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Take Advantage of Easy Cash Back Apps!
We’ve been asked many times which free and easy cash back apps or grocery rebate apps we suggest, so I figure I’d tell everyone which ones are the easy cash back apps and cash rebate programs that WE use to add to our savings! The “easy” part is what hooked me but I continue to use them because I consider them “icing on the cake”. The offers available in most of these apps do not interfere with any coupons I use at the register, nor do they interfere with each other… meaning if I can get the lowest register price by stacking coupons and then add cash back in my pocket with the apps, even if I got the items for free. Sometimes the offers in two or more apps overlap which is a real treat! You can check out the cash back apps category to see the deals we’ve posted using them.
Here’s a list of our favorite free, quick and easy cash back apps:
This has such a large number and variety of offers, including a lot of product type offers such as “any” yogurt or ice cream etc. There are many popular stores that participate in these offers. There are also online offers now too! The rebate amounts can vary from as low as 20¢ to $10 or more but they average around 50¢ – $1. You must have a minimum of $10 in your account to request to cash out. You can read a post we did to Learn about Ibotta or check out the ibotta related deals we’ve posted. We want to point out that these offers have a list of stores on the offer, so be sure you are looking at the offers for the store you are shopping in. There’s also a number of great offers on “any brand” items. These are usually small but can add up on those fresh fruit, veggies and dairy or other items on your list! easy cash back apps
This is a pretty easy cash back app. It’s not store specific, but you want to make sure to read the details of the offers and upload the detailed receipt during the week of the offer. Offers run from Thursday to Wednesday with some offers repeating for the new week. Many of the offers are limit 1 offer but I’ve noticed recently that a few will allow more, so be sure to click on the offer to read the details! Once you reach $20 in your Checkout 51 account, you can request a check. You can read a post we did to Learn about Checkout 51 or look through some of the Checkout 51 grocery rebate deals we’ve posted. Also, be aware that if you do not make any claims for rebates in a two year period, they will charge you a $2/month fee against any money you have in your account. easy cash back apps
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This is another easy cash back app where you submit a picture of your receipt. It’s not store specific but the receipt does need to be itemized so they can tell what the items are to determine your grocery rebate. You can read a post we did to learn about Shopmium or review Shopmium deals we’ve posted about. We have never had anything deducted from our rebates for using coupons but it looks like they may base some offers on amount after coupons and they leave that option open. You get this money transferred into your Paypal account per offer redeemed once it has been reviewed, so no money is held in your Shopmium account waiting for you to “cash out”. Easy Cash Back Apps
Update: As of March 2016, Snap is no longer doing item specific cash back offers. You can still sign up for store/brand offers coupons but we no longer include Snap in grocery coupon matchups as they no longer work this way.
Snap grocery rebate app, like the others is a super easy cash back app but most offers don’t have a limit per user. This means you can get paid for more than one but it also means you have to act quick on the super good deals because they can hit the overall offer limit quickly and then show as “all gone”. Most offers can be redeemed by purchasing at any store that gives an itemized receipt, however a few may be store specific. Always click on the offer and read the detail page before making your purchase. You can request your check once your balance hits $20 or you can accumulate more before you cash out. Be aware that if you hold a balance in your account and you do not redeem any offers for 12 consecutive months, there will be a fee of $2/month and your account will close if it reaches 0 from the fees. Check out some of the snap rebate deals we’ve posted. Easy Cash Back Apps
BerryCart is very much like the other easy cash back apps we’ve discussed, but their offers tend to be gluten free, vegetarian, or organic. In other words, if you are looking for healthier options, this is a good one. It’s not store specific as long as the receipt shows the items. They have a ton of offers and if you shop at Whole Foods or another store that carries a lot of healthier options this is a must. You can also use this for online orders by taking a picture of the screen or printed invoice. I don’t use this app quite as much as the others (I know I should!) but sometimes the offers overlap with other apps, sales and coupons and I get to try something new for really cheap! There doesn’t seem to be a minimum to cash out on this one so you can request a paypal transfer once you have earned any rebate. The minimum may change to mimic other grocery rebate apps at some point. View some deals using the Berry Cart App
The Shrink App works very similar to the other Easy Cash Back Apps above but you have a chance to earn added points that add up to rewards too by doing a few tasks such as signing up for a newsletter, following on IG, reading about the product, taking a poll and more. Most of these are healthy brands. Click on a brand to gain access to that loyalty program. You’ll then see any first time cash back offers to purchase for cash rebates plus ways to earn reward points. To redeem the offers, you just scan the bar code of each item and then snap a photo of the receipt. You can receive that cash in your Paypal or Venmo once you reach $10 payout. (Gift Cards are in the works). The points you earn for every activity can be redeemed for rewards such as additional rebates, freebies, or cash.
MobiSave is the newest of the free Easy Cash Back Apps of this list that is now available to Iphone and Android. It’s pretty straight forward. Scroll through the tons of cash back offers, select those you want. Purchase anywhere that has an itemized receipt and snap a picture to submit proof of satisfying those offers. There’s no scanning bar codes and no minimum payout so you get the money in your Paypal account within hours or even minutes of each submission! You cannot use this for online purchases. Receipts must be submitted within a week of adding an item to your cart or it will be deleted from your cart. You need to make sure all items you are purchasing are added before the actual purchase.
Savingstar has some great cash back coupons that you either load to card or submit your receipt for. It use to be only for stores that had some type of prefered shopper card but many have been added as receipt scan stores. You load the offers by clicking them and then you will either submit your receipt or use your store card that you tie to your SS account. It’s super easy. Once you accumulate a minimum of $5 you can transfer to Paypal or your bank. Savingstar works with coupons but I have recently found in their FAQ that they do not wish them to be used with additional manufacturer coupons, contrary to their sister site Upromise which advertises to use them in addition to coupons used at the register. Savingstar is looking to possibly restricting the use of the online rebates with other manufacturer coupon in some way in the future. Right now you can’t unselect an offer if a physical coupon shows up so I’m not sure what they expect someone to do in that case, but perhaps they will change that in the future. For now, it works whether you have coupons or not. Once it does, I imagine the sister site will be the prefered grocery rebate between the two. For the most part, the Savingstar deals are the same as those for Upromise. easy cash back apps
Upromise is very similar to Savingstar and is in fact related so you almost always see the same offers. You also tie your store loyalty cards to your account, click the offers you want to load and then be sure to use that card when you purchase the item. Unfortunately if you tie the same cards to both this one and Savingstar, you may only redeem the offer once. You cannot use both offers. Upromise openly suggest using this in tandem with other coupons so there is no question there. Occasionally we see something offered that is different between the two sites too. You can create a savings account with this program or you can request a check once you have accumulated $10 or more. You can review our posted deals that use the Upromise grocery rebate, but you can also check out the Savingstar deals and probably do the same thing with Upromise instead.
In addition to the easy cash back apps listed above, we do use Target Cartwheel a lot (like a mobile coupon that reduces out of pocket at Target) and we take a peek at Favado (listing of sales/coupons) occasionally but we don’t rely on that over using the coupon database and our own matchups and deals. We have also used shopkick and take advantage of their occasional freebies and points!
What do you think of these apps? Do you have other favorites?