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I love a good sale. The good feelings I get from feeling like I got a good deal last a lot longer than the good feelings from a tub a ice cream.

Some of you may have New Year’s resolutions that are based on saving more or spending less or both! Here are some internet and phone apps that I use to save money.

Web Tools:

Honey: this Google Chrome plug in will search and automatically apply discount codes at the websites you are buying from. If you’ve activated another discount site first, it won’t work, so make sure you try Honey first and then activate any others.

Ebates: they now have commericals because this site works so well! Once it is installed on your Google Chrome toolbar, it will automatically pop up if there is a rebate available. Run through Honey first and then activate the eBate. I’ve gotten rebates that range from 2-15%. You can check the ebates website to see what deals are available – always a good idea if you are buying a large ticket item. The company will send you a check every 3 months for the amount of rebates you’ve accumulated. You should also download the app on your phone.

Phone Apps:

Ibotta: This app is great for grocery and is really easy to use. Before you go shopping, look through the rebates available and select any items you may purchase. Then when you get home go through the 2 step verification process (scan the barcode and take a picture of the receipt) and the amount will be credited to your account. In addition, there are different bonuses that you can earn. I will also use it for rebates from Hotels.com and Groupon purchases. You can also use coupons in the store. Whenever you are ready, you can transfer the money to your PayPal or Vimeo account.

Cartwheel by Target: All Target shoppers should have this app…it’s basically additional discounts on things you are likely already buying. While perusing the aisles of Target, I will search for items that I am putting into my basket. At checkout, just hit the “checkout” button and have the cashier scan the barcode. Also be on the lookout for additional coupons in the checkout tab. It’s doubly awesome when you can combine an Ibotta rebate with a Cartwheel discount!

Walmart Savings Catcher: Like Cartwheel, if you are shopping at Walmart, you should have this app. After a trip, scan your receipt into the Savings Catcher. Walmart will search stores within a 50 mile radius and if they find a lower price will credit you the difference. You can then redeem the money on future purchases.

I think the key on these rebate and discount tools is to use them on things you are buying anyways. Why pay more for your toilet paper and garbage bags?

What are your savvy shopper tools?


Disclaimer: The links in this post are referral links and I will receive a small payment if you sign up and use the tool. My opinions, however, are my own.