comparison shop http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14441/all en-US 5 Free Handy Coupon Apps — Don’t Leave Home Without One http://www.wisebread.com/5-free-handy-coupon-apps-don-t-leave-home-without-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-free-handy-coupon-apps-don-t-leave-home-without-one" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5169955381_fa684e9317_z.jpg" alt="Shop with a smart phone" title="Shop with a smart phone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="178" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Clipping coupons can be time-consuming and quite the chore. I&rsquo;ve seen my wife spend a good hour at the kitchen table, checking out the different offers and clipping and organizing the ones we need. (We won&rsquo;t even go into <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extreme-couponing-5-reasons-why-i-ll-pass">the extreme couponers</a> who spend hours and hours every day clipping and shopping with them.)</p> <p>Then, of course, you have to remember to bring them with you when you shop. And you also need to keep on top of them as they expire, sometimes quite quickly.</p> <p>In this day and age, there has to be a better way. Well, of course there is. With smartphones being so accessible and more affordable than ever (often free with a two-year contract) you have access to a wide range of money-saving apps. Since you rarely leave home without your phone, you&rsquo;ll always have access to coupons when you need them. Plus, digital coupons are always updated, so you don&rsquo;t have to worry about carrying a bunch of expired ones.</p> <p>But with so many free apps to choose from, which are worth downloading? What are the pros and cons of the best ones? Here are five handy coupon apps available on iPhone and Android phones right now, or in the case of the first one, very very soon. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/coupons">Wise Bread's Coupon Search</a>)</p> <h2>1. Ibotta</h2> <p>This app is launching very soon, and I was given the chance to see it in action, ask the developers a ton of questions, and also arrange a special deal for Wise Bread readers (more on that in a moment).</p> <p>Basically, <a href="https://www.ibotta.com/?friend=u5HoCA">Ibotta</a> learns your brand and product preferences, becoming more and more in-touch with your shopping habits as you use it.</p> <p>You earn cash by learning more about your favorite products and brands, and you choose what to click and how to earn. If you don&rsquo;t want to watch a video, no worries, you can click on an interesting fact and still earn up to $1 or more per product offer. Unlike other coupon sites, you earn actual dollars, not points that equate to pennies on the dollar.&nbsp;</p> <p>When you&rsquo;re in store, you can then redeem your offers for cash, which can be done almost instantly using the handy receipt scanner feature. And your earnings can be posted direct to your PayPal account or donated to a school. You can also use these coupons in conjunction with traditional manufacturer coupons.</p> <p>Ibotta is easy to use, and there&rsquo;s already a long waitlist for the app. But Wise Bread readers have been given the chance to skip the line and be one of the first to use the Ibotta app. Just click <a href="http://www.ibotta.com?friend=u5HoCA">this exclusive Wise Bread link</a> and enter your email address. Of all the coupon apps I&rsquo;ve seen, and used, this one has the greatest potential for big savings, and the learning feature makes it a time-saver and the most personal of all the apps available.</p> <h2>2. The Coupons App</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Coupons-App/dp/B004M6B1NI">The Coupons App</a> gets amazing reviews, with a 4.57 (out of 5) average from over 82,000 ratings. And that speaks volumes about its ease of use and coupon availability.</p> <p>With The Coupons App, the deals come to you constantly throughout the day. It also has some nice features including the barcode scanner (much like <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shopsavvy-barcode-scanner/id338828953?mt=8">ShopSavvy</a>) to do instant, on-the-spot price comparisons. You can also share coupons with family and friends over email and text message, as well as social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. And you are equipped with a voice search feature, for those times when you&rsquo;re roaming around a store and just want a quick coupon for toothpaste or kitchen towels.</p> <p>I did experience some crashes when using certain features (the barcode and voices search features being the biggest culprits), as well as ads within the app causing lock ups. But a quick look at their recent changes list shows some major bug fixes have been applied.</p> <p>One great feature is that most of the coupons have barcodes that the cashier can just scan. Many coupons you get via mobile give you a code that the cashier must type in, and they really don&rsquo;t like doing that. Or some places won&rsquo;t accept barcodeless coupons. And some of the coupons have to be printed out, which goes against the idea of a mobile app.</p> <p>Of course, like anything that&rsquo;s free, you do have the usual ads to contend with, but they&rsquo;re not too invasive. Overall, it's a really solid app and well worth a download.</p> <h2>3. Coupon Sherpa</h2> <p>Nowhere near as popular as The Coupons App, but still worth a look, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kinoli.couponsherpa&amp;hl=en">Coupon Sherpa</a> has some big positives and a few drawbacks.</p> <p>On the plus side, Coupon Sherpa is a great resource for savings on toys and clothing items. You&rsquo;ll get exclusive coupons that are only available via the Coupon Sherpa app, as well a great selection of current Internet coupons and special offers. And scrolling through the alphabetical stores list is very handy, especially when you&rsquo;re in a store and want a coupon right there and then.</p> <p>The app compiles the latest and greatest offers and coupons for you, so you don't have to go out there hunting for coupons when you&rsquo;re looking for a bargain. And the GPS feature means you can actually get directions to the stores close to you that have the deals. That&rsquo;s a nice touch, although it could use a filter to exclude stores that are nowhere near your current location.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the good. The bad, well...it&rsquo;s not terrible, but it does impact the overall experience. First, it&rsquo;s very limited with its selection of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-cut-your-food-bill-without-clipping-a-single-coupon">grocery coupons</a>. If you&rsquo;re expecting Coupon Sherpa to serve up the same coupons you get in the Sunday circulars, you&rsquo;ll be disappointed. The deals are more like &ldquo;get $10 off when you spend $50&rdquo; and so on. But you will find bargains at places like Barnes &amp; Noble, Toys &lsquo;R&rsquo; Us, JC Penney, Joanns, Bath &amp; Body Works, PetCo and The Children&rsquo;s Place. And the stores it serves up &ldquo;near&rdquo; you aren&rsquo;t always so near.</p> <p>Overall, I like Coupon Sherpa. It&rsquo;s still got a place on my phone, and I use it often. But it certainly has room for improvement.</p> <h2>4. Best Coupons and Deals</h2> <p>One of the best-reviewed coupon apps currently on the market, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.surfwax.couponsapp&amp;hl=en">Best Coupons and Deals</a> is updated daily by a mix of coupon clippers and deal hounds. And that&rsquo;s evident when you open it up and see how many deals it really has.</p> <p>Like most coupon apps, the features on Best Coupons and Deals are what you&rsquo;d expect. You get handpicked and featured deals, hot deal alerts, and a searchable, alphabetized store database. You can also share coupons with friends and family, which is maybe why it was formerly called Coupon Cloud.</p> <p>There are many top brands within the app, including: Kohl's, Victoria's Secret, Whole Foods, Aeropostale, Redbox, Abercrombie &amp; Fitch, T.G.I. Friday's, Old Navy, Bath &amp; Body Works, Chili's, Hollister, Ulta, Olive Garden, JCPenney, Denny's, Express, CiCi's Pizza, CVS, Yankee Candle, Papa John's, The Children's Place, Boston Market, Babies R Us, Long John Silver's, Baskin Robbins, Forever 21, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Toys R Us, Walgreens, and Macy&rsquo;s.</p> <p>And the coupons are delivered in two formats &mdash; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/empty-coupon-code-box-you-re-paying-too-much">online codes</a> or mobile digital coupons that you redeem via your smartphone. You can also print out the coupons, which is handy for those stores that haven&rsquo;t caught up with technology yet.</p> <p>On the down side, a lot of the stores listed in the index were not near me. There were issues with the phone freezing, the app closing, or the whole phone shutting down. Those were rare, but annoying. And the grocery coupons were very scarce.&nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, I saved money with it and liked the interface.</p> <h2>5. Yowza!!</h2> <p>First, I love the name, it&rsquo;s way more interesting and memorable than most coupon apps. Other apps, take note. And this one has star power, with <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERuyaK56Rsc">TV star Greg Grunberg (&quot;Heroes&quot;) championing this one.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.getyowza.com/">Yowza!!</a> is a strong app because it serves up location-based savings for shoppers. Choose how far out from your location you want coupons, and it will find them. Plus, it serves up special offers and deals specifically for Yowza!! users, deals that have been specially negotiated on your behalf.</p> <p>Another nice little feature is the results tracker. It basically keeps track of all the coupons you use, giving you a running total of how much the app has saved you since downloading it.</p> <p>Like other coupon apps, you get instant notifications when a favorite store puts a new coupon out there. That was particularly handy for me, as I got a notification about five minutes before I was ready to check out. It saved me $5 on the spot.</p> <p>Like other apps of this nature, the selection of stores is limited, but growing. And unfortunately, when you click on some of the stores, you get served with an advertisement. But overall, this is another solid app worthy of a download. Try it out.</p> <p><em>Now, those are the five (well, four until Ibotta is launched) that I recommend. Do you have a coupon app that&rsquo;s saved you a ton of money and is not on this list? Let us know.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-free-handy-coupon-apps-don-t-leave-home-without-one">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/have-coupon-will-travel-apps-to-save-on-the-go">Have Coupon, Will Travel: Apps to Save on the Go</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-investing-today-acorns-lets-you-invest-your-change-while-you-shop">Start Investing Today: Acorns Lets You Invest Your Change While You Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-self-tanners">The 5 Best Self-Tanners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping comparison shop coupon apps coupon management smart phones Mon, 01 Oct 2012 10:36:56 +0000 Paul Michael 954749 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask The Readers: Do You Comparison Shop? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-comparison-shop <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-comparison-shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5384174433_1e6bbb6c1f_z%282%29-1.jpg" alt="Do You Comparison Shop?" title="Do You Comparison Shop?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-comparison-shop#comment-502148"><em>Lisa</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-comparison-shop#comment-502303"><em>BRB</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-comparison-shop#comment-502389"><em>Kristen</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Everyone loves finding good deals on items they need to buy. Most people will look for items on sale and relish in the glory of not paying full price. Others will take their shopping to a new level and comparison shop to make sure they go to the right store to get the best price on what they need.</p> <p><strong>Do you comparison shop? &nbsp;</strong>Why or why not? If you do comparison shop, do you only do it at certain times (i.e. when you buy groceries) or do you do it whenever you go shopping?</p> <p>Tell us whether or not you comparison shop and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, August 8th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after August 8th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p>Note: Due to recent changes in Facebook's promotions guidelines, we have restructured the entry format of our giveaways.</p> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you comparison shop and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-comparison-shop">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-honestly-follow-a-budget-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Honestly Follow a Budget? (Chance to win $20)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-trust-product-reviews-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Trust Product Reviews? (Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-name-your-favorite-moment-of-2010">Ask the Readers: Name Your Favorite Moment of 2010</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers comparison shop Tue, 02 Aug 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 643780 at http://www.wisebread.com