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Simple Grocery Pick-up Savings

Hi, my name is Leah, a mother of four and a devoted Walmart Pick-up shopper. I have been utilizing Walmart Pick-up for about 2 years because it is easier than praying for a parking spot close to the cart return, hoping for a 2-cart at the entrance, and attempting not to pull my hair out as 4 voices cry in round, “Can I have ____?” for half an hour. In short, it is awesome.

There are some drawbacks though. Coupons are pretty much a thing of the past with Walmart Pick-up. Their system currently does not operate with the ability to enter coupons into their app. But what they lack in savings, they make up in convenience. And lately I have valued convenience over savings.

But, I have found a few money saving tricks recently and I am enjoying the benefits of both convenience and a little cash back in my pocket! They are super simple things to do to get some easy money while using Walmart Pick-up.

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Pennies from Heaven: Starbucks Rewards, a Tutorial

I have loved going to Starbucks since my college days.  We would go on a fairly regular basis and get a cup of coffee whilst studying (read: generally procrastinating with books open).  And I still love to treat myself to Starbucks, but it is admittedly an expensive treat.  But in the last couple of years the folks at Starbucks have worked very hard to make it something a bit more budget-friendly (meaning people will come more often!).  Their Starbucks Rewards program is actually very generous and makes a coffee-flavored goody more attainable even on a budget. Continue Reading

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Phone with Shopkick Rewards

This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series Tackling Tasks

NOTE: This post includes affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive remuneration.  No pressure, I only bring you things I love and think you will, too!

I do realize that to some today’s task might not sound much like an accomplishment worth writing about, but I am pretty pleased it was finished today and it was not the easiest task I have done this month.  You see, I have been complaining about my cell phone for a few months now and my techie husband has been gently encouraging me to take the plunge and buy a new one.

After complaining about it yet another time, my husband said, “We could get it over at Best Buy and get them to price match it from Amazon and have it today.”  Well, yesterday was today in this story, but we have a toddler and a baby, so you do things when you can.  But I was motivated to say yes because I am a ShopKicker and I knew I would be able to really rack up the rewards if I purchased at Best Buy. Continue Reading

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ABCs of Saving: Opt In for Offers

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series ABCs of Saving

I talked about creating an email account to corral all the sale notifications and coupons without filling up your personal email account in the ABCs of Saving: Email Yourself Deals, so this is a kind of follow-up to that tip.

Once you have an email account set up for your deals, make sure to opt-in for emails for all your favorite and most frequented stores.  When you do, make sure you do a few things: Continue Reading

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ABCs of Saving: Network

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series ABCs of Saving

When you are standing in line with your stack of coupons and a line 5 people long behind you, the world of saving money can seem like a very lonely and small place.  But I assure you, it is not.  The network of penny-pinchers is vast and varied.  You can increase your savings by tapping into it.

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ABCs of Saving: Maximize Savings by Reading the Fine Print

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series ABCs of Saving

Have you ever gotten to the store to get that great deal and found out you missed something along the way? The deal is no longer available.  Your coupon is expired.  A piece is missing to get your best savings.  Or, even worse,: have you ever gone to a store to get a deal with a coupon and walked away having spent more money than you thought you would because the deal didn’t work?  The checker told you that you couldn’t use the coupon or the deal was not available on that particular product.

The best way to assure you get maximize your savings is by reading the fine print.  And in the coupon/saving world, there can be quite a bit of fine print. Here are some things to highlight in the fine print so you can get the maximum savings possible. Continue Reading