Couponing, Saving Money, Shopping, Side Hustle

How to earn cash for your grocery receipts

scan grocery receipt grocery store apps

One of my favorite ways to earn extra cash is by scanning grocery receipts. Our budget is already pretty tight, and I want to make sure every dollar I spend goes a long way. After clipping coupons and looking up deals in the sales circular, I use my grocery receipts to earn cash back on purchases I was making anyway. By scanning and submitting your receipts in these apps and websites, you can earn cash and gift cards for every purchase. Taking just 5 minutes out of your day each week could lead to cash in your pocket.

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Destinations, Travel Tips, Traveling on a Budget

Would you listen to a timeshare presentation for a free vacation?

free vacation timeshare

Have you been offered a steal of a vacation deal in exchange for listening to a timeshare presentation? All the timeshare company asks is that you take a little bit of your time to hear their presentation, buying one is optional, and in exchange you get a complimentary trip. Sounds like the perfect way to vacation on a budget, right? Continue Reading

Frugal Food, Make Do, Use it Up

Eggs are more than they’re cracked up to be

uses for eggs

Hello! This is Cynthia from Flashcard Recipes and I’m going to be sharing with you some unique ways to use your eggs

There are so many ways you can prepare eggs, not to mention the various uses they serve in the art of baking, but aside from being nutritious and delicious, they can step up to the challenge if you’ve got some minor household, beauty, or even garden issues? Well, it’s true. The great part is you save money too.

As long as you’ve got those oval-shaped items in your fridge, here’s a helpful list of just what these fragile little suckers can do:

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Cutting Expenses, Do Without, Home Improvement, Household Tips, Living Frugally, Saving Money

Simple Ways to Save on your Water Bill

save on your water bill

If you’re trying to cut your expenses, you’ve probably already cut your cable bill and reduced your AC usage this summer. Cutting back on your water usage is probably not very high on your list of expenses to cut.  The average American household water bill is $540 a year! The estimated water usage per person per day is 80 to 100 gallons. Whether you are using city water or you have your own well, using less water could mean big savings.  Below are a few tips and tricks to cut back on your water usage and lower your bill. Continue Reading

Family/Pets, Household Tips, Minimalism, Organizing/Cleaning, Saving Money

What your College Freshman Actually Needs for their Dorm

What your college freshman actually needs for their dorm (1)

One of the biggest ways you will waste your money in college is by buying supplies you’ll never use. Before you ship your kids off to college, or head to Bed Bath and Beyond to stock up, you might want to rethink your strategy.

I graduated from the university of my dreams a little over a year ago. Wow, has it really been that long?! I made the decision to move two and a half hours from the place I call home to attend college at East Carolina University. I lived in a dorm room for one and a half years of my college career. Looking back now, I realize how much money we wasted on supplies that have since made their way into dozens of boxes to Goodwill.  Continue Reading

Household Tips, Living Frugally, Make Do, Organizing/Cleaning

DIY Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit fly trap

Our garbage disposal stopped working last week, which meant after a few days we had fruit flies. If you eat a lot of fruits, then you are probably familiar with these pesky bugs. Even when you throw the food away, the flies STILL stick around!

Fortunately, there is an easy (and cheap) way to get rid of them. This homemade trap is designed to lure the fruit flies in and keep them from escaping. Continue Reading

Frugal Food, Kitchen Tips, Meal Planning

Meal Planning Starts with your Pantry

how to meal plan using what you have

Last month, the BF and I found ourselves frequently “treating” ourselves to a dinner out. It was a rough month for our budget. Our spending had gotten a little out of hand, and it was time to check back into reality and our goals. Since we made the decision to live frugally, one of our goals was to eat out less and cook meals at home more.

In theory, the best way to kick your eating out habit would be to slowly cut back on the number of meals out and instead add a few more meals at home. Guess what we did? Not that! Instead, our overambitious selves ran straight to the grocery store, with our grocery list in hand, and piled up our cart with an entire week’s worth of food. Needless to say, we threw out a lot of food that week. Sometimes, we still do. This is a bad for your budget and wasteful. Continue Reading

Destinations, Saving Money, Travel Tips, Traveling on a Budget

7 Ways to Save on your Next Flight


The BF and I started living frugally to put more of our hard earned money toward travel. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a list that’s a mile long of all the places you’d like to go someday. Seriously, ask the BF, it’s a very long list. Flights can get pricey, and you want to make every dollar count. I’ve already been on about four flights this year, with at least four more planned flights in the near future. For the two of us to fly, it can easily cost $600 or more per flight, and don’t even get me started on last minute booking.  While one ticket might seem affordable, when you start multiplying that price it gets expensive quickly.

Through all of my flying expenditures, I’ve learned a number of ways to save on the cost of flying. Here are 7 ways to save on your next flight. Continue Reading

Cruises, Traveling on a Budget

6 Ways to save when booking a cruise

save money on booking a cruise how to book a cruise

Cruises, in my opinion, are the best bang for your buck vacations out there! In fact, it’s such a good deal we’ve started a tradition in our household of taking one every year. If you’re willing to look for bargains, there’s always a way to lower the cost of your cruise vacation. Here are 6 tips to help you save when booking your next cruise.

Be flexible with your dates

The more flexible you can be with your dates, the lower the cost of your cruise will be. When booking my spring break cruise my senior year of college, we could have saved $120 each if we had booked our cruise for just one week later. When you find a cruise you’d like to take, check the dates and pricing tab to see the difference in cost. Continue Reading

Family/Pets, Household Tips, Living Frugally, Saving Money

The True Cost of Owning a Pet

The True Cost of Owning a Pet

When I was growing up, everyone in my neighborhood had a dog. No, I’m not exaggerating. While adding a furry friend to your home might sound like a great idea, pets can get expensive very quickly. According to the American Kennel Club, the average cost of owning a dog in 2015 was $3,085! While very few regret their decision to adopt a furry friend, most pet owners aren’t considering the potential costs of owning a pet either. If you are considering adopting your own furry friend, there are many costs to consider. The cost of bringing an animal into your home go far beyond the adoption fee. Here is a breakdown of the TRUE cost of owning a pet, based on how much we have spent on Midnight. Your prices will likely be higher, as we were able to get some of our supplies for free. Continue Reading