I just took the kids back to school shopping. Oh. My. Goodness.
All four of our kids are in school now, and our school asks that we supply everything from 60 pencils per kid to markers and folders and reams of paper to Kleenex and paper towels. Times four.
So I need to save money wherever I can. These apps are great ways to save on back to school shopping on just about everything you’ll need.
The Best Apps for Back to School Shopping:
1.) Ibotta — I love this app. I use it every time I go grocery shopping. You browse the Ibotta rebates and select those you plan to purchase (or if you forget, you can do this after you shop and just see what matches up!). Some of them have you unlock savings by doing simple tasks like answering a question or watching a video. Once you buy the items, scan their bar codes to prove you bought them.
Take a picture of your receipt and submit it. The money you earn can be sent to your PayPal or Venmo account, or turned into gift cards for Starbucks, iTunes, and other places. And there are tons of places to use it — grocery stores, clothing stores, pharmacies. It will be useful in plenty of places where you do back to school shopping. And if you use my referral link, the first time you submit a rebate, you get an extra $10.
2.) Cartwheel by Target — like an online coupon clipper, choose the offers on the Cartwheel app for things you’re buying. When you get to the checkout line, show the cashier the barcode on your phone and all your discounts will be applied.
3.) Shopkick — Shopkick gives you “kicks” (reward points) just for walking into participating stores. You can earn more by doing more tasks like scanning bar codes, or paying with certain credit cards. And you can redeem your kick points for gift cards at places like Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or other retail stores. You can also donate to some charities instead, which is such a cool idea!
4.) Amazon App — If you have an Amazon account, you can download their price checking app. When you’re in stores, scan any item you’re interested in buying and it will tell you if you can get it cheaper on Amazon (but don’t forget to factor in shipping if it’s needed)
And now, my secret weapon.
I know we’ve come a long way from clipping coupons out of the Sunday paper. And I shouldn’t complain that I don’t have time to click a few buttons on my phone to save some money. But sometimes I forget to do this until I’m in the car on the way to the store, or until I’m standing in line to check out. And then?
I make my kids do it. They actually like playing on my phone anyway. And if they’re in the car, headed to the store with me, finding and clicking on rebates and coupons gives them something to do that’s helpful and that they actually enjoy. And thinking about our budget and trying to find ways to save on it becomes a family thing.
Do you have any hacks for saving on back to school shopping?
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