Grocery expenses eat up a large portion of the family budget, leaving less money for other necessities. Fortunately, there are many ways to save on groceries without resorting to cutting coupons from the local newspaper. A number of app developers have created offerings that make it easy for consumers to save money on groceries with just a few minutes of effort on their part. Here are four great apps that will help you save on groceries on every trip.
Ibotta is unique in that it gives you cash back on grocery items using “secret rebates.” Prior to heading to the store, you take a few minutes to complete small tasks on the app to unlock cash rewards for certain products. Examples of tasks you may be asked to perform include taking a quick poll, reading a product fun fact, or writing a short comment on a specific item. After the task has been completed, the product will be listed on your “Checklist” so you can earn a cash reward when that item is purchased on your next shopping trip. To get the rewards, scan your receipt using the app. Once your account reaches at least $5, you can transfer the funds to PayPal or a gift card.
Coupon Sherpa is stocked with online coupons, in-store coupons, and location-based coupons, providing you with the best money-saving offers in your area. You can search the app for a coupon when you’re in-store or select your favorite stores ahead of time and pull up relevant coupons when you are ready to check out. Simply show the coupon to the cashier when checking out to collect your savings.
SavingStar is another app that lets you upload your receipts to receive cash back on your purchases. As you make your shopping list, browse the app for current offers related to those products. Simply tap the ones that you can use to automatically activate them. After you return from the store, scan your receipt to get your savings. SavingStar can also be linked to a grocery store or drugstore loyalty card, eliminating the need to upload a receipt. The platform supports over 75 popular grocery and drugstore chains across the United States. You can cash out to PayPal or as a direct deposit once your account reaches at least $5 or donate your earnings to your favorite charity.
Checkout 51 is a great app for receiving cash back on your grocery purchases. The app adds new cash back offers to their line up every Thursday, allowing users to scroll through and pick the grocery offers that they’re likely to use. Once those items have been purchased at your local grocery store, simply upload a picture of your receipt via the app. The company will verify your purchases and add your rewards to your account. You can cash out the money you save on groceries once your account balance reaches $20.