You almost never need to pay full price for clothing, food, electronics or anything you buy — and you don’t need to carry around clipped coupons, store flyers and clunky rewards either. You can score the same deals and even more using your smartphone.
For stellar savings, download the following free apps so you can claim all available discounts. All are available on both iPhones and Androids.
No more clipping coupons and then forgetting to take them with you. Now you can scan and save them to your phone with SnipSnap. You can use the app to redeem retailer and restaurant coupons, but it isn’t quite ready for the manufacturers’ coupons you use at the supermarket.
My Grocery Deals works best for finding supermarket coupons and deals. This app also allows you to build collections of the items you shop for most.
Brad’s Deals, run by a real-life guy named Brad Wilson, lets you in on the top deals for kid’s shoes, electronics, school supplies, ink, toner and more. You can even have handpicked deals sent to your inbox. The app also has a fairly comprehensive list of where teachers, military personnel, students and seniors can get discounts on their purchases.
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Save at the Target checkout
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If you’re a committed Target shopper, Target Cartwheel helps out by making the coupon process easier. Instead of clipping from your newspaper or flyer, choose the offers you want, save them on the app and then scan the barcode at checkout.
The Krazy Coupon Lady says to enjoy even more savings, you can combine Cartwheel offers with manufacturers’ coupons, rebates and a Target REDcard discount. New offers come out on Sundays.
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Collect discounts from Wal-Mart
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With Walmart Savings Catcher, all you do is scan your receipt within 7 days of making your purchases and the app checks local competitors for a lower advertised price on all the items you bought. When the app finds a better deal, you’re notified in a few days, and the difference is credited to an e-gift card. You can redeem the card’s balance by showing your phone to an associate in the store.
Ibotta works with more than 220 chain retailers including Albertsons, Costco, Payless ShoeSource, Target, Wal-Mart, Dollar General, Walgreens, Macy’s and Office Depot/Office Max. When you return home from shopping, scan the barcodes of your purchases and photograph your receipt. Submit it all to Ibotta, which searches for qualifying rebates and adds them to your Ibotta account within 48 hours. Then you may withdraw the cash through PayPal or Venmo, or transfer it to gift cards.
Flok lists stores that offer rewards for frequent shoppers. Earn incentives every time you visit by checking in. Currently about 100,000 retailers participate, including CVS (ExtraCare), Walgreens (Balance Rewards), and shoe retailer DSW.
At DSW, you earn points that go towards store certificates and double-points events allow you to rack them up twice as fast.
Plenty of apps keep your loyalty “cards” all together on your smartphone, such as RedLaser and Key Ring.