Inside: The best phone apps and browser extensions that will save you money.
Have you ever wanted to pay full retail price for everything? No? Me neither. This is why I love using apps and browser extensions to save money.
Not only do they help me save money or get cash back, but they help stop me going down the Google rabbit hole of finding coupon codes and deals on dozens of sites for one purchase. Who has time for that?
These are the best apps and browser extensions I’ve found.
The Swagbucks app allows you to earn points (which translates to money) by watching videos, doing searches, or answering surveys.
The app also helps you save money by earning a rebate on certain items if you shop through links in their app. There are also browser extensions available for your computer that will notify you if a rebate is available at the store site as you browse.
When you earn enough points, you can then redeem them for either a PayPal deposit or gift cards. By signing up through my link, you can get an extra cash bonus.
Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is similar to Swagbucks in that you can earn a cash rebate on purchases when shopping through the app or enabling a browser extension while shopping. You get your payments either via check or PayPal deposit.
What is really handy is there are stores that sometimes offer double the normal cash back percentage. So, maybe a store that offers a 5% rebate will offer 10% for one month. The savings quickly add up!
Which one do I like better: Rakuten or Swagbucks? I use both! When I’m shopping, both extensions will alert me to cash back/rebates and coupons that are available. Sometimes one has a better deal than the other.
You can see my Ibotta review here. It is still the smartphone rebate app I use most often. Ibotta is a rebate app primarily for groceries (or, it started out that way), but there are deals available for many big-box retailers as well. When you have enough rebates accrued, you can redeem the credits for gift cards or have the funds transferred to PayPal or Venmo. For us, this is a great way to get a bit of extra cash to put to work in our budget.
This app lets you browse your local flyers and find coupons. If you are like us, and no longer get a physical newspaper, you know you are missing the weekly sales flyers. With Flipp, you can go to the app and browse all those same flyers to see what is on sale.
It is also possible to find product coupons in the app and load them directly to linked loyalty cards for even more time and money savings.
5. Target App with Cartwheel
There used to be the Cartwheel app for Target (and it probably still works). But now the Target app itself has Cartwheel built into it. This is great for loading in-store discounts. The cashier then scans the barcode at checkout to apply the discounts.
My favorite part is that you can stack Cartwheel offers with manufacturer coupons and rebates. Not sure there are offers available? You can scan the product barcode and the app will let you know of any Cartwheel offers you can apply. The app can be found in the Play store (Android) or iTunes (iOS).
Priceblink is a browser add-on that tries to find lower prices on items while you are shopping. It looks at prices on other sites as well as looks for coupons that may apply to your purchase. So, if you are shopping for a dishwasher at one store, but another has it for $100 less, this add-on will let you know.
What is Honey? It is a browser extension that looks for coupons. What happens is when you are at a site, if Honey determines there are coupon codes you could possibly use, it will search for and try to find the best one to apply to your purchase. When the icon turns orange, Honey supports that store and you can click the icon to see possible coupon codes.
It even works with Amazon to find the best price among top sellers!
There are a lot of great apps to save money while you shop, but these are among the best and easiest to use that I’ve found.