Most people know about FREE manufacturer coupons that you can print at home or get from your local newspaper. But did you know there is another completely free way to save money? There is a variety of Smartphone Rebate Apps available that give you money back for purchasing certain items. The best part is that most of the rebates available on these apps will STACK with other savings, like coupons and in-store sales. You do have to have a smartphone in order to access these savings, which is the only potential drawback.
You will get your money back via these rebates by taking a photo of your receipt after you purchase an item and upload it to your smartphone app. Once you download the apps, each one will give you specific instructions as to how the upload process works. Each one may vary very slightly, but the overall process is simply to select certain rebates to claim and upload a picture of the receipt.
Here are (in my opinion) the best smartphone rebate apps:
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Ibotta is probably the most popular smartphone rebate app there is. It offers rebates primarily on name-brand items, but also offers savings on “Any Brand” items, produce, milk, and more. It’s pretty common to see a $0.25 Any Brand Gallon of Milk rebate on Ibotta, which is great considering you can only very rarely find coupons or other savings for milk. The one thing to remember about Ibotta rebates is that they are store-specific. That means that if a rebate states “Get back $2.00 on Huggies diapers at Walmart”, you must purchase the Huggies diapers at Walmart to get the discount. If you try to claim the discount using a receipt from another store, it will not work. Ibotta also does not accept receipts from Aldi or other small stores.
Earn cash back on many of your favorite brands of groceries and gas too! Just go to Checkout 51 and add the items you want. Go to the store to get the offers and fill up the gas tank. Then take a picture of your receipt and send it in for cashback. It’s that simple.
They say little things add up to big things and that is certainly true with Rakuten! Use it every time you shop online (or even in-store too, but more about that later) to earn cashback on nearly EVERYTHING!
You’ll enjoy up to 42% cashback! (every store offers different varying cashback percentages) Cashback is paid out quarterly in the form of a physical check in the mail or a PayPal deposit! It works!
Here’s how it works. Before you buy anything online, head over to Rakuten. If you are brand new, create an account. For the first purchase you make over $25, you earn a $10 gift card back to your choice of about 4 or 5 different places including Target, Walmart, and more!
Now let’s look at HOW you earn cashback on all your purchases. You’re gonna shop, you may as well get some of your hard-earned cash back right?!
FOR ONLINE SHOPPING:
Before you shop, simply log into Ebates and search for your store in the search bar. It will show you the percentage of cashback being offered in the search bar. Hit search but be sure to take note, they will show you coupon codes in your results too! You may find a coupon code for extra savings! Then when you’re ready to shop, click the orange “shop now” button.
You’ll then be redirected to the store’s website. Shop and checkout like usual. Within a few days, your Ebates account will be credited your cashback. Every 3 months they will automatically send you a check OR a PayPal deposit. You can see my progress from my Ebates account I have had for a little over 6 years now below:
You can earn cashback in stores too! It’s simple. You simply register your credit or debit card (currently only Visa or American Express) are supported. You can register as many as you like.
Then you can browse the in-store offers that are available. They change regularly but feature places such as Macy’s, JCP, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. Use your linked at card at checkout and Ebates will credit your account. *note they credit your Ebates account NOT your credit card account!* If you use your debit card, be sure to use it as “credit” and sign the receipt rather than entering your PIN.
If you have a vacation on the horizon, be sure to mark Thursday on your calendar! Ebates offers a nice chunk of dough back on flights, hotels, and rental cars EVERY THURSDAY!
REFER YOUR FRIENDS :
Ebates has some AMAZING incentives for referring your friends! The promos change every 3 months but right now for every friend you refer, you get $25 when they make a $25 purchase AND they get $10! There’s no limit on how much you can earn! Find your unique referral link under the Refer & Earn Tab in your Ebates account.
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