My Favorite Money-Saving Apps

February 4, 2016

Ibotta is my absolute favorite app!  There are literally hundreds of offers for numerous grocery and retail stores and new offers are added several times a week.  Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for your free iBotta account
  • Complete the activity for item (take a poll, learn a fact, watch a video, etc)
  • Purchase product, click on the “redeem” button, scan barcode, then take picture(s) of receipt
  • Receive your credit usually within 24 hours
  • You may cash out with Paypal or by redeeming for gift cards when your account reaches $10

Checkout 51
Checkout51 is another app I use pretty much every week.  New offers are added every Thursday morning. Each week they have a variety of offers, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Simply purchase the product at any store, then upload a photo of your receipt through the mobile app or website. When your account reaches $20, you can request a check!


ShopmiumShopmium often has offers that you don’t see anywhere else. One thing that sets it apart from the others, is that your money is transferred to your PayPal account as soon as it processes – there’s no waiting for you to reach a certain dollar amount!  Here’s how it works:

  • Register for Shopmium account (remember to enter the code HAMEUMVJ to get a FREE Lindt Chocolate Bar!)
  • Click on the Offers tab and browse through all the current offers. If you find a product you’d like to try, click on the product and then click “Discover This Product” button to find out specific information about which products are eligible and where you can find the product near you.
  • Purchase the eligible product and keep your store receipt handy.
  • Go back to the offers tab, find the offer and then click the “Request My Rebate” button.
  • Scan product barcode and take a picture of the store receipt.
  • Enter your PayPal email address.


SnapbyGrouponSnap by Groupon frequently has some really great offers! How it works:

  1. Download the Snap app for iPhone or Android, or use the Snap website
  2. Browse our offers before you shop
  3. Purchase promoted products at any store (note: some offers may be redeemed more than once!)
  4. Snap/upload a photo of your entire receipt using the app or website within 2 days of purchase and get cash in your account!
  5. Earn $20 in cash back and we’ll send you a check
  6. Plus, you can earn even more cash by sharing Snap with friends

ShrinkShrink rarely has more than 1-2 offers per week that are of interest to me, but they are usually offers for things that I do buy, such as cheese, meat, vegetables, fruits, etc. It will take a while for me to reach the $20 minimum required to do a payout, but every little bit helps!

  • Download the FREE Shrink app. After completing the sign up, tap on Shrink Exclusive and enter promo code ThriftyTex (you’ll get 1,000 points – equal to $1 cash back!)
  • Loyalty Memberships give you access to points and rebates.
  • Tap on items you’d like to purchase, and tap on “Add”.
  • After shopping trips, upload receipts on Redeem tab.
  • We will verify your purchase and credit your account (usually within 24-48 hours).
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