We all want to save money. Few things in life feel better than finding a great deal on a product you’re buying. Extreme couponing is a great way to do this, and our mobile devices can make this popular pastime even easier.
Whether you use an iPhone or Android smartphone, the marketplace is filled with coupon apps. Because they’re on mobile devices, they’re much smarter than desktop websites. In fact, most of your favorite coupon websites have an app too.
We filtered through all the couponing and rebate apps in both the Play and App stores to bring you the best apps to help you save money at the register.
10. Coupon Sherpa
Coupon Sherpa was created in 2009 to aggregate coupons from different retailers and brands. The app brings the functionality of the website to your mobile phone, so you can check for savings while you’re in the store.
Groupon was founded in 2008 and offers a wide variety of activities, travel, goods, and services at a discount. It’s a fun way to discover new businesses and share experiences with your friends. The discounts are limited in quantity and time, so act quick if you see something you like.
Yowza!! offers digital coupons for local and national retailers. It was re-launched in November 2017 and is slowly building its app out to include more retailers. As this app continues to grow, so will your potential savings.
ShopKick was created in 2009 and differs from other couponing apps on this list in that you don’t even have to buy anything to make a little side cash. Simply walking into stores and scanning items earns you kicks, which is helping to drive in-store traffic. Kicks can be redeemed for gift cards at Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, Best Buy, and more.
6. Checkout 51
Checkout 51 updates every Thursday and is a mainstay on every couponer’s app list. Like Ibotta, it rewards you with rebates for buying specific items at specific stores and times. Used in conjunction with Ibotta, coupons, and in-store savings, you can easily find yourself making money by shopping.
SnipSnap is a mobile app that lets you take a picture of a printed coupon to make a mobile coupon to redeem in store. It’s a great way to clip coupons from mailers, newspapers, and other physical ads so you don’t have to store them in your house, lose them, or forget to bring them with you.
The Krazy Coupon Lady has been helping consumers save money on their shopping trips since 2009. The site has been featured in a variety of media and is often the first place I check for great deals at stores around the country. With the Krazy Coupon Lady app, you’ll have this valuable information at your convenience anywhere you go.
3. Your Favorite Store’s App
Many chain retailers have their own apps, and there is a treasure trove of savings to be found on them. From free products to instant savings, using these apps while you’re in store can save you a lot of money. My neighbor and I combine Safeway’s and CVS’s apps with Ibotta to often make money on our grocery trips.
RetailMeNot was created in 2006 and is the largest coupon site in the U.S. Between the site and app, you should find any current manufacturer’s or store coupon. Categories include automotive, baby products, clothing, electronics, furniture, jewelry, pet products, toys, and more.
Ibotta launched in 2011 and offers (mostly) instant rebates on specific purchases when you upload your receipt through the app. Payout minimums are $20, and once you reach the threshold, you can deposit your balance into PayPal. Offers are sometimes store-specific and sometimes tied to the item, and be sure to buy the exact product (no substitutions in size or flavor) to get the rebate. Use referral code orvcdmj to start your journey with a free $10.