The Top Six Easiest Ways to Get Real Cash Back into Your Pocket!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Top Six Easiest Ways to Get Real Cash Back into Your Pocket! #cashbackapps #cashback

If you are anything like me, you are all about spending less money when you can.  I often say that I am an excellent shopper.  I am all about deals, sales, and getting the most bang for my buck.  That’s why one of my favorite things is cash back apps and websites that help put money right back it to your pocket. 

There are a lot of sites out there that claim to give you cash for stuff, like survey sites, but they can take forever to get a payout and quite often I will give up before that payout even happens.  What I love about the websites and apps here in that post is that I know I will be getting some money either that day or within a month or so.  There is also no waiting to be “accepted” to use these apps like some cash back apps.   

So without further ado, here are my top six favorite websites and apps to get money back in to your pocket!

1. Ibotta
This is by far my favorite cash back grocery shopping app.  There are tons of incentives and deals that will give you cash back!  Most of the deals on this app can also be coupled with coupons or weekly deals at your grocery store.  There have been plenty of times I have ended up basically getting an item for free.  All you have to do is “unlock the offer”, usually by watching a video or answering a poll, scan the barcode of your item, and snap a picture of your receipt.  Ibotta will pay you through PayPal whenever you reach a $20 balance.  Just be smart about your shopping – don’t by something just to get the deal.  Make sure whatever you are buying is something you will actually consume!

Get $10 when you sign up using a referral code!

2-3. MobiSave and Checkout 51 
These are two other great cash back grocery shopping apps.  Checkout 51 is probably the hardest to get a payout on.  You need to have a balance of $20 and it can take a while to build up unless you buy a lot of goods with the offers.  MobiSave pays out right after you upload your receipt – even if you only earn ten cents!  MobiSave has a lot of brand specific deals as well as a lot of any brand deals, like ten cents back from buying a bag of pretzels or mustard.  Both apps will pay you directly to your PayPal account.

Get $1 when you sign up using a referral code!

4. Bing
Bing is a search engine that will pay you to do daily searches.  I never considered using Bing until the school I worked at decided to block Google (honestly, I still don’t know why!).  Bing was the search engine that started popping up on my homepage and I noticed as I was doing typically daily work that a number was slowly growing up on the toolbar.  I investigated and found out that Bing will give you gift cards (Starbucks, Amazon, etc.) when you reach a certain number of points.  To me, this is awesome.  I basically can get a free $5 gift card to Starbucks in less than a month.  You can earn points by searching on your mobile device, your desktop, and they have bonus points you can earn through quizzes, emails, etc.  Google is still blocked a year later at work, but I also now have $70 extra dollars on my Starbucks card. Thanks, IT!

5. Ebates
I have no idea why it took me so long to realize this was a thing.  I saw commercials, read about it, but never decided to use it.  Once I opened an account I instantly wished I had created one earlier.  I thought about all of the online shopping I had done in the past year and how much cash back I had missed out on.  Sadness!  Ebates will give you cash back (from 1-10%) on your online purchases and literally every site you can imagine, even places like Etsy!  You can activate the cashback offers by starting out on the Ebates website or downloading the toolbar.  The toolbar is super helpful because it alerts you when you are on a site where an offer is active.  They payout 4 times a year as long as you have a $5.01 balance in your account. 

Get $10 when you sign up using a referral code!

6. Target Cartwheel
If you are a frequent Target shopper and you have yet to download this app, get on it now.  Cartwheel offers additional discounts on hundreds of items just for using the app and scanning your code when you checkout.  There are often some really good deals in there too, like 25% off clothes or shoes!  The best part of this app is that you can scan the barcode of products as you are shopping in the store to find out if there is a deal. I scan every single item I pick up while shopping in store.  While you do not get any cash back from this app, it still feels awesome to save some extra money on a shopping trip.  

So there you have it.  My top six favorite apps and websites to use with money incentives.  By using all of these apps and websites, I am making money on top of spending I would be doing regardless.  It’s easy to get started on all of them and even though you may find them to be slow moving, $20 extra bucks is $20 extra bucks.  It all adds up in the end!

Cara Cara Orange Sugar Cookies

Sunday, February 8, 2015

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I had a Cara Cara Orange for the first time a few weeks ago and I officially have a new second favorite fruit (nothing can touch pineapple).  The problem was the person who gave me the oranges had no idea what they were.  After some research and shopping a couple of stores, I found it (and the last bag too)!  I've had a great time just eating them, making margaritas, and making cookies using these oranges!  

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Cara Cara Orange Sugar Cookies
Makes about 5-6 dozen, depending on size. 

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
2 tablespoons juice from 1/2 cara cara orange
Extra sugar for rolling

1.  Preheat oven to 350˚ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter until fully mixed.
3.  In a second bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until combined.
4.  Add the egg, vanilla, and orange juice to the butter mixture.  Mix until combined.
5.  Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until a dough forms.  It will be very sticky!
6.  In a small bowl, pour a couple spoonfuls of sugar.  Take about a tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, then roll in the sugar.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
7.  Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes.  Allow to cool on sheet for about 2 more minutes, then move to a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.  

Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
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Orange Roll Cookies

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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I've always been a fan of cinnamon rolls, but lately I've completely fallen in love with orange rolls.  Maybe it was because I have always been lazy and bought canned cinnamon rolls.  The regular ones were always just like a biscuit with some glaze on top, but the orange rolls were actual rolls that have a sweet and juicy glaze on top that was just irresistible.  So irresistible that I would practically eat the entire can by myself whenever I would make them!

While I'm still not adventurous enough to make cinnamon rolls from scratch, I can definitely make cookies from scratch (even though this recipe uses prepackaged sugar cookie mix - but feel free to use your favorite sugar cookie base!).  Here is my twist on the popular cinnamon roll cookie with a yummy orange glaze.  Yum yum yum!

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Orange Roll Cookies


  • 1 bag sugar cookie mix (such as Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice

  • Directions
    1. Mix together sugar cookie mix, butter, and flour until combined and a dough begins to form.
    2. Sprinkle some additional flour (be generous and test out a portion of the dough before placing the entire thing on the counter.. the dough is very sticky) on to a clean surface and roll the dough into a rectangular shape and at about 1/4 inch thickness.
    3. Spread melted butter on top of dough and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
    4. Starting for the long edge of the dough, roll up jelly roll style. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
    5. Preheat over to 375˚.
    6. When throughly chilled, slice dough until 1/2 inch - 3/4 inch slices. Place slices onto a cookie sheet and bake for 14-15 minutes. Place on cookie rack to cool completely.
    7. To prepare glaze, combine 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons orange juice. Drizzle over cooled cookies and allow to set.
    Cookies adapted from Betty Crocker.

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