5 Ways to Get Coupons on Your Phone

Coupons can help you save quite a bit of money on the items you buy. But if you're not a fan of clipping coupons, coupon apps—specially designed to pop up on your smartphone—are a great solution if you don't want to sift through Sunday newspaper circulars, pour over magazines, scour your junk mail, or call or write manufacturers for these cost-saving pieces of paper.

Digital coupons work with grocery store loyalty cards, but you can also download them by using any number of coupon-specific apps, pharmacy store apps, and even apps available from some retailers—no scissors and coupon container required. All it takes is knowing which are the best apps to use to gather valuable coupons for groceries, cleaning supplies, and many other commercial products. Read on to learn about some of the best mobile coupon apps.

Yowza

Download the Yowza app to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (also available for Android), and it will show you all the deals and coupons available in your area. With over 70,000 national retailers participating, this app is a keeper.​

Coupon Sherpa

Check the Coupon Sherpa app before you make any purchase, and if you find a coupon you can use, simply show it to the cashier when you check out. 

As Coupon Serpa explains:

"Paper coupons are so 1990s, but they have their place! The best part about the internet is you can now search directly for whatever store you want instead of weeding through the Sunday paper for something useful. We do the searching for you and upload the latest and greatest retail and restaurant offers daily."

The app includes coupons for popular clothing stores, restaurants, big-box retailers, and more.

Cellfire

Register with Cellfire to gain access to their coupon database. Then, choose the coupons that interest you. You can add grocery coupons directly to your store card and non-grocery coupons to your cell phone. The coupons are automatically deducted during checkout after you swipe your loyalty card and when you purchase the qualifying items.

No paper coupons are exchanged. It is all done digitally, and the service is free.

Target

Sign up to receive coupons once a month via text alerts. Then, download the Target Cartwheel app for even more savings. Cartwheel offers can be combined with manufacturer and store coupons to create killer deals. Target says shoppers have saved nearly $1.2 billion—that's billion with a "B"—through the Cartwheel app. So, fire up your cell phone, download the app, and start saving.

Walgreens

The Walgreens site allows you to search by store and by product, and then electronically "clip" the coupons you want to download to your phone. You can also receive exclusive coupons and deals by text. Just go to the pharmacy store's website to sign up. You'll receive up to five messages a month.

CVS

Download the CVS app to stay on top of the latest deals. You can also scan and save your ExtraCare card to your phone, so you don't even have to remember to bring your card and rewards with you.