I like nice things – I’ve always been the type to choose quality over quantity. With that said, I also really love saving money and finding ways to earn extra money…so I can buy the nice things I like. You catch my drift?
There are several apps I’ve been using this year that I wanted to share with y’all, because why wouldn’t I want to share this goodness?! Free money? I don’t think many of us would turn down extra money. 🙂 Here we go…
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I can’t actually take credit for finding this app – my friend & favorite photog Amanda Hedgepeth actually shared about this earlier in the year and I had to see what it was all about. It’s primarily for groceries, but you can also get cash back on some household goods and online orders. Basically, if you buy something that Ibotta is offering cash back for, you select the offer and submit a picture of your receipt via the app to claim your cash back. I’ve been using it since August and so far, I’ve gotten $64 cash back. It may not seem like a lot, but all I’ve had to do is submit grocery receipts to get $64 of extra money back in my pocket. Also, we don’t consume a lot of packaged foods since I’m all about Whole30, so if you tend to buy more things like cereals, drinks, grains, etc., you’ll probably be able to use this app to its full capacity and earn even more! Join using this link and you’ll get a $10 welcome bonus!
2 – Drop
With this app, you get points when you purchase items from your favorite brands (kind of like a credit card’s reward system) by linking up your debit/credit cards to Drop. When you purchase something using your linked card from one of your ‘favorite’ brands/stores, points will be automatically added to your Drop account. I selected Starbucks, Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods as my favorite brands, since those are the places we spend the most money and will earn the most points in return. They also have one-time offers that pop up pretty much daily where you can earn a big bonus – for example, I had a lululemon offer before Christmas that would’ve earned me 10,000 bonus points if I made a purchase there. You only need 5,000 points to cash in for a $5 gift card to the brand of your choice (like Starbucks, Nordstrom, American Eagle, American Airlines, etc.) and we earn them super quickly. I’ve only been using this for a few months and have already earned $25 in gift cards! You can sign up here.
3 – Ebates
I’m sure most of you have heard of Ebates and are probably using it already. If not, you should be! With Ebates, you can earn cash back on almost anything you buy online. I have the plugin on my browser that automatically notifies me when I visit a site that offers cash back and I just have to click the button to turn on the cash back option before ordering. I get the most from this around the holidays, but I also get cash back when I buy the girls clothes from Carter’s, Gymboree, Old Navy, etc. throughout the year. They also have specials that offer bigger cash back bonuses for certain brands and there’s an in-store option, too, if you use a linked debit/credit card inside an actual storefront. I’ve earned over $70 so far using Ebates and I haven’t even taken full advantage of the app – if you’re a huge online shopper, you can earn some serious cash using Ebates! Join Ebates here.
Do you have any great ways to save big or earn cash back? I’d love to hear them!