I don’t have a smart phone. I don’t even have a dumb phone. My husband and I have greatly pared down our expenses, so we share one cell phone [insert gasp]. As a frugal mom it inspires me to watch so many MapleMoney readers scoring deals with rebate apps such as Checkout 51 so I knew I had to try it for myself.
I’m sure my son would love to share his iPad (bought with his own money) so I could try some of these rebate programs. Today I am saying good-bye to the dark ages and hello to savings. Wish me luck.
A Newbie’s Guide to the Checkout 51 App
Step 1: Sign up
It took me less than 2 minutes to open an account on Checkout 51. Plus I received a $1 bonus for joining and a $1 bonus for reading a 20 second introductory note. Ha.
Step 2: Scan the List
A quick scan of the list of current offers has me officially impressed! Here are a few items I could easily save on:
Eggs, yogurt, cereal, laundry detergents and the list goes on. I see why so many shoppers are pumped about this app. These are items I purchase often – not products I would buy just to get savings. I’m also pleased that quite a few items are not brand specific.
Step 3: Shop
Sadly for me, I joined on a Tuesday night, and these offers expire every Wednesday. With a little one home sick, I don’t think I can take advantage of this week’s deals. But – I do realize that my Vector cereal I got for free yesterday, qualifies me for a 50 cent rebate. I’m making money without even leaving the house.
Step 4: Upload a Pic
I took a picture of my receipt showing my Vector purchase and sent it in. Sending in my first receipt also qualifies me for another $1 bonus. Stop the madness.
Step 5: Cash in on Future Deals
As a hands-on learner, just trying this process once has helped me see how easy it is. And easy is key for this busy mom! Here are a few things I have learned to maximize future savings:
- Savings for the week are published on Thursdays. But you can get a SNEAK PEEK on Mrsjanuary.com on Tuesday so you can plan your shopping trip in advance.
- Shop early for the best deals. The offers expire once a set number of people cash in.
- Deals expire every Wednesday by midnight.
- You can request your cheque every time your rebates reach $20. Or you can let them accumulate before cashing out. Save up for a special something?
It feels great to try something new. I can bump my status up from Checkout 51 Newbie. Then Rookie then Expert. And isn’t that how smart shopping happens? Mastering one saving strategy at a time.
Which rebate app should I try next? Did I miss any tips for cashing in on deals?
By: Karen Gauvreau