On the search for a the best coupon apps to save you money on groceries and local shopping trips? Now that you have a smart phone it’s time to make it do smart things, like pay for itself with some money saving coupon apps…we’re going to show you a few handpicked coupon apps that are FREE, easy to use and can save you money (or even make you some cash, yep you heard it) with little to no fuss. Let’s get started with three coupon apps we not only use ourselves, but we consider to be essential and established players in the coupon app world.
Signup Bonus – $10 cash rebate after redeeming first coupon rebate.
Referral Bonus – $5 per friend or family member who you refer, and they redeem their first coupon rebate.
ibottta has been around for a while, we’ve used them for two years now and have almost always found it to be a pleasant experience and profitable. Their motto is “better than coupons” but we like paper coupons too and here’s why – Because we can stack a manufacturers (or store for that matter) coupon with a cash rebate from ibotta, the fact that they co-exist is a total win for the consumer. Ibotta works with literally hundreds of retail stores, and grocers including many regional ones, from Target, Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Food Lion and have even recently branched out to non-grocery store cash back rebate coupons from places like Kohls, Macys, eBay, Groupon, Gamestop, Famous Footwear, World Market and Banana Republic to name a few. A few recent cash rebate coupons have included, $5 back on a purchase of $40 or more at World Market, $0.50 for any purchase at Walmart, $3 back on a jar of Barilla Pesto sauce (that cost only $2.78) from Walmart and tons more. You can choose to cash out when you hit a minimum of $20 via PayPal, Venmo, or a gift card of your choosing.
After you follow the steps below and receive a $10 cash signup bonus, you may wish to refer friends & family so that they may save as well and when you do, they’ll get $10 and you’ll get $5 as well – that’s up to you!
Here’s How to Take Advantage of ibotta:
- Sign up for your FREE ibotta account on any browser, or tablet. New members get a $10 referral cash bonus.
Note: You must sign up via this link to qualify for the $10 offer.
- Download the ibotta app (Android or iPhone) and login.
- Cash Sign Up Bonus: To qualify simply redeem any single cash back rebate coupon of your choice, after which you will receive a $10 cash credit to your ibotta account. It’s that simple.
Offer Terms: The $10 cash bonus is limited and may expire at any time which ibotta deems appropriate, or a maximum number of redemptions.
Signup Bonus – None offered at this, or ever that we’ve seen.
Referral Bonus – None offered at this time, or ever that we’ve seen.
SavingStar is another pioneer in digital coupons, their coupon app is almost exclusively for grocery and drugstore related savings unlike ibotta who dabbles in retail shopping too. More specifically, their creed is “SavingStar is a free service to help you easily save money on your groceries”, which we concur with since they are very focused. SavingStar lets you link your grocery and drugstore loyalty cards to your account and search for cash back offers in your local neighborhood. You then select an offer by clicking the “I Want This” button which activates the rebate for your future usage. A short list of grocers and drugstores that participate include Albertsons, BI-LO, BJ’s, COSTCO, CVS, Giant, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Wegmans, Winn-Dixe and a load of others. Here are some current cash back coupons they are offering, 20% off the purchase of loose green peppers, $5 cash back on the purchase of $15 in International Delight Creamer, $4 cash back on Purex Liquid & Powder Detergent purchases of $15, and $3 cash back on BUSH’s Bean purchases of $12. What’s handy about the SavingStar offers is that you may often make multiple purchases to meet the minimum purchase thresholds (as listed above, for example). Ultimately you can choose to cash out when you hit a minimum of $5 in cash via PayPal, your bank account, or a gift card of your choosing.
Although they have no sign up bonus, they are such a great value that they would be hard to ignore if you’re focusing on grocery savings.
Here’s How to Take Advantage of SavingStar:
- Sign up for your FREE SavingStar account on any browser, or tablet.
- Download the SavingStar app (Android or iPhone) and login.
- Redeem any cash back rebate of your choice by clicking on “I Want This” within the app, which activates it. Purchase item at a qualifying store and submit your receipt. That’s it.
Offer Terms: SavingStar has not had a signup bonus since 2013, and we don’t expect they will anytime soon. However, they occasionally have a “freebie” item which is 100% free after the cash back rebate.
Signup Bonus – None offered.
Referral Bonus – 500 “kicks” per friend or family member who you refer, up to 100.
ShopKick is one of the most popular coupon apps, rewarding you with “Kicks” for walking into stores, scanning products, making credit card purchases and referring friends and family. Their motto is “The app that rewards you for shopping” but what we really love about this app is that you don’t really have to buy anything to get Kicks, and thus it can actually be a money maker! Specifically, if you simply use the app to get Kicks for walking into stores and scanning specific products, neither of these two activities cost you any money. Further, if you do it right you can get those Kicks on trips you already planned to make to your local mall or shopping destination. ShopKick is partnered with over 270,000 stores and retail locations, including such familiar names as Target, Walmart, Best Buy, JCPenney, Old Navy, Macys, American Eagle, Crate&Barrel. They have even recently branched out to include grocery stores such as Whole Foods, allowing you to scan products in store. Recently I made a shopping trip to my local mall over the Black Friday weekend and was able to score 200 Kicks walking in to Target, Walmart, Best Buy, American Eagle Outfitters, JCPenney and a few others. Not a bad way to rack up nearly 1,600 points (a bit over $6) especially since I was already out and about. Once your account reaches 500 Kicks (points) you can request your monies with a gift card, including AE, Walmart, Target, T.J. Maxx, Starbucks, Gamestop, Macys, Lowes, Cheesecake Factory, Fandango and the list goes on.
After you follow the steps below, you may wish to refer friends & family so that they can save and make money as well. When you do, you’ll get 500 Kicks which is equal to $2 – that’s up to you!
Here’s How to Take Advantage of ShopKick:
- Request your FREE ShopKicK App on any browser, or tablet or smart phone.
- Download the ShopKick app from the link sent to your phone above (Android or iPhone) and create a FREE account.
- Start racking up Kicks in your new app, cash out when you hit 500 or more. Every 500 Kicks is worth $2 in value.
Offer Terms: The 500 kick per referral bonus is limited to the first 100 qualified signups sent per account, and may expire or change at any time which ShopKick deems appropriate, or maximum redemptions.
Hope you enjoy your new found savings with some handy money saving coupon apps, both on groceries and retail stores alike. We plan to update this article to add new and worthy additional coupon apps that you might also find of value – so stay tuned!
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Until next time, enjoy your online shopping and remember to “Shop Happy”.
The EdealsEtc.com Team!
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