Last week I ran twice. I LOVE running, but I have not been doing much of it. I was thinking the other day about it and I think I’ve figured out a possible reason. Besides being LAZY ha! Running is an outlet for me, much like it is for the majority of those who run. The thing is though, I have nothing in my life right now that really causes stress. I haven’t had those urges of “I have to go run right now or I will lose it.” We used to have those moments all the time in my previous job and if I didn’t go run I would’ve blown up. I am so grateful to not feel those moments anymore or come home crying every day, but honestly I do miss running. It’s hard and I’ll be the first to admit that once you are out of it for so long, it is ALWAYS hard to get back in. If you know me, I’ve been trying for like 3 years ha! But what I can say is, I love that it is always there as an option. It’s something I can do anywhere at anytime and that is a blessing that I will never take for granted. I know it will all come back as I’m really debating signing up for a half marathon, but I’m waiting for after January before I register, just to make sure I know where I’ll be in life.
It’s been cold, so I took full advantage of the treadmill.
Another day I ran and finished at 5:30pm and it was already dark, so I just did a short run.
Q: What motivates you?
Q: What does running mean to you?
As I have more free time on my hands, I have had time to really look into things that help make life easier when looking to save and make money. When I first lost my job, I went into a quick panic wondering how we would support ourselves. It didn’t take long before I realized I still had a job, so I wasn’t income-less. I knew I didn’t want to return back to a similar job because my life was being consumed and I had ZERO time for myself. I turned into someone I didn’t like and I was exhausted, mentally and physically. I knew that meant less pay to have the freedom to TRULY LIVE. I am so glad I was forced to find myself again. So, I wanted to share some websites and apps that I have utilized to help save AND make money. Mind you that some of these websites are apps, and vice versa. But I wanted to share how I use them.
For selling used/non-used clothing:
Poshmark. I have sold numerous items on Poshmark that allows for some extra spending cash. Mostly I re-purchase on their app with my credits because there are some great deals. You can also bundle items and offer a price for the bundle. I went through and found athletic clothes and bundled them and offered a price. I got athleta shirts for $5 each! This was great to get athletic clothes cheap, since I needed regular athletic clothes rather than logo’ed of a school I no longer work at. If you use my code “UISBD,” you get a free $5 credit. I also will receive $5 if you make a purchase. You can grab the app here.
Both of these options allow you to look at the cash back options and add them in your app. When you purchase the item in store, you take a photo of your receipt and sometimes have to scan the item, but you receive cash back if the item qualifies. I’ve already received over $10 in cash back for my grocery shopping and have only had these apps for a month or so.
Then if you like grocery shopping and have time for a side hussle, or main hussle, you should see if Instacart is in your area. I am LOVING this job. I get to pick my own hours, help others and love it because I love to grocery shop. If you don’t want to do the grocery shopping and you want someone else to, then you should still check out instacart and see where they deliver in your area and which stores are available! Hate fighting the crowds? Don’t have to when someone else does your shopping!
Acorns – this is a brand new one for me. But I have read great things about it and decided to give it a shot. My main reason? I like the fact that you’ll connect it to your banking account (100% safe,) and any purchase you make, it will round up and put the remaining money into investments. You can choose how you want your round ups. Since I’m cheap, I have my round-ups to the nearest $1. That’s such little money to notice, but can make such a big difference in the future. Then I have chosen to invest $5 each month. Since I’m not knowledgeable in investments, this is great because they do it all for you and I don’t feel like it’s much money to risk for a nice profit later in life. I invest my spare change in a jar, and now I can invest my card spare change in an investment. Get $5 for your first investment with my referral code CSX8L4. I will also receive $5.
I have each of these installed as “gadgets,” or add-on’s for my google chrome browser. When online shopping they will alert me of each of their deals. I normally will pick the best one, as they vary from website to website.
Ebates.com – This was the very first add-on I had for my browser. I used it for the simplicity of finding me coupons and % off codes for anything on my online shopping. Just like the two other I mentioned, it will pop up the best offers and I compare with all the other add-on coupon sites. Some days they even offer triple cash back. If you are already online shopping, may as well receive cash back for your purchase. It’s so easy too. You just press activate and it refreshes your page and you just continue shopping like you normally would.
CouponCabin.com – I recently found this website. I didn’t know the connection with Real Housewives until I saw the commercial, though. I sign up for the daily emails as they let you know each day which retailer has a “$ off $” deal. It will show what time until claim is. I scored a $20 off $20 coupon from Staples which allowed me to buy my pens that I love and kcups to make it to the free shipping amount. Each day are different ones. I will say, the amazon ones go QUICK! But I will think of things we need around the apartment or in general then if a retailer I know will have our items, I will claim the coupon. So, thinking further into the next month, I will probably try to claim a Walmart or Target one that will cover anything! You are only allowed a certain amount of claims in a given time, so that’s why I’m waiting. They also have certain %’s off for your favorite online shopping, or coupon codes.
Retailmenot.com – Much like Coupon Cabin, this has a % off or shows the best coupon codes for the websites you like. This provides in-store and online abilities. I recently received cash back on our Bodybuilding.com order of protein powder. So, I was able to get my % back off my order but also save $10. With all our coupons and BodyBuilding.com’s deal of buy one get one 50%, we were able to get ~13 pounds of protein powder for under $50. That is a STEAL.
Those are the main add-on’s I have for my browser. But I always search for coupon codes online and find the best option, but normally these three already have caught the same codes.
For printable coupons I visit:
and then any manufacturers website as they tend to have coupons on their websites.
As usual, there are affiliate codes in this post, but does not change my love for the products or sites I have suggested. This is another way I make very small amounts of money. I would not post anything I don’t truly use or suggest.
Q: How have you been saving or making money?
Q: Have you used any of these suggestions?