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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Money Saving Smartphone Apps

on 6.22.2011 at 12:00pm
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Looking to save money?  Check out these money saving smartphone apps for your iPhone, Android and more.

If you have a Smartphone you know it’s capable of a lot of fun things, but if you’re like me, you rarely have time to experiment with new apps.

One of my goals right now is to use the phone to save money and help it pay for itself.

I recently realized there are so many helpful money saving apps that I was missing out on. Check out this list of frugal Apps for iPhone or Android and help offset the cost of your phone by saving extra money!

Gas Buddy

View prices at gas stations nearby to get the best price.
Pros:  Save 10-40¢/gallon just by doing your homework
Cons:  Gas is still expensive

CardStar

Keep store cards organized on your phone
Pros:  Keeps key cards at the ready without filling your purse
Cons: Cashiers may look at you funny, but you’re used to that with coupons

Red Laser

Use your phone camera to scan any barcode and comparison shop instantly.
Pros: See if you are getting a good price without leaving the store
Cons: You might spend the rest of the day scanning things

Coupon Sherpa

Find retail coupons when you’re on the go
Pros: Makes tons of printable coupons available on your phone
Cons:  Retailers may require the printed version for redemption

Groupon App

Save paper & redeem Groupons straight from your phone
Pros:  Groupons are always with you
Cons: Might tempt you to buy more Groupons!

Living Social App

Never print a Living Social certificate again
Pros: Buy, share and redeem straight from your phone
Cons: If you find one, let me know!

Cellfire Mobile App

Add coupons to your store cards while you’re out
Pros: Easily add coupons when you can’t get to a computer
Cons: Sometimes the coupons take a little while to activate

Do you have another money saving app you use regularly?

    • Tatyana

      More great apps:
      -GeoCoupons (very organized: you can print them or you can use them from the phone if retailer allows);
      -Coupons (tons of coupons posted daily; similar to GeoCoupons);
      -Free Stuff (tons of freebies posted daily);
      -GroceryIQ (I belive it is sponsored by the coupons.com; you select coupons and e-mail them to yourself, then print them from the computer using the sent link)

    • augustgirl01

      My phone went in the pool and is ruined. so sad. but I used Savings Star and coupon.com (for those really good printable coupons, it’s nice to have another “computer” that you can print from). Of course, this requires an airprint printer, too. Can’t wait to be able to print bricks coupons from my phone someday! That is, if I can ever afford to replace it! Any ideas for replacing an iphone?

      • Firstbrownie

        Refurbished iphones on AT&T for good prices (if you don't have AT&T, I imagine other companies have deals too).

        • Chris

          Sprint too.  Last year I got my Crackberry for $25 at Best Buy.  This year when I was ready to upgrade I waited for something to go on sale and got the brand-new Samsung Epic 4G for FREE.  Granted I had to add premium data to my plan at $10/mo but I was already getting a discount through my job so it was a free trade-off.

    • Cbewer112

      savingstar also has an app

    • Lisa

      Would love a southern savers app! And your coupon database as an app.

      • Rebakah

        I agreeeee!!!

      • Couponbhumi

        i would super love it too

      • Lisakathleen

        This is a GREAT idea!!! You could even do the Printable shopping lists to be downloaded onto your phone which would save paper – money :)

        • augustgirl01

          YES! I have been wanting some sort of mobile shopping list function. Even if there was an option to email it instead of printing it.

          • ChrisM

            An email option would be wonderful and save paper ;). Right now I usually copy and paste into an email and send to myself and then just open up at the store.

          • Learnintosave

            Can I like this 100 times?!?!?!

      • It's on my shortlist, so look for it coming soon……

      • Lseeger

        there is an app, I have it on my iphone.  

    • elaine

      the scoutmob app is really cool if you eat out a lot–it will find places near you with deals, usually 50% off your check or more!

    • Chris

      Been using CardStar for some time on my Crackberry and loved it – even better on my Droid phone.

      FYI – Coupon Sherpa only on iPhone right now.

    • Fairyandgnome

      Not sure if its the same in all areas.. but Redlaser often only shows me onlin pricing for bulk orders. I have yet to find anything in my pantry that it will scan and give me local pricing on.  Im in metro Atlanta area..

    • nancy

      Jenny, sorry, this comment has nothing to do with topic.  We have a new
      Apple and I'm having a terrible time getting some coups.  Would some of
      this be incompatible with Apple?  (didn't know how to reach you otherwise – thank you if you can help.)

      • Efelts23

        I have an apple and I can't print from Safari. we had to get firefox or google. I freaked when I couldn't print my coupons and my laptop has some bootleg program that doesn't allow me to install the coupon printer thing.

        • nancy

          Efelts23–thank you so much for answering. I'll pass along what you
          said to my husband.

          • nancy

            Efelts–you probably won't see this.  Husband wondered if with safari
            you “allowed all cookies”??

    • Deanamiller1

      KidsEatFree is a good one.  It gives you local places with the days they eat free.  Plus you can add your own if you find more.  It helps me keep track of which days we might want to go to which place.  I always call before if it's a place I don't go often just to make sure they are still offering the kids eat free.

    • amy40

      I have shopkick on my android. You earn points just by checking in and scaning items when you shop then you get rewards. There are also coupons. The more levels you go the more points and perks you get. No money spent but free stuff earned.

    • Lisjanes

      geocpons is a great app.  It gives you coupons to use at retail stores.  A couple of weeks ago I just walked into Childrens Place and saved 20%.  It checks your local area and finds all the sales/coupons in your are

      • Queponcrazy

        Love love love geoqpons… I use it almost everywhere I go, with the exception of grocery/drug stores.

    • Jennifer

      Foursquare offers discounts at some stores and restuarants for “checking in” there.  20% at radio shack, FREE milkshakes every time at chick fil a, FREE calimari at Carrabbas (italian chain nearby) every 5th time…  and it's super fun in my opinion :)

      • Chris

        Just be careful with Foursquare.  When you check-in online anyone who has access to your info from/through their site will know you're not home.  There have been some concerns about that (expressed online and in the news).

        • Jennifer

          Right but you do not have to share it with anyone if you don't want to and the only people that I am “friends” with are my husband, best friend, and a few coworkers.  But that is very true!!

    • stephljones

      Gas Buddy was the only one that would load to my android!

      • Couponing Mom

        I have a droid and I have Groupon, Gas Buddy, and CardStar…..thats weird

    • Snowski824

      Savingstar also has an app so you can add coupons to your account while you're out.

    • Kristina Mccurley

      There is one called Grocery IQ but I'm not entirely sure how it works…(andriod)

    • “You might spend the rest of the day scanning things” LOL that would so be me!

      I'm glad you posted this! I KNEW there was a price comparison app! I searched the app store but couldn't ever find it!

    • Chandal_ruth

      a list of them on my phone are…..GROUPON, SAVINGSTAR,WALGREENS,KROGER,BARCODE SCANNER, CELLFIRE,GEOQPONS, AND ALSO ONE THAT COMES IN HANDY NOT SAVING BUT USING… RECIPES

    • AJ

      If you like SavingsStar Shopkicks for iPhone and Android is AMAZING!  Just check-in.  While you walk around scan a barcode or two and you get points.  Free gift certificates, in-store savings, and a little game to play as you shop.  This is fun and easy.

      Join and get 50 points free with promo code cormorant8303

    • Sillysnicks

      This isn't directly about saving money but it could be…I love the Weight Watchers (not really affiliated) scan app that allows you to scan bar codes in the grocery stores to see how many WW Points Plus something is.  For me, this saves me from having to type in all the info which saves me time and it also saves me from buying something and then getting a shock later when I calculate the points.  Plus, you would know if that sale item is really worth purchasing!   I know I will eat anything in my path so I won't buy it unless it is “healthy”.  Anything that saves me time and keeps me on track is worth it in my eyes!

      • Kb

        I would LOVE this…I have the ww app, but couldnt figure out where it was! how did you do this and where do I find it?

        • Sillysnicks

          its an android app
          I just searched for ww scan and found it–it's free (of course)

    • Valencia

      It's not necessarily a coupon app but WeReward is an easy way to earn a few dollars eating food you may already buy and eating out.

    • Kb

      I would LOVE this…I have the ww app, but couldnt figure out where it was! how did you do this and where do I find it?

    • Wmajbsmith

      Check out Checkpoints! Earn points by scanning items in the store and get
      $$$ or giftcards! I have already earned $20 by using Checkpoints!

      Use code 5amigos at signup for bonus points!

    • Do any of these apps apply to Blakcberrry?

    • Do any of these apps apply to Blakcberrry?

    • Jessica

      (Android System)  There is also an app called “The Coupons App” that you can search for retail coupons and they'll come up for you to use at stores.  I've used this app at Borders, Pier One and Hobby Lobby.  Also, there is a redbox codes app that tells you all the verified and unverified codes for free redbox rentals!  :D

      I don't know about anyone else but…. I'd LOVE to see a southern savers app come around… :D

    • Learnintosave

      Shop Savvy, I like it better than red laser

    • Keldansmom

      There is a shopping app that shows stores weekly sales, but I didn't like it so I deleted it and cannot remember the name lol.  I am sure a Southern Savers app would be more useful!  Like others have commented, I use Checkpoints and Shopkicks.  You check in at stores, scan items while you are in the store (a fun scavenger hunt for kids, I might add!)  I have earned gift cards to CVS, Best Buy and Target and it didn't cost me anything but a few minutes on my phone.  Anyone signing up can use code keldansmom and we will both earn bonus points :)

      • just got the app and used your code! thanks!

        • Keldansmom

          Thank you!  I hope you like it :)

          • blessedinsc

            I am new to apps.  How do these 2 work?  How do you earn gift cards?  Thanks!

            • Keldansmom

              You earn points by “checking in” @ certain stores each day, but the most points are earned by scanning the products it lists for each store.  The app shows what rewards are available and how many points you need to redeem them.  With shopkicks, the giftcard is right on your phone for the cashier to scan.  It is very easy!  Thanks to everyone that signed up for check points and used keldansmom as bonus code to get themselves extra points…it helped me too!

      • byrdsmom

        I registered for both!  Thanks for the codes.  Now my codes are Checkpoints- brnidgrl76 & Shopkicks- lobster8258 :)

      • Jenedge25

        just registered and used your code!  Thanks!!

    • Laura

      I have the publix and Kroger apps on my phone. I can manage my digital coupons through the kroger database (except for cellfire and shortcuts added ones). I no longer have to keep a list of my digital coupons with me!

      • Ann

        I don't use the Kroger coupons at all anymore.  I had some on there that I forgot about and since it didn't double it totally threw me off and irked me not just a little!

        I hate that we can't use their ecoupons and a reg coupon now.  I think every other store I go to does.  Kroger's is still my fav but I guess we can't

    • Tessa99999

      LOVING the gas prices app! I'm the annoying friend who will keep driving to see if gas prices are cheaper, and now I can just know! Thanks!

    • Wmajbsmith

      If you have a iphone or android, check out Checkpoints.
      Earn $$$$$$ enter code 5amigos at signup for bonus points!

      Unfortunately checkpoints is not available for blackberrys, however try surveyswipe (google it and load it to your phone)

      While we are on saving/earning money, check out this site:
      http://www.takeourmoney(dot)om/ default.aspx?rec_Id=5637&rec_ Type=S&md5_Id= 46D0EF88E096574463FC8870D42A56FC

      Copy and paste then change the (dot) to .

    • ttandteo

      Try Target Mobil apps.  I just don’t know if you can combine these with Target paper coupons???  Here is the link
      http://sites.target.com/site/en/spot/page.jsp?title=mobile_landing

    • Heather

      I found an app called Grocery Tracker for my tablet. You can make multiple lists for all the stores you shop with and mark that you have coupons with those items. It will calculate your bill before you even go to the store. You can also scan items in and keep an inventory of the products you have. There are many other features and you get it all FREE! My favorite words!

      • Chris

        Looks like this is available for any Android device – downloading to my Samsung phone (although it is a Galaxy S/Epic 4G phone so that might make a diff).  Great share – thanks!!

    • sarah

      Foursquare is really good for finding restaurant deals

    • matchi

      i just signed up for checkpoints, my bonus code for is matchi , pls use it…=)

    • I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsBit.com

    • KJS

      I love GasBuddy! It has come in handy many times. Thanks for the other app suggestions!

    • Is there an app out there to keep track of ALL your coupons into a spreadsheet or anything so that I know I have the coupon and the amount I have of them