Apps to help save you money!

Let’s face it, everyone could use a little extra cash, right? I have been using two apps to help me do just that! Ibotta and Receipt Hog help me save money by offering cash back on things that were already on my shopping lists.

I really love Ibotta! Do you shop at Wal-Mart, Target, Wegman’s Whole Foods or Big Y? Those stores along with Stop and Shop, Hannaford’s. CVS, Costco, BJ’s, Rite Aid and Walgreens all offer rebates on certain products. Here’s how it works:

After you sign up, simply shop at your favorite stores that are listed as retailers with Ibotta,

see if any of the items on your list match up with the products being offered.

Complete a short, one question survey or two then scan the barcode on the product.

Then upload a picture of the receipt and VOLIA!

The refund amount automatically appears in your Ibotta account!

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You can earn redeem your account balance for cash or you can add they money to your Paypal or Venmo accounts.  You can even turn your cash in for a Starbucks, iTunes or Regal Cinema gift cards!  You can also earn extra money by earning cash bonuses for buying certain products and completing certain tasks.  I have only had the account since June and have saved $20.00 into my account.  There are more categories than just groceries they have rebates available in Beer, Wine and Spirits, Apparel, Electronics, Movie Theaters and more!

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The next app is called Receipt Hog and it’s so simple to use!  All you need to do is shop at your favorite grocery stores and take a picture of your receipt , upload it and earn coins for your purchases!  I have redeemed my receipts from Target, Wal-Mart, Big Y, BJ’s, Stop and Shop, CVS, Walgreen and even Market Basket.  Depending on the total amount spent on your receipts you can earn between 5 and 15 coins.  You also earn a spin on the slot machine to earn even more coins!wpid-screenshot_2014-08-27-05-18-54.png

When you shop you have to make sure that you have at least one or two grocery type items on your receipt to earn coins.  For instance, a few days ago I spent $84.50 at Target.  I uploaded the receipt under the “snap” option in the app.  I had six grocery items and eight other items, I earned 15 coins and a spin.  You can upload up to three receipts a day and redeem the coins for cash or an Amazon Gift Card!

 Sign up online at Ibotta and if you sign up with Receipt Hog you can earn an extra 5 spins with your first receipt upload!  Or you can download the through the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store and sign up directly on your phone!

Use the code p3bew for Ibotta!

Use the code r9e8ki1l for your extra 5 spins on Receipt Hog!

 

 

 

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Summer Baseball!

If you are looking for some family fun this summer, what’s better than a Boston Red Sox game?  How about their Triple A affiliate the Pawtucket Red Sox!  Just 50 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts area, McCoy Stadium is perfect for family time!

 

The tickets at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island are extremely reasonable.  The blue “General Admission” (first come, first serve) tickets are five dollars ($5.00) for kids and seniors and eight dollars ($8.00) for adults.  For twelve dollars ($12.00) per ticket you have two options, the red or green “BoxSeats” (assigned seating).  Parking at McCoy Stadium is always FREE and gates open one (1) and a half hours before game time.

 

Currently, three Boston Red Sox players are on the roster in Pawtucket.  Pitcher Brandon Workman, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and right fielder Mookie Betts, who was just optioned back to Pawtucket to make room on the Red Sox roster for outfielder Shane Victorino, on July 19th, who also spent some time playing in Pawtucket this summer.

 

There are also great promotions offered during home games at McCoy!  From peanut free nights to running the bases after the game on Sundays to Mondays dollar concession night!  All hot dogs, popcorn, chips, peanuts and Cracker Jacks are all just one dollar ($1.00)!

 

Here are a just few of the upcoming promotions:

June 30th – Peanut Free Night – Peanut products will not be sold anywhere throughout the ballpark.

July 31st – FREE Scholastic Book Night – Be one of the first 750 kids through the stadium gates and are 14 and under and you will get a FREE book from either the SUPER Captain Underpants series or the OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series!

August 1st – FREE PawSox JerseyNight – The first 5,000 fans entering McCoy Stadium will receive a PawSox Team Jersey.

August 2nd – Family Sleepover Night– After the game, a family sleepover will take place on the field for fans of all ages.  Special Tickets are needed.

August 3rd – Run the Bases– After the game line up for an opportunity to run the bases!

August 5th – Dollar Menu– All  hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, chips, and Cracker Jacks are just a dollar!

 

For more information on the promotions for the rest of August check out the PawSox website!

 

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This is the view from Section 13 watching the PawSox warm up!

 

 

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FREE Friday Activities!

Happy Summer Everyone!! Since summer is in full swing I wanted to share with you one of my favorite on-going summer events. It is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, located in Newton, Massachusetts and WCVB-TV . Every Friday select museums, parks and cultural events are FREE (and I really mean FREE) to the public! The listings for this Friday and the rest of the summer can be found here at the Highland Street Foundation website. There are some really great museums to check out!  Let me know where you venture out to!

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Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Who else is excited that spring is FINALLY here?! One of my favorite places to visit and take the Littles this time of year is Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts. This museum has been in operation for over 85 years, is known for having “America’s Oldest Car Collection” and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Set on 64 acres of land and just ten minutes outside of Boston, Larz Anderson boasts some great events throughout the year they are best known for their Sunday Lawn Event.  Every Sunday from May 18th until October 26th, with the exception of holiday weekends,  there is a different theme of car each weekend.

I recently brought two Littles ages twelve and seven to explore here.  They LOVED it.  The carriage house has two levels with all kinds of memorabilia.  The seven year old Little loved finding the cars that looked like the ones from her favorite movie, “CARS”.  The twelve year Little loved reading all about the old cars and looking at the pictures on display.  We made a whole day out of our trip there.  We packed a lunch, blankets, a soccer ball and our baseball gloves.  The 64 acres of grounds is beautiful and the view into Boston is the Littles favorite part.

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Larz Anderson is located at 15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA.

Hours:  Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am to 4pm

Closed: Monday and major holidays.

Adults are $10

Military, Seniors, Students and Children ages 6-10 are $5

Children ages 6 and under are free

You can also become a member, there are five different levels to chose from.

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