Tools & Resources

These are the tools and resources we use in our daily lives. We only share tools and resources that we use and recommend! We have divided this page into sections so that you can find what you’re looking for ūüôā

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This just means that if you decide to make a purchase through one of them, we may receive a commission from it. It does cost you any more money to purchase through one of our links. It just helps support this blog.

If you have any questions about any of the resources and tools, please feel free to email us at jessica@nowthatsthrifty.com

Money Saving Tools & Resources

These are our favorite apps and tools to save money and earn cash back!

We love using Ibotta every time we visit the grocery store! Ibotta is an app that you can download on your smartphone for FREE! You choose the store you are shopping at, and then you pick items from the list that you bought. Next, you scan your receipt and receive cash back. It’s super easy to start earning cash back from things you were already going to buy! You can read more about it in our blog post:¬†How to Save Money Shopping.¬†Sign up for Ibotta here. When you sign up with our link, you will receive a $10 welcome bonus!

Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is a great tool if you like to shop online (although it can be used in stores too!). You get cash back (sometimes up to 10%) from stores that you are already shopping at. It is FREE to use! You can read more about it in our blog post: How to Save Money Shopping. Sign up for Rakuten here. When you sign up with our link and spend $25, you will receive a $10 welcome bonus!

Honey is a Google Chrome extension. When you shop online, Honey finds you discount codes as well as gives you cash back. It also keeps track of price drops so that you can get the best prices! You can read more about it in our blog post: How to Save Money Shopping. Sign up for Honey here. 

Wikibuy is another Google Chrome extension. When you shop on Amazon, wikibuy searches the internet to make sure you are getting the best price. It also finds you coupon codes. You can also purchase items directly from Wikibuy. You can read more about it in our blog post: How to Save Money Shopping. Sign up for Wikibuy here. 

CityPASS is a booklet you buy that has tickets for multiple attractions in a city. You save up to 50% off ticket prices, and you receive bonuses like special exhibits and skipping lines. We wrote a whole blog post on this awesome deal: Save Money on Museums and Other Big City Attractions.  You can purchase CityPASS here.

Ipsy is a beauty subscription service. For $10 a month, you get 5 beauty products and a makeup bag sent straight to your door. This subscription is great for trying new products, and every bag is worth more than $10. You can read more in our article Why I’m an Ipsy Subscriber. If you would like to sign up, we would love for you to use our link! Sign up here.

AAA

Although AAA can be used as an insurance company, you can also purchase a membership through AAA. When you become a member, you get tons of discounts on travel, dining, attractions, and more. You also get automobile perks like towing, vehicle locksmith services, mobile battery service, fuel delivery, and so much more! There are different levels of membership with the lowest one starting at only $52 a year. You will easily make back all the money you spend on it, and receive so much more! You can get $20 towards your renewal when you sign up with our link! Also, you can read more about it in our post: 4 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Trip to the Museum

Blogging Tools & Resources

If you are thinking about starting a blog, these are the tools we use and love!

We use Microsoft Office in a variety of ways for our blog and other uses. We most commonly use Word, Excel, and Publisher. If you want to design items like the games we create, check out Microsoft Publisher! You can purchase Microsoft Office here. 

Blue Host is the host provider we use for this website. They are super affordable, and you get a free domain name and SSL certificate when you sign up. You can also get domain privacy (which you should get!) for free if you click on the pop-up when you sign up! We have received good customer service with them. If you have questions about this host, we would love to talk with you about it. We paid a little over $90 for 3-years worth of hosting. That’s a pretty good deal! Sign up for Blue Host here.¬†

MailChimp is our email provider. You can use them for FREE up to 2000 email subscribers. They have worked well for us. Once you set it up, it is super easy to create emails and landing pages. If you sign up and need help, we will gladly walk you through the process. You can sign up here. 

Plann is what we use to plan out our Instagram feed. It is a free app that you download on your phone. You can move around pictures before you post to see how your feed will look. Plus, you can plan out your hashtags easily. It is simple to use, and it makes managing Instagram so much easier! You can learn more on their website. 

Canva is one of our favorite and most used blogging tools. It is a free photo editor website and app. We use it to create all of our graphics and social media posts. It is also great for creating PDFs. There is also a paid version that has more features, but the free version is awesome. We highly recommend Canva for all bloggers or anyone else that likes to create graphics. You can sign up here.