FOUR Money Saving Apps!

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4 money saving apps

FOUR Money Saving Apps!

Are you looking for a way to save money while shopping without clipping and carrying coupons around in your purse? I have mentioned 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.  (This post has been updated as of May 11, 2018, and will be updated again with a new app that I am experimenting with. Unfortunately, Shopmium is no longer available.)

So, here are the details on my four favorite money saving apps for cash back.

1. IbottaIbotta is a FREE smart phone app that lets you earn real money for items you purchase at over 250 participating stores, restaurants and more. Once you sign up for Ibotta and download the app, you can search for offers by the store or products you are purchasing. When you purchase a qualifying item, take a picture of your receipt through the app, scan the product and submit to receive credit in your account within 24 hours. Once you accumulate $20, 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.

Right now, you will earn a bonus $10 after you redeem your first offer when you sign up through this link.

2. Checkout 51 – Every Thursday morning, your Checkout 51 account updates with a new list of offers. All you have to do is pick the ones you like, purchase them at any store (keeping in mind that some offers are restricted to select stores), and upload a photo of your receipt through the mobile app or website. When your account reaches $20, submit your request for 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 on 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. If you are making purchases at stores without a loyalty card, you will simply upload a copy of your receipt to redeem the offer. Once your savings reaches $20, you can transfer your cash to your PayPal account, bank account or donate it to charity.

Please note that it is not intended for you to use a manufacturer coupon with a standard cents off offer in SavingStar. However, you can use them with a “one or many” offer (ie: $5/$20 purchase).

Also, keep in mind that you may be able to redeem an offer for the same product in multiple apps and while using coupons to really maximize your savings! Look at each offer before purchasing to check for any restrictions.

Offers in Ibotta and Checkout 51 may also be available for multiple redemptions. Again, restrictions vary.

If you use another program that I haven’t mentioned, please let me know, I’ll have to check it out! 

Find more Couponing Tips on Become a Coupon Queen!


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