Learning Phonics with Letterland

With the school year starting, some schools have already started (where the heck did summer go?!), kids are getting back into the swing of things with homework, field trips,  and learning lots of new things. My oldest is starting her second year of preschool next month and I have to admit, we slacked off this summer. With a new baby born in March, we didn’tletterland_logo have a lot of time to work on things she’d learned during the school year. Because of my slacking, we began working on letters and numbers. I heard wonderful things about Letterland, child-friendly phonics, so I reached out and they were kind enough to send two fantastic products.

Letterland has been in business for over 45 year and during those years, they have published hundreds of books to help children read, write and spell to millions of parents around the world. Their products are actually available in over one hundred countries! Letterland uses characters and actions to teach phonics that are scientifically backed.

Letterland sent me their Phonics Touch & Trace Flashcards ($11.99) and Phonics Touch & Trace Book ($14.99) and they’re both phenomenal learning tools! The flashcards and the book have velvet letters that children can trace with their fingers to “write” the letter. There are arrows showing which way to start tracing each letter and dotted lines to help them stay on track. The velvet letters are a huge hit and make it easier for my daughter to trace the letters. She’s almost four, I was pretty surprised how quickly she caught on (she previously refused to do any “writing” with me). Learning to trace the letters and what each letter is (she’s still working on knowing which letter is which but has most down), is really going to help this year when she learns to write her name and the alphabet.

She also loves the stories on each paLetterland-wallpaper5ge that use alliteration. The flashcards help reiterate what she has learned. Several games are included with the flashcards, that make learning how to pronounce letter sounds, finger tracing letters and building simple three letter words to read even more fun!

I am anxious to keep using the workbook and flashcards throughout the year and to see what else my daughter will learn. I give these products a 5 out of 5 stars, because they work! Letterland has so many fun and education products to offer, there are too many to list!  Check out their website here to see everything!

Be sure to follow Letterland on Facebook and Twitter for new products!

– Casey

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

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Silikids Siliskin Sippy & Straw Cup {Review}

When you’re the parent of a toddler, you know all about sippy cups. You know how important a good sippy cup is and how necessary it is for it to be leak-free. Nothing makes me angrier th5FnjE1uVan a sippy cup that leaks everywhere. If I wanted my toddler to spill sticky liquids everywhere, I would just give her a regular cup without a lid. What would make a sippy cup even better is a sippy lid that is universal and fits on any cup. While searching for a such a lid, I came across Silikids Siliskin Sippy Cup and Silicone Straw Cup. After reaching out to Silikids, I was kindly sent a fantastic sippy cup and straw cup.

Silikids is an innovative company, started in 2006, that’s main focus is products made of silicone. Silicone is a safe alternative to chemical-laced plastic. Silikids products are made of 100% food-grade silicone and they’re easy s500774824218195250_p40_i15_w640to clean and super easy to use.

Silikids silicone is:

  • Safe
  • Durable
  • Free of BPA, bisphenol-A, lead, PVC and phthalates.

I love using silicone cups instead of plastic when I can, and I just love Silikids’ sippy and straw cups! The cups are thick and extremely durable, my toddler is so rough with her cups and it’s really held up, it pretty much looks like I just took it out of the box. The lids are incredible! The lids are so soft, flexible and stretchy. To get liquid out of the spout, you have to gently bite down and suck, making it truly leak-free. The straw cup does leak but I chalk it up to being a regular straw. I love that they can be used with practically any kind of cup (depending on the width of the cup), as it stretches around the rim. It is secure enough to where it can be thrown and tossed around but it doesn’t budge from the cup. I love being able to just throw the silicone lid in my purse and take it with us when we go out to eat and not have to worry about bringing a sippy cup for my daughter. I just put the lid on a regular cup at the restaurant and she’s good to go!s500774824218195250_p41_i12_w640I give Silikids Siliskins Sippy Cup and Straw Cups a 5 out of 5 stars. Silikids’ cups are new staples in our household. I love how travel friendly they are and how easy they are to clean and use! I will say I can’t put the lid on the cup with one hand (as my 4 month old is s500774824218195250_p49_i2_w640always in my arms) but that’s the only “bad” thing I can say about it. Silikids has a lot of awesome and innovative products, we’ve even reviewed a few of them – Silikids Silicone Spoons & Bags and the Silikids Silibib. Be sure to check out their website to see their entire product line!

Don’t forget to follow Silikids on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for new releases and sales!

– Casey

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences and we never guarantee a positive review.**

D-Link Day & Night Wi-Fi Baby Monitor {Review}

This past, week my husband and I decided it was time for our 9 week old to move into her big sister’s bedroom (she has been in our room since birth) and I knew we needed a baby monitor to keep an eye on them. She has been sleeping through the night for about two weeks and we desperately wanted to have our room to ourselves again, my poor husband has been on the couch since she came home! We weren’t concerned aboFullSizeRender (1)ut having a video monitor, as our iPhones and iPad could double as monitors (and it saves money!). We just wanted a good camera that we could hear and see our girls on. We went with the D-Link Day & Night DCS-800L Wi-Fi Baby Monitor and I am so glad! I don’t know much about baby monitors or cameras for that matter, but this one has exceeded my expectations!

First off, it’s small so we attached it to the top corner of my daughter’s crib to where we can see the baby and also my three year old in her bed. The way we set it up in their room up is perfect for the angle we get with the camera. It can be set up wirelessly or plug it in. We opted to just plug it in so we didn’t have to worry about a dead battery but the wireless option is nice so we can use it anywhere. It also has all of the features I wanted in a monitor. The video picture is incredibly clear for a baby monitor. I am pleasantly surprised with the quality. I love that you can snap pictures or take videos right from the live feed. So if your baby or toddler is doing something cute, it automatically saves to your camera roll.

Features:

  • It has 2-way audio so you can sooth baby without going into the room\
  • Infrared night vision, sees up to 16 feet
  • Prerecorded 5 soothing lullabies
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 802.11n wireless lets you place the camera anywhere
  • Motion or sound alerts when baby moves or cries
  • Notifications can be sent to your phone for detected events
  • 3 interchangeable accent rings: yellow, pink and blue
  • H.264 video compression and PCM audio
  • Snap photos or record video live video with app
  • Can be powered by an external USB battery
  • Compatible with iPhone and iPad using iOS 5.1.1 or higher
  • Compatible with Android smartphones and tablets using Android 4.1 or higher

Once you set up the camera, you download D-Link’s free app. It’s easy to do and takes a minute. When your D-Link account is setup, you can access the camera remotely as long as you have wi-fi connection on your tablet or phone and also through the website so you can see baby from any computer, anywhere in the world. The video quality is superb, even at night, so you can always see baby perfectly. The infrared night vision turns on automatically when blinds are drawn or at night. The app offers so much for parents’ peacedlink2 of mind, like movement and sound alerts (that you can also get e-mailed to you) and even if your phone or tablet is locked, you can still hear what is going on which is so important as it won’t kill your battery!

I am so glad we went with this camera. The price is on point as well at $99.99 (I purchased from Kmart but it’s available at many stores or websites). We have had zero complaints and are thrilled that it works so well. There are several different models, some of which have panning capabilities, which is the only feature I now wish this model had but I am very impatient and a local store had this model in stock so I didn’t have to order it online. But overall, I give it 5 stars. I honestly can’t find anything wrong with it!

– Casey

Mommy has OCD

Being a parent is hard. I mean, it’s a never, ever, ever ending job. Your work is never done and will probably never be done even when your babies are grown with babies of their own. But I find being Obsessive Compulsive AND a mom is literally the hardest thing I may ever do. When you have OCD, you obsess over specific things. For me, it’s cleaning and tiporganization. If you come to my house and I’m expecting you, you most likely won’t find any toys in the living room, kitchen, bathroom or our bedroom. All of my three year old’s toys are in her room with a few lucky ones in the future playroom in the basement. All of those toys are organized to a damn T. You wouldn’t even know we have children if it weren’t for their pictures plastered on the walls, artwork displayed on the fridge, the rack drying my youngest daughter’s bottles on the kitchen counter and the mamaRoo in the living room (it’s hard to move and store). Being told “for having kids, your house is the cleanest I have ever seen” is one of the best compliments I have ever gotten. Here is a little glimpse inside my irrational and sometimes crazy OCD mind.

Dishes: There cannot be any dishes left in the sink at night for me to do in the morning. There is no way I can sleep knowing they are there. I just can’t. Also, iftoys2 you want to see me to go bat shit crazy, go ahead and put a dirty dish in the sink right after I get done washing and drying all of them. I freaking double dog dare you.

Toys: Ahh, with kids come massive amounts toys. You can throw one away each day and it seems like three show up in its place. Who buys all this crap anyway? When I notice my daughter is done playing with something, like Lego Duplos for example, no matter how bad I fight it, I have to clean them up and put them away even though I know she will get them back out five minutes later (it happens every time). They all have specific places for them in her room, too. Although my husband knows this, he refuses to put them where they go. I think he does it on purpose to see if my head will actually spin all the way around.

Sweeping: If you have a dog or cat or both, you know how much hair they can produce. You can find it along the baseboards of each room, clumps of it stuck to the carpet, pretty much everywhere in your house. It is utterly disgusting and gets even worse the two times a year when our Border Collie/Lab mix sheds his coat. There are days when I don’t get to eat but remember that I had some of his hair in my mouth several times that day so that must count as eating something. Anyone know how many calories hair has? No matter how many times I vacuum the entire house and brush his coat outside, the hair never goes away and it’s almost maddening Washing windowshow fast it finds its way back to the baseboards.

Windows: The hardest ‘chore’ (if you want to call it a chore) for me are the windows. They are never clean enough, even the ones my toddler isn’t able to reach and lick. If I see a smudge or streak, I have to drop everything (except the baby, I lay her down), get my Windex and paper towels and get to cleaning. But it’s never good enough. Sometimes it looked better before I tried to clean them which fills me with rage which means it’s earmuff time for my toddler as I drop a few f-bombs. Someone should invent self cleaning windows or a spray like Rain-X so it repels everything. Did I just invent a multi-million dollar product? Shark Tank, here I come! 

Laundry: I never understood when people said ‘it’s laundry day’ and have mounds and mounds of laundry to do. Every day is laundry day at this house. I do at least one load a day. We have a hamper in our room but no clothes ever see the inside olaundryf it. They get thrown downstairs and get put in the washer and I run it when it’s full. There are never any towels on the floor or random socks anywhere. If you looked in our closets you would definitely know someone with OCD lives here. All of our clothes are organized by color and sleeve and pant length. Yes, I know I have entirely too much time on my hands.

Making Beds: If I could, I would make the beds while my husband and and daughter are still in them. I just can’t with unfolded blankets, pillows thrown about and the sheets wrinkled. It makes my skin crawl just looking at an unmade bed. I don’t drink coffee or tea in the morning (or at all – how am I so high strung without caffeine?) so to get my day going I have to make our beds. Now that I say that out loud it sounds a little crazy.

Organizing: I like to think of myself as the Queen of Organization because my house is so organized that it annoys the shit out of me (and my loving husband, too). Everything has to be lined up perfectly, centered on the wall, facing the right way, labels out and it has to be clean. Rugs on the floor have to be lined up perfectly to the couch or in the center of the cabinet it lies under. I don’t even like my husband to touch certain things because I know he won’t put it back the correct way. He knows he will feel the wrath of his crazy ass wife. How in the hell am I still marriCrazy housewife with kitchen toolsed? My husband is an honest to God saint.

I’ve seen quotes saying “a messy home means love lives here” or something to that effect. A messy home may mean that love lives there but it doesn’t mean love doesn’t live here. It’s just a spotless, well manicured kind of love so mommy doesn’t lose her shit.

– Casey

Baby Trend 1st Debut 3-Wheel Travel System {Review}

I’m a big fan of Baby Trend baby products. When I was pregnant with my first daughter I received their Expedition Travel System (jogging stroller + infant car seat) which is a phenomenal product system. The stroller is so rugged and sturdy with its bike-like tires, it literally can be used on any surface (I’ve tested it) and I always recommend it to friends who are buying or registering for their baby. Baby Trend car seats are safe and affordable which is very importable to me. I was excited when I saw they added more sleek and modern designs to their stroller and car seat line and when I was pregnant with my second baby I knew I wanted to go with Baby Trend again.

debutProduct Facts:

  • Stroller Weight limit: birth to 50 pounds
  • Stroller Height limit: up to 42”
  • Car seat Weight limit: 5 to 32 pounds
  • Car seat Height limit: up to 32”

I was given the opportunity to review Baby Trend’s 1st Debut 3-Wheel Travel System and I was thrilled to give it a spin and share its beauty with our readers! As soon as the delivery man dropped it travel system off, I ripped the box open (the big box doubles as the best free toy for toddlers!) and assembled the stroller. It was incredibly easy to put together – I did it by myself with my whiny toddler and baby clinging to me. I didn’t even have to look at the instructions. Once together (took maybe 5 minutes), I strolled around my house with my 7 week old. It was such a smooth ride! I first tried the bassinet which I liked but the canopy doesn’t cover as much as I would like even when I unfolded the gray lip out. It’s so easy to attach to and remove from stroller and it folds flat when storing in the trunk or closet. I love that baby can lay completely flat in the bassinet but can also be strapped in for safety thanks to its 5-point harness. With just the touch of a button and pushing the bassinet upward, it goes in to the toddler seat position. Once in the seat position, just use the buckle underneath to make a seat (requires a bit of strength) and you’re done. carsesatA snack tray and cup holder would make it more appealing for when baby gets older, though. We then tried baby in the car seat which is absolutely amazing. I had a Baby Trend FlexLoc infant car seat before this one and I couldn’t believe the difference in comfort. This one is so cozy and I love how protected the baby is in it! The plush padding hugs her little body and she fell right to sleep the first time in it. The basket underneath is the perfect size (weight limit is 5 pounds), and has plenty of room for all of our stuff. We took it outside for a walk the day we got it and I was so impressed with the way it handled and how smooth it was on uneven surfaces. It’s really easy to fold up: just put two loops on each side and it folds right down to the ground. It’is also very lightweight, which makes it easy to get in and out of the trunk. It helps that all 3 wheels can be removed to put in a small trunk or to store in a small space.

I love the ease the stroller provides. I have used it on trips to the doctor, Target runs, quick trips to the grocery store, to the park and walks around the neighborhood. When running into a store for a few things, I just put the car seat on the stroller and go. It has made girlsrunning errands with a toddler and baby a breeze. I also use the bassinet and stroller when outside in the backyard with my 3 year old. My toddler gets the attention she craves and I can still have my eyes and ears on her baby sister while she sleeps in the shade.

Pros:

  • Gender-neutral colors
  • Stroller is lightweight
  • Car seat has very soft plush padding
  • Stroller is a smooth ride
  • Bassinet lays flat
  • Removable bar for access to baby in bassinet
  • Adjustable stroller handle
  • Easy to change between car seat and bassinet

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    Adjust straps easily with the turn of a knob located on the back of the car set
  • Stroller folds almost flat and wheels can be removed
  • Seat and bassinet can face toward you or away from you
  • Large storage basket
  • No-thread harness on car seat to adjust straps
  • The triangle handle on car seat makes it easy to carry

Cons:

  • Small bassinet canopy
  • No cup holders
  • Small front wheel (can cause tipping)
  • Hard foam EVA tires
  • No tray for toddler seat
  • Car seat is on the heavy side

The only things I would change is the canopy (make it bigger) and I would add a cup holder for mom and dad, as I was disappointed that it currently lacks one. I would also like it better if the wheels were rubber like the Baby Trend jogging strollers. These ones are like a hard foam and I think rubber wheels would last longer and be able to navigate better on rough terrain. All in all, it’s a great stroller and car seat and I give it 5 stars. I am very happy with both the car seat and stroller. I have been recommending it to friends and family who are expecting babies, as I have with all Baby Trend products I have tried and loved in the past.

– Casey

 

Disclosure: I applied to be part of the Baby Trend Product Review Group and received this product free of charge. All opinions are my own and not influenced by Baby Trend.

 

Letterkandy Jewelry {Review}

I’m a woman, I love jewelry. Who doesn’t? But there is nothing cuter than jewelry for children. I love imagelittle bracelets & necklaces for kids and they look so adorable wearing them. If my three and a half year old didn’t try and pull everything off with such force, she’d wear at least a bracelet every day (but I don’t like broken jewelry). I found LetterKandy on Instagram and fell in love with the kid friendly charms and customizable designs. We received the cutest bracelets; my daugter’s has the quote ‘I solemnly swear I am up to no good’ which totally fits imageher and mine has my initial, ‘C’, on it (I’m a sucker for monogram anything!). She loves that we match and has yet to try and yank hers off (it’s a miracle!).

LetterKandy is owned by Amy Whitman, the mother of 2 boys from New Jersey. All of her fun and imageunique jewelry is designed and
handmade in her studio. She can customize charms with up to 55 characters – the possibilities are endless! Her necklaces and bracelets are super affordable (starting at $25 for bracelets and $35 for necklaces) and colorful, as she likes to say they’re FUN jewelry, not fine jewelry. 😉 There are also adult sizes so mommies can partake in the fun! Add a charm with your child’s initial, name or birthdate for imagecustomized ‘mom’ jewelry – perfect for upcoming Mother’s Day! Changing the charms are super easy, too. Just wiggle and they’ll slide off to change up your style!

Amy is so kind, she is offering a promo code for 10% off our Burrito Buzz readers! Just enter code: BBUZZ for your discount! Follow LetterKandy on Instagram @letterkandy, on Facebook – Letterkandy and on Twitter @letterkandy for upcoming sales and previews of new designs! Visit www.letterkandy.com to order!

– Casey

 

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Without My Mom

I came across this quote earlier in the week and I saved it because it spoke to me, as I lost my mother 4 years ago. Then a few days later, I found this family picture of when I was an infant with my parents and brother. The tears flowed. And they flowed. And they flowed. I sobbed like a baby, 32 weeks pregnant with my second daughter, staring at this picture I had never seen before because my life would soon be that picture. Our oldest daughter will be sitting between us as I hold our new baby, just as my mom held me. We will soon welcome our second and last child, and again, my mom will not be here to see her or hold her. She won’t be here to answer my calls in the middle of the night asking what’s wrong with the baby, the baby is doing this or that, or come to the rescue on the days when I just need a break from my wild toddler and fussy baby.  I found out we were pregnant with Goose just 2 months after my mom passed, so she didn’t even know she was going to be a grandma. During my pregnancy, I felt like I was living out LeAnn Rimes’ song ‘How Do I Live’ every single day. I would constantly ask myself how I was going to raise a child without having my mom’s knowledge and wisdom to help me. My friends’ moms were there to help them with their babies, or answer questions or hold their hand during labor and the birth. How would I get through without my mom? It was so scary thinking about the future and having a child of my own after losing my mom. I would think about my child losing me eventually and it would (and still does) rock me to my core. I know how I felt losing my mom but when I had my daughter, I couldn’t think about how my mom must have felt having to leave her husband, children, family and friends. I would (and still do) cry so hard, I would end up dry heaving. The thought of me being ripped away from my babies and them growing up without their mommy is like a dagger in my heart. It’s my ultimate nightmare. And the fact that my mom was forced to leave her babies destroys me.  Now that I’m a mom of almost two little girls, I am so giddy and excited at the thought of our future together. I was 23 when I lost my mom, so I missed out on some big life events because I didn’t think I could handle them without her. I didn’t have a wedding. My husband and I had a ceremony in the livingroom of our house with just my dad, brother and in-laws present. It was perfect for us but I still dream about planning a big wedding and dress shopping with my mom. My only wish is that I can share those memories (in 30+ years!) with my girls. I do have amazing memories of my mom and I shopping for winter formal and prom dresses during high school and the days when she’d let me play hooky and we would go shopping and have lunch together, memories I will cherish forever. I still wonder how I’m doing and if my mom would approve of me as a mother. I wonder what her relationship with my daughter would be like and if they’d be the best of friends like Goose is with her Grandma, my husband’s mother. I wonder if she sees me from wherever she is and is proud of the woman, wife and mother I’ve become. I wonder if she knows that everything I do for my children and everything I know about raising babies, I learned from her.

– Casey

Why I Don’t Drink Anymore

Like many teenagers, I experimented with alcohol at an early age. I was 13, which is probably earlier than most. I even remember what my friends and I drank at the sleepover that night, beer and Seagrams and 7 Up. I even tried marjiuana for the first time that night, too. At 13! WHAT?! Where were my parents? They were doing the same thing, getting drunk at home. My parents were alcoholics for pretty much my entire life. My dad drank Busch Light (usually tall-boys) and my mom drank Sloe Gin and Diet Caffeine-Free Pepsi (it was so disgusting) in a big Bubba cup with lots of ice and a straw. That doesn’t mean I had a horrible childhood or that I had bad parents. They just had their own priority of wanting to stay home after 4-5pm every day and drink. They were ‘functioning alcoholics’ as my mom would say. I wasn’t neglected, my needs were always taken care of and I loved my parents more than anything, they were (still are) my bestfriends. But it was hard growing up with parents that couldn’t take you somewhere in the evening or pick you up when you wanted to come home from a sleepover in the middle of the night. When I was a little girl, our neighborhood would have block parties where the parents would play cards, drink and party in the carport while the kids would stay inside, watching movies or playing Nintendo. My parents told me when I got older that I would sneak outside, crawl under a picnic table at these parties and sip beer. Isn’t this a sign that you need to remove your young child from this situation?

Back to my teenage years, I drank and partied a lot. Every weekend, my friends and I would find a way to get our hands on beer or liquor and find a place to drink. Once I got to high school, I started hanging out with an older, more mature crowd. My parents weren’t stupid, they knew I was drinking. But they never grounded or lectured me about the dangers of alcohol. Alcoholism runs deep in my family so I would think my parents would have been worried and wanted to stop me before it got bad. For years I watched my dad fall asleep on the couch before eating dinner because he drank too much, and my mom have to close one eye to be able to watch TV because she had double vision. It was really hard to watch. But I was lucky enough to eventually get 2 sober parents.

Right before I turned 21, my parents both quit drinking cold turkey. It was difficult to watch them withdrawl and see how much they relied on alcohol but I was so happy that they continued with their sobriety together. I was able to have 2.5 years with my mom sober before she passed away from kidney cancer when she was 51. I can’t imagine if I didn’t have that time with her. My dad is still sober today even after the tragic loss of his wife of 28 years and I could not be more proud of him. A few months after my mom passed, I found out I was expecting my little girl. Becoming a mother completely changed my world and my mindset. After she was born, I went to a breast cancer fundraiser and drank for the first time since I gave birth (plus the 9+ months I was pregnant) and that was the last time. Over 3 years ago, I decided I didn’t want to drink anymore. I didn’t want to ever wake up hungover again, and feel like crap the next day when I needed to be on my A game while I was caring for my baby. I didn’t want her to grow up like I did, even though I wasn’t an every day drinker like my parents were. I wanted to be clear-headed at all times so I could be there for her whenever she needed me. I wanted to break the cycle for my child. I will know what she is doing and be present and involved in her life. I will talk to her friends’ parents so I know who she is with and where she is hanging out at. And you better believe I will be there when she is 13 and I will kick her ass if she thinks she’s going to drink at that age.I’m not saying having a few drinks here and there is a bad thing, because it’s not. It’s just something I personally don’t want or need to do. If you or someone you know needs help with alcohol addiction, please reach out to family, friends, your doctor, co-workers, anyone for support. Here are some great resources I have come across:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

SMART Recovery – Alcohol Addiction

Help Guide – Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

*I am not bashing any parent that choses to drink alcohol (around their kids or not), I’m simply sharing my experience being raised by alcoholics and hoping I can shed some light on how alcoholism effects children.

-Casey

Put More Bank in the Piggy

It’s mind blowing how advanced technology has become and what a phone can do. One of my favorite things about my iPhone is that I can use it to make and save money! Being a mom, saving money is so important to me. If you have an iPhone or an Adroid, do yourself a favor and download these free apps to make and save big money! It’s so easy, requires little effort and the savings really add up.

Receipt Hog  Receipt Hog is one of my favorite apps because it’s so easy and it uses receipts you’re going to throw away anyway. All you have to do is take a picture of your receipt (from grocery stores, gas stations, coffee shops, retail stores, ect.) and you’ll get coins for each receipt. You will also get 1 spin on the slots for each receipt which could earn you more coins! Once you get at least 1,000 coins, you can redeem them for $5 through PayPal or a $5 Amazon gift card. Redemption takes up to a week but it’s legit and it’s free money just for taking a picture of your receipt! 

iBotta This is an awesome rebate app that gives you money back for purchasing certain items (brand names or they’re often ‘any brand’ products like bananas or a gallon of milk). There are rebates from so many stores, including retails and grocery stores, for baby items, grocery items, electronics, they’re always adding stores and rebates. To unlock a rebate, you’ll be asked a short poll question about that product or watch a short 30-45 second video. Once it’s unlocked and you purchase the item you verify the product is eligible for the rebate by scanning the bar code and either upload a picture of the receipt or you do nothing because certain stores verify purchases soley through their loyalty cards that you must link to your iBotta account. Be sure to unlock rebates before going shopping! Once your rebates add up to $20 you can ‘cash out’ through PayPal, Venmo or several store giftcards (must cash out $25 or more). If you’re already buying these items, it’s a no brainer to take the few minutes to unlock the rebates & earn money back! You can also you coupons in-store on top of these rebates to save even moreDownload & sign up here!

Checkout 51  This is another great rebate app that requires very little effort to get cash back. All you have to do is purchase the qualifying item, take a picture of the receipt and upload it. No need to verify by scanning the barcode either. My favorite part of Checkout 51 is the limit for each item is different. For example, there may be a $.50 rebate for hummus with a limit of 4. So you can earn a total of $2 if you buy 4 containers of hummus. It makes a great deal if they’re on sale plus using coupons if available. When you reach $20, you can cash out and a check will be sent. Again, free and easy cash back for items you already buy. 

SavingStar  This is another rebate app that is similar to iBotta and Checkout 51 but you only have to have $5 in your account to cash out, which is by PayPal or you can opt for a Starbucks, iTunes or AMC Theatres gift card. SavingStar only has about 10 qualifying stores and you link your loyalty card to those who have them instead of uploading a receipt. Target, Walmart, Family Dollad and Walgreens are a few of the stores that SavingStar accepts receipts from. Along with food rebates, every month SavingStar offers rebates from Unilever, brands like Axe, Dove, Caress and Suave. To redeem a rebate, just hit the (+) under the picture to add it to your list. Do this before you shop if using a loyalty card and before you upload a receipt.

There are a lot of rebate apps out there and I feel like I’ve tried them all. These 4 are the ones I use on a daily basis and are user friendly. If you haven’t already, download one, two or all 4 of these amazing apps and start earning and saving money!

– Casey