Must Have Apps to Help You Save Money!

Here is a list of must have apps to help you save money on your groceries and gas bills!

The uncertainty of the next few months reminds me of 10-12 years ago when we were going through a recession. I started my blog back in November 2009 to help out others who were trying to save money. With millions of jobs at stake and everything shutting down, now is the time to start going through your budgets, figuring out what to cut and how to save on your grocery budget. 

I have been sharing with my friends and family several apps to download to help them save on gas and groceries. 

Below are some that I use daily and have helped me save hundreds!


Earn cash back on your grocery purchases!

  • Earn cash back at select restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters,travel, convenience stores and more!
  • You just have to take a picture of your purchase and receipt, send it to them and get the money deposited into your Ibotta account!
  • You can cash out once you reach $20!
  • Download the Ibotta App (Sign up with my referral code lzr5w to earn additional cash back!)

I needed to purchase a Groupon deal for Jiffy Lube to get my oil changed. I went through Ibotta and earned 8% cash back which was $4.46! For Groupon purchases, it does take about 30-45 days to have it deposited into your account. 

Download Ibotta App

Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards app is now my favorite app to use. All you have to do is scan your receipt and you will earn points! You can cash in these points for things such as gift cards to Amazon, Walmart, and Target! Refer your friends and earn even more points when you sign up! Redemption starts out as 3,000 points (equals a $3 gift card)

What I like about this app is that you can scan your receipts for any store including ALDI! Purchase qualifying items and you will earn bonus points! Super easy app to use!

Sign up for Fetch Rewards and earn an additional 2,000 when you sign up through my link!


  • Earn cash back on your gas purchases
  • Download the app and it will show you a map of participating gas stations.
  • You will need to take a photo of your receipt and submit through app
  • Earn money when your friends sign up for GetUpside through your referral link
  • You can cash out and redeem for a gift card or have the money deposited into your Paypal account
  • Download GetUPSIDE app


I like Receipt Pal because you can scan ANY receipt and earn points

2200 points gets you a $5 gift card (places like Amazon, Walmart, Target etc)

Sign up for Receipt Pal

A question I get asked often about these apps is how do you remember to scan your receipts? Answer- I keep all of my receipts in my wallet and either as soon as I get home or at the end of the day, I scan all of my receipts. If I don’t do it by that day, I know I will forget. 

What money saving apps do you have on your phone?

FTC Disclosure of Material Connection: In order for me to maintain this website, some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally.

Birthday Freebies!

Birthday Freebies 2019

How to enjoy eating out for free during the month of your birthday!

UPDATED 10/21/2019

Here is a list of some Birthday freebies that I have received! It is great eating lots of free food and getting free items during my birthday month! Please note that these deals can change anytime and I try to update this page often.

  • I recommend when signing up for these freebies to have a separate e-mail account. This account can be used for Birthday freebies, Free-Samples and when you sign up for coupons and store deals. 
  • Some places require that you show your ID to verify your Birthday  
  • Check the expiration date for these deals. Some are only valid on your birthday


Alamo-Free Double upgrade on rental
Applebee’s-Free Dessert with Purchase of Entree
Auntie Anne’s-Free Pretzel!
A&W-FREE Rootbeer Float (Must sign up for Mug Club)
Bakers Crust-Free Dessert with Entree Purchase
Bar Louie-Free Dessert 
Baskin Robbins-Free 2.5oz Scoop of Ice Cream
Best Buy-10% off your purchase coupon 
Bob Evans-Free Kid’s Meal!
Buffalo Wild Wings-Free Snack size Wings
California Pizza Kitchen-Kids Birthday club-free kids meal during the month of their birthday!
Chick-Fil-A-Free Cookie (Must have Chick-Fil-A App)
Children’s Place-Receive a coupon on you and your child’s birthday’s!
Cold Stone Creamery-Buy any Creation get One Free Coupon
CVS Beauty Club-$3 ExtraBucks
Dairy Queen-Buy One Get One Free Blizzard
Dave and Buster’s-$10 Free Game Play
Dickey’s BBQ-Free Big BBQ Sandwich
DSW-$5.00 gift certificate to use during the month of your birthday
Dunkin Donuts-FREE Beverage (Any Size)
Express-Earn Double Points during the month of your birthday
Famous Dave’s-Buy One Get One Free 
Firehouse Subs-Free Medium Sub on Your Birthday! (You must now download their app and sign up for their birthday club BEFORE your birthday)
Friendly’s-Free burger
Fudruckers’s-Free 1/4 Burger with entree purchase
Hooters-Free Wings
IHOP-Free Rooty Tooty Fresh N Fruity Meal
IKEA-$10 off your total purchase coupon AND Free Birthday Meal coupon (must be IKEA Family Member-Free to sign up)
Jason’s Deli-$5 off any item! (I signed up in-store)
Jersey Mike’s Subs-Sign up for their E-Mail club and get a FREE Sub and Drink on your Birthday!
Kendra Scott-50% off One item (In-store only-Must show ID)
Kahiki-Coupon for Buy One Get One Free Kahiki Product
Kohls-$10 Coupon (Sign up for Yes2U Rewards Program)
Krispy Kreme-One FREE Doughnut and FREE Small Coffee or Fountain Drink
Macy’s-Free Shipping Coupon Code
McAlister’s-$5 Coupon
Maggiano’s-$10 off $30 purchase or more
Mellow Mushroom-$5 off $25 or More Purchase
Moe’s Southwest Grill-Free Burrito (Moe’s Rewards App)
Old Navy-15% off Coupon
On the Border-Free Brownie Sundae

Papa Johns-10 Bonus points for your birthday! (Must be signed up with Papa Rewards)

Petco-1lb Free Dog Treats plus 10% off online order, Coupon for free toy up to $10 Value (Must be registered with PalRewards)
Pet Smart-$3 off coupon for treats(Pet must be registered with Pet Perks)
Puritan Cleaners (Richmond,VA)-21% off your entire dry-cleaning purchase
Qdoba-Free Cookie
Red Robin-Free burger to use during the month of your birthday!
Rock Bottom-Buy One Entree Get One Free Coupon plus a free dessert!
Sephora-Changes every year but receive free moisturizer kit or Kat Von D Lip kit (2019 choices)
Sheetz-200 Bonus Points and $0.05/gallon (Download their app)
Shop Your Way (Sears)-5,000 Free Shop your Way points=$5
Silver Dinner-Free Entree/Dessert
Soma Intimiates-$10 off your purchase
Starbucks-Get a FREE drink (any size!). Must have a registered Starbucks Rewards Card (free). *Limited time to redeem your free drink
Texas De Brazil-$25 off Dinner Purchase
TGI Fridays-Free Dessert with purchase of Entree

The Body Shop$10 off $10 Coupon (Must register with their Love Your Body Club-Free)

Torrid-$10 Coupon
Ulta Beauty-FREE Dry Shampoo ($14 Value)
Victoria’s Secret-$10 off $10 or more purchase (Must be Victoria’s Secret Card Holder)
Walgreens-Balance Rewards Members earn 50 points per $1 spent during the month of their birthday

World Market-15% off Coupon to use during the month of your birthday