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The 15 Best Coupon and Shopping Apps for Saving Money

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Do you use coupon apps every time you shop?

If not, you could be missing out on some serious savings. Gone are the days when you have to clip, organize and haul hundreds of coupons out the door with you. Now all you need is your trusty smartphone loaded up with the best coupon apps out there. Here are 15 of our favorite savings apps to get you started.

15 of Our Favorite Coupon Apps

Honey

How many times have you had to google “coupon code” for the item you’re looking at buying? Then you have to sift through all the possible options and test code after code. Sometimes they work, but sometimes they don’t. And at the end of it all, you’ve probably spent a good chunk of your valuable time searching the web to save a buck.

But what if there was an app that did the searching for you? Allow us to introduce you to Honey. And yes, it’s just as sweet as its name! Install it on your web browser, and Honey will search through the best coupons available for the store’s site and apply it to your cart at checkout.

Bonus: When you’re shopping on Amazon, Honey will tell you if another seller offers a cheaper price on the item. That’s pretty sweet indeed.

SnipSnap

Have you ever tried to carry around a stack of Bed Bath and Beyond coupons with you? It’s like lugging around a pile of oversized, cardboard playing cards. SnipSnap feels your pain, and that’s why they created their coupon app. Farewell forever, clunky coupon binder!

Also, when you’re out and about and find something you want to buy, take a picture of it with SnipSnap. The app will bring up a list of available coupons and sales for that specific item. SnipSnap will even let you know if it’s cheaper to buy it online or at another store.

Available on iOS and Android

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Ibotta

With this discount app, just scan item barcodes to find out if any rebates are available. You don’t have to do anything at the register when you’re checking out! Instead, upload a picture of your receipt into the app, and Ibotta will give you cash back. Once your total adds up to $20, you can cash out and put that extra money toward your future grocery budget or a gift card.

With this app, you won’t see immediate savings at checkout like you would with a coupon. But you will get actual cash back in your pocket to use later on down the road—which we think is worth the wait.

Available on iOS and Android

Shopkick

This app is similar to other savings apps out there that use rebates, but instead of getting cash for your points, you can redeem them for gift cards. Which is still pretty great—who doesn’t love a store gift card?

But here’s the best part: you can earn points (they call them “kicks”) just by walking into a store. And if you’re up for a little scavenger hunt, you can earn even more points for scanning products they list throughout the store. You don’t even have to spend money to earn a little kickback! (See what we did there?)

Available on iOS and Android

Checkout 51

The nice thing about Checkout 51 is that it’s not as brand specific as some of the others. For example, you’ll earn cask back for buying generic things like bananas, green onions and apples. In addition to that, you’ll get bonuses just for buying any item at select stores like Costco or Walmart.

Available on iOS and Android

Walmart App’s Savings Catcher

If you’re an avid Wally World shopper, you need this app. You know how most stores offer to match competitor’s coupons? Well Walmart will do one better than that. With their app, you scan your Walmart receipt and it compares the price you paid to other competitor’s coupons in the area. If it finds that another store has a sale on those oranges or laundry detergent you bought—you’ll get the difference!

The Savings Catcher feature is located under their Services tab.

Available on iOS and Android

Target’s Cartwheel

If you shop at Target, this thing will quickly become your best buddy. Be sure to check the Cartwheel offers before you head into the store. It’s common to find coupons and major savings on groceries as well as clothing and home goods throughout the store.

Remember to look into Target’s REDcard as well. It gets you 5% off every purchase in the store or online, plus free shipping. Just make sure you sign up for their debit card option, not their credit card option.

Available on iOS and Android

ShopSavvy

ShopSavvy considers itself a price comparison tool, but it’s really more like a full-blown shopping experience with multiple features. The app not only compares prices for the items you’re looking at buying, but also displays user reviews. Think of it like Amazon with a built-in robot that helps you find the cheapest price available at any store!

Available on iOS and Android

RetailMeNot

Remember to check this major coupon code hub before making an online or in-store purchase. Just type in the store you’re planning to shop at, and RetailMeNot will list all of its active offers. Cha-ching!

Available on iOS and Android

GasBuddy

Here’s another oldie but goodie. GasBuddy will search your local area and find the cheapest gas prices near you. Then all you have to do is get yourself to the pump and fill up.

And if you want to save even more money, you can use GasBuddy’s card. No, it’s not a credit card, but it’s not quite a debit card either. Instead, it’s a gas payment card that links to your checking account. Every time you use it, you’ll save five cents per gallon at the gas pump. GasBuddy says its users save an average of $340 a year when using their app combined with the GasBuddy loyalty card.(1)

Available on iOS and Android

Dosh

Dosh is a typical cash-back app, but it cuts out some of the hassle from the process. They boast that you’ll be able to take advantage of cash-back rebate offers without using UPC scanning, receipt photos, or promo codes.

So, how does it work? Well, you link your debit card to the app, and then it watches what you purchase and dishes cash back to you accordingly. We know . . . it’s kind of creepy that it watches what you spend. But then again, welcome to the internet.

Available on iOS and Android

GoodRx

Prescription drug costs can derail your budget quickly. But how do you know if you’re paying too much for your prescriptions? Check out the GoodRx app! Just jot down the name of your prescription in the search bar along with your ZIP code. The app will show you which pharmacies carry it in your area and how cheap (or not) it is. Plus, they often offer extra coupons for even more savings!

Available on iOS and Android

Coupons.com

Where have all the good, old-fashioned coupons gone? They’re right here—only better! Download the Coupons.com app to your smartphone, and you’ll find a bunch of manufacturer coupons to sift through. Coupon clippers, welcome to the digital age. This is the granddaddy of couponing apps!

Sometimes you’ll have to actually print out the physical coupon (hey, it’s a lost art!), but some stores will let you take a photo of the coupon and use your phone to scan it. It’s as simple as that!

Available on iOS and Android

Receipt Hog

This one is really similar to Ibotta. Just scan your receipt and you’ll get points for specific items you purchased. All these points add up, and you can cash them out once you hit the point threshold.

By now you might be thinking, Not another rebate app! Isn’t using one or two good enough? No way! By using multiple discount apps, you could be getting numerous rebates for the same item! And different items might be eligible with different apps. Make every receipt work for you!

Available on iOS and Android

Hytch Rewards/Swifte/NuRide

Okay, technically these aren’t like the other couponing apps, but they can still save you money. If you live near a big city, look for apps that reward you for carpooling.

These kinds of savings apps will put some cash back into your pocket for things you’re already doing, like driving to work. In Tennessee we have Hytch Rewards, which lets users earn money for every ride they hitch with each other. Other apps like Swifte or NuRide might be available in your region too.

Hytch and Swifte are available on iOS and Android, and NuRide is available on iOS.

Coupon Apps Are Great—If You Stick to Your Budget

We love coupon apps and saving money just as much as the next person, but just make sure you aren’t buying something simply because of the discount. Be intentional about how you spend your money—coupon or no coupon.

And before you drop any cash, make sure you’ve budgeted for all your upcoming purchases with the EveryDollar budgeting app. If you don’t already have it, make sure it’s the first app you add to your list. Happy saving!

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