College can be expensive, especially when you have to worry about buying groceries, textbooks, and other living essentials. This is especially difficult on a super-tight college budget for those who do not have time for a job. Luckily for you and your bank account, these are the best coupon sites and apps who understand the struggle and can help you put money back into your bank account in the form of gift cards or cash.
Ibotta is an app that allows you to look for deals on certain brands. After you find deals that you used on your shopping trip, simply scan or take a photo of your receipt and upload it to the app. After it is processed, the money you earn is added to your account. You can cash out for cash or gift cards beginning at $20.
2. Checkout 51
Like Ibotta, Checkout 51 allows users to earn cash back on purchases. Users simply find applicable deals and snap a picture of their receipt and receive credit after it processes. New offers are added each week. You can also link your store loyalty cards to get deals. Once you hit $20 or more, you can cash out your earnings for a check.
3. Receipt Hog
Receipt Hog is an app that pays you in coins, slots and sweepstakes tickets (based on categories) when you upload receipts of all kinds, not just groceries. Once you hit 1000 coins, you can redeem them for $5 in PayPal or Amazon gift cards. You can also get bonuses every week you upload a receipt (which is easy for college students).
Honey is an extension for your Chrome browser. As you shop online, Honey searches coupons that are relevant to where you are shopping and what you are buying to make sure you are getting the best deal. You can also earn Honey Gold for your purchases, which allows you to redeem points for gift cards to your favorite stores.
The best coupon sites pay you. Ebates is a website that allows users to find cash back offers at their favorite stores while shopping online. The website also has a Chrome extension, so you do not have to go through the site to find deals on sites you are purchasing from. The money is paid quarterly and users must earn a $5 in order to be paid. If you do not meet the threshold, the money carries over to the next quarter.
RetailMeNot has a wide variety of ways to save money and earn rewards. If you are shopping in certain stores, like Michael’s, you can pull up coupons for the cashier to scan. Like Ebates and Honey, if you are shopping online, you can earn cash back on your purchases, and they also have coupon codes for online shopping.
7. Wal-Mart Savings Catcher
Wal-Mart is already known for its low prices, but its Savings Catcher takes it a step further. Users can upload their Wal-Mart receipts via the website or Wal-Mart’s app and Savings Catcher will search other stores in your area to see if they have lower advertised prices for things you purchased. If they find a lower price, they will reimburse you on a Wal-Mart gift card. Each reimbursement will be put on that gift card, so you can let it build up or spend it.
8. Fetch Rewards
Like some of the best coupon sites and apps mentioned, Fetch Rewards rewards you based on products you buy by having you scan receipts. However, unlike the other apps, you are reimbursed based on certain brands and the price you paid for them. Many times, even if you do not buy a brand on the list, you can get bonuses just for uploading a receipt.
ReceiptPal is the simplest way to earn, though it takes more time to see substantial savings. Users earn points by uploading receipts or linking their email to search for e-receipts. The app has a series of cards, and cards are filled for every four receipts or e-receipts. Once you hit $1, you can redeem for a $1 Amazon gift card.
College students love having new experiences and trying new things. However, these things, especially when it comes to concerts and spa days, can add up quickly. Groupon has a variety of options for experiences and they offer discounts to the most popular things to do, from spas and concerts to escape rooms.
What are the best coupon sites and apps that you know of? Put them in the comments below!
Ashley is a recent graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with her Bachelor's in journalism. She love writing articles about music and Philadelphia. Ashley would love to pursue a career in journalism in New York City.