As I continued to think about ways to not only make money on the road, but also save money, I found some really great ways I could put my phone to work with some money saving apps. These are some super simple ways to either get cash back or build points to cash in for some great gift cards. Below are ones that I use with links for you to sign up. Some of them come with some incentive points just for signing up, so follow the links and enjoy!
ibotta This app gives you cash back on your savings from your everyday shopping. They have a long list of items that you could be reimbursed anywhere for 25 cents up to several dollars. You upload your receipt, identify which items you have purchased and the credit your account. Alot of the items are for name brand items, however, they even have just generic items such as lettuce or cereal and then you get credit for any brand, even store brand. I am in the routine now of just checking the app before I go grocery shopping for an awareness of the items they have listed and then when I am done, I upload my receipt. When I want to cash out, I can do that right on the app and it is paid via paypal or venmo or you can purchase gift cards. Follow this link to sign up and get $10 welcome bonus!
Checkout51 This app is similar in concept to ibotta, however, they send checks in the mail when you cash out. You can start to cash out when your account hits $20. I like how Checkout51 is organized. I can quickly scan through their items, sometimes they are the same ones as ibotta, which means double savings! Another great thing about them is that you can link your store loyalty cards for some stores and it automatically identifies your items and deposits the savings in your account without you having to take a picture of your receipt. You can sign up here.
Fetch Rewards This app is another one that give you points for purchasing certain brand items. You again scan your receipt and the credit you points for certain brand purchases. Then you can redeem your points for rewards, such as gift cards. One thing I really like about them is that you don't need to identify the brands, they are automatically identified when you upload your receipt. So you literally snap a picture of your receipt and they match them for you. Sometimes you might need to verify some if they can't match them, but they make that process super easy. You can sign up here and if you put in my referral code (ref code AT2XU), you will earn 2000 points when you upload your first receipt.
SavingStar This is another app that rewards you for purchasing brand name products. You can also link your loyalty card for some stores and have the savings automatically deposit to your account. The savings post to your account in as little as 2 days and you can cash out once you have $5 in your account. They pay via paypal or bank account. One different about this app is you will also need to scan the UPC of the product. Check it out here.
Receipt Pal This app is a bit different in that you just upload any of your receipts grocery, gas, restaurant, etc. and you earn points which you can redeem for gift cards and sweepstakes entries. Super easy to snap a picture and effortlessly receive points. You are even able to earn points for your online purchases. All you need to do is connect your email address and when the receipts come in to your email box, they consider that for points. Sign up here.
Receipt Hog Catchy name huh? This app is really cool and makes saving fun. Some types of receipts earn you a pull on their slots for more points. This is where I won enough points alone to purchase an $80 Amazon gift card!! This is the same concept as ReceiptPal in that you take pictures of all your receipts and earn points to redeem for rewards. This app is soo popular that some people have told me they were placed on a waiting list, while others are able to sign up right away. Go figure. You can also connect your account to your Amazon account and your Amazon orders earn bonus points and sweepstakes entries. Sign up here.
Shopkick This is another fun app that not only gives you points for things you purchase, you also can accumulate even more points when you scan items in the store as you shop. There are even some stores that you can earn points just for walking in the door and having you app open to acknowledge it. Shopkick also provides points for online shopping as well. You can also add loyalty cards here as well. Sign up here and you will get extra points just for signing up.
So there you have it, some great apps to start saving some money! You may think that this is alot of work, and I thought that too, but now I have gotten in a rhythm and it is pretty easy. First, I have put all of these apps on one screen on my phone. Then I line up all my receipts for the last couple days on the counter. I then start with the first app and start taking my pictures until I get to my last app. I then hang on to the receipts for a couple more days, just in case there is an issue with my upload. I have redeemed for several gift cards and have cashed out for some cash as well. Another good point to make is that these apps have anonymity statements where your personal information will not be used. I love these apps and hope you will find them useful in saving money as well!
But wait...there's more!!!
I forgot two very important ones that my friends were waiting for, so here they are.
ebates Yes I love ebates! I always find deals there, not to mention when I purchase something, they give me a % back. Sign up and share in the savings!
Last and certainly not least is Earny!!! Earny has saved me some serious cash! This app watches purchases made with your linked credit cards and if he finds a lower price within the price match time frame of your credit card, usually 90-120 days, he automatically goes and gets you that money back and it is credited to your card. Within a 2 month time frame, Earny has earned me just under $100 for 3 items! Sign up here to start saving too!
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