Apparently there is so much more I could be doing to save money via the every day purchases that I make. I am not very good about searching for coupons, but there are apps. and websites out there that really make it easy to earn a few dollars back from everyday purchases. This is free money and it’s time to start cashing in!
I’ve been checking out different apps. and websites that are supposed to find the sale for me, reimburse me if the item is available elsewhere cheaper and earn cash back just from shopping for the items that I need to buy anyway. Save money? Free cash? Yes please!
Snap is a app by Groupon that will give you cash back just by purchasing any of the 28 or so items that they showcase each week on the app. I’ve currently earned $1.50 just by purchasing a gallon of milk and some apples. This week I earned $2.25 for purchasing bananas, bread, and a bag of candy.
To use Snap, download it to your smartphone and simply 1. Browse the offers before you shop. (Or in my case, look after the fact and see that you’ve bought something from their offer list anyway!) 2. Buy these promoted items at ANY store. 3. Snap a photo of your receipt. 4. Get cash in your account. Once you hit $20, you can 5. Request a check. Easy peasy! I am already at $3.75, just imagine if I actually checked out the offers before I went shopping? 😉
I signed up for Snap via my friend Jill’s link. (Thanks Jill!) Here’s my link if you would like to sign up for Snap. Full disclosure, I will earn $1.00 for every friend who signs up and redeems an offer.
Walmart Savings Catcher
Walmart has a little app. called the Savings Catcher. This app. compares Walmart’s prices to several other area stores. If the price is cheaper at any of these other stores, you get the difference. To use it, download it to your smartphone and simply 1. Scan the bar code of your receipt (within 7 days or less of your purchase.) 2. Select the corresponding date of purchases on the app. The app. does the rest. 3. Visit the Savings Catcher and click on Your Reward Dollars. I received $1.20 cash back because CVS had gum $.98 cheaper and Dollar General had some product I can’t even identify (that I apparently bought) for $.22 cheaper. 4. Click “Get it Back” and “Create an eGift Card” – no matter the amount, you get your cash back in the form of an eGift Card to Walmart. These never expire. I think I will let mine add up a bit before I do that. 🙂
I didn’t see a referral link for the Walmart Savings Catcher – I am probably the last one on earth to download it. However, if I am wrong about that and you want to check it out. Click here.
My good friend Jane who blogs over at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms told me about Ebates probably a few years ago now. I never really checked it out until now. Sorry Jane, in my case, you know the old saying – You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make her drink. After checking out Ebates a little bit more over the weekend, I am definitely on the band wagon. When you shop online at any of the 900 participating merchants, after you check out Ebates (eventually) credits your account with a rebate – or ebate!
Ebates is very simple to use. 1. Visit eBates and sign up for a free account. 2. Shop at a participating store and make sure to take advantage of the extra coupons that ebates highlights for each merchant. 3. Make your purchase and simply wait for your savings to add up in your account.
You will find all your favorite stores like HSN, Amazon, Ebay, Khol’s, Office Depot, Victoria Secret, Best Buy and so forth. Ebates can be as much as 26% however, most run about 1%-4%. I did learn that for Amazon purchases, it varies by department – when I click on the link it brings up all the departments for which eBates are available. On this particular day, there are eBates for purchases made in fashion, sports and luggage.
There is definitely money to be saved by using eBates. Check out this post Ebates Review Is Ebates a Scam? by Cam over at imstuff.com. He “earned” nearly $1,000 in eBates from eBates and he shows his receipt to prove it. He also explains how they pay you. After your cash back is sixty days old the pay outs are four times per year.
I didn’t make any purchases through Ebates yet. However, I’ve got some Khol’s cash to spend and hopefully, I will get still get my eBate after shopping at Khol’s with Khol’s cash. We shall see!
If you would like to sign up for eBates here is the link!
I am in the process of checking out Flipp, which is an app that features store fliers. You can comparison shop via store filers all in one place. Search by store or item and easily “clip” items to save to your list. When I type in “iPhone” all of the fliers with iphones and iphone related products appear. Okay, so now that I have the Walmart Savings Catcher, it sounds like that is my best bet for saving cash. However, if a product is not available at Walmart, then I guess using Flipp makes sense.
What are your favorite apps./websites for saving/earning cash back?? Have you used any of these? I would love to read your comments!!
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