Welcome to the second part of The Busy Mom’s Coupon Series! My Quick Start Guide is a great resource for new couponers who need to get started quickly and easily. This second installment of the coupon series will focus on options that require absolutely no clipping. I don’t know about you, but I HATE clipping coupons. It is so tedious and although I know it is important, I often find myself putting it at the bottom of my to do list. Every. Single. Week. The apps I am going to feature basically pay you to click around their sites, and in most cases, to upload your grocery receipts. Each takes only a few minutes or less and will eventually put a little extra change in your pocket. Most importantly, because using them is so quick and easy, you can fit them into your schedule whenever it is convenient for you. I use all of these apps regularly and would recommend them to anyone.
This is the app that I have been using the longest. The basic premise of this app, like the others I will discuss later, is that you get paid to buy certain products. All you have to do is create an account, link your grocery store cards to your account, and choose which of their e-coupons you might want to use. If you don’t use the coupons, no problem. They will eventually expire, just like paper coupons. If you do buy your selected products, SavingStar gets an automatic notification and money is added to your SavingStar account. Once you have at least $5 in your account, you can choose your payout. I choose the bank deposit option and have never had a security issue. You can also choose a PayPal deposit or an Amazon gift card. Most of the coupons that SavingStar offers are for prepackaged foods and cleaning items. However, they are now doing a Healthy Offer of the Week, which is usually some kind of fresh fruit or vegetable. I love that because it is so hard to find coupons for fresh produce. I am not exaggerating when I say that I love SavingStar!
Ibotta (sounds like I bought a) is a little more complicated, but can also be fun. This app pays you to complete a short task, buy a participating product from one of their partner stores, and upload your receipt. You can redeem offers from select grocery stores, movie theaters, retail stores, and restaurants, as well as some online retailers. Here is a basic example of what you would do to redeem an offer from Walmart:
- Open the app and choose Walmart as your grocery store
- Click on the rebate for a gallon of milk
- Take a short survey
- Buy the milk at Walmart
- Take a picture of your receipt using the in-app camera
- Money gets added to your Ibotta account
When you have earned the minimum payout amount, you can choose from Venmo or PayPal deposits or gift cards to Regal Cinemas, Starbucks, or iTunes. Sign up for Ibotta here!
Checkout 51 is very similar to Ibotta, except that you don’t have to complete tasks to get your money. Every Thursday, Checkout 51 releases new offers. If you buy any of the items, you just upload your receipt using the in-app camera and choose which offers you want to redeem. I love that this app can be used for any grocery store. I have only been using it for a few weeks and I already have $5 in my account. It is just pocket change, but again, it is easy, free money. I am a firm believer that a little money here and there is more valuable than no money at all. You can create an account by visiting the Checkout 51 homepage.
Receipt Hog is a little different than the other apps in that after you scan your receipt, the app credits you with virtual coins instead of money. Once you have enough coins, you can redeem them for cash or an Amazon gift card. The biggest benefit to using this app is that you can upload a receipt from any grocery, convenience, or liquor store and get credit for the full amount, regardless of what you bought. This app is also fun. You can earn extra coins by spinning the virtual slot machine, inviting your friends to sign up, completing surveys, and doing other fun tasks. We all need a few minutes of mindless fun to break up the stress of being adults…at least that is what I tell myself.
These are some of my favorite ways to earn a few quick and easy bucks. What other coupon apps or websites do you use?
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