Like many stay at home moms, I have tried my hand at couponing after seeing a mommy friend of mine posting truckloads of hand soap and ketchup for a mere $0.98. I don’t think I’ll ever burn through that much hand soap and ketchup unless I wash hot dogs and french fries for every meal, but the idea of saving an obscene amount of money on household items is so alluring.
My in-laws receive the weekly local paper with flyers and pull outs for nearby stores, as well as national brands, but they discard these coupons and I always thought it was so wasteful! A few times, I have searched for blogs about couponing so that I could put these money-tickets to use (and so that the trees will not have died in vain!
My favorite couponing and general money saving site is The Penny Hoarder, where you can find literally anything you want to learn about money saving and money making on your own. They have a ton of resources for stay at home moms!
My experience with couponing was dismal. I clipped and doubled, but I just couldn’t justify buying most of the items I had coupons for because I generally buy generic , and generic almost never had a coupon. Using a coupon for the name brands or things I wouldn’t buy anyway was actually going too cost me more in the long run. More time to clip the coupons, organize them, and search for the products at multiple stores, more effort for all of the above, and more money because it wasn’t a part of my life to begin with.
I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon the app that finally changed the way I shop, but I am so glad I found it. This app actually pays you realistic amounts of money for the sizes and brands you buy.
You can find Checkout 51 here
Imagine if you had a coupon on top of that savings!
In the 3 shopping trips I have made since downloading the app, I have totaled $80 in cash back. Obviously this won’t replace the entire cost of shopping, but if you shop smart and pair these cash back rebates with current deals and coupons if you have them, you can make out like a bandit!
Payments can be requested after you reach $20 of verified rebates, and are issued in the form of a check. Checks take about 2-3 weeks to arrive in the mail, so be sure to register with your correct mailing address!