Just How Desperate Are You To Save Money?

Are You Willing To Give Up Your Privacy?

A number of budget blogs as of late have been recommending Paribus—an app that reads your emails, looking for e-receipts, then checks back with the store to see if the price of whatever you bought has gone down. If it has, they get the store to give you the difference, then split it with you 75/25. Sounds pretty great, right? I mean with the exception of some bot reading your email. Their software does all the work and you get 75% of the difference back! Yeah, 75% back might be enough to salve that pesky email privacy thing.

Saving on OTC Meds at CostCo

I've reached the point at which most of the money saving tricks offered by the Internet are things we already do. These days when I find a way to save extra money, I get a little excited. This week it was over-the-counter medicines. You know, like ibuprofen, allergy meds, etc.

Make Your Own Tortillas

Tortillas are a staple in our house. They're easy and lend themselves to all sorts of foods—burritos, wraps, quesadillas, chips, etc. Usually, they're fairly inexpensive at CostCo or Sam's, but I've noticed that the organic stuff can get quite pricey (when you can find it).

Thankfully, this is one of those recipes that's super easy and super fast to make from scratch. And bonus! You can control the quality of ingredients that goes into them.

Get $10 When You Spend $25 via Ebates

I don't usually share these affiliate deals, but right now ebates is offering a $10 bonus for new accounts. Sign up & spend $25 via ebates and you'll get $10 back. Not a bad deal.

They're only offering it through the end of the month, so if you happen upon this post before then, you could reap the reward.

This is for new accounts only, but if you already have an account and want to refer people, you can earn a referral bonus (the average bonus is $5, I think—just check ebates.com).

You can sign up by clicking on the button below or by visiting the ebates website. (Just FYI: if you sign up via the button below, I get a referral bonus.)

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Thanks all & happy saving!


Make Your Own Pit Paste

That's right, I'm pulling a full-on Martha. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, we started paying seriously close attention to the ingredients in EVERYTHING—not just food, but lotions, shampoos, and yes, deodorants.

The least toxic deodorants were either ineffective or really expensive (or both). We tried just about everything, including going without—which, honestly, works some of the time, but on the days when it doesn't, well....

20 Ways to Save Money This Month

Saving money isn't always easy. Lots of unforeseen stuff pops up on a monthly basis, but here are some fairly painless ways to save a little more money starting this month.

Toilet Paper Math

Lately I've been coming across blog posts on the best toilet paper deals, in which bloggers explain their math in terms of how much money "per roll" they saved. It's weird, I know, talking about toilet paper. But the truth is, it's not a reusable consumable, so OF COURSE we're constantly spending money on it.

When I did the math I realized we were spending (easily) $32 a month to keep ourselves flush in our t.p. of choice. That's $384+ a year that literally went down the toilet. I didn't think much about it really. I mean we needed toilet paper, so I bought toilet paper. I didn't think that this might be an area where we could save money.

Money Saving List: July

[Total savings: $476]

July—was hot and dry. Our water and electric bills were up, but in general we tried not to make any big purchases to keep spending down.

Our healthier eating is becoming the norm, so we're watching the grocery spending (which is not easy). We still do binge every once in awhile. This month it's been ice cream & one dinner out.

Ibotta, Checkout 51, MobiSave—Still Worth It?

The blog post in which I take stock of rebate apps and the time spent attempting to save more money...

Okay, so I've been using Ibotta, Checkout 51, Saving Star, and MobiSave rebate apps now for 6+ months. SIX MONTHS.... Now, I'm not a power blogger. I don't make six-figures by blogging (hell, I don't even make one-figure). So I'm not reaping the affiliate income. I'm just slogging through this just like you. And after 6 months how much have I been able to actually deposit into my bank account? Go ahead, guess.