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Your grocery budget can be your most variable budget AND where you can save the most! We have 4 kids so we feed 6 of us and when I had to pay over $4 for a gallon of milk I KNEW I had to find a way to bring down our grocery budget before it got too far out of control! As it was we drink about 15 gallons of milk a month, and I knew it would only go up as the kids grew! So of course, the first thing I turned to, like many of you, was couponing. But with 4 kids, running a blog and homeschooling who has time to coupon like you SHOULD, to save the kind of money I needed to? Can I hire someone to do that? I’ll give you $200 a month and after you feed my whole family what is left over is yours, any extreme couponers up for that?! Yeah, I didn’t think so.
So I had to get creative.
The first thing I did was go to talk to my husband about what ideas he might have and I tripped over my first idea, literally. It was a toy my kids had left out, and also one they had 2 of the SAME toy. Why do they need 2 of the same toy? Being it was part of a Mega Bloks collection I thought ‘I wonder if I can sell this’? So I started listing toys, clothes, and craft stuff taking up room in our garage on Listia. Like eBay Listia is an auction site but UNLIKE eBay you don’t bid with money. You bid with points. You list auctions and then take the points earned to bid on things you want. I am able to get gift cards on there to use for groceries.
Next I put my phone to work and watched videos on Perk and Swagbucks. These video play while I’m doing things like dishes, homeschooling the kids or even writing this post. I turn the sound down off and go! I then cash those gift cards in for grocery gift cards or free Amazon Gift Cards.
I also see what Rebates I might be able to get in Ibotta, Snap, Jingit and Check Out 51 and make sure to cash in on those after each trip. Also, after each trip, I submit my receipt to Receipt Hog and Receipt Pal.
Doing these things each month I am able to earn $100 in gift cards a month to put toward my free groceries (sometimes I earn more!)
I also get discounted gift cards for stores I shop at with Gift Card Granny.
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