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Searching for the Best Grocery Coupon Apps

 

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Now that J and I are the proud owners of some spiffy new smart phones, I am looking for ways to make sure the $925 (!!) investment will save us money even before we get to the break-even point in the spring of 2015.

In particular, I'm hoping to use my higher-IQ phone to help me save money on groceries.

To that end, I did a quick Google search of the best money-saving apps out there. Here's what I found:

  • Grocery Smarts This app reminds of the Grocery Game--a service from back in the day (back in the day being defined as around 2008) that would help you find the best deals. Both the Grocery Game and this app track the circulars of your local stores and cross reference them with manufacturers coupons so that you can pair the coupons with the lowest prices available. I'm excited at the possibilities for this app, although I do worry that it will have the same issue that coupon-clipping always has for me--that the healthy food I generally want to buy is not the food that manufacturers offer coupons for.
  • Coupon Sherpa This app offers coupons from any number of retailers, as well as coupon codes for online purchases. It also allows you to have the cashier scan coupons directly from your phone, meaning no printing out of coupons. My only concern is the fact that WiFi or data service is necessary for access--I don't know if it's also necessary to use the coupons. Since we're doing the Wi-Fi service on our phones rather than paying for data, that might make this app unusable for me.
  • Target's App Since Target is where I do the majority of my grocery shopping, I'm planning on checking out their app--which includes the weekly circular and bi-monthly coupons. I am a little wary about giving Target more of my information, in part because of their data breach last year, and in part because Target is in the habit of data mining, meaning they know things about you based upon what you buy. (Cue sinister music here).

There are plenty more apps out there, but these three seemed like the most useful for my situation. Also, they're free.

I'll report back in a few weeks to let you know how my experiment with these apps have gone.

Right now, I'd love to hear from you as to which apps you rely on for saving money, at the grocery store or elsewhere. Have you found that the money-saving apps have helped you to offset the costs of owning a smart phone?

Comments

 

bobi said:

I use the coupons.com app, it's simple and straightforward and very reliable. I also use any apps connected to my grocery store loyalty cards. The value of these apps vary by store. I like my coupon apps but don't think they'll ever save me $925, but good luck!

March 21, 2014 1:49 PM
 

Emily Guy Birken said:

I'm not looking for the apps to save me that much, to be sure! We know that we're going to break even on our upfront costs of $925 (as compared to the costs of continuing to use our dumb phones) in about April of 2015. I'm just hoping the apps will help get us there a little earlier.

March 22, 2014 6:16 PM
 

haverwench said:

I'm still using a dumbphone rather than a smartphone, so I don't use apps (though we've been toying with the idea of splurging on a tablet, which presumably would allow us to try them out). However, I do use a website called CouponMom.com which does much the same thing as Grocery Smarts, except that it covers a much wider variety of supermarkets in my area. It occasionally helps me find good stackable deals (i.e., coupons stacked with sales), but more often I run into the same problem that you have: there just aren't enough coupons for the foods I want to buy. If I wanted Gummy Yummy Fruit Snacks Made with 20 Percent Real Fruit Juice, I could probably get a pretty good deal, but if all I want is fruit, no dice.

March 24, 2014 10:53 AM
 

bobi said:

Btw, I don't own a smartphone either. I have an iPod touch. It's the best device out there that few understand or use. I don't make voice calls but I could but I have to use my email rather than a phone number. I have Face Time and can talk to anybody with a phone who also has this app. I just 'dial' their number and we can talk face to face (like Skype.) And the best part of the touch is no phone bill...it's totally wifi. You can get one for $200 or less. I've had my for 3 years and it's still going strong. It's a great investment.

March 25, 2014 3:12 PM
 

Live Like a Mensch said:

Pictured: NOT Mr. Money Mustache, despite the facial hair The other day, I was perusing Mr. Money Mustache's

April 10, 2014 4:04 PM
 

Live Like a Mensch said:

J and I are now three months into our smart phone ownership , and I can tell you--I have no idea how

June 11, 2014 9:46 AM

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