Who wants to save money? You do. Who has the time to invest hours into couponing or driving all over town for the best deals? Probably not you…or me…or most people with stuff to do. We have shows to binge, people!
Just load up your smartphone with at least a few of these money saving apps and you’ll be earning extra cash in no time! They say money can’t buy happiness but it CAN buy dessert so bring on the savings!
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Every one of these are FREE services so why not at least give them a shot. Nothing to lose, only money to gain.
All of these apps are on my phone right now so I have experience with each and every one. (Note: the apps are listed in no particular order. If you want to check one out, either click on the app name or it’s logo.)
This is one of the most well known and highly used coupon/rebate apps and for good reason.
- First, they start you off with a $10 welcome bonus. What?! Sign me up just for that!
- Second, they offer tons of ways earn money back.
Submit a receipt or link a store loyalty card from 270 stores, including Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, Festival, CVS and tons more. The items they offer rebates on are things you’d actually buy normally, like cereal, milk, fruits/veggies, cleaning products, frozen goods and alcohol.
Earn bonuses throughout the month either individually or with your team (others that you link with to create a team on the Ibotta app). Bonuses are things like redeem 10 rebates and save $10 during the month and get a $1 bonus. What a simple way to get even more back.
Earn cash back by shopping through mobile apps that are part of Ibotta’s network. Some of the big ones are Groupon, Ebay, Booking.com and iTunes. Just open Ibotta up, choose your deals and go shopping right on your phone.
All rebates are paid within 48 hours and you can cash out at $20. You can either get your money transferred to PayPal or redeem it for gift cards to Amazon, Best Buy or Starbucks. With Ibotta, it doesn’t take long at all to hit the $20 minimum.
This is my newest find and I LOVE it.
There is nothing to do but scan your receipt from ANY store. Fetch Rewards will “fetch” your points on all listed brands and products. They are partnered with tons of big brands like Quaker, Kraft, Ben & Jerry’s, Miller, Ore-Ida, Planters, Fritos, Blue Moon, Degree….I could go on and on.
Save on over 180 brands EVERY time they’re on your receipt and save with rotating exclusive special offers.
You can start redeeming rewards with 3,000 points or save up for more. All rewards are in the form of digital gift cards to places like Walmart, Amazon, Target, Burger King, Barnes & Noble, CVS and lots more!
AND, if you use my referral code, U6RYY, during signup, you’ll get 1,500 Fetch Points ($1.50 in points!) when you complete one receipt. You’re off to a great start right away!
Checkout 51 is another standard coupon/rebate app, like Ibotta but with less features and offers.
They have a list of offers available (like $0.50 cash back on Apple Jacks or $1.00 back on Brew Pub Pizza). Some offers are store-specific but most are available anywhere you shop.
You choose the offers you want to redeem, scan in your receipt and boom, your money is put in your account.
They now have the option of linking store cards also. You choose the offers before you shop and they are automatically matched up to your receipt so you don’t have to upload anything.
Once you reach the $20 minimum, you can cash out in the form of a check mailed to you.
SavingStar is another standard coupon/rebate program. The offers aren’t nearly as numerous as Ibotta’s but it’s still a chance to save a few pennies.
You choose the offers you want to redeem. After you shop, you can either scan your loyalty card at checkout or submit your receipt through the app or website.
You’ll get an email to alert you when your savings post to your account.
Once you reach the $5 limit, you can cash out to a bank account, PayPal account, Upromise account, Starbucks gift code, iTunes gift code, or AMC Theatres gift code. You can also donate your earnings to American Forests.
Shopkick is a little bit different of a savings app. Honestly, I’ve found that it takes quite awhile to earn rewards through Shopkick but maybe I’m not using it to it’s full potential.
You earn “kicks” by doing things like visiting stores (Walk-ins), scanning sponsored items in the store (Scans) or buying scanned items and then submitting the receipt.
You can also earn kicks by visiting online stores through the app, view sponsored products and make purchases.
Once you reach 500 kicks, you can choose from a wide selection of digital gift cards, from popular retailers such as Walmart, Target or Amazon, or gift cards for Starbucks, Papa Johns, or Fandango.
And, when you sign up, if you enter this invite code, GOAL737765, you’ll get 250 bonus kicks when you get either your first Walk-in or Scan within 7 days of signing up!
Walmart really knocked it out of the park with this one.
Just submit your receipt into the Walmart Savings Catcher App or upload it online through their website.
If a local competitor offers a lower advertised price on an item you purchased at Walmart, this program gives you back the difference on a Walmart Rewards eGift Card (can be used online or in-store).
No coupons to clip or items to look up. It’s all done automatically by Walmart.
Cash out at anytime, no minimums to meet.
If you’re a Target junkie (it’s ok to admit it), you HAVE to have the Cartwheel app.
You get Cartwheel-exclusive discounts on all sorts of products throughout the store.
You can stack those discounts with Target Coupons, manufacturer coupons and your 5% discount if you have a REDCard. More reasons to love Target!
No smartphone? No problem!
You can also save your coupons and discounts online and print a bar code that holds all your deals. Just take it with you and give to the cashier at checkout. AND your bar code never changes so just print it once, keep it in your purse and add new offers to your account as you find them. Winning!
BONUS FREEBIE: Want more savings? I’ve put together The Ultimate List of Money Saving Apps. It includes all of these plus many more! It’s a clickable PDF that takes you right to each app’s website. What could be easier? Click here to sign up!
Have you tried any of these apps? Do you have any money saving apps that you love and can’t live without?
Please share them with us in the comments! You can never have too many money saving tools in your toolbox.