Back to Basics: Using Apps to Save
Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 8:00 am
Repeat after us, “Apps are friends, not foes”. If you’re smartphone savvy using apps should be easy for you. And, as it turns out, using them in conjunction with your coupons can save you more money than using just one or the other! When shopping with coupons and apps it’s important to know which applications are trustworthy, effective, and easy to use, so we’ve come up with our favorites:
Checkout 51 is a relatively new app to US consumers, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. Until fairly recently Checkout 51 was only available to users in Canada, the app and it’s founders are based out of Toronto, and it was originally launched in December of 2012. The Checkout 51 app is a receipt scanning program that gives you cash back when you buy certain items or fulfill particular requirements (such as having a grocery receipt over $60). Every week new offers are uploaded at 12:00 am on Thursday and then taken down the following Wednesday at 11:59 pm. For that time period you can buy the listed offers and submit your receipt to get cash back for your purchase. For example, say this week has an offer of $0.50 cash back for a dozen of eggs (any brand). You have to submit a picture of your receipt before the offer expires on Wednesday at 11:59 pm. The good news is that you can still use coupons when you fulfill offers, so your money will be even better spent!
The Ibotta app offers you money when you buy any products currently included in their offers. When you see a product you need to buy, simply tap it and finish one of the tasks. Some ask you to take a poll or watch a video. Once finished, the offer is added to a list along with any other offers you’ve completed. When you are done picking out all of your offers, you then choose which store you’ll be shopping at. Ibotta works with several stores nationwide including Target, CVS Pharmacy, Bi-Lo, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Winn-Dixie, and many more. After you bring all of your groceries home, you snap a photo of your receipt and scan the barcodes on all qualifying products purchased. Once your receipt and barcodes have been verified Ibotta will either put the rewards into your PayPal account or donate the funds to a school of your choice!
The Shopkick app rewards you for not only shopping, but it also rewards you for just walking into a store. Shopkick rewards its users with “kicks” when they open up their app (unfortunately this happens only once a day), walk into a store, scan an item, or purchase what you need anyways! Your “kicks” can be redeemed for gift cards or certain items from your favorite retailers like Starbucks, Macy’s, etc.! Keep in mind this app was designed with the thought that if a shopper were in a store or had an item in their hands they’d be more likely to buy it. When you’re using this app be careful to not buy what you don’t need!