Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How To Save Money: Couponing Apps

Today during this episode of my How To Save Money Series I'm going to be sharing a few of my favorite couponing apps.

I have a folder on my phone simply dedicated to couponing. I have a bunch of apps that I use regularly and today I will be sharing four of them with you. (Don't worry- the rest will be coming up in future blog posts!) The four that I will be talking about today are; Ibotta, Shopmium, SavingStar, and Checkout 51.

The first couponing app I use regularly is called Ibotta. It is a great way to earn a little bit of extra cash on items you are already purchasing. You can browse through offers by the store you are planning on shopping at. Each offer has different amounts you can earn by completing different tasks. All of the tasks are really simple; polls, learning a fact, or sharing on Facebook are just three examples of tasks. Whatever the task is, it doesn't take more then a few seconds to complete. (Well unless it's watching a video…but I think the longest one I've ever had to view was about two minutes)

Once you complete the tasks you simply shop for you item, and then bring it home. Once you have purchased the item you click the Reedem button, scan the barcode on the product, and then take a picture of your receipt. Within a day or so you will have your money. Once you reach a $5 threshold you will be able to cash out to either your personal bank account or to your PayPal account.  You can also turn your balance into a number of gift cards.

SavingStar is so simple to use it's incredible! Once you have created an account you need to add all your store shopping cards to your account. Make sure you add all the cards you use; CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, grocery stores, etc. Once you see a product you would like, simply activate it and then shop for it at a store that you use one of the cards at.

Once SavingStar confirms your purchase, you receive your money and can transfer it into your bank account or PayPal account. My favorite part about SavingStar is that you can buy things for deals over time, not all in one transaction. SavingStar requires a $5 minimum payout, but it is often easy to reach that amount rather quickly.

Checkout 51 is a newer app but I have quickly grown to love it! This app requires a $20 cash out amount which is a little annoying, but also means that when you do cash out you will have quite the substantial pay out!

To use this app you don't have to do anything until after you've been shopping. Once you have one of the offers on your receipt you simply have to take a picture of your receipt and they will credit your account.

The process is so easy I don't understand why everyone doesn't do it!

The last app I'm going to share with you today is Shopmium. Shopmium is the app I have added most recently, but it's exciting that there is no minimum cash out value. If you add your PayPal account to this app, once you complete an offer you will instantly receive your money which is great.

For this app you purchase an item from the list of offers and request your rebate by submitting your receipt. Easy!

All these apps are a great supplement to couponing. You can shop and get your items couponing for pennies and then earn money back to cover your cost and then some! Often these offers turn great deals into freebies and freebies into money makers!

Are you couponing yet?

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