I have researched and looked up different rebate apps, coupon sites and even tried taking surveys to make money. Now, it could very well be that my low attention span is to blame, but I feel like life is just too busy for most of these “great” ways to make money. Some apps are far too detailed, and require a lot of my time and attention. Since I already spend all my time working from home on a computer, the last thing I want to do is find ways to spend more time fiddling around behind a screen. I am a fast paced, multi-tasking kinda gal, so finding the simplest ways to make or save money is really the only way to do it in my book. Instead of a big, long, list of different ways to make extra money, I’m going to get honest and share with you the BEST two that I use weekly to save on groceries, outings and more.
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Just reading about some other rebate or money saving apps gives me a headache. They almost sound to be like a very confusing game show. Some of them even give you “points” just for walking into stores and scanning items. This definitely sounds appealing in the sense that you don’t really have to do anything and you can get credit for it. But to ME it sounds like hauling me and my 2 little ones through a store and trying to keep them wrangled without totally losing my mind.
The apps that actually work for me (and I feel like would benefit most busy parents) are the ones that have the following:
That’s what stands out about these two apps and why I have chosen to continue to use them every week when shopping, eating out or making additional purchases.
In case you haven’t heard it like 18 times, Ibotta is my favorite way to save (or should I say make) money on my grocery purchases. Beyond that, I have also used it to make money after getting crafts at Joann’s, shopping Amazon and purchasing Groupons.
Ibotta gives you $10 jus for signing up. Simply download the app, choose a store you want to shop at and select any rebates that you want to take advantage of. Head to the store, make your purchase and then snap a photo of your receipt and almost instantly Ibotta will give you your rebate as well as you additional $10 sign on bonus!
As soon as you have made $20, you can start cashing out for things like popular gift cards or even just have the money sent to PayPal! Sign up for Ibotta’s $10 sign on bonus. Besides a sign on bonus, and saving on your purchases, Ibotta will also give you $5 for any friends you send their way. They also offer a different variety of bonuses throughout the month for extra incentive.
Like I said in my review, I love using Ibotta alongside my Target Debit Card, Target Carthweel, and any additional coupons I might have. If you are a big double discount kinda person like me, I have an easy to track coupon and discount app sheet in my Fun Sized Budget Bundle so I can keep track of which coupons I have, app discounts, in store discouts and anything else I can find!
Dosh is an app similar to Ibotta in the sense that you get rebates on purchases you make and gives you a $5 sign on bonus.
When I first signed up, I was a little weary of Dosh because the way it works is by linking up with your credit or debit cards and then automatically giving you rebates on your purchase. The idea of getting automatically paid on purchase I make sounded super exciting, but it made me nervous linking my cards. I linked my cards and my husbands and Dosh credited us for each card we added which was exciting enough to calm my nerves a little.
It makes perfect sense being nervous to share your card information like this, but I promise Dosh is a secure app and it only winds up benefiting you.
One super exciting feature I liked about Dosh is that it doesn’t just work with major stores or restaurant chains, but also partners with local businesses so you get a huge variety of places to choose from you and don’t feel obligated to stick to the same ‘ol, same ‘ol. Dosh also works with a wide variety of online shopping so you can save on your purchases in a wide variety of ways.
No matter what, I recommend giving each of these apps a try, at least once. You will lose nothing and are guaranteed to make at least $15…just for trying. Some things are too good to be true and some are just too good to pass up. To me, Ibotta and Dosh have been highly beneficial when working to save (or make) money for my family…even if it is just for extra fun money.
$5 Meal Plan – The $5 meal plan was created by a busy mother of 4 for other busy mother’s out there. Get access to healthy meal plans that take all the guess work out of what to make for your family!
BeFrugal – Be Frugal is an online resources for the best coupons around. In stores, online or in restaurants.
Dosh – Dosh is an app that links up to your credit cards (or qualifying debit cards) and gives you money back on purchases you make. It works like other cash back apps by refunding you money on qualifying purchases. Only you don’t have to keep track, it scans discounts and gives you money back automatically!
Declutter – Decluttr is a super easy online way to sell your unused things to get the maximum amount of money!
Fun Sized Budget Bundle- My very own customized budget bundle. Including your basic budgeting printouts, debt payoff sheets as well as savings and vacation planners!
IBotta – IBotta is a totally free app that pays you $10 just for signing up. With this app you can get paid for the things you already plan on buying!
Love and Money – Online courses to help couples and family get finances together in order to stay together!
Paperless Home – The paperless home guides you step by step through how to start creating a home where all of your most important information can always be in one place and always at your finger tips!
Simplify + Planner – Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog has a great and inexpensive planner to help you get intentionally organized. Starting a blog can be very overwhelming and getting a little organized can go a long way.
Target Debit Card – If you shop at Target as much as me, you should definitely get in on the debit card if you haven’t already. All it does is remove money from your regular checking account like a regular debit card, but saves you 5% on your purchases every time you use it!