Last year I one of my new years resolutions was to be more frugal with my money. I wrote about some apps that you can earn money back. Below is an update of how it went.
Ibotta is an app that will give you back electronic rebates on certain products. All you have to do is scan the bar code on the product bought, take a picture of your receipt, hit send and you’re done! They have everything from grocery stores, to clothing stores to online stores. They have even added restaurants to the app. The products change pretty frequently. You also have to make sure that if you are buying a product that is listed you are buying it from the store it is listed under. For example, if you are buying a bag of chips that you saw on the app under Target, you have to make sure you buy it from Target and not a different store. The receipt has to match up with the app.
How useful was it?
If you are not committed to specific brands, this is a good app for you. If you need to buy soap and you don’t buy the same brand every time, you might be able to get a dollar or two back if it’s listed on Ibotta. To date, I have earned $77.10. I will admit that I didn’t use it as much as I could have. If I were to use it more to my benefit, I would have looked at the app before I went to the store to see if there was anything that I needed.
Ibotta can be addicting. Every month they have goals that they can entice you with such as turn in ten rebates and get an extra $5. Sounds like a deal but you could actually spending more money than you really need to be. Do you really need to buy that bag of chips?
I am sticking with Ibotta. It doesn’t hurt to get extra cash on things I need at the store, IF I need them.
Want to try Ibotta? Use this link and you can earn an extra $10 the first time you use it: https://ibotta.com/r/bjvknhq Referral code: bjvknhq
Receipt-pal has you take pictures of every receipt you get and in return gives you points. Once you hit a certain amount of points, you can redeem them for gift cards. This was one of the easiest apps to use. Snap picture, get points, turn points in for money DONE!
How useful was it?
Like I just said this app is so easy to use. My goal when I started using it was to rack up enough points to be able to turn them in for $100 Amazon gift card to use for Christmas gifts. I didn’t make it that far but I did turn in enough points for a $50 VISA gift card. I am totally sticking with this app. It is FREE MONEY for taking pictures of a receipt!
Receipt Hog is very similar to Receipt-Pal. You again have to take pictures of your receipt. However, after you submit it you are asked to rate your experience on a scale of 1-5 stars and report on who was on the trip (male, female etc). You also have the opportunity sometimes to “spin the wheel” to get extra points. It usually results in 2-10 extra points.
How Useful was it?
This app take a little more time to redeem points but I still plan to stick with it. I was only able to redeem $15 in a year but hey that’s an extra $15 I never had. The money gets deposited straight into your PayPal account (if you set it up) in 5-7 days.
This year I was also recommended two new apps that help you earn cash back. Here are my reviews.
You may or may not have heard of this one as it is getting a lot of hype lately. For those of you who like to indulge in an adult drink or two at home or at restaurants this app is for you! This is another rebate app that will give you money back on certain drinks you buy. Again, all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt and the money goes right into your paypal account or you can get a check mailed to you. They list specials everyday like Tequila Tuesday, or Happy Hour specials. The rebates are pretty hefty too. I have seen rebates for one drink range from $1-$4. They also give you money for referrals. Referrals range from $2-$4. Now you can’t go crazy on this app and spend every weekend drinking and snapping pictures of your receipts. You are only allowed to submit two rebates every 24 hours.
I LOVE this app. To date, I have made, $99 on rebates and $16 on referrals. That is $115 I have made by just taking pictures of my receipts! The money takes 24-48 hours to get deposited straight into your PayPal account. Again, by just taking a picture of a receipt!
If you are interested in checking out this app you can use my referral code and get between $2-$4 back the first time you use it. Once you sign up you will get your own referral code to recommend to your friends and family.
My referral code: https://www.bevrage.com/promo/AQWVXXML Referral Code: AQWVXXML
Achievemint is a health app that gives you points for staying active and then turn those points into money. For every 10,000 points you earn, you get $10. I haven’t figured out their point system yet but the bottom line is the more active you are the more points you get. Achievemint links to your apple health app which automatically tracks your steps. You can also link it to other health and social media apps. I linked it to my fitbit, fitness pal, twitter, run keeper and foursquare (which I never use). You get more points the more you connect.
I am new to this app so I haven’t earned any cash yet but I’m pretty active so I do see myself making some cash on it. I did read the reviews before I signed up and they were pretty good. I do find the website to be more user friendly than the app. If you are just looking to see how many points you have then you can just log on to the app and that’s pretty much all you get. If you are a trainer or in the fitness industry I think this would be a pretty good app to make some extra cash.
If you are interested in trying this app out you will get 250 points to start off with this referral code: http://tinyurl.com/hhxqf4o
I strongly believe that most people are very apprehensive to try these apps out. When I tell people about the apps I use I hear things like: “They seem a little too good to be true. It seems to easy to just take a picture and get cash back. What kind of information are they taking from me? It’s not worth my security, it doesn’t sounds safe.”
Those are all valid points and I strongly believe everyone should do their research before signing up for anything. There are a ton of apps like this out there. I can tell you from my experience the only information I have had to enter is my name, address and email address. So I might get some junk mail. I’m ok with that for a little extra cash. To be honest, I have no idea if I have gotten any from these apps or not. I have never felt bothered or felt in jeopardy using these apps.
So, there is my update on the apps I have been using the past year and the new ones I have found. If you have any that you use I would love to hear from you. Comment below.