Saving money doesn’t have to be hard or overwhelming, and you don’t have to spend hours a week to scour sales and clip coupons. Busy moms need easy ways to save money, and that’s why I have pulled together this list of my favorite EASY money-saving apps. You can save money easily on the go, just from the palm of your hand!
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Raise.com lets you give yourself a ‘raise’ by purchasing discounted gift cards to your favorite retailers (both online and brick/mortar stores). You can save up to 20% on gift cards at stores including Amazon, Southwest, Walmart, Lowe’s, Toys ‘R Us, but my absolute favorite is hotels.com! I always check here before making a large purchase. Many of the gift cards are electronically delivered straight to your app, but they also have physical gift cards which can be mailed to you.
There is a desktop website at raise.com, and also a simple app free for download. Make sure your app notifications are on, and also watch for their emails. They have occasional sales where you get $5-10 off or a percentage off your gift card, so you are basically doubling your savings. Click this link on the right to sign up and enter promo code LABORDAY to save now through 9/4/17. Combine that with a major sale day like Black Friday, and you’ve saved a ton of money.
Note: they have a one year money back guarantee, but they will not refund purchases if you change your mind. So, make sure that you really know what you’re buying! I always buy hotels.com gift cards before booking a hotel and save 5-10% on average.
Ebates is so easy-peasy! It is a rebate site with offers for all of your favorite top retailers. There is an app which is simple to use, but my favorite part is their Shopping Assistant browser plugin for Google Chrome. Any retail site you visit is scanned for rebates and offers, then you can choose to activate the offer. Your rebates are added to your account and you receive a ‘big fat check’ each quarter. Download the app or use their desktop site. Whatever you do, don’t forget the plug-in for your browser!
Click this link and you’ll get $10 just for creating a new account:
**Bonus tip: stack your savings by using a Raise discounted gift card and get a rebate through Ebates. I’ve saved 10% on a gift card, then an additional 5% via an Ebates rebate. #Winning!
Ibotta is a rebate app primarily for groceries and I typically save $0.50 to $5.00 for every single grocery trip.
When I can find great digital coupon deals for the same rebate items, I’ve gotten free or money-maker products sometimes. Simply click the items you are purchasing, then scan your receipt and the product barcodes after you shop. In less than a minute, you’ve got cash back.
I really like that I don’t have to wait for a certain payout schedule. They pay out when you hit $20 via Paypal, Amazon gift card, or other popular gift cards.
Expert tip: connect with your Facebook profile so you are connected with your FB friends. You can get bonus rebates just for being part of your team without any extra work. Join my team and start earning bonuses by clicking HERE! You’ll get $10 just for joining as a new customer. CHA-ching!
I don’t prefer Checkout51 over Ibotta, because the product selection seems more geared to specific, new products or certain stores I don’t have in my area. That said, the rebate amounts are generally higher, and can be a great money-maker when you find an item with a rebate in both apps, plus a digital coupon. No coupon clipping required! Simply scan your receipt after your purchases, then the rebate will be added to your account.
Like Ibotta, you just have to reach $20 to cash out, and they will mail you a check when you’re ready to cash out.
Groupon isn’t anything new, but I’m surprised at the number of money saving moms who don’t use it! There are awesome getaways, local deals, restaurant deals, and even great products at a discounted price. Whenever we travel, I almost always use a groupon for one of our activities or restaurants. One of our favorite low-key destinations is Jekyll Island, and the waterpark there frequently has half-price admission Groupons. You definitely should be using the app to easily access your purchases and your ebates plugin to stack savings.
They have special email deals that are invite-only as well. I recently purchased a $10 electronic Starbucks gift card for only $5, which I emailed to my sister who’s at college. Also, I got a $20 Toys ‘R Us gift card for just $10, which I used to purchase Little M’s first birthday gifts (online of course). Go to groupon.com and sign up today – you might find your next best date night plans or girls night out for half the price!
**Don’t forget to use your Ebates browser plugin to get cash back on your Groupon purchases.
Besides these great money saving apps, I follow several couponing and money saving blogs. Here are my favorites:
- Southern Savers – I’ve been following Jenny at Southern Savers for years! She really simplifies couponing and brings great deals straight to your inbox or Facebook news feed. There’s even an app!
- The Krazy Coupon Lady – these gals wrote a book “Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey” which spells out couponing 101 for even the basic beginner. They also have a great app free for download.
- Brad’s Deals – this site has a great newsletter with the top deals to your email inbox on a regular basis.
I hope these tips help you save money. Remember, little savings add up! Share your favorite money-saving sites or apps in the comments.