10 Apps Thrifty People Use To Save & Earn Money


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Even though owning a smartphone can be expensive (although it doesn’t have to be mine costs me $20 a month) you can  use certain smartphone apps to help you recoup back some of that expense.

10 apps thrifty people use to save and earn money

Saving money or earning money with these apps isn’t time consuming. You probably won’t earn much with each app but when you combine the earnings of several apps together it can start to add up to a nice sum of pocket money.

10 Apps Thrifty People Use To Save & Earn Money

5 Apps That Save Thrifty People Money

a step by step guide on how to use ibotta (medium)

1. ibotta

Ibotta is a rebate style App. It isn’t just for groceries but also for movies, clothing, and more. You can cash in your rebates for either Paypal deposits when you reach $5 or gift cards to Starbucks, Regal Entertainment Group, and iTunes when you reach $10. You can read my full tutorial that contains step by step instructions on how to use ibotta for all the details.

How to use Receipt Hog to earn gift cards (med)
2. Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog is a super simple app where you simply upload your receipt and earn points that you can cash in for Paypal deposits or Amazon gift cards.  You can go here to sign up. enter the code YECT1667 to get a bonus spin that could help you earn points.

3. Gas Buddy

Gas Buddy is one App I don’t mind using some of my precious data for as what I learn from it will pay me back and then some. The app uses your devices locator system to show you the cheapest gas prices in the area you are driving through. Very helpful on road trips where you don’t know what station has the best prices in town.

4. Text Free

Those of you with unlimited texting plans won’t benefit from this app but those of use with pay as you go plans will. I use the text free app to text my hubby at work where he uses his text free app to text me back. This saves us several texts per day. My daughter also uses it on her iPod to text to my cell phone while I am out and she is at home with her older brothers.

Step by Step Guide to BerryCart A coupon app for organic, non-gmo, gluten free foods (medium)
5. BerryCart

If someone in your family has a gluten allergy then you are going to want to sign up for BerryCart. The app allows you to earn cashbacks on gluten free items as well as organic and natural items. You can check out my tutorial on how BerryCart works here.

5 Apps That Earn Thrifty People Money

step by step guide to shopkick the app that pays you to browse (medium)

1. Shopkick

Shopkick is a fun way to earn points while you shop by checking in and also scanning certain items. I wrote a tutorial of how shopkick works that you might want to read to learn all the ins and outs of how Shopkick works.

3 Apps That Will Help Your Earn More Swag Bucks (medium)

2. Swagbucks

Swagbucks  has 3 different apps   (update now the total is 6) that help make it possible to earn at least $30 a month from Swagbucks if not considerably more.

3. Inbox Dollars

Inbox dollars has an app that allows you to check your earnings on the go as well as do you daily earn mail.

7 ways to earn gift cards with my points (medium)

4. My Points

My Points has an app that allows you to do your monthly earning searches right from your device as well as make purchases around the web for Mypoints, redeem points for gift cards and more. If you are unfamiliar with Mypoints check out my post on 7 ways to earn gift cards using MyPoints

5. Bing Rewards

Bing Rewards has an app that allows you to preform web searches for points that you can then convert to gift cards for Amazon or other retailers.

What are your favorite apps for saving and earning money?
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  1. I love ibotta and Swagbucks! I’ll have to try some of your other suggestions. Thanks!

  2. i know this is an old post but I saw it on Pinterest and was interested. I want to comment on your smart phone issue. Assuming you’re still using a tracphone, you should check out consumer cellular.. The hubs a me I just switched from dumb phones to smartphones by using them. Rate number 2 nationally above al, the “main 4 ” providers. We pay $30 per phone/month for 1.5G data, 1500 minutes and unlimited texts. We use wifi mainly, and only turn on the data when needed. We haven’t even used half of it between the two of us lol. The best part is it isn’t a contract, so you can raise or lower your data, minutes, texts, as you need to and pay accordingly. Pretty amazing company 🙂


  3. There are so many apps to earn or save money, that I have decided to start trying and reviewing them too. I forgot about Shopkick. Swagbucks recently made some changes and I am not sure that I like them. Don’t forget that their are apps that are only available on Android and other apps that you can also use on Apple and run them at the same time.

  4. Great article! One small correction-iBotta app has a $20 minimum to cash out to PayPal or venmo. As for the gift cards, it appears all have $25 minimum, except iTunes with a $10 minimum.


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