Money Saving Apps
This is the first money saving app I ever downloaded and I use it every week. Sometimes twice or three times a week. It's easy to use and has a lot of rebates available. Once you've downloaded the app, you have to select a category and store, for example Grocery and Vons. You will then see a list of rebates available (see below). As you can see, there is a mix of branded items and non-brand specific items. Click on the rebate you'd like to add to your list and complete the task. Tasks range from watching a short video to answering a question. Once you've gone to the store, scan your items with the app, then take a picture, and wait for the money to be added to your account. The great thing about Ibotta is that their payout is only $10. Very easy to reach. Invite friends to join and you now have a team. As a team, you can save and earn together with monthly team challenges. Since joining in February 2014, I've saved $101.50! That easily pays for my Starbucks fix.
Another money saving app, like Ibotta, Checkout 51 allows you to earn rebates on products you purchase. Over the course of six months, I've racked up $12.50 in rebates. Unfortunately, the cash out threshold is $20, so I still have a little ways to go. However, what I like about Checkout 51 in comparison to Ibotta is that the rebates aren't store specific. So those bananas that I buy at the 99 Cent Store work for a rebate with Checkout 51. Unlike Ibotta, there are no tasks to complete. Simply upload your receipt.
This app helps me satisfy my love of the chase. With new deals loaded each Wednesday, it's important to claim those rebates as soon as possible. A limited number are release and often go fast for non-brand specific items, such as lettuce or milk. Just like Checkout 51, Snap's rebates can be redeemed if purchased at any store. The cash out for this app is also $20, which is easy to reach if you stay on top of the new rebates released every week. I'm really loving life when I can redeem a rebate for the same product in two different apps. Extra savings!
Money Earning Apps
I just downloaded this app a couple of weeks ago and I'm regretting that I didn't do it sooner. The first day of joining, I earned 500 kicks which translates to $2. Not bad for simply opening the app as I walk into Target, a planned shopping trip. Aside from walk-in kicks, some stores offer scan kicks. All you have to do is scan the specified product as you are going about your normal shopping routine. Sometimes I can't find a product and have to do a little extra searching but it still only adds about 5 minutes to my trip. With a redemption of just 500 kicks, you can score a $2 Target card. Acquire more kicks if you want more options. Like I mentioned, I started using this app two weeks ago and already have over 2,000 kicks, well on my way to a $10 gas card.
This is another great app that allows you to accumulate points for doing your regular shopping. Simply scan you store receipts and watch the coins add up. Once you've uploaded at least one receipt every week for five weeks, you go "hog wild" and earn a spin on the "Hog Slots" as a way to earn additional coins. Refer friends and you'll earn 10 bonus spins. After 1,000 coins, you can redeem them for cash via PayPal or Amazon gift cards. Not too shabby!
Since using all five of these apps, I'm well on my way to earning at least $500 extra a year. Who couldn't use a little extra money, right? Try them out and let me know what you think.