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Reward Yourself With These 3 Unique Shopping Apps!

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Did you know that you no longer have to rely just on the rewards programs linked to grocery store loyalty cards and points accrued through using a store-specific credit card? There’s a handful of ways that thrifty shoppers can save money and earn cash back just by continuing to buy the same things they do anytime they hit the store. The biggest problem with these rewards programs is that many people don’t know that they exist, and if they do, where to find them so they can benefit from using them.

Here are three great rewards programs that you can start using to save money and earn cash back today!

1. Ibotta

Ibotta (use my referral link)is a super cool app that you can download to your mobile device for cash back rewards on almost anything. Once you sign up and set your location, the app will search all the stores within a pre-determined radius for all cash back opportunities. You then search for items by keyword or store and begin unlocking your deals. When you’re done shopping, you go back to the app to verify your deals by scanning the barcodes of your purchases and uploading a photo of your receipt. The cash you receive appears in your account within 24 hours, and once you hit $20 in cash back, you can request payment via PayPal. The rewards add up quickly, especially if you’re shopping for a family.

2. Checkout 51

Checkout 51 is another awesome cash back app that you can download to your mobile device. The idea is much the same as Ibotta in that you browse the cash back offers, save the ones you plan to use, buy those products from any store, then upload a photo of your receipt to redeem the cash back. After your account reaches $20 in savings, you can request payment.

3. Shopkick

Shopkick is a little different, but just as nifty in that you earn points (they call them “kicks”) just for walking through the doors of a store. Items featured in the app can be scanned to earn even more kicks. Make purchases with a card that you link with the app to earn yet even more kicks, and see just how quickly it racks up! It’s ridiculously easy to collect kicks, and you can redeem them for gift cards for just about all your favorite stores.

One of the greatest things about these apps is that they don’t cancel each other out. You can use each one simultaneously to earn all sorts of cash back, and they can be used on top of any coupons you choose to clip, as well as in-store sales. So, why not use ’em all? Reward yourself instead of kicking yourself next time you go shopping by giving these sweet apps a shot. You’ve got nothing to lose but great savings!

Go Frugal With Discounted Gift Cards

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How would you like to get a discount on almost every purchase you make?  One man’s junk is another man’s treasure and for every person who has unwanted gift cards, there is someone like you who would like to buy that unwanted card at a discount that is sometimes quite substantial.

Gift Card Granny is a one-stop shopping place for people looking to sell unwanted gift cards and frugal people looking to save on everything ranging from dinner at their favorite restaurant to appliances at Sears.  Gift Card Granny lists thousands of gift cards from a multitude of vendors who offer discounted cards for sale.  For the more popular stores such as Walmart, the discounted cards may offer just a few percentage points off the price of a regular gift card.  However, for other gift cards, it is not unusual to see them available for sale at well over 20%.

For those who like to shop online, many of the discounted “gift cards” are simply e-codes you buy which are then sent to your email.  After you receive the e-code you simply use the discounted e-code and PIN number to complete your purchase at your favorite online store.  Gift Card Granny also lists companies that mail out physical gift cards.  Most of the companies offer free shipping.  For the other companies who do charge a nominal fee for shipping, Gift Card Granny will list the shipping fee.

Like anything else, it must become a habit to make most of your purchases with a discounted gift card.  Initially, you might even forget you have a discounted card and pay with your credit card as usual.  But once you get into the habit of using gift cards as payment, you will actually find it loathsome when you have to pull out cash or a credit card and pay full price for an item.  Great bargains are only a few finger clicks away for frugal shoppers who make their way to Gift Card Granny.

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The Frugal Folks Guide to Eating Out


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The most efficient way to save a few bucks is by eating in. However, this can become dull fairly quickly. If you need to keep it frugal, you may feel like cooking at home is your only option. However, this isn’t entirely true. Here are some things you can do to cut down on the cost of eating out.

Skip the Drinks

Soda at a restaurant can run you as much as $2.50 a cup. By skipping the soda you can save that $2.50 per person and get all the health benefits of drinking water. If you must have a sweet drink, try keeping your fridge stocked at home or share a soda with a friend and split the cost.

Discount Gift Cards

Websites like Raise can help you save a dollar or two by selling you discounted gift cards to some of your favorite restaurants. These gift cards are sometimes sold for as much as 25% off. If you buy those Raise gift cards through TopCashback you can save even more through cash back.

Groupon and Living Social

By using crowd-sharing sites such as Groupon and Living Social you can discover some great local food spots and save a bundle. Save even more by waiting around for discount codes (sometimes as much as 25% off) and purchasing discounted gift cards for Groupon via Raise.

Restaurant.com

Restaurant.com is another great way to save some money on local eateries. Just make sure you read the fine print before buying anything. You can save a bit more by purchasing discounted gift cards for Restaurant.com via Raise.

Survey Sites

By using survey sites and apps such as Swagbucks and Survey Mini, you can rack up points which can be exchanged for free gift cards to your favorite chain restaurants. Saving up points can take a while, but this is a great way to get some free grub.

By using the tips listed above in addition to deals and rewards programs offered by individual restaurants, you should be able to eat out for a fraction of the usual cost. This means more cash in your pocket and more food in your belly.

New Fun Products for Dog-Loving Geeks

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Whether you are out for a walk or playing at home, you want your pet to have the coolest accessories and toys. Here are three new fun products that geeky pet owners can use to spoil their pets!

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Get you dog psyched out for space with the Space Rover Bandana! With a blue star-studded print, your pet will be the classiest one on the block. The pun will either make people laugh or roll their eyes, and either way that’s a win-win. Best of all, it fits all sized dogs so your pet can look good no matter what size they are.

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When it’s time to eat, surprise your pooch with a binary food bowl. If your pet has a tendency to knock over the food dish, this bowl will prevent that from happening! This dish is sturdy enough to handle any sized dog. It features a “010101” binary code pattern so that you can relive the dream of having an artificial intelligence dog. All your geeky guests will be impressed when they see it!

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Of course, what really makes a dog happy is having toys. So why not get them something you both will enjoy? The Star Wars X-Wing Fighter dog toy will leave the both of you having a blast. This detailed toy features plush laser cannons and proton torpedo launchers that your dog will have fun chewing on. Plus it’s got a rope toy hanging at the end of it so you two can have an epic tug-of-war!

Why Pokémon GO Lure Modules are Great for Small Businesses

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Since its release, Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm as people of all ages have come together to “catch ’em all.” Pokémon GO is a free mobile gaming app for iOS and Android smartphones that allows players to play the Pokémon games in a whole new way. Thanks to Niantic’s real-world gaming platform, the app uses actual locations for exploring and capturing Pokémon, collecting items at PokéStops, and battling against others at PokéGyms. Not only does this game benefit players by encouraging them to exercise, socialize, and explore their surroundings, it has also greatly benefited small businesses. How? We at Blogging Rubbish are here to tell you why Pokémon GO is great for small businesses.

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If your business happens to be a PokéStop on the game, you have probably noticed people stopping by while on their phones and leaving shortly after. Chances are they are playing Pokémon GO and were just collecting items that PokéStops drop in-game. While that might seem good for business, the real benefit comes when you use an item called a Lure Module. Lure Modules are items that, once activated at a PokéStop, will cause random Pokémon to spawn for those playing the game at your location. One Lure Module lasts for 30 minutes and once it is activated it is sure to attract nearby players as it appears on their game’s map.

Lure Modules can be purchased in-game, and has the option of either buying one Lure Module for 100 PokéCoins or eight Lure Modules for 680 PokéCoins. You can get PokéCoins by purchasing them in-game with the following options:

  • 100 PokéCoins – $0.99
  • 550 PokéCoins – $4.99
  • 1,200 PokéCoins – $9.99
  • 2,500 PokéCoins – $19.99
  • 5,200 PokéCoins – $39.99
  • 14,500 PokéCoins – $99.99

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Let’s say you don’t even have a PokéStop at your business but you would like to get in on some of the benefits. Print up some flyers or bring a sandwich board to your nearest PokéStop that says this “Lure is on us” with your website or business’s name on it. It is simple, cheap, and memorable.

Remember: PokéStops may attract people to stop by, but Lure Modules convince them to stay.

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6 Things You Need to Become a ‘Pokémon Go’ Master!

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If you’re playing Pokémon GO (and who are we kidding, everyone is), you know that the only REAL requirement is a compatible smartphone. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring a few extras with you to make the game even more enjoyable.

Here are six things you need to play Pokémon GO.

1. Portable Battery Charger

As you’ve probably already learned, this game is a real battery-drainer. A portable charger like the Native Union JUMP Cable is your best friend here. It’s basically a charge cable with its own built-in battery pack!

They offer a Lightning version for iPhone and a micro-USB version for Android phones.

2. Flashlight

Sometimes that one Pokémon you’ve been looking for only pops up at night. If you’re going to do a little nighttime hunting, it helps to have a flashlight. You can use the built-in flashlight on your smartphone, or for something a little more powerful (but still portable), check out the LED Lenser T7 Tactical Flashlight. It gives off a lot of light for its size.

3. Headphones

Whether you’re listening to the in-game audio while playing, or jamming to your favorite music playlist while hatching eggs in incubators, or even catching up on a podcast, there’s no sense bugging others around you with noise. Bring some headphones like the Jaybird X2 wireless sport headphones to keep the audio to yourself.

4. Water Bottle

If you’re playing out in the summer heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. Keep a water-filled Camelbak Eddy Bottle on hand. It’s spill-resistant, sports a built-in straw so you don’t have to tip the bottle to drink, and the loop-cap makes it easy to carry around.

5. Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the sun is just as important as staying hydrated. Pick up a bottle of Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 70 and thank us later.

6. A Sense of Adventure

That’s right, it’s not all about cool products. Pokémon GO is all about exploration, so you’ll want to bring along a sense of adventure as you check out tons of new spots, including museums, memorials, and historic markers. Have fun out there!

Don’t forget to stay safe! Make sure you read my article 4 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHILE PLAYING ‘POKÉMON GO’

4 Tips for Staying Safe While Playing ‘Pokémon GO’

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To say that Pokémon GO has become a worldwide phenomenon is a massive understatement.

It seems like everywhere you go these days, you’ll find large groups of people walking around, phone in hand, capturing those cute little pocket monsters, talking to each other about tips and strategies, or perhaps battling back and forth for control of a local gym. This game has practically changed society overnight.

While the game is a lot of fun (and more than a little addictive), any game that draws so many people together in public places is certain to draw out the bad element at times, like it or not.

Here are four tips to stay safe out there while you collect ’em all.

1. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Walking around staring at your phone screen, especially in populated areas, is risky business at the best of times. While playing Pokémon GO, you need to make sure you don’t accidentally wander into traffic, or walk off a pier, etc. Pay even more attention to your environment than usual, if you must.

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2. Capture with Friends

Pokémon GO is, after all, designed to be a social game, so it’s best if you bring along a friend or two to accompany you while playing. You can not only help one another be aware of your surroundings, but a group walking together is less likely to be targeted by bad guys and Team Rocket.

3. Avoid Lures in Sketchy Places

As inviting as that 1:00am Pokéstop lure in the middle of the woods seems, it might have been set up by someone looking for trouble. Don’t be…well, lured into a bad situation just to nab a few extra Pokéballs. It’s not worth it.

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4. Don’t Trespass on Private Property

While it’s tempting to jump a fence to snatch up a rare Pokémon, you don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property to do so. Don’t sneak around strangers’ back yards, or trespass on government property where you’re not allowed to be.

Keep these tips in mind and stay safe out there, trainers!

What is the strangest place you have found Pokémon thus far?