Top Favorite Frugal Apps

Top Favorite Frugal Apps

I’m not one to be completely glued to my phone, but there are a few apps that I absolutely love and would refuse to get rid of under any circumstances. Most of these are money saving/points apps where you collect points through various ways, then turn those points into gift cards or money. I’m big on saving money, being frugal, and making the most of what I have. These are my top 5 frugal apps for helping me with my goals.

 

Shopkick

I’ve had this app for the longest out of all of them. It’s so easy to use. Most of the time all you have to do is have the app on and walk into stores and you collect “kicks”. That’s not the only way to get kicks. You can also scan certain items within stores, as well as upload your receipt if you’ve bought specific items. You can redeem these kicks for prizes such as gift cards, items, or even donate to charities. Some of the gift cards are to Walmart, Target, Amazon, and Starbucks. This is probably one of the more passive frugal apps I’ve come across.

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Receipt Hog

This is hands-down the most used of all the apps. It’s so simple to use. All you have to do is take pictures of receipts after you’re done shopping. Most stores qualify and you get coins per receipt. You can get from 5 – 20 coins per receipt depending on how much you spent. The only downside is that restaurants don’t count. So if you have a daily trip to Starbucks, sorry. That’s not going to count. Receipt Hog is one of my favorite frugal apps I’ve ever downloaded.

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Bing Rewards

This is something you can use both on your phone and online. You get points from searches, and you can search both on mobile and via your computer. You can also take quizzes, get points from buying things from the Microsoft store.

Yeah, I know that Bing isn’t really anyone’s favorite search engine, but all you have to do is click on the featured articles and usually, there’s enough to grab the max amount of points. You can redeem the points for gift cards and sweepstakes entries. As far as frugal apps go, this one is pretty easy to use.

 

Swagbucks

Swagbucks is something I’ve recently gotten into. It’s a bit more active than passive, unlike some of the others. You can use both the mobile app or the website to gather ‘swag bucks’, the currency used on the site. One of the easier ways to use this app is the coupons. As someone who doesn’t always have the time to lets some videos play, or to use their offers, all you have to do is clip coupons from their coupons.com option, and supposedly you gain 20 Swagbucks per coupon used. I haven’t tested this out yet, so I don’t know how that works, but I’ll definitely update you when I do! The other option is to take surveys. Sometimes they’re more of a hassle, and I haven’t found myself qualifying for many, but if you do, you can rack up quite a few points per survey.

 

I’ve heard of a lot of people stocking up on Swagbucks and using them for holiday gifts. Not bad for frugal apps, huh?

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iBotta

I just started using this app the other day. It seems to be incredibly convenient. Not only can you use your receipts for Receipt Hog, but if you’ve bought any of the items you’ve checked off on iBotta, you can get cash back there too! I haven’t managed to use this yet, but I’ve only heard good things about it.

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  • Emily Bendler

    I use two of these, but I will be checking out the others.

    • Which ones do you use?

  • Just downloaded three of these, thanks! Any time I can get cash back for doing things I’m already doing-I’m all about it. I also use eBates and have made lots of money back there, and Cartwheel if you shop at Target gives you lots of coupons and discounts!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    • I have used Cartwheel, but I haven’t found it to be useful for what I buy. Maybe I’ll give it another shot.