Keep Calm and Save Money!



I love getting good deals. Who doesn't? Here are some awesome websites and apps that have helped us save and even earn money.

NOTE: Links to products below may be of affiliate programs in which I may in return earn money or shop credit through referrals.

Retail Me Not
If you haven't bookmarked this website or downloaded the app on your smartphone, do it right now! Whether you are an online shopper or an in-store shopper, Retail Me Not has coupons and codes for just about any store. I've gotten codes for free Shutterfly books, BOGO meals at Ruby Tuesdays, 20% off purchases at Kohls and so much more. Before I shop anywhere, I check Retail Me Not before buying anything.

Negatives about Retail Me Not: Sometimes the coupon codes shown are expired. Make sure to read the coupons carefully.

Shout out to my college roommate, Hannah, for introducing me to this website!

Target 
I'll be the first to admit, we are Wal*Mart snobs. I'm not a fan of the Wal*Mart near me because it's always overcrowded with 5 out of 20 check out lines open. Therefore, we frequent Target. Since we are Target regulars, I've taken advantage of all the Target money saving options.

Cartwheel App
I constantly check my Cartwheel app for coupons. In the past four months, we've saved almost $50 just using Cartwheel.

Negatives about Cartwheel: Be aware of the expiration dates of items wanted! Also, Cartwheel is only available for in-store purchases. I hope they expand this to online shopping!

Pharmacy Rewards
We refill our prescriptions at Target simply because of the rewards. After five filled prescriptions, one gets a 5% off one shopping day at Target as well as a 5% off coupon code for target.com. Make sure to use your pharmacy rewards before the expiration date!

Target Red Card
Again, with each purchase, we receive an additional 5% off our entire purchase.

Mobile Coupons
After signing up, coupons are sent to your smartphone. Forget the hassle of cutting and forgetting paper coupons!

Here is an example of how we max out our savings at Target.

A few weeks ago, we bought Dan a pair of shorts. Here is the breakdown:
Shorts were originally $24.99
They were on sale for $19.99
Cartwheel app: 20% off totaling $15.99
Pharmacy rewards: 5% off totaling $15.19
Target Red card: 5% off totaling $14.43
Target gift card (gift reward from a previous purchase): $5 off totaling $9.43

Can you tell? I LOVE Target!


Ebates
I wish I had discovered Ebates years ago. You are literally paid to shop online. Before shopping online, sign in to your Ebates account, find the store you want to shop at, click on the link and start shopping! Keep an eye out for double cash back days. You can also find coupon codes and other discounts through Ebates. Even though you may be getting 2%-10% back through each purchase, it adds up! In the past two years, I've gotten about $75 dollars back.

If you're interested, click on the link above. Sign up. Choose a $10 gift card. (You'll receive it in the mail after you've made a $25 purchase within your referral period) Start shopping! And finally, refer your friends and family to get more cash back rewards!

Negatives about Ebates: Some websites like Amazon and Target give cash back for only certain departments. Make sure to read everything so that you're not wondering why you didn't get cash back. This is also an online shopping tool and not available for in-store shopping (how cool would that be to get cash back for shopping in the store?!)


Shopkick
When using the Shopkick app, points are earned for rewards ranging from a $5 Starbucks gift card to a year supply of Essie nail polish to a KitchenAid Mixer and more. To get points, all you have to do is scan items. It's like a scavenger hunt! I'm going for the KitchenAid Mixer.

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The great thing about these apps is that they are all free to download! Go for it! What do you have to lose? What money saving apps do you use? Please share with us in the comments below.