Thrifty Thursday: Coupon and Money Saving Apps


Why pay more than you need to when shopping for things you love? Whether you’re checking items off your grocery list, purchasing a new summer wardrobe, or eyeing the next gadget for your collection, there are a ton of apps on your smartphone to help make sure you never pay full price for anything, ever again. So what are the best coupon and savings apps? Keep reading to find out!

1. Ibotta
I recently discovered this app and it’s amazing. This free mobile coupon app turns smartphones into tools for collecting cash-back opportunities. Upload grocery or other receipts after buying select items (offers change weekly) and receive cash in return. When the total reaches a certain amount, Ibotta transfers it into a PayPal or Venmo account. If you don’t have an online payment account, Ibotta also lets you cash out in the form of an iTunes, Starbucks, Redbox, or other gift cards. If you’re willing to do the leg work to earn money on your purchases, Ibotta offers tons of rebates to get you just that.

2. Retail Me Not
Another free mobile coupon app for smartphone users, Retail Me Not lets you save when and where you want, just as its motto says. As you make your way through your favorite stores at the mall, Retail Me Not alerts you to location-based deals. Plus, you’ll have access to a variety of coupons and promo codes for almost anything, from clothing and electronics to food and entertainment.

3. SnipSnap
SnipSnap combines coupons you already have with coupons you may not have found otherwise. Browse through their large selection of coupons and save the ones you think you’ll use. You can also see a percentage rating for how successful it’s been for others. If you clip coupons from the paper, you can take photos of those and save them right to your iPhone. That way you can just show the cashier your iPhone come time for checkout.

4. My Grocery Deals
The pen and paper grocery list is so 1990’s. Get with the 21st century by registering with My Grocery Deals and create a list while simultaneously finding and comparing deals at various big-name grocery stores. This grocery website also lets you browse deals and coupons available at your store of choice and/or relevant to your ZIP code.

5. Groupon
Groupon lets you buy deals now to use later. For instance, find a coupon for half off at your favorite restaurant and purchase the deal now. Then take the Groupon with you to that location to cash it in. The nice thing about Groupon is that you can find deals for everything imaginable, from vacations to gym memberships, find it all on your smartphone today!

6. Cartwheel 
If you are an avid Target shopper like myself, then it’s about time you download the Cartwheel app. Cartwheel is a free savings program that you use at Target where you can save anywhere from 5-50% on the items you purchase.  You choose the offers you want to use and scan the barcode at checkout to save. You can download Cartwheel from the app store on your smartphone or access it from a computer.


Do you have any coupon or money saving apps you like to use when shopping? Let us know in a comment below!


Until Next Time,

Jessica M.

One thought on “Thrifty Thursday: Coupon and Money Saving Apps

  1. I use Cartwheel from Target and absolutely love it! Not only do they give you a discount, but they let you coupon match for double the savings!

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