Stretching a Buck (Saving!)

Putting It Together Week 2 : Be Part of the Cool Crowd

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Ok, now it is time for the second installment of the anxiously awaited ‘Putting It Together’ series… (HA!)

You should have come up with a new, hip name to call yourself in this money-saving universe last week.   Now is the time to start signing up for things & filling up that empty mailbox.

Do you have a rewards card to your grocery store? NO? What are you waiting for? Sign up now.

Did you sign up for a rewards card for CVS & Rite Aid? How do you expect to save bucko-bucks if you don’t have these?

Did you sign up for the Toys R Us Rewards Card?  How about their Birthday Club? What about AC Moore Rewards?   Are you a Friendly’s Best Friend? Or A VIP at Boston Market?

See what I am getting at? There are a ton of programs to sign up for which offer rewards & incentives to spend & save.  (This is where a little discipline goes a long way).

Hey, as the great people over at Lotto say – You Gotta Be In It to Win It….

I found an important second part to this journey was entering the frugal blogging universe.

Here, insanely dedicated & super smart people cull through all sorts of deals to find the best prices for us normal people.  Sometimes it is like calculus, but they match coupons & sales & store promotions like modern-day Einstein’s.

This is where Blogger comes in VERY handy…  (Thanks Myra!)

Blogger allows me to ‘follow’ my favorite frugal/crafty/cooking/just plain interesting posts (or feeds as it is refered to in the internet world ) in one central place.

The best part – I made my alternate-money-saving-personality through gmail.  Well, blogger uses your gmail account as a log on.

Oh Halleluiah!  One less thing I have to remember!

Here are some of the websites on my blogger account – if you have a few free minutes, check them out.

DoofyDizee (DUH People!!!  :) )
Money Saving Mom – the first frugal/mom blog I found – excellent & interesting resource
Living Rich With Coupons – has great store matches (Love my Stop & Shop!)
Young House Love – One of my absolute favorite sites – Two enjoyable DIYers
Pioneer Woman – Interesting site with awesome photos & fantastic recipes
Couponing to Disney – She does a great job matching deals & finding steals.  Also makes me crave a Disney trip….

Ok, there you have it.  Step 2 is complete – start signing up & taking names people.

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Fantastic Friendly’s Gift Cards!

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Everyone knows Dizee & the family love to eat is Friendly’s.  So, hubby & I were super excited to see Friendly’s is giving a $5.00 gift card for every $25 dollar gift card you buy.

Merry Christmas to us! 

We ended up buying ourselves our Christmas Gifts to each other in the form of a  $100.00′s worth of gift cards which, in the end, totaled $120.  

We just have to use the extra $20.00 by the end of Feb since they have an expiration date (the gift cards do not) which is TOTALLY not a problem!

And, I took the survey after our dinner & got another $5.00 off coupon!!!

It was raining money…. ok, not literally, but I feel like we got a good haul!

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Recyclebank : 90 more points + you can get some Christmas Shopping Done

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Have you joined Recyclebank yet? 

The ‘Green Your Seasons’ section will earn you 90 more points!   You can redeem your points for a Magazine Subscription for someone on your Christmas list (or just yourself….) 

The subscriptions start at 100 points & include titles like Sports Illustrated, Parents, Good Housekeeping…

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$2.00 Tide Coupon

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Hey, two dollars is two dollars…. Click here to sign up for your two dollar tide coupon

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Shopping Adventures : Rite Aid

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My grandmother is a bit of a Debbie Downer.  She put the kibosh on ‘Christmas Junk’ since, as she puts it, she is 89 years old & doesn’t need anything…  BOO!

So, I decided to get her stuff she can use – like toilet paper & Prevacid.  (Yes, BORING!)


Anyway, these Prevacid’s were $27.00 each with a $5 Up Reward.  I bought two (obviously) and used a $7.00/2 coupon that was in Sunday’s newspaper (it was kismet). 

The best part, unbeknownst to me, Rite Aid was giving away free Up Rewards when you spend over $50.00 as part of their Christmas Deal. 

So, in the end, I spent $47 dollars on two packages of Prevacid & got back $20.00 towards a future purchase. 

Nice!  ‘Tis the season!

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Putting it all Together : Starting Out

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In June I decided it was high time to change my spending.  I discovered a dizzying world of free samples, coupons & frugal ways to save money. 

 It made me crazy! 

 I was constantly looking for the best deal & would be furious when I found out I spent 30 cents too much on fabric softener (really, who DOESN’T hate that?)

Anyway, I found a wonderful world of resources, tricks & tips, so I have decided to share them all – one time at a time.  So, without further adieu:

 Putting It All Together : Tip 1:  Get a pseudonym

Have you always hated your name? Have you wished you were someone else?  Do you secretly wish your friends would call you Charlotte?  Here is your chance to live your dream….

My first blunder when I started down this road to savings was signing up for rewards, coupons & mailing lists with my personal email account.  I have been spammed from here to Miami….  SO annoying. 

I want you to think long & hard about a new email address that you use only on money saving deals.  An easy way would be to add ‘saving’ or ‘coupon’ or ‘most_ exalted _one’  in front of your normal email (ie: which, personally, I think is quite catchy…)

The possibilities are endless, but it really is vital to your money saving lifestyle.  

Click here to create a new moniker & get started on your road to freebies, coupons & all the wonderful stuff in-between.

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Target Did It Again : Another $10 gift card on $50….

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Hey! The coupon reset!!!

You can get a coupon for a $10.00 gift card when you make a $50.00 purchase (which is soooo easy- & fun- to do there!) You will need to like them on Facebook & click on the link.

I think the site is being slammed now, so be patient.

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Hallmark : 30% off your Order

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Hey There, Hallmark is offering a 30% off personalized Holiday Cards for their Facebook Friends!  Use code FRIEND30

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