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Summary: Many people are still feeling the financial crunch of the global economic downturn. Therefore, many individuals and families are looking for any way possible in
Many people are still feeling the financial crunch of the global economic downturn. Therefore, many individuals and families are looking for any way possible in which to ease pressure on the pocketbook. Of course, coupons and discounts are just as popular as ever, but in today’s modern world coupon clipping has gone the way of the do-do. These days, mobile apps offer the intrepid shopper everything he or she needs in terms of savings.
It’s true that there are a number of mobile apps out there that focus on cost cutting. So in the interest of crafting a manageable list, here are the best free options.
This app uses the smartphone’s location-based services to provide the user with great deals without a whole lot of effort on the part of said user. Simply download the ShopKick app, walk into a retailer and begin earning discounts right away. The app does away with customer-rewards cards and there are no applications to fill out. Just check in at a favorite retailer and rack up the savings and discounts. ShopKick often offers immediate incentives for downloading, such as digital gift cards.
This app has become popular with shoppers everywhere due to the fact it aggregates and centralizes the best deals from throughout the country. Users can browse daily deals and search from thousands of in-store and online coupons. The app is so effective that it is highly recommended smartphone users refrain from making purchases at major retailers until they have first had a chance to consult this app. Because more than likely there is a better deal to be had with RetailMeNot.
iBotta is interesting in that it allows users to earn money, which they can then spend at participating retailers. Many people fill out online forms and take surveys in order to earn a discount on some product, and the principal here is the same. Users setup a free account and then watch videos or take surveys in order to earn a cash-back discount for specific products. Users then purchase the product, scan the receipt and the cash is added to their account. They can then transfer the balance directly to their PayPal account.
If there’s one thing everybody can agree on, it’s that gas is too expensive. Even before mobile apps, many people would drive out of their way merely to save 10 or 20 cents a gallon. Gas Buddy takes the blind search out of finding lower gas prices by providing the user with lists of the cheapest gas in his or her area – in order from least to most expensive.
Those who enjoy RetailMeNot will downright love VoucherCloud. This app offers deals and discounts on everything from air travel to life insurance. It also provides near limitless deals at local restaurants, bars and cafes.
Those who truly want to maximize their dollar would do well to install these options onto their smartphone. By having each of these savings apps in their arsenal, shoppers can be sure a deal is always a single tap of a touch screen away.