If You Shop at Walmart or Target, These 4 Websites Will Pay You For Your Loyalty
Cut back on the coupon cutting. Skip the scouring of weekly ads in newspaper flyers. Cash-back apps and websites have made saving money at some of your favorite stores quick and easy, day in and day out. Now you can ditch your bulging binder of store ads and your catch-all coupon collection — just sign up for one of these apps and start earning extra cash.
You might be kicking yourself if you don’t sign up for this app: You can start earning points (kicks) without having to make a single purchase. All you need do is walk into stores and scan item barcodes. Of course, you’ll earn more points when you make purchases with a connected card (online or in store) or if you snap photos of qualifying receipts.
Why you should buy into it: Since you can earn points just by scanning item barcodes you might not be tempted to overspend so that you can accrue rewards, which are also available with online shopping. Keep in mind that because there are so many different ways to earn points, it could take you a few weeks to master making the most of the Shopkick app. Available via iOS, Android.
Payment method: Exchange points for gift cards to popular retailers, including Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Best Buy. Five hundred kicks will get you a $2 gift card.
Egad! With Ebates you can automatically earn up to 40% cash-back on online purchases without having to use valid coupon codes. If you’re shopping at Walmart or Target, expect to earn 5% cashback and 1% cashback, respectively. Ebates automatically mails you a check every three months (February, May, August, November) as long as you’ve earned a minimum of $5. You’ll also receive a $10 bonus for signing up when you spend $25 within 90 days of opening your account. Available via desktop, iOS, Android.
Why you should buy into it: It only takes about a minute to sign up for Ebates, then you’re on your way to earning cash back from more than 2,500 retailers, including Amazon, Travelocity, and Madewell.
Food for thought: Who wouldn’t want cashback just for going grocery shopping?
Download the Ibotta app, claim the cash-back offers you’re interested in, then take a photo of your receipt. The app pairs with multiple major grocery stores and chains, including Target, Walmart, Kroger, and Sam’s Club. Available via iOS, Android.
Why you should buy into it: You can find cash-back offers for “any item” and “any brand,” which significantly increases your earning opportunities. You can also earn cashback from online stores.
4. Fetch Rewards
Why this app really clicks with people who like to save: Take a photo of your receipt — any receipt — within 14 days of your purchase and you’ll earn rewards. It’s that simple. You don’t need to be concerned with scanning barcodes or looking for specific brands; any receipt will do, whether you snagged a salad for lunch at the local deli or gave in to too many tempting buys at Target. To cash out for a $10 gift card you’ll need to earn 3,000 points; if you’re snapping a pic of a lunch receipt you might only earn about five points. Available via iOS, Android.
Why you should buy into it: You can earn up to 2,000 points when buy featured products listed in the app. Participating retailers include Target, Walmart, Amazon, Panera Bread, and many more.