Whether you love or loathe grocery store visits, they’re a necessity that can quickly bust your budget if you arrive unprepared.
Instead of aimlessly wandering and impulsively filling your cart with unnecessary items, use these free grocery shopping apps to find savings, organize your list, get you in and out of the store faster and keep more cash in your wallet.
Grocery apps that save you money
Fetch Rewards: Fetch Rewards is a free grocery savings app that rewards you just for snapping pictures of your receipts. Fetch Rewards works anywhere you buy groceries. You can scan receipts from big box stores, mom and pop corner shops, drugstores, liquor stores, and hardware stores – it’s all fair game.
Fetch Rewards doesn’t require you to pre-select offers or scan barcodes, nor does it make you take surveys or view ads. You just scan your receipt and earn points, which can be redeemed for gift cards and other rewards.
Ibotta: To use Ibotta, you just download the app or install the browser extension. Once you’ve created an account, search for your favorite retailers and to find offers you want to redeem. Claim that offer and add it to your shopping list. Once you’ve made the purchase online or in person, you can claim the cash back with Ibotta by providing proof of purchase. (The browser extension is the best choice for online shopping; the mobile app is what you’ll want to use in person.) After your account reaches $20 in cash-back earnings, you can transfer it to your bank account.
The cash adds up fast, especially when you begin receiving frequent-use bonuses!
Your store’s own app: These days, major supermarkets have their own apps, and those apps – tied to a loyalty club, if the store has one – are among the best ways to secure savings. Kroger’s app, for example, offers the store’s weekly ads, digital coupons that you “load” to your shopper’s card, and customized discounts on products you have purchased in the past. If you shop frequently at a particular store (and if you don’t mind the store knowing all your shopping habits), this is a tip you can’t afford to miss.
Organize your grocery shopping trip
Out of Milk: Simplify your shopping with this intuitive grocery list builder that syncs lists between loved ones or roommates so all of you don’t replace the toilet paper when it runs out. In addition to preventing duplicate purchases, you can also use it to create lists to keep your grocery gathering on track. Out of Milk also tracks coupons and prices to help you stay within your budget.
Our Groceries : This app is a simple list-building application that is shareable and easy to edit. It is free, if you don’t mind the ads at the top of the screen – or you can opt into the fee-based application.
Other grocery shopping apps
Big Oven : This app isn’t just a grocery list – Big Oven gives you access to more than 350,000 recipes as well as a menu planner and list. It’s like carrying my grandmother’s cookbook collection with you to the grocery store.The free option is limited, or you can sign up for a broader application for $2.99. Compare the two here.
Grocery Pal : Grocery Pal works with iOS and Androids. It takes a look at your grocery list, and helps you find sales and specials at local groceries, allowing you to spend less and save money.
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