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Save over $700 per year with just 3 apps!
I cherish being a stay-at-home mom and never doubt that it’s the best choice for our family. But…living on one income is not always easy. We feel that the sacrifice is worth it. I love looking for opportunities to save money and make money in creative ways.
Today I will share my 3 favorite apps for saving and making money. All 3 are apps that I currently use.
I made $298.00 in less than 16 months. Including $71.00 in August alone! Annual approximation: $223.50
Ibotta is so great that it deserves its own post. I will follow up with more info on this stellar savings app. Here is a quick summary:
The app gives actual cash back (rebates) at multiple stores. I use it most often at Target and Whole Foods; it’s also accepted at Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, The Honest Co., Best Buy, Sephora, The Body Shop and the list goes on.
Browse the app and find the rebates that you want. You have to do a super-quick task (which takes seconds). Example: take a poll or learn a fact.
Most of the rebates are for brand items. Here are just few current examples: Chobani, Enjoy Life, Green Works, and Swiffer. Most rebates are in the $0.25 to $2.00 range, but I have scored $6.00 on ONE item! There are also “Any Brand” rebates for items like milk, bread, eggs.
One of the reasons I use this app so often is because of the brand varieties available. And more than just groceries! Many other apps like this offer foods and brands that I do not often purchase as they are highly processed convenience foods. Ibotta offers a large range of products, often including organic items. Do you see how I received $71 cash back in August? They had multiple rebates for Plum Organic baby food and I took full advantage.
Ibotta has sweet bonuses that can add up quickly…more on that in my more detailed how-to save with ibotta post.
I saved $264.05 in 14 months. Annual approximation: $226.33
Cartwheel is an app available to use at Target. It’s basically a pick-your-own-coupon app. You select the offers that you want and you get a discount. The list of discounts you can receive is extensive. A majority of the deals are 5% off, but there are also deals from 20-50% off. (I do not remember seeing higher than 50%, but it’s possible there have been higher deals).
If I purchase 20 items at Target, I could get discounts on anywhere from 4-5 items or on a good day, all 20. It is dependent on what items you are buying. Many staples are basically always on the app. You can scan items in store to find out if they are on Cartwheel. Super slick!
Major perk: you do not have to use a smartphone. You can select your offers from your computer at home and then print the barcode to bring with you to Target.
Here is my more detailed review on How to use Target Cartwheel.
I made $133.50 in approximately 6 months. Annual approximation: $267.00
Now this is fun. You log into Field Agent’s app and find jobs in your area. There are audits, price checks, surveys, scavenger hunts and more. There are occasional opportunities to test products. I check the app anytime I go out and see if there are any jobs I’m interested in. Sometimes it is as easy as taking a few quick pictures at Target. I have even taken a quick 5 minute survey in the comfort of my own home and made a few bucks.
My favorite job was buying and testing diapers. I was reimbursed for the cost of a scale and diapers. Free diapers, free scale and it was a fun task.
I tell my daughter that we are going on “Field Agent Investigations”. She just might think they are as fun as I do.
Here is my follow-up post with more tips and tricks on how to save with ibotta.
Here is my follow-up post on how to use Target Cartwheel.
Do you have any apps to add? What apps have saved you hundreds of dollars? What apps have helped you make money?
Read my tips on how to save while shopping for children’s clothing. You may find deals through the Cartwheel and ibotta apps!
Stop by to see where I link-up my posts each week: Link-Up List
*Please note that the ibotta link above is a referral link. I receive a small referral bonus if you sign up and receive an offer.