Double Cash Back when you shop online during Columbus Day!

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Today is a GREAT day to do some online Christmas shopping! Get double cash back at your favorite stores by heading to Ebates, creating an account (takes two seconds and is free!) and then clicking on your store and shopping as normal. I try to remember to do all my online shopping through Ebates, and then I get a nice little check from them every quarter. Such a great deal!

You won’t believe how many stores are featured on Ebates, including daily deal sites like Groupon, Amazon, and MORE!

See what kind of cash you can earn back on your online purchases here.


5 Ways to Stash Away for Christmas (for FREE!)


December is an expensive month every year, especially if you and your spouse come from large families (like we both do!) where everyone gives to everyone. It’s so much fun, but it can be a drain on the pocketbook. We all know December is coming, and yet we don’t always plan for it as we should.

I am using the following resources to stash away for Christmas…

…and it’s not costing me a cent! I’m super excited about each and every suggestion I’m going to make, because I’ve already been working on all of them, and I’ve got payouts coming that I’ll use for Christmas shopping later this year.

1. Swagbucks

I have a series describing how to earn big time with Swagbucks. (Swagbucks 101 tutorial) Here’s an example of how you could use your Swagbucks to get gifts for folks on your list for FREE! (Items go “on sale” so it’s not a bad idea to check in from time to time and see what you want to snag and hold for Christmas.)

Sign up here.

Here are just a very few examples of things you can buy with your SB:

2. SavingStar eCoupons

I love this because it is such a no-brainer! Simple register your grocery store shopping card, your Rite Aid, and your CVS card with SavingStar, and you can start adding eCoupons to your card. Here’s where this helps with saving for Christmas: When you purchase an item for which you have a SavingStar eCoupon, they credit the value of the coupon to your SavingStar account. Once you reach $5 you can request a Paypal credit, a transfer to your bank account, or a gift card. Best of all, you can use these eCoupons in conjunction with paper coupons, so you’ll still see savings at the register, plus you’ll be earning money in your SavingStar account just for buying those items! It’s a Win-win!

Sign up here.


Aisle50 is a neat grocery shopping daily deal site that allows you to earn a $50 Amex card for every 20 people you refer to them! Send out an e-mail, post on your Facebook page, and then stash that $50 away for Christmas shopping!

Sign up here.


4. Ebates

If you do any shopping online whatsover (including Groupon,,, etc.) you could be earning cash back on every single purchase! The cash goes into your Ebates account and you can request it when you’re ready to go Christmas shopping! Another no-brainer. Get something back when you shop online!

Sign up here.


5. Inbox Dollars

$5 bonus when you sign up. Get paid to read emails, take surveys, try products, shop online, and play games. It works! Takes a bit of time, but it’s a way to get FREE Christmas money!

Sign up here.


How about you? Are you doing anything creative to save for Christmas shopping? Share a comment!




Earn Cash Back For Shopping!!

If you plan on purchasing online this summer, check out Ebates! Submit your e-mail address and earn $10 Gift Card Bonus from

#IbottaApp – Electronic Coupons for Walmart, Target, Grocery Stores & More!



I was just sharing about my latest frugal love, the Target Cartwheel App, and now I want to share about another frugal resource I’ve just started using since finally getting an iPhone: iBotta! Friends, you gotta check it out! I’m in love…


Here’s how it works:


1. Download the iBotta app (it’s free, of course, and it’s pink, which makes me love it even more). Go to offers and you’ll find seven categories: grocery, electronics, restaurant, movie theaters, babies and kids, home improvement, and pet.

2. Select your category (my fav is grocery), and you’ll see a list of stores. Click on your store and you’ll see all the coupons available for that store. As I look at the app right now there are $44.75 worth of coupons for Target, $25.50 for Sam’s Club, $32 for Publix, etc. There are usually 2-3 short tasks per coupon that will earn you the total value possible for each coupon. It’s quick- answer a survey question, watch a short video, post on Facebook, etc. Once you complete at least one task per product offer, the offer is added to your shopping list and you can earn money for purchasing the item at your selected store!

3. Purchase the items in store and then open your app, click on “redeem” at the home screen and then select your store. Snap a picture of your receipt.

4. The final step is to verify each of the items you purchased by scanning the bar code with your iPhone. Don’t worry- it’s self-explanatory and really very quick and simple! Wait a day or two and the cash will show up in your iBotta account!

5. When you’ve earned some cash and are ready to use it, you can have it transferred to your Paypal account or you can request a gift card to places like Starbucks, Red Box, iTunes, etc.


Here’s a full list of all the grocery stores currently on the app. More are being added all the time!

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Sams Club
  • Winn Dixie
  • Publix
  • Kroger
  • Military Commissary
  • Ingles
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Walgreens
  • Dollar General
  • Costco
  • Rite Aid
  • Family Dollar
  • Whole Foods

Oh, and get this…iBotta is now paying $5 per qualified referral, so after you sign up you can start referring your friends! Woot! Woot!

Enjoy. 🙂



Ibotta 2.0 – Earn Cash For RESTAURANTS, REDBOX & MORE!


If you haven’t checked out Ibotta yet, what are you waiting for?  It allows you to earn cash each time you shop.

Here’s how:

  1. Before shopping, choose your offers by completing tasks in the Ibotta Product Gallery.
  2. Choose your earning level for each product offer by completing as many tasks as you like such as reading a fact, answering a trivia question, watching a video, etc.
  3. Once you complete at least one task per product offer, the product offer is automatically added to your shopping list on the Ibotta app so you can earn money for purchasing the item.

That’s the old Ibotta, now there’s Ibotta 2.0 – It’s Not Just for Groceries Anymore! Ibotta 2.0 just launched and can be downloaded at the Apple App Store or Google Play. New categories include favorite restaurants like Chili’s and Smashburger and Home Improvement.

You will now find that when you open Ibotta, you can choose your retailer first, and then see an exclusive list of offers by retailers. There is now an Ibotta Product Gallery by retailer so you can see what’s available by store, including exclusive offers which are marked for your benefit.

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Sams Club
  • Winn Dixie
  • Publix
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Walgreens
  • Dollar general
  • Costco
  • Family dollar
  • Whole Foods
  • 7 eleven

Ibotta 2.0 offers users new ways to cash out using Redbox, iTunes, Starbucks and more. Also, in addition to earning cash with Smashburger, you can now earn cash with Ibotta at Chili’s.

Ibotta is also incorporating a special Birthday Bash Bonus that pays an extra $2 for redeeming any 5 offers by Nov. 20th, 2013. Another great addition is Ibotta paying for Home Improvements with the Ibotta’s first Spend & Earn Offer, available at both Home Depot and Lowe’s. Spend a total of $100 at either or both stores on one or multiple trips and earn $10.


Jingit – Real Cash in Real Time!


Most of us shop at least every once in a while, so why not get paid to do it? With Jingit you earn cash online, in-store and on your phone when you purchase participating brands. When you use Jingit on your mobile device, you’ll start receiving personalized cash back offers based on your purchases.  So how do you do it?  Easy!  Just do the following, and you’ll be paid for your feedback!

      • Download the Jingit mobile app – it’s FREE!
      • Check your phone or online to start watching a new engagements and give feedback
      • Check-in at your local retailer and provide feedback

Here are some of the products available now or very soon: 7UP TEN, RC Cola TEN, A&W Root Beer TEN, Sunkist TEN, and Canada Dry TEN, Xbox, McAfee, Saving Star, Dean Foods, Wisk Detergent… PLUS retailers like Target and Walmart.

Starting in April, if you buy products at the listed retailer, you can claim your offer and scan your receipt to get paid AGAIN!

December 17th is FREE SHIPPING DAY + Earn Cash BACK!!

Did you know today is FREE SHIPPING Day?  Check out your favorite online retailers to see if they’re participating.  I’m sure they are because there are over 1000 stores offering free shipping deals just to make sure you get your orders out on time and without much hassle.  🙂  Don’t forget to go through eBates to get free shipping PLUS earn cash back.  Now that’s a sweet deal!

Earn cash back HERE!


20% off at Old Navy PLUS 10% cash back through Ebates!

If you have any shopping to do at Old Navy, check out this sale: 20% off any order with code ONHOLIDAY. Plus, when you shop through Ebates, you’ll get 10% cash back!

Check it out here (just search for Old Navy, click on the link, and shop as normal).


Shop Through Ebates for Cash Back!


If you’re not doing your online shopping through Ebates, you’re missing out! We’ve been doing Christmas shopping through Ebates, and you can see we’ve already got some cash coming back to us!



It is SO easy to use Ebates:

:: Instead of heading to your online store directly, just open

:: Search for your retailer and click on their logo

:: You’ll be taken to the website to shop as normal

:: When you check out, Ebates will make note of your total and deposit the cash back percentage they advertised in your Ebates account.

:: At the end of the quarter you’ll get your money!


It’s such a no-brainer! Open a free account and get started today!

Cashing in my Swagbucks for Christmas Gifts!

In January I started talking about earning Swagbucks for Christmas gifts. I’ve been working on my Swagbucks account throughout the year, and I have almost 6,000 points, which I am cashing in for gift cards for some of the folks on my Christmas list!

Every 1,000 points you earn buys you a $10 gift card, so our Christmas budget is being spared $60 this year, just from Swagbucks!

There is still time to earn and redeem. Check it out here.


This post is part of my Christmas Gift Series.

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