What is Snap by Groupon And How It Will Save You Money

Snap by Groupon and how it will save you money

Snap by Groupon is similar to Ibotta and Checkout51 and gives you cash back on everyday grocery purchases. You just buy promoted products at any store and snap a photo of your receipt to get cash in your account. Here’s how it works:

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What is Checkout51 and How It Will Save You Money

Checkout51 and how it will save you money

Checkout51 is similar to Ibotta and is a cash back app that saves you money on your groceries. Every Thursday morning, they have new offers available for only one week, and you need to redeem the offers during this time. By Wednesday night, the offers expire. You can download the Checkout51 app on your smartphone, but it is possible to do everything on a laptop or desktop. Here’s how to use it:

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12 Steps to Spring Cleaning the Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Kitchen

I enjoy spring cleaning and like the outcome of a clean house. And since I wasn’t able to really clean my house this past year since having a new baby, I want to get a fresh start this spring and really deep clean the house. When my house is cluttered or dirty, I have a harder time getting things done. But when my house is clean, I think more clearly and am able to organize my time and day better.

The kitchen is probably the hardest area of the house to keep clean since it’s used so much. And with young children, I don’t have enough time where I can just clean for hours at a time. So what I did to spring clean my kitchen was to set the time for 30 minutes to one hour each day for a week and complete two of the items below. The most difficult part of spring cleaning is just getting started. Once I started cleaning, my two young daughters would come and ask what they could clean. It was enjoyable to have them work alongside me and the cleaning time went by quickly. After the week was over, I felt so good that I had accomplished the big task of deep cleaning the kitchen.

Below is a list of cleaning tips and what I did to spring clean the kitchen. You might like to start by reading this post on Spring Cleaning: Organizing and Getting Started.

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5 Tips How to Buy a Car + We Paid Cash for a New-to-Us Car

How to Buy a Car

Before we were expecting our third child, my husband and I had talked a lot about purchasing a new vehicle. We knew that fitting three kids in car seats in the back of our small car was going to be tight. But we also discussed that having a car payment and adding another $200-$300 to our monthly bills would be financially stressful, and we didn’t want to pay the interest that comes with a car payment.

We’ve been saving money the past few years because we knew we would eventually purchase another vehicle. In addition, for the past year, my husband has been researching vehicles online and staying up-to-date on prices so we would know when a vehicle was a good deal for what we were looking for. Besides wanting a larger vehicle for a good deal, we didn’t want the vehicle to have more than 60,000 miles on it because we didn’t want to worry about it breaking down on us any time soon. Our plan is to keep this next vehicle for 15-20 years or more.

We finally found a vehicle at the right price and at the right time with the money we had saved.

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Lemon Coconut Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Lemon Coconut Sugar ScrubThis Lemon Coconut Homemade Sugar Scrub is so simple to make, and it makes my hands feel so soft. Plus, it’s a lot less expensive than store-bought skin moisturizers and exfoliating products. And this would make a great gift for Mother’s Day, which is coming up soon. Here’s what you need:

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How to Make Easy Tissue Paper Flowers

How to Make Easy Tissue Paper Flowers

WELCOME!

Thanks for coming over to Saving Cent by Cent to learn about how to make tissue paper flowers. Every month I help to plan activities for the Relief Society women’s organization. This month, we held a birthday dinner celebration. We wanted the activity to look nice, but we didn’t have a huge budget, so we had to find ways keep things simple and inexpensive. These Tissue Paper Flowers were so easy to make, and they really added to the decor of our activity. They would also make a beautiful addition to your home or a party you are planning.

 

Relief Society Dinner 2

For our activity, we chose green, purple, and pink spring colors. Each table had a square piece of colored wrapping paper in the middle. We then placed a bouquet of tissue paper flowers in a vase in the center of each table and also added a few tissue paper flowers around the vases.

 

Relief Society Dinner 1We also hung balloons around the room.

Relief Society Dinner 3And placed presents and flowers on the serving and dessert tables.

Relief Society Dinner 4It was a wonderful night and everything turned out great.

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Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial

 Here’s how to make a tissue paper flower.

Tissue Paper Flowers

You’ll need these items:

  • 5 sheets of tissue paper cut to 7″x 12″ (This is just one size. You can make them larger or smaller as desired.)
  • Pipe cleaner, wire, or twist tie
  • Scissors

 

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How I Saved More Than 50% On Eyewear

How I Saved More Than 50 on Eyewear Final

This past week, I had my yearly eye appointment with my eye doctor. As I was checking out, the office staff mentioned that one box of contacts, which is a 3-month supply, would cost $55. If I purchased a year supply the cost would be $220! Eyewear can be so expensive! I politely said no thank you and headed out the door.

I’ve learned not to order my contacts directly through my doctor’s office. Instead, I order online from VisionDirect.com. The exact same box of contacts costs only $34.99. Plus, since I ordered 4 boxes, which is a year supply, they gave me discount. And on top of that I was able to use a 20 % off coupon code that they e-mailed me, which brought my total down even more. And that coupon code came with free shipping. So instead of paying $220 for a year’s supply of contacts, my total came out to be just $101.16.

And to save me even a little more money, I went online Ebates, a cash back site, and clicked through to VisionDirect.com prior to ordering my contacts. Ebates gave me 8% cash back when ordering from VisionDirect.com. So I will be receiving $8 from Ebates. Before I order online from any store, I always check Ebates to see if they give cash back for the specific store I am purchasing from online.

So in the end,  I really will end up paying only $93.16 for a year’s supply of contacts, which is $23.29 per box. I just saved more than $125 just by ordering online!

For those of you who wear glasses and contacts, head over to this post to read more tips on how to Save Money on Glasses and Contacts.

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Clay Art Projects for Kids – 3 Simple Ingredients

Clay Art Projects for Kids Final

If you are looking for a fun activity for the kids, these Clay Art Projects for Kids are easy to do. My daughters really loved making them, and the clay is made of 3 simple ingredients.

  • 1  1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Directions to Make Clay:

  • Combine the water and salt in a bowl and mix well.
  • Add the flour and mix until the ingredients are combined.
  • Then mix the clay with your hands.

 

Clay Activity - Kneading Dough

Clay Activity - Kneading Dough Together

  • Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and place the clay on the flour. Knead the clay until smooth.
  • Tip: If the clay is sticky, add more flour. If the clay is dry, add more water and knead until smooth.
  • Create a project of your choice (Below are step-by-step instructions of how to create a picture frame, snake, pig, and cat).
  • Keep the leftover clay fresh for several days by placing it in a plastic bag or container.

 

Clay Activity - Dough with Tin Foil for Pig

  • Tip: If you are making a project that is thicker than 1 inch, crumple aluminum foil into the shape you want to make the project. Use a rolling pin to flatten the clay to about 1/4 inch thick. Cover the foil with the clay and smooth out the seams using a little water on your fingers. I used this method for the pig and cat. By placing aluminum foil in the middle, you use less clay and it won’t take additional hours to bake in the oven.

 

Clay Activity - Ready to Bake

  • Place your projects on a baking sheet, and bake at 200 degrees for 2-4 hours. The smaller projects only need about 2 hours. The larger projects such as the pig and cat need about 4 hours.
  • Tip: If a crack appears in the clay after it bakes or if a part of a project falls off while baking, wait for the project to cool. Use dough to fill in the cracks or attach the part that broke off. Bake the project again until the clay is hard and dry.
  • Allow to cool. Paint your projects using acrylic paint. Allow to dry and then apply a sealant such as Mod Podge or make and apply your own sealant using equal amounts of glue and water.

 

PICTURE FRAME CLAY PROJECT

Clay Project - Heart Final

Clay Activity - Heart with Blog

Clay Activity - Dough Heart with Paper Clip

Picture Frame Clay Project Directions:

  1.  Choose two cookie cutters and make sure one cookie cutter fits inside the other.
  2.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the clay.
  3.  Take the large cookie cutter and cut out a shape. Take the smaller cookie cutter and cut out the shape inside the large shape.
  4.  Press a paper clip into the top of the frame. This will be used to hang your frame.
  5.  Bake at 200 degrees for 2-4 hours until hard and dry. Allow to cool. Paint and seal the frame. Tape a picture on the back.

 

 

SNAKE CLAY PROJECT

Clay Project - Snake

Snake Clay Project Directions:

  1. Take a piece of clay and roll your hands back and forth over the clay until it becomes a long rope.
  2. Shape one end to be the head, and shape the other end into a point to be the tail.
  3. Form the clay into an S shape or curl it up into a coil.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees for 2-4 hours until hard and dry. Allow to cool. Paint and seal the snake. After the paint dries, embellish with googly eyes.

 

 

PIG CLAY PROJECT

Clay Project - Pig

Clay Activity - Dough with Tin Foil for Pig

Clay Activity - Pig Tail

Pig Clay Project Directions:

  1. Using a rolling pin, roll out the clay to about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Crumple aluminum foil into a round or oval shape to make the body. Cover the foil with the clay and smooth out the seams using a little water on your fingers.
  3. Make a smaller ball of clay to create the head and attach it to the body.
  4. Roll four small balls for the feet and place them on the bottom of the body.
  5. Make a curly tail by wrapping a thin rope of clay around a toothpick. Attach the tail to the body. I used the toothpick to secure the tail so it wouldn’t fall off.
  6. Make the nose by flattening a small ball. Poke two nostril holes using a toothpick. Attach the nose to the head.
  7. Make two triangles for the ears and attach them on top of the head.
  8. Use a toothpick to create two holes for eyes.
  9. Bake at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours until hard and dry. Allow to cool. Paint and seal the pig. After the paint dries, embellish with googly eyes.

 

 

CAT CLAY PROJECT

Clay Project - Cat

Clay Activity - Dough with Tin Foil for Pig

Cat Clay Project Directions:

  1. Using a rolling pin, roll out the clay to about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Crumple aluminum foil into an oval shape to make the body. Cover the foil with the clay and smooth out the seams using a little water on your fingers.
  3. Make a smaller ball of clay to create the head and attach it to the body.
  4. Roll four small balls for the feet and place two of them under the head, and two of them at the back of the body.
  5. Roll out a short, thick rope to create the tail and add it to the body.
  6. To make the face, roll two small balls for the cheeks and put them side-by-side right above the feet. Roll a smaller ball for the nose, and place it on top of the cheeks.
  7. Make two triangles for the ears and attach them on top of the head.
  8. Use a toothpick to create two holes for eyes.
  9. Bake at 200 degrees for 3-4 hours until hard and dry. Allow to cool. Paint and seal the cat. After the paint dries, embellish with googly eyes.
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Get Away Today Vacation Deals, Giveaways & Promo Code

Get Away Today

Get Away Today’s 25th anniversary is this year! If you are planning a vacation in 2015, you’ll want to check out Get Away Today because they are celebrating with lots of great deals and giveaways.

First, Get Away Today has a 25th Anniversary Celebration Giveaway where they are giving away 25 prizes between now and March 31, 2015. The prizes include gift certificates, hotel stays, merchandise and more. Be sure to check the giveaway page often so you can enter all of the giveaways.

Get Away Today is also currently offering an Extra Day Free Ticket to the Disneyland Resort. Now for a limited time, get a 5-Day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Ticket for the 4-Day price! Just select the Extra Day Free ticket for travel in 2015, and your ticket will include your extra free day!

And right now, Get Away Today has a special where Adults gets Kids’ Prices. Purchase your tickets by March 31, 2015 and you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Adults at kids’ prices on 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets – up to $16 per ticket savings.
  • One Magic Morning early entry with each 3-day or longer ticket.
  • Two ESPN Zone offers with each 3-day or longer ticket.

This Adults gets Kids’ Prices is valid for travel during February, May, September, and November 2015. Availability is limited, so you’ll want to get your tickets while supplies last.

And if you book a 2-night or longer Southern California package (hotel and 2 ticket minimum) through Get Away Today, use the promo code SCBC to get an extra $10 off!

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Utah Readers: Newspaper Subscription Just $20 for a Year!

Newspaper Subscription $20 for a Year

For those of you who want a Sunday newspaper so you can get the coupons that come with it, I am excited to be able to offer you this deal! You can get a Sunday newspaper subscription for the Deseret News or Salt Lake Tribune for just $20 for one year (52 weeks)! That comes out to be only $0.38 per paper! This is such an awesome deal!

Here are the details:

  • This is for New Subscribers Only OR for those who want to add on more papers to an existing account that ISN’T up for renewal.
  • There is a limit of 2 Salt Lake Tribune and 2 Deseret News papers per household for a total of 4. Both contain the exact same coupons.
  • If you are a Current subscriber, you can order up to 3 more newspapers for $20 each for a total of 4 newspapers.
  • I can’t renew anyone’s current subscriptions nor can you cancel your current subscription to immediately get in on this deal. If you’ve recently cancelled a subscription, you’ll need to wait a month after cancellation to subscribe again. You’re considered a “new” customer if you’ve gone 30 days without a newspaper. If you are getting a renewal notice, you must renew through the paper.
  • There is always at least a 1-week delay to start delivery from when the order is fulfilled.
  • Customers can upgrade 1 of their new subscriptions to the Weekend edition for only $19 more ($39 for 52 weeks).
  • If you have any delivery problems, you need to contact Media One directly at 801-204-6100.
  • To place an order, just fill out this online form here and follow the directions.
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