We’ve done a lot of different thing to save money, but one of my all time favorites has been switching to Ting as our cell phone provider. It has saved us well over $250 a year and as a result we could finally justify getting me the smartphone that I had always wanted!
The thing is, I’ve been able to use that little phone to save me even more money thanks to a variety of awesome apps. In fact, some months the amount that I’ve saved and earned via apps has been enough to cover the cost of our inexpensive cell phone bill. I don’t know about you, but I think that is pretty exciting!
10 Best Money Saving (and money making!) Apps
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This is an easy way to save on items you already plan to purchase at grocery stores and places like Walmart and Target. Ibotta’s offers change frequently but recently there have been several offers where you can save on any brand of items like milk, bread and laundry detergent. Who can’t use that? They also started offering earnings for restaurants and Lowe’s and Home depot too!
How does Ibotta work? Before you shop, go to the Ibotta app and choose the offers you want to buy and earn cash for. Then when you get home simply verify your purchases by scanning the item’s bar code and taking a picture of your receipt. Submit them and wait for the money to be deposited into your account.
(If you haven’t signed up for Ibotta yet, for a limited time you can sign up here and get a $10 account credit when you redeem your first offer! You can’t beat that!!)
2. Checkout 51
Basically, Checkout 51 is a lot like Ibotta in that you choose the offers that you want to buy and then you earn cash for purchasing them. In order to earn the cash you must take a picture of your receipt before the expiration date. Checkout 51 offers change every Thursday.
The really awesome thing about Checkout 51 is that you can purchase the items at any store that carries the product, meaning you can buy the item at discount stores like Aldi or Save-A-Lot and still redeem the offer! They pretty regularly have offers for savings on various fruits or veggies such as bananas, apples or carrots. And occasionally they’ll even have savings on things like milk and eggs.
You can actually use Checkout 51 from your computer, but in my opinion the app is much easier to use.
(New users who sign up for Checkout 51 before June 15, 2016 will earn $5.00 cash back for uploading their first receipt. Receipt must be uploaded by July 20, 2016 to qualify. This offer is only available for a limited time!)
3. Swagbucks TV Mobile
You will first need to sign up for a Swagbucks account if you don’t have one. Once you are signed up, you can download the Swagbucks TV mobile app and then earn up to 36 Swagbucks a day by simply playing videos on your phone. The videos play continuously, although occasionally there may be an ad that pops up that you have to exit out of. It’s a pretty painless way to help those Swagbucks add up faster. Since I’ve started using the Swagbucks mobile app I’ve been able to earn enough Swagbucks to cash out for a $5 Amazon gift card almost every week!
Learn how I use Swagbucks to earn $20 a month in just 5 minutes a day!
4. Amazon Kindle
While I would be thrilled to own a Kindle, so far I haven’t felt like I can justify the expense. But I really enjoy using the Kindle app on my smartphone. The great thing is, there are hundreds of books that you can download for free! And often even top sellers will have promotional periods where they are offered for free or for $0.99, meaning you really don’t have to spend much if anything to enjoy some good reads.
5. Target Cartwheel
With Cartwheel you can save up to 30% on items that you purchase at Target. This includes grocery, household, clothing, health and beauty, baby items, office supplies and well, pretty much any category of items that Target sells! The great thing is that it works on top of coupons, sales and your Target REDcard savings, allowing you to combine these things and really maximize your savings. I’ve been really loving this app!
6. Target Mobile Coupons
While not exactly an app, it’s a great way to use your phone to save some money. Sign up for Target mobile coupons by texting OFFERS to 827438. Your coupons will arrive via text and you will receive up to 5 messages a month. These mobile coupons can also be combined with paper manufacturer coupons, again allowing you to maximize savings!
7. Saving Star eCoupons
Saving Star is an eCoupon website. Basically you link up your grocery and drugstore loyalty cards, then click on the eCoupons that you want to add to them. Whenever you shop in the store, any eCoupons that you added to your card will automatically be flagged and the savings will be added to your account. Once you get $5 in your account, you can cash it out via Paypal or for an Amazon gift card. If you don’t use the coupon before it expires, you’ve lost nothing. The great thing about Saving Star eCoupons is that they can be used in addition to both store AND manufacturer coupons. So essentially you can save 3 different ways on one product, which is rather awesome!
If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still use Saving Star and simply access it via your personal computer.
One of the most used shopping apps available, Shopkick rewards you for simply walking into your favorite stores and opening the app- you don’t even need to buy anything! You can also scan specific items at some stores for more “kicks”. Once you earn enough “kicks” you can redeem them for gift cards. Shopkick works at places like Target, Toys R Us, Old Navy, Best Buy, JCPenney, Macy’s and lots more!
Use this app to scan the bar code of any item and find the lowest price at other local stores and also online.
10. Gas Buddy
Make sure you are getting the lowest price on gas by using this app to check the current price at gas stations near you.
What are your favorite money saving apps?
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