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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Every little bit helps.....


As a stay at home mom, I understand the struggle of trying to make ends meet. When your one income stays consistent, but prices of EVERYTHING go up (A pack of hot dogs and hot dog buns costs close to $10 in NY!), it's easy to feel despair. But there ARE some ways to make life a little easier. I've figured out some tips and tricks and I want to share them with you!

You know I will tell you to use coupons! They DO help! It might not seem like a huge help to save a dollar here or there, but it does add up. If you can save just $5 a week, you will be motivated to save more. Never pay full price for anything and ALWAYS make a list. Check out these resources before you start!

The Beginner's Guide to Crazy Couponing

Use Your Smartphone When You Grocery Shop

Enter contests!!!! Now, I know this seems like a stupid idea, but it really isn't! I've won SO many amazing things by entering contests on Facebook! Now, you probably won't win $10000, but you can win so many amazing prizes! Local contests are a great way to increase your odds! I recently won a $100 gift certificate to a local supermarket! I've also won tickets to see Disney on Ice and Disney Live. And if you win an item that you have no use for, you can always sell it for extra cash!

Sweepstakes tips and tricks

Try out cash earning sites. Now, I hate long surveys I never qualify for either, but there are so many great sites that reward you for using their search engines, printing coupons, watching videos, or clicking on websites! There are also great apps you can use for doing the same.

Making Money MASTER LIST

Sell your unwanted stuff! If you have gift cards you are never going to use, sell them for a small fee on Raise.
You can also sell on Ebay, Craigslist or local neighborhood groups on Facebook. Another trick I use? My husband works construction in offices all throughout Manhattan. He often finds amazing things that are being thrown out! He's found computers, chandeliers, office chairs and more! He often brings these things home (with permission of course), fixes them up, and I sell them! It's usually a 100% profit (unless we need to buy parts to fix the item up).

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What are some ways you make ends meet?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Free Car Rides

If you don't have a car and don't live near public transportation, it can be difficult to get around! Luckily, there are lots of car service apps that you can download, so you can have a car at your door in a matter of minutes! Some are shared rides, some are private rides!

Traditional car service can be hit or miss, and you might not always get a fair price! With these apps, you get a price quote BEFORE you request, so you can know! You also use a credit card, so it's a CASHLESS transaction! How easy is that???

Sign up with my referral links to get FREE rides!!!! (Please check to see if it is available in your city)

Uber (Get up to $15 credit!)

Lyft (Get up to $50 credit!)

Gett ($30 credit!)

Via ($10 credit when you use code amara2i8) Each ride is only $5!!!! (NYC ONLY)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Save money with Digit!

Digit is a great app that allows you to save money without thinking about it! Digit is an automated savings account that has NO FEES! It's completely FREE!

 Digit will look at your spending and saving habits, and save a little bit of money from your checking account for you, AUTOMATICALLY! You can withdraw your money anytime. Since I started saving with Digit, I've saved almost $300. And that's without even paying attention! You can stop saving anytime you want, or set a limit for saving. It's SO easy! The best part? Digit will pay you $5 for each friend you refer!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Delicious Iced Coffee Recipe

I love iced coffee, but making it at home can be difficult. How do you make coffee without it being watered down by ice cubes and how do you get it cold enough? After many trials and tribulations, I've finally figured out a recipe that I enjoy! It's a combination of an Italian Iced Coffee recipe I saw a local coffeeshop make and my own ideas!

I usually make coffee with my Keurig. The trick is to pick a strong blend. I LOVE Barista Prima Italian Roast K-Cups. It is a bold, dark, espresso roast that is VERY strong!

While brewing the coffee, I fill up a martini shaker with ice. I then pour the hot coffee right over the ice and start shaking immediately. It makes the coffee ice cold without melting the ice cubes! I then add sugar and milk and stir! It tastes creamy and delightful, and you save money by making it at home!!!!

Do you drink iced coffee? What is your favorite kind?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Why I haven't been couponing

I know that this blog and our Facebook page have been lacking the last year or so. There's a reason for that.

I have been working on finishing my Bachelor's degree. It has been a long dream of mine to finish, so last year, after becoming a certified wedding planner (yes, that's a real thing!), I decided my next goal was to finish my degree. I had a year and a half left, but I was determined to get it all done within one year. What was I thinking?

Well, I was thinking that I needed to set a deadline for myself, or I wouldn't get done. I am the type of person to get motivated for a bit, but then lose interest. I needed to kick my own butt into gear. So after taking one summer session, two full semesters of four classes each, and 4 CLEP/DSST exams, I was finally done! On June 9th, 2015, I attended my commencement ceremony at Carnegie Hall in NYC. It was the most exciting and liberating time in my life.

I did all of this while trying to maintain a digital media internship for a wedding planner and having two children. One of which is 2.5 years old and very demanding. So couponing took a backseat.

Saving money IS important to me. It should be important to anyone with a family. But, it's not the most important thing. There has been so much going on, and I just decided not to burden myself with more than I needed to.

In addition, I just feel the deals aren't there anymore. Rite Aid is my favorite store to coupon at (and closest to me) and once they got rid of Video Values and +Up Rewards, I felt that the deals just got worse. I do live near a Walgreens, but I don't find myself having enough time to go there and coupon.

That being said, I plan on trying to get the deals once again. Thank you all for bearing with me. Crazy Couponing was never a money-making venture for me, nor was it ever a full time job. It's always been a hobby. I just didn't realize it would be a hobby that got so big! So thank you for all the kind messages and well-wishes while I've been on a sabbatical. But it's time to get back to the art of saving!

Much love,

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Help Caitlin

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Baby on the way? Here's how to save!

My neighbor recently asked me to put a guide together for his friend about how to save on baby stuff. I realized that I've never done a post about this! So here's some stuff I can remember!

·        When you have your baby in the hospital, take as much as you can! If you are planning on formula feeding, they will give bottles and diapers in the bassinette. Put them in your bag and ask for more. They don’t give free samples anymore (hospitals are pushing breastfeeding more now). You (or your insurance) are paying for everything when you are in the hospital, so pack away the pads as well. You can also take the blanket and hat the baby is in. Take the peri bottle also! (This will be extremely helpful in the first few painful days!) Anything the nurse gives you, TAKE IT! If they don’t give you anything, ASK!

·         Also, ask your ob/gyn and pediatrician for some free samples. Pediatricians will often have samples of formula and medicine. I still get samples for my 2.5 year old!

·        Your insurance might cover a breast pump! They can cost over $200, so check your policy.

·        You might be able to get free lactation help. Check your area for classes. You can also get free email help from Medela here: There will most likely be lactation services available at the hospital, so find out!

Free Formula Samples
These sites also send coupons in the mail. Sign up once, and you will keep getting stuff in the mail. I still get formula 2 years later! (You can get a free kit at a participating hospital. Use the zip code hospital locator to see if your hospital participates. Occasionally, the Gerber website has coupons for formula, baby snacks and more, so check it periodically.)

If you choose to formula feed, powder will be cheaper than liquid. 

Diapers and Wipes

Many companies offer free diaper samples. Sign up for as many as possible. You can also combine diaper coupons with sales to get the best prices. (Has a coupon available on the website right now. They are also offered in the Proctor and Gamble coupon inserts on the first Sunday of the month in the newspaper. You can also often print them. I personally think these diapers are the best value.) (Pampers coupons are also often offered in the newspaper inserts. You can also join the rewards program and get some free stuff.) (There are not always coupons available, so keep checking. They also have a rewards program.) (The best diaper deals each week)

Other free samples and coupons (The samples and coupons vary. Sometimes they have baby stuff.)  (Free subscription to American Baby Magazine) (Sometimes they have baby samples. Mostly beauty stuff though) (Free children’s book delivered every month. Not available in all areas) (Free pregnancy wristband) (Have to send an email to request samples) (Rewards for mom program for coupons and samples)


Other Stuff
When shopping online, shop through Ebates. You’ll get a percentage back at participating stores. It adds up after a while, and you get a $10 gift card after your first purchase of $25 or more. They also have lots of coupon codes for shopping.

There are so many great apps to help you save money at the grocery store. You can earn a good amount of money just for buying your normal groceries like milk and bread. Sometimes, you will get lucky and find baby item rebates also! I have them all listed here with links:

·         Ask your friends/neighbors to give you all the baby coupons they get in their paper. It’s a great way to get lots of coupons when you want to stock up on certain items!
·         Babies don’t need shoes, so you don’t need to spend money on them!
·         Try not to open and wash every baby outfit you get right away. Sometimes, your baby will never end up wearing it. (I regifted a TON of stuff). Store all the new baby clothes in a safe place and wash them as you need them.
·         Don’t buy a thermometer for the ear! Pediatricians recommend a rectal thermometer and they are much cheaper.
·         Freeze your leftovers! It’ll come in handy when you are too exhausted to cook!
·         A whole roast chicken can make tons of meals. You can eat it just like that. You can shred it for sandwiches, soups and pasta. You can make stir-fry.  Try making a chicken on Sunday and see how many meals you can make for the week! This comes in handy when you have a little baby that demands much of your time!
·      Ask friends and family for hand-me-downs! Babies grow FAST and you might not need to buy so much.

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