Good morning! Happy Friday! Rumor has it that the temperature is supposed to hit nearly 70 degrees here in Boston today! Wahoo! Heat wave! 😎
Hopefully, the warm weather will inspire me to buy some new fresh flowers. I think my daffodils have seen better days.
I’m not sure if it’s the nicer weather or what, but I cannot get enough smoothies in my life! They are just so good!
For breakfast, I paired a Coffee-Banana Smoothie with a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter spread on top. I actually ended up drinking two smoothies since I made so much. My stomach is full now! 😯
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup cold coffee
- 1 heaping scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
- 2 tsp honey
As you probably know, I’m all about saving money, and I’ve written about how I stretch my dollar on CNC a number of times in the past:
- Grocery Shopping 101 (5-part series)
- How Mal & I Manage Our Finances
- Weird Ways I Save Money
- My Love Obsession with Group Buys
- How I Had Fun in College & Didn’t Go Broke
- How to Dress Professionally on the Cheap
And here are a few more ways that I get creative with my spending!
Citi Cash Back Card
Ok, let me start off by saying that I am not encouraging anyone to go out and apply for a new credit card. I’m just telling you what works for me. I only spend what I know I can afford and pay off my credit card in full every month.
With that said, my Citi Cash Back Card pays me to use it. For everything I charge on it, I earn cash back. Not points, but cold, hard cash. So, every few months (based on my spending), I get a check in the mail for $50 for just using my credit card. To me, it’s like free money. I’m going to spend the money anyway, it just goes on my credit card first before I pay it off, and my credit card rewards me for it.
Ebates is awesome!!! It’s my favorite tool for online shopping. You can find thousands of coupons, promo codes, and discounts on their site, but, better yet, you get cash back savings with online rebates.
Last week, for example, I went on a mini online shopping spree. I bought a couple of books from Barnes & Noble, some Invigorating Night Gel from Sephora, and a pair of Rainbow Flip Flops from J.Crew. Holy shopping bug!
I logged into Ebates and just clicked through to those websites and placed my order as usual, which earned me 4-6% back on my purchases. It wasn’t a ton of money back this time, but in the past, I’ve purchased a computer through TigerDirect and plane tickets through Expedia, which definitely adds us. Again, Ebates pays straight up crash by check or PayPal, so you don’t have to deal with redeeming points and all that jazz.
CVS Green Bag Tag
I don’t know about you, but I shop at CVS a lot. There are two locations super close to my house, so anytime I run out of something, I go there to buy it. I already use the CVS ExtraCare card to save, but the Green Bag Tag is also a great money-saver since I always have a reusable bag with me or I just carry out my purchases. (I hate using plastic bags.)
For every 4th visit to CVS, you get $1 extra buck for using your Green Bag Tag. I shop at CVS a ton and bring a bag with me every time, so it’s easy for me to rack up those dollars. Even more incentive: CVS will donate 5 cents to World Wildlife Fund for every Green Bag Tag sold until the end of this month.
Thanks to everyone who entered yesterday’s giveaway to win a Save to Antico Forno! Here’s the winner: Kate!
Definitely the GNOCCHI DI PATATE–you can’t go wrong in the North End
Congrats, Kate! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
Question of the Day
How do you get creative with your spending?