The Best Grocery Apps For New Couponers

May 5, 2017

The Best Grocery Apps For New Couponers

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If you are new to the world of couponing or trying to rein in your grocery spending for the first time, the number of grocery apps and ways to save can be a little overwhelming.

Because of the effort and time it takes to save money, it’s tempting and easy to revert to buying what we need, when we need it, no matter what it costs. But if you zone in on the grocery apps that are easy to use and give you the best savings, your time will be well spent.

Here are the five best grocery apps for new couponers.

1. Your Local Supermarket’s App

The first go-to grocery app you should download is the one specific to your store. In addition to being able to view your weekly circular and create a shopping list, your store’s app has electronic coupons unique to your supermarket. They can be used in conjunction with any other discounts or coupons you may be using.

When you download the app for the first time, you will need to link your store’s discount card; before each shopping trip, simply load the offers you want to take advantage of. Unlike some of the other grocery apps, you will receive instant credit at checkout.

2. SavingStar

SavingStar is one of the most user-friendly (and time-friendly) grocery apps. It’s a cash-back app, so instead of seeing the savings come off your grocery bill at checkout, the money accumulates in your SavingStar account which you can cash out once you reach $5.00.

Rewards are tracked through your supermarket’s discount card, so you will need to link that when you first set up your account. When you’re ready to shop, you simply scroll through the available offers and select the items you plan to buy.

3. Ibotta

Ibotta requires a little more time to use than some of the other apps, but I would still consider it a must-have grocery app for beginner couponers and savers. Also a cash-back app, you select the offers for the items you plan to purchase before you shop.

You may have to do a quick task like answer a poll or watch a brief video to select some of the offers. After shopping, you verify you purchased the item by scanning the receipt as well as the barcode on the product. The savings will go into your Ibotta account, and you can cash out once you reach the $20.00 threshold. Ibotta tends to have more offers for fresh items like milk, eggs, meat, bread, and produce and can be used at several retailers.

4. Cartwheel

Unique to target, Cartwheel couldn’t be any easier to use. You can view available offers by category, select the ones you want, and scan the barcode on your phone at checkout. Discounts come in the form of a percentage off instead of a dollar amount off, and you receive the discount immediately.

Related Reading:
•    4 Ways to Save at the Grocery Store Without Coupons
•    Beginner’s Guide to Couponing

These are the more user-friendly grocery apps that are perfect for new couponers. A few other apps are MobiSaves, Checkout51, and Flipp.

Instead of trying to use all the apps at once, explore them, and start using the ones you think will work best for you. Keep things simple, or else you won’t stick with it. You might want to consider trying one app at first and once you get the hang of it, add another.

Happy Savings!

What other grocery apps have you tried and would recommend?