11 Best Mobile Coupon Apps to Save Money Shopping With Your Smartphone

11 Best Mobile Coupon Apps to Save Money Shopping With Your Smartphone

Extreme couponing can save you a lot of money, but it can also take a lot of energy. Fumbling through newspapers, clipping the best deals, and waiting for them to scan at checkout can make any quick supermarket trip an epic errand. People with kids or full-time jobs typically don’t have the time to scour the Internet and print out, organize, and use anything more than the occasional coupon.

That’s where couponing apps can come to the rescue. The ability to upload, “clip,” and scan coupons directly on your smartphone can make the process a lot more efficient.

If you type “coupon” into your smartphone’s app store, you’re sure to get hundreds of returns. Plenty of apps promise to save you money, but finding the most functional ones with the best features is another story. Ultimately, it can be worth it though – the best couponing apps can save you some serious time and money.

Top Couponing Apps to Save Money

1. Ibotta

Ibotta recently announced they’ve given back more than $500 million to shoppers. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular mobile coupon apps available. Ibotta is simple to use. Once you load the app, you’ll see nearby stores you can choose from. Select your favorite store, and you’ll see a list of eligible products, their rebate amounts, and images of the items. Simply click an item to add it to your account, then rinse and repeat until you’ve added everything you’re planning to pick up on your next shopping trip.

One feature I love about Ibotta is they connect directly to my grocery store’s loyalty card. That means the items I add to my account can be automatically approved and submitted for payment. If you’re shopping at a store without a connected loyalty program, submitting a purchase is as simple as taking a photo of your grocery receipt through the Ibotta app. Your cash back will then be deposited into your account within 48 hours.

Planning to do a little online shopping? Ibotta can help you save on that too. Before you shop, search Ibotta for available retailers. Click on a retailer’s “shop” button, make an eligible purchase through the retailer’s app, and it’s that simple.

Once your account reaches $20, you can cash out with PayPal or Venmo or pick up a gift card to your favorite store or restaurant. If you’re new to Ibotta, you can sign up now and receive a $20 bonus.

  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms: iOS and Android
  • Pros: Ability to scan products while you’re in store to make sure they qualify for a rebate
  • Cons: Must scan receipt when loyalty program isn’t available
  • Best For: Couponers who want to save money without clipping coupons before each shopping trip
  • Works With: Grocery stores, national retailers, online retailers

2. SnipSnap

snipsnapMy absolute favorite coupon app is SnipSnap. While prepping my usual mountain of flyers on Black Friday last year, I got frustrated with how many different coupons and offers there seemed to be. I started looking for a way to streamline the process and came across SnipSnap, which I immediately downloaded and put to use.

Consider it a virtual coupon binder. With SnipSnap, you can search stores and retailers for coupons and then download them individually directly to the app. The app automatically sorts them by expiration date, but you can search your saved coupons by retailer for easy access. When you get to checkout, the cashier simply scans your phone for each coupon or types in the code displayed under the coupon.

There’s also a handy “Near Me” feature that finds coupons based on location, which means you can pull up the app while waiting in the checkout line and score unexpected discounts. It can even track your movements and remind you when it matches a store’s location to a coupon you already have so you never miss out on a deal.

  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms: iOS and Android
  • Pros: Simple interface, “Near Me” feature, scannable coupons.
  • Cons: Some coupons are for different geographical locations, and cashiers don’t always know how to input codes. I’ve had to show them the code found underneath the coupon and even read out the numbers so they could input them.
  • Best For: Casual couponers who prefer speed and convenience to exhaustive lists and options.
  • Works With: Malls, national retailers, independent retailers, percent-off discounts.

3. ShopKick

shopkickIf you love the idea of getting points when visiting retailers even if you don’t make a purchase, ShopKick might be good for you. It is a rewards app and a deals app rolled into one tidy interface. It works using your location services, since the app records when you walk into a retailer – a major advantage over rewards programs that require you to purchase something to get points.

ShopKick is also a deals app, since it alerts you of deals and coupons when you walk into a store. It’s perfect for when you’re doing a lot of shopping or don’t know which stores you’re going to visit, like when you’re walking in and out of retailers in a mall. Once you rack up enough points, you can exchange them for gift cards to retailers. You can also score points for sharing socially, taking surveys, and other actions. You can earn anywhere from 50 to 200 points for walking in a store, with bonus points for other actions – a Target gift card is 2,500 points for $10, so those points can add up quickly.

Unfortunately, ShopKick needs to be running to get points, and that tends to drain precious battery life. Still, it’s excellent for longer shopping trips and a solid way to get some cash back on your window shopping efforts.

  • Cost: Free
  • Platforms: iOS and Android
  • Pros: Scores points without having to buy, lets you know about deals when in-store.
  • Cons: Eats up phone battery and requires data usage to track your movements.
  • Best For: Shopping binges where you’re in and out of stores, such as on Black Friday.
  • Works With: National stores, malls, some independent retailers.

4. Coupons.com

Coupons.com gives you multiple ways to save with their mobile couponing app. One option is to take the old-school approach by printing grocery coupons and handing them over to the cashier. Another option is to connect your grocery store’s loyalty card. You can then simply add coupons to your account, head to the store, scan your loyalty card at checkout, and enjoy the savings.

No loyalty account? No problem. Simply add coupons to your Coupons.comaccount, go shopping, and take a photo of your receipt to verify the purchase. Coupons.com even has a coupon codes section that gives you savings at hundreds of different retailers.

Tip: If you’re planning to print coupons, we suggest having a quality printer with long-lasting ink. Here is our favorite budget-friendly printer.

  • Cost: Free
  • Platform: iOS and Android
  • Pros: Ability to connect to a store’s loyalty card or print physical coupons
  • Cons: Two-print limit on most printable coupons.
  • Best For: Couponers who want the option of using either printable coupons or mobile coupons
  • Works With: Grocery stores, national retailers, scanned and paper coupons

5. SavingStar

SavingStar is very similar to Ibotta. It’s a hassle-free way to save money on your grocery shopping. Connect your store’s loyalty card to your SavingStar account and select offers you’d like to redeem. Once you use your loyalty card in store, the rebate amount will be added to your SavingStar account within 2 to 7 days. Once your account balance reaches $20, you can request to cash out with your PayPal account or donate the money to charity.

If your store doesn’t have a loyalty card program, you can simply add the rebates to your SavingStar account and snap a photo of your receipt once you’ve finished your shopping trip.

  • Cost: Free
  • Platform: iOS and Android
  • Pros: Healthy offers including produce are included each month
  • Cons: Unlike other mobile coupon apps, SavingStar doesn’t offer online shopping rebates
  • Best For: Anyone who wants to get in and out of the store without holding up the checkout line due to multiple paper coupons
  • Works With: More than 70,000 grocery stores nationwide

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