Did you ever go to the grocery store and say: "Darn! I leftmy coupons at home?"
Now, if you have a smartphone, you no longer have to worry.One coupon mom showed us how she saves big money with the latestapps.
Smartphone a Top Coupon Source
Andrea Deckard of Butler County, Ohio, has turned saving moneyinto a full time job. Her Mommy Blog, "The Savings Lifestyle" now has a nationalfollowing.
But while Andrea still clips paper coupons, her smartphoneis becoming a top coupon source.
Andrea uses a free app called "CouponSherpa." It lets her search for general grocerycoupons or a specific store.
Andrea said "it's an awesome thing for me as I'm a busy mom.For instance, maybe I forgot that needed to go into Children'sPlace for a sale. I can go to my phone and see what coupons are outthere."
Then she just shows her phone to the cashier. Does it work?She said "I've only been denied one time when I show a cashier acoupon on my phone."
Two similar coupon apps are MobiQpons, and Cellfire. Cellfire has a deal withKroger to distribute their coupons.
But Andrea doesn't simply use her phone for coupons. She hasanother free app called "ShopSavvy" that lets her compare prices.
She stopped in the vacuum cleaner aisle of a local big boxstore and told me "Here's a Dyson. It's in a lot of stores, and ifyou scan the bar code it will tell you the prices at eachretailer."
So she scanned the vacuum cleaner's bar code, and found thelowest price of $494, compared to the $549 tag we were looking at.She says you have two options then: drive to the second store, orask the first for a price match.
Similar comparison apps are "Compare Everywhere," and "Red Laser" which cost $1.99.
They're just some of the latest hi tech ways this coupon momsaves at the store.
Don't Forget Store Apps
While Cellfire offers coupons from grocery chains like Krogerand Safeway, more and more grocery stores are adding apps of theirown, with coupons.
If you primarily shop one chain, those can be a big sourceof savings, so you don't waste your money.
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