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Learn a new language for FREE! Communication is one of our most basic and most necessary life functions.  We communicate our needs, wants, emotions, our hopes and dreams.  Understanding...

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Want to win a billion dollars? Who wouldn't want to win $1,000,000,000? It's not likely to happen, but you know what I always say... You can't win if you don't play! So, if you're feeling...

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10 Easy Ways to Save Money The cost of living has increased dramatically over the last several years.  Just 10 years ago, we balked when the price of gas hit a record high of...

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Subscribe to All You All You has become my absolute favorite magazine. I initially subscribed for the coupons. All You is packed with so many high value coupons that it...

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Start Couponing Now! Anytime is a good time to learn to save money.  If one of your resolutions for 2014 is to trim your budget, couponing is an easy way to do just that!...

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Learn a new language for FREE!

Category : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

Communication is one of our most basic and most necessary life functions.  We communicate our needs, wants, emotions, our hopes and dreams.  Understanding each other is the key to making communication work, but understanding someone who speaks a different language can be difficult at best.  The American Sign Language University website, created by Dr. William Vicars offers hundreds of free lessons for learners and lesson plans for teachers.  Even if you don’t interact with someone who uses ASL daily, it’s an important language to learn.  I used simple signs with my son before he acquired spoken language to help him communicate his needs to me.  He was able to tell me he was hungry or thirsty or scared before he had the words to do so.  I used the book, Baby Signs, by Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwin. While the book was helpful (it has now been updated and comes with a cd), I absolutely love the ASLU site and the lessons Dr. Bill has created.  Check it out!

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Want to win a billion dollars?

Category : Activities and Entertainment, Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Giveaways

Who wouldn’t want to win $1,000,000,000? It’s not likely to happen, but you know what I always say… You can’t win if you don’t play! So, if you’re feeling lucky, head on over to the Quicken Loans Billion $ Bracket Challenge and register now! Only the first 15,000,000 people to register will have a shot, so if you want a chance, better get your name in the hat now. If you are able to pick a perfect bracket, you will win $1,000,000,000! The odds of winning the billion dollar grand prize are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 which is so astronomical, I can’t even say it in words. However, the twenty entrants with the most points will win $100,000 each.

I don’t even watch basketball, but I’m going for it! YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU DON’T PLAY!

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Just a note, you do have to sign up for a yahoo account if you don’t already have one.  I don’t really like that part, but it’s not like you have to use it. Also, please throw a little my way if you win! :)

Be sure to head over to the Win Big page to try your luck at over 100 daily entry sweepstakes, instant win games and contests for a chance to win other great prizes! Your chances are definitely better with the ones on that list!

10 Easy Ways to Save Money

Category : Activities and Entertainment, Coupon Matchups, Daily Deals, Free Stuff, Restaurant Deals

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The cost of living has increased dramatically over the last several years.  Just 10 years ago, we balked when the price of gas hit a record high of $1.73 per gallon.  Let’s face it, we will never see gas below $2.50 again. As a matter of fact, on the very rare occasions it dips below $3.00, even by a penny, drivers line up at the pumps. Unfortunately, gas is not the only thing we’re paying more for. Higher prices at the pump, the grocery store, the pharmacy and on our monthly bills makes saving money seem nearly impossible.

There are some easy steps you can take to save money and boost your budget.  Saving money on things like gas, groceries, and monthly bills can make a huge difference! Saving just $100 a month will add over $1,000 to your wallet in a year.  Whether you’re saving for Christmas, a vacation, or a lifetime supply of bubble bath, implementing just a few of these strategies will help you on your way!

  1. Use Less:  One of the easiest ways to save money is simply to use less.  From detergent to vitamins to water and electricity, every bit you cut back will save you money.  Try using 1/3 to even 1/2 less laundry detergent on regular loads. Your clothes will be just as clean and that jumbo bottle of detergent can last twice as long! You can also use less shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste and mouthwash in the same way. Unless prescribed, most people can take vitamins or other supplements every other day and get the same benefit. We all know that cutting our electricity and water consumption is a good way to save and it’s really not as hard as it sounds.  Turn the lights off when you leave the room.  Adjust your thermostat by 2 degrees.  Cut 2 minutes off your shower. STOP pre-rinsing your dishes. Turn the water off when you brush your teeth or shave. You get it. Use less, save more.
  2. Eat at home:  Keep track of your food spending for one month. Keep every single receipt for every soda from the convenience store, every snack out of the machine (you’ll probably have to write your own receipt for that one), every coffee or coffee-like-drink in that super fancy paper cup, and every meal you get from somewhere other than your own kitchen.  It can be shocking. Make breakfast and dinner at home and pack your lunch. Save restaurant meals for special treats.  And, please, stop paying $5 for a cup of fancy coffee!
  3. Avoid convenience foods:  Just like eating at home, avoiding the convenience food trap can save you a ton…. okay, maybe a few bucks, but still. A package of 20 single serve bags of chips will cost you about $7.00 on average.  A larger bag of chips and a reusable container will go just as far and will cost less than half that. Frozen breakfast sandwiches? Make them yourself for a fraction of the price.  Don’t buy a package of 8 brownies packed with chemicals and preservatives when you can make 2 dozen yourself for less! Try making your own marshmallow crispy treats, frozen waffles, ready to eat bacon, tuna salad (or chicken, egg or potato salad). It’s easy, healthier and a lot cheaper!
  4. Ditch Cable:  This can be a hard one, but once you do it, you’ll be amazed at how much you love it! If you already have a device, like a game system or internet ready blu-ray player, check out streaming services like hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.  If you need a device, get a Roku playerand stream live shows and thousands of movies from free and low-priced streaming services.
  5. Shop around:  If you’re not quite ready to ditch cable, check out your options.  Call your own cable or satellite provider and let them know they’re about to be dumped. They’ll most likely offer discounts to keep you on the hook…just don’t sign any new contracts to get them.  Comparison shopping works for more than just cable.  Compare prices on everything! Whether you’re shopping for groceries, a cell phone, clothes or a new (to you) car, don’t accept the first price you see until you check it out somewhere else.
  6. Ditch the disposables:  We throw away thousands of dollars per year in disposable items….water bottles, paper towels, sandwich bags, paper cups….it goes on and on. Replace some of those things with reusables! You’ll save money and do a small part to help the environment.
  7. Make it yourself:  We’ve already covered meals at home, but think about how much money you spend on things like laundry detergent and other household cleaners.  Cut that in half or less when you make it yourself from common household items.  The best glass cleaner on the planet is vinegar (use crumpled newspaper to wipe…the results are incredible!). With the entire population of Pinterest jumping on the homemade bandwagon, you’ll find a recipe for anything you can think of! Try using conditioner to shave your legs….fabulous!
  8. Buy Used:   Most people know the value of buying cars and houses used, but this strategy can be applied to many more aspects of our daily lives. One of my favorite lunch break activities is to go to the local thrift store and browse the bookshelves.  I’ve found some real treasures there and never paid more than $2.  If you’re into labels, find a local resale or consignment shop.  You’ll find the labels you’re looking for with a price that makes much more cents (see what I did there? hehe).  Try looking for used furniture, appliances, clothes, tools and more!
  9. Freebies:   Companies really want you to try their products. Grab free samples anytime they’re available. Most samples come with high-value coupons, too! Be sure to like your favorite brands and companies on Facebook and follow on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. Promotions, giveaways, exclusive coupons and freebies are almost always posted on social media first. And check out the list of freebies I’ve compiled! I’ve included a special section for Birthday Freebies that will blow your mind! Free food and gifts galore!
  10. Be a Quitter:  Addictions like smoking, drinking (whether alcohol or soda), recreational drugs, excess sugar and shopping can be expensive in addition to their obviously unhealthy affects.  I know this one is easier said than done, but you can do it! Find a support group, see a doctor, whatever it takes….just quit. Now.

Subscribe to All You

Category : Daily Deals

All You has become my absolute favorite magazine. I initially subscribed for the coupons. All You is packed with so many high value coupons that it actually pays for itself every single month! You can always find freebies and giveaways, smart shopping tips and so much more. However, over the years I’ve come to love this magazine for the articles, the recipes, the tips and most of all, for the REAL women between the covers. All You is a magazine about real women written for real women. No plastic on these pages, ladies! Get it. You’ll love it!

 

Start Couponing Now!

Category : Coupon Matchups, Daily Deals

Anytime is a good time to learn to save money.  If one of your resolutions for 2014 is to trim your budget, couponing is an easy way to do just that! Extreme Couponing, as seen on that awful TLC show, isn’t realistic.  That version looks a lot more like hoarding, stealing, and just plain crazy.  Real couponing isn’t like that. The stores featured on the show bent their rules for the cameras.  No store in the country is going to let you walk out with 300 bottles of mustard. The good news is, you can walk out with three or four…and let’s face it, who really needs 300 bottles of mustard?

Get started on your real-life couponing journey now! Just check out my coupon tips page for my method. I’ve saved my family literally thousands of dollars over the years. If I can do it, you can do it!

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Get 20% off + FREE shipping at Keurig.com!

Category : Daily Deals

Did you get a new Keurig for Christmas? Now through 1/18/14, you can get 20% off plus FREE shipping at Keurig.com! Just enter code WARMER at checkout!

FREE Wedding Guestbook from Shutterfly!

Category : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

Make your own personalized wedding guestbook at Shutterfly for FREE! You will have to pay shipping (about $10), but that’s for an 8×11, 20 page, hard cover guest book with your photos. This offer is good through August 4th, so get started soon. Sign up on the Shutterfly facebook page for your code!

Free Shutterfly guest book!

Free Shutterfly guest book!

You can’t win if you don’t play!

Category : Daily Deals

Companies are giving away fabulous prizes every day through instant win games and sweepstakes. I recently won a trip to London just by entering a sweepstakes online!  Some games have better odds than others, but one thing is certain…You can’t win if you don’t play!

I have compiled a list of Instant Win Games and Sweepstakes that is updated periodically with new opportunities. Be sure to bookmark the page and visit daily to increase your chances at a great prize. Some games only last a day or a week. Those will be posted on facebook, so be sure to like My Rubber Money there, too!

Good luck!

CowBoom Deal of the Day: Get a Motorola Droid for $45 Shipped!

Category : Daily Deals

Have you heard of CowBoom? It’s a Best Buy company with rock bottom prices and amazing deals every day. Today’s deal is a Motorola Droid for $39.99 + $5 shipping! Check it out!

 

The deals are always crazy good on CowBoom, so be sure to check back every day!

Black Friday Online! Shop Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon, Groupon & More from HOME!

Category : Daily Deals


Find Local Deals 50% - 90% Off

Black Friday Deals are here! Don’t fight the crowds this year. Get great deals from home! Click on the links or banners under the site name to be taken directly to the deals. When a coupon code is needed, it will be included. Happy Shopping! Click the Groupon banner above for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals that will run 11/25-11/28 or while supplies last. Deals include The Sharper Image, Custom Girls’ Clothes, Canvas Prints, and so much more! Take a peek!

Some of these deals won’t go live until 12:01 Central time, so the link will not take you to the right page until then.

  • Amazon.com

Black Friday on Amazon

  • Walmart.com

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  • Target

My usual Target links aren’t working, so I don’t have a direct link to the Black Friday deals. Click HERE to visit Target.com and you should see links on the home page.

  • Justice

 BLACK FRIDAY: Five Big Deals You Don’t Wanna Miss

  • Crocs

Black Friday Doorbuster Deals AND Buy One, Get One 50% off site wide (some exclustions apply) at Crocs.com!

  • Build-A-Bear Workshop

Gingerbread boy and girl now only $5 each. Originally $14 each. Plus add their signature outfits for only $5 each. Valid 11/24 – 11/25 only.

  • Gap.com

Starts 11/25: Black Friday: Get an additional 20% Off Your Online Purchase at Gap.com with code GAPSHOP at check out. Hurry ends 11/25

  • Life is Good

A Special Thanks to You from Life is good: Free $20 Online Gift Certificate with Purchase of $100 or more. Shop now!

  • QVC.com

Shop QVC.com this Black Friday for featured products – including Clarisonic, Keurig & more!

  • Discovery Channel Store

Discovery Channel Black Friday - up to 60% off!

  •  ThinkGeek: I love this site! They have tons of cool stuff on sale today only!


  •  6pm.com  – Another favorite site! They have 24 products in 24 hours for 24 dollars starting at midnight! Check it out and use this coupon link!

Black Friday Universal10% off Coupon!

  • Buy.com

Buy.com

If you find other fabulous online deals, please leave a comment below so that everyone else can get in on it!