Coupons have always been a way to save, but increasingly, clipping newspaper coupons is a futile act. You’ll spend time cutting and sorting, just to have the majority of them will expire before you even get to use them; and even if you had valid coupons, you’d likely forget them at home until they expire anyway. But after years of coupon fails, technology has finally caught up with money-saving tactics. These smart phone apps take this process into the 21st century:
SnipSnap’s slogan says it all: “Never leave a coupon at home again!” There’s no forgetting your coupons when they’re in your smartphone, which for most people is practically the very thing that’s with them 24/7. Users take pictures of retail and restaurant coupons with their smartphones, a process deemed “snipping,” and the coupons are stored digitally in the app. While shopping, users then simply locate their desired coupon in SnipSnap, select “Tap to Redeem,” and show it to a store clerk at check-out. One awesome feature of Snip Snap is that users can access not only their snipped coupons, but also those of other users through the app’s “Discovery” feature; this creates more savings opportunities for everyone using SnipSnap. The app’s only con is that it only supports iOS, leaving Android users in the dark.
Android (and iOS) users have Coupon Sherpa, which is essentially the same concept as SnipSnap, with a few differences. Coupon Sherpa provides its users with coupon organization and a grocery coupon feature, while SnipSnap has neither. Nevertheless, these features are overshadowed by Coupon Sherpa’s shortage of coupon options, which is due to it lacking the snip feature that SnipSnap possesses. Still, Coupon Sherpa provides Android users with an easy-to-use interface that gives them in-store savings opportunities.
Looking for a grocery shopping app that is both organized and loaded with savings opportunities? Grocery IQ is the answer. It not only enables users to create grocery lists that are organized by category, but also allows them to save money through its coupon feature, powered by Coupons.com. When users begin typing an item to add to their list, coupons that match their query show up automatically; they can then save coupons digitally or print them out. Saving them digitally, however, is the best part about Grocery IQ. When users set up an account, they have the option to add their store rewards cards to it, thus enabling them to add coupons they want to their grocery store rewards cards. Then, all they have to do is click “add to card” and when checking out, for example, users swipe the rewards card and all of the coupons they’ve added to it are applied towards their purchase.
SavingStar is a unique coupon app. Users create an account, digitally store their rewards cards, such as CVS, and then add coupons for their favorite stores to their SavingStar account; these coupons are automatically applied to users’ appropriate rewards cards. When they check out at a participating store, they save money by using their rewards cards, though the savings are not seen immediately. Instead, the monetary value of their savings are added to their SavingStar account within 30 days, at which time users can opt to transfer their coupon savings to a bank account, PayPal account, an Amazon gift card, or to the non-profit American Forests.
The primary purpose of Tabbedout is to avoid the annoying process of paying your tab at a jam-packed bar. Through the app, users simply add their credit card, check into a bar, and pay their tab when they wish to leave; the entire process is paperless and hassle-free. “Tabbedout’s system seems incredibly well thought out and the company seems to be pretty aggressive about getting its systems in place nationwide, which could make a staple option of the mobile payments,” says Ryan Faas of CultOfMac.com.
If you’re a coupon clipper and you own a smartphone, these free apps will provide ample savings for you and your family.Pin It