There are several ways you can save money with something you probably already own: A smartphone.
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days! There are a lot of apps available that can help you save money or even earn money.
Here are my must haves (and all of these are currently on my phone):
Drop: If you use your phone to shop, this is a great cash back app. In addition, you earn points when you shop in store at specific stores (you can pick from a list: I have 7-11, Starbucks, Target, and a few others). Points can be redeemed for gift cards. I’m saving points for a Gift Card for a Mommy/Big Kid date night. If you sign up, use my referral code: t7zgb to give yourself a $5 bonus!
Ibotta: Ibotta is an App for Smartphones. Available for both iPhone and Android phones, Ibotta is an app that helps you earn cash back every time you shop! Just check iBotta when you are shopping to see what products are available for rebate, buy them, perform simple in store activities and earn, earn, earn. You’ll take photos of your receipt and upload them through the app. I just did it today, it was easy peasy. Once your account balacne reaches at least $5.00, you can transfer the money to your paypal account!
You can use Ibotta at the following stores: 7-11, Food4Less, Ralphs, Rite-Aid Wal*mart, Walgreens, Target, Vons, CostCo. I only included stores in Southern California. However, Ibotta works in over 300 retail chains, restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores, home improvement centers, pet stores, and pharmacies nationwide. What I really like about Ibotta is that you can use it with a paper coupon!
SavingStar: What makes SavingStar different is that you don’t receive money off at the register. The savings in held in your SavingStar account, and once you reach at least $10.00 in savings you can transfer it to your Paypal Account, buy a gift Card, or even donate your savings to charity!
SavingStar is the first national, fully digital, grocery eCoupon service, available for free at www.savingstar.com and on iPhone and Android mobile apps. There’s nothing to clip, nothing to print. Chose offers, shop, and save! SavingStar is currently available at over 100 retailers!
Checkout 51: Checkout 51 is a savings program that’s so easy to use, and no Smartphone is needed! It’s an app on your iPhone or Android phone, or you use your computer. Just purchased specific products (and these products change each Thursday, so make sure you check out the app/website before heading out to shop), scan and upload your receipts weekly. Checkout51 is NOT store specific!
BerryCart: Great deals and rebates on natural/organic shoppers, works just like Checkout51! They always have produce rebates too! BerryCart is not store Specific!
Receipt Hog: This one is fun, and easy. Just snap a photo of your receipts and upload them via the receipt hog app. Earn points for each receipt, and redeem points for gift cards (like Amazon) or cash. I’ve been using Receipt Hog for over a year and I’ve earned $50, just by scanning my receipts!
Target:: If you are a Target shopper, this app is for you. Instead of the traditional dollar or cent off coupons, Target’s app offers savings in a percentage. You choose specific offers, based on what you buy, and there are new offers all the time! The best part is that you can use Target App, a Manufacturer Coupon, and a Target Coupon all on the same item!
Mogl: This site/app is a little different. Sign up and register your credit/debit cards. When you eat out at participating restaurants, you’ll receive 10% cash back! You can use this in addition to any other cash back offers your credit or debit card offers. We don’t eat out very often, but we usually earn about $50/year.
Signing up is easy, and there are no receipts to scan, or photos to take. Sign up here, then link your credit and debit cards. Once you use one of the cards at a participating retailer, you’ll get a push notification from Dosh, and in just a few days, you’ll have cash back! The Cash Out threshold is $25.00 which is pretty easy to get.
And don’t forget the apps for your local grocery stores! Sprouts, Vons, Ralphs, Albertsons, Food4Less, and others all have their own apps you can download and use to make grocery lists, check sale flyers, find clipless coupons. What I love its that most of these apps also sneak in coupons for freebies!
What I really like about these apps like BerryCart, Ibotta, and Checkout51 is that you can double, triple or quadruple dip deals when the stars align and there are the same (or similar) deals on each app. Perfect for those of us who are on an ultra tight budget!
*Disclosure* Most of those links are my personal links, so if you sign up I earn a few cents. When you sign up, you can share your links too and earn a little bit of green!