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Target haul 1.8.09

Target haul 1.8.09

Earlier tonight, I went to the big Target in South Philly to hit the $10 Start the Year Savings bonus from Ibotta. I had 14 rebates so far and was aiming for at least 16 more rebates. I succeeded in doing so and should also […]

New year, new Sprouts haul! (Sprouts haul 1.04.19)

New year, new Sprouts haul! (Sprouts haul 1.04.19)

Disclaimer: I am a Sprouts Team Member. We receive a 15% discount and are also able to access special coupons through the mobile app. Because this is my haul, I’m including both in my total. The items I’ve purchased are bought with my own money. […]

Target haul 12.01.18

Target haul 12.01.18

Yesterday, I got a Zipcar and took the opportunity to make a Target run to grab some bulky items and hit the $5 Snowman Savings bonus through Ibotta!

Pre-discount/coupon total: $94.01

Out of pocket total: $86.61

Final total: $63.49

Total savings: $29.52 (31.7% savings)

My out of pocket total was $86.61 including sale items and my Cartwheel deals. Ibotta discounts totaled $22.25 (I hit December Level 1 bonus, Museum of Ice Cream bonus, and Snowman Savings bonus; bonuses totaled $6), and I used my American Express card for 1% cash back at Target, which brings my total down to $63.49. Additionally, I got 67 points from Fetch rewards (referral code: E7TMT), and should receive about another 692 points through Drop.

Unlike my last Target post, I had enough juice to scan each item in my cart through Cartwheel and feel like I maximized my savings as best as I could. With that being said…here we go:

Chex mix $3.09 – $.25 Ibotta rebate = $2.84

Chex mix Muddy Buddies: $3.09 – $.25 Ibotta rebate = $2.84

Belgian Boys mini stroopwaffels: $3.99 – $.80 Cartwheel – $.50 Ibotta rebate = $2.69

Coconut La Croix: $3.69 – $1 Ibotta rebate = $2.69

Perfect Bar: $2 (sale price) – $.25 Ibotta rebate = $1.75 (+ 27 bonus points on Fetch)

Heinz ketchup: $2.79 – $1 Ibotta rebate = $1.79

1 pound ground beef: $2.99 – $.53 Target coupon – $.25 Ibotta rebate = $2.21

Ortega taco shells: $1.29 (sale price) – $.75 = $.54

2 Honest Teas: $3.08 – $.75 Ibotta rebate = $2.33

Strawberry Bubly sparkling water: $3.33 (sale price) – $.75 Ibotta rebate = $2.58

Chameleon cold brew: $3 (sale price) – $.25 Ibotta rebate (any cold brew) = $2.75

2 bricks Philadelphia cream cheese: $3.98 – $1 Ibotta rebate = $2.98 (+39 bonus points on Fetch)

My/Mo strawberry mochi: $4.49 (sale price) – $1 Ibotta rebate = $3.49

Churro churro Museum of Ice Cream: $4.99 – $1.50 Cartwheel – $1 Ibotta rebate – $.50 bonus = $1.99

Neutrogena face wash: $5.99 – $2 = $3.99

Smartly hand soap: $.99

Barbasol: $1.49 – $.25 Ibotta rebate (any shaving cream) = $1.24

Glide dental floss: $3.49 – $.25 Ibotta rebate = $3.24

Mason jars: $18.28 – $1.83 Target promo – $5 Ibotta rebate = $11.45

Ziploc containers: $4.69 – $.23 Cartwheel = $4.69

Star string lights: $5

Decorative toboggan: $5

I also got $3 in rebates today at work. Once these go through, I’ll be at $128.73 in current Ibotta savings/$690.28 in lifetime earnings! I’ll probably cash out at this point and start chipping away at the rest of my Christmas shopping. I thought I was about halfway done, but lol, the joke’s on me… I’m only about 1/3 of the way done, and I have to have it all done by my parents’ Christmas party on the 15th!

Small Target haul 10.27.18

Small Target haul 10.27.18

Tonight, I finally got the opportunity to visit the new Lincoln Square Target. They’re giving out coupons for $5 off a $15+ purchase, so I decided to see if I could some Ibotta deals while I was there. Pre-discount/coupon total: $28.48 Out of pocket total: […]

Sprouts haul 10.17.18

Sprouts haul 10.17.18

Disclaimer: I am a Sprouts Team Member. We receive a 15% discount and are also able to access special coupons through the mobile app. Because this is my haul, I’m including both in my total. The items I’ve purchased are bought with my own money. […]

Sprouts haul!

Sprouts haul!

First off, I’d like to just note that I recently began working at Sprouts. It’s been a little hectic and very overwhelming, but I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable in my role. Since I love doing hauls and I need to force myself to be a little more accountable for my spending, I’ve decided that I’ll continue to post them on Instagram, but give a little more detail here!

Sprouts Team Members receive a 15% discount and we are also able to access special coupons through the mobile app. Because this is a haul I did, I’m including both in my total. And, of course, the items I’ve purchased are bought with my own money. I am in no way being compensated by Sprouts for any hauls.

Pre-discount/coupon total: $72.01

Out of pocket total: $46.45

Final total: $32.26

Total savings: $39.75 (55.2%)

My out of pocket total was $46.45 including all coupons and my Work Perks (team member discount). Ibotta discounts totaled $12.80 and I used my American Express card for 3% cash back on groceries, which brings my total down to $32.26.

Rhythm Superfoods Organic Sea Salt carrot sticks: $3.49 – $.50 Ibotta rebate = $2.99

Barney Butter individual packet of crunchy almond butter: $.99 – $.99 Sprouts mobile app coupon = free

Goodbelly almond butter bar: $1.94 – $1.94 Sprouts mobile app coupon = free

BOS Rooibos iced tea: $1.79 – $1.80 Ibotta rebate = -$.01

2 bags Rhythm Superfoods kale chips: $5.98 – $2.00 Ibotta rebate = $3.98

Flow water: $1.00

Barbara’s Puffins cereal: $3.99 – $1.00 Ibotta rebate = $2.99 (also qualifies for Ibotta Non-GMO bonus)

Kind bar: $.99

Que Pasa tortilla chips: $3.99 – $1.00 Ibotta rebate = $2.99

2 bags Dang coconut chips: $7.98 – $3.99 Sprouts mobile app coupon – $2.00 Ibotta rebate = $1.99

Strawberry cream Skyr: $1.59 – $1.59 Team Member exclusive Sprouts mobile app coupon = free

Chameleon cold brew concentrate: $8.99

2 tubs Lantana sriracha carrot hummus: $9.98 – $2.00 Ibotta rebate = $7.98

2 tubs Better Bean Uncanny Refried Black Beans: $9.98 – $9.98 Sprouts mobile app coupons = free

(Note: One coupon was a Team Member exclusive Sprouts mobile app coupon. The other was “buy 2 bags Garden of Eatin chips, get Better Beans free.”)

2 bags Garden of Eatin tortilla chips: $9.58 (see note above)

In addition to the above listed rebates, I also hit the October Level 1 bonus ($.50) and the “Easy Earnings” $2 bonus, which bumped my Ibotta earnings up to $12.80 total.

I have been on a mission to overstock my pantry and freezer so I can begin to slow down on buying groceries, but to be honest, it’s been difficult. Since I’m part of a brand new, very busy store, we’ve been racking up a lot of overtime and I haven’t really had the opportunity to cook. I usually wind up snacking or making the easiest thing that can pass for a meal, which isn’t the best for my budget! Oh well, there’s always next time!

Arugula/baby kale pesto

I had 2 bags of fresh greens (1 bag baby kale and most of a bag of arugula) that had been sitting in my fridge for a week, and I wanted to use it up so I didn’t lose it. I was really craving some […]

Clementine box Easter centerpiece

About a week or two ago, I started putting together a little Easter gift for the two little cousins who are local. I initially picked up little treat boxes from the Dollar Tree that I was going to fill with goodies. Then I got everything […]

A break through

About two weeks ago, I was able to snag a wonderful long weekend off from work. I was so burnt out (really, I still am, but I’m working on it), and I needed to have a chunk of continuous days off to just exist without having a million questions lobbed at me. I was started to rage at the most inconsequential things at work and rant angrily to my boss about them.

It was not a good look for me.

I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish that weekend (grocery shopping, stopping at Target, some craft projects), and I forced myself to remember that it was okay if I didn’t get everything completed. One of the things I got to do was put together two journals. I’d call them bullet journals, but to be honest, mine do not look anywhere near as beautiful as many of the ones I’ve seen online. In the main one, I put a habit tracker, a list of projects I wanted to complete by the end of the year, a list of accomplishments, goals, and things I want to learn in the coming months. In the smaller one, I’ve labeled that as a positive space, where I just try to keep things more upbeat.

I struggle a lot with low self-esteem and low level depression, and after having a major meltdown to my roommate (when I was incredibly fried), I started researching cognitive behavioral therapy for low self esteem. I don’t have the money for a therapist or the type of schedule that is conducive to seeing one right now, so I made a deal with myself that I’d try some of the things I saw online and take it from there. Since it’s sometimes hard for me to believe that anyone could ever like me ever ever ever, I’ve decided to actually write down when someone compliments me. (Honest compliments, not creepy or otherwise disingenuous ones.) I write them down no matter how minuscule they might seem. Same goes for accomplishments or just things that make me happy. I figured this was just some trendy new way for me to waste my time until it was no longer fashionable, at which point I’d abandon it.

And then something happened: it started to actually improve my mood and sense of self worth.

Just having spaces where I force myself to check any negativity and reminding myself that messing up doesn’t mean I am a terrible excuse for a human being is actually working. In two weeks time, I’m starting to feel the fog lift. I’m starting to feel like I can make everything happen again. I’m feeling hopeful and optimistic for the first time in a long time, and I’m not used to it anymore.

It’s pretty fucking amazing.

Apple pie bourbon

If you love bourbon and you love spiked apple cider, this is the recipe for you. Ingredients: 3 small Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced 2 sticks of cinnamon 1 tsp whole cloves 1/2 tsp whole allspice 1 vanilla bean, split (next time, I will […]