Secret Ways to Save on Apple Products

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

We are an Apple (brand) family. There are several Apple products in our home, and each of our boys use a Macbook. Of course I didn't buy them brand new and pay full price. That's too rich for this momma's blood!

Apple is one of of the most popular brands out there, and for good reason. They have a large variety of electronic products that can fit the needs of almost anyone. However, items branded with the Apple logo generally tend to come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are some great ways to save a little money on their products. Here are just a couple of ideas!

Apple Trade In GiveBack Program

Apple is frequently coming up with new and improved products. One thing about Apple is that their products are always being updated. Well, when you are ready for an upgrade, you may be hesitant due to the shockingly large price tag. Not to worry.

If you no longer need your old device, trade it in during your upgrade! Pending the age and condition of your previous device, you can get a decent discount on your new device. Why not save a few bucks and trade it in, rather than allowing it to collect dust in a closet or drawer somewhere?

Don't want to sell it to the Apple store? You can also use a site like Gazelle and send in your old products to get cash. And depending on your mobile carrier, some offer promotions to turn-in when you purchase a new phone. Bottom line: get cash for those old devices!

Apple Refurbished

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the phones and devices that people trade in during their upgrades? Apple wipes them clean, fixes any issues, tests the products, and then resells the refurbished products that are now like new, at cheaper than new prices.

Better yet, refurbished Apple certified products come with a one year warranty in case any issues arise. So what are you waiting for? Apple refurbishes all sorts of products from Macs and iPhones to Apple TV and accessories.

Sales on Apple Products

If you’re with one of the bigger cell service brands like Verizon or AT&T, keep an eye out for sales. Sometimes they will do deals like “Buy ONE iPhone and get ONE free.” Or they’ll run a sale offering $100 or $200 off if you grab the deal on the iPhone now. Saving a little bit of money on an Apple product is better than saving nothing.

During the holidays, we will see some sales on Apple products where retailers, and even Amazon, will offer gift cards with purchase. Generally, the prices on Apple products aren't reduced much if at all so the sales on the retail price are rare, but they occur primarily during the holidays.

Buy Used Apple Products

Buying Apple products second hand can be nerve-wracking. This is why a lot of people suggest Apple Refurbished certified retailers because you get that reassurance in case something goes wrong. But, don't let that deter you from considering other options to purchase used Apple products.

In saying that, don’t go on Facebook and buy an Apple product second hand. Go to someone you know and buy a used Apple product. I've purchased multiple used Macbooks and iPods from eBay. eBay offers seller protection so the risk is minimized.

Of all of the purchases, we had one instance where the computer had some weird shadow on the screen when we got it from the seller and set up things. It didn't affect the use or viewability on the screen, but it was an obvious issue. I emailed the seller and they gave us the option to provide a small refund or return it. We took the refund, and it's still working fine to this day.

The main takeaway when purchasing used Apple products is to buy from someone or retailer that you know and trust.

Older Apple Products

Who says you need the newest Apple product available? You don’t. You will save a lot of money by using common sense and buying an older model. As time goes on, you can upgrade and save money buying a model that is 1 or 2 generations behind the newest one.

I recently purchased an older Macbook from our go-to phone and computer repair shop. They are trustworthy and stand behind their products. I didn't need the newest model so it was a great option for me to get another new computer at the fraction of the cost.

Apple Student Discount

If you're a student or in education, you need to take advantage of this perk! Apple will offer a promotion that typically gives you a free product with the purchase of another product. You can also get discounts on AppleCare at this time.

This is the best time to buy if you know you're going to purchase an Apple product! Per Apple's guidelines, this is “available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels.” You will need to show a valid student or educator's identification to take advantage of the Apple for education promotion.

Oh, and students can get Apple Music for just $4.99 a month, which is half off. My son subscribes to this and this is the only way he listens to music now. This is an amazing deal for the access students get!

Retailer Rewards Programs

If you don't have an Apple store nearby, and don't want to purchase online, this option is a great one to consider if your retailer offers a rewards program! I love Best Buy, and their rewards program is one of my faves. I will go out of my way to purchase many products, including Apple products, from them because of the rewards program alone. In fact, I purchase many of my Apple certified chargers there so I can get the rewards points (which turn into gift certificates).

When you consider the retailer rewards programs into the equation, there is a small cost savings as well. Many times stores like Best Buy will also price match, and depending on the manager they could offer other perks to match what the Apple store is offering. It's always worth asking and looking into this option to save that much more!

How have you saved on Apple Products?

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Sales on Apple products are rare but you can still save by taking advantage of Apple Trade In, Apple Refurbished, Apple Student Discount and more!

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Mason Jar Salad

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Mason jar salads are so convenient! I prepare these several times a month for my husband to take to work, and for me to grab out of the fridge while I'm working from home. It's easy for him to transport to work and the veggies stay fresh until he's ready to eat since the dressing stays somewhat separate being at the bottom of the jar.

Salads for lunch are a healthy option for people who are also eating keto. My husband started being strict keto last year. I actually encouraged him to start, while I was starting as well but I do a “lazy” version of keto. Anyway, having a quick go-to option that is loaded with the right amount of protein and fats is super important with this way of eating, or any way of eating for that matter!

Mason Jar Chef Salad Ingredients

  • 1/2 head, Iceberg Lettuce (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup, Carrots (shredded)
  • 4 Whole Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg (sliced)
  • 1/4 Cucumber (sliced)
  • 8 Cherry/Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup,  Ham or other Protein (diced)
  • 8 tbsp, Salad Dressing

This vegetable dicer makes it super easy to get all the dicing and chopping done FAST! We have one and it's the only way I make salads now. That, along with my salad chopper and bowl, makes preparing salads truly so much easier!

Mason Jar Chef Salad Directions

The key to maintaining the freshness with this salad is in layering the ingredients so that none will make any others mushy or wilt the lettuce. So, be sure to layer the ingredients in the mason jar as follows:

  1. Salad Dressing
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Red Onion
  6. Carrots
  7. Ham
  8. Cheese
  9. Lettuce
  10. Egg

This recipe will make 4 salads in pint-sized mason jars. The salads will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Now, I've also used this reusable salad dressing container and affixed to the top of the mason jar. This just keeps the dressing completely separate if you prefer that. When you're ready to eat the salad, just add the dressing to the mason jar and give everything a good shake so that all veggies are covered in dressing. Then, either eat right from the jar or put onto a plate or a bowl.

This would also make a great recipe for school lunches. My kids actually love salads, and will buy them at school. I don't even care if it's more ranch dressing than it is salad by the time they're done – at least they're getting their veggies! If I prep a batch on a Sunday, they will stay fresh for hubby, me and the kids to eat for lunch all week!

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Mason Jar Salad

These mason jar salads are so convenient! This vegetable dicer makes it super easy to get all the dicing and chopping done FAST! We have one and it's the only way I make salads now. That, along with my salad chopper and bowl, makes preparing salads truly so much easier!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head, Iceberg Lettuce (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup, Carrots (shredded)
  • 4 Whole Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg (sliced)
  • 1/4 Cucumber (sliced)
  • 8 Cherry/Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup,  Ham or other Protein (diced)
  • 8 tbsp, Salad Dressing

Instructions

The key to maintaining the freshness with this salad is in layering the ingredients so that none will make any others mushy or wilt the lettuce. So, be sure to layer the ingredients in the mason jar as follows:

  1. Salad Dressing
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Red Onion
  6. Carrots
  7. Ham
  8. Cheese
  9. Lettuce
  10. Egg

Notes

This recipe will make 4 salads in pint-sized mason jars. The salads will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Now, I've also used this reusable salad dressing container and affixed to the top of the mason jar. This just keeps the dressing completely separate if you prefer that. When you're ready to eat the salad, just add the dressing to the mason jar and give everything a good shake so that all veggies are covered in dressing. Then, either eat right from the jar or put onto a plate or a bowl.

Mason Jar Recipes

Mason Jar Lunches – Homemade Lunchables

Mason jar salads are a quick and easy meal option! Make a big batch so your family can have healthy mason jar salads for a week!

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DIY Coach Gifts: Printable Thank You Card for Coach

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

These printable cards make great thank you gifts for coaches! If you are looking for a DIY coach gift idea, download these free printables today!

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track & Field
Volleyball
Wrestling

I can't tell you how many times through the years that these would have come in handy! Even to gift as a personal and individual card from your athlete means so much to coaches at all age levels.

A thank you can never be given too many times for the people who invest so much time into our kids! Coaching is a thankless job and it is so important! The character, integrity and work ethic my kids' possess today is largely due to having some coaches who took the time to teach them the right way to earn what they wanted!

I can remember just about every coach our boys has had through the years, even the sports that they never stuck with for more than one season. As I pulled together memorabilia for our oldest son's senior year party last year, I found his very first team photos (above)!

I mean, I can't even with the cuteness!! I was pregnant with our middle son, Caleb, when T played on this team. He only ended up playing a few seasons of Soccer until he fell in love with Basketball. I also found this little gem:

That was his first and only season of baseball (or t-ball). I kept his little hat all these years! I probably still have his shirt somewhere too. GAH I CANNOT STAND THE CUTENESS!!

If you've ever coached at that itty bitty level you know it's more like herding feral cats than anything else. Those coaches have the patience of SAINTS! So, my point in all of this is that coaches should be thanked and those cards are free and printable and make super easy homemade gifts for coaches! It won't take you much time and I guarantee your coach will truly appreciate it!

Coach gift ideas for several different sports! These free printable cards make the perfect Thank You gift for coaches! Several cards are available for to download and gift to coach!

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Mason Jar Lunches: Homemade Lunchables

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Lunchables are one of my kids' all-time favorite snacks. I seriously don't get it. It's just crackers, meat and cheese. Since they have peanut allergies, they can't even eat the treat that's in most of them since they are usually peanut products.

One week I grabbed some crackers on sale and picked up the pre-sliced cheese to snack on (since my hubby is doing keto, and I'm doing a lazy version of it, LOL). Since I didn't buy any Lunchables, our youngest son decided to make his own lunchables by slicing up the ham we already had in the fridge. He's so resourceful like that!

These homemade lunchables are nice since you can prepare in advance, slicing and sorting everything together, and package them in small mason jars. They will stay fresh for a few days, and are perfect if you are in a bind and need to get the kids something to eat before a long evening of practices (for all the Sports Moms out there)!

Mason Jar Lunches Homemade Lunchables Ingredients

Mason Jar Lunches Homemade Lunchables Directions

  1. Clean out a fruit cup container with a little soap and water.
  2. Place about 7 crackers in your empty fruit cup container.
  3. Slice your cheese and lunch meat and place into the mason jar.
  4. Place the lid ring over the bottom of the fruit cup container, the flat lid onto the jar and carefully screw the cracker container on top.

These will be perfect for school lunches too. Send a fruit cup in their lunch, and make sure they bring back the empty container so you can reuse for their homemade lunchables! However, it may be easier to empty the fruit cup at home yourself since somehow those types of things never seem to make it back home! I use these reusable containers to avoid the headaches of never getting those old fruit cup containers back!

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Mason Jar Lunches: Homemade Lunchables

These homemade lunchables are nice since you can prepare in advance, slicing and sorting everything together, and package them in small mason jars. They will stay fresh for a few days, and are perfect if you are in a bind and need to get the kids something to eat before a long evening of practices for all the Sports Moms out there!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Clean out a fruit cup container with a little soap and water.
  2. Place about 7 crackers in your empty fruit cup container.
  3. Slice your cheese and lunch meat and place into the mason jar.
  4. Place the lid ring over the bottom of the fruit cup container, the flat lid onto the jar and carefully screw the cracker container on top.
Easy lunchables DIY are a hit with the kids! They are one of many school lunch ideas and work great for a quick after-school snack. Homemade lunchables are one of my kids' favorites!

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WiFi Network and Password Sign – Free Printable Download!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Download this free printable WiFi network and password sign to display in your home! I actually bought one of these a while ago and then realized it would be just as simple to make a printable myself and get a cheap frame, so that's what you see here!

This free printable guest WiFi Password sign couldn't be any easier to make. I'm not even sure I would call this a DIY project! You're just printing the sign and placing into a frame, but the information will be appreciated either way by your guests, I'm sure of it! In fact, I'm sharing this to my personal Facebook page since many of my friends could use this for when *I* visit! :D


WiFi Network and Password Sign Supplies

WiFi Network and Password Sign DIY

  1. Print the WiFi Network and Password Sign onto white paper or card stock.
  2. Trim the edges along the inside of the black square.
  3. Open your frame, place printable inside and close up the frame.
  4. Use a dry erase marker to write your network name and password.

I hope your guests enjoy the convenience of hopping onto your family WiFi with this handy dandy sign! I had dreams of creating a TV programming list too for our guest room, but since we switched all of our TV's to ROKU and stream cable, everyone has a TV guide and that's not necessary now! Just trying to find ways to make things more cozy and convenient when we have guests, which is rare but also always welcome!

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WiFi Network and Password Sign – Free Printable Download!

Download this free printable WiFi network and password sign to display in your home!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Instructions

  1. Print our wi-fi printable onto white paper or card stock.
  2. Trim the edges along the inside of the black square.
  3. Open your frame, place printable inside and close up the frame.
  4. Use a dry erase marker to write your network name and password.
This printable WiFi password sign is free to download and will be appreciated by many guests in your home! Print the sign, add your WiFi Network and Password, and display for visitors!

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Save on a Night Out at the Movies

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Money Saving Tips for a Frugal Movie Date Night

My son went to the movie theater a few weeks ago and I gave him a $20 thinking that would be more than enough. Well, he had just enough to get ticket and get some popcorn.

Going to the movies is crazy expensive nowadays, just like anything. But with some planning prior to the night out, you can spend a little less and enjoy the evening much more.

Movie Rewards Card

Sign up for participating loyalty clubs and programs. Theaters near us have great rewards cards including AMC 24 Stubs, Regal Crown ClubRave Movie TheatersCinebistro Cobb Rewards and many other theaters offer loyalty programs. We have gotten free snacks just by purchasing tickets!

Sign up for as many of those programs to get coupons and rewards emailed to you. Many times they offer exclusive offers or priority ticket purchases just for their loyalty program email subscribers.

Fandango Movie Theaters

We purchase the majority of our tickets through the Fandango App. I am a Fandango FAN GIRL! Buying tickets in advance, and even choosing our seats depending on the theater, is my favorite way to go to the movies now! Yes, there is a service fee but I am totally fine with that! It is nominal compared to my time to ensure we get to the theater early enough to get tickets for our large group as we usually go with at least 5-10 people.

I also love the Fandango loyalty rewards program too! We received a code for a free movie premier poster as one of the Insider Perks they offer. The other nice benefit is that you can also attach your movie theater's loyalty reward number inside the app so you can get those reward points too!

Cheap Movie Theaters

There are few dollar theaters near me. The drawback is that they show older movies. However, this sometimes works out to our advantage since we are so busy and can't always see movies before they leave our preferred theaters. Yay for business and procrastination?! :-)

Also, don't forget the Regal cinema Tuesday deals where you can see a limited selection of movies for just $5. While it's not considered one of the cheap movie theaters, it is still a great cheap deal! During these showtimes, they also offer great snack deals so it can be an affordable way to have a movie theater day. Bundle those great deals with the other potential savings mentioned throughout and you can have a frugal day of fun!

Purchase Gift Cards

Costco, Sam's Club and many grocery stores sell gift cards for AMC Theatres and Fandango. Costco and Sam's Club offer a small discount on the face value. Kroger's discount comes in the fuel rewards you earn on the purchase of the gift cards. You can also purchase discounted gift cards at Gift Card Granny. There is one on there now for AMC saving you 13%.

Entertainment Book Coupons

Our local area offers coupons in the Entertainment Coupon Book.  The Entertainment Book is always on sale. It's a great deal with lots of coupons, but our local book has coupons for the local theaters too! It pays for itself with just a few uses!

Eat Before You Go

Dine out before you go. Pick up discounted gift cards at Gift Card Granny. Save 10% on cards from TGI Friday's, Benihana and Applebees. Check your Entertainment Book for coupons to use too! You may also want to search your local Groupon deals for restaurant discounts.

As you can see, there are lots of different ways you can save on the grub so you don't spend a fortune on food at the movie theater!

Snack and Save

OK, so even if you do eat before you go, who can resist the movie theatre butter popcorn?! Get the massively ginormous popcorn and split it with everyone in your group. Bring paper bags from home so each person has their own bag. Grab some of the snack caddies from the Dollar Tree or on Amazon so everyone can stay ultra organized too.

Matinee Movie Prices

One final way we save is buying tickets for the matinee viewings. With our family of 5, this savings can add up substantially! Plus, it's not as crowded when you go during the day. Bonus: we are old fogies and like to go to bed early so we can actually stay awake and watch the entire movie during the matinee showtimes! No shame in our early-to-bed game!

How do you save money at the movies?

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Make Money Online with Fiverr

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

How to make money online is a topic I love sharing about on the site! Exploring new and unique ways to make money from home can be the answer to many people's tight budgets. This post will be one more I hope that provides value and gives some good information!

Fiverr is a website that I have personally used seeking help with small jobs so I know it's in demand and can be very lucrative. There are many freelancers who have started to earn a living with this one platform. Having a side hustle by putting gigs on Fiverr can be a promising financial option! There are many ways you can make money from home with Fiverr!

What is Fiverr

While Fiverr started off with only $5 gigs, there are many ways to offer upgrades and in turn actually, make big money on Fiverr. Today I’m going to tell you how you can make money online with Fiverr, just in case you’re looking for a side hustle to bring in some extra cash.

How Does Fiverr Work

There a many services you can offer as gigs on Fiverr that will begin to bring in good money. Some of the gigs you’ll find on Fiverr include video voiceover, article writing, drawing cartoon characters, creating custom logos, promote a business on Facebook, and comment on blog posts. The type of gig you offer can be anything based on the skills you have with a bit of creativity in marketing.

How to Sell on Fiverr

Setup an account and start posting relevant gigs. You’ll have to start on the lower end on Fiverr. Admittedly it will seem like you’re never going to rise above the measly $5 which ends up being lower after the $1 Fiverr fee and PayPal fees are deducted.

As you start to provide excellent service and complete the job in a timely fashion, customers will leave positive feedback. You can then work your way up to a higher level on Fiverr, which opens the doors to more options on upgraded services.

Fiverr Jobs

You can start a gig with a basic portion of your service. But then you will want to start offering service upgrades!

For example, if you write articles then you may only write a 300 word article for $5. But, if a customer wants a longer article you can input options for upgrades that can include an SEO friendly article, longer word count, more extensively research content or an article written on a focus keyword for the customer. You can use your creativity to offer many upgrades that will increase the revenue earned from just one gig.

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How to Make Money on Fiverr

Once you have your plan set in motion to make money online with Fiverr, it’s time to start promoting! Set up your Fiverr profile using keyword rich descriptions for all services you offer. Be certain to review some of the other Fiverr members to see what they have written for similar gigs. You’ll want to tweak your descriptions to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Fiverr Reviews

There are a lot of freelancers on Fiverr, so it may seem intimidating, but the reality is if you promote your gigs, use a bit of creativity and market to your social media following. Be sure to ask previous customers for reviews as this will help you obtain new customers. I always look at customer feedback before I place an order or purchase a gig. This will set you apart from others offering similar services!

Websites Like Fiverr

There are many Fiverr alternatives available, and some I've also used myself! Check out these posts for more detailed information:

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Those posts are a good start if you are interested in making money online with websites like Fiverr! You can make money online with Fiverr working fewer hours than you’d think!

Do you have any Fiverr ideas or tips?

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