In today’s economy, money is tight for many of us. We try and find ways to save as much money as we can, and one way is by couponing. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to get a good deal though. If you have a smartphone, it is easy to get the best deal possible. One of the easiest ways to get a deal with your phone is by using different apps. Many of these apps put coupons, deals, and free stuff at your fingertips.
The Coupon Clipper app by Clipper Magazine lets you search through thousands of coupons. It is easy to find coupons based on your current location, or by searching for a specific location. You can also look for coupons based on keywords so you can find what fits your needs. While you are in the Coupon Clipper app, you can add different businesses to your favorites so you don’t have to search for them each time you open the app. Using the coupons from the app is simple and easy; you just show the cashier the coupon you want to use when you check out, there is no printing involved. This is a free app that is available on iPhone and Android phones.
Shopkick is a free app that gives you deals with the pop of a bubble. The app uses your phones GPS to find stores around you that participate with Shopkick, such as Target, Macy’s, Old Navy, American Eagle, and Best Buy. Shopkick gives you access to free coupons for participating stores, and lets you earn kicks. Kicks are points for a reward system that can later be traded in for gift cards or free items. You can collect Kicks through instant surprises, scanning items in stores, or simply just walking into the store. Another way you can earn Kicks is by linking your Visa card to your Shopkick account, and then you can earn kicks for qualifying purchases. The coupons are very easy to use, just click use and have the cashier scan the barcode. If you don’t want to open the application each time to use the coupons, you can save the image on your smartphone and then use it later. Some phones, like the Samsung Galaxy Note and iPhone 4S will let you save these images into folders so you can easily access them, even if the store doesn’t have 4G or WiFi.
Valpak lets you find coupons and deals with the touch of a button. You can search through different coupons that are offered exclusively to Valpak and its members and can be used from your phone with no printing required. There are also many deals that you can purchase in advance to get anywhere from 50-90% off of the retail value of different items. Members can also give reviews for different businesses and fill out business information. With this app you can spread the wealth by sharing the coupons and deals through Facebook, Twitter, text messaging or email. This is a free app available for iPhones and Android phones.
SnipSnap is a free app that is currently only available through the iTunes app store. With SnipSnap, you can take pictures of coupons you get in the mail or in the paper and save them to your phone. The app instantly gathers all the information for the coupon, like the expiration date, store, and even the barcode. You can mark your favorite coupons, share them, and search for coupons that others have snipped. This app also uses your GPS to let you know what coupons are available for the store you are about to walk into. SnipSnap lets you have all the benefits of clipping coupons, without having to carry all the papers. They are currently working on making this app available for HTC, Samsung, and other phones on the Android app market.