Money Saving Tips for the Frugal Shopper

I love saving money. Who doesn’t? In this day and age however, it isn’t necessarily time efficient to spend hours clicking coupons and flipping through store circulars in hopes of finding a deal on something you want to purchase. And these days, due to the availability of online shopping, it is often easier to browse online in the comfort of your own home and make your purchases at the click of a button on your own computer. This being the case, I have provided below some brilliant and easy ways to save money and even earn money with your purchases, both online and in store.

My two favorite cash back apps:

eBates

This website is the most fool-proof and guaranteed way to make money from purchases you are already planning to make. I signed up for eBates a few years ago and have received over $2,000 cash back (mailed to you in a check form or direct deposited to the checking account of your choice). *helpful hint: you will never need to add your credit card information for ANY REASON at all, other than if you choose to link a card to your account for in-store purchases from available merchants.

How it works:Capture

  • Create an account (this is super quick and easy to do) by clicking “Join Now“.
  • Once you have created an account, using the search bar, find the store you want to make a purchase from and click “Shop Now”. This will generate a shopping ticket number to ensure you get paid for your purchase. (*helpful hint: eBates will also list sales and promotions that stores are having and frequently they will offer “double” or “triple” cash back days. All this information is listed on the store’s eBates page.)
  • Once you make a qualifying purchase of $5.00 or more, you will be eligible for an instant $10 cash out bonus.
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Just a few stores currently offering double cash back

What I love the most about eBates is that there is no obligatory credit card to store on their site. You can use any credit card, debit card, gift card, etc. for your purchase since after you generate the shopping ticket number, you will be redirected to the website you want to make your purchase from. What are you waiting for — sign up here and begin earning effortlessly free money!

Ibotta

This is a cash back app you can download straight to your phone. Browse through the stores and items with available cash back rebates and unlock the products you plan to purchase from the store.

How it works:

  • Download the Ibotta app, available on iOS and Android. The app is required to submit a receipt.
  • Before you go shopping, unlock cash rewards on great products by completing simple tasks such as answering a multiple choice question or watching a 15 second advertisement.
  • Go Shopping! Buy the products you’ve unlocked at any qualifying store.
  • Scan your product barcodes and submit a quick photo of your receipt to verify your purchases.
  • Get Cash! Your cash earnings will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

Once you have accumulated $20 of Ibotta cash in your account, you will be able to transfer the funds directly to your Paypal or Venmo account. There is also a wide variety of gift cards you can purchase with your credit as well. Sign up here and don’t forget to download the app!

Nowadays, there are numerous ways to be frugal. What are your favorite websites and apps to save money? Comment below!

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