The Teacher's Table
I love to eat good quality, fresh food, and to go grocery shopping, but I also like to save money. So, I have become addicted to some sites and apps that help me earn money back on everything I purchase. I have made shopping for everyday things almost like a game where I try to get things as inexpensively as possible and I would like to share with you how I do it every week.
Every Sunday I get a big cup of coffee, my phone and my laptop. I go and sit on the lanai (porch if you’re not from Florida). I relax, listen to the birds, and begin my money saving journey. I re-exam the Publix site though my app to see what is on sale and BOGO for the week. I say re-examine because I love to see what is on sale when the sales change every Thursday. It’s the little things, right? I specifically look for things that might have coupons to save even more money. If you don’t have Publix then see if your local store has an app that will show you the weekly sales. I also clip my digital coupons through the Publix app. That way when I go to check out at the store I simply just enter my phone number and the coupons come off the total.
On Sundays, I also coupon hunt at Coupons.com. You can get a free log-in and sign up for updates every week for the latest coupons. You simply scroll through the site, digitally clip the coupons you want, and simply print them. I print any coupon that I might possibly need in the next few weeks. I keep them in my purse ready to go. I do not know how much money I have saved by couponing, but the cashiers ask me all the time what I do to save money.
After I am done checking out the sales and printing coupons. I look at the following apps and plan out what else I will be purchasing.
My new favorite app is Fetch Rewards. Use code XA3AX when signing up! This app is super easy to use and features many of the products I purchase on a regular basis and it works with any grocery receipt from any store. You even get 25 points if you made a grocery purchase and it didn’t contain any of your selected products. Simply download the app, create an account and select the brands you buy. When you get done grocery shopping, take a picture of the receipt within the app and watch your rewards add up. Bonuses on different products occur throughout the month as well. You’ll get $2 just for snapping a picture of your first receipt. I’ve only had the app for a few weeks and I’ve already earned 12,107 points. The points can be redeemed for gift cards at hundreds of locations.
Checkout51- I like this app. You simply scroll through and see what products they are offering money back on for the week. Products are offered at specific stores and with limited quantities, so you need to be careful that you are submitting a receipt for a product purchased at the correct store and the correct amount. When you get home from shopping, you take a picture of your receipt and scan in the products you purchased that match the ones on the app.
Sign up now and earn money back at Publix, CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, BJs, Sam’s Club, and many more!products every Thursday morning at 12 AM. This app is good. I have been using it for about 6 months and I have earned $47 back. They will mail you a check when you have reached $20 or more.
This is my very most favorite shopping app. I have earned $390 back since I really started using this religiously. I like to try to get the bonuses . You can even work with your team and save even more. I am not going to get into all of that right now though. You will see it when you get the app.
This app is easier than Checkout51 , but not quite as simple as Fetch Rewards, and allows you to shop at more stores, and you can even save money while shopping online at stores like Amazon and Groupon. They even have rebates for purchasing anything or any brand. It’s nice because you get money back regardless of what you bought at the store. You simply scroll though and find the rebates for the week. Then select the rebates you might use. When you get home from shopping you take a picture of your receipt and scan in the products that you purchased that match the ones on the app. If you find a rebate at one store it will automatically show up for all of the stores it is available at for the week. So let’s say I selected a rebate for $1.00 off apples at Publix, but I ended up buying them at BJs. No big deal! I still get the money back after I submit my receipt. Rebates change out every Thursday 12AM, but I keep my receipts from the previous week just in case something I bought shows up on the list. You can’t do that with Checkout51. Sometimes I don’t realize I am going to buy something or I didn’t realize it was on sale and I don’t select the rebate until I get home from the store. This is no big deal. You still get your money back. When you reach $20 you can get a check mailed to you or just have the money deposited into your account via Paypal. I just had another $37 deposited last week. It adds up really fast!
Shop Kick: This app gives you points just for walking into the store and pays you with gift cards. You also get points for just scanning items while you are shopping. This is the app that feels like you’re playing a game. I like to earn as many points as I can by scanning all of the items available while I am doing my regular shopping. Sometimes you have to answer a couple of questions about the products you have scanned, but it goes really quick. They will also give you additional points if you have purchased the items you scanned and you submit your receipt. I have earned $90 back in Target gift cards using this app. Who doesn’t like a free Target gift card just for walking into a couple of stores? There are many other gift cards available, I just like Target.
Ebates: This is an app and a website. If you like to shop online for clothes, electronics, pet supplies, etc. this is the app/site for you. Simply make an account and go to the Ebates site to get to your online shopping destination. I just earned 8% back on everything I ordered for my kitties. I have a $58 coming back to me this month. This site/app pays you quarterly. They will mail you a check automatically with what you’ve earned back in a quarter.
When you’re ready to hit the stores turn on your Shop Kick app and have your coupons ready to save big. Then shop for the things you need while scanning for points. When you get home, take a picture of the receipts for the Fetch Rewards and Checkout51 app and scan in the products as you put them away. Do the same thing with the Ibotta app. A few minutes later magical notifications will pop up saying that you have earned money back. It’s a great feeling! It’s even better when you get stuff for nearly free because you had a coupon, it was BOGO, and it was on Ibotta or Checkout51. I just love it!!!
All of the apps can use the very same receipt and they work with the coupons you have printed. That is how I save money! You do not need a special receipt or to do anything extra except a little planning and scanning. It really is easy! Please don’t be overwhelmed! This sounds like a lot, but by spending a little while to plan before you shop and 5 minutes after you shop you can earn money back on tons of products you use everyday! After you get a routine down it takes minutes to save big. I have put the links into the pictures in this post to get to the sites to sign up. If you have any questions, I will help you anyway I can. I strongly urge you to get the apps and start earning money back on the things you already buy!
The Teacher's Table
The Teacher's Table
I know it’s been awhile since I have written a post, but life happened. I needed a break. I needed to take care of myself. Now that I am feeling better, I am back and ready to post some delicious recipes, cooking tips, and product reviews.
Even though I haven’t been posting on the blog, I’ve been on social media. You can follow my daily posts on Instagram and Facebook by clicking the links https://www.instagram.com/theteacherstable/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/foodieinfortmyers/notifications/
For the last few months, I have been participating in the #ShelfCookingChallenge. Our house was literally bursting with food. Not only was I grocery shopping way too much, but my sister moved to WA and gave us a ton of food. Something had to be done! It’s been really fun to come up with ways to use up everything in the house and to only spend about $25 a month on groceries. For the most part, I have stayed on budget. Mr. Teacher and I have only dined out a handful of times as well.
I began the challenge on May 29th. The picture above shows how much food we really had. As you can see, we were bursting at the seams with food.
Since that day, I have spent about $370 on groceries. I’m feeling pretty proud of myself considering this is what I usually spent in a month. Sites like Ibotta and my new favorite FetchRewards helped me to earn money back on my groceries too.
Here is what our fridge, freezer, and pantry look like today.
I am definitely making a dent. I will continue to do this challenge in the upcoming weeks. I will be posting some new recipes very soon too.
The Teacher's Table