That said, these two apps I'm featuring on here today don't really require you to buy certain things.
The first one I found out from my fellow deal finding friend Michelle a few months ago called Fetch Rewards. Basically, you scan your receipts from grocery type stores (Wegmans, Target, CVS, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Harris Teeter, etc.) and you get points for your purchases. Every receipt from a major retailer gets 25 points, and you can get additional points if you buy a brand they've featured.
I've found Fetch Rewards to be SO simple, because literally all you do is scan the receipt after you're through shopping, and once you reach 3,000 points, you can start getting gift cards to places like Panera or Dunkin. The more points you have, the higher your reward total towards a gift card.
If you do sign up for Fetch Rewards, my referral code is C3JDF so thank you kindly for using it. 😊
The second app, called Shopkick, takes a little more work. For this app, you scan items while shopping and get points. I find it can be a pain, and I often avoid it. Sometimes if I need a brain break for lunch at work, but don't want to mindlessly spend money on junk not in our budget, I'll walk through CVS and scan items to get points.
You also get points just for opening the app in some bigger retailers like Target or Wal-Mart.
Once you have a certain number of points you can get gift cards to Starbucks, Target, Gap, etc.