Our Little Life Hack #12: Save Money at the Grocery Store – Freeze It!

I have shared with you some of the ways that I save money on my grocery bill before – including my favorite apps.  Today I have yet another frugal living tip for you in regards to your grocery bill: Freeze it!Read More »


My Super Simplified Weekly Cleaning Routine

Have you searched Pinterest for all the cute little weekly cleaning checklists? Or maybe you jumped on board with a program like Flylady?  I’ve been there, tried that.  You know what?   It didn’t quite fit in my real life.  I was either always cleaning instead of enjoying my family and downtime, or I felt lots of guilt whenever I couldn’t keep up with the “prescribed list.”  Life is too short!  I’ve finally found what works for me, at this particular phase of life.  Read More »

Our Little Life Hack #3: Keeping Kids Happy at the Grocery Store

Welcome to our new series: Our Little Life Hacks!  Check back each week for a quick trick or tip to simplify and improve your life. Remember, little steps help us to stick with a new change or habit.  

Since I stay home with my kids now, I do my weekly grocery shopping trips with both kids in tow.  While I’ll eventually get to shop by myself once they’re both in school, I still have a few more years before that time is here.  For now, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve for keeping them entertained while I shop.Read More »

My May Young Living Essential Rewards Order

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

Want to see what I ordered in my May Young Living Essential Rewards (ER) order? Keep reading below for the list (and the freebies!). Read More »

Dollar DIY Birthday Party Favors – Minnie Mouse and Knights

April is always a eventful month for our family with Easter, our son’s birthday, and our daughter’s birthday.  This year we combined their birthday parties, but we still let each child choose their theme.  While I did scale back on the amount of decorations I had this year, I still had theme-related party favors for our guests.  Since I purchased party favors for each child’s birthday party theme, I wanted to make sure I kept the cost low.  In the past, I’ve ordered from Oriental Trading, but the party was a little last-minute this year, so I had to find the items in my budget from our local stores.  We do have a few Dollar Tree stores in the area, so there’s always that option, but we ultimately found the favors we chose at Target.Read More »

January 2017 Free Oils! How Young Living Promotions Work

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.


This week I’m going to introduce you to Young Living’s monthly promotions.  I often get asked how someone can grow their Young Living essential oil collection without emptying their bank account.  While I feel that these oils are worth every single penny of their price because of the unmatched quality, I also understand the need to stay within a budget.

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How to Use My Favorite Coupon Savings Apps

In a previous blog post (you can read it here), I mentioned that I use various websites and apps to help me save money at the grocery store each week.  In today’s post, I’ll go into more detail about how to sign up for and use these apps.


Swagbucks (for coupons)

Instead of clipping coupons from a Sunday newspaper (I don’t even have a subscription anymore), I print coupons from my computer at Swagbucks.com.  There are other sites where you can print coupons (like coupons.com), but swagbucks is the only one that I know of that you also earn bucks back when that coupon is redeemed.  Here’s how you can print coupons from swagbucks.com on your computer too:

  1. Sign in to your swagbucks account. No account? Sign up for one here.
  2. Click on “shop” in the left hand side menu
  3. Click on “grocery coupons” in the left hand side menu
  4. Install the coupon printer (link near the top of the page)
  5. Find coupons you will use by either clicking on the drop-down menu under “categories,” choosing your category and then searching, or simply clicking through all coupons.
  6. To clip a coupon, hover over it and when “clip coupon” shows up, click on it. Accidentally clicked on a coupon you don’t want to print? Hover over it and click on “unclip.”
  7. Once you have clipped all the coupons you’d like to print, scroll back up to the top of the page and click on the red button at the top that says “print coupons.” It will also have a number there. That’s the number of coupons you have clipped. My printer prints them three to a page.
  8. Most coupons can be printed twice per computer, but you’ll have to print the first one and then re-clip the coupon to print it a second time.
  9. Here’s the best part! When you use your coupon at the store, once it has been processed, you’ll earn 10 swagbucks per coupon redeemed! So not only are you saving money on the item you use the coupon on, you’ll also earn money back in swagbucks that you can turn in to earn giftcards!  Amazon giftcards are my favorite to turn in swagbucks for, but there are so many other options too!


Ibotta (earn cash back and bonuses)

Ibotta is a cash-back app that has produce options almost every week.  It is organized by store type, and then by store, and you must “unlock” each rebate before you can claim it.  I tend to shop first and then search through the stores I frequented for the items that I purchased.  Once you earn $20.00, you can withdraw your cash either through Paypal (my choice), venmo, or featured gift cards.

Right now, Ibotta is offering $10 to new users if they redeem their first rebate using the app before the expiration date (dates vary by users, so check your app to make sure you don’t miss out on an easy $10!).   

  1. Sign up for an account here, and download the app.(Feel free to use my referral code: lxn2wa ).
  2. Log in to your app and click on the type of store you visited (grocery, pharmacy, etc.)
  3. Click on the particular store you visited (Walmart, CVS, Home Depot, etc.).
  4. Search through the rebate options for items you purchased, or plan to purchase, and click on each one to unlock it.  (Usually you must view a recipe, watch a short video, or answer a survey question to unlock an item).
  5. Once you have unlocked all the items you want, and have completed your shopping trip, click on “Verify Purchases” at the bottom.  (green button with a camera on it).
  6. You may be asked for permission to access your phones camera (allow it).
  7. Click on “Scan product barcodes.” You’ll see a list of the rebates you unlocked.  Click on each item to scan each barcode (items like bananas will not be required to scan, but you still have to click on them here to redeem the rebate).
  8. The next step is to send your receipt.  This will vary from store to store.  For example, if you shopped at Walmart, you will need to scan the QR code on your receipt, but if you shopped at Albertsons, you’ll need to take pictures of the entire receipt (one piece at a time until you have photographed the whole receipt).
  9. Submit your receipt and wait for your cash to be added to your account.
  10. Once you have accrued $20.00, you can withdraw your cash through Paypal (my choice), venom, or featured gift cards.  Enjoy your earnings!

Note: You can earn even more with individual and team bonuses as well as referring friends to ibotta once you’ve created an account, so check it out!


 Walmart Savings Catcher App (get money on a Walmart egift card)

If you shop at Walmart regularly, this app is for you!  Walmart has been known for matching competitors’ prices if they’re advertised in a sales flyer, but who has time to look through all the flyers and then bring them into the store to show the cashier the lower price for each item when this app will do it for you?

  1. Sign up here, or download the Walmart app to your phone.
  2. Once you’ve shopped at Walmart, log in to the savings catcher website or app.
  3. If using the app, click on “savings catcher” (has a green pig), then on the orange button that says, “Add a Walmart Receipt.”  It may ask for permission to access your camera (allow it), and then scan the QR code at the bottom of your receipt.  Sometimes it doesn’t recognize the code for some reason (or maybe your receipt doesn’t have one?).  If that happens, it will ask you to manually enter the information for your receipt.
  4. If using the website, enter the receipt number TC# and then the date of purchase and click “go.”
  5. Walmart will compare your purchases to items in the sales flyers in your area and if a lower price is found advertised, you will earn back the difference.
  6. Once you’re happy with the amount of money you’ve earned, you can cash it in for a Walmart e-gift card which can be used online or at the register the next time you shop at Walmart. No more bringing in the flyer to price match your items! The app (or website) does it for you!


Checkout 51 (earn cash back, even on produce!)

Checkout 51 is another cash-back app that has produce options every week!  Each week a new list of rebates is offered, so don’t wait to enter your receipt lest you miss the deadline for that week.  Checkout 51 also allows you to enter a drawing for $500 every week if you have a receipt for a grocery trip over $60.  Once you earn $20.00, you can request a check to be mailed to you.

  1. Sign up at checkout51.com or sign up after downloading the app to your phone. (you can sign up by facebook or email).
  2. Once logged in, you will see a list of offers for you (this list updates weekly on Thursdays, so make sure you take advantage of any deals you see before they expire!).  My favorite is the “Pick Your Own Offer” because it is fresh, whole food!  It is so rare that you can find coupons for this category, so I try to earn that $0.25 each week.  You must decide on your offer under “Pick Your Own Offer” before you try to scan your receipt.
  3. Some offers have limits, so make sure to read carefully.  Some offers have bonuses (redeem a certain amount of one kind of offer, and the app will give you an extra cash back amount).  This changes from offer to offer, so again, read carefully.
  4. When you have purchased your items and are ready to redeem your chosen offers, click “Upload Receipt.”  If the app asks for permission to access your phone’s camera,  allow it.  Line up the top part of your receipt in the lines on the screen and click “Take Photo.”  If not all of your receipt fits in the screen, no worries, just move the camera down the receipt to the next section and click “Add Section.”  Once you’ve photographed the entire receipt, click on Finish.
  5. Now you’ll see a new screen that says “Which offers are on your receipt?”  If you starred any offers on the opening screen, they’ll show up first.  Simply click the empty box on the right of each offer that you purchased on this receipt.  (Don’t forget to click on the “Win $500” offer at the bottom if your receipt has a total over $60!).  When you’ve clicked all the offers you’ve purchased, click the blue “Claim It” button at the bottom.  You’re done!  Now sit back and wait for the cash back to roll in!
  6. Once you’ve earned a balance of $20.00 or more, you can request a check to be mailed to you with your balance.  Yes, it is legit.  I’ve been mailed two checks so far and, if you follow us on facebook, you know that I’ve just earned my 3rd! 🙂

So put down the scissors and forget about flipping through the coupon inserts in the paper.  Save yourself some time (and money!) by using these websites and apps instead!



Walmart Savings Catcher

Checkout 51


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How I Save Money at the Grocery Store

One of the ways I stick to our budget, even as a one-income household, is to use coupons and money-saving apps on my iphone.  I know, you may be thinking “Who has time to look through and cut out coupons?” or “Is it worth my time to save just a few dollars (or sometimes cents!)”?  I used to buy the Sunday newspaper every week and cut coupons from the inserts, but sometimes the money I saved was about the same as the money I was spending on the newspaper.  If you buy lots of processed foods and name brand beauty products, there are lots of coupons available and the Sunday paper inserts may be worth your time.  However, over the past 5 -6 years, I’ve been trying to move towards more whole, fresh food purchases and more organic, fewer-ingredient, natural beauty products and cleaners.  Unfortunately, there are very few coupons for those types of items.  I do still use coupons from time to time, I just print them online now instead of buying the Sunday newspaper.  I also use a variety of apps on my iphone that simply require you to take a picture of your receipt as proof of your purchase, or to scan the barcode of the items you purchased, and they include savings on fresh produce!  Here’s my current “couponing” routine:

1.)  During the week as we notice something is running low, or if we use the last of an item, we write it down on a dry erase board that I have on the side of my fridge.  I like that it is out of sight, magnetic, and dry erase, so it can be reused every week, as needed.

Dry Erase Shopping List

2.) On either Monday or Tuesday of each week, I check in on Swagbucks under the Shop section (click Grocery Coupons on the left) to find printable coupons that I could use during my weekly grocery shopping trip. Swagbucks is a great way to earn bucks towards giftcards just from searching the web, printing and using coupons, shopping online, answering surveys, and much more. You are not required to do all of those, just pick what you enjoy and watch the bucks add up. I always turn in my swagbucks for Amazon gift cards. I tend to earn bucks mostly from searching, shopping online (you earn a percentage back on what you purchase at most sites!), and from redemption of coupons I’ve printed off of Swagbucks. To earn your own swagbucks, sign up here.

3.) The sale flyers for our area show up in my mailbox on Tuesday afternoon, and the sales start on Wednesday.  I can usually also find the sale flyers online at the store’s website (or on their app if they have one), just in case flyers do not get delivered where you live. So most Tuesday afternoons, I sit down during the kids’ nap time and go through the flyer looking for stock-up sales or sales that match the coupons I printed from Swagbucks or that match the list I have on the side of the fridge. This is when I make my final list for each store I plan to go to.  (I also usually put the list in order of the store aisles so that I can get through each shopping trip rather quickly with my two kids).

Shopping List App

4.) On Wednesday (my weekly shopping day), the kids and I leave the house pretty early in the morning with the list and coupons that I put together on Tuesday. I find my kids are happier in the morning, we’ve all just eaten breakfast, so we aren’t hungry, and there are less people that shop at that time, so the lines are shorter and the parking spots are better. Set yourself up for success! (When I worked outside of the home, I would leave my son with my husband and go shopping early on Saturday mornings to avoid the crowds). When we get home from our shopping trip, I scan my items into my National Consumer Panel app as I unload them and save them. I earn points that I can exchange for Amazon gift cards on this app. If I have time later in the day, I also scan my receipts into the Walmart Savings Catcher app, Checkout 51, and ibotta (feel free to use my referral code: lxn2wa ). You can sign up for any of these by clicking on each app name. I will go into more detail with each of these in my next post.

shopping carts

5.) About once every other month I also make a trip out to a club store like Sams Club or Costco for items that I buy in bulk.

This is the weekly routine that has been working for me at the stage of life I’m in with two little ones at home with me.  I find it helps to do one little step each day as I have time.  I’m sure it will need to be adapted again once my children start attending school. Check back for my next few posts on these apps in more detail, as well as tips on how I stock up on healthy foods without having them expire before I use them.



ibotta (referral code: lxn2wa)

Walmart Savings Catcher


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