You know the value of clipping coupons, but that doesn’t mean you have the time to sort through hundreds of newspaper inserts and find the best deals. Carrying a coupon binder through the grocery store on Double Coupon Saturday is just not for you.
Well, it’s the 21st century, and everything has gone virtual… including coupons!
Thanks to apps like Flipp, Ebates, and Ibotta, you can use coupons without ever picking up a pair of scissors. It only takes a few taps on your phone to save serious cash on the purchases you already make.
Here’s your quick guide on how to clip coupons in a contemporary way.
Flipp collects ads and sorts them by zip code, allowing you to access more than 1,000 weekly ads from your local retailers. The Flipp App is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Coupons are available from all of your favorite retailers, from Kroger and CVS to Lowe’s, Walmart, Best Buy, and thousands more.
Here’s the simple process to save with Flipp:
- Search for your store, item, or brand
- AND/OR add items to your shopping list and let Flipp instantly find deals in your area
- Load coupons and view available matchups
- View daily deals and trends
With coupons that help you save between 20% and 70% on a wide variety of products, Flipp makes couponing easy. A July 2018 company-conducted survey of 2,000 users found an average savings of $45 per week.
Rakuten, previously known as Ebates, uses a cash-back premise instead of a direct coupon arrangement like Flipp. You can get up to 40% cash back at over 2,500 stores without any points, fees, or forms. Easily download Rakuten for your iOS or Android.
Stores pay Rakuten a commission for directing your attention to their deals, and Rakuten shares their commissions in the form of cold, hard cash. Participants include prominent retailers or retail sites like Amazon, eBay, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Walmart, and Expedia. All you do is shop like normal, and you get anywhere from 2.5% to 10% cash back on your purchases. Rakuten keeps track, and every quarter, it sends a PayPal payment or a check with all of your earnings.
It’s a nearly effortless way to pad your pockets. As the website says, “Shop. Earn. Get Cash Back.”
Ibotta also offers real cash back on the purchases you already make every day, including groceries, clothing, home, and travel. Old Navy, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Groupon, HelloFresh, Walmart, Amazon, Sam’s Club, Target, and Uber are just a few of the thousands of merchants that participate with the service. Download from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Simply find your offers, shop like normal, show a photo of your receipt as proof of purchase, and sit back while your cash back adds up.
Even better, a new “Pay With Ibotta” feature lets you pay directly through the service to earn more cash back on your entire purchase.
Thanks to these apps, you can channel your inner Extreme Couponer without any of the hassle.
Fetch Rewards stacks with Ibotta really well as you can scan in the same grocery receipt to earn points towards free money.
When you shop at any grocery store, convenience store, club store, or big box store, just take a picture of the receipt using Fetch and you’ll get a minimum of 25 points. You’ll get bonus points if your receipt happens to include their partner brands but it’ll be automatically checked without any additional work on your part.