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Cut Corners to Save Money

Updated on July 16, 2017

After Being Laid off We Went from 2 Incomes to 1

I had no choice but to become a more frugal person when I was laid off. Sure, I collected my unemployment checks for 10 weeks but that wasn't enough to help us make ends meet.

I began doing surveys online to earn extra money. Many of my afternoons were spent earning gift cards for eating out and making enough money to get a check in the mail. Sometimes boring, sometimes not, but even this little bit helps when you are in a pinch.

Coupon clipping became a necessity. Online coupons sites and our weekly Red Plum sales paper that we got in the mail were suddenly more important than ever before.

I quit spending money on expensive cleaning products by making my own. A little bleach, a little dish washing detergent in a spray bottle worked just fine.

Don't go grocery shopping when you are hungry. I also realized that I had to retrain my husband. He was used to throwing in all kinds of expensive brands and this could no longer be done. I'm sure many of you ladies agree. Husbands are no help while grocery shopping, except for loading them in the car. Sorry guys, you just got ribbed.

Saving our change also was a necessity so save we did. The last time I counted our change we had $85.00.

My writing also paid off. At one point I earned $500.00 in one month. Article writing websites like Textbroker and HubPages helped tremendously. I did this for the next 5 years! I have a new goal. My online writing earnings are going to be set aside for Christmas and that's a fact.


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The Penny Hoarder has Lots of Ideas to Earn Extra Money

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Walmart Savings Catcher

Make use of the Walmart Savings Catcher program at the following link:

It's so easy to save money by shopping at Walmart. Join the Walmart Savings Catcher program. Walmart compares the cost of the products you purchase with prices at other stores and you get back the difference. Right now I have around $50.00 saved up on my gift card. Just join at the website above, enter the TC numbers and date you shopped in the appropriate areas and within a couple of days Walmart will send you an email telling you how much money you've saved.

Ibotta, a Rebate Company to Help Earn Money

I hope that you will take a few moments to check out My daughter shared ibotta with me because she uses it to earn extra money. More than 300 stores participate in this program. You can earn cash back rewards by completing tasks so before you go on your weekly grocery shopping trip, go to ibotta and complete the tasks to earn rebates for certain products that you purchase.

Complete tasks, go shopping at participating stores such as Walmart, Walgreen, Target and many others and take photos of your receipts using the ibotta app. Participating stores such as Walmart, Walgreen, Target and many more, use ibotta's rebates to help you earn money. If the products you've purchased are on their rebate list Ibotta gives you a rebate within a couple of days. You can earn gift cards from Amazon, Best Buy and more, or have it deposited in your pay pal account. You also earn money for referring a friend.

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    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I was not aware that it was that humid in your area. I really feel for you. Up here in the northwest corner of Alabama and the highest up here last summer was 102 degrees and when the thunder/electric storms roll in and leave, the humidity is bad that outside feels much like a sauna.

      Hmmm. Maybe I can use this to my weight-loss advantage.

      But Destin, I love that place. Wish that when I pass away, I could be buried there for the beach at night is quiet and so peaceful that the only things you hear are the waves crashing into the beach.

      And back to my birdhouse shop, I have to buy two pieces of equipment and then fill my current orders.

      But do keep on writing these amazing hubs.

      Your Friend Forever!

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      Susan Sullenberger 5 months ago from Lakeland

      Kenneth, life is hot in Lakeland. Dumb question- not! The temps have been in the mid 90's and it's so humid you can barely breath. Then in the afternoon the thunder storms roll in. Great beach days but we live between Tampa and Orlando so trips are far and few between. Have a great time with your outdoor work. God Bless, Susieq52

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      Kenneth Avery 5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Hello. How is life in Lakeland? That was a dumb question. Sorry.

      Thank you so much for the following--I shall send you a personalized 'thank you' note in the days ahead, but right now, I am swamped with various outside projects. To use an older term, "my dance card is full." LoL.

      But do write me at anytime. I will reply to you, but do keep on publishing these helpful hubs that are needed by a lot of people.

      God bless you, susieq52.

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      Susan Sullenberger 5 months ago from Lakeland

      Thanks for visiting. I'm happy to meet you and enjoy reading your hubs.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, susieq52,

      Nice work. And great advice whether we are employed or not.

      I urge everyone to look at this hub as a "must read."

      Keep up the tremendous work.

      Write soon.