It’s become kind of a joke with some of my friends and family about how many coupons I have or what deal I’m currently stalking. I’ll own it – I like saving money. And today I’m spilling the beans about two of my favorite apps that help me do that in an awesome way!
First off, this is not a sponsored post; I genuinely just love using these two apps.
The first one is Ebates. I know you’ve seen the Ebates commercials and rolled your eyes…because why would anyone give you money for buying stuff? I was totally that person until I randomly decided to give it a try. As of today, I’ve earned $94 back on purchases!
I don’t know about you, but I love saving money because then I get to spend that money on other stuff! I think I also get a weird adrenaline rush when I know I’m getting a good deal on something (rarely do I ever pay full price for something…it’s just not in my blood and goes against my beliefs, ha). I was 100% skeptical of Ebates when I kept seeing the commercials on tv, but I’m a believer now. And part of my goal as a blogger is to help other people save money, too!
The key to getting the best buys is to wait until there’s already a sale or a really great coupon. For example, in early October Gap was offering a 40% + 10% coupon online. That’s already a pretty sweet deal, so I found two dresses that I loved. In addition to the coupons, I used Ebates which was offering 6% cashback at Gap. Now, I know 6% isn’t a lot, but wouldn’t you rather get something back than nothing? I ended up with over $3 back on that order.
Another example! If you’re not into clothes, maybe you like to travel. Ebates helps with that, too! My girlfriends and I went to Chicago in July and used Big Bus Tours for a hop-on hop-off tour around the city. Ebates was offering 5% cashback on bookings, so I ended up with about $4 back. And if you’re still not convinced…when John and I went to San Francisco in May, I used Ebates when we booked our hotel and we ended up getting $40 back from that!
There’s a plug-in that you can add to your computer’s toolbar that will automatically notify you if the site you’re on offers cashback, and you can either activate or ignore the notification. I love that feature because it makes it really easy. I usually tell my students that easier isn’t always better, but that’s not the case here.
What I like about the app is that it shows a list of all the cashback you’ve accumulated and from where.
If I’ve convinced you (it’s cashback! how could you not be convinced?), then I have a referral code just for you!
The second app that my friend at work got me hooked on four years ago is called Ibotta. This one also sounded a little too good to be true, but I can verify that it’s legit. I have seriously ordered so many Starbucks gift cards as a result of the money I’ve saved from grocery shopping. And I’m talking $20 gift cards, not cheesy little $5 ones!
What I love about this app is that there’s usually a “coupon” for an automatic 10 cents back for any item you’re purchasing. 10 cents doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re at the grocery store as much as I am, then it definitely adds up! Unlike the coupons you get in the mail or in the Sunday newspaper, there are also “coupons” for produce and meat and not just all the processed foods!
As of today, I’ve earned over $200 back. There are a lot of coupons for many different stores (Walmart, Target, Harris Teeter, and even liquor stores!), so why not get some money back on items you’re purchasing anyway? I get annoyed paying so much money for toilet paper, so at least using Ibotta I can eventually reward myself with my savings!
And like I mentioned previously, once you accumulate about $20, there are different ways to withdraw that money – link up your PayPal or Venmo account, or choose from some really great gift cards (Starbucks, Panera, Target, Ulta, Lowe’s, Amazon, and several others). If you’re interested in downloading and joining Ibotta, I would love it if you would use my referral code, mnmesqj.
Do you already use Ebates or Ibotta? How much do you love them? And I’m always looking for other cashback programs (#frugal), so what are your other go-to programs to save money? I’d love to hear, so drop them in the comments!