Pinch that Penny Until it Squeaks!

Money.

It seems to be a real issue with everyone lately, with the economy, unemployment, blah, blah, blah.. whatever.

Although I'm back to a full 40 hour work week.. even pulling a little overtime here and there.. I still have to watch every buck I can. Lately, I've discovered a couple of new resources for squeezing a few extra pennies out of my debit card and I thought I'd share.

First, I'm still clipping those coupons and scouring the web for new ones. Some of you will remember my handy dandy Pooh Bear coupon keeper from way back when, which I've dusted off and put back into commission. Clipping coupons is still my favorite way to save money.

Over Christmas, I found another easy peasy lemon squeezy way to get some money back on purchases. I do most of my Christmas shopping online, simply because we're so far out from everyone. It's cheaper to have stuff shipped than to drive all over hell and back. By registering with Ebates.com I was able to get cash back on purchases from Walmart (site-to-store and pick it up there, no shipping charges) and Borders. I've already received that check and I've since ordered a new netbook from Dell (big President's Day Sale!) through Ebates and I'm expecting a $12 rebate on that. There are all kinds of retail businesses listed, from food to clothes to electronics. There's nothing to mail in, no hassle. You just log on to your Ebates account, pick the website you want to shop on and once you make your purchase (and it ships) your account will be credited.

If you sign up for Ebates you get a $5 bonus and in the interest of full disclosure, if you use the above link to sign up, I'll get $5 too.

My next favorite money saving tip? Add Southern Savers to your blog roll, feed reader, daily to-do list.. whatever. No I'm not getting some kind of kick back for this, I honestly just think she's awesome. You'll find coupons, deals and sales there that you won't find anywhere else. Coincidentally, Southern Savers is how I found out about Ebates, but I've also gotten free ebooks, signed up for some free hard copy books from publishers and I've got a coupon for a free 20lb bag of Pedigree dog food on the way to my mailbox for adopting a shelter pup.

And believe me, I'm gonna need all the help I can get to feed Pupzilla.

One more hint: Set up a special freebie email account that you won't use for anything else and use it to sign up for websites with special offers. Setting up a separate account keeps your regular account free from spam and buy signing up with BettyCrocker.com, Pepsi.com, WorldMarket.com, or any other major retailers, you'll get special offers, coupons and online only sales. Then, see if they're on Ebates and get even more money back before you order.

Things are looking up ya'll, but it still pays to save where we can.

Ya'll have a great week and take this Monday by the cajones!

Later Taters!