New Feature on Money Saving Homeschool Mom

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The image above can be found on the right side of the page, scrolling down a bit. Clicking on individual words or icons within the image takes you directly to those posts!

For example, are you looking for free stuff? Click on “Free Stuff” and all of the freebie posts will be brought up! How about just free music? Click on the word “music” in the image! All of the free music posts will be listed for you without searching for them!

Looking for coupons? Click on the icons to be taken to them!

Or do you want to learn how to be a couponing pro? Click “Couponing 101″ to get started!

Earn Money at Home with Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars is one of many ways to make money online. The easiest, quickest, and simplest way to make money online using Inbox Dollars is by clicking links in e-mails they send you, and they usually send about 4-7 e-mails per day.


You can also take surveys, play games, and shop through Inbox Dollars. Also, you will receive $5 just for signing up! You get paid $0.02 per e-mail. While that is not much, it does add up.

I have been a member for about five months and I have already accumulated about $8. I think that’s great for just clicking on links in e-mails. Also, I have not done this consistently, just when I have a little extra time.  Payout is at $30.

Overall, I recommend Inbox Dollars as a quick and easy way to earn money from home. You can go HERE to sign-up.

It’s OK to Take a Break

When life gets overwhelming and something needs to take a back burner, make a list of priorities in order and mark through the last couple on your list. A few years ago, I had to take a break from couponing:

It all started with one week that didn’t seem to have many good deals. So I didn’t shop that week. I was fine with that since I had been building my stockpile since January. I still bought my usual four Sunday papers though so I would have the coupons for the next week.

Well, the next week came along and I didn’t feel like shopping then either. Maybe it was because I saw how well we had gotten along the previous week without shopping. Maybe it was just a couponing burnout. I’m not sure.

Anyway, whatever the reason, it lasted another few weeks, all the while I was still getting usual four Sunday papers for the coupons. Then I was looking at the ads for the week of Mother’s Day. I saw some great ads and planned to go shopping that week. But I told myself the shopping would have to wait until I had all my coupons cut and sorted and my coupon binder up to date. I was certain that I would be able to go shopping closer to the end of the week.

That didn’t happen. I went to the Emergency Room with a gallbladder attack the Monday after Mother’s Day. Ugh. I had surgery to remove my gallbladder and now all is well and I am steadily recovering.

But, while I was in the hospital… ALL of my ExtraBucks EXPIRED!!! Around $30 worth! I felt like kicking myself. Major disappointment to say the least.

Then, a couple days ago, I received an e-mail from the CVS Advisor Panel asking me to take a survey. I readily took it, knowing that if I qualified and completed the survey that I could earn up to $15 ExtraCare Bucks; and if I took it but didn’t qualify to complete it, I would still receive at least a couple ECB’s.

I qualified and completed the survey!! I earned $15 ExtraCare Bucks! This definitely softened the blow of losing about $30 ECB’s!

I knew this was the time to get back in the game of couponing. I was still recovering from surgery and that consisted mostly of resting so I definitely had the time to organize my inches thick stack of coupon inserts that had been piling up the past few weeks.

So that is was I have been doing this past week: cleaning out my coupon binder (was completely sad about the amount that had expired), sorting and cutting weeks worth of coupon inserts, and filling my coupon binder back up with the new coupons it has missed so much.

I admit that I do have a few more coupons to file, but since there won’t be any new coupons this upcoming week, I know I can get that done without the worry of getting behind again.

So, the moral to this long, long story? It’s OK to take a break!! Yes, coupons will expire. Yes, you may lose ExtraCare Bucks or other free money printed from the register. But it’s ok. There will be new coupons next week, and the next week, and the next week. ExtraCare Bucks can be earned again. The deals will still be there. Life will still go on.

Earn Money at Home with SurveySpot

SurveySpot is my one of my favorite survey companies and a great way to earn a little extra cash.


After signing up with SurveySpot, they will send you survey’s by e-mail. Each survey you qualify for and complete will earn you points ranging from 50-500 points. After accumulating 1000 points, you can trade them in for $10, either by check or automatic deposit into PayPal. The PayPal deposit is instant and I definitely recommend that.

I have found that accumulating 1000 points does not take very long at all. I average about $10-$20 a month with SurveySpot.

Earn Money at Home with Pinecone Research

Pinecone Research is my absolute favorite survey company! You are qualified to take every survey they send, so you never have to worry about wasting time qualifying for the survey before you take it.

pineconeYou will be rewarded with $3 for every survey you complete. Pinecone Research also sends products for you to test as well. These are few and far between, but are quality products that you would normally use.

Pinecone Research has changed the way they pay recently. For each survey you complete, you receive 300 points. You can either save up your points and use them to purchase an item from their store, or trade them in for $3 deposited into your PayPal account.

Earn ExtraBucks with CVS Advisor Panel

So, every few months I will receive an e-mail from CVS asking me to take a survey about CVS. The program is actually called CVS Advisor Panel and you can learn more about it HERE.

Basically, CVS will e-mail you surveys to take about your experiences with CVS and in return you can earn ExtraCare Bucks! If you take the survey, but do not qualify to finish it, you will not earn anything. But if you qualify and complete the survey you can earn up to $15 ECB! You will need to have a CVS ExtraCare card, but those are free!

I was just offered a survey a couple days ago and I qualified for it and completed it and I earned $15 ECB for a survey that only took about 30 minutes!

So sign up for the CVS Advisor Panel HERE!!


Save on Concessions at the Movie Theater

Getting popcorn and a drink are a part of going to the movies for my family. Movie theater concessions are also one of the most marked up items. Ever.

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To help you save on the must-have popcorn and drinks, theaters send out coupons! Just sign up below and coupons will be e-mailed to you, usually once per week:

Also, be sure to check your local movie theaters website, if they have one. They may offer discounts as well.

What movies have you seen recently?