I am embarrassed to say that I have not posted on this website in years. I attribute this to my job and on-the-go lifestyle combined with less time on my laptop. I have to admit that I started to miss it somewhat and here I am.
I have been focused a lot on money-saving this year and have made some discoveries that I thought would be beneficial to share with others in the same search for money-saving tips.
My most recent insight has been finding ways to save money on items that you are spending money on anyway. In this blog, I have talked about ways to trim your budget, though did not focus as much on cash-back situations. In my current quest to put away even more money (I have a goal number in mind by the end of this year to have in savings), I found that I was running out of ideas. I decided to take a look at my monthly expenditures to see what I spent a majority of my money on and if I could find ways to reduce those items that I hadn’t already thought of. The internet provided me with a few options that I hadn’t considered, such as money-saving apps. I had decided that there were two main areas that I spent money in regularly — gas and groceries (as I’m sure is the case for you too!). I researched phone apps that would help me in those specific areas and have been very pleased so far with using them.
The first is ibotta, a grocery rewards app. The app contains lists of local retailers where you can select offers either in-store or online. If shopping in-store, you can upload a photo of your receipt within the app to save money on everyday items or you can link your grocery loyalty card directly to the app (if you haven’t already signed up for your store’s loytaly card, do it!). I just started using ibotta within the last week and have already received $13 back (I also have my boyfriend save his receipts for me since he isn’t an app person). The money that you earn within your account can be redeemed for gift cards to a variety of merchants, such as Amazon, which is where I plan to redeem my rewards (extra money for Christmas gifts!). The minimum amount required to withdraw your earnings is $20. Sometimes, you don’t even have to shop at a specific grocery store for a specific item (there are generic offers, such as any carton of eggs at any grocery store, for example) and sometimes you simply need to upload ANY grocery receipt to receive credit, usually $0.25 to $1.00. I don’t know about you, but it seems like a ridiculously small time commitment to just upload a copy of a receipt to receive some money toward gift cards, since you were making the grocery purchases anyway. It can really add up quickly.
If this sounds of interest to you, feel free to use my promo code iilvwqp after downloading the app through your phone’s app store. The app is free to download and use.
The second app that I have found extremely useful is GetUpside, a gas rewards app. The app searches for offers near you and lists the cost of gas with the amount of discount that you would receive for using the app (I have found that the average is about 10 cents per gallon). Not all gas stations participate in this, however, so be sure to really do your research of gas prices near you versus how much the savings would be. It doesn’t make sense to drive too much out of your way and spend extra gas money driving just to get a discount of a few cents per gallon. I try to find the best offer and coordinate my fill ups with when I am closest to the particular gas station with the best offer (for example, I have found that the best nearby offer is at a station near my mom’s house, so I only fill up there when I am visiting her, rather than driving 15 minutes out of the way just for gas). If you drive often like me and fill up at least once a week, then this is a great way to receive money back for spending that you were already doing. You simply need to claim the nearby offer that you would like to use and upload a copy of the gas receipt to the app. Similar to ibotta, the money can be redeemed for gift cards to many online retailers (I believe that the minimum required amount is $10.00 to redeem a gift card).
To receive money back on gas, download GetUpside from your phone’s app store and use the code MARIA9394 to get an extra 15 cents back per gallon on your first fill up when using the app. The app is free to download.
I hope that you find these as useful as I have and watch your rewards come in quickly!