Thursday, June 23, 2011

Saving Money

I’ve been entertaining the idea of couponing.  After I started researching this a little and trying to learn about it, I’ve been hearing people talk about it everywhere.  I’m not very good at it.  That’s probably because I’m not dedicated enough, as in I haven’t even subscribed to the Sunday paper yet.  I’ve collected a few coupons, read a couple couponing blogs and have scored a few good deals though. 
I have, however, figured out a way to better afford diapers.  We use diapers a lot around our house.  And, we don’t buy the cheap Walmart brand diapers.  Not that we have anything against them, they just don’t fit Dinah very well.  In fact, through trial and error, we have discovered that Pampers are the only brand that fit her just right.  We have far fewer leaks, and in turn, go through far fewer diapers when we use them. 
When Dinah was just a few weeks old, someone told me about Amazon Mom.    It’s free to sign up, and you get 15% off, plus free shipping.  Then, I signed up for Subscribe & Save.  You just put in the frequency you want the item sent (I do one shipment per month), and they automatically charge your credit/debit card and ship your items.  And, you get an extra 15% off.  So, by doing this, I save 30% and get our diapers shipped to our house for free.  I don’t run out, and I don’t have to worry about getting low.  They recently discontinued the package size that I was subscribed to, and I ended up with a bigger package so I may have plenty when it’s time for my next shipment.  It’s no problem though; I can just skip a shipment.   Instead of paying $32.50 at Walmart for a pack of 152, I can pay the same price and get a pack of 204.  Ah, but it gets better. 
Through reading the couponing blogs, I learned about Swagbucks.  Swagbucks is a loyalty program/search engine.  You earn points for searching just like you would use Google.  There are also other ways to earn points (or swagbucks), like NOSO (no obligation special offers), surveys, daily polls, and bonus codes, etc.  Then, you can cash in your points for prizes.  I’ve heard the $5 Amazon gift card is the best deal (for 450 sb).  You can also get points for referrals.  If you refer someone, like I did with the link above, they will match the first 1000 sb your friend earns from searching.  So, last month, I had two $5 Amazon gift cards to apply to my diaper order.  In the end, I bought a box of 204 diapers (originally priced $45.99) for under $23.   
What tricks do you use to save money?

1 comment:

  1. I save money with coupons and groupons combined with sales! I don't stock up on 3000 bottles of mustard, but I go get steals on things I will use!

    Also, you don't necessarly have to subscribe to the paper. Just pick up a sunday edition on Saturday or Sunday at Walmart!