Saving money is one of my favorite hobbies, but I hate feeling like a crazy coupon lady. If you’ve ever worked at a grocery store (or tuned into TLC) you know the type. They buy 700 bottles of Febreeze they don’t need and 5 tons of cat food, even though they don’t have a cat. Simply because they went dumpster diving in 3 different counties to get newspaper coupons. Or they have a handful of coupons, crumpled up and make a fuss when you won’t take one that expired last month. These kinds of people make me embarrassed, even though I too want to save a few bucks…but I don’t want the entire line rolling their eyes at me. While paper coupons can always give you a good deal, you’ll never have to worry about losing these money saving apps at the bottom of your purse.
R.I.P. Cartwheel. You will be greatly missed. Well not really because Target absorbed you into another app. I do a lot of my shopping at Target. Partially because I’m basic, but mostly because I usually get a good deal. I grew up as a Walmart girl, only understanding the true wonders of Target once I went away to college. I always thought Target was much more expensive. But to be honest, the difference is minuscule and the quality is better. Not to mention you can save a bundle with their app. I use it whenever possible to save money on everything from beauty products to pantry staples.
Some other ways to save money shopping at Target? Shop online and have your stuff delivered to the closest location. You save money on shipping, can take advantage of special online discounts, and can pick it up the same day. Also, I love the “Buy X and get a $X Target gift card offer”. It may not be the best deal, but I shop there so often it’s worth it.
Guys, seriously this is the easiest money you can ever make. I don’t use it as often as Target, but that’s because I’d forget my own head if it wasn’t screwed onto my shoulders. I saved more than $20 just buying things I normally would. Ibotta gives you 50 cents for submitting a receipt, no special purchases required. When thinking about it, this may be an invasion of my privacy, but nothing is private anymore. Your thoughts are all over your social media and every big box store keeps a record of what you purchase. Like remember that one time Target knew a teenager was pregnant before her family did? Targeted advertising, my friends. As a digital marketer, I know the kind of data companies are capable of collecting, and it’s horrifying. Makes my job easier, but horrifying.
Speaking of Target though, you can choose to redeem your savings in a variety of ways. You can link it to your PayPal and Venmo account, or you can get gift cards (Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, etc.) If you have friends, you can earn even more by referring them and competing in challenges. I’m not associated this Ibotta in any way, shape or form, but if you want to be friends my code is fpycqlv. Your girl loves saving extra $$$.
We’re done couponing, but not done saving. Hotel Tonight is one of my favorite apps to check when I’m having a rough day at work and need a mental escape. And unlike Pinterest vacation boards, this is something that I can actually afford. While I’ve only booked with it once, I’ve saved more than $100 vs. Travelocity. And if you access the app through Ibotta, you can get 3-6% cash back (depending on their current promo.)
Why use this app? It’s a lifesaver if you want to plan a last minute weekend getaway or you had a little too much fun at happy hour and need a place to stay for the night. P.S. Boston has some great deals. But it’s not just big cities. You can find great deals in not-so-popular getaways like Portland, Maine. Also, the more you book, the better deals you get. They have a tier reward system, unlocking more and more discounts. Not to mention exclusive offers.
- What’s your go-to money saving app? Have you used any of the ones mentioned above?
- Do you ever use coupons?
- What was the best deal you scored shopping lately?