Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Are you Losing Out by not using Savings Apps?

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I used to clip coupons, but who has time for that anymore?  I was a coupon queen before it was popular, and in more recent years the expiration date on coupons gets shorter and I usually wind up with a stack of expired coupons.

The one thing that has been a game changer for me when it comes to grocery shopping is the apps I can download for savings.  I was very late among my friends to join the ranks of those who use apps, but I don't know why I waited so long!

My absolute favorite is SavingsStar.

With this app, you can download eCoupons, and the money is deposited into your Paypal account.  It is rare I don't check this app when I'm at the store.  They sometimes have a free item.  A while back it was a candy bar, recently it was a container of salt.  There are also healthy offers.  Just this week, I got 20% back on the loose lettuce I bought.  When was the last time you had a coupon for lettuce?  You only have to get to $5 to cash out, and that's quite easy.  You scan the barcodes of the items you buy and take a picture of your receipt for confirmation.  You can even go through their site and rack up savings from shopping online.

I also love Ibotta

The cash payout is a little higher on this one.  You have to have $25 to redeem, but one thing I love about this is the "any brand" rebates they offer.  There are other good ones as well, and one of the best things is you can occasionally combine savings through Savingstar and Ibotta!  I've actually been able to double dip savings using both apps on a purchase.  Also, when you sign up, if you redeem a rebate ("any brand" excluded) in your first two weeks, you will get a bonus of $10!

Kroger is another favorite app.   They have a "Friday Freebie" coupon you can download to your card.  You can also add eCoupons to your card.  Best of all, you can use these with both SavingStar and Ibotta!

Walmart Savings Catcher is the app I recommend if you shop at Walmart at all.  Unfortunately where I live, I don't get much back from this one.  I live in a rural area and it compares ads for local stores to see if there is a better price elsewhere.  Because there is no chain grocery store for about 25 miles of my Walmart, I often only get comparisons to pharmacies and discount dollar stores.  Even so, it only takes a second to scan the barcode on a receipt, and your savings will be awarded as an eCertificate you can use at Walmart.

Another app I use is Receipt Hog.  With this app, you earn "coins",  sweepstakes entries, and spins to win coins, or your shopping trip.  This is with a research company and you can take a photo of a receipt from almost any store.  You can redeem coins for Paypal and Amazon.

Before I started using them, I thought savings apps would be a huge hassle, but it turns out that I love the savings they give me.  I especially love being able to combine four of these five apps at once.  That doesn't happen often, but it does on occasion, and getting savings at least four different ways on one item?  That can add up to some serious change.

What are your favorite savings apps?  One I mentioned?  One I haven't?  I'd love to hear from you!


  1. I like Checkout 51 and Snap. Both work similar to Ibotta. :)

  2. I've been playing with Ibotta. I'll have to check out SavingStar. We're in a rural area, though, and our local stores aren't on most of these apps. I can only use them when I go to town for my big monthly shopping. Still, every little bit helps.

  3. i love using all my savings apps when i go grocery shopping! :)