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9 Mobile Coupon Apps You Should Have To Save Money While Shopping

9 Mobile Coupon Apps You Should Have To Save Money While Shopping

Clipping coupons is such a chore, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. Much like everything else in life there is an app for that. Now you can view, save, and use coupons all from your mobile device. Leave the hassle out of using coupons and utilize the following apps (and maybe a few extra hacks) to save yourself some cash:

Cartwheel by Target (Free)

Target’s newest app is great for frequent shoppers. You can view all of the latest deals and sales in the app, save up to ten coupons onto your account, and use all of your coupons at once at the register with a simple scan of a bar code provided in the app.

Cartwheel App by Target

    Walgreens App (Free)

    The Walgreens app offers in-app coupons, a bar code you can scan at the register, as well as many more features. It’s easier now than ever to keep up with the weekly deals. This app requires the user to have a Walgreens card to function. This app even allows the user to refill their prescriptions, so you can save time and money all at once.

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    Walgreens mobile app

      CVS App (Free)

      Much like the Walgreens app, the CVS app allows users to view and use coupons. The CVS app differs from Walgreens, however, because it allows you to actually order products directly from your phone much like an online store. This app requires the users to have a CVS card to use, but if you’re a frequent customer of CVS this is definitely a great investment.

      CVS App

        SnipSnap (Free)

        Do you struggle with keeping up with all of your paper coupons? If so, SnipSnap is the app for you. With this app you can take pictures of your coupons, which scans it into the program for you to organize and use. There is also an option to search and find useful coupons directly on the app. SnipSnap is the way to go if you’re looking for a better way to organize and use your coupons before they expire.

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        SnipSnap app

          Yowza (Free)

          Why limit the savings to just grocery stores? With Yowza you can save on a wide variety of items, including food, clothes, entertainment, car repair, and more. Yowza is location based, as well, so the app can send you notifications when a nearby store releases a new deal.

          Yowza mobile app

            Dealnews (Free)

            Do you work better with lists? Dealnews brings you the top 300 best deals in your area which is great if you’re unsure of what kind of savings you’re looking for. You can save on a wide range of products without being overwhelmed with too many deals. Dealnews updates every day so you’ll have a fresh list of the top 300 deals daily.

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            Dealnews app

              SavingStar (Free)

              SavingStar is great if you are the type of person to use a lot of in-store savings cards. With this app you can send your coupons directly to your savings cards. SavingStar is a coupon app specifically for groceries that allows you to clip and use coupons straight from the app.

              SavingStar app

                RetailMeNot (Free)

                Do you like to shop from specific restaurants and stores? Retail Me Not has got your back! You can browse deals from all of your favorite individual shops and bookmark any deals you would like to use in the future. This app is great for people who shop in a wide variety of stores and knows which ones they like best.

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                RetailMeNot App

                  Groupon (Free)

                  And, of course, there is always Groupon! This app is focused on what deals are in your local area including items and services up between 20 and 70 percent off. You can instantly use any of the coupons in the app and participate in Groupon Giveaways.With Groupon you’ll never have to print another coupon again.

                  Groupon app

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                    Published on November 8, 2018

                    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                    How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                    After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                    But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                    Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                    Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                    Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                    Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                    The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                    1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                    Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                    With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                    Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                    Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                    For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                    Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                    It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                    2. Set your own boundaries

                    Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                    Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                    Here are some important traits to consider:

                    • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                    • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                    • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                    These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                    3. Continuously invest in yourself

                    Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                    You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                    Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                    Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                    Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                    It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                    4. Document the value you bring

                    Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                    To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                    A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                    Here are some ideas:

                    • joesmith.com
                    • joeasmith.com
                    • joesmithprojects.com

                    Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                    During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                    5. Hide your salary requirements

                    Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                    But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                    The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                    Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                    6. Do just enough research

                    Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                    Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                    Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                    Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                    7. Get compensated by your value

                    Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                    Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                    Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                    You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                    The bottom line

                    You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                    You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

                    Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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