Our favorite money saving apps and plugins.

March 13, 2018

(Gabe in a nutshell.)


We’ve tried out some different money saving plugins and apps over the last few years, and wanted to pass them along! They have really helped us save a good deal of money both personally and in business!

Ebates – Cashback sites always sounded too much of a hastle to try, but ebates makes it pretty easy to use. You install the plugin and it will pop up if you are making a purchase that allows you to earn cashback through ebates. It’s linked to almost every store so without having to leave a site you can shop through ebates and earn cashback on purchases. It doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up quickly throughout the year!

Honey – I used Priceblink for a while, but after trying out Honey, I switched over. It is easy to install into your browser and detects better prices or sale codes if you are about to purchase an item. This has been especially helpful on amazon. I bought an electronic item and honey notified me of a $50 coupon I just had to click “apply” and it was automatically deducted at checkout. Needless to say this has saved us a great amount of cash!

Amazon assistant – Speaking of Amazon, they have a plugin designed for google chrome that will automatically hunt for the best deals that day. Another one worth installing if you are a frequent amazon primer!

RetailMeNot – This is an app where you can search for any store you are shopping from, and it will let you know if there are any discount codes you can use at checkout. It is a really easy way to make sure you are getting the best deal.

Quickbooks self employed  – I have used quickbooks online for a few years now and it has been fantastic as a small business owner. Super easy for filing expenses. My friend Kelly wrote about how you can track your car miles easily through the quickbooks self employed app. My mind was blown! It is such a huge tax write off, but I wasn’t taking advantage due to forgetting to track via notebook. Such a game changer!

Invisible Hand – If you are looking into any travel this year, this is a plugin extension that hunts for the best travel deals while you are searching popular sites!

Mint – This app is really helpful for organizing personal finances by showing you where you are spending your money by categorizing every dollar. (You link all of your bank accounts + credit cards and it automatically does this for you.) This was eye opening to me when I first starting using the site because it made me aware of how much we needed to create a budget! It is super helpful for organizing expenses each month.

 You Need A Budget – I just learned about this app and I want to give it a try to help us adjust budgeting every few months. Have any of you used it?

Podcasts – If you any app that allows you to listen to podcasts on your phone, there are now some really good that offer tips on being smart with your money. Gabe and I really like Clark Howard (he has great travel advice too!), and have picked up some great tips from Listen Money Matters (warning: they have no filters) and Smart Passive Income.


We hope these can be beneficial for you as well, and if you have any you would add to the list drop them below!

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  • Sydney L Fitzsimmons

    I’ve used YNAB for a couple of years now and absolutely love it! I tried Mint (years and years ago so I’m sure a lot has changed!) but wasn’t able to customize it as much as I wanted. YNAB has been a game changer for us!

  • Oh wow, I’m definitely going to check these out! I’ve been using the same budget app for YEARS but it’s a bit faulty…

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • You Need A Budget is a total game changer! I’ve been using it for about 3 years now and I will never stop singing its praises!

  • You must listen to Pour not Poor by Matt Altmix and Joel Larsgaard! Joel actually works with Clark but this podcast puts a fun spin on finance management for a younger crowd, while critiquing their favorite new craft brews. I love their banter and find their tips applicable and their lives relatable. Check them out!!

  • YNAB is awesome!!! As said above, definitely a game changer. Takes a few months to really get going, so be sure and give it a chance long enough!

    YNAB is proactively giving every dollar a job while Mint is just looking in the rear-view mirror at what was spent.

  • You guys are sweet inspirations.
    Gives me much hope!

  • Love that you posted this! We used YNAB for a while, but I found it to be a bit overwhelming… we switched to “Every Dollar” and love that! It’s created with the principles from Dave Ramsey’s Financial peace program. 🙂

  • Totally agree with other posters that YNAB is a game changer. I was a desktop user for years, but the new online version is much more seamless and does direct imports from financial institutions, which makes the whole process easier. It’s also got an incredible community waiting in the wings of the online forum, so if you ever have any questions, the community (and YNAB help) are there to help you. Additionally, the forum and blog have a ton of additional information (tips and tricks) that have worked for other users, which is definitely inspiring. There’s even a whole parenting tab with tons of threads about how to save money/budgeting with kids. It’s really cool.

    Okay, off soapbox! But I highly recommend.

  • YNAB is everything! We switched from Mint to YNAB a few years ago and it’s been a game changer! But you mentioned some awesome tips that I’m excited to implement!

  • we have been using YNAB (You Need a Budget) for about three years and we LOVE it. It has really given us a lot of financial peace and freedom, not to mention eliminated disagreements and stress over the budget. I cannot recommend the app enough! It is super approachable and easy to use, too!

  • Anamaria

    Can you make up your own categories for YNAB? This is my biggest (only?) issue with Mint. I scroll through all of their categories that we either don’t have (“fast food”) or have combined with with other things (“home services” & “home decor” are, unfortunately, not something we are able to budget for separately). I would really like an app like Mint but that lets you input your own categories- especially if you only see your own categories!

    I went to the YNAB website and it is very unclear- many of the advantages of it over Mint don’t really apply to us as we do already adjust our budget as need be, we already save for large annual expenses, etc. I just want to see how we are doing with OUR categories every month.

    • Yes you can certainly create your own categories with YNAB. It really helps me with overspending (when I’m actually using it! ). I’m a new reader, mom of 7. Love your blog!

  • Stevie L West

    Love this post! Do you have any tips for saving money with large families? Would love to hear your experience.

  • Heidi Ferguson

    Thanks Anna! I LOVE Ebates…I’ve earned $415 so far! I used it a lot when we were building our house last year as I ordered a lot online!! I would price compare and if the different sites had the same thing for the exact price (keeping in mind free shipping, taxes, handling fees…) I would see which one offered cash back on Ebates and then would go with the one that one!!! I love having it installed in my browser! If I’m searching on a site, it automatically pops up for me to “activate” that cash back! People have NO IDEA how easy it is!! And it truly is CASH BACK (check) and all you have to do is create an account and give them your address for them to mail you your check! I love sharing my link so that I can get referral money! Why not! Win Win for everyone! Thanks for the tip on Honey and Amazon assistant! I’ve just installed them on my MAC! I use Retail Me Not all the time! It works too!!!
    You guys are the BEST! THANKS!

    • Heidi Ferguson

      Oh, Amazon Assistant lets you install for Safari as well!

    • Heidi, that is amazing! I agree, it is so easy to use, and I didn’t realize that till this year which makes me wish I would have tried it sooner! I just activate the pop up when I am on sites for cash back. Done!
      Hope you enjoy the others! x

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