Cheap SHOES??

I love getting deals.  And I love shoes. One thing we all have to have is shoes.  And as any of you parents out there know, kids will outgrow shoes a few times throughout the school year, and shoes aren’t cheap (my preschooler’s shoes at Target are now creeping into the over $20 range now!)  This year I figured out how to get shoes at a really inexpensive price that has saved my family beaucoup moolah.

For back-to-school shoe shopping, I went to Shoe Carnival. They have a pretty good selection of athletic shoes, sandals, slides, whatever we need for school and beyond.

Here’s what I did: I signed up for their Shoe Perks membership.  With that, I get 1 point for every $1 I spend (points never expire). When I earn 200 points, they send me a $10 certificate! Well…did I mention we did back-to-school shoe shopping there? With 3 kids, we pretty much needed to get 2 pair of shoes per kid, and then my husband and I got a pair each.  They usually do a BOGO 1/2 OFF sale before school starts back, so we went there for that sale.  And much to our surprise, the “buy one” shoes are usually on a special sale as well!

SO we bought 4 shoes (all of which happened to be on sale) and got the other 4 shoes for half-price. While in the store, I checked the internet to see if we were getting the best deals, and we certainly were, so off to the register we went.  I told them we were a Shoe Perks member, then they sent us over to spin this big wheel full of discounts.  We spun and got $4 off our purchase (woohoo!  Bonus!).

I soon got an email saying I had earned a $10 rewards certificate from my Shoe Perks points!   I waited and watched the emails that kept coming in from Shoe Carnival, and I saw one that said they would give an extra 30% off my purchase.  My daughter’s Nike slides had started to rip a little, so I went online to their website, clicked my Ebates button to get 3% back off my purchase, ordered the slides, applied my $10 reward, got free shipping because I’m a Shoe Perks member, and my grand total for the shoes was $8.00! Voila! Cheap shoes!  Plus I’ll get $0.25 back through my Ebates (more on Ebates another day)!

I have another $10 reward sitting in my account waiting for the next child who says, “Mama, my shoes are getting tight…”

A685AFCC-A972-41AC-807B-D0ABFB2ACF6EFollow this link to join Ebates and start saving money on all kinds of things!

Walmart and I are Friends Again!

Okay, in one of my previous posts I said I wasn’t fond of shopping at Walmart due to the parking, the long lines, the lack of cashiers and well, the People of Walmart. Well…I’ve found a way to shop there that is painless!!

It’s called Walmart Grocery.  I had gotten an email back in January saying they were launching a new program and would give me $10 off my first order.  I never did anything with it because I thought they were going to charge me a fee to order my items.  Not so! My cousin mentioned that she does it all the time and LOVES it, so I thought I would check it out.

Here’s what I did. I went to, found my local Walmart store, and began shopping.  I curled up on the couch with my tablet and my grocery list, and went item by item.  The items are all pictured, have detailed descriptions, and even give you, say, the price per ounce (or whatever the measurement) so you can comparison shop. After adding all my items to my cart, I put in my credit card information and picked a day/time for delivery.  I chose 10 a.m. the following morning.

Walmart Grocery sent me an email the next morning saying my order was ready for pickup, and to come to the store and park in one of the designated orange pick-up spots.  I drove there, and there were signs directing me to the pick-up zones.  I parked, called the number on the sign in front of my parking spot, and the man brought my groceries right out to my car and loaded them in the back for me! I signed the digital device, and they even gave me this cute “swag bag” with all kinds of goodies as a thank you for trying the service!Walmart

Now, here’s how to save even MORE $$$:

1. If you haven’t already, go on and go on via Ebates to receive money back!

2. Use this link to save $10 off your first time!

3. Use the bar code or QR Code from the bottom of your receipt to submit it to the Walmart app’s Savings Catcher and get money back on anything you purchased that is being sold elsewhere for cheaper! (See my previous post titled “How To Save Money While Shopping at Walmart”)

Answers to questions I’ve gotten about this service:

  • Yes it’s free!  There is a $30 minimum purchase though.
  • Yes you get a receipt emailed to you in case you need to return anything.
  • You can order all KINDS of stuff–more than 30,000 items – including fresh produce, meat and seafood, dairy, bakery items, plus health and beauty products!
  • If they are sold out of an item, they will give you the next size bigger or the name brand item if you chose the store brand.
  • Same-day pickup is available – orders placed by 2 a.m. will be available for pickup from 8 a.m. and orders placed by 10 a.m. will be available from 1 p.m.
  • Pickups can be scheduled seven days a week, up to three weeks in advance (which would be amazing for planning shopping for the holidays or for parties!)

They got my order exactly right, and I purchased $133 worth of stuff (I got groceries, toiletries and health products). I literally spent less than 5 minutes there and the guy said they’ll always have a cold bottle of water for me every time I use their service (I mean even if it’s a little thing, hey, bonus!)

I will definitely be trying this again. And again. And again…


How To Save Money While Shopping at Walmart

Today I want to share something that saves me a little bit of money here and there. I’m gonna be honest.  I am not a huge fan of Walmart. I mean the parking lot is always full, there are usually only like 2 cashiers working and the lines are long, and if you’ve ever Googled “People of Walmart,” well…I’ll leave that right there. But their prices are pretty hard to beat, and there’s practically one on every corner, so it’s necessary some days.

So here’s how to save money at Walmart:

1. Download the Walmart app.

2. Once you’ve checked out, open the app and go to Savings Catcher. Scan the barcode or QR code at the bottom of your receipt.

That’s it! Walmart then checks all their competitors to see if anything you bought is being sold cheaper. If it is, they will give you the difference! I did it for back-to-school shopping and got the best prices without having to drive around to 10 different stores.4E39850C-0EA4-4120-89F1-2DBA72D21807

As you can see, I made $8.73 back from items that were on sale at the other retailers! I’ve made over $80 since I got the app last year, and like I said, I don’t go there that often!

Like I always say, every little bit counts! Happy saving, mamas!