The holidays always seem to stretch your pocketbook. From extra food gatherings to gifts to baking goodies, everything seems to add up pretty quickly. I am always looking for ways to make my pennies stretch, especially during the holiday season.

Here are 3 simple things I have discovered over the past few years to help make some extra money over the holiday season. If you haven’t had a chance to try these apps out yet, simply click the names below to download and start earning today!

  1. Shopkick 

Shopkick is an easy, fun app that rewards you for walking into certain stores, scanning different products, and also for purchasing various products they have listed. Most of their products are everyday items that you use and buy, so why not get money back on them?

Your points can easily be redeemed for a gift card to one of your favorite stores. Once you decide which store you would like to receive your gift card to, you simply let the cashier scan the e-gift card right from the app at checkout.

  1. Fetch Rewards 

This is probably one of the easiest ways to save that I have come across. No coupon clipping or product scanning is required. You just simply take a picture of your receipts and it will automatically scan it for rebates for you. Each receipt scanned gives you points to use for gift cards to your favorite stores.

Another easy way to earn more with this app is by sending your referral link to your friends. You can easily earn 2,000 – 4,000 points per friend who signs up through your link. Once you reach 3,000 points you can start redeeming for an e-card that can be scanned by the cashier at checkout.

  1. Ibotta 

This is still my all-time favorite app. I have earned over $1,000 over the past few years just from using this app. It does take a little more time than other couponing apps, but it is definitely worth it. Not only can you earn money back on products you have purchased but you can also qualify for bonuses once you have redeemed so many rebates that month. 

This app does have different products at times that do give you the full refund back on so keep an eye out for free products. They also give you the option to use Ibotta pay at certain stores and you will get a percentage of your purchase back as account credits.

To earn even more be sure to check the app before placing online orders. You can earn cash back for online purchases to many of your favorite big retailers. Once your earnings reach $20, you can redeem it for cash sent to your PayPal account, or choose from many of their e-gift cards listed.

Most of these products you already are buying or planning on buying so why not use these apps to help put a little more cash into your pockets. I hope you enjoy using these apps to help you make extra money during this holiday season!

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