Over the past few months, I have been a little… careless with my spending. However, after having to buy a new car (my old car died in the parking garage downtown), and having to replace our water heater, my husband and I have re-committed ourselves to a more frugal lifestyle. To assist us in our newfound effort to save money, we’ve downloaded a few handy little phone apps that may be useful to you as well.
Comparison Shopping Apps
To be honest, I am not much of a comparison shopper. I will usually pay a little more something if it’s nearby and available to me NOW. However, my husband is more patient and proximity isn’t as important to him. For people like him, Redlaser is a barcode-scanning app that lets you scan a product to find out what it costs at nearby retailers. You even have the option to buy the product through the app and purchase in the store.
ShopSavvy is another code scanner that lets you scan an item in-store to see if you can find a better price online. I don’t love this app, because I think if you’re already in the store, you should just buy it there, but I do know people who LOVE it.
GasBuddy is a pretty cool comparison shopping app to help you find the cheapest gas prices. This app is particularly helpful if you’re on the road and aren’t familiar with the gas stations in the area.
Retail Me Not
I like the Retail Me Not app because it has some decent offers and is fairly customizable. When you first open the app, you see all Today’s Hot Deals and you can also add your favorite stores, so the places to shop most frequently are right on your home screen. I also like the different search options. I can search for coupons nearby, trending, or I can browse by category.
The Valpak app is great for local coupons, especially while you’re out and about. I am not great about remembering to bring my printed coupons, but I do always manage to remember my phone. Most establishments happily accept mobile coupons from the app. Simply tap the “Use Coupon” button and show the cashier/server the screen with the coupon redemption code.
Cartwheel App by Target
Although I was pretty upset with Target over the security breach a couple of months ago, I have gotten over it and have resumed my weekly latte-fueled shopping trips. In addition to the printed coupons I receive at checkout, I also use coupons I load through the Cartwheel app. When I sit down to draft my shopping list, I go through the coupons on the app and save the ones I know I’ll use. After the cashier rings me up, I hand over my printed coupons and then my phone, so they can scan my screen to apply all my mobile coupons. I’ve never saved a TON of money with the Cartwheel app, but I save enough to feel good about myself.
If you’re headed to Target, might as well download ShopKick a well. You earn points, or “kicks”, for walking in stores (like Target, Best Buy, etc.), that you can redeem for gift cards and or free lattes and what not. You can also connect your credit card to earn point when you spend money at participating stores.
Snip Snap App
As I mentioned, I am notorious for forgetting my printed coupons at home. Well, of course there’s an app for that. Snip Snap lets you take pictures of your paper coupons and then allows you to store them on your phone. I don’t use this one, but I do like the concept. You can also “clip” coupons through the app itself.
Coupon offers are available the date that I post them but may change at any time.
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