There's an App for That: Cutting Coupons

February 11, 2013

With the success of TLC’s show Extreme Couponing, people all over the country seem to have jumped on the money-saving, stock-pile-hoarding band wagon. But if spending 40+ hours a week snipping away at newspaper inserts just doesn’t fit into your busy schedule, then you might try the tech-savvy way of saving a buck or two – downloading an app.

While there are countless deal-oriented apps out there, we’ve whittled it down to just a couple.

Coupon Sherpa (iPhone and Android)

Named an “iTunes Staff Favorite” just one month after its release, Coupon Sherpa is an app known for its expansive list of retail store coupons that are updated daily.

Features:

  • Extensive list of mobile coupons, coupon codes for online purchases, and printable coupons on their website
  • Scan code on coupons so they can be scanned directly from your phone in the store
  • A coupon list that is updated daily
  • Ability to create a list of favorite stores and to email coupons to friends
  • Tracks your location so you see the deals closest to you

Cons:  Some coupons – namely those for restaurants – must be printed before they can be used and, according to reviews, not all grocery store coupons load instantly.

Grocery IQ (iPhone and Android)

Geared towards streamlining your grocery shopping process entirely, this app offers more than just a list of coupons to use.

Features:

  • Ability to build custom grocery lists divided into aisles
  • Barcode scan to add items to your list
  • Store locator to find places to shop near you
  • Loyalty card tracker for stores of your choice
  • List of free coupons that can be printed, emailed, or added to your loyalty card

Cons:  New updates to this app have taken away some aisle customization features and store locations cannot be entered in manually.

Yowza (iPhone and Android)

Similar to Coupon Sherpa in that it offers a list of coupons by retailer, Yowza claims to have negotiated their deals individually – not just collected them from all over the internet.

Features:

  • Deals based on city and zip code searches
  • Notifications sent to your phone when your favorite store adds a coupon
  • Ability to “favorite” coupons to retrieve later
  • Savings tracker
  • Coupons can be scanned from the phone at the register

Cons:  Reviews seem to point to the fact that Yowza doesn’t cover all areas equally, so not everyone finds the app useful.

SmartSource (iPhone only)

Not everyone receives a Sunday paper, but now those savings can be found in the Smart Source app – no clipping required.

Features:

  • Navigation allows you to flip through the magazine and tap the coupons you want
  • Coupon lists can be printed or emailed so you know what to look for
  • Coupons can be loaded to your store’s loyalty card
  • App also includes recipes, videos, sample offers
  • Synchronization across more than one phone

Cons:  The coupon database is said to be lacking occasionally and the help section could use some more information.

The Coupons App (iPhone and Android)

The Coupons App is more of a shopping companion than a coupon collecting database and was named by one reviewer as the “Best Coupon App.”

Features:

  • Coupon widget that offers savings in real-time
  • Gas widget that tracks the cheapest gas in your area
  • Barcode scanner for easy price comparison
  • Ability to share coupons via text and email
  • Option to voice search coupons

Cons:  Coupons must be saved to the phone before they can be emailed and some users found the interface to be a little confusing.

Do you use coupon apps? Which ones have you found to be the best? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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