Are you looking to maximize your savings the next time you go shopping? Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can save money and get your items for free or almost for free by combining coupon apps with cash back apps!
Here are some of the best cash back and coupon apps to combine for savings:
- IBotta: You won’t need to do any combining when you use iBotta to save more on your shopping trips. The app offers both coupons and cash back, making it a great two-in-one option for those looking to save money!
- SnipSnap: This is a great coupon app to use for store coupons. All you need to do is take a picture of the coupon and then show it to the person checking you out. People save an average of $40 a week with the app, which you may want to use in combination with other cash back apps.
These are just a couple of money saving ideas for your next shopping trip! Before you try to combine cash back and coupon apps, it’s important to find out their policies. Some cash back apps are now prohibiting coupons.
Do you know of one we missed that should be added to this article? Please share! It will help everyone save.
Cold Wisconsin winters mean yummy treats to keep you warm, just like this hot tomato basil soup that it delicious when served in a hollowed out bread bowl. I am not sure which is better: the aroma or the decadent taste but you can’t loose when serving this to guests.
1 TBSP olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
1 ½ tsp minced garlic
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 15 oz cans of chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 C heavy cream
1 fresh bunch basil, washed and torn into small pieces
4 bread bowls
Let’s make soup:
Pour olive oil into a large pot heating until hot on medium heat. Add your onions and cook until soft about 5 minutes. Toss in the minced garlic and continue to cook while seasoning with salt and pepper stirring occasionally. Add can of crushed tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring it to a boil then allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Next transfer your soup into a food processor blending until smooth. Return pureed soup back to pot, again on medium heat. Lower the heat and allow to simmer while adding the heavy cream stirring to incorporate the two together. Add about ½ of the chopped basil. Let this sit and simmer for another 15 minutes or longer if you prefer a thicker soup
Using a sharp knife, cut a circle into the top of each loaf, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Remove the bread top, then hollow out the middle with a fork or your fingers, leaving a thick bread shell.
Scoop the soup into each bread bowl and garnish each with remaining basil.
You set the alarm and lock the door as you head out on your family vacation this year. You are protecting your home, but are you protecting your finances while traveling? As you go out of town whether for a day, week or month you need to think beyond just having your home secure. You need to make sure you are also protecting your finances at home and on the road. Some simple things are recommended to protect your accounts from theft or unauthorized charges.
Contact your bank and credit card companies. First thing you need to do is alert your banking institutes that you will be traveling and using your cards at different locations than normal. Many people find themselves at a gas pump and unable to put gas in their car because their bank thinks it is a fraudulent purchase since it is out of state. Letting your bank know you will have different charges will keep you from being stranded with your card being declined.
Use pre-paid credit cards instead of bank debit cards. This is something that we have used in recent years and really like doing. Instead of taking our bank debit cards that have access to all of our funds, we purchase a pre-paid credit card through a local retailer. For most pre-paid credit cards, you are able to transfer money directly from your bank account to the card and have it loaded within a few hours. You pay $5-$10 for he card up front, then as you need more money on it, you simply choose to load from your bank account. This leaves your bank and regular finances safe from theft should your card be lost on the road.
Don’t carry large amounts of cash. This is an obvious tip that bears repeating. Carrying large amounts of cash is always dangerous. Once that is gone you won’t have any protection to refund you like you would with your debit or credit cards. When carrying any cash, avoid large stacks of bills.
Keeping your wallet in a front pocket. Simple step that will protect you a bit more from petty theft is to keep your money and/or wallet in your front pocket. For many men this may feel awkward at first, but it is much easier for a thief to grab your wallet out of a back pocket than a front pocket. For women, skipping the purse and only carrying what is needed in front pockets is smart for many reasons. If they aren’t comfortable without a purse, choose a cross bod style with a zipper that would be harder for a thief to grab and run with.
Have pertinent account information stored safely with easy access for you. Knowing things like your bank account number, credit card number, dates these accounts were opened and simply the telephone number to call should they be stolen is tough to think of right off hand. This information isn’t something you want to have in a pocket, but you can store online in Dropbox, Amazon Cloud or another secure online storage format that you can easily access from anywhere using your account logins. Keep a spreadsheet with this information for all of your bills, as well as your bank and credit accounts for easy access in emergencies.
Invest in travel insurance. This may be the best investment you make for protecting your finances while traveling. Travel insurance protects a lot of things for you. Typically it will be there to cover your belongings while on the road, your vehicle or rental and can help should you lose a debit or credit card. Research insurances to find what fits your needs, but also remember to consider the upgrade for roadside assistance.
Protecting your finances while traveling isn’t difficult. It’s all about planning ahead and being proactive. From simple changes to making a few phone calls, you can easily have your finances secure no matter where you are traveling.
I once heard a parent say “I don’t care if he brushes his teeth, they are just going to fall out and be replaced any way.”
Those baby teeth are important, they are place holders for the adult teeth that are bound to come in. It’s also important to make sure they are taking care of their mouth because gingivitis is horribly common in young kids. That can lead to a bunch of health issues later in their adult life.
So, February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! Here are 15 Fun Ways to Promote Healthy Teeth in Kids:
1. Teach Children to Floss Teeth with Play Dough!
2. The Fun & Easy Way to Teach Kids to Brush Teeth Effectively
3. The First Loose Tooth and Tips, Traditions, and Crafts
4. Tooth Fairy Tradition to Improve Oral Hygiene
5. How to Get Kids’ Teeth White with LISTERINE
6. Healthy Teeth Kids Activity
7. Free Tooth Brushing Printable
8. 5 Tips For Fuss-Free, Healthy Teeth in Kids
9. Dinosaur Scrubbing
10. Exploring Brushing our Teeth and the Tooth Fairy
11. Toys to Teach Kids About Dental Hygiene
12. Brush Your Teeth Chart
13. Brush Your Teeth! Preschool Craft
14. 5 Ways to Make Brushing Teeth Fun
15. Learning About Dental Health – Tooth Collage
Reading is fundamental to early childhood development. The exposure to language and books at an early age has been proven to increase children’s vocabulary and reading scores. Thankfully, now more than ever, parents have the opportunity to expose their children to reading events in the community. Story times have become a staple of childhood and finding free ones is good for families’ budgets. Instead of scouring the Internet for free story times in your area, go directly to the places below to inquire about the story times they provide. Local Libraries
Daytime story hours are now the norm for most public libraries in the United States. From large communities to small towns, library story times often cater to specific age groups. Infant and toddler story time focuses on books for that age group, while preschool story time is usually more interactive. Check with your local library by visiting their website or calling their children’s department to inquire about story time hours.
You may be surprised to learn that most bookstores offer free story times as well. Whether you have a large, chain bookstore in your town or a small, independent shop, children’s story times are a great way for them to bring in families and potential customers. Like libraries, they often offer different story times for different age groups.
Check with your local community center to see if they have free story times for young children. As with the book stores, many centers offer story times to bring in potential clients. Some even have free story times while parents work out!
Finding free story times in your community is a wonderful way to expose your child to new books and people. Start with your library to see what’s available and go from there. You may find that you’re able to attend multiple story times throughout the week without making a dent in your budget.
Overdue for ME time? Sometimes, life gets so busy that you lose track of time. You also lose track of how long it’s been since the last you had some quality time alone. Socializing with family and friends is very important but there are times you just need to get away from everyone and everything for a while in order to get a new perspective on things.
Here are three big signs you are overdue for some “me” time:
1. You’re feeling depressed, lonely or emotional. When you begin to feel depressed, upset and like no one seems to appreciate you, it’s time for a break. If you seem extra emotional, tend to cry or get upset super easy or feel lonely even when you’re with other people, spending a few hours alone might make a huge difference in how you feel.
2. Little things make you irritable and stress you out. Everyone gets irritable and stressed sometimes but if you’re snapping at friends and family for no particular reason, there’s a problem. When little things you normally wouldn’t even think twice about make you mad, that’s a big clue that you are way overdue for spending some time alone. Me time is important.
3. You feel exhausted even when you get plenty of sleep. If you’re working all the time your body gets exhausted, you lose track of time and life becomes a dull, stressful place. If you feel tired all the time and have a hard time keeping up with things, it could be that you need some time alone to regroup.
Spending time alone doing things you enjoy is good for you physically, mentally and emotionally. It helps relieve stress and gives your mind and body a chance to relax and recharge. Everyone needs a little alone time every now and then. When was the last time you spent some time by yourself? I challenge you to book some “me time” now!
I have finally gotten around to writing books on a lot of topics we have covered on our site and am now looking for a little help.
Advance Reader Copies are available and I am putting together a team. It is really pretty simple: You will get a pdf copy of the new book, and then be asked to leave a review on Amazon after you have finished reading it.
Of course, my Advanced Reader Team will have other perks, like drawings for Amazon Gift Cards, etc.
Hurry, I have only a limited number of ART spots!