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7 Free Grocery Apps You Should Be Using to Save Money

Many of us hate grocery shopping. I would probably guess most of us hate how much it costs and what little we feel like we bring home.

Then we watch out kids eat everything new in one day.  You’re back to what was left in the fridge, and you go out and spend more money all over again.

Does anyone else who has a love/hate relationship with their smartphone? I know I do. I love it because I can save so much money with it, run my blogs, and keep up with friends and family, but I’m not too fond of it because I want it all the time. To look something up or see what’s going on. But, on the other hand, the to it is incredibly easy.

So if you are in love with your smartphone already, then you will fall in love with these money-saving grocery apps.

Don’t be fooled. These apps even offer savings on produce, and one app is entirely to save on organic items!

So get that smartphone ready!

Or a desktop computer because even some of these apps don’t require a smartphone! 

If you think money-saving apps won’t be able to save your grocery shopping, check out the three things YOU must do before you grocery shop to have food in your fridge and meals prepared on the table HERE.

Below are 7 Money Saving Apps to download and try if you want to save some of that hard-earned cash of yours.

And if you are hardcore…. meaning you clip COUPONS and use a smartphone, you are in for mega savings. You can stack your manufacturer coupons with these apps!

Sometimes giving you items for FREE!

We work hard for our money. Let’s spend it wisely!

 7 Free Money Saving Grocery Apps

7 Free Grocery Apps You Should Be Using to Save Money


This app continues to change with the coupon world. So long gone are the days of clipping twenty coupons; you can now use this app to do it for you.

All you need to do is link your store loyalty card and add coupons for your store.  If your store doesn’t have a loyalty program, you can submit your receipt after you shop to get cashback. Snap a picture, and it’s that easy. I’m still old school and print coupons when I can- in black and white.

7 Free Grocery Apps You Should Be Using to Save Money

2. Savingstar

Add e-coupons that load to your loyalty card, buy the item at your local store, and receive the money into your account. Of course, you have to choose which store and activate the offer BEFORE YOU PURCHASE your item.

This one is unique when they offer e-coupons to buy more than one item to save a larger amount. For example, buy $20 in P&G products get $5 cashback.  Plus, they have the FREEBIES they offer. You do NOT need a smartphone for access to this.

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3. Ibotta

This is the same concept as Checkout 51, but you have different offers at different stores. This app has a listing of local stores to choose from.

Tops Markets and BJ’s, Target, and Walmart are on there for my locals! This is my favorite app- especially when they offer the Free Thanksgiving Dinner deal and the Free snacks.

Check out the video I did of the Free Thanksgiving below.

You have to submit a picture of your receipt. This app does not work with my OLD, outdated smartphone. It may not work with all phones.

But worth a try because they have a lot of any brand offers on there! Cash is put into your PayPal account or gift cards. This one is unique because they offer savings on beer, wine, and liquor!

You can connect your store loyalty cards now too so you don’t need to take pictures of your receipt. When you shop at Walmart you scan the QR code at the bottom of your receipt and that’s it.

Check out the video on how easy it was to scan the Free Thanksgiving meal below.

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4. Target Circle (Formerly Cartwheel)

This is just for Target shoppers.  You can add coupons to your account and scan the barcode from the tablet, phone, or printed bar code from your computer.  If you shop at Target, you need this.

So many items are up and up, and you can combine Target coupons with manufacturer coupons with this! For triple stack savings and add in Checkout 51 and Ibotta, wow, oh wow!

You can also use circle offers for ONLINE shopping. Many times you add the item and choose free store pick up. This is a lifesaver, especially during the Holidays when Target offers their Toy Cartwheel of the day deals!

Don’t forget to use your Target Redcard to save 5% on your total purchase. Plus, you can hook this up to your debit card, so no extra credit card bill! You do NOT need a smartphone to access this one.

My favorite coupon blog for Target deals is this one.

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5. Rakuten ( Formerly ebates)

This one has been around a while, and it’s because it’s so easy to get cashback when you shop online.  This app is now focusing on giving you cashback for in-store offers. Y

ou’ll find popular retailers like Sam’s, Safeway, and Walmart. It’s worth checking out if you are already using it to save money when you shop online.

6. Checkout 51 

What you do is check out the weekly deals posted to the site, buy a participating product, snap a photo of your receipt showing that you bought the item, and the app will credit you with cash.

You can buy the items from ANY STORE!  Once your savings balance hits $20.00, the company will mail you a check.

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You can buy the items from ANY STORE!  Once your savings balance hits $20.00, the company will mail you a check. ( Or you can have it go to your bank account.) This is my favorite because they produce change weekly!  

I like to use the product offers at Aldi because they can have some amazing prices each week.  You do NOT need a smartphone to access this app.

7. Fetch Rewards

With this app, you will scan your receipts from any store and earn points for brands and products you are already buying.  Once you reach 3,000 points, you can redeem the points for gift cards to lots of different retailers, like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more.

We hope you’ve found this list of apps helpful and that at least one of them will help you save money on groceries.

What app do you think is going to be the most useful for you? Let us know in the comments below!

And don’t forget, if you ever need more tips on how to save money on groceries, we have a wealth of information on our website. Thanks for reading!

Beth Swartz

Monday 3rd of August 2015

One app I use all the time is WalMart Savings Catcher. You just scan your WalMart receipt after purchase and it checks with around 32 other stores for sales and price matches. When you want to cash in your savings, they send you a gift card code to your e-mail.


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Beth thanks for sharing that tip about Savings Catcher!


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Mobisave is the best of all! And you missed shrink too. These apps are all great!


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Yes I just saw the waitlist for mobisave! Thanks!


Monday 3rd of August 2015

Mobisave! It's great! There is a waiting list but you do eventually get in.


Sunday 14th of June 2015

Love the Cartwheel app. I had not heard of BerryCart until now - thanks! That's right up my alley. :)


Monday 15th of June 2015

I know that Cartwheel app is awesome! Thanks for stopping by Karissa!


Sunday 14th of June 2015

Thanks! Passing on to others.


Monday 15th of June 2015

You are welcome Debbie! Thanks for sharing!

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