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Digital Coupons


Today, I’d like to welcome Patrick Bailey who volunteered to do a guest post on couponing apps.  If paper couponing isn’t your cup of tea, check out this post for some ideas on how to save money digitally! TFP has no financial relationship with Mr. Patrick Bailey.  This post contains affiliate links.

The coupon industry has evolved over the years from paper to digital. There have been plenty of apps and websites designed to help people save money on the products they love by using digital coupons. 

If you’re a hardworking professional trying to save enough money to provide for your family, these resources are certainly worth trying.  They can provide all sorts of cost-saving offers for the thrifty person in all of us.

Here are ten of the best paperless online and digital couponing services I have found.

1. Ibotta

This popular mobile coupon app is used by many for finding the best deals for all types of products. You can use the Ibotta mobile app in about 275 retail stores like Walmart, Aldi, and Family Dollar. The user-friendly app comes with a geolocation feature, making it easy to find participating stores. If you have loyalty cards from any of these stores, you can connect them to this app, too.

However, what makes Ibotta stand out amongst other mobile coupon apps is that you can earn money with this app. You do this by scanning your receipts or linking your loyalty card to earn cash rewards. Once your balance hits the $20 minimum, you can cash out via PayPal. The app is free to download on Android or iOS.

Perhaps the largest website for manufacturer coupons, Coupons.com offers savings on everything from groceries to medications. You can either try to print the coupons from the site or redeem them digitally through the app. You can add your coupons to your loyalty cards digitally, too.

3. Rakuten

The digital coupon and cashback app, Rakuten, promises up to 40% off select purchases from more than 2,500 retailers. The user-friendly app used to be known as Ebates, and it offers multiple ways you can save money, including:

  1. Coupon codes

  2. Affiliate cash back

  3. Double cashback

It credits cashback to user accounts once the retailer verifies it. It is free for anyone to download on Android and iOS.

This website is owned by the newspaper conglomerate News Corp. Like Coupons.com, the SmartSource website offers manufacturer coupons that can be printed or redeemed digitally. However, their offerings are not as vast as Coupons.com. If you sign up for their weekly email newsletter, you can be the first to hear about their latest savings.

5. SavingStar

Like Ibotta, this mobile coupon app works through store loyalty cards. Once you upload them to this app, you can start browsing various retailers in their database. As long as you use your store’s loyalty cards at checkout, you’ll receive cash back in the app in the next few days. Once your rewards balance hits $20, you will be able to cash out via PayPal. You can download the free Saving Star app on Android or iOS.

6. Groupon

This app is one of the most popular for daily deals on dining and fun attractions. However, most of Groupon’s deals involve you paying a discounted rate for a special service. Just be sure to use their promotional values within the allotted time frame before they expire. You can find deals on anything ranging from zoo trips to all sorts of food deals.

7. RetailMeNot

The RetailMeNot app is great for online promo codes. It helps with plenty of savings at a range of retail stores and chains in addition to the coupon codes. The bad thing about RetailMeNot is that once you click on a link to reveal a coupon code, it will open up the website again in a new tab. You will then have to go back to the website to copy the code. That could be kind of a hassle, but you still will be saving big with this app.

8. Shopkick

This Shopkick app isn’t a traditional coupon app because it is more game-friendly. It runs daily challenges and contests that could raise your point earnings. You could earn gift cards just for shopping.

To get started using the app, just simply open it while walking into a participating store. Once you enter the store, you’ll receive a pre-set number of kicks. You could earn more money scanning shelved items’ bar codes and scanning receipts of purchased items. Deals always pop up on the app in real-time, so be sure to watch out for them to maximize your earnings.


9. Spent

This free coupon app is great for getting cash back. Just download the app on your iPhone or Android to link your banking cards and get started. The cashback will start to flow when you use your card for offers at popular brands such as Starbucks. The app even comes with some interesting features such as purchase tracking and other organizational features.

10. Honey

This coupon app delivers an average savings of about 18% on customer purchases. You can make up to $126 per year. You can use the Honey app for thousands of retailers, including restaurant chains and travel booking platforms. It can automatically find digital coupons, promo codes, and other instant savings opportunities. Download the free Honey app on iOS or Android.

Brand websites

Finally, here are plenty of brands that offer printable coupons directly from their websites. Some of these include the sweetener brand Splenda and the at-home dry cleaner Dryel. Try doing a Google search for your favorite brands and see if they are offering online savings. You’ll be amazed at what you will find for your entire household.

These are some of the best apps and websites that could help you transition from paper to digital. Digital coupons could save you hours of clipping paper coupons. You will also be helping the environment by going paperless. So do yourself a favor and cut the coupon-cutting habit by trying one of these money-saving apps and websites today.

About the author: Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, alcoholic treatment, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.

Thanks for sharing your tips, Patrick!  Till next week.

Stay Frugal, y’all!

Disha

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