If you’re on a budget or just trying to reduce your spending, chances are you’ve thought about using coupons if you aren’t already. Unfortunately, the process of looking for and clipping coupons can be time consuming. While saving $0.35 on wax paper is fine, it might not be worth 30 minutes of your time.
Luckily, there are some coupon apps that can help you locate coupons, store paper coupons that you do find, and even help you use your coupons in a timely fashion with your smartphone or mobile device. With these apps, you won’t need to carry those paper coupons around with you everywhere you go. In fact, you may not have to clip them in the first place.
SnipSnap is a convenient app that allows shoppers to scan, save and redeem coupons that they find in newspapers, magazines and store circulars to their smartphone. With SnipSnap, you can even print coupons you find online and store them in your phone for added convenience.
If storing coupons in your phone sounds like a great way to forget about them before they expire, you should know that SnipSnap will notify you of coupons with an approaching expiration date. That means you don’t have to go through a bunch of paper coupons to see what expires and when.
Grocery Smarts is an app that is similar to SnipSnap, but instead of scanning coupons, it allows you to find coupons from manufacturers and nearby stores. With Grocery Smarts, you can put your coupons into different lists saved by date or the place you plan to redeem them.
Grocery Smarts also allows you to share coupons with friends and family as well as receive ones you might have missed.
Yowza is a free mobile coupon app designed exclusively for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Yowza works to find you coupons by allowing to you to search for stores in your area that have a product or by helping you find coupons and sales in your area.
Yowza also includes a list of popular stores, and you can even save your own list so you’ll be notified when your favorite stores have coupons available.
Track Every Coin
Track Every Coin is an app that’s available for desktop or mobile use. While it can help you find coupons and bargains on products you want and in stores in your area, its real benefit is helping you keep track of how much you’re spending.
With Track Every Coin, you can set aside budgets for different things like food, entertainment, or bills. When you add receipts, that amount will be subtracted from your budget. Track Every Coin can also be used to track daily expenses if you don’t want such a detailed account of your spending.
The Coupons App
The Coupons App is a very popular app that allows users to find deals in their favorite stores and in their area. Unlike some coupon apps, The Coupons App allows users to find deals on everything from grocery and drugstore items to discounted gas.
The Coupons App is particularly valuable for travelers since your location can easily be changed to help you find the best prices on a variety of essentials wherever you are.
Coupons can help save you money, but they aren’t always convenient in paper form; that’s where these mobile apps come in.
You probably won’t need all of these apps, but play around with a few to see which one works best for you. Some shoppers even install and use two or three of these apps on a regular basis, so they are sure to never miss a coupon or deal.
That envelope full of coupons may be a thing of the past.
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Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and online marketing professional in Southern California who writes for HostPapa to educate others about the effectiveness of SEO, social media marketing and web analytics. In order to stay within her budget while shopping, she loves using the different coupon management apps available on the market today.