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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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                    Last Updated on June 26, 2020

                    25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                    25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                    “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                    If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                    You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                    Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                    As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                    And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                    But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                    • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                      • food
                      • rent/mortgage
                      • cell phone
                      • insurance
                      • socializing/entertainment
                      • transportation
                      • hygiene products
                      • household bills
                    • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                      • travel
                      • clothing
                      • medication (*depends)
                      • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                      • gifts

                    Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                    Save Money on Food

                    1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                    Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                    Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                    2. Buy the store-brand version

                    Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                    3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                    Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                    4. Have group dinners

                    If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                    Save Money in Transport

                    5. Get a bicycle

                    Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                    6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                    Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                    7. Find the cheapest gas

                    Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                    Save Money in General Shopping

                    8. Shop online

                    Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                    9. Sell your old stuff

                    Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                    Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                    10. Bulk buying stores

                    For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                    Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                    11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                    You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                    12. Generic brand medication

                    More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                    13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                    It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                    Cut Down on Household Expenses

                    14. Printing

                    Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                    e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                    Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                    15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                    A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                    16. Shop around for insurance

                    Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                    Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                    17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                    If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                    18. Don’t get a TV

                    Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                    19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                    My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                    Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                    20. Have house parties

                    Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                    For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                    21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                    It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                    22. Volunteer

                    If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                    23. Housesit

                    There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                    Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                    24. DIY beauty

                    French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                    25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                    If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                    Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                    Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                    • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                    • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                    • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                    • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                    • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                    • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                    • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                    Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                    What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                    Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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