Last updated on June 11th, 2020 at 06:23 pm
Do you want to save money? You have come to the right place. I am a thrifty person to the core, and I gladly share all my thrifty knowledge with my readers.
Shortly after I started this blog, I began a series that quickly became my most popular one. 10 ways thrifty people_____
This post shares the top 10 in that series, and I am happy to tell you that I have a growing list of many more ways to share with you. Jump over and join my Thrifty People of Snail Pace Transformations Facebook group so that you don’t miss my newest money-saving posts, plus this is where I share freebies and low-cost deals.
For a list of 52 different websites, apps, and stores our thrifty family uses to help us keep our expenses low, click here to visit our Thrifty Tools Resource Page.
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Several of my thrifty people posts contain mention the same companies, or methods to save money over and over because they are great ways to save money on just about anything. Here are three types of thrifty tools that I mention over and over. For a complete list of all the tools I use to reduce our expenses, check out this list.
1. Join And Use Cash Websites With Browser Tools And Apps
Even if you are on a tight budget, you still have to spend money on groceries, personal items, clothing, and more so you might as well earn cashback on these purchases.
Here are three our thrifty family uses
If you frequently shop online, get the Rakuten browser tool, which makes it easy to start earning cashback at all qualifying websites. Rakuten does have a $5 cash out threshold, and it does only give out payments each quarter, but it is well worth using. I have received as much as $15 in cashback from one order. Go here to sign-up for Rakuten.
Mr. Rebates doesn’t seem to get mentioned by many other bloggers, and I am not sure why, as it is a great program. The simplest way to use Mr. Rebates is to download the browser tool so that it will alert you if Mr. Rebates offers a cashback to the website you are about to buy something from. You do need to have a balance of $10 to be able to cash out, but once you do, you can cash out at any time. Go here to sign up for Mr.Rebates.
There are things I like about TopCashBack, such as the fact that there is no cash-out threshold, and you get a bonus for cashing out for certain gift cards. However, there are also a few things I don’t like, such as no browser tool, meaning you have to remember to go to the TopCashBack site first and then the site you are shopping at, and it sometimes takes weeks for your cashback to become available. However, I feel like TopCashBacks no cash-out threshold makes it an excellent fit for those that don’t shop online often, so I still like mentioning it to my readers. Go here to sign up for TopCashBack.
2. Find Valid Discount Codes With A Press Of A Button With This Browser Tool
Honey has saved me so much money! On average, it saves me $10 for each website that it can find me a promo code for. And the best part is that it is instant savings–I don’t have to wait for cashback with Honey (unless you use the Honey Points cash back area, which I don’t tend to). Honey has a browser app too, which makes applying a promo code a breeze; in fact, at a lot of sites, Honey can enter the promo code for you with just one click. Go here to sign up for Honey.
3. Make Money From ALL Your Receipts
I have been using Ibotta for several years now and have earned dozens of gift cards. The app keeps getting better and better with each new update. It is suitable for so much more than saving money on groceries; they work with all types of businesses, both brick and mortar and online. Go here to sign up for Ibotta.
. Fetch Rewards
Use my referral code RE9FU at sign-up and receive bonus points when you complete your first receipt.
Fetch Rewards allows you to earn 25 points from each grocery receipt you scan (any store). However, you earn even more points when the receipt has items on it that are a particular brand or part of one of their current promotions. I love that you can cash out at just 3,000 points for a $3 gift card–it doesn’t take long to earn enough points to reach that level.
Open up the CoinOut app, hit scan, and snap a photo of your receipt. CoinOut will then reward you with a random amount of cents. I have earned as high as .08 cents for one receipt. The best part–you can cash out for an Amazon gift card whenever you want, although I would wait until you at least have a few dollars. Go here to sign-up for CoinOut.
Checkout 51 has changed over the years. I used to use the app’s any brand rebates to save money at Aldi, but now it doesn’t offer those. Instead, it offers rebates that tend to be $1 or higher on name-brand items. It still works at any store, though. I might not be able to grab a rebate each week, but I still look because when I can, it is always worth my time and effort. Go here to sign-up for Checkout 51.
Receipt Hog is a slow earner, but it is simple to use and fun! You can upload almost any type of receipt, and when you do, you receive either coins or spins. When you spin and get 3 in a row, you earn coins. Go here to sign up for Receipt Hog and use my referral code YECT1667 during sign up to start your account off with a few spins.
One final tip sign up and use point reward programs and start earning gift cards that you can use to spend in whatever area of your budget you desire. These companies have gift cards for restaurants, clothing stores, and more.
Here are the top three-point reward programs I recommend
Two things I like about Swagbucks is that it offers over 20 ways to earn points, which means you will probably find a few ways to earn points doing things you already do online. The other thing I like is that cashouts for gift cards start at just 300 points for a $3 gift card–no waiting forever to earn enough points to get a return for your time spent. Go here to sign-up for Swagbucks.
MyPoints is the first point rewards program I ever joined, and I am still a member today over a decade later. My favorite way to earn points with MyPoints is through their emails, where you can earn 5 points just for clicking through to the website advertised in the email. I earn several $3 gift cards to Amazon each year just by doing this one point earning action–and MyPoints offers many more ways to earn points. Go here to sign-up for MyPoints.
The “insta” in InstaGC stands for what I love most about this point rewards company–you get your gift cards instantly. No waiting days or sometimes weeks for your hard-earned rewards. And cashouts for gift cards start at just 100 points for a $1 gift card for some options. Go here to sign-up for InstaGC.