“Celeste, one one penny, fills basket”, these are the words that my grandmother echo’d into my ears from the time I got my first job. I’m not sure if it’s just a Jamaican saying, but I’ve come to learn that it’s true. Saving a little bit of change here and there adds up!
Anytime I save extra money, I start beaming on the inside! When I shop online, I always google coupons for the site I’m purchasing from and if I can get free shipping EVEN BETTER! As a new mother, the urge to save money has grown even more and I’ve found 3 new ways to save money that EVERYONE can benefit from.
- Ebates.com – I’ve heard of this website from various other bloggers but never really paid it any mind until recently. I guess I thought it was too good to be true! Once you sign up, you are able to do just about all of your online shopping through the website and you get CASH BACK! I kid you not! In addition, they send you emails letting you know about sales from your favorite stores and how much cash you can get back by shopping from them. The cash back amounts aren’t huge but they add up and every quarter (once you’ve earned $5 or more) you either get a check mailed to your home or you can have the money transferred to your PayPal account.
- Get a rewards card for your favorite gas station – My brother put me on to this (if you’re reading, thanks KC!) First, take note that this method costs you nothing. Hubby and I usually go to BP so I took one of their rewards cards and it has saved us $.01-$.04 per gallon so far! If you want to GO A STEP FORWARD you can choose to only use cash at the gas station. This is a simple way to save at least $.10 per gallon. It may not seem like much but you get more gas for your money when you pay cash than when you use your debit/credit card!
- ThredUp.com – I think this is my favorite saving method so far. I usually have a pile that is designated for donating that I drop off at Salvation Army or one of the drop off clothes boxes set up at various gas stations after I do my Spring and/or Winter clothes cleanse. Then I discovered Thredup. Thredup is an online thrift store that buys name brand clothing and sells it back to their customers. You don’t get a lot per item, but again, “one one penny fills basket!”. The first time I used this site, I sent a bunch of Nick’s clothes that he outgrew and gained a little less than $25. The clothes that they don’t accept are donated to a charity. Again, you can’t go wrong!
BONUS – In general, reward cards are AMAZING saving tools that don’t cost you anything but profits you at the end.
Just this morning, I saved money on an entire purchase paying (essentially) $0 using the methods mentioned above!
The last time I sent a bag of clothes to ThredUp, I ended up with approximately $16 in my PayPal account. This morning, I received an email from Carter’s (one of my favorite places to shop for Nicholas) about a sale on 1-peice sleep n play’s which Nick desperately needs (because he just keeps on getting taller and bigger!). So, I signed into Ebates.com, clicked into Carters and saw that I would 2% cash back on any purchase and then it proceeded to take me to the actual website. When I picked my orders (2 pajamas and an all-in-one outfit), I chose to deliver to the store (which gives you free shipping) and I had enough points on my Carter’s Rewards card to get a $10 savings on my bill. My overall total was originally $31 and it was cut down to $15 which I paid using the money I received from Thredup! AND an extra $.33 was added to my Ebates account!
HOW AWESOME IS THAT!!!
I hope this post helps you save that money honey! (The Real reference lol)
Happy Savings!! 🙂