My husband and I are pretty frugal people by nature. We really try hard to make wise financial decisions and be good stewards of the blessings God has given to us – though it’s a level of responsibility and self-control that we are still learning!
I do earn an income working from home, but I’m not the main breadwinner by any means. A larger part of my financial contribution to this family is bargain hunting and helping us to stretch all the money we earn. Every dollar we save is a dollar we can then turn around and put to good use elsewhere.
So with that said – and because I know I’m not alone in my “save as many dollars as possible” mission – I wanted to share with you some of the apps, blogs, and websites that I regularly use to stretch our dollars.
There are a lot of money-saving apps out there. A lot. You could fill your phone with them. If you want to do that, more power to you. But I’ve decided that I just want to focus on a few proven apps – the ones that I get the most from for my time spent.
Ibotta – This is an awesome app for saving on groceries! It’s truly one of my absolute favorite apps and I use it often. Just sign up for Ibotta here and then add the app to your phone. Then you can browse the rebates available. Once you find a rebate you’d like to redeem, you just complete the (super quick and simple) activities listed to unlock the bonus. Then just purchase the item at a store where the rebate is available and scan your receipt to redeem the rebate! Once you reach $10 in rebates, you can cash out for a gift card or cash via PayPal (and it doesn’t take long at all to hit $10!). I love it.
shopkick – This app allows you to get paid for what you’re already doing! You earn “kicks” (points) for doing things like visiting stores, making purchases, scanning products, etc. Then you can redeem those points for gift cards. Just head here and send an app download link to your phone, select your favorite stores, and start shopping. Easy peasy!
Target Cartwheel – This is an app that every single person needs to download. Seriously. It offers hundreds of coupons on everything from clothing to groceries. Just add the coupons you want to your cartwheel, show your mobile or printed barcode to the cashier to scan, and you’re good to go. What I love is that you can stack a cartwheel offer, a manufacturer’s coupon, and a Target coupon on a single item. That can equal some serious savings (especially if you do that on a gift card offer)!
These are the blogs I check for coupons, deals, and freebies on a daily basis. It can be a lot of posts though, so I set up a separate email address to use to subscribe to these blogs, to give out when I sign up for freebies, etc. I import that email address into my main Gmail account into a separate folder called “Saving Money”. Nothing ever lands in my inbox and I’m free to check that folder when I have time. That’s the system that works for me – but do whatever works for you!
I’ve broken the blogs down into categories so you can check out the ones that jive most with you. The categories are:
- General (encompasses lots of stores and just all kinds of different deals)
- Freebies (blogs that are mainly focused on sharing freebies only)
- Babies and Children (deals specifically on baby and children’s items)
- Natural and Organic (deals on natural, organic, and healthy living products)
- Homeschooling (deals for homeschoolers)
- Store-Specific (blogs that only list deals for certain stores)
So here we go!
Hip2Save – You’ll find coupons, deals, and freebies listed here. This is a really popular blog and it’s updated very, very often. It’s one of my favorites.
Money Saving Mom – I think this was one of the first deal blogs I ever visited. I’d had the pleasure of working with Crystal as a virtual assistant in the past. I admire her and her mission. In my opinion, she doesn’t post as many deals anymore (and the ones she does post I often find elsewhere first), but it’s still an incredibly great blog to subscribe to for solid deals and money-saving advice (and there are store-specific coupon matchups you can subscribe to).
Passion For Savings – This is another one of my favorite coupons, deals, and freebies blogs.
The Krazy Coupon Lady – This blog has definitely earned the title of “the world’s #1 coupon site”. It covers everything. It’s updated all the time. It’s definitely a go-to money-saving resource.
Freebies 4 Mom – Lots of family-friendly freebies shared often.
FreebieShark – This is my go-to blog for looking for freebies. I’ve been able to score the freebies listed here pretty often.
Babies and Children
Baby Cheapskate – There are baby deals and deals on older children’s items posted on this blog.
The Savvy Bump – You’ll find baby deals, maternity deals, freebies, baby coupons, and more here.
Natural and Organic
Organic Deals – Coupons and deals on strictly organic items.
The Greenbacks Gal – Lots of organic and natural deals here.
Free Homeschool Deals – There’s no better place for homeschoolers to hunt down free printables, coupons, deals, downloads, and more.
BJ’s Wholesale Club – We have a membership to BJ’s (it’s like Costco and Sam’s Club – but BJ’s accepts coupons!). I like to check MyBJsWholesale before I go on my BJ’s shopping trips.
Giant Eagle – I like to scan Lady Savings.
Walmart – All the blogs in the “General” category above do a pretty good job of covering the major savings at Walmart, but I also follow I Heart The Mart just in case.
Lastly, these are the websites I regularly use to save money. I recommend that you sign up for and make use of all of them!
Ebates – I love Ebates. Everyone I know who uses Ebates loves it too. All you have to do is sign up, start your online shopping trips from your Ebates account, and you’ll receive a percentage back on all of your purchases. That’s it. It’s so easy and it can really save you a lot of money!
Swagbucks – Oh, I could talk all day about my love for Swagbucks. It’s so addicting! After you sign up, you can earn points by searching online, taking surveys, watching videos, shopping online, searching the Internet, and more. Then you can redeem your points for gift cards. I really just do the minimum on Swagbucks (search using their search engine, watch a few videos, take a few surveys, etc) and I regularly redeem my points for $5 Amazon.com gift cards!
Walmart’s Savings Catcher – Just sign up for an account, enter your Walmart store receipts, and Walmart will compare prices in your area. If they find a lower price on the item you purchased, you’ll get the difference as a Walmart gift card. Hello – so easy!
So tell me – what are some of your favorite money-saving apps, blogs, and websites?
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