Optimized Savings February Update

Finding small ways to save money is a hobby of mine. I like to function stack rebates, coupons, discounts and other ways to save on every day purchases. This is my report from our family’s savings and earning programs for January.

Overview

February was good down month finding discounts and savings, but that was also driven by reduced spending. I will take reduced spending any day over saving a few percent off something we didn’t really need. We had a total of $83.98 saved/earned across all programs. Below is how we did in each program this month, and the total amount saved in the program either since I started tracking, or I could find lifetime earnings in the apps/programs.

Program Name Monthly Increase Lifetime
Script 31.5 214.13
Crypto Faucet 7.5 27.06
Ebates 5.01 83.2
Fetch Rewards 3.737 5.967
Ibotta 1.25 102.25
SwagBucks 0.23 23.14
Ebucks 0 160.42
Plenti 0 158.44
Card Cash 0 110.98
Saving Star 0 38.73
Checkout 51 0 30.25
Card Pool 0 5.6
KellogsFamilyRewards 0 1.125

Discount Giftcards

Really focusing on planning our our purchases and buying discounted giftcards is again the biggest. We utilize script cards because they are available everyday our our kids school, and we have access to vendors we cant find online at Cardcash or Cardpool. Of course if there is a big difference I will buy cards off Cardcash/Cardpool/Giftcard granny etc. We are lucky enough to have some great categories we take advantage of.

Ebates

Continues to reward for consistency. I had a few opportunities to click though and buy, although most of my big purchases were not done online or done with stores that do not have a program setup.

Here is my February statement, although its smaller than my calculation because I got credit in February for my January Hotel stay. I don’t count it until it hits my balance.

Crypto Faucets

Volatility sucks, yup enough said. I will keep grinding reporting the details weekly. I am currently 19 weeks in, still aiming for a full 52 week analysis. I could use a price pump to help keep me motivated.

Digital Coupons

Not surprising my digital coupons round out the bottom, but for taking a few pics of my receipts its fine with me. Ibotta, Checkout51, Fetch Rewards, and Kellogs Family Rewards are all still chugging along , only used when I need something.
I hit a few bonuses with Fetch without trying, so that was a nice surprise!

Conclusion

Not a bad effort to start the year, considering I have additional pending purchases for a hotel stay booked via Ebates. I hope to see my discount rate go up across all purchases in 2018 while really trying to drive down the amount we spend. I will be perfectly content to save fewer dollars, as long as I am saving a bigger percentage of a small number. Let me know if you have any tricks or tips you use to get better discounts or save money.

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