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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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.

Make Money Online and From Home

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:

Make Money Doing Freelance Work Online
Make Money Online as a Virtual Assistant
Make Money from Home as a General Transcriptionist

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?

Ways to Make Money Online

Make Money Online with Fiverr

Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit

Crafts to Make and Sell: Best Ways to Make Money with Crafts

An Emergency Fund Savings account is so important! To start your Emergency Fund, consider selling stuff around your house! Check out these 20 items you can sell to start building an emergency savings fund so you are prepared for a financial emergency.

Emergency Fund Savings: 20 Items to Sell to Fund the Account

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How to Make Your Own Salt Scrub

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

I love using a salt scrub to make my hands and feet feel smooth.  I bought a Salt Scrub from Bath and Body Works a while back and it was wonderful.  It was about $12 for a small jar. I just can't afford the price all the time.

I came up with a recipe that works just as well as the high priced Salts that I bought.  I also know what went into it.  There is nothing harmful and the best thing is that I can pronounce everything that I used!

How to Make Bath Salts

Lemon Salt Scrub Ingredients

  • 1 cup, Body Oil
  • 2 cups, Epsom Salts or Sea Salt (I mixed them)
  • Zest of (1) Lemon or 5-7 drops of your favorite Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil
  • Mason Jar or (1) 3-Cup Container



Lemon Salt Scrub Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup body oil and 2 cups Epsom/Sea Salt in bowl.
  2. Place the zest of the lemon into the bowl and stir.  You can add essential oil here instead of the lemon if you want.
  3. Pour the ingredients into the jar and close tightly.

Make any kind of label and place onto the jar along with some ribbon if you are giving it as a gift!

DIY vs BUY Comparison

That is an 83 % savings if you make it on your own costing just $2.15 versus buying at $13 a container. It feels just like the high priced scrub.  You can also cut the ingredients in half to make a smaller jar and save more!

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How to Make Your Own Salt Scrub

Homemade bath salts are so easy to make! This epsom bath salt recipe can take on any scent that you prefer! Make the scrub with your natural essential oils.

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup, Body Oil (I used baby oil here)
  • 2 cups, Epsom Salts or Sea Salt (I mixed them)
  • Zest of (1) Lemon or 5-7 drops of your favorite Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil
  • Mason Jar or (1) 3-Cup Container

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup body oil and 2 cups Epsom/Sea Salt in bowl.
  2. Place the zest of the lemon into the bowl and stir.  You can add essential oil here instead of the lemon if you want.
  3. Pour the ingredients into the jar and close tightly.

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Bath Bomb Fizzy Bath Powder Recipe

Learn how to make bath bombs in this easy DIY.

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Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit: 200+ Craft Ideas!

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

If you are looking for creative ways to make money, this huge list of crafts to make and sell is one full of inspirational and easy crafts to make! With over 200 items – and growing as we find new cool tutorials for you to add – this is the best list of crafts to make and sell for profit!

As I was curating this list, I started to remember past farmer's markets and craft shows that I've attended. So many of the items on this list are items that those vendors were selling! I even did the math in my head as I looked at each item (as I always do) calculating the raw materials and manpower required and they are making a very generous profit!

Every crafter started somewhere for different reasons. Whether it was from a true passion in creating treats and toys for their pets, or the love to make their own friends and family members non-toxic personal care items. They each took the opportunity to take their own DIY's and sell the crafts to make a profit!

Crafts to Sell

There are truly so many great craft ideas to consider making. You will surely find something on this list to see what you are most interested in and what would fit within your startup budget.

Arm Crochet Blanket
Binky Clips
Button Crocheted Boot Cuffs
Chapstick Key Chain Holder
DIY Plant Markers
DIY Twist and Scrub Polish Remover
Easy Elastic Headband
Easy Sucker Bouquet
Fabric Chapstick Holder
Hand Sanitizer Jacket
How to Print Shirts at Home with an Iron and Printer
Monogram Clay Keychain
Rainbow Cup Cozy
Stenciled Tote Bag
Triangle Pouch
Upcycled Jewelry Holder
Wristlet Key Fob

Crafts That Make Money

Before you even begin, give lots of thought to what you want your margins and profit to be. If you are spending $10 for materials, consider how much your time is worth and price your items accordingly. Also, think back to when you saw something similar at a craft sale so you have an idea what you can price the item(s). You deserve to be paid a decent wage for these DIY crafts to make money!

American Flag Wall Decor
Blanket Ladder DIY

Clay Leaf Bowls
Concrete Vase
Distressed Painted Signs
DIY Sign
Family Math Sign
Farmhouse Tray
Faux Metal Farmhouse Sign
Flannel Blankets
Growth Chart Ruler
Hanging Mason Jar Vase
Home Sweet Home Wall Art
Letter Art
Lost Sock Plaque
Metal and Wood Anniversary Sign
Metal Letter Signs
Pallet Clock
Pallet Plaque
Palo Santo Bundles
Personalized Photo Clock
Pressed Lavender Art and French Wall Art
Repurposed Tennis Racket Photo Holder

Rustic American Flag Sign
Rustic Blessed Sign
Rustic Wooden Arrow
Song Lyric Plate
String Art
Succulent Frame
Thankful List Decor
USA Pallet Sign
Welcome Sign
Wine Rack
Winter Woodland Sign
Wood Letter Decor
Wood Pallet Sign
Custom Wood Signs DIY
Wooden Journal

Things to Make and Sell from Home

One of the benefits to making crafts from home is that you get to be *at home* working! If the margins aren't exactly what you were hoping for you also have to consider that you getting to make your own hours to run a business. That is one of those priceless benefits.

You can also get your process streamlined well while being at home and start to make items in bulk. This is an area that my husband is a HUGE support since his day job is to optimize operational output. I've had to ask him to settle down with all of his suggestions a few times as he's watched me work less than efficient, apparently. :)

Bath Bomb Fizzy Bath Powder
Bath Bomb Recipe

Body Wash
Coconut Bubble Bath Salts
Coffee Sugar Scrub
DIY Lip Scrub
Gemstone Soap
Grapefruit and Lime Lip Balm
Homemade Bath Bombs
Homemade Bath Bombs
Homemade Gardener's Soap
Homemade Shower Melts
Homemade Soap Recipe

Homemade Toilet Cleansing Discs
Lavender Shower Melts
Lemon Poppy Seed Soap
Lemon Sugar Scrub
Lemongrass Bath Salts
Lotion Bars
Makeup Bags
Mica Powder Lip Stain
Orange Bath Salts
Orange Flaxseed Soap
Orange Vanilla Bath Salts
Peppermint Sugar Scrub
Rainbow Soap
Scarlet Mica Powder Soap
Shower Melts
Spray Deodorant
Sugar Scrub Bars
Unicorn Bath Bombs
Vanilla Orange Bath Salts
Whipped Body Butter
Yellow Sun Bursts Bath Bombs

Hot Craft Ideas to Sell

Different seasons create higher trends or “hot” crafts that will sell well. There is a different season for Christmas crafts to sell, since those most likely won't sell well with any Halloween crafts. Craft ideas to use during the Summer months will most likely sell better during that timeframe. Don't spend your time and money creating crafts that may not be in season for whatever craft sale you may be attending.

Citronella Candle
DIY Wax Warmer Cubes
Happy Camper Pot Holder
Headband

Homemade Fabric Softener
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaning Discs
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Hot Handle Holder
Hot Handle Pot Holder
Lemon Beeswax Candle
Pour and Melt LEGO Soaps
Stamped Wooden Utensils
Autumn Wreath
Baseball Wreath
Carpenter Bee Trap
Come Back with Tacos Welcome Mat
DIY Mailbox
Easy DIY Planters
Easy Faux DIY Boxwood Wreath
Farmhouse Wall Planter
Garden Art
Garden Hose Hiding Outdoor Planter
Garden Hose Holder
Hanging Fence Garden Boxes
HELLO Welcome Mat
HOME Welcome Mat
Modern Minimal Wreath
Monogram Planter
Succulent Turtle
Table Top Fire Bowls
Tall Garden Planter
Tapered Cedar Planters
Versailles Planter
Wood Flag Wreath

Crafts to Make and Sell from Home

The sky is truly the limit with crafts you can make and sell from home. Find a need out there that you yourself have had in the past. That's where some of my best ideas have come from through the years! I guarantee you someone will buy it! If you have a need, most likely someone else does also.

Backyard Four-in-a-Row (Connect 4) Game
Backyard Plinko Party Game
Backyard Scrabble
Cornhole Bean Bags
Cornhole Boards
Giant Jenga
Giant Kerplunk Outdoor Game
Giant Lawn Dominos
Ladder Golf Game
Oversized Tic Tac Toe
Scrabble Tiles
Wooden Yard Dice

DIY Crafts

Truly all of these ideas are a DIY, which makes them that much better! You are creating something for yourself and by doubling or quintupling the supplies and materials, you can have some to sell! Your time will most likely be around the same to create multiples or additional batches. When you work more efficiently, you really begin to realize even more profit!

3-Ingredient Salmon Cat Treats
Adjustable Dog Collar
Anti-Flea Dog Shampoo
Blueberry, Banana and Flax Frosty Paws Dog Treats
Breath Freshening Dog Treats
Burrow Dog Bed
Carrot And Banana Natural Dog Treat
Cat Bow Tie
Chicken Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe
Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats
DIY Dog Bandana
DIY Dog Bed

DIY Doggie Breath Mints
Dog Collar
Dog Leash
Dog Treat Holder
Dog Waste Bag Holder
Doggie Peanut Butter and Tummy Soothing Pumpkin Balls
Drawer Dog Bed
Easy Homemade Cat Treats
Elevated Dog Bed
Felt Bow
Flea Prevention Dog Treats
Grain Free Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Healthy Homemade Dehydrated Dog Treats
Homemade Dog Shampoo
Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats
Homemade Salmon Oat Cat Treats
Mud Puppy Cleaning Mitten
No Flea Dog Biscuits
No-Sew Dog Bow Tie Collar Slide
No-Sew Pet Bed
No-Sew Wedding Bow Tie
Paracord Dog Leash
Paw Balm for Dogs and Cats
Pet Bed
Pet Bowl Stand
Pet Coat
Rope Ball Surprise DIY Dog Toy
Snuffle Activity Mat
Spinach, Carrot And Zucchini Dog Treats
Tug-of-War Dog Toy

Sell Things Online

Some of these items would do very well if you wanted to sell them online. Especially the items that are smaller as it makes shipping cheaper and much easier to send. In my other post, Best Ways to Make Money with Crafts, I touched on the different ways you can market and sell your crafts. Definitely check out that post as there are lots of tried and true ways to sell your things online!

Bridesmaid Gift Box
Candied Pecans

Chunky Chocolate Cookie Mix
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Country Six Bean Soup Mix
Cranberry Pecan Muffin Mix
Deluxe Oatmeal Cookies
Easy Gift: Not Your Average Wine Basket
Easy Playdough Recipe
Football Cookie Pops

Fruited Rice Mix
Glittery Gem Chocolates

Italian Tomato + Pasta Soup Mix
Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookie Mix
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix
Pork Rub Mix
Raisin Oat Scone Mix
Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
Salted Caramel
Tea Bouquet
Hand Stamped Necklace
Stamped Brass Keychain
Stamped Jewelry
Stamped Keychain
Stamped Leather Bracelet
Stamped Washer Necklace
Activity Bags
Baby Blanket
Coloring Book Crayong Bag
DIY Car Seat Cover
DIY Farmhouse Doll Bed
Homemade Moon Dough
Homemade Play Dough
Homemade Slime Recipe
Liquid Chalk Paint
Rol-Up Organizer

How to Make Money

Don't forget that you can also make great money from home by offering services and goods. Check out the many comprehensive posts we have done through the years on How to Make Money. There are so many legitimate opportunities you can start with very little to no money required up front!

As for Crafts to Make and Sell for Profit, as I find other cool DIY crafts that I think would do well as a home-based business, I will update this list. Helping my friends – and you – find ways to add income to their family is truly a passion of mine. I always go the extra mile to support these businesses myself because I know it can literally mean a family can have a movie-night out once in a while. This type of income has also been a blessing for our family as well!

Check out other Ways to Make Money from Home!

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Shipt vs Instacart: Which Grocery Delivery Service is Right for You

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

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Grocery delivery is super convenient with the jam-packed schedules we all have nowadays. For busy moms that would otherwise have to drag the kids to the grocery, sports moms who have practices, games, {fill in the blank} other sport commitments to shuffle the kids to and from, or for those that can not go to the store for health reasons, grocery delivery makes life so much easier. Even vacations go smoother when someone else can do the shopping for you!

Shipt or Instacart

If shopping from your phone or computer appeals to you, Shipt or Instacart may be just what you need. We gave both of these popular grocery delivery services a try and are sharing our unbiased review of both.

Both services will give you a 2-week trial and a small discount for giving them a try. Both offer an annual and a monthly subscription, and both offer a variety of stores to choose from depending on your area. Let's compare the two in more detail.

How Does Shipt Work?

Ship through Shipt Meijer, Shipt Target grocery pickup, HEB grocery delivery, and other more regional retailers. You can check if you are in their coverage area and see what stores they offer by visiting shipt.com. Right now, you can get an annual Shipt membership for just $49!

Shipt Markup

Shipt does not markup prices! Prices are close to in-store prices, and they offer a lot of non-food options due to working with superstores. This is great for those that need to have a variety available. You can get all of your items at one-store and make the delivery fees really work for you!

Shipt Shopper

Shipt shoppers stay in communication through the entire process of shopping. They have a uniform t-shirt so everyone knows who they are coming to the house and you know who is at your door. After you get your order you will be prompted to rate your shopping experience. You even have the opportunity to give feedback just like lyft offers.

You will never see your actual receipt from Shipt which limits your coupon rebate app options. However, you can use the digital coupons attached to membership cards where available.

How Does Instacart Work?

Instacart offers a different variety of stores from your local CVS pharmacy, Petco, Kroger and even Aldi in select lucky locations. Many more of your favorite grocery stores are also included, as well as Costco Instacart.

Instacart Prices

Instacart flat out tells you that prices are expected to be a bit higher. This can be a turn off until you take a look as see that the prices are not marked up a large percentage. Many items are no marked up at all. If you often need items from different stores Instacart is a great option.

Instacart Fees

Instacart offers annual and monthly memberships also, but for those of you that need a quick order and not a regular delivery can opt to pay a one-time delivery fee. Your first delivery is free and you can even get $10 off your first order making it a great way to save on shopping with Instant cart. Most Instacart shoppers will toss the receipt in the bag allowing you to use it with all of your coupon rebate apps.

Instacart Personal Grocery Shopper

Instacart has no uniform which is good if you have nosey neighbors and would rather them not know your business. You can chat with your shopper but unlike Shipt they do not contact you when they start shopping.

A huge advantage to Instacart is you can see where your order is and get a notice right before they pull up from the apps GPS. After your order arrives you can rate your delivery but not leave comments on why you picked your rating.

For more information on Instacart, check out our Instacart Review on the Instacart Shopper app.

Grocery Delivery Services on Vacation

Also think about shopping outside of your general area for things like family visits or vacations. When we vacationed in Hawaii a few years ago, we had a villa with a kitchen. To save on meals, we visited the nearby Costco so we could prepare a few meals in the villa. It would have been worth having either service to delivery our groceries, and paying all delivery fees or membership cost, versus having a rental car for a grocery tip.

Luckily we had a rental car and could drive to the warehouse, but if we didn't it would have made getting groceries delivered more challenging! The same could have been done to help us save money on our Disney World vacation! All of those little things can add up and consequently can also be big savings if you can avoid the expense, like a rental car or more unnecessary dining out.

It's also another great benefit for same day grocery delivery! Place your order as soon as you arrive on vacation! You can have your cart already loaded and place the order when you arrive at your destination!

Shipt vs Instacart

Our overall review? They are very similar. Both also offer same day grocery delivery. Really, to decide on which service is right for you may mean checking to see what is available in your area. Decide on whether or not you need the service more than once to compare the delivery fees and membership cost options.

With all of that information, compare the options from each services availability to find the store that provides you with everything you need. You may find that one service is better than the other simply because they offer products that your family uses more frequently.

Do you use Shipt or Instacart?
Share your review on one or the other in the comments!

Instacart Shopper App Review

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Instacart Shopper App: Save Money with Grocery Delivery Service

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Grocery Delivery is not something I would have envisioned 10 years ago when I started the site. However, here we are. I gotta say that the new technology is definitely something I am loving more including the ability to utilize digital coupons. Savings at my fingertips is something I truly love!

Grocery Delivery Service

Having groceries delivered to your home is something that I scoffed at because of the perception that the cost may be higher than normal. That's not always the case and this post will show you how Instacart grocery delivery service can help you actually save money!

There are definite advantages including getting great deals at the grocery. Yes, it's possible! Read on to learn all of the ways to save money on groceries and my personal Instacart review!

How Does Instacart Work

Using a grocery delivery service can cost more than if you ran to the store yourself but it has its advantages. While it may be hard to imagine deal shopping on grocery delivery it is entirely possible. With Instacart you can find great deals for your family while enjoying the convenience of grocery delivery.

How Much Does Instacart Cost?

You pay a delivery fee, which varies depending on the size of the order and delivery time chosen in the app. They always offer your first two weeks free with $10 off your first order so be sure to take advantage and give the service a try. If you fall in love take advantage of the discounted 1-year Instacart Express memberships that pop up around the holidays.

Instacart Fees

If you find that you will use the service frequently, definitely sign up for an Instacart Express membership to receive free delivery on all orders over $35. You can get a FREE 14-day trial to test out the service.

To take full advantage of Instacart Express membership fees, shop for items that cost less at your Instacart store of choice than those that are near you to meet the Instacart Express $35 minimum for free delivery. If the stores offered by Instacart are further from your home, keep that in mind as you compare prices while doing your regular shopping.

For us, this includes basics like, milk, eggs, and butter that can be very expensive at the local grocery store but less on Instacart. It makes sense to include them on my grocery delivery since I'm saving by getting free delivery.

Instacart Promos

Take advantage of the buy $20 get $5 off deals. These are often everyday staples like breakfast foods, snacks, baby care, and pet care items. These deals help offset the slightly higher prices you find on Instacart.

Check the Instacart coupon section in the app. Occasionally you will find great coupons dropping your price of items to just a few cents. These also make great fillers to hit the Instacart Express $35 minimum and can be stored for future use.

The coupons available in Instacart are the same digital coupons available at the stores you are shopping. Use money saving apps like Ibotta to save even more. Most Instacart drivers will put your receipt in your bag without you having to ask but send a quick message in the chat while they are shopping to ensure you get the receipt. The same receipt can be used in other coupon apps.

Instacart Prices

Check the meats. Occasionally you will find a better deal on meets in the Instacart app then in-store at the same store making it a great deal to snatch up. This is another great idea to meet that Instacart Express minimum delivery requirement.

Some stores allow you to connect your store rewards card. Take advantage of this combination to get the most from your Instacart shopping. They continue to roll out more store loyalty programs so keep an eye in the app to see if your store's rewards program is connected.

Gather Instacart promo codes with a quick google search so you don't miss a deal before ordering. While this can be hit or miss it never hurts to take a look. Most you will find are for new customers but sometimes you will find random coupon promo codes.

Instacart Costco

I was the most excited about using Instacart with Costco. Costco is a 20+ minute drive depending on which location I visit, so it's not as easy as running to the nearest Kroger when we need something. However, I noticed that prices are higher in the Instacart app versus shopping yourself at Costco. This is mainly so Instacart can have one set price in the app for all Instacart location.

I understand this to a degree but it wasn't beneficial for me to use Instacart for my Costco shopping. I may do it in a pinch. Now that I think about it, I may actually save *more* by using Instacart for Costco since I always seem to buy so many other things that weren't on my list. I need to think on that one more!

Instacart Referral Benefits

The best way to save money on groceries with Instacart is to refer your friends. Once you have fallen in love with grocery delivery be sure to share the news with your friends so they can enjoy the convenience of grocery delivery and you get a $10 Instacart referral bonus on your next order for referring them.

While you are at it, send them the link to this post so they can learn some simple tricks to save money on Instant Cart as well! Sharing is caring, especially when it comes to saving time and money! :-)

Instacart Review

So, overall, would I recommend Instacart? Yes! But, I still like to shop in-store. I may be one of the weird people left that does actually enjoy going to the grocery. However, with the season of our life being crazy busy and being a sports mom, this definitely helps me have more quality time with my family. At the end of the day you cannot put a price on that so the nominal fees are worth it.

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