Virtue may be its own reward, but shopping? Not so much. Luckily these tech helpers let you profit from your purchases.
Best App: Ebates (Android, iOS)
Bottom-Line Benefits: Offers special discounts and cash back through its recently launched Mobile Monday program. Ebates delivers several ways to save, including cash back and percentage off, plus comparison shopping and other features to use at more than 1,800 stores.
WALK IN, CASH OUT
Best App: Shopkick (Android, iOS)
Bottom-Line Benefits: Visit a participating retailer and scan bar codes or make purchases for points that you can trade in for gift cards (500 "kicks" equals $2). Create groupings of items you love and follow others' collections. When you like an item, the app lets you know where it's sold.
EARN DOLLARS EVERY DAY... IT'S A TIE!
Best App: Ibotta (Android, iOS)
Bottom-Line Benefits: Get rebates when you perform simple tasks. You might unlock 50 cents off on a product by watching a 15-second video. After you buy the item, upload your receipt. Once you rack up $10 or more in spending, you can cash out through PayPal or Venmo, or purchase gift cards from select retailers.
Best App: Checkout 51 (Android, iOS)
Bottom-Line Benefits: The app rewards you for buying pantry staples and other items. You get a list of cash-back deals, like $1 off a Shout cleaner, as well as retailer-specific offers. Select what you want, then buy it in the store. Once you're done, just upload your receipt. Reach $20 in cash back and receive a check! New offers load on Thursdays.