2015-02-25 15.17.16Ok, so as many of you may know by now, one of my “resolutions” was to get healthier this year. I started making my own bread, muffins, etc.  this month. I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised as baking isn’t generally my forte. I was surprised that it turned out looking anything like the desired recipe to tell the truth. (The first loaf of bread wasn’t as fortunate as my husband wasn’t even real sure what it was.) I plan to share my recipes once I can actually get precise measurements on what I’ve been using.

But for right now, I just wanted to share how I got my first stash of ingredients for a decent deal. I used Vitacost and saved $10 off my first order. Since I wasn’t real sure how much I needed, I split the order with my mother to make it a little more costs friendly while still scoring FREE shipping over $50. The quality seemed excellent and it shipped very quickly. If you are interested in getting various health foods at a lower costs, click here and check out Vitacost to get $10 off your first order.

Also, check out one of my favorite recipes for cinnamon swirl bread here.

Let me know in the comments below if you have a good way to save on these foods as well.

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If you have yet to sign up for Schoola (an online consignment shop), now is the time to do it! Right now, new members can head over here and grab a $15 credit, plus you can use the code HURRY to sore FREE Shipping. How awesome is that? There are plenty of items for $15 or less, so that’s FREE clothes with FREE shipping. Hurry, as I have no idea how long this offer will last.

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If you are looking for something to do on your Friday night, how about getting a Redbox DVD rental for FREE! Just use code 5654UUUU at Redbox.com today only!

 

Thanks, Hip2Save!

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Calling all you candy lovers! SavingStar is currently offering a FREE Almond Joy or Mounds after SavingStar Cash Back. If you have yet to signup for SavingStar, head over here. Also, for that and other money-saving apps, check out my post here on Couponing without Coupon Clipping.

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As many of you know, there are quite a few apps you can download now to coupon without the hassle of clipping paper coupons. Plus, if you already coupon, most of these you can combine with your paper coupons to get even better deals! What’s even more awesome is that you can use all of these apps together and save even more. Here are a few that I use and love:

 

  1. Ibotta: This one is without a doubt my favorite coupon app. They make it so simple. Simply choose the items you plan to buy and complete the given task (usually answer a short poll, read a fact, etc.) to unlock your savings. Next, purchase the given items. Finally scan the items and the receipt to claim your savings. Many times they have generic coupons to save on stuff that is difficult to find coupons for like milk, bread, etc. Plus, now they have teamwork challenges which links you up with your friends to help you earn even more with bonus options. Once you’ve reached $10 in savings, you can transfer to PayPal or other options. Click here to check it out and grab up some savings.
  2. SavingStar: I just started using this one again as I took a slight hiatus when I switched phones. This one is great too. With this one you have to link your store savings card and choose your items before shopping (there is also a new receipt option but I have yet to try it). Once you buy the items, you will receive the rebate on your account. Plus, on Fridays they have a freebie item that is FREE after your SavingStar rebate.
  3. Snap: Snap is a relatively new app from Groupon. I have earned a little over $10 so far with this app. The cashout on it is a little on the high side. It doesn’t allow you to cash out until a $20 threshold has been met. They have some high value, popular coupons available, but they tend to go really fast. Give Snap a try and let me know what you think.
  4. Checkout 51: I used to use this app quite a bit, but again I just started up again after switching phones. Again, this one has quite a high transfer balance with a threshold of $20. I’ve noticed one new offer they have started is a “Pick Your Own Offer” which allows you to have a choice between several offers to suit your needs. Check out Checkout51 here.

Also, checkout this post here on how you can earn rewards simply by scanning receipts.

Please comment below to let me know any other money-saving apps that you use.

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I just found out about this site, Educents, that offers learning supplies and curriculum. We will start homeschooling my almost-3-year-old come the fall, so I was excited to grab some cheap learning supplies with the $10 credit I received just for signing up. Check it out here and if you sign up, you could get some cheap or possibly FREE learning supplies.

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Yesterday, I wrote a post about How to get Kids Clothes for Free or Almost Free. I promised a few follow-ups, one of which was learning more about Shop Your Way Points through Sears and Kmart. I thought today would be the perfect day to do a follow up as I just received $5 in surprise points this morning. The only string attached was that it had to be spent on clothing at Sears (sometimes they have other qualifiers)! WOOHOO! That means I can pick out clothing for myself, my husband, or my kids for $5 for FREE. Plus, I can get FREE in store pick-up (if available). Yes, you heard it, absolutely FREE clothes for just being a member. Did I mention this program is FREE to sign up for!!! Plus, you can add me as your personal shopper and I can send you extra coupons as they become available. All for FREE.

Also, as you shop through Sears and Kmart, you earn points for your purchases.

Plus, if you are interested in earning more points, you can add a Fitbit or other eligible devices and participate in the FitStudio program where you can get additional points for activity. I generally earn $5-$7 in SYW points on a weekly basis. I use this to get baby cereal, auto supplies, Oreos (my husband loves these), clothes, and so much more at Kmart and Sears. Nothing like FREE!

So, if you haven’t signed up…why not?? Sign up here.

Let us know what you buy with your SYW points in the comments below. Also, if you received FREE Surprise points this morning, let us know what you received.

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I have two little ones, 8 months and almost 3 years old, and it is amazing to me how quickly they outgrow clothing. I hate to spend tons of money on clothes I know they will outgrow in just a couple of months, so I started looking for ways to keep my children clothed nicely while not breaking the bank. I discovered several tips that I would like to pass on to you.

 

  1. About a year or so ago, I discovered ShopYourWay points through Sears and Kmart. I started receiving surprise points for just signing up. These points are worth a certain amount of money through Sears or Kmart and many of them have no spending limit (some come attached with a spending limit). I would use the amount I received to buy my children’s clothes (or other household necessities). I have gotten to where I hardly have to spend any money to purchase my children’s clothes, and they stay nicely dressed throughout the year. If you are interested in signing up for ShopYourWay points, go here and sign up for me to be your Personal Shopper. In the near future, I plan to do a post on how to earn even more points with ShopYourWay, so be sure to follow me by email, Facebook or Twitter to learn more.
  2. I use gift cards throughout the year earned from various apps that I talk about on Thriving on Thrifty to pay for their clothes and other necessities.
  3. I shop clearance racks at the end of the season to buy for the next year. I plan to write a post in the near future on how to find clearance clothing throughout various stores.
  4.  I have never been a huge fan of consignment shops for the sheer fact that many times I felt I could save more with other methods. However, here recently online consignment shops have been offering great deals to sign up for their site. I have been able to score several “gently used” items for FREE. I have used sites such as Thredup, who is currently offering a $10 credit when you sign up here. Plus, once you sign up, you can refer people and earn $10 credits as well. Head over here for more information.
  5. Ask for clothes for their birthdays and Christmas instead of more toys.

 

If you have any other strategies for saving on kid’s clothing, comment below.

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In a new attempt to get healthier this year, I have a new addiction to making my own bread. While I’m not very good at it yet, I have started making some different varieties. MoneySavingMom has an awesome Cinnamon Swirl Bread recipe on her blog. It tastes so good. To make it a slight bit healthier, I used all whole wheat flour instead of using part whole wheat and part all purpose flour. Mine turned out pretty good. I did learn that whole wheat flour tends to absorb more moisture, so I didn’t need as much whole wheat in place of the all purpose flour. Be sure to check out the recipe on MoneySavingMom’s blog here.

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I just recently started using 2 apps that I absolutely love, ReceiptPal and Receipt Hog! Both of these apps have generally the same concept, but I can earn rewards from both so WHY NOT USE BOTH!? You earn rewards simply by scanning your receipts. Sweet! Not to mention it’s a good way to keep your receipts organized and with you (on your phone) to look at whenever you need them. I’ve only been using them for a couple of weeks and already have enough on one of them for an Amazon reward. If you decide to sign up for Receipt Hog, use my code ded44645 when signing up and we both get a bonus!

 

Let me know your experience with these or other similar apps in the comments below.

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