Want to Save Some Cash? Checkout My Three Favorite Money Saving Apps!

 
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I'm not like the folks you see on that reality show Extreme Couponing. I'm a be real with you. I hate doing math and the math they do on that show goes way over my head sometimes. I've mentioned many times before that math and I are not friends. We're hardly even acquaintances. But if you're like me you love to save some change here and there at the grocery store. 
 
I stumbled upon two apps called Ibotta and Checkout 51 a few years ago. At first I was a little skeptical about it but decided to try them out over the course of a month. Let's just say after a month I was sold! 

Here is why I like the following apps:

IBOTTA

The first month I used the app I saved $14.00! I have been using it now for going on three years in June and I have saved a totally of $233.30. That's a good chunk of change if you ask me. 

I mostly use Ibotta for grocery shopping but you can also use it for the following categories: Pharmacy, Clothing, Booze (aka Beer, Wine, and Spirits), Beauty & Wellness, Specialty (for example JoAnn's, Groupon, Best Buy, etc.), Restaurants & Bars, and Mobile Shopping. The offers change weekly and may not be offered the following week. So, if you find a good deal use it while you can!
 
All you need to do is a scan the bar code of the items you purchased and snap a photo of the receipt and submit it. It's that easy. You can cash out via PayPal or Venmo or opt to get a gift card to places like Starbucks, Target, Kmart, Gap, Old Navy, Amazon, etc. 

Just for joining and trying the app with my referral code Ibotta will give you a $10 welcome bonus and I will receive a $5 bonus. *Note: If you use my referral code I will receive $5 for each new sign-up from Ibotta.* If you're interested here is my referral code: yqyrzq
 

CHECKOUT 51

Checkout 51 is a weekly app that updates every Thursday with new offers. I mostly use it for fresh produce but occasionally find other items. All you need to do is snap a picture of your receipt and hit submit. I have saved a total of $41.60 with this app. When you reach a balance of $20 or more in your account you can cash out and a check will be mailed to you. It's legit too. I have received two checks so far and really enjoy the app. 

SAVINGSTAR

The last and final app that I use is SavingStar. I have only been using it for a year but I do like it. It's similar to Checkout 51 but instead of receiving a check you can cash out your balance at $5 via PayPal. I have saved a total of $20.23. The app is easy to use and all you need to do is scan the bar code of the items purchased and upload your receipt. 

Between all three apps I have saved $295.13, not bad for someone who hates math and clipping coupons huh? I would love to hear your thoughts or suggestions on other apps that you use to save money on groceries. Drop me a comment below.
 
Have a wonderful day!

No Bake Nutter Butter Balls

Please excuse the poor quality photo. I took this photo before I bought my new fancy camera. 

Who doesn't love peanut butter and chocolate? There is just something about the combination that is just perfection. A couple years ago I came across this no bake recipe in a magazine. I clipped it and tucked it away in my recipe book for safe keeping. It has been a few years since I last made these but this is seriously one of the easiest recipes that I have ever made. And it is so yummy!


Ingredients:

1 package Nutter Butter Cookies
1 tube Cream Cheese, room temperature
2 bags of chocolate chips
Sprinkles

Directions:

1. Break Nutter Butter cookies in half and place in food processor. Use the lowest setting to turn the Nutter Butter cookies into crumbs.  Pour crumbs into a bowl and add the tube of cream cheese. Using a spatula or your hands to mix together the crumbs and cream cheese.

2. Using a spoon scoop out dough and roll into 1 inch sized ball and set aside on cookie sheet. Repeat until the dough is gone.

3. Pour chocolate chips into microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute and stir until chocolate is completely melted. Roll balls into the chocolate and set aside. Repeat until all balls are covered with chocolate and add sprinkles. Let chocolate harden completely before eating.

See, super easy. Enjoy!

Mom's Favorites of the Month: February

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Well its official, I am blogging from our new home. We moved last weekend and due to the chaos of packing, moving, unpacking, and then the entire family getting hit with the infamous stomach flu four days later the last thing I wanted to do was blog. Things are finally getting back to normal. No more scrubbing vomit out of brand new carpet. Goodbye piles of dirty laundry. And the forty some odd boxes in the main living area almost unpacked and sorted into its place. I really dislike moving but we needed a change and more space. The new place is slowly starting to feel like home.

I thought that I would share some of my favorite beauty and hair care products that I have used the past couple months with you. I have gotten a lot of questions about what products I use for my natural curly hair from friends and readers so, I thought I'd share them with you.

1. TOO FACED LIP OIL

I actually just picked this lip oil up about two weeks ago from Sephora. I love a peach lip color for the spring and summer. What I like about it is that it is light, keeps my lips moisturized, and adds a nice subtle color to my lips. I purchased color Pure Peach and love it. I also like that its less than $20.

2. CURVE CRUSH PERFUME

I have been wearing this perfume for years. Its one of my favorites. Lately, I have found myself wearing this fragrance a lot. I love the citruses and floral notes, the soft spiciness and sweet hints from the ginger and sugar, and the vanilla and musk. I usually buy myself a bottle every couple of months from Ross.

3. DOVE BODY WASH

 I switch up my body wash all the time. I decided to give Dove a try. I like that this body wash keeps my skin moisturized and dry free during the cool winter months. It smells amazing and my skin feels soft after I use it.

4. HASK Aragan Oil from Morocco Products

Okay, hands down this is the best hair care product that I have ever used and I have tried a lot of different products on my hair. I started using Hask about a year ago and I love that it is free of sulfates, paraben, alcohol, and pretty much all the bad chemicals that destroy your hair. I go through a bottle of conditioner a month but my hair feels soft, is frizz free, looks healthy, and is super strong. I highly recommend giving Hask products a try. I also love their deep conditioner and Aragan oil too. 

5. CANTU Shea Butter for Natural Hair

I just started using Cantu in January. I have tried so many different products that just destroyed my hair. Having mixed hair, a lot of products don't work on my hair but Cantu works wonders for my hair and my curls look amazing. I get a lot of complements from people when I am out and about. If you have been looking for a product and have mixed hair, try Cantu.