FOUR Money Saving Apps!
As I mentioned previously, mail-in rebates are a great way to save money … if you actually send them in. In addition to the traditional rebates, there are four money saving apps or programs that also offer cash back that I love – Ibotta, Checkout 51, Shopmium, and SavingStar.
So, here are the details on my four favorite money saving apps for cash back.
1. Ibotta – Ibotta is a FREE smart phone app that lets you earn real money for items you purchase at over 24 participating stores and restaurants including Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Chili’s, Qdoba, Home Depot and more. Once you sign up for Ibotta and download the app, you will receive rebate offers. You can earn money for each particular item by taking simple one question polls, answering trivia, learning product facts, watching videos, and posting what you plan to buy on Facebook or Twitter. When you purchase a qualifying item, you take a picture of your receipt through the app, scan the product and submit to get a credit t0 your account within 24 hours. Once you accumulate $5, you can cash out and your money can be deposited into your PayPal account, venmo account, or redeemed for gift cards.
Another really cool feature of Ibotta is that you can scan the barcode of an item right at the store to be sure you are buying the correct one! No more guessing like with so many other eCoupons. Now this is the best part of all of it…….you can redeem these offers along even after using manufacturer coupons!
Even better, for a limited time, once you are registered, you can share the app with your friends through your referral link and earn $5 when they redeem their first offer!
2. Checkout 51 -Every Thursday morning, Checkout 51 updates with a new list of offers. All you have to do is pick the ones you like, purchase them at any store, and upload a photo of your receipt through our mobile app or website. When your account reaches $20, they will send you a check.
Once again, you can use paper coupons along with these offers which makes them even better!
3. Shopmium – Download the app to a mobile device from your app store. (Note: It will ask you if you have a referral code, and I would love if you would use mine – GMGHAUQX.) Purchase one of Shopmium’s exclusive offers, scan the product’s barcode, take a picture of the receipt, and request your money through a bank transfer or PayPal. Or, instead of a rebate, you could choose to give to charity.
You will want to watch the dates on offers. Shopmium will give you a date range that the product must be purchased between and then they allow you a few extra days to redeem the offer. So, you will see offers in your account that may no longer available to be purchased that day.
4. SavingStar -Create your account at the site and register all of your store loyalty cards then select the eCoupons you want. When you purchase offers that you have saved to your account, you will receive a credit in your SavingStar account. Once your savings reaches $5, you can get your cash in your PayPal account, through Amazon gift card, and more.
Please note that it is not intended for you to use a manufacturer coupon with a standards cents off offer in SavingStar. You can use them with an overall offer (ie: $5/$20 purchase).
***As of August 2014, you can now redeem SavingStar offers at more stores including Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and Meijer. Read more about that here.
***As of October 2014, you can also redeem SavingStar offers at Safeway, Vons, Food 4 Less and H-E-B. Kroger has changed the way offers are redeemed, you must now submit your receipt. Go here to see the details.
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