The Top Mobile Apps for Bargain Hunters
If you've ever typed the word "coupon" into an app store's search field, you know how easy it is to get lost in the dozens of programs that allow you to put your bargain-hunting skills to good use. Although every shopper may have a different favorite among mobile savings apps, the following options are highly recommended.
When you find two similar items (for instance, juice) of different sizes, it can be hard to tell which is a better bargain unless the retailer lists the unit price. This app does that for you. Simply enter the size and price of your two comparison products, and it tells you which is a better deal. It's especially useful at warehouse "club" stores to determine whether you're really saving money on the bulk sizes. ($2.99 -- Apple)
The days of asking your friends and neighbors to tip you off when they get a good deal on gasoline are over. Simply type in your location and this app will tell you all of the local gasoline prices, including both big companies and smaller mom-and-pop type locations. (Free -- Apple, Android)
You've probably been using the RetailMeNot website for years to find promo codes for online retail purchases -- but the app makes it even easier. Type in the store name and it will give you coupon codes for both in-store and online purchases, and not just at the big retailers. Smaller specialty shops occasionally list promo codes as well. (Free -- Apple, Android)
This clever app automatically knows when you've entered one of its partner stores (like TJ Maxx), gives you rewards just for visiting the store, and shows you the deals that each retailer is currently offering. New stores are often added, which increases the number of rewards you can earn (these can be redeemed for gift cards). (Free -- Apple, Android)
Have you ever watched "Extreme Couponing," the show where people match grocery sales to the coupons so they can get free items? This app will allow you to do the same thing. It cross-references the weekly circulars with available coupons and gives you the deals. It doesn't look fancy or has a lot of bells and whistles, but who needs those if you're getting free groceries? (Free -- Apple, Android)
Don't be fooled by the generic name -- this app is very well-rounded. It opens with an announcement about the cheapest gasoline in your area and then allows you to search for other deals based on local shops, national offers, and even holiday specials. (Free -- Apple, Android)