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Working for a non-profit, being post grad, feeding & tending to a picky rabbit, and trying to eat healthy have all been factors that make saving money for me really difficult. Listed below are 3 reward programs that I use in my everyday life to save money. Saving 50 cents here or there may not sound like much at the time, but can turn into so much more!
Plenti was a program that I discovered in my college years. It started through RiteAid and the college town I lived in had rad beer deals there. What’s cool though, is the more time that went by, Plenti extended to a lot of other stores, websites, and restaurants. I use my plenti card at exon gas stations and earn points every time I fuel up without having to put much thought into it.
Stores & websites Plenti is partnered with:
- Rite Aid
- Exon Mobil
- Alamo Car rentals
Online Marketplace (When you buy from these retailers online, there are different coupon offers that can be activated)
- American Eagle
- Turbo Tax
- Apple Store
- Ashley furniture
- many many more!
Plenti has recently released dining as another way to earn points along with a credit card! I love that this program has an easy app for your phone (that can be linked to apple wallet), cards for your purse, keys, and easy online access! I will often times pull up to the gas station, get on Plenti through my phone, activate my gas offer, and fill up two minutes later. All points show up and stay on the card to be used at any other retailer who uses Plenti! Plenti mainly works by two different paths, you getting on their website or app and selecting ‘special offers’ they have available (ie., check them out before booking a flight or switching phone carriers, they off a lot of points up front for those types of things) OR just by spending money at the places and swiping/inputting your card!
here’s an example of my current plenti points. In the span of 6 months I’ve compiled around $9.00 just from getting gas!
Although the rewards are super large, if you are a traveler or use AT&T for your phone company, you could really rack up some points. They are currently offering 3500 points ($35.00) when you switch to AT&T or 2000 plenti points if you book a package on expedia. Sure, 20 bucks savings isn’t a huge deal, but it is when you can put that 20 dollars towards a tank of gas at Exon, or a new shirt at Macy’s!
Honestly, who doesn’t love target? You go in with three things on your list, come out with thirty…and as much as you hate it, you actually love it. Cartwheel is a great way to use coupons without having all the paper scraps in your purse. I always get on the cartwheel app (on phone or computer) look through all of their cartwheel coupons and see if 1)the deal is actually worth it.. (5% off paper plates…not something worth driving across town for) 2) you may need it soon, after the deal is over (5% off for paper plates, but 20% off glad garbage bags you’re almost out of makes the trip definitely worth it).
Once you have your list saved on the app, go to the store *try really really hard to only buy things on said list** and walk to check out counter. All you have to do is pull up the app, select checkout for list and let the employee scan your phone. Done. You can use your cartwheel account with your red card and other store coupons as well!
Be sure to click on the logo above and get signed up!
Last, but not least, I wanted to talk about the Amazon Trade In program. Although it’s not a rewards program, it is a great way to clean out your dvd’s books, text books, and misc unused items for amazon credit! Amazon trade in is great & super easy! The hardest part for me was finding a box to ship my stuff in since they pay for the postage/shipping label.
Amazon trade in will ask for the bar code, isbn, title, etc from the object and then ask followup questions if it is something they are looking for trade in wise. They ask easy appraisal questions and then give you the option of shipping it when a range credit price or donating! I got rid of a bunch of dvd’s and an old text-book and made 30 something dollars! The credit has to be used on amazon, but honestly what can’t you buy on there these days?
You may be wondering if amazon is going to offer the best deal for your books, movies, cd’s, phones etc? That I don’t know, but most of the things I sold, I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to, so when i saw they would take it for anything, I was thrilled! Like I said, it’s a great way to go through your closet and get rid of knick knacks while earning some easy cash.
Click the link below to learn more about amazon trade-in!
I recently discovered Ibotta and am OBSESSED WITH IT. It’s free, and although its only a few sense here or there for your groceries, it can really start to add up! Ibotta is awesome and I’m so sad that I hadn’t used it before!
I LOVE EBATES SO SO SO SO MUCH. By being slightly more mindful before shopping your heart out online, check ebates first to see if you can get cashback from your purchases. No extra steps, no codes, you literally just access the site through the Ebates portal. I’ve already made close to $40 dollars from purchases I would’ve made regardless. They also just started a in store program. Have the cashier scan the code at checkout and it links to your account to verify the purchase! Click the button above and get signed up!
Checkout 51 is a newer app I’ve started to use. It’s perfect to use alongside Ibotta and all the other app programs because it has different coupons! Easily just as reliable and easy to use as the Ibotta app, but one thing I really love about it, is that it offers a lot of coupons on produce, which is hard to find!