Editor’s note: This story originally appeared on Living on the Cheap.
Everyday purchases are the ones that increase and blow up your budget. Items such as food, toilet paper, cleaning materials and soap can end up costing you the most.
Many thrifty shoppers have turned to shopping apps to save money and help them stick to their monthly budgets.
There are so many smartphone apps that can help increase your savings that it can be difficult to clear through them all to find the ones that will make the biggest difference and are easiest to use.
We have searched our experts to find the best shopping apps to save money on your daily expenses.
All apps to save money are free and can be downloaded on Android and Apple phones.
Ibotta is full of discounts for shopping at almost 150 mostly large retailers, where you earn money that you can withdraw when you reach $ 20. You can either have the money deposited in your PayPal account or you can redeem the money against a gift card.
I always take the money, deposit it in my PayPal account and then transfer it to my bank. Then I take out the cash amount and put it in our food envelope to increase our food cash for the month.
To unlock the discounts on this money-saving shopping app, find the store you plan to shop in to see what discounts they currently have, and then tap the plus sign next to a product to automatically add it to your list. Once you have purchased the item, take a picture of the receipt and upload it to Ibotta. Done!
The Ibotta shopping app also works with loyalty cards and does not require the above steps after the purchase if you link your cards to your Ibotta account. The discounts are credited to your account within 48 hours, but I have received some almost immediately. You can also take pictures of your receipts and earn money back on qualified purchases.
As a bonus, you can earn money for each friend you invite and access teamwork bonuses every month for people on your team. I got my dad on this app and we compare notes every week about our savings. This shopping app really saves money!
2. Target circle
Target is one of the places where I go in with a specific list of things to buy and ALWAYS go from there with more than I thought. But it helps that they always have things for sale and sell, as well as this fantastic app called Circle.
This money-saving app gives you access to Target Circle offers and lets you scan barcodes to add offers while you shop. You will also be able to monetize extra offers and easily see their weekly advertising offers. The app also provides other time savers, such as the ability to see which items are in stock and the ability to order with a run-up or order pick-up.
Often I will only use the app in the store instead of in advance because I think it saves time to do it that way. I really like the feature of this app the best.
Walgreens is my favorite app for pharmacies. Not only is it easy to use but I usually get some of the best deals with this shopping app.
The home screen layout is easy to navigate; I usually start with the section “Weekly ads and coupons”. When I find products I like, I directly press the “Cut to card” button. This adds it to my rewards card that I can use the next time I’m in the store.
If I am looking for specific products, I will use the section “Shop products” in the app to see if they have it and the price.
With this app, I have been able to get Cottonelle toilet paper for $ 4, seventh generation dishwashing liquid for $ 0.99 and Puffs tissues for $ 0.75, just to name a few. This app allows me to collect reward points that turn into money.
So when I combine the reward money, the coupons I have cut in the app and the Ibotta discounts, it really is when my savings go through the roof!
This app has Krogers weekly magazines on it, as well as digital coupons. But the best part is the freeware. That’s right, I said FREE! Kroger has a free Friday on selected Fridays every month, which means that they offer a digital coupon for a free item.
Each coupon lasts for two weeks. You can also use the app to cut other coupons that you can add to your shopping card.
The best thing for me is that my dad and I both shop in both stores and exchange free items, if we know we will not use them but the other will. Sometimes I go into my store just for these free items and get nothing else.
A new feature in the Kroger app is that you can now buy items from Bed, Bath & Beyond and Buy Buy Baby and get free shipping along with fuel points.
5. Receipt Hog
This shopping app is one of my newfound loves. Receipt Hog does not care which store you shop in. It just wants you to take a picture of your receipts and rate your visit. There are different levels of rewards for big boxes, gas stations, specialty stores, grocery stores, etc. You will also be able to do surveys to earn additional coins.
You can take a picture of any receipt within a two-week period and your account will be credited. Once you have hit 1,000 coins, you can redeem them for a $ 5 gift card or have the amount deposited into your PayPal account. Hitting 2,900 coins turns it into $ 15. 4,300 coins turn into $ 25 and 6,500 coins turn into $ 40.
The Fetch Rewards app works almost identically to Receipt Hog, except that it’s even simpler. You earn points by taking photos of your receipts. Simple! Each receipt gives you at least 25 points, and qualified items listed in the app give you more.
When you have enough points, you can redeem them for a gift card. They have dozens of retailers to choose from – Visa gift cards are also available. The number of points needed to redeem a gift card varies slightly, but in general you want the amount of points to be equal to the dollar amount. So 5,000 points for a gift card of 5 USD and so on.
Formally known as Ebates, Rakuten is one of the bases in the cashback industry. The app offers cash back at over 2,000 of the largest retailers around and lets you choose whether you get your money by check or via PayPal.
You can even get money back for Lyft tours! The Rakuten app also has in-store coupons, app-exclusive cashback opportunities and 5% cashback at thousands of restaurants.
Swagbucks gives you points for answering surveys, watching videos, shopping online and more. You can redeem your points against gift cards for over 100 retailers, including Walmart, Amazon, Target, PayPal and many others.
Swagbucks is a free app. It’s probably one of the most famous rewards apps out there, and has distributed nearly $ 600 million to members. (Avid users call themselves “swaggers.”) Some people save points and gift cards they earn from Swagbucks to use for holiday shopping.
Shopkick is a fun app that rewards you with points that can be redeemed for gift cards to your favorite stores. Shopkick rewards you for going into stores and scanning items and purchases.
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