Money Saving Mamas: Swagbucks

Money Saving Mamas, get ready for our next app/website that we love for extra cash! If you haven’t heard of Swagbucks, we think you’re going to love it!! It’s a little bit of work, but so worth it!

How it works: 

Swagbucks is a website, and a series of apps, that rewards you for doing certain actions like shopping (think just like Ebates), completing surveys, searching the internet, and signing up for special offers.  Essentially, you earn Swagbucks and then redeem them for gift cards, or a PayPal deposit (so cash!)  Each day you have a to do list that will earn you bonus Swagbucks for completing. You also have a daily goal that you earn you bonus points for hitting, and extra offers available to you.  Every day there are hidden “swagcodes” that give you more swagbucks. Each month, there is a game called “Swago” (just like bingo) that also gives you extra!

 

Redeeming For Gift Cards: 

Can it really be true? Well guess what it is! FYM Emily has been seriously swagging (yes, she made it a verb) for about three months now and has already redeemed $250.00 in gift cards.  We’re using this as a forced savings. All of these gift cards are to Lowe’s or Target and they will hopefully finance a remodel on our house next summer! Now, that’s an ambitious goal, but we’re hopeful we can get there.  If only Mike would also start swagging- we would be golden! (let’s face it, FYM Emily may just swag for him….)

Community: 

Just like many of the apps we’ve featured, there are a lot of Facebook groups of other people who come together to find the best deals and ways to use the apps.  We’re in a couple swagbucks groups and have found that they’re extremely helpful.  It is building a community, and it’s nice to know you’re not out there alone on an island and that there are others if you run into issues, or just have questions!

Are you already swagging? Let us know what you think of the app! If not, what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us.

Money Saving Mamas: Verydice

One of our favorite new apps to earn free stuff from is Verydice! Seriously, we’re a little addicted at this point, but it’s so easy, it’s hard to believe it’s real!

In this app you complete tasks  such as inviting your friends and family to play, watching videos, taking surveys or downloading and playing games. Each task you get awarded a set number of rolls.  Then you simply click your screen to roll the two dice. The number you roll equals the number of tickets you earn. For example, if you roll a 1 and a 5, you will get six tickets.  If you roll doubles (i.e. 6 & 6), you will get double the tickets! You can also choose to roll with a ‘multiplier’, meaning every time you roll, you will earn double the tickets, and if you hit doubles with a multiplier you get even more tickets. However, if you do choose the multiplier, it will ‘cost’ you more rolls. So if you choose the 2x multiplier, it takes away 2 rolls, but  the payout is higher – you get double the tickets! The multiplier can be a great way to rake up lots of extra tickets pretty fast!  The other fun thing about this game is when you roll doubles, you have the choice to claim the extra tickets or play a basketball game for bonus tickets!

If you roll all the doubles in 24 hours, you win a jackpot! The amount of tickets in the jackpot will change depending on whether or not you rolled doubles with a multiplier.

Why are the tickets important? Well, that’s the crux of the whole game.  You save up as many tickets as you need to redeem for free stuff! Almost everything is on the list, as it pulls from Amazon.  You can search for items you want and begin to make your list of favorites.  As if it could get better? Everything ships with Amazon Prime, so it’s to your house in two days!!! WHAT?! Seriously, free stuff!

Verydice search

We’ve gotten pretty hardcore about this game, because let’s face it, we love free stuff!  You’ll hear us singing jingles we’ve made up from “you see me rollin'” to “rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ in the free stuff!” and staying up late nights playing games to get those extra 79 rolls- but it’s worth it.  In two months of playing, here’s a peek at what we’ve redeemed!  Melissa and Doug wooden toy sets, a Wonder Crew doll, and Cricut tools! With more tickets saved up, we’re finishing out Christmas shopping and starting on next year!

Verydice Rewards

Think Verydice sounds too good to be true? Think again!! Come join us and start getting your own free stuff.  When you join with one of our friend codes, you’ll get 50 rolls and we’ll get 30.  So thanks for helping us win more stuff!  Just download the app from the app store and add our friend code (you can only add one, so surprise us!)

Friend Codes: 472866 or 947142

Good luck and Happy Rolling!! Share with us in the comments what wish to win!

Money Saving Mamas: Checkout 51

Ready for more ways to save money?! This is another rebate app that we love, but can be slower to earn money from. It is called Checkout 51. It is an app for your phone that gives you a certain amount of money for purchasing specific things. Similar to the other apps we have shared, you need to upload a photo of your receipt and then select the items you are claiming, however you do not need to scan the bar codes of the specific items like the other apps.

Once the receipt is processed, it deposits that amount into your account, when you hit $20 you can request a payout via check or PayPal! So while this does take a little longer than some of the others,  it is still an easy way to have a forced savings.  Particularly if you’re using the funds you have from couponing for something like a college savings, or a vacation, you can watch this accumulate.

Unlike some of the other apps that only pay you for one of a certain item, Checkout 51 allows you to claim multiples (with a limit that varies per item).  There are also bonuses for purchasing specific items or multiples that let you get more savings!

Important to note about this app is that the offers change on Wednesdays, which is different than most sales cycles.  So if you’re counting on it in your weekly match-ups, just be sure to shop and upload your receipt before the offers change! They are also limited and tend to be claimed fairly quickly, so if it’s a good deal, don’t wait to claim!

We like this as an added bonus for saving money.  So far FYM Emily has earned $83.55 and FYM Sherrie has earned $92.25.  Do you use Checkout 51? How much have you saved?

Money Saving Mamas: SavingStar

Another one of our favorite money saving coupon apps is SavingStar! This is another app that gives you cash back for buying specific items. This app tends to sync up with the Sunday coupons every week, so it’s a good way to get some freebies!

First things first, you need to download the app, we’ve connected our bank accounts to it so we can get paid cash directly.  You also need to connect your store cards to the app as that is how it verifies your purchases.  This is a little different from apps like Ibotta, but it means that you don’t have to take the extra step of uploading receipts! The app is available for a wide variety of stores and will show you what’s available near you using your zip code.

Then, you choose the rebates you want, sometimes it’s cash for a specific item, and sometimes it’s a larger amount of cash for spending a certain threshold.  For those types of rebates, you can also participate in learning more about the product to get a “boost” towards your spending – that’s easy, free money!

When you purchase the items, or reach the threshold of particular items, you are automatically credited with the rebate amount.  Once you reach $5, you can cash out in the form of gift cards, Paypal, or even directly into your bank account! It’s an easy was to earn cash back!

Unlike some of the other apps we’ve shared with you, SavingStar can also work from a desktop, so if you don’t like to download apps to your phone- never fear! You can still use this one!  It all adds up, since she started using it about two years ago FYM Emily has saved $311.45 and FYM Sherrie has saved over $100!

What are you waiting for? Get started here!