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6 Apps for Supermarket Savings

By Bob on August 29, 2013 4:15 AM

Charlotte's the Coupon Clipper in our family. She can spot a deal a mile away and I think there are stores out there that just know she'll beat them at their own game whenever she darkens their door **no offense Banana Republic**, Me? I'll clip 'em if I can save 50-cents on a roll of Duct Tape at Lowe's. Or light bulbs. Especially light bulbs.

I'm sloooowly coming around to this whole coupon savings thing now that it's a lot more digital and a lot less paper. There are some pretty great Apps out there that almost take the pain out of saving a couple of bucks.

Our friends at ShopSmart Magazine put together some of their (and now, OUR) faves. Here are 6 apps that'll make you a shopping Ninja almost as good as Charlotte.

6 Apps for Supermarket Savings 


1. ZipList
With ZipList you can create a master checklist for things you buy frequently. It also finds coupons and sorts participating stores by aisle. Devices: Android, Apple.

2. Weekly Ads & Sales
You'll get access to weekly circulars without having to deal with the paper clutter. An added feature is its ability to track sales for the largest grocers (think Kroger and Safeway) plus specialty retailers including Best Buy and Old Navy. Device: Apple.

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3. Grocery iQ
It matches items on your grocery list with applicable coupons and works best for people who tend to stick to the same list week after week.
Devices: Android, Apple.  

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4. SavingStar
When you register your loyalty cards it lets you browse a list of exclusive offers. The "One or Many" deals feature lets you buy items over multiple trips to hit the required quantities. The deals usually have a big payout, such as $5 off $30 spent on Charmin, Gillette, and Ivory products. Devices: Android, Apple.

5. Cellfire
This app sends coupons directly to your loyalty cards and features an optional store alert, reminding you about coupons when you walk into a store. Devices: Android, Apple, BlackBerry. 


6. Ibotta
It looks like a pain - but it's really not. It pays you back, usually 25 to 50 cents, when you take a poll or watch a short video, then buy the item, take a picture of the receipt, scan the bar code and submit it. It might not seem worth the effort at first, but it adds up fast - especially when bonuses start to kick in after frequent use. Devices: Android, Apple.

About ShopSmart Magazine Launched in Fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart draws upon the publication's celebrated tradition of accepting no advertisements and providing unbiased product reviews. ShopSmart features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and "best of the best" lists. It's ideal for busy shoppers who place a premium on time. ShopSmart is available nationwide at major retailers including Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway, Publix and Target. ShopSmart is available by subscription at www.ShopSmartmag.org


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