How to Save Money on the Things You’re Already Buying

the baloney bug

While I was home on maternity leave, I became a bit addicted to the show “Extreme Couponing”.  Basically, they’re organized hoarders who get unlimited amounts of barbeque sauce for free.  While I would never go that far, or be that dedicated, I’ve found a few ways to save money without clipping a single coupon.  I’m getting money off of the things I was already buying.  Winning!

1. Ebates– I’m listing this one first because it is far and away my favorite.  I’m literally obsessed.  Ebates gives you a percentage back from your online purchases.  In the form of a check.  It’s not a scam, it’s not a gimmick.  My biggest check to date was over $80.  All you have to do is go to when you’re shopping online.  You search the website you want to shop, click on it and Ebates will redirect you to the site you want to shop.  And that’s all you have to do.

I even got a $10 Target gift card just for signing up, and you get money for referring friends as well.  (cough cough, use my links!) 

We use Ebates when booking travel as well as shopping for baby stuff at a few of my favorites- Gap, Nordstrom and Target.  It’s free money.  Seriously, sign up.  I have the toolbar installed on my browser which makes it even easier!

2. Amazon Subscribe & Save– I’m also obsessed with this one, almost as much as I am with Ebates.  You add whatever items you would buy on a reoccurring basis to your Subscribe & Save.  You choose the date you want your shipment delivered and how frequently you want your deliveries.  I buy dog food, dog treats, dishwasher detergent, hand sanitizer, hair spray, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner.  You get a 5% discount off each item for subscribing.  However, if you have 5 items you get a 15% discount on each item.  And even better, if you are a member of Amazon Mom (which is free to join if you have Prime!) you get 20% off your Subscribe & Save items!!  That’s HUGE!!!  You can get diapers, wipes, k-cups etc at a major discount!  No coupon clipping required.

3. Target– I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Target.  Download their free app for your iPhone.  It lists daily deals as well as updates weekly with the new circular.  And you can download the free coupons and scan at checkout.  Last week I was shopping with my mom and she bought a Merona sweater.  I pulled up the app, the cashier scanned it and my mom saved $3.  Once I forgot to use it and went over to customer service with my receipt and they handed me a $5 bill back.  I mean, if that isn’t free money, I don’t know what is.  You can also use it with your Target REDcard which is a debit card that saves you 5% off all Target purchases.

4. Starbucks– All you have to do is register a gift card online.  When you pay for your coffee (or food!) with the gift card  you earn points.  Every 12 transactions gets you a free drink or food item.  You can add the registered card to the Starbucks app (and in Passbook if you have an iPhone) so you don’t even have to carry the card with you.  Just keep reloading the same gift card (with the tap of a finger from your phone, or the barista can do it if you prefer) and keep racking up the points.  You’ll also get a free drink on your birthday.  Another helpful hint: you get points based on how many transactions, so if you’re purchasing a muffin and a coffee, ask the barista to ring them up separately!

What are your favorite money saving tips?  I’d love to hear in the comments!


  1. Debbie Ball says:

    I signed up for Ebates last year … learned about it from Melanie (Kissinger) Eynon. Only used it a few times though because I don’t do a lot of online shopping. I also got the $10 Target gift card!! Ü Great article!! But there was no picture of Adelaide … sigh. Ü

  2. Are you also using the Target Cartwheel app? I love using that one. Try it out if you aren’t signed up. It’s basically just more Target coupons, but we use their diapers and they did 20% off of them last week!

  3. I use two apps to collect points for gift cards (usually Target). One is Viggle which collects points from TV shows – I usually just look for the show that gives you the most points and turn it on briefly. The other is Shopkick which gives you points when you walk into stores and more points when you scan certain items. At the mall, you just have to walk past the store to collect points. Both are simple to use.

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