Recently, one of my readers asked for some recommendations on apps that will save and make you money. I posted this question on the Money Saving Mom Facebook Page, and based upon the input I received there, I’ve put together a list of the top 10 apps that will save and make you money:
Download the free Shopkick app and get mobile coupons plus rewards for walking into stores. Here’s what they say about it:
We’re all familiar with traditional reward programs. Shopkick is a shopping rewards program that’s, well, more rewarding. No plastic cards, no confusing rules, no extra steps. You just do what you love doing anyway—walking into your favorite stores like Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, Crate&Barrel, Old Navy, Toys”R”Us, Exxon and Mobil convenience stores, and more—and you automatically rack up über-versatile points called “kicks.” No applications to fill out, and no purchase required. That’s right—you just walk in with your smartphone and instantly earn kicks.
To get paid, you just register for a Jingit Visa Debit Card (costs $3 from your Jingit balance to request it) and then add cash for your online Jingit balance to the Visa card. There is an earning limit of $15 per week. When you initially join, you’ll have a lower earning limit but this can be raised to $15 by inviting friends to join.
However, the payout is high and it’s really simple to do. Just sign up for iBotta and download the free app. Choose any of the products that you plan to buy at the store and click on the earning opportunities and watch the videos, take the quick surveys, or read the information to add the cash to your account.
Purchase the product at an approved retailer (make sure you’re buying it when it’s on a great sale and using a coupon, too!) Take a picture of your receipt when you get home and your cash will be added to your account. You can transfer your cash to your Paypal account whenever you want to cash out.
The free RetailMeNot app allows you to browse all the best coupons available, get deal alerts while shopping at your favorite malls, and find thousands of online and in-store coupons. Always consult the RetailMeNot app or site before making a purchase in-store or online to see if there’s a coupon can you use to save some extra money.
Earn money for watching videos on your phone. You’ll earn 2 Swagbucks for every 5 videos watched. There’s a limit of 50 Swagbucks per day that you can earn per device, but that can add up quickly. This app is also available for Android.
Like to shop atDownload Old Navy’s free SnapAppy app and then take pictures of Old Navy logos to win free things. I pulled up Old Navy logos online and snapped shots of them and won a coupon for a pair of free Old Navy Flip Flops plus a $5 off any at Old Navy coupon (no minimum!).
Gas Buddy is a free app that allows you to find the least expensive gas in your area. You can also locate gas stations near you and see their current prices.
Dawna said: “I use Gas Buddy all the time. If I know I have enough gas to get me to my destination 30 miles away and gas is ten cents cheaper a gallon there, I’m on it!”
ShopSavvy is a free app that allows you to scan any barcode of any item and find the lowest online or local prices. Andrea said: “I have installed a barcode scanner on my smartphone. When shopping in a store I always scan the barcode to see if it is cheaper online. Last week I found a pair of shoes in a store for 60 dollars. I scanned the barcode and was able to find them at Amazon for 42 dollars with free shipping. The money I save using the barcode app almost pays for the Smartphone!”
This isn’t an app, per se, but I had to mention this because it’s a fantastic way to use your smartphone to save money. Before checking out at any store that price-matches (such as Walmart or Target), always check your phone to see if you can find a lower price somewhere.
Lisa said: “I had to buy my son a graphing calculator for school the next day. The cheapest in our area was at Best Buy. While in line I looked up the exact calculator in amazon and showed them my phone. They matched the price and I saved $26!”
What are your favorite apps to save and earn money? Tell us about them in the comments!