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Money Saving Apps

I'm still searching for money saving apps that actually work. So far I have found 2 the work. I've used them together at Target and one at several other stores.

Cartwheel

The first app is Cartwheel from Target. You can browse several discounts and add the ones you plan on using to your cartwheel. When you go to the register you bring the app up on your smart phone and the Target employee scans a barcode on your phone. Your discounts are then deducted from your total.

I got the app from the Google Play Store but you can have it sent to your smartphone from the Target website too.

Ibotta

I absolutely LOVE Ibotta! This is the app that has "earned" me the most. You download the app on your smartphone and it has offers for you to browse. You have certain tasks to complete before you can redeem the offer. Tasks include things such as taking a poll, reading about a product, and posting about a product on twitter or facebook.

I like to check the offers on Sunday while I'm going through the coupons in the paper. If you combine coupons with both Ibotta and Cartwheel, you can get awesome deals. Not only does Ibotta have offers that are good at pretty much any stores, they have store specific offers. For example, they currently have $13.50 available if you shop at Target.

You complete the tasks, go shopping, then scan you receipt and bar codes off the items into the app when you get home. Once you have earned $5 or more, you can withdraw your earnings (I love this part) directly into your PayPal account. If you have the PayPal debit card you can even use your earnings next time you're out shopping. It usually takes less than an hour for your earnings to appear in the app after you submit a receipt. You can withdraw it right away and it is literally an instant withdrawal.

You can also earn money by referring the Ibotta app to friends and earning different "badges" (one for your first PayPal withdrawal, one for using the app at least once a week for 4 weeks, shopping at Target, etc) Some badges come with a monetary prize, some unlock more offers.

Using gift cards I earned through Swagbucks, coupons, and Ibotta, I was able to get my kids school supplies without using any money out of my pocket plus earn $5.50 in my Ibotta account. Like I said, I LOVE this app!

I plan on adding more apps to this post as I come across them. Have one you like? Shoot me a suggestion and I'll check it out.


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