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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Top Coupon Apps
To help you save the most money when shopping, here are the details of the most popular coupon apps.
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
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
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.
Trustpilot score: 4.0 out of 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.