Today I’m going to get straight to the point to let you know about easy ways you can save money or earn a few bucks with apps on your phone. And they are all completely free!
Check out the list of apps and see which ones you’re missing that can help you put more cash in your pocket.
Best Apps for Saving Money and Making Money
I reviewed the apps on my phone and share 10 of my favorite apps for saving money and making money below.
I also added how much money each app has helped me save. Some I know the exact dollar amount because the app tracks it, while others I made a modest estimate.
I was shocked to see these apps have already helped me save nearly $1,000!
BookScouter – Get money for those old books! After both undergrad and graduate school, I ended up with several boxes of textbooks that 5 years into my career, I realized were doing nothing but collecting dust.
I had moved them at least three times between our first two apartments and our first house, and I finally got sick of lugging those heavy books around. Of course, being the expert money finder that I am, I did a quick Google search about selling used textbooks.
Enter BookScouter! All you do is take a picture or enter the ISBN number from your book and it will show you how much different vendors are willing to pay for your book. You can scan books of any genre, but the ones that were worth the most money in my personal collection were college textbooks. Bonus: it helps you get rid of clutter!
My Earnings With BookScouter: $350
Ebates – If you know me at all, you know I’m like a broken record about EBATES. I cannot.get.enough. It’s just so easy that it’s actually foolish NOT to use it.
Watch my video on my Resources page, and I’ll show you (with bloopers and all) how easy it is to sign up and start using EBATES. You’ll get 1-40% cash back (in the form of a check or PayPal deposit) on almost every one of your online purchases PLUS you get a $10 bonus if you use my link.
Add EBATES to your money saving apps and I promise you’ll thank me later. 🙂
My Earnings With EBATES: $200
Kohls – If you’re a Kohl’s shopper, you are well aware that there are always deals at Kohl’s. Sometimes, there are too many deals to keep track of. So your Kohl’s app can be an easy place for you to store all of your % off codes, your Yes2You Rewards, your Kohl’s Cash, and any other special deals they have going on, like $10 off $50 women’s clothing purchase.
If you struggle to keep all your Kohl’s coupons and codes straight, add the Kohl’s app to your phone to make sure you’re always getting the best deal. Plus, you get 50 Yes2You reward points when you download the app for the first time.
My Savings With Kohl’s: $150 (a modest estimate)
Mint – This is my favorite online tool or app for budgeting, saving money, and tracking financial goals. It’s so awesome, I wasn’t surprised to learn Mint was created by the same team that created Turbo Tax and Quicken.
It’s a powerful app that links with your savings, checking, and retirement accounts and automatically categorizes your transactions for you.
You can set goals like paying off student loans or credit cards, as well as saving for things like vacations or retirement, and it pulls all your information together and lets you know how you’re doing. Mint will highlight problem areas and help you keep on track with your savings goals.
My Savings With Mint: $100 (a modest estimate)
Pampers – Pampers diapers have been a favorite for both of my babies. But my goodness are they expensive! So if you’re a Pampers diapers family at least scan the sticker code that’s on each pack of diapers or Easy Ups. You earn points that can be redeemed for practical or fun rewards..
I’ve used my points to get a free Shutterfly calendar and photobook, a $10 off Pampers coupon, reusable pouches for baby food, and more. They also have books, Melissa & Doug toys, or a trike if you really stack up points. If you are a Pampers family, download the Pampers app to start earning money back on all those diapers.
My Earnings With Pampers: $75
GasBuddy – It grinds my gears when I fill up my gigantic minivan with gas only to drive by another gas station that has gas for 20¢ cheaper. #TrueStory
But now with GasBuddy, I’m assured I’m getting the best deal.
This app is incredibly accurate at finding the cheapest gas prices near your location. If you want to go the extra mile, you can report prices to the app to earn points toward gas cards (not something I’ve dabbled in). To easily find the best gas prices around and save money on gas, check with GasBuddy before your next fill-up.
My Savings With GasBuddy: $50 (a modest estimate)
Ibotta – Ibotta has savings for just everything, from paper towel to wine.You simply browse to deals on stuff you plan to buy, go shopping, then snap a picture of your receipt.
The app automatically matches things you bought with the deals, and you earn money back! It’s real cash that can be deposited to your PayPal account or redeemed for gift cards. Plus, you can combine these savings with store sales, printed coupons, and other apps.
I haven’t used Ibotta long and have already earned $30. My first rebate was $3.00 off my husband’s beer, and my latest purchases were $3.00 off a pack of toilet paper that was on sale for $3.98 and $3.00 off my current nighttime diapers for my little one. It’s good for purchases from a whole bunch of stores like Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, Kroger, Sam’s Club, CVS, Publix, and even online stores.
My Earnings With Ibotta: $30
Shutterfly – I have to thank my sister for introducing me to the Shutterfly app. At least every month, I use it for an easy way to upload pictures from my phone, so I can delete them without worrying. I know they’re stored in my Shutterfly account in the cloud, then I can free up space on my phone for capturing new memories, downloading new audiobooks and podcasts, etc.
So far I’ve used the app to score a free Christmas ornament (minus shipping) and I’ll use the app to order 4x6 prints for my projects that I never seem to get around to. The ornament deal saved me $25 since it was a gift I was going to purchase anyway, but the picture uploading feature has been Priceless!
My Savings With Shutterfly: $25
9. Shop Fetch
Shop Fetch – This is the app my local supermarket uses. Since I do most of my grocery shopping at Aldi, I don’t use this app a ton. However, once in a while, my local grocery store advertises their sale items that are awesome deals when combined with Fetch coupons.
To use Fetch, you scan the barcodes of all the items you buy before you check out. I typically scan each item before I put it in my cart. The app adds up your points as you shop.
When you’re ready, click ‘checkout’ and show the cashier the barcode on your phone. This speeds up the checkout process big time. When you earn enough points, the app lets you know that you can use your points to get items for free on your current shopping trip. The Shop Fetch app helps you score extra good deals plus get groceries for free.
My Savings With Shop Fetch: $20
10. Krazy Coupon Lady
The Krazy Coupon Lady – When did the Krazy Coupon Lady get her own app? She finds the best deals for you every week. And she even finds those deals where you can get things for free or even make money on a purchase, usually by stacking store deals, printable coupons, and app rebates.
Weekly roundups by store (like Costco, Walmart, Target, and Walgreens) are my favorite. She does all the hard work of extreme couponing for you. Pretty sure I should never need to pay more than 42¢ for soap again. And razors? Diapers? Toilet paper? There are always deals for those.
I just found Krazy Coupon Lady before my latest Walmart trip and found $10 worth of deals I didn’t see on my other apps, so this one is sure to save me even more money in the future. Check out the Krazy Coupon Lady app before your next shopping trip to get the absolute best deals, freebies, and money-makers.
My Savings With The Krazy Coupon Lady: $10
BONUS! More Free Apps For Saving Money
Here are even more recommended apps for saving money, finding coupons and deals, and earning money that are next on my list to check out and put to work for me:
- Groupon for finding discounts on local activities, restaurants, lodging and more
- RetailMeNot for coupons and deals for stores and restaurants
- VarageSale for selling your things or buying things secondhand for a lot cheaper than new
- Uber Driver for your driving side hustle
- Checkout 51 for even more cash back on your groceries
- Walmart Savings Catcher to get money back if something you bought is sold at a lower price somewhere else
- Digit for saving money, without even thinking about it
Work Smarter, Not Harder
If you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal and not overspending, using these free money apps can help you build up your savings and get some pretty sweet freebies in no time.
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