Veteran’s Day Free Meals and Discounts!

Here’s a list of the restaurants and stores that are offering free food and special discounts on Veteran’s Day. Some have started offering it now. These discounts are usually for active duty servicemembers, reserves and retired military service members, not spouses. Since every restaurant and store is different, participation for the Veteran’s Day deals will vary so before you head out, call first to verify the discount will be honored and requirement of proof of eligibility. Please be prepared to show military proof of status (military ID or DD214). While you are on their wesbites checking out their offers, sign up for their free rewards and email program for FREE FOOD all year long! Don’t forget to visit Savealotmom on Facebook for the latest HOT deals HERE!

Applebee’s Bar & Grill is offering FREE MEALS for all retirees, active duty military members and reservists on November 11th. Click HERE for participating locations and menu options.

Austin’s Park N Pizza is offering FREE unlimited play pass for veterans now til November 11th. Go HERE for all the details.

BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse is offering a FREE Meal (up to $14.95) with a Dr Pepper for active and former military service members on November 11th. Go HERE for all the details and participating locations.

Buffalo Wild Wings is offering all veterans and active-duty service members free order of small boneless or traditional wings with fries on November 11th. Go HERE to find participating locations.

Chili’s Bar & Grill is offering a FREE MEAL to all military service members (active, retired and reserves) on November 11th. Go HERE to see details, menu selection and participating restaurants.

Cici’s Pizza is offering unlimited buffet for veterans and active duty service members on November 11th. Click HERE for coupon.

Cracker Barrel is offering a complimentary Pumpkin Pie Latte or Double Chocolate Fudge Coca Cola Cake for those who serve and sacrificed for our country. Click HERE for details.

Denny’s is offering “Build Your Own Grand Slam Breakfast” from 5 am to noon on November 11th to veterans and active duty service members. Click HERE for the details and participating locations.

Fogo de Chao is offering 50% off for veterans and active duty service members now til November 11th. Other guests will be offered 10% off their meals. Click HERE for more information or to make reservations.

Great Clips is offering FREE HAIRCUTS to those have served or currently serving in the military on November 11th. Go HERE for the details and participating locations.

Golden Corral is offering FREE MEALS for veterans and active duty service members on November 11th. Click HERE for more information.

Home Depot offers a 10% off military discount every day. For information, call your nearest store or go HERE.

IHOP is offering FREE Red, White and Blue pancakes and select breakfast combos to veterans and active duty service members on November 11th between 7 am to 7 pm at participating location. Go HERE to get locations and phone numbers to verify.

Joe’s Crab Shack is offering 20% off meal tab, up to four people, including the military servicemember (active, retired or reserves) on November 11th. Click HERE to find locations and phone numbers.

Little Caesar’s is offering veterans and active duty service members a FREE lunch combo with pizza and a Pepsi product from 11 am to 2 pm on November 11th at participating locations. Click HERE for all the details and participating locations.

Logan’s Roadhouse is offering a FREE American Roadhouse Meal for those who have served in the military November 11th from 3 pm to 6 pm. Also, starting November 20th, every Wednesday til the end of the 2019 year, active duty and retired servicemembers will get a FREE American Roadhouse Meal. Click HERE for all the details about both events and participating locations.

Lowe’s Home Improvement offers a 10% military discount all year long. Verification is required. Click HERE for details and to sign up.

MOD Pizza is offering a free MOD-size pizza or salad with purchase of a pizza or salad of equal or greater value when you show military ID. Available in-store only, at participating U.S. MOD locations, while supplies last. Valid on November 11, 2019 only.

Olive Garden is providing a FREE MEAL for all military service members (retired, active and reserves) on November 11th. Go HERE to find locations and phone numbers to find out your area is participating.

Outback Steakhouse is offering 20% off the entire meal check for military service members (active, retired or reserves), police officers, firefighters and first responders now til November 11th. For dining at another time, there’s a 10% discount offered throughout the year at participating locations. Click HERE for details.

Red Lobster is offering veterans, active duty service members and reservists a FREE DESSERT or APPETIZER with their meal on November 11th. Click HERE for the details.

Red Robin is offering a FREE Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Fries on November 11th for active duty and retired soldiers. While you are there, sign up for their free rewards program, Red Royalty, to earn free food. Click HERE for more information on the Veteran’s Day offer.

SaltGrass Steakhouse is offering 20% off meals for veterans and up to three guests. Bring military ID or DD214 for verification. Go HERE for location and phone number. November 11th only.

Smoothie King is offering a FREE 20 ounce smoothie of your choice on November 11th. Proof of military service is required. Go HERE for details.

Starbucks is offering a FREE Tall cup of coffee for all veterans, active duty, reservists AND SPOUSES on November 11th! Find participating stores and call from HERE.

Target is offering 10% off now til November 11th for all service members, active and retired. Verification is required. Go HERE to get started.

Texas Historical Commission is offering free admission for active duty an veterans at its historical sites around Texas. Click HERE for more information.

Texas Roadhouse is offering a FREE lunch between 11 am to 4pm on November 11th for active duty service members and veterans. Click HERE for details.

For shopping, you can get discounts at Yeti, GM, Under Armour, Columbia Sportswear and more, go HERE.

Urban Air Trampoline Park is offering Veterans and active duty unlimited park pass for $19.95! They also have a group rate as well. This offer starts now til November 11th! Click HERE for all the details!

Halloween Restaurant & Store Offers

Here is a list of restaurants & places that are offering free food and special discounts on Halloween.

Contact your nearest location to confirm they are offering these specials before you go!

Altitude Trampoline Park: Kids in costume get to jump for FREE! Click HERE for all the details! Click HERE for website.

Applebee’s: Long Island Iced Teas are $.50 and $1 Vampire alcoholic beverages October 31st. No coupons required!

Chipotle: Pay $4 for a Burrito, Salad or Bowl when you order in your costume in the restaurant on October 31st, from 3pm to 9pm. For all the details, click HERE.

IHOP: Kids, 12 years and under, eat for FREE at IHOP from 4 to 10pm til November 3rd, with a purchase of an adult entree.

McAlister’s Deli: Kids, 12 years and under, in costume eat for FREE with a purchase of an adult meal. Click HERE to see all the details. Click HERE for website.

MOD Pizza: Anyone that wears their costume on October 31st will pay $5 for the MOD Pizza or Salad.

Logan’s Roadhouse: Kids, 12 years and under, will get a FREE MEAL when they weare their costume on October 31st with a purchase of an adult meal. Click HERE for website.

Sonic Drive Thru: $.50 Corn dogs on October 31st! Click HERE for all the details!

Get Ready For Summer!

Kids will be getting out of school soon and summer will be making its way afterwards. As parents, it can be tricky to keep kids entertained, especially on a budget.

Cinemark Movies has presented the 2019 Summer Movie Clubhouse schedules to participating theaters. Click HERE to find out if your theater is playing hit kids’ movies this summer!

The Summer Movie Clubhouse is a kid-friendly summer movie series. Attend for only $1 per person, per movie or purchase a ten-week series punch card for $5 while supplies last .

Unfortunately, my nearest theater (Harker Heights, TX) is not participating this year. The closest locations are Temple and Round Rock. 🙁 🙁

The Regal Summer Movie Express for kids has not been posted yet so as soon as it is on the website, I will update the blog.

Veteran’s Day Freebies and Special Offers!

Here’s a list of local area restaurants that are offering FREE Meals and special discounts. (I’m also including restaurants within a 100 miles radius.)

Please note that times and offer can end at any time and it’s up to the store’s discretion, not corporate. Call your nearest store/restaurant to ensure they are doing it and what you need to receive the special offer. To avoid issues, please make sure you bring military ID and/or DD-214.

Applebee’s Grill and Bar – Free Meal for Veteran’s and Active Duty on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE for details and menu options.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse –  Free entrée with beverage, up to $12.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Dine-in only.  Free Pizookie® for current or retired military from Nov. 1 – 30. Click HERE for restaurant locations.

Buffalo Wild Wings –  Free order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries to veterans and current military members. Sunday, Nov. 11th. Dine-in only. Click HERE for details.

California Pizza Kitchen –  Choose a pizza, full-size salad, or pasta from a select menu on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Dine-in only. Click HERE for detailed menu and to locate your nearest restaurant.

Chili’s – Free meal from a select menu on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Dine-in. Click HERE to locate your nearest restaurant.

Cici’s Pizza – Free Adult Buffet with a valid Military ID or proof of service Sunday, Nov. 11th, at participating locations. Click HERE to find locations/phone numbers.

Cracker Barrel –   Complimentary slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake for dessert or a Crafted Coffee on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Go HERE for details and locations.

Dunkin’ Donuts  – Free donut to Veterans and active duty military on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE for details and locations.

Fogo De Chao – Veterans and active duty members will receive 50% off their meal from Nov. 9-11th. Click HERE to make reservations at your nearest restaurant.

HEB – All veterans and active duty service members will receive a pancake & sausage breakfast from 8 am to 10 am on Sunday, Nov. 11th in the deli department, in the dining area. Click HERE to find locations and phone numbers to verify participation. This photo was taken at the HEB Plus on Trimmier Rd., Killeen, TX.

Honey Baked Ham Company – Free Lunch Combo to those with valid military ID or proof of service on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE for locations.

Hooters – Veterans and current servicemen and women to enjoy a free meal from a select menu on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Requires drink purchase.  For locations and phone numbers to verify your local restaurant is offering this, click HERE.

Ihop – Free stacks of Red, White & Blue pancakes on Monday, November 12th for all active military members and any veteran with proof of service. Click HERE to locations and phone numbers to verify participation.

Little Caesars® Pizza –  Free pizza or $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo to all US Armed Forces veterans and active military members between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE for locations and details.

Logan’s Roadhouse –   Free entrée from the American Roadhouse Meals menu for veterans and active duty military personnel between 3 – 6 pm on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE for details and locations.

LongHorn Steakhouse – Free appetizer or dessert for veterans and active duty service members on Sunday, Nov. 11th . Additional 10% off for guests that dine with Veterans on November 11. Click HERE for locations.

McDonald’s – Free Extra Value Meal for those who show military ID/DD 214 On Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE to find location and phone numbers to verify participation.

MOD Pizza – Sunday, Nov. 11th, all active military and veterans will receive a FREE MOD size pizza or salad. There will be giveaways and live music! Must show military ID or mention you are a veteran to receive free MOD size pizza or salad, in-store only, excludes gluten-friendly and Mega Dough surcharges, limit one per customer, cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Click HERE for locations/phone numbers

Olive Garden –  Free entrée from a special menu for veterans and active duty service members on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Entrées are served with unlimited soup or house salad and garlic breadsticks. Click HERE for locations.

Plucker’s Wing Bar – Free meal for veterans and active duty members, up to $15 on Monday, Nov. 12th. There will also be activities for the kids too! Click HERE for all the details!

Red Lobster –   Free Appetizer or Dessert on Sunday, Nov. 11th and Monday, Nov. 12th. Click HERE for locations.

Red Robin – Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE to details and locations.

Starbucks – free tall coffee for all veterans, active-duty military members, and their spouses on Sunday, Nov. 11th

Texas Roadhouse –  Free Lunch from special menu includes sides and a soft drink, coffee, or tea on Sunday, Nov. 11th. Click HERE for info and locations.

Urban Bricks Pizza – Veterans eat for FREE when other guest in their party eat on Sunday, Nov. 11th. If veteran eats along, their meal is 50% off. To contact store, go HERE to locate the nearest restaurant for phone number.

Golden Corral –   The 18th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner is available to veterans and active duty service members  on Nov. 12, 2018 5 – 9pm.. Click HERE for details.

Other discounts:

Austin’s Park & Pizza – offering Veterans Free unlimited Play Pass til  Monday, Nov. 12th. On Nov. 11th, 1 to 4 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Color Guard Ceremony, 2 – 4 p.m. live entertainment. Click HERE for details.

Target – 10% off store wide purchase. Must sign up HERE to receive coupon. This coupon can be combined with store and manufacturer coupons. Cannot be combined with category coupon. Coupon is good til Monday, Nov. 12th.

Altitude Trampoline Park – Military gets double jumps for FREE from Nov. 9th – 12th! Click HERE for park locations and phone numbers to get more information.

Great Clips –  Veterans and active duty soldiers will receive either a free haircut on Sunday, Nov. 11th or the free haircut card to use at a later date. Click HERE for details and store locations.

Sports Clips – Free haircut for veterans and active duty service members on Sunday, Nov. 11th. For more details, go HERE.

Home Depot – 10% discount offered all year around to veterans and active duty service members at participating locations.

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store – 10% discount offered all year around to veterans and active duty service members at participating locations. Click HERE to sign up for the discount (and other freebies).

Grace for Vets Free Carwashes! Click HERE for participating carwashes in your area on Sunday, Nov. 11th.

 

For Christmas~

Heads Up! Trees for Troops – click HERE for details! These will go quickly!

Savealotmom is a frugal saver, living in Killeen, TX. Although she posts deals in the area, she also posts national deals for the out of state savers. She has been saving money for over 18 years. She has a huge following here on this website as well on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

Family Fun Bowling at the Fraction of the Cost! Save Up to 60%!

My sister and her family recently came down to visit from New York for a few days and the first thing I did was searched on Groupon for deals on family outings/events. I came across a real awesome bowling venue called Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill. This place is part of the Bass Pro Shop so you can go shopping then afterwards, go bowling and have a nice meal! (We decided just to go bowling.)

This bowling alley is AH-MAZING! It presents an ambiance that you are underwater with the sharks and many other fishes along with a sunken ship, that has a sports bar underneath

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For the six of us, I paid $60 on Groupon for:

Two Hours of Bowling
Shoe Rental for six people 
Two Pitchers of Soda
Two – 1 Topping Pizzas

If I paid full price, it would have cost me $152, before tax!

    

Go HERE to Groupon, type in “Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill and you’ll see packages for Party of Two, Four and Six! If you want to find the closest bowling venue is, click HERE to be directed to the Uncle Buck’s website, under store locator. This venue that we went to is in Round Rock, TX, next to the Round Rock Shopping Outlets.

 

Free Groceries using Coupons and Rebate app!

There’s an app that I love using because it’s so easy to use and I get lots of points using it! It’s called FETCH Rewards!

There is a list of specific items that give extra points yet you STILL get points even if you don’t buy any from the list!

After taking pictures of all my reciepts using the Fetch app, I redeemed some of my points for a $10 Walmart giftcard.

I went to the store and got all this for free by using the giftcard! I still have $4.43 left to use!

1850 Iced Coffee was $2.28, used $1.50 off coupon from HERE. Paid $.78 each.

Finish dish tablets was $3.47, used $3 off manufacturer coupon, making it $.37.

Sara Lee Bread was $2.98, used $1 off coupon, $1.98. (Contacted the company for coupons.)

Ozarka Sparkling Water was free, used a coupon to get the pack for free. Go online to sign up for the coupon to receiev a free pack.

I redeemed points for a giftcard from Walmart!

Below: My points from Fetch

Hindsight of Couponing: What Noone Tells You.

A question I get all the time: How do you do it?

Well, I’m going to give you valuable tips, 18 years worth of couponing condensed into one article. These aren’t your typical beginner’s advice. These actually are the forefront of the basis of successful couponing.

When I first started, I dabbled in it, started slow. Over time, I invested a lot of time researching coupon policies, sales cycles, coupons’ fine print, contacting/communicating with corporate, managers and cashiers, including clearinghouses. All those years of research morphed my own personal couponing rules towards me and my family. I am going to share mine with you.

These personal rules has allowed me to spend more time with my family, I don’t have to work and we are financially comfortable….we take vacations, road trips and we have no debt, except our mortgage and utility bills. Last year, we took several trips, including our big one to Hawaii. This year, we have been on several little trips, including a 10 day trip to Niagara Falls, NYC, Washington D.C. and upstate NY. and we are going on a cruise in 8 months and that is paid for already.

Every couponer need to make their own personal expectations and guidelines as they coupon. They will change along the way and that’s okay because it will cater to your needs in order to be successful at it. It’s extremely important to have these special rules for yourself because this is how these personal rules are very realistic and everyone can achieve these or their own similiar rules:

  1. Limit up to 4 Sunday newspapers a week: I do this because A) this is how I limit myself…I don’t need 10-20 coupons to buy that many of the same products. I don’t even go through that many in 6 months! B) Most coupons’ fine print limit 2-4 of like coupons per day and a lot of stores impose a product limit purchase to discourage shelf clearing (which cost stores money each day the shelves are empty). I am not going to visit a store each day to get more. That’s a waste to gas, time and money for me. I have a nine year old car with 86,000 miles on it and its in great condition. That should tell you something.
  2. Anytime I see a deal where you buy a full priced item and you get an incentive such as a gift card (Target) or a Register Rewards/Balance Points (Walgreens), it’s not really a deal for me. For me to buy it, I better have manufacturer coupons, store coupons and cash back rebates for it.  That’s where the stores get you. Their highly inflated prices and they trap you with incentives like that! Nope, not me.                                                                                                                                                                                                    Those sales circulars? They will slap a product in it, put their price point in red to make it appear that it’s on sale and when you get to the store, it’s full priced! Nope, not happening!                                                                                                                                                                     Those deals where you buy a certain $ amount and you get an incentive? For example: women’s razors are $8.99 each and you get $5 in points when you spend $20. Guess what? You have to get THREE razors just to get that measly $5 back. Sadly, you would only be able to use two manufacturer coupons because either the store or the coupon’s fine print  limits two like coupons per day. Nope, I don’t fall that.
  3. Give yourself price points for each type of product you are willing to pay: For example, I won’t pay more than $.75 per bottle/can of hair care (shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hairspray). If I am all stocked up, then I only buy when it’s $.25 to free per bottle/can. These price points help curb my spending. Make a list of all the household and personal care products you use and create a price points you are willing to pay, when you need it and when your stockpile is full.
  4. Budget your spending: Give yourself a spending limit each week or every month. The trick is to stick with it because it can be very tempting to overspend! For my family, I don’t spend more than $50 a month on household and personal care items. A lot of times, I don’t even spend $25!  I won’t go shopping for weeks because either that stuff I need isn’t low enough for me to buy or I don’t need anymore to add to my stockpile.
  5. Buy two at a time when on sale, even if you need just one. This is how you progress into having a stockpile. I do this mostly with condiments, food I can freeze and items we go through rather quickly.
  6. Keep track of what you already have, especially cleaning liquids and powders because they do go rancid. If you have plenty, you don’t need to add to it. If you keep your stockpile in the garage, where it can be exposed to extreme heat or cold, liquids and powders lose their effectiveness and become rancid within 6 months. If you keep it in temp controlled environment, they will be good up to 12 months. Rotate your stock. Put dates of purchase on the bottom of each to use them wisely.
  7. Don’t keep buying – you save LOTS of money. Why keep spending time and money when you are fully stocked up? Save that money for a vacation, a new vehicle or add to the emergency fund.

I did go through a phase of extreme couponing and I actually lost money! 1) I had so much liquids and powders that it went bad over time. 2) I lost money on items (I got for free) we don’t even use, items that were not a benefit to us. 3) Time IS money too! I lost money spending a lot of time searching for deals online, gas to get to stores, extra coupons, and time to do multiple transactions. A lot of items I got for free or super cheap but in hindsight, it was expensive to do. It took away from my family, wear and tear on my vehicle, the amount of gas, the stress levels of either worrying about a purchase going to work or dealing with an irate cashier. It’s great to donate but my family comes first. No one is going to pay our bills but us. I’m not saying don’t donate, I’m saying take care of your family first and if you have the opportunity to help others, by all means, do it.

These personal money saving rules help us tremendously. It’s like a “financial diet” and it has proved a success. These rules aren’t for everyone but this will give you guidelines and ideas to make your own that works for you and your family. Within 12-24 months, you will see positive changes in your spending habit, increase in family time and extra cash in your bank account.

 

 

Spend less than $30 on School Supplies at HEB!

Here’s the latest deals on Back To School Supplies at HEB. There’s a $5 off when you spend $20 on supplies on the HEB Digital App!

Based on the school lists, I did an average amount of what you need to ensure your child(ren) is ready for school! The average of $30 is for each child so if you have two kids, it would be around $60. This does not include backpacks or lunch packs. Don’t spend more than $25 on those! Walgreens has them starting at $3, Academy Sports and Outdoors have them on sale for $20, Dollar General has them as well, starting at $5.

8 Folders at $.15 each= $1.20 ($2.08 savings from original price.)

Four 1 1/2 Binders at $2.68=$10.72 ($3.60 savings from original price)

Three packs of glue sticks at $.50 each=$1.50 ($.72 savings from original price.)

Three bottles of glue at $.50=$1.50 ($.72 savings from original price.)

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Eight notebooks at $.25 each=$2 ($5.04 savings from original price.)

Four Composition notebooks at $.50=$2 ($1.52 savings from original price.)

Two packs of Crayola Markers at $.97 each=$1.94 ($3.94 savings from original price.)

Four packs of Crayola Crayons at $.50 each=$2 ($.96 savings from original price.)

Two packs of Crayola Colored Pencils at $.50 each=$1  ($.94 savings from original price.)

Four packs of pencils at $.97 each=$3.88  ($2.08 savings from original price.)

Four packs of Bic Pens at $1.17 each=$4.68  ($1.60 savings from original price.)

TOTAL: $32.42. Savings: $23.20

$5 off $20 or more school supplies HEB digital coupon

$32.42-$5=$27.42 Total after digital coupon. Total savings: $28.20. a 50% savings!!!

Optional purchase: buy the lunch kit and you’ll get several goodies for FREE!

If you don’t have the HEB app, go to the website HERE for more information or to download the app.

TIP: To get digital coupons catered for you (not found in stores), have the cashier scan your barcode app, even if you don’t have any coupons applicable to your purchase. They will see what you are buying and how often you are buying and that is how they make coupons exclusively for you!

Get Paid to Shop for Things You Need! Popular Cash Back Apps!

*UPDATED LIST as of May 8, 2019*

I have tried lots of apps and they come and go or they don’t give out a lot of incentives. These apps I have now are tried & true and been used for more than a year so they will not disappoint you. I recently downloaded a new app and I’ve already made $20 within 3 weeks so I will add that new app to the list below.  What I love about these apps is that each receipt can be used for every app.

These apps are also perfect for those folks that don’t have time to coupon yet they want the benefit of savings by getting paid.

A lot of these apps require you to do the rebates within 1 to 2 weeks after purchase so make a weekly habit of doing this process.

How to stay on track  and get PAID using these apps:

1)keep all your receipts in a pile each week.

2)Pick a day to spend about 10 mins to take photos/scan receipts and products. I do them on Sundays. If you reconcile your checking/savings account on a particular day, do this alotogether on the same day.

3) Do one app at a time, scan/take pictures of receipts and products. Once you are done with that app, move on to the next one.

REBATE PROGRAM APPS – Give Cash Back to you!

 

**These apps pay you for specific items:**

1)  Ibotta: A phone app rebate program which offers cash back on “everyday” items from select stores and restaurants. Just like a mail in rebate offer, this is done online and you get your cash within 12-24 hours! No more waiting 6-8 weeks for a check! Ibotta offers rebates on food, clothes, restaurants, movies, baby items…it’s endless! It doesn’t matter if you used coupons or got it for free, you are rewarded for using Ibotta! Go HERE to get started! You’ll get $10 bonus when you redeem your first offer!

2) Checkout 51:  All you do is select the item that you want to submit for rebate, take a picture of the receipt and scan the UPC code and you get paid within 24 hours! Go HERE to get started! Get $2 cash back when you redeem your first offer, then an $1 extra back for the next three redemptions for a total of $5 bonus cash!

3)  Fetch Rewards: All you do is scan the UPC bar code off the product(s) and take a picture of your receipt and you will get your cash! Use Code CW7XW to get 1500 points to start with! Go HERE to get started.
After you download it, you select products that you are planning on buying within the week. After you make your purchases, you scan the UPC code off the product(s) and take a picture of your receipt. EVEN IF YOU DON’T BUY THE SPECIFIED PRODUCTS, STILL TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR RECIEPTS, YOU GET POINTS!

**The apps below pay you for receipts, not specific products so those restaurants, clothing and miscellaneous receipts qualify for these apps.**

  1) Receipt Hog: A phone rebate app that takes picture of your grocery receipts and give you coins, based on how much you spend. In addition, once you exceed certain levels, you will also be able to play to win extra coins by playing slots! You can trade your coins for cash or Amazon gift cards. Go HERE to get started.
You can trade the coins for Amazon gift cards or for cash! Amazon gift cards come handy especially during the holidays or if you need to buy a gift card for someone special.

2) Receipt Pal: A phone rebate app that takes picture of your grocery receipts and give you points, based on how much you spend. They offer gift cards from Amazon, Resturaurant.com and other popular store names. Go HERE to get started.

3) CoinOut: This app pays you random cash amounts for each receipt, regardless of how much you spend. Go HERE to get started.

4) Shopkicks: a phone app that offers gift cards without making a purchase!
All you do is walk in the specified stores to earn your kicks and scan bar codes off the selected items for more kicks. The more kick you get, the higher the value of gift cards you can earn!
If you plan to make a purchase in that store, you can link your debit/credit card to Shopkick before you buy and earn more points too!
I have earned so many gift cards without making a single purchase! On special occasions/special holidays, they offer high value kicks for walking in certain stores. **Everyone in your household that has a smartphone can use this phone app and save the gift cards for a bigger purchase!** For more information about Shopkick, go HERE.

5) Ebates: this website/app offers cash back on most of your online shopping. Ebates offers you a rebate for every online purchase! So while you are staying home or at the office, you are not wasting time to heading to the store! That’s my kind of deal! Click HERE to find out more about Ebates! **New members get a $10 giftcard of their choice when they sign up and spend $25 or more on their first purchase!** This site will come very handy during Back To School and Christmas! It is quite awesome to save money using promo codes online but it’s way cooler to get cash back rebates for shopping online!

6) ShopperCoin: this app is similiar to Fetch and CoinOut. You “scratch off” digital cards for random coins and you take photos of your receipts. You’ll get 5 ShopperCoins for each receipt. Use code JENED8199 when you download the app HERE.

**Other Apps that pay you:**
1) Pay Your Selfie! Get paid to take selfies! If you take lots of selfies or know someone that does, this is the app for you! Click HERE for more information.

2) Safe2Save: This app promotes safe driving! You get points based on how many mileage you drive or ride. You can trade these points for free or discounted food, drink, venue and special items! Before you or the driver puts the vehicle in drive, open the app and watch your points go up as you go! Go HERE and put in code SAVEALOTMOM.

COUPON & STORE SAVINGS/RESOURCE DATABASE PROGRAMS: These apps that I use are a quick resource to find coupons and seek breakdowns on certain items – they are not rebate apps but they help me save time and money.
Flipp App: Good to find out what’s on sale in stores, where’s the best deal on the specific item(s) you are looking for. offers breakdowns and provides a coupon policy for quick reference. To start on Flipp, go HERE. After it downloads, you can select all the stores within a 100-mile radius for which you want to see sales.
This is not 100 percent accurate since the sales fliers are regional and not all locations have the same sales.
Once you select all the stores you want sales for, you can view up to five stores at once for specific items. For instance, if you want a deal on diapers, type in “DIAPER” in the search spot and it will pull up all the stores within a 60 mile radius that have deals on diapers (all brands). If you want a specific brand of diapers, type in the brand and any sales for that brand will show up on the database.
Coupon Cabin/RetailMeNot: Both of these apps offer you a wide variety of coupons and discounts to your favorite stores and restaurants, online and in-store. If you are visiting a retail store or shopping online, you can type in the name of the store in one or both apps and they will tell you all the available coupons for that particular store.
CouponTom: This website tells you what inserts the coupons are in. It even tells you if they are on the printable websites.

COUPONING/MONEY SAVING TIP: Reusable Bags can PAY you back!

In the course of 3 months, I have received several bags for free from various special events. I keep these bags and fold them up and keep them in my coupon bag. I also have reusable bags that are super small when folded but big when I unroll them and I usually keep a few in my purse. Of course, the biggest idea from using these types of bags is less plastic bags hanging around our environment – being environmentally friendly!

These reusable bags can actually pay you to shop! Did you know that Target and the Post Exchange (PX on military installations) give you credits for bringing and using your own bags?! They offer a $.05 credit for each bag used. Find out if your favorite stores offers bag credits!

On average, I use about 5 bags ($.25 credit) at Target and 3 bags ($.15 credit) at the PX. These are offered even when you use store coupons and manufacturer coupons! (At Target, in addition to the bag credit, Cartwheel, manufacturer coupons; you can also get 5% off when you use your Target REDCard and Target Cartwheel discounts! How awesome is that?!)

It may not seem as much but if you use these bags often, they can be very beneficial to your savings. Look at this breakdown: If I shop at Target once a week and I use an average of 5 bags each time, that’s $.25 savings. For 4 weeks, that is a $1 savings.  For 12 months, that’s $12 worth of savings just from using bags!!! That’s not even including the coupons, the sales and the phone apps you use for savings! Crazy, huh!!