Shopping is one of the great American recreations. So earning money while you shop can only be a plus right? If you use these apps responsibly you can get back some of that hard earned money. Here is a breakdown of the top cash back apps I use quite frequently. Please note that some of the links contain referral information.
Ibotta is a free app that pays you for making everyday purchases. Earn cash back on groceries, apparel, cosmetics, and more. There are three ways to earn cashback: receipts, loyalty cards, and mobile in-app purchases. In order to get started with
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For more information about Ibotta, here is an article on Balance that goes into more details: Beginner’s Guide to Ibotta – Earn Cash for Shopping
Shopkick is an amazing app that allows you to earn reward points for free gift cards. Kicks can be earned by walking in the store, online, or scanning select items with your Shopkick app. I completely forgot about this app for the longest and recently rediscovered it. I can take a long time to accumulate points, and you need several hundred points to get a gift card. Also, you can only earn gift cards and no cash.
Checkout 51 is a new cash program that is very similar to Ibotta. It basically works in the same way. Download the app, browse and select the offers, upload the receipts, and receive the cash. Every Thursday new deals and cashback is released. Also, like Ibotta you can stack the savings with coupons and other discounts. For more information with using Checkout51, please check out the following article: Beginner’s Guide to Checkout 51
Ebates is one of the more popular shopping portals with cash back offers on various partners. They several different promotions including in-store cash back, online cash back, double cash back, travel and vacations, BOGOs, and gift cards. You can use Ebates through the website, browser extension, or phone app. Linking your debit and credit cards to your Ebates accounts allows you to earn instore cashback. Every 3 months, your reward check (Big Fat Checks) are mailed or sent to your Paypal account.
When using Ebates online, search the website for cashback and click the link, or use the browser extension. The browser extension will show the percentage cashback once reaching the online store. If you are looking for in-store cash back, you have to search the app for in-store offers, and add the link to your debit card. It’s just that simple. If you decide to use Ebates considering using my referral code: DRBOUN2D
Dosh is a cashback app that is similar to Ebates. It is accessed through a phone app only. Honestly, using dosh as a part of your everyday life is much easier than Ebates. Once you download the app and connect your card you are paid to shop like normal. Dosh will alert you when you have earned cash back. Earning cashback online is similar to that of Ebates. You have to go into the app, select the store, and follow the link to the online store. I have been using this app for a short period of time and have earned quite a decent about of money in the last few days.
I love using cashback and coupon apps to help me save money. What cashback apps do you and recommend? Please an answer in the comments.