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MOM Deals: Dollars and Sense

There is so much to do when you are a mom, managing your family and household. One thing that can cause stress and freak MOM out is money, or lack thereof. I know that over the years, it’s been one of the greatest things to prompt me toward anxiety. It seems like it’s a constant battle to stay in the black. Or is it just me?

This weekend, I’ve been catching up on housework, blogs in my reader, filing coupons, and doing a little shopping. Here are some things that I’m taking advantage of to give our family a little margin in the budget.

Coupons
There won’t be any coupons in the paper this weekend, due to the holiday. But, you can browse the new coupons available at Coupons.com. They were reset on the first so there should be a fresh selection.

Also, keep up with Money Saving Mom and Freebies4Mom, they’ve been posting links to some great online coupons. I was able to get a $1 Pillsbury biscuit coupon (thanks F4M!) which got me biscuits for a quarter at my local store this weekend.

Swagbucks
We signed up with Swagbucks several months ago. At first it seemed like we weren’t getting very many. But, once we started to spread the word amongst family and friends, our swagbucks started to add up as we received swagbucks for referrals. It also helped that I made Swagbucks the home page on several computers. When someone wants to look something up, there is Swagbucks staring at them in the face. Currently we’re redeeming our Swagbucks for Amazon gift cards. I’ve purchased a few school supplies that way, but we would like to upgrade our camera, so we’re saving most of them.

From now until the 11th, new members to Swagbucks can earn extra points for using the code fishmamaswag at sign-up. You’ll automatically start with five points, three for signing up and another two for using this code. Use Swagbucks as your search engine and earn more points. Download the Swagbucks toolbar and you can have daily access to special codes to earn more points.

Shopping the Sales
One of the biggest things that helps keep the pantry stocked and our budget in check is to shop the sales, use coupons and stockpile. If you missed my series on these topics, you can catch up. Shopping this way has helped us feed a family of 8 for about $600 a month.

Ebates
Awhile back I started using Ebates as a way to get a little change back from online purchases. There are a large number of stores that operate through Ebates, such as Kohls and Target. Sign up for an account and click on the store you want to shop at. Currently, there are back to school specials where you get a larger percentage back from your purchases. Payout doesn’t happen until you reach a certain threshold, but if you’re going to buy something anyway, you might as well order it through Ebates. (Your purchase will be made at the vendor’s site, such as Target.com, but it is tracked through the Ebates portal in order to give you the rebate.)

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  1. The Things We Do says:

    So, I signed up for ebates thanks to this post and found a great deal on some shoes I just bought at Kohl's so I ordered them and saved money even with shipping and I'll take the ones I have here and return them back to the store. So, THANKS for talking me into ebates. BUT, having said that, I do have a question. How long does it take for your purchase to show up on ebates? After I made that purchase it doesn't show the 3% promised when I click on MY EBATES. Did I do something wrong? I went through ebate's site to get to Kohls. Or does it just take a few days to show up? Your experience on this would be helpful. =0)

  2. Yes, it takes 3-5 days for it to show up. They confirm the purchase and make sure that it went through and all that.

    I had thought that gift cards counted once when I made a Target gift purchase, but they don't. A good way for them to avoid fraud, though a bummer if yours is a legitimate gift purchase.

  3. The Things We Do says:

    Awesome! Thanks for being so helpful! I'll watch for it then. Have a great Lord's Day!

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