My Top 2 Cash Back Apps

I admit it. I love shopping. But a hazard of shopping is the damage it does to my wallet.   So when I do make purchases I try and get the best deal I can. In addition to looking for promo codes, what’s on sale, using store loyalty cards or programs, using coupons, and a credit card that gives me cash back or mileage, I also use apps that give me cash back.

1. Ebates

Ebates is my favorite cash back app. It’s how I feel like I am still getting a little bit of a deal even if what I am buying isn’t on sale. There are many, many, sites you can get cash back at using Ebates but some of my favorites are Macy’s, JcPenny’s, Sephora, Ulta, Groupon, and iTunes (Yes, really iTunes).

Login to the app, search for the store you plan on making a purchase at, select the store and then click on shop now. You will be directed to the store’s website and you make your purchase as normal.

Click here to get a $10 welcome bonus when you sign up for Ebates. They pay quarterly through PayPal or a check and the minimum payment is $5.01. If your balance is less than the minimum amount, it will just roll over into the next quarter. I usually get about $30-$50 back a quarter but the payment after Christmas one year was over $200 (I did all of my shopping online that Christmas). I firmly believe if you shop online, you need this app.

2. Ibotta

Ibotta, I use mainly for grocery/drugstore purchases. The rebates are mostly brand based, but they do have a few any brand rebates from time to time. You can earn additional money by unlocking bonus offers. Most often its just redeeming a certain number of rebates or a certain dollar amount in cash back or possibly a combination of both. You can also earn cash back on certain select online retailers but personally I prefer using Ebates for that purpose.

Claim your $10 welcome bonus here. You can sort by store and category to look up deals but I usually just put in the store that I will be going to and look through all the deals. When you see one that you like, tap the plus sign. Some you may have to answer a question or watch a short video but it doesn’t really take anytime at all and it’s worth it to me if I am saving money. Some deals are only good at select stores, so beware of that when shopping.

Once you have selected all the deals that interest you, go shopping and make your purchases. Once you have completed your shopping trip go back into the app and select redeem rebates. You will take a picture of your receipt and upload it. The say it can take up to 48 hours but in my experience, it’s usually just a few hours to show the redemption. A few stores you link your rewards card to the app and they will automatically redeem the rebates without you having to upload the receipt.

A nice feature that they have is a bar code scanner so you can check if the item you want to purchase has a deal attached to or qualifies for the rebate. Just beware that not all deals are for all stores. If you click on the deal, if will show what stores it can be redeemed at.  Another item to take note of is you do have to have $20 to cash out and they pay through PayPal.

Almost $200 dollars cash back.

My next check from Ebates comes in August and I can’t wait. I believe I will be getting a little over $100 back and I am going to splurge on a new beauty. I am thinking maybe one of the Sephora Pro palettes that have just come out. So far for the month of July, I have received $92.50 cash back from Ibotta. I love being able to stretch my grocery budget further and try some new items.

There are a few more cash back and money saving apps that I use and I will either edit and add to this post or create a new post and then link it back. Have you used these apps before or do you have other favorite money saving apps? Let me know in the comments below. Or if you have a question, you can also leave it in the comments below and I will do my best to help.