About ME · RebateApps

How to Get Books for FREE using Rebate Apps! (Post 1 in Series)

Pic from Fetch Rewards app

In my circle of friends I am known as the one that saves lots of money with coupons, rebates, sales, etc. I use paper coupons, digital coupons, loyalty programs (IE: Target Circle, Ulta Beauty Rewards, etc). I have about 50+ apps on my Iphone that are just for grocery stores, restaurants, online shopping, printing coupons, & rebate apps. I make it a habit of checking my store apps (Kroger, Target, Meijers) digital coupons once or twice a week & add the ones that I would possibly use to my app account. I have literally saved thousands of dollars every year by taking a little bit of time to do this. We’ll talk more about store apps some other time. Today I am going to introduce you to the “Fetch Rewards” app in my first post in a series of Rebate App blog posts…

Rebate apps that I use to earn FREE BOOKS as a treat to myself for all the money I save my family with my other apps!

First up in this series is by far probably the EASIEST of all the apps I use…Fetch Rewards! You just download the app, scan your receipts within 14 days, and the app will show you how many reward points you earned with that receipt within minutes. You don’t have to do anything before you shop or while you are shopping, and you can also connect the email associated with your online grocery purchases to automatically earn reward points from places like Walmart.com, Target.com, Instacart, & more! You can even connect your Amazon account to earn reward point for certain Amazon grocery purchase as well! (And don’t worry, Fetch Rewards keeps your data safe & doesn’t sell your information to anyone.)

Click HERE for my referral link

First step is to, of course, download the app. (I use an Iphone, but most apps are available for other phone brands operating systems as well.) When you open the app, use my referral code MP1JV to automatically receive an extra 2000 reward points when you upload your first store receipt. You can also click HERE to use my referral link & download the app. (And yep, it’s FREE!) Just make sure you use the code or the link to get that bonus (& I get a little bonus, too, for telling you about this amazing app!)

Lay your receipt out on the counter as flat & wrinkle free as possible & make sure you have decent lighting. Don’t worry, the app will let you know if it can’t read your receipt info very well & prompt you to take a clearer photo & find better lighting. Open your app, click on the photo button, & starting with the very top of your receipt, snap your first photo that must include the top corners of the receipt AND the store name. Don’t leave anything out.

Then line up the next snapshot with the first one (the app will show you your last photo), & snap that pic. Do this until you have scanned your full receipt, including the bottom two corners. When you are done, submit it, & wait for the magic to happen. With in minutes (95% of the time) Fetch will let you know how many reward points & bonus points (if applicable) you earned with that receipt.

My pic is kinda bad since it was hard to screen shot while taking the photo…but you get the point.

You have 14 days to scan your receipt. You can only scan each receipt once, but don’t worry, Fetch will let you know if you already scanned a receipt. If you feel Fetch may have missed an item you should have received points for, don’t worry; there is a way to let them know so they can check & see if they did in fact miss an item (or two). There are HUNDREDS of brands that earn reward points (my app currently shows 311 brands!) & most of these brands are common ones, not rare finds like on some apps. On the “Discover” page of the app you will see your special offers, bonus points, & all your current high point offers.

Click HERE for my referral link

Click on the activity icon and you will see your yearly, monthly & weekly progress, such as how many receipts you have submitted, how many points you have received, how much you have spent at each store, breakdowns for each receipt, & so much more! (I didn’t include a photo of my activity for privacy’s sake.)

311 current brands & more added all the time!

Once you have accumulated at least 3000 points (which is fairly easy to do), you can cash your points in for a $3 gift certificate reward (hundreds to choose from!). Personally, I would NOT redeem your points just yet. I wait until I have at LEAST 5000 points to redeem for a $5 reward gift certificate, BUT I usually like to stockpile my points until I have $20 or more. It just makes the gift card amount that much bigger ($20) & when I get a $20 Amazon gift card, that is a pretty good discount on a couple of paperbacks or a hardback. Other places I get gift cards for to get books for FREE are Barnes & Noble, Walmart & Target. There are also TONS of restaurant gift cards available, such as my favorites Chipotle, Starbucks, Panera & Dunkin. It doesn’t end there…there are also hundreds of store gift cards as well, like Sephora, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Lowes, Macys, & MORE!

Click HERE for my referral link & earn 2000 bonus points on your first receipt scan

So, don’t delay! Start earning FREE gift cards from your receipts today & be sure to use my referral code MP1JV or THIS link https://fetchrewards.onelink.me/vvv3/referralemail?code=MP1JV to get your bonus 2000 points. It’s SO easy & a fun way to reward yourself during these tough times. If you have questions, there is a FAQ section that can answer them for you or you can comment here (or email me) & I will do my best to answer them.

Stay tuned for another rebate app post coming soon & learn how to save $$$ & earn freebies! As a mother of 5, I have been using coupons & savings/rebate apps for YEARS & the last time I checked all of my app savings, I was over the $5000 mark on how much I have gotten back in either cash or gift cards, so I call that a MAJOR WIN!

If you are just visiting my blog today, why not go hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out on my Rebate Savings Series posts & my book reviews & giveaways, too! Happy Sunday to you all & stay safe out there! (Now, go wash your hands!)

About ME · Book Reviews · Giveaway

(3) Winner Giveaway on Instagram Starts TODAY!

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Time for a GIVEAWAY! (3 winners!) Thank you @Flatiron_books for my free copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” & for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!
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From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender, funny, & compulsively readable novel about first love & its confusions, & all of the awkwardness of teen romance.
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When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach & Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed & decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day―in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, & meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, & nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along & shakes things up even further.
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“It Sounded Better in My Head” is a compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” & “Emergency Contact”. (Book pub date 4/7)
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“My So-Called Life” meets “Awkward”, this book will instantly transport you back to all that teenage insecurity & vulnerability as you get to know Natalie. This book is charming, relatable, tender & deals with all those woe’s that are often quite traumatic for teens: bad acne, puberty, self-worth, hormonal changes, teen-love, etc. I enjoyed the book & here’s your chance to as well!
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Three winners will receive an advance copy of “It Sounded Better in My Head” from my pals at Flatiron!
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To enter (must do the following): (**Click HERE to head to the giveaway post on Instagram.)
1. Like this post.
2. Must be following @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
3. Tag 2 friends in comments. (Up to 10x, only 2 per comment)
4. Must live in U.S.
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Bonus entry:
*Share to your stories & tag @mom_loves_reading AND @flatiron_books
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Giveaway begins 3/20/20 & ends 3/23 at 11:59pm EST. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. No giveaway accounts. No unfollowing after giveaway or you will be banned from all future @mom_loves_reading giveaways (& there are a LOT!)

Click HERE to add to your Goodreads list

Remember, you can only enter the giveaway on my Instagram page so be sure to head there. You can get there by clicking HERE.

How is everyone doing with self-isolation and social distancing? I have been doing the home school thing with my kids all week. They are autistic, identical twins and on an IEP at school, so they are missing out on their therapies and school routines, but I have been making a hour by hour schedule for them daily, including Ipad breaks, snack time, meal time, etc. and it has been working! Today they stopped what they were doing, turned TV & Ipads off & sat down at the kitchen table all ready for their “teacher” to get “class” started. I was so impressed!

I bought a bunch of Brain Quest work books from the local book store yesterday as supplemental learning material for our home school learning. The pages in those books are so much more colorful & the instructions are very clear. I highly recommend them!

Home Schooling: Week 1 in the books!

And I am still hunting for toilet paper daily, so if anyone comes across any websites where I can order some, please let me know. I have tried Walmart, Target, Sams, & a few other sites & NADA! I just know someone has a garage full of toilet paper & it’s sad & ridiculous. God bless all those health care, grocery store, & toilet paper factory workers out there! May we all remember them & the sacrifices they are making to keep all of us safe & fed! Stay safe out there people, wash your hands & have a great Friday!

About ME · DownliteBedding

Introducing Downlite Bedding…my new favorite bedding!

My sweet sons reading together with my Downlite Bedding

A few weeks ago, Downlite bedding reached out to me and asked me if I would like to try out one of their Downlite EnviroLoft® Lightweight 230 TC Hotel Style Down Alternative Blankets (see above in photo). Not only could I try it out for myself, but I got to keep it! (How freaking amazing and generous is that?!) And let me tell ya, I LOVED the blanket! My husband LOVED the blanket! My kids LOVED the blanket!

The day I caught my boys all curled up on my bed with this blanket, reading “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” together, I knew I had a perfect photo to represent how much we all love this blanket! As a matter of fact, this photo is getting printed and framed! (My daughter, who is 22, wanted to keep the blanket for herself, but heck no! It’s all mine, sista!) It is just the right weight and thickness, easy to clean, and I can’t wait to find a pretty duvet cover for it (even though you totally don’t have to cover it; it is super nice just on it’s own!)

(Website description:) Used by countless hotels and resorts needing a light amount of warmth for their beds. This hotel blanket is great for the summer time and/or warmer climate zones. Crisp cambric cotton fabric is quilted with 10″ squares with a 5 inch frame/border. This soft blanket features 4 duvet loops for use with a duvet cover.

Eddie Bauer 3-pc Dorm Kit
(Photo from Downlitebedding.com)

I know some of you either have kids currently in college or getting ready to head there in the fall. This set is regularly $125. and is on sale for a mere $25! ($100 off! Whaaat!) And your kid will need the most comfortable bedding there is for those awful dorm beds. These are so inexpensive and nice, these would make wonderful graduation gifts, so stock up on a few sets now before 2020 graduation rolls around in May/June.

(Website description:) Take charge of your dorm experience with this 3 piece dorm bedding kit by Eddie Bauer. This kit includes a mattress pad that fits twin xl OR twin beds, a twin xl comforter and a down alternative pillow. The mattress pad offers waterproof protection, making it great to pair with an egg crate topper or fiber bed. All three items use a silky 300 thread count white cotton sateen fabric.  

(Website description:) Perfect for when you need warmth for your upper body, but don’t want your feet too warm with a traditional throw blanket. Easy care polyester plush fabric is tailor cut to drape over your shoulders and overlap in the front for snuggly warmth. Features pockets to keep your hands snuggly. Easy care wrap is machine washable and dryable for years of comfort. Makes a great gift or treat yourself!

  • Hypoallergenic Polyester Fabric
  • Easy Care Machine Washable & Dryable
  • Two Pockets
  • Reversible Plush To Silky Smooth Plush
  • Sold Individually

I am forever buying blankets for my boys. They like a nice, comfy, cozy blanket they can cover up with in bed, but also lay on the floor when they are playing with toys or just feel like chilling on the floor. The blankets I have bought before (from the big box stores) fall apart easily, get pilly after a few washes, or my kids find the blankets easy to pick apart (they are autistic, and picking things apart is kind of their thing.) These throws are perfect for them, well-made, durable and super cozy.

(Website description:) Stay warm wherever adventure takes you. These luxurious Eddie Bauer® packable throw blankets are filled with hypoallergenic PrimaLoft®, The Luxury Down Alternative. Combined with packable fabric for a space saving design. Measuring 50 by 60 inches plus matching storage bag. They are ultra-light and ultra-warm making them the ultimate cozy travel companion. Available in two great colors, these Eddie Bauer throw blankets make the perfect gift for someone you love. And they are currently on sale for $40 (reg $60)

Wrinkly because my kids were enjoying laying on it!

If you want to try out Downlite bedding for yourself (comforters, sheets, pillows, blankets, etc), click HERE to be taken to the website and use the code SWEET20 now through 2/29 for a sitewide 20% off. After 2/29 you can use my special code DYGEN15 for 15% off your order. You will LOVE your new Downlite bedding!

About ME

Welcome to Mom Loves Reading…the Blog!

I am a married, mother of 5 (plus 1 elderly chihuahua), and I am also an avid reader. I read many genres of books: thrillers, contemporary fiction, some sci-fi (hello, Blake Crouch!), YA, non-fiction, and more. I am also a huge fan of audio books, thanks to Libro.fm and the Libby app through my local library. Audio books are my go-to method of reading during the day when I am busy running around doing my usual “mom” stuff, and physical books are my morning with coffee and evening with herbal tea way to unwind.

I started this blog the first week of 2020 as an addition to my other social media outlets (Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter) so I could have a more creative, personal space for my book reviews, recommendations, what I’m reading now, what I recommend, and also some more personal tidbits about my life as a mother of 5 (including identical twins with autism), living with autoimmune diseases, life in a small, lakeside (touristy) town and other interesting stuff.

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I did it! I started a blog!

After a couple years of contemplating whether or not to start a blog, here we are! Step 1 complete! Mom Loves Reading…the Blog is now live! I have my own domain name! Whoo-hoo! 💁🏼‍♀️

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I also like to Netflix and chill (or Hulu) from time to time so I wouldn’t mind some recommendations from you guys. There are so many awesome books getting made into movies and series these days, such as Caroline Kepnes, “You” on Netflix. (I read the books a couple years ago, and they were creepy and so good!

If you have seen the show or read the books, you know who “Joe” is…

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