Saving with Point Based Rebates


A few months back I talked about saving with cash rebates. All of these rebates came from apps that allow you to scan your grocery receipts and get cash rebates on selected items put into your account. Today, I am going to cover point based rebates. These are mostly apps that allow you to earn points that you can then apply towards gift cards or redeem for actual products.

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Receipt Hog – This app makes me laugh every time I use it. Why? Because it actually oinks when you use it. ReceiptHog gives you coins based on the dollar amount of your grocery receipt. It gives you 1 spin per major retailer (Macy’s, JCP, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Home Depot, etc…) receipt you scan for the Hog Slots. Hog Slots is where you win extra coins and even $100 cash. The coins you earn can be redeem for gift cards or cash. The more coins you redeem at one time the better the cash to coin ratio is. Receipt Hog has a referral bonus that earns you spins on the Hog Slots when someone joins and snaps their first receipt. Your friends earn extra spins to when they join via your referral code. There is a max of 20 friends that can earn you the bonus though. (Join using my referral code: frep 1066 to get extra spins) 
  
ReceiptPal – This a simple app to use. Its as simple as tapping a square, taking a picture, confirming image and you’re done! It takes four receipts to “fill” a card and every card is worth 100 points. You can only submit 4-5 cards a week. Points can only be redeemed for online gift cards to either Amazon.com, Restaurants.com or for “Dinner & Movie.” One  issue for me is that you have to get the entire receipt in one picture. Unlike most other apps that let you take pictures of the receipt in sections, you have to basically place the receipts on the ground and snap it from up high. Most long receipts get rejected because they are too blurry. This app doesn’t have a referral program either, so no extra points here.
  
Shopkicks – Do you love shopping? Do you love scavenger hunts? If you answered yes to either question then you will love this app! Earn “kicks” for finding specific items and scanning the barcodes. Kicks vary depending on the item. You can even earn “walk-in” kicks just for entering the store. Some stores give you points for purchases too. The biggest issue I have with this app is that to get a list of items you have to have your locations turned on on your smartphone & bluetooth.
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Bing Rewards – This is the easiest way for me to earn free gift cards! Not only do I use internet searches for my job but my husband and I are always searching random stuff. (Sometimes out of curiosity and sometimes to proof the other wrong.) Since I started using Bing as my search engine to earn points, just about a year ago, I have earned $30 in gift cards. They have gift cards for GameStop, Microsoft Live, Toys R Us, Sephora and several others. Your gift card comes as an ecard to your e-mail you can either print it off, use it online, or simply pull it up on your smartphone and show to the cashier when checking out. When you first start out the gift cards cost slightly more until you hit “gold” status then they drop to 75 points less. Bing also has a referral program that earns you 100 points per friend that joins and hits “silver” status within 60 days. You do have to have or create a Microsoft account but it can be connected to your personal e-mail account and doesn’t have to be outlook or Microsoft based.

Changin things up!


For the past year or so I have been blogging about crafts/DIY projects. Well as you have noticed there hasn’t been much of that lately. Well actually there has…its all been moved over to another site made just for things that inspire! For more DIY and party tutorials head over to The Inspiration Vault.

Here at Party In The Midwest, I am going to take a new approach. Since life is what you make it, let’s make life a party! My new goal is to share “snapshots” into my Midwest life here in Dayton, Ohio. I, by no means, have an amazing, glamorous life, but I do have fun and I have a crazy fun family! We always have get togethers and there is always something going on it seems like. So sit back, keep hands inside the vehicle at all times and enjoy the ride!

Going Turbo…




I am going Turbo…well kind of. I am now co-blogging at The Inspiration Vault! It’s a new site that will vault all craft, party and Scout ideas and things to inspire others to make, build, or change. If you love the tutorials on Party in the Midwest and want more visit my new site – www.theinspirationvault.com

Saving with 8 Cash Rebate Apps


We all want to save and not all of us have time. Anything that can make saving money easier seems great to me. Over the last year or so I have pounced every time I hear about a new website to earn free gift cards, coupons, and cash rebates. This is where I can save you some time. I have been down the path of failure, trying to find the freebies that really weren’t free. But along the way I have come across several ways that actually work! Right now I am going to talk about the cash rebate apps that I have come across.

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ibotta – I love this app. Not only does it have grocery rebates but also restaurants, retail (online and in-store), and even movie rebates. It’s pretty simple to use but takes a little time to use. The redemption process is different for grocery items than the other. You first have to browse through the list of rebates.

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After you find the items you want to buy or have bought within the given time frame you select the item(s) and do the activity. Sometimes its just reading a fact that is on the next screen. Sometimes it is a video or a quick one question quiz. Once you have purchased the item(s) you have to use your phone camera within the app to “scan” the UPC of each item on your receipt, then take a picture of the actual receipt. ibotta will then put your cash rebate on your ibotta account. Once you accumulate $10 you can “cash out” your rebates to your Pay Pal account or Venmo account. If you don’t want to do that there are gift card options available. ibotta does have a referral program as well. You get cash when your friends join, after that your “team” can work together to earn extra bonus cash when teams hit certain rebate amounts per month. I started using ibotta a year ago and I have earned $25. It wasn’t until the last 6 months that I started getting more serious about using any money-saving apps.

Checkout 51 – This is another app that I like a lot. This one is a little more user-friendly. Once you find the items you will purchase or have already purchased you upload your receipt by taking a picture of it, then select from the offers which items are on that specific receipt. That’s it…DONE!

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Checkout 51 will add your rebates to your account within 3 days. Checkout 51 does require you to accumulate $20 in rebates before they let you cash out. Checkout 51 doesn’t have any referral bonuses, so it is all up to you. I have found that the items listed on here are a little more out of the ordinary for my family so its harder for us to earn money. They usually have bananas and/or tomatoes which is where Checkout 51 works for us.

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Wal-Mart Savings Catcher – I know that many people don’t like Wal-Mart, and I completely understand. But if you want to save it is a great place to do it. Not only do you save money on their low prices but they will do the price matching for you with their Savings Catcher app.  It is beyond easy to use. Just open the app and go to “Savings Catcher” and scan the QR code on the bottom of your receipt. Within 3 days Wal-Mart will put the difference of the items that were price matched on your account. At any time you can cash out for a Wal-Mart gift card.

These last apps are ones that I just came across last month so I don’t know all of the ends and outs yet.

Snap – This app is powered by Groupon. With this app you add your items to your “shopping list” then “snap receipt.” It is an easy app to use as well. Snap, like Groupon, has a referral program in place as well. There is no team bonuses like ibotta but as least there is opportunities for extra cash when you get your friends to join.

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Jingit – Is similar to ibotta and Checkout 51, except you have only 24 from “reserving” your rebate to scan your receipt. As long as you scan your receipt during this time frame you will get your item rebate. To cash out the minimum you must have in your account is $5, which can be applied to a gift card or deposited directly into your checking account. I haven’t seen a lot of items on Jingit but in the last 3 weeks I have accumulated $2.25, so there are some items on there. You can also create shopping lists based on the rebate items and scan store ads. There is an option for inviting friends but they don’t state whether or not there are any types of bonuses for the referrals.

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SavingStar – Again, this app is very similar to the others on this list. One this that does make this one stand out, is that they always have offers to save 100% on certain items (that means something free!) The other rebate amounts for the items seem to be less than the others most of the time. The average rebates are from $.25 to $1. There are $5 rebates but you usually have to but more than one of that specific item. Some of the other features include saving your perk cards for most major companies and a shopping list with your “active offers”. If you go on the SavingStar website you can use their “online shopping mall” and get cash back on your online shopping purchases. You can get 8% back at Macy’s to 3% back from Wal-Mart. There are no referral perks for this app, so again it’s all up to you. If you are the credit card type they have a partnership with American Express that you can earn cash back on all of you purchases.

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BerryCart – BerryCart focuses on healthy eating. All of the rebates are for organic, natural, and/or vegan items. There is even a rebate for Amazon purchases. For my family we are just now getting into eating more organic and natural food, so I haven’t even used this app yet except to open it to see if there is anything that I bought on it. There is a referral program for BerryCart for $2 per friend that joins and scans a receipt. The cashing out process is pretty simple as long as you have a minimum of $5 of your account. You can choose to have your money transferred to your PayPal account or put on a gift card to many major retailers.

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Shopmium – I hope by this point you are seeing a trend of how simple most of these apps are and once you know how one works they are all pretty similar. Shopmium follows this trend – find your rebate(s), scan UPC, scan receipt and your done. Shopmium has the least amount of offers available and once you redeem one you don’t get to redeem it again even if it’s a different week. This app does have a referral program, unlike the others, Shopmium not only gives you $2 per referral but you also get a FREE Lindt Chocolate Bar! (Your friend gets a chocolate bar too!)

I know I didn’t cover every feature of each of these apps, but I tried to cover the most important things. I would love to know if anyone has others that I haven’t mentioned or has a different use for the ones I’ve featured here.

Stay tuned for Saving with Point-based Rebates…

So Many Ways to Save!


 

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I will be the first to tell you that I am horrible at saving money in the “savings account” sense. But with that being said I am great at finding a deal! I am not an extreme couponer, I usually don’t remember the coupons I do clip, so what’s the point of clipping. I have found several other ways to save when shopping. I have found several smart phone apps and websites that help me save. Over the next month I will be sharing all the ways I save. I hope many will help you and your family. Here are some of the ways I save for my family: Cash Rebates for shopping, Point based rebates, Free Samples, Word of Mouth websites, and Store Perk cards. Stay tuned…