Friday Favorites: Money Saving Edition

Happy Friday everyone! This week flew by, and I’m ready for yet another weekend! What is everyone up to? I thought I’d kick off the weekend by sharing some of my favorite ways that I save money. I LOVE finding a deal and absolutely hate paying full price for anything, so this post will highlight some of my favorite ways to save on great products.

CVS

I have never been one to regularly shop at drugstores such as CVS because I always thought they were overpriced compared to grocery stores, but I have found a way around that. CVS is so much fun to wander around, am I right? It is so therapeutic for me to browse the aisles of drugstores. Now I can do this without breaking the bank, hooray! I watched several Youtube videos by Jenny at Southern Savers and have learned how to stack manufacturer coupons and CVS “red machine” store coupons on products that are on sale and print Extra Care “bucks”. Basically, these are rewards that print at the end of your receipt that can be used to purchase more items in the store. I recently paid $10 for two HUGE jars of vitamins and a tube of toothpaste that would have been a shopping trip over $30. Awesome.

Goodwill

I am NOT ashamed to admit the fact that I LOVE shopping at Goodwill. Yes, the store always stinks and sometimes there is a LOT of junk to sift through, but I always find some amazing items. I just examine everything really well before I buy it just to make sure there aren’t stains or rips, and I wash all clothes as soon as I get home with extra scent-boosters (I LOVE the Snuggle scent packs). Good as new.  I recently found a purple Nike dry-fit workout top for $2.92. It would have probably been over $20 at TJMaxx and over $50 at a department store. I buy all of David’s Ralph Lauren polo shirts from there for $5 each, perfect condition. He also has Under Armour workout shirts from there as well. About two years ago, I found a BRAND NEW Columbia men’s winter coat there in David’s size. Those retail for like $200! I paid under $10, and it was brand new. WHY DO PEOPLE PAY FULL PRICE FOR STUFF?!

Here is the Columbia coat I bought for under $10 at Goodwill. It had tags on it.

Here is the Columbia coat I bought for under $10 at Goodwill. It had tags on it.

Cash Back/Rebate phone apps

Ibotta, Checkout 51 and Snap are the ones I use regularly. I just downloaded Saving Star, so we will see how I like that one. These are free apps that allow you to submit grocery receipts and receive cash back on certain products. Ibotta also has rebates for restaurants, movie theatres, travel, etc.  Ibotta and Snap are awesome, and Checkout 51 is kind of mediocre. Once you reach a certain amount, you can “cash out” or trade your savings for various gift cards.  I have already reached $81 with Ibotta and $45 with Checkout 51 since September, so it’s worth checking into. I just started using Snap, so I haven’t quite reached $5 yet, but I love it so far. There are so many items that I already buy on these apps, so why not save a little extra money along the way?

Freeflys.Com

I LOVE this site! There are SO many free samples that you can order from this site, and I order a bunch every few weeks. It really is completely free. Sometimes you have to “like” a certain company on Facebook, and you can opt out of receiving annoying emails. My favorites have been Emergen-C packets, Truvia packets, Yogi tea bags, Twinings tea bags, toothpaste, contact solution, and much more. Some of these samples are pretty generous—like the Twinings. They sent me THREE tea bags, and I was able to choose which flavors I wanted. It is worth checking into because some of these things are the perfect sizes to take on trips, or to just try before buying the full size product in a store. Many of these samples will include a coupon to use as well.

What are your favorite ways to save money?

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