The Non-Housewives: Top 3 Coupon Apps for Grocery Shopping
Monday, November 14, 2016

Top 3 Coupon Apps for Grocery Shopping

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Post by fellow Non-Housewife, Justine!
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking to save some extra money when it comes to grocery shopping. Whether that extra money is for the upcoming holiday season, a dream vacation, or just a little money in your pocket, you want to save as much as possible, while still keeping your fridge full and your pantry stocked.

I have always been a bargain shopper and actually enjoy cutting coupons out from the newspaper. While I still rock my scissors and coupon section, I have also started exploring the world of coupon apps. Over the past 2 years, I have jumped into virtual couponing and love it! I’ve received over $200+ dollars in my pocket since I started using these apps and that’s on top of using regular coupons and special store promos!

Here are my favorite three coupon apps:

This is the one I’ve been using the longest and the most often. What’s great about this app is that the coupon savings are not limited to groceries; you can find coupons for clothes, restaurants, and craft stores! If you’re looking to grocery shop, you can select your particular store and all the available coupons will pop up. Once you click on a coupon, you unlock it, and it is now available for you to redeem. After you grocery shop, you click on the redeem button in the app, scan the products, and then capture a picture of your receipt. It’s that easy! The money goes into an account through Ibotta and can be “cashed out” once you’ve hit $20.00 

To get you started, you’ll get $10 for signing up and redeeming your first coupon! Referral code: aropcus. Use this link to get started! 

Pros
Can be combined with traditional coupons (yay for double savings!)
You can receive your “cash out” via paypal or a variety of gift cards
App is very organized, so if you want to just search for produce coupons, you can do that
Generic coupons are available for many grocery staples
You can earn in-app bonuses for your everyday purchases
Earn money for referring your friends- they earn money, too! 
Can unlock coupons before or after grocery shopping

Cons
Sometimes you have to watch a short video (20 seconds) to unlock some of the bigger coupons
You have to wait until you reach $20 to cash out
Have to redeem in time, or the coupons will expire (like regular coupons) 

Unlike Ibotta, Checkout 51 focuses primarily on groceries, with the occasional restaurant coupons thrown in there. However, this app packs a ton of coupons with big savings. Some upwards of $2.00 off an item! With this app, you simply click a little star next the coupon you want to “clip” and it’s ready for you. Like Ibotta, it is also organized by store, so it cuts down on scrolling past items you aren’t interested in. Additionally, you can sometimes claim more than 1 item (while offers last)! New offers appear weekly, so be sure to check in often.

Pros
A large variety of grocery coupons
Can be combined with traditional coupons (yay for double savings!)
Can “clip” before or after grocery shopping.
Organized by category (popular, produce, pantry, etc)
Organized by store
Check mailed to you once you hit $20.00

Cons
No referral program
You have to wait until you reach $20 to cash out
Have to redeem in time, or the coupons will expire (like regular coupons)

 
MobiSave focuses only on items found in the grocery store. I’ve found this app to also throw out some bigger coupons like Checkout 51. When using this app, you have to plan ahead because you have to “clip” (or save) the coupons before you shop. Once you “clip” a coupon, it goes into your saved offers. In order to redeem a coupon, the item must be in your saved offers before grocery shopping. After you grocery shop, you click on the redeem button in the app, click the products, and then capture of a picture of your receipt. Your savings are automatically transferred into a paypal account, so no waiting until you reach a certain amount of money before the cash is in your pocket!

Referral code to enter when you sign up: YMSSPHSC. Use this link to get started!

Pros
A large variety of grocery coupons
Can be combined with traditional coupons (yay for double savings!)
Organized by category
Money is transferred into a paypal account after each redemption
Referral program
No scanning of products required

Cons
You must “clip” your coupons before you shop, or you cannot redeem them
Have to redeem in time, or the coupons will expire (like regular coupons)

I hope everyone can take advantage of saving some money on groceries, especially with the holidays just around the corner. If you have a favorite grocery saving app, please let us know in the comments below!


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9 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of the second two here but I use Ibotta a lot. I'm at like $18 and holding though, which is a bit frustrating (you need $20 to cash out).

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    1. Hey Elizabeth- I just saw Ibotta is having a $5 bonus; this might be what you need to get to your $20 cash out!

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  2. I like the Walmart saving app. It gives you a gift certificate anytime it finds cheaper prices. I think I've got over $30 back in just a few months.

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    1. That's awesome. Have you tried pairing up any of the coupon apps with the walmart app?

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  3. Oooo, checking out Mobisave! I love Ibotta and have saved a ton with it!

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  4. I love coupon apps. I have saved so much money by using them over the years. I can't imagine not using them.

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    1. Same here! I get excited to upload my receipts. Such a coupon nerd, and I love it!

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  5. Heard lots of great things from Ibotta. Thanks for this list! might come in handy soon!

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