sardines. Valid on 4.38 oz..Expires 10/23/2019.Save $1.00.(Only at Bakers, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s/Fry’s Marketplace, Gerbes, JayC, King Soopers,

Save $0.50 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Land O Lakes® Pumpkin Pie Spice Butter Spread. Valid on 6.5 oz..Expires 11/27/2019.Save $0.50.(Only at Albertsons, Albertsons, City Market, Harris Teeter Food Markets, Jewel-Osco, King Soopers, Kroger, Metro Market

Save $1.25 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Talenti Gelato or Sorbetto. Any Variety..Expires 10/30/2019.Save $1.25.

Save $0.50 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) ORE-IDA Frozen Potatoes. Valid on 5 lb bags or larger..Expires 10/30/2019.Save $0.50.

Save $1.00 when you purchase ANY TWO (2) belVita Breakfast Biscuits. Valid on 8.8oz or larger, any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt..Expires 10/30/2019.Save $1.00.

Save $1.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) EatingWell® Frozen Meal. Any Variety. Valid At Walmart and Target..Expires 10/16/2019.Save $1.00.(Only at Target, Walmart)

Free Crayons from TopCashBack!

I’ve shared the awesomeness of TopCashBack before, and if you haven’t taken advantage of their awesome deals before, now is a great time!

Visit Walmart through TopCashback, purchase a Crayola 152 Count Ultimate Crayon Collection for $10.99 and then shop as normal. Within fourteen days $10.99 cashback will post in your TopCashback account.

How to get this freebie:
1. Visit the offer here
2. Create your account with an email and password
3. Click on the “Get Offer” button and it’ll take you to Walmart.
4. Add “Crayola 152 Count Ultimate Crayon Collection” to your cart and shop as you would normally then checkout.
5. This is a Free In-Store Pick Up offer.
6. Once you checkout, in about 14 days $10.99 will post in your TopCashback account.

Congrats on your freebie!
* New TopCashback members with no previous purchases or cashback through TopCashback only. Ends September 30th at 23:59 PST!
Free In-Store Pick Up Offer!
How do you get it?

Who qualifies for it?

This offer is available to TopCashback members with no previous purchases or cashback through TopCashback only. However as TopCashback doesn’t limit accounts to one per household, if you’re an existing member now’s the perfect time to tell your husband or wife, mom or dad, roommate, neighbor or anyone else about TopCashback and perhaps they’ll share their freebie with you.
When do you get your money back?

Within 14 days the $10.99 will turn payable in your TopCashback account and you can choose your payout method at that time.
Is there anything else important to know?
Transactions must contain at least one Crayola 152 Count Ultimate Crayon Collection from Walmart priced at $10.99 to ensure $10.99 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If a different item is purchased under $10.99, the cashback amount awarded will be 1% or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $10.99.
The deal is:
– open until 23:59 PST on Monday, September 30th
– subject to Walmart’s Stock supplies and availability
– applicable for online sales only, for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback.com
Only one:
– TopCashback account is permitted per member

Score $5 or $10 from Checkout 51!

unnamed.pngCheckout 51 is a savings program that’s so easy to use, and no Smartphone is needed! It’s an app on your iPhone or Android phone, or you use your computer. Just purchased specific products (and these products change each Thursday, so make sure you check out the app/website before heading out to shop), scan and upload your receipts weekly. Checkout 51 is NOT store specific!

I’ve been using it for years, and I love that I’m able to save money when I shop at Grocery Outlet and 99 Cents Only- Two of my favorite stores that don’t accept coupons.

unnamed.jpgI also like that they frequently have bonuses- right now when you buy any 4 Colgate or Tom’s products, you’ll earn $5 Cash Back. And this is in addition to the individual rebates for Colgate & Tom’s product that are available!

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Right now, Checkout 51 has an awesome referral bonus!

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Invite a friend to join Checkout 51 and earn $10* once they become a saver.

Offers on Checkout 51 change weekly, so I recommend that you download and start saving!

 

*Disclosure* Most of those links are my personal links, so if you sign up I earn a few cents. When you sign up, you can share your links too and earn a little bit of green!

$10 Cash Back When Shopping at Sephora with TopCashBack!

$10 cash back for feeding your skincare or cosmetic addiction? HELL YES! This is such a great deal!

*Purchase is Required to Obtain Deal*

How to get this freebie:

 

  1. Visit the offer here
  2. Create your account with an email and password
  3. Click on the “Get Offer” button and it’ll take you to Sephora.
  4. Add 1 “worth in products” priced for $10.00 to your cart and shop as you would normally then checkout. If the price changes or anything happens to the stock, the deal is officially over.
  5. This is a Free Standard 3 Day Shipping on orders $50 and over offer.
  6. Once you checkout, in about 14 days $10.00 will post in your TopCashback account.

    Congrats on your freebie!

    * New TopCashback members only. Ends December 31st at 23:59 PST!

    FREE Standard 3 Day Shipping on orders $50 and over Offer!

    Who qualifies for this deal?
    This offer is available to new TopCashback members only. However, as TopCashback doesn’t limit accounts to one per household, if you’re an existing member now’s the perfect time to tell your husband or wife, mom or dad, roommate, neighbor or anyone else about TopCashback and perhaps they’ll share their freebie with you.

    Is there anything else important to know?
    Transactions must contain at least one worth in products from Sephora priced at $10.00 to ensure $10.00 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If another item is purchased under $10.00 the cashback amount awarded will be 112 or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $10.00.

    The deal is:
    – open until 23:59 PST on Monday, December 31st
    – available while the product’s price is $10.00 – subject to Sephora’s Stock supplies and pick-up availability
    – applicable for online sales only, for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback.com

    Only one:
    – TopCashback account is permitted per member
    -Please check out our Terms and Conditions for any other information

New Savingstar Rebates!

Screen Shot 2019-06-09 at 10.00.51 PM.pngSavingStarhas some awesome new rebates available.

If you are new to SavingStar, it’s different from traditional couponing!

What makes SavingStar different is that you don’t receive money off at the register.  The savings in held in your SavingStar account, and once you reach at least $10.00 in savings you can transfer it to your Paypal Account, buy a gift Card, or even donate your savings to charity!

SavingStaris the first national, fully digital, grocery eCoupon service, available for free at www.savingstar.com and on iPhone and Android mobile apps. There’s nothing to clip, nothing to print. Chose offers, shop, and save! SavingStar is currently available at over 100 retailers!

Here are the latest offers:


Save $0.75 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Bob’s Red Mill Muesli Cups. Any variety..Expires 7/24/2019.Save $0.75.

Save $4.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters. Valid on the 16 oz packages..Expires 7/24/2019.Save $4.00.

Save $2.50 when you purchase ANY TWO (2) Buy 2: Select Oral-B® Toothbrushes. Excludes Healthy Clean, Cavity Defense, and Kids varieties. Items must appear on the same receipt. .Expires 6/26/2019.Save $2.50.

Save $2.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Dymatize 100% Whey Isolate Protein Powder 1.76 lbs. Valid only on 25 servings product..Expires 9/12/2019.Save $2.00.

Save $3.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Culturelle® Kids Daily Probiotic Chewables. Valid on 30 ct or 50 ct..Expires 9/26/2019.Save $3.00.

Save $3.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Culturelle® Kids Daily Probiotic Packets. Valid on 30 ct or 50 ct..Expires 9/26/2019.Save $3.00.

Save $3.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Culturelle® Kids Complete Multivitamin + Probiotic. Valid on 30 ct and 50 ct..Expires 9/26/2019.Save $3.00.

Save $3.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Culturelle® Baby Probiotics. Valid on .29 fl oz, .30 fl oz, 30 ct..Expires 9/26/2019.Save $3.00.

Save $0.55 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Straight Up Tea Singles. Valid on 18.5 oz single bottles..Expires 7/31/2019.Save $0.55.

Save $1.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Straight Up Tea 6-packs. Valid only on 6-packs..Expires 7/31/2019.Save $1.00.

And don’t forget, my complete list of rebate/money making Smartphone Apps can be found here.

OhmConnect: Get a free Nest thermostat after rebates!

This is a great deal for those of us with SDG&E as our utility provider. If you use OhmConnect, but you are not and SDG&E customer, check with your utility to see if this offer exists.

Check out this sweet deal:
SDG&E’s Energy Efficiency Rebate: Get $75 off instantly when you purchase an eligible energy-efficient thermostat.

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SDG&E’s Automated Demand Response Rebate: Get another $50 via a rebate after installing your new thermostat and connecting it to a program like OhmConnect. Click here for instructions.

OhmConnect Connection Incentive: Buy a Nest device from the our store, connect it to your account, and receive an additional $45. There is no application, just connect your device!

That’s $170 in rebates- SCORE. In addition to getting these sweet rebates, you’ll also be saving money on your utility bills.

 

If you are new to OhmConnect, you can learn more about OhmConnect here, and sign up here.

Quaker Foods: $5 Rebate at Wal-Mart!

I love rebates! This rebate is great because a lot of these items are heavily requested at food banks this time of year.

Tis the season to save BIG at Walmart! Now through December 15, get a $5 Walmart eGift card when you buy $15 of participating Quaker® products online or in store. Just email your receipt to submit@quakerseasonalsavings.com and choose from over 400 Quaker® items, including your favorites like Quaker® Oatmeal, Aunt Jemima®, Cap’n Crunch®, and so many more. Head to quakerseasonalsavings.com for a full list of qualifying products.

Freebies from TopCashBack!

When I wrote about my complete list of side hustles, I talked about TopCashBack. I love it for getting cash back when I shop online. If you are new to TopCashBack, you can score one of the following items for free!

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How to get this offer:

1. Visit the offer here 
2. Create your account with an email and password
3. Click on the “Get Offer” button and it’ll take you to ULTA.
4. Add any item or items that totals to $10.00 (excluding sales tax and shipping) to your cart and checkout as normal.
5. Once you checkout, in about 14 days $10.00 will post in your TopCashback account.

Congrats on making your first purchase with TopCashback and getting $10.00 cash back!
* New TopCashback members only. Ends January 25th at 23:59 PST. All details and terms are available here.

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If you are looking for some holiday home decor (think Christmas lights) you can Visit Lowe’s through TopCashback, purchase any items totaling to $10.00 (excluding Shipping and Tax) and within fourteen days’ $10.00 cash back will post in your TopCashback account.

 

Still looking for something free? This one makes a great holiday gift! Visit Walmart through TopCashback, purchase one (1) Twin Size Mainstays Plush Blanket for $10.46 and then shop as normal. Within fourteen days $11.19 cash back will post in your TopCashback account. I love this one because you can use ship to store to save shipping costs, and really, who doesn’t want a nice, soft blankie?

 

Terms and conditions apply to each offer, and only one offer per person/account. Pick the one that works best for you.