The 15 Best Coupon Apps to Save Money

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You might think that the only way to save money at the store is to clip coupons from the Sunday paper or sign-up for a retailer’s e-mail list.

That’s far from the case. There are plenty of coupon apps that can save you money on just about any purchase.

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To help you save the most money when shopping, here are the details of the most popular coupon apps.

1. Tada

Tada is a cash back shopping app that pays you when you upload receipts. This app is owned by Prodege.

Prodege owns popular cash back and cash earning companies including Swagbucks and InboxDollars.

Tada helps you earn money when you shop online by accessing stores through their portal and receiving cash back on purchases.

You can also use the app’s coupon feature and print coupons through a partnership with Coupons.com.

You can cash out one your Tada balance reaches $10. Your balance is redeemable for a variety of gift cards, including PayPal, Amazon, and more.

Look for bonus offers for new members; as of this writing the bonus offer was $10. However, that may change.

Trustpilot score: 4.4 out of 5

2. Rakuten

Rakuten is more than just a coupon app. It allows you to get a small percentage back for your entire purchases ranging from 1% to 40% depending on the retailer.

The average cash back rate is usually between 3% and 10%.

Over 2,000 online retailers participate ranging from Wal-Mart, Target, Lowe’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, and many clothing brands.

Basically, if you can buy it online, you can get cash back.

By linking your credit card to your Rakuten account, you can also get cash back at over 30 stores when you shop in person.

You do have to initiate the shopping session on the app before checkout, but, you don’t have to send a copy of your receipt.

They also have a discount code section on the Rakuten website with codes you can enter at checkout to lower your total sales amount.

Rewards are paid by check on a quarterly basis once you earn $5 cash back.

It’s free to join & you also have the opportunity to earn a $10 bonus credit after

You can read our complete Rakuten review to find out more.

Trustpilot score: 4.3 out of 5

3. Honey

If you shop on Amazon, you know there are very few ways to get discounts. Honey makes it a little easier to find ways to save.

This coupon app automatically enters every known discount code on the checkout screen to save you money. It can even show you the lowest prices while shopping on Amazon.

Along with saving money at Amazon, Honey will also enter the best discount codes at most major discount retailers, department stores, and restaurants (including online pizza orders)!

Read our full Honey review here.

Trustpilot score: 4.3 out of 5

4. Ibotta App

Another popular app is Ibotta. Many people consider Ibotta the best coupon app for saving money on groceries and in-person shopping.

This is more like your traditional approach to couponing.

Before going to a store, search the Ibotta app on your smartphone to see what deals there are and activate the digital coupons.

For example, you might be able to get $1 back by buying a particular brand of potato chips or bottled water.

You activate the coupon, purchase the product, and receive a cash back credit in your Ibotta account.

Coupons are also available for all groceries regardless of brand. You might have the opportunity to save 50 cents on a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread.

There are even coupons for non-grocery items such as clothing stores, restaurants, and even gas stations after scanning the copy of your receipt with a smartphone.

After earning $20 in rewards you can be paid with PayPal or store gift cards. New customers can also receive a $10 bonus by signing up here.

Trustpilot score: 4.0 out of 5

Related Post: Ibotta Review: Can You Really Make Money Buying Groceries?

5. Drop

Drop is a cash back rewards app that rewards you with money when you link your debit or credit card to the app.

It works automatically in the background, so once you download the app and add your cards you can forget about the app and let it do its work.

With Drop the rewards amounts will differ based on which stores you’re shopping at, but plan on earning 1% to 2% cash back or so.

Note that with Drop there are a limited number of stores you can choose to add to your list for earning points.

For that reason, you’ll want to choose stores you shop at often in order to earn the most points.

You can redeem your points for gift cards once you earn 5,000 ($5.00), and you can choose from a number of retailers to get your gift cards from.

Bonus: Drop has other avenues for earning as well, including taking surveys and playing games.

Trustpilot score: 3.5 out of 5

6. Dosh

Dosh works similarly to Drop in that you simply link it to your credit and/or debit cards and it works effortlessly in the background.

These types of effortless coupons are nice because there’s no cutting, printing, and handing in coupon codes as you shop.

Dosh rewards you with cash back for purchases and will give you bonus rewards on some purchases as well.

Like all of the apps mentioned here, Dosh is free to download and use.

However, if your Dosh account is inactive for 12 months or longer you will get charged a fee of $4.99 per month

Trustpilot score: 3.9 out of 5

7. Checkout51

Checkout51 works similarly to Ibotta. Once you download the app you can start searching it for offers.

You’ll find offers on gas, groceries and more. Check the offers you want to take advantage of, and then tap “redeem” in the app once you’ve made the purchases.

Upload photos of your receipts and Checkout51 will credit your account. You can cash out once you’ve reached a balance of $20.

Once you’ve chosen to cash out, you get your payment via a mailed check. Offers are updated weekly, which means there are new offers to take advantage of regularly.

Trustpilot score: 3.9 out of 5

8. Shopkick App

Shopkick is an app available for iOS and Andriod devices that isn’t your typical coupon app.

In fact, it’s different from most of the apps listed in this article because you can earn points just for visiting a store.

You will need to use your smartphone with this app and enable your Bluetooth location services.

Shopkick awards your reward points called “kicks” that you can earn by visiting a store, scanning item barcodes, and making purchases. That’s three different ways to earn kicks.

You can earn points by visiting grocery stores and retail stores. For example, you can earn 100 kicks just by walking through the front door of your favorite electronics store.

When it comes to redeeming your kick points, they are exchanged for store gift cards.

Trustpilot score: 3.6 out of 5

9. Groupon

To save money on experiences and visiting restaurants, you should check Groupon for local deals. Groupon says you can save up to 70% on select deals.

First-time users can get an additional discount for their first purchase.

You can save some additional money at Groupon by visiting the site through Rakuten coupon app (also recommended on this list) that also offers a cash back discount.

In addition to finding local deals, Groupon can help you save money on vacation activities across the globe. T

hey also have a “Coupons” section to save money at multiple retailers with coupon codes.

Trustpilot score: 2.6 out of 5

10. Amazon Coupons

Sometimes you want to browse the specials before you shop. Amazon Coupons lets you look at all the current offers from every shopping category.

As with certain products on the Amazon website, they are only available to Amazon Prime members. That holds true with select coupons too.

Trustpilot score: 2.7 out of 5

11. Target App

Target’s app offers hundreds of daily offers and coupons.

It is more similar to the other coupons apps listed where you need to activate the offers before you checkout to save 5% to 50% on discounted items.

After all your items have been scanned by the cashier, they need to scan the bar-code from the Target app so you can get the additional savings.

Trustpilot score: 2.1 out of 5

12. RetailMeNot

RetailMeNot provides 500,000+ coupon codes to 50,000 stores. If you can’t find a discount code here, it probably doesn’t exist.

When looking for coupon codes, you can enter the store name into the search bar. You can also browse their exclusive offers and trending offers sections to find time-sensitive deals.

To view a discount code, you have to click the “Show Code” button and the code will be uncovered.

An indirect way to coupon is buying discounted gift cards. RetailMeNot sells gift cards for 1% up to 25% off the regular price.

This can be a better deal than clipping coupons in terms of money and time.

The gift card inventory & discount rates are always changing so it pays to check back often if you don’t find the exact gift card amount you are looking for today.

Trustpilot score: 2.0 out of 5

13. Smart Source

Now you can cancel your newspaper subscription as Smart Source, possibly the largest weekly coupon circular, has their coupons online as well. You can filter coupons by product category or brand name.

It’s also possible to find local offers by entering your zip code.

Smart Source offers printable coupons and “Direct2Card” electronic coupons that upload to your store loyalty cards.

Trustpilot score: Listed but not yet reviewed

14. Coupon Sherpa

Coupon Sherpa is the original mobile coupon app for in-store purchases.

It allows you to print coupons, download scannable digital coupons, and find coupons based on your proximity to nearby stores.

For digital coupons, all you need to do is show the barcode to the cashier and they will scan it.

It’s like when your favorite store e-mails you a coupon & you bring up the e-mail on your smartphone to get the savings.

You can find grocery & retail coupons with Coupon Sherpa. That flexibility makes this a pretty flexible along with the fact that the savings are instant.

Trustpilot score: Listed but not let reviewed

15. Red Plum

Red Plum is the other coupon circular you receive in your local newspaper on a routine basis. You can print or download coupons and find local offers to non-grocery retailers too.

They also have a recipes section that can give you some cooking ideas to help maximize the value of the coupons you might choose to use.

Trustpilot score: Not yet listed

Summary

You can still save money by clipping coupons from the newspaper and the mail. However, using coupon apps makes saving money a lot easier and quicker. Plus, all these apps are free to use.

All you need is a smartphone to get started and you can start saving the next time you visit your favorite grocery store or department store.

Have you used any of these apps? Let me know what you like and don’t like about them in the comments below.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for the tips. Check this performance-based coupon service that gives you all the technologies to distribute your coupons – from beacons, nfc’s, qr codes, Wifi, and SMS – all at a per result pricing…

  2. Is there an app that will check my grocery cart for coupons and apply them? For instance, I have my Walmart grocery cart: the app checks my items and warns me if their is a coupon for a certain product in my cart. Walmart lists 1000’s of coupons on their site, but you have to manually go through them. It would be great if there was an app to just check my cart and apply coupons.

    • Apps, like Ibotta, have a barcode scanner that let you scan items to see if an active offer exists. You have to scan each item individually and opt-in to the offer before you redeem the receipt.

      I’m not aware of an app that can scan your receipt and dig through the offers to automatically activate them for you. It sounds like a million dollar idea if you ask me!

  3. I have gone through many of the apps that got mentioned in this article. Its very effective and time-saving to get the coupons here that give the best ever discounts from online stores. I have recently gone through an app which provides coupons and offers. If you are looking for the app that is more user-friendly with timely updated coupons, offers one can opt to use this most useful coupons app.

  4. Not a coupon app necessarily but using the Shoptagr app can save you money by alerting you of a sale price on your favorite items at most stores. You just save the item while at the brand/store website using the Shoptagr extension! I love this app!

  5. I’ve used Coupon Sherpa, Shopkick, & a couple of others not mentioned here —Receipt Hog, Fetch Rewards, Checkout 51– all since they first started. They’re great! I have problems with SnipSnap. Many of the coupons that come up on it are no good, the stores won’t take them. When I first started using SnipSnap it worked fairly well but not any more. An example is yersterday I was at Ulta & SnipSnap was the only one of my coupon apps with Ulta coupons. When the cashier scanned the code on my phone it came up as “already used”. Many of the coupons in this app (for any store) are copies or photos of coupons others have received. I’ve had the same thing happen with SnipSnap at other stores.The cashier scans it & says “it won’t take it”. I have never had a problem with Coupon Sherpa. I don’t do much online shopping but do a lot of in-store shopping & prefer coupons I can use in-store. I’m wondering if anyone else has complained about SnipSnap or am I doing something wrong?

  6. I don’t always spend full amount for everything in offline or online. Then I searched for coupon websites, I found saveplus, it’s full of coupons, offers, deals on brands and events. You can use this, don’t get everything in full price.

  7. I signed up to to make it simpler to help my son progress.

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