Theses are the best Savings Apps to help you save money with your mobile phone or tablet. Most of these apps do not pay out like the other Money Apps. So no Pay Pal Deposits, No Free Gift Cards, and no waiting for cash out limits.
Coupon Sherpa can save you money by offering you retail coupons similar to the Retail Me Not App. I often use this app to get coupons to buy Kmart gift cards at a discounted rate.
Good News: I have often found some coupons exclusive to only Coupon Sherpa. You can find hundreds of retailers in the app easily with their search menu. Then look for in-store or online coupons. I like the main menu also has categories to help you find deals. Like clothing coupons, department store coupons, restaurant coupons, auto & tire coupons, baby & children coupons, bed & bath coupons, furniture coupons, and shoe coupons.
Drawbacks: You may find less coupon offers for non retailer offers (like amusement parks, water parks, restraunts, etc. ) than the Retail Me Not App or the Groupon App.
Retail Me Not is my number one app to check to look for online coupon codes, discounted eGift Cards, or in-store digital coupons. But I have often used it to save on other deals like indoor water parks. You can see examples, pictures, and learn more here in my review of the app.
Good News: If you make an unplanned stop to a retail store (like Kohls or Micheals) and forgot to bring your coupons you can usually find the same or more digital coupons in the app. You can also click the Location option on Retail Me Not’s menu and then narrow down what you are looking for into either stores, malls, or food.
Drawbacks: When using the search menu to find deals you could be waiting watching the spinny thing longer for your search results to load. But you will end up with way more offers than some of the other apps so it can be worth the extra wait time. Some times other apps could have exclusive offers not in Retail Me Not so if you do not see a discount you are looking for check another app.
This is the best app for looking at Sales Ads for your favorite stores. The search option on the top of the app works better than other apps. If you need bread you can type bread in the search area to see what stores in your area have bread on sale. Then compare prices.
Good News: This app has a percentage off feature that can help you find the sales that are the most percentage off of the regular prices. So you can set the app to find items 50% off in a stores advertisement and the app will highlight all of the sales 50% off or more! The app also showed me a lot of local smaller grocery stores and fruit markets close to me, too!
Drawbacks: The app did not cover all of the stores I shop at like Kmart. Like other advertisement apps the app did not show previews of ads prior to the sales dates starting. So I often have to find ads online to see what will be on sale soon.
Favado is a great app that can show you what is on sale at your favorite stores, what coupons to use, and possible rebates you can also use. If you use coupons regularly you can change the setting to show the final prices after coupons and rebates! I love that you can change the setting in the menu to show final prices after coupons and rebates. If you want to read more details about Favado and see pictures go here to my review.
Good News: This is a great tool to find deals to use when you are making unplanned stops at stores, when you are on vacation, or for someone who has no time to read coupon websites. I also like to use it to quickly check to see if the coupon websites I read missed any possible deals. This app works great at stores with the same nation-wide sales like CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid. If you plan to use this app a lot I would hide your recent coupon inserts in your car’s trunk so they do not get stolen and then use the app quickly outside the store to see what inserts and coupons you need.
Drawbacks: It does not show you deal scenarios where you buy a couple of the same or different items to save more money. So reading coupon websites are still the best way to save more money in the long run. I also have noticed some app rebates missing from Favado’s app but they are starting to improve and ad more app rebates. Favado also does not warn when sales and deals are regional. I used the app to plan a coupon deal trip at my dollar store . When I tested this app I found 23 freebies and walked out with nothing. My store either did not sell the items (at my store) or the coupon did not match the size or description on the items.
Gas Buddy can help you pay less to fill up your gas tank by finding the cheapest gas prices in your area. You can search by city, zip, or state to find the lowest prices. You can also select what kind of gas you are looking for. I like to use the map feature a lot, too. So you can view and find the lowest gas prices between your work or home and easily take another route home to swing by to fill up at the lowest gas rate. Go here to start saving with Gas Buddy.
Good News: You can earn points for reporting gas prices and use those points to try to win free gas. Gas Buddy can be used five different ways. No smart phone? You can use Gas Buddy online with no app! If you prefer an app you can download the app in in Google Play store, Apple App Store, Windows Phone Store, or the Blackberry store.
Drawbacks: If you live in a rural area where people are not reporting current gas prices to Gas Buddy you may not have correct current prices. The chances of this happening are slim because Gas Buddy is really popular and you can also see a time report for when that price was reported to see if it is recent before you plan your trip.
The Fat Fingers app can save you money if you like to shop on eBay. It helps you find items where people spelled the item’s description wrong. Often these items will often have no or very few bids. You can find more info, pictures, and examples in my review of Fat Fingers here.
Drawbacks: If your search results bring up a big list of items you can not filter from low price to high price.
Good News: So you could have less people bidding against you because lots of people would not be able to find the item in the regular eBay website or the eBay app. I also heard that eBay will not let a seller correct a spelling error in the title if there is a bid on the item!
Walmart’s popular Saving Catcher is actually part of the Walmart’s Store App. After you shop at Walmart you scan your receipt and Walmart will search for a lower price at hundreds of stores for you. If they find a lower price you will get money back on an electronic gift card!
Drawbacks: Savings Catcher often will miss lower prices at smaller “Mom and Pop” type stores. So if you have time to price matching smaller store’s ads at Walmart it could save you more money than Savings Catcher. An example would be a small non-national chain grocery store.
Good News: If you have no room on your phone or if you have no cell phone you can still use this feature by easily entering your receipt # and purchase date here. If you have no time to bargain hunt or price match this app you will love Saving Catcher. If you try to price match a competitors price in-store and your cashier or manager wrongfully refuses to let you price match an item Savings Catcher could also catch it and give you the money back, too.
Did you know that you can save money buy shopping around for different prices on prescriptions at different stores? After you get a prescription you can type the name of the drug in the app and it will show you what the prices are at different local pharmacies around you. Go here to read my detailed app review of Good Rx
Good News: The app also lets you know of coupons available for your prescription, too. They are mainly for the really expensive ones. My parents just got smart phones and I need to remember to tell my Dad about this app. He helps my Grandma shop and she has lots of more expensive medicines.
Drawbacks: If you have really good insurance and pay the same co-pay on all of your prescriptions this will not save you money because your copay will be almost the same every time. But some stores like Meijers sometimes offers free medicines with no copay. So it does not hurt to check the app for your area.
UPDATE- Target is moving features that were in Cartwheel App to the Target App
You will now need to get the Target App to get more digital Target coupons.
Cartwheel is an app Target made to help Target shoppers save money. To learn more about the Cartwheel App go here to read my detailed review.
Good News: At Target you can stack Cartwheel % off deals with manufacture coupons and Target store coupons. So you can sometimes buy 1 thing and Get $ off several ways.
Drawbacks: The cashier needs to scan your phone to get the Cartwheel % off deals. So if your phone’s battery dies before you are done shopping you can not get the deal. But if you have a smartphone you can print out your Cartwheel accounts barcode and make a little savings card keychain thing. Or keep a picture of your Cartwheel discount barcode in your wallet. You could print out a screenshot of the barcode on your phone with apps like CVS or Walgreens. Or if you have a wire-less printer check to see if printer has an app so you can print from your phone.
Retale is and app that can help you see the sales adds for local stores in your area. Lots of stores do not put their local ads in the newspaper. This may help you decide where might be the best place to shop to save you money. Go here to read my app review on Retale
Good News: I do not keep this app on my phone anymore to save on space for other better apps. But if I notice a store ad missing from one of my other store ads app this would be a great back up option to find a local ad. When it gets closer to Black Friday I often re-download this app and compare the 3 apps to see who puts the Black Friday ads out first. Often you will need more than one ad app.
Save more with Rebate Money Apps, too!
Rebate Money Apps can also save you money but work different than Savings Apps. You buy items, scan your receipts, and get back money. You can learn more about Rebate $ Apps here.