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A while ago, I wrote a post on how to save money on healthy food without clipping coupons. When I wrote that post, it was my belief that there were no coupons for healthy food and it wasn't worth my time to sift through the Sunday papers to find maybe one $.25 savings. I still 100% stand behind every single strategy that I wrote in that post, so you should definitely check it out. They are excellent ways to save money on food, but I was wrong about there being no coupons, discounts, and rebates out there for healthy food.
Yes, I said it. I was wrong. Every month I was leaving more and more savings behind by not using the power of apps on my phone. There has never been a more simple time to coupon because apps are so advanced and make saving money simple. I tend to gravitate towards more of the rebate apps because I find they offer more of my individual food preferences, but it's still worth it to explore the other options as well. These are the FREE apps that I use to save money on groceries and household goods.
Money saving apps
This is my favorite money saving app, and my gateway into all other money saving apps. By using Ibotta, you get cash back on groceries by unlocking offers and scanning your barcodes and receipts after purchasing them. You can even link it with stores like Walmart grocery pick up and InstaCart where there is no scanning involved at all. I got $7 back a few weeks ago shopping through Walmart. This app, in my opinion, offers the most offers on healthy food and household items like produce, milk, bread, butter, eggs, etc.
I have saved a lot of money this way, but the most lucrative is sharing it with friends. You get $5 cash each time a friend that you refer redeems an offer and they get $10. You just can't beat it! You also get bonus cash back opportunities the more offers you redeem and special promotions for brands. Money gets deposited into a PayPal account when you want to cash out. Compatible with iPhone and android. If you aren't going to try any of the other ones, try this one!
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Fetch is another favorite app of mine. You simply take a picture of your receipt and earn points every time you scan. If your receipt contains specific brands and offers, you earn even more. Points can be redeemed for gift cards at a variety of retailers.
Use my code AJ3YQ to receive 2,000 points when you scan your first receipt.
Gone are the days when you have to look through the paper grocery ads that come in the mail. You can find all of them right in the Flipp app. You can compare prices at your favorite stores and see sale prices and coupon offers right in the app. It saves a lot of time and helps you decide where has the best deals that week on the items you typically buy.
I don't shop a ton at Target, but with the app stacked along with some of these other offers, I have found myself shopping there more often. The Circle app is different than some of the others I have talked about. You can clip offers, then you have your unique barcode that you scan at the register. It will take off the savings at the register. I frequently save $2-10 this way. Stacking these with other rebates or sales is a great way for added savings. The key is to not buy something just because you have an offer for it. Only use this on items you would normally purchase. Another good thing about using the Target app is that you earn rewards on all of your purchases too that you can apply toward future purchases.
Checkout 51 works similar to Ibotta where you add offers, shop, and upload your receipt to earn cash back. While there aren't as many healthy offers, I do still regularly use it for $.50 off bread and other items like that. This week in particular there are offers for $1.50 off dates and $1.50 off hemp seeds. Not bad. Checkout 51 also offers cash back on gas, which is helpful when gas is high.
While you have to keep an eye out for healthier options, it is still worth it to look. I have clipped coupons for pasta, mustard, toilet paper, toothbrushes, razors, etc. Check out coupons.com.
Local grocery rewards
Local grocers like Kroger, Schnucks, and more are jumping on the app bandwagon and offering significant discounts, coupons, and rewards for their customers. At my local store, I earn at least a few dollars in rewards every time I shop there which can get applied to my next shopping trip if I want. There are also digital coupons to clip and discounts on lots of common purchases. Definitely check to see if your local store has an app or a rewards program.
This is an app that you simply scan your receipts from stores that sell groceries, health items, and beauty products, and you receive coins. There is no need to purchase certain items to receive rewards. The company is simply trying to gather data on buyers' purchasing habits. Coins can be redeemed for cash paid via paypal or amazon gift cards. For example 1000 coins is equivalent to $5. It's a simple app and one that can add up.
Krazy Coupon Lady
If you have been dumfounded by the idea of stacking coupons with sales AKA extreme couponing, this app does the leg work for you. They show you exactly what to do to get items super cheap. My favorite section is the freebies section where you can stack coupons and sales to get free products or even money makers. It's pretty exciting when you find a freebie for something you use.
Those are the money saving apps that I use. Do you have any to share?