App Reviews,  Money Saving Tips

How to Make Side Cash as a Stay at Home Mom

We all do the same routine grocery shopping weekly. Why not add some extra income in the process? If you absolutely hate clipping coupons and consistently forget to use them (like I do), then a cash back grocery app is for you! I have been using a bunch of these for years and have gotten cash back and Amazon gift cards as a result of expending a few minutes a week to scan receipts. Is it kind of annoying? Yes. Is it simple and free? YES. In the long run, it’s a stress-free, work free, (mostly) hassle free way to save a little extra cash at a time. I’m listing my two favorite apps below, and I’ll be back soon for another post on my honorable mentions. It can be overwhelming to start with too many apps at once, so these are the two I recommend you try out first:

IBOTTA

This is by far my favorite cash back grocery app, and it also helps introduce me to new brands and products that are on sale. You get cold, hard cash back (no gift cards, no credits, etc) – straight cash deposited into your bank account via Venmo or PayPal. The best part of this app is you can re-scan your receipt multiple times, so if you buy an eligible item and get $1 back on it, you can then reclaim that rebate again and again. There have been times I’ve paid $2.99 for a product and gotten $3 or more back total just on that one rebate. I tend to manually scan my receipts, but they also have a function where you can hook up your account (i.e: your Target circle account, your ShopRite or Stop & Shop rewards card) and the app will automatically give you cash back anytime you buy something they have on rebate. After hooking it up, you literally never have to think about it again and the rewards just come in anytime you buy something on rebate. I have made literally hundreds of dollars on this app since I first downloaded it. If you’d like to use my referral code to sign up, it’s dptckka.

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FETCH REWARDS

Fetch Rewards is by far the easiest app, as you only have to scan your receipt and click “Done” and that’s the entire process. They give you points for each uploaded receipt which you can then use to cash in on gift cards. I always get the Amazon gift cards. The pros are that it’s super simple and user friendly. The cons are that you only get gift cards and it can take awhile to bank enough points to cash out. It’s sort of like playing the lotto because sometimes you’ll happen to buy something they have a big promo for and hit the points bingo! But most of the time, I’m getting small amounts and slowly building to my gift card. If you refer friends on this app, it helps to build up your points quicker! If you’d like to use my referral code to sign up, it’s UA5GQ and you’ll get 2,000 points for using my referral link below!

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Drop me a comment and let me know if you download either of these apps and what your feedback is. It’s not a huge money saving endeavor, but it definitely helps to make some extra cash on the side to use for your shopping addiction!

One Comment

  • Rachel

    Thank you for the tips! I have been using Ibotta too and agree that it is very useful. I earn cash back and usually choose to have it paid out to me in the form of a Starbucks gift card. 🙂

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