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Use Your Phone to Save on Groceries

Use Your Phone to Save on Groceries

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How do they eat so much?!

I have two teenage boys and it seems like I am ALWAYS at the grocery store. I keep a running list on my phone of things I need at the store and I can tell you that the list is never empty. We recently joined a gym and now they’re eating twice as much. Since I’m always shopping for food, I’m always looking for ways to save money or get cash back on my purchases. If you’re looking to save money too, then check out my favorite ways to save on groceries!

Ibotta

This app is my favorite and it’s probably the one that I use the most. You find the store you want to shop in and then select the offers that you want. Once you’ve completed your shopping trip you can scan or take a picture of your receipt and it will match the offers to your receipt. Once they’ve verified your receipt (which usually takes almost no time at all) they deposit the money from the offers into your account. Once you have enough to cash out you can choose between a variety of gift cards, or get cash sent to your PayPal or Venmo account. They also run bonus opportunities from time to time where you can earn even more for purchasing certain items. If you join through my link you’ll get a $10 bonus once you’ve redeemed your first offer!

Walmart Savings Catcher 

Right now I do the majority of my shopping at Walmart (waiting not at all patiently for my local Aldi to be completed). When I’m finished with a trip I use the Walmart app to scan the code on my receipt into the Savings Catcher. The app scans for lower prices at stores in my area, and if it finds any it deposits the difference onto a gift card. I can use that at the store or for online purchases. If you shop at Walmart you’ll want this app.Use Your Phone to Save on Groceries

Walmart Grocery

Right now Walmart Grocery and the Walmart Savings Catcher don’t work together because your receipt from Walmart Grocery is digital and doesn’t have a code. But there are still benefits to using Walmart Grocery. The biggest benefit is convenience. You place your order online and select the time frame in which you want to pick up your groceries. Then someone at Walmart does all of your shopping for you and you’ll get a notification when your order is ready to be picked up. Then you drive to the store, check in on the app, and they bring your groceries out and put them in your car for you. Only one of our three Walmart stores offer this option and it is the least conveniently located store to me, but sometimes it’s still worth the extra driving for the time I can save in a busy week. If they have to substitute something they’ll show you want they subbed and you can accept it or reject it. I’m a vegetarian so I don’t know how they are at picking meat, but they’re better than I am at selecting produce. Give it a try through my link and save $10 on your first order.

Checkout 51

I don’t use this app as much as the first two because it doesn’t have many of the things I use, and rarely any generic items. But, if you’re a name brand shopper this one will be good for you. It works very similar to Ibotta in that you select your offers and take a picture of your receipt. Once you have reached $20 you cash out.

Makeena

I’m brand new to this app, and it is only available on iOS right now but this one appears to be great if you’re someone who buys a lot of organic or natural items. This one has a lot of produce too which is rare for these types of apps. It works the same way as the others. Just select the items you’ve purchased, scan the barcodes of the items, and take a picture of your receipt. If you’re interested in signing up you can enter my referral code OGXWYF and start out with $1 in your account.

So there are just a few apps that you can use to earn or save yourself a little bit of money for buying things you already use without having to clip coupons. How do you trim your grocery budget?

CoinOut

I just started using this app today so I have very little experience with it, but CoinOut appears to give you $0.03 for every receipt you take a picture of. You do have to provide them with your phone number. Not a lot of money, but if you’re already using these other apps might as well snap one more picture!

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