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Jul 1 15

How I Earn $75-90 Per Year Just By Grocery Shopping

by Kathy

One of the ways I am intentional about my money spending and saving, is by using multiple income flow sources on things I regularly do anyway. Here are a few examples of apps I use with my grocery shopping trips.

I have used this a lot on “any brand” purchases that I make routinely like bread, milk, eggs, shredded cheese, orange juice and bananas. I earn $.20 off each time I buy these items, which is often a minimum of $1.00 per week. There are also bonus offers, like if you redeem $7 in a month you earn an extra $1, or if you redeem 3 offers, you earn an extra $.75.  I started using Ibotta about 2 years ago, and have averaged about $30 per year in earnings for purchases that I would otherwise still be making anyway!


I’ve been loving the “select your savings” offer on fresh veggies and fruit, like $.25 off bananas. I only started using this in January, but I’m earning about $10-15 per year. The worst thing about this app is that you can’t “cash out” your earnings until you reach $20, and you can’t earn any points or rewards for referring friends.

I have this account linked to all my customer cards for local stores like CVS, Giant, Weis, Family Owned Markets, RiteAid and Redner’s. I typically activate all the offers and then if I happen to make a purchase, I get credit for it! Occasionally I will buy something specifically because it had a SavingStar FREE offer or I know from a coupon deal website that it will be free after I earn the SavingStar offer and use another coupon. I earn about $20-30 per year and have it deposited directly into my paypal account.

I take a quick photo of all my receipts after I make a purchase. I only started using this app this year, but so far it looks like it will earn me about $10-15 per year.

When I can, I combine deals to end up making money. For instance, this week I earned 20% off bananas from SavingStar, $.20 off bananas from Ibotta and $.25 off bananas from Checkout 51. If I buy only 1 or 2 small bananas, I have my purchase cost completely paid for, plus some!

All said and done, using these apps before and after I do my shopping, earns me about $75-90 per year!

Jun 30 15

Enjoy $5 and a FREE Beverage When You Enroll in DDPerks

by Kathy

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Enroll in DD Perks before midnight on July 2 and receive a $5 DD Card. Simply log in to your UpDDate account in the DUnkin’ Mobile app, then opt in to DD Perks. New members also get a FREE beverage and 20 bonus points on every Coolatta purchase through August 31.

Jun 30 15

Earn $25 credit for switching to Inspire Energy

by Kathy

Did you know that if you are a PPL customer you can choose your own energy provider? Instead of paying the almost $.12 per kwh, you can usually get as low as $.06 to $.07 per kwh. And you can switch providers every month to get the best rate?

My husband does the research for our family, and this month he found Inspire Energy to be the best price. Plus, Inspire Energy is giving $25 to you and your friend, when they sign up for Inspire too!

It’s simple. Just switch to Inspire, they will email you a confirmation email with your referal code, share your link on facebook or by email and you and your friends will earn $25! There is no limit to how much you can earn, so refer away!


Jun 18 15

North Museum Offering FREE One-Day Science Camp 

by Kathy

During the week of July 20-24, North Museum of Nature and Science (400 College Ave., Lancaster) is hosting GSK Science in the Summer, a FREE one-day chemistry-focused camp for children entering grades 2nd through 6th.

Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers will need to provide their own packed lunch. Each day of camp is limited to 60 students. Deadline for registration is July 6.

Source: North Museum offering free one-day science camp – Daily News – June 2015 – Central Pennsylvania

Jun 17 15

Royer’s Kids Club on June 20, 2015

by Kathy



Children ages 5 to 12 can sign up to participate in Royer’s Kids Club this Saturday, June 20, 2015. Bring a nonperishable food item and an empty food can to fill with free flowers. My son always loves making a unique arrangement at these Kids Club events, and then thinking of someone special to give them to!

Jun 16 15

FREE Smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Café on Friday, June 19th, 2015

by Kathy

This year on June 19th, Tropical Smoothie Café will celebrate their 9th annual National Flip Flop Day. Come by one of their cafes wearing flip flops on June 19th between 2 pm to 7 pm for National Flip Flop Day and they’ll recognize your support with a FREE 24 oz. Jetty Punch Smoothie!!

Source: Tropical Smoothie Café

Jun 9 15

How I Painted a Chair for FREE!

by Kathy


Recently, I’ve been enjoying trying new things. Specifically, home decor and furnishings – something I never thought I would be good at! But I have been loving it. It could possibly also partly be due to the fact that I have also recently become obsessed with Chip & Joanna Gaines HGTV show, Fixer Upper!

I probably have too frugal of a mentality, and thus would find it hard to try some new things that I think I might just end up destroying. However, I have been receiving $10 off of a $10 purchase Kmart rewards emails for the past few weeks. Is anyone else receiving these Kmart offers? Because, they are amazing! I love finding stuff for $10 – like 2 cans of spray paint for $4.99 each, and having my total ring up to FREE!! The cashier often gives me a weird stare. :)

I decided to act on some of my new passions and purchase some spray paint. First I spray painted a frame, and then an end table, and most recently this chair! I learned a lot with each piece and I think I am finally getting the hang of it. I am absolutely loving the color and the smooth finish. It makes me so happy to look at it!

By the way, this chair only took one can of spray paint. I used Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Satin Lagoon. I’ll be painting some photo frames white with the Rust-Oleum American Accents Semi-Gloss White that I also bought.

In case you are wondering, my kids broke off the missing piece and I have yet to find it. But I know I will! I actually started painting the chair, assuming it wouldn’t be the right color or look right, but then was surprisingly amazed at the results so I just kept on going. Now I am definitely determined to find that piece, glue it in and paint it! I do have another matching chair that I will be painting as well.

Here’s to hoping for another $10 off $10 Kmart email next week! Feel free to share some ideas with me on what you’d like me to try next!

Jun 1 15

Morgantown Carnival on June 9, 2015

by Kathy

Morgantown Carnival will be on June 9th to 13th from 6pm – 10pm. It will open at 2 pm on Saturday. Fireworks will be on Friday, June 12th.

May 29 15

Lancaster Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off Event on 5/30/15

by Kathy

Start summer off with a bang at the Lancaster Public Library on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 11am to 1pm! Listen to live music, enjoy activities for kids, and visit booths hosted by local kid-friendly organizations. And of course, visit the library table to pick up your Summer Reading logs.

Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA.

May 29 15

Saving on Local Lancaster County Summer Excursions

by Kathy

There are so many fun outings to do with your kids over the summer in the Lancaster County area – like the Herr’s Potato Chip Factory, Hands On House, Lake Tobias, Hershey Gardens and Hershey Chocolate Factory. It can be overwhelming! And it can be costly. Here are a few great deal sites that you will want to keep watching for money-saving trips!

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1. Amazon Local. Most of these deals are for the Philadelphia area, so watch them for day trip opportunities like the Zoo or the Children’s Museum.

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2. Groupon. They are currently running deals on SkyZone in Harrisburg, Hershey Gardens (2 tickets for $12), and some photography places. I’ve also seen Lake Tobias and Crayola Factory deals offered on here.

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3. Living Social. They are currently offering a deal for Spring Mountain Adventures zip line tour! Share these deals with your friends, and they’ll get $10 off their first deal of $20 or more!

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4. Local Flavor (previously DoubleTake Deals). This is mostly deals for restaurants and eating out, which can be fun excursions too! But you will also find deals for places like the LaserDome and Slick Willy’s!

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5. PA 50/50 Deals. They just offered a half off deal of a $50 gift card to Esbenshades, which is awesome if you were planning on making a large purchase there. You can buy up to 2 deals and use both at the same time! They also regularly offer deals to The Works in Wyomissing. Please note that they sell out quickly and your best bet is to check it regularly, and sign up for emails so you are notified of new deals immediately!