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My ePantry order

So, remember when I told you about the great deal ePantry was offering to my readers on Mrs. Meyer’s products and other natural cleaners and products?

Remember how I also told that for a few days only, if you shared about ePantry with your friends and they made a purchase through your referral link, you’d get a $20 credit to ePantry?

Well, a number of you ordered through my link and helped me earn quite a bit of ePantry credit. (Thank you!)

Above is a picture of what I ordered from ePantry with my referral credit. I am excited to not only be able to use some of these products for our family, but also to have extras to give away to others. We’ve already had fun blessing some people with Mrs. Meyer’s products!

Psst! Interested in getting the deal on Mrs. Meyer’s products? You can find a very similar deal to the one I was offering over on through Tuesday only.

Tell Us How You Saved & You Could Win a $50 Papa John’s Gift Card!

Who wants to have free pizza on me?? Leave a comment telling us how you saved today and I’ll choose one comment and send you a $50 Papa John’s gift card so you can have dinner on me!

The winner of this giveaway was Amber {minimouse216@}

The winner of yesterday’s Starbucks gift card was Jessi (admin@). You should have received an email with details on how to claim your prize.

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  • Amanda says:

    Funny that the winner gets a Papa John’s gift card. I saved today by making my own bacon and cheese stuffed crust pizza instead of ordering it from a chain. And it was totally DELICIOUS!!

  • Renee says:

    Today we saved by me packing my husband’s lunch for work. I do this everyday. And, I made homemade banana bread for his breakfast. I also re-use the lunch meat, plastic containers for food storage, and for his lunch. I don’t have to by any containers when I re-use these. I also make homemade baby wipes to save money. It only cost me about $.50 to make them.

  • yvie says:

    We saved today by signing up for our library’s Kindle-loan program. Now we can access our school books & night-reading for FREE from our local library…no matter where we happen to be for the week. 🙂 I had no idea that they had such a program…

  • Laura says:

    I love to read and do use my library frequently. I do tend to prefer books instead of reading on a tablet for both my children and me. Occasionally, I want to own a book such as a devotional or children’s book. Many books are available “used” on Amazon for only one penny – woo hoo! Shipping is $3.99 but for $4.00 I receive a book delivered to my home. I choose books in very good or like new condition. Recently I purchased one about the Moon Festival for my daughter adopted from China. The hardcover was around $15 new and looks new but I only paid $4; I’m happy!

  • ann says:

    Today I saved by making dinner (leftover, but still…) when I REALLY would have rather sent my husband for Subway!

  • Shannon says:

    I saved today by using a Starbucks gift card I earned through Swagbucks to get my morning coffee instead of paying for it!

  • Lisa says:

    Today I saved by stocking up on 99 cent 100% whole wheat bread on the clearance rack at Ralphs (our Kroger affiliate). 🙂

    Crystal, I love this series (and the giveaway fun!)!

  • Jennifer says:

    Today I saved by making my own free coffee at work. Instead of getting coffee from the drive threw.

  • Becky says:

    Today I saved by using the leftover mashed potatoes and gravy from Tuesday’s dinner to make shepherds pie for tonight’s dinner!

  • Sonya says:

    I saved today by walking to work!

  • jenny says:

    I used my filled up punch cards to score free bread from the bread store

  • Michelle says:

    I saved by making a big pot of vegetable soup and also made chocolate chip cookies. We will eat these all next week for lunch instead of purchasing lunch.

  • Elisa says:

    I saved today by using digital coupons from my favorite grocery store!

  • Matti says:

    Using our farm fresh eggs for dinner! Only $@ a dozen 🙂

  • Sweta says:

    Used my bing rewards to get a free movie ticket from fandango.

  • asmith says:

    Today I saved by not buying something I really wanted but I did not need . In the past I would have purchased without a thought

  • Jennifer says:

    Brought my lunch to work again.

  • Lindsey says:

    Grandparents are staying with the kids so hubs and I can have a date without babysitting cost.

  • Ashley S. says:

    I saved by eating lunch at work, instead of going out as was originally planned. It seems small, but I know how quickly those lunches out add up!

  • zebrahr says:

    I saved BIG at Target today. Did the up&up diaper deal (.08/diaper). Instant quaker oaks ($2.75-$2/1= .75 for 8 packs). Kid’s coppertone (33% more free) on clearance for $1.56 ($1/1 = .56/ea—bought 4). Up&Up fish oil (clearance for 30% off and 10% cartwheel). Had a $10 giftcard from the diaper deal I did earlier in the week. And had a FREE $20 giftcard I receive by bringing a promotional flyer I received in the mail to a car dealership. Plus an additional 5% off for my redcard. Just under $100 saved today!!! Even the cashier was impressed 🙂

  • cj says:

    i stayed far away from any stores today!

  • Amber J says:

    Today I saved by making my own furniture wipes for use on my leather sofas and wooden coffeetable and entertainment center. They worked great and my husband commented on how great the furniture looked and felt.

  • CJ says:

    Okay, so I love Kellogg’s Family Rewards. I save my points and use them to redeem printable coupons. A local store near where I live has double coupon days twice a week and when they have a really good sale on cereal (or Eggos and other great Kellogg’s products), I use the coupons to double (usually I will print a .75 off coupon and get 1.50 off an item). By using my coupons I have redeemed through Kellogg’s Family Rewards I have been able to stock up on cereal for usually less than .50 a box and Eggos for usually less then .25 a box (sometimes FREE) after sale price and coupons. Definitely one of my favorite ways to save!

  • Tara says:

    I saved today by ordering from with $30 worth of credits and a 50% off code — got a Vera Bradley purse and a Gap shoulder bag for only $7.90!

  • Cindy says:

    I took leftovers to work for lunch.

  • Michelle says:

    I saved today by working the book fair at my son’s school, which earned me a free book that I will give him for his birthday in a couple days!

  • Jaime says:

    I saved by making some felt food to go with the toy kitchen my kids will get for Christmas. So much cuter and cheaper than wood or plastic food!

  • Vickie says:

    I downloaded two free kindle books…pays to be ready when you want to read!

  • Katherine says:

    I saved today by renting movies from the library for free for family movie night instead of purchasing or paying to rent.

  • Rachel says:

    I saved today by shopping all the great summer clearance at Target – we are ready for next year’s warm weather!

  • Elizabeth Kotulski says:

    I did a babysitting swap with my neighbor.

  • Marin says:

    I saved by making all our food at home.

  • Diane G says:

    I went shopping at our local Kroger today and, after coupons, saved 49%. I was able to get 4 Suave Professionals shampoos for free after coupons, which I will donate to our local food pantry, which also accepts personal care items to hand out.

  • Whit says:

    I made several freezer meals for easy dinners when my baby girl gets here in a month! It will keep us from grabbing takeout!

  • Jen says:

    I checked online for coupons before I hit the mall. 🙂

  • Katherine Lewis says:

    I wanted a seafood dinner for my birthday. My husband took me out to eat for lunch while the kids were in school. Not only did we save by getting the lunch prices but we didn’t have to pay for the kids.

  • Sarah says:

    I saved today by taking advantage of the free entertainment in Washington DC (near where we live). A free trip to the zoo and Smithsonian Museums? Yes, please!

  • Melinda says:

    It was just my husband and I home for dinner tonight-he would have liked to have ordered Mexican, but instead I made mini burgers after i thawed some ground beef. Took longer than he wanted but they were good! My sister in law had a sinus headache when she was here so since she didn’t have any sinus pills at home, I gave her a pack of ours so that SHE didn’t have to spend money when she left our house!!!! So a good day for all!

  • Stacey Phillips says:

    I realized I forgot to buy Italian turkey sausage links at the store this week to make my Simple Sausage Lasagna (you use regular lasagna noodle, but don’t have to boil them first) for dinner tonight. I could have easily ran to the store; but the closest one is 30 minutes away, making for a waste of time and gas. So, I checked the fridge and freeze and I had a package of lean ground turkey in the freezer. I googled how to make Italian turkey sausage out of ground turkey, made my lasagna with that, and I must say it was DELICIOUS! I think I might always make it from scratch since my kids said it tasted better! Woo Hoo on saving money! Love this series you’re doing!

  • Meghan says:

    I’ve been trying to learn the ropes of swag bucks to help earn us gift cards. Thats why I love you how we earned ? swag bucks today. Keep them coming, please!!

  • Charity says:

    I saved today by ordering an Amazon gift card through Swagbucks.

  • Kris says:

    I made my own baking mix today. Its great for pancakes, biscuits, scones, muffins and busy families!!

  • Jen says:

    I made homemade pizza for my family & company tonight instead of ordering takeout.

  • I saved by going to the bank to inquire about the $18 monthly service charge on our account. We’ve never received a few before and I knew it shouldn’t be there, so I spoke with the manager and our money was refunded.

  • Stephanie says:

    I am currently expecting and really want to try cloth diapers and instead of buying a new stash of cloth diapers, I found a great deal on Craigslist with someone selling their used stash of 10 Bumgenius diapers for $35 (normally $17.99 each). The only thing was that the Velcro on the diapers needed to be replaced, so I saved by buying used and replacing the Velcro on the diapers instead of paying full price for new a set of cloth diapers.

  • Christina says:

    We had a good ole-fashioned eat-from-the-pantry Friday night dinner! Everyone ate something different, but our bellies are full, everyone was happy, and we are all snuggled up for movie night in!


  • Ashley says:

    We played tennis as a family. Fun, healthy, and free!

  • Bethany says:

    I saved today by going to Einstein Bagel for their drink happy hour and got 50% off of my hazelnut latte!

  • Rebecca Y. says:

    I made homemade chicken and rice soup using a chicken carcass, leftover rice and homemade carrots. So nice for a fall night. Now we are watching our library movies.

  • A says:

    I redeemed a coupon from my local grocery store for 1.50 off my next order before it expired!

  • Jill says:

    I learned that if I join a family plan with my dad and sisters through our cell phone company I can save $40 per month off of my bill! We decided to go ahead and go through with this to all save money! $40 extra towards my debt snowball each month, yay!!

  • Rebecca says:

    We saved by eating a few healthy snacks before we headed out to have a light dinner (shared an entree). Yes, we could have saved more by staying home, but we have done that all week & needed to get out, for a little treat at least!

  • Stacy says:

    I saved today by making dinner at home instead of going out. I also took the time to organize my hall closet stockpile to ensure everything is being used and to allow for more couponing this winter! 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    My nine year old son ended up with three pair of pants after I switched the summer clothes out for winter ones. So, instead of hitting Wal-Mart, I dug through some boxes in the attic marked “older boy” and praise God, some of the pants fit him although the sizes were marked for older boys! What a blessing and answer to prayer.

  • Jackie says:

    My husband and I both took our lunches to work and we made homemade pizza for dinner.

  • Melissa says:

    Haha I made pizza for dinner. Here’s the break down. Two “fresh” pizza doughs from walmart $0.88 each. Block of cheese to shred myself $3.76. Sauce $1.00 toppings from home.

    Oh and we did Latte happy hour at Dunkin Donuts $2.10 for 2 of them regularly $5.76. Huge savings

  • Debbie Rike says:

    I saved today by posting some items that I’m not using on Facebook resale site and sold them.

  • Amanda says:

    I saved by heating up leftover chili for lunch 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I saved by using a 30% off coupon on a necessary Kohl’s order, and got back Kohl’s cash and earned Kohl’s reward points as well as swagbucks by ordering through the shop and earn.

  • Susan says:

    I saved by sending a few things to Twice. They paid me $83.20 plus $10 for sending in shoes plus $10 more for selling to them for the first time. So I was able to get a pair of jeans, four shirts, a dress, and a sweater and I still have $16 in credit!! And I learned about Twice from you! Thanks!!!

  • April Upjohn says:

    Today I saved by using fresh pumpkin that I roasted and puréed myself in our homemade pumpkin muffins!

  • Julie C says:

    We saved by enjoyed dropped apples that were only $3 a bushel; they are still fabulous tasting organic apples and such a savings compared to $1 a pound or more even at Aldi this season.

    Made our own regular and gluten free pizza dough and sauce, too, for Friday night pizza; enjoying a free video online later.

    My husband always takes his homemade lunch and dinner daily; what a huge savings this is!

    On errands, I grabbed a free Starbucks coffee with my empty bag (purchased on sale with coupons and money back!)

    Shopped online for shoes (no gas money!) and did free returns today for the shoes that did not fit; thank you, Amazon!

    Paid my credit card on time (only way we’ve ever used one!) and I’m gaining lots of credits there to endorse soon for a big check.

    Returned a library book which I found at the online registry and had them transfer to our local branch rather than driving over to the next town; gas savings again: cha-ching! We rarely buy books until we pre-read them and decide if they are worth investing in long term.

  • Mary G. says:

    I made “Zoodles” today for dinner – basically, zucchini noodles using a spiral cutter that I got for a dollar thru Amazon. Not only healthier than pasta, but delicious, too!

    I didn’t want to waste the unused parts of the zucchini so I processed it in the food chopper and made a loaf of healthy zucchini bread for the family with it!

  • Tina Clum says:

    We saved today by returning a ceiling lamp that we bought but didn’t fit the area we got it for.

  • Angela K says:

    After making bone broth, I ground the chicken bones in my food processor and used it as dog food. My dog LOVES it.

  • Karen says:

    I love, love, love this series! I enjoy reading everyone’s comments. Today, I saved by cooking dinner from the freezer.

  • Beth says:

    Made my own tortillas and refried beans….my daughter can’t have corn which is in everything…but making your own tortillas is cheaper anyway …just time consuming!

  • Sharon says:

    My kids and I made a birthday cake for their grandma (my mom) and surprised her with it. She was so excited, and the kids were extremely proud of their efforts. So much healthier and tastier than store bought!

  • Lee Privette says:

    We brought food to the parade instead of succumbing to street food 🙂

  • jen says:

    I made ‘kitchen sink’ soup today to use up lots of veggies in my fridge!

  • Kristy says:

    Taught my older daughter some embroidery stitches with supplies I had in hand.

    I had a sick little girl but had all the supplies I needed to care for her bought on sales so there was no emergency run to the pharmacy.

    And we ale leftovers for lunch with my husband taking his lunch with him.

  • Melissa says:

    I used coupons today and paired them with the store circulars to get the best deals!

  • Anna says:

    We took leftovers from dinner for our lunches at work!

  • Heather Schneider says:

    Everyone of mine seem to be about my in-laws and their health issues, but today we saved by me packing a sandwich, grabbing some grapes, filling a water bottle and grabbing a box of crackers as my husband packed a bag. We got a call that my FIL was taken by ambulance (and is now in the ICU) and it is a long drive. This saved my husband time and money over a drive through and is way healthier to boot! So we might be spending hundreds more in gas each month right now, but we are still saving where we can!

  • Natalie says:

    I saved today buy using coupons at the grocery store, walking to work, and packing my lunch.

  • Amy Libenow says:

    Today I saved by taking in a load of kids clothes to the consignment store, and cashing out part of my credit there to buy the pizzas (with coupons of course!) for a fun dinner at home.

  • chantel says:

    All 3 of my kids took their lunches to school today instead of buying lunch. I also ate leftovers for lunch.

  • Linda Walsh says:

    I have to give my daughter all the credit for these savings. We went on a mini vacation for a NASA homeschool day and my daughter kept us on track to spend less.
    First, she made a plan to only allow us to eat out 1 time a day, where we would normally eat out for every meal. She made a meal plan for breakfast and lunch. We purchased snacks, drinks and made a stop at the grocery store for picnic at the homeschool day. She kept my hubby on track by reminding him of our deal to only eat out once a day.
    Also, we are lucky enough to get free rooms at the Hyatt.
    I think overall we spent a lot less by preparing ahead, and sticking to the plan.

  • Becky Y. says:

    We carpooled, shopped our pantry and visited the library. And found Halloween costumes in our closets! 🙂

  • Heather says:

    Took my lunch to work today, and my daughter took hers when she joined me, instead of both of us eating out!

  • Kelli says:

    I used some grocery store fuel rewards to save money on a tank of gas.

  • Julie Baldwin says:

    We had leftovers for dinner!

  • nora says:

    Trade with a friend for something I needed

  • tiffany says:

    I filled my car up in gas during a mystery shop so I will get all of it reimbursed to me.

  • Tammy says:

    I saved today by buying apples to make applesauce. 🙂 I’ll can it (in the process right now, actually), and then I won’t have to buy applesauce all year! It’s a lot of work but worth it!

    Have you ever considered a Diva Cup or the like? It’s a small investment and then you don’t have to purchase any feminine products! I’ve used mine for over 2 years now. 🙂

  • Janell says:

    We saved by renting a redbox movie (with a free credit) and not going to the movies.

  • Melinda says:

    I made a soup using what I had in the fridge and cupboards.

  • Stacey says:

    We saved today by using coupons to take the kids bowling on their no school day.

  • Jen Thompson says:

    Redbox code = free movie night!

  • Sarah says:

    I forgot to put my chicken in the crock pot this morning. I was tempted to just give in to takeout. I instead figured out how to roast chicken, which I had never done before. No extra money spent!

  • Karen says:

    I saved by mending some clothes instead of buying new ones. 🙂

  • amber says:

    We had one very ripe banana leftover from last week. So today while the kids were playing in the backyard I made banana and walnut muffins for breakfast tomorrow!

  • Janet says:

    I helped my friend save today by giving her a sack of tomatoes from our garden.

  • alissa says:

    I saved today by staying home so that I didn’t use up the gas. We decided to take a walk at home rather than driving to a walking trail.

  • Stephanie says:

    We saved today by eating up leftovers!

  • Mary says:

    Instead of ordering pizza tonight I made a quick chicken tortellini soup with leftover chicken, and turned a sausage roll into a garlic bread.

  • Corey Lesko says:

    We made breakfast for dinner. As dinner time rolled around I realized I had nothing in mind or prepped and was tempted to tell my husband to pick something up on the way home until I looked and realized I had all ingredients to make breakfast. It was really good!

  • Katrina says:

    Today for dinner I used veggies from my garden. I know it’s not going to last much longer (it’s the middle of October) so I’m taking advantage of recipes that will use up the last of these veggies.

  • Chanda says:

    I took my three kids to the aquarium for homeschool week. The entrance fees were discounted to just $10 total instead of $50. Then, instead of staying there for lunch, we went home and had leftovers (which we like better anyway!)

  • I saved today by checking the markdown sections at my grocery store. I saved 1/2 on two 2 lb. packages of ham and 1 lb. of breakfast sausage. Off to put them in the freezer!~TJ

  • Lisa S says:

    I’m so excited about how I saved! My twenty-two month old used some toddler-superhuman-strength to pull the Velcro tab off of her new-to-her leather mary janes. I was so bummed and was about to throw them away when I decided to “try” to sew it back on. I had some pink thread that matched and gave it a shot and it TOTALLY WORKED. Now she has those cute shoes to wear again! You can’t even tell they were sewed back on, unless you look inside the shoe. 🙂

  • Anna says:

    I was inspired by your Starbucks at home recipe. I really love their fall-themed drinks. So I made a pumpkin frapuccino. It was so good and free to me- I had all the ingredients already!

  • Lorena stallings says:

    I saved by price matching over half of this week’s groceries at Walmart. I paid the lowest advertised price without having to drive to several stores.

  • Tiffany says:

    Today was my husbands birthday. He reaaaaally likes cookie cakes so I thought I would splurge and buy one….except a 12 inch one costs $40!!!!! I googled ‘easy homemade cookie cake’ and found one within minutes–all with ingredients I had on hand!! Better yet, it was delicious and made with love by my kids and me!

  • Marie says:

    We used a Groupon for our Friday date night.

  • Jen rose says:

    Got movies from the library to watch on our long car ride today instead of redbox and ate home packed lunches instead of stopping at McD’s.

  • Bobi says:

    Used several coupons at publix.

  • Melissa says:

    I used a coupon on my take-out dinner to score a free bag of chips and a drink.

  • Christy says:

    I saved today by doing some early Christmas shopping on Craigslist. Found a 26 inch flat screen tv for my mom for only $25!

  • jen says:

    I made dinner and dessert from scratch and will freeze the leftovers for another meal!

  • Karen says:

    Packed our lunches for school & work but got a treat by waiting till happy hour!! Great way to end the work & School week.

  • Patricia says:

    We saved $140 at Target today by using coupons and shopping the sales 🙂

  • Amy says:

    I used fresh vegetables from our garden to make soup tonight for supper. We also recycled our pop cans so the kids got to add to their savings. 🙂

  • Jody says:

    I saved by using coupons while grocery shopping.

  • Allison says:

    I loaded the Kroger Friday freebie to my card. It’s a for a box of crackers; I’ll pick them up when I go grocery shopping this week.

  • Michelle Abell says:

    Today I saved by making my coffee at home instead of buying it at Dunkin’ Donuts.

  • Cristina I says:

    I saved by not buying anything today. 🙂

  • Sara says:

    We saved today by eating dinner at home instead of going out to eat like we tend to do on a Friday night.

  • Karen says:

    We had breakfast for dinner. My boys each decided to wear Halloween costumes we already have from the past rather than making new ones.

  • Jenny says:

    Sucked it up and made supper, even though the kitchen looked like it had exploded and I really didn’t want to even be in there 🙂

  • Mandy says:

    I saved money by packing my lunch for work.

  • I have a potluck to attend this weekend and am supposed to bring a dish. I found a recipe for pumpkin cornbread & used sweet potato instead of pumpkin because I had a cooked sweet potato that needed to be used. I already had the other ingredients as well, so I spent no extra $$ on making this! Yay!

  • Jessica Armstrong says:

    Packed our own snacks for the road. Helped us save money and calories.

  • Sara says:

    We use our frequent shopper gas cards combined with our bonus gas points at Bi-lo paired with our discounted gas cards purchased at Publix. It is truly maximum savings.

  • Kelley says:

    I saved money today by buying some new clothes for my son at a consignment store instead of a department store. It was even 25 percent off of the consignment prices!

  • Melissa says:

    Every bone in my body was exhausted today and while grocery shopping I dreamed of eating dinner out (something we normally don’t do). I thought long and hard about how much money we could save by not doing so and instead I picked up ingredients that I don’t usually buy and cooked something out of my normal routine. I saved a lot of money and my family RAVED about how great dinner was. Having something so different also made me feel like we were eating out as it was such a treat!

  • Angela Brown says:

    We are trying to pay off some of our debt by socking anything we have left over towards one debt at a time. I called to pay a bill in full and simply asked them to remove a late fee if we paid the balance and they did! I saved us $25 on that to put towards another bill and we are one bill closer to no debt!!

  • Michelle says:

    I saved by doing expo for points to buy a 5 dollar Starbucks gift certificate!

  • Amy D. says:

    One of my favorite stores was having a great clearance sale on clothing today. I spent $8 and got 2 shirts and a pair of pants! I love great deals like that!

  • Kristan says:

    My littlest wanted to go shopping today and I held her off. I’m sure we could have found something we “needed,” and it may have even been a good deal, but saving that $ is a better deal!

  • Brandi George says:

    I booked a trip to Disney for next month and I paid for the entire trip with gift cards that I’ve won this year! I paid for the hotel using hotel points I’ve earned!! Free vacation for us !!!

  • Diane says:

    I made a bottle of diet cola with my Soda Stream machine instead of buying a bottle at the store. It saved a little money, plus it saved some plastic. Now I just need to give up diet soda altogether!

  • Becky says:

    My 2 1/2 year old & I went for a walk this morning and watched a cement truck and workers build a retaining wall. We then went to the library to return books and check out new ones. Much to our surprise, workers were using a paver & roller in the library parking lot so we sat and watched this for a good while. Wrapped up our morning at the playground getting lots of fresh air before coming home for lunch and a nap. My boy was thrilled with all the construction/equipment he got to see, we have borrowed books for a few weeks and we both got our exercise. All free!

  • Abby D says:

    I used a gift from my “stash” for a shower I attended today instead of going to the store. I always keep a few gender neutral toys, practical baby items, etc. on hand to put together for a birthday or baby gift. Usually, I have picked these up on sale. I also reuse gift bags, tissue paper, and ribbon for free wrapping. 🙂

  • Laurie says:

    I talked my hubby into cooking dinner instead of eating out. 🙂

  • Ashlee says:

    My son and I walk around the neighborhood for a while before dropping him off at preschool. Today we stopped by the ATM to get $40 out for laundry. Out of nowhere my son reaches up and selects withdrawl $500! And no way to cancel. So out pops $500. I decided to keep it because I can just pay cash for things. But then I remembered cash has a sneaky habit of being used for unnecessary things. So back into my account the extra money went. Nice and safe where every dollar is tracked and has a purpose.

  • Kim B says:

    I did not go to a consignment sale today. I like them, but there is nothing my daughter needs.

  • Chrysti says:

    I made dinner at home instead of indulging the temptation to eat out!

  • Mary says:

    I live in a small town and we have no CVS, Walmart, ect But we have a food lion. This week food lion had tressme shampoo and conditioner for $3.99 with $2.00 off of two automatically with out coupons. I had a foodlion coupon hub for $1.00 and a manufacture coupon of $5.00 off. So basically free. Hard to do in a small town. Very excited!

  • Kristi Lyon says:

    Today I saved at CVS, they had Coke 12 packs on sale for 3/$9 & if you buy $15 of coke products then you get $5 back! Great deal on soda & money back! Woohoo!

  • Karina says:

    Needed more prenatals today and was about to order on Amazon when it dawned on me I could call my doctors and ask for a prescription for one that my insurance would fully cover. Normally I wouldn’t have done that, but $20 is $20 and that money adds up 🙂

  • Melody says:

    I bought 8 shirts, 3 pair of pants and a skirt (2 items had tags) for $5 today for my daughter through my town’s facebook sale page!

  • THANK YOU Crystal! I seriously can’t believe I won! You are awesome and I’m so glad you shared this post today. I’ve been interested in ePantry for awhile now but I’m always so skeptical of subscription sites. You rock! 🙂

  • Esther says:

    Well… I’m still in the hospital with my daughter, so it’s a little hard to save much, but I chose to eat lunch from a stash of protein shakes that I brought from home instead of going to the cafeteria or the snack machine. I also did a little Christmas shopping online from a post by another blogger about some Frozen toys. I missed the Elsa & Anna doll for $10 because some doctors came in to talk and I couldn’t finish the checkout, and they were already out of stock when they finished, but I did save a little on another set that my youngest would enjoy.

  • Jacquelyn says:

    Made homemade Ice cream instead of buying it!!!!

  • Krista says:

    I used a bogo coupon at Dairy Queen to get treats for me and the kids after a long week of homeschooling!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I ordered yarn to make handknit dishcloths for Christmas presents using the Amazon giftcards I’ve gotten through Swagbucks and paid nothing out of pocket, so I took care of 4 presents today!

  • Lara Speitel says:

    Instead of buying a sweater in the store, I bought it online with 10% off and free shipping. I also went through Ebates to get 4% cash back!

  • Sharon H says:

    I needed a present for my nephew, and found the perfect thing at the store. I checked my email and found a 50% off coupon from them, and saved $5.00 off of the price!!

  • Amy says:

    i have a 6-month old and we’ve just started solids. I’m making it (partly to save money, but mostly because I want to know what’s going in to her tiny body and don’t trust the preservatives they use in baby food.) Today I made her pured green beans–about $1.50 worth made many, many meals (which I will freeze in ice cube trays we already have instead of buying special, fancy baby food trays.) P.S. Green beans were a hit!

  • Erin says:

    I just had a baby at the end of August and I also just started being a stay at home mom to my 2year old and newborn! We had some complications and between myself and the baby we had 4 hospital stays in the first 3 weeks of his life so needless to say the medical bills are rolling in!! So I’m trying to do everything I can think of to save money to be able to have that extra $ to pay down the medical bills! Today I was so tired but after my hubby got home from work I went to the grocery store armed with my coupons and my list and shopped for all our meals for the whole month !!!! I have been wanting to try this bc I feel like the less times per month I’m in the store then the less I’ll be tempted by the sales !! And I spent $400 when my budget is. $600!! I will still have to get fruit milk and bread but I’m still going to save at least. $150 this month just by doing this!! I’m so excited to see how Many other ways I can start cutting back 😉

  • zina says:

    we went out for lunch instead of dinner, and enjoyed happy hour prices!

  • amanda says:

    I saved at the family dollar. I purchased two curtain panels for $2.50 each. Normally $12. Currently, the Family Dollar is offering home decorating items at clearance prices. The framed artwork and the curtains can add a bit of elegance and style to a household on a budget.

  • Kathleen says:

    I took pictures of items I can sell on our local FB page

  • Jen Smith says:

    We saved money today by inviting our neighbors (a total of 3 families/12 people total) over for dinner. The only requirement was each family had to being their leftover meals. No one cooked and all leftovers were consumed. A great time with some of our favorite people without spending anything!

  • Cindy says:

    haha – I stayed AWAY from the grocery store today, so I saved my money for another day 🙂

  • Blake Silva says:

    I saved today by using coupons at the grocery store and buying products that were buy one get one free deals!

  • Leanne says:

    Today I bought spices in bulk at our health food store. Bay leaves cost 25 cents (a comparable amount at Walmart was $2.67) and pumpkin pie spice was $1.59 ($4.15 at Walmart). Buying spices in bulk is the way to go!!

  • Nicole says:

    I saw an arm chair that I have been wanting to purchase but did not want to pay full price, so I just keep stopping by and checking. Today I went to the store and it was marked down an additional $50

  • Bernadette says:

    I bought 32oz containers of strawberry yogurt for $.10 at ALDI. Yes, TEN CENTS each! The sell-by date is tomorrow, yet it tastes FINE, but I packaged them up in serving sizes, stuck them in the freezer and will use them for smoothies or school lunches.

  • We went apple picking today and got 112 lbs of apples!!!! That will make a LOT of apple sauce and apple butter for our family to enjoy all winter long (I’ll can it).

  • Michelle says:

    I baked/mixed up a bunch of snack items (cranberry oat bread, granola, sugar free energy balls…) for a fraction of what I would have paid for a much higher processed/sugar laden snacks at the grocery store. And they were all made whole foods, and healthy ingredients (with little to no sugar) that were in my pantry instead of buying something just because the recipe called for it, I substituted something I had in hand.

  • Jessicah says:

    I cooked from scratch in preparation for our chicken butchering day tomorrow, so we can eat from home while we process home-grown meat to be eaten later….at home :). Mini-farm livin’!

  • Deann H. says:

    Price matched a one day ad for Skippy peanut butter for $.98, Pillsbury brownie mixes for $.88 at Walmart and another ad for $.99 sugar.

  • Amy says:

    We combined a coupon and a gift card to enjoy a rare dinner out.

  • Crystal says:

    We are on vacation right now for fall break. Before we left, I made sure to bring enough snacks and other food to limit our eating out. Our hotel provides breakfast and we have had more than enough for lunches with all the food I brought- cheese, yogurt, apples, broccoli, carrots, crackers, juice, granola bars. The best part is, those were all things I had on hand! We have eaten out for dinner(it is vacation after all!) but one meal out per day is a lot better on the budget than three, and a lot healthier!

  • Jess says:

    I had a snack BEFORE going grocery shopping and ended up with less snack/junk food in my cart. Not only did this save me money, will likely help my waistline too! haha

  • Heather Jones says:

    I saved today by eating in.

  • Angie Beckner says:

    I signed up for Dollar General’s digital coupons and was able to save a few dollars today by using them at the check out today.

  • julie zep says:

    I made my own pie crust and pumpkin pie!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m throwing a 30th birthday party for my husband tomorrow. Today I bought some of the items we needed at GFS, a local bulk food store to save some money.

  • Christy Grimsbo says:

    Had a free dinner tonight at Red Robin using our loyalty card! 🙂

  • Angela McVeigh says:

    I went to a thrift store today and bought my daughters Halloween costume for .99¢.

  • Debbie L. says:

    My daughters cleaned out their bookshelves and other parts of their room last night. I started taking pictures of some of the nicer items so I can post on some FB garage sale sites tomorrow.

  • brooke delong says:

    I made homemade seasoning salt. Less expensive and no artificials! 🙂

  • Becky F says:

    I saved by not buying anything today!
    This morning I walked down to the school I’m hoping to send my son to next fall and picked up gift cards I had ordered. It’s through a Scrip program, so every time I get gift cards from them, some money goes into an account that I can use to help pay for my son’s tuition next fall. I’m really excited to save money on private school tuition!

  • Krystal Harris says:

    I stayed home. Decided I could run my errands tomorrow when we have other things to do…combining it into one trip. No extra gas spent today!!

  • I experimented and made my own foundation out of cocoa powder, cornstarch and homemade lotion. I was happily surprised that I liked it!!!

  • Malinda says:

    Friday is usually the one day I eat lunch out but today I decided to pack my lunch and it felt good!

  • marybeth says:

    I saved today by going to toys r us fir their buy one get one free sale on little tikes. Christmas will come quick and now I have two gifts purchased!

  • tori ross says:

    No eating out today. The only money I spent was the weekly budgeted gas fill up and weekly shopping trip for food. I used a few coupons for plum organic snacks my kids like and used some gift cards from target.

  • Lindsey Rohr says:

    Haha my hubby and I actually fought the temptation to order a papa johns pizza (a big weakness of ours) and we heated up a a delicious pot of leftover homemade chicken potato soup instead. With our crazy lives and work schedules it has been hard to plan for good, nutritious, inexpensive, meals but recently we’ve made extra effort and have been planning meals well and using all the leftovers!

  • diana anderson says:

    did a babysitting trade

  • Jenn b says:

    We shopped sale items using coupons.

  • Julia says:

    I ran outside this morning…no need for a gym membership, just a pair of tennis shoes! Saves me hundreds each year by working out at home!

  • MK says:

    My husband wanted to get Chinese… but he talked himself down and we enjoyed homemade pizza, already on the menu and in the budget! 🙂

  • Karen says:

    We packed lunch for our trip to the zoo, instead of paying $6+ per meal (3 of us) there. Plus, I borrowed their membership card (I’m the nanny) to take advantage of free parking when my mom comes to visit next weekend.

  • Kristen says:

    I saved money by not going to the store and making eggs and toast for dinner instead. Use it up!

  • Heather says:

    I saved today by eating leftovers from a staff potluck instead of bringing a linch to work.

  • Amber says:

    We skipped Barnes & Noble’s educator week sale and went to the library instead. There wasn’t any books in particular we needed, but had we gone we would’ve bought something just because it was 25% off. That’s a huge deal for us!! We are bookstore junkies. 🙂

  • Robyn says:

    Made salsa from tomatoes from our garden, hung clothes outside to dry, ran 2 miles (staying fit does save money!), made extra food for dinner in order to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

  • Beth says:

    I saved at the grocery store using coupons

  • Donna says:

    Today I saved by using the clothesline to dry my clothes instead of the dryer.

  • Beth says:

    Made soup and salad for dinner. Was going to make breadsticks but I had a half a pan of cornbread left from chili the night before. Well wasn’t exactly the same but the kids didn’t care! Using up leftovers. Plus I didn’t need to eat breadsticks:)

  • Sandy R says:

    I have been searching for a great affordable peacoat for the winter and every one I liked was almost $150! I had been eyeing this one at a local department store but just couldn’t spend that kind of money. I decided to browse online today. I saw the same coat on sale for $82! Not only that, I did a google search for coupon codes and was able to get an additional 40% off!

  • Joanne Peterson says:

    Been needing a new sofa for a long time, ours is over 25 years old, cushions are worn out, and the backing came apart down to the bare wood, and would cost a small fortune to re-upholster.

    Just kept looking for a sofa at second hand stores and held off. Today, we found a sofa that looks brand new, and two wing back chairs that look brand new at a church rummage sale. When we got home we found the sofa is a handmade custom ordered Berne furniture sofa, and the wing back chairs are broyhill. They all are from the same color family.

    The grand total came to $85.00 for all three pieces of furniture. Brand new the sofa would have been about $2000, and the two wing back chairs would have been about $399.00 apiece plus shipping.

  • Kim Spradlin says:

    This one seems obvious but today I saved using the Target Cartwheel offer for 10% off all Up&Up and most Market pantry items. I went through almost every aisle in the cleaning, laundry, personal care, drugstore, and grocery sections to find items I could stock up on that I would need in the next six months. Aside from a few immediate needs I only bought stuff that qualified for the offer, and combined with sale prices, coupons and my 5% Red card discount I saved $26.30 which was over 20% of my total bill. And I scanned a few Shopkick items on my way around the store to work toward my next Target GC. 🙂

  • Megan says:

    I’m underemployed and looking for a full-time job. I know I’ll need a business wardrobe when I find one, so I’ve been stashing pieces as I can find them for great prices. Today I got 3 business dresses (retail total @ $180) on clearance for a total of $20. Then I thought to check the store website on my phone and found a 15% off my purchase coupon. It’s hard to beat 90% off!

  • Theresa Kilgore says:

    We made gift bags out of paper bags with handles, the front of old cards, glitter, glue and paint. For dinner we reused all of the weeks leftovers. 4 people had 3 different meals. 1 had leftover pasta alfredo with TVP, 1 had leftover chili with TVP and the other 2 had hamburger & bow tie pasta soup.

  • Amanda says:

    I resisted the temptation to ask my husband to bring home pizza. We had chicken tacos instead; they were pretty good.

  • Kacy says:

    I am visiting family who don’t have young kids (my kids are 4 and 1) so I needed to get some toys to keep them busy. Instead of spending $30+ at walmart for new toys went to The local Goodwill store and got a cart full of fun toys for less than $20. My sister is going to donate the toys back to Goodwill after we leave. Win-Win!

  • Chris says:

    Today I started my Christmas shopping by using a coupon at Hobby Lobby to buy a gift for my mother in law and a coupon at DSW to purchase a gift for my daughter in law.

  • Lisa says:

    I upcycled some previously used gift wrap when making a goodie bag for a friend.

  • Staci Brown says:

    We ate steaks at home – we bought them through a good sale at Dillons.

  • OFG says:

    I listed a few previously read books on eBay and sold a few others to a book buying service.

  • PamAlabam says:

    I was out during lunch time and took my lunch with me. I got a new-to-me shirt at a thrift store yet walked away from a couple of other tempting items. My in-laws have a pear tree and way more pears than they need. I have been working on putting pears in my freezer for several days. We love cooked pears over biscuits and we’ll have that as a (free!) side dish many times this coming winter.

  • Lynn Szczepanik says:

    Went to dollar general and got summer products 90% off. Many kids summer items and pool toys. I will put in my “gift closet” and pool out for birthdays or holiday gifts

  • Susan says:

    I used a gift certificate from and saved more than 50% off.

  • Bethany says:

    hemmed my pants so the heel doesn’t wear out so fast

  • Steph B says:

    I ordered Papa Johns using a coupon code I got in my email.

  • jara says:

    Today I used a bike pump to dust out my Xbox. It worked about as well as air duster but free!

    • Emily says:

      Hubby and I had a date night in by using a gift card for take-out, and used a coupon from email to stretch our gift card farther.

  • Jess Todd says:

    I have a sick (tummy bug) toddler and I’m in the middle of potty training my 2 year old. My oldest had a meeting tonight and the other 2 had extra homework compared to a regular Friday night. On top of all that my husband had to work a couple of hours late tonight. I REALLY wanted to order pizza. I haven’t been to the grocery store in almost 2 weeks so we’re running low on almost everything. I looked at our pantry, freezer and decided that I could make dinner here instead. It wasn’t anyone’s favorite but we ate and hopefully I’ll be able to make it to the store tomorrow.

  • Donna Brueggeman says:

    I need laundry detergent and went to CVS -used a .50cent plus a 25% off. Got it for under 2Dollars.

  • Jenna says:

    I used the register coupons from Target.

  • Jenna says:

    For a fun treat, we took our family of five swimming tonight for only $6 total (because it was cheap night!). We never pay
    full price for swimming at our local pool but rather choose to go only on cheap night.

  • Mindy says:

    Today I downloaded Ibotta and Savingstar and submitted my first receipt for a free item, along with getting today’s free Friday from Kroger. 🙂

  • Kim R. says:

    I’m trying to free up some freezer space in order to have space for some freezer meals. This will come in handy for my upcoming hip surgery next month. We’ve saved a lot this week just eating out of our freezer. It’s a win/win!

  • Brandy says:

    Redeemed the balance that was on my SavingsCatcher gift card from Walmart that I had accumulated.

  • Janice Harris says:

    I needed to make flash cards to help my son prepare for a test. When I was going through my kids’ past years completed school work, I saved all of their old used flash cards. Since there was still plenty of white space on the cards, I just re-used them, using bright marker to add the new facts. I probably won’t be able to use them a third time but two times is still saving money.

  • Amber says:

    I was out running errands way past dinnertime, and decided to wait to eat at home rather than pick up dinner somewhere.

  • Amanda says:

    I went with my family to a community Halloween party at a park–free entertainment!

  • Ellen says:

    I signed my toddler up for the Toys R Us birthday club and they sent me a $5 off coupon since it’s getting close to his birthday. I went there today and bought him a birthday present and had them price match with amazon which saved me $2.50, I used the $5 off coupon and a $5 gift card I earned using Bing rewards, making it a great deal!

  • Heidi says:

    We had rib eye steaks that I got for a quarter!!! TWO for a quarter! Clearance plus great coupon equaled to the single best meat deal I’ve scored to date! We enjoyed the “meats” of our labor today. 😉

  • Sarah G says:

    My husband gave me a hair trim… Scary, I know 🙂 but he did a great job.

  • Jody says:

    Today I FINALLY got around to using the ingredients I’d bought almost a year ago to make my own foundation, blush, and bronzer! It was way faster than I thought it would be, it actually looks good on and saved me a good chunk of money!

  • Meg says:

    Hubby and I both played a game on facebook for groupon coupon of $5 off and saved an extra $10 ontop of the 1/2 off price groupon already was running on wristbands to our local pumpkin patch for next weekend. Kids cant wait and I’m thrilled we could go for the wristbands that include all the activities they have instead of the basic tickets we’ve always done before.

  • Chelsea says:

    Today I saved by getting to the restaurant for date night with my hubby 10 min before happy hour was over and saving almost half off regular menu ( :

  • Susan says:

    Had the grandchildren with me today and instead of having an expensive day out, grandpa took our grandson fishing (totally free!) and he caught more fish then he could count, best memory he could have! Meanwhile I took our granddaughter to the park, with a pick-nick lunch she got to help make and pack, and then rounded her night off with watercolor painting (great deal on water colors during back to school!) and finger nail fun (paid with ecb from doing cvs surveys) All and all a pretty great memory making day with the grandchildren!

  • Tia Robertson says:

    I saved today by planning all of next weeks meals strictly from our freezers, balanced the checkbook and found an error (which I quickly corrected to save us from over drafting- we’re on Dave Ramsey’s plan, so every dollar has a name, but a mathematical error put us in the red! whew! $35 saved), I signed up for Bill-Pay through my bank, and they’re going to pay ME $20 for doing so, and I bought two DVDs on Amazon we’ve been wanting for months (but couldn’t afford new), used for $3 each with Prime shipping! Homemade baked beans for dinner with ka-bobs bought on closeout yesterday, and made my own pumpkin spice latte to ring in the weekend! Great day!

  • Rachel says:

    My husband and I split an entrée to make date night cheaper!

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  • Su says:

    Today I saved two ways. One, by taking the kids to the library for books instead of buying them. Two, I saved by packing our lunch for when we had to go an hour away for a very long doctor appointment. I knew everyone would be ready for lunch when we were done–so, I packed it instead of stopping somewhere out to eat. thx

  • Lauren says:

    I saved today by going to target getting 2 tampons and four bottles of axe and three bottles of styling gel for $6!! I could have saved more but I wanted a large axe!! Great savings!!!

  • Gina M says:

    I saved by turning both of our AC/Heat units OFF in our house. We are enjoying the mild temperatures with windows open during the day, and snuggling in blankets at night!

  • Lisa says:

    We are saving money today by staying at home and doing work ourselves instead of paying someone else to do it for us.

  • Ruth says:

    My husband called from work to see if we needed anything from the store. He needed to buy some food since he is watching the kids tonight. He saved us a trip to the store by going to Aldi.

  • Andrea Tindall says:

    I took the time to stop at the grocery store before work to pick up lunch instead of going out with coworkers.

  • Jennifer says:

    I wear glasses, and I have an expensive pair of sunglasses that fit over them- this was cheaper than buying a separate pair of prescription sunglasses and has worked wonderfully for me.

    However, a couple of weeks ago, my sunglasses were on the floor in my purse at a ballet studio (we were fitting Nutcracker costumes). One little ballerina accidentally stepped on my purse and snapped an arm on my glasses midway.

    At first I thought I would have to buy another pair- an expense I don’t need!
    After some thought, I decided to try the nerd approach of taping the arm. I used clear packing tape as a trail. It worked perfectly! If anyone has even noticed the patch job, no one has mentioned it. I have some black duct tape that I am planning to use today to camouflage the repair even more.

    I have dark hair, and I wear the sun glasses every day but not constantly, so I am very happy with this “save”.

  • Tamara says:

    Actually, a stranger at the grocery store helped me save today. As my items were being checked a lady approached and offered me a store coupon for $10.00! that she couldn’t use before the expiration date. Ten dollars! That, plus two store coupons I had for free items we definitely will use saved me sixteen dollars off my bill! What a nice surprise from the stranger! I believe she will be blessed in some way for blessing another person!

  • amanda says:

    I am out of town. I ate the free breakfast this morning in the hotel instead of going out to eat for breakfast with the rest of the group. Also last night when they went out to a pricey restaurant, I walked to the local subway.

  • We were out of the house for a doctor’s appointment. It would have been easier to eat lunch out, but we came home and made a quick lunch instead.

  • Danielle Williams says:

    We packed snacks for our trip instead of stopping at a gas station

  • Sarah says:

    I have been using Shop Kick and today earned enough points for a 25$ gift card! I have only been using it for two weeks and plan on using it for Christmas shopping.

  • Jennifer says:

    We had a muffin exchange with our church small group!

  • Katherine says:

    I double checked a couple coupon apps after grocery shopping and was able to get $1 worth of rebates on things I would have bought anyways.

  • Tabitha Miller says:

    We ate leftovers 🙂

  • Pam says:

    I took the time today to return items to the store that I wouldn’t be using. Got back almost $20. 🙂

  • Emily Nielsen says:

    We were out of town all week so we don’t have much in the fridge. But we made do with what we have instead of running to the store!

  • Amy Correnti says:

    I bought our favorite brand of hotdogs BOGO and frozen 8 packages. My husband laughed when he opened the freezer door but I hate paying full price. They should last us until the next BOGO sale.

  • Angela says:

    I have signed up for the Meijer rewards, we get a point for every prescription we fill at their pharmacy and once we get 5 points we get $10 off our grocery purchase!

  • Keri says:

    No eating out or picking up take-out food for us this weekend-we’re preparing all our meals at home!

  • I pitted olives that I had gleaned!

  • Connie C. says:

    I started working on planning my next freezer cooking session – gathering recipes, jotting down what I need to pick up, etc.

  • Lachelle says:

    I save by making homemade pizza instead of buying some.

  • Cindy says:

    Washing the van at home instead of going to the car-wash!

  • Jessie says:

    I went to Kohls and hit every clearance area in the store. After clearance prices and a coupon, I was able to purchase 5 gifts and a hat for myself. I purchased $240 worth of stuff for $56!

  • toshia low says:

    Today I saved by makeing my own laundry soap:)

  • Amand Ferguson says:

    I got some old kids clothes washed and ironed so I can sell them to the local kids consignment store 🙂

  • Deana says:

    We made 1 1/2 dozen mini donuts for breakfast instead of buying them.

  • Shradz says:

    I saved by using coupons and online deals :)))

  • Beth S. says:

    We used coupons for free cheese dip and dessert at our favorite Mexican restaurant last night!

  • Jackie H. says:

    I made homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast instead of buying them!

  • Jessica says:

    I went to the mall with my sisters and made sure they used a coupon at every store! They don’t like to coupon for themselves, but love when I help them!

  • Susan in St. Louis says:

    I saved by staying home and not spending one single dime! 🙂

  • Laura W. says:

    We decided to eat in last night even though we were both exhausted. My son’s school has a program at school where you can order food once a month and the school gets to keep some of the proceeds (Market Day). Then we have more options on hand to eat, from pre-cooked fish to chicken fries! I am going to order from them again, and get more items to keep our freezer stocked. 🙂

  • Kim from Philadelphia says:

    I’m the person in our office who coordinated a baked good birthday treat. I baked a homemade cake- vanilla with chocolate frosting. To make prep easier I bake in a 9×13 pan instead of 2 layers.
    Most expensive ingredient is butter, which I either buy on sale or in bulk at Costco.
    I also have a stash of pretty paper plates from
    The Dollar Store

  • Lisa Doget says:

    We made a week of the freezer friendly breakfast burritos and soup from the crock pot..saved a bunch from eating out or buying pre-made items!!

  • Charlee says:

    I saved money today by putting some odds and ends together to make a chili for dinner instead of heading out to the grocery store.

  • Katie says:

    I need a new winter coat so I’m searching for a coupon.

  • Melissa says:

    I carpooled with another mom to my son’s field trip at the apple orchard.

  • Amanda says:

    I shopped at Aldi!

  • We have an agreement with my husband’s grandma that he cuts her lawn and in exchange, we can do our laundry there. So yesterday we did laundry and I made a very detailed grocery list to prep for shopping this week!

  • nooreen says:

    I saved today by using leftover taco meat as one of the toppings on home made pizza.

  • Susan says:

    I made pancakes for breakfast from scratch which costs a lot less than pre-made baking mix and tastes better!

  • Katie T says:

    I saved today by helping with a workshop at work & being offered a FREE meal, chips, drink, and dessert in return for helping. And to my pleasant surprise, at the end of the event, there were leftover boxed lunches, so I was able to bring home TWO for my husband. SCORE!

  • Kim Peveto says:

    I started adding water to the whole milk I buy and it really makes it go further plus you are getting less calories-double win!

  • Cheryl Rogers says:

    We used coconut flour and coconut oil to fry some chicken coated with egg and the flour and turned it into a chicken nuggets. It saved us money from not running to McDs!

  • Sheila says:

    I stuck to my list and plan while grocery shopping!

  • Jeana Weng says:

    We two kinds of chili with beans we cooked from scratch, so much cheaper than canned beans!

  • Ashley says:

    We saved by buying in bulk on our shopping trip. 🙂

  • Christie says:

    i made lunch out of leftovers instead of running to a drivethru

  • Kara says:

    We had a busy week and I knew we’d have lots of lunches out. So we bought a whole bunch of bread, apples, peanut butter and jelly. Not the most exciting lunches, but we saved a ton by brown bagging it.

  • Kaylee says:

    I picked up three of my Free Friday downloads from Kroger yesterday

  • Kendra says:

    Found leftover paper plates, napkins, etc. from a past party that I saved instead of going out and buying anything new for my birthday party today. The only thing we bought for the party is food and we used coupons on some items! 😀

  • Mrs. S says:

    Ordered from epantry using a credit! We have some severe allergies in our house and epantry carries one of the (few) brands we can safely use!

  • Cindy says:

    I got a $10 off $10 coupon from one of my favorite stores in the mail today. It doesn’t expire until 12/31 so I have officially started my collection of store coupons that I will couple with earned rewards from survey sites, etc. to keep Christmas shopping costs down. Last year was our lowest holiday spending in at least 10 years and I plan to do it again!

  • mama murrey says:

    I sent my husband to the grocery store instead of going along. I don’t even want to estimate what we saved.

  • Andrea says:

    I used store credit to buy books for my kids rather than spending cash on them. Bonus – encouraging my boys to read for the love of it!

  • Sarah says:

    I sold some stuff at a community garage sale and am going to use the profits for my Christmas shopping!

  • Charity says:

    I made homemade pizza instead of ordering out.

  • Kathryne says:

    We are eating from the pantry/freezer for the weekend instead of running out to go grocery shopping when things are looking low.

  • Crissie says:

    I used coupons when grocery shopping today!

  • marcie says:

    washed my own car

  • Carol says:

    made my own bread

  • Lisa Kohlmaier says:

    Whole Foods is having a 20% off their bulk bins. I went and bought enough beans to last awhile since it’s getting chillier weather to make soups and chili!

  • Laura says:

    I joined a local bartering group! I’m excited for the chance to exchange my writing and editing skills for some work we need done around our house.

  • Christa says:

    I stocked up on Target diaper deal this week!

  • Deanna says:

    Made bread yesterday and had some for breakfast! Cheap and so yummy!

  • Crystal Radovanovic says:

    I was so happy to make a warm breakfast of homemade biscuits, scrambled eggs, grapefruit, and coffee (thank God for coffee!!!) for my little family! With a 9 week baby in tow, this was not an easy task, but glad to be able to do a little more each week!

  • Barb says:

    Stayed home!! And while cleaning I discovered some bins to use in new ways while continuing to organize. Now, I do not need to buy more!

  • Judy Clear says:

    We saved money by staying in today instead of going shopping & out for lunch.

  • Marisa says:

    I opened the windows in the morning and cooled the house down quite a bit so i didn’t have to turn on the ac until mid afternoon. Yes, it’s still hot enough in Texas for the ac!

  • Jessica says:

    We saved money by packing a lunch when we went to my sons’ baseball games this morning – our sandwiches, carrot sticks, apple slices and pretzels were much cheaper than concession fare, and probably more healthy too! Plus, since we have never purchased food at the concession stand, my kids don’t even ask for it – that could get expensive quick.

  • Robin Y says:

    Resale shop for my bows for our family portrait. Getting outfits & accessories together for pictures can be a budget buster!

  • Julie says:

    I saved $30.92 (41%) on my grocery bill at Payless (Kroger) – the savings were from using their e-coupons and store coupons that were mailed to me and shopping their current ad for specials. I got a box of Triscuits free and a package of Temptations tumblers free for my cats this trip. My total bill was $43.41.

  • Margy R says:

    We saved money by eating all our meals at home today!

  • Jen says:

    Saved using m-perks and starting on the christmas list!

  • I am making pumpkin puree from pumpkins we grew. We’ll freeze it and use it instead of canned pumpkin for the next year.

  • Jodi says:

    Eating all meals at home!

  • Amy B says:

    I’m looking for good deals on dress up clothes for my daughter’s Christmas present, and I found a princess dress at the thrift store for $1 this morning!

  • sarah o. says:

    We used the leftover roasted chicken from earlier in the week to make chicken tacos for lunch. Which we enjoyed after riding our bikes to the park instead of taking the car so we could save gas.

  • Natalie Schroeder says:

    I saved today by going for a run with my dog instead of having a gym membership.

  • Sarah Nicholson says:

    We saved money today by watching documentaries on Netflix instead of getting a movie from Redbox!

  • Kim says:

    I saved $20 at Target today by shopping clearance items and using coupons on clearance items, along with my grocery list. I also left coupons I was not going to use around the store for people to save some $$ themselves too. 🙂

  • Lana says:

    We ate breakfast and lunch at the cabin we were at in the Virginia mountains instead of going out.

  • Brenna says:

    I bought a baby shower gift @ Gordman’s & used a $10 off coupon instead of paying full price.

  • Jen says:

    We saved by purchasing next year’s summer gear (as gifts) for 70% off!!

  • Amom2 says:

    Today I saved by going early for my oil change to get the discounted best price in town, plus I was able to make a costume needed for one of my children with what I had on hand. 🙂

  • Bridget says:

    I saved money today by slicing up some roasts I had in the freezer and making home made beef jerky.

  • Karen Hejka says:

    I saved by making meatloaf and buying the meat on sale and also stretching the meat by adding extra oatmeal,milk,egg to it to make a bigger meatloaf.

  • Christine W. says:

    Making all my own Christmas presents with the yarn I’ve collected over the years: Hats, shrugs, scarves, etc.

  • Jenny says:

    We saved today by visiting our px’s toyland opening. They had face painting, a movie playing and a coloring contest for the kids. Free weekend fun.

  • Laura says:

    I saved at least $45 today by taking my own pictures of my kids’ soccer teams instead of signing up to purchase them from the professional photographer. I stand a bit to the side and snap my own pictures when they are all nicely lined up (I’m unobtrusive, silent, and quick!) – with 3 kids at $15+ apiece, it would be a lot of money if you pay for team pictures every season!

  • Crystal says:

    Today was an expensive day since I bought glasses, but I did save 20% by paying for my glasses with cash. I also got my Swagbucks goal of 80 and earned with Bing (40). I love that Bing is offering double earning over the weekend : )

  • L YOUNG says:

    We made our own bb gun targets by printing them out on the computer and shooting into phone books. I think my hubby enjoyed it more than the boys! lol

  • Cynthia says:

    I got a movie at the library for our movie date night this week. Along with homemade popcorn and two $0.97 candies from Walmart my total is less than $3 for our ‘date.’

  • TikiKrissy says:

    I saved gas money by planning to run all my errands tomorrow instead of going out today and tomorrow, and deposited my husband’s paycheck via the app from our credit union instead of driving to the ATM to deposit it.

  • sara wood says:

    I saved today by washing my car at home instead of going to the car wash.

  • Melissa D. says:

    When flying today, I priced out the different options for lunch instead of buying at the closest.

  • Renee Anderson says:

    We bought and cooked a whole chicken from traders joes today and plan to use the extras to cook up some yummy soup for lunches this week.

  • Mandi R says:

    We saved money today because I checked facebook to see if the pumpkin patch had a facebook page before we went. They did and if you shared and liked a picture they had posted you got 5 dollars off your total purchase at the patch.

  • Vanessa says:

    We used a gift card to have a “date night” lunch. I picked it up while I was out running errands, and we enjoyed a meal together at our kitchen table while our baby napped 🙂

  • Jennifer Flachner says:

    I bought my teenage daughter a brand new pair of sandals at a garage sale for$1.00!!!

  • Angie says:

    We had errands to run today after breakfast and I knew that we would be having a late lunch (we were not eating out) so we saved by taking apples for everyone and we used a Starbucks gift card we were given to ‘buy’ some hot chocolate and lattes for us for a snack to get us through until lunch!

  • Cara says:

    Saved by making our own delicious iced coffee for a fraction of the cost (and calories!) of a coffeehouse version.

  • Kindra says:

    We threw all of our juicing and table scraps to our chickens. They eat what’s edible, walk and put their droppings on the rest, and the scraps quickly turn into a beautiful compost that goes back to the garden.

  • Susie says:

    I saved by watching as my grocery items were scanned – .59/pound bananas were accidentally typed in as white peaches….and nearly cost me $7+ instead of a buck fifty!

  • Paula says:

    I took a crockpot meal out of my freezer and we had beef brisket and mashed potatoes and squash–yum!

  • Shelley says:

    We saved by going to the local schools fall festival and we enjoyed some free face painting and jump house fun!

  • Bonnie witte says:

    I saved today by taking my kids to a church workday instead of having a sitter watch them and making our meals at home.

  • Lydia says:

    Saved money today by making my own iced coffee…it’s better than store bought anyway! 🙂

  • Megan says:

    I ate dinner at my parent’s house. No cooking for me!

  • Melissa says:

    I saved by making all our meals instead of going the easy route this evening and getting pizza!

  • Sam says:

    I saved today by saving my sanity and having lunch with a friend from college. We went to Panera with 5 kids ages 3 and under and managed to have a fun time.

  • Shere says:

    I saved today using all my rebate/cash back apps while shopping!

    I will be earning $1 cash back from ibotta and also another $1 from snap for buying 2 bertolli meals, these also had a $1/2 coupon put out by my local grocery store so I saved even more!

    I also should be getting 70cents back from shopmium for buying crayola crayons,

    and I earned 25 cents each back on buying bananas and apples with checkout 51!

  • Betty Berger says:

    I saved over $40 at Target!!! I bought items on sale, then used cartwheel, target mobile, target coupons AND manufacturers coupons!!! I <3 TARGET!!!

  • Anissa says:

    By planning ahead I was able to only eat out only one time during my annual weekend girlfriend trip!

  • juli says:

    I saved money by donating a lot of unused household items and clothing for a tax deduction and cleaned my home.

  • Amanda C says:

    I saved today by making my son’s construction-themed birthday cake with a little kit from Amazon , rather than ordering one from the store. I was so proud of myself!

  • Lisa says:

    We saved money today by riding the motorcycle instead of driving the car. We also packed our lunch instead of eating out.

  • Heidi says:

    We spent $2 at Walmart on a snack instead of going out to dinner while we were out of the house for 7 hours. We ate left-overs when we came home.

  • Sue D says:

    Today we saved money by taking advantage of a one day only sale on battery chargers my husband wanted.

  • SooJin says:

    We saved by taking advantage of a sale at the shoe store (my son’s feet are growing SO quickly, he keeps outgrowing his shoes!)

  • Kandace says:

    We had my son’s birthday party and instead of going the easy route with catered food and a bakery cake, we made chili and tortilla soup and my husband decorated the cake. We also used the Fiesta bowls we had instead of buying disposable. Everything was a hit!

  • Rosalyn R says:

    I spent $12.55 today for 10 cans of soup, 3 cans of diced tomatoes, a box of Cheerios, a box of Kix, a box of Triscuts, a 20 oz Mtn Dew, and a snickers!!
    Go me! 🙂

  • Abby says:

    I got the winter clothes I needed for my kids at a mom to mom sale at our church. These sales are amazing its where parents can sell all thier gently used clothes and parents like me can save tons of money!!! I got my daughter 6 winter outfits and my 7 year old 5 pairs of barely worn pants for 30 dollars!!! Oh and my daughter the cutest snow pants for 1.75!!!

  • JESSICA C says:

    I used a $10 reward at JC Penney to buy a toy for my daughters and wound up only spending $2.16 out of pocket!

  • Brooke says:

    I shopped from the fabric remnants section at Hobby Lobby today. I got what I need to make a teething protector for my son’s crib for less than $2.

  • Tracy Harper says:

    I saved today by using several coupons at Target along with my Pharmacy Rewards 5% off shopping day and 5% off with my Target REDcard!

  • Leanne says:

    Today instead of getting my $5 venti iced mocha at Starbucks I got the espresso and syrup only ($2) and added the milk & ice when I got home 🙂

  • Shealyn says:

    Our kids broke the plug on the vacuum. I thought we were going to have to head to the store and fork out money for a new one (while on a college budget for 6). A quick call to the hardware store, and I found out you can buy plugs and rewire the cord. For only a couple of bucks we had our vacuum up and running!

  • Susan Neuhauser says:

    We went to the church thrift store today; my daughter got 2 very nice dresses and a sweater, I got jeans and a shirt for my grandson and 11 books (for me), and my grandson got a toy: for $4.10! 😀

  • Sissy Sweet says:

    My son’s work pant’s had a hole in the knee and lost the button closure at the wait band. So I showed my son how to sew a button on, and how to patch a hole in the knee. Those pants have a lot of life left in them, and since he works construction, these pants are fine.

    The best part was spending some time with my son, and teaching him a new skill. <3

  • Mindy says:

    Today I saved by choosing to take an extra shift at work over the trip to New York I was torn on attending. Instead of spending a lot of money I don’t have right now, I chose to earn some more instead 🙂 It was a rainy, gloomy day anyway!

  • Cris says:

    Used groupon gift cards earned thru swagbucks to buy 2 movie tickets paying only $1 oop for both. As a bonus went thru swagbucks to get the groupon which will earn me credit!

  • Jill K says:

    I made a beef stew using reduced beef and garden veggies. Yum!

  • Sara D. says:

    We went camping with my sons Cub Scout troop (free to use since the township has open space free to groups) for entertainment. While there my boys borrowed a pack tent (saved money buying one). The tent ended up getting a puncture hole. We thought we were going to have to buy a new one until we calmed down and thought out what we would do if it were out tent. We managed to get a tent repair kit for under $10 at a sporting goods store and repaired the puncture. It would have been easy to let emotion overcome us and just go buy a tent but we think we taught all four of the kids that a level head makes better financial choices.

  • Ashley Bean says:

    I was one of the people who helped you with that credit. I got my first order and referred a few people too, so I’m going to place my free order soon. I’m very impressed with their customer service and prices. They are my go-to site for Mrs Meyers products now. =] MUCH cheaper than amazon and even Target’s sale prices. That’s so good of you to share your free order too. I saved today by putting together leftovers for a hodgepodge supper instead of take out. We’re hoping to make it til Wednesday before we need to go grocery shopping so we can combine 2 trips into one, saving gas $.

  • Alecia Wimer says:

    We ate left-overs for lunch, after church, instead of going to the Chinese buffet. We are a family of six, so we did really save!

  • Jennifer says:

    Headed to Publix and scoured the new coupon booklet to find a few great deals for just pennies.

  • Brandy Fisk says:

    We used a rebate for a plastic tub I needed and I used a $20 gift card i earned for taking surveys for all my husband’s work supplies for the week.

  • Sarah Stocks says:

    I saved today by planning my meals ahead and scoring some good deals on beef a few weeks ago. Putting them in my freezer to make later n is a great wy to go.

  • Mary says:

    I saved by getting the Free case of spring water from Staples!!! Which made me really happy and excited b/c my dh will ONLY drink SPRING water!!! LOL

  • Melissa Miller says:

    Instead of stopping and getting fast food on our way home from our very long camping trip, we stopped at a rest stop and had sandwiches.

  • Amanda says:

    We had a garage sale

  • Kim says:

    Went to the book sale at my local library. Got a whole bunch of kid and adult books for just a few dollars.

  • Anne says:

    I got a new job this week and have to buy all new clothes, as this is business professional and I’ve been at a job that has always accommodated clothes. I took advantage of a friend having a yard sale this weekend and knowing she is my size, I went over there and bought about 15 pair of dress pants, 30 or so shirts, 3 jacket/blazers for $100!!! All in like new condition and some with tags still on them!!

  • l bryant says:

    Earlier in the week I brought a bag of clothes from my fathers house to a local charity thrift store that helps adult with learning disabilities. I am on a first name basis with the two store managers and we often share what is going on in our daily lives. I explained that I was trying to locate blue jeans for my son in a particular size and cut. She told me that she had just received a large donation of the type of jeans I needed. She was planning on putting them out the next day. I could not get there until Friday and she offered to put the size I needed aside until then. I was able to purchase 5 pairs of name brand jeans at $1.99 each.

  • Ines says:

    I prepare a diner for my family of 7 for $5, and it’s looks good… (1 bag of lentilles+ 3 oignons+ 3 sausages + 1 can of tomatoe past)

  • Michele R. says:

    We needed more checks from the bank but the price to purchase them through the bank was crazy. I went online and saved about 50% by ordering them from another site. About 5 minutes of research save us about $20!!

  • Melissa Hallam says:

    I made the main dish for small group from scratch. cost < $20, but I really wanted to order out beef rolls from a pizza place $60. 😀

  • Laura says:

    I saved today by using the $10 off $10 purchase at JcPenny (received in the mail) to buy my daughter new shoes!

  • Jean says:

    Purchased a set of towels at Ross – 2 of everything for only $30! Oh, the brand was Nautica.

  • Mary says:

    Today we used free batteries from Harbor Freight in my son’s leappad, and then came home from a very late football game and had Cheerios (double coupons!) for supper, even though I was DYING to drive through somewhere since tomorrow will also be a long, rough day. It was late, but the kids were troopers and nobody complained! Yay!

  • I saved money today by not actually buying anything.

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