The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Saving Money

Despite my addiction to Stitchfix, I am mostly a sale shopper and am always looking for ways to save money. Yesterday I was talking with a friend who was telling me about her upcoming holiday baking project, and I spent five minutes raving about the Ibotta app. Ibotta saves you money when you add coupons within the app, then upload your grocery store receipt, and then the app automatically matches purchased items to the coupons. I love it because I don’t have to add the coupons before I go shopping; I buy what I need, then add available coupons, upload the receipt, and ta-da, money saved. Sometimes I check the app before I buy an item in case a particular brand of, say orange juice or beans, is on sale. But it’s the ultimate lazy person’s way of saving money because you don’t have to clip paper coupons, and you can look for coupons after you’ve gone shopping. Ibotta also has mobile shopping savings, including cashback from Amazon. If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon, it’s definitely worth signing up – right now they have an offer up to 10% back on Amazon purchases!

Sign up and try for yourself – you’ll get a $5 bonus to start!

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Ebates and Honey, two of my favorite browser extensions that save me money when I’m online shopping. Ebates gives you cash back on purchases from most major retailers and sometimes has cash back offers of up to 10%. If you have the browser extension installed, when you’re shopping online the Ebates popup will appear when there’s an available cashback offer and you just click the offer to activate it. Honey scours the internet for available coupon and free shipping codes, so when you’re ready to check out of your online shopping cart, click on the Honey browser extension and the coupon codes will be automatically applied.

What are your favorite ways to save money when shopping online or for groceries? Tell me!

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A Year Without Shopping

Someone I know is embarking on a perilous journey beginning August 1: no “retail therapy” for a year. Why? Just because. She wants to see if she can go a whole year without buying clothes, shoes, purses, and anything home related unless it’s absolutely necessary. She’s spending this month assessing if she needs anything, like undergarments and sneakers, to make it through a year. 

A whole year. No shopping.

It made me pause and wonder if I could do it. We just moved and while unpacking, I discovered at least 2 pair of pants that still have tags on them. Granted, they are 2 sizes too small right now, but I just shook my head. I bought these beautiful wool pants. And never wore them. 

Of course, my plan is to fit into these pants someday. Sooner, rather than later, of course. 

And frankly, without taking inventory, I can honestly say that I do not need to go shopping for a year. I don’t need any more clothes or shoes or purses or jewelry. While I’m not planning to begin a year of not shopping, I am completely inspired by my friend’s retail-not journey. This means less shopping, period, because the less I shop – even window shop – the less likely I am to buy something. This means unsubscribing to all of my favorite online shopping sites, blocking them from my Facebook feed and unfollowing them on Twitter. 

Have you ever tried something like this? One year my sister went an entire year without eating chocolate!