Monday, March 31, 2014

Making Money Using Apps

Last week, I shared my love for saving and making money. I mentioned that today I would share some way to actually make money when shopping.

I've mentioned previously some ways to make money while you are online. If you haven't started doing that, I suggest those as well. I have a $40 check from InboxDollars and have been adding up my Swagbucks and MyPoints since Christmas.
Well, today I'm going to share some ways I've been making money while buying groceries.

First, I found Ibotta. Here's the facts from their website.

  • Choose your favorite rebates and unlock them by completing fun tasks. Rebates expire so don't forget to redeem them before they're gone!
  • After shopping, tap on Redeem to verify your purchases.
  • The best part about Ibotta is that you earn real money, not points or other made-up currencies. 100% of your earnings can be transferred to PayPal or Venmo as soon as you’ve earned $5.
Ibotta does not only groceries but also restaurants, movies and more.

SavingStar, Inc. Save on groceries with no clipping and no printing todayNext, I found I use it more for the groceries but it also offers cash for some online purchases and such. Each week they offer 20% on a certain produce and each weekend there is one small item offered for free. It is linked to your loyalty card, but you don't have to upload a picture of receipt. You can get your cash after $5.

My latest discovery is Checkout 51. Unlike Ibotta and SavingStar, Checkout 51 is not linked to a store loyalty card. Also, you can earn $2.00 just by doing your first rebate! You just have to upload a photo of your receipt. You have to wait until you have $20.00 before you can cash out and get a check.

Now, here is how you can REALLY save.

Say bananas are on sale at HyVee.
This week, there was a coupon for $0.50 off coupon of fruit. On top off that, Checkout 51 is offering $0.50 cash back and SavingStar is giving 20% cash back. 

Or take the Belvita I purchased last week. I had a coupon for $1.00 off two. I earned $0.50 from SavingStar and $.50 from Ibotta.  That's $2.00 I saved/earned from that purchase. That means I basically paid only for one box.

So, that's how I've been making money while I've been saving money!

All these are affiliate links except for Checkout 51. That means if you join I will earn a little cash. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday--I like making and saving money when I shop

The stereotypical woman loves to shop or at least window-shop. I am not a stereotypical woman. I dislike shopping. Get in, get what I need, and get out...that's my motto. The only reason I walk around a mall is to get exercise. 

And the only reason I spend any length of time in a grocery aisle is to get the best deal.

And to get the best deals, I use couponing, rewards cards, and more. 

One of my main go-to saving sources is CVS. When you match the Extra Care Bucks deals with coupons, you do a great job saving and making money. (If it's actually something you need that is!)

For instance one week, I purchased $67.86 worth of items for $27.90. Doesn't sound that great except that I then received $20.00 in ECB back which means in the end I only paid $7.90 which is an 89% savings.

The following week I purchased $60.28 in stuff. I paid $3.15 out of pocket after coupons and that $20 in ECB from the previous week. Then I received $16 in ECB back which means CVS paid me $12.85 to take $60 of stuff home. Over 100% in savings!

Now I have $16 to spend next time.

Fairly recently, however, I've learned a few more ways to make money on things I purchased. Come back on Monday to find out more details on that!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Times Tales Review

I was stuck with a fourth grader who did not know her upper multiplication facts. I do not know exactly how it happened. She could skip count to her heart’s delight, but could not remember the facts by rote. I asked for some advice. Someone recommended Times Tales and at this point I was willing to try anything.
I am glad I did.

What is Times Tales?

Times Tales is mnemonic-based DVD that uses short stories to learn the upper multiplication facts. (Click to tweet.) At first, the thought of not learning the facts through understanding multiplication was heresy! However, I had already explained multiplication, and it was just the facts she needed help with. I realized how well she learns things within a narrative context like we do with history.
With Times Tales, first you learn simple stories. In fact, the program encourages you not to think of the multiplication facts but instead to just focus on learning the stories. Through additional sections on the DVD, it reviews the stories and slowly transposes the stories into the actual facts. The facts are no longer abstract but have a story basis!
Times Tales is:

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post has an affiliate link, which means I may get a commission if you purchase from Amazon. I only recommend things that I love, so I know you'll be in good hands.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just did my taxes for free online again...

This year I used Turbo Tax. It went well. You get the simple federal edition for free. It costs extra if you want to do extra.

This is an affiliate link. If you choose to use TurboTax through my link, I will make a little cash. I do not recommend things that I do not use or trust myself.

Start Planning for Next Year---Well-Planned Day Sale

Time is running out on the 20% off sale on 2014's Well-Planned Day planners. Sale ends March 31. Don't miss out!

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post has an affiliate link, which means I may get a commission if you purchase from HEDUA. I only recommend things that I love, so I know you'll be in good hands.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Funny--Cupcake Negoation

This video has been a big deal this week. I can't decide if it's funny or folly. I think it's somewhere in between. What are your thoughts on it?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I finished my Science Fair project...

...I mean mija finished her science fair project!

And won a second place ribbon.

I wrote previously about learning how to do a science fair project. 

I wasn't around much last week, because we were doing serious science stuff.

Her project was on the role of baking powder in the height of a cake. Her question was "Does the amount of baking powder affect the height of a cake?" 

Last weekend, we spent hours baking cakes from scratch in order to change the amount of baking powder only to realize at the end of the night that we could merely make cupcakes of flour, baking powder, and water.
Much easier and cheaper!

She learned a lot during this process. She learned some basics about alkalis and acids. Carbon dioxide was a big subject. She learned about variables.  She was introduced to decimals. 

It was a challenging but educational and fun experience all around. 

In case your youngin' would be interested in this subject for a science project, here is her bibliography.

Edicola, Jon. "The Food Scientist - Baking Soda vs Baking Powder." YouTube. N.p., 14 June 2013. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. .

Gardner, Robert. Kitchen Chemistry: Science Experiments to Do at Home
 New York: J. Messner, 1982. Print.

Glass, Don. "Baking With Carbon Dioxide." A Moment of Science RSS. N.p., 8 Mar. 2012. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.

Legourmettv. "Baking Soda Vs. Baking Powder." YouTube. N.p., 16 May 2010. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. 

Mandell, Muriel, and Frances W. Zweifel. Simple Kitchen Experiments: Learning Science With Everyday Foods
. New York: Sterling Pub., 1993. Print.

VanCleave, Janice. Janice VanCleave's Guide to the Best Science Fair Projects (Science Series)
. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1997. Print.

Various. "Baking Powder." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 Oct. 2014. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. .

Monday, March 17, 2014

4 Ways NOT to Teach a Science Lesson

I'm over at Home Educating Family today...

I don’t know about you, but sometimes it is hard to get a science lesson in our schedule. While I enjoy science, it has often been put on the back burner to the fundamentals of math, language, reading, etc. Science even tends to come in a distant second to history in our home.
Surely, I am not the only one.
Just because I often do not find time to do a science lesson, does not mean my child is in a science deficit. I have just figured out some ways to get science in without formally teaching it. (Tweet this!)

I get science in by using ways NOT to teach a science lesson.

- See more HERE

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Don't Forget the Tangerine Tuesday Sale at Currclick

Just wanted to remind you about the Tangerine Tuesday Sale at Currclick. It ends on Tuesday, March 18 at 10 AM EST.
Forget Black Friday, It's Tangerine Tuesday! Because Homeschoolers Do Things On Their Own Time, In Their Own Way! From now until Tuesday, 3/18, get 40-70% OFF our already low prices. Plus, take an EXTRA 10% OFF sale prices by using the code tangerinetuesday at checkout! Sale ends Tuesday, March 18th at 10:00 EST.
You can find most of my stuff discounted 50% in addition to many other items. The Proverbs 31 items are so new, it was too late to get them into the sale!

Wondering about my I Can Illustrate Psalm 23? It just got a 5 star review on Currclick! In fact, you can read a review about it HERE!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Free Sample of Lipton Natural Energy

Sign up for a free sample...I already did!

This is an affiliate link, so I will make a little change if you click and request a free sample.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tangerine Tuesday Sale at Currclick

Want to try some of my new products on Currclick for 50% off? And get an additional 10% off? Try...

This sale start today, March 11 at 10 AM EST and ends next Tuesday, March 18 at 10 AM EST.

There is my Quality Quotes for Copywork:

I also now have two in my I Can Illustrate series.
The original:

And the new:

This sale brings the price of the copywork down to $0.75, Psalm 23 down to $1.00 and Proverbs 31 down to $1.50 plus you get an additional 10% off when you use the code at checkout!

Enjoy you Tangerine Tuesday!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Easter Candy Coupons

Easter candy coupons are handy to have this time of year...even if the candy doesn't make it until Easter, at least it was cheaper!

$2.00 off 3 WONKA Bags 11-14oz of Springtime Candy

$1.25 off 2 Bags of Butterfinger, Crunch Nesteggs

$1.00 off two M&M'S Brand and DOVE Chocolate bags

$0.75 off (2) SNICKERS Brand Peanut Butter

$1.00 off TWO WONKA or SweeTARTS Jelly Beans

$0.50 off any TWO (2) TWIX Caramel

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