I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I’m sure you can guess what that means. Saving money is always a big priority for me.
I’ve never been a fan of coupons. Between the hours of searching for them, printing them, clipping them and then dealing with them not wanting to scan properly at the register, I’ve really grown to hate them.
That’s not to say I never use coupons. I do when it’s convenient. If I stumble across a coupon for something I know I need to buy, I’ll clip it and use it. Otherwise, no thanks.
I’m also not the biggest fan of technology. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. But one thing that I do love about it is that it’s opened the door to money saving phone apps.
There are so many great ways to save money all thanks to technology. Although there’s a large part of me that really wishes society wasn’t filled with smart phones, self checkouts, computers, tablets and 4K TVs, I’m okay with jumping on the money saving phone app band wagon.
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It doesn’t matter whether you use an iPhone or an Android, there are tons of money saving, making, and winning apps. Here are 7 of my favorite apps that I use to help save a few bucks on groceries every time I go shopping:
I’ve written about Ibotta multiple times (you can check out a better review here) and it’s definitely number one on my list.
The concept is simple. You find rebates for groceries in the app, unlock the rebates, go shopping, come home, confirm your purchases and CHA-CHING. Money in your account. You can cash the money out with PayPal or Amazon.
This app is very similar to Ibotta. One big downside, for me, is that it doesn’t have nearly as many rebates as Ibotta. An upside: you don’t need to have a smart phone to use it. You can confirm your purchases on a tablet or computer instead!
Once you’ve reached $20, Checkout 51 gives you the option to cash out. Another thing I like about Checkout 51 is that when you request your money they mail it to you in the form of a check. It might not be super convenient or fast, but I enjoy this more old school technique.
Want to learn more? Here’s my review.
This app is extremely easy to use… plus it has a slot machine!
You can find my full review of this app here. The quick version: you take a picture of any and every receipt you get and Receipt Hog pays you for it. They don’t pay you a ton of money, but they also reward you with spins on the slot machine to try to win more money and you are given entries into their monthly raffle every time you submit a receipt. I’ve been using it for over a year now. It may not pay out as much as Ibotta or Checkout 51, but the chance to win a lot of money brings me back day after day!
Same concept as Receipt Hog except there isn’t a slot machine or raffle. Instead there are contests you can participate in and you can save more money by shopping through the app. I just started using it in January and, although I haven’t made a ton of money, I still use it every time I buy something. It’s easy to use and I really like the idea of getting extra money back from every receipt.
As much as I hate shopping at Walmart, it’s one of the only options in this small town I live in. Seriously. We have a Safeway, Walmart, Rite-Aid, Walgreens and Bi-Mart. That’s it.
Although I had access to a lot of other stores where I moved from a few months ago, I still did the majority of my non-food shopping at Walmart strictly due to convenience. I lived 15 miles out of town, I had a young child, Walmart was right at the edge of town. Driving 15 minutes to go to Walmart instead of 30 minutes to get to Shopko, Target, Fred Meyers, K-Mart or any of the other stores seemed like a good deal.
The Savings Catcher has made shopping at Walmart a little more tolerable. I just scan the receipt and the app does the rest. It price matches – if it finds a lower price on the Gatorade you bought, you’re reimbursed the money.
You may or may not have a Safeway in your area. It is, however, one of the only stores that I have access to without driving 30+ miles.
This app not only contains a list of the weekly sales, it also has coupons that you can add to your Safeway Club card. Right now they have a few I’m really excited about, like $0.99 a pound for 93% lean ground turkey and $0.29 for a dozen large eggs!
This is another rebate app that will help you out at the store! Same basic idea as Checkout 51 and Ibotta. One big difference I’ve noticed is that some of the offers have to do with how much money you spend. Like “Spend $15 on X brand products and get $5 back”.
How do you save money on groceries? Do you use phone apps, too, or are you kickin’ it old school with your coupons? Lemme know and if you have any apps to add to my list, don’t hesitate to mention them! I’ll definitely look into the app!