Try out new apps to help you and your finances and also get a free money bonus or voucher when you do.
I love trying out new apps that help me track my spending, put money into savings or earn me interest. Often they’ll also come with a welcome or referral offer, and I’ll share these and any other decent ones below.
Banking app welcome offers
Tide business: Earn £75
Sole traders and limited companies that open a brand new Tide account are eligible for a £75 welcome bonus. You’ll need to enter the code REFORM when you apply. Then once accepted, spend £300 on the debit card in the first three months.
The £75 will be credited to your account within eight weeks of meeting the criteria. You might be asked to prove you are running a business.
Monzo: £5 welcome bonus
* It’s possible Monzo has stopped the free £5. Please check exactly what it says when you click a refer-a-friend link*
New users of digital bank Monzo can get £5 credited to their account if they sign up via a refer-a-friend link and make a card payment in 30 days. Make sure the landing page when you follow a link explicitly says you’ll earn £5.
Here’s my full review of the bank.
Chip: Up to £50 welcome offer & 4.84% interest
Sign up for savings app Chip via this link and use the codes below to earn a bonus once you’ve saved at least £5,000 in the Instant Access account for 180 days (six months).
The size of the bonus is dependent on how much you deposit:
- £10 bonus when you deposit £5,000 and enter the code CLEVER5K
- £30 bonus when you deposit £10,000 and enter the code CLEVER10K
- £40 bonus when you deposit £15,000 and enter the code CLEVER15K
- £50 bonus when you deposit £20,000 and enter the code CLEVER20K
You can add the deposit in stages but it must reach the account by the end of the month.
Once you’ve downloaded the app and signed up, you can enter the promo code in the “Promos & Referrals” button via the profile tab. Then add the money.
Obviously if you need to access the cash you won’t get the bonus. It’s also worth comparing six month fix rates to see if these will earn you more in that period (though don’t forget to factor in the bonus).
At the moment the offer ends 30 September 2023 but could be extended.
The account, held with ClearBank, also pays an interest rate of 4.84%
Digital wallet offers
Barclays: Get 5% back when you use Google Pay (expired)
If you have a Barclays card and an Android device, you can get 5% cashback on your spending when you use Google Pay to make payments.
This offer runs until 30 September 2023 and you can receive a total of £10 in cashback. That means you’ll need to spend £200 to get the full amount back to your account.
You might not be eligible if you’ve already added your card to Google Pay. Full terms here.
Money data offers
YouGov Finance: £50 for sharing banking data
Sign up for pollster and survey company YouGov’s Finance feature and you’ll get 500 points for every current account or credit card you link, and 100 for every savings account. You can renew the link after 90 days to get the points again for the same accounts.
It’ll take 48 hours for the points to reach your account. Once you reach 5,000 points you’ll be able to trade them in for £50 cash or a voucher at the likes of Amazon, Asda or John Lewis.
You can link a maximum of 10 accounts. If you’ve previouly added more than this you’ll need to delete some of them to add more.
I used my mobile browser to connect bank accounts as it uses your banking app authentication this way. Banks listed are:
- Bank of Scotland
- Captial One
- Chelsea Building Society
- Danske Bank
- First Direct
- M&S Bank
- Tesco Bank
- Ulster Bank
- Virgin Money
- Yorkshire Buiding Society
You can earn additional points by filling in questionnaires and surveys. Thanks to Emily for sharing this offer first in the Be Clever With Your Cash Facebook Group
Money app welcome offers
Snoop: £5 Amazon Voucher
Snoop is an app to help you track your spending. It also analyses your bank data to suggest ways you can save money. Right now there’s an offer to get a £5 Amazon voucher.
You must go via the link below for the offer to track.
Once you’ve downloaded the app and signed up you need to connect a bank or credit card account and stay connected until the end of the following month. Do this and the voucher will be sent.
Sprive: £5 welcome bonus
Sprive is an auto savings app (more on how these work here) where the money moved from your current account goes towards your mortgage rather than a savings pot. The idea is you’ll slowly make overpayments that’ll get you mortgage-free faster.
The standard referral offer is £5 (it’s occasionally doubled to £10). You’ll need to sign up with a code (such as 5NN3KXFL) and set up a Direct Debit linked to your bank account.
The bonus can only go towards your mortgage – so sadly if you’re not a homeowner this won’t be one for you.
Twig: £5 welcome bonus
The app Twig will give you an offer on tech and clothes you want to sell, and if you cash out you can use the earnings to spend via a dedicated Visa debit card.
If you join with the code adwebb1 and register for a card you’ll get £4, and another £1 when you complete your first payout.
Revolut: Free £10 and three months Premium (expired)
You can get a £10 free credit from Revolut when you join for the first time via this link and access to one month’s free Premium.
To get the tenner you need to top up your account from another bank and then spend at least £1 on the card.
You’ll have to pay if you want a physical card so I wouldn’t bother. There’s a virtual card you can use straight away from the app or add to your phone’s wallet.
You don’t have to take the one-month free Premium but if you do it has to be within 72 hours of signing up. If you don’t want to continue with Premium once the initial month you can easily downgrade in the app. Don’t forget or you’ll pay £6.99 a month. If you ordered the card you’ll have to pay for it, so again, don’t do this unless you’re going to stick with Premium.
Ends 11 November 2022. Full terms and conditions are available when you click through.
Chase Bank: £20 welcome bonus (ended)
The new £20 referral scheme began on 11 May 2022. You do not need to switch. Here’s more on how it works, and how to refer your friends (earning up to £400).
|Open to existing customers||No|
|Requirements||Use the referral code iJLxpV8Q or one from a friend|
|Pay in £20 within 30 days of opening the account|
|Exclusions||Not already have or had a Chase Bank current account|
|Offer limited to once per person|
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