If you have yet to sign up for ShopKick, what are you waiting for? I had heard of this app for a while before I finally decided to give it a try. Now I’m hooked! It’s just so easy. You simply open the ShopKick app when you walk into various stores, and you earn “kicks” which you can redeem for gift cards. You can also earn additional kicks by simply scanning items or making purchases. What are you waiting for? If you ever go shopping in-stores, it’s worth checking out. Check it out here.

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So far, in all my “at home money-making ventures”, I have found that MTurk (Amazon Mechanical Turk) has been the most consistent. I dabbled in this early last year, but late last fall I really started using it as a steady source of income. So far, I’ve made close to $700 in about 5 months working VERY part-time. It’s not any great source of income, but it can certainly help in a pinch or in saving for those “extras” that you’ve been wanting to buy. I generally make about $5-$6/ hour on MTurk. So again, not great income, but that little bit can always help.

They have various tasks and surveys that you can elect to participate in. The nice part is that you choose when you want to work. Some days I choose not to work at all while other days I put in 2-3 hours of work. You can also find forums online that can help you find the best paying “Hits” to work on. Check out MTurk and let me know what you think.

Have you worked for MTurk and had success? If so, let us know in the comments.

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Here is a **HOT** Freebie for you! Head over here to Mercury Magazines where they are offering up a FREE $10 gift voucher when you sign up. (FYI, you can choose homemaker as your industry if needed) Even better, after you sign up and receive your emailed redemption code, you can head over here to redeem it for a FREE $10 check (or on magazine subscriptions if you prefer)! Whoop Whoop…FREE money!

 

Thanks, Hip2Save!

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If you are heading into town this week, be sure to check out all these FREEBIES you can score In-Store and print your coupons now!

CVS:

  • Buy (5) Colgate Optic White Express Toothpastes, $3.99 each= get $10 ECBs back
  • Buy (2) L’ Oreal Paris Go 360 Deep Exfoliating Scrub, $5.49 each= get $10 ECBs
    • Use (2) $2/1 L’Oreal Paris Skincare coupons in 2/15 RP
      • FREE + overage after coupons and ECBs
  • Select Zantac, 8.99
  • Cadbury or Hershey’s Singles $0.87= get $0.87 ECBs
    • FREE after ECBs

Rite Aid:

  • Buy (1) Almay Color + Care Lip Balm, 3.99 (after 40% off sale)
    • Use $3/1 Almay coupon from 2/22 SS
    • Plus, use $2/1 Almay coupon from February Video Values
      • Free after both coupons
  • Buy (1) Select GE Light Bulbs, 3.99
    • Use $1/1 GE coupon from 1/11 SS
    • Plus, use $3/1 GE In-Ad coupon
      • FREE after both coupons

Walgreens:

  • Bai 5 Drink 18 oz, 1.49= 1.49 RR
    • FREE after Register Rewards
  • Gluten Cutter 30 ct, $10= $10 RR
    • FREE after Register Rewards
  • Buy (1) Glade Jar Candle & (1) Glade 6 pack wax melt at 2/$6= $2 RR
  • Buy (2) Select Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, or Shout cleaners 2/$6= $2 RR
  • Buy (1) Pull-ups Flushable Wipes, $1.99= 1000 Balance Rewards

Walmart:

  • Advil PM 4 ct, 0.97
    • $1/1 Advil coupon 1/25/15 RP
      • FREE after coupon
  • Biotene Gum, 0.97
    • $1/1 Biotene coupon found here
    • Or use $1.50/1 Biotene coupon from 2/8 RP
      • FREE after coupon
  • White Cloud Cotton Balls, 0.88
    • $1/1 White Cloud coupon from 2/1 SS
      • FREE after coupon
  • Rice Dream Rice Drink, $1.96
    • $2/1 Rice Dream Coupon found here
      • FREE after coupon

Target

  • Shout Wipe & Go Travel Packs, $1
    • Submit for $1 Shout rebate from Checkout51 (check out my post here on how to save without coupon clipping with other apps)

**Keep in mind pricing at various stores may vary from region to region.

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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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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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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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I have really been making an effort here lately to focus on and find new ways to earn some passive “income” on the side through apps & websites in order to help pay for Christmas, birthdays, baby items, household items, and more in our household. I have had some interest from other people about the ways that I am able to do this. Therefore, I decided to write up an updated list of apps/websites that I just started using to share with all of you Thriving on Thrifty readers. If you are interested in some other ones, you can check out this list that I compiled a while back. If you have any other ideas that I haven’t mentioned, please share them below.

 

Swagbucks: While I have known about and been signed up for Swagbucks for a couple of years, I just recently started using it earlier this year. I vary rarely ever even use the Desktop version but instead mostly use their app. I watch videos and take the daily poll and try to focus on making 50 Swagbucks per day (although I don’t always hit my goal). In 3 months, I have earned $60 in Amazon gift cards and on my way to my next gift card with very little time spent.

 

Perk TV: I love the PerkTV app. It is so easy to run continuous videos and earn points. I have used these points to cash in for Amazon gift cards, but there are so many other options for rewards if you are looking for something else. Since joining, I have already earned $30 in gift cards.

 

ExpoTV: ExpoTV allows you to review various products via video to earn rewards such as Amazon gift cards. In comparison to other sites, this one seems to give higher rewards. I’ve been using this site off and on for about 8 months and have earned roughly $80 in Amazon gift cards for 15 videos and a few surveys.

 

ChatAbout: With ChatAbout, you can get rewarded just for sharing your thoughts on various topics. While it doesn’t pay a whole lot, it’s always nice to get some rewards just for chatting about your favorite topics. In about a month’s time, I was able to redeem $15 in rewards via paypal and working towards another.

 

AppTrailers: I haven’t used this one consistently yet, but this app also rewards you to watch videos. The only issue with this one in comparison to other video apps is that it does not run continuously. Once a video stops, you have to manually start another one. With that said, I have earned a few rewards here and there and have yet to really use it consistently.

 

Viewpoints: This site allows you to write up reviews about your favorite products in exchange for points that can be cashed in for rewards. I have cashed in a few rewards so far. It doesn’t reward nearly as much as ExpoTV for their reviews, but they seem to have a larger selection of products to review.

 

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Have you tried ChatAbout yet? If not head over here and check them out. You can get rewarded just for sharing your thoughts on various topics. While it doesn’t pay a whole lot, it’s always nice to get some rewards just for chatting about your favorite topics.

 

So far, I have been able to redeem several rewards and working towards another.

 

Have you tried Chatabout? Let me know what you think!

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