Put down the scissors and pick up your smart phone. While there are still plenty of savings to be found in the newspaper coupon inserts, a new crop of mobile apps is putting a twist on saving money.
Here are five hot apps that deserve a spot on your smart phone.
Ibotta offers typically require you to take a couple different actions to earn the full cash reward. For example, there is currently an offer for a 50 cents reward for buying Eggland’s Best eggs. You become eligible for 25 cents by viewing nutrition information and another 25 cents by answering a one question poll. The app also offers special bonuses from time to time.
Unlike Ibotta, Endorse requires you to link up with a Facebook account. It will upgrade certain offers if you share the deal with your Facebook friends. For example, right now, the app is offering 20 percent cash back for purchases of Mountain Dew two liter bottles but that can be upped to 50 percent cash back if you share the offer on Facebook.
SnipSnap can be perfect for retailer coupons such as those you find in the JC Penney and Kohl’s ads. However, the app cannot be used for manufacturer’s coupons for grocery items since stores need the actual coupon to send in for reimbursement.
The app will use your phone’s location to let you know where kicks are waiting nearby, a feature that is particularly handy for those times you are in the mall. Connect with your friends to make earning kicks even easier. Refer friends and ShopKick will match 50 percent of the kicks they earn in the first two weeks and deposit those in your account.
It is similar to the Meijer mPerks program in that it allows shoppers to clip digital coupons from their computer to be redeemed in the store. However, rather than punch in your phone number at checkout, as required by Meijer, Target has Cartwheel users present a barcode to be scanned. For those who don’t have a smart phone, the barcode can be printed at home and brought to the store.
The best couponers save hundreds of dollars every month at the grocery store. However, extreme couponers can end up living very extreme lifestyles to get those savings. For over five years, SavingsAngel.com has equalized the playing field – giving extreme savings to busy families who don’t have the time or ability to be an extreme couponer. Each week, SavingsAngel.com’s over 70 angels combine over 2,000 products on sale at local grocery and drug stores with an enormous database of over 2000 different manufacturer coupons. These combinations result in our members getting access to over 300 products each week for 50% off or better. Simply log in, choose the deals you want, print or clip only the coupons you need, and save hundreds of dollars a month at regional and national stores. Our angels will personally work with you to craft a plan that will help you buy healthier food at lower prices – helping you keep $200 to $400 in savings each month.
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