Saving Money, Pennies for Travel!

One of my favorite hobbies is saving money! Have you heard of Upside? Upside is an app that can save money at restaurants and gas stations. Upside is one of my favorite money-saving apps! Since June, I have saved $23.32, yes dollars, not points, and I have only used it on gas purchases. Continue reading to learn more about Upside.

What is Upside all about?

To use Upside, you must share your location and provide a credit for payment. Once you share your location, you must open the app and find participating gas stations and restaurants in your area! The closest gas station to me that participates in Upside is a Speedway. The current (Nov. 5, 2022) price per gallon is $4.09 (😡); however, I will save 10¢ per gallon using Upside. I have to pay $4.09 at the pump, but I will be reimbursed. Let me example the process to you.

Update: As of July 25, 2023, I have a total of $45.98 in my app! It may not seem like a lot, but I was going to spend the money on gas anyways; why not get money back?

Let’s get started saving money.

Start by finding a deal that you want; when you get to the location, hit ‘claim your offer’. You can do it before, but sometimes there is a time limit; for example, it may say, ‘You have to use this offer within X amount of time’, so make sure you are not too far from the location. Once you arrive, click ‘check in’. You then have to choose your payment method. I typically use my uploaded credit card. All I do next is pump my gas!

It takes about 24 hours to see the money in your account; I received an email that it has been added. Simple enough! I haven’t cashed out yet, but cash-out options include a transfer to your bank account or various gift cards (Nike, AMC Theatre, Panera, Kohls, Amazon, and tons more!). I say that this is my favorite because I like to see the amount in money, not points, and it is SO easy!

Get the app here!

Check out this free app that gets you cash back on gas and other errands! Click this link or use promo code ZA5V4F to get an extra 15¢/gal bonus the first time you make a purchase.

As much as I love these money-saving apps, I have been exploring various ways to help fund my travel bank. Although it can be tedious, couponing is an additional way to save. If you are new to couponing, check out this informative article by Kaitlyn at Strive Hustle, which provides helpful tips that explain how to coupon and additional tips and resources to help save.

Additionally, Catherine at the Frugal Nook, has shared 23 tips on how to live frugally on a single income. Her tips vary from savings on electricity to grocery tips and more. Check her out to increase your savings and vacation fund!

Good luck on your money-saving journey!

11 thoughts on “Saving Money, Pennies for Travel!”

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this information for easy saving pennies for travel by using Upside. I never heard of it and will definitely be checking it out!

  2. This article was super informative- In this economy having a travel fund that you slowly put money in is something we should all consider to hit our travel goals! Thanks for sharing.


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