I get asked all the time which money saving apps are actually worth it and figured it was time I put a list together. There are a ton of great apps out there and a bunch that are also a waste of time.
I know, I know. Everybody knows about iBotta by now, but did you know there are literally tons of other apps that offer cash back? Whether you are not really into couponing or just trying to maximize savings, it’s time to put your phone to good use! No matter what you are trying to save money on, there is an app for that, seriously!
#1 iBotta – I know I said you probably already know about it, but do you really? iBotta has had some awesome changes recently. You can now earn rebates for shopping right through the app on things other than groceries! They have also made it easy for you to link your store loyalty cards and have over 177 supported stores you can earn rebates from. You still have to unlock rebates before you shop but no longer have to worry about uploading your receipt and your money will show up in your account with in 48 hours. They have also added some other great things like teamwork, bonuses, and more. You can also give your friends $10 and get $5 for yourself each time a friend joins iBotta with your referral code and redeems a rebate within two weeks! You can cash out to your Paypal once your account hits $20.
#2 Checkout 51 – This app is very much like iBotta but with one big difference. You can earn rebates shopping at any store. Sometimes you can even find items overlapping in both iBotta and Checkout 51, which mean double cash back! You may earn money slowly in this one, but it does add up! You can request your check in the mail once your account reaches $20.
#3 SavingStar -SavingStar is super simple! Earn cash back at the grocery store with nothing to clip or print. You can redeem your grocery offers by linking them to your supermarket and drugstore loyalty cards or by submitting a picture of your receipt. Saving Star has awesome Healthy Offer of the Week (20% cash back on a produce item), “One or Many” high value rewards (often worth $5 or more), as well as great offers on your favorite brands.
#4 MobiSave – Mobisave is one of the newest apps available and truthfully one of my favorites. MobiSave’s exclusive rebates are valid at all stores and there are no inactivity fees or minimums to be paid. Just take a photo of the receipt and get cash back right into your PayPal account. The best part, Mobisave is now available for both Apple and Android!
#5 Snap – Groupon’s Sanp has an inventory of nearly 70,000 digital offers at top retailers in the United States and Canada. Snap no longer has product-specific to retailer-specific promotions (like $0.50 off cereal) but, now has digital offers from some of the top brands, including Best Buy, Express, Macy’s, Target and Walmart, among others. It’s the perfect app iif you do a lot of online shopping!
#6 Favado – This is one of those apps not many have heard of. Favado tells you which store has the best deals to help you decide which stores to add to your errand list each week. Quickly search and find out which local store has the lowest prices for the items you buy each week. Plus, you can get notified when new sale prices for your favorite items are added to the weekly sales lists for your stores. It;s a win, win, win!
#13 BerryCart – Eating healthy? This app hand-picked only the best all natural, organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO kinds of foods for you. You won’t see high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors here. Each action you complete on BerryCart unlocks a one-time rebate that you can redeem after you buy the product. Just take a picture of the receipt, and within 24 hours BerryCart will send you real money that can be cashed out through PayPal or various gift cards.
#7 Target Cartwheel – Avid Target Shopper? You need this app! Save on the things you already buy at Target with Cartwheel! Choose from hundreds of offers with discounts of 5-50% off every area of the store. Just add an offer to your Cartwheel list, scan your barcode in store, and save.
#8 Walmart Savings Catcher – When you shop at Walmart you know you are getting a good deal but, are you getting the best deal in the area? That’s where Savings Catcher comes in. If a local competitor has a lower advertised
price, you get an eGift Card for the difference. All you need to do is Scan your store receipt, they will compare prices automatically, and if a lower price is found you will get the difference!
#9 Coupons.com – Not only can you now print coupons from your phone but, you can also get store coupons and online coupon codes from from the Coupons.com app! They have really stepped it up. If you haven’t downloaded it now is the time!
#10 Shopkick – Shopkick Rewards you for shopping—and the great news is that you don’t even have to buy anything! There are three ways to earn kicks on Shopkick: By walking into stores, by scanning product bar codes with your phone, and by making actual purchases. You can then redeem your kicks for gift card and other cool stuff right in the app!
#11 Retail Me Not – This is an awesome app to save! There are thousands of deals at your favorite stores and restaurants. All you need to do is simply show your phone at checkout!
#12 Groupon – A little further up I mentioned Snap but, the Groupon app is also another amazing way to save on a whole lot more than online shopping! The Groupon app is a great way to check for Groupons on the go, easily purchase them, and redeem them right from your phone. This makes it crazy easy t save on everything from trip to the zoo, hair cuts, and even takeout!
#14 Ebates – Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online. Founded in 1998, Ebates Inc.’s websites have paid over $325 million in cash to its members!
#15 Shop At Home – The ShopAtHome app is a free savings app that gives you access to the best coupons and deals from your favorite stores, sends you a rebate check 12 times a year just for shopping at your favorite online stores, and provides you with access to thousands of coupons, deals and free samples at over 50,000 stores at any given time!
Bonus app: Paribus – Paribus is an app that will AUTOMATICALLY get you a refund when you overpay for something shopping online. You can learn all about it here and find out why its truly my favorite thing ever!
No matter what app you decide to use, you are bound to find great deals and save money on all the products you love. These apps are the easiest way to earn cash back just for shopping! Did we miss any? What are some of your favorite money saving apps?