Thursday, July 13

Subaru has the best customer service for Special Needs families.

I wanted to share how great CMA Colonial Subaru in Virginia treated us when our Outback needed work done. I was referred to them by Eve at customer Service, everything unfortunately was out of Warranty but we still received a $500 off Rebate which almost covered the entire cost of the AC being fixed, and because of that I had enough to pay for the Wheel Bearing replacement as well.

I drive my son to his developmental center that's almost 44 minutes away from my house (one way) every day, and a safe, reliable car is a must for that. I really appreciate great customer service and that's what my experience with Subaru was.

The waiting room had a relaxed environment, with complimentary snack, drinks, and caffeine.  Even Sy had room in his adaptive stroller while we waited for the initial diagnostic to be done. When the technicians were done, and we were informed by Mindy at CMA the cost, and how long the work would take Subaru CMA Colonial in Chesterfield had a rental available that day, and was allowed to use it the entire time the work was being completed. I'm not used to being taken care of like that.. I kept thinking what fees are going to be added on.. but there were none. I'm definitely going back to that location for all future work. I found out the place I was taking my outback to for it's oil changes was using the wrong Oil in it, and I was paying almost double what CMA charges for an oil change. Mindy was very kind, and got us a good deal as well.  

Oh, and I got a code for a Free car wash at their automatic laser car wash that's in the same parking lot.

It sucks having to spend a lot on car maintenance and sometimes the world feels like it's always against me but it's very important to have a safe vehicle, and important to

remember there are still good companies out there with great customer service. So from my Special Needs family to the Subaru family - THANK YOU for helping us out, and thank you for the 2023 Subaru Outback Rental. It was niiiice. 

I would love to afford a newer Subaru but that's not in the budget since I stopped working to take my son to school. I still have a few smaller things to update on my Subaru but this helped a lot!! 

Thursday, November 24

Scan every and any receipt for free Cash Back

I've been cashing mine out for Amazon Gift cards. It's helping a lot with Birthdays & Holidays.  You can also use Credit, Debit, Cash & EBT at the stores as payment & then scan your receipts in Fetch for the Cash Back. 

Fetch is my 2nd favorite app. Mostly because it is very easy to use. You sign up and can scan every and any receipt for Cash back. There is no clipping anything. There are promotions to get more points for cash back at certain stores & products but no matter what receipt - you will always atleast get 25 points for taking an in app photo of it.  

$300 in cash back from buying food!!


Ibotta takes all types of payment for purchases, debit, credit, cash, EBT for cash back. Walmart you link your Payment cards to account, and Food Lion you link your MVP Card. It's really easy to use at those stores and I have no need to upload a receipt, just make sure your Wallet at is up to date, and your items you are buying in Ibotta are clipped in the Ibotta app (with a check mark.)  

I've only been doing Ibotta for a few months now and it's already helped me with extra items around the house and some bills.  Since I am currently not working (left my toxic job at Dollar General, I worked there for almost 5 years and the company allowed so much employee misconduct for a manager above me, even on camera her bringing toy guns in after the Ulvade mass shooting from home to sniper shoot employees & customers like it was a joke to her.) So now I am doing what I do best.  Helping my friends, family and the community save money.  I am a couponer, sales catcher, deal loving Momma to an autistic nonverbal son.  Life is too short to remain in toxic situations, and I know I am better than that, and I have so much more to offer than to allow someone to make me feel like something out of the movie Mean girls.  It's not.  Life is love, laughter, empathy, hugs, tears of happiness.  

If you'd like to sign up under my Ibotta it would mean the world to me. If you have any questions about the app, or need help with the app - just Email me. I really do enjoy helping others save money.  

Love you,

Cash back for buying Gas!

I am always trying new apps to get cash back on things I HAVE to buy that I don't want to buy. My first trip I made back $9.46. 

Like Gas.

Gas is crazy expensive right now, and Upside is a free app that is easy to use and WORKS.  

Download it here, This free app gets you cash back on gas! Use promo code 9NJ7SM to get an extra 15c/gal bonus on your first purchase.

Heres how it works;

1. Sign up - verify & complete your profile in app.

2. Add into your Wallet your payment method you use at the pump. It only asks you for your First 6 Numbers and Last 4 of Card. 

3. Scroll down participating gas stations from the list & Claim which location you'd like to redeem at.  You have 4 hours to redeem your claimed location.

4. Once you arrive the pumps, go back into your Claimed Offers & Check In.  It is very important that you check in befre pumping.  You can do steps 3 & 4 at the same time at the pump before getting Gas.  

5. For Cashing out you can choose Gift Cards or link your Bank account using Plaid.  

Thursday, September 29

Easy Cash Back at stores you already shop with EBT

Hey! Thought you'd like to download Ibotta to save money! It's a free app that gets you cash back on everyday purchases. Just sign up with my referral code 'aic8q'. Sign up at →

Wednesday, September 7

End of Summer STEM Toy Reviews!

Our Summer flew by with all the fun toys we reviewed to keep our minds sharp, and our bodies healthy while learning. We received the following toys below for review. 

Groovy Glow Wubble Ball 2-pack

Sy had a blast with these. I absolutely appreciate how easy it was to blow these ones up with the included straw and they came with a patch kit. He is hard on Toys and the patch kit was used, and worked as intended, couldn't even tell how rough he was with it.  

The ball itself is huge once blown up it almost resembles a planet, it makes a wubble sound, almost like gelatin shake when hitting the ball into the air. The wubble balls were a lot of fun to play with.

Smithonian Prehistorian Sea Monster Kit

There are many things to learn from Smithsonian Prehistorian Sea Monster Kit. First lesson is following easy to understand directions. 

Next lesson learning about the beginnings of life as you wait for the eggs to hatch.  The kit comes with Triop eggs that you have to hatch, and feed.

You're in for a treat as they swim around look for food and it's your job to provide, with included food pellets. This kit is a jumping off point for learning and is fun and exciting to learn how important it is to take care of living creatures.  

This robotic Quarterback was easy to use, and basically already put together.  Just had to take the back off and add 4 C batteries and put two pieces on to play.  The older kids had no problem figuring the Pro Passer out.  

It's great active outside fun for the kids to throw a ball around and have lots of fun with.  

There are a set of blue buttons on the front to control where you'd like the robotic arm to throw, and a map off to the left side that lights up what direction it's set on before running where it's throwing the ball at.  

Smithonian Mars Dig Science Kit

Let's face facts, it's very dangerous and expensive to go to Mars. No one has done it yet doesn't help either. Your young astronaut is looking to you for help, and that's where Smithsonian Mars Dig Science Kit comes in for the save. Using the tools provided and a little imagination the red planet will reveal it's mysteries. This kit can start a life long interest in space. When you're astronaut does finally go to Mars, they will have fond memories of their first trip with you.

Wednesday, January 27

Ready to file your 2020 taxes?

Congratulations to all of us that have worked and made it through another year. It's that time of the year when 2020 tax returns need to be filed. I hope you and your family are safe, and healthy during these trying times. This sure has been a whirlwind of a year. I have a few tips that helps me get ready for tax time. I believe in all aspects of life that it is better to be prepared than uninformed when it comes to your economic nexus, your workers, property, warehouses, and inventory. 

Are you self filing? Joint Filing? Personal? Or Business? If you have receipts, and itemized bills get those together now to be organized.

If you are Self Filing/Joint Filing and worried about your w2 being delayed in the mail you may be able to log into your companies paystub portal to print your W2. With all that is going on it is not the United States Postal Services fault for mail delays. Try calling your employers payroll department and ask if they have a paystub portal you can sign up for or if they can electronically send your w2 since postal mail is delayed right now.

I know this year will be different for many due to the Pandemic and the Stimulus Check that many did not receive. If you didn't receive the new Economic Impact Payment by February 1 you'll need to claim the Recovery Impact Credit. This is where it gets tricky, I know a lot companies dangle early tax loans with their last year's Paystubs, I personally would not do that this year. I suggest seeing a tax professional after February, and after checking the IRS Get My Economic Payment status to see if you were supposed to get it by direct deposit, United States Postal mail or some it says Unavailable/Does not qualify but does qualify. Many that used Turbotax, H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt did not receive their Stimulus Money filing with those type of Tax Businesses due to them taking their fees out in a bank account set up between Accounts that were closed. I would not use one of those businesses this year. Personally I would see a real tax professional, and not ones that do the early tax loans. In my opinion that is why millions of Americans will have to fill out for the Economic Impact Credit on their taxes this year that needed the money now, not later.

Right now it is even more tricky if you are a business. Your tax nexus is the connection between a seller and a state that requires you, the seller to register then collect and send sales tax your state. Business activities such as having a physical presence or reaching a certain sales threshold, establish nexus with the state. If you are a small business I hope you took advantage of The Cares Act Small Business Protection Program Loans available in your States. Some even had Grants to apply for.

Have all your W2s ready, 1099s if you are self filing. Even your Bank Statement Summary can help with itemized expenses. What helps me is highlight with different colors.

This year I suggest having a professional not those pop up strip mall tax companies fill out the 1040 since not all received the full amount or any amount that were eligible who used the pop up businesses. This year will be different than previous tax year's.