A few weeks back, I shared my top three ways to save money on groceries. Another way I like to save money at the grocery store is through the use of smart phone apps. I’m not always fan of technology but when it comes to saving money, it can be an amazing resource. There are a lot of apps out there, all claiming to save you money while you shop. How do you know which ones are worth your time? Here are my five favorite apps for earning extra cash on groceries.
- Ibotta: If you decide to download any of these money-saving apps, make sure to include this one! Ibotta provides cash-back rebates on certain items in certain stores. For example, right now you can get 50 cents back when you buy any variety of Ragu pasta sauce at Target. Sometimes, they even have rebates that aren’t brand-specific. Like, 20 cents back for buying paper towels. Not bad, huh?
Simply, create an account and start adding rebates to your cart. You might have to watch short videos or answer poll questions to add the rebates, but it’s all very quick and easy. After you go shopping, scan the barcodes of any items you have rebates for and take a picture of your receipt. Once you redeem ten dollars’ worth of rebates, you can cash out. My account is set up to deposit the cash I earn directly into my PayPal account but you can also redeem it for store gift cards. I’ve earned $115 since joining in May 2015. It really does add up!
- MobiSave: This is another excellent rebate source. It works exactly like Ibotta, however, it is not store-specific. MobiSave typically has fewer rebates than Ibotta but they’re different and they change weekly. This gives you even more opportunities to earn cash-back on your groceries. For example, this week, MobiSave has a $1.25 rebate on any one box of Wheat Thins. That’s better than a coupon!
Another benefit of using MobiSave is that you don’t have to wait till you’ve earned a certain amount to cash out. You can directly deposit any amount of money (even if it’s just a dollar) into your connected PayPal account. In six months, I’ve earned an extra $40 with this app.
- Checkout 51: This app is similar to the other two in that it offers a combination of store-specific and non-store-specific rebates. Unfortunately, it’s my least favorite of the three. The offers don’t change very often and you aren’t allowed to cash out until you’ve accumulated $20 in rebates.
On the other hand, Checkout 51 always has several rebates for those of you that shop at Walmart. (I prefer Target.) For example, there’s a $2.50 rebate on a 56-ct. package of Huggies wipes at Walmart on the app right now. So, while I haven’t earned much with Checkout 51 so far, it’s possible it’s a good option for you.
- Receipt Hog: This app is different from the others in that it gives you points, or coins, when you submit pictures of your grocery store receipts. They’re collecting consumer data but it doesn’t bother me. You’re getting paid to take pictures of your receipts and it really doesn’t get any easier than that.
Every time I go to the store, I scan in my receipt and wait for my coins. The payout varies depending on the store and the amount spent. You get extra rewards for scanning in receipts every week and once you have 1000 coins, you get $5. If you’re really patient, you can save your points up to get a better reward value. For example, 4500 coins equates to $30, which you can have deposited into a PayPal account or in the form of an Amazon gift card.
- Shopkick: This last app is the most unique because it gives you points, or kicks, just for going into stores. No purchase necessary. Simply, turn on the Bluetooth on your smart phone with the app open anytime you walk in one of their partner stores. Not only will you receive points for walking into the store but there will also be items to scan while you’re in the store for additional points. The points accumulate quickly and can be redeemed for gift cards or charitable donations.
In my experience, these five apps can save you a substantial amount of money. Not to mention, they’re all completely free to download and use. Just imagine the savings you’ll rack up by combining these apps with sales and coupons!
What are some of your favorite money-saving apps?