The most common complaint about Disney vacations are how expensive they are. After years of vacations breaking the bank, staying offsite to save money and penny pinching, I realized there had to be a better way to take the vacation our family deserves. I was right. Below you’ll find some of the many apps and websites I have personally used to save money for our Disney World trips. I hope these serve you and your family as well as they have mine.
On Your Phone
iBotta is an app available in both the App Store and on Google Play that allows you to select and redeem offers in grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters, home improvement stores and more! I’ve received weekly milk rebates, $1 back every time I go to the movies and bonuses for completing so many offers in a week. Cash out options include Paypal, venmo, and gift cards such as Regal Cinemas, Starbucks, Redbox and iTunes.
A similar app is Checkout51. It allows you to upload photos of your grocery receipts and pair them with offers to earn cash back on your purchases. This can be used in conjunction with iBotta, letting you double up on your earnings! Cash out is available via check once you reach a balance of $20 or more.
ShopKick is one of my favorite apps to earn extra Disney money. It rewards “kicks” for walking in stores such as Target, Walmart, Best Buy and more and for scanning barcodes of various items at these stores. Its easy to rack up the kicks when making my weekly grocery trip. Kicks can be redeemed for various gift cards, including Target. I usually save my kicks for the $50 Target gift card, which I then purchase a Disney gift card with.
Available in the App Store, Field Agent allows you to complete jobs based on your location. Many of the jobs I have completed have been located at nationwide chains such as Walmart, Dollar General and Kroger. Most require you to answer a few questions and submit a few photos for client review. Jobs pay anywhere from $3-15 and quickly add up if you pass locations on your way to work or while running day to day errands. As your agent score increases, you’ll also have the option to participate in long term jobs, such as product reviews. For example, I participated in a toilet paper survey (took 10 minutes to answer the questions), was reimbursed for the purchase and paid an additional $12. Cash out is available via Paypal or Dwolla.
Mobee works on a similar basis and is available in the App Store or on Google Play. Most of the tasks I’ve seen are at McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts. Cashout is available via various gift cards including Target (use it to purchase Disney gift cards), McDonald’s, various restaurants and retail locations. If you’d like an extra $3 added to your first mission, use the referral code RQWK when signing up.
On Your Computer
Swagbucks is best described as a loyalty program that allows you to earn points for internet searches, answering surveys, watching videos, online shopping, games and more. Cash outs are available via Paypal or a wide range of gift cards including Amazon, Target, Southwest Airlines, and more!
A quick and easy survey site is Paid Viewpoint. Most surveys take less than a minute and the best feature is that you can’t be disqualified mid-survey for any reason! As you participate in more surveys, your trait score increases, allowing you bonus payments for each survey you take. As a bonus, you’re given a dollar just for signing up. Cash out is available via Paypal once you reach a $15 balance.
InboxDollars works similarly to Swagbucks. It also allows you to click on paid emails (via their website, nothing that will junk up your inbox!). Cash out is available once you reach $30 via check.
Another easy search and earn site is Bing Rewards. You can earn points for searching in a browser or on your mobile phone and convert these to gift cards.
One of the greatest ways to increase your balance with these apps and sites is to share them with your friends and family. After all, who couldn’t use a little extra money for a Disney vacation?