Do you have a child? Multiple Children? If yes, then Lord knows you ALWAYS have to save money when and where you can. I don’t exactly consider myself extremely frugal – but I do definitely think about how I can save money on just about everything. I will start by saying I don’t coupon – wish I did but I no longer have time for it. Between working a full time job, having two special needs children still at home but five kids in all (three are grown), a husband, in-laws that live with us, two giant breed dogs and blogging – most days I can barely find time to breathe – there isn’t a second to cut coupons. I did do it for years and saved huge amounts of money. Hopefully someday I can get back to it.
What are some ways I strive to save money? Here is a list of some of my tips – definitely not all but it is a list of those that are right at the front of my thoughts.
Shop at thrift stores for things like items to be used for crafts, elbow pads and knee pads for skateboarding, spare winter coats, and more. Shop on 50% off days – around here the day is Wednesday.
Purchase dog food online when on sale, with an online rebate service, in quantities that allow for free shipping. I have giant breed dogs. This process saves me money but also allows me to have hundreds of pounds delivered directly to my door.
Freezing meals that we make with meats that we buy at a discount due to an upcoming sell by date.
Make our own dog biscuits.
Make our own cookies out of cake mix that we purchase on sale and with coupons (for the few coupons I do use).
Always use an online rebate service if possible.
Participate in the 52 week money challenge by putting a prescribed number of dollars away each week.
Watch for Amazon price drops on products that I have in my wishlist.
I sew – which means I often purchase thrift store clothing and turn it into one of a kind clothing articles for my daughter and I.
I cut my kids and my hair at home.
And most recently I have found Giving Assistant!
Giving Assistant is a FREE online customer loyalty program with over 1,100 of the largest retailers providing an average cash reward after each online purchase of 5%.
How does it work? Retailers partner with Giving Assistant and pay a commission for purchases originated from their website. The typical percentage of sale is 5%. If the customer is a member of Giving Assistant they make their purchase and receive the entire commission as cash back. Members also have an option to automatically donate any percentage of their cash back to a charity of their choice. Non-Members can still utilize this program and when they make a purchase, Giving Assistant makes a small donation to Feed America to give one meal to someone who needs it.
Giving Assistant pays 100% of the commission and pays it direct to your secure debit card in days. No one needs to wait months for a check. The minimum payout is just $1, while other sites have a minimum of $25 and up.
There are so many great stores to shop from but one of my favorites is Thred Up! which has a 5% cash back! They are an online store specifically designed to help you save money – perfect solution to save even more. My next favorite “go to” place to save is Amazon (which also has 5% cash back) – I save so much money there just on gas – I am no longer driving around all over the universe to find the best deal on a $10 item.
And how do you save money? I’d love to hear all your great stories…
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