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What is the Best App For Coupons? Top 9 Coupon Apps Reviewed

What is the Best App For Coupons? Top 9 Coupon Apps Reviewed
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What is the Best App for Coupons?

Looking for good deals and discounts is nothing new. Most people will put in a lot of effort to find the best offers.

You might have seen people going through various mediums such as online ads, newspapers or billboards for discounts.

As a result, many businesses, big and small, have offered coupons to enhance their marketing.

In the past, getting coupons used to be difficult considering they were limited to only special occasions, holidays, specific stores, etc.

Now the scenario is completely opposite; there are so many coupon applications out there in app stores that it is difficult to tell the good ones from the bad or real ones from the fakes.

Today, we will be looking at a few coupon applications which are the best at what they do, giving you a range of coupon options to choose from across many stores and retailers.

The apps chosen for the list are based on the most important factor among coupon apps – how valid are the coupons and how exciting are the offers on them?

Another parameter being considered is the quantity of coupons offered.

Nobody wants to spend time getting an application only to find a few options to choose from, which is commonly seen on most coupon applications out there.

1. SnipSnap

SnipSnap offers great features for a coupon app. You can download a wide variety of coupons from many stores and add them to your saved coupons collection. Once they are saved, you can go through the checkout and have the cashier scan the coupon from your phone.

The application sorts the coupons according to their expiration dates, so the ones that are about to expire soon are placed at the top.

The app also lists coupons which have great value and are available for only a short while (only a few days). These coupons usually offer the best value.

Furthermore, with SnipSnap, you can take photos of different products in the store and the app will show you whether you are getting a good deal on the product. If you are not, it will even suggest you better prices from other stores.

You can also use the “Near me” feature, which will show you coupon options nearby your location. As you approach stores whose coupons are available, the app will notify you and list the coupons automatically.

Pros

Great coupon variety and location-based search.

Cons

Sometimes, the location is inaccurate and deals do not show up.

2. Shopkick

Shopkick is a deals app which works with a system of “points.” You accumulate points just for walking into shops. The idea is that the more you visit different stores for the same kind of items, the more variety of choices you will be displayed by Shopkick. Once you walk in, the apps display different coupon deals from that store. As you walk around to different stores, the list, as well as your points, build up.

You get about 150-200 points for walking into a store. Once you have enough, you can buy gift coupons and cards using your points. It will cost you about 2000 points for a normal $8 gift card. A regular Shopkick user can get enough points for a gift card in about a week. You can earn even more points by checking the products of the store you walk into on your app.

The app is a great alternative to those programs which require you to make purchases to earn points or coupons.

If you are not physically up for walking to stores, Shopkick gives you points for visiting their online partners, looking at their offers and making online purchases from them.

Pros

The point system is great if you love window shopping.

Cons

It requires a constant data connection to register locations or “kicks.”

3. Walmart’s Savings Catcher

Walmart’s mobile application contains a feature called “Savings Catcher.” It allows you to scan a Walmart receipt and search for better prices in other stores on the same items. If there are any better options, Walmart pays you the difference.

The application works on almost any item you can buy from Walmart. It is great for items which are usually competitively priced between stores such as clothes from a certain brand. The application is available for both iOS and Android devices.

To make it work, you need to pay with Walmart Pay. While checking out, use Walmart Pay to scan the QR code and an e-receipt will be generated. You can submit the e-receipt to Savings Catcher and if an item is available at a competitor store for a lower price, the difference will be loaded to an eGift card.

With repeated use of Savings Catcher, you can get lots of money on your eGift card, which can be used to buy at Walmart.

Pros

No need to visit other stores to look for a better price.

Cons

It only works with Walmart Pay and is not available separately.

4. RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot is a central hub for offers from a huge number of retail stores. If you love staying up to date with new offers, you can sign up and you will receive the newest offers on your email. The service works by giving you cash back on a wide range of deals, which depend on the stores offering them. An example of such a deal is “$20 cash back on $50 purchase at X store.” You will see a lot of deals from both big and small companies in any sector that are difficult to come by anywhere else.

It is available on Android, iOS and the web. Since RetailMeNot is a community, it contains different rewarding activities such as contests which can reward you with cash for winning.

You can also use Rx Saver to get good prices on medicines. It is available as a separate app on Google Play.

Pros

There are a lot of coupons available for hundreds of popular retail companies.

Cons

Unverified offers on RetailMeNot are sometimes fake or expired.

5. Ibotta

Ibotta is an app that lets you build up your savings over time. When you check out from a store, make sure you keep the receipt. Once you get home, you can take a picture of the receipt from the Ibotta app and scan the QR code on the items. For doing this, you get cash back from Ibotta. If you keep doing this, your savings will build up. Once you have $20 on your Ibotta account, you can cash out anytime you want.

If you go shopping for groceries regularly, the long-term savings can turn out to be significant. With nearly 500,000 locations supported in the US, it is hard to come by a store that is not supported by Ibotta. Hence, pairing this app with all your shopping trips can turn out to be extremely beneficial.

Pros

It offers wide-scale compatibility with high long-term savings.

Cons

Transaction verification takes some time, which delays rebate payments.

6. Grocery iQ

Grocery iQ is an application that allows you to make a grocery shopping list and based on items in that list, the application lets you search for coupons that work best for them. For example, if you are buying a bunch of food and you add all the food items to the list, the app will show coupons for the categories of foods on your list.

Additionally, your family members or friends can have their own lists and you can sync them to have everything in one place. This lets you see a holistic view of coupons for all the things required by the family/group. You can also add your store’s loyalty card to the app and get deals in the app.

You can add items to your list by scanning the barcode. It contains features such as a favorites section where coupons are regularly sorted so that you do not need to search for them separately. Also, the history section allows you to check your past shopping lists and trends.

Overall, the application is great for families as an integrated grocery shopping experience. The application is available for both Android and iOS platforms, and you can check your grocery list on its website too.

Pros

You get easy access to coupons for common items.

Cons

There is not a lot of variety in coupons.

7. Coupon Sherpa

Coupon Sherpa is one of the older options here, offering a variety of coupons for department stores, malls, and regional and specialty retailers. There is a section with traditional printable coupons you can bring with you at stores. There are also Cyber Monday deals, which provide you with deals from popular stores online. Coupon codes are also listed in many stores. There are birthday coupons and holiday coupons as well, which are listed on both the app and website. You also get lots of options to choose from based on other occasions.

The mobile application lists store-specific deals with locations on the map. For every store, there are separate in-store and online lists, which are both regularly updated. Online lists tend to be crowded all-year round but offer lower value coupons generally.

Pros

You can get great deals on in-store coupons.

Cons

Printable coupons are out of fashion.

8. Checkout 51

With Checkout 51, you do not need to take coupons to the store like most other options on this list. You get paid for the items you have already purchased by receiving a cash rebate for each item. It works like this: when you shop in a store and check out, you can scan the receipt and the purchased items’ barcodes to request a cash rebate. Once done, you get some amount for the items you bought.

The best thing about Checkout 51 is that you can get rebates for generic items such as apples and bananas as well. The rebate is linked with the store you purchased the goods from.

Once you have reached $20 on the app, you can cash out and spend the amount while checking out on your next shopping trip. It is best to scan the receipt quickly because there are sometimes a limited number of rebates on items.

This app can be perfect for you if you do not feel comfortable asking for a discount at the counter.

Pros

There’s no need for you to stay updated with all the new coupons.

Cons

A limited number of rebates are available on certain items.

9. Dosh

Dosh is a unique option among cashback providers. It makes the rebate process easier and cuts out the process of scanning the receipt. The application simply takes your debit card details and watches your shopping activity. Then, it automatically gives you rebates by searching for the best deals, coupons and offers. The app is not limited to just physical shopping; you can get rebates on online shopping as well if you use your debit card to make the purchase.

Other cashback services require you to spend the rebated amount, but Dosh allows you to transfer your money directly to your bank account or give it to charity. You also get referral payments of $5 for referring your friends to Dosh.

Pros

There’s no need for scanning a receipt or using promo codes.

Cons

Individuals concerned for their privacy might not like Dosh monitoring their purchases.

Conclusion

Among the many options to choose from, we found that SnipSnap is the best all-around app. The application offers value at a greater market level than others with its photo feature and general availability of many kinds of coupons to choose from. However, if you think it is a hassle to search for coupons, you can choose Checkout 51 to receive rebates while saving time. If you’re feeling lazy, you can opt for Dosh which does it all for you.

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