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Get a 1-Year Costco Membership For $55 and Get A Free $20 Gift Card and $30 Free Food and Toilet Paper Coupons

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by Cassie


UPDATE: We wanted to remind you that you only have a couple more days to get this Costco deal, and so we didn’t want you to miss out in case you forgot or hadn’t seen it yet.

We did this exact deal two and a half years ago and it has been one of the best money decisions we have made. The last time this was offered was in the beginning of February of this year, so it has been over 6 months.

Honestly, we waited FOREVER before getting a membership to Costco as we just weren’t sure it would be worth it.

We live close to a Sam’s Club and we debated every year whether or not we are going to get a membership because Costco was 30 minutes away.  Ultimately, we decided to get this Costco deal (2.5 years ago) and have received so many benefits from it that we have renewed it every year since! We LOVE it!

In fact, this past week, we hit a great organic foods sale that they had and were able to stock-up on our kids’ favorite organic snacks and healthier alternatives for a fraction of the price from places like Whole Foods.  Costco has a GREAT selection of healthier foods, already priced lower per unit due to the bulk purchasing, but then they will have coupon deals and specials in addition to the already low prices.

Basically, we buy some of our produce (as the prices are good) and then stock-up on the coupon/sale items that month and overall, it has been a very beneficial  route for our budget.

We also heard from hundreds of you how much you love your Costco membership and prefer it over Sam’s Club.

Well, we thought we would let you know about this not-to-miss deal!

Why?  Because with this deal from the group buying site Living Social, you will receive many freebies!

The membership is normally $55 if you walked into Costco today.  

But on Living Social, you will pay $55 for an annual membership and receive all of this too! You can buy up to 3 memberships as a gift as well! 

What this deal is that you spend $55 and here’s what you get:

  • A One-Year Costco Membership ($40 value)
  • A $20 Costco Cash card
  • $30.97 in free food and product vouchers. All new members will receive a pack of bonus coupons (a $30.97 value), good for a free Kirkland Signature™ 30 pack of toilet paper, a free rotisserie chicken, a free apple pie.
  • You will also receive three months of free identity protection service brought to you by Identity Guard® (a $40.47 value).
  •  Note: these coupons expire on March 31, 2015.  We just redeemed them all the first time we went to not have to worry about expiration dates!

Total value of what you are getting for $55 is $146.44.  But between the $20 gift card and the $30 in free food and toilet paper, this alone nearly pays for your membership! Awesome! 

Plus – we were excited to find out two years ago (when we purchased this exact deal) that we were able to upgrade to the executive membership (in store when we redeemed out voucher) and still received all our freebies!  The executive membership gives you money back on every purchase and will pay you back at the end of the year if you didn’t get the value of the upgrade price.  We love it!

Head to the Living Social site HERE to get your Costco Membership for the next 6-days only

Please note: this deal is valid nationwide, it’s just hosted under a few cities on the site.  But there are no location restrictions. The fine print states: “To activate your Costco membership you must bring the printed Costco Membership Activation Certificate email or your printed confirmation page to your local Costco location. Valid at US Costco locations, not valid in Puerto Rico.”  Also, you need to get into Costco by December 15, 2014, to activate your 1-year membership. It will not start until you activate it. Also, this is NOT for renewals…only new memberships.

So what’s the verdict…..Will you be joining?  If so, it looks like now is the right time! 


Alex & Cassie

Free Amazon Prime for College Students (Plus Earn Unlimited $10 Credits)

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by Cassie


Amazon never ceases to amaze us.  We actually do a good bulk of our grocery, baby, household and any other needed, non-perishable shopping on Amazon throughout the year because of their highly competitive prices – often much lower prices than even going to Walmart or Costco.  We even end up using the digital coupons on Amazon and not have to cut out coupons and drive to the store.  Our items arrive to our door in a couple of days and we are just happy thrifty campers.

We have a great guide on how every household can maximize Amazon Prime HERE to get better than Walmart or Costco prices. 

Well, they have an even more attractive program for starving college students – the Amazon Student program.

It is basically just like Prime, only you get it for free for 6-months, then if you want to continue, it’s half the cost of Amazon Prime at only $49 for a year.

If you or anyone in your household is a college student to anywhere then this is the WAY TO GO for sure!

So, we love our regular prime that we pay full price for (because it is that worth it!), but we wanted to share the benefits with you again in case you are not sure of the Prime benefits that also equate in the Amazon Student program:


Basically, you get the first few options totally free the first 6 months – the benefit of the free-2-day shipping is alone worth it!

Then after 6 months, the Prime membership for most households is $99 for one year, but for students you get it for $49 – then you get the benefits of the movies, books and songs all year for free.

PLUS…. this is where this is really cool, and only for students who are using the Amazon Student program. You get to earn a little extra money too! After you join, you can tell all of your buddies about this and then you get $10 referral credit added to your account for each college student friend that also signs up! It does not appear to have a limit, so refer away and earn your college living, because you really can live off Amazon. ;)

We aren’t referring as we are not students, but this is a definite triple-plus of the whole deal for you college students!

So, by joining Amazon Student, you will receive many benefits. To be qualified to sign-up, you will need to enter your school and major and have an email address ending in .edu.  My own mom even qualified for this same free Amazon Student Membership.  She is in her 50′s and went back to school after all her kids left home.  She is very happy with this freebie and brags about it to everyone. :)

Get signed-up for free Amazon Student HERE today to start reaping those benefits!

Don’t you just love Amazon :) Saving others money and giving others opportunity to earn money too! Those are the sorts of things we get excited to tell you about! 

If you are not a student……

If you are not a student, don’t sweat it…there is another way you can get a FREE Prime Membership: Everyone can get a free 2-month trial of the Amazon Prime program here. I know, it’s not 6 months, but 2-months is still great. Be sure to read the details!


Alex & Cassie

Free Kids’ Haircuts in August Nationwide

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by Cassie


We just wanted to give you a quick head’s up that Remington College is offering free kids’ cuts again this August before the school season starts. This is a great way to get a cut and save a bit of money.

Here’s the details that were emailed to us:

 Remington College invites parents to bring their kids in for free back-to-school haircuts during its sixth annual Cuts for Kids event.

 Throughout the month of August, Remington College cosmetology programs will provide FREE haircuts to kids 17 and under.

Visit the Cuts for Kids website to find a student salon location near you.

During Cuts for Kids, Remington College will also be collecting school supplies – pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Anyone who brings in a donation can get a free haircut, manicure, or pedicure for themselves. All school supplies collected will go to local schools.

Remington College student salons have provided more than 12,000 free haircuts through its Cuts for Kids promotion.

Have you participated before?  Don’t forget to tip and tip on the full cost value!

*Be watching this week as we also share how to get free and super cheap cuts all year round!


Alex & Cassie

Free $20 to Spend at ThredUp Online Clothing Thrift Store for Kids and Women (Expires Soon)

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by Cassie

We haven’t talked about this online thrift store in a while and so we thought we would mention this option for clothing for kids and women right now – why? Well, because they are also running a promotion where instead of getting $10 to spend for free, you get $20!!  So read the information previously posted and enjoy double gently used clothing for free :) 

We’ve mentioned ThredUp before on our site.  In fact, we also mentioned it as a tip to save that was featured in the July 2012 issue of ALL YOU magazine (pictured above)!

This a no-brainer kind of used clothing opportunity by not only allowing free membership, but they are giving you a FREE $20 to spend on their site for trying them out! This is FANTASTIC news, especially if you are a family of 7 with 5 little kids like us who go through clothing so quickly! This free $20 will make for some free clothing. You will need to pay shipping, which ranges from $2.99 on up.



Registration is easy and FREE. It is important that you verify your registration by checking your email immediately after and clicking on the link to verify your FREE membership and to get your free $20 credit to spend to and enjoy the freebies or really, really low clothing deals you can get!

We have shopped at ThredUp a total of 5 times, and we showed pictures of the first two times.  Each time, it has just been kids clothes, but they do sell women’s gently used clothing as well and so I have purchased many of my own clothes the past year from here too. Click on the links below if you would like to see what we got the first two times!

The prices were right, they were in EXCELLENT shape and exactly as described.  I have no complaints…which can be tough when you are buying used kids clothes.

As far as the prices go, I would say that the prices are obviously far below retail and comparable to higher end consignment or thrift stores.  I often spend time in cheap thrift stores and can rarely find nice children’s clothing as it is picked through and the very worn stuff is usually left.

This is a great time to get some back to school clothing shopping done as well as most all of the clothing offered is very gently used, higher end clothing.

Head to ThredUp HERE and register for a FREE $20 credit

*Important note, for some reason, the $20 credit does not show up until you have items in your cart and begin the checkout process – then it shows up.  Hopefully that helps to clear confusion!

The $20 credit is for first time ThredUp buyers.

Also, you can share your referral link with your friends via email, Facebook, etc. and you will both be rewarded with credits! Just click on the “My Account” tab and then click on share to send your friends a $10 credit and get some credit yourself for doing so!



Alex & Cassie

Opportunity to Earn Cash or Amazon Gift Cards Through Opinion Outpost (Open Now, So Apply Soon)

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by Cassie

It’s been a while since we have shared a extra money making opportunity with you all.  Well, a legitimate survey opportunity has opened up again for new applicants.

So, if you are looking to earn some extra money from home, we would suggest giving something like this a try! You can get paid in either cash or in gift cards. As a side note and tip from us: you will get paid more and quicker if you opt for gift cards instead of cash.  Amazon gift cards are the way we like to go as we do buy a lot of our household, diapers and groceries on Amazon and so this would pay for some of it!

We have talked about this company before when they were open – Opinion Outpost. But as a reminder, here’s what we have to say about them:

This is a decent survey company and one worth trying out.  Their sign-up process is pretty simple as it is just one fomr like what you would fill-out for a free sample, and then you will receive an email confirmation and need to fill out a demographic questions which is very short. That’s it to get started, so it is quite simple compared to most. 

What is Opinion Outpost? Opinion Outpost conducts surveys because businesses, governments, public bodies, and similar organizations are interested in the views and attitudes of the people who use their products and services. The more they know about what customers and citizens think, the easier it is for them to improve and adapt what they supply. Take Surveys to give your opinion and shape the future.

It takes a little longer to earn cash as it does to earn Amazon gift cards.  You can cash out your Amazon gift cards when you hit $5, which happens pretty quickly! So you could earn a couple of these a week with little time!  You can also go the cash route and cash out once you get $10 – cash is paid via PayPal.  You could probably do a few of these per month with a little bit of your time.  We think that Amazon would be a better route for us as this is just as good as cash.  Yes it won’t pay your electric bill, but if you snatched a $5 Amazon gift card a few times per month,  it can help with your grocery bill (Amazon has great food and household deals), diapers, Christmas, or other necessities which means that the money you save can go towards another bill or financial goal!

Here’s how to get started – we just went through the steps and it was just a couple of minutes:

  • Register through this link HERE by filling out a very short contact form
  • Then you will see the first Thank You window letting you know to watch for your email in order to confirm your registration and to start earning cash or gift cards.

  • Then click on the link in your email.

  • You will then fill-out a second short form that asks the demographic questions that all survey companies ask so that they can connect you with the right surveys.

  • Then you are ready to start taking surveys and earn!

*Please note, that since the demographic form is quite short, you will often fill-out the first page of each survey to see if you qualify further for that survey.

They do this because let’s say that Verizon Wireless hires Opinion Outpost to do a survey of smart phone users (as an example), when you start the survey, you will probably be answering questions that would be related to the smart phone survey.  Ultimately, you may or may not qualify for that survey if you don’t have a smart phone, etc.   This is just an example, but any company for any product/service will have surveys.  There are even cereal and other food ones.  If you don’t eat cereal, or a certain type of cereal, then you will not qualify for that specific survey, etc.

They do this as it would be near impossible or a never-ending registration process to answer every type of possible question.  This means that you will probably only qualify for about 20% of the survey’s in your account.  This is a common thing with every survey company.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying so that you can get in on those 20% or so surveys that you are able to take and earn money too!

Head to the Opinion Outpost Site through this link HERE to quickly register.

As a note, we did want to mention something important – you will not get rich, be able to quit your day job or make a fine living doing surveys – they can pay a bill or two a month with diligent survey taking. So if you plan to spend 15+ minutes a day or a few times a week, it can be a big help to you and your family. Either way, it is worth giving it a shot!

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