Category Archives: savings

New Amazon Page

I may be addicted to Amazon. I definitely do a ton of shopping on and I realize that I talk about it often throughout my site. So, I just figured I would make a new page for All Things Amazon. It’s not yet complete. I have a bit more to add yet. Below is just an outline of what I have so far. Check out the new page for more information.

  • Discounts
    • Prime Discount
    • Coupons
    • Discount Codes
  • Cash Back
    • Late Delivery
    • Credit Cards
    • Scan Receipts
  • Gift Cards
    • Reload Promotion
    • Discounted
    • Free Gift Cards
  • Charity
  • Get Paid By Amazon

Go to the All Things Amazon page for more detailed information.


As I stated above, I plan to add some more information. Please check back anytime. Subscribe to get blog updates. Follow on social media for posts and more. I don’t always post the same information across all channels.


Let’s Talk About Receipts

Let me apologize ahead of time for the long post. As boring of a topic it may be for you, it’s actually profitable for me so I wanted to share a few points with you.

Let’s talk about receipts. You know that piece of paper that most of you either don’t take from the cashier or you just toss out right away. Do you know how bad I want to ask for your receipt? Seriously. It’s really awkward, so I don’t, but I’d like to.

If this is you, you’re literally throwing money away. Maybe not a lot, but it adds up. Eventually, it’s enough to pay for something you couldn’t afford before. Or maybe it will just be some extra pocket money. Either way, why not just take that receipt home and make some money off of it? Not to mention, with the cost of things going up these days, this helps to bring it back down. That’s how I think when I use my gas rewards points every month.

Okay, I got you take your receipt home. Now what? It depends on the type of person you are. I constantly change my routine. You can either just scan them right away, or place them somewhere till you have a few. Once you are ready, open the app and start scanning according to the instructions provided. They all seem to be slightly different.

I’ve tried most of them out and have a few favorites. Some of the apps let you link some of your loyalty cards, your email, or your Amazon accounts. I love this feature! Some let you forward receipts. There’s an app that makes you scan every single item purchased, which can be a bit much for me. Everyone is different so you may prefer that more than I do.

Oh, I know, it’s all just a pain in the butt no matter what. Who wants to bother with all that for a few cents? If it helps at all for you to know this, I do the bare minimum. I have all of my accounts linked for automated savings. Otherwise, I miss deadlines, I forget, I get overwhelmed, and so on. I often don’t stick to things for very long. Yet, so far, I’ve made a few hundred dollars back and I still continue to obsess over receipts.

I don’t expect to go through any of what I did when I first started out. I’ve spent so much time and effort trying out apps to get my money back any way I can. Then I share all the information I can with you. Also, I don’t just submit my receipts. I also use cash back credit cards, shop through cash back apps, use promotional codes, and more. Subscribe to follow my adventures of saving money.


Here’s just three of the many apps that I use for my receipts, along with some basic info. The links provided to each site are my affiliate links. In most cases, we both may receive a bonus when you use them to sign up. For more information about these or the other apps that I use, go to the Scan Receipts page.

  • Coupons . com

A lot of people know of the site Coupons.com for printing coupons. Now you can also get cash back from your shopping trips. You would need to add the digital coupons for each store you shop at. If your store loyalty card is linked, you’ll automatically receive a payment via PayPal when you shop. Some stores you will need to submit a picture of your receipt.

  • Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards lets you scan receipts, and also checks your email for digital receipts. This has been great for getting cash back from my Amazon purchases. I just added Giant as well. If you want to try them out, please use my referral link. My code is E4HFT.

  • Pogo

You don’t need to actually scan your receipts with Pogo. You can just link your Amazon, Walmart, PayPal, Walgreens, Target, and others. Every time the app picks up purchases, you’ll get a notification to claim your points. You can also take surveys, get location rewards, and more. Try Pogo with my referral link or use my code 7ZWBV, and connect an account.

To see the rest of the apps that I’m using, visit the Scan Receipts page.


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Rebating And Promo Codes

I haven’t posted much lately and only moved a few things around recently. You’re welcome LOL.

Amongst my latest ventures, I’ve been learning all about Amazon promotional codes. The great part is that I’m also saving up to 100% off in the process. I know, I was already sparkling with savings and a crazy rebater before. But, I thought it was time to mix it up and branch out a bit more. I’m always super saving regardless. While rebating and promo codes both help save a tremendous amount of money on a great mix of items, I’ve learned they are definitely very different realms.

From what I have gathered so far, using a promotional code seems to be a much quicker process overall. It’s applied at checkout when you place your order for the specified item. I have found several groups on Facebook that will post deals that include promotional codes. When they do, you have to move quick or you’ll miss the deal. Sometimes, orders that seemed successful, end of cancelling. That’s pretty much it.

I feel that when you rebate, you have a little more time to think things through. This is good since there’s a bit more to consider. There’s wonderful third party companies and agents to work with, and also scammers to be careful of. I joined all sorts of Facebook groups that have been extremely helpful in a lot of ways. Usually, you buy the item up front for the full price, then you would need to retrieve your refund later. In some cases, you may have to chase it down a bit. There’s specific steps involved that must be followed in order to qualify for your rebate. These steps may vary depending on who you are working with.

Either way I go about it, I’m saving a ton of money. During pretty much any shopping that I do anymore, I always remind myself that I can get so many things that I’m looking at for either free or massively discounted elsewhere. I just have to consider the extra work, weighed against the end cost.

If you’d like to keep up with the items that I get every day, follow me on my Instagram and join my Facebook group.

*FYI: There’s a lot more involved information regarding rebating and using promotional codes that I really wanted to get into here. However, in an effort to keep this post minimal, I have omitted the extra details. I will be elaborating more at a later time via a post or a page update. Please check back for more.


Subscribe to follow my adventures in rebating and saving bunches of money. I also share ways to make a few extra bucks with surveys, games, online tasks, and so much more.


Stress Free Ink Refills

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and comments out there recently about buying printer ink and all the stress that comes with it. Honestly, I didn’t realize that was still a thing. I haven’t dealt with this agony in several years. I never check my levels, I never run out, I never buy cartridges. I don’t do anything really, besides have a subscription. And, since I rarely print anything, it’s been FREE.

I have an HP Envy printer & use the HP Instant Ink subscription plan. They monitor my ink levels & send me new cartridges whenever I run low. They have a few different plans depending on how much you print and it can be changed as needed. I’m currently allowed up to 15 pages a month. If I go over that, I get charged $1 for each additional 10 pages, which is still less than the next price level.

* I haven’t checked their pricing recently, but for me its always been very affordable & helpful.


More Deals Info Coming Soon

People ask me how I find so many great deals. Honestly, I find them over the place. Besides all the rebates that I find, I also have several resources that I utilize for coupons, promotional codes, glitches, and more. I get notifications from Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, rebate companies, sellers, agents, and on and on. When I complete a deal, I log on my spreadsheet how I heard about it. Once a new company is verified, I add them here to my site.

With that said, things can get out of control. I’m already a constant train wreck and my brain is always going a thousand different directs at a million miles an hour. Now add rebating and snagging deals at super fast speeds. It can be time consuming and overwhelming. It can also get pretty hilarious when I literally forget what I bought nearly instantly. Every day is like my birthday when I open all my packages.

I must document everything, especially with the amount of shopping I’ve been doing. I’m horrible at follow up and like I said, I’m very scatterbrained, so I force myself to have a self checking system to capture as much info as possible and also minimize error.

When I have more time, I plan to go through my deal resources and post them here on the Deals page. Please check back later. In the meantime, check out the Rebating page or Smile, Sparkle, Save. Thanks!


Recent Rebates

Below are just a few of the things that I have received recently. In case you don’t already know, I manage to get a decent amount of useful items for my family, for little to no money at all. Actually the majority of it was free, after rebate. If anything, I just pay tax and possible PayPal fees.

In addition to rebates, I have several other resources to help me to save money. I use coupons, promotional codes, cashback apps, submit receipts, etc. I also belong to a lot of groups, and am signed up for alerts to all sorts of things. On top of all this, I also make extra money with certain apps, games, surveys, tasks, and more.

I’m going to start sharing more about the things that I come across. I really don’t want to spam my subscribers with email notifications, so I’ll try to limit this. Please follow my Instagram and join my Facebook group for additional posts. Thanks!


Rebates Me

Do you use RebatesMe to get cash back when shopping?

I created an account in February and received a $5 bonus. Then, I got a $1 bonus for installing the browser extension. Each time I place one of my Walmart orders, I click on RebatesMe to get 4.2% cash back. So far, I have accumulated $10.44.

Try them out with my referral link and you’ll get $5 too. My referral code is 4FTZTR. Thanks!



Amazon Treasure Truck

Did you know that Amazon has a Treasure Truck?

What is the Treasure Truck?

Honestly, I initially envisioned this as the Amazon version of an ice cream truck driving through daily with all sorts of deals. It’s not quite like that.

This is what I have gathered from their site. Each day they will text you a new item being offered at a discounted rate. You can click the link to see if it’s still available, then order it. It is then shipped according to if you have Prime or not.

I originally heard about it in 2019 and signed up right away, but it wasn’t available yet in my area. I actually forgot about it until last month when I started receiving texts with their offers.

I most likely will not partake in any of the deals myself, but they may be of use to you or someone you know.

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