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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 September 17, 2018

                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                    Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                    With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                    So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                    1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                    It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                    You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                    So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                    2. When you want something big, wait

                    Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                    It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                    We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                    A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                    So, you get the itch.

                    You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                    Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                    Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                    Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                    It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                    The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                    3. Live smaller than you can afford

                    You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                    You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                    That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                    Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                    Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                    The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                    But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                    4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                    Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                    But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                    Create a grocery budget

                    Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                    Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                    I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                    Make a list… and never deviate

                    Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                    You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                    These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                    Eat before going grocery shopping

                    It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                    If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                    After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                    Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                    However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                    This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                    5. Cancel your gym membership

                    Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                    The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                    Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                    I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                    Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                    Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                    For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                    Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                    There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                    It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                    I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                    Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                    The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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