10 Grocery Apps that Will Save You Money

Grocery Apps that will save you money

This past year I finally upgraded my basic cell phone to a smart phone. I know, I’m a little behind the times, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay more money for a data plan. After doing a lot of research, we finally found a cell phone carrier and data plan that was within the price range we were willing to pay, and that included being able to upgrade my phone to a smart phone. And I will say that I have loved it.

So now that I have a smart phone, I’ve been researching smartphone apps to find more ways to save money on groceries. These grocery apps have eCoupons or pay you money for purchasing groceries such dairy, produce, household items and more. I love saving money with eCoupons and earning money for products that I’m already planning on purchasing. And it’s nice that you don’t even have to hand clip a coupon. I have downloaded and used all of the apps, and the ones I use the most are Ibotta, Checkout51, Snap by Groupon, SavingStar and Savings Catcher. I enjoy sharing money saving tips, so I thought I’d share with you these 10 grocery apps that will save you money.

ibotta app1. Ibotta

Ibotta is a smartphone app where you can earn money by purchasing participating products. Ibotta’s product offers range from food and beverages to cleaning products, personal care and more.  Here’s how it works:

  • Register for an account, then download the Ibotta app to your phone.
  • Before you head to the grocery store, unlock Ibotta’s cash back rewards on products by completing simple tasks such as a survey question or watching a short video. The amount of cash back from each product ranges anywhere between $0.25 to $1.00 or more.
  • Head to a store on Ibotta’s list such as Walmart, Smith’s, Walgreens, Target and more to purchase the products you’ve unlocked.
  • Verify your purchases by scanning the product barcodes, then finish by scanning the barcode on your receipt.
  • Within 48 hours, you’ll have the cash deposited into your Ibotta account, and you can cash out via Paypal or an eGift Card once your account reaches $10.

In addition, Ibotta has a Teamwork Bonus, which is a monthly bonus where you and your friends work together to earn more money. Your team will consist of your friends on Ibotta who have connected their Facebook accounts to the app. And the more friends you have on your team, the faster you will earn. Each month, your team will be given a total earnings goal. Once you redeem one rebate and your team reaches the monthly goal, everyone on your team will earn a cash bonus. Join my team here.

By using Ibotta, I’ve received cash back on purchases at the grocery store such as any brand of milk, eggs, bread, produce, cleaning products & more. And it’s nice to earn money on items I am already planning to buy. Plus, you can use coupons at the store in addition to Ibotta’s cash back rewards. Ibotta started out by focusing on groceries, but it now has expanded to retail, restaurants, electronics, home and office, and more.

 

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2. Checkout51

Checkout51 is similar to Ibotta and is a cash back app that saves you money on your groceries. Every Thursday morning, they have new offers available for only one week, and you need to redeem the offers during this time. By Wednesday night, the offers expire. You can download the Checkout51 app on your smartphone, but it is also possible to do everything on a laptop or desktop. Here’s how to use it:

  • Register for an account, then download the Checkout51 app on your phone.
  • Browse through the offers before you go shopping, then head to any local store to purchase the items.
  • After you purchase the items, take a picture of your entire receipt and submit it to Checkout51 before the offer expires on Wednesday.
  • Within 48 hours, your account will be credited for the qualified cash back purchases. Once your account reaches $20, you can request a payment via check.

You can stack these Checkout51 savings with coupons and digital coupons, as well as Ibotta cash back offers.

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What Is BerryCart and How It Will Save You Money

BerryCart and how it will save you money

BerryCart is an app that pays you cash back when you buy natural, organic, gluten free and non-GMO foods and beverages. It can be used in more than 25,000 locations including Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Walmart and more. New offers are available on Thursdays, and many of the offers are available in limited quantities so be sure to check current offers before you go shopping to ensure the ones you want are still available. BerryCart is a great app because it has rebates available for products that typically do not have coupons. If there are coupons are available, the rebates can be stacked with the coupons for additional savings. Here’s how it works:

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What Is Shopkick and How It Will Save You Money

Shopkick and how it will save you money

Earn points or “kicks” with the Shopkick app when you walk into a store, scan barcodes on specific products, or purchase products.  You don’t need to purchase anything at a store to collect points. You can walk in the store, get the points, scan barcodes on specific products, and leave. The “kicks” that can be redeemed for gift cards and other products at a variety of stores. Here’s how it works:

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What is Shopmium and How It Will Save You Money

Shopmium and how it will save you money

Shopmium has exclusive offers that you can purchase at any store that sells the product, and it allows you to receive a cash rebate for purchasing these select products. There are offers that allow you to get a percent off the product. They also have offers that are set price points. For instance, if they say a product is only $1, they will refund you up to a certain amount if you paid more than $1 for the product. This app only works with iPhones or Smartphones. Here’s how it works:

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What is SavingStar and How It Will Save You Money

SavingStar and how it will save you money

SavingStar is a grocery eCoupon app that allows you to save digital manufacturer coupons to your supermarket and drugstore loyalty cards. More than 100 retail chains participate in SavingStar. There are participating stores that do not have traditional loyalty cards such as Albertsons, Farm Fresh, Hy-Vee and more. Head over here to see how these stores work with SavingStar without a traditional loyalty card. And there are stores without loyalty cards such as Walmart, Target, Costco, Walgreens and more, where you can take a picture of your receipt to get the savings.

Every week, there is a 100% off freebie offer from SavingStar, as well as healthy offers. And every first of the month new offers are available. Since these are manufacturer coupons, you shouldn’t stack these eCoupons with other manufacturer coupons for the same purchase. You can use these eCoupons in addition to in-store coupons. And SavingStar has “One or Many” promotions where you can be rewarded for multiple purchases of products. For instance, save $5 when you purchase $20 on specific products. These purchases can be done in one shopping trip or many shopping trips and multiple stores. Here is how it works:

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What is Favado and How It Will Save You Money

Favado and how it will save you money

Favado is a mobile savings app that helps you save money by notifying you when your favorite items are on sale at nearby grocery and drugstores. Favado compares deals and savings across local stores to see which has the best prices on items you need that week. And the app shows you what coupons are available to use with the sales to help you save even more money–sometimes up to 70% on everyday items. In addition, Favado allows you to build your weekly shopping list within the app. Here is how it works:

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What is Snap by Groupon And How It Will Save You Money

Snap by Groupon and how it will save you money

Snap by Groupon is similar to Ibotta and Checkout51 and gives you cash back on everyday grocery purchases. You just buy promoted products at any store and snap a photo of your receipt to get cash in your account. Here’s how it works:

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What is Checkout51 and How It Will Save You Money

Checkout51 and how it will save you money

Checkout51 is similar to Ibotta and is a cash back app that saves you money on your groceries. Every Thursday morning, they have new offers available for only one week, and you need to redeem the offers during this time. By Wednesday night, the offers expire. You can download the Checkout51 app on your smartphone, but it is possible to do everything on a laptop or desktop. Here’s how to use it:

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What Is Ibotta and How It Will Save You Money

Ibotta and how it will save you money

Over the next month, I’ll be sharing with you 10 apps that will save you money on your groceries.

For those of you with a smart phone, if you haven’t already downloaded the Ibotta app, then you need to. Ibotta is a smartphone app where you can earn money by purchasing participating products. Ibotta’s product offers range from food and beverages to cleaning products, personal care and more.  Here’s how it works:

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6 Tips To Save Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving is the time to enjoy family and lots of food, but you don’t want to overspend on your grocery budget just to have a nice dinner. Here are some tips to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner without the cost of a big grocery bill.

1. Get A Turkey For a Good Deal or Free
Many grocery stores have deals to get a turkey for a discount or for free if you spend a certain amount of money. Find out which grocery stores near you participate in these promotions, then determine which store to shop at so you can get a turkey for a good deal. Keep in mind that frozen turkey seem to have the best deals. If you purchase one, you’ll need to plan ahead so it has time to thaw in the refrigerator, but it will cut down your Thanksgiving grocery budget.

2. Watch the Sales
Look through the front and back pages of the weekly sales fliers to determine which Thanksgiving items you need are loss leaders, meaning the store actually loses money on the products. Choose a few of these stores to shop at or price match these best deals at one store so you can get the items you need for the Thanksgiving dinner at a lower cost.

3. Cook From Scratch
Thanksgiving recipes cooked from scratch are almost always less expensive that than buying something pre-made. But go light on expensive dishes that require multiple ingredients that could increase the cost of your grocery budget. If your recipe calls for an ingredient you don’t have, instead of buying the ingredient, see if there is another ingredient you can substitute in its place. Of course, it’s okay to make a few of the popular dishes that are part of your family Thanksgiving tradition.

Making your own pie crust is less expensive than purchasing it frozen or prepared. If you haven’t made your own pie crust before, it’s simple to do. You can try my pie crust and pumpkin pie recipes here. And this homemade roll recipe is one of our family favorites. Plus, try these Old-Fashioned Mashed Potatoes.

4. Don’t overspend
It’s easy to overspend for Thanksgiving dinner because you want to make sure you have enough food. Be sure to make a list of what you’ll need and exactly how much you’ll need before you go shopping. Once you are at the store, stick with what’s on your list.

If you are trying to determine how much turkey to purchase for Thanksgiving, then calculate about one pound per person. If you want leftovers, then figure it to be more than one pound per person.

5. Have Guests Bring a Side Dish
Asking friends and family to bring a side dish will relieve some of the financial burden of hosting the Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, it will save time cooking. Ask guests to bring types of dishes such as appetizers, side dishes, or desserts, rather than a specific dish.

6. Keep It Simple
It’s tempting to go all-out to give your guests the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner, but doing so adds time and stress, as well as costing more money, to your Thanksgiving. It’s okay not to have ten different side dishes and five kinds of pie. Keep things simple and enjoy the wonderful company of family and friends.

What Thanksgiving tips you do have to save money on Thanksgiving dinner?

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And you might also like to watch my ABC Good Things Utah segment where last year I shared Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner.

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