Getting Crafty with Dollar Tree!

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Now through 4/4/2020, Dollar Tree is hosting a Best DIY Spring Wreath Photo Contest! You could win a $100 Dollar Tree Gift Card. To enter or learn more, click here.

I’m going to check out the Dollar Tree next door and see what I can make!

Did you know that you can order from Dollar Tree Online and have it shipped for just $4.95 (*Restrictions apply. See website for details.)? Perfect for planning Easter events!

pick.pngI just discovered that if you don’t need an entire case of 1 item, Dollar Tree has “Pick and Pack” service. This would be great for restocking up craft supplies, household goods, or picking up seasonal or holiday goods!

 

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

MyPoints: Refer Friends and You Both Earn 300 Points!

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I’ve been using MyPoints since 2011, and I’ve earned a lot of cashback just by doing my normal online shopping through MyPoints.

Right now they are offering a great deal! When you refer a new user, and they earn 300 points, you both get a 300 point bonus. It’s easy to earn 300 points!

I love using MyPoints. I can earn points shopping online and utilizing in-store pick up with stores like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and JCPenney.

  • I ordered new shoes for the big kid yesterday for in-store pick up from JCP and earned 310 points!

There are so many point earning opportunities.

  • We did our taxes using Turbo Tax and clicked through a link to Turbo Tax on Mypoints and earned 1500 points! That’s enough points for a $10 Gift Card!

You can double dip on earning points or cash back by using a point earning credit card like American Express or Discover Cards, or taking advantage of a points program that rewards you for purchases on their website, like JCP Rewards.

I love that I can earn Amazon Gift cards which I use to offset the cost of holiday gifts.

Talk Back: What is your favorite Cashback program?

 

1/23/2020 New Savingtar Rebates!

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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 $1.25 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Green Giant Harvest Protein Bowls™. Any Variety..Expires 2/26/2020.Save $1.25.

Save $2.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Atkins® Sweet & Salty Crunch Bites. Any Variety..Expires 1/29/2020.Save $2.00.

Save $1.50 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Atkins® Meal or Snack Protein Bars. Valid on any 5 pack..Expires 1/29/2020.Save $1.50.

Save $1.50 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Select Atkins Endulge® Treats. Valid on 5 pack. Excludes Atkins Endulge® Peppermint Patties..Expires 1/29/2020.Save $1.50.

Save $2.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Atkins® Chocolate Banana Shakes. Valid on 4 pack..Expires 1/29/2020.Save $2.00.

Save $2.00 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Atkins Endulge® Peppermint Patties. Valid on 5 pack..Expires 1/29/2020.Save $2.00.

Save $1.50 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Select Atkins® Shakes. Valid on 4 pack. Excludes Atkins® Chocolate Banana Shakes..Expires 1/30/2020.Save $1.50.

Save $0.75 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Select NABISCO Cookies or Crackers. Valid on 7 oz or larger. Excludes Belvita, OREO, Triscuit..Expires 2/5/2020.Save $0.75.

Save $0.50 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Campbell’s® Slow Kettle® Style Soups. Valid on 15.5 oz..Expires 2/26/2020.Save $0.50.

Save $1.00 when you purchase ANY TWO (2) belVita Breakfast Biscuits. Valid on 8.8 oz or larger, any variety. Items must appear on the same receipt..Expires 2/29/2020.Save $1.00.

SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) Emergen-C® Dietary Supplement (8ct or larger).Expires 1/19/2020.Save $1.00.

SAVE $4.00 on any ONE (1) Emergen-C® Protein Fuel or Superfoods Product, any variety or size..Expires 1/19/2020.Save $4.00.

SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) Barilla® Protein+™ or Chickpea or Red Lentil or Gluten Free Pasta Product (8.8-14.5 oz).Expires 2/29/2020.Save $1.00.

SAVE $5.00 when you spend $25 on any flavor General Mills cereal listed: Cheerios™ • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ • Lucky Charms™ • Reese’s Puffs • Chex™ • Cocoa Puffs™ • Trix™ • Cookie Crisp™ • Golden Grahams™ • Kix™ • Fiber One™ • Wheaties™ • Raisin Nut Bran

Save $0.50 when you purchase ANY ONE (1) Russell Stover Sugar Free. Valid on 2.4oz Bag or Larger. .Expires 3/25/2020.Save $0.50.(Only at Walmart)

New To Costco? Join and Score a Free Gift Card!

We Love Costco. Seriously- Between the low prices on staples like toilet paper, trash bags, coffee creamer (I’m being serious), and PBFit, the samples (sometimes it’s the only way I can convince the kids to go with me), and their awesome return policy, if you havne’t joined Costco yet, I’ve got a really great reason- Free Gift Card.

Yup- Right now when you purchase a Costco Membership Activation Certificate to join as a new member (sorry current members, this deal isn’t for you) and you will receive a Costco Shop Card.

Gold Star Members receive a $10 Costco Shop Card, Gold Star Executive Members receive a $20 Costco Shop Card.

It’s quick and easy:

  1. Purchase your Costco Membership Activation Certificate Here.
  2. Receive your Costco Membership Activation Certificate by email.
  3. Bring your Costco Membership Activation Certificate to any U.S. or Puerto Rico Costco location to join as a new member.

You can use the Shop Card to buy anything in-store, online, or even at the Costco gas Station! WOO HOO- Free Gas!

My Hot Tip for Costco: Get a Rotisserie Chicken! They are $6 (or less), and they are so much bigger than the ones at the grocery store. We can get at least 3 meals from one chicken, and that includes using the carcass to make chicken soup from scratch. 

Tips to Reign In and Out Of Control Family Budget: Shopping Around to Save!

683459ee810703fe032903d2443bf58d.jpgToday I’ll be sharing some ways to save money that takes a little more work but can definitely pay off in the end.

For some of us, this may seem like too much work, and that’s ok. Just because it’s something that my family does, doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.

Insurance: Most companies offer a discount if you have more than one kind of policy. Example: State Farm offers a Multi-line discount. If you have your cars and another type of insurance (homeowners/renters/condo insurance, or a life insurance policy).

Some insurance companies serve a specific audience- for example, USAA is an insurance company for active duty or retired military. Because they serve a specific audience, they offer very competitive rates.

When you shop for insurance, have copies of all of the policies that you want to compare. That will help you see apples to apples. You can’t compare and try to save money if you don’t know what you’ve got. This is also a great time to go over all of your coverages and see if you need to increase or decrease coverages.

Due to state and federal regulations, you usually can’t shop for health insurance unless it’s open enrollment or you’ve had a qualifying life event (married, divorced, had a baby, retired, lost your job, etc.). Luckily, Tis the Season for open enrollment! We purchased insurance through the state exchange a few years back, before we had employer-sponsored insurance. It was not too difficult to navigate, and there are discounts available for a lot of people!

Cell Phones: This is my least favorite activity, but it can a money saver. Once again- have a copy of your contract or a copy of a recent bill that outlines everything your plan covers before you get started. If you are looking for a pre-paid plan, Tello has some great money-saving plans!

Internet: I hate dealing with our internet service provider. I always feel like they are trying to upsell me, no matter why I am calling in. We’re looking at changing our plan soon. The big kids school recently sent home information regarding a program that Cox offers called Connect2Compete. For those families that have qualifying social service(s), Cox can provide internet service for $9.95/month! That’s a great deal.

 

Talk Back: I’d love to hear your success story! Share how much you’ve saved by shopping around for your insurance, cell phone service, or internet service.

My Favorite Pantry Staples!

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I’ve used the term “Pantry Staples” a lot recently, and some of you may not know what that means.

Pantry staples are food items that most people have in their cupboards all the time. They are commonly known as “ingredients”.

Here are the 25 pantry staples that we always have on hand, and below them, you will find links to recipes containing these staples.

I’ve linked to these items on Amazon, which is where I buy a lot of our pantry staples, especially if there is no local deal. I do surveys and research studies to earn Amazon Gift Cards that I use to purchase items.

My Amazon List of Hewes Family Pantry Staples

  1. All-Purpose Flour
  2. Rolled Oats
  3. Baking Powder
  4. Baking Soda
  5. Kosher Salt
  6. Baking Cocoa Powder
  7. Crisco Shortening
  8. Coconut Oil
  9. Grapeseed Oil
  10. Chocolate Chips
  11. White Sugar
  12. Brown Sugar
  13. Powdered Buttermilk
  14. Jasmine Rice and/or Brown Rice
  15. Canned Tomatoes
  16. Tomato Sauce
  17. Tomato Paste
  18. Canned Black Beans
  19. Canned Chickpeas
  20. Canned Kidney Beans
  21. Broth (a mix of Veggie and Chicken)
  22. Noodles/Pasta/Macaroni (Usually one package of each)
  23. Tuna Pouches
  24. Peanut Butter (Or other seed/nut butter)
  25. Vinegar (Usually a couple different types)

 

Recipes using Pantry Staples:

Recipe: Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Made with Olive Oil)

Tasty Chewy Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies!

Family Recipe: Cocoa Brownies

Recipe: Not Your Average Taco Salad

Family Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini

New Recipe: Shakshuka

Recipe: Colonial Chowder

40 Piece Set Rubbermaid Set free with TopCashBack!

I’ve written before about how awesome TopCashBack is, and right now if you haven’t checked it out, you can score a Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Food Storage Containers, 40 Piece Set, Ruby Red for free (after cashback)!

It’s quick and easy! 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 Walmart.
  4.  Add “Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Food Storage Containers, 40 Piece Set, Ruby Red” 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 $9.98 will post in your TopCashback account.
  7. Congrats on your freebie!

* New TopCashback members with no previous purchases or cashback through TopCashback only. It ends December 27th at 23:59 PST!

Free In-Store Pick Up Offer!

How do you get it?  Visit Walmart through TopCashback, purchase a Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Food Storage Containers, 40 Piece Set, Ruby Red for $9.97 and then shop as normal. Within fourteen days $9.98 cashback will post in your TopCashback account.

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 $9.98 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 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Food Storage Containers, 40 Piece Set, Ruby Red from Walmart priced at $9.98 to ensure $9.98 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If a different item is purchased under $9.97, the cashback amount awarded will be 1% or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $9.97.

The deal is:

  • Open until 23:59 PST on Friday, December 27th
  • 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