It seems like everyone I know has jumped on the Ibotta bandwagon. And why not? That app is amazing! Snap a pic of your receipt, scan a few barcodes, and watch your savings pile up. It’s one of the best ways to save money since the days of clipping coupons. And I’m so glad to be done with that – I’m too impatient for all that clipping and I always forgot to bring the stack of coupons with me.
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I use Ibotta ALL. THE. TIME. But to make those saving grow even faster, I have a few other tricks up my sleeve!
If you haven’t tried Ibotta yet, there is no better time to try it out – just in time for the holiday bonuses! Join here and receive a $10 Welcome Bonus!
coupons.com || save with digital coupons
These are the same coupons that you find in that Sunday paper. You can still print your coupons from coupons.com, but the app is so much more convenient. There are two ways to redeem coupons on coupons.com: link your loyalty card right to your coupons.com account to automatically deduct the coupon value from your total or (if your store does not participate) you can submit a photo of your receipt and have the cash value deposited right to your PayPal account.
Smartsource also has an app that links to store loyalty cards, with participating stores that are more regional (Cub Foods, Lowes Foods, and Price Chopper are a few).
Cartwheel || discounts at the register
I use Cartwheel a lot, since I am always shopping at Target. Using the Cartwheel app, you can save across the store and stack coupons with offers for additional savings. There are often offers for 50% off many items, particularly new products, toys, and office products. The number of offers you can use at a time is capped, but as your savings increases, more offer spots are unlocked.
UPDATE: did you know that Target has integrated Cartwheel into the Target app? You can still use the Cartwheel app, but everything is now available in one app.
Have you used Target’s daily 50% off toy offer? Sometimes I’ll use this offer for a gift, but I often take advantage of this offer to stretch those dollars to donate to holiday toy drives. This can add up to a lot of toys to donate!
Ebates || rebates with online shopping
I always check Ebates before shopping on line. Just shop using the link on ebates.com and receive rebates on your purchases! Payments are issued quarterly via PayPal or a “Big Fat Check”, after earning a minimum of $5. There is also an option to link your credit card to your Ebates account for in-store savings.
Don’t miss the “cash back button” extension for your browser. Add this button to your favorite web browser and Ebates will alert you when you are on a website where cash-back is offered. You’ll never miss an opportunity to save $$!do you use (and LOVE) #Ibotta? add in these apps to #save money & grow savings even faster! Click To Tweet
Grocery store apps || save money with digital coupons
More grocery stores are offering coupons on their apps. Albertsons and Kroger are two major grocery store chains that offer these savings. These digital coupons typically require linking to the store loyalty card. And unlike Ibotta, coupons do need to be loaded prior to checkout. While standing in line at the register, I do a quick scan for offers on the items in my cart. An easy few dollars while waiting in line!
BevRAGE || savings on beverages for the adults
beRAGE is a lot like Ibotta, but is specifically for those wine, beer, and other adult beverages. Not only are there savings in store, you can also save a restaurants. Add just like Ibotta, all you need to do is snap a pic of your receipt (but no barcode scanning is necessary).
flipp || weekly store sales at your fingertips
I love that flipp has easy access to the weekly store circulars. Just like the coupons, we don’t get the Sunday paper to see what’s on sale. Not only can I still get all the sales I’m looking for, I can get it when ever and where ever I need it for a quick price check.rebates, digital coupons, & sale prices - stack with #Ibotta deals for even greater #savings! Click To Tweet
Fetch Rewards || Ibotta-like savings for points
This is a new one for me, but it looks very promising. Also like some of the other apps, all you need to do is snap a photo of your receipt. Rather than cash back though, you earn points for you purchases. Points are then redeemed for gift cards (and a pretty good selection – Amazon, Red Robin, Walmart, Celebrity Cruises, CB2, Visa/MasterCard virtual rewards … just to name a few). Use referral code B1GBR to kick-start your account with 1,500 points!
The one we still haven’t tried is Paribus. I have mixed feelings about giving access to my email accounts. But there is so much opportunity to save even more! If you’ve tried it, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!