Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Money Saving Tips from The Smith Summary

I am by no means a financial planner or money savings expert but I've come across some really cool ways to save money that I just couldn't keep to myself!  If you're like me and want to #runalltheraces, then you gotta save where you can.  Oh, and put away for my kids to go to college.  Yeah, that's what I meant...

Wish I had one of these...

Ebates

Ebates offers rebates for purchases you make online.  They offer deals at over 1600 stores and it could not be any easier to use.  After you create your FREE account you can start shopping!  Need to order something from Amazon?  Not a problem.  Just log in to your Ebates account FIRST, then click on the link to go to Amazon and Ebates will take care of the rest.  They offer a different percentage back at each store on their site and they automatically track the purchase for you, and then about once every 3 months you will get your rebates sent to you, either by check or direct deposit into your PayPal account.  I just received my second "big fat check" from Ebates yesterday; I try to use them when making any online purchase!

If you are interested in signing up for Ebates, use my referral link here!

ibotta

ibotta is a FREE app you use on your phone (available through iTunes or Google Play) and it is also very easy to use, and I love it because it's portable - if I'm at the store and see something I can check to see if there's a deal for that product on ibotta.  You can currently earn money back for purchases at over 40 stores and they are adding retailers all the time.  You will have to complete anywhere from 1 to 3 tasks to earn the money back for that product - now folks I'm not talking anything strenuous, it could be something as simple as taking a quick one question survey to watching a short advertisement video.  Again, these are things I am usually doing in the store while shopping so it doesn't take long at ALL.  You can verify that the item you are buying matches the offer by using your phone's camera to scan the barcode, and then once you have purchased the product you take a picture of your store receipt and scan the product again.  It's that simple.  You can transfer the money into your PayPal account at any time ($5 minimum is required).  Don't have a PayPal account?  No problem; you can do that through your ibotta app also!

If you are interested in signing up for ibotta, use my referral link here or you can leave me your email address and I can send you an invite.

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is an online search engine that awards you points for doing things you are already doing online - searching for things on the internet, watching videos, taking surveys....might as well get something back for that, right?  Again, it's FREE to join and very easy to use (do you guys sense a pattern here??).  I keep Swagbucks open on my computer and if I need to search online for something I'll just use Swagbucks; you don't earn points for each search but you can also view videos, take surveys, and do lots of other things to earn points as well.  For example, I earned a point this morning by watching a short commercial for a new television show.  It's just that easy.  Once you've earned enough points you can go "shopping" in their rewards store for different rewards; I recently cashed in some points for a $5 Starbucks gift card that was emailed directly to me.  That's at least one cup of coffee right there, maybe two.  And all for using their website to do things I already do online.

If you are interested in signing up for Swagbucks, use my referral link here!

These are just a few of the many things I use to try to save money; I hope I've introduced some new ideas to you! 

**I am not being compensated in any form or fashion for these reviews; all thoughts are purely my own.**

QOTD:  Do you use any of these to save money or have any other ideas to share??